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4 years ago

Did the HTC Incredible HD (aka HTC Mecha) just appear for its close-up? (Update: More pics show up)

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HTC somethingorother -- possibly the Mecha

What do you get when you have a power button, front-facing camera, speaker grille and battery door slot? A close-up of a smartphone, that's for sure, which is just what showed up in our inbox. And this is looking a whole heck of a lot like the HTC Mecha (aka Incredible HD) pictures we published a month or so ago. Could it be something else? Some sort of Windows Phone 7 device? Sure. But it definitely looks like HTC fare, and it definitely looks like the Mecha to us.

We've got one other picture after the break that is a decent macro shot of the screen bezel and what probably is a volume rocker. It's a mystery, for sure. Thanks, anon!

Update: The plot thickens, as Engadget and Slashgear were fed some of the close-ups, too. Coincidence? Hell, no. Peep 'em after the break.

Update 2: Gizmodo got one, too. How nice for them.

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4 years ago

Take Foursquare for Android with photos and comments for a test drive

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4Square test drive

If you're using Foursquare on your Android phone, and are willing to try out a testing version (with photos and comments), listen up.  Dennis Crowley, a member of the Foursquare for Android team, is looking for testers of the new app on Twitter. You'll need to be able to sideload applications on your phone, and be ready just in case things don't work quite as expected -- that's why it's a test.  Here's the link to the file, as provided by Mr. Crowley.  Now go check in somewhere! [@dens]

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4 years ago

iGloLEDset brings the future of interactive lighting and lighter wallets to Android

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iGloLEDset for Android

If you are the type who just can't resist gadgets that have the extra bit of cool factor, and have US $299 to blow on some (I know you're out there), you have to check out iGloLEDset now that it's come to the Android platform.  Imagine a WiFi-enabled set of rope lights, that you can control in real time from your phone, swiping and pressing to control the colors and blink rate.  It does sound really cool, but I'm not quite sold on MEA Mobile's idea that light switches are now obsolete and there will soon be an entire industry dedicated to their safe removal from walls everywhere. 

For those who haven't already rushed to order their very own set for you holiday decorations, we have MEA Mobile's press release and a demo video after the break.

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4 years ago

Sprint's 4G lighting up the San Francisco Bay Area on Dec. 28

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Sprint turns on its 4G in San Francisco bay area.

Bay Area Sprint subscribers toting a 4G phone will receive a nice holiday treat on Dec. 28, as Sprint continues its 4G rollout.  Idle 4G radios within the San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Silicon Valley areas can finally come to life and start sucking down bandwidth faster than ever before.

Sprint offered tips on how their subscribers can take advantage of the higher network throughput a 4G connection provides.  Promoting apps such as ScanLife, Qik, Fring, Diet Watcher Cookbook, and OpenTable -- Sprint wants their current and future 4G phone owners to know they can rely on their speedy 4G connection for all their data-heavy applications.

In addition to these useful tips, Sprint also published a video that offers a brief explanation of their 4G technology and what it offers.  Check it out after the jump.  [Sprint]

Update: Oh, by the way, those of you in Boulder, Colo., who saw your fair city listed on Monday's release -- apparently that was in error. But seeing as how you still don't have 4G Wimax, you probably already knew that

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4 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Tab drops to $499 sans contract at Best Buy

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VZW Galaxy Tab

The Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab can now be bought for $499 off contract at Best Buy; Verizon's variant of the Tab was previously $599.

If you're thinking about the Galaxy Tab for the holidays, here are the month-to-month plans after the $499:

  • $20/month for 1GB
  • $35/month for 3GB
  • $50/month for 5GB
  • $80/month for 8GB

Even though the Tab is off contract, users must commit to the first month at least, then are allowed to cancel and use it how they please. Prices are continuing to go down, which is great for consumers. Thanks A!

