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4 years ago

Motorola Calgary coming as the Devour?

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Love the Motorola Droid, but really want MotoBlur? The Devour may just be your cup of tea. Phone Area got a tip that what we've seen as the Calgary could well be released as the Devour, with a 3MP camera and MotoBlur being pushed by Android 2.1. That's it. No idea on release date or pricing.

Best of both worlds? Or just a middle-of-the-road mess?

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4 years ago

Quick App: Meteor Deluxe for Moto Droid

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Coming from an iPhone 3GS, I've been looking to find some quality Android games. And since the Motorola Droid was introduced, it's taken developers some time to make the proper adjustments to that 960x854 screen (and the only new resolution since Android launched). Developer Mobile Stream has done a nice job with its BrickBreaker-style game with Meteor Deluxe.

Meteor Deluxe for the Motorola Droid is currently available in the Market for $3.99 and offers all of the ex-BlackBerry users an excellent alternative to BrickBreaker. Your objective is simple -- destroy moving blocks and static destructible bricks and the occasional enemy ship and hostile robot. Also keep your eyes open for some weapon power-ups such as an rocket enhancer, plasma ball, fire ball along with various types of defensive goodies.

  • 120 stunning space-themed levels
  • 3 difficulty levels: Easy, Medium, Hard
  • Trackball and touch controls: you can launch a ball or shoot by touching anywhere higher than the rocket or by pressing the trackball key
  • Supports various Android devices with QVGA, HVGA or WVGA screen resolution, including the popular Motorola DROID

Meteor Deluxe for Motorola Droid is available directly from the market or the links below. (Download links from device browser.)

Those of you not using a Moto Droid need not worry as there is a version for all other Android devices. (Download links from device browser.)

More screenshots after the break!

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4 years ago

Dwyane Wade Shows Off His myTouch 3G With Charles Barkley

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The myTouch 3G commercials just keep on coming. This time we have a pretty comedic spot with Dwyane Wade showing off his myTouch 3G and Charles Barkley interrupting and doing his all around Charles Barkley thing in the background. We've always loved the chemistry between these two amazing athletes and are happy to see them talk about an Android device. Plus, anytime you can get Charles Barkley on TV, you have to keep doing it.

Can anyone spot what app Wade is using?

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4 years ago

Sprint: HTC Hero & Samsung Moment Getting Android 2.1, Not 2.0

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Looks like Sprint is going to jump Android 1.6 and 2.0, and head straight to Android 2.1 for the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment. Which is really the most logical solution considering 2.1 is out and about. They previously said that the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment would receive the 2.0 update but we guess they're done being behind on Android OS updates.

As for timeline, it's still the forever vague First Half, 2010. Underpromise, overdeliver we're hoping.

thanks to RamboDroid & Phillip Jackson for the tip!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Joins The Fun, Offers Buy One Get One Free Too

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It must be the holiday spirit (or end of the year desperation), because T-Mobile is joining Verizon in offering BOGO specials. Yep, that's buy-one-get-one-free. T-Mobile is expected to give BOGO to all smartphones, meaning you can mix and match if you so please. Buy a Motorola CLIQ, get a myTouch 3G. Buy a myTouch 3G, get a T-Mobile G1. Or buy a Blackberry, get an Android phone free. Basically buy 1 smartphone, get 1 smartphone free, however you want. Awesome, right?

If you prefer shopping on Amazon, they've got the Motorola Cliq for $99, myTouch 3G for $98, and T-Mobile G1 for $49. Take your pick.

[via bgr]

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4 years ago

Asus Building Android Powered Robot, Eeebot

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So. Hm. Well, okay. We absolutely love that cute green robot of Android but we never thought that Android would actually power a real robot. Asus thinks differently, they're working with the Taiwanese government to develop the EeeBot, an Android-powered robot, that'll be an affordable, educational robot for kids.

Obviously the potential in an EeeBot is huge and given the success that Asus has had with their Eee-line, it should definitely be taken seriously, but really? An Android-powered Robot, however fitting in name, is kind of a stretch when actually thought about. Sure, it's cool that they'd think of Android to power their robots but isn't there a better, more suitable OS out there? Certainly something better than a smartphone OS?

In any case, the EeeBot looks like it'll happen and the project will include human robot interaction, voice and visual technologies, as well as positioning and navigation. The EeeBot won't be available until a few years from now, so we'll see how the project goes.

[pcworld]

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4 years ago

Android OS percentages broken down

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We often lament the fact that the Android operating system is a wee bit fractured, with devices running on a number of versions. How bad is it, you ask?

The Android Developers blog spells it out in the chart above (erm, their numbers, our chart): Most of you are running Android 1.6 (myTouch 3G and G1 on T-Mo)., followed by 1.5 and 2.0.1 (Droid owners, that's you!)

Those numbers are based off devices that accessed the Android market for 14 days ending on Dec. 14. We know that Sprint plans on upgrading the Hero and Samsung Moment next year. As for the rest? We'll see.

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4 years ago

Rooted Nook Gets Web Browser, Facebook & Twitter Apps

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This rooted Nook story just gets better and better. After getting rooted and receiving Pandora, the Nook has now, literally overnight, got a working web browser and Twitter and Facebook applications from Android Market installed. Given how quickly the amazing guys at nookdevs have achieved all this, we have no doubt that by the time the Nook is readily available (sometime in January), there'll be an easy how-to, easy as pie solution to extend the usefulness of the e-reader.

We can't wait to see what's next.

[via engadget]

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4 years ago

Dear Moto: Please fix the Droid's contacts (update: Hooray!)

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Update: OK, Motorla's off the hook here. Instructions for fixing. Thanks, Jason!

Original: Don't know about you guys, but we're loving the Motorola Droid. But there's one major sticking point that time and time again is causing our eyes to glow a familiar red:

The contacts.

Anyone who's used gmail for more than five minutes knows that Google's contacts are hardly the best in the world. They're getting better, but they've got a long way to go. The Droid also has an interesting way of culling contacts, combining entries it believes are similar enough to be duplicates. But it goes too far. My father's name is Ed. My grandfather's name is Ted. They are not the same person, but the Droid treats them as such. (Good thing I go by Phil, or I'd be in the same boat, er, contact entry.)

If there's a way to fix this, I haven't found it. It's been kicked around in our forums for a bit. You can sort things out a little by going to Contacts>Menu>Display options, but entries are still combined. And that's no good. Please, Motorola, fix this with Android 2.1.

/rant

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4 years ago

Nimbuzz for Android gets Skype support

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Nimbuzz, the uber-VOIP app, has been available for Android for a while. But what was sorely missing was Skype support.

That day has finally come, my friends.

In addition to Skype, it also works with Google, Yahoo and Windows Live Messenger. New options include mute and speakerphone use while on a call, as well as quicker log-in times.

Nimbuzz is available in the Android Market, at Nimbuzz.com, or you can hit the QR code you see here.

[Nimbuzz via GigaOm]

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