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4 years ago

The 100% Mobile Xbox Live Project, powered by the HTC Droid Incredible

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HTC Incredible powered mobile xbox live

When we last saw our friend huskermania, he was safely tucked in his living room playing Xbox Live through his Droid Incredible.  Some were less than impressed, but there was a plan brewing.  Fast forward a few days, add in portable shelf full of hardware, a battery backup unit, that same DInc, and a huge footbridge that spans the Missouri river and you have The 100% Mobile Xbox Live Project.  I don't care who you are, that's tech geek GodMode right there.  There's a very detailed video of the set-up and the demo itself after the break, and you gotta have a look.  My hat's off to you Alex, thanks for the show!

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4 years ago

Droid 2 leaks out from JPL (hopefully not the high-security part)

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Motorola Droid 2

A bunch of vendors were showing their wares at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently, and a helpful reader stumbled upon the Droid 2 and shared the story with Gizmodo. Most of it you've already heard. New keyboard, better camera, and some new Motoblur UI (which the tipster says might not be there at launch, instead opting for stock Froyo). The one line that really stood out to us was this:

The device was running 2.1 and it had 8GB of internal memory as well as an 8GB micro-SD card. The model number says A955 and on the bottom of the device it said "G4DR 4722," but I believe this is just because it is a demo device. The representative did tell me that it had a 1 GHz processor, but she didn't say what kind.

So the proc is pretty much confirmed. Sounds like somebody's demo model number just got outed (oopsie), and there should be plenty of storage to go around. [Gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Inside the Great Bookmark Thumbnail Scare of June 17, 2010 (aka Relax!)

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HTC bookmark images -- FUD free

Everyone should be concerned with their security -- especially when we're dealing with devices that can get lost, stolen or left in bars by accident.  A piece at BGR calls into question bookmark thumbnails that aren't deleted on hard-reset on the HTC Droid Incredible.  But the question is "Why?"

In an effort to stop any panic and FUD, let's break it down to see exactly what is happening, and see why it's not as big a deal as many are making it.  Follow the break to see our take on the whole issue.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G case review: The Seidio Innocase II Surface

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Seidio Innocase II Surface

If you're looking for an Evo 4G case that offers big protection with little fuss, the Seidio Innocase II Surface fits the bill. It'll keep your Evo's case as fresh as the day you brought it home, while still allowing access to all the buttons and ports, plus keeping the 4.3-inch screen at the ready. Check it out, after the break.

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4 years ago

KT set to launch Nexus One in Korea on June 21 -- with Froyo on board

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KT launches Nexus One with Froyo

Look close. There are Nexus Ones in that picture. Now look a little closer (you do see the phones, don't you?) and you'll see the Froyo launcher on those phones.  That's because Korea's number two carrier, KT, is set to launch the Nexus One running Froyo (Android 2.2) on June 21st.  It's the same Nexus One we all know and love hardware wise, and will be limited to 4,000 units for the launch date.  Interestingly enough, the phone will be subsidized by KT ($125 USD on a two-year contract) as well as be sold contract free for $576 USD.  KT has promised that they will have ample stock and the phone will be "readily available" for purchase in retail stores in July.

Does this mean that we can plan on seeing Froyo for the Nexus One this week?  Or that we will be seeing Nexus Ones pop up in T-Mobile retail locations soon?  We don't have the answers, but things are developing in a very interesting way. [Korea Times via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 17th 2010

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You can never really have enough application choices on your device, can you? Sometimes the Marketplace can get overwhelming with all the choices, so we make the job easy and help you with a couple applications that we know and love. Let's take a look at the choices for this week!

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4 years ago

Adobe Flash on the HTC Evo -- 10.1 full, not lite

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The above is a screen grab of full on Adobe Flash on my HTC Evo.  Still running Sense, still running Eclair, you don't even have to root your phone. (Giggity).  I've shared my new found love affair with Flash on the podcast, so y'all know I'm in Android-Geek heaven -- thanks to the wizards over at XDA forums.  Wanna see good news get even better?  This works on the Sprint Hero, and might just work on other Sense 2.1 devices -- including the HTC Droid Incredible

Enough reading, who's going to test and see? Go get it [xda-developers]

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4 years ago

AT&T announces the Samsung Galaxy S as the Captivate -- coming soon

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Well will you look at that. The Samsung Captivate -- aka the Galaxy S -- just popped up on AT&T's website. The Captivate will be the third Android phone on AT&T -- behind the Backflip and Aria. Keep your fingers crossed that non-market apps aren't excluded, though we're not going to bet the farm on that.

Want full specs? Here you go:

  • 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen.
  • 1GHz Coretex A8 processor (which they're calling the "1GHz Hummingbird Application Processor").
  • Samsung Social Hub (as seen in the CTIA presentation)
  • 5MP camera with autofocus and 720p video recording.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.
  • Quadband EDGE, tri-band 3G.
  • Bluetooth 3.0.
  • DLNA out.

