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4 years ago

Bing: It's not just for Verizon anymore

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Bing

For those of you looking longingly at your friends on Verizon as they Bing their way through the day, take note. If you find yourself constantly asking "How can I get that wonderful Bing Decision Engine on my phone?", pay heed: Bing (read our full review) is now available on every phone, every carrier, for every decision.

That's right, for the low, low price of free in the Android Market, you can forgo Google, forsake the search engine that brought you this fair Android operating system, and Bing your way through life. It's OK. We won't tell. [Bing]

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4 years ago

Swype for Android beta updated

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Swype beta for Android

For those of you rocking the Swype beta -- ie it did NOT come presinstalled on your phone -- it just got a pretty sizable update. Here's the full changelog:

  • Resolved an accuracy issue that was introduced in the last Beta update. New software features supporting additional languages were included in the beta before the test plan for those features was complete (it is a beta after all). Subsequent testing identified the accuracy issue and corrections made. These new tests have been incorporated into our regression testing to prevent future accuracy issues.
  • Added Double-Tap-to-Edit and Cursor Restore
  • Added microphone button (QWERTY only. Requires Google Voice Search be pre-integrated in your phone’s ROM)
  • Added French & EXPERIMENTAL Chinese Pinyin languages
  • Modified new word priority defaults. The word-choice-window will now be ordered more intelligently when encountering custom dictionary words
  • Fixed a bug where an extra space would be added when replacing a word by Swyping after opening the word choice window
  • Improved the "Hidden-Word" dialog handling so it doesn't show up as often (more improvements to this next time)
  • Improved prediction when handling various path collisions
  • Lots of minor bug fixes

The tl;dr version:  Better, faster, with voice-to-text, finally. Now only if Swype would put this in the market. For those of you already in the beta, head to beta.swype.com/android/get to update your installer. For everybody else, well ... [Swype] Thanks, Sean!

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4 years ago

Droid 2 Global gets root and bootstrapping

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Some lucky folks out there have managed to already receive their shipments for the Droid 2 Global and with that, some have even taken the time to put it to the test to see if it can be rooted and bootstrapped. Which, appears to be possible using the regular Droid 2 methods. But of course, we do have to advise that you exercise caution if you choose to give it a run through. With that disclaimer out of the way, anyone get their Droid 2 Global? If so, let us know in the forums. We'd love to see some sexy pics and unboxings. [DroidLife]

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4 years ago

Best Buy to feature Nexus S materials as soon as Nov. 14 [rumor]

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Best Buy Nexus S demo

When it rains, it often pours -- Nexus S (or Nexus Elite, or Nexus 2; pick your poison at this point) rumors are no different.  The fellows at Android Police have got their hands on an internal screen from Best Buy, showing that promotional materials, and possibly some sort of dummy unit, are scheduled to be set up by Nov. 14.  We checked with our Best Buy source, and while they can't confirm, they say it certainly looks to be in order.  Maybe those "mistakes" at the Best Buy website weren't off the mark after all?

Who else will be trucking out to Best Buy come Sunday? [Android Police]

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4 years ago

Samsung Elite /Nexus S / Nexus 2 pics from the wild

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Nexus Elite

Call it the Samsung Elite, the Nexus 2, or the Nexus S -- finally some photos have cropped up.  Engadget has a handful of shots of what they are calling the Nexus S, complete with packaging labeled "i9020."  There's a SIM card slot, if you had any doubt of a GSM device. If you don't want to get your hopes up based on a Best Buy snafu, these should certainly give you some hope.  Hit the source link to see the complete set. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Froyo leak made available to all

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Epic 4G

Last weekend when the Froyo leak for the Epic 4G rolled out, there was a bit of consternation about the folks that had the leak not wanting to share it with the public-at-large.  Somebody, somewhere decided that this needed changing, and the leak is now available for download and flashing.  You'll need to be rooted of course, and bug reports vary wildly, from no issues to plenty of force closes and reboots. 

If you're that kind of guy (or gal), grab the file at the source and give it a go! [XDA-Developers] Thanks Casey!

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4 years ago

Rhapsody for Android 2.0 available now

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A lot of folks have signed up for the Rhapsody beta test, and now version 2.0 is available for all in the Android Market. Rhapsody has been trying to work out any kinks within the app itself and thus far has done a pretty good job. A few new features are included with this build:

  • Download and offline playback of your playlists!
  • Download playlists and manage your downloads through the My Playlists menu.
  • New toolbar with download and other options on the playlist screen.
  • Offline mode displaying unique UI and available menu items.
  • Settings: Clear Pending Downloads from the My Playlists menu; Force Offline Mode or Remove All Downloads from the Settings screen.
  • A completely refreshed user interface.
  • Artist Radio available right from the Artist screen, and a new "Search Artist Stations" option.
  • High-resolution album art (when available for specific releases).

Despite all the new additions and bug fixes added to the latest release, a few known issues do still exist so keep that in mind when deciding to use it. You can read the full change log and known issues via the Rhapsody website. If you want to give it try, the download link can certainly be found after the break. [Rhapsody]

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4 years ago

This the Samsung Elite/Nexus S/Nexus 2?

