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3 years ago

'Google Editions' e-books coming this summer

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Good news for all you bookworms: Google recently announced it will be plunging into the e-book market as early as this summer. It will be implementing some snazzy new book-search software, as well as allowing even small third-party retailers to sell their “G-books.” Google has not yet decided whether or not to price the books themselves, or let the publishers have that authority.

What’s going to make this different than the other e-book services is that “Google Editions,” as it will be called, will work on a multitude of different devices, and you can bet Android will get in the game soon enough, given Google's "Mobile first" strategy. The competition in this market is already fierce, with juggernauts like Apple and Amazon leading the way – but we’re sure that it won’t take long to catch up.

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible shows off the goodies

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We know that the Droid Incredible has been rather hyped up, getting some killer reviews, and loved by nearly everyone who was lucky enough to get one. After hearing about the Snapdragon processor, and the internal memory, and all the other fancy features of the device, did it leave you wondering what it all looked like inside? You weren't the only one. The guys over at TechRestore had the same idea, and wanting to share their findings with everyone, so they put together a rather creative unboxing and disassembly video for all of us. Do the internals look asirresistible  as the external does? Check the video after the jump to find out for yourself! [TechRestore (Youtube) via Engadget]  

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 not getting Android 2.1 update until Q4 2010

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We're not quite sure of any fun way to spin it: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 -- languishing with Android 1.6 and a clumsy first-generation of the Timescape and Mediascape interface -- is now slated to get a major software overhaul ... in the fourth quarter of this year.

According to the Sony Ericsson Product Blog, the major improvements will be:

  • Upgrade to Android OS version 2.1
  • HD video recording as per the same execution as Sony Ericsson Vivaz
  • Wireless home connectivity via DLNA
  • Improvements to signature applications Timescape and Mediascape to make them even smarter and richer

And those are welcome improvements -- if they were coming tomorrow. But October's a smartphone lifetime away. And that's one of the biggest problems we're seeing with Android fragmentation. The OS is progressing so quickly that custom interfaces just can't keep up. Granted there was a major shift between Android 1.x and 2.x, but still. For The Xperia line (the X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro will get Android 2.1 updates in Q4, too) to get their updates nearly a year after Android 2.1 was first released is, sadly, laughable. [SE Product Blog]

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3 years ago

Prototype Android Tablet runs Flash & Air flawlessly

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Adobe is certainly loving Android these days. Adobe's latest love letter: showcasing a prototype Android tablet running Flash and Adobe Air apps "flawlessly". At the Web 2.0 Expo, an Android tablet was caught running Flash and Air apps, and it was well, running very well. Given that  Flash extends the usefulness of tablet devices, to have it this usable in an Android tablet would certainly give it a leg up against, say, an iPad.

However, we do have to stay realistic in what this demo means for Android devices in the future. The demo was shown by Adobe and the device is a prototype (we have no idea what hardware is behind it), we can't expect all Android devices to run Flash so well. Let's just hope all the kinks are worked out before Flash comes in Android 2.2.

Hit the jump to see Flash in action on the Android tablet! [zedomax via engadget]

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3 years ago

New Sprint Evo 4G video squeezes, teases

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Go ahead and watch this video (after the break) of the Sprint HTC Evo 4G, but know this: The phone is not quite as short or as fat as it appears in this clip. Sadly, the same can't be said for some of us around here. [Youtube] Thanks, jxc!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S gets a commercial

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Hey look, it's a commercial for the Samsung Galaxy S! If the spot looks familiar to you, good job eagle eye, it's basically a 30-second version of Samsung's CTIA presentation for the Galaxy S. For those unfamiliar, it's a neat, comic book-like interpretation of how an awesome phone influences your daily life. Familiar or not, just watch it! [via androidguys]

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3 years ago

Android Liquid e will cost $50 on Rogers, coming in June

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We already knew the Acer Liquid e was heading to our friendly neighbors to the north via Rogers, that's old news. What we didn't know was when it'd release and how much it'll cost. According to mobilesyrup, the Acer Liquid e (which is the Acer Liquid with Android 2.1) will release in June on Rogers for the low, low price of $49.99 with new 3-year contract. That's a pretty good deal for a pretty decent Android device.

Plus, if you're sick and tired of AT&T handcuffing Android devices, an unlocked Rogers Acer Liquid e would work perfectly fine on AT&T's network. We're just saying..

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3 years ago

Best Buy is now expecting HTC Hero ROM update by May 7

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When we last left the saga of the HTC Hero ROM update, we were expecting it to come sometime this week. And the above leaked screen shot says that the update -- which we're hoping beyond hope is in fact Android 2.1 -- will "be in stores by this Friday, May 7." The note also says that the update will be available on HTC's website, will wipe the phone and could cause seizures in small pets. You've been warned. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Sporky!

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3 years ago

Google Tasks mobile page for Android

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There are a few good task managers in the Android Market, but I've been looking for a simple way to access my Google tasks lists.  Looks like Kevin over at Lifehacker stumbled across something that certainly does the trick.  Fire up your Android web browser and head to Google tasks mobile for Android [http://mail.google.com/tasks/android] for a slick web interface to Google tasks built just for the Android web browser. Does everything I want without all the overhead, and leaves precious app space for important things like Farm Frenzy.  If you're like me and just want a simple way to access your Google tasks, you gotta have a look.  [via Lifehacker]

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3 years ago

Cellular South promises 'game-changer' amid its Android smartphone lineup

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You gotta hand it to Cellular South. While major carriers (cough, AT&T) pass on the best devices Android has to offer, the best-kept secret in the Deep South promises "a whole new lineup of Android smartphones" including "one very special phone -- a true game-changer." We'll have to wait for the curtain to come off before we find out if that's the HTC Desire, which already has been confirmed for Cellular South, or whether it has another trick up its sleeve. [Cellular South] Thanks, Jeff, for the tip.

Update: Android and Me notes that the bottom bezel looks a heckuva lot like the Motorola Droid, which is a pretty good guess.

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