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4 years ago

How to: Toughen the Droid's battery cover

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Motorola Droid battery cover

The first thing I was told after being handed a Motorola Droid was: "Be careful with that battery cover. It loves to come off." And, sure enough, it does.

The good news is that Bryan at The Gadgeteer has posted up a quick video showing a few quick seconds with a small flathead screwdriver can help keep that cover in place, so long as you don't mind some very minor surgery to your device. (We're not worried about it, but isn't really an official fix or anything.)

Check out video of Bryan's fix after the break, and let us know if it helps you any.

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4 years ago

About that Droid 2.0.1 update ...

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Android 2.0.1 update for Verizon Droid

For those of you (and us, too) waiting on the Android 2.0.1 update for the Verizon Droid, the Boy Genius Report says it's tracked down the upgrade schedule. Some of you may be in for a treat tonight; others might have to wait a couple more days.

At noon today, approximately 1,000 people received the notification to update their handset. At around midnight this evening, 9,000 more will receive it. After the initial 10,000, there is a 48-hour waiting period. No one after that receives anything until December 10th at 12AM, which will be 200,000 people. It will continue at 200,000 devices a day until everyone is updated.

Needless to say, we'll be waiting up to see what happens. And while you're waiting with us, why not join in the upgrade discussion in the forums.

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4 years ago

A better look at the HTC Bravo

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HTC Bravo

Here's another shot of the HTC Bravo, which we just saw in that massive leak of 2010 Android and Windows Mobile devices.

A refresh of the specs, for those of you with short attention spans:

  • 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED capacitive touchscreen.
  • Qualcomm QSD 8250 (Snapdragon) processor @ 1GHz.
  • 5.0-megapixel camera with autofocus, flash and 720p video.
  • 512MB ROM/256MB RAM.
  • Up to 16GB MicroSD card.
  • WiFi b/g.
  • aGPS.
  • 1400mAh battery.
  • Optical trackball.
  • The other usual bells and whistles.

And before anybody starts yelling "Fake!" on the much better render here, remember that these are the same guys who leaked one of the first real shots of the HTC HD2 for Windows Mobile, and it turned out to be spot-on.

[ai.rs via Unwired View]

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4 years ago

Google Maps updated to v3.3 for Donut and above

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Google Maps version 3.3

Not content with rolling out Android 2.0.1 for the Verizon Droid and springing Goggles on us, Google today also has released Google Maps 3.3.

The new version makes it easier to find nearby businesses. In addition, Google has brought its Labs section to Google Maps for Android. In it you'll find options to:

  • Add a scale bar on the map.
  • Show a terrain layer.
  • Search for popular categories.
  • Turn the "My Location" dot into a compass arrow.
  • Add satellite, traffic, latitude and transit layers.

The new version is available in the Android Market for phones running Android 1.6 and up. [Google Lat-Long]

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4 years ago

Google Goggles brings visual search to Android phones

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Text search and voice search are so yesterday. Today Google unveiled Google Goggles, turns your camera into a search tool. Check out the video above. In a nutshell, it takes a picture of something, analyzes it, and returns search results. How it works, according to the Big G:

  • We first send the user's image to Google's datacenters
  • We then create signatures of objects in the image using computer vision algorithms
  • We then compare signatures against all other known items in our image recognition databases; and
  • We then figure out how many matches exist; and
  • We then return one or more search results, based on available meta data and ranking signals; and
  • We do all of this in just a few seconds

Google Goggles is in its infancy, and we're going to spend the rest of the day trying to use it on every random object in our basement (save for the bodies, naturally). This should be fun. You can download Goggles now in the Android Market for phones with Android 1.6 and above. [Google Mobile blog]

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4 years ago

Android 2.0.1 reportedly rolling out for Verizon Droid

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Android 2.0.1 update for Verizon Droid

Looks like the Android 2.0.1 update is starting to roll out for the Verizon Droid, with word coming fast and furious from our fourms, BGR and Twitter. This one's mandatory, and you're going to want it. Here are the bullet points of what's coming in the ESD56 update:

  • Improved OS stability.
  • Improved battery life.
  • Camera's autofocus is improved, time between shots is reduced.
  • Three-way calling enhancements.
  • Incoming call quality is improved.
  • Speakerphone remains on when call waiting kicks in.
  • Better Bluetooth, background echo eliminated, improved phone book transfer of contacts to in-vehicle systems.
  • GPS icon will disappear after a GPS app is closed.
  • SMS and MMS messages can be received after an EMS message is received.
  • SMS and MMS can now go to seven-digit addresses.
  • Google contact merging supports seven-digit numbers.
  • Visual Voice Mail notices arrive instantly.
  • Corporate calendar widget is updated.

More information about the update, including full instructions, at http://support.vzw.com/information/droid_upgrade.html.

You patient types should be able to sit back and let the update come to you. As for the rest of us, go to Settings>About Phone>System Updates and see if it's available. And sound off in in the comments once you get it.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Is T-Mobile Getting the HTC Passion & Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 ?

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Things are all cyclical, aren't they? First, T-Mobile was the early adopter and only supporter of Android, then Sprint stole the shine by releasing the HTC Hero, then Verizon took them all to town with the release and ad onslaught of the Motorola DROID. Now there's rumors flying around that point both the HTC Passion and Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, two highly anticipated Android phones, to T-Mobile. If all true, once again, T-Mobile will be the carrier for Android devices.

