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6 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


To our American readers: Happy Thanksgiving Day. May we all spend it with friends, family, food and football.

To everybody outside the U.S.: Pardon us for a day (or so) as we eat more than usual, drink more than usual. watch more football than usual, and basically take the day off.

Don't worry, we'll be back on Friday, just in time for all o of the shopping madness.

And a slight program change: This week's Android Central Podcast will be at 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST Friday night, with special guest Craig Johnston. You will be there.

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6 years ago

More Nexus S Gingerbread pics and specs leak


Nexus S Gingerbread

An unnamed source has leaked pictures of the Nexus S running Gingerbread to XDA-Developers, and some rumored specs to go along with. There's about half a dozen blurrycam shots (aren't they always?) showing the software information, the UI, and the device itself -- check the source link for the gallery.

The rumored specs are:

  • ArmV7 CPU
  • Open GL ES Supported
  • ~328MB Ram
  • 1GB Internal Memory
  • 800×480 Screen Resolution
  • 4″ Screen Size
  • SuperAmoled2 – Possibly
  • 720P HD Video

I certainly hope (and think) those specs will turn out not quite right, as they are a bit underwhelming.  Hopefully Google or Samsung will give us some real information about this one soon. [XDA-Developers via Android and Me]

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6 years ago

Sprint Hero OTA rolling out, may have issues


Sprint Hero

The 2.32.651.2 OTA for the Sprint Hero is still rolling out, and so are some bug reports.  I'm hearing and seeing a bit too many reports of things like serious lag, to the point of a battery pull, or problems with contacts since accepting the OTA than usual.  According to Sprint, the only thing users should see is an updated Sprint Zone, but there are a couple other bug fixes.  Hopefully these are just isolated incidents, as you would think they have the Hero software down pat by now. 

In any case, be warned before you click accept.  Of course if you've rooted your Hero, you have nothing to worry about, because you shouldn't be accepting OTA updates.  Get the update yet?  Share your experience (and help out a fellow Hero user) in the forums.  [via @dwthrman]

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6 years ago

Gingerbread reportedly spotted in the wilds of Belgium


Flemish Gingerbread

When you think of Belgium, lots of delicious things come to mind -- truffles, to-die-for dark chocolate, waffles, and now Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  Android developer Christophe Versieux, author of the BeTrains Belgium app, sent us in a little tip that he has found an honest-to-goodness Gingerbread user running his app.  The user string: "Dalvik/1.4.0 (Linux; U; Android Gingerbread Build/GRH14B )" lets us know that someone is running it outside of Google's Mountain View campus, and we know the build number. (Whether that ends up being the "release" build is anyone's guess; remember how many versions of Froyo we went through on the Nexus One.) Now all we need is the official announcement.  Thanks Christophe!

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6 years ago

AT&T device rumors, developers, Froyo ruin the DInc? [From the forums]


Android Forums at Android Central

For folks in the U.S., today is the beginning of a long weekend so we'll keep this brief so you all can get back to snagging some goodies from the kitchen, even though you've been told not to. Some stuff to keep you occupied while waiting for turkey:

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

Android apps to gain content ratings, as listed by the developers


Android Market

Android applications soon will display content ratings in the Android Market, Google announced today. The four ratings that apps will fall under include:

  • All
  • Pre-teen
  • Teen
  • Mature

Starting next week, developers submitting new or updated apps will have to include one of the four ratings. Existing applications also will have to be rated in the coming weeks. Ratings will be listed by the developers, so it'll be interesting to see how and if this is policed. If no rating is listed, the app will default to "mature." We also have to wonder how long it'll take the carriers to offer some sort of parental control over what can be seen in the Android Market -- and that would have some pretty serious repercussions.

But we're getting a little ahead of ourselves. This is but one of a number of changes lately. Glad to see the Android Market growing and getting better. [Google]

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6 years ago

PlayStation Phone coming Dec. 9?


PlayStation Phone on Dec 9?

I don't speak French, but Google does, and according to this image, the PlayStation phone will be arriving on Dec. 9, just in time for the holidays.  If you've been under a rock the past couple months and haven't heard, have a look here and see what details we do, and don't know about the PSPhone

Of course this is just an image given anonymously to the French tech blog  It could be real, and has the name of Pierre Perron, director of Sony Ericsson France attached to it, or it could be fake.  We'll know for sure in 15 days.  [ (French) via Mobile Crunch]

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6 years ago

Know your robots

6 years ago

Sony Ericsson explains why U.S. X10 hasn't been udpated yet


Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson USA took to its Facebook page today to attempt to explain why the U.S. versions of the Xperia X10 have yet to be updated to Android 2.1. Here's the meat of the post:

One factor in determining a software update is when a country first received the handset. The Xperia™ X10 has been available in some countries since March 2010 and they are also the first to receive the update. The U.S. received the X10 in August 2010 and will receive the update after the initial countries.

