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3 years ago

BenQ R100 tablet launching in 2011

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BenQ plans to release the R100 Android-based tablet in "Early 2011." (No surprise there with four days left in 2010.) The device is sporting a 10.1-inch LCD screen at a resolution of 1024 x 600. It will also have HDMI support, with built in mini-HDMI ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. No word yet on which version of Android, but let's hope it's at least 2.2. So folks, add this to the list of tablets to look out for in 2011. That list is looking to get mighty long. We hope we'll see this thing at CES, along with all of that Motorola tablet goodness. Full spec sheet after the break! [via PCWorld]

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3 years ago

Are $100 Android handsets the future of mobile?

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About a week ago, Broadcomm announced their latest concoction -- the BCM2157.  With this chip, manufacturers can add a shell, a screen, and some memory and have a pre-built Android phone.  Goodbye steep engineering costs, hello dual-core, low power, turnkey solutions.  The news is pretty exciting for geeky folks like we are (and be sure to check out the source links for the technical details), but what exactly does this mean for everyone else?  If you think like Seth Weintraub at CNNMoney.com, you reach the logical conclusion -- Android is poised to take the entire feature phone / low-end smartphone market away from Nokia with an army of sub-hundred dollar handsets.  Not $100 after contract and rebates, but a hundred bucks out the door, with no strings attached.  This is what Google VP of Engineering and Android head honcho Andy Rubin has referred to as "a perfect storm".

The idea isn't that far-fetched.  You can already pick up a pretty feature-rich handset for $180.00 -- the Virgin Mobile branded Samsung Intercept.  Halve the cost of the internals, practically do away with the cost of designing a working system, and the magical $100 Android phone certainly sounds like it's coming.  And while some of us will turn up our nose at another round of entry level devices, one particular group surely won't -- Android application developers.  When Android device sales creep up on the billion served mark, the Android Market will literally explode as software developers, both large and small, grab their slice of the pie.  I, for one, can't wait. [CNNMoney.com; Broadcomm]

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3 years ago

Control your iRobot Create with Cellbots for Android

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Now this is just plain awesome.  Thanks to the efforts of the Cellbots team, and worldwide collaborators, Cellbots allows you to control supported robots with up to four different input methods right from your FroYo-toting Android phone.  Using direct control, Google Talk, a web browser, or phone-to-phone controls -- Cellbots makes chasing your pets around the house even easier.

To take advantage of Cellbots, you'll need to acquire one of the supported robots -- Lego Mindstorms, iRobot Create & Roomba, and VEX Pro devices.  If you've already got one of those, head into the Android market and grab the last piece of the puzzle.

See it in action and grab a download link after the break.

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3 years ago

ViewSonic gTablet kernel source released

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Good news for all of you G Tablet users out there -- the kernel source has now been released by ViewSonic, in compliance with the General Public License (GPL). For those of you who are not exactly sure how this will affect you, don't worry. This will make a lot of developers out there happy, since they can now start diving into its code and pulling it apart. Hopefully we'll see even more custom hacks to spruce up its UI, and kernels opening up very soon. [ViewSonic via the Android Central Forums] Thanks to ak11070!

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3 years ago

Cyanogen Mod 7 Alpha build now available for Nexus S owners

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If you're the proud owner of a Samsung Nexus S and disappointed about the lack of Cyanogen Mod ROMs available for your device the above news should interest you greatly. As announced on Twitter, Cyanogen Mod 7 is now available for download via ROM Manager. Given that it is an Alpha build you'll want to proceed cautiously as some things may work, some things may not and other may break while using them But, that's part of the fun and why it got labeled Alpha.

Consider yourself warned, advised or what have you. We're still digging through it all but be sure to post some comments if you're testing it out as well.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt showing up in advertising, albeit undercover

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We don't usually call attention to the paid adverts on this site. They're a necessary evil, and we like to keep a pretty thick line between editorial and advertising. But in this case, we'll make an exception. You might have noticed the above ad sitting in our sidebar on the right. It's obviously borrowed from that "First to 4G, again" campaign we saw last week. Of course, the phone and its name are still unannounced, but it's looking like we can safely say it will be "Thunderbolt." Click the ad, and you're taken to a page that doesn't actually work. Oops.

But look at the URL (emphasis ours). http://www.htc.com/4G?extcid=Thunderbolt-4G-Disp. So Thunderbolt (or maybe Thunderbolt 4G) definitely is in play, and we should see it announced on Verizon Jan. 6 at CES in Las Vegas. Stay tuned! Thanks to Daniel and Jacob for the good eyes!

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3 years ago

More pics of the Dell Streak 7 emerge, appears aimed at T-Mobile USA

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The 5-inch Dell Streak (aka the Dell Mini 5) quickly became moot when it (a) took months and months to come to market and (b) launched with Android 1.6 and (c) had to compete with the likes of the 4.3 inch HTC Evo 4G and Motorola Droid X.

Will the aptly named 7-inch Dell Streak 7 fare better? We'll have to see. But in the meantime we have some new pictures to follow up the initial leaked television commercial walkthrough -- and what's more, there's a clearly visible T-Mobile (USA) logo. There's a decent chance we'll see this guy at CES -- and let's hope it brings more to the table than its predecessor. [Cell Phone Signal]

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3 years ago

Get Android for Christmas? Here's how to get started with your new phone

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So you just unwrapped our first Android phone, eh? Welcome to the world of smartphones. Whether you're upgrading from a feature phone, or switching to the greatest smartphone platform around, we know things can be a little overwhelming at first. But we're here to help. Welcome, and here are a few links to help get you started!

  • The Android Dictionary: You'll likely want to check back here often. It's a list of commonly used terms in the Android community.
  • Find your phone: There are dozens of Android phones available today. Use our device guide to find news and information specific to yours.
  • Apps, apps and more apps: Now that you have your phone, you're going to need some apps. We review apps on a regular basis, and you can find them here.
  • Tips and tricks: Your phone is full of cool features -- some obvious, some not. We've got a plethora of tips and tricks we've learned over the years.
  • Rooting: What is rooting? Should you root, and how do you do it? We've got your complete guide to rooting your phone.
  • Accessories: Now that you've got your phone, you should check out a case, or a spare battery or headset. And the Android Central Store has everything you could possibly need.
  • Community forums: The best source of Android help and information comes from you folks, the readers. And we've got the best Android Forums around. Don't be afraid to ask questions -- you'll be amazed and how everyone's eager to help

So congrats on your new phone, and welcome to the Android family! We're glad to have you!

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3 years ago

ADWLauncher EX brings a whole lot of awesome to your home screens

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On Android, your home screen and app drawer are collectively and commonly referred to as the "Launcher." And you're not stuck with the one that came with your phone. There are plenty of custom launchers out there. And you're going to want to check out the new ADWLauncher EX.

It brings a whole lot of custom UI goodness to your Android phone. For you old salts, bask in the glory that is ADWLauncher EX. It's based off the old ADW.Launcher code, but with more sex appeal. Five app drawer styles and behaviors, eight home screen transitions, new icons, fast presets -- you're going to want this.

ADWLauncher EX will cost you about $3.43 -- money well spent. Check out the video after the break, and there's more info and screen shots are at the source link. [JBThemes]

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