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4 years ago

Browser comparison -- WinPhone 7, iOS4, Android 2.2

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browser war

It's another browser war, this time with Windows Phone 7 thrown into the mix.  Last time we talked about web browser speed, we saw a bunch of numbers and science, but this time the folks at PocketNow have just placed three phones side by side and let 'er rip.  It's pretty interesting, pretty flawed, and full of edits -- but it's still worth a look.

I won't even begin to point out what all was wrong here, you can figure out that yourself in the comments (and I'm sure you will!), let Windows enjoy its trip to 2010.  I do wish they used some sites heavy on the javascript, or heaven forbid Flash, but we know how that test would have turned out don't we?  Hit the break to check out the video, in Flash, on your Froyo browser.  Don't worry, we include a link back to YouTube for the 'lesser' equipment :)

And for those still waiting on Froyo, don't worry.  As is your phone's browser is equal to the competition.  [Pocketnow.com via WMExperts]

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4 years ago

Twitter for Android updated to 1.0.3

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twitter for Android update

Late last night we noticed that Twitter for Android (the "official" Android Twitter app) was updated to 1.0.3 without a changelog. (Seriously? Changelogs should be mandatory in the Market listing, folks.) After some digging, I found a semi-explanatory post on Twitter (where else to best find Twitter client updates?) explaining that the new version was a patch for some bug fixes, and the client has been improved so that it now uses OAuth for signing in to Twitter.  And nothing earth-shattering or magical was seen.   Grab the update from the Market, if you don;t have Twitter for Android installed, you can grab it after the break.  [via Twitter]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S and Gorilla Glass combine powers

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samsung galaxy s

Corning today announced that its Gorilla Glass -- an ultra durable alkali-aluminosilicate that can withstand the most uber of scratches – is engineered into all Samsung Galaxy S phones. The company even goes as far to say that its product enhances the performance of the already eye-popping brilliant Super AMOLED display. Now, it’s understood that the Gorilla Glass doesn’t make the screen brighter or crisper, but it certainly does add to the phone’s premium feature set by giving that beautiful screen some much needed protection. All in all, that Super AMOLED screen isn’t as fragile as you might think, and this could definitely be seen as another reason to choose Samsung’s gem over the competition. [via Business Wire]

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4 years ago

Verizon to release update tomorrow to bring Flash to original Droid

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Adobe Flash update for Droid

Motorola Droid owners have been anxiously awaiting an update for Verizon that will bring support for Adobe Flash. We reported last week that Verizon officially announced that the update would be the second one to come after the initial Froyo roll-out. We knew that it was coming, we just didn't have a date. 

Well, Droid-Life has been slipped a screen shot from Verizon stating that the update will be released tomorrow, Aug 24. Great news for Droid owners, who want to add Flash to their mobile experience. Be on the lookout for the update tomorrow! [Droid-Life]

[Ed. note: Any time we use the words "Verizon," "update" and "date" in the same sentence, our mothers and lawyers remind us that there's a better than average chance that we'll get through the target day without anything actually happening. Just saying.]

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4 years ago

Google Earth updated to 1.1, brings the exploration of the oceans

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Google Earth for Android

Google Earth for Android has been updated to version 1.1, which allows users to explore the oceans in great detail. Now, you are able to zoom in underneath the surface and explore the terrain that makes up nearly 70 percent of our Earth. 

Included in the 1.1 update:

  • A layer called "Explore the Oceans," which features hundreds of photos and videos submitted by users 
  • The gold highlighted icons represent those submitted by the Mission Blue Hope Spot Initiative

There are also features only for those with 2.2 (Froyo):

  • Supports Flash in balloons, which means that you can watch videos directly in the balloons
  • Also, the application was made easier to navigate, with Google allowing users to roam around with two fingers rather than the on-screen controls

This update will work with most devices with 2.1 (Eclair) or higher. If you want to download it, links are after the break. [Google Mobile Blog Spot]

 

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4 years ago

An epic commercial for an epic phone

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Sprint Epic 4G commercial

So help us, we're not even going to try to avoid the whole "epic" thing when it comes to the Sprint Epic 4G. It just is.

After the break, check out one of the latest commercials (and be sure to check out our hands-on) for the latest from the Samsung Galaxy S class, coming Aug. 31. Thanks, "it."

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4 years ago

Turn off those annoying system sounds

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4 years ago

Text message speed record broken on a Galaxy S using Swype

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Swype record text 

Mellisa Thompson, of Salford, England, has broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest texter, using Swype on a Samsung Galaxy S with a time of 25.94 seconds.  The previous record of 35.54 seconds, held by Franklin Page of the U.S. was also set using a Samsung phone (the Omnia II) using Swype.  We're glad to see this one come to Android :)

For all the aspiring record breakers out there, the "official" text used is:

"The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."

