5 years ago

Swype explains policy behind its distribution



There's been a little confusion over Swype, the finger-sliding keyboard that has proven to be quite popular on Android (in unreleased beta form) and on Windows Mobile. The software made its way onto blog posts and forums, gained popularity, and then was quickly pulled. (And, yes, we know some of you were sanctioned in the forums because of it and a little confusion on our part.) Today, Swype explained the reasoning in an AndroidCentral post. Here's an excerpt:

"One might ask why we don't just release it ourselves and save everyone the hassle? The reason is that we have spent seven years building Swype and we want to try to make a living selling our software. Our current business model is OEM licensing. We do plan to get to direct-to-consumer distribution but it is a different sort of business with unique challenges and thus it is hard to say when.

So far we have released Swype on the Samsung Omnia II on the Windows Mobile 6.5 platform and we have a number of Android device launches as well as some additional mobile OS launches coming up soon. Because our partners are highly sensitive about their product releases we really cannot say anything further."

We're reposting the entire statement after the break.

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5 years ago

Android 2.1 SDK is released


Android 2.1 SDK

Android 2.1 has been officially available on the Google Nexus One for nearly a week now, but the SDK had not -- until now.

There are a number of new APIs on board, including for the animated wallpapers, network signal detail, UI tweaks, geolocation permissions, databases. No real tells at first glance. No major resolution changes or super-duper space-age improvements. And unless you're a coder, none of this is for you. But the bottom line is it means newer and better apps are on the way.

Full deets here. [Via Android Developers blog

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5 years ago

Android 2.0 running on an HTC Touch HD


 Android 2.0 on an HTC HD2.

We've seen Android running on other Windows Mobile devices before, and now it's working on the HTC Touch HD. Check out the video after the break. It's not native (and I had really crappy results when I did this with my Touch Pro 2 a few weeks ago), but it looks like things are moving along pretty well now, with WiFi working, apps running and a number of Windows Mobile users feeling envious. Want to try it yourself? Hit up XDA Developers. [via MobileOSNews(Thanks, Wen!)

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5 years ago

More on the myTouch 3G Fender edition


myTouch 3G Fender edition

Here's an internal T-Mobile document showing more on the myTouch 3G Fender edition. Walk into a T-Mobile store and expect to be sold on the "Fender Stratocaster-inspired design for finish and case" as well as the 16GB storage card, 3.5mm headphone jack, multimedia syncing, "exclusing media content" and "complimentary Fender accessories."

The doc also notes that "this device truly is a Limited Edition" and that there is a "limited quantity of these devices available."

Not mentioned: When we can finally expect the myTouch 3G Fender edition to go on sale (Edit: TMoNews' sources say Jan. 20). [via TMoNews]

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5 years ago

Nexus One T-Mobile 3G issues, Moto Droid battery covers, Nexus One improvements, Sense UI on Droid


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5 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Endeavor HX1 Bluetooth headset at CES


Motorola Endeavor X1 Bluetooth headset

We spent a fair amount of time at CES strolling through the Motorola section, handling the international versions of the Droid, the new Backflip and some Chinese Android phones. And Rene Ritchie from The iPhone Blog and I hung out in the accessories section and found Moto's latest Bluetooth headset, the Endeavor HX1.

In addition to having dual-microphone noise cancellation, the Endeavor HX1 has a trick up its sleeve should the background noise be too great to overcome: It'll simply turn off the mics and use conduction -- the sound of your voice moving through your ear canal -- to clear things up. Moto calls this "Sealth Mode."

Rene got video of the Endeavor HX1 at CES. Peep it after the break. (Full disclosure: We also just got the Endeavor HX1 in the Android Central Store. It's available for $109.95.)

