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5 years ago

HTC Magic Coming to Italy's TIM

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Oh yes! Italians can get in on the Android HTC Magic fun! Italy's TIM has put up a website for the HTC Magic for a low, low (read: high, high) price of €449 which is roughly $595 (yowza!). But hey, we're sure some people are willing to pay that hefty price to get their hands on the Second Android Device.

No launch date is posted so who knows when this is releasing but at least it's better than being left in the dark like us T-Mobile US customers!

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Gets Faked with No Slideout Keyboard - Huh?

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Here's a funny image to brighten your Monday--that picture above isn't a shot of the T-Mobile G1 but rather of a fake, knockoff version that not only fakes the hardware but also runs some knockoff version of Android. It doesn't come with a slideout hardware keyboard and um, what's the point of faking Android? It's free to license!

Either way, it's pretty hilarious and if anyone was to ever spot one of these in real life be sure to send it in!

Hit the jump for more pictures!

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Germany Says Cupcake Update Coming in May

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Hey, hey! Another Cupcake release rumor! But this time it comes from a more reputable source: T-Mobile Germany. How's that for (semi) official?

According to T-Mobile Germany's website, it looks like they're showcasing the Cupcake update to release in May. It doesn't really state US release plans, but hey if Germany is getting Cupcake in May, we can't be too far off right? If you forgot what Cupcake was, educate yourself:

  • Additional on-screen keyboard
  • Video recording and playback
  • Pictures and video include one-click Picasa and YouTube uploads
  • Automatic adjustment of the touchscreen when the G1 is held horizontal or vertical
  • Support for Bluetooth stereo headsets

[via gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 26 April 2009

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We're pretty sure that if you're reading this, you're the sort who likes exclusive, breaking details on Smartphones. We had that aplenty this week. Nokia Experts got the full skinny on the AT&T Nokia E71x in the form of PDF guides and a confirmation of a May 4th release. PreCentral.net scored an internal head-to-head between the iPhone and the Palm Pre. CrackBerry.com saw yet another Storm OS leak.

We're also pretty sure you like free stuff. So you'll want to check out the What Would You Do for a Palm Pre Giveaway. We're also incredibly proud that CrackBerry.com reached - wait for it - One Million Members! They'll be tossing out celebratory gifts to them this week. WMExperts will be giving away a phone (check there on Monday). Also, did you know that The iPhone Blog is approaching their 1 year anniversary in a couple weeks? Expect some fun to happen there soon, too!

Much more more happened in the smartphone world, so as usual, we bring you our "Best of SPE roundup." Come take a look at what's news!

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5 years ago

How To Future Proof Your Android Apps for Android 1.5

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We're all excited about Android 1.5 here at Android Central but Google has just notified us that not all current apps may work in Android 1.5. Luckily, they've provided a few reasons on why certain apps may break and how to "future-proof" your applications. For a full read up you can head to the official Android Developers Blog but the rules to live by are as follows:

  1. Don't use internal API's
  2. Don't directly manipulate settings
  3. Don't go overboard with layouts
  4. Don't assume all hardware (i.e. physical keyboard) will be available
  5. Make sure you allow "graceful" re-orientations of the screen

Got it guys? Good! If you avoid these 5 problems your app should be fine! If you don't, be sure to read up on the Android Dev Blog to see what to do.

 

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5 years ago

Google Product Search Optimized for Android

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Google Product Search is a nifty way to get a quick price range, reviews, ratings, and details all through the power of search. Thankfully, all that information is now easily accessible on your Android Device. This new optimized feature is incredibly useful when you're in a store and want to learn more about a product.

We think this is a pretty neat feature but most users would probably choose an app like ShopSavvy before it. Either way, this is a great bonus feature for Android. What do you guys think? Would you use Google Product Search on Android?

Hit the jump to see a video on how it works!

[google blog]

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5 years ago

MSI prepping Android netbook?

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MSI and Android

There's no denying that the release of new Android phones has been – and we're putting this mildly – much slower than expected. But it looks like the MID market is picking up, and now comes word that MSI, best known for its internal hardware and now for its Wind series of netbooks, may be getting into the Android game.

Digitimes [via Engadget] reports that an Android-based netbook may make an appearance at the Computex show in Taiwan in early June.

Micro-Star International (MSI) plans to showcase an Android-based netbook at Computex 2009 aiming to gain orders from global PC vendors, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.

So while we might not be seeing as many Android phones as we'd hoped at this point, at least the platform itself seems to be steadily growing. Question is: Will this become the year of the Android netbook?

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5 years ago

Acer Releasing Android Device In 2009 ? Exec Says Likely

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We've covered the Acer Android Smartphone a ton here at Android Central--from super secret notebook notes to a possible September release date--but now we've finally got some actual quotes from an Acer exec detailing their Android plans:

“We have not made any formal announcement of an Android- based device, although it’s likely that we’ll have one in 2009,” Aymar de Lencquesaing commented in a television interview today from Singapore. “We intend to have devices that will take advantage of multiple platforms.”

