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4 years ago

LG GW620 Eve Gearing Up For Ad Campaign, Site Leaks

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We admit it. We're guilty of Droid-fever here at Android Central and haven't paid enough attention to other Android devices that are releasing just as soon. Take LG's first Android device, the LG GW620 Eve, which from the looks of it, is pretty much ready to launch and go head on with the Motorola CLIQ. Sadly, there has been no official word of the LG Eve jumping onto any US carrier, so this particular device might not see the light of day here in the states. If you're interested in learning more about the Eve and it's social network heavy ad campaign, head to their site.

In a separate report, Phandroid just got a tip that the LG Eve will be available to our neighbors to the north on November 3rd. It looks like the LG Eve will be offered for $49 with new 3-year contract on Rogers as early as next week!

Hit the jump to see the promo ads for the LG GW620 Eve!

[android-france]

thanks Yannick for the tip!

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4 years ago

Pre-Order Motorola DROID at Best Buy Today

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Starting today, Best Buy Mobile will begin to take pre-orders for the Motorola DROID. The DROID is launching on November 6th for $199 and we expect it to be a huge success, so if you're thinking about going DROID, head to Best Buy as soon as you can! Buying your phone at Best Buy is a much easier process than going through Verizon stores because Best Buy offers instant rebates (instead of mail-in-rebates).

Who's going to get a DROID ?

[businesswire]

thanks Toth for the tip!

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4 years ago

HTC Hero Will Receive Android 2.0 'Eclair' Update

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Thanks to Twitter, we now know that HTC has plans to update the HTC Hero to Android 2.0 'Eclair'. After seeing all the goodies that Android 2.0 will deliver and Android users' positive response to them, HTC needed to jump on board and address the Hero's situation with Android 2.0. The one sticking point that's keeping it from happening right now, seems to be that HTC Sense needs to get updated and optimized for Android 2.0, which makes sense since the beautiful UI is more than just a tasteful theme or skin.

It's odd that HTC didn't address the Magic or Dream's situation with Android 2.0, only choosing to discuss the Hero. Hopefully we'll hear more information regarding the other devices soon. In any case, we expect HTC to fix whatever issues Sense has with Android 2.0 and have the HTC Hero ready for Android 2.0 as quickly as possible. Then it'll be up to Sprint to deliver the update to us. Cross our fingers?

[@htc]

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4 years ago

Motorola DROID Roundup: Android Central's Coverage of Droid Day

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Years from now, we might look back at October 28th, 2009 as Droid Day, the day Android stole everyone's attention. It was arguably a bigger day for Android than the launch of the first Android device, the T-Mobile G1. With the unveiling of the Verizon Motorola Droid, there was so much news popping up and information floating around that it was nearly impossible to keep track of it all. Luckily, the dust is beginning to settle a little bit--the Droid looks like a winner, Verizon finally has a great phone, and Android 2.0 is going to rock--so we gathered all our DROID-related posts in one neat roundup for your reading pleasure.

Motorola DROID

Verizon

Google / Android 2.0

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4 years ago

MLB Testing At Bat App for Android During World Series

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If you're a big baseball fan, you probably already know what happened in Game 1 of the World Series (Phillies won, Cliff Lee dominated). What you probably didn't know is that Major League Baseball has released their At Bat application for Android that'll allow you to keep track of what is sure to be a classic World Series. The At Bat application has been available for the iPhone and it's a truly immersive application that pretty much sets the bar for sport-specific apps. At Bat for Android delivers live scoreboards, box scores, pitch-by-pitch updates, and video highlights. Sadly, it won't stream live games (the iPhone version does) but you'll be able to stream audio of the World Series.

At Bat for Android is only in beta and MLB is releasing it for download through their mobile MLB.com site (not available in Android Market). MLB says they're only testing waters with this app and will not confirm whether At Bat for Android will arrive next season. We would love to have the MLB At Bat app for Android next year, it'll make keeping track of next season's Dodgers World Series run all the more easier.

Test it out while you can!

