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3 years ago

Archos 7 Home Tablet available for pre-order in the U.S., semi-cheap

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As reported before, the Android-powered Archos 7 Home Tablet isn't the most powerful device in its category, however, it's shaping up as a great value for what it can offer.  I suppose Dell, HTC and Google are talking about the devices you want but Archos isn't like them, oh no, they are allowing you to pre-order this tablet for the budget friendly price of $199.99 over at Amazon.  I wouldn't get upset over the reported spec of 13-plus-pounds, the last time I checked this guy was sitting pretty at under a pound.  If you're itching for some 720p HD playback in a sweet Android package, this guy is a fair steal. [Amazon via Pocketables.net]

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3 years ago

European Hero Eclair update scheduled for ... June?

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Don't kill the messenger.  The Unwired reports that during a Google event in Europe today, HTC announced that the Android 2.1/Eclair update for European Hero will be released "later this summer".  Supposedly starting sometime in June, Hero owners will receive a preparatory update, followed shortly by the full on 2.1 update.  Details are a bit sketchy, but one thing is certain -- the long awaited Eclair update is still scheduled to be released.  But is it too late?

I'll agree the shift from 1.5 to 2.1 is a big one indeed, and it's possible that the speed at which Android is evolving might have left the Hero and other G2 class devices in the dust.  Let's just hope that when it finally comes, it was worth waiting for.  No word from Sprint or any of
the other CDMA carriers if this will affect their proposed update window, but I'm guessing the news won't be good.  [via The Unwired]

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3 years ago

Sprint giving away ten Evo 4Gs

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Hey, all you Sprint Premiere customers out there: Your favorite carrier's looking to give away 10 -- count 'em, 10! -- Evo 4G phones, four tips to either Maui, Chicago, Las Vegas or Houston (coincidentally, four cities with 4G), and $4,000 in cash. And it's all in the name of launching the biggest Android phone yet, as well as the first one sporting WiMax. You have to already be a premiere customer, so common folk need not apply, apparently. Be sure to check out all the official rules and what-not. [Sprint] Thanks, everyone, for sending this in.

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3 years ago

Have a T-Mobile Nexus One? You're on your own for further 3G fixes

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Good news, for those of you with the T-Mobile version of the Google Nexus One: Google's found the problem with spotty 3G coverage. And the problem is ... you. In an update this week in the Google help forums, Googler Ry Guy drops a bit of a bombshell (and dispels a recent rumor about an over-the-air update that might or might not be on the way):

Hey guys,

I've seen some recent speculation on this thread about an OTA to improve 3G connectivity and I want to give you an update on the situation.

While we are continuing to monitor user feedback regarding the 3G performance on the Nexus One, we are no longer investigating further engineering improvements at this time.

If you are still experiencing 3G issues, we recommend that you try changing your location or even the orientation of your phone, as this may help in areas with weaker coverage.

-Ry Guy

So, it looks like it's not something that could be fixed by another software update. If anybody has some creative tinfoil-antenna fixes, be sure to let us know. [Google] Thanks, everybody, for sending this in.

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3 years ago

Droid owners, have you lost your messages?

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Open your text messages application on your Droid, and notice it's, well, empty? Apparently a new known issue that has been plaguing a group of Droids is this rather random deletion of your SMS and MMS messages from your device. This means that all of those lovey dovey texts you sent your significant other, all the pictures of your friends drinking at the bar while your working, or the video of the guy walking into the street sign are now gone, vanished into thin air. Unfortunately there is no simple way to just back these up so they are able to be restored, unless your all fancy and keep current nandroid backups of your device (if you happen to know what that is), or if you, say, used Google Voice. Well, in all seriousness, if you have seen this issue, or happen to know any magic fixes, please, share your experience with us in the forums. [code.google.com via Consumerist]

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3 years ago

HTC Legend gets an update to fix apps missing from Android Market

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It's been a not-so-secret bug that not all apps in the Android Market have been available on all handsets. And it's been particularly egregious on the HTC Legend, with such apps as Google Goggles, Barcode Scanner and Twidroid not appearing. Turns out it's had something to do with apps that can access the phone's camera, and HTC has issued a firmware update. We've seen similar issues with the Droid Incredible and our AT&T version of the Nexus One. Hopefully fixes will arrive sooner rather than later. [HTC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

More info on the Dell Aero pops up

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The Dell Aero, the sort-of good-looking Dell Android phone headed to AT&T, just got some new information that's just not worth getting excited about. The Aero is said to use a middling 624 MHz Marvell processor, a 3.5-inch capacitive screen, and a capacitive stylus for handwriting recognition. If you remember, the software is all sorts of crazy and the leak suggests that there'll be a media player that will use Windows Media DRM to protect downloaded music (dont ask us why). But it's not all bad, QuickOffice, ActiveSync, on-device photo editing, and social networks come stock on the Aero too. However, it's expected to run Android 1.5 with 2.1 as a promised update later this year, and we all know how that story goes.

Compared to the other Dell phones leaked yesterday, the Aero is just, un-exciting. At least it's going where Android phones go to die AT&T. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Android on the iPhone? Finally, a compelling OS on an Apple device

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Dayum! Kinda surprised this hasn't happened before now, but there you go. Android on a first-generation iPhone. What you see here isn't quite something you'd want to use every day (though it's further along than we thought it might be). And you know how these ports go: Once the water starts flowing over the damn, there's very little that can stop it. We're gonna watch this one like a hawk. [linuxoniphone.blogspot.comThanks to everyone who sent this in.

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3 years ago

Dell Looking Glass Android tablet -- with Tegra 2 love!

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Today will be remembered as the day of the Dell in Android history.  If the Windows Phone 7 series Lightning, and the Android Thunder, Flash and Smoke weren't enough, Dell rolls out the heavy artillery with the Looking Glass -- an Android tablet that's clearly the big brother to the Streak 5.

Specs you ask?  Well, according to Engadget: Android 2.1, optional TV tuner module with ATSC or DVB-T modes, 800x480 display, 4 GB ROM, 4GB RAM, 32 GB SDHC slot, 1.3 megapixel camera, and the Tegra 2 processor.  Suh-weeet!

Of course no word on carrier, but the renders show the AT&T U-verse browser, so it looks like this will hit the U.S. for sure in some flavor.  Welcome to the party, Dell. [Engadget ]
 

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3 years ago

Dell Smoke smolders in an non-traditional Android form factor

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And as if on cue, here comes the next phone from the major Dell leak currently under way. The Smoke brings a front-facing QWERTY keyboard to Android -- something a number of us have been clamoring for for quite some time now. But that comes along with a 2.8-inch QVGA display. Trade-offs, ya' know. There's also a 5MP camera, Qualcomm MSM7230 processor at 800MHz, Flash 10.1 support and 512MB of ROM/256MB of RAM. That's all packed into a 10.5mm-thick body with 1170mAh battery. This guy wet your whistle any? [Engadget]

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