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4 years ago

Google Instant brings 'real-time' search to the web; coming to mobile this fall

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Google Instant

Google today introduced its newest search feature, dubbed Google Instant. The search giant is always exploring innovative opportunities to present relevant search results faster to the end-user. Instant provides search results while the user types, taking away the need to press enter or even finish typing. 

The three core features of Google Instant, as laid out in Google's blog post:

  • Dynamic Results: Google dynamically displays relevant search results as you type so you can quickly interact and click through to the web content you need.
  • Predictions: One of the key technologies in Google Instant is that we predict the rest of your query (in light gray text) before you finish typing. See what you need? Stop typing, look down and find what you’re looking for.
  • Scroll to search: Scroll through predictions and see results instantly for each as you arrow down.

This is a great new search feature that's fun to play around with. It will be rolled out to most users over the coming weeks, so if you can't see it now, check back soon.

This is a web-only feature at the moment, but Google is aiming to get it up and running in the mobile space in the fall, according to Google's official Twitter account.  That said, you can get a mobile preview now by clicking here (in a mobile browser, natch).

For a demo, check out the video after the break. If you have Google Instant, have some fun and play around with it! [Official Google Blog] [@Google]

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4 years ago

R2-D2 Droid 2 boot animation breaks cover, available for download

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It looks like the official boot animation for the R2-D2 Droid 2 has hit the web. We broke the news a few weeks about the phone's Sept. 30 release date. As we move closer to the launch date, we're pretty sure more and more little surprises should start showing up. If you really want the little walking trash can on your phone right now, Droid Life has also uploaded the boot animation zip file here

Full video after the break to get those midichlorians pumping in your veins. Oh, and may the force be with you. [Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Android Central asks -- what's your favorite launcher?

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 Launcher

Everyone knows that the best thing about Android is the fact that it's so darn customizable. As the adage goes, you can never have too much of a good thing -- provided you don't get overwhelmed by all the choice.  Today we're going to take a look at custom launchers.  Which one suits you the best?  Have a read (after the break) and be sure to vote in the froum poll!

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4 years ago

Samsung goes pink with their Galaxy S in South Korea

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Samsung has not only rolled out a device line that can be purchased on nearly any and all carriers, but now they appear to be offering this device in color choices in some markets. South Korean's will soon be given the option to pick up the Samsung Galaxy S (M110S) in a pink flavor, as well as the original. While unfortunately at this time it does not appear as though this color will be making its way to to the states, we can always hope for some color choices to find their way to us. [via SamsungHub]

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4 years ago

HP Zeen spotted, running Android (sort of)

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HP Zeen

The Zeen is the Android tablet from HP -- that gianormus company that bought Palm and still felt a need to bring us an Android device.  Turns out it really does ship with the Zeus printer bundle, and it brings a very different Android than we're used to. HP's calling it their TouchSmart UI, and it looks like it may be a simplified and functional desktop style arrangement instead of the standard homescreen and dynamic content system we're used to.  We've not actually handled the thing, so all this could be just a new skin and widget setup as well.  In either case, it looks like this won't be a 'with Google' device so the standard Google apps and Market are missing. 

In other words, instead of a new Android tablet, we are seeing a stand alone printer that operates on Android.  The fact that you can pop off the "control panel" and use it as a tablet happens just because HP was smart enough to think of it.  Even though it gives me a fuzzy open source feeling, I'm not going to run out and get it because it happens to be an Android device.  But next time I'm in the market for a printer you can bet I'll give it a good look. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Those three-dot buttons on the G2 keyboard? They're still three dots

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HTC T-Mobile G2 keyboard

Remember the trio of keys on the HTC T-Mobile G2 that don't really appear to have much function, what with their vague three dots and all? We're getting a better look at them now thanks to newcomer His and Her Android. The three dots are still there, and it's pretty apparent that these are going to be user-definable keys. But let's hope there's actually a function assigned to them by default. Because if there's anything new users love, it's having three buttons on their keyboard that don't actually do anything. One more pic after the break. [His and Her Android via TMo News]

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4 years ago

From the Forums: First custom Droid 2 ROM now available

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Droid 2 epic ROM

The Motorola Droid 2 now has a custom ROM available.  Epic Unleashed 1.1 (don't be confused by the name, this ROM is only for the Droid 2) brings more to the table than many thought would be possible because of the locking down that Big Red and Moto attempted on the phone -- being deodexed, with some of the carrier extras removed, helpful shell scripts added, and a customized build.prop.  That's developer speak for faster with nice features, and we all can understand that.

You can check it out in the developers threads right here in our forums.  And if you're sporting a rooted Droid 2, you gotta check it out! [Android Central forums] Thanks, Matt!

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4 years ago

Verizon Samsung Fascinate on sale now online for $199, in stores Thursday

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Verizon Samsung Fascinate

It's that time, folks. The Verizon Samsung Fascinate is now available online for $199.99 after two-year contract and mail-in rebate. You're still going to have to wait a day before it's in stores (or for them to ship it to you, for that matter). But what's a few more hours, right? [Verizon] Thanks, Kyle!

