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2 years ago

HTC Widgets, Using the Photon overseas [From the Forums]

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New tablets, Intel and Google working closely,  and finally -- our Motorola Droid Bionic review. Needless to say, a bust day here on the Android Central blogs but there is plenty happening in the forums as well. Check out some of the threads below, or start your own today:

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2 years ago

Firefox for Android tablets nightlies now available for download

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Back a few weeks we told you about Mozilla's new Android tablet build of Firefox, and we're happy to report that nightly builds are now available for download.  Be warned -- when Mozilla says nightlies, they mean it.  These are going to be far from finished and lack a lot of polish, but it's the perfect way to share current builds, and Mozilla's open-development system allows us all to contribute to finishing things up.  My early tests are pretty positive.  Things are a little slow, but the latest build renders everything beautifully across the full set of SPE sites (and we use some serious code on our desktop versions).  I'll have no problem using this as my main browser while on my tablet, and will be running the nightlies to see how they progress.

If you're wanting to get in on the testing (and the more the merrier) hit the source link and install as you would any other Android app.  What Mozilla needs the most right now is feedback on the UI and operation, and if you fancy yourself a developer, they have a bug list ready for some attention. 

Source: lucasr.org; via AndroidGuys

Download the latest nightly build here

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Uber50 Deluxe

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In a surprising and unexpected turn of events, rapper 50 Cent has unleashed his rapper-inspired UberSocial theme on the Android platform, creatively naming it Uber50. (You know, UberSocial, 50 Cent. You get the idea.)

Called the "illest theme yet" by those who designed it, downloading the Uber50 theme gets you a nice, gritty, dark theme with red and white contrast. The Uber50 theme also has "custom icons and colors straight from 50's brain," but I haven't seen anything terribly mind-blowing. Yeah, there's black and red and white. Kinda reminds me of some old Jnco shorts I had in middle school.

For those who need to know everything G-unit, 50's got you covered. See that cursive G on the right side of the menu up top? That's your quick, super speedy access to everything G-unit. Well, your super speedy access to everyone on G-unit's Twitter. But if you were such big fans, you'd be following them anyway, right?

For those who invest in the deluxe edition (like yours truly), you'll also be rewarded by extra 50 Cent wallpapers and access to music videos. Those are the two icons to the left of the G. S'pretty cool to toss in, but then again, you're paying for them, so that only seems fair.

Lastly, I've got to talk about actually updating your status. In case you want everyone to know you're using Uber50, that's what'll actually show up as your client. The bigger thing to mention is the sound effect when you actually post.

It's a gunshot. You hear the cocking of the gun, then a boom. I don't know if it's supposed to be like, "Boom, my post is like a gunshot" or "I'm 50 Cent and got shot, so here's gunshot sounds." Either way, there's a nifty disclaimer on the app description about how you need to be responsible about it because you'll be held responsible for people's reactions.

Not much more to say besides that. If you're a fan of 50 Cent and would love for him to feel like he's a part of your every tweet, Uber50 is the theme for you. As I mentioned earlier, there's a free version and a deluxe version that costs $1.99.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Git Media announces two 10-inch Honeycomb tablets; the Surge (Tegra 2) and the Pro (Exynos)

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Git Media may not be a name we think of when it comes to Android tablets, but they are trying to change that in a big way with their announcement of two new Honeycomb tablets -- the Git Surge, and the Git Pro.  The two devices both share the same price ($479.99) and specs, save the processor.  The Git Surge will pack the Tegra 2 like the current crop of Honeycomb tablets, while the Git Pro will have a 1GHz Samsung Exynos processor powering it.  The rest of the specs are equally impressive:

  • 10.1-inch 16:9 touchscreen (1280X768)
  • Android OS 3.0 (Honeycomb)
  • 250GB internal HDD
  • 1GB RAM
  • 2MP front-facing camera;  5MP rear camera
  • Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth, optional 3G
  • Built-In Speakers and Microphone
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • USB Port, Micro SD, and Mini USB Port

Did that 250GB internal disk drive catch your eye?  Ours, too.  We also inquired with the folks at Git Media, and both tablets will support the Android Market and Google applications.  The specifications on both these units are pretty darn impressive, and the price is right in line with the rest of the tablet market.  Currently the software is a couple minor versions behind, but with Honeycomb's closed nature and the mystery of exactly how Google is sharing it we can overlook that -- for now.  If the folks at Git Media have a commitment to keeping these up to date, we could be looking at the best Android tablets so far.  For more information hit the source link and check them out.

Source: Git Media

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2 years ago

Otterbox Defender case for the Droid Bionic

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Read our Droid Bionic review

 

We picked up the Otterbox Defender case for the Motorola Droid Bionic recently, and let's give it the what-for. If you've never tried an Otterbox case, think of it as one of those nuclear waste disposal containers, only for smartphones. OK, maybe not quite that impenetrable, but you'll be hard-pressed to find anything that protects your phone better.

