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4 years ago

Verizon confirms the Droid (OG) to get a second OTA -- to bring Adobe Flash

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Verizon confrims another OTA

Enter Chapter 3 of the on-again, off-again saga that is the Motorola Droid Froyo update -- Verizon has sent out an e-mail to it's business customers that says FRG01B is only the first step of a two part update, with part two bringing Adobe Flash support to the father of all modern Android phones.  Will this be the mythical FRG22?  Will this fully enable JIT?  Will Gilligan and company ever get off the island?  We just don't know.  But when we do, we'll tell ya.  [Phandroid]

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4 years ago

Dell Blaze gets outed

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Dell Blaze

What's small, made by Dell, runs Cupcake (Android 1.5) and lives on a fuzzy pink rug?  Why, the Dell Blaze, of course! (Pink rug not included).  It's the newest Android device in the works by Dell, and it looks to be their "entry-level, featurephone-market-stealer™."  Not a lot is known about it just yet, but there's a slew of pics at the source link to check out. 

I have to question this choice by Dell.  I'm all for entry/mid level Android phones, but why on earth is anyone still developing hardware on ancient versions of Android?  And considering Dell's release track record, who knows what version of the OS we'll be on by the time this rolls around? [AndroidSpin]

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4 years ago

Audible Android app now available

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We brought you a hands-on with the Audible Android app a couple of months ago while it was in beta, and we're happy to report that it's now available in the Android Market. The app itself is free, but you're going to need an audible account to actually make use of things. [Audible] Thanks, Nwani!

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4 years ago

Gartner's Q2 numbers are in -- Android's huge

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Gartner numbers Q2 2010

Gartner's Q2 2010 numbers are in, and the chart above says it all.  So do these.  And these.  And these, you get the point -- Android is showing unprecedented growth, all thanks to people like you and I who love the OS. Overall, the world's "mobile communication" market grew by 13.8 percent, but the competition (we love it!) drove the average price of a handset down (hey we love that too!).  Notable news from Gartner's report:

  • HTC debuts in the top 10 worldwide, with 139.1 percent Y-O-Y growth
  • Apple's iPad did not affect smartphone sales as much as was predicted
  • Android overtook iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) for the number 3 spot on the planet
  • Android overtook RIM (BlackBerry) to become the number one selling mobile OS in the United States according to Gartner

<fanboy>Worldwide -- look out RIM, there's a little green robot on your bum...and he bites.  Read the whole report at the source link, you'll like what you see. </fanboy> [Gartner Research]

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4 years ago

R2-D2 Droid 2 date pinned at Sept. 30; plus, more pictures

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R2-D2 Droid 2

Just got some more pics in from the Star Wars convention going on in Orlando, and it looks like the date for the R2-D2 version of the Droid 2 is going to be Sept. 30. Good news indeed for you guys waiting on the little guy.

And we've got fresh pics of the R2-D2 phone after the break, if you're into that sort of thing. Thanks to skippyrulz from the Android Central Forums for the pics!

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4 years ago

Vlingo responds to Google Voice Actions -- by making Vlingo for Android free

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Vlingo

Vlingo has responded to Google's release of Voice Actions in an amazing way -- by making its $9.99 Android application free.  Yes, free, starting today.  The folks at Vlingo are the first to applaud Google for the great Voice Actions application, but they also point out that Vlingo offers a bit more -- besides being cross platform, they also hook into Twitter and Facebook, and SafeReader to have incoming messages read aloud.  Oh, there's one more thing -- Vlingo works with Eclair and Froyo, so no need to wait for that OTA. 

Personally, I love Vlingo.  Now I love it even more.  Hit the break for the download details. [Vlingo]

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4 years ago

Dell Thunder makes itself heard, looks a little familiar [update]

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Dell Thunder

So the Dell Thunder's made a surprise appearance this morning, moving beyond renders into the realm of the unannounced prototype. Same Android 2.1 and 8MP camera that we were led to expect, 4.1-inch screen at 800x480, a three-button scheme that looks more like something from Windows Phone 7 and ... Oh, you just want to see the video? Fine. Head on to the source link. But let us put this bug in your ear: While watching, think of the AT&T Captivate, because it and the Thunder certainly appear to share the same design cues. [Engadget]

Update: AndroidSpin got themselves some new pics, but no new info. Check 'em out.

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4 years ago

Google's Chrome to Phone feature comes out of the shadows

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 Chrome-to-Phone

Google held a small event today to highlight some improved features in Android. One of these features was the Chrome-to-Phone extension/application. We brought you one of the first public demos of it way back in May and have been using it since it was first announced as a part of Android 2.2. 

Chrome-to-Phone is a nifty application that allows you to send data from your browser directly to your mobile phone. It was developed by a Google engineer with his 20 percent time (where employees are on the clock but free to work on whatever they want). Check out his demo-video after the break.

