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4 years ago

Sprint stores stocking up on Evo 4Gs

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Those of you who did not pre-order a Sprint Evo 4G and will be on the prowl come this Friday -- launch day! -- should think about visiting your local Sprint store when the doors open at 8 a.m. 

Android Central forum member BigRick10 posted the image above that shows one Sprint store that seems to have an over abundance of Evos. Here is the kicker: What you see above is claimed to be only a partial shipment. Of course, stock will vary from store to store, but it's looking like Sprint stores will be your best bet come Friday. [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S goes worldwide -- coming to 110 countries

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Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung should be launching its premier handset soon, in a huge way.  According to the Korean industry blog Korea IT Times the Galaxy S will be released in 100 countries, all within the same month.  Confirmed by IT Times are Vodafone (UK), Orange (FR), SingTel (SG), Deutsche Telecom (Germany) and "many others."  We're already pretty sure it's coming to AT&T, T-Mobile, and very possibly Sprint and Verizon in the United States.

Ever since we had some hands on time with the Galaxy S and even more time with it at Google I/O we've been itching to call it our own for a week or so and put it through the paces.  Specs look great (1GHz cortex A8 processor, 4-inch SuperAmoled screen, 5 MPx camera, 8/16 GB internal memory, Android 2.1 Eclair), multimedia support looks even better (MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3 and FLAC audio files and MP4, DivX, WMV, H.264 and H.263 video files), and those rumours of the Hummingbird chips graphics processing being 3x the power and speed of the Snapdragon really make this phone one to keep an eye on.  And maybe, we can finally get a chance to see it outside. [IT Times via Unwired View]

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4 years ago

Hey, newcomers: Which OS platform did you ditch for Android?

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Sprint Evo 4G

It's not much of a secret, judging by all the talk in our Evo 4G forums, that a lot of you folks out there are getting ready to jump one ship or another to join the ranks of Android with the Sprint Evo 4G (as well as other recent Android phones). So let's hear it: Which OS did/are you ditching for Android?

What platform are you leaving to join Android and the Evo 4G?survey software

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4 years ago

Android 2.1 now on 45 percent of devices

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Android versions

Another couple of weeks, and more new numbers regarding Android platform percentages. For the two weeks ending June 1, we now see 45.1 percent of Android phones running Eclair -- Android 2.1. That's up from 32.4 percent for the two weeks ending May 17. The Cupcake (Android 1.5) and Donut (Android 1.6) versions continue to wane, thanks to the HTC Droid Eris and Hero finally getting their long awaited updates. Cupcake is down 6.5 percentage points, while Donut dropped 1.6 percentage points. [Android Developer Blog]

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4 years ago

New dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon chips shipping for Android devices

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Mobile chipset manufacturer Qualcomm has started shipping its two newest additions to the Snapdragon family, the MSM8260 and the MSM8660. Both of the processors are dual-core and are clocked at 1.2GHz with an integrated GPS and GPU that supports Open GL ES 2.0, 2D and 3D acceleration as well as Open VG 1.1 and are capable of encoding and decoding 1080p and support displays up to 1280x800 pixels. The only difference between the two chipsets is that the MSM8260 supports HSPA+ whereas the MSM8660 supports multi-mode HSPA+ and 1xEV-DO Rev. B. Qualcomm states that these two chips are headed for high-end smartphones, which will no doubt include Android devices sometime in the future (anything before the end of the year is pretty unlikely). More multicore processors are in the works for tablets and other high-end devices slated for “this year.” [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Android's Andy Rubin says updates may slow to a more manageable once a year

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Google's Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin's "it's not fragmentation, it's legacy" line at Google IO has sparked a pretty good debate, but now we're starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel for problem of Android's furious pace. Speaking to the Silicon Valley Mercury News' Troy Wolverton, Rubin said the rate of major updates to Android may settle down to an annual event. Said Rubin:

"From our internal 0.8, we got to 1.0 pretty quickly, and we went through this iteration cycle. You've noticed, probably, that that's slowed down a little bit. Our product cycle is now, basically twice a year, and it will probably end up being once a year when things start settling down, because a platform that's moving — it's hard for developers to keep up. I want developers to basically leverage the innovation. I don't want developers to have to predict the innovation."

