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4 years ago

What's Google announcing tomorrow?

AndroidZOMG, Google's going to announce ... something ... tomorrow at its campus in Mountain View, Calif. Question is, what? The invitation [via Giz] points to "unveiling a couple of cool new mobile features." Let's run down some of the ideas we've thrown around here in the office:

  • Gingerbread (Android 3.0): Very unlikely.
  • Some sort of interim version between Froyo and Gingerbread: Possible, but also not likely.
  • New Google apps, along the lines of Google Goggles or Maps: More than likely.
  • The Android Market web interface Google showed off at its IO dev conference in May: Geez, we hope so.
  • Music download and sync service: That'd be another "PLEASE LET IT HAPPEN!"
  • When your phone is schedule to get Froyo: Not gonna happen.

Have your own idea? Head into the forums and give us a shout.

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4 years ago

Samsung Captivate is overclocked to 1.2 GHz; 1.6 GHz to come soon?

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 Samsung Captivate overclocked

The AT&T Captivate (read our review) has been overclocked to 1.2 GHz, which makes the Hummingbird processor faster than it is out of the box, which is already pretty quick. The modder who successfully did this said that the processor is actually capable of a stable 1.6 GHz, so be on the lookout for that soon. If you have a Captivate and are interested in overclocking, click here. [Samsung Hub]

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4 years ago

U.S. Cellular launching the HTC Desire on Aug. 27

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HTC Desire

It's official: The HTC Desire (see our hands-on) is coming to U.S. Cellular on Aug. 27. Basically the Nexus One with Sense and sans trackball, U.S. Cellular is the first U.S. carrier to, erm, carry the device. It joins the Samsung Acclaim and will be joined by the Samsung Galaxy S later this year. Pricing has not been announced. Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC releases kernel sources for Aria, Evo, Incredible, Wildfire

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Htc developer page

Late last night HTC released a torrent of code -- kernel sources for the Aria, the Evo 4G update, the Incredible update, and the Wildfire; plus the FRF91 system image for the Nexus One (Happy dance).  Even though they are obliged to release the kernel source code by the GPL, I don't think anyone expected them this early.  Developers should start cranking things into gear shortly, and have something tasty cooked up for us soon.  [HTC Developer Center]

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4 years ago

Cellular South launches Motorola Milestone

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Motorola Milestone

Cellular South said it was getting the Motorola Milestone, and this morning, it's official. The non-Droid version of the Droid is launching with Android 2.1, a $59 unlimited plan, and it can all be yours for $149.99 after contract and $50 rebate (gift card). Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Froyo updates resume for the original Motorola Droid

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Motorola Droid Froyo update

Not sure what the delay was attributed to, but the Android 2.2 over-the-air update has apparently resumed for the original Motorola Droid. It's the same FRG01B build that we got last week (none of that FRG22 nonsense just yet), and it should just take you a few minutes to download and install. (See our hands-on with Froyo on the Droid.) So sit back, relax and wait for it to push down. Or frantically force your phone to check for updates. Or install it manually. Your call. [via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Droid 2 presale starts today -- or is it actually on sale online today?

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Motorola Droid 2

Waking up to a bit of weirdness this morning as the Motorola Droid 2 -- which officially is available for presale today at Verizon for $199 on contract -- appears to actually be available for purchase online. Not sure how much of a difference that makes considering you'll have to wait for it to be shipped, but there you go. And the website's acting up, which could mean crushing demand, a glitch in the Matrix, or the hamster just doesn't want to say on his wheel. Sing out if you actually managed to order one, and when you're supposed to get it. [Verizon via Android Central Forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

HTC pushing fix for Evo 4G owners who snagged early Froyo build

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Evo 4G updateA heads up from the Android Central Forums: Remember that new update HTC promised for those of us who updated our Evo 4Gs a tad early with an "unofficial" build? The new update -- build 3.26.651.6 -- is being pushed out as we speak. It's just 4.17 megabytes and takes just a couple of minutes to download and install, and you'll find yourself "back on track" with all of your more patient friends.

Here's the official word from Sprint, if you're into that sort of thing.

So less than two weeks from leaked build to official build to an update for the early adopters. Pretty snappy on HTC's part, we'd say, and it t'was more than neighborly of them to take care of things. [Android Central Forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Droid 2 R2-D2 page now live, nerds everywhere shed tears of delight

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R2 Droid2

Recipe for win -- 1 part newest Android phone, the Droid 2, and 1 part Star Wars' most memorable character, R2-D2.  Mix well, prepare for the onslaught of people like me who will do just about anything to throw our money at you so we can have one.  And to tease us until we explode, Verizon has gone live with the R2-Droid2 teaser page.

