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3 years ago

myTouch HD flexes its muscles -- gets benchmarked

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Another day, another Android device pushed to its limits by Android enthusiasts. This time it's the T-Mobile myTouch HD under the microscope, and the results are satisfying. Take these results with a grain of salt, as the community is divided on how much these test scores actually matter. Regardless of which camp you're in though, these tests do help gauge a phone's horsepower, and I feel they're a decent indicator of a handset's processing capabilities. How well those processing capabilities translate to a smooth UI and fluid user experience, well, that's a whole different ballpark.

Scoring a Quadrant score slightly higher than 1,800, the myTouch HD bests devices such as the Evo 4G and Nexus One. However its Linpack scores fall just below those of my Evo. But like I said, take these numbers with a grain of salt.

These aren't the highest scores we've ever seen, but they're certainly not bad, and should be a reliable indication of the myTouch HD's performance. These test results may not tell you exactly what you can expect from the myTouch HD, but what they should tell you is that its scores are right on par with some of the most popular Android devices out there, and that's definitely a good thing. Couple more pics after the break.  [via Android Spin] Thanks, Alex!

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3 years ago

How to boot Sony Internet TV into recovery

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Why would we want to root Google TV? Because it exists, of course. And one step in that process is being able to get into recovery mode. Yes, just like on your Android phone, there are recovery partitions on Google TV devices. And as you'll see after the break, getting to it on the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray player is pretty simple. [via Phandroid]

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3 years ago

HTC Desire HD available now in UK on 3

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The HTC Desire HD is now available for in the UK on the network 3. If you buy it subsidized, you will pay £40/month on The One Plan.  If you choose the pay as you go route, the Desire HD will cost £449.99 outright that includes a £10 top-up. 

This is great news for UK consumers who have been waiting for the "global EVO," as it has been dubbed. [Three media centre]

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 35

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Audio-only stream below

We take on task killers, Steve Jobs' latest rant against Android and the Verizon Galaxy Tab's pricing. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Droid X case review: Smartphone Experts Skin Case

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If you're looking for a basic case for your Motorola Droid X, check out the Smartphone Experts Skin Case. It has a slim and sleek design that gives your Droid X a simple layer of protection without taking away from the design of the phone, or adding any bulk.

The case is made out of a durable and flexible rubber-like material with a special anti-dust coating. It provides a bit a grip, but not so much that it feels sticky. The phone slips inside, covering the entire rear, top, bottom and sides. Your Droid X's screen is uncovered, but the slight extra thickness of the case helps keep free of scratches when placed face-down.

There are cutouts for all of the Droid X's buttons and ports -- including the all-important noise-canceling microphone on top of the phone. And it looks good, too, with a diamond-argyle pattern, which makes the case -- and your phone -- stand out from all the rest.

The Smartphone Experts Skin Case for the Motorola Droid X is available for $9.95 from the Android Central Store. More picture of it in action are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Deer Hunter 3D

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It's fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, and for a good many of us that means days in the woods looking over a rifle or down an arrow shaft at our local big game.  Deer Hunter 3D, a new game on the Android Market from Glu Mobile brings the thrill of the hunt in a more compact form for those times when life, or even work, interferes with time in the stand.

Simply put, it's fun.  You have a choice of venues and weapons, and as you get better and advance in the game, harder levels are bigger animals are unlocked, making it even more fun.  Successful hunts give points that can be used to improve your skills -- which you'll need in the hardest levels where only perfect shots and the largest trophies will allow you to advance.  As we've come to expect from Glu Mobile, the game is smooth, the 3D objects are nicely rendered, and the replay value is high.  You can find Deer Hunter 3D in the Android Market, with both a free trial version (Android 2.1 or higher) and a full version for $4.99 USD.  Check out a video of the game in action, as well as the trial version download link, after the break.

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3 years ago

WSJ Asks: 'Who makes the best mobile operating system?'

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The ever-popular question of “who makes the best mobile operating system” has gained more attention as the big players of the industry battle it out on Twitter and the likes, and has slipped back into the spotlight for discussion. With the renewed popularity of the subject, it has gained the title, "question of the day" on the Wall Street Journal, and they’ve posed the question, “Who makes the best mobile operating system?” for the masses to answer.

Although the definition of “best” changes from person to person it can be assumed that in this case it’s used to ask for the all-around best and not just based on ones individual needs. Be sure to stop by the WSJ and let your voice be heard in their poll. Also, we’re curious as to know what your definition of “best” is so let us know! [via WSJ]

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3 years ago

Will Gingerbread be Android 2.3?

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We've been talking about the next version of Android -- (still) unofficially dubbed Gingerbread -- as far back as a year ago -- months before Froyo was ever announced. But what we haven't really known was what version number it will be. Android 3.0 has been thrown around, as has Android 2.5.

Another version that's been mentioned -- and now has a little more weight to it -- is Android 2.3. The snippet above is from Google's "issues" repository -- basically a place for anyone to report a bug or request a feature. Issue 8804 refers to problems connecting to corporate Wifi after the Froyo update (specifically, "wpa_supplicant 0.6.10 (froyo) unable to auth in a wpa2/enterpise wifi"). A googler on Sept. 30 responded that a patch will be available in the next "major release" -- Android 2.3.

So there you go. Definitive proof? Not yet. But definitely a pretty strong sign. [Google] Thanks, Jesta!

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3 years ago

Broadcast networks block Google TV, Google seeking solution

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Well, that didn't take long. Just as the Logitech Revue is delivered and the Sony TVs and Blu-Ray player were announced, some of the main broadcast networks decided to block their content from the service. ABC, CBS and NBC have all blocked access to content on their web pages from the Google TV devices. 

This is just another sign that the networks mentioned have not caught up with the rest of us technologically. They are still living in a time when consumers were required to go to the TV Guide to see what's on; a time when we only had one platform to watch their shows on. That time is over and these networks need to realize that.

All that said, it is being reported that Google is "actively" in negotiations to unblock the content. In the end, it'll come down to what it always comes down to: Money. Of which Google has a lot. I just hope the networks are willing to listen and realize the potential benefits that this platform has to offer them. [Reuters, 2] [photo via @dannysullivan]

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3 years ago

Getting Started with Android guide [From the forums]

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Android Central Forums user milomindbender has posted one of the most complete and detailed guides I have ever seen for introduction new Android users to the features and functions of their phone. The guide features everything from a basic overview of the OS to a list of the most popular and useful apps in a number of categories, all with great pictures and diagrams to illustrate the topics being covered.

Any readers that are new to Android or thinking about switching to it should head on over right now, and probably bookmark the thread as well. Even if you are a longtime user of Android, head on past the link to appreciate the quality and effort that went into this guide -- who knows, you might actually learn something new, too! [Android Central Forums]

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