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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 for AndroidNimbuzz for Android

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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4 years ago

New: Google Mobile Search History

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 Google Mobile Search HistoryGoogle Mobile Search History

Ever navigate away from a site and have trouble duplicating the search you used to find it? Google has come to the rescue again with a handy "History" link on the Google mobile site. You can find old searches, remove items from your history, and even star search items if you're so inclined. The history includes all searches made while signed in with your Google account, not just those from your phone, and mobile searches are designated by a little phone icon.

Search history should be enabled by default; if not, you can select "Settings," then hit "Save Searches" under "Search History" and save your settings. It's not clear whether search history will be made similarly accessible from the desktop site (although you can simply navigate to google.com/history). There may be some kinks to work out, as evidenced by the following screenshot, so share your experience in the comments! [Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible supply issues finally coming to an end?

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After being on backorder since it launched, it looks like the the supply issues for the Droid Incredible may be under control. Verizon's website is now listing that new orders will be shipped by 8/7 -- that's this weekend -- which is a huge improvement over the multiple weeks DInc orders had been delayed at the end of June.  

Were I to guess, I would say that HTC adding SLCD screens to the production, and the launch of the Droid X contributed to higher supply and lower demand for the DInc, so that the two figures are nearly equal now. So, in case you were wondering, the Droid Incredible is far from dead.

Now that the Droid X has the dubious honor of bring on a significant backorder (as seen above) and the DI looks to be getting Froyo very soon (plus, Evo users already got theirs), anyone taking a closer look at the DInc? Sound off in the comments. [Verizon Wireless]

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4 years ago

Project Emerald could be HTC Glacier -- with dual-core Snapdragon

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HTC Glacier benchmark scores

File this under rumors for the moment, but it looks like the fabled Project Emerald from T-Mobile could very well be the HTC Glacier, and on paper it's fast as hell. The folks at AlienBabelTech have done some digging and found some rather interesting dirt:

  • On the GLBenchmark 1.1 online database, there are entries for a very fast (as in 3 times faster than the current HTC king, the Evo 4G!) mystery device named the HTC Glacier.  That's the picture above.
  • HTC is known for using Qualcomm Snapdragon chips in their phones.  Once you crunch the numbers on the benchmarks, you come up with a dual-core 1.2 to 1.5 GHz device
  • The fellow who uploaded these scores also uploaded a bunch of other HTC device scores, and they have all been T-Mobile devices.
  • That fellow's LinkdIn profile shows that he is a Senior Interaction Designer at T-Mobile USA

Is this proof positive that it's Project Emerald?  Nope.  But it stands to reason, unless T-Mobile has two huge surprises to spring on us later this year.  Be sure to check out the source link, there's a screenshot montage of all the clues, as well as a long geeky feature list of the supposed HTC Glacier's GPU details.  [AlienBabelTech]

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4 years ago

myTouch 3G Slide maintenance update (not Froyo) starts Wednesday

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T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide

Those of you rocking a T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, know this: A maintenance update -- as in NOT Android 2.2 -- is headed your way starting Aug. 4. Here's what you have to look forward to, from T-Mobile's mouths to our eyes:

  • Updates to the T-Mobile online contact backup connection, which will improve battery life.
  • Ability to send text messages while connected to WiFi.
  • Genius button improvements: Ability to toggle GPS by voice, announce caller ID for incoming calls and allow answer or ignore, announce incoming text messages.
  • Faves icon displayed next to notifications while device is locked.
  • Overall speed and stability improvements.

T-Mobile says the update will be complete by Aug. 19, and it won't be able to push it out after that. So get it while you can. [T-Mobile forumsThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Facebook's Android app gets a fairly major overhaul

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Facebook for Android

Android's official Facebook app just got a pretty major upgrade in Version 1.3.0. You'll immediate notice the difference in the user interface, with a photo reel at the bottom that lets you quickly flip through your friends' recent photos and videos. And see that notifications bar at the bottom? Drag it up for the list of recent notifications.  There's also one-tap access to post a status update or search for friends, video playback withing the app using H.264 encoding, support for Facebook events (review, see details, RSVP) within the app, and respond to friend requests.

We can't help but wonder how much of a hand Erick Tseng had in this, given that the former senior Android product manager left Android for Facebook just a few short months ago. Regardless, we're mostly liking what we're seeing. Check out some more screen shots after the break, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with Froyo for the Motorola Droid

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Motorola Droid with Froyo

So you want to update your Motorola Droid to Android 2.2, do ya? Go ahead. We're all for it. For everybody else who's content to wait until the over-the-air update hits, we'll show you what you're missing.

But first, a couple of caveats: As of this writing, it looks like copy-protected apps aren't showing in the Android Market. They should clear itself up at some point. That also means no Adobe Flash, unless you sideload it, which is fine.

Then there's the whole tethering thing. Verizon earlier this week said Wifi tether is a no-go, as is USB tethering. But, as you'll see in the video, USB tether is there on the phone (though admittedly we haven't gotten a chance to use it yet).

Anyhoo, give the video a gander, and be sure to talk it up in the forums when you're done.

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