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4 years ago

Dell Aero available today from Dell for $99, later from AT&T

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Dell Aero

Dell this morning announced the available of its first Android smartphone (that's not a MID), the Aero. The 3.5-inch device (Gorilla Glass at an, erm, interesting 360x640 resolution) runs a pre-Eclair version of Android but is so heavily skinned you might never actually notice. There's a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of onboard memory and microSD card, Wifi, Bluetooth, and the other usual bells and whistles.

To go along with the Dell UI, erm, customizations, the usual buttons you'd find at the bottom of the screen have been moved to the side of the device. We'll let that sink in for a moment. ... ... ... OK. Let's all wait until we actually use the Aero before we pass judgment on that one.

The Aero is available now at Dell.com/mobile for $99 with a new AT&T contract, an $299.99 sans contract. It'll be available at AT&T sometime in the future. Dell's official hands-on and full presser are after the break.

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4 years ago

Flightview Android travel app updated, improves itineraries, battery life

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FlightView for AndroidFlightView for Android

Android travel app Flightview -- read our initial review -- just announced an upgrade, adding a trio of improvements. They are:

  • Manage Travel Itineraries - with the updated My Trips feature, users can save grouped flights together, record reservation information and personal notes, and sort saved flights by trip name or date.
  • Plan for Flight Delays – with the upgraded airport delay map, including the new “Low Traffic” indicator, users can get first looks at probable delays in departures or arrivals – ahead of airline announcements.
  • Conserve Battery Life – by optimizing FlightView’s servers, the new Android app allows users to track numerous flights at the same time, share travel information through social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, and quickly rebook when flights are delayed or cancelled – all without draining the smartphone’s battery life.

Still missing is support for automatic itinerary -- such as you get through Tripit -- but we're still expecting it at some point. Flightview has been downloaded by more than 40,000 users since its launch in late July, the developer says. It's in the Android Market for 99 cents. Download links after the break. [Press release]

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4 years ago

Motorola Flipout shows off itself in a demo video

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Motorola Flipout

The Motorola Flipout, which we first showed you with AT&T branding in late June, is available in some parts of the world and is already being put through its paces. The basic specs:

  1. 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen
  2. Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  3. Motoblur
  4. QWERTY keyboard

The Flipout may be coming to the U.S. soon on AT&T. If you live in Canada, however, you can buy it on Rogers right now. For more about the Flipout's look and feel, check out the video after the break. [TracyandMatt]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab can't keep itself secret, shows up in more pictures

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Galaxy Tab

Samsung's Galaxy Tab has shown up in more pictures, giving us some more looks at the rumored Android tablet. Yesterday, we reported on a video which showed the device out in the wild in Australia. 

The pictures have been gathered by OLED-Display, who have extrapolated some information about the tablet based on the pictures:

  1. It is running Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  2. The display is 1024 x 600
  3. 3.2 M camera 
  4. GPS
  5. 3G
  6. 802.11N wireless network

Samsung's tablet will reportedly be formally introduced at the IFA Conference in Berlin in early September. Until then, I'm sure we haven't seen the last of leaked pictures and videos of the Galaxy Tab.To see more of these pictures, head to the source. [Ifanr.com via OLED-Display]

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4 years ago

Browser comparison -- WinPhone 7, iOS4, Android 2.2

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browser war

It's another browser war, this time with Windows Phone 7 thrown into the mix.  Last time we talked about web browser speed, we saw a bunch of numbers and science, but this time the folks at PocketNow have just placed three phones side by side and let 'er rip.  It's pretty interesting, pretty flawed, and full of edits -- but it's still worth a look.

I won't even begin to point out what all was wrong here, you can figure out that yourself in the comments (and I'm sure you will!), let Windows enjoy its trip to 2010.  I do wish they used some sites heavy on the javascript, or heaven forbid Flash, but we know how that test would have turned out don't we?  Hit the break to check out the video, in Flash, on your Froyo browser.  Don't worry, we include a link back to YouTube for the 'lesser' equipment :)

And for those still waiting on Froyo, don't worry.  As is your phone's browser is equal to the competition.  [Pocketnow.com via WMExperts]

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4 years ago

Twitter for Android updated to 1.0.3

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twitter for Android update

Late last night we noticed that Twitter for Android (the "official" Android Twitter app) was updated to 1.0.3 without a changelog. (Seriously? Changelogs should be mandatory in the Market listing, folks.) After some digging, I found a semi-explanatory post on Twitter (where else to best find Twitter client updates?) explaining that the new version was a patch for some bug fixes, and the client has been improved so that it now uses OAuth for signing in to Twitter.  And nothing earth-shattering or magical was seen.   Grab the update from the Market, if you don;t have Twitter for Android installed, you can grab it after the break.  [via Twitter]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S and Gorilla Glass combine powers

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samsung galaxy s

Corning today announced that its Gorilla Glass -- an ultra durable alkali-aluminosilicate that can withstand the most uber of scratches – is engineered into all Samsung Galaxy S phones. The company even goes as far to say that its product enhances the performance of the already eye-popping brilliant Super AMOLED display. Now, it’s understood that the Gorilla Glass doesn’t make the screen brighter or crisper, but it certainly does add to the phone’s premium feature set by giving that beautiful screen some much needed protection. All in all, that Super AMOLED screen isn’t as fragile as you might think, and this could definitely be seen as another reason to choose Samsung’s gem over the competition. [via Business Wire]

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4 years ago

Verizon to release update tomorrow to bring Flash to original Droid

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Adobe Flash update for Droid

Motorola Droid owners have been anxiously awaiting an update for Verizon that will bring support for Adobe Flash. We reported last week that Verizon officially announced that the update would be the second one to come after the initial Froyo roll-out. We knew that it was coming, we just didn't have a date. 