[via cnet]

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4 years ago

Total Cost of Ownership for Motorola DROID on Verizon

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One of the biggest selling points of the Motorola DROID is that it'll be on the Verizon network. We've all seen Verizon commercials--America's most reliable network, can you hear me now?, there's a map for that--Big Red likes to market themselves as being everywhere. And most Verizon customers we run into seem to be more than satisfied with their network's reception. The one sticking point with Verizon? Price.

As prices for unlimited voice+messaging+data plans are shrinking thanks to the likes of Sprint and T-Mobile, rate plans on Verizon are still sky high. So with Android finally coming to Verizon with the DROID, how will the price look when compared to Android phones already in existence such as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and the Sprint HTC Hero? Why let's find out!

In order to level the playing field, we're going to use two different rate plans for each device. The first look will be given to the overall cheapest rate plan (with 2-year contract) we can find on their respective websites. The second chart will show the price of unlimited voice + messaging + data plans for each device on their respective carriers. We know that T-Mobile just introduced their Even More Plus (contract-free) option but since it doesn't include a 2-year contract, we chose to ignore those plans for the purpose of this study.

Who has the best bang for your buck? Who's the most expensive? Who's the cheapest?

Hit the jump for the full results!

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Accessories: Phone Holder & Multimedia Stations

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If you're interested in taking full advantage of the Motorola DROID, you might consider purchasing the two DROID accessories that extend the functionality of the DROID.

The first is the Phone Holder for DROID which can provide a great place for you to store your Motorola DROID while you drive and mimics a typical standalone GPS-unit. This is obviously great for using Google Maps Navigation in Android 2.0 (Droid ships with 2.0) and the unique aspects of Google Maps. The Phone Holder for DROID doesn't have any pricing and is not available yet, with only a vague 'Coming Soon' date listed. In the mean time, the Android Central store has great options for car docks that you might be interested in.

The second accessory is a Multimedia Station that can best be described as a dock that turns your DROID into an all around multimedia powerhouse. The Multimedia Station allows your DROID to display photos and movies, play music, shows the weather and time, and works as an alarm clock, all while charging your phone. We have to say, the Multimedia Station looks like a very tempting purchase and could be highly useful on either a desk or a nightstand.

You can find the Phone Holder & Multimedia Station and all other Motorola DROID accessories here!

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4 years ago

Official Specs for Motorola DROID

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If you're interested in knowing the official specs of the Motorola DROID, look no further, we rounded them up in a neat little package for you to easily read. The quick highlights:

  • 3.7-inch WVGA (854x480), 16:9 touchscreen
  • Arm Cortex A8 550 MHz Processor
  • 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
  • DVD-quality video capture and playback (720x480)
  • 16GB microSD (32GB expandable)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS (with Google Maps Navigator)
  • 1400 mAh battery
  • 6 oz (169g)
  • 2.4 x 4.6 x.5 inches (60x115.80x13.70mm)
  • Android 2.0

The full spec sheet after the jump!

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4 years ago

Screenshots of Google Maps Navigation

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If you're not interested in Google Maps Navigation, you should be. It's been one of the most requested features for Google Maps for quite some time and to finally have it in Android 2.0 is an absolute game changer. Just check out the stocks of standalone GPS makers like Garmin and TomTom, it speaks for itself.

We've gathered some choice screenshots of Google Maps Navigation for your easy viewing. GPS navigation is about to permanently change with Google Maps Navigation. Imagine how limited previous GPS devices were with their search. Now you search with the power of Google. Remember how expensive GPS devices were. Now it's free with Android 2.0.

We think that the change is good and we love that the change is falling in our direction.

Hit the jump to see more screenshots of Google Maps Navigation with our commentary!

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4 years ago

Verizon Taking Over Times Square with Motorola DROID ?

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BGR has an interesting report that Verizon Wireless will launch an all-out, ad onslaught for the DROID in one of the busiest intersections in the world, Times Square New York City. But this is more than just advertising, Verizon has plans to make this an interactive experience for DROID users. BGR's source says that two of the biggest digital billboards in Times Square, the NASDAQ and Reuters signs, will be controlled by DROID users through voice commands.

