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4 years ago

Viper SmartStart launches on Android, brings remote vehicle start and more

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Viper SmartStart

Directed Electronics has released its popular Viper SmartStart application for the Android platform, which allows drivers to remotely start their car, lock and unlock doors, pop the trunk, and more.

You've probably seen their iPhone app featured in an AT&T iPhone commercial.   Be aware, it does take hardware in your vehicle, which you may not have and will need to have installed.  While applications like this may not be for everyone, it's great to see developers of top tier products supporting Android, it shows that they too see the potential behind out friendly green robot.  You can download the application from the market and at Viper.com , and it would be great to hear from anyone who's converted over from iOS and is using the iPhone app -- let us know how they compare.  Hit the jump for the full press release. [Viper]

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4 years ago

Motorola sells 2.7 million smartphones in Q2, $162 million in earnings overall

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Motorola Q2 2010 earnings

Motorola this morning announced its second-quarter numbers, earning $162 million in Q2. That's up from $26 million in Q2 2009. Overall, however, mobile sales were down 6 percent, to $1.7 billion, compared to last year. Motorola cited the Droid X, i1 and it's applications section as it shipped 2.7 million smartphones.

CEO Sanjay Jha said he expects sell between 12 million and 14 million smartphones by the end of the year, and Motorola should have released more than 20 models worldwide. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Wii remote + Droid X + Mario 3 = best mobile gaming platform ever?

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Wii remote controlling the emulator action on the Motorola Droid X.

As if the Droid X wasn't awesome enough, Android Central reader Derek, dwd3885 on the forumsshows us what gaming on the go is really about. He shows off his amazing Super Mario Brothers 3 skills on his X using his Wii remote to control the action. This goes right along with the PlayStation emulator to make Android one of the most versatile work/entertainment/communication platforms ever seen, and the Droid X is just the right hardware to really bring out the best. Check out the video after the break. Thanks, Derek! 

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4 years ago

Samsung's latest Vibrant commercial is another winner

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Samsung's Vibrant commercial

Because one commercial for its Galaxy S line of carrier branded phones wasn't enough, Samsung has put out another Hollywood style production for the T-Mobile Vibrant (maybe you've read our review?).  It's great -- this is what commercials should be like, and 100 percent hairy palm free (ewwww) this time.  Check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Nexus One strapped to a rocket takes Android to 28,000 feet

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Nexus One on a rocket

Nexus One. Android. Rocket motors. You see where this is going, right? Self-described "Freelance scientific molecular evolutionary biological videographic NASA microgravitational & space education specialist" (and Phish fan) Matthew Reyes dropped word to Make: Online about the RocketMavericks event last weekend in Nevada, where James Dougherty's Intimidator-5 rocket did the deed. It was all in the name as using smartphone technology as low-cost rocket components, which is about the coolest thing we've ever heard.

Nexus One went up, Nexus One came down, shooting video all long the way. Did it survive? Well, watch the video after the break, and be sure to check out the Flickr page for the aftermath. [Make: OnlineFlickrThanks, dppatel!

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4 years ago

Google CEO says Android and subscription news could net $10 billion

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Google considers subscription news service

According to CEO Eric Schmidt, Google has positioned itself to make $10 billion dollars or more per year in the mobile business, from things like subscription news.  "If we have a billion people using Android, you think we can't make money from that?" He went on to say that it would only take 10 dollars per person, per year, and among other things, Google might earn that money from selling access to digital content from newspapers. 

We're used to thinking of Google as a search and advertising giant, but maybe the big G has plans to expand?  It makes sense -- Google gives away Android, and they certainly know how to generate cash.  Considering the other Google services, they have the ability to do paid news right.  What else they have in mind to go along with paid news, Schmidt didn't say, but some sort of music service has been tossed around a lot lately, too.  Make it as functional and personalized as everything else Android, and you got my 10 bucks Mr. Schmidt. [WSJ via Electronista]

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4 years ago

Is HTC commencing its Froyo rollout?

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HTC’s European representative, Mark Moons, let it slip through a tweet that there’s a chance Froyo will begin rollout to their many devices starting with HTC Desires in the Netherlands as soon as tomorrow. A Dutch tech news site, tweakers.net comments that, “the update will start Thursday, but due to a limit on bandwidth it will be a gradual rollout” again, that’s if they have all the kinks worked out and are ready to roll out this highly anticipated update. Nonetheless we can all be sure that all  Desire owners in the Netherlands will be checking for updates nonstop tomorrow. [via engadget and tweakers.net]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: FlightView

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FlightView for AndroidFlightView for Android

If you fly more than, say, once a year, you absolutely should look into an Android travel app. And a new one to Android is FlightView. It's got the all the basics that you'd expect from a top flight-tracking app --track by flight number, track by route, flight mapping, speed and altitude, departure and arrival info, delays at major airports, notes -- the works, basically.

FlightView is nicely designed and easy to use. You also can save flight info to build an itinerary, which is a must for frequent fliers. But that's also where FlightView's Achilles' heel presents itself -- there's no integration (yet) with a service such as Tripit. You have to manually input all of your flights, which is OK if it's just one or two, but a big pain if you have connecting flights. The developer tells us, however, such service will be added in future updates.

