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4 years ago

Apple gets proper Google Latitude; stalk your friends from Android

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Not sure how many of  you out there are making use of Google Latitude but if you are, you may find a few more people that now want to stalk follow your every move. Yes, the iPhone crowd has today, been given a proper Google Latitude application for iOS. As noted by the good folks over at TiPB, the application did make an early appearance in the iTunes app store as it seemingly got caught up in all the Nexus S and Gingerbread news but was then quickly pulled again. It has finally returned and is available now for download. Has Google finally broken the iOS barrier? First Google Voice, now this. [TiPB]

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4 years ago

Creative ZiiO pays a visit to the FCC

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At this rate, 2011 is shaping up to be the year of the tablet -- and Creative is on board with the ZiiO. But before any device hits the market, the FCC needs to make sure it checks out (lucky FCC, they see everything early). 

The Creative ZiiO will rock a 10-inch screen, with a 1024 x 600 screen resolution. It'll be running Android 2.1, the current manual suggests that it will be a pretty basic tablet. Oh well, that's why we have hackers, right?  [FCC via CrunchGear]

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4 years ago

Gingerbread brings the ext4 file system to new devices

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Nexus S

In an almost overlooked note on the Android Developers Blog, Tim Bray lets us know that starting with the Nexus S and Gingerbread, some Android devices will be moving from the YAFFS file system to the ext4 file system.  This is going to bring a big boost in input and output file operations, and explains some of the amazing speed improvements we're already seeing on the Nexus S.

Two things to mention here -- the increase in speed comes with a cost, and not all current (or new) devices will see this change.  The lifespan of the media will be reduced by using the ext4 file system, but modern solid state memory should still last for quite a few years, so I don't see a serious problem with it.  The other issue is which phones will see this boost.  I've a gut feeling that this is reserved for only new devices with big internal memory space, like the Nexus S, that have a controller that can use it.  I wouldn't count on your current phone to get this change -- at least officially -- but hopefully manufacturers will make sure their new devices meet the needed specs.

Not sure what exactly an ext4 file system is, or want to talk about these changes and what they might mean to Android?  Get in the Gingerbread forums and suss it all out.  Feed your geek. [Android Developer blog via Thunk.org] Thanks Sean!

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4 years ago

nullDC coming to Android; bios boot gets video

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Dreamcast on Android

Android users may soon be able to play their favorite Dreamcast games on their phones as nullDC, the open-source emulator, is at an early alpha build for the platform.

drk|Raziel has been hard at work on this project and it looks to be making significant progress. He posted a video recently showcasing the booting of the bios on a Samsung Captivate (see the video after the break). This is a big step in bringing Dreamcast to Android; games are reportedly coming soon.

For all you Sega fans, it appears as if you will be able to play Dreamcast games on your Android-powered mobile device. [drk | Raziel's blog]

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4 years ago

Android phones use the most data, blame the cameras

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 HTC Evo 4G's 8MP Camera

Those huge activation numbers Andy Rubin recently mentioned highlight both a blessing and a curse for carriers these days. Reuters has revealed the curse by announcing that, on average, Android users consume the most mobile data compared to all other smartphone users. They place the blame squarely on the shoulders of Android phones' "better cameras and video recorders, and software for editing the footage." ZING. These days, Android phones are typically launching with 5 or 8 megapixel cameras (like the HTC Evo 4G, shown above) and people are taking advantage of the increased resolution when shooting pictures or video.

As carriers like Verizon continue to push heavily for their customers to upgrade their feature phones to smartphones alongside pricey data plans, they must be aware of the increased strain of those phones on their networks. Anyone with an iPhone can tell you endless tales of woe with AT&T, which can largely be attributed to their 3G network simply not being robust enough when the iPhone 3G was launched back in 2008.

So, is it possible that Android users on other networks could see this same problem in the future? One solution are the "4G" data-centric networks Verizon and Sprint are using, which will likely attract the power users who consume the most data, leaving less strain on 3G networks for the average user. Still, there is only so much bandwidth to go around so this issue is far from resolved. [Reuters via BGR]

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Mach LU3000 to be available in South Korea soon

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LG Optimus Mach

The LG Optimus Mach LU3000, another device in LG's Optimus Line, will hit the South Korean market soon.