It sounds mysterious, ambitious, and borderline crazy but we're excited to see what comes out of this. The picture above is a 'sneak peek' of what's to come. There's no if's or but's about it, Verizon has absolute faith in the DROID.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Gets Unboxed

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The rite of passage for all highly anticipated gadgets, the unboxing, has happened for the Motorola DROID. Unsurprisingly, the Droid/Terminator theme of the DROID is splashed on the box with the expected Verizon branding. Google gets some love on the outer box as well, with Motorola showing up only in the product photo and the inner box. The DROID only comes with a microUSB charger, the accessories like the dock and car dock are sold separately.

Hit the jump to see more pictures of the DROID unboxed

[engadget]

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4 years ago

Droid Eris To Be $99 When Released

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We know today is DROID day and nothing official regarding other DROID devices (it is a series after all) will be announced by Verizon but gdgt has given word that the DROID Eris will be priced at $99 with new contract. Remember, the DROID Eris is purportedly the Verizon version of the HTC Hero and the Sprint HTC Hero sells for $179. If the DROID Eris is in fact the HTC Hero, it'll undercut the Sprint version at half the price and be on an arguably better network. Two wins in our book.

We love the aggressively competitive (or is it competitively aggressive) pricing of the DROID Eris. Like our prediction, the DROID Eris will be offered as a lower-end device from the higher-end DROID. Obviously, a Verizon HTC Hero isn't low-end by no means but priced at $99 will certainly ruffle some feathers. Either way, at $99 and $199 price points, it looks like they'll both be steals.

[gdgt]

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4 years ago

Motorola DROID Gets a Hands On

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The lovely folks at Gizmodo and Engadget have both gotten their hands on the Motorola DROID and their first impressions are very positive. Here are some highlights:

  • General consensus seems to point the screen at somewhere between gorgeous and excellent. The added real estate with the bigger screen seems to make Android even more customizable with all the widgets and icons you'd like. And the extra screen resolution is to die for
  • The phone is made of metal and the hardware seems to be top notch
  • Keyboard is decent. The directional pad on the right side may get in the way of some but everyone seems sure it'll be fine once we get used to it
  • Everyone is noticing the speed difference in the Motorola DROID, we're taking that as Android 2.0 is highly optimized and enhanced enough to hang out with its speedster competitors
  • Facebook integration is built-in (Android 2.0)

We're working on getting our own Motorola DROID to give you our own thoughts but in the mean time, hit the jump to see some hands on pictures courtesy of Gizmodo and Engadget!

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4 years ago

GSM Version of Motorola DROID Spotted

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All eyes are on Verizon this morning and rightly so, but a few keen observers have found this video of the Motorola DROID with a SIM card! Which means there's going to be GSM versions of this most anticipated Android device lying around. Which isn't really a surprise since few carriers outside of the US use CDMA. But we're almost certain that these GSM DROIDs will never see the light of day as official devices in the US (Verizon has invested too much to let the Droid slip to AT&T or T-Mobile) but there's no stopping you from picking up unlocked phones to use on networks here.

We haven't heard of the DROID releasing on other worldwide carriers yet but we'll be sure to let you guys know when we do!

Hit the jump for the full video of the GSM Motorola DROID.

[via engadget]

 

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4 years ago

DroidDoes.com Goes Live And DROID Pops Up on Motorola.com Again

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DroidDoes.com is live and stylishly displays teaser-fashioned information regarding the DROID. You'll be able to find out that with the DROID you can "put your thumbs away. DROID answers on command" and that the DROID is 'no granola crunching, flower child phone" but "more powerful than you need and faster than you can handle". Rather deep stuff, right?

If you're looking for more serious information, the DROID has popped back up on Motorola's website and it looks like how it did before. But don't worry, Motorola still knows how to work in the superlatives. According to Motorola:

It's a pint-sized power plant. Location aware. Voice-recognizing. App-mashing and multitasking. It can connect at breakneck speed. Power and intelligence can be more than a phone. DROID by Motorola.

It's not all fun and games though. The official specs page is listed here and some notable specs we didn't mention earlier: An Arm Cortex A8 550 MHz processor is what powers this puppy and it'll have 6 hours of usage time.

All jokes aside, Verizon and Motorola are really excited about this device and it shows. Motorola is back with a bang. Verizon has one of the best phones available. And Android 2.0 comes out looking best. This might be the first win-win-win situation!

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