5 years ago

Motorola Droid X review


Verizon's latest Android smartphone is one big, bad (as in good) Droid

Motorola Droid X Review 

Droid X does it bigger. Take everything you've come to know and love about Verizon's Droid line of Android smartphones -- starting with the original Motorola Droid then taking a step forward (or sideways, some might say) with the HTC Droid Eris and Droid Incredible -- and crank it up to 11. The screen size. The processing power. The camera. The screen size. It's big, it's powerful, and it's threatening to vault the Droid line to a whole new level of popularity, which is saying something.

So let's dive into the Droid X, available July 15 for $199 on contract. After the break, the biggest phone to hit Verizon -- literally -- since the Droid line was born last year.

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5 years ago

HTC posts record 2nd-quarter profits



Three months, 33 percent improvement, and $268 million. That's HTC's second-quarter numbers for you, with the Taiwanese handset manufacturer posting its largest quarterly net profit since Q4 2007. Sales were up 58 percent at $1.88 billion (and up 67 percent YoY in June alone), beating HTC's own estimates. Not a bad three months, indeed. So if you have any friends in Bellevue, Wash., or Taiwan, make sure they buy lunch this week. [HTC]

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5 years ago

Twidroid is now Twidroyd, purchased by TweetUp Inc.



Henceforth, one of your favorite Android Twitter clients, Twidroid, shall forever be known as Twidroyd. That's part of its purchase by TweetUp Inc., which lays claim to "the world's first bidded marketplace for real time search." TweetUp also picked up popuris, an aggregation service, which will work hand-in-hand with Twidroyd. The company also said Twidroyd "will come standard on millions of upcoming Android phones" from five manufacturers.

Why the name change? To avoid any pesky licensing fees (or lawsuits) with Lucas Films (as in George Lucas -- as in Star Wars -- as in droids -- as in C-3PO and R2-D2). Makes sense. Check out the full presser after the break. [Twidroyd]

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5 years ago

Adobe shows off Flash 10.1 on the Motorola Droid X


Flash 10.1 demo on the Droid X

We're all excited for the release of the Motorola Droid X, and now we have even more reason to drool over it -- Senior Technical Evangelist at Adobe Systems Ted Patrick shows off Adobe Flash 10.1 running on the big 4.3 inch screen.  No, there's no word about when to expect Flash on the X, nor when Froyo should be ready, but scenes like this give us hope that it can't be far off. 

That being said, the X looks like it handles Flash just fine and Adobe seems to have Flash 10.1 for mobile devices ready for prime time.  Follow the break to see the video, and let's all count the days until July 15.  [iAndroidblog's Youtube channel via Android Central forums] Thanks Cory!

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S vs HTC Desire running Quake 2 [video]


HTC Desire vs Samsung Galaxy S running Quake 2

We've already seen the Galaxy S can run 3D games rather well, but how about a side by side comparing the Galaxy S Hummingbird/Power VR combo against the Snapdragon and Adreno chip in the latest HTC handsets?  Android Central forum member ConceptVBS found a YouTube video of just that -- a Galaxy S and an HTC Desire both running Quake 2 side by side. 

The Galaxy's beastly processor and GPU combo perform just as expected, and seeing it beside a known performer like the Snapdragon shows just how much better it will handle 3D gaming.  But enough spoilers -- check out the video after the break. [YouTube via Android Central Forums]

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5 years ago

Android 2.2 and HTC Sense seen on a Desire


Froyo on the HTC Desire

The flamers and skeptics are out in force on this one, but what you see above reportedly is an official build of Android 2.2 officially teamed up with the HTC Sense user interface, all official-like, on the HTC Desire. And the details match that leaked screen shot we saw the other day. We've got zero confirmation, of course, and other than the back-end improvements and some app additions, Sense isn't changing all that much. But that doesn't mean we don't want it. So bring it on, HTC. We're ready when you are. Check out the full video after the break. [via XDA Developers] Thanks, Max!

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5 years ago

Yelp 2.0 brings monocle and checkins to its Android client


yelp 2.0 for Android

Yelp has brought their 2.0 Android client to the Market, and it has some very nice features in tow.  You can now check in to the places Yelp helps you find, and use "monocle" (an augmented virtual reality layer of sorts) to help you find them.  These two features were sorely missed in the previous versions of the Android client.

