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4 years ago

HTC Desire officially headed to Canada on Telus

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HTC Desire

The HTC Desire (see our hands-on), one of the more popular Android phones in Europe, is officially headed to North America. Telus, the Canadian mobile provider, has officially announced it will soon carry the device. HTC has said that it wants to bring the Desire across the Atlantic, and Telus will be its first step. No word yet from Bell or Rogers on if they will be carrying it as well. 

No dates or prices yet, but this is great news for Android fans living in Canada. The Desire is a high-end phone that is very similar in specs and features to the Nexus One. [Telus] Thanks, jaycop!.

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4 years ago

Verizon stores selling out of Droid X's? (Update: Sho'nuff, they're gone)

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Droid X coupon

Can't say it's surprising (or necessarily a bad thing), but we're getting reports a plenty via e-mail in in our Droid X forums that Verizon stores are selling out of their Day 1 stock for the Droid X. Above is the coupon that EvanGMan (on Twitter, natch) received in lieu of an actual phone. Hang in there, folks, we're sure Verizon will get a fresh batch in soonest.

Update: And just as we figured, stores have mostly sold out, and Verizon's website now has the badge the Droid Incredible hopefuls have come to know all too well -- the Droid X is now labeled as "Will be shipped by 7/23." (Note that it says "by" and not "on," m'kay?) Hopefully we won't see that date march steadily backward like we have the on the DInc.

Here's the official line from Verizon:

"This has been a very good day one for Droid X sales. Customers were in line at midnight in some markets, in other places there were lines when the stores opened and in other stores there has been a steady stream of customers. We have been successful at keeping up with early demand but at present inventory in some parts of the country inventory is either low or out. (It truly varies around the country.) Since we have weekly shipments planned, customers can still order phones and can expect them to be shipped on or before July 23. This link shows you some of the excitement from midnight in Columbia, MD."

Hang in there, everybody.

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4 years ago

AT&T Samsung Captivate benchmarks and graphics/gaming test

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Samsung Captivate benchmarks and gaming

Let's not mince words here: The Samsung Galaxy S class of phones is powerful, both in raw processing and graphics. We've seen as much from the 1GHz Hummingbird processor every time we've used it, and we're seeing as much in our own benchmark tests.

But here's the thing about benchmarks -- they're fun to do, but end the end all they give you is a number. And we'd rather compare phones in actual real-world tests. And, of course, that means gaming!

So after the break, check out the Samsung Captivate as we put it up against the Motorola Droid X, HTC Evo 4G and Google Nexus One in a couple of benchmark tests -- and then a few laps of Asphalt 5.

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4 years ago

Android Market now officially has more than 70,000 applications

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The Android Market now has more than 70,000 applications, Google Senior VP of Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg said during Thursday's second-quarter earnings call. That's up from the 68,000 count Andy Rubin announced in June at the Motorola Droid X event, and it's a good bit lower than the 100,000 number Androlib has been throwing around. As to which is more correct? We'll go with the guys who run the store. Now we just need to make developers some more money.

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4 years ago

Google's Q2 revenue up 24 percent

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Google

Google released its second-quarter 2010 earnings this afternoon, announcing that revenues for April through June were up 24 percent to $6.82 billion. That's with a "b." A whole bunch of other "billion" figures were used, including $4.5 billion in site revenue, and $2.06 billion in partner revenue through AdSense.

You can find the whole breakdown here, and we'll be listening in on the conference call for any Android-related figures, which we'll post after the break.

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4 years ago

Vlingo for Android updated to include 'SuperDialer' -- Super, indeed!

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Vlingo SuperDialer

Vlingo has updated its popular Android application, and a new feature called SuperDialer makes a great app even better.  What SuperDialer does is allow you to make calls, or searches, or get directions based on what you are looking for, not what's in your address book.  Growing up, I had dreams about how mobile computing would be in the 21st century.  While we're not quite where I had hoped, and I'm not working for Spacely Sprockets, this is a push in the right direction.  We've got a video, some screenies of my own playing around useful testing, and a press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Verizon's 'Droid Does' site updated with 3-D webcam motion capture

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Yes, I had to pimp the Incredible

Verizon just updated its Droid website, DroidDoes.com, now that the Droid X has really landed. The new site is packed to the brim with Flash animation and immediately greets users by letting them know "Droidspace is a 3-D web environment". Then, you can (and should!) select the "activate full motion tracking 3-D" option and allow Flash to access your webcam. Mind-boggling 3-D insanity awaits as you read about the Droid, Incredible, and X. [Verizon]  

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4 years ago

Dell Streak may hit AT&T 'any day now'

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Dell Streak

Dell Streak

The Samsung Captivate may not be the only major Android phone to hit AT&T this month. Engadget is speculating that the Dell Streak may hit stores "any day now." (Which is close to BGR's rumored July 19 date.) The speculation comes from the fact that new kiosks are being installed by contractors in a very secret manner. 

