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4 years ago

Samsung Gem shows its face with Verizon branding

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The Samsung Gem is yet another Android device that may be making its way into the Android world by the way of Verizon Wireless. Very little, if anything has been shown about this device so far, and all we really know is that it has Touchwiz.on an unknown Android version. And as for when we may see the Gem? Intomobile says it's expected at the beginning of September, followed by the Fascinate (see our hands-on) later in the month. [via IntoMobile]

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4 years ago

BlackBerry Torch 9800 reviewed [the competition]

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BlackBerry Torch CrackBerry review

We know more a few of you wised up and came over from BlackBerry, and, truth be told, we're looking at the BlackBerry Torch (aka the Torch 9800) with a wee bit of envy. After all, who wouldn't want to try Android on a vertical slider? Anyhoo, our pals at CrackBerry have done a bang-up job with their Torch 9800 review, and even put it up alongside the Samsung Captivate, AT&T's top-shelf Android device. So head on over and check it out, and tell 'em Android Central sent ya.

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4 years ago

Google CEO says 200,000 Android devices activated every day

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When last we heard from Eric Schmidt back in late June, the Google CEO was dropping the bombshell that some 160,000 Android devices were being activated every day. Fast forward to, well, now, and that number has hit an even 200,000, Schmidt told reporters Wednesday at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, Nev. And that's doubled since the 100,000-device figure Google gave us at its IO developer conference in May.

And for those of you worrying about if Android actually costs Google money, Schmidt say mobile search ad revenue "easily pays for all Android development." So it's got that going for it, which is nice. [@gaberivera via Unwired View]

Update: Video from TechCrunch after the break.

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4 years ago

More (yes, more) about the Droid 2

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We know, the Motorola Droid 2 specs have been leaked in nearly every way, shape or form at this point, but it just doesn't seem to end. A flyer from Verizon has been leaked, confirming most of what we had already known, but either way confirmed information is always welcome. From the flyer we can see that the Droid 2 will ship with Android 2.2 out of the box, so no waiting on the Froyo OTA like the Droid has to. The device will have 8GB of on-board memory along with an 8GB microSD card, will feature the Droid X-like skin, unified inbox, Swype and many more great features we have come to love. One very interesting stat that they claim is 40 percent boost in webpage loading times, but there is no data showing what the competitor in this was. All this information is great and all, Verizon, but can we just have the device now? [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Droid's Froyo update reportedly halted, new build coming next week?

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Motorola Droid Android 2.2 updateHere we go again, folks. Remember how the Evo 4G first saw an "unofficial" Android 2.2 update before the good one pushed out this week? Looks like pretty much the same thing is going on with the original Motorola Droid.

Trident at Android Forums has it that a showstopper was found in the FRG01B build that came out on Tuesday, which explains why not many people actually got the update over the air. (FWIW: We did our update manually -- see our hands-on here.) And add to that the image sent to Droid Life that you see at right, showing a newer build, FRG22.

Whether FRG22 ends up being the build we finally see released? Well, we'll see. The good news is that just about everybody's in agreement that those of us who updated to FRG01B should be just fine and get another update shortly. Huzzah. [via Android Forums and Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Motorola Charm listed at Best Buy for $250

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Motorola Charm at Best Buy

Hey, look at that. It's the Motorola Charm at Best Buy, listed at $249.99. That's either one of BB's famous placeholder prices, or the unsubsidized price. Either way, we're still no closer to knowing when this thing's actually coming out on T-Mobile, but there you go. [Best Buy] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Q&A: All about the Froyo updates

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FroyoFinally, the long wait (OK, it just seems long) for Android 2.2 is coming to an end for many of you. First with the Nexus One, and now the Motorola Droid and Sprint Evo 4G, Froyo is steadily being updated on thousands of Android phones.

But we get it. You guys still have plenty of questions about Froyo. And we've got answers. So after the break, some Q&A on everybody's favorite OS update.

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4 years ago

Nimbuzz 2.0 available for Android

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Nimbuzz just dropped version 2.0 of its popular Android VOIP application, bringing a slew of new features. Here's what's up: 

  • NimbuzzOut will allow you to make cheap international and local calls to mobile phones and landlines over the internet without using your minutes! The new keypad located on the NimbuzzOut screen lets you access your entire phone book so you can make quick calls to anyone outside your Nimbuzz network.
  • A Dialer Tab: call mobile phones and landlines via NimbuzzOut, SkypeOut or any of our SIP partners (Google/Gizmo5, Sipgate, Xeloq, T-Pad, VoIPax, Gulfsip, IPS, Badatel and more)
  • Friend suggestions see which of your phonebook contacts are already using Nimbuzz so you an add them to your network. The more you add the more you save! ; )
  • Facebook connect: more stable connection, improved the security of your Facebook data, and allow you to see the status message of your Facebook friends.
  • New options in the settings, allowing you to choose different layouts, account credentials and profile information.