Pricing and availability weren't noted, so stay tuned. Full presser after the break. And in the meantime, you can relive our hands-on with the Galaxy S at CTIA. [AT&T]

Update: Eagle-eyed @raam89 points out that the front-facing camera that's on the original Galaxy S is gone in this model. Score another point for the iPhone conspiracy.

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4 years ago

Flash 10.1 enters beta 3, but when will we see it (and Froyo) officially?

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Adobe Flash Beta

Those of you rocking Android 2.2 already should know that Adobe Flash 10.1 has entered beta 3, so you'll want to update it (if you're not having it update automatically).  Not sure if anything of substance has changed, so sing out in the comments if you spot something. [Adobe] Thanks, @iRyanM!

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4 years ago

Droid X officially 'coming soon' on Verizon's website

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Motorola Droid X

If you need something to whet your appetite as we wait for next week's announcement, the Motorola Droid X is now listed as "Coming soon" on Verizon's Droid microsite. You can feed Verizon your e-mail address for more info later, which we're sure everyone's going to want to do. [Verizon] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Update: Hover over the phone and it shows what you see above -- it's got a 4.3-inch screen (not 4.4 inches as previously noted) at 720p. Whoa. Really? Assuming that's correct and it's really a 720-pixel-wide screen, there's going to be a lot trash talking regarding the iPhone 4, with its mere 960x640 screen. But more than likely they mean 720p output through the HDMI port. Stay tuned.

Update #2: Verizon has updated their web page and it now says "Captures 720p".  We take that to mean it will have the same 854x480 display that it's older brother the Motorola Droid has, but no confirmation one way or another on that as of yet. Thanks for the tip Kyleg!

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4 years ago

Motorola adds a bunch of phones to its Android 2.1 update list

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Motorola update list

Motorola just added a slew of new non-U.S. phones to its Android 2.1 update list (see the previous update), including a bunch of Backflips and Quenches. Doesn't really give us a better idea of when the new software will actually be available, but it's good to see Moto at least trying to be transparent about it. That said, it'd be great if we'd see some Android 2.2 update schedules popping up, m'kay? [Motorola] Thanks, Jake!

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4 years ago

The officially unofficial Android 2.2 upgrade list

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Froyo

One of the questions we hear on Twitter and through the contact page most often is "will my phone get Froyo?"  I can't blame anyone for asking, or for wanting it, cause all the changes are oh so nice.  Our standard answer has always been what we can confirm with the manufacturers, which to be fair and honest, isn't much yet.  Trust me, we bug them because we're Android fanatics and want to know just as much as you all do :)

Thankfully, there's always speculation and rumors to tide us over until we get word (or even better, see that update available screen).  We talk about it on the Podcast.  We talk about it with each other via e-mail.  We talk about it in the forums.  We want it.  When a reader sent in a tip that PC World has compiled a list of phones and their upgrade to Froyo status, it got our attention.  We can't vouch for anything on the list, so insert a grain of salt the size of a beach ball, follow the break and check it out. [with a tip of the hat to Computer World via PC World] Thanks lastdetailwd!

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4 years ago

Hands-on video shows Xperia X8 looks like ... an Xperia X8

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X8

Take a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, shrink it down, and you get the Xperia X8. And there's the X8 above (on the left). The guys at SE-First got a hands-on with a prototype, and there's pretty much nothing there you wouldn't expect. It's a smaller X10. Or a larger X10 Mini. Your call. Turn your speakers off (don't say we didn't warn you) and check out video after the break. [SE-First via MobileCrunch]

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4 years ago

Half of all Android phones now on Eclair

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It's been a couple of weeks, and that means it's time for an update as to who's running which version of Android. (See the previous breakdown here.) Fifty percent of Android devices are now running Android 2.1 (and if you count all of Eclair -- 2.0, 2.0.1 and 2.1 -- it's 50.4 percent. Android 1.6 is down to 25 percent even, and Android 1.5 is at 24.6 percent.

It would be interesting to see Android 2.2 numbers on that chart, however unofficial they may be. For what it's worth, our server logs for Monday showed 79 percent of our Android-OS visits coming from Android 2.1, and 7.35 percent coming from Android 2.2, with Android 1.5 coming in third at 4.59 percent. [Android Developer Blog]

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4 years ago

New Foursquare update lets you flag venue info on the fly

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An update to Foursquare just came down the pike, and this one's a goody if you're anal about your check-ins. (Wonder which side of the fence we're about to be on?) You now have the ability to fix those blasted incorrect, inaccurate or otherwise just plain wrong locations.

Now your old friend Jeremy, who fled his beloved hometown for the Midwest, can't become mayor of his forsaken airport merely because he misspelled it and you were too squinty-eyed for your 6:30 a.m. flight to notice and check in at the proper location.  (Hey, warned you about our anal-check-in thing.)

Anyhoo, you can now tell Foursquare of your buddy's transgressions and suggest that the venue info be flagged, market it as closed, as in incorrect address or as a duplicate. [Market linkApp Brain]

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