Punctuation and capitalization counts, so none of that ez txt spk.  Unfortunately, Swype is still in closed beta, so we can't help you there.  If you have what it takes, fire up the camera and send in a video -- we'll see that it gets to the right place if you can beat the record!  [Google News]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Worldmate

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Worldmate Android travel app

I might have just found my perfect Android travel app. Worldmate is now in beta for Android, and it pretty much combines every feature I need in an app to keep me pointed in the right direction while on the road.

You'll start by either signing in or signing up with Worldmate, which was painless enough. Then you sign into the app and are greeted by the screen you see above. Let's work our way down.

  • My trips: There's no manually inputting flights here. Like with some other travel apps, you'll e-mail your itinerary-- flights, hotel, etc. -- to Worldmate, which snags the details and forwards them to your phone. Once it's there, you have flight info, maps, ticket info, weather, the works. You can share your trips and get reminders all on your phone.
  • Book a hotel: Just like it sounds. Book a hotel from your phone through Hotels.com.
  • Weather forecast: Get the weather in your city, cities you're slated to visit, or search for a city's weather.
  • Currency converter: Figure out how much something costs between dozens of currencies.
  • Travel notification: Customize your notifications.

For me, it comes down to a few things: The ability to upload entire itineraries at once, maps, weather and flight info -- and the all-important confirmation number -- all in once place. I'm going to have to use this on the road to give it final judgment. But the early verdict is that, at least for me, it combines the right info with enough UI juice to keep me up to date but not overwhelmed. Check out more screen shots after the break, and get your beta copy now. [Worldmate]

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4 years ago

Vodafone UK's HTC Desire starts Froyo rollout

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 HTC Desire

The title says it all. HTC Desires in some parts of Europe saw their update already, and now it's the United Kingdom's turn. Users on Vodafone should see the update soon (go in Menu > Settings > About Phone > System Updates to check manually) and can join in the Froyo party. Happy updating! [MobileBurn]

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4 years ago

Review: Golla Gavin Phone Wallet

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 Golla Gavin Smartphone Wallet

The Golla Gavin Phone Wallet for your Sprint Evo 4G lets you carry your phone and other essentials with you conveniently in style at your hip right where you need it. For a phone as beautiful as the Evo, I hate to put a case on it, so keeping it protected safely in a pouch is perfect for me. As an added benefit, a phone as large as the Evo completely takes over any pocket you put it in, so this gives you a pocket back as well as adding a few storage slots for the other things you need with you at all times. Hit the break for the full review.

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4 years ago

HTC Desire review (U.S. Cellular version)

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HTC Desire on U.S. Cellular

It took half a year, but, finally, the HTC Desire has come to America. Announced at Mobile World Congress in February 2010, the Desire -- codenamed the Bravo -- brought an all-new interface -- Sense -- to Android 2.1, all tucked into a phone that essentially is the Nexus One, with a few tweaks.

Come Aug. 27, the HTC Desire will be available on U.S. Cellular, with its 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Sense UI -- and the new SLCD touchscreen, which replaces the AMOLED screen that's seen shortages of late. Is it worth the wait? Find out, after the break.

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4 years ago

Developer: Android is a viable revenue stream, posts numbers to prove it

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Advanced Task Manager

Aaron La, the developer behind Advanced Task Manager, has opened his books and gives us some interesting insight into the Android Market, profitability and his own opinions of the market.We'll let Aaron break down the numbers for you, but some interesting points:

  • The free version of ATM can bring in as much or more advertising revenue monthly than straight sales of its 99-cent counterpart.
  • Aaron hasn't quit his day job, but an average of $10,000 a month is quite a lot of pocket change.
  • Google Checkout and the Market app themselves are a couple of big anchors holding back Android. (And that's a sentiment certainly echoed by a whole lot of people).
  • The 24-hour return policy isn't evil.

Give the entire blog post a read. It's a good one. [Aaronla.com via @romainguy]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab supposedly spotted in the wild

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Samsung Galaxy TabSomewhere in a crowded Sydney, Australia, train station, a man uses a handheld device. But not just any device. It's a tablet. And it's not just any tablet.

It is, according to Electronista, the fabled Samsung Galaxy Tab -- the Korean smartphone manufacturer's rumored Android tablet that we're expecting to see announced in the next month or so, possibly at the IFA conference in Berlin.

It's not the first time we've seen supposed sightings of the seven-inch tablet -- it's leaked out of a Korean office before -- but this is the first time we've seen it on video. It's obviously smaller than Apple's 10-inch iPad, and even in its spy-cam shots, it looks sleeker than the Dell Streak. And the ability to one-hand the thing is going to make that size of tablet more attractive to some.

Anyhoo, enough chatter. Check out the video after the break. [Electronista]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Zune Home launcher

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Zune Home launcher replacement for Android

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued by what Windows Phone 7 will be bringing to the proverbial smartphone table in a few short months. And so when we ran across the Zune Home launcher replacement [via FrAndroid], I had to give it a shot. It's a 99-cent launcher replacement that roughly mimics the UI of the Zune and (even more roughly) Windows Phone 7. It's definitely not the same experience, though it has potential. Check out the video and download links after the break.

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