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4 years ago

Samsung Continuum making its way to Verizon stores

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For those, like myself, who have been waiting for the Samsung Continuum since we went hands-on with it, your wait may be coming to an end. Yesterday's update of information left us wondering, and today it appears as though some shots of the device have surfaced in Verizon stores. Ready for an upgrade, and not sure if this is the device for you? Be sure to check out the spec sheet to see how it compares to other Android devices on Verizon, and let's hope for a quick release! [via Android-Life]

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4 years ago

Movies by Flixster updated to include Facebook single sign-on

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At the recent Facebook mobile event, the single sign-on feature was announced with great pride. One of the launch partners mentioned in that announcement was Flixster but until now, no new update had been pushed for the app. Today though, you can now grab v3.0 from the Android Market, which includes the update to add single sign on using Facebook. Download link is after the break, or update in the Market.

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4 years ago

AT&T Motorola Flipside, Bravo dummy units showing up at Costco

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Motorola Diablo, Gallardo

Looks like Motorola's latest are getting ready to launch on AT&T. The Costco dummy units you see above are of the Motorola Flipside (bottom) and Motorola Bravo, a couple of mid-level phones announced at at CTIA. We're assuming AT&T will continue its MO of locking these guys down to the Android Market, but remember, that's what the Android Sideload Wonder Machine is for. Thanks, Mac!

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4 years ago

HTC Legend prepping for dessert -- gets ready for Froyo

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HTC legend gets updated to Froyo.

Us Android users will never turn down a free dessert.  We've had cupcakes, donuts, eclairs, and now, as most of us are waiting for some warm Gingerbread, HTC Legend users can add a nice helping of Froyo to their menu.

HTC announced via its Facebook page that users with an unbranded HTC Legend can expect the update in the coming weeks.  However, due to the prolonged software approval process each carrier must administer, folks with a carrier branded phone will have to wait just a bit longer (per usual).

Nothing leaves us geeks more restless than the announcement of an imminent software update.  Evidenced by user Arnoldthepotter's thread in our forums almost two months ago, where he began the countdown to the HTC Legend Froyo update.  Well, Arnoldthepotter, if you're reading, your countdown just got a lot shorter.  [HTC Facebook]

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4 years ago

Android Accessory Review: HTC A/V Cable for Droid Incredible [video]

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 HTC AV Cable for Droid Incredible

The HTC AV Cable for Droid Incredible is a quick and easy way to display content from your phone onto a TV. The cable plugs into the DInc's microUSB slot on one end and has composite video plugs on the other (sorry, no HD here). The cable offers true mirroring, so anything displayed on your phone shows up on the TV. The plug itself is pretty small, and I had no issues with using it even though I have a case on my phone, but your mileage may vary. Join me past the break as I take a closer look, and be sure to check out the video demonstration and extra pictures!

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 37

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Audio-only stream below

Release info for the Droid Pro, is T-Mobile 4G really 4G, and how where you are affects your cell signal. What are you waiting for? Listen in!

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4 years ago

Opera Mobile for Android coming Nov. 9

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Opera Mobile for Android

If you're dying to get Opera Mobile on your Android phone, it'll be here in just four short days. Nov. 9 is the date set by Opera, and that's the date we shall see the mobile browser come out of beta and into the mainstream. It's been a long time coming, as we first saw Opera Mobile for Android way back at Mobile World Congress in February. Anybody excited about this one? [Opera]

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4 years ago

'My Droid' by Craig Johnston available for preorder

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My Droid bookIf you've been around the mobile space for any amount of time -- and especially if you listen to the CrackBerry podcast -- chances are you've run across our pal and author, Craig Johnston.

Craig's just wrapped up work on "My Droid" (Que) a 432-page tome that walks you step-by-step through the HTC Droid Incredible and Droid Eris, and the Motorola Droid, Droid 2 and Droid X. The book is chock-full of tips and notes and can help you make the most out of your smartphone.

You can preorder the book now from for $16.49 in paperback form, and $9.99 on the Amazon Kindle. [Amazon]

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4 years ago

PBA Bowling 2 brings 3D bowling to your Android device

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Often times after finding a few minutes to spare in a busy day we grab for our Android device and look for something fun to do. Games are always a great way to pass the time, and games that can be picked up and put away at any time are even better. PBA Bowling was a great game and the update to PBA Bowling 2 has made it even better, bringing a much better experience to the Android device. Right off the bat it's a bit obvious that getting strikes could be deemed a little bit easy, but hey who doesn't like a game that they can do well in, right? The 3D graphics are done very well, with lots of great details throughout the whole game, though the motion is a little slow and not quite as fluid as we'd like. Whether you prefer to play alone, or verse a friend the $2.99 spent on this game is worth every penny.