At which point we expect everybody to start complaining about how long it will take until the next major revision of Android. [Mercury News] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

The altek Leo 14MP smartphone -- possibly running Android, definitely gianormous

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altex leo cameraphone

Sometimes we all like to sit back in our chairs and speculate about what fresh innovative ideas will turn up next in the smartphone world.  I'll bet none of us saw this coming.  Rather than put a camera on a smartphone, it looks like altek has put a smartphone in a camera.  Not a lot of details yet, and we're not even sure it will be running Android -- but the home, back and menu buttons make that a safe bet.  We do know that it's a touchscreen phone with HSDPA radio bands (and carries the Nokia style 3.5G label), has a 14 megapixel CCD with 3x optical (yes, optical, as in not a typo) zoom, and will be unvelied in June in Singapore at CommunicAsia.

Both professional and amateur photographers alike might just have something to look forward to with this beast. Full press release after the break. [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G torn down (as if you haven't been teased enough)

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Sprint Evo 4G teardown

Not only can you not have the Sprint Evo 4G for a few more days, now you have to watch somebody tear it apart. The folks at ifixit did their thing, meticulously ripping open the Evo and checking out the internal components. No real surprises were found, other than getting the identifiers on the individual radios and the like. But we'll take every bit of Evo detail we can get, and we know you darn will, too. [ifixit]

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4 years ago

EVO 4G contest, review your EVO, Droid Incredible pictures, Incredible root

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From the Forums is a great way for you, our readers, to see the hottest topics being discussed. But you must be a registered member and becoming a member is a simple process. So if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now!

See you in the forums!

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4 years ago

Introducing the Android Central widget

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Android Central widget

Let's face it, you just can't get enough of us. We understand that. And so without further ado, we bring you the Android Central Widget. It's a simple beast, bringing you the latest headlines from Android Central straight to your home screen. Tap a headline and you're taken to the mobile version of our website. No muss, no fuss. We kept it simple for a reason, folks.

There are two sizes from which you can choose -- a 4x1 horizontal widget, and a 2x2 widget. Just load it up from the Android Market, tap and hold on your home screen and you're ready to go.

Android Central Widget
Market linkApp Brain

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4 years ago

Froyo Feature: Home screen tweaks

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Android 2.2 Froyo home screen

This one's certainly the most obvious visual change in Android 2.2, but it shouldn't go without mention. Froyo has added icons for the phone dialer and browser on either side of the launcher icon, clearing up (for me, anyway) a couple of icon spaces on my main home screen. It actually brings a bit of functionality already found in third-party launchers such as ADW and Launcher Pro (and they offer more customization than the stock launcher), but it's nice to see a refresh for those who prefer the stock route.

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4 years ago

Android powered Motorola Greco XT502 leaked by Bluetooth SIG

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It's not quite the Motorola Shadow, but it looks like the Bluetooth SIG has leaked another Android phone: the Motorola Greco XT502. We haven't heard of the Motorola Greco before, which is odd considering we've seen Motorola Android devices in all shapes and sizes and doubly odd considering the Greco packs 3G bands--850, 1900 & 2100--that work with AT&T (and Canadian carriers). The Greco also unsurprisingly comes with quad-band GSM, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth.

From the looks of it, it seems like a rather unimpressive device (similarly styled to the i1). Does this Greco have a place in Motorola's upcoming Android lineup? We're going to say no. [bluetooth sig via intomobile]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App - ADW.Launcher

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Yes, you may be thinking oh look, yet another launcher, haven't we seen enough? Well, maybe you have, but if you look past the ADW.Launcher you will be rather sad once you realize all that it has to offer. While the initial look of it may look like your standard Froyo launcher that we have seen covered many times, the options go far beyond that. Well, let's take a look at it after the jump.

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4 years ago

HTC Aria looks like a tiny Droid Incredible-Evo 4G mash-up

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HTC Aria

What do you get when you cross the HTC Desire with the Evo 4G and Droid Incredible? From the looks of this leaked shot, you get the HTC Aria. Those are the same capacitive buttons from the Evo 4G, the blocky shape of the Droid Incredible and the trackpad from Desire (and Incredible), all rolled into a pretty small Frankenphone. That's a business card on the right, so we're not talking about a hefty device here. The Aria's been rumored for AT&T, but there's been nothing more solid than that. So maybe we'll see this one alongside the Backflip and (eventually, maybe) the Dell Aero and/or Samsung Galaxy S. Or maybe it's just the Phone that Should Not Be. [via Android Guys]

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4 years ago

Google I/O video: Android 2.2 Froyo demo

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Google IO

While you're winding down from your three-day weekend, kick your feet up and join us after the break as we re-watch the Android 2.2 keynote address from Google I/O, where Google first showed us the major features in Froyo. Then head back here for our breakdown of said features, and our own demos. Dunno about you, but it's even better watching in a second time.

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