What's going to be unique about Acer's Android Devices is that they're going to use its presence in both the computer and mobile phone worlds to offer a better synchronizing experience--a synergy of sorts. They want to answer the question, "How do I port my environment from one device to another?"

Answer it Acer, answer it. We can't wait to see what you guys are cooking up!

[bloomberg]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G1 Hits a Million Units Sold!

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Amidst all the disappointing news in T-Mobile's Q1 financial results was one lone bright spot--a milestone reached: the T-Mobile G1 had finally passed the 1 Million units sold in the USA. And though many may think that the G1 selling a million units since October isn't big a deal, realize the circumstances--T-Mobile is the smallest carrier in the US, its 3G network has just begun to rollout, and well, that's a lot to overcome.

We commend the G1 for selling a million units and we welcome all you brand new Android users out there! Once T-Mobile brings in more Android devices, there'll surely be more good news to pass around.

[via tmonews]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Posts Disappointing Financial Results

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Yeah, that mean, mean animal of an economy shows no mercy. T-Mobile only had 415,000 net additions compared to 981,000 additions last year...you don't need an economist to tell you that's a pretty steep drop. It looks like T-Mobile is facing steeper competition from budget-carrier such as Boost Mobile, MetroPCS, etc. Expect more good deals to come out from T-Mobile to combat the competition.

[via tmonews]

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5 years ago

Pair of Chinese Android MIDs announced

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Routon P760

We're still waiting to see an Android-powered MID (mobile Internet device) hit the market, and the Chinese Routon P760 and its cousin, the P730, could be the first. Here's what we're looking at:

  • A 4.8-inch, 800x480 touchscreen.
  • Either 4GB or 8GB of flash storage.
  • EVDO for a data connection (though GSM reportedly is an option).
  • 677 MHz Samsung processor.
  • 256MB RAM.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.
  • GPS
  • 2.0MP camera
  • 2,000 mAh battery

That's the P760 above. The P730 is the same, only without the numeric keypad. They may hit the market in May, but don't expect to see them on store shelves anywhere near you anytime soon.

Via Android Community

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson may launch Android phone on Orange by Christmas

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Well, that didn't take long. No sooner than CEO Hideki Komiyama says there's "some time to go" before SE puts out an Android device we get word that we could possibly see a phone on the Orange network by the end of the year.

From Digitimes:

The Commercial Times quoted market sources citing internal documents at Europe-based carrier Orange which indicate that Sony Ericsson and Orange will jointly launch Android phones in time for the 2009 year-end holiday season.

Looks like there may be stockings filled with little Android phones after all.

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5 years ago

Hey Look! Android Has a Landscape On-Screen Keyboard!

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If you were wondering how the on-screen keyboard works in Android 1.5 (aka Cupcake), the good folks over at the Android Developer's Blog have a great write up on soft keyboards and all its glory.

There are multiple ways for developers to implement soft keyboards in their applications: a basic pan and scan method that basically moves the target application around to accommodate for the soft keyboard, a resize method that resizes the application window so that all aspects are visible, and a fullscreen or extract method where the target application is left as is and the keyboard pops up to re-orient it (this is mainly for landscape inputs).

If you're a developer, you can geek out with the details, code, etc over at the Android Developer's Blog. If you're just a regular old Android user, know that with a landscape keyboard, your fat fingers should have no problem typing on a soft keyboard.

[android developers blog]

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5 years ago

Skytone Alpha 680 Netbook Running Android

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Yep, another day another Android netbook. The Alpha 680 netbook is made by China-based Skytone and it comes in a very unique tablet-esque form factor. However, as sweet as the convert-ability looks, the Alpha 680 packs a very light punch. Here's the very-underwhelming hardware details: 533 MHz ARM processor, 7 inch 800x600 touchscreen, 128MB ram, 1GB hard drive with SD card expansion, and optional 3G.

Yeah, the hardware ain't so hot but reports have this netbook selling in the $100 range. For $100? A pretty good deal. Anything more? Not so great.

Is anyone interested in an Android netbook? What about one with such weak specs?

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson CS8 Pops Up At The FCC

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We've talked about the Sony Ericsson CS8 before at Android Central and now it's an even more official since it passed through the strict guidelines of the FCC. Though we had originally speculated that this may be Sony Ericsson's Android device, things are looking less likely considering Sony Ericsson just said that their Android device still has some time to go.

Either way, this looks like a pretty sweet device for T-Mobile users: 8.1 megapixel camera, bluetooth, wi-fi, gps, etc., if only it were guaranteed to be Android!

[via tmonews]

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