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4 years ago

Nexus One hype, help Crackberry Kevin, Droid satisfaction, wallpaper & ringtones

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From the Forums is a great way to get the inside scoop of what's going on within our forums. To participate you must first register. To do so it is free and will only take a moment of your time. So what are you waiting for?

  • Is it just me or do a lot of you feel this big mystery Google phone, Nexus One, seems to be a lot of hype? Besides the Snapdragon processor there really is no major bump in specs. Seems to be a HTC Android device running 2.1. Jump into this thread and let us know what you think!
  • Our good friend Crackberry Kevin needs your help. Visit his thread and give him the answers to his questions in this thread.
  • You recently picked up a new Moto Droid, and we want to know are you happy with your new purchase? So far it's a landslide with 166 voting yes while a dismal 2 chose no...
  • Looking for some new wallpaper or ringtones for your new Android device? This would be your forum. Please help us get this section going and contribute your favorite wallpapers and ringtones!

See you in the forums!

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4 years ago

Windows Phone Hands-On Video, Smartphone Round Robin

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Let's get it started! The Third Annual Smartphone Round Robin officially begins NOW! For the first week we're taking a look at Windows Phone and seeing how it compares to our very own Android. From an Android standpoint, there's definitely a lot to learn from Windows Phone, from having multiple form factors to developing apps for different versions and screen resolutions to HTC and more, there's just so many similarities.

I've started a thread over at the WMExperts Forums to gain a better understanding of Windows Phone and am especially eager to learn more about this powerful smartphone platform. On another note, if you want to lend a helping hand to Crackberry Kevin, he's asking questions about Android in the Android Central Forums as well. Remember, to enter our win a smartphone contest you have to participate in the forum discussion (details here)

After the jump, you'll see my hands-on video with Windows Phone with a whole lot of help from WMExpert's Phil Nickinson. We've also got great comparison pictures that showcase both platforms' flagship devices. The two Windows Phone devices we used, the AT&T Tilt 2 and HTC HD 2, are amazing pieces of hardware, how do you guys think the software will hold up?

Find out in our hands-on video after the jump!

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4 years ago

Motorola Zeppelin Gets Pictured Again

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Why, hello again Motorola Zeppelin. We've seen the back of you already, and now we finally get to see your front face. Not too shabby in our opinion, the contours of the Zeppelin, or XT800 as it's called in China, liken in to a rock or pebble--there's something very natural about it. The same good stuff we reported might be even better than imagined--the Zeppelin is rumored to have a 3.7 inch 854x480 touchscreen with GSM & CDMA, 3G, Wi-Fi, HDMI port and 5 megapixel camera rocking the internals (we had originally pegged the screen at 3.1 inch 480x320).

Surprisingly, there's another Motorola Android device headed to China as well, the MT710. Details are slim on that device but you can see what looks like a front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel back-facing camera on the MT710. There's also what could be a TV-logo (?) next to the front facing camera. Or they can all just be ordinary sensors, but that's no fun, right? Check out the rectangluar beast after the jump!

No new news on when either device will be available so we're going to assume the original Q1 2010 timeframe is still in play. They're looking to be China releases in the beginning with a more global reach to follow (not sure if that global reach extends stateside, but we're hoping!).

[via unwiredview]

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4 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook Gets Rooted, Can Do Everything An Android Phone Can Do

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Oh yes. Leave it to the great minds in the Android dev community to already gain root access to the Nook. Meaning it's been hacked and ready to be unleashed. We're going to see some very cool usage of the Nook very, very soon. But you know what would be cooler? If people could actually buy the Nook, the Android-powered e-reader, in stores.

The current root process is not for the faint of heart, you have to pry open the casing, pull out the microSD card, and then tinker with said microSD card via computer. In time, we expect a much more fluid method to come about. However, the implications of rooting the Nook are huge--the Nook comes with an always-free AT&T 3G connection (granted, it's for e-books), if anyone can utilize that connection under root, well, it'd be poetic considering AT&T has yet to even acknowledge Android.

Surely, AT&T has a way in limiting the 3G data for the Nook but knowing the genius of the dev community, we're sure to see some amazing but unofficial stuff from the Nook. The guys at nookdevs are pretty hopeful that they can get the Nook to do whatever a rooted Android phone can do. We believe them. Now if we can only buy one..

[nookdevs via gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Releasing January 18th ?

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Previously rumored for release on February 10th, it looks like the highly anticipated Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 could beat that launch date by nearly a month. Play.com is pegging the release date of the Xperia X10 for January 18th 2010. Play.com is a UK-based retailer so it's still unclear when (or if ever) the Xperia X10 will hit the States. Only our friends across the pond are guaranteed to enjoy.

However, for those interested in getting one of these puppies, it'll run you nearly $863. Even though the Xperia X10 packs Snapdragon and a 8 megapixel camera it's still insanely priced but hey, when you buy unlocked phones you have to deal with ridiculousness. On the bright side, your good money buys you a great color option, 'Sensuous Black'.

[via androidcommunity]

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4 years ago

A video look at the Motorola Milestone

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It make look like the Motorola Droid, but outside the U.S. it's the Motorola Milestone. And our pals at Tracy and Matt have taken the European version of the device for a spin. Says Matt:

Definitely the best thing to come out of Motorola in a very long time in my opinion.

We don't disagree. Check out Matt's video after the break, and be sure to stop by Tracy and Matt's site.

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4 years ago

She's got a Nexus One ...

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And you don't have a Nexus One ... [via Twitter]

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4 years ago

Nexus One photographed with what looks like Android 2.1, running on T-Mobile

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Not that there's any doubt what the Nexus One looks like, but there's a nice fat gallery of the phone over at Engadget, and it's very much running on T-Mobile, and it's very much running Android 2.1. New appears to be a grid icon at the bottom of the home screen, which likely is just new UI candy for the drawer. Engadget also notes a quick-start link that points to a currently dead page at google.com/phone/support. Check out their entire gallery. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Nexus One slips through the FCC, brings T-Mobile 3G with it

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And ... Lookie what's slipped through the FCC. The ol' Nexus One. There's been a big of a tiff over exactly what U.S. 3G bands are on board, but T-Mobile is definitely there at 1700MHz. Still up for debate is whether AT&T's 850MHz and 1900MHz are supported for 3G, though it does look good for EDGE. But that would take some wind out of the "one phone to rule them all" argument.

Otherwise, the standard WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and MicroSD slots are there, and we learn that the FCC model number is PB99100.

Stay tuned, folks. Undoubtedly there's more to come.

[FCC (2) (3) via Engadget]

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4 years ago

HTC Legend brings AMOLED, Snapdragon goodness

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Welcome back, to the land of sunshine and smartphone renders. Today we have another look at the HTC "Legend," which we first saw in that massive HTC leak a week ago. Now we have a much better render to go along with it, courtesy of ai.rs. And here are the specs, to refresh:

  • Size: 112x56.3.11.5mm
  • 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED capacitive touchscreen.
  • 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash.
  • 512MB flash, 256MB RAM.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon processor at 600MHz.
  • 1300mAh battery.
  • MicroSD.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR.
  • aGPS.
  • G-sensor.
  • FM radio.
  • Optical mouse.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • MicroUSB for charging/sunc.
  • People II/Footprints II.

A few things of note here. One: AMOLED screen. Yum. Another: The trackball's given way to an optical mouse, which means no moving parts to break down. The Snapdragon processor is only at 600MHz, compared to the full 1GHz we're seeing elsewhere. But if it can keep up, then we can overlook the underclocking.

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