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5 years ago

Google Releases Places Directory App for Android

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We've all been in that situation before: You're in a new city, you have no idea where anything is, you need help. Thankfully, we can now all fire up Google's 'Places Directory' application on our Android phones to solve the problem. Places Directory conveniently uses GPS and Google Maps to help locate the 'places' around you that you may need to find. The 12 categories include: Attractions, Banks, Bars, Coffee, Gas Stations, Hotels, Medical, Movie Theaters, Parking, Restaurants, Shopping and Taxis.

We can definitely envision ourselves using Places Directory in the near feature!

[google mobile]

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5 years ago

PreCentral.net Reviews the Palm Pre!

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Our good friends at PreCentral.net just published their full review of the Palm Pre and have come away impressed. For those who've been living under a rock: the Palm Pre is most definitely the most exciting smartphone release since well, Android. Our main man Dieter really stepped up and delivered a magnificent review of this much ballyhooed device and we're excited to welcome a new competitor to the fold.

If you ever wanted to know anything about the Palm Pre, PreCentral.net's Review should serve you fine. Over 200 images. 12 videos. Yeah, they do it right.

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5 years ago

Is ShopSavvy Missing From Android Market ?

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It looks like the uber-popular ShopSavvy application is missing for some users. The creators of ShopSavvy have received multiple reports of ShopSavvy not displaying in Android Market and are wondering how widespread the issue is. ShopSavvy displays just fine for us (open up Android Market, go to all applications, sort by popularity, it should be 4th).

If ShopSavvy is missing on your Android phone, head over to their site to see how to help!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile to Drop Price of T-Mobile G1 to $149.99

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Starting June 5th, T-Mobile is going to drop the price of the T-Mobile G1 to $149.99 with new activation. This is a $30 price drop from the $179.99 price point the G1 launched with. Could this be a sign of clearing out inventory for the next onslaught of Android devices?

And though it's a significant discount from T-Mobile, we still recommend any potential G1 customer to head towards Amazon: they're still offering the T-Mobile G1 for $97.99 with new activation.

[via tmonews]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile USA: Next Android Phone Coming 'Early Summer'

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T-Mobile USA has just confirmed that their next Android phone will be released in 'early summer'. If we're looking at our calendar right, that means today at the earliest or at the very latest: the next few weeks. The next Android Phone from T-Mobile is expected to be the HTC Magic (rebranded as the MyTouch 3G). Cupcake is trickling down to G1 Users and the Google Ion (aka HTC Magic) was deemed primetime enough to give away so yeah, the HTC Magic is probably ready to release.

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Garmin-ASUS to Release Android Phone in Q1 2010

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We had long ago reported that Garmin was interested in bringing an Android phone to the market, 6 months later it looks like they have the intention to do so...6 months from now. Though no exact specifications or pricing has been set, we can assume that it'll include a heavy brand of location based services.

We'd love to sit down and play with a Garmin-ASUS Android phone, if only to see if this relative newcomer in the smartphone game can create a compelling device. It'd be great to see what Garmin can cook up.

[via pcworld]

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5 years ago

Acer Releasing Android Netbook in Q3 2009

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Fresh off the news that Acer is joining the Open Handset Alliance and releasing an Android phone in Q4 2009, we have reports that an Acer Android-powered Netbook will be coming earlier than that: in Q3 2009. Details are predictably sparse but a real live Android netbook should garner some interest, especially if it releases as early as July.

Though we're still unsure about how Android will translate to the netbook scene, we're more than excited to find out. Hopefully we'll get more details soon!

[via wsj]

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5 years ago

HTC Press Event Scheduled for June 24th, Could Be HTC Hero Launch

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No one really has any clue what the London HTC Press Event on June 24th will be about. Our friends over at WMExperts are pulling for a Windows Mobile device but here at Android Central, we would love to see the HTC Hero pop up live and in living color. Our Windows Mobile brothers and sisters do have history on their side, the Touch Diamond was released at a similar event a year ago. But don't give up hope yet! Nothing has been confirmed.

Cross your fingers and hope to see the HTC Hero!

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5 years ago

HTC Hero 'Rosie' Available For Download to the T-Mobile G1

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We know we weren't the only ones drooling over the HTC Hero Rosie on the T-Mobile G1. If you saw the video tour, it was just mind-blowing, gorgeous, and to die for. Luckily, haykuro over at XDA developers has just made it available for download and though we don't think we're going to port this to our personal T-Mobile G1 yet, we suspect a few of you will.