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4 years ago

Epic 4G's Froyo update looking pretty good for a Dec. 26 push

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Sprint Epic 4G update

Rumors have been runnin' round regarding the Sprint Epic 4G's long-awaited Android 2.2 Froyo update. And it looks like Dec. 26 is getting nailed down as a probable date. Yes, we know how these "push dates" go -- they're as likely to be good as bad, and it's not like everybody gets pushed the update at the same time. But here's what we've been sent from a couple of people:

A software update to DL11 (Froyo) is available for the Samsung EPIC 4G via
Google OTA.
OTA Duration time: 7-8 minutes, with installation time of 6-8 minutes.
Customers will become eligible for the upgrade across a 4-day period based on their status with the Google servers.
67% of users are currently on SW DI18 so the first OTA package we will
publish will be an upgrade from DI18 - Froyo (DL11).

So if all goes according to plan (we're all knocking on wood here), the push would begin next Sunday and last for four days or so. Anybody wondering what their "status with the Google servers" is? More on the Froyo update in the Epic 4G forums

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4 years ago

Gingerbread feature: Near Field Communication

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Gingerbread feature -- NFC

Another new feature to Gingerbread is Near Field Communications (NFC).  It's a fancy term for wireless communication between things that touch each other.  You've probably seen this with your current credit or bank card, and special terminals at places like gas stations or bank teller machines, and it can be pretty handy.  It's a smartphone technology that's still in its infancy, has little practical use currently, and needs specialized hardware -- currently only the Nexus S supports it.

We expect all that to change soon, and a new series of possibilities -- and security concerns -- will become the norm in the smartphone arena.  For now, unless you're in Portland and visit one of the businesses Google targeted in their Hotpot testing area, there isn't much you can do with it.  But for kicks, get out your bank card or passport and hit the break to see a demo.

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4 years ago

Playstation phone may be 'Xperia Play,' reportedly will hit stores in April 2011

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Here's the latest speculation and rumor control on the not-so-mythical Sony Ericsson Playstation phone:

First up, SE was granted a European trademark on "Xperia Play" on Dec. 1. At the same time, Swedish PR firm Jung Relations has scooped up XperiaPlay.com, XperiaPlay.net and XperiaPlay.org. So there's a pretty good bet that'll end up being a big part of the branding somehow.

Then add on an unsourced rumor from Pocket-Lint, which says the PSP/Xperia/Play/Phone/thingy will be announced at Mobile World Congress in February (no great surprise there) and will hit stores in April in the UK.

Safe bets, all. Does that mean any of it'll actually happen? There's a better than average chance. Stay tuned, folks. This spring is gonna be a doozy. [OHIM, Xperia10.net, Pocketnow, Pocket-Lint]

Xperia Play trademark

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4 years ago

Droid X captures great shot of the Lunar Eclipse last night

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lunar-eclipse

Were you one of the many who stayed awake last night to check out the lunar eclipse as it occurred in the early morning hours? Many of us wish we could capture the amazing event on camera, and it appears as though one person was going to go to any extreme to capture a shot. With the use of his Motorola Droid X and a telescope @freshgeardude was able to capture the miraculous shot that is shown above. It's not quite as spectacular as this other moon shot we've seen, but it's still a great example of exactly just what Droid Does! [via @freshgeardude]

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4 years ago

Gingerbread is on the Droid Incredible? But of course!

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Gingerbread on the Droid IncredibleGingerbread on the Droid Incredible? Don't sound so surprised. Now that the source code has been made publicly available, everyone and their mother (hi, Mom!) is compiling a beta build for their favorite device.

For the most part, though, remember that these builds aren't really ready to be your daily driver -- though they're definitely getting better day by day.

That brings us back to the DInc, and this ROM from r2DoesInc. You'll get the basic Gingerbread experience, with a few tweaks. The camera's working, though GPS and video recording aren't. Be sure to check out the full changelog and instructions at the source link for the full rundown. It's a hodgepodge, to be sure, but an impressive one.

