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3 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook gets Wifi-only version, lowers 3G price

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If you've been looking to get into the Android-based e-reader game but haven't been to crazy about the price, you're starting to run out of excuses. The Barnes & Noble Nook line just got a refresh, with a Wifi-only version going for $150, and the 3G/Wifi original down to $199. Same e-ink reader display coupled with a bottom color panel, same book library. And a much lower price.

And on top of that, there's a software update for you current Nook owners. You can snag version 1.4 now at nook.com/update, or wait for it to be pushed out to your device. [Barnes & Noble]

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3 years ago

Nexus One, Legos, Adobe AIR and slot-car racing

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Somebody's about to win the science fair. Using a Nexus One, some Legos, rubber bands and an Adobe AIR application, an Android phone is converted into a high-tech gas pedal for slot-car racing. How's it work? Grant Skinner explains:

To summarize: The generic mobile client connects over the LAN to the desktop app. The desktop app sends it a "surface" SWF which contains all of the graphics and logic for the interaction (allowing the host to dictate the experience). The mobile client then sends accelerometer data to the host, which interprets the data, and sends back commands to update the client UI. The host communicates with a Phidgets motor controller, which controls the speed of the cars. And yes, it supports multiple connections (limited to 2 in this case because that's how many cars I have).

Oh. So you push the petal down and the cars go? We can handle that. Check out video of the project after the break, and make sure your kids aren't watching  -- they're going to want this. [GSkinner.com via DailyMobile.se] Thanks, Daniel!

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3 years ago

Droid 2 taken for early hands-on, is one speedy (and familiar) devil

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Looks like a Motorola shipment might have fallen off the back of a truck, as the guys from Android and Me had an impromptu roadside hands-on with the upcoming Droid 2. On the outside, it's pretty close to the original, save for a few cosmetic tweaks. The keyboard, which we've already seen, trades the D-pad for arrow buttons (any gamers getting upset yet?).

Under the hood is where the action is with a beefed up processor -- it's got the newer TI OMAP 3630 running at 1GHz (and the same PowerVR GPU), and benchmark tests show it towering over its older sibling. We've got our fingers crossed that Verizon and Motorola will announce the Droid 2 this week, hopefully with Android 2.2 on board. In the meantime, stay tuned, and peep some video after the break. [Android and Me]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S Pro specs begin to emerge

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The Samsung Galaxy S Pro is real. We know that, of course, because we've seen a picture of it with Sprint branding. But what we haven't had is specs or any hands-on impressions -- until now.

We've got details from a tried-and-true tipster of what may well end up being the hottest phone of the year -- a tall order, indeed, given what we've seen from HTC so far this year, and what's coming out from Motorola. Let's discuss after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid X teased on Motorola's site, too

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If you just can't get enough of the Droid X prior to its expected announcement this week, head on over to Motorola, which has a sign-up page available. Not sure how badly your inbox will be bombarded, but that's a small price to pay, right? [MotorolaThanks, Mike!

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3 years ago

HTC said to be working on another software update for the Evo 4G

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The Evo 4G's already gotten one bugfix update -- released right at launch -- and another one apparently is coming down the pike. Engadget's been told that a software fix for screen responsiveness problems (which appear to be intermittent; we haven't experienced them) is coming, and we've been told that WiFi signal strength reporting may be tweaked, too, to improve accuracy.

As for the "issue" of some Evo screens slightly separating from the bezel, Engadget was told it's a cosmetic defect and shouldn't interfere with operation of the phone, that instances are not widespread (listen to our latest podcast for more on that), and that HTC's tweaking its manufacturing process to eliminate future separations.

All in all, a pretty good response, we think. [Engadget]

 

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3 years ago

Shapewriter being pulled from Market; get it while you still can

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We're a tad behind on this, but better late than never: If you're a fan of the Shapewriter keyboard, it's being pulled from the Android Market on June 20 -- that's tomorrow. Here's the notice from Shapewwriter:

Please note: We plan to take ShapeWriter off the Android Market on
June 20, 2010 for an indefinite period of time, If you have purchased
or downloaded ShapeWriter Keyboard on your Android device, please
update it to the latest Version 3.0.9 which will not expire as the
previous versions do. We thank you for your interest and support.

Looks like this is all part of Shapewriter being acquired by Nuance, which should be another name you know, namely for its Dragon line of software. We've reached out for more information and will update if and when we know more. [Shapewriter via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible may be gearing up for Froyo, 802.11n wireless support

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The HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon (read our review) appears to be slated for an official update to enable 802.11n Wifi -- that's the fast kind -- according to a filing Friday with the FCC. [via Wireless Goodness] Included in the filing is an updated owners manual, which clearly shows 802.11n speed as being supported, as you can see below.

We'll go out on a limb here and say this may be a precursor to an update to Android 2.2, which we know officially supports 802.11n. And, no, we have no idea when any update may be pushed out.

And speaking of updates, HTC issued a statement to BGR regarding the "issue" of browser thumbnails (you'll recall it's not really a bug) being cached on the phone's internal storage, which is not wiped by a hard reset. HTC said:

HTC has identified the root cause of the DROID Incredible not deleting web page thumbnails after a factory reset, and is creating an update which will eliminate this issue. This will be distributed through a software maintenance release that will be pushed to devices in the near future.

We're not sure if that means the internal storage (those 6 gigabytes of space not used by the operating system) will be wiped on hard reset, or if the browser thumbnails will be moved to a different partition. Regardless, HTC reminds us that you can wipe the internal storage -- as in erase everything that's on it -- by going to Settings>SD Card and Phone Storage>Format phone storage. So the sky's not falling, people. Big brother's not watching you (at least not over this), and we can all go back to complaining about when we'll get Android 2.2.

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