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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson explains why U.S. X10 hasn't been udpated yet

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson USA took to its Facebook page today to attempt to explain why the U.S. versions of the Xperia X10 have yet to be updated to Android 2.1. Here's the meat of the post:

One factor in determining a software update is when a country first received the handset. The Xperia™ X10 has been available in some countries since March 2010 and they are also the first to receive the update. The U.S. received the X10 in August 2010 and will receive the update after the initial countries.

The second and more impactful factor of the timeline addresses the technical requirements that must be met in order for an update to take place -- no matter which country you live in. Unfortunately, we have no control of that timeline factor. Those requirements are provided to us and we work hard to meet and test them as quickly as we can. In the U.S., the testing process is especially rigorous, and can take months to complete, which is why we cannot announce the timing for availability of the X10 update in the U.S. It's not that we don't want to; it's that the timing is undefined until such testing is completed.

These things do take time, we know. And it's a good point that the United States didn't get the Xperia X10 until some seven months after we first got a taste of it at CES. But even as rational as the explanation may be, it grows tougher and tougher to swallow as each day brings us that much closer to Android 2.3 Gingerbread -- and puts the X10 that much farther behind. [Facbeook]

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4 years ago

Game Gripper now available for the Samsung Epic 4G

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We've seen Game Gripper add support for plenty of other devices in the past and now, Game Gripper is sending out emails letting folks know their custom game controllers are now available to Sprint Epic 4G owners. Yes, you can head on over to the Game Gripper website and pick one of the 13 different variations available for your device. Of course it'll set you back $14.99 but like my Mother always tells me, "Maybe you can put it on your Christmas list". Check out the video of it in action after the break. Thanks, Brett! [Game Gripper]

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4 years ago

Android garage door opener? Why not!

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opensezme

The more we use our Android devices on a daily basis, the more we look for ways to integrate them with the most simplistic tasks of our day. One user had a great thought to write their own application so that they could use their device to open the garage upon arrival to their house. Of course they were scared of the application opening the door from their job, or anywhere else, so they took some extra precautions, and the end result proved to be well worth it. Hit the source link for more information, and take a look with us after the break for the application in action. [via XDA]

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4 years ago

Review: The Viewsonic 10-inch gTablet

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Is Tegra 2 on a sub-$500 tablet too good to be true?

Viewsonic gTablet

The gTablet is Viewsonic's entry into the sub-$500 Android tablet market.  While there won't be any shortage of cheap Android tablets, readers, and toasters (we have to beat the PreCentral guys in the race for the first smart toaster!) come this Friday, a few stick out hardware-wise, and the gTablet is one of them.  Just so happens that I got a few days of one-on-one time with a gTablet, so what better way to play with it than to give it a quick review.

Normally, none of us here would dare review a device we haven't put through the paces, but this one's a bit different, because this is much more useful before Black Friday than it would be after.  Hit the break to see the whirlwind review of the gTabet. Special thanks to Chip!

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4 years ago

Dell offering the Droid Incredible for free, throws in gift card

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Dell - Droid Incredible

A big ol' Dell advertisement just hit ye olde inbox, and they've got some decent deals on a few Android smartphones. The Droid Incredible is going for the low, low price of free for new or upgrading customers who sign a two-year contract. They're throwing in free Verizon activation and shipping, too, plus a $25 Dell gift card. Also, the Evo 4G -- white and black -- is going for $99 on contract, and the Droid X is just $9.99. Tough deals to beat. [Dell]

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4 years ago

European Motorola Defy to get upgrade to Android 2.2 in Q2 2011

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Motorola Defy

Motorola has announced that the European version of its rugged Defy Android smartphone (see our hands-on) will be upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo beginning in the second quarter of 2011. Also, the XT720 (see our hands-on) will end its life on Android 2.1. As for when the U.S. version of the Defy on T-Mobile will be upgraded to Froyo? No word. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Graffiti for Android, a great keyboard replacement that is fun to use

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 graffiti

There are a ton of keyboard variations for the Android platform, and nearly one to match just about everyone's personal preference. Graffiti is a great keyboard replacement that has been available on the Palm OS for a while, and has finally been made available on Android.

What sets this keyboard apart from nearly all the rest is the fact that letters are actually drawn by the user, instead of selected on a keyboard that is displayed on the screen. For those who are used to taking notes, or writing instead of typing, this keyboard replacement will compliment your Android device very well. The application has been updated to version 2.0 which now allows for word learning, auto correction, as well as word prediction. The keyboard is priced at a very fair $0.00, but know upfront that it will take a little bit of getting used to in order to be able to use it efficiently. Luckily there is a great demo video that shows you exactly how to use it, and help you better understand it. Hit the break for the video as well as download information for Graffiti for Android.

