3 years ago

Bell Canada to carry the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant


Good news for our friends in the great white north.  Bell Mobility will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant.  Bell has no new details on their landing page, so we can only assume that the specs will be the same as the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant launching this summer in the states -- which is fine with us, it's a damn monster of a phone.  You can sign up for details and news from Bell at the Vibrant landing page.  Nice to see that Canadian Android phone geeks won't have to look elsewhere to get their hands on a Galaxy and worry about unlocking and paying high tariffs to feed their addiction, and mainstream users will have a chance to see what the fuss over a high speed, big screen Android phone is all about.  [Bell Canada via gadgetOrama]

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 19


Audio-only stream below

Phil and Jerry are joined by Smartphone Experts Editor in Chief Dieter Bohn, who joined Phil at the Samsung Galaxy S event in New York City. Plus, Froyo is official on the Nexus One, the Evo 4G gets an update, and a bunch of your e-mails. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible survives brush with death (or, Bonfire of the Incredibles)


We try not to do too many smartphone destruction stories around here, but this one was too cool not to. AC Forums users tyler0630 tells the tale of his Droid Incredible, which slipped the surly bonds of his pants pocket -- and smack into the middle of a beach bonfire, left to smolder unnoticed. Of course, when the fire starting ringing a few minutes later, Tyler knew what happened or plucked his beloved Android phone from certain cremation. Let it cool down, and it booted right up on the first try and still works. You've gotta see the pictures to believe this one. Hit the following link for more. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Google CEO: Not trying to beat Apple, Nexus One served its purpose


The death of Google's phone store was a bit of a shock when was announced back in May. Well, OK. It was a shock to those of us who know and love the Nexus One. But that's a lot of what the problem was. Most normal people aren't going to buy a phone sight unseen. And the virtual lack of advertising (and what advertising there was was purely virtual in the form of Google ads) certainly didn't help matters.

We got a pretty good explanation of what led Google to decide to stop selling phones online back at Google IO, shortly after the announcement was made. And Schmidt elaborates further in an interview Telegraph.co.uk:

“The idea a year and a half ago was to do the Nexus One to try to move the phone platform hardware business forward. It clearly did. It was so successful, we didn't have to do a second one. We would view that as positive but people criticised us heavily for that. I called up the board and said: 'Ok, it worked. Congratulations - we're stopping.' We like that flexibility, we think that flexibility is characteristic of nimbleness at our scale."

OK, so while the store might not have been successful, the hardware was, meant only to spur further innovation? Maybe. Remember that the Nexus One is manufactured by HTC, which is hardly a newcomer to the space. Whether the Nexus One inspired future devices such as the Droid Incredible (HTC), Droid X (Motorola) and Galaxy S line (Samsung) remains to be seen, especially as all were announced within six months or so of each other.

Another pretty good line in the interview, and you can choose whether to believe it, came from Schmidt saying that Google's not really in some bare-knuckle boxing match with Apple in the Mobile space.

"We don't have a plan to beat Apple, that's not how we operate," Schmidt says. "We're trying to do something different than Apple and the good news is that Apple is making that very easy."

Maybe so, but try telling that to everyone else, Eric. [Telegraph.co.uk]

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3 years ago

Qualcomm releases open-source 3D Snapdragon driver


Qualcomm (the company that builds processors used in many Android phones) has released an open source 2D/3D Linux kernel driver for the OpenGL ES GPU core on the Snapdragon processor.  In non-geek language, this means that part of the code that runs the Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon is now open, and ready for Android developers to start hacking.  The user space portion hasn't been released (soon Qualcomm?) so it's not all wine and roses, but every little bit counts.  I'm certain that the Android development community will find this a valuable tool to squeeze more performance out of things, so this is great news for all of us rocking a Snapdragon powered phone -- like the Incredible, Evo, or Nexus One.

Ubergeeks and kernel hackers can find the code in this Git tree.  Let the syncing and compiling begin! [Slashdot]

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3 years ago

Author of Evo versus iPhone 4 video might lose job at Best Buy


If you’re an Android lover that frequents the internet, then chances are you’ve seen the side-splitting Evo vs iPhone 4 video that’s been circulating around the web the past couple days. It’s basically an uproarious confrontation of an Evo user trying to convince an iPhone-drone to switch over to Android, and what makes it so funny is the actual validity of the profane comments between the two.

The Android community rejoiced in laugher, while others – mostly Apple users – didn’t find it so funny. Among that group of people who couldn’t find the humor inside it was the author’s employer – Best Buy. Originally asked to resign, he refused and was put on indefinite suspension awaiting a decision by Best Buy’s human resources department. Ouch. Since we don't take things quite so seriously, let's take another look at the video -- and its successor -- after the break. Standard "NSFW-Potty mouth" applies here. [via TechCrunch]

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3 years ago

Another Froyo OTA for the Nexus One -- FRF91 this time around [Updated]


Froyo madness never ends.  It seems that a new Android 2.2 OTA update is being pushed out for both AT&T and T-Mobile Nexus Ones today.  We don't have a lot of detail yet (we haven't even taken time to load it -- wanted to get the word out ASAP), but supposedly this addresses some security concerns.  It's another very small update (900k) and if you can't wait for it to come OTA you can grab the update direct from Google HERE.  Install it just like the others, and remember you have to be using a stock recovery.

As soon as we know more, or have a link to a version for non-stock users, we'll sing out. [Handy-FAQ.de (in German), XDA Developers]

Update: Thanks to LoxDev rooted users can get in on the FRF91 fun too.  Hit HTCpedia to find links and instructions to download and flash FRF91, root for FRF91, and CyanogenMod 6 kernel and developer tools for FRF91.  Remember, standard warnings apply -- do this at your own risk.

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3 years ago

Official Yahoo Mail and Messenger app now available for Android


If you’re a Yahoo! user, you’ve probably been wondering when they would release their own official software for your Android phone. Well, folks, the time has come. Yahoo! today introduced both a Yahoo! Mail, and Yahoo! Messenger application that are now available on the market, and it won’t cost you a dime. Also, if you live inside the U.S., you can also download a free Yahoo! search widget for your desktop – just be sure you’re running Éclair or higher for that. Be sure to check after the break for further details on these new apps, as well as QR codes to download. [via Yahoo!]

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3 years ago

David Pogue not totally sold on Swype, but what about you?


New York Times columnist extraordinaire David Pogue's given the Droid X for a spin, and in turn he's spun-off a bit about the phone's keyboards. It has a multitouch keyboard by default -- I can take it or leave it. But the X also has Swype. You've seen our interview and demo with the Swype folks back at CTIA, and good many of you got in on the latest beta round (which has since closed).

As for Pogue, he's not completely convinced Swype is the second coming of on-screen keyboards, though he does write that "there's a lot of brilliance in Swype." And his gripes are completely reasonable (lack of open availability, swiping from one end of the keyboard to another for short words). And that's cool. One user's perfect keyboard is another's speed bump. (For what it's worth, I'm on board now, though it took a little while.) Give his column a read and see if you agree. [NYT]

What about you guys? Who all's come over to the Swype way of life?

Are you a Swype convert?survey software

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3 years ago

Droid X - your questions, our answers



We hear ya. You have questions about the Motorola Droid X on Verizon. And we've got answers. Our full review is coming (we promise), but in the meantime whet your appetite with some Q&A from the Android Central Forums after the break.

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