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4 years ago

Joe Hewitt, open source software, and the benefit of a good night's sleep

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AOSP

Since Steve turned Apple's earning report into a rant against everyone and everything Google, followed by Andy's sniper-style snarky response on Twitter, you can't shake a stick without hitting someone involved in the industry sharing their views on what is and isn't open.  (Hey, look! Here are ours!) Joe Hewitt, of Mozilla and Facebook fame, is no exception.  On Tuesday he, too, had his five-minute meltdown via Twitter, bashing Google for its definition of open compared to his, with remarks like "Point I am trying to make is, Rubin bickering with Jobs is a farce, because both refuse to share the one thing that matters: control."  

Joe has taken the opportunity to make his views clearer, and in a much more tame fashion on his blog.  He makes some really valid points, and you should read it.  If you're any type of FOSS (Free Open Source Software) supporter or detractor, you should definitely read it.  I read it, and can't argue his points too much.  One of our favorite Googlers, Tim Bray, read it, and according to Tim "Joe Hewitt is OK by me."  Don't disagree with Tim there, either.  The one question that isn't answered -- is there really a Facebook Android phone in the works, and did that influence Joe Hewitt to clarify his opinion? Tinfoil hats on, everybody! [Joe Hewitt via @timbray]

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4 years ago

More details on Verizon's new data prices

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 Verizon Tiered Data Pricing

It's only been a couple of days since we brought you details of Verizon's new data plans -- recap: $15 a month for 150MB, with $15/150 MB overage; and $29.99 a month for unlimited use -- and here's the full breakdown. It's worth noting that Verzion is still pushing hard for the unlimited route, and chances are that's what you'll end up with if you change your plan or are new on Verizon. For you current customers, hope you like being grandfathered (you should!). As for when this goes into effect, we're still hearing a week or so. [Submitted via the Android Central App]

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the new and improved YouTube app for Android

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 YouTube frontpageYouTube browsing

A new YouTube app has hit the Android Market. That's right, it's been broken out of the ROM and is in the Android Market, part of that whole break-out-of-the-ROM-and-into-the-market movement that's going on.  And it only takes a couple of minutes' use to see that it's much-improved over its predecessor. The new app is only for those devices sporting Android 2.2. Some of the new features:

  • Much improved UI
  • In-page playback so users can read comments while watching videos
  • The ability to watch videos in portrait or landscape mode
  • Personalized home-screen video feed
  • New player controls

If you have Android 2.2 already, go try this much improved version of the YouTube app in the market. Find the download link, more pics and our hands-on video after the break! [via Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Android Case Review: OtterBox Commuter Series for Droid Incredible

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OtterBox Commuter Series Case

The OtterBox Commuter Series Case for the Droid Incredible is truly a tank of a case. It wraps your precious DInc in two protective layers: a hard outer shell and a soft, shock absorbing inner layer. Join me past the break to get a closer look. 

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4 years ago

Motorola Defy to hit T-Mobile on Nov. 3

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The Motorola Defy (see our hands-on here) is coming to T-Mobile on Nov. 3, according to T-Mobile USA's official Twitter account.  No price has been announced yet, and I'm not even going to venture a guess.  While it may not win any beauty awards, and it's not quite the top of the line, it seems more than capable -- and the Mil-Spec toughness factor is surely going to appeal to many.  The Defy ships with Android 2.1, a 5 MP shooter, a 3.7-inch capacitive screen at 480x854, Gorilla glass and the usual cadre of Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS with DNLA support tossed in for good measure.

If you weren't lucky enough to get one from Oprah, you'll soon have you chance at this one. [T-Mobile via Twitter]

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4 years ago

Hands on with the myTouch 4G ROM port on the Nexus One [video]

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 myTouch 4G on the Nexus One

Last night we brought you news of the myTouch 4G ROM ported to the Nexus One (and you got a plethora of screen shots to go with it). Today we bring you video of the ROM in action. It's the Espresso flavor of Sense, much like what's on the myTouch 3G Slide, and so it's not entirely new to us here. But it's definitely worth further review.

Again, this is some pure witchcraft -- and we mean that in the coolest way possible -- by eViL D:, who has put out a new release since we recorded this video. Video playback has been fixed, and some space has been freed up.

So check out the video after the break, and get your download on here, if you're the tinkering type.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G makes guest appearance on Fringe

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As if anybody needed any more evidence of Android's rising popularity, we find ourselves with another screen grab to add to the pile. This time it's the HTC Evo 4G taking center stage during the latest episode of Fringe. According to our tipster, this Evo 4G belongs longtime iPhone user Peter Bishop. Who knows why he switched, but we're not going to question this 190 IQ toting genius.

Anybody else willing to bet that a long press on the home key would reveal Angry Birds running in the background?

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4 years ago

Logitech Revue for sale in Best Buy now

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 Logitech Revue

A tipster and our very own Phil Nickinson have confirmed that the Logitech Revue, a set-top box that brings the Google TV experience to any TV, is on sale now at Best Buy retail locations. In addition, the $299 box is also for sale online for those who don't want to leave the comfort of their chairs. Best Buy is offering various package deals, such as including HDMI cables and that crazy keyboard, for additional money for those interested. Check out all the different packages (seven!) past the link. (And for the rest of us who preordered, look for your Revue to ship tomorrow.) [Best Buy] Thanks to jaeisber for the tip!