The Dell Streak is a 5-inch phone/tablet hybrid that has been overseas for a little while now. While it is being released disappointingly with Android 1.6, Dell has confirmed that 2.2 is in the "near future." [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Log Me In Ignition Android VNC app now available for $30

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Log Me In Ignition

We took the Log Me In Ignition VNC app for a spin a couple of months ago, and now it's available in the Android Market. For those of you not familiar with VNC, it's a standard way of controlling one computer from another -- in this case, your Android phone. Check out the video again after the break, where you'll also find download links. [Log Me In]

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4 years ago

G2s on UK's T-Mobile are getting an OTA Android 2.1 update

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T-Mobile UK G2

 T-Mobile UK's G2, which U.S. users might know as the HTC Hero, will be getting an over-the-air update to Android 2.1 ("Eclair") in the coming weeks. The G2 will join the Hero, which received 2.1 back in May.

For any G2 users who want to know what new hotness they will be receiving, our video walkthrough of Sense on the Evo 4G should be pretty close to what you will be getting. Highlights include : an updated Market, live wallpapers (might we suggest zombies?), and Google Maps Navigation. [T-Mobile UK via CoolSmartphone]

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4 years ago

The Droid X booby-trap controversy

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it's a trap!

Locked, Encryption, and a self-destruct button -- all over a cellphone?  It's not very often that I'm asked to write something and don't really want to write it. But there's this 800-pound gorilla in the room.  Of course, I'm talking about the insane idea that a phone manufacturer would design a phone that self-destructs when you try to hack or mod it.  If we're to believe what we read here at My Droid World (and there's no reason not to), the Droid X is exactly that.  Join me after the jump, and we can talk a bit about exactly what might be going on and how it may affect this devices future.

Update: No sooner than we posted this did Droid modder Steven Bird brings up some good points. One is that no Droid X's have exploded just yet, and that an OMAP3 eFUSE isn't really a new phenomenon. It's likely there will be some major hurdles to overcome before we see custom ROMs on the Droid X, and it's just as likely that some very smart and talented people will be working on it. We still wish Android hardware would remain open, however, and that won't change. Thanks to everyone who sent this in. - Phil

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4 years ago

AT&T sells a lucky reader a captivate already

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 Casey's Captivate

Casey P just shot us an e-mail to let us know he was somehow able to wring a Samsung Captivate (see our hands-on) out of an AT&T store. The phone isn't officially supposed to go on sale until Sunday. So, any AT&T users out there who want to jump onto the Android bandwagon might want to try their luck at an AT&T store as well.

As a reminder to users on America's other GSM network, T-Mobile, the Samsung Vibrant is on sale today as well. [Big thanks to Casey P for the tip and photo!]

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4 years ago

HP cans rumored Android tablet

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Remember how HP has been working on tablets running several OS's? All Things Digital's John Paczkowski has gotten a tip that HP has decided to shelve (at least for the time being) a tablet running Android:

"Hewlett Packard is working on a variety of tablet PCs, running a variety of operating systems. Among them, an Android device that was supposed to arrive at market in the fourth quarter of 2010. But no longer. Sources in position to know tell me that HP’s Android slate has been delayed and won’t ship before the end of the year as planned."

HP is a huge company, but they do have limited resources. It is not too hard to imagine that they would want to dedicate their resources to  Windows Phone 7... phones while also "doubling down" on webOS for both tablets and printers

For anyone looking for an Android tablet, there are still options out there. The Dell Streak is running wild and Verizon is looking to offer an iPad competitor later this year as well. [All Things Digital

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4 years ago

Qik extends free premium services through September

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qik application

The folks over at Qik have announced that they will continue to allow the free use of premium services through the month of September.  They acknowledge their "rocky start" and in return are throwing all of us using the HTC Evo 4G a bone:

 

Heya Android Qikkers – with the launch of the new Android client and video chat capability on HTC EVO 4G, we announced premium services for Qik that will enable you to get much more from your everyday Qikking. With the announcement we had an offer to provide the premium services for free till July 15, 2010. We understand that we had a bit of a rocky start with the new and improved Qik and so as a small token of appreciation we are now extending the offer to enjoy Qik’s premium services for free till end of September.

Happy Qikking!

Seems that video chat and conferencing is turning out to be more popular here in the states than any of us expected.  Us Evo-ers took Qik out Qikkly last month, and the addition of a fruit flavored phone with a front camera brought Fring to it's knees.  Hopefully everyone involved can rebound, and we can all have fun seeing just how goofy we look again! [Qik.com]

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4 years ago

Samsung Vibrant available online, on store shelves in a few hours

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Vibrant in the cart!

Here ya go -- the Samsung Vibrant is available for order at T-Mobile's website and as soon as the stores open up in the morning should be on the shelves.  Hope you got your Gmail account ready and all your 3D games picked out at AppBrain so you're ready for this screamer. 

Be sure to shout out if you ordered one of these jewels.  I wanna live through you for just a moment. :) [T-Mobile]

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