And best of all, Nimbuzz is still free. Check out video of it in action, plus download links, all after the break. [Nimbuzz]

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4 years ago

Android2cloud sends info from Android to Chrome

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Android2cloud  

Possible seamless integration of Chrome and Android was first seen with the Chrome to Phone app/extension. If you haven't heard of it, check out our demo, it's very cool! Now, the reverse process, dubbed Android2cloud, allows users to send information from their phones directly to Chrome.

After installing the app and the extension, give them both the appropriate permissions and start sharing! Video and download link after after the break [Lifehacker]

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4 years ago

Android takes the lead from BlackBerry in Q2, analyst firm reports

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According to NPD, one of the largest consumer market research companies, Android phones smartphones (or superphones, as Google likes to call it), has out sold the BlackBerry in Q2's sales. Almost every one in three smartphones that are sold today, has Android installed on the device.

The top 5 Android phones sold in the second quarter were:

  1. Motorola Droid
  2. HTC Droid Incredible
  3. HTC EVO 4G
  4. HTC Hero
  5. HTC Droid Eris

It looks like Verizon's and Sprint's marketing efforts have really paid off. (Not to mention HTC, eh?) It's no surprise the Motorola Droid is at the top of that list. Especially with all those Droid commercials Verizon kept on pumping out every few weeks. We're just pretty surprised the HTC Droid Incredible made number 2 on that list. With all those supply shortages with the AMOLED screens and all.

Let's see if RIM's new marketing campaign and the launch of BlackBerry 6 will help them with sales in Q3. They need something other than BBM to help them now. Boast about your Android phone and all of its first-placeness in the comments section. [Business Wire]

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

Archos 8 -- a tiny media player, sports Eclair, available for pre-order

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Archos 32 PMP

Now for something completely different -- J&R has put up the pre-order page for the Archos 32, a 3.2-inch 8GB personal media player.  Don't hit the back button on your browser just yet, because this little device is big on the spec sheet: 

  • 3.2-inch TFT LCD touchscreen at WQVGA (400x240) resolution and 16 million colors
  • Android 2.1, with plans to upgrade to Froyo at release
  • Access to over 2000 apps in the Archos AppsLib app store
  • 800 MHz A8 Cortex processor with OpenGL support
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi suport
  • Standard USB connector with USB Host and composite video out
  • VGA camera with camcorder mode
  • Support for every audio and video format I've ever heard of, and a few I haven't

Shazam!  Now pack all this into a 2.5-ounce device with a $147.00 price tag and you've just piqued my interest.  I've searched high and low for a leaked pic to no avail, and no word on just when we'll be seeing this one, but you can sign up to be notified at the pre-order page.  [J&R via NetbooksReview] Thanks Jazz!

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4 years ago

Cellular South's Hero looks good in black

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HTC Hero in Black

Always had a special place in our hearts for the HTC Hero, even if it is a little long in the tooth. But dress it up in black, and we'd be more than happy to put this guy in our bag as a backup device. It's available now from Cellular South for $79.99 after contract and rebate. [Cellular South] Thanks, @asmith001!

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4 years ago

Motorola Sage breaks blurry cover, still leaves us wondering

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Motorola Sage

When we saw that blurry picture of the Motorola Sage last week we thought ... well, we're not quite sure what we thought. We've been hoping that the difference between high-end Motorola smartphone and low-end Motorola smartphone might at least creep toward the middle. But what we see here sure looks like it's from the same family as the Backflip. Engadget's tipster says the is-Blur/isn't-Blur/PhilBlur skin is on board, and we're trying not to poke fun at that trackpad. Really, we are. You, however, can have at it in the comments. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Verizon rumored launch 10-inch Motorola Android tablet with FiOS TV

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Don't look now, but it seems like Verizon is about to get real serious about competing with the iPad. Word comes from the Financial Times that Big Red and Motorola, who have been best buds as of late, are planning on launching a 10-inch tablet device that would allow subscribers to Verizon's FiOS TV service to watch live TV shows on it. Just let that sink in for a moment.

The device could launch as soon as "this autumn," but no specific date or pricing were given. It does seem that the tablet will come with full Flash compatibility, which would almost guarantee the device would launch with Android 2.2 ("Froyo"). In addition, the tablet could come with Verizon's hotspot feature, allowing nearby WiFi devices to connect to the internet as well. If they weren't before, Moto and Verizon are sure playing for keeps now. [FinancialTimes] Thanks to SharonW for the tip!

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