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4 years ago

Giant Android mascot let loose in Sydney

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Android unleashed on unsuspecting Australians

South Korea might have some real competition on its hands from Australia for title of "Most Random Android Promotion Strategy." The mighty robot you see above is part of Vodaphone Australia's plan to improve customer awareness of the Android OS, but we aren't sure how exactly it does that. Perhaps it yells catchphrases like "Open Source!", "Widgets!", "Flash!", or "Multitasking!" at unsuspecting humans as it wanders the streets, but no one really knows. But we can all agree it might be best to bow down to our new robot Android overlords, and remember, they know what you are saying. [Android Australia via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Google is giving away 10,000 Google TV devices -- to developers, that is

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On Tuesday, Google gave away more than 3,000 Logitech Revue devices to those that attended Adobe's MAX conference in Los Angeles. But Google isn't stopping there. The company also announced on its blog that it would be giving out even more Google TV units -- to developers, of course. But how many more? How about 10,000 more. Though, by the looks of it, the 3,000 given out this morning are included in this lot. So technically, only 7,000 remain, right?

Google is looking to give the remainder of theses devices to developers who are looking to make "the Google TV experience even better." If you're a member of the Google Code community you should go-ahead and apply. If you're not, but you're a professional web developer, you can submit an entry here. You just need to include a short summary of what type of site you're developing for Google TV. Now, who's feeling lucky? [Google TV Blog]

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4 years ago

Sony's Android Playstation Phone poses for pictures

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Sony's Playstation phone

Sony's new phone -- simply dubbed the "Playstation phone" -- has appeared in more pictures. And if there's ever an indication that it's Android-based, well, here you go. It's still very much in prototype form, according to Engadget, but the pictures are unmistakable. This bad boy is Android, through and through. Sure, a custom skin is more than likely. But still.

Above, you see a picture that closely resembles what was predicted in August. Here are the rumored specs:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Custom Sony marketplace to buy games designed for a device like this
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 (200MHz faster than the G2, but the same new architecture, apparently) -- by the way, that's the same system-on-a-chip as we just saw in the myTouch 4G/HD benchmarks we posted.
  • 512MB of RAM/1GB ROM
  • MircoSD slot -- no Sony Memory Stick -- thank whomever it is you thank for that sort of thing.
  • The screen is between 3.7 and 4.1-inches -- that's a pretty large range, and we're learning toward the larger end.

So when we get down to it, we're looking at Sony's bad-arse Playstation controller coupled with high-end hardware -- higher than just about anything currently available, actually. So the hardware should be set. Let's just hope the software and UI don't blow it. More at the source link. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

MyTouch HD shows us a peek at WiFi calling, and sky-high benchmark scores

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MyTouch HD Quadrant benchmark score

The T-Mobile MyTouch HD (or is the the MyTouch 4G?) makes an appearance once again, this time to show off some under the hood power and some WiFi calling magic.  Above we see the unrooted, stock myTouch pulling off a Quadrant benchmark score of 1890.  I'll pause to let that settle in for a bit.  And we're back, with a most respectable (read: pretty darn fast) Linpack score of 34.34 (photo after the break).  Those kinds of scores are on par with other devices that have been hacked nine ways to Sunday, and it means the MyTouch HD will be fast, right out of the box.

If you're the kind of person who cares more about features than speed, we also get a chance to see WiFi calling running on the MyTouch HD.  We were pretty sure it was there, as it is in the ROM dump, but just seeing it running on the phone itself is pretty satisfying.  Check the screenshot after the break.  Nov. 3 is eight days away, folksThanks to our anonymous friend!

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4 years ago

HTC Desire HD receives first OTA update

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HTC Desire HD

Not long after it was released, the HTC Desire HD already has received its first OTA update. The update is labeled as 1.32.405.3 and will bring "screen control and photo message compatibility enhancements."

From what is known, it is a fairly large update, so be aware if you're trying to download it on 3G. Good to know that the Desire HD hasn't been available two weeks and is already being improved upon. Be sure to let us know if you notice anything else after the update. [BriefMobile] Thanks kpenning!

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: pvz -- a Plants vs Zombies clone [video]

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pvz

We're all waiting for PopCap to get Plants vs. Zombies on Android, but developer lzn1007 goes a step further, and has released pvz -- a near-perfect clone.  Pvz has three modes, Day Mode, Night Mode, and Challenge, which correspond pretty closely to the original.  There's also two challenge modes, and they, too are essentially the same as the authorized version.  Speaking of the authorized version, I fully expect this one to get taken down for trademark or copyright issues.  I'll let the developers duke it out over those, I just wanna kill some zombies.

Fair warning -- the application asks for some permissions you're not going to care for, like location and phone state.  There's an online social-gamer component that goes through a Chinese service called WiYun (use Google Translate, link is in Chinese, and seems legit), but you can leave it disabled and play offline.  I tested it here with WiFi and mobile data disconnected and had no problems.  I also ran it through Lookout, which didn't find anything glaringly wrong.  When it's all said and done, I'm certain that enabling the online component means your submitting data to the developer, so use your own best judgment. There's a video, and download link (free, all versions of Android) after the break.

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4 years ago

New Evo 4G update leaks out, is rooted

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HTC Evo 4G.

We stumbled across a minor update release for the Evo 4G, in RUU form.  In an attempt to find out which files have been modified in the update, the XDA faithful have already cracked it open, rooted it, and are in the process of further exploration.  Expect to see some new ROMs built on this update over the coming days.

According to XDA member joeykrim, this update brings changes to the kernel, Recovery.img, hboot, and many .jar files within the framework. 