Taking a cue from the X, it looks like this page has some locked content as well.  The site says to follow R2 on Twitter to unlock details, @droidlanding.  Why would anyone want to worry about unlocking content on a phone's launch page?  Two words -- Jedi Training.  We're following, you guys follow too, and whoever gets portions unlocked first has to tell the rest of us -- deal? [Verizon] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Pulse

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Pulse newsreader  Pulse newsreader 2

A newsreader is something that quite a few of us rely on in our day-to-day life.  Digging through the slew of them on the Android Market can be quite a task, so allow me to suggest you start with Pulse.  It has all the basics you would expect from any newsreader -- handles rss feeds, links to full stories on the web, customizable sources, and a robust selection of pre-defined newsfeeds to choose from.  Pulse just does things a little more visually, and in this author's opinion, a little better. And it's currently discounted to 99 cents.  Let's check it out, after the break.

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4 years ago

Google and Verizon's proposal for a continued open (wired) Internet (and a larger FCC)

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Google CEO Eric SchmidtVerizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg

Net neutrality and the idea of an open Internet have been at the center of contentious debates of late. It has been a confusing issue and one that remains perplexing to this day. I have outlined what has happened in the past week, some of the problems inherent in our current broadband system and summarized Google and Verizon’s proposal, which was announced Monday. Hopefully this will erase some of the confusion that exists. Let's dive into it after the break.

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4 years ago

Android users supposedly getting less sex than iPhone, BlackBerry owners

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... And I call BS, but more on that later. So, the folks over at OkCupid just put up an interesting article about ways to avoid "being ugly." From their data as seen above, they are recommending that users steer away from Android devices because Android users seem to get less action than their iPhone (and BlackBerry) counterparts. Who knows, maybe it is because we have porn. Join me past the break and we can discuss this a bit more, shall we? But for now, fill out our handy (and anonymous!) quick poll. [OkCupid via TiPB]

Are you getting more of less sex since using Android?online surveys

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4 years ago

Best Buy tablet in the works?

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 Best Buy tablet

Best Buy may be making its own Android tablet soon. Robert Stephens, CTO of the giant retailer, tweeted an image of a tablet on Friday that sported Best Buy's 'Rocketfish' branding. 

Next, Ben Hedrington, a web strategist for the company, tweeted his own "hidden" message: 

"Hint hint...be looking for a little green robot on that Best Buy tablet screen..."

Now if that doesn't give away the operating system of the tablet, I'm not sure what will. Best Buy is set to launch Best Buy Connect, a 4G data service soon, so a tablet should not be too surprising. 

Great to hear more news about Android tablets and you know one from Best Buy is going to receive a huge marketing push. Hopefully it won't prevent them from selling other tablets, like the rumored Samsung and Motorola devices. [Androinica via CrunchGear]

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4 years ago

Android trojan found in the wild

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Android trojan

Welcome to the big time, Android users -- the first Android-specific trojan has been announced by Kaspersky Lab.  Don't sound the alarms and clang the bells just yet, as even with 200,000 activations a day this thing (so far) is as rare as an honest politician.  If you are unlucky enough to install it, the trojan will send premium SMS messages (as in the kind that add money to your monthly carrier bill) behind the scenes and without your knowledge or permission.  Like its Windows and iPhone counterparts, you won't find it in any reputable place like the Android Market, and will have to peruse the seedy side of the interwebz to run into it.  Yes, I'm talking about those so-called .apk black markets.  But since there's also a chance an innocent party could come across this one, rather than point and laugh, let's talk about how to prevent it.

Which brings us to side-loading and application permissions.  If you don't go for the conspiracy theories, AT&T is protecting you from this sort of thing by disabling sideloading.  Once you get a bit more comfortable with Android, we've re-enabled that for you, so even you AT&T subscribers need to pay attention to application permissions.  If you download a supposed video player (A 13kb video player?  That's a hint in itself) that needs access to your messaging program, and install it anyway you're just asking for trouble.

Of course you could download and install one of the Android anti-virus apps, that's your call.  In any case, be careful what you download, where you download it from, and for goodness sakes read the application permissions before you click away! [Kaspersky Lab]

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4 years ago

Dell Streak presale starts this Thursday: $299 on-contract, $549 off contract

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Dell Streak

Finally, we have proper launch info for the Dell Streak. The one-day presale begins Thursday, and the 5-inch Android tablet will be in general availability on Friday. Pricing remains the same at $299 with a two-year contract on AT&T, and $549 sans contract. Otherwise, everything else is as we expect -- 5MP camera, 2GB of on-board storage, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and the ability to look at the Droid X and Evo 4G like they're small fries. Full presser after the break. [Business Wire] Discuss the Dell Streak in our Tablet Forums.

Are you buying a Dell Streak?online survey

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