But for now, if you've looking to try another travel app, FlightView's a solid performer. It's available in ad-supported form, or for the low, low price of 99 cents. More pics and download information is after the break.

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4 years ago

Galaxy S Froyo ROM alive, kicking and handled

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Galaxy S with Froyo

Remember how a leaked Froyo ROM was promised for the Galaxy S? Well, it's out, it's working (mostly) and Italian site HDblog has been giving it the what-for on camera. A reminder that this is for the international version of the Galaxy S and won't (yet) work with your Samsung Captivate or Vibrant, but hopefully we'll see that change soon. Check out the hands-on video after the break. [Samsung-Firmware, HDblog] Thanks, iNicc0lo.

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4 years ago

Awesome combo of Nexus One, Wiimote and bike handlebar holder

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Nexus One Wiimote

What do you get when you combine a Nexus One, a bike handlebar holder and a Wiimote? The answer is a whole lot of awesome.

YouTube user baza210 made this awesome contraption and made a video demonstrating it while playing an old-school SNES ROM. See the video after the break. What makes this even better is that he is playing one of my favorite games of all time, Super Mario World!

This is what makes Android great, so keep coming up with superb ways to use these devices, and we'll keep showing them. [via CrunchGear]

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4 years ago

Change your wallpaper

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Android wallpaperSo you just got a new Android phone. One of the first things you're going to want to look into is changing the wallpaper. And you've got several options.

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4 years ago

Sprint adds Evo 4G, 111,000 net subscribers in the second quarter

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Sprint lovo

Sprint this morning announced its second-quarter earnings, and more than a few investors likely had to be picked up off the floor after learning that the carrier had a net gain in subscribers for the first time in three years.

We'll let that soak in for a second. Sprint gained more subscribers than it lost. For the first quarter in three years. (That's, like, a lot of quarters.) There were a total of 111,000 subscribers gained in Q2, which also happens to be when the Evo 4G, Sprint's largest (and currently best) Android smartphone was released.

Money-wise, Sprint saw $8 billion in revenue but a net loss of $760 million, which it attributes to some long-winded financial thingy you can read all about if you want. [Sprint]

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4 years ago

New Motorola ad takes aim at Apple

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Motorola aims at Apple

Ever since the onset of Apple's "Antennagate" whoopsie, iPhone competitors have been hitting back hard, probably because Apple's been trying to drag everyone else down with it, with the Droid X the most recent target of Steve Job's gnarled finger pointing. 

We've previously seen an ad from Samsung that fought back, and now Motorola has joined the game with a new, more direct, ad for the Droid X

As you can see, the first words that pop out at you are "No Jacket Required," an obvious stab a Apple giving free cases to anyone who wants their phone to actually work. It has been fun to see the whole drama play out.  [via Motorola's Facebook page] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Is this the myTouch 3G HD? And is it T-Mobile's first HSPA+ smartphone?

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myTouch 3G HD

We know all you T-Mobile fans are waiting with bated breath over what's going to be the carrier's first HSPA+ phone for its updated network.  One train of thought is that it'll be the as-yet-unannounced HTC Vision/Blaze. Let's throw something new into the mix. Above is what our tipster says is the myTouch 3G HD, and indeed it does seem to match the shape of that mystery T-Mobile HSPA+ phone silhouetted at TMo's website [via PhoneScoop].

But, wait, there's more. Source code for the HSPA+ site [via BGR] originally made use of the "Vanguard" code name, which we've seen before and was widely believed to have been the HTC Vision/Blaze. That Vanguard reference is now missing, which could mean that it was a true leak, or it could mean that it was just wrong. Or maybe it means what we see above is the Vanguard. Who knows?

But let's return our attention to that tall-drink of black-slab water you see above, which at least "feels" like more than a fan-rendered mockup (though that's still a possibility). That's definitely a sizable touchscreen, and the Genius button introduced on the myTouch 3G Slide is back, alongside physical home, menu and back buttons (matching what's on the myTouch 3G Slide, along with the trackpad). We're thinking that button on the side is slaved to the camera. And speaking of cameras, is that a front-facing job up there next to the earpiece?

Anyhoo, for now we'll have to wait and see what comes out of it all. Anybody licking their chops over this one? Thanks, C!

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4 years ago

Is this Froyo on the Droid X? Maybe

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DroidX Froyo

If you were awake and paying attention late last night, you probably saw a few people talking about some pictures of Froyo on the Droid X.  We were awake, too (we never sleep), and discussing how easy it would be to fake some of what we saw.  Hey, you have to be a bit skeptical when you do what we do. 

Then we ran across what you see above.  Nobody here is saying it's real, and nobody here is saying it's fake.  We are saying that if someone did happen to have a test version of Froyo installed on their X, this is what it would look like.  Sure would like to see what's see blurred out in the kernel and system version entries. (That's as opposed to a late-night leak to Engadget, which looks more like a simple build.prop edit.)

Anyhoo, here ya go.  If it's fake, it's a cruel and unfunny prank.  If it's real, someone at Verizon is testing Froyo (and the fact that it's rooted and running DroCap2 is a sure sign it's still in testing) and was kind or brave enough to show the world.  All we can be sure of is that it's interesting. [My Droid World via Droid Life]

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