Obviously, if you don't know what you're doing...stop right there and just enjoy your Cupcake. This process is a bit more difficult than just load and pop. For full instructions, check out the thread here.

Maybe if we can find some free time over the weekend, we'll give it a go...

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Rogers Launching HTC Magic & HTC Dream Today

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The Canadian Countdown for Android just hit zero and that means the HTC Dream and HTC Magic is now available for purchase to our friendly neighbors to the north. Oddly, when we hit the Rogers website, the 'Revolution' page isn't clickable--we couldn't find any more information on pricing, length-of-contract, etc.

But we do have some leaked information on Canadian HTC Dream and Magic pricing courtesy of Best Buy: $149.99 with a new 3-year contract, $45/month voice and data plan. The full retail price of the phones is rumored to be $599.99 without a contract. A picture detailing the purported prices of the HTC Magic and HTC Dream is after the jump.

We don't know if Best Buy and Rogers will have the same pricing, but we'll update the post if they do end up differing.

thanks for the tip John and Gilbert P!

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5 years ago

Acer Joins Open Handset Alliance, Android Phone to Come Late 2009

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All signs have been pointing to Acer joining the Android Phone brigade and it's finally official: Acer has announced that they're joining the Open Handset Alliance and bringing an Android Phone to the market by late 2009.

The Open Handset Alliance and its members work towards the develop Android and stay committed to openness. Currently there are over 40 members in the Open Handset Alliance and the number hopes to grow even larger in the future.

With so many Android phone announcements, that 18-20 Android Phones in 2009 prediction is looking more and more likely.

full press release after the jump

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5 years ago

Fanless ASUS Eee PC Running Android on Snapdragon Chipset -- VIDEO

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If you're interested in Android Netbooks, we may have the first one to get you excited. What you'll see in the embedded video after the jump is an Asus Eee PC 'smartbook' prototype that runs Android on a 1GHz Snapdragon chipset by Qualcomm (as opposed to the typical Intel Atom chip).

What's so cool about this is not just the Android part, it's that this prototype is fanless. The Snapdragon chipset consumes so little power that there's no need for a fan to cool down the computer! Can you imagine the battery life? The thinness?

Check out the video below if you're interested in this cool Asus Eee PC prototype!

[engadget]

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5 years ago

HTC Hero ROM Demoed on G1, Looks So Good

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We can't tell you how haykuro does it but the man is amazing. He continues to feed us video after video detailing the future of Android. In this particular video we get to see more of the sleekness that is the HTC Hero's ROM. It's really a joy to watch. We don't know if we'll ever see this on a consumer Android handset but if there's a way to easily get this onto our devices, we'll definitely sign up.

The video is definitely worth a watch, if only to brighten up your Monday morning.

[via androidguys]

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5 years ago

The Three Different Type of Android Phones

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We've been suggesting that there's a difference between Google and Android for quite some time now. And it actually turns out that we were right (kind of)! Specifically, there are three different types of Android phones that can offer three entirely different experiences. So though some Android phones may look exactly alike, they could very well be the same device running three different versions of Android. 

Here's the specifics (NYT):

  • The Obligation Free Option: device manufacturers can download a free version of Android, load it onto their devices and provide access to as many or as few apps as they want. But the manufacturers cannot preload popular Google applications, like Gmail or Google calendar.
  • The Small Strings Option: Same as Option 1, except that manufacturers sign a distribution agreement to include Google applications on the phone. Of the 18 to 20 phones coming out this year, Mr. Rubin said, 12 to 14 subscribe to this option.
  • The Bigger Strips Option (or the No Censorship Version): This option is the "Google Experience" Option. You can determine the phones in these categories by the Google logo (like the T-Mobile G1). Google Applications are included, Android Market access cannot be blocked. Of the phones coming out this year, five or six belong to this category, Mr. Rubin said.

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5 years ago

Koolu Almost Ready to Ship Neo FreeRunner with Android

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We've heard a lot of reports about the OpenMoko FreeRunner making its way to Android before, in fact we've already seen it running Android. What's new now is that Koolu, a Canadian company, is less than two weeks away from shipping the device to buyers with a 'full consumer' edition being ready by the summer.

It's definitely been quiet since we first heard about OpenMoko and Android but hey, it was always the logical conclusion, right? But with so many Android devices coming out already, we think it might be a little too late for the FreeRunner to do any damage. There will just be more compelling offerings than an EDGE only device made by a (relatively) unknown company.

Anyone excited?

[via cnet]

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