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3 years ago

Someone's working on a Facebook phone

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Facebook phone

Remember how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said they weren't working on a Facebook phone? Maybe he's not (or wasn't at the time), but it sure looks like someone is. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group got a submission dated Dec. 23 for the INQ Cloud Touch that is described as the following:

INQ Cloud Touch is an Android smartphone built to make messaging faster and smarter. It’s designed around the way people naturally communicate and has Facebook built into its core. The homescreen features multiple entry points to different Facebook functions, while a dynamic widget displays a feed of status updates, albums, videos and photos.

A lot of that's your typical hardware/software talking points ("the way people naturally communicate"). But it's the "Facebook built into its core" and "multiple entry points to different Facebook functions" that perks our ears up a little bit. That and the whole Android-based thing. So maybe we're going to see an official Facebook phone. Or maybe somebody's tapping into whatever APIs are available. [Bluetooth SIG via Pocketnow]

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3 years ago

How to tell if your phone is rooted

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Am I rootedIt's a question get all the time: "Is my phone rooted?

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3 years ago

Dell Streak 7 gets broken down on video

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When T-Moible announced the Dell Streak 7 at CES, many were a bit puzzled when it was discovered it will be launching with Froyo. No Gingerbread, no Honeycomb. While we sit here and scratch our heads, others have been busy breaking this 7-inch successor to the original Dell Streak down. Along with T-Mobile now taking email registrations for the release of the Streak 7, a video has popped up which gives us a good look at the blood and guts of this device. Hit the break for the full video, and be warned, you may want to lower your volume for this one. [Tinh Te via Engaget]

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3 years ago

Official PlayStation app now available in Euro Android Market

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 PlayStation App

If you happen to be a European PlayStation owner with an Android device, then today is your lucky day. Sony has released the official PlayStation app for Android, a very pretty app which for the moment falls a little short on functionality. Find out more about features, along with a QR code after the jump.

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3 years ago

So there's a Verizon iPhone 4, eh?

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Verizon iPhone

So there's a Verizon iPhone eh? Well isn't that special? We've been following all of the Verizon iPhone coverage at our sister site, TiPb.com, where they're just shy of asploding over the prospect of actually using an iPhone to make calls. Everything's changed. Again.

Only it hasn't, really. Same ol' iPhone, hardware-wise (yeah, the GSM radio's been swapped for CDMA). That's it. You get wireless hotspot, though. And that's nice, though Android and Palm have had that for a while now.

None of that newfangled (and pretty awesome) LTE data that we're getting on Android. None of that dual-core processor goodness that we're getting on Android. Customizable home screens? Nope. Anything-goes market? Nope. (OK, that's a plus and a minus.)

Point is, Android's not going anywhere anytime soon, Verizon iPhone or no Verizon iPhone. If anything, Verizon's going to do its damndest to make sure its already strong network remains so with the arrival of the iPhone -- and that's good news for the rest of us.

In the meantime, if you're curious about this Verizon iPhone thing, be sure to check out TiPb for the latest. And then head back here so we can get some real work done.

Anyone switching from Android to the Verizon iPhone?online survey

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3 years ago

A comparison of Verizon's new LTE lineup [from the forums]

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the verizon lte lineup

Verizon announced four heavy LTE hitters at CES 2011, and it's a lot to digest if you're already planning your future purchase.  Have no fear -- Android Central forums member RichardClark has created a great spreadsheet in Google Docs that compares the HTC Thunderbolt, the LG Revolution, the Motorola Droid Bionic, and the Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone (as well as the Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix 4G) specs side-by-side for your viewing pleasure.  It's chock full of information about each, and a great way to keep track of which phone has the features you need.  Check it out in the forums, and be sure to thank Richard for his hard work!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile UK slashes 'fair use' mobile data limit to 500MB

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 T-Mobile

T-Mobile UK is the latest British network to impose stricter limits on how their customers can use mobile data. From February 1, customers will be subject to a "fair use" limit of 500MB, beyond which access to stuff like video streaming and 'file downloading' will be restricted. Currently T-Mobile offers a generous fair use limit of 3GB per month for Android smartphones on their network.

Find out more about how this will be changing after the jump. [T-Mobile UK]

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3 years ago

Motorola reportedly to ship 700,000-800,000 Xoom tablets in first quarter of 2011

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Fresh off of CES 2011, the anticipation for the Motorola Xoom probably couldn't be any higher, and many of us here think it was one of the best showings at CES. Motorola apparently shares that excitement. According to DigiTimes, Motorola is expecting to launch between 700,000 and 800,000 Xooms in the first quarter of 2011. That's a hefty amount for the first three months of the year, especially considering the Xoom isn't immediately available. If Motorola hits that target and sales stay at a constant, we could be looking at over 3 million Xoom shipped by years end.  

