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3 years ago

Android powered i'mWatch knows what time it is

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Whoa!  This is something so cool, you knew it had to come eventually -- an Android powered watch that connects to your smartphone (Android, iPhone 4, future BlackBerry devices) via bluetooth.  We've seen similar products, but they were more mundane things, and simply a data pipe back to your phone.  The i'mWatch runs its own custom version of Android, and comes bundled with a set of apps that you can run right on the 1.54" TFT display.  Not only can you make and receive calls and texts, but you have access to Email, weather info, stock prices and market data, Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter -- the list goes on. 

All this is running on a Freescale ARM9 IMX233 CPU, with 64 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage.  In other words, it should do everything listed really, really well.  Combine that with a 600mAh battery for 2 hours talk time or 48 hours standby time, and you have one of the coolest accessories you're likely to run across.  It's not cheap -- it checks in at €249 (about $360 US), and that price is only good until June 30, but the good things in life never are.  Check out the source link for more details and ordering info.

Source: i'mWatchThanks, Baconater!

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3 years ago

Android continues to grow, Sense 3.0 [From the forums]

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If you're not making your way out to NYC tonight for our first, official Android Central meetup tonight then we've got plenty of Android goodness posted up on the blogs and in the forums to keep you all occupied. Check out some of the forums threads from today:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

10.1 inch Toshiba Thrive coming in July, and priced right

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Since we first had some time with the Toshiba Thrive (then only known as an unnamed Toshiba tablet) at CES last January, we've been waiting to hear when it would show up for anyone to actually purchase one.  According to Engadget, that will be this July, with pre-orders starting at Best Buy on June 13.  The pricing is also done right -- $429 for the 8GB model, $479 for the 16GB, and the 32GB checks in at $579.

The Thrive is also looking good in the features department -- with full size HDMI and USB ports and a full size SD card slot built into the unit itself, connectivity won't be an issue, and that matters because it ships with Honeycomb 3.1 and all the USB gadgetry support you could ever ask for. Toss in Toshiba's Resolution + software and a removable battery, and you have the makings of a real winner at a great price.  Hit the break to see the hands-on video from CES.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Bank of America revamps its mobile banking app with latest update

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Bank of America has updated its Android mobile banking app to version 3.1.120 with a completely revamped appearance and user interface. Anyone who thought the previous versions were a little heavy on the “blah” should be pleasantly surprised to find a more user-friendly experience with a clean, polished finish that's sure to please even the pickiest mobile bankers. All of the main functions remain, including support for multiple accounts, a bank and ATM locator, account transfers, and mobile bill pay, though these functions are now found in tabs on top of your account's home screen. The update also makes the app available for the first time to Bank of America customers in Washington and Idaho, who are now invited out of the mobile banking dark ages. Hit the break to grab the free update from the Android Market.

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 case review: Mobi Products Crystal Case

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The Mobi Products Crystal Case for the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is a solid choice for any Incredible 2 or S owner who is looking to protect their phone yet keep the lightness that the device boasts.

I also know many people who like the look of their phones and are hesitant to put a case on it because they want to see the HTC emblem or the Google logo on the back. The crystal case is transparent so you’ll never run into this issue; it’ll protect the phone yet allow you to see it in its entirety.

It has slots for the cameras, ports, speaker and screen so you won’t have to worry about missing any features while your phone is in the case.

It is a simple snap-on case that has been very durable in the time I’ve been able to test it. It hasn't come apart or even come close to breaking off from the device.

The Mobi Products Crystal Case, is available for $12.95 from the Android Central Store. More pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC soon to launch HTCdev Developer Center, OpenSense SDK

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HTC has been working hard as of late, one thing they have been putting some focus on is the many Android developers that are out there in an effort to get more involved with HTC products. Back when the HTC Flyer and Evo View 4G were announced, it was noted that they would be allowing developers to tap into HTC's pen-based Scribe technology. Jump ahead to today and HTC has announced HTCdev and along with it the pending release of what is now dubbed OpenSense SDK. As described by HTC:

The HTC OpenSense SDK will allow developers to harness software and hardware innovations on HTC phones to develop more deeply integrated mobile apps and experiences. Altogether, you'll have access to documentation, sample code, APIs and more importantly, the support and inspiration of the HTCdev community.

