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4 years ago

Nvidia to stop supporting the Harmony platform past Froyo

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Nvidia Harmony

The Nvidia corporation will drop Android support for its devices running on the Harmony platform, according to a post on its official developer forums by Andrew Edelsten, Tegra Developer Relations.  This means that devices using the Harmony platform at their core  -- the Viewsonic gTablet and ViewPad7, Advent Vega, Toshiba Folio 100, and Notion Ink Adam -- will not have drivers built for video acceleration for any current or future releases of Android. 

This is not good news.  None of these Tegra 2-based devices is even a year old, and they are essentially dead in the water.  Even if someone were to build a higher version of Android for them, with no hardware support it's going to be a horrible experience.  Don't believe me?  Try an SDK port of Honeycomb on, well, on anything. 

I got myself a third cup of coffee, and sat down all ready to bash Nvidia for abandoning support for very capable devices, then I realized something -- I can't.  These popular devices are just the first official victims of Google's new method of forcing companies to obtain its  blessing to use a free and open-source operating system.  It's not Nvidia's fault.  You can't be expected to spend money and resources to update drivers for tablets that will never have official support from Google.  Andrew says that they have already updated their Ventana based devices to Android 2.3, and are waiting for Google to release Honeycomb to them.  I'm afraid we're going to see the exact same thing with the original Galaxy Tab, and it won't be Samsung's fault this time.  The phrase "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" comes to mind. [Nvidia Developer ZoneThanks, Adam!

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4 years ago

GPL portions of Honeycomb entered into Android Open Source Project

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Honeycomb

Jean-Baptiste Queru, AOSP engineer for Google, has verified that GPL and LGPL portions of the Honeycomb source code have been entered into the AOSP repositories.  Don't get too excited though, it's not the full source code, it's just a snapshot to be used if "incompatibilities develop over time."  It still may contain code useful for developers, and something is better than nothing.

I'm a little sad that it took almost two months for Google to comply with the license they agreed to when they used GPL code, but there's little we can really do about it.  If you're a Honeycomb developer, Al Sutton has worked out a set of instructions to build what has been provided -- find it at the source link.  Hopefully, the community can find good use for it.  [@jbqueru; Al Sutton's Blog via AndroidGuys]

Edit: Jean-Baptiste Queru gives us a correction, one that makes me happy. 

Funny that nobody had noticed until now that all the GPL/LGPL Honeycomb projects were in AOSP. They were there in late January.

Sincere apologies JBQ, and thanks for restoring a little bit of faith :)

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Enhanced Email

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For corporate users, or anyone without a Gmail account, really, Android's stock e-mail client can leave something to be desired. If you're looking for an e-mail app that can offer multiple Exchange accounts and sync IMAP/POP3 accounts simultaneously, I suggest Enhanced Email.

Enhanced Email is an email client based 100 percent off of the source code from Gingerbread. What that means is you'll be getting all of the goodies from the stock e-mail client plus all of the extra bits and pieces the developer has thrown in. Let's take an in-depth look at these features after the jump.

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4 years ago

HTC shows off Sensation in new promo videos

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 HTC Sensation video

In case you hadn't noticed, HTC unveiled a new phone today. The HTC Sensation will launch this summer in Europe, Asia and the U.S., with some impressive specs alongside a completely revamped version of HTC Sense. Following today's Sensation launch event in London, HTC has released two new promotional videos showing the handset's unibody chassis and redesigned UI. Check them both out after the jump.

HTC Sensation specs | HTC Sensation Images | HTC Sensation Forums

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4 years ago

LG Thrive and LG Phoenix bring the Optimus One to AT&T

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Thrive on att

AT&T today announced two new Android smartphones that will represent affordable choices compared to some of their more recent high-end announcements.

Both phones are essentially versions of the LG Optimus One (see our full review), which we have said before is an excellent bang-for-your-buck device. They both sport a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 600MHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo), and a 3.2 MP camera.

The LG Thrive is AT&T's first prepaid smartphone and will cost $179.00 outright. A new prepaid data package was also announced, which is 500MB/$25. Consumers may also choose 100MB/$15 or 10MB/$5. 

The LG Phoenix will be the same phone, but will be on-contract rather than prepaid. It will be available for $49.99 with a 2-year service agreement. 

Both devices will be available nationwide on April 17th. If you've been craving a solid yet affordable smartphone, the Thrive or Phoenix are two very good options. [AT&T]

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4 years ago

HTC Sensation has Gorilla Glass, aluminum unibody chassis

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HTC Sensation

If you were about to ask "Does the HTC Sensation have Gorilla Glass?" The answer, we're more than happy to say, is "yes." Indeed, the HTC Sensation has Gorilla Glass.

If you're unfamiliar, Gorilla Glass is a sort of magical space-age scratch-resistant glass produced by Corning. And if you have the option, you want it. We've scratched non-Gorilla Glass screens on Day 1. And we're still trying to scratch our Gorilla Glass phones.

Also on the Sensation is an aluminum unibody construction. That gives you a strong but lightweight phone -- it weighs in at 5.22 ounces -- and it looks darn sexy, too.

For more on Gorilla Glass, check out video with Corning from CES 2011 after the break.

HTC Sensation specs | HTC Sensation Images | HTC Sensation Forums

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4 years ago

HTC Sensation 4G coming to T-Mobile USA this summer

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 HTC Sensation 4G

HTC just unveiled its dual-core Sensation, and T-Mobile USA has just announced that it'll be carrying a HSPA+ version of the phone, dubbed the HTC Sensation 4G. T-Mo says the device will be its most powerful handset, and will launch "this summer".