Download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

Realtor.com launches Android real estate search application

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If you're in the market for some new housing arrangements, you might want to check out the latest app from Realtor.com. Making use of GPS and Google Street Views, the Realtor.com app allows you to search within one to twenty miles of your location, locate the property and instantly connect with an agent to schedule a tour. You can also dictate voice notes and email friends and family the listing all from right within the application itself. You can catch the video of it in action after the break or head on over to the Android Market to download it for free.

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4 years ago

Google now approving developers for free Google TV devices

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As we mentioned a little while back, Google has had plans to give developers free Google TV devices for a while now. Keeping good on their word, developers are now reporting that the emails have been sent out for which they have up until 11:59 pm PST Nov. 11 to respond to. After that date, the devices will be shipping out provided you were able to confirm a U.S. shipping address. Really makes me wish I had signed up to be a Google Code developer now. Any of you all out there expecting one to arrive soon? [via MobitureBlog]

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4 years ago

Droid X about to get another update, to Android 2.2.1?

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Droid X with Android 2.2.1

Preface this with the usual disclaimer: Everything you see above can be faked in about 45 seconds. But with that out of the way, it looks like the Motorola Droid X may be getting an update to Android 2.2.1 sometime in the near future. In all likelihood we're looking at bugfixes -- and the probable addition of Verizon's fledgling VCAST app store. As for when? Your guess is as good as ours. [My Droid World via Android Central Forums]

Update: We're hearing the the update should start rolling out on or about Nov. 23-29.

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4 years ago

Android app 'T2 MoodTracker' to be used by the Pentagon?

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The Department of Defense has never been scared of embracing technology in some rather unusual ways. We all remember when they ordered up 2200 Sony PS3's, right? This time around though, they may be looking at the Android app T2 Mood Tracker due to it's ability to check the emotional state of the user and offer up health related tips.

Recently featured on DoDVclips, T2 Mood Tracker allows users to self-monitor emotional experiences associated with common deployment-related behavioral health issues like post-traumatic stress, brain injury, life stress, depression and anxiety. All of which can be tracked and referenced for any set period of days, weeks and months visually. Nothing at this point indicates this will be something the DoD will be deploying across the board but it's still rather interesting that an Android app would garner such interest. [Textually via Ars Technica]

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4 years ago

More info on Samsung Continuum and Motorola Droid 2 Global, including pricing and launch date

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Droid 2 Global release date

Pricing and release information has leaked out regarding two of Verizon's upcoming Android phones, the Motorola Droid 2 Global and Samsung Continuum

The Samsung Continuum -- see our hands-on -- the newest Galaxy S device, will cost $199 with a new 2-year contract. Still no word on a release date, but we're expecting to hear that information at Samsung's mobile event on Monday. 

The Droid 2 Global, which is a beefed-up Droid 2 with international capabilities, appears to have a launch date of Nov. 11 and will also sport the $199 price tag. That's a good deal considering the specs and the fact that it is a world phone.

November is going to be a big month for Verizon as its Android family will get some strong additions.One more pic after the break. [Engadget 1] [Engadget 2]

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4 years ago

Clearwire cutting costs, so what does that mean for Sprint 4G?

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Clearwire -- the company that actually provides the 4G data service for Sprint -- announced its third-quarter earnings today. Revenue was at $147 million -- up 114 percent over last year, and subscribers increased to 2.84 million -- a 402 percent increase year over year.

But it was the following statement that started to send us into a small tizzy:

"While we continue to exceed our subscriber and operational goals, we have not yet secured future funding and prudence dictates that we take appropriate cash conservation steps to reduce costs. We continue to pursue all options for future funding including debt, equity or a potential sale of excess spectrum or other assets, and we remain cautiously optimistic that we will resolve our short-term funding needs in the near future. We continue to believe that our unmatched spectrum portfolio and our all-IP based network will keep us extremely well positioned in the dynamic and burgeoning market for mobile data."

Whoa. Wait a second. Before anybody freaks out and worries about losing their 4G data on their Evos and Epics, remember that companies have to think ahead. Way ahead. And so they're cutting back now so they have enough cash for later. That's the way business works.

Sprint, for its part, told us that "our 4G plans remain unchanged" and followed up with this:

"Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse recently stated that Sprint has been in discussions with Clearwire regarding the financial status of its ongoing operations as well as Sprint potentially providing new financing. We expect those discussions to continue as we review alternatives with Clearwire. There is no assurance that the discussions will result in any transaction with Clearwire."

Is the ship sinking? Not hardly. Nobody's making a move for the life jackets. But everybody has their eyes trained on the horizon, which is the way it should be. [SEC via Phonescoop, TechFlash]

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