Interesting stuff -- but we are wondering just how open the OpenSense SDK will be. As we know it now, developers can do some pretty crazy stuff with Sense in un-official capacities -- what can they do with the support of HTC? For that, we'll have to wait and see but if you're a developer and looking to learn more; make sure you hit the source link below for some more details.

Source: HTCdev; via @HTC

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3 years ago

Tonight, we take New York ...

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The time has come, boys and girls. We're in New York City (when are we not, these days?) tonight for the first official Android Central reader meet-up. (Official as in nobody's going to have to file a restraining order when it's over. We hope.)

We'll be meeting with a few of our favorite fellow Android blogers -- and most important, 500 or so of our closest friends. You! And for those of you who were able to score tickets, a few giveaways are in order. Samsung's going to be on hand to show off the upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 (among other wares, most likely), and will be giving away five of the Honeycomb devices. They'll also be giving away five smartphones. And we've brought along a few T-shirts and other swag to put on the pile.

For everybody coming tonight, see you at 7. (Full details are here.) For everybody else, we'll be covering the event as only Android Central can.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide gets caught on blurrycam and clears the FCC

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We've been hearing about the HTC Doubleshot, aka the Mytouch 4G Slide, aka the PG59100 for a while now and as of yesterday it was caught hanging out at the FCC. Today though, the upcoming QWERTY horizontal slider was caught in all its blurrycam glory showing off the fact it's coming loaded up with Android 2.3.4 out the gates which means it should have Google Talk video chat baked in as well -- HTC has loaded up the beautiful Sense 3.0 UI. Other specs include a dual-core Qualcomm chip of some variant, a front facing camera, and as seen above a 3.7-inch display. Jump on past the break for another shot of the device as well as the FCC filing image.

Source: FCC, BGR

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3 years ago

Texas Instruments introduces its next generation OMAP4470 multi-core processor

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Texas Instruments (TI) has announced the newest addition to its OMAP4 processor platform, the next generation multi-core OMAP4470. With processing speeds of up to 1.8 GHz per core, the OMAP4470 will offer an 80 percent increase in web browsing performance, increased memory bandwidth, and support for resolutions up to QXGA (2048x1536). TI also says that the chip will support HD and liquid UIs, a first for the company.


The dedicated POWERVR SGX544 graphics core will provide 2.5 times the graphics performance of TI’s current offerings and will support DirectX based games and videos. TI says that the multiple cores—four for general processing and two for graphics performance—are designed for low-power consumption and high performance. Expect the OMAP4470 to start hitting Android devices in Q1 2012. For the complete technical mumbo-jumbo, including an explanation of each core's performance, hit the source link.

Source: Texas Instruments
 

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3 years ago

EVO 4G Gingerbread update officially arriving June 3

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It was only yesterday that we had reported the Sprint HTC EVO 4G Gingerbread update might be rolling out June 3 and now, we have that news coming to us in official form from Sprint. After we posted the June 3 date, we got a lot of tips saying it was instead going to be June 6. As it turns out, it's both.

HTC EVO™ 4G from Sprint will receive the Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, update through an over-the-air maintenance release beginning on Monday, June 6.

Sprint will send update notifications to users in waves. The notification will let users know the update is available and provide the simple two-step, over-the-air download instructions.

Users will receive a notification that Android 2.3 is available for download.

Once the user has downloaded the update, they will be prompted to install the update. The user will be notified that their device will be disabled during the installation process. The phone will be ready to use once the process completes.

Can't Wait Until June 6?

For those who just can’t wait to get Android 2.3, there will be an easy user initiated option to download the upgrade starting on Friday, June 3. To access the update – from the home screen/Menu/Settings/System updates/HTC software Update. This will initiate the upgrade process.

The software release upgrades HTC EVO 4G to Android 2.3, Gingerbread. This version of Android improves download management through the Downloads application, offering the user easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email or another application. It also fixes the devices ability to stream media through certain applications for the device.

Gingerbread restores HTC EVO 4G’s ability to sync multiple Gmail™ accounts, display email attachments in the email client and fixes battery discharge issues.

We've previously gone hands-on with the leaked build of Gingerbread for the EVO 4G and according to the documentation from yesterday, that will be the same build released on June 3 for those who are eager to get up their devices update.

Source: Sprint

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