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4 years ago

Google updates Nexus One for Wind Mobile compatability

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The Nexus One finally became official in Canada, where it first started on Rogers, then followed by Bell and Telus, and now Wind Mobile has been added to the list of official carriers. While many users have already been using their Nexus One's on Wind Mobile, it is always good to see the name officially on the list. So yet another carrier to become official on the Nexus One before Verizon and Sprint, what gives? [via Mobile Syrup]

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4 years ago

Google Earth returns for the Droid with 2.1 (and we put it up against the Nexus One)

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Google Earth Motorola Droid

In case you hadn't noticed yet, Google Earth is once again available on the Motorola Droid with Android 2.1. (It was missing for some people after the update, and there for others. Why? We dunno.) Anyhoo, we decided to have a little fun with it and put it side by side against the Google Nexus One (also running Android 2.1, natch) to see which phone better ran the hefty app -- it still weighs in at a rather massive 22 megabytes installed. Check it out after the break.

Update: D'oh! Didn't have WiFi turned on with both devices in the first video. So, there's new video after the break. (Also, no, the Droid's not overclocked. It's the stock 550Mhz.)

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4 years ago

Google now gives search suggestions for mobile

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Google Search Mobile

Mobile searching just got better. Google recently announced Universal Search Suggestions in mobile searches. While you're typing the search, suggestions are shown with a snippet of information on the topic. Want to know the weather? As you type, the request the information is shown as a suggestion. This also works with the Quick Search Box widget in Android so you can get that fast access to information without leaving your home screens.

Google just keeps making mobile searches better, with more features than anyone else in the game. Location-based searches, starred search results, and mobile-optimized results all make our beloved Android that much better, eh? [Google]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Android Yellow Pages

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Remember those days when you always needed a phone book to look up a number? First you had to find the phone book, then find the number, hope that number was the right number and so on. The developers for Android Yellow Pages remember that well, so they reinvented the phone book for us. 

This simple to use App, goes right off the your GPS to help you find the searched location. There's also the option of doing a voice search. Free [Market link]

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4 years ago

Yes, it's a render of the HTC Incredible ... and it's only a render

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HTC Incredible render

Here's the thing about this render that purportedly is of the HTC Incredible: It's probably pretty close. The shape and lines are pretty much what we've seen leaked out any number of ways. (Like this, or this, or this, or this.) But it's just a render, we don't when it was, erm, rendered (or by whom), and it's missing the ring around the trackpad that actually lets you click on things. So take it for what it is, but don't get overly excited about it. [Wikipedia via Android and Me]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Motorola Cliq software update now official (but still isn't Android 2.1)

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Motorola Cliq

Remember that update for the Motorola Cliq that was being tested a week or so ago? It's now available for all to download. No, it's not an update to Android 2.1 or anything, but there are a slew of improvements, which we'll list after the break. In the and while you're reading, get to updating, m'kay? [Motorola] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Google removing games from Android Market in South Korea

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Google is reportedly pulling all of the Android games in the Android Market in South Korea because laws in South Korea mandate that all games, of any kind, be reviewed by the South Korea Gaming Board. To expect the South Korea Gaming Board to individually review the thousands of Android games available is a little unrealistic. The choice to remove Android games is an undesirable solution for all parties involved but it's better than having no Android Market in South Korea at all. Luckily, since Android allows you to sideload applications from third-party sources, South Korean Android users may still be able to gain access to some 4,000 games in Android Market. 

South Korea definitely needs to lighten up on its policy of reviewing every game that's available in the country. Two of their country's biggest companies, Samsung and LG, have fully endorsed Android and to inadvertently limit the features of Android damages those companies. Plus, to have no games on your phone's application store in 2010? Crazy talk! [via unwiredview]

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4 years ago

Did the FCC just out the myTouch Slide?

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myTouch Slide at FCC

Hey, kids. You know that myTouch Slide that's all the rumor rage these days? There's a good chance that it just showed up at the FCC, sporting T-Mobile's radio bands. It's a little odd that we actually get a pic of it at this point in the game, but we're not going to be picky about that. When and for how much are still anybody's guess. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Foursquare checking to see if you're cheating on your check-ins

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Sitting at home, and checking in on Foursquare as though you are somewhere else, just to claim mayorship, or to steal it from someone else? More people have been doing this than you think. So, the team at Foursquare has added a GPS fix that will not allow you to receive points, or steal mayorships if you are not actually at the location you claim to be at. While they have stated they are never going to take away the ability to check in virtually anywhere at any time, they do want to prevent people from wrongfully claiming and stealing mayorships, and earning points for checking into locations when they are sitting at home all comfy cosy. [via foursquare blog]

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4 years ago

Review: Nexus One car dock

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Nexus One car dock

The Nexus One car dock has arrived, and we've mounted it in our venerable Honda Accord for a quick spin around the block, and for a few photos in the garage. (More on that in a bit.) Join us after the break as we see what all the hubbub's about, and whether the Nexus One car dock is worth the $55 you'll have to shell out for it.