Update:  Apparently quite a few of us really love that ordering "from the comfort of our chair" option, as five of the eight available purchase options for the Revue have sold out and the base unit itself has been placed on backorder.  Hit that Best Buy link quickly if you want to get in on this one.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Letter Rip

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Letter Rip gameplay Letter Rip

I love word games and fortunately there have been a lot of good ones to come out on Android in the past year. The majority of the games that I like have a similar premise: to find as many words from tiles in a certain amount of time. A new game, called Letter Rip, is a bit different yet equally as fun.

Normally in word games, the screen is full of letter tiles for the user to use. This time, the board is empty at the beginning. The game is divided into two phases. In the first phase, the user must spell as many words as possible without allowing the board to fill up. You can move tiles around as often as you want, but don’t back yourself into a corner or the board will fill up quickly. Phase two occurs once the board fills up. You must spell words to clear the board, using the help of extra black tiles. However, words in phase two are only worth half as much, so try to stay in phase one as long as possible.

There are many customizable options that users can utilize. You can change the size of the game board, the game speed, the color of the tiles, the minimum word length, whether or not you're right or left handed, and various sound effects.

If you're a fan of word games, try out Letter Rip. It's refreshing as the game is not just a regurgitation of other games on Android, it makes the user think about strategy in a different way. Look for the download link and more after the break. 

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4 years ago

Epic 4G owner tears apart keyboard to get custom gaming controls

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 Epic 4G gamer mod

Even with all these old gaming console emulators running wild on the Android Market, it is still hard to believe someone would willingly utterly destroy their Epic 4G's keyboard to make it more useful for gaming. Still, that is just what Android user Cary Golomb did. In short, he removed the entire keyboard from the phone, decided what keys he needed to keep for gaming (remember, the phone is fully usable with just the touchscreen), and proceeded to cut out the unneeded buttons with a knife. His final step was to paint over the areas where he had removed keys, which gives the phone a more slick look (as seen above).

This sort of mod is not for the faint of heart, or the beginner. Or sane people. And you can bet resell value for this thing is practically nothing as well. All that being said, some of you hardcore gamers out there might find this attractive, at least until that rumored Android 3.0 PSPhone comes out. Check out a video of the whole thing in action after the break. [BrainLazy via Phandroid]

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4 years ago

HTC strikes deal with TomTom, will include the service in Desire Z and Desire HD

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HTC Desire HD

TomTom, the popular navigation company, has struck a deal with HTC to be integrated with the upcoming  Desire Z, Desire HD, as well as future devices. HTC's new mapping feature, dubbed HTC Locations, will come preloaded with TomTom's maps and turn-by-turn navigation can then be purchased through HTC Locations or HTC Sync. 

This is an interesting partnership that will provide customers who don't have access to Google Maps Navigation with a fully integrated navigation experience.  [Business Wire]

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4 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Tab coming Nov. 11, will sell for $599.99, $20 for 1GB of data

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab

You read right, folks. The Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab (watch our hands-on here) apparently is going to sell unsubsidized for $599, and it'll be available Nov. 11. A data plan will run you $20 for 1GB. And with all that jing you get a 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet with a 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor and all the bells and whistles. Preloaded apps include Verizon's VCAST suite, Slacker Radio, Kindle, Blockbuster and Let's Golf.

So at $600 -- but no messy contract -- are you more or less apt to pic this up? Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2 overclock gets even better -- and released [video]

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T-Mobile G2 overclocked

That T-Mobile G2 overclock from yesterday?  It just got faster, and released to the public!  As the developer says, his particular G2 can reach 1420 MHz, but most all G2 CPU's should see a significant overclock, making the already fast little phone that much faster.  The developer's words say it best:

"...after an overclock and a tiny voltage increase, the G2 basically blows
every retail Android phone out of the water (even overclocked)"

It's not quite automatic, but the instructions are straightforward and simple enough, and the source was released along with the binary.  Big bucket of GPL love goes out to you, Mike.

Check out the video after the break, and hit the source link for full instructions and download links.  Then jump into the G2 forums and let's see some benchmark scores.  [XDA-Developers] Thanks, Mike, for the method and the heads up!

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4 years ago

myTouch 4G ROM ported to Nexus One (Update: Slew of screenshots added)

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myTouch 4G port on Nexus One

If you're looking to try your hand on the T-Mobile myTouch 4G, you're in luck. It's up and running in basic form, thanks to eViL D: porting that leaked ROM over to the Nexus One. Wifi, Bluetooth and the cell radios are working; the camera, video and the new Wifi calling are out, for now. But it's definitely up and running and is a great primer for how things will work when the myTouch 4G is finally released. This isn't one of those flash-and-go ROMs -- you'll need to follow the directions. But we got it up and running -- and now we want the myTouch 4G, stat. [XDA Developers via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Josh!

Update: Screen shots, anyone? We've got a few dozen after the break.

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4 years ago

Android - for your phone's protection

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 Android on Samsung R360 Freeform II

Never mind that this appears to be Android 1.6 on a Samsung feature messenger. It's that the accessory description reads like it was written by the folks at Trojan that has us cracking up. Yes, we're 12-year-old boys.

Oh, by the way, Jerry, I believe you're up for this review. Thanks, Patrick!

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