Video's after the break as well. [XDA-Developers]

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Viewsonic: GTablet doesn't have hardware flaw, its UI just sucks

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Staples Viewsonic GTab recall

You may have heard some rumbling across the Internet over the weekend about Staples recalling the Viewsonic 10-inch GTablet because of a hardware defect.  Turns out that according to Viewsonic (full press release after the break) the hardware's still top notch, and "is one of the fastest Android tablets on the market today, consistently leading industry benchmarks."  They're right, but to be fair, that's only after it's been hacked nine ways to Sunday. The stock user interface -- known as Tap and Tap -- is plain awful (see our review for the proof), and Viewsonic admits that this, and the fact that Adobe hasn't certified Flash 10.1 for the Tegra 2 chipset just yet, is the reason people were rushing to return the things. 

They also go on to say they will be releasing an update starting Dec 22. The new Tap and Tap, which according to Viewsonic, has been significantly enhanced since the product launch  will now be a choice presented to the end user, along with the standard Android 2.2 user experience.  They also suggest the users can download Flash from websites that distribute Android applications until Jan 2011, when Adobe has certified the software for their product.  If this turns out to be the case, you're forgiven Viewsonic.  Hit the break for Viewsonic's press release.  [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Sprint acknowledges problems with Samsung Intercept Froyo update

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samsung-intercept

Are you one of the Samsung Intercept owners who was eagerly awaiting your time for the Android 2.2 update but was quickly disappointed when it made your device a nice paperweight? Well, it appears as though you are not alone, and Sprint has posted that they are aware that this update is making some devices unresponsive. They have not given a cause for the issue, not stated exactly what they plan to do to fix it but they do advise those who experience to call their customer service at 1-888-211-4PCS.

We assume an official fix is in the works. And if you're up for an unofficial fix (though reportedly it's the one Sprint's testing, there's another update.zip out there that reportedly does the deed. [via Sprint Community Forums, BriefMobile]

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4 years ago

Nexus One's Android 2.3 Gingerbread update promised 'in the coming weeks'

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Nexus One with Gingerbread

OMG! The Nexus One will get its over-the-air Gingerbread update in a few weeks, according to the GoogleNexus Twitter account. In a few weeks?!?!? That means we should repeatedly hit the software update button starting now, right? RIGHT?!?!

We know, we know. Patience is not your strong suit. But an interesting thing happened as the Android 2.3 code was released last week: Google said the AOSP code can't just be compiled and slapped into a working build for the Nexus One and the Nexus S. Of course, that didn't stop anybody, and we've had builds running since last Friday night -- and some of them are getting pretty darn good. But let's give the boys and girls at Google a little time to get things right (and, perhaps, enjoy their holidays?) before pushing anymore code, m'kay? [Twitter]

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4 years ago

Samsung Captivate case review: Body Glove Snap-on Case

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Body Glove Snap On Case 1

The Body Glove Snap-On Case is an interesting, multipurpose accessory choice for the Samsung Captivate. It has some great features as well as areas that could use improvement.

The Good: The Snap-On Case feels good in the hand. Its textured material feels better than a lot of the plastic options on the market, as well as provides solid protection for the phone. This is also a lot more than a case as it has an attachable clip and kickstand. The kickstand is built into the clip so no need to worry about looking after two detachable parts. The knob can also be removed if you don't want to sport the extra additions, which makes this case extremely flexible. 

The not as good: It's a snap on case, and because of that it is more difficult to put and keep together than other cases. You need to push the two parts together pretty hard to make them stick. Even after it was together, I wasn't sure it was going to stay connected. It should be noted, however, that the parts have not separated after heavy use.  

Overall, it's a solid case if you're looking for a multipurpose accessory. It feels good once it's put together and is pretty robust once snapped on. If you have a Captivate and are looking for a case with a kickstand and clip, consider the Body Glove Snap-On Case, available from the Android Central Store, for $24.95. See more pictures after the break.

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4 years ago

Swype reopens beta program for all!

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Swype for Android

You read that right, folks. For those of you waiting to officially get in on the Swype keyboard, you'll wait no longer. The beta program has opened up to anyone able to type in a little user information. That means you can be up and running the official version of Swype in just a couple of minutes -- including the new and improved "micro" version -- without worry of being hassled by the man. Hit up the source link to get your Swype on. [Swype] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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