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4 years ago

PayPal Bump is Android-bound

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What’s that I hear? PayPal bump coming to Android, and no longer only found on the iPhone? Yes, it is indeed true, as PayPal has announced they will be bringing this great feature to multiple platforms, instead of just keeping on the iPhone. For those of you that may not know what this feature is, this will allow you to simply bump phones (just don’t go slamming them into each other) to transfer funds from one account to another. This feature is rather handy for quickly settling debts right on the spot, but won’t be much help for those doing long-distance deals. During an interview at CTIA, CNET was informed that the application for the Android and BlackBerry should be rolling out in the next two or three months. [CNET via Gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Rhapsody Android app at CTIA

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 Rhapsody for Android

The folks from Rhapsody walk us through their Android application, currently in beta. It will be moving to a public beta starting April 4. Check out our hands-on after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 4

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Audio-only stream below

Recorded before all of the CTIA brouhaha, Phil is joined by Michael Manna of the T4 show to discuss all things Android, including whether to go with the Droid or Nexus One on Verizon.

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4 years ago

Google shelling out payments to Android adopters

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Ever wonder what would cause a phone company or cell phone carrier to support the Android OS? (Besides it being totally cool, of course?) MocoNews cites anonymous sources that say Google has been paying these carriers and companies through the profits generated from advertising. These payments come for devices and providers that support specific Google functionality, like search, Gmail, maps and others.

Meanwhile, Phone Scoop fired off e-mails to various cell phone providers and manufacturers, and nearly all of them answered in the same "we do not discuss our business agreements" style. How big of an impact could this whole to-do be making? Well, as we have seen, many new carriers and manufacturers are continuing to board the Android train, so the impact may be much larger then we will ever know. [MocoNews via Phone Scoop]

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4 years ago

Sprint HTC Hero getting update on April 9th, is it Android 2.1 ?

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Ah, the good ol' update about updates. How many times will we do this dance until we realize we're not getting anywhere? Well, this time around, it looks like the Sprint HTC Hero may receive an update on April 9th. Purported internal Sprint documents points as so, so who are we to disagree? Could the update be Android 2.1? Because we've been waiting quite a while for our HTC Heroes to get updated. Like since October. April 9th actually isn't too far around the corner, but since these dates are never set in stone we're not about to bet the house now.

The internal document above doesn't explicitly mention Android 2.1, which is obvious cause for concern, but maybe wishful thinking will cause it to magically appear? Yeah, probably not, but Sprint promised..

[phandroid]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid's Android 2.1 update status updated on Facebook

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Motorola Droid update status

Not much to say other than Motorola's still working on the Android 2.1 update for the Droid, but at least a Facebook update is better than nothing, right? For what it's worth, we pestered everybody we could at CTIA to try and get a better answer, but to no avail. Here's the full text of the facebook post:

We know you guys are anxiously awaiting the upgrade from 2.0 to 2.1. Ultimately, we want to ensure you have the best possible experience on your device; as a result, the rollout is taking longer than expected. Though we don't have the new deployment date to share just yet, we do promise we are working to get you updated information and will relay it as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience. We appreciate it

Hang in there, folks. [Facebook]

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4 years ago

Samsung's official Galaxy S presentation highlights

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Samsung Galaxy S presentation

Samsung has put together highlights of the unveiling and official presentation of the Galaxy S this week at CTIA in Las Vegas. We were there for the keynote announcement with J.K. Shin as well as the presentation with our pal Kim Titus (hey, Kim!), and now you can be, too. Check out Samsung's video after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid makes guest appearance on Castle

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Sorry for all those who read Motorola Droid and thought we would be bringing you a 2.1 update, but life must go on. It is always fun to see your favorite smartphone make its way into a cast members hand on your favorite TV show, and this week made its way right into a scene or two of Castle on ABC. Have you seen any other Android appearances in other shows? If so, stop in the forums and let us know where! [thanks @videos4bb for the image]

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4 years ago

Blockbuster's Android app at CTIA

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Blockbuster for Android

Sat down for a few minutes with the folks from Blockbuster during CTIA in Las Vegas to take a look at their Android app. Check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Where Art Thou, Ole AT&T 3G Coverage Map?

