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6 years ago

HTC Gratia coming to Europe this February


HTC Gratia

As HTC continues to expand its European lineup, the manufacturer has announced that the HTC Gratia will launch in the UK next month. The Gratia is a fairly basic smartphone, and appears to be a refresh of last year's HTC Legend. It has a slightly redesigned chassis, making it lighter, but features the same 600 MHz CPU and 384MB RAM as the Legend.

Based on the promotional stills shown on HTC's site, the Gratia seems to be running the old version of HTC Sense rather than the newer Sense 2.0 found on the Desire HD and Desire Z, which is a little disappointing. There's also some confusion over which version of Android the Gratia will ship with. Today's press release from HTC states Android 2.2, while the phone's spec page on lists Android 2.1. We're more inclined to believe the former, as there wouldn't be much point in putting Eclair on a brand new phone in 2011, right?... Right? [HTC]

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6 years ago

Honeycomb clock widget spruces up your home screen



Widgets are a great part of the Android OS, and clocks are a necessity in many peoples lives, and who wouldn't enjoy to have a futuristic styled clock, much like that found in Android 3.0 Honeycomb? This clock, which is a great replica of the one found in Honeycomb, offers users a very clean clock that takes a bit of getting used to in order to read properly.

Two versions of this clock widget are available, a free as well as a premium version, both of which allow direct access to the alarm application by simply tapping on the clock. The premium version will allow users to select between eight different colors, which is almost one for any color wallpaper that you are using at that time. For less than $1, the premium version is a must have for anyone looking for a great clock widget to keep their home screen clean and futuristic looking. Hit the break for more information as well as download links.

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6 years ago

Telus Desire HD release date and pricing leaked


 HTC Desire HD

New details of the TELUS version of the HTC Desire HD have emerged on Canadian site MobileSyrup, including pricing information and a possible release date. A leaked inventory screenshot shows the phone priced at C$499.99 without a contract, and due for release on Feb. 10.

The Desire HD runs the new version of HTC Sense on top of Android 2.2 Froyo, and is currently HTC's flagship phone in Europe and Asia. It's essentially a GSM 3G version of Sprint's EVO 4G, only with slightly more RAM. Find out more about the Desire HD on our device page. [MobileSyrup]

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6 years ago

Dev: flashable Froyo for Nook Color 'nearly ready'


Developer "cicada" (known to some by his mild-mannered alter-ego, Pat King) recently chatted with Android Central about his Nookie Froyo ROM (run off an SD card on the Nook Color).  He promises that a flashable zip of Nookie Froyo will be here "very soon" and that, at this stage, he's merely "working through a couple of bugs."  While methods have surfaced to install Nookie on the internal memory via adb, a flashable zip would provide users with the luxury of a simple install via ClockworkMod Recovery.

When asked about the unique challenges of developing the first custom ROM for a device that's sold as an e-reader, cicada said that "shoe-horning an OS tailored specifically for cellphones onto a device without most of the cellphone bits definitely made things tough (and was likely Google's reasoning behind their famous 'android isn't ready for tablets' statement)."

Cicada wants Nookie Froyo to be a project for the dev community, "something developers can use as a solid base for making the really cool stuff."  He added that it's not much of a secret that CM7 is being worked on for the Nook Color, and that he's been part of "a two-way street" of development with Cyanogen's TeamDouche.

As for the continued potential of the Nook as a tablet?  Cicada states that the NC is "the perfect entry-level android tablet. It's cheap, it's nimble, and perfectly usable as a legitimate tablet, with only the minor fuss of freeing it from B&N's default software of course.  ;) "

Want to do it all for the Nookie?  Check out our Nookie Froyo how-to, along with tons of other goodies in our Nook Color forums.  

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6 years ago

About that Motorola Xoom keyboard ...


Bluetooth Keyboard

There's a Bluetooth keyboard that popped up on Amazon [via Droid-Life] that says it's for the Motorola Xoom -- that's the Android 3.0 tablet coming out on Verizon sometime this quarter. (Check out our hands-on here.) Oh, and look. It'll be in stock on Feb. 14. That fits one rumored launch date. (Other rumors we've heard are "early February" and "Late February," so read into that what you want.)

