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3 years ago

Samsung announces dual-core processor, codenamed Orion

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No, not that Orion. Put that Google Sky Map away. We're talking about Samsung's new dual-core processor will be seen at the annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum in Taiwan. The new processor, codenamed Orion, will feature a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores: "designed specifically to meet the needs of high-performance, low-power mobile applications including tablets, netbooks and smartphones." LG also announced earlier today that it will taking advantage of new dual-core Tegra 2 in future devices. We're definitely getting more and more excited about these faster processors. What do you guys think? Full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Adobe uses small words, pictures, to show which phones Flash supports

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We don't know about you, but the last thing we want to worry about when determining whether our smartphones are supported is what exactly what processor it's running. And Adobe apparently thinks so, too, fighting some FUD that appeared late last week over which phones it supports for Flash Player 10.1. (Seriously, folks? Somebody thought they'd take Flash away from the original Droid just weeks after it got it?)

For those of you who refuse to click through to the link, here are the phones Adobe Flash currently supports, and how you can get Flash Player 10.1 for them:

  • Nexus One: Download from Android Market.
  • Sprint Evo 4G: Included in Android 2.2 update from HTC.
  • HTC Desire: Included in Android 2.2 update from HTC.
  • Motorola Droid: On devices with Android 2.2 (build FRG22C or higher).
  • Motorola Droid 2: Pre-installed at launch.
  • Motorola Droid X: Will be included in upcoming Android 2.2 update.

So that's that. If you're phone's not on that list, fear not, as Adobe will be updating as time and updates go on. And if you haven't yet, be sure to check out our interview with Adobe platform evangelist Ryan Stewart. [Adobe]

Update: Yes, the Droid Incredible is missing. Yes, Adobe will add it. No, we had nothing to do with it.

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3 years ago

Motorola i1 -- Sprint/Nextel's push-to-talk Android phone

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The Motorola i1 is neither big, nor bad, but it certainly fills a niche that many believe is dying off -- push-to-talk on the IDEN network.  Applications and services from other carriers try to replicate it, but if you've ever used an actual "chirp" phone (either because you wanted to or otherwise) you know it's not the same.  Those who need PTT service on their phone now have an Android choice, so let's have a look and see if it would be a wise choice to make after the break.

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3 years ago

Best Buy backs off the Samsung Gem

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Whoopsie. Looks like when Best Buy showed off the Verizon Samsung Gem in its buyer's guide, it did so a little prematurely. It's unknown whether the correction you see above means the phone's not happening, or if it's just postponed. Stay tuned, folks. Thanks, bxojr.

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3 years ago

Google Voice now alerts to missed calls

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Google Voice just added another feature to its arsenal -- missed-call notifications in your inbox. That's less of a big deal for those of us using it on our Android phones -- you'll see the missed call on your handset -- but as more of us use Google Voice on the desktop, it makes sense. You have options to have missed calls noted in the Google Voice inbox, or you can have them e-mailed to you. [Google Voice]

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3 years ago

Dual-core Tegra 2 smartphones are coming from LG in Q4, and Android's a pretty good bet

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LG has announced it plans to use the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor in its Optimus line of high-end smartphones, starting in the fourth quarter of 2010. LG and Nvidia aren't saying whether that means Android or Windows Phone 7 (both of which have phones under the Optimus name) or both. Here's the sexy part:

LG selected NVIDIA Tegra because it enables a new mobile experience and content capabilities. Tegra 2 features a number of mobile “firsts”: the first mobile dual-core CPU, the only ultra low-power NVIDIA GeForce® GPU and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Taking full advantage of the two speedy 1 GHz processors sharing the workload in Tegra 2, consumers can experience up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance over single core processors running at 1 GHz. NVIDIA’s leadership in graphics also delivers flawless 1080p HD video playback, console-quality gaming and amazing 3D capabilities.

Do. Want. Check out the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Hands on with Huawei Ideos S7 Tablet [Video]

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Huawei hasn't yet made a big splash in the U.S. (though that may be changing), and the Ideos S7 Tablet they're showing off at IFA 2010 doesn't quite look like it's going to change that. What's you're looking at is a 7-inch screen running with 800x480 screen resolution, Android 2.1, 3G, a fairly small 2200mAh battery, a front-facing 2mp camera, and the now de-rigeur ability to play back 720p video. The processor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon, there's 256 megs of RAM under the hood.

Huawei's custom skin isn't the most beautiful thing we've ever seen, but it does get points for usability: naming the different pages on their homescreen is a nice touch and we especially like the drop-down controls in the upper-righthand corner. A dual notification screen/task manager may bring back painful Windows Mobile memories for some, but the ability to quickly close or switch apps from a simple text list isn't anything to spit at as far as we're concerned.

More photos and hands-on video after the break!

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3 years ago

Case review: Krusell Gaia mobile pouch

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The Krusell Gaia mobile pocket pouch is a great looking pocket pouch that fits many mid-sized phones.  The sleek, executive style not only looks and feels good in the hand or pocket, it provides full protection from scratches to every part of your expensive Android phone.  With no clips or hardware on the case, it slips easily in and out of a pocket, briefcase, or purse without snagging or being obtrusive.  At only $17.95 in the Android Central Store, the price is right as well.  Join in after the break to learn a little more, and see some pictures. 

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3 years ago

Verizon Fascinate officially on sale online Wednesday for $199, in stores Thursday (sound familiar?)

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None of this could come as any surprise to any of you, seeing as how we've broken the launch info on the Verizon Samsung Fascinate several times over now. But here it is anyway, all official-like (mostly): One sale online tomorrow (Wednesday) for $199.99 after contract and $100 rebate, in stores Thursday. Exactly like we told you.

A couple other nuggets of note: The desktop dock is going for $29.99, the car dock for $39.99, and there's a "backup battery charging system" (a spare 1500mAh battery, charger and cable to charging it an your phone at the same time) for $39.99.

And about that "mostly official-like" line: We've got the entire press release after the break, but the source link has since died, so take that how you want. Or just bask in the knowledge that you're an Android Central reader and have known most of this for days now. [PR Newswire]

Update: And it's officially official again.

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3 years ago

Unrevoked 3.2 available, now works with Froyo [update: It's been pulled]

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The unrevoked team has announced that version 3.2 is now available for download, and support for Froyo has been added.  This brings the list of devices supported by the flashing tool to:

  • Sprint EVO 4G (HTC Supersonic)
  • Droid Incredible (HTC Incredible)
  • HTC Desire GSM
  • HTC Desire CDMA (HTC BravoC)
  • HTC Aria
  • Droid Eris (HTC DesireC)
  • HTC Wildfire (HTC Buzz)

In addition, users of the Sprint Evo 4G, Droid Incredible, and the CDMA Desire (US Cellular version) can now unlock their NAND and root using the tool.  People using other modern HTC devices not listed above are encouraged to contact the unrevoked team.  Be sure to read the directions carefully, and happy hacking! [unrevoked] Thanks Mike for the tip!

Update: The unlock tool has been temporarily pulled. Says the Unrevoked team: "We're seeing some strange problems with Unrevoked 3.2, so we've pulled the release for a bit. Please hold on! Don't worry if you've already run 3.2 - you are rooted and everything is OK. It's just a problem for users while running it."

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