Check-ins are fairly self explanatory, but let me explain monocle to you a bit.  You activate it from the Yelp main screen (pictured above), and it uses the camera, GPS and compass in your Android phone to overlay locations on the real-world view you see through the lens.  Perfect for day trips spent walking through an unfamiliar town, or for just goofing around.  Check out a screenshot or two after the break, as well as the download links. (Yelp is for all versions of Android -- kudos the the developers for that!) Thanks willxcore!

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5 years ago

HTC developer site updated with kernel sources to Evo 4G and HTC Hero


htc developer site

Better late than never, HTC has released the Linux kernel source code for the HTC Evo 4G and both GSM and CDMA HTC Hero updates.  This should allow the development community to address and improve some current issues (30 FPS cap anyone?) as well as work on new features to add (native JIT and Froyo for the Hero maybe?).  For any of you guys that gave in to the dark side and rooted your phone, be on the lookout for new treats from your favorite developers and ROM cookers.  And if you were on the fence, and this tilts you over the edge, check out the forums for directions and help getting your phone rooted. [HTC Developer Center via @Spork1673]

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5 years ago

Might this be the HTC Vision?


HTC Vision

The HTC Vision is a name that's been oft-whispered of late, first in a mere user agent string and more recently in unsourced dual-core processor rumors. Now there's supposedly an image the beast, seen above courtesy of Croatian website njuskalo. What we see here pretty clearly is a prototype (at the very least, the serial number gives that away), and the four-row keyboard is akin to the Windows Mobile Touch Pro 2, which is still among our favorites for horizontal sliders. The source says it's android 2.1 with a 1GHz processor, 1.2GB of storage and a 3.7-inch touchscreen. If and when we'll see this guy? Your guess is as good as ours, folks. And what we see here definitely is different than the HTC slider we previously saw go through the FCC. One more pic after the break. [Njuskalo via Engadget]

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5 years ago

HTC Aria has 4G data, is bigger than the Sprint Evo 4G (not really, folks)


Best Buy circular

OK, we'll forgive the fact that the HTC Aria seen here in this Best Buy circular is shown bigger than both the Evo 4G and LG Ally. Call it creative license. But the 4G icon there at the top of the screen? That's a Photoshop gaffe if we've ever seen one. Probably not as bad as putting Windows Mobile on an Android phone, but still worth a chuckle, that's for sure. [Best Buy via BGR]

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5 years ago

Sprint Samsung Intercept called onto the carpet for an early video hands-on


Samsung Intercept

Looks like somebody sold a Sprint Samsung Intercept just a tad early at Best Buy Mobile for $100. It appears to share the same horizontal sliding keyboard as the upcoming Galaxy S line, though the guts of the thing definitely are the lower end, with with a 3.2-megapixel camera, none of that 1GHz Hummingbird processor stuff, and the graphics processing power that comes with it. But regardless, this should be a pretty solid lower-end Android smartphone when it's available in a week. Check out the video after the break. Thanks, DocWllk!

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5 years ago

Sprint Playbook shows off the Epic 4G, doesn't say when to expect it


Sprint Playbook

The June 30 edition of the Sprint Playbook has made its way into the civilian world (brought to you by SDX Developers), and the Epic 4G (see our hands-on) is the big story, naturally. There's really nothing we don't already know -- specs and whatnot -- but it's interesting to see it in a new light. We didn't spot a release date or anything for the Epic (sing out if we missed it), though the Motorola i1 is listed at July 25, if you're interested in that. Check out the source link for the whole shebang. [SDX Developers]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Charm touted as a back-to-school special


Motorola Charm on T-Mobile

Looks like the Motorola Charm -- that square QWERTY-keyboard guy with Motoblur -- is going to be a back-to-school special for this fall, going for free on T-Mobile, according to this promo sent to TmoNews, which is a sight better than that other pricing we've seen. Also confirmed is that it's going to be called the Charm and not the Basil, so it's good we have that straight. And now, back to your regularly scheduled holiday weekend, already in progress. [TmoNews]

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