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3 years ago

T-Mobile is making the myTouch 3G Slide the center of its universe

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To no one's surprise, T-Mobile is positioning the myTouch 3G Slide as its next big device launch. In fact, from these leaked slides, it looks like their building an entire summer campaign around the myTouch brand. We've been decently impressed with what we've seen in the myTouch 3G Slide and think it vibes with all those current and former Sidekick, T-Mobile G1, and myTouch 3G users. Given that most people who bought the G1 are due for an upgrade, the myTouch 3G Slide's release can't come at a more perfect time.

Some cool details in the leaked slides show that there'll be A LOT of advertising for the myTouch 3G Slide (like for the original myTouch) and a big push on accessories (which we're sure you'll be able to find here). What's interesting is that though the launch date is June 2, myTouch 3G Slides won't be demoed in store until June 7 and the ad campaign doesn't start til June 16. June 17 is marked mysteriously and interestingly as: "STAY TUNED - THIS WILL BE BIG". What could that mean? [via engadget]

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3 years ago

Fring nearly as excited about the Evo 4G as you, launches video calling

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The folks at Fring are screaming from the rooftops today about their latest update, which brings video calling to the popular VOIP-chat (and now video) service. Using the new Evo 4G (you might have seen us write about it a little lately) and its front-facing camera, you can call your friends, and each have video of the other. Of course, if your friends are anything like ours, you might just want to stick to voice. Full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Android 101: Clean your lens for clearer pictures (natch)

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One thing that seems to be a common complaint is "My pictures just look crappy." Many mess with settings, lighting, and more but nearly all of us have overlooked one very obvious thing, which Locoman from our forums reminds us. He just brought us some amazing moon pictures from hi HTC Droid Incredible, and now he brings us the simple tip: Clean your camrea. Simply take a cleaning cloth, any microfiber cloth should work just fine, and clean off your lens, and voila, clearer pictures. Could it be any simpler? Check out the improvement seen in the example pictures here, and be sure to use the forums to share any other tips you may have for us!

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3 years ago

Google snags Palm webOS UI guru Matias Duarte to work on Android

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You might have heard us (erm, OK, me) gush on occasion about certain aspects of Palm's webOS user interface. Now let us (erm, me again) gush a little about Matias Duarte, who has left Palm and is now User Experience Director for Android. And he's a friendly face among the Android leadership, having worked on the Sidekick with Andy Rubin when they were both still with Danger.

Some of you prefer the stock Android UI; others prefer Sense or (gasp!) Motoblur and TouchWiz. But we'd love to see the stock Android UI revamped.

In fact, we'll even go so far as to throw out this completely unsupported opinion: Now that Android's getting things together under the hood in Android 2.2 (and we're still expecting more before the end of the year), perhaps this move will bring a fresh UI to Android sometime next year. Stay tuned, folks. [All Thigns DEngadget; via PreCentral]

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3 years ago

Verizon reportedly ended intership for kid who snapped this pic

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You mean you can get fired (in this case, it was an intern whose stint ended all of a week early) if you find an unreleased phone and take a picture of it, which your "friend" sends to a tech blog? Go figure. Discuss. [via Gizmodo]

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3 years ago

Facebook for Android having hiccups today

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Looks like the Facebook Android app is having a bit of a conniption fit today. Could just be network problems, or maybe it's unhappy that my privacy settings quit grabbing their ankles today. Anybody else having issues? (Thanks, @vizzle07 and @hmdearras)

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3 years ago

Froyo Feature: A better Android Market

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Along with Android 2.2 comes a new version of the Android Market. While we still wish something could be done in regards to content (the Wild West still is in effect), Google's begun to at least clean up the interface a bit. Comments are now in their own tab -- no more scrolling down to see just one or two.

You also can see here the "Allow automatic updating" checkbox -- hit it and the app will update on its own, in the background. No muss, no fuss.

(Thanks Russ! Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Eve (GW620) [#io2010]

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Here's a look at the LG Eve -- aka the GW620 -- which was announced last fall and later released in the U.K. but is nary to be seen here in the states. Specs include a 3-inch HVGA touchscreen and horizontal sliding QWERTY keyboard. It also sports a 5-megapixel camera and FM radio, all powered Android 1.5 with by a Qualcomm MSM7200a processor running at 528MHz. It's by no means a top-of-the-line Android phone at this point, but the keyboard felt pretty usable. So it has that going for it, which is nice.

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3 years ago

Exploded Andy shows Android's heart, brain (but where's the JIT?)

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Just look at that. Somebody's Android's gone and exploded all over this poster, spilling the heart and brain for all to see (and putting it in a convenient T-shirt and poster form and making it available for purchase). One thing's missing, though: The speed-demon Just-in-Time compiler. Maybe that'll be in Exploded Andy 2.2. [Exploded Andy via Gizmodo]

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3 years ago

Beautiful Widgets gets update - new live wallpaper to accompany it!

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Over at LevelUp Studio they have been hard at work in their continued development and support of a highly popular application we have all grown to know and love, Beautiful Widgets. Lately there have been a slew of updates, which we have not covered, and for those that may have missed them, some of them include:

  • Ability to customize color of widget text
  • Show four day weather forecast
  • Hide background / adjust transparency
  • Download various weather skins
  • Custom live wallpaper

This custom live wallpaper takes your standard grass live wallpaper and adds a very nice touch, showing current weather conditions as long as you have Beautiful Widgets installed on your device. If you don't have it installed, the wallpaper will still work, except you will only have the sun and moon animations, and it will not adjust to your current weather conditions. If you have the Beautiful Widgets, be sure to check out this latest update, and if you are interested in purchasing, be sure to check it out in the Market.

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