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Best Buy Samsung Elite

Before we all go too crazy over this Best Buy Mobile in-store "gift-shopper's smorgasbord" image, which shows a Samsung-esque phone that looks like it could match the oft-rumored by never-confirmed (and possibly misnamed) Nexus S or Nexus 2, remember this: Best Buy has also showed the HTC Aria towering over the Evo 4G, and with 4G data, no less.

It's also interesting that the home button is all the way to the right. Has that been done on any other phone? And maybe the green-colored icons at the bottom and top are Gingerbread. Or maybe it's another bad Photoshop job. We know. We're Debbie Downers like that. [Best Buy Mobile via Engadget]

More in the official "Where the hell is Gingerbread" form

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4 years ago

Gingerbread coming today? It's still pinging

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread

The big ol' unsourced, unconfirmed, who-knows-if-it's-true rumor of the past week or so has been that Android  2.3 -- Gingerbread -- will be announced/released/something today. It's just about lunchtime, and no sign of anything sweet yet -- though as you can see from the Google analytics above, it looks like it's still pinging around out there.

Will we see it today? Dunno. Will we see it tomorrow? Dunno. Are our fingers crossed? Absofrigginlutely.

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4 years ago

Leaked: Android 2.2.1 for the Motorola Droid (FRG83), and rooted, no less

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Droid2.2.1

For all of you who are still holding strong to your Motorola Droid the folks at MyDroidWorld have been kind enough to leak an update for you. This update, which is build FRG83, brings things up to Android 2.2.1 -- just like on the Nexus One. This update has already been rooted for your pleasure and you can chose between an odexed or deodexed version of the update. While sadly an exact changelog has not been released, it seems as though the users have good reports and no major issues. So, if you got a Droid, download the leaked update for yourself! [via MyDroidWorld]

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4 years ago

Welcome the HaiPad ... wait, what?

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HaiPad

Have no fear, your eyes are not deceiving you. This is an iPad looking, Android running tablet that is actually available for purchase. The device runs Android 2.1 with a 1080p HDMI output, a built in camera, and is available with a 7 inch display. Check the video out after the jump for a rather funny unboxing of the unit and some more information. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

**Warning - video contains adult language mixed with the humor**

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4 years ago

Best Buy tips the 'Nexus S' on T-Mobile? Maybe, or maybe not

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Best Buy Nexus S

Hmmmmmmm. So Best Buy apparently had up some sort of preorder slot for the Nexus S, a "Pure Google" phone "Only available at Best Buy this holiday season." And the image placeholder points to T-Mobile, eh? So maybe Best Buy knows something the rest of us have been speculating about and will have an exclusive period.

Or -- and you'll have to forgive our cynicism here -- maybe it's just some SEO trickery at work. Wouldn't be the first time we've seen an online store list an unreleased (and occasionally unannounced) phone just to get a leg up on everybody else. Regardless, the link's down now. Oh, and about that "Nexus S" name -- we're hearing otherwise. [Best Buy via Phandroid]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible maintenance update starting to trickle in

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Droid Incredible update

Looks like the Droid Incredible update -- the one that along with a host of bugfixes puts Verizon's VCAST app store thingy on your phone (hurray?) -- is finally pushing out. Loyal reader Kenneth sends word (and the above screen shot). So if you're going to the stock route, go grab it. And if anyone wants to snag us the manual download location (here's how), that'd be great, too! More in the Droid Incredible forums

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4 years ago

Fuze Meeting for Android Tablets -- the virtual conference room

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Fuze for Android

Fuze Box has announced its Fuze Meeting software, designed for tablets, that brings virtual conferencing to Android.  Fuze Meeting already exists for Android phones, as well as Apple and BlackBerry devices and the desktop, but the latest version has been optimized for use on the Galaxy Tab's 1024x600 screen. 

Fuze Meeting is not just a chat application.  It's an invitation-only virtual meeting, that allows users of the software to participate real time -- including sharing content from the Tablet itself.  Desktop hosts can also share their workspace with attendees, and support for hosting and desktop sharing from Tablet devices is said to be coming next year.  To top it all off, VOIP software is included on the Android application so CDMA phones can share data and voice with attendees.  Fuze Meeting is a free application, but hosting meetings requires a subscription.  You can read about pricing information here.

It's refreshing to see Tab specific content and applications geared to the business user so quickly, and if Fuze Meeting performs as well as expected, it's something to check out.  You can download Fuze Meeting for Android (including the tablet version) from Fuze (redirects to the Android Market based on your device), and we have the full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Tab available today; AT&T's version coming Nov. 21 for $649?

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab

The second of the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch Android tablet is now available. Verizon's variant goes for $599 -- that's sans contract or rebate. A data plan will run you $20 a month for 1 of the ol' gee-bees.

Meanwhile, Engadget got a leaked screen shot that shows AT&T's version coming Nov. 21 for $649, with data plans at $14.99 for 250MB and $25 a month for 2GB of data. Will that be at all competitive with the iPad? Eh, we'll see.

T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy Tab already is available, and Sprint's will be here Nov. 14 for $399 on contract.

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