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4 years ago

Late-night Market woes? You're not alone

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Android Market

OK, show of hands: Who's having (more) problems (than usual) with the Android Market tonight? Go ahead and sound off in the comments, and then leave our inbox alone.

P.S.: We've got an e-mail in to Google on this one. We'd like to think it's pre-Gingerbread shenanigans. We'll just have to see.

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4 years ago

Another browser exploit that we're not worried about is uncovered

Browser security

Another exploit that affects the Android web browser has been uncovered -- this time it affects all versions, including Froyo.  What happens is the user clicks a link, a file is downloaded, and it runs from the SD card -- allowing an attacker to possibly download a file on the SD card.  The good news: No root exploiting, no changes can be made, and the attacker needs to know the file name and location.

The fellow who found the exploit has contacted Google, which said the issue will be addressed in an updated after Android 2.3 Gingerbread is released. And in the meantime, those concerned can unmount their SD card while browsing the internet. (The good news? It appears that Gingerbread is done, frozen, and waiting to be released!)

Or, like every other computer operating system on the planet, you could just not randomly click links from websites you don't trust.  This exploit is something that should be addressed -- especially the bit where your browser will run an .html file after it's downloaded without warning you first, but the sky isn't falling, provided you use common sense.  As Mr. Cannon notes, you can use Opera Mobile, which allows you to change your mind if you clicked to download a file.

Why I'm not worried: The exploit likely is a one-off (at least as it's currently explained), meaning it has to be written explicitly for a known folder and file on your SD card. OK, so pictures are pretty easy to get at, but it's still one at a time, and you have to know the exact file name. Seeing as how I don't advertise the full path to the items on my SD card, I'm not too concerned about this one. [thomascannon.net via Android Police]

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4 years ago

HTC's director of user experience dishes on Android, Windows Phone 7

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HTC's Drew Bamford

Pocket-lint has a nice interview with HTC director of user experience Drew Bamford -- if he looks familiar, it's because he was one of the folks up on stage way back in February when HTC unveiled the second iteration of Sense at Mobile World Congress. Some prime cuts from the interview: Why HTC doesn't roll its own OS, the Windows Phone 7 sandbox, multiple versions of Android and what's coming up in the future. Give it a read. [Pocket-Lint]

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4 years ago

Lloyd ushers in the Christmas season

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 Christmas

It's the time of the year when people start to get into the holiday spirit, and Lloyd is certainly doing his part.  Our pal Rob sends in this awesome pic of his office Christmas tree, with our very own Lloyd topping things off. 

Rob, and the entire IT staff, thanks.  This is how geek Christmas is done.

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4 years ago

Destroyed Epic, Powermat contest, Google voice problems [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

As we continue rolling through what, is a short week for some of you all out there with the holidays coming up, we found some interesting stuff in the forums for today. A destroyed Epic, Powermat Evo 4G charger contest and we look at some G2 issues with Google Voice. Join us, in the forums for more Android fun.

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4 years ago

What Android is -- according to the folks who know

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What Android is

We all spend a lot of time discussing exactly what Android is, and isn't.  Because it's something relatively new, we always end up comparing it to something that isn't quite the same, like embedded or desktop Linux.  Finally, Tim Bray, one of our favorite Googlers, has taken the reigns and we now have a description of what Android is, written for people who don't spend all day fiddling around writing code.  Be sure to visit the source link and have a read, you'll be glad you did.  [Tim Bray]

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4 years ago

Best Android apps for holiday travel

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Android Travel Apps

It's Thanksgiving week -- the busiest holiday travel week of the year. And that means fighting through thousands of people, dealing (ahem) with security and finally, once you get to where you're going, dealing (ahem) with family.

Android makes it easier. Maybe not painless, but easier. Uncle Fred's still gonna annoy half the family, and you might come out of the airport engaged to someone with a badge, but Android can make holiday travel a little less hellish.

After the break, we share some of our favorite travel apps. If we’re missing any of yours, point ‘em out in the comments.

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4 years ago

Acer announces 7- and 10-inch Android tablets in Q2 2011

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Acer tablet

In case a 4.8-inch smartphone isn't big enough for you, Acer is also bringing a seven inch and a 10 inch tablet to market come next April.  While it seems like everyone is getting into the Android tablet game, it certainly appears that Acer is doing the hardware up right.

The 7-incher will have a dual-core CPU, HDMI out, Flash 10.1 support, a 5 MP rear camera and "HD" front facing camera, all with a 1280 x 800 screen. 

The 10-inch tablet will be running a 1 GHz CPU, have a 5 MP camera, Flash 10.1, HDMI out and the same 1280 x 800 resolution.

Read the press release after the break.  [via BGR]

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