But here's the thing. Click on the seller for the item -- Senyx -- and there's the exact same Bluetooth keyboard for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. And the Playstation 3. And the App iPad. And for the BlackBerry Playbook. And for the ASUS Eee Pad MeMo. And for the HP Zeen C510. And for the MSI Android Tablet. And for the Velocity Micro T301 Cruz 7-inch Android Tablet. And for the ViewSonic 7-inch Android Tablet. And for Bluetooth-enabled Electronic Tablets/Smartphones/PS3/PDA.

And that's just the first page.

And they're all available Feb. 14.

So, folks, no special Motorola Xoom Bluetooth keyboard (at least not yet). And we wouldn't read much into it being available Feb. 14. It's just a Bluetooth keyboard with a whole lot of SEO behind it. Move along now. Move along. [Amazon]

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6 years ago

Launcher Pro rolls out v0.8.3 update to the Android Market, new transition effects


 Launcher ProLauncher Pro

If you're currently making use of the popular Launcher Pro, you'll want to hit up the Android Market and check for updates. Version 0.8.3 is now available for download and while it's not a huge release, it does add some fancy new transitions. You'll be able to find the transitions through the settings: 

  • (Menu > Preferences > Homescreen Settings > Transition Effect)

If you've not grabbed the update already, download link is after the break. Thanks, El Jefe!

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6 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G meets FCC approval


We posted previously that the Motorola Atrix 4G could possibly hit AT&T come March 1, 2011 but before that can happen it does have to get some love from the FCC. The above looks to be just the love the Atrix 4G needs. Model number matches that of the Atrix 4G listed on the Motorola developer site so no doubt in what we are looking at here. Haven't seen our hands on yet? Check it out here. [FCC via Engadget]

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6 years ago

Another Sprint statement on Froyo for the Samsung Epic 4G


Sprint's followed up on its blog after a couple of Tweets this afternoon regarding getting the Epic 4G updated to Froyo. Here goes:

Epic 4G users: We want to assure you that Froyo for the Epic 4G is still in the works. Sprint works very closely with our manufacturing partners to ensure that we deliver the best possible customer experience on our wireless devices. We approve the release of software updates when a new software version provided by the manufacturer can bring a better overall customer experience on the device. It is our intention to bring these updates to our customers as quickly as possible but only after they meet our rigorous testing criteria.

We can't provide any guidance on an exact or estimated release date at this time, but please know we are working to get Froyo out for the Epic as quickly as possible.

Here's to Sprint for offering a little more transparency. Anybody heard from Verizon and AT&T? [Sprint]

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6 years ago

New HTC Android device renders leaked


If you're still rather ticked off at Motorola today and swearing to never purchase their devices again maybe some of these HTC devices might make you feel a little better about the whole situation. A whole lineup of HTC device renders has now appeared on the scene but the only thing concrete about all of these devices combined is the fact that nothing about them is for certain. Especially when it comes to that buttonless beauty everyone got their feathers ruffled over. It's entirely too generic to even fathom what it may be at this time. With all the specs and finer details being left for speculation, we'll just have to see what Mobile World Congress and CTIA bring us. Yes, these renders are pretty to look at and we hope some of them end in our hands but right now they're just eye candy. [Pocketnow]

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6 years ago

Google confirms 300,000 Android activations a day


AndroidGoogle today in its fourth-quarter earnings call confirmed Andy Rubin's statement in December that some 300,000 Android devices are being activated every day. That's 9 million or so a month, folks.

Google also said that searches from within Android ended the year up 10 times. ("10x actually is what was said.") "I think that this is the year that phones will play the big role in commerce, like I predicted," said Google Senior VP of Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg.

Other highlights from the Q&A:

  • Rosenberg on tablets vs. smartphones: "They're both viable."
  • Mobile search grew 4 times on mobile devices. "No doubt that this market absolutely is cranking."
  • "Click to call ads are generating a lot of money every month."

