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4 years ago

Google Maps Navigation now works in the UK (and with Android 1.6)

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Good news for our friends in the United Kingdom -- you finally can make your way throughout her majesty's land using Google Maps Navigation. Which comes in handy when airports shut down thanks to Icelandic volcanoes, right? And even better is that it works with Android 1.6, too. (Thanks, Darren, for the pic, and everyone else who sent this in!)

Update: And the Google Mobile blog makes it official.

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4 years ago

Wait ... the Xperia X10 won't get multitouch after all?

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This is getting confusing. First, the Xperia X10 wasn't going to get multitouch because the hardware wasn't capable. Then we heard that the Xperia X10 would receive multitouch in a software update. And now it's back to square one -- no multitouch, ever, on the Xperia X10. How do we know? First, we found out on Twitter. And then SE Communication Manager Harold de Kort said so. In his words:

“Multi-touch will not be a feature in future updates for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 because the device does not support multi-touch due to her software and hardware configuration. The operation and user experience of the phone will be further improved and Sony Ericsson will come with her own intuitive way of, for example, zooming in and out.”

So there you have it folks. No multitouch on the Xperia X10. And frankly, it's been so long since anyone has been excited about the X10, we're not sure anyone cares if there's multitouch or not.. [via Twitter and androinica]

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4 years ago

Garminfone now official, heading to T-Mobile later this Spring

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The Garminfone has taken a long journey to hit a US carrier and now, finally, it's getting official. T-Mobile just announced that the Garminfone will be available later this Spring, and this "Garminfone" is a dead ringer for the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 we saw back at MWC. It only rocks Android 1.6 with a 600MHz processor, 3.5-inch display, 3-megapixel camera and your usual slew of connectivity options. So yeah, this Garminfone is happening. The question remains whether anyone would want a mid-level device that prioritizes GPS before everything else. For some reason, we're thinking no. [Garmin via engadget]

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4 years ago

Copy and paste on the Droid Incredible and in the HTC Sense user interface

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HTC actually introduced new copy-and-paste features in the new version of Sense way back at Mobile World Congress, but let's take a look at it here on the Verizon Droid Incredible. You can select one word, several words, or whole paragraphs, and from there paste them into another application, look up a word in Wikipedia, or share it with a friend. (You also can share links.) Note that these features are currently only available in the browser and partially in HTC's e-mail client (not gmail), and we did experience a hiccup or two. Take a look.

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4 years ago

Control apps by voice? Ford does (or will in 2011)

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Welcome to the future, citizen (pro tip: pass on the soylent green).  Ford recently announced that it's 2011 Fiesta will launch with SYNC AppLink. I'm just going to let you read it in their own words here -

Ford will first offer SYNC® AppLink, a downloadable software program, on the 2011 Fiesta, allowing owners to access and control Android™ and BlackBerry® smartphone apps with voice commands and vehicle controls

Voice control your apps via bluetooth.  BOO-YAH. 

Pandora, Stitcher and OpenBeak are the first SYNC-enabled apps, but Ford has already set up a developers site (SYNCmyride) so it looks like they mean business.  Now who will be the first to develop a dialer app to fill that painful gap for lucky Ford drivers?

Follow the break for the full presser. [via PR Newswire]
 

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4 years ago

TV out on the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible looks incredibly easy

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Even with all the Droid Incredible news floating around the intertubes, we know there's always room for more -- especially when the news is great and includes video!  Some of the fellas from HTC dropped by the Wirefly offices to show off the TV out feature of the newest member of the Android family.  From the video, it looks as easy as plugging in the cable and
turning on your display.  The output quality doesn't look bad either.  A great feature on a great phone, and one I hope catches on in the smartphone market.

I haven't been able to find anyone selling cables specific for the Droid Incredible yet, but I imagine they won't be far behind.  I'd suggest checking with your local Verizon wireless store, at least until companies like Monster Cable start cranking out the high quality/low signal loss
expensive versions.  If you've run across any, shout out in the comments! [via Wirefly]
 

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4 years ago

Somebody's testing Android 2.2: Is it Froyo?

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The guys at Android and Me noticed a few pings of Android 2.2 in their Google Analytics, meaning somebody's testing out what's at least labeled as a new version of our favorite mobile operating system. (And for what it's worth, or server logs are showing hits from Android 2.2 as well.) It's no great surprise if Google's testing a new version of the OS, and we're less than a month away from the Google IO conference (we'll be there, by the way), which is where Android 2.0 Donut first was demoed last year. Chances are we'll see the next named version of Android -- Froyo -- at Google IO. And there's a decent chance it'll be Android 2.2. Stay tuned.

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 8 - Droid Incredible Writers' Roundtable

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Audio-only stream below

Here's a special treat in honor of the mass hysteria (or at least a lot of excitement) surrounding the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible. We brought together Android Central writers Jerry Hildenbrand, Keith Newman, Jared DiPane and Ali Fazel for an epic roundtable discussion about the Droid Incredible, its competition and what it means for the future of Android.

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4 years ago

Another weird Motorola Android phone pops up

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Though the above picture of a Motorola Android device looks innocent enough, don't be fooled--it's a flip phone. And yes, leave it to Motorola to cook up some interesting form factors for Android. After introducing the Backflip, it looks like Motorola has a flip Android phone in the works. But the Motorola Android flip phone isn't the size of your typical flip phone, which could've be neat, it's smartphone sized, which just maks the thing unwieldy. We're not even sure if the 'flip' portion of the phone offers any functionality other than protecting the screen.

The phone is reported to be an engineering prototype and of course looks to run the Motorola favorite, Motoblur. Specs are hard to come by, but we're sure more will be revealed soon. Either way, if Motorola keeps throwing things against the wall, we're sure something will stick, right? Does a flip phone running Android interest you guys?

Hit the jump to see more pictures of the Motorola Flip Android phone. [it168 via engadget]

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4 years ago

Lenovo LePhone laLaunches in chChina

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Lenovo took a headfirst leap into the mobile market Monday by launching its LePhone. With this entrance into the market, Lenovo expects to expand heavily into the mobile Internet services arena and within five years generate 10 percent to 20 percent of its total revenue strictly from mobile sales. That's quite a goal for a new player in the market, but they've definitely started on the right path by choosing the world's largest cell phone market for the first in what looks to be the first in a series of many phones.

We've pictured it before, and Phil seems to have his doubts about the keyboard, but when was the last time you saw an optional keyboard? I like it. Anyone anxious to see this hit U.S. shores? Let us know in the comments! [PhoneArena]

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