Well, Droid-Life has been slipped a screen shot from Verizon stating that the update will be released tomorrow, Aug 24. Great news for Droid owners, who want to add Flash to their mobile experience. Be on the lookout for the update tomorrow! [Droid-Life]

[Ed. note: Any time we use the words "Verizon," "update" and "date" in the same sentence, our mothers and lawyers remind us that there's a better than average chance that we'll get through the target day without anything actually happening. Just saying.]

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4 years ago

Google Earth updated to 1.1, brings the exploration of the oceans

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Google Earth for Android

Google Earth for Android has been updated to version 1.1, which allows users to explore the oceans in great detail. Now, you are able to zoom in underneath the surface and explore the terrain that makes up nearly 70 percent of our Earth. 

Included in the 1.1 update:

  • A layer called "Explore the Oceans," which features hundreds of photos and videos submitted by users 
  • The gold highlighted icons represent those submitted by the Mission Blue Hope Spot Initiative

There are also features only for those with 2.2 (Froyo):

  • Supports Flash in balloons, which means that you can watch videos directly in the balloons
  • Also, the application was made easier to navigate, with Google allowing users to roam around with two fingers rather than the on-screen controls

This update will work with most devices with 2.1 (Eclair) or higher. If you want to download it, links are after the break. [Google Mobile Blog Spot]

 

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4 years ago

An epic commercial for an epic phone

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Sprint Epic 4G commercial

So help us, we're not even going to try to avoid the whole "epic" thing when it comes to the Sprint Epic 4G. It just is.

After the break, check out one of the latest commercials (and be sure to check out our hands-on) for the latest from the Samsung Galaxy S class, coming Aug. 31. Thanks, "it."

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4 years ago

Turn off those annoying system sounds

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4 years ago

Text message speed record broken on a Galaxy S using Swype

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Swype record text 

Mellisa Thompson, of Salford, England, has broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest texter, using Swype on a Samsung Galaxy S with a time of 25.94 seconds.  The previous record of 35.54 seconds, held by Franklin Page of the U.S. was also set using a Samsung phone (the Omnia II) using Swype.  We're glad to see this one come to Android :)

For all the aspiring record breakers out there, the "official" text used is:

"The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."

Punctuation and capitalization counts, so none of that ez txt spk.  Unfortunately, Swype is still in closed beta, so we can't help you there.  If you have what it takes, fire up the camera and send in a video -- we'll see that it gets to the right place if you can beat the record!  [Google News]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Worldmate

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Worldmate Android travel app

I might have just found my perfect Android travel app. Worldmate is now in beta for Android, and it pretty much combines every feature I need in an app to keep me pointed in the right direction while on the road.

You'll start by either signing in or signing up with Worldmate, which was painless enough. Then you sign into the app and are greeted by the screen you see above. Let's work our way down.

  • My trips: There's no manually inputting flights here. Like with some other travel apps, you'll e-mail your itinerary-- flights, hotel, etc. -- to Worldmate, which snags the details and forwards them to your phone. Once it's there, you have flight info, maps, ticket info, weather, the works. You can share your trips and get reminders all on your phone.
  • Book a hotel: Just like it sounds. Book a hotel from your phone through Hotels.com.
  • Weather forecast: Get the weather in your city, cities you're slated to visit, or search for a city's weather.
  • Currency converter: Figure out how much something costs between dozens of currencies.
  • Travel notification: Customize your notifications.

For me, it comes down to a few things: The ability to upload entire itineraries at once, maps, weather and flight info -- and the all-important confirmation number -- all in once place. I'm going to have to use this on the road to give it final judgment. But the early verdict is that, at least for me, it combines the right info with enough UI juice to keep me up to date but not overwhelmed. Check out more screen shots after the break, and get your beta copy now. [Worldmate]

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4 years ago

Vodafone UK's HTC Desire starts Froyo rollout

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 HTC Desire

The title says it all. HTC Desires in some parts of Europe saw their update already, and now it's the United Kingdom's turn. Users on Vodafone should see the update soon (go in Menu > Settings > About Phone > System Updates to check manually) and can join in the Froyo party. Happy updating! [MobileBurn]

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4 years ago

Review: Golla Gavin Phone Wallet

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 Golla Gavin Smartphone Wallet

The Golla Gavin Phone Wallet for your Sprint Evo 4G lets you carry your phone and other essentials with you conveniently in style at your hip right where you need it. For a phone as beautiful as the Evo, I hate to put a case on it, so keeping it protected safely in a pouch is perfect for me. As an added benefit, a phone as large as the Evo completely takes over any pocket you put it in, so this gives you a pocket back as well as adding a few storage slots for the other things you need with you at all times. Hit the break for the full review.

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