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2 years ago

Future versions of Android will be optimized for Intel starting next year

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Google's Andy Rubin was on hand today at Intel’s Developer Forum to announce some interesting news regarding the future of Android and the hardware which it will run on. As such, Intel Corporation and Google Inc. have now confirmed they will be continuing their efforts together to have Android running on Intel chips -- more specifically, Intel's low-powered Atom processor line.

"Combining Android with Intel's low power smartphone roadmap opens up more opportunity for innovation and choice," said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google. "This collaboration will drive the Android ecosystem forward."

To show just how serious they were about this partnership, they also showed off an Android phone and tablet powered by Intel's Atom based Medfield SoC. No definitive word on when we can expect this type of hardware in our hands but Intel's roadmap has Medfield powered phones slated for early 2012 and tablets cannot be that far behind. Full press release is past the break.

Source Intel; via: Thisismynext

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2 years ago

User guide for Sprint's Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch leaks out ahead of Friday's release

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Nothing makes the time fly like some light reading, so for those counting the minutes til this Friday’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch launch, feast your eyes on the leaked user guide, which popped up in our forums this morning. If you’re coming from a non-Android device, it’s definitely worth your time, and even if you’re just upgrading, the manual contains some nice eye candy and some handy tips. Deep breaths, everyone, less than 72 hours to go …

Source: Sprint; Thanks oversteer325!

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2 years ago

HTC Runnymede and Bliss leakage outs specs, Beats Audio support

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A slew of specifications for two upcoming Gingerbread-powered HTC phones -- the Bliss and the Runnymede -- have leaked out onto the web, along with fresh promotional shots of the latter. The spec list, which appears on This Is My Next, shows the European version of the HTC Bliss as being a 3.7-inch device with a WVGA display. Other nuts and bolts include a 1GHz Qualcomm CPU, 5MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera. So far, on par with the Desire S.

The stand-out feature for the Bliss seems to be the "charm indicator", which is said to be an attachment to the device designed to hang out of a handbag and flash when the phone needs your attention. This would certainly fit with all the rumors about the Bliss being targeted specifically at women. Unfortunately, though, there's nothing on the spec sheets about the re-tooled version of Sense that looks to be on its way to the Bliss.

The HTC Runnymede is a little more interesting. According to the leaked specs, it's confirmed as a massive 4.7-inch device, similar to HTC's Windows-powered Titan. Like that device, it's just 9.9mm thick and includes a 1.5GHz single-core Qualcomm CPU along with an 8MP rear camera capable of 720p video recording. No word yet on whether it's the same much-hyped f/2.2 lens found in the Titan, but our fingers are firmly crossed. Beats Audio is also said to be included in the Runnymede, following HTC's recent partnership with Beats by Dre, though apparently not all Runnymede SKUs will ship with Beats support.

Finally, an early promotional shot of the HTC Runnymede has emerged on Chinese site ePrice, showing the device in all its glory, with the Beats Audio logo clearly on display. Eagle-eyed readers will also note a small design change in HTC's Sense UI -- note the larger, shinier, translucent dock near the bottom.

Tempted by either of these new HTC devices? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: This Is My Next, UnwiredView

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic review

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The Motorola Droid Bionic is a hell of a phone —
but can it possibly live up to the months and months of hype?


Finally, Verizon combines LTE data with a dual-core processor in a familiar and stylish form factor. It's fast, well-built with a large screen.


What took this phone so long to get to market? It's found itself in a precarious place, with a new version of Android imminent, along with new hardware. Then there's the Pentile display and continued LTE battery suck, plus a suspect camera.



This should have been Verizon's Droid X2. Or maybe it was supposed to be the Droid X3. Regardless, it's the best LTE device available today.

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2 years ago

Sony Walkman Z-series announced -- Tegra-powered Android PMP for Japan

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Sony has officially unveiled the Walkman Z-series, a new line of personal media players running Android, powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 chips. The 4.3-inch device was on show at IFA 2011 last week, albeit without the official name or branding. The Walkman Z sports a WVGA (800x480) display, 512MB of RAM and between 16 and 64GB of internal storage depending on your chosen model.

Software-wise, you've got a skinned version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with additional software perks including DLNA connectivity and FM radio. Being a Tegra device, you'll also get 1080p playback, either through the included micro-HDMI port or over the air using DLNA.

The Walkman Z-series is due to hit Japanese retailers from December 10, with prices starting at ¥28,000 (~$360) for the 16GB model. Currently Sony is offering no additional information on wider international availability or pricing.

Source: Sony (Japanese)

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