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3 years ago

Will Honeycomb require dual-core to run? Or just to run 'properly'?

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The managing director of a Korean consumer electronics firm has told PC Magazine that the next version of Android, nicknamed "Honeycomb," will need a dual-core ARM-9 processor to run "properly."

Let us note a few things here: Honeycomb, which has yet to be announced by Google but was previewed by Andy Rubin last month on a dual-core Motorola tablet, will run on smarpthones as well as tablets. Rubin said as much. And we know that dual-core smartphones are about to hit the mainstream, with LG having already announced the dual-core Optimus 2X.

So will Honeycomb "require" a dual-core processor? Google hasn't said anything, and we wouldn't bet the farm on it. We need to be a bit careful when talking about what is and isn't required to run Android. Why, it was only a month ago when Googlers had to dispel rumors that there was any hard minimum processor requirement for Gingerbread. Had this story come from anyone other than Sascha Segan and PC Mag, we'd toss it out on merit alone. But it is entirely possible that Enspert managing director Bobby Cha misspoke or was referring to recommended minimum requirements -- not a hard line between whether hardware will actually run Gingerbread or not. We all know that hardware well past its prime will run current Android software.

What hardware is required to run Honeycomb well is another matter, however, and we're all going to have to be just a tiny bit patient here, folks. All things in due time. [PCMag]

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3 years ago

SBF files for the Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global available, get them while you can

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Not that we condone this sort of thing (I'm just the messenger here, Motorola!), but if you're looking for the SBF files for the Droid Pro, and/or the Droid 2 Global, they are now available.  There's no telling how long they will stay available, so think fast and act faster and grab them if you need them (see source links).  SBF files are used to roll your Droid handset back to factory fresh condition, and can be a lifesaver when you've went just a bit too far and angered the Droid enough that it refuses to wake up from it's dreams of human termination.  Or whatever it is that Droid's dream of (I'm still betting termination is in there somewhere).

These files come direct from the TBH fellows, and while some may not agree with their business model, nobody can deny that they know what they're doing.  Grab 'em while they're still there. [MyDroidWorld (Droid Pro); (Droid 2 Global) via DroidLife]

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3 years ago

Tired of the wait for Froyo on your Epic 4G? Try this

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The new year has come and gone, and the Epic 4G still doesn't have an official Froyo build from Samsung and Sprint.  They tried to meet their goals, but things happen and at least Samsung has let us know they still want everyone to have a "simple/reliable upgrade".  That's good news, because we want you guys to have a simple and reliable upgrade as well.  But in the meantime, all who have turned to the dark side of root can take matter into their own hands.  Epic 4G forums moderator ragnarox has taken the time to whip up a very comprehensive guide using some popular hacks that not only will get you your Froyo fix, but will put Samsung's rfs file system to bed and replace it with the much snappier, and more reliable ext4 file system

Samsung keeps their phones pretty hacker-friendly, and with instructions this detailed it might just be time to give it a go.  Hit the source link, have a read -- and ask ragnarox any questions you might have -- then decide for yourself if you're finished waiting.  [Android Central's Epic 4G forums]

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3 years ago

Laggy Captivates, Hero Of Sparta issues and apps on the Nook Color [from the forums]

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Can ya feel that? That's the excitement of CES in the air. The time when Phil starts packing up what might as well be his whole damn office and heads to fly out to Las Vegas. Yes, it's time for CES. As we mentioned previously, we've got a ton of members headed there so be sure to follow along with us here and in the forums for more in depth discussions about all the happenings. Until then, check out what's new.

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3 years ago

New Nielsen Company charts show Android attracts most recent customers

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New demographics coming from The Nielsen Company today show some pretty interesting statistics. While the topic of market share still shows Apple leading the pack with 28.6 percent, Android is not that far away with 25.8 percent. RIM though is kind of in the middle with its share being 26.1 percent staying in between Apple and Android, given margin of error of course.

While market share is always an interesting thing to view, the charts also look at overall growth for the past six months. That is where Android comes into play hugely. According to the numbers, Android has accounted for 40 percent of new acquirers purchases. Meaning the majority a lot of new device owners, looked towards Android before anything else. That 40 percent was enough to put Android at the top of the leading OS list. [Nielsen]

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3 years ago

Yes, we're going to CES -- and we're bringing all of you with us!

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A couple of questions you all have been asking us lately: Is Android Central going to CES, and can you come with us? And the answer to both is YES!

OK, so we're not buying your plane ticket or anything. Or paying for your hotel room. Or picking up your CES pass. Or giving you any gambling money. And you can forget about limo rides. But we're doing the next best thing letting you watch from the comfort of your own home as we bring you the best Android coverage this side of ... well ... everything. And we're not doing it alone. The entire Smartphone Experts team is along for the ride.

So how can you follow along? Check back in with the site, of course. But for the raw feed, be sure to follow us all on Twitter. You never know what's going to happen.

And be sure to check out our sister sites for their coverage, too. We'll see you in Las Vegas!

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3 years ago

Opera gives preview of its tablet browser

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Opera's set to unveil its Android tablet-tweaked browser this week at CES, and they just unveiled a quick preview. Yep, looks like a slightly scaled up version to us, too. Check out the video after the break. [Opera]

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3 years ago

Winn-Dixie enters Android Market

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Shopping apps are on the rise as smartphone popularity increases, and Winn-Dixie is one of the latest retailers to add their app to the pile.  Right from their Android device, Winn-Dixie shoppers can now view weekly fliers, sales specific to their local store, and create shopping lists they can share with other users, and even sync with their computer.

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3 years ago

Google TV dev tools coming this year, Vizio announced as new partner

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Since the announcement of Google TV, we've been promised Android apps, and devs have been promised the tools to build them. In a recent post over at The Official Google TV Blog, it was announced that those tools will be coming sometime in 2011 and that they are working on getting the Android Market onto Google TV devices as well. Considering the year just started, "2011" is about as vague as they could possibly get while still putting up a number.

In addition, the Google TV team announced that Vizio had signed up and would be bringing "a new line" of Google TV-enabled TVs and Blu-ray players -- which of course were just officially announced this morning. With CES just days away, we might get a sneak peek in short order. Or, we might not. [Official Google TV Blog]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Browsix

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Quick show of hands:  How many of you use some sort of photo hosting service to get your pictures off your Android device, rather than grabbing your USB cable and transferring them manually?  Or do you always have a USB cable/charging cradle on your desk, but you're too lazy to enable USB storage mode?  Would you rather just browse the contents of your SD card (and root folder if rooted) via your computer's browser?

There are plenty of apps on the market that allow you to browse the files on your Android device via Wi-Fi, but I've never used one that does it as well as Browsix.  More info and download links after the break.

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