The T-Mobile-exclusive Sensation 4G will boast the same impressive specs as its 3G European counterpart -- a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, and qHD (540x960) Super LCD display. If reading press releases is your thing, you can find one after the jump. [T-Mobile]

HTC Sensation specs | HTC Sensation Images | HTC Sensation Forums

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4 years ago

HTC Sensation officially announced on Vodafone, hits Asia in Q2

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HTC Sensation

The cat was let out of the bag a tad early, but that doesn't mean we're any less excited about the new HTC Sensation (formerly the Pyramid), just announced at a special event in London and destined for the Vodafone network (at first) in the UK.

It's kind of a mix of things we've already seen, wrapped up in a sexy 4.3-inch touchscreen and aluminum unibody. There's the latest version of HTC Sense, which we've also seen on the HTC Flyer Android tablet.

Specs? Well, this thing's got 'em. There's the aforementioned 4.3-inch SLCD touchcreen at 540x960 resolution (that's qHD). There's a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, running Android 2.3 and Sense 3.0. There's Wifi 802.11 b/g/n. There an 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front facer.

It a word, it's sensational. Check out the full presser after the break.

HTC Sensation specs | HTC Sensation Images | HTC Sensation Forums

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4 years ago

HTC Flyer hitting Europe on May 9

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HTC Flyer

Fresh out of HTC's London event today is that the 7-inch HTC Flyer Android tablet will be available in Europe starting May 9. Carphone Warehouse has it listed at £599, but you'll likely see that vary a little bit.

For those of us in the states, we'll have to wait on Sprint's EVO View tablet -- same thing, basically, with 3D recording and playback -- or Best Buy's Wifi-only version, coming this spring. [via Modaco]

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4 years ago

Sprint launches new music download service for its Android phones

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 Sprint Music Plus

Sprint has announced the launch of a new service dubbed "Sprint Music Plus" for Android, Blackberry, and some feature phone users. The app will allow Sprint customers to purchase and directly download a range of songs, albums, ringtones, and ringback tones on their device. Sprint has promised the music is DRM-free and purchases will be charged directly to your monthly Sprint bill. Pricing ranges from $.69 to $1.29 for a single song but discounts can be found by buying the track along with its ringtone and ringback tone.

You can download the app from within the Sprint Zone app that came pre-installed on your phone, or with the QR code after the break. Check out the full press release past the break.

HTC Sensation specs | HTC Sensation Images | HTC Sensation Forums

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4 years ago

Vodafone outs HTC Sensation ahead of expected launch at London event

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HTC Sensation on Vodafone

Seems to always happen, doesn't it? Just a few hours before the expected announcement of the HTC Sensation at an event in London, the phone formerly known as the "Pyramid" makes a full-fledged (albeit short-lived) appearance on Vodafone's site. So we know exactly what we're looking at -- 4.3-inch touchscreen at qHD (540x960 resolution, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera, 4GB of internal memory, and all the other usual stuff.

What we don't have, of course, is pricing and release date, so we'll at least have that to look forward to later. The page has been taken down, but nothing's ever gone on the Internet, folks. See you in a few with the official announcement. [Vodafone (cache)] Thanks, @ch3tman!

HTC Sensation specs | HTC Sensation Images | HTC Sensation Forums

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4 years ago

Sprint unveils landing page -- EVO 3D, View 4G in the spotlight

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Looks like Sprint decided to make good on unveiling that secret webpage we uncovered a couple of days ago.

Going to www.sprint.com/evo3d now redirects the user to Sprint's new "All. Together. Now." page, which also covers the HTC EVO View 4G, the Kyocera Echo, and the Nexus S 4G.

You can view 360-degree models and spec sheets for the EVO View 4G and EVO 3D, and get redirected to dedicated pages for the Echo and Nexus S 4G.

It's good to see Sprint drumming up some excitement, especially with the lineup they're packing. Pleased with what you see? Head on over to the forums and discuss!

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom appears headed for Sprint, will sport WiMax (natch)

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xoom wimax

It appears that the Motorola Xoom is heading to Sprint's network, and will sport WiMax in lieu of Verizon's LTE. (No telling if you'll have to send it back to Motorola to get it, though.) Verizon had exclusivity on the first Honeycomb tablet for quite some time, until the WiFi-only was released a couple weeks ago. Now thanks to cases appearing at Sprint stores, it looks like it will be getting some more carrier love, boasting Sprint's 4G WiMax network. 

No release date yet, but you have to believe it will be soon to compete with Verizon's unit, especially when the LTE ready devices finally start rolling out. [BGR]

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4 years ago

Skype Video for the HTC Thunderbolt leaks out

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Skype Mobile with Video chat

Although the HTC Thunderbolt was supposed to of have launched with it -- it didn't. And although HTC and Verizon tried to hide the fact it ever existed -- it didn't work. Skype Video has now leaked out for all Verizon HTC Thunderbolt users. No telling how long it will work for once Skype and Verizon catch on, or if they'll even care enough to bother shutting it down but we do know it will only work on the Thunderbolt so, don't bother trying it on anything else at this point.

Phil took it for a ride over 3G and Wifi. It works over the former and works pretty well over the later, but doesn't seem to do much for the person you're talking to. (Hi, Jerry!) Remember that this is leaked and unofficial software, so consider yourselves warned. Download links are at the source link, if you're the brave type. [Droid-Life] Thanks, 0mie!

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4 years ago

Rooted device now trying CM7, Resetting webtop settings [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Here we are again, Monday. While I dislike Mondays, they're always better when we start off on good note and today appears to have gone that way. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer got root, and the Wifi-only Galaxy Tab is now officially available from Samsung. That's a good start, I think. The forums were busy over the weekend as well, jump on in there and join in on some of the conversation.

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