Oh, yeah. And it's buy-one-get-one. But you already knew that, right?

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4 years ago

Hands on with Archos' slate of slates at IFA 2010

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Archos 7

Archos brought no fewer than five models of its new "internet tablets" to IFA 2010: Archos 28, Archos 32, Archos 43, Archos 70, and Archos 10.1. We're fond of pretty much all of them. They all run Android 2.2 Froyo and have a "light" skin that doesn't get in the way too much. The larger ones rock a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor that doesn't exactly make them sing, but definitely keeps up and along with some graphics acceleration makes display of 720p HD video a breeze.

One choice we're not so sure about is the decision to toss the main Android buttons - Home, Menu, Search, and Back - into the screen itself instead of having them be dedicated hardware buttons. It means that for certain things - like watching video - you're two taps away from what should really be a one-tap experience.

Video and photos after the break!

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4 years ago

Google CEO Eric Schmidt delivers closing keynote at IFA 2010

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Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Google CEO and Chairman of the Board Eric Schmidt took the stage today in Berlin at IFA 2010 to deliver the closing keynote speech for the world's largest consumer and electronics trade show.  Schmidt spoke about the new technology that Android offers, such as voice translation, voice search, and Google street view, noting that these types of technology used to be classed as 'science fiction'.  Schmidt also spoke about Google Chrome, and an excellent demo was shown.

Speaking of demos -- GoogleTV's official twitter account reminds us that there is a great demo of the upcoming GoogleTV product (due in the U.S. sometime this fall) that you can watch right here, as part of the full IFA 2010 keynote presentation (at about 32:00.

The full press release is after the break, where you can read how executive director of the IFA Jens Heithecker compares Schmidt to Einstein.  Yes, that Einstein.  [IFA@GoogleTV]

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4 years ago

From the forums: Samsung Fascinate edition

From the Android Central Android Forums

The Verizon Samsung Fascinate is finally official, there's plenty of chatter -- good and bad -- going on in the forums. Here's what you should be paying attention to:

We'll see you in the forums!

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4 years ago

HTC holding a free event in London on September 15

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HTC

Last month, we reported that HTC was planning to hold an event in London on Sept. 15. That event is and remains press-only and looks to be an unveiling of a new phone, or phones, and possibly a tablet or unicorn. If you're not in the press and still want to attend an HTC event on the same day, they have scheduled a free meet-up at Redhook, a seafood restaurant in Central London.

According to HTC's Facebook page, there will be food, drinks, music and phones (to play with) for attendees. They did also say that they will be giving some devices out, so you could wind up with a free new phone!

So if you live anywhere near London you should check it out! It's free and is something to look forward to on a Wednesday night! [HTC's Facebook Event]

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4 years ago

Samsung announces dual-core processor, codenamed Orion

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No, not that Orion. Put that Google Sky Map away. We're talking about Samsung's new dual-core processor will be seen at the annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum in Taiwan. The new processor, codenamed Orion, will feature a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores: "designed specifically to meet the needs of high-performance, low-power mobile applications including tablets, netbooks and smartphones." LG also announced earlier today that it will taking advantage of new dual-core Tegra 2 in future devices. We're definitely getting more and more excited about these faster processors. What do you guys think? Full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Adobe uses small words, pictures, to show which phones Flash supports

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Adobe Flash Player for Android

We don't know about you, but the last thing we want to worry about when determining whether our smartphones are supported is what exactly what processor it's running. And Adobe apparently thinks so, too, fighting some FUD that appeared late last week over which phones it supports for Flash Player 10.1. (Seriously, folks? Somebody thought they'd take Flash away from the original Droid just weeks after it got it?)

For those of you who refuse to click through to the link, here are the phones Adobe Flash currently supports, and how you can get Flash Player 10.1 for them:

  • Nexus One: Download from Android Market.
  • Sprint Evo 4G: Included in Android 2.2 update from HTC.
  • HTC Desire: Included in Android 2.2 update from HTC.
  • Motorola Droid: On devices with Android 2.2 (build FRG22C or higher).
  • Motorola Droid 2: Pre-installed at launch.
  • Motorola Droid X: Will be included in upcoming Android 2.2 update.

So that's that. If you're phone's not on that list, fear not, as Adobe will be updating as time and updates go on. And if you haven't yet, be sure to check out our interview with Adobe platform evangelist Ryan Stewart. [Adobe]

Update: Yes, the Droid Incredible is missing. Yes, Adobe will add it. No, we had nothing to do with it.

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4 years ago

Motorola i1 -- Sprint/Nextel's push-to-talk Android phone

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Motorola i1

The Motorola i1 is neither big, nor bad, but it certainly fills a niche that many believe is dying off -- push-to-talk on the IDEN network.  Applications and services from other carriers try to replicate it, but if you've ever used an actual "chirp" phone (either because you wanted to or otherwise) you know it's not the same.  Those who need PTT service on their phone now have an Android choice, so let's have a look and see if it would be a wise choice to make after the break.

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