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5 years ago

Lenovo Lephone gets pictured


 Lenovo Lephone

Behold, the Lenovo Lephone. We're trying to decide whether this keyboard is a work of art, or if it's just going to give us headaches. The pictures point to the latter, though it may well turn out to be more usable that it looks. Otherwise, we're still looking for the 3.7-inch, WVGA device in the first have of the year in China. Loads more pics after the break. [Flickr via Engadget

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5 years ago

Flash Player 10.1 in action on Moto Droid


Flash on Motorola Droid

During CES it was announced by Motorola that it would be sending out an update to their Android devices to enable Flash with Flash Player 10.1.  As you can see from the video (embedded after the break), Flash has been optimized for the Droid chipset and runs pretty darn smooth.

You can see Flash on the Droid looks like it is ready to go. And the Nexus One owners thought they had a leg up on Droid owners ...

So what are you waiting for Motorola, give us the goods already along with Android 2.1!

[Via ardoreal from our forums]

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5 years ago

Droid Eris gets another update


Looks like you Droid Eris folks have another update being rolled out. Word in our forums is that this is a bug fix (sorry, no Android 2.0 revision yet) that corrects an issue when the phone wakes as well as a connection problem. The update is a little under 5 megs and will take you to Build 1.17.605.1 CL104882. Follow the update discussion here. (And thanks, Curtis, for the tip!)

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5 years ago

Security flaw found on Motorola Droid


Droid unlock pattern

The bad news: There's a flaw in the Motorola Droid 2.0.1 software that can potentially allow someone access to your data even if you have a lock pattern set.

It seems that if your phone receives a call -- you can answer the phone without unlocking -- and hit the "back" button, suddenly you're in. No unlock pattern required. And that's bad.

The good news: For this to work, someone has to have physical access to your phone. Let's hope we see a patch for this pretty quick. And in the meantime, hold on tight to your Droid. [via The Assurer, thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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5 years ago

Wrapping up CES 2010


CES 2010 Las Vegas

That's it, folks. Stick a fork in us. We're done. The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is over, we've fled Sin City and are giving our weary feet a rest. But what a show it was.

The Google Nexus One was unveiled before the show, but it was on hand at an event Wednesday night, as were the Motorola Backflip and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. E-readers were abundant. And we took a ride with the Moto Droid app that controls the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid's charging schedule.

That not enough for you? How about an interview with HTC's Eric Lin, as well as a podcast with all your favorite Smartphone Experts editors?

Find links to everything after the break. And you'd better believe we'll be back in Vegas for 2011.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile and Google investigating the spotty 3G coverage of the Nexus One


It seems as if the Google Nexus One is having some difficulty staying connected to T-Mobile's 3G band. A countless number of new Nexus One owners are flooding Google's support forums complaining that their new device bounces back and forth from Edge to 3G on a consistant basis where their old 3G device did not show the same behavior. We've looked into this a bit further and found that T-Mobile along with Google are looking into the problem.

"Google and T-Mobile are investigating this issue and hope to have more information for you soon. We understand your concern and appreciate your patience."

The big question remains, is this a T-Mobile network issue or a software/hardware issue? Possibly a little bit of both but we are leaning towards the latter.

We are curious to see how many of our readers are suffering from the same issue. Let us know in the comments below or directly in our forums

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5 years ago

Advertising on the sly for Nexus One



Same as with the Motorola Droid, the Nexus One has found a place (at least at one point) on Google's home page. And if you're in an airport with Google's free holiday WiFi (what up McCarran!), at one point you were redirected to Google.com/phone upon log-in.

Personally, I'm not crazy about the precedent Google set with the Droid advert, subtle as it may be. If that space were for rent by anybody (and it may be, if the price is right, though we likely would have seen something else by now), all would be Kosher. But Google cherry-picking its own products leaves a slightly worse taste in our mouth than we had even after the final night of CES. That said, it's their home page, and they can do whatever they darn well please with it.

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5 years ago

Interview with HTC's Eric Lin at CES


Live at CES

Here's a special treat for you folks from us here at CES in Las Vegas. Casey Chan and I got a chance to chat-it up with Eric Lin, HTC's global PR and online community manager, shortly after the launch of the Nexus One. We also talk some about the future of HTC and Android, whether the Nexus One could beat the HD2 in a fight, and what's up with your phone getting an updated version of Android. Listen in!

Download it directly with this link

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