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3 years ago

Tonight, live on the Android Central Podcast, we unbox the Evo 4G

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You guys want us to do an unboxing of the Sprint Evo 4G? Fine. We'll do an unboxing. And we'll do it live, in living color, with stereophonic sound. Maybe snakes will fly out. Maybe it'll be a gruesome scene. We don't know. We haven't actually looked yet (though we have a pretty good idea of what's in there). Anyhoo, check back tonight at 7 p.m. EDT, and we'll give you what you want.

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3 years ago

Comparing Android-iPhone to Mac-PC wars: 'We're lovers, not fighters'

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Get a bunch of execs on stage -- Micrososoft, Google, Apple, whomever -- and people are going to try and cause trouble. Same goes for the Android team at Google IO. Asked to compare the Android "tactics and maneuvers" to the Mac-PC wars of the 1980s and '90s, we get another beautiful line from Andy Rubin (seen here at left).

"From my perspective, we're lovers, not fighters. So it's hard to describe it as a war. And you know the lover's munition? Open source."

Indeed. Look: From a business perspective, you have to consider your competitors. And Google does that better than many. But to think for a second that a major company continues to develop its entire mobile strategy in response to the iPhone is just ridiculous. (BlackBerry Storm notwithstanding, of course.) The iPhone woke up a lot of people, but it's not what keeps them up at night any more.

Check it out after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Bump contact-sharing app for Android [#io2010]

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See here! There's the Bump contact-sharing Android application. And it's just like it sounds: Bump your phone against another with the app, and it shares the info. Oh, and see that iPhone cowering in the corner? It's there for a reason. You can now Bump from one platform to another, which has to be some crime against nature, right? Check it out after the break.

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3 years ago

Screenshot shows Motorola Cliq running Android 2.1

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First things first, these screen shots are really easy to fake. Ridiculously easy. With that out of the way, it looks like a settings screen shot is showing a T-Mobile Motorola Cliq running Android 2.1. As in the 2.1 you guys hope and dream for. We know that Motorola has planned for the Cliq to get Android 2.1 in Q2 2010 sometime but as all Android users who've been waiting for 2.1 know, you never really know until the update is right there on your phone waiting to download. Maybe it's T-Mobile and Motorola testing it out? Or a rogue user finding a way to update himself. Hopefully it's coming soon. Because by the end of today, you guys will all be clamoring for 2.2. What a vicious cycle. [android community]

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3 years ago

Man, Google IO really socked

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Good news, everyone! We found our first giveaway item for this week's podcast. (Here's another contender.) But you'll have to be there live to win. Join us at 7 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. PDT at androidcentral.com/live for the Google IO wrap-up. And don't worry, we have more stuff to give away, too. See you there!

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3 years ago

Froyo on the Nexus One already? Yeah, we did it already

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Yes that is a real picture, even though it's blurry as all get out. (Never claimed to be a photographer :P) No, I didn't get a magic OTA from Phil while he was at Google I/O, it's a 2.2 SDK emulator virtual machine ported over to run on the Nexus One.  I'm not the only one doing such outlandish things either. It's mostly for the novelty, and now I can say I have FroYo on my Nexus.  It crashes (a lot), not much works, and it's a real PITA to do, but for those who feel the need, links, instructions and a couple more pics are after the break.

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3 years ago

Google I/O Recap - What you missed (so far) [#io2010]

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Google I/O started off a little slow on Wednesday, but boy did Thursday take over, with the announcement of Android 2.2 -- Froyo -- and Google TV. Here's what we've posted thus far. And while we're headed home from San Francisco, we're not done with the news just yet. More to come.

Day One

Day Two

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3 years ago

Why the Google phone store didn't work out (and what happened to the Sprint and Verizon Nexus Ones) [#io2010]

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So what, exactly, killed off the Google phone store? We had a couple really good questions during this afternoon's Q&A regarding the death of the web distribution model, and what happened with the Sprint and Verizon versions of the Nexus One. Said Mario Queiroz, above, vice president of Android product management:

"The web store as a direct distribution model is really a very small part of the overall Android strategy. With the Nexus One we had the objective of bringing to market a very technologically sophisticated phone, which we did, which really set a new bar for quality. And I think you've seen a lot of the phones in the market today, that have come to market in the past few months, have been influcing, in many ways ... by what the Nexus One was able to do.

"The web store was another element of the strategy. It was, in many ways, an experiment for us. ... Android was in a very different place six months ago. ... And today, we believe that the right thing to do from a distribution perspective is different from what it was a few months ago. And so we've chosen to double down on our partnerships ... we're focusing on building great technology -- being an Internet software company -- and working with our partners on distribution."

Andy Rubin followed up with a great explanation with what goes into working with carriers. Check it out after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with Laminar Research's X-Plane Android flight sim [#io2010]

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I'm pretty sure I could probably fly myself home after spending a few minutes with Laminar Research's X-Plane Android flight simulator (this is no mere "app"), which we toyed around with at Google IO. You have seven airplanes -- Piper Malibu, Beach King-Air, Eclipse Jet-500, Piaggio Avanti, Cirrus Vision, Cessna 172 and Columbia 400 -- from which you can choose, and it features custom terrain (no Google Earth here) and even shows where lift is affecting the aircraft. It's not available yet in the Android Market because they're waiting for a few technical issues (with the Market, not their app) to be resolved. But hopefully we'll see this soon. Check it out after the break. Anybody want to navigate for me?

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3 years ago

Android's Andy Rubin: It's 'legacy,' not 'fragmentation' [#io2010]

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First question out of the gate today for the Android leadership at Google IO was about everybody's favorite subject: fragmentation. And VP of engineering Andy Rubin put things in perspective: 

Some of the press has called this "fragmentation," and that's probably the wrong word for this. The better word for it is "legacy." These phones and devices ... the iteration ... is incredibly fast.

And when we stop to think about it, we like that term. It's not all fire and brimstone like you guys are looking for, but it's the way it is.

Look, that's really not going to make a lot of you happy. But that's just the hard truth: These phones are progressing extremely fast. At some point yours will be old. At some point ours will be old. And we'll all have to live with that.

Check out the whole exchange after the break.

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