It is available for 2.2 (Froyo) and higher only and is now available in the Market as well as in the Chrome Extensions Gallery (check our links after the video) [Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid 2 camera test

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Droid 2 camera test

The Motorola Droid 2 camera is a 5-megapixel monster. OK, maybe not a monster. It's not the whopping 8MP we're seeing on other phones. But we're OK with that, as it shoots from the hip pretty well, features Motorola's camera software (which we like) and records video in 480p resolution. Let's see some more examples after the break. (Warning: All example photos open in a new window in  full resolution.)

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4 years ago

Tweetdeck for Android now in open beta

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Tweetdeck for Android

We've already played around with an early leaked build of the Tweetdeck Twitter client for Android, but now the beta period is in full swing, and we can all get our Twitter/Facebook/Buzz/Foursquare thing on. You're going to have to register with Tweetdeck and wait for them to send you the app (took about 5 minutes for me), and then you can get your beta on. Tell 'em Android Central sent 'cha. [Tweetdeck]

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4 years ago

Google ups the ante on voice search with all new Voice Actions

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Google Android Voice ActionsGoogle Android Voice Actions

Google has led the way with native voice search capabilities on Android, and it's take a giant leap ahead with the new Voice Actions, just announced at that event today in Mountain View, Calif. It's about as easy as it gets. Speak it, and it happens. Here's what you can say:

  • send text to [contact] [message]
  • listen to [artist/song/album]
  • call [business]
  • call [contact]
  • send email to [contact] [message]
  • go to [website]
  • note to self [note]
  • navigate to [location/business name]
  • directions to [location/business name]
  • map of [location]

We're going to have to play with this and see how well it handles multiple e-mail accounts and the like. But judging by the demo (which you can watch after the break, it's quickly leaped to the top of the voice ladder. [Google]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Crush the Castle

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Crush the Castle for Android

Who doesn't love a good trebuchet? Who doesn't love castles? And who doesn't love using a trebuchet to knock down a castle? That brings us to Namco's Crush the Castle, an Android game that will undoubtedly bring to mind another game about surly avian creatures.

But what we have here is a simple premise. There's a trebuchet, and there's a castle, and one of 'em is gonna leave on the ground. There's a bit of a map element to it, so you move from castle to castle. To actually do the deed, you tap the screen once, starting the boulder on its way. Tap the screen again to send the large rock flying toward the castle and the inhabitants thereof. Knock 'em all down (and bloody them in the process), and you move on. The fewer the throws, the better your score (and reward from the king).

But a warning: Gameplay is quick. Very quick. It's pretty tough, actually. I'm not sure yet if that's going to keep me from playing the game, or infuriate me into playing it more.

Balancing that is the ability to actually create your own castles. There's something you don't see every day in an Android app -- you can build your own levels. Very, very cool.

And to top it all off, Crush the Castle is available for 99 cents. More screen shots and download info after the break.

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4 years ago

Hey, new Droid 2 owners: Welcome to Android!

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Motorola Droid 2 Did you just buy a Motorola Droid 2? Are you new to Android? Welcome, and namaste. You've entered the fastest-growing smartphone platform there is, with the coolest phones, the best apps, and you're now a part of the greatest user community around.

But Android can be a little daunting, we know. But we've got your covered. Here are some links that will help you on your way:

  • Join in!: To start with, make sure you're registered on the site. Once you're registered, you'll be able to comment on blog posts, and you'll automatically be registered for the forums.
  • The forums: Speaking of the forums, they're the best and quickest way to ask a question about your new Droid 2, or to find an answer. You can find the Droid 2 forums here.
  • Must-have apps: Your next stop should be our Apps section, where you'll find the reviews on all kinds of Android apps. Games, productivity -- everything you can think of.
  • Tips and Tricks: For basic how-to information, check out our Tips & Tricks section.
  • And you've lucked out. The Droid 2 launched on a Thursday, which is also when we do our live podcast. Join us tonight at 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT as we talk about the Droid 2 and all the latest news in the Android world.

Congrats on your new phone, and welcome to Android Central!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Droid 2

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Motorola Droid 2

We're knee deep in the Motorola Droid 2, and it's time for the initial video hands-on. In a nutshell, it's a softer, more gentle version of the original Droid, with the same screen, an improved keyboard, beefed up internal specs and Android 2.2 with Motorola's new user interface. But you knew that already, right? Hands-on after the break. And more to come soon.

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4 years ago

Sprint Premier members can now reserve Epic 4G first

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Check your inboxes if you're a Sprint Premier member. You should have received an email inviting you to reserve the Epic 4G before any of those non-special Sprint customers can. 

The Samsung Epic 4G is a Galaxy S phone and will be available on August 31, for $249 with a new two-year agreement. Check out our hands-on here. Thanks Jeff.

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