Now, shipped units and sold units are different figures, so we will have to keep an eye on both going into the future, but Motorola obviously expects to be selling a lot of these, and we can't really blame them. Be sure to sound off in our Xoom Forums and share you thoughts with us! [via DigiTimes

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3 years ago

Android coding vs WP7 coding -- one developer's conclusions

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Android development with the Eclipse IDE

Microsoft gave its mobile offerings a huge overhaul with Windows Phone 7, putting them on par with phones running iOS or Android in the eyes of many.  All bias aside, I think they have a winner in the works; it's very nice for a Version 1 product.  We all know (whether we agree or not) smartphone platforms are only successful if developers get on board.  Developers only want to get on board if they fell the platform will be successful -- it's a catch-22.  Norwegian developer and consultant Frode "Nilzor" Nilsen decided to take a hands on approach and see the differences in application development between WP7 and Android, to help decide which platform he wanted to focus on.  Hit the break to find out more. [Nilzor's Techblog via WP Central]

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3 years ago

MiniSquadron Special edition is here!

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MiniSquadron Special Edition

MiniSquadron, one of our favorite games of 2010, is back in 2011 with a 99-cent special edition. New planes (and helicopters), new levels, and hours and hours of my workday spent "testing" the updated app. The game's on sale through Jan. 17. Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony dismisses reports of Android 2.4 on Xperia Arc, promises 'timely' updates

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A post by Sony Ericsson's Rikard Skogberg on the company's Product Blog contains some interesting news about the upcoming Xperia Arc. Firstly, Skogberg pours cold water on reports that some of the Arc devices shown at CES were running "Android 2.4," saying that it was the result of a "misconfiguration," and "nothing to get too excited about." (As we all know it takes about 30 seconds to change the Android version number on a rooted phone, we're inclined to believe him.)

He also addresses concerns about future updates for the Arc, as this is one area where Sony Ericsson has lagged behind other manufacturers.

"It’s too early to officially give detailed comments around specific later Android versions for XperiaTM arc during its lifecycle but the changes we have made to our way of working with Android puts us in a good position to make sure that Xperia arc will get later versions in a timely manner."

It's good to see Sony Ericsson finally addressing something that's been a serious thorn in their side with their previous generation of Android phones, though this will be of little comfort to Froyo-less Xperia X10 owners.

You can find more Xperia Arc details from this latest posting, including specs and a video tour of the phone's home screen after the jump. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

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3 years ago

Get the Samsung Fascinate update with no waiting [from the forums]

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Samsung Fascinate

 Want to get the update Verizon has put out for the Samsung Fascinate, but don't feel like waiting for it to push to you?  Android Central forums Adviser Adrynalyne has the fully updated package all ready to download and flash.

It's the stock, non-rooted version that a Verizon employee would use if he or she needed to reflash your phone, including all the Bing and bloatware you can eat. 

Be warned that while you don't need to be rooted to run this update, you will need to use some advanced tools and methods.  That's the kind of help you can find in the Android Central Fascinate forums, so don't be afraid to dive in there and find the help you might need.

Fire up your computer, grab your USB cable, and get cracking!

[Android Central forumsThanks Adynalyne!

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3 years ago

Sprint cuts Samsung Epic 4G price

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 Epic 4G

In response to the recent launch of the HTC EVO Shift 4G at $149.99, Sprint has reduced the cost of the similar Samsung-made Epic 4G to $199.99 on a two-year contract, down $50 from the previous price. Both phones feature 4G connectivity and a slide-out keyboard, though the Epic boasts a larger 4-inch SuperAMOLED screen, compared with the EVO Shift's 3.6-inch LCD.

In terms of software, the Epic is stuck with Android 2.1 for the moment, while the EVO Shift ships with 2.2.

Ordering your Epic 4G through Amazon will save you another $100, making the phone yours for just $99.99. If you're in the market for a 4G phone with a slide-out keyboard on Sprint, then both the Epic and the EVO Shift should serve you well. You can find out more about the Epic 4G and the EVO Shift 4G in our Android devices section. [Sprint on Twitter]

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3 years ago

Samsung Fascinate MR update released

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Samsung Fascinate update

Verizon has released the scheduled maintenance release update for the Samsung Fascinate, and it's not Froyo.  Prepare your rotten tomatoes and pitchforks, because yes, I did say it could be Froyo a few days back when we got tipped about the update.  Unfortunately, it's just the DL09 update that many said wouldn't pass Verizon's quality control.  Looks like it did :)

The good news is that it supposedly fixes the GPS (though many say differently) and offers a slew of other bug fixes and enhancements, and updates all those apps everyone wants to uninstall.  For more info and instructions, hit the source link. [Verizon via Android Central forumsThanks everyone who sent this in!

Want to discuss the good and bad about the update?  Check out the Fascinate forums while I slink off and hide my head in shame.

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3 years ago

Samsung SCH-R910 -- MetroPCS' first Android LTE phone?

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Samsung SCH-R910

A tipster has has provided the above image to BGR, showing the Samsung SCH-R910 -- a Samsung LTE enabled Android phone, with MetroPCS branding.  While we have to file it under the "rumor" category for now, the image pretty much says it all.

According to BGR's source, the Hummingbird CPU is on board, as well as a five MP camera and removable SD card, and MetroPCS subscribers should find it for sale sometime soon.  MetroPCS was first in the states to offer LTE devices, are they trying to be first with an Android LTE phone as well? [BGR]

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