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6 years ago

Vibrant getting Froyo, Nexus S spacebar anger, OG Droid replacements [from the forums]


Android Forums at Android Central

Awesome day for news if you're a T-Mobile user. Froyo for the Vibrant, the new Galaxy S 4G and a new Sidekick? Maybe now we can get the rest of the US carriers onboard to release Froyo since T-Mobile is starting it off. Hit up the forums if you're looking to discuss more about the days news or if you just want to talk Android in general. Vibrant users, let's hear it.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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6 years ago

Google announces Q4 earnings as Page takes over for Schmidt as CEO


Google this afternoon announced its fourth-quarter earnings for 2010. At the same time, it announced a restructuring of the major leadership positions. They are as follows:

  • Starting from April 4, Larry Page, Google Co-Founder, will take charge of Google's day-to-day operations as Chief Executive Officer.
  • Sergey Brin, Google Co-Founder, will devote his energy to strategic projects, in particular working on new products.
  • Eric Schmidt will assume the role of Executive Chairman, focusing externally on deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership--all of which are increasingly important given Google's global reach. Internally, he will continue to act as an advisor to Larry and Sergey.

Schmidt's move from CEO, while a bit surprising, isn't completely out of left field -- he'd been backing off the earnings calls (but did make one surprise visit) in 2010. In the earnings statement, Schmidt said:

"We've been talking about how best to simplify our management structure and speed up decision making for a long time. By clarifying our individual roles we'll create clearer responsibility and accountability at the top of the company. In my clear opinion, Larry is ready to lead and I'm excited about working with both him and Sergey for a long time to come."

As for the money side of things, Google had $8.44 billion in revenue for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2010, up 26 percent from Q4 2009. Net income was $2.54 billion, up from $1.97 billion in Q4 2009.

Google's conference call starts soon. We'll be listening in. [Google]

Update: Schmidt's issued a statement on the Google Blog.

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6 years ago

Froyo for the Epic 4G coming ASAP


Sprint responds to questions about Froyo for the Epic 4G

With news that the Samsung Vibrant may start seeing Froyo roll out as early as Jan. 21, all eyes are on the other major U.S. carriers and their news (or lack of) about the Froyo update for the rest of the US Galaxy S line of phones.  Sprint has come forward via Twitter and let everyone know they are still working closely with Samsung and will release Froyo for the Epic 4G once it meets the "rigorous testing criteria" it has for the popular handset.

Yes, I know everyone wants to hear words like "tomorrow" when we're talking Froyo for the Galaxy S, but since it has taken so long already, releasing a bug-filled update would be almost criminal.  After the latest fiasco, I think we'll be seeing Froyo very, very soon.

Speaking of Froyo and Galaxy S phones, don't forget to join us tonight on a special edition of the Android Central Podcast, where we will be discussing the whole "Froyo on the U.S. Galaxy S phone mess" in depth,  See you at 9 EST. [@sprint]

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6 years ago

Accessory review: Seidio Innocell 3500mAh Extended Life Battery for HTC Evo 4G


Seidio Innocell 3500 mAh extended life battery for HTC Evo 4G review.

The stock battery on the HTC EVO 4G leaves much to be desired, and many of us with an EVO 4G can't go a whole day on one charge.  The Seidio Innocell 3500mAh extended life battery just might be the solution.  Checking in at a massive 3500mAh (more than double the capacity of the stock battery), this extended life battery by Seidio met and exceeded my expectations right from the get-go, which is good, as it's priced at $64.95.

You'll never read a review about the HTC EVO 4G that doesn't mention its battery life.  It's a lot of phone, and it needs a lot of power.  I've been using this battery exclusively since I got it last week, and to say I'm impressed with its performance is an understatement.  Right from day one, I couldn't believe how well it was holding up.  I really want to break it down for you, so join me after the break for some pictures, additional thoughts, and most importantly -- benchmark results.

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6 years ago

Concept phone with triple-displays, it's a flip with a twist


Let's get the obvious out of the way first. This phone is not real, it is a render and is simply a concept design by Kristian Ulrich Larsen. Now that that has been covered, let us now say -- this thing looks pretty awesome. The idea behind it is rather fitting and all too true of how we view today's devices as well:

The phone has 3 screens that can be transformed in different ways depending on what the user wants to do with it. Having 3 screens on a phone opens up a number of possibilities in dealing with the content on the device. Because people no longer only use their phone as a communication device. It's more and more used for the things, we usually use our laptops for, but with the limited screen real estate on phones, there are still boundaries for what you can do.

People are doing more with their devices and this concept is hopefully, a glimpse of things ahead. Maybe not exactly in this form but we sure wouldn't been complaining if this thing became reality. Video can be found after the break. [Idkul via Engadget]

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