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3 years ago

"I" version of Android will combine features of Gingerbread and Honeycomb

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Live here at Mobile World Congress, we just got word from Eric Schmidt that the next version of Android will combine the feature set of Honeycomb and Gingerbread. Schmidt didn't give any details on naming (we've heard both Ice Cream and Ice Cream Sandwhich), but it'll definitely be the "I" version of Android. Looks like some of our favorite Honeycomb features will be making their way to phones. 

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3 years ago

Android Movie Studio coming to Honeycomb

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Eric Schmidt just announced that Google is currently working on a video editing app called Android Movie Studio. The video editor will be availabe for Android tablets running Honeycomb. You can expect that the big G will incorporate YouTube integration from the get-go.

More to come soon, as we are still in the Google keynote.

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3 years ago

HTC confirms Incredible S to ship with Froyo, will get 2.4 'soon after'

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HTC has confirmed via Twitter that its new Incredible S will run Android 2.2 out of the box, but will receive an update to version 2.4 shortly after launch. The Desire S and Wildfire S, however, will run 2.4 when they're released. HTC has also committed to a Honeycomb update for the Flyer in Q2.

This discrepancy is most likely down to release timing -- the Incredible S launches next month, whereas the Desire S and Wildfire S are slated for release during the second quarter of the year.

To find out more about HTC's new toys, check out our hands-on coverage of the Incredible S and Wildfire S from today's HTC Mobile World Congress event. [HTC on Twitter]

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3 years ago

150,000 apps in Android Market, tripled in 9 months

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As Eric Schmidt mentioned in his keynote address at Mobile World Congress, the Android Market now has over 150,000 applications.  The number of apps has tripled over the past nine months, and grown by a full third since last fall.  They're getting better as well -- I think we all have noticed applications of a much higher quality appearing, as well as cross platform apps and games from the bigger developers.

It's a testament to Android's extremely fast growth, and we don't expect it to slow any time soon.

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3 years ago

Honeycomb to come to HTC Flyer

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We all were a little surprised when HTC showed off the Flyer (see our hands-on here) and it wasn't running Honeycomb.  It looks like they aim to fix this situation in the second quarter with an OS update according to their official Facebook account.  We reached out to HTC for confirmation, and we were told:

"I can confirm that we are working to bring a Honeycomb update to Flyer in short order – however, I don’t have any specific information on what the timing may be."

We'll have to see if that second-quarter window pans out. But either way, it's pretty sweet that we do have word from HTC that Honeycomb will be coming to the Flyer!

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3 years ago

Cincinnati Bell now offers Galaxy S, Froyo and all

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Cincinnati Bell  now offers the Samsung Galaxy S, which is a fantastic offering from the regional carrier. If you're on Cincinnati Bell and want the Galaxy S, you can get it for $279 with a 2-year contract or $399 no-contract. 

One other interesting note is that the device is shipping with Android 2.2 (Froyo), which most of the main carriers can't claim. This remains a great option for someone looking for a solid Android device that doesn't have many carrier modifications. [Cincinnati Bell] Thanks Josh!

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3 years ago

HTC Wildfire S hands-on [MWC]

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Think back to our original HTC Wildfire review. Nice little -- very little -- mid-level Android phone, plagued by a low-resolution screen.

No more. With the announcement of the HTC Wildfire S, you basically have the same phone with its 3.2-inch screen, 600MHz processor and 512MB of ROM/RAM and slap newer software and a better screen onto it. You now have a 320x480 screen resolution -- the bare minimum for any size screen.

Otherwise, it's a nice little entry level smartphone. Check out our hands-on video and pics after the break.

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3 years ago

New Thunderbolt teaser shows the phone as 'coming soon'

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We have been hearing so many different rumors about the release date for the highly anticipated HTC Thunderbolt, the latest being February 24th.

This morning, however, Peter Chou, the CEO of HTC, said that it will be shipping this week. We're all just awaiting an official date from Verizon. 

In the meantime, a teaser ad has popped up on their YouTube channel that shows the Thunderbolt as "coming soon." What this means is anyone's guess, but expect it sooner rather than later. Check out the teaser after the break. [YouTube]

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3 years ago

HTC Flyer Android tablet first look [video]

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For anyone lamenting the fact that most of the Android tablets announced recently look alike (ahem, yours truly), HTC has brought something different to the game with the Flyer.

The form factor is familiar -- a 7-inch diagonal touchscreen -- but that's about it. First there's the aluminum unibody shell -- a single piece of metal that keeps things strong and light, about the same as a paperback book.

The HTC Sense user interface has been ramped up even more and looks beautiful an extremely fluid, thanks to a 1.5 GHz processor. It has 3D-like effects and really sucks you into the device. Movies played with ease, and the UI animations were as good as we've ever seen from HTC.

It's not running Honeycomb, and that's interesting. All of the Honeycomb tablets we've seen thus far are running what appears to be a stock UI. The Flyer with Sense, of course, is all HTC. Will it get a Honeycomb version at some point? Just have to see.

The Scribe pen stylus wasn't quite as gimmicky as we might have first though. It feels just a bit odd to be talking about a stylus in 2011, but HTC's obviously put a lot of thought into it.

Check out our first look video and pics after the break.

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3 years ago

Zuckerberg: There is no Facebook phone

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Faebook's Mark Zuckerberg made a recorded video appearance this morning at HTC's press conference and reiterated a point that needs to be reiterated yet again.

There is no single "Facebook phone."

Instead, he said, there will be "dozens" of Android phones that have a deeper integration with Facebook, including the recently announced HTC Salsa and ChaCha, and other phones like the INQ Cloud Touch.

So, no, there's no single Facebook phone. And nor should there be.

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