The second and more impactful factor of the timeline addresses the technical requirements that must be met in order for an update to take place -- no matter which country you live in. Unfortunately, we have no control of that timeline factor. Those requirements are provided to us and we work hard to meet and test them as quickly as we can. In the U.S., the testing process is especially rigorous, and can take months to complete, which is why we cannot announce the timing for availability of the X10 update in the U.S. It's not that we don't want to; it's that the timing is undefined until such testing is completed.

These things do take time, we know. And it's a good point that the United States didn't get the Xperia X10 until some seven months after we first got a taste of it at CES. But even as rational as the explanation may be, it grows tougher and tougher to swallow as each day brings us that much closer to Android 2.3 Gingerbread -- and puts the X10 that much farther behind. [Facbeook]

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6 years ago

Game Gripper now available for the Samsung Epic 4G


We've seen Game Gripper add support for plenty of other devices in the past and now, Game Gripper is sending out emails letting folks know their custom game controllers are now available to Sprint Epic 4G owners. Yes, you can head on over to the Game Gripper website and pick one of the 13 different variations available for your device. Of course it'll set you back $14.99 but like my Mother always tells me, "Maybe you can put it on your Christmas list". Check out the video of it in action after the break. Thanks, Brett! [Game Gripper]

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6 years ago

Android garage door opener? Why not!



The more we use our Android devices on a daily basis, the more we look for ways to integrate them with the most simplistic tasks of our day. One user had a great thought to write their own application so that they could use their device to open the garage upon arrival to their house. Of course they were scared of the application opening the door from their job, or anywhere else, so they took some extra precautions, and the end result proved to be well worth it. Hit the source link for more information, and take a look with us after the break for the application in action. [via XDA]

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6 years ago

Review: The Viewsonic 10-inch gTablet


Is Tegra 2 on a sub-$500 tablet too good to be true?

Viewsonic gTablet

The gTablet is Viewsonic's entry into the sub-$500 Android tablet market.  While there won't be any shortage of cheap Android tablets, readers, and toasters (we have to beat the PreCentral guys in the race for the first smart toaster!) come this Friday, a few stick out hardware-wise, and the gTablet is one of them.  Just so happens that I got a few days of one-on-one time with a gTablet, so what better way to play with it than to give it a quick review.

Normally, none of us here would dare review a device we haven't put through the paces, but this one's a bit different, because this is much more useful before Black Friday than it would be after.  Hit the break to see the whirlwind review of the gTabet. Special thanks to Chip!

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6 years ago

Dell offering the Droid Incredible for free, throws in gift card


Dell - Droid Incredible

A big ol' Dell advertisement just hit ye olde inbox, and they've got some decent deals on a few Android smartphones. The Droid Incredible is going for the low, low price of free for new or upgrading customers who sign a two-year contract. They're throwing in free Verizon activation and shipping, too, plus a $25 Dell gift card. Also, the Evo 4G -- white and black -- is going for $99 on contract, and the Droid X is just $9.99. Tough deals to beat. [Dell]

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6 years ago

European Motorola Defy to get upgrade to Android 2.2 in Q2 2011


Motorola Defy

Motorola has announced that the European version of its rugged Defy Android smartphone (see our hands-on) will be upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo beginning in the second quarter of 2011. Also, the XT720 (see our hands-on) will end its life on Android 2.1. As for when the U.S. version of the Defy on T-Mobile will be upgraded to Froyo? No word. [Motorola]

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6 years ago

Graffiti for Android, a great keyboard replacement that is fun to use



There are a ton of keyboard variations for the Android platform, and nearly one to match just about everyone's personal preference. Graffiti is a great keyboard replacement that has been available on the Palm OS for a while, and has finally been made available on Android.

What sets this keyboard apart from nearly all the rest is the fact that letters are actually drawn by the user, instead of selected on a keyboard that is displayed on the screen. For those who are used to taking notes, or writing instead of typing, this keyboard replacement will compliment your Android device very well. The application has been updated to version 2.0 which now allows for word learning, auto correction, as well as word prediction. The keyboard is priced at a very fair $0.00, but know upfront that it will take a little bit of getting used to in order to be able to use it efficiently. Luckily there is a great demo video that shows you exactly how to use it, and help you better understand it. Hit the break for the video as well as download information for Graffiti for Android.

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