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3 years ago

Motorola posts up video of the Charm

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OK, we admit it. Despite our public loathing of Motoblur, the Motorola Charm (just announced for T-Mobile) has piqued our interest a bit, given that it'll be the first front-facing QWERTY Android phone. Motorola's done up a cute little video showing off its latest. And while we're not exactly convinced it's going to be the Android messenger we've been dreaming of, we're definitely looking forward to giving it a shot. Check it out after the break. Thanks, Miguel!

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3 years ago

Leaked T-Mobile roadmap shows some blurry handsets on the way

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This tall piece of blurriness you see here reportedly is a leaked T-Mobile roadmap, and we see at least a few known Android smartphones listed, as well as some likely comers. There's no real telling what the dates mean, or just how legit this is. But let's break it down anyway:

  • The just-announced Motorola Charm and Samsung Vibrant are pegged with July 21 dates. The Vibrant's already been announced for then, so that's lining up nicely
  • The myTouch 3G, Cliq and Cliq XT look to possibly be getting their Eclair updates in August.
  • The HTC Vanguard (there's a new name) is listed at Sept. 9, and the Charm looks to be slated for an update right around then.
  • The HTC Emerald (there's a name that goes back to the Project Emerald moniker) is marked at Nov. 5 or so, along with the Motorola Jordan and what could be the Begonia (tell us that code name's wrong, please).
  • Another HTC phone -- the Schubert?) is under Nov. 17.

Remember that a good bunch of what you see here is completely unofficial and unconfirmed, so we'll have to see how this pans out. And as far as those future phones go, there's no telling whether they're Android, or may the eventual launch of Windows Phone 7. But that said, there's a good possibility that T-Mobile's got one hell of a fall lineup coming our way. [via AndroidSpin]

Update: Ah ha! Knew the Schubert sounded familiar. Our pals at WMExperts remind us that the Schubert has been rumored as a Windows Phone 7 device, so there's that. Thanks, George!

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3 years ago

Qualcomm teams with Mattel, Ga. Tech for Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Androids

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And now for something truly awesome. Some fellas from Georgia Tech (Go Jackets!), in partnership with Qualcomm in their Augmented Reality Game Studio, have created a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots game using Qualcomm's new Augmented Reality platform and recently-introduced SDK. You just point the app at a special arena map and the robots spring to life in your world. As a bonus, Qualcomm has included location and compass support, so moving around in space gives you a different perspective on your game. Check the video after the break [via Android and Me]

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3 years ago

Evo vs. iPhone video author keeps his Best Buy job, but doesn't want it back

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This saga of the hilarious Evo vs. iPhone videos produced by a Best Buy employee just got even better. When last we heard, Brian Maupin, 25, had been suspended by the retailer while it conducted some sort of investigation. His job hung in the balance. The investigation -- which we have a hard time typing while keeping a straight face -- concluded, and Best Buy chose not to fire Maupin, who then said thanks, but no thanks, and is looking for work elsewhere.

Takes some stones to do that, for sure. Good luck, Brian, and thanks for the laughs. Check out Best Buy's statement and Maupin's reaction -- as well as the videos in question -- after the break. (Warning: Foul language ahead) [via TechCrunch]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Motorola Charm gets official, still square

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We've known the Motorola Charm would be coming to T-Mobile, and now it's official. Let's look the details:

  • Android 2.1.
  • Motoblur
  • The "Backtrack" rear touchpad.
  • 2.8-inch touchscreen.
  • Full QWERTY keyboard.
  • Adobe Flash Lite.
  • 3MP camera
  • Motorola's CrystalTalk audio enhancements.

Pricing (we've seen it touted as a free back-to-school special) and availability weren't announced , other than "this summer." Full presser after the break. [Motorola]

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3 years ago

AppBrain introduces Fast Web Install -- install Android apps over the web

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I admit, I'm an AppBrain fanboy.  Using a phone to dig and search through all the 68,000+ apps things in the Android Market is enough to drive anyone insane, so I don't do it unless I have to.  Today, using AppBrain just got better -- you can now install apps direct to your device, right from the AppBrain website.  Yes, just like the 'coming feature' from Google that Vic Gundutra demoed at Google I/O, without the wait.  And it works on all modern versions of Android (1.5 and higher).  Hit the break for a quick how-to and a video of it in action.

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3 years ago

Tests show Android 2.2's Javascript engine runs rings around the iPhone

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Google made a pretty big splash at its Google IO conference when it said the browser on Android 2.2 is the world's fastest. And Ars Technica has done some legwork that backs up that claim. In the chart above, you can clearly see Froyo on the Nexus One beats the radio signal out of iOS on the iPhone 4 in SunSpider and V8 benchmarks. So while you're taunting your iPhone-using friends by, oh, actually using your phone in front of them, show 'em this chart while you're at it. [Ars Technica]

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3 years ago

Evo 4G gets a Lego dock to perch upon

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We often say that Android Central forum members are the best around, and here's yet another example. Skippyrulz crafted a dock for his Sprint Evo 4G out of Legos (mostly from an Indiana Jones fighter plane set, he says), and the result is what you see above. OK, so a more consistent paint job wouldn't hurt, but that's still pretty darn cool. Check out his post for more pics. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

A few lucky souls getting their Droid X's early

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The whispers are true, folks. A few lucky souls already are getting their Motorola Droid X's, more than a week before they're set to go on sale July 15. And one such person is coerulea in the Android Central Forums, whose brought us a trio of photos of his new prize. Anybody else hit the lottery today? Sing out, shout from the rooftops, and above all, post some pics. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Motorola Charm smiles for the camera

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The Motorola Charm, one of the devices being touted as a T-Mobile back to school special, appears to have made an appearance in a T-Mobile store. While there really isn't much new to come from the small hands on that appears to have been had, we have learned that the device does have a touchpad on the back of the device similar to the Backflip. Sadly, we are still unaware of what Android version the device is actually running, or if the device will launch as the T-Mobile Basil, since that is what the packaging refers to this "project" as. Well, we can hope that since it has made its appearance in store now we will get a firm release date, as well as more specs on the device in the near future. [via TMoNews]

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