The Mach represents a unique device because LG has teamed up with Ennio Morricone, the legendary composer, to record original music for the phone. Consumers can now enjoy music and theme songs from Morricone, something no other device can claim. 

The Optimus Mach sports: Android 2.2 (Froyo), 1 GHz TI OMAP 3630 processor, HDMI-out, 5 MP camera, 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen.

It will be available in both black and white and will be released soon. See a video showing off the device after the break. [Press release (in Korean) via Unwiredview]

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4 years ago

Root Explorer updated, brings some welcome features

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Root Explorer update 1 Root Explorer update 2

If you're not using Root Explorer on your rooted Android phone or tablet, you should be.  It's an easy way to work with the files on your device, using a graphical interface that so many of us are used to.  To make a good thing even better, while updating things to work with Gingerbread (thanks to the release of the SDK), Speed Software has added a couple changes to make things even better -- support for the upload dialog in the Dropbox app, and displaying the correct icon for installed applications instead of the generic icon it has used until now. With these changes, Root Explorer is now the only file browser I need on my rooted phones, and is the best $3.95 I've ever spent.  There are a couple more screenshots, and a download link after the break.

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4 years ago

Pantech P8000 clears FCC, ready for AT&T

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Pantech P8000

Documents at the FCC show the Pantech P8000, with 850MHz and 1900MHz radio frequency bands, has been approved and can be made available for sale in the United States.  There's not much info out there about the P8000, but a quick look at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group website shows it's running Android, and has the code name "Moon."

Of course FCC certification is only one step in the process, so there's no telling if and when you'll see this on on the shelves at your local AT&T store.  I imagine we'll see this one in Q1 of 2011, as an entry-level phone in Google's plan for Android world-domination.  And we're fine with that. [FCC via PhoneScoop]

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4 years ago

LG Optimus T source code released

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LG Optimus T

Any developers fancy digging into some code? If so, LG has released the source code for the LG Optimus T for all you developers out there. Although this was noted last week in our forums, we were waiting to see if LG was actually going to make an update to it due to the fact the one posted doesn't actually build. If you're unsure of what that actually means, then you likely have no need to mess with it, and it's best to leave this up to the experts. But if you do fit into that expert category, you'll find the download available via the LG Open Source website. LGP509TN is the download you'll want to search for. [LG Thanks, Conan, for the reminder!

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

Motorola's Honeycomb tablet caught sporting Verizon logo in blurrycam shots

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By now we've all seen the video and pics from when Andy Rubin hopped onstage showing off the Motorola, Honeycomb equipped tablet and we've gotten a glimpse of the device in a previous blurrycam photoshoot but this time around, it's been caught rocking a Verizon logo and all signs lead to the fact the previous specs noted for the device were indeed accurate. Those specs once again, in case you missed them:

  • 7-inch and 10-inch versions
  • 32GB storage
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 dual-core processor
  • Gyroscope
  • 1280x800 resolution
  • 5MP camera on the back, 2MP on the front.
  • microSD
  • HDMI out
  • Versions for UMTS, CDMA and LTE

Also noted from the pics is the fact it looks to be making use of micro-USB slot and a 3.5mm headphone socket. And seemingly, some contacts for a charging dock of sorts. Who's excited for this now? More pics can be found after the break. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition announced at Millionaire Fair

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Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition at the annual Millionaire Fair in Amsterdam. This fancy version will come with a leather case and Bluetooth headset. It will be sold for  €749 between Dec. 15 and Jan. 31, 2011. 

So what do you get the Android fan who has everything? (And money to burn?) This looks like a good bet. [Samsung Hub]

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4 years ago

More than 2 million LG Optimus Ones sold

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LG Optimus One

LG quietly announced that the Optimus One line (see our review) has breached the two million sales mark, with sales in North America leading the way.  In mid-November, LG announced that the Optimus line had sold over one million units in its first 40 days, and just 20 days later they have sold over two million worldwide.  The breakdown:

  • North America: 1.3 million units sold
  • South Korea: 450,000 units sold
  • Europe: 200,000 units sold
  • Asia 50,000 units sold

It's a great handset for the price, it ships with Froyo and will be getting Gingerbread, and has quite the development community growing.  What's not to like? [LG (Korean) via Mobile Crunch]

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