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4 years ago

Want more Verizon HTC Incredible specs?

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HTC Incredible Specs

Need more specs from the Verizon HTC Incredible after that teaser from the manual? We've got you covered. Nothing hugely different from what we saw before -- the processor is a Qualcomm 8650 Snapdragon at 1GHz, there's 8GB of storage space on board, the ROM's listed a little different, but WiFi 802.11n speed's still there. Anyhoo, another morsel to whet your appetite. Thanks, tipster!

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4 years ago

iPhone 4.0? No worries here

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iPhone 4.0

We've spent a good part of the afternoon covering the announcement of the iPhone 4.0 software with our pals at TiPB, and we're feeling pretty good about the Android platform, still. No killer features were announced, just a handful of what we're calling feature completions.

  • Multitasking, though more like what's coming in Windows Phone 7 with saved app states and what-not.
  • Folders with "intelligent naming" -- welcome to Windows Mobile 5, everybody.
  • Enhanced mail with a unified inbox, multiple Exchange accounts and threaded messages. Well, two out of three ain't bad. I can live without a unified inbox, though certainly we'd enjoy better Exchange support around these parts.
  • iBooks. Eh, OK. we need a Kindle app on Android.
  • Better enterprise support: Again, something we'd like to see improved in the next version of Android. But that's something that every OS has to work on as time goes on.
  • Game center social network: Hey, we have PS3 and Xbox 360 tie-ins. Not great, but still.
  • iAd mobile advertising: OK, this is kinda the biggie and goes back to Google beating out Apple for AdMob. They're making it uber-easy to develop in-app ads (they're HTML5), and Google's AdMob deal is still tied up in D.C. Look for Apple to trumpet this one for a while (i.e. take shots at Google).

So all in all, any Android killers in the mix? Not from the looks of it.

Are you happy with the iPhone 4.0 announcement?surveys

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4 years ago

Android 2.1 ROM for the Sprint Samsung Moment now unofficially available

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Sprint Samsung Moment

If you've been waiting for what seems like forever for an update to be released for the Samsung Moment, your time has come. We've already shown you Android 2.1 on the Moment (our poor example above is still waiting, as you can see), and now a leaked ROM is available. Looks like it's going to take a little work to get it on there, but if you've been waiting this long ... [SDX-Developers via Android Police] Thanks, Artem!

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4 years ago

Verizon HTC Incredible manual leaks out; looks like the HTC Desire

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HTC Incredible on Verizon

The HTC Incredible's manual has made it into the hands of Phandroid, and there's not much surprising inside. It appears to be, for all intents and purposes, pretty much the same as the HTC Desire we saw at Mobile World Congress in February. The design has changed, slightly -- Verizon's known for going a bit more blocky than what HTC originally produces -- but otherwise you pretty much have the same phone. Here are the major specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon at 1 GHz.
  • OS: Android 2.1.
  • Memory: 576MB RAM/512MB ROM
  • Screen: 3.7-inch AMOLED at 480x800.
  • Radios: 1xRTT, EVDO Rev. A.
  • Dimensions: 4.63x2.30x0.47 inches.
  • Weight: 4.6 ounces with battery.
  • Camera: 8MP with autofocus and flash.
  • Battery: 1300 mAh (talk time rated at 313 minutes, 146 hours' standby)
  • aGPS
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Light sensor
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

There's also HTC Sense, of course (see our video walkthough and full review of Sense), and this marks the first U.S. release of the new version of HTC's custom UI. One thing of which there is no mention in the manual (we read all 200 pages) is a mobile hotspot. Maybe it's just not listed, but we're not holding our breath on that one. [Phandroid]

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4 years ago

More evidence that the HTC Incredible is coming April 29

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HTC Incredible at Best Buy

Looks like that rumored April 29 launch date (and possible April 25 announcement) for the HTC Incredible on Verizon is firming up quite nicely. Phone Arena scored this internal sheet from Best Buy Mobile, which clearly shows it launching three weeks from today. Now we just have to track down exactly what the darn thing's made up of. [Phone Arena]

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