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3 years ago

AC Asks: Motorola Droid owners - what are your must-have apps?

Let's just go wide-open this week. We've got 10 Otterbox Commuter Series cases for the Motorola Droid to give away. And so, Droid owners, we ask you: What are your must-have apps for one of the most popular Android devices around?

Reply in this forum thread and you'll be automatically entered to win one of the 10 cases. We'll take entries through Thursday, April 29. Good luck, everyone!

What's your favorite app on the Motorola Droid?

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3 years ago

Dell roadmap shows 'Sparta,' 'Athens' Android netbooks amid smartphones

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Here's a little more out of the Dell camp following last week's insane smartphone leak of the Thunder and Looking Glass, along with the Streak (Dell Mini 5). The roadmap we've obtained shows a few new items, including the "Sparta" netbook tablet and "Athens," a 0.9-kilogram "true netbook", both of which appear to fall under the 11-inch category or so, with an ARM processor, optional 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth. There's also the LG Pro, which looks to be the 7-inch Looking Glass with a high-definition screen and digital TV.

Also note that the Streak appears slated for T-Mobile (confirming an earlier report) and Vodafone, and a Chinese version is in the works as well.

Judging from the roadmap, we could see the Streak as early as next month, August for the Sparta, and the Athens in the fall -- let's just hope Dell doesn't let such sexy Android hardware fall by the wayside.

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3 years ago

How to run Android on the iPhone 2G

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If you have an old iPhone 2G laying around (and chances are if you do have one, it's laying around, right?) and want to run Android on it like we saw the other day, instructions are now available. It's definitely not for the casual jailbreaker, and it's gonna take you a little while. But the instant karma you gain by putting the world's best smartphone operating system on the world's most ubiquitous phone is gonna be worth it. Video of how it's done after the break.  [AndroidaLot via Redmond Pie]

And if you're looking for even more resources, check out linuxoniphone.blogspot.com and the idroidproject.org wiki, brought to you by the guys who got this done in the first place.

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3 years ago

Can you turn off the Sense UI on the Droid Incredible? Mmmmmm ... Not just yet

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It seems that a lot of folks interested in the HTC Droid Incredible want to be able to turn Sense (HTC's custom user interface) on and off at will.  Previous HTC handsets (as recent as the HTC Desire) had the ability to do this pretty easily by erasing Sense as the default and throwing up a choice between Sense or the stock Android home screen after you hit the home button.

Not any more.

We tore into the system files of our Droid Incredible to see what we could find.  After hours of hard work, caffiene and Excedrin, we found some interesting information -- the resources
and artwork for vanilla Android seem to be absent, or at least aren't where we expect them to be.  While we can't be 100 percent  sure just yet, it certainly appears that the Droid Incredible was meant to only run the Sense UI.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing.  HTC clearly has upped the game with the new Sense UI,
as our video walkthrough shows.  At this point, if you're on the fence, the best advice I can
think of is to head down to your local Verizon Wireless store on the April 29 and give the device a spin.  After a few minutes with it, if you think (like we do) that Sense enhances this
particular handset, use your 30 days to find out.

Update: Yep, you can use Helix Launcher 2 on it. So you're running a launcher on top of Sense. Have fun with that.

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3 years ago

Facebook app updates to 1.2, brings inbox support

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Android's Facebook app got an update yesterday, bringing it to Version 1.2 and bringing native inbox support along with it. In exchange, you lose the option to take and upload a picture from within the main page you see above, but that's not really a big deal given how easy it is to do from the native Android or Sense (or Motoblur or whatever) camera apps, and you can do it from the news page. We'd still like to see Facebook chat, and maybe less reliance on the mobile site, but it's still a welcome update.

If you haven't updated yet, take a gander in the Android Market downloads section. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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3 years ago

Automatic app updates coming in Android 2.2?

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One of the larger issues surrounding applications and the Android Market (OK, one of a number of larger issues) is the current inability to update more than one application at a time. The above screen shot, purportedly from Android 2.2 (which might or might not actually be Froyo; or might be Froyo and not Android 2.2) shows a checkbox for allowing automatic updating. We'll have to think about whether we'd rather see that or just the ability to update all our apps in one fell swoop. But either way, some sort of fix will be a welcome addition. [4chan via Android Community]

 

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3 years ago

Android, security, and you

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One of the biggest misconceptions users migrating to the Android platform have is that they
will be sacrificing security compared to their previous flavor of smartphone OS.  This couldn't be farther from the truth.  Settle in with your favorite beverage, and follow along after the break and we'll talk about Android's security features, and what you need to know and do to keep things going smoothly.

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3 years ago

Android Market unofficially passes 50,000 apps

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Androlib unofficially has the Android Market surpassing 50,000 applications, quite a leap from the 38,000 figure Google used last week during its first-quarter earnings call. In fact, when we asked Google for an official figure, we were told:

"We're sticking to 38,000 for now. We'll announce when we do our next formal count."

That said, 50,000 items in the Market is a real possibility, but let's be honest here: How many of those "applications" are (a) actual "applications" and (b) something you'd actually want to download? We still think Steve Jobs is being overly childish when he tells people to go to Android if they want porn, but we still think there's a lot about the Android Market that needs to be fixed.

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3 years ago

Your Droid Incredible questions

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Despite our seemingly endless coverage of the Verizon Droid Incredible, you guys and gals have had plenty of questions. And most of them were pretty good. After the break, we answer a smattering of them.

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3 years ago

Another one bites the dust ...

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Kevin Rose. Digg founder. Android convert. [via Twitter] Thanks, bdizzel1982

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