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3 years ago

What is Google TV? This is Google TV

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We thought Google made a pretty good case for Google TV at its Google IO conference last month. But if you're still having trouble explaining it to that special someone in your life -- you know, wife, mom, whomever controls your money because you just can't help yourself -- Google's worked up a great explainer video.

For you non-visual learners, Google TV will come baked into new Sony TVs this fall, and will also be available as an add-on set-top box. Then you'll have access to the entire Internet, including a Webkit-based browser, and even Android apps. Want to watch a show? Search for it. If it's on, you can watch it via cable or satellite, just like normal. Or you can tap into a show's web feeds, and watch it that way, all on your TV. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Check out the video after the break. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in.)

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3 years ago

HTC Desire coming to the U.S. in August

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We've pretty much known the HTC Desire (see our hands-on) is coming to the United States ever since we first showed it to you on a Cellular South U.S. Cellular rebate form. But now HTC itself has made things a little more official with the above post on Twitter. It's coming to some regional carriers in August, and Cell South's still a pretty good bet. More as we get it. [@htc]

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3 years ago

Swype updates keyboard, opens beta for a limited time

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Good news for those of you waiting patiently to get into the Swype keyboard beta program. Not only has the keyboard just gotten an update, they've opened the beta for a limited time. Says Swype:

  • It will be open for a limited time - probably a few days
  • In English, Spanish, and Italian - more languages to come
  • Limited Features - some key features of Swype require OEM integration
  • HVGA and WVGA Resolutions - don't worry we'll detect this automatically
  • Limited End User Support - mostly via our forum

If you recently got a notice that your previous Swype keyboard was expiring, you'll want to log in to get the new version. [Swype]

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3 years ago

Android 2.1 update for Xperia X10 line moved from Q4 to 'latter part of Q3'

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At the same time as it announced the Xperia X8, Sony Ericsson revised its update schedule for the Xperia X10, X10 Mini Pro and X10 Mini (seen here from left). Previously slated to get Android 2.1 in the fourth quarter of this year, updates should now start "from Q3 onwards," according to a press release and the official SE Product Blog. The blog goes a tad further, saying the upgrades will start "from the latter part of Q3." Still long overdue, but some movement is better than none at all. [Press release, SE Product Blog]

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3 years ago

Google reportedly focusing on UI with its next revision of Android

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It's not really a big stretch to come up with, but TechCrunch chief Michael Arrington says he has "multiple sources close to Google" who tell him the stock Android user interface will get a pretty big overhaul in the next version, tentatively nicknamed Gingerbread and possibly headed for release by the end of the year.

Like we said, it makes sense. Froyo is largely under-the-hood adjustments -- though there are a fair amount of visual tweaks -- so it stands to reason that UI is up next, especially given the acquisition of UI-specialist Matia Duarte, who left Palm and is now User Experience Director for Android.

But you have to wonder how many carriers and/or manufacturers will be willing to forgo their own custom UIs for stock, no matter how good it is. Still, options are good, so we look forward to seeing whatever Google cooks up next. [TechCrunch]

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3 years ago

14-megapixel Altek Leo runs Android 2.1, shows itself off at CommunicAsia

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Remember that Altek camera that comes with a phone attached we showed you a week or so ago?  It's back, with some nice action shots and even a video.  Android 2.1 has been confirmed as the OS (According to vice president JS Liang, Froyo is being worked on) with a slightly customized UI.  We also get some info about release in Asia -- Hong Kong, China and Taiwan in Q4 of this year, and the price will translate into about $499.00 USD.  No word about this one hitting the west -- sorry guys.

Hardware specs are a little sketchy for now.  Altek is a camera manufacturer, so they didn't realize that phone geeks wanna know what's under the hood.  But we have all the camera specifications, and guess what?  It looks like a true replacement for a point and shoot camera is finally here.  14 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD, 3x optical zoom lens (at up to 36mm), xenon flash, and dedicated camera controls should make for a nice little digicam -- with a phone attached.  Hit the break for a couple more pics, and a short video.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile officially offering free phones for Father's Day

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Father’s day is nearly upon is, and T-Mobile wants to help you celebrate. On Saturday, go visit your local T-Mo store and pick out any phone they’ve got for free – all you’ve got to do is switch to a family plan, or add a new line.  Now's your chance to get your hands on that shiny new myTouch Slide, or maybe your Dad has had his sights on the Garminfone.  Either way it’s a great deal, but be sure to check to see if your local store is participating before you ambush them. [via T-Mobile]  

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3 years ago

The Xperia X8 is officially announced by Sony Ericsson

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 was officially announced today, bringing a mid-size, mid-spec Android phone to the Xperia line. The particulars:

  • Android 1.6 (Donut) with Mediascape and Timecape user interfaces.
  • 3-inch capacitive touchscreen at 320x480 (HVGA).
  • 600MHz processor.
  • Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), dual (900/2100) or quad-band (800/850/1900/2100) HSPA.
  • 3.2MP camera.
  • aGPS.
  • WiFi.

So, a mid-level phone, it is.  Question remains whether it'll be the first to break through to the American carriers. Full presser after the break. [Sony Ericsson]

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3 years ago

Tuesday tumult: Comment at will!

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Oh, what the hell. We had the first hands-on with the HTC Aria, the Droid X got into Engadget's hands, the myTouch 3G Slide was rooted, and the Evo 4G is perched atop the Palm Touchstone inductive charger and got overclocked to 1.2GHz. Quite the Tuesday, eh? So let's get it all off our chests before Wednesday rolls around (with a nod and a wink to our European readers).

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3 years ago

Froyo Feature: Blocking auto-update of apps with changed permissions

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We showed off the new Android Market with the "update all" and "allow automatic updating" earlier, and we've been waiting for an app to come along to talk about this part.  I finally was close to a computer when it happened and was able to document the process instead of just talking about it.  It's another of those nice touches that come along with Android 2.2, but this one has security and the safety of your information in mind.  Follow the break to see a step-by-step in action.

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