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3 years ago

Froyo Feature: Screen brightness widget

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The power widget you see here isn't really new in Android 2.2, but it's been tweaked for Froyo. The screen brightness selector now includes an auto brightness setting (using the ambient light sensor) in addition to the three static settings (low, medium and high). It's a nice little addition for those of us who prefer to let the phone determine the screen brightness.

(Thanks, Philip! Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)

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3 years ago

The rumors are true: Qik video chat will cost extra on the Evo 4G

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Time to get the pitchforks out, people. We slept on it in hopes it was all a nightmare, but the ugly rumor that began yesterday (first by Android Guys and later confirmed by Engadget) is true: Video chat on Qik on the Evo 4G is going to cost an extra $4.99 a month, payable by Paypal.

It's more than a little suspect that this wasn't mentioned -- ever -- during Sprint's Evo 4G launch party in New York, nor did any of the Qik folks there drop the bomb, and here we are just a week from launch. The good news is that there's already one free alternative in Fring, and Skype may be bringing video chat as well in the form of a "consumer app" (outside the bounds of its exclusivity with Verizon) later this year. [Android Guys, Engadget]

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3 years ago

Samsung Behold II gets updated to Donut (Android 1.6), but the sweets stop there

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The Samsung Behold II is finally getting updated from cupcake (Android 1.5), but it's not exactly what you'd expect.  It's a big drawn out mess of pulled youtube videos, supposed broken promises, random forum posts, and even threat of some sort of legal action. Thankfully the good folks over at Phone Scoop reached out for the official word from Samsung and Kim Titus, the Director of PR for Samsung Telecommunications America, let them know that the Behold II will indeed be updated, but only to Donut (Android 1.6).

According to Samsung, the Behold II is not upgradable beyond Android 1.6.  To sweeten the blow a little bit, Samsung says they will also offer the Swype keyboard, an improved media player, improved bluetooth capabilities, and the Android core apps (the apps like Gmail, Maps, or Talk) would be getting an upgrade.  We don't like it any more than you do, but this is how legacies are built.  [Phone Scoop]

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3 years ago

Hands-on with Fring video calling on the Sprint HTC Evo 4G

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It's a brave new world with the addition of video chat on the Sprint HTC Evo 4G. And what better way to break in Fring's new free video calling service than with one of our deepest darkest competitors dear friends in this Android world. In the video above, we chat it up with Taylor from Android and Me -- both of us on the Evo 4G. It wasn't the smoothest connection in the world -- though I was on WiFi and Taylor's in a 4G town -- but it's video calling, and we're glad to see it.

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3 years ago

Facebook releases SDK for Android

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Have you ever wanted to share your new Doodle Jump high score with all your friends only to realize that the game lacked the ability to publish your score to Facebook? The Official Facebook SDK for Android developers was released today, allowing communication between native Android apps and the Facebook social network. One feature that the Android edition of the SDK has that the iPhones version lacks is the Graph API that was displayed at Facebook’s f8 developer’s conference last month. The Android SDK also includes the latest installment of OAuth authentication, version 2.0, which enables the user to publish stories to Facebook via Feed forms.

With more than 100 million people accessing Facebook on their mobile phones every month, this SDK will give Android developers even more room to develop and explore. When it comes down to it, it’s the developers that define where an SDK goes and what it’s ultimately capable of and with Android being one of the fastest growing mobile platforms, it's apparent that there's nowhere but up. [Facebook]

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3 years ago

Sling Player, Android, Evo 4G - 'nuff said

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Not sure which one of these we wan to see released more -- the Evo 4G, or Sling Player. Regardless, here they are together. That's right, Sling Player on the Evo 4G. It's still in private beta and said to be "coming soon," so you'll have to make do with this teaser for now. Go ahead and watch it again. It'll last longer. Thanks, George!

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3 years ago

Google Buzz now available for more Android phones

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Back in February when Google released Buzz for mobile, only folks with Android 2.0 or higher and the iPhone could use it.  Today the Google Mobile Blog announced that the Buzz website has been re-written, and now any mobile browser that can read and render XHTML.  Open your browser and surf to buzz.google.com and sign in with your Google account.  Not sure if this is enough to make Buzz more popular, but it certainly can't hurt.  To check it out, I was forced to fire up the browser on my venerable Blackberry 8830 WE.  As you can see above, it's not too shabby -- but like everything else, looks much better on the Android browser.  Nice work Google [Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

Evo 4G's front-facing camera shoots images in reverse

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Notice anything unusual in this picture? (Besides the obvious, of course -- I didn't do a thing with my hair today.) That's right, the front-facing 1.3MP camera on the Sprint HTC Evo 4G records things backward, at the moment. (Our pal Andrew from Androinica broke the news in a much cooler test.)

As to if and when it'll be fixed, we caught up with HTC, which told us the following: "We are looking into whether this is strictly a software issue, if, and how soon it can be corrected." Let's hope it's sooner rather than later. I'm not getting any prettier up there.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile is making the myTouch 3G Slide the center of its universe

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To no one's surprise, T-Mobile is positioning the myTouch 3G Slide as its next big device launch. In fact, from these leaked slides, it looks like their building an entire summer campaign around the myTouch brand. We've been decently impressed with what we've seen in the myTouch 3G Slide and think it vibes with all those current and former Sidekick, T-Mobile G1, and myTouch 3G users. Given that most people who bought the G1 are due for an upgrade, the myTouch 3G Slide's release can't come at a more perfect time.

Some cool details in the leaked slides show that there'll be A LOT of advertising for the myTouch 3G Slide (like for the original myTouch) and a big push on accessories (which we're sure you'll be able to find here). What's interesting is that though the launch date is June 2, myTouch 3G Slides won't be demoed in store until June 7 and the ad campaign doesn't start til June 16. June 17 is marked mysteriously and interestingly as: "STAY TUNED - THIS WILL BE BIG". What could that mean? [via engadget]

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3 years ago

Fring nearly as excited about the Evo 4G as you, launches video calling

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The folks at Fring are screaming from the rooftops today about their latest update, which brings video calling to the popular VOIP-chat (and now video) service. Using the new Evo 4G (you might have seen us write about it a little lately) and its front-facing camera, you can call your friends, and each have video of the other. Of course, if your friends are anything like ours, you might just want to stick to voice. Full presser after the break.

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