If you're rooted, it might be a good idea to hold off for a few days in case there are any surprises waiting in this update.  But if you're feeling adventurous, go ahead and grab the rooted update and start flashing (your ROM).  [via XDA, rooted version]

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4 years ago

NOOKcolor revealed, brings 7-inch e-reader/tablet Android hybrid

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Nook Color

Barnes and Noble unveiled its new e-reader/tablet today, deemed the NOOKcolor. The Nook has previously been mostly an e-reader that enjoyed 20 percent market share, deferring to Amazon's Kindle. Their strategy has shifted it appears, as the new Nook is more of a hybrid device.

Here are some specs about the new Nook:

  • 7-inch color display
  • Android OS
  • 1024x600
  • 8GB internal memory
  • Micro-SD slot expandable to 32GB
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Pandora built-in
  • Chess and Sudoko
  • Facebook support
  • Conde Nast and Hearst are partners
  • $249

It's a risky strategy for Barnes and Noble to take, given that e-readers have been selling mainly due to their superior e-ink technology. Now that it is in color and offering similar services to tablets such as the iPad and Galaxy Tab, it may have a difficult time finding an audience. Then again, maybe it won't. What do you think of the new Nook Color? [Barnes and Noble]

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4 years ago

Maybe this one's Gingerbread?

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Gingerbread about screen

We can't vouch for the validity of this about screen, but GizmoFusion swears it's Android 2.3 Gingerbread. And maybe it is. Or maybe it's someone with a text editor and about 45 seconds of free time. Could be either one. And regardless, we know darn well that Gingerbread is coming, thanks to the Gingerbread statue arriving at Google last week. So, yeah. [GizmoFusion via Android Community]

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4 years ago

A second Google phone out before Christmas?

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Nexus One with Gingerbread

A report today suggests that a second Google phone is not only real, but is due out by the end of the year. If true, this device would be the follow-up to the very popular but now developer-only (in the U.S.) Nexus One

The report says that Google has made a deal with Carphone Warehouse to sell the phones overseas. Google is looking to avoid direct selling from carriers this time around and is looking for a partner that is already in the business of selling unlocked phones. 

The story also states that this phone will run the next iteration of Android, Gingerbread, which could have been expected. This is very interesting news and it definitely has us excited at the possibility of another Google phone. Hopefully U.S. customers will be able to buy the phone easily through Best Buy, since it is a subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse. We'll keep you updated. [CityAM via Eurodroid]

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4 years ago

Adobe gives free Motorola Droid 2, Logitech Revue to Adobe MAX attendees

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Adobe MAX Logitech Revue

Say what you will about Adobe, it knows how to throw a conference. (That's Adobe's Ben Forta during this morning's keynote, if that's any indication.) And, more important, it knows how to woo developers -- especially for Android platforms. On Day 1 of the Adobe MAX conference in Las Angeles, attendees all received a new Motorola Droid 2. Today, it was announced they'll all get a Logitech Revue -- the Android-based Google TV device.

Giving away Android devices is nothing new -- at Google IO, everybody received a Motorola Droid and an HTC Evo 4G. But it's pretty obvious just how important Android is to Adobe. [Adobe]

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4 years ago

Things Verizon wants you to know about the Samsung Galaxy Tab

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 Galaxy Tab facts

Verizon is excited to launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab, if for no other reason than to offer a second option to the 3G iPad (the WiFi-only version of which they are set to begin selling) on AT&T. They have created a "Top Things to Know" sheet to inform their retail sales people, and it was caught on camera by a tipster using nothing other than the official Android Central app. Verizon lists many of the features that would be common knowledge to our readers, but might not be obvious to the average tablet buyer. These include Flash, the thin and light design, Android 2.2, syncing with Verizon's V CAST Media Manager, and high-resolution screen. 

Verizon dedicates the final point to comparing the Galaxy Tab directly to the iPad, noting multitasking, front/rear camera, full Flash 10.1 support, and the zippy Android 2.2 OS as key advantages. They also say that the Galaxy Tab is able to be used in one hand, a slight dig at the larger and heaver iPad. Anyone interested in getting a Galaxy Tab should head over to the Android Central Forums for the latest information and discussion as we wait for the November launch date. 

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4 years ago

3D graphics on Android? Done, thanks to HTML5 and the Fennec browser

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3D graphics on Fennec

WebGL, HTML5, a Samsung Galaxy S, the Firefox browser for Android, and anagraphic glasses. What does it all mean? How about 3D graphics on your Android phone. Check it out, after the break. [TheHyperGates via @mozhacks]

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4 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible HD rumored to be coming Nov. 23

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HTC Droid Incredible HD

Remember that Evo-esque device uncovered about a month ago? It's looking increasingly likely that this guy will be the Incredible HD (or maybe the Droid Incredible HD?) on Verizon. And leaker extraordinaire Miami1683 says we should expect it the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, which would be Nov. 23. To say that we'd love to get a bigger, more powerful Incredible in our hands would be the understatement of the year, and we know you guys are longing for it, too. So put your jaw back together, and let's all start thinking happy thoughts. [DroidForums via Limitless Droid]

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4 years ago

Google shutting down Nexus One forum, but ours is still here to help!

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Google Nexus One

The bad news: Google is shutting down its Nexus One help forums, moving things to a read-only status starting Nov. 1. [via Android Guys] The good news: Our Nexus One forums aren't going anywhere, and we have a plethora of people ready to help you with any questions or hacks. That said, we're more than a little sad because the Nexus One obviously is being shown the door by Google. Not unexpected, but sad nonetheless. So long, little guy.

More on the Nexus One in the Android Central Forums

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