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3 years ago

Google revamps mobile image search for Android, makes it look nearly native

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Google just made a fairly major tweak to its mobile image search. As you can see above, a web-based image search now looks and feels almost like it's being done natively, on your Android phone. Thumbnails have been optimized for speed, you can flick your way through photos and the black background makes you forget you're in a web browser. OK, so you You don't get the zooming effects like you will in an on-device gallery, but it greatly cleans up the mobile interface. And it's pretty darn cool, if you ask us. Go ahead and give it a shot. [Google]

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3 years ago

Commtiva Blaze passes the FCC, is headed for Cincinnati Bell

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Everyone seems to be getting into the Android spirit.  We learned today that the Commtiva Blaze passed through the FCC, and is headed for Cincinnati Bell.  No word on processor or memory specs quite yet, but what we do know points to the Blaze being another solid entry level phone.  Quadband GSM and dual band 1700/2100 HSDPA (which means it would also make a great pre-paid T-Mobile handset), Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, WiFi 802.11 b/g, 5 MP camera with LED flash and autofocus, GPS and aGPS, and a 1230mAh battery all wrapped up in what looks to be a slightly customized version of Android 1.6.

While it may not be a screamer, it's always nice to see new handsets -- especially when the smaller carriers are beginning to get into the game. [via CellPhone Signal]

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3 years ago

Win Phil's (and Dieter's, too!) Nexus Ones: Fifth batch of entries [contest]

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I keep thinking entries will wind down as we reach the end of this contest, but you guys keep sending in more and more epic videos. The latest batch (and it's not the last batch) comprises robots, electrocution, the Black Crowes, free credit reports and an old myTouch 3G that's no longer loved. Check 'em out after the break. And remember that you have until 12:01 a.m. Saturday to get me your entry. Good luck!

(And for those who keep asking, we're going to compile all of the videos onto a single page and rig up some voting, early next week sometime. Stay tuned.)

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3 years ago

Motorola Backflip now available on Telus

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If you're in Canada and have a hankering for some twisted, flippy Android keyboard action, know that the Motorola Backflip is now available on Telus. It runs a very respectable $399 off-contract and goes as low as $249 with the Canadian-standard three-year deal. [Telus] Thanks, Jon!

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3 years ago

A look at Verizon's silcone case accessory for the HTC Droid Incredible

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Android Central Forum member alear got himself a look at Verizon's silicone case for the HTC Droid Incredible. Looks like all the essential parts are there. But what do you guys think about the texture and design? And what accessories are you most looking forward to for the Incredible? Let's hear it in the comments, and check out a couple more pics in alear's forum thread.

 

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3 years ago

HTC Desire root process is released!

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Paul from MoDaCo promised root for the HTC Desire, and today, he delivered. Root for the HTC Legend is close, too, he says, and it likely won't take too terribly long to get inside the Verizon Droid Incredible (we hope). Well played, Paul. [MoDaCo]

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3 years ago

Google introduces Place Pages for mobile

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Google is making its mobile search even better by introducing Place Pages for Mobile. Place Pages for Mobile allows Android (and iPhone) users to find details of restaurants, businesses, etc. in one simple page. You can get basic info like store hours, pictures, and phone numbers along with the more in-depth details like user reviews, ratings, and tips from different online sources (citysearch, zagat, etc). We tried it out and it's pretty darn nifty. Since it's optimized for mobile phones, all information is displayed in an easy-to-read format.

You can try out Place Pages by going to google.com on your Android browser and searching for a restaurant or business. If you click on the local listing results, it'll take you to its Place Page. How do you guys like it? Think you'll use it?

Hit the jump to see a video of Place Pages in action!

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3 years ago

And the winners of the HTC Incredibles are ...

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Let's just cut to the chase, shall we? We offered up a pair of Verizon HTC Droid Incredibles, and you guys delivered, submitting nearly 4,000 entries. But there can be only two winners. And they are:

  • Brettbrett: He can now get rid of his sorry LG dumb phone and buy his roommate a beer.
  • Gideion: So long as he promises not to swallow the thing. (Read his post.)

Congrats, gentlemen. And thanks, everyone, for entering. For sure this won't be our last giveaway, so stay tuned.

Update: Nearly forgot about Bluetooth headsets for the runners-up. Forum members okthirteen and Iananan just won themselves a Jawbone ICON. Congrats!

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3 years ago

LG launching three Android phones, but none for the U.S.

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LG is slated to release three new Android phones in the near future but sadly, none of them are currently coming to the US. The first two, the LU2300 and the SU950/KU9500, are very interesting. The LU2300 (pictured above) is the device we once guessed was the awesome Aloha in the US. It packs the increasingly common 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a physical QWERTY-keyboard, 3.5-inch AMOLED 800x480 screen, and a 5-megapixel camera. The SU2300 is said to share the same internals sans the physical keyboard. Those are top notch specs and we can't help but be jealous of South Korean Android users who will receive both devices in June (we're also jealous of their commercials!).

The UK is also getting some love in the form of the LG Optimus, formerly known as the LG GT540. We saw this device back in CES and felt it was a good mid-range device. Specs are unclear but don't expect much, the LG Optimus is available starting May 1st in the UK.

See more pictures of the LG Android devices after the jump! [via unwired view

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3 years ago

HTC to pay royalties to Microsoft after being told Android steps on its patents

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Microsoft issued a news release late late night, announcing it signed a patent agreement with HTC over its entire line of smartphones running the Android operating system.

Specific terms of the deal, including how many patents or what they cover, were not immediately released. Microsoft's statement did say the agreement "provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for HTC 's mobile phones running the Android mobile platform."

“HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today’s agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property,” Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft, said in the official statement. “We are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC.”

The announcement comes as HTC is facing a lawsuit from Apple Inc., which alleges that HTC infringes on a number of its patents with many of its Android phones, and a few Windows Mobile devices, too. It is unknown for which patents HTC is paying royalties to Microsoft, and whether they overlap any of Apple's claims.

CNET's Ina Fried reports that the disputed patents range from the user interface to the operating system itself, and that this is the first time Microsoft has publicly said that HTC was violating patents. Microsoft for years has alleged that Linux infringes on a number of its patents and has sought licensing deals with manufacturers who use the open-source OS, which also is the framework for Android. This, however, is Microsoft's first licensing deal with the mobile OS.

Full text of Microsoft's press release after the break. [Ed. note: Cross-posted at WMExperts.com]

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