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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2 will cost $150 at Radio Shack

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T-Mobile G2Let the T-Mobile G2 price wars begin!

Best Buy came out of the gate first, offering the G2 at presale for $199 after contract. And now Radio Shack has gone and dropped that price to $150 after contract (and with the same instant rebate). And both those prices are right in the ballpark of what we hear Costco will be selling the G2 for.

We've still had no word from T-Mobile as to its pricing, or when the G2 will actually be available (though Best Buy says it'll have it in stores on Oct. 6).

Regardless, the $199 is the sweet spot these days, and anything less is really just icing on the Android cake, is it not? [via @radioshack]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch HD touts HSPA+ speeds, 3.8-inch screen, 'dual processor'

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 T-Mobile myTouch HD

Sure, the T-Mobile G2 just got official, but it's the myTouch HD that's really starting to pique our interest. This reportedly leaked document shows a few specs, including Android 2.2, an3.8-inch screen, 4GB of internal memory, a 5MP rear camera and VGA front camera, the Genius button, HSPA+ data speeds -- oh, and a "1GHz Dual Processor." That could mean dual-core, or it could mean something else. You know how these things go. [TMo News]

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4 years ago

Android Quick-App: Astro Player Beta (a multispeed podcatcher)

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Astro Player Beta

As far as music players and podcatchers go, Astro Player Beta isn't in our top five. There definitely are more attractive apps that are easier to use. But it has one feature that we've gotten a bunch of questions about -- the ability to listen to podcasts at greater-than-1x speeds. That's right, you can speed up the dulcet tones of Jerry, Mickey and myself and crank through the weekly news in half the time -- and make us sound like chipmunks in the process. It has an option to speed up the playback but keep pitch the same, but it's marginal. The whole speed thing is labeled as "experimental," and your mileage may vary depending on what you're listening to. Check out a demo and grab the download info after the break.

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4 years ago

Another Droid X Froyo update leaks out

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 Droid X leaked OTA

Yeah, we're still waiting on Android 2.2 for the Motorola Droid X. But for those of you who are rooted and don't mind a little hackery, another leaked OTA (see our hands-on with the first) has appeared at My Droid World. You need to be rooted to get this guy to install, and you're going to have to use Koush's bootstrapper. And now would be a good time to remind about the warning Motorola issued after the previous leaked Froyo build -- mainly that if you do this, don't expect help from Moto if a newer OTA actually gets pushed out. But you knew that already, right? Check out the full instructions at the source. [My Droid World via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Are you ready for some football? Fantasy football on Android

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Fantasy Football

Are you ready for some football? If you’re a football fan and like to play fantasy, hopefully your team is set and ready to dominate your league. Even though Drew Brees and Brett Favre (OK, Farve, not so much) started helping their teams on Thursday night, things really get going today. Before the rest of the games start, we wanted to provide you with a brief overview of some of the best fantasy apps for Android.

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4 years ago

The week in Android News

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 Android news roundup

This week we saw the Verizon Fascinate launch and controversy erupt over its default search engine, the T-Mobile G2 announced, Swype updated, and a plethora of other odds and ends. Let's recap:

Hardware news

Applications

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4 years ago

Swype beta for Android updated, older version expiring soon

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Swype for Android

If you're rocking the Swype keyboard -- the beta version, not the one that's preinstalled on newer phones -- you likely just got an e-mail telling you it's time to update. Couple of reasons for that: One is that the current beta will expire in a couple of days, and the other is a slew of bugfixes. The full changelog is as follows:

  • Added German and Portuguese languages
  • Added the auto-space suppression short-cut gesture: Swype from the spacebar to backspace
  • Added the quick language switch short-cut gesture: Swype from the Swype Key to the Q key
  • Improved the word prediction algorithm to provide better support for additional languages
  • Improved handling of several gesture collisions, including want/wasn't, to/too and others
  • The Android IME no longer sometimes hangs/crashes when Swype scrapes the user's address book for dictionary entries
  • Tips and help menus now accessible when a password field is active
  • Backspace now works in applications which use raw key input instead of an editable text field (e.g. terminal emulator)
  • The single character "i" is no longer incorrectly auto-capitalized in non-English languages (reported by many of you!)
  • Tons of other minor bug-fixes, including many device-specific issues

Be sure to completely uninstall the keyboard and Swype installer files before installing the new ones. You can download the new version for your phone here (from your phone's browser), read the FAQ here, and get detailed installation instructions here.

So that there's no confusion: If Swype came pre-installed on your phone, stay away from this update. If you registered for the beta on Swype's website, and that's where you initially got Swype, you're good to go.

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4 years ago

DirecTV brings the NFL to Android with Sunday Ticket To-Go

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DirecTV

Do you have DirecTV and want to watch NFL games wherever you go? Now you can with NFL Sunday Ticket To-Go, which has now been brought to Android. You must have the NFL Sunday Ticket to register for this mobile package, which costs $49.95.

