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3 years ago

Public Flash preview on Android at Google IO; general release in June

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Adobe responded to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' attack on Flash yesterday by dropping a fair big (and well-directed) bombshell of its own: A public preview will be given in a few weeks at Google IO (we'll be there for it), and Flash will see general release for Android in June. Said Adobe CTO Kevin Lunch in his "Moving Forward" post:

We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June. From that point on, an ever increasing number and variety of powerful, Flash-enabled devices will be arriving which we hope will provide a great landscape of choice.

Now all Adobe has to do is deliver. And it damn well better work well out of the box, or the pitchforks are going to be raised pretty quick. [Adobe] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Best Buy gears up for an HTC Hero update; Cyanogen releases for G1, myTouch

While you slept, Cyanogen released his Android 2.1 ROM for the HTC Hero Dream and Magic (that's the G1 and myTouch 3G, respectively). Most of the bells and whistles are there, save for the new launcher (app drawer) and stock live wallpapers. And while his ROMs for the Droid and Nexus One are painless (and pretty damn awesome), this one comes with a tad of caution because you have to load the "DangerSPL" to get it to work. And if an SPL flash goes wrong, your phone is pretty much bricked. Full instructions are here.

Meanwhile, it looks like Best Buy Mobile is gearing up for some sort of official update to the Hero. As for exactly what or when? Check back later.

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3 years ago

HP Compaq Airlife 100 Android netbook now available in Spain

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Seems like only yesterday that we were talking about the HP Compaq Airlife 100 Android netbook -- oh, wait, it was, both here and on the special Emergency PalmCast Broadcast in the wake of HP buying Palm for $1.2 billion. Anyhoo, we got a good look at the Airlife 100 at Mobile World Congress but had seen neither hide nor hair of it since. But, as expected, it's now available on Telefonica in Spain, bringing its 10-inch screen and 1 GHz Snapdragon processor for about $300, not counting data plan. [Carrypad via Slashgear]

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3 years ago

New Eclair leaked for HTC Droid Eris

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Caddyman over at androidforums  has posted up a new Android 2.1 leak for the Droid Eris.  There's a huge list of bugfixes, and from the looks of it the odd connectivity issues Eris users were seeing with the previous leaks should have been addressed, as well as the pesky bugs with the latest Google Voice app.  For those of you running one of the previous leaks, this is something you'll want to look at for sure!

Warning - This is leaked beta testing software, and wasn't meant for general use.  Flashing it will wipe your phone, and take away root if you have it.  As always, use your best judgment and flash at your own risk!

Links, changelog, and further instructions can be found HEREThanks, kbaker!

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3 years ago

LG Aloha will be the Ally on Verizon

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Oh, you wanted to know about the LG Aloha, did you ? Sorry, alls we have here is the LG Ally -- which is what we're told the Aloha actually will be called -- and it's said to be destined for Verizon in the middle of May. Specs should still be about what we've been told for the Aloha (aka the LU2300), with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen at 480x800 pixels, QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.1, 720p video out, 5MP camera and the kinda-weird round D-pad. More or less par for the course these days. More on the Ally as we get it.

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3 years ago

HTC expects a record setting Q2, credits Android

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HTC has announced its projections for the second quarter, and they are aiming high.  HTC says it expects to sell 4.5 million handsets, with revenue to peak at 1.6 billion USD.  This is a pretty big jump from the 3.3 million handsets sold in Q1, and the company is ahead of market analyst expectations.  In today's ecomony, any earnings increase is nice.  This kind of growth is phenomenal, and HTC's CFO Cheng Hui-ming credits the increase to one thing -- the "growing popularity of the Android platform in Europe and the US.

Keep pumping out phones like the Desire, Legend, Incredible, EVO, etc. and the sky is the limit Mr. Hui-ming.  We all love stylish, top quality hardware that runs the best Mobile OS
on the planet, and can't wait to see what's next. [Financial Times via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Hands on with the Skyfire 2.0 Android browser

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Let's take a quick look at the new Skyfire 2.0 browser for Android, shall we? Full page rendering? Check. Flash video? Check. Bells and whistles? Check and check. Our quick verdict: So long as you're not worried about any privacy concerns regarding proxy browsers, this could easily become your main browser.

Update: Re-recorded the video to fix an error or three.

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3 years ago

Verizon's Droid Incredible commercial shows specs, doesn't show phone

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It's Verizon's first commercial for the Droid Incredible. Impressive. Most impressive. [YouTube link]

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3 years ago

Skyfire 2.0 now available for Android

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Here's Skyfire's promo video for its new Version 2.0 browser, which should be available for Android any time now. (It's not appearing in the market, and the manual download link's not working yet either.) Update: It's there now. Here's the link.

Anyhoo, check out the video above, and we'll give Skyfire the what-for just as soon as we can. [Skyfire]

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3 years ago

Want an Incredible? Better hit a store -- fast

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If for some reason you can't make it to a Verizon store to buy an Incredible in person, you're going to have to wait a few days. Verizon's website says new orders won't ship until May 4 -- a testament to the phone's popularity (or initial low inventory). That's echoed by reports in our forums discussing limited in-store inventory. Anybody out there have a hard time getting one?

How are you getting your HTC Incredible?customer surveys

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