Tmonews is hearing that the HTC Passion, the device with a 1GHz Snapdragon Processor and immense touchscreen, will be available on T-Mobile. The launch is targeted for January but we're not sure how the recent delay affects the release. There's little detail on anything else. Even though rumors are pointing to T-Mobile, we still wouldn't rule out a Verizon release just yet.

For the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, we had originally pegged it as a future AT&T device but it looks like that has changed. AndroidGuys has a document floating around that lists the 1700 MHz band (the T-Mobile 3G specific band) on the XPERIA X10. Since, no other carrier uses 1700 MHz like T-Mobile does, it's rather safe to say that it's heading to Magenta.

If T-Mobile does pull this off and carry two flagship Android devices at once, it's going to be huge for the carrier's brand, growth, and future success. We're definitely excited to see T-Mobile get back in the mix at the high-end for Android, they definitely deserve it after investing and believing in Android before anyone else.

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4 years ago

Verizon DROID Eris Will Receive Android 2.0 in 2010

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Hey, hey! Looks like the DROID Eris will be joining the cool kids soon enough. The DROID Eris is set to receive the Android 2.0 software update in early 2010 that'll bring the already compelling device to the forefront of the discussion. HTC Sense UI + Android 2.0? How do you top that? From Verizon:

"The Droid Eris currently using Android 1.5, can and will be upgraded to newer a Android operating system software in first quarter 2010. The enhancement will allow customers to continue to enjoy the powerful HTC Sense experience while also gaining the additional benefits of Google Maps Navigation."

We're unsure if the update will be Android 2.0 or 2.1. Either way, we know HTC is hard at work in delivering an update to their HTC Sense handsets and we're going to take this in thinking that the Sprint HTC Hero will be eventually updated to Android 2.0 around the same time.

Now is as good a time as any to buy the DROID Eris because it's available for free!

[informationweek]

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4 years ago

Free Verizon HTC Eris

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Verizon HTC Eris on Wirefly

Been on the fence about picking up an HTC Eris on Verizon? Here's something to sweeten the deal. Cellstores is offering the Android 1.5 phone on Verizon for free, whether you're opening a new line or upgrading a current one. There's also free shipping and free shipping. That's a whole lotta free. Head here to pick one up.

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4 years ago

Passion reportedly 'delayed' till early 2010

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The wait for the infamous HTC Passion – the Taiwanese manufacturer's first Android 2.0 phone sporting a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen with multitouch (squee!) – may take a little longer than first believed.

"Market sources" apparently have said that the Passion (and that's likely just going to end up as the code name, btw) has been pushed back to "early 2010" so HTC can keep "working to further advance the software." When last we checked, the talk was that the Passion would be out by about now. Of course, what "early 2010" means is anybody's guess and really isn't that far-fetched a prediction, given that we only have three weeks or so left in 2009.

Also stated by this source is that HTC will announce the Espresso, the likely successor to the HTC Hero, at Mobile World Congress in February. That already has been stated by an HTC official, as well.

Digitimes via Gizmodo

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4 years ago

HTC's 2010 Android Smartphone Lineup Leaked, Revealed

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Say hello to your HTC Android devices for 2010. The Legend, Salsa, Tide, Buzz, and Bravo would like to meet you. After the recent leak of HTC's device codenames, we now have pictures and early specs to associate to those names. There's definitely a lot of exciting stuff coming from HTC and all these devices are currently targeted for release in the first half of 2010.

HTC has more or less split up their 2010 Android product lineup into three categories: social, design/lifestyle and performance (or as we call it, low, mid, and high). It looks like for 2010, HTC will introduce different form factors (front facing QWERTY candybar!) and new experiences. We're ridiculously excited.

Read on to see HTC's 2010 Android Smartphone Lineup!

[xda-developers]

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4 years ago

Meet the Motorola Opus One - you know, for iDEN

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Motorola Opus One

OK, all you folks on iDEN (go ahead, raise your hands) who have patiently been waiting for an Android phone to come your way. Meet the (codename) Motorola Opus One. Certainly reminiscent of the Sprint Hero and MyTouch 3G in terms of design, though the quaint trackball his given way to mother of a home button. (Any takers whether that's some sort of optical trackball or click wheel?) No real specs to go on, so start the speculation. [via Boy Genius Report]

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4 years ago

HTC Espresso profile shows QWERTY, 320x480 screen

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HTC Espresso

So we've seen the HTC Espresso codename leak. We've had an HTC exec say a follow-up to the Hero will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress. And now a leaked profile from the Espresso has emerged, showing a QWERTY keyboard device with 320x480 screen and the same processor found in the Hero and Magic.

Place your bets, folks. Something's coming down the pike. [Tweakers.net via BGR]

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4 years ago

Hero successor to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, HTC exec says

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HTC Hero

Some Valentines love is coming in February -- in the form of the follow-up to the wildly popular HTC Hero. HTC Sweden exec Patrik Andersson dropped the news:

A sequel to The flagship Hero unveiled at mobile trade show in Barcelona on 15 February and will appear in Swedish stores shortly thereafter.

Let's hope we see it show up in U.S. stores shortly after that. Stay tuned. [idg.se via Engadget]

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