What's included:

  • Live streaming video of every NFL game (subject to blackouts)
  • The NFL Red-Zone channel
  • Highlights from every game
  • Scores and instant game stats

Once you subscribe to the service, download the app below to start watching your favorite team. [DirecTV] (Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Droid X theme makes its way onto BlackBerry devices

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Ok, now we all know that many BlackBerry users have converted to Android, but there are still some that carry both devices with them for whatever reasons they chose. In the past we have seen BlackBerry users replicate various Android OS's with their BeDroid theme, BeNexus theme, BeFroyo theme and now we have a XDroid theme which is a Droid X replica for the BlackBerry. While we all know that the theme can't bring the true Android experience to their BlackBerry device, it's a step in the right direction changing the look to the ever popular Android style. [via CrackBerry]

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4 years ago

Here's your Verizon Fascinate Google search fix (update with even more fixed)

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Google Search on the Verizon Fascinate

Here's how to put Google search back on the Verizon Fascinate, and it takes just a third-party launcher and a single download. It's simple as can be and doesn't require root, and it adds one piece of functionality we were missing from our previous fix: You'll get native Google search and voice search back.

Here are your instructions:

  • Download the Enhanced Google Search provider apk from the second post of this forum thread.
  • Place the file on your SD card, and install it through your favorite file manager.
  • In a third-party launcher (like ADW or Launcher Pro), put the Google search widget back on your home screen, if you like. It'll work now. Same goes for the search button. Again, you have to use a third-party launcher.

You'll still need to download Google Maps from the market if you haven't already. And while the phone's physical search button (or capacitive, we know) will now work with Google, holding it to initiate a voice search still routs through Bing. So we're about 90 percent there. (Update: See below)

Otherwise, we're talking no root, no muss, no fuss, and no waiting for Verizon to "fix" this when it eventually releases Android 2.2.  I love it!  [Android Central forums] Big thanks to namebrandon and Cory!

Update: As Cory demonstrates in the video after the break, you can get the search button to work for voice search. Here's how he did it. You're going to have to be rooted. (Sorry, but that's how it is, get instructions for that here.) Go to /system/app and rename I500_BingSearchAndroid_07152010.apk to I500_BingSearchAndroid_07152010.old. You may need to reboot. But after that, it should work.

Update 2: Added more video of it in action after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab to hit Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, says WSJ

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

You should be able to gets your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab (see OUR hands on right here) through three of the big four carriers -- AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon -- according to a trio of source that spoke to the Wall Street Journal.  (Three carriers, three sources. Coincidence? We think not.) This meshes with rumors that the Boy Genius Report received about the Tab coming to Sprint and Verizon.  While no details of the final costs or release dates are mentioned, this shows that Samsung's push to get it's high end Android devices across the board continues with their tablet. 

Samsung is going to need the potential sales that having the Tab on multiple carriers will bring, as they expect to sell over 10 million tablets and carry a full third of the market through next year.  We would love to see it, but there's a little company in Cupertino that may have something to say about all that.  [WSJ online]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible transitioning from AMOLED to SLCD touchscreens this month

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The Droid Incredible is switching to SLCD touchscreens, and it's happening soon, folks. HTC previously announced that the Desire and Nexus One were making the change due to the scarcity of AMOLED screens, which are manufactured by Samsung. We've already seen SCLD in the U.S. Cellular version of the Desire (read our review), which will be in stores in the next week or so. And the above screen shot from Verizon's internals and posted in the Android Central Forums shows that the DInc is switching this month.

The big question is will anyone notice the difference. Side by side, yes. But that's true between any difference screen types. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Cellular South will have the HTC Desire in stores mid-week

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Cellular South's HTC Desire coming next week

The HTC Desire from Cellular South (read our full review here) should be available sometime in the middle of next week, according to Cellular South's Facebook fan page.  This is great news for the many who have been waiting for the Desire to come stateside, and anyone who picks this one up is sure to be happy.  With the HTC Hero (also in sexy black), the Milestone, now the Desire, and soon the Galaxy S, Cell South is embracing Android and we're loving it.  Let's hear from you Cell South users -- represent! [Cellular South via Facebook] Thanks Adam!

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4 years ago

Android 2.2 Froyo already on 28 percent of Android phones

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Android versions

It's been more than a month since we last heard from Google regarding how many devices are on which version of the Android operating system, and what a difference a month makes. As of Aug. 2, only 4.5 percent of phones were on Android 2.2, aka Froyo. Fast forward to Sept. 1, and that number jumps to 28.7 percent. We have the Evo 4G, Droid and Droid Incredible updates to thank for that, mostly, plus the Nexus One and Droid 2. (It will be interesting to see how all of the Galaxy S phones affect these numbers, as they all launched with Android 2.1.)

The other "outdated" versions of Android continue to fall, with Android 2.1 down to 41.7 percent (from 59.7 percent), Donut down to 17.5 percent (from 20.3 percent) and Cupcake at an even 12 percent (down from 15.3 percent).

Now let's get the carriers to push out a few more updates and see how much Froyo can grow by October, shall we? [Android Developers Blog]

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