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There’s a map for that? Why yes, yes there is a map, but now there is only one map for all "data coverage", so where did that 3G map go? Sorry Luke Wilson, but it appears as though along with many calls, AT&T plans to drop your commercials. The new combined map shows coverage over most of the US, but don't be fooled, the network wasn't upgraded, those with EDGE coverage will still have EDGE. You are still able to click to see the towns that have 3G coverage, it just appears they decided to hide it behind a more full looking map. Sorry AT&T, but it looks like Verizon has defeated you on this one, again.

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4 years ago

Motorola Devour now available from Verizon

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Motorola Devour

You've actually been able to buy the Motorola Devour for a while now (watch our hands-on), just not from Verizon. That's changed, and you can order it for $149 with the standard two-year contact and what-not. Or you can find it cheaper elsewhere. Your call. [Verizon]

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4 years ago

Stop calling phones crippled just because they don't do what you want

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Hey, you. Over there banging away on your laptop in outrage. Need to let you in on a little secret. The Dell Aero isn't crippled. Neither is the Motorola Backflip. And you need to stop saying they are.

No, we don't agree with AT&T's decision to not allow unsigned apps on the Backflip and, according to Phone News, the Dell Aero, which isn't even out yet. We'd much prefer the carriers follow in Android's spirit of openness. But you know what? It's AT&T's decision not to.

So before you start an online petition, before you even think -- let alone type -- the word class-action lawsuit, and before you hop on Twitter to rail against The Man, answer these questions: Were you being forced to buy either of these phones? Sure, they're the only Android fare AT&T has to offer, and that sucks. But neither of these phones is crippled. (At least not the Backflip -- we haven't seen the Dell actually turned on yet.) They do e-mail. They have a Web browser. They purchase, download and install apps from the Android Market just fine -- just like every other Android phone.

What they don't do is run apps outside of the Market. That's AT&T's decision, and that's just not that big a deal for the vast population of Android users. So think about this before you declare it DOA, especially before you even get a chance to use it.

/rant

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4 years ago

Start using Skype on Verizon today on Android

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Skype Verizon

At long last, you finally can officially use Skype on Android. If you have Verizon. And if you have the Motorola Droid or Devour, or the HTC Droid Eris. Otherwise, you're going to have to slum it like the rest of us.

Follow this thread in our forums to see how Skype's faring today. Oh, and it you want to buy any of those phones, there are handy links on Skype Android page. Just sayin'. [Skype]

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4 years ago

HTC CEO says Nexus One is a success

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The picture above was taken the day the Nexus One launched. In focus, the glorious Nexus One. In the background, HTC CEO Peter Chou proudly standing behind it. And at the time, the Nexus One was the best Android phone available (heck, it still might be). He had the right to be proud. But how does he feel now? Is he still happy with the Nexus One? After all the customer mishaps and relatively disappointing sales numbers, can the CEO of HTC still proudly hold the Nexus One?

You bet.

Chou says that the Nexus One is a success because Google's goal with the Nexus One was to "show how good Android can be" and "in that regard, [he] thinks it has been an achievement." We agree, the Nexus One (along with the Droid) brought Android into a different light and re-introduced Android as a true contender in the smartphone space. And though sales haven't been stellar, Chou echoes our statement, that "considering Google didn't do [standard] retail or marketing for it, the Nexus One is doing pretty well."

Sure, we can take this as typical CEO-speak but there's something to be said when a company is focused on building the best phone possible as opposed to marketing a phone to become the most popular; that success for them can be measured in something other than sales figures. It's no accident that the Evos, the Desires, the Legends, of the Android world are all made by HTC--they focus on building great devices. So say what you want about the Nexus One, success or not, we're just glad HTC is in Android's corner.

[via forbes]

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4 years ago

Interview with Swype keyboard for Android smartphones at CTIA

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Sure, you might have used the Swype keyboard for Android or Windows Mobile smartphones. But have you really used Swype? We sat down with Mike and Aaron for a few minutes and had them put the popular -- and innovative -- keyboard through its paces, including how it could be used on your television. Check it out after the break.

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