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3 years ago

HTC launching something Sept. 15 -- place your bets now

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So smartphone manufacturer HTC has an event planned for Sept. 15 in London, eh? Maybe they just want to hang out with a few of their closes friends, or, more likely, we'll get to see some new hardware! Our money's on the Desire HD and Vision, a couple of names that have been floating around in various places -- Vodafone Germany, for one, plus an early hands-on video. (Plus, Eurodroid points out the smokey image above sure looks like the Desire HD.)

Or, it could be some Windows Phone 7 hardware. Or both. Who knows. Place your bets now, folks. [via Gizmodo]

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3 years ago

Oracle taking Google to court over Java patents

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Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming that the Android operating system infringes on its own software patents.  Oracle spokeswoman Karen Tillman says in an official statement, "In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property. This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement."  Google has issued no statement, saying that they had not yet been served.

And I say, in a very unofficial statement, "A large portion of Java is covered under the GPLv2, and it's very likely that the Dalvik virtual machine was built from the ground up using none of Sun's existing technology."  This will probably turn out to be just another drawn-out court battle, with no clear winner, and lots of money being spent on both sides.  We will just have to wait to see what a judge or other elected official has to say on the matter.  Google must be doing something right with Android -- it certainly has become a popular target.  I'm certainly not a lawyer, and never even played one on TV, but for those who are, the complaint is after the break.  [AP via MSNBC]

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3 years ago

Droid 2 benchmark tests

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Here you go, folks, a slew of benchmark tests with the Motorola Droid 2. We're doing this batch with a quorum of Android 2.2 devices -- the original Droid, the Droid 2, the Nexus One and the Evo 4G.

One pretty major caveat, however, is that the Linpack test doesn't appear to be working properly with the Droid and Droid 2, both of which use TI OMAP processors. The Nexus One and Evo 4G are scored just fine. You'll see what we mean, and if someone wants to explain things to us, we'll be at the bar. Video after the break.

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3 years ago

Must-have applications for your Motorola Droid 2

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Whether stepping foot into the Android Market for the first time, or just looking for something new to use on your brand new Motorola Droid 2, we've got you covered. The Market is loaded with applications, the variety is insane, and the selection is just plain wild. Searching can be a bit overwhelming at times, so lets take a look at some good foundational applications to get you on your way. Be sure to also check out our review section which we are rapidly filling with software reviews.

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3 years ago

Verizon confirms the Droid (OG) to get a second OTA -- to bring Adobe Flash

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Enter Chapter 3 of the on-again, off-again saga that is the Motorola Droid Froyo update -- Verizon has sent out an e-mail to it's business customers that says FRG01B is only the first step of a two part update, with part two bringing Adobe Flash support to the father of all modern Android phones.  Will this be the mythical FRG22?  Will this fully enable JIT?  Will Gilligan and company ever get off the island?  We just don't know.  But when we do, we'll tell ya.  [Phandroid]

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3 years ago

Dell Blaze gets outed

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What's small, made by Dell, runs Cupcake (Android 1.5) and lives on a fuzzy pink rug?  Why, the Dell Blaze, of course! (Pink rug not included).  It's the newest Android device in the works by Dell, and it looks to be their "entry-level, featurephone-market-stealer™."  Not a lot is known about it just yet, but there's a slew of pics at the source link to check out. 

I have to question this choice by Dell.  I'm all for entry/mid level Android phones, but why on earth is anyone still developing hardware on ancient versions of Android?  And considering Dell's release track record, who knows what version of the OS we'll be on by the time this rolls around? [AndroidSpin]

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3 years ago

Audible Android app now available

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We brought you a hands-on with the Audible Android app a couple of months ago while it was in beta, and we're happy to report that it's now available in the Android Market. The app itself is free, but you're going to need an audible account to actually make use of things. [Audible] Thanks, Nwani!

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3 years ago

Gartner's Q2 numbers are in -- Android's huge

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Gartner's Q2 2010 numbers are in, and the chart above says it all.  So do these.  And these.  And these, you get the point -- Android is showing unprecedented growth, all thanks to people like you and I who love the OS. Overall, the world's "mobile communication" market grew by 13.8 percent, but the competition (we love it!) drove the average price of a handset down (hey we love that too!).  Notable news from Gartner's report:

  • HTC debuts in the top 10 worldwide, with 139.1 percent Y-O-Y growth
  • Apple's iPad did not affect smartphone sales as much as was predicted
  • Android overtook iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) for the number 3 spot on the planet
  • Android overtook RIM (BlackBerry) to become the number one selling mobile OS in the United States according to Gartner

<fanboy>Worldwide -- look out RIM, there's a little green robot on your bum...and he bites.  Read the whole report at the source link, you'll like what you see. </fanboy> [Gartner Research]

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3 years ago

R2-D2 Droid 2 date pinned at Sept. 30; plus, more pictures

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Just got some more pics in from the Star Wars convention going on in Orlando, and it looks like the date for the R2-D2 version of the Droid 2 is going to be Sept. 30. Good news indeed for you guys waiting on the little guy.

And we've got fresh pics of the R2-D2 phone after the break, if you're into that sort of thing. Thanks to skippyrulz from the Android Central Forums for the pics!

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3 years ago

Vlingo responds to Google Voice Actions -- by making Vlingo for Android free

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Vlingo has responded to Google's release of Voice Actions in an amazing way -- by making its $9.99 Android application free.  Yes, free, starting today.  The folks at Vlingo are the first to applaud Google for the great Voice Actions application, but they also point out that Vlingo offers a bit more -- besides being cross platform, they also hook into Twitter and Facebook, and SafeReader to have incoming messages read aloud.  Oh, there's one more thing -- Vlingo works with Eclair and Froyo, so no need to wait for that OTA. 

Personally, I love Vlingo.  Now I love it even more.  Hit the break for the download details. [Vlingo]

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