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3 years ago

NDrive and Android Central giving away 20 NDrive licenses [contest]

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We all love Google's turn by turn navigation system, but many times we're looking for a solution that works off-line.  Enter NDrive -- the world navigation system that stores map data on-device, ready to work with no data or WiFi connection.  But off-line maps is only a small portion of what NDrive offers -- wait until you see the video after the jump!

The good people at NDrive have reached out and are offering full license and USA maps to 20 lucky Android Central forum members (a $500 total value).  To enter, see the rules and official contest thread in the forums HERE, and after the break is that video overview of NDrive that we promised, check it out!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Kids Finger Paint

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3 years ago

Android devices to surge past 55 million, Digitimes says

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The growth of Android has been remarkable; a few weeks ago, we reported on Android's staggering Q2 numbers year-on-year.

Now, a report from DigiTimes suggests that the total number of Android shipments worldwide will surpass 55 million, which would be a 561% growth from last year.

Android's share of the worldwide smartphone market has risen from less than 5% in 2009 to 13.8% in the first half of 2010 and is projected to reach 24.5% in the second half to become the second most popular smartphone platform, according to Lin.

DigiTimes also provided some interesting statistics on worldwide smartphone growth. The total number of Android devices shipped this year is predicted to top 280 million, which is a 57% growth rate from 2009.

Smartphones are only going to become more prevalent and continue their rapid growth rate. Android should see that growth continue too as manufacturers devote more resources to the OS. [DigiTimes

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3 years ago

Motorola Charm is now charming Telus [video]

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In early July, we were promised that the Motorola Charm would be released in the U.S.sometime this summer -- exclusively on T-Mobile. We've also seen it listed by Best Buy for $250. Last time we checked the calendar, summer only has a few weeks left here in the states. Where is our Charm T-Mobile? 

Well, it looks like our Canadian neighbors beat us to it. The Motorola Charm is now available today for Telus customers. If you don't mind the old-school Motoblur and want to give the new "Backtrack" rear touchpad a feel, swing by your local Telus store and pick one up today. If you're scooping one up, let us know in the comments. Hit the break to see the hands on video. [MobileSyrup]

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3 years ago

Adobe's full Google TV demonstration

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For those of you dying to watch the full thing, here's Adobe's entire Google TV demonstration from the Adobe Flash Summit. We get to experience Flash on a number of websites, and for a dev unit, it's all pretty functional. Check it out after the break.

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3 years ago

From the Forums: Unofficial Cyanogenmod 6 for the Evo nightly changelog

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Forum  user JCrater11 and others have been keeping up a nightly changelog for Cyanogenmod 6 for the Sprint HTC Evo 4G. Last month we told you it was coming, and since then development has taken off. For those of you who don't know, Cyanogenmod is built from and Android 2.2 Froyo source and doesn't include anything that is closed-source. If you don't have an Evo, you can check to see if your phone is supported by Cyanogen at the developer website. If you are rocking the Evo, though, head on over to the forum thread and check out what's new in the nightlies (and if you notice something that isn't there, feel free to pitch in). [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Yet another Android appearance on television

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Well, well, well, what have we here? If you guessed an HTC Hero, you are correct! This week the venerable old device came out for a guest appearance on TNT's series "Leverage." Lately it seems to be quite a growing trend, more and more Android devices appearing on television, now it's time to spot some celebrities using an Android device! If you happen to get lucky and spot any more Android appearances, be sure to let us know all about it! Thanks, Sword_Chucks!

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3 years ago

Why parents will love Google TV

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I'll admit it. On occasion, I park my kid in front of the TV. And once I have Google TV, I'll likely do it even more. Because here's the thing: Google TV's Chrome browser renders full Flash websites with ease. And that means my daughter can play her favorite PBS Kids games on a big screen and not be relegated to the netbook. I'm a giving parent like that.

Check out Curious George after the break. And stay tuned for the entire Google TV demonstration from the Adobe Flash Summit.

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3 years ago

Droid 1 back up for sale; Droid Incredible back in stock

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Looks like Verizon still had a bunch of original Droids in stock, as the phone has once again show its face on the carrier's website with a nice discount to $150. Since the Nexus One has passed, the Motorola Droid is now the only phone you can get (in the U.S. at least) with stock Android goodness. 

Also, the saga of the Droid Incredible being on backorder have pretty much ended. The DInc is now back in stock with only a day's wait before shipping. If the PhilBlur-ified Droid X or Droid 2 don't float your boat, you have two other great options waiting for you past the link. [Verizon Wireless]

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3 years ago

Android App Review: G4 TV

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G4 has changed a bit since its birth in the TechTV days, but its new app is absolutely packed with features and awesomeness. Videogame fans have long had to deal with the mobile versions of popular gaming websites, such as Gamespot or G4's own version. These were often clunky and slow even on the latest phone. Navigation was a nightmare and often video was left out entirely. Join me past the break to discover how G4 has shown the gaming press how its done. 

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