4 years ago

ViewPad 10Pro by Viewsonic whets both Windows 7 and Froyo appetites


Viewsonic has unveiled its latest tablet, the dual-OS ViewPad 10Pro. Under the hood you’ll find Android 2.3 Gingerbread Android 2.2 Froyo along with Windows 7, both powered by the brand new 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor and 2 GB RAM. The ViewPad 10Pro comes equipped with 10.1 inch screen at 1024x600 resolution, 1.3 MP front camera (nothing in the back), full HDMI out, and docking station support. It’ll come with two price points when it hits store shelves later this month: $600 for a 32 GB SSD hard drive and Windows 7 Professional, or $500 for 16 GB and Windows 7 Home Premium, each with micro SD support for up to 32 GB. Pretty powerful specs to be driving Froyo, though coupled with Windows 7, we’re dying to see how it performs. Hit the source link for Viewsonic’s product page with full specs and links to purchase.

Source: Viewsonic

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4 years ago

Verizon announces new $20 data plan for DC, MD, and VA


Verizon has announced that they will begin offering a new $20/300MB data plan option for subscribers in DC, Maryland, and Virginia for any 3G or LTE smartphones.  The plan is promotional, and will only be offered from Aug. 18 through Sep. 30.  Nobody likes the idea of tiered data plans, but for many the biggest issue was that there was no option that saved money, even though the new plans were described as such.  It appears that Verizon is considering a low cost, low use option for those that need one.  Personally, I think it was held off just long enough to make me eat my own words, but I've been known to wear a tinfoil hat from time to time.  Well played, Verizon!

In all seriousness, it's a great idea to offer a cheaper plan for those transitioning from a feature phone to a smartphone, or those that use Wifi all day.  With this plan, users will have 300MB a month, and if they go over they automatically are billed for another 300MB at the same $20 rate.  While not for everybody, it's great to see another option.  The full press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

Firefox for Android reaches version 6, brings performance enhancements and a visual refresh


The fellows at Mozilla have updated Firefox for Android to Version 6, and it comes with a huge changelog full of fixes, improvements, and features.  Things like a visual update for phones running Gingerbread, better right-to-left language support, and adjustment of page element locations and sizes when using on a tablet.  We won't list each individual change here, but they're available at the source link.  There's also over 160 add-ons now available, ranging from Ad-blocking to themeing with personas.  With the same rendering engine as the desktop version, Firefox mobile can handle pages with complicated scripts better than the stock Android browser, or other browsers based on stock.  Not that anyone would want to, but it's close to the point where we could use our system and write blog posts with it.

Firefox mobile is shaping up nicely, and if you haven't had a look lately, you really should.  Download link is after the break, for devices running Android 2.0 and higher.

Source: Mozilla

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik hired by Samsung


Steve "Cyanogen" Kondik has been hired by tech giant Samsung, and the Internet (at least the Android-centric portions of it) are ablaze with the news.  Steve is one of the biggest names in the Android hacking scene, and if you don't use CyanogenMod on your phone, chances are you know someone who does.  Of course news like this gets everyone all fluttered, and a race to blog about it was on.  We got the news last night, too. 

We also realized that Steve isn't interested in making a big fuss over this.  He said his work with Samsung will have nothing to do with CyanogenMod, and that should be that, right? But the hype machine is not to be stopped, apparently. Congrats on your new job, Steve.  Samsung is a great company to work for, we think you'll fit in well.

That said, it should not go unmentioned that one person does not a software team make (just as CM comprises a number of talented coders). For every "amateur" developer who gets hired or promoted (or just changes jobs), there are a whole lot of people just as talented who aren't in the spotlight.  If any of you see one of us from the AC team out and about, give us a yell so we can buy you a beer or two.

As for CyanogenMod, work will continue, even if Steve doesn't have as much time to dedicate to it. Again, it's a community project, which a big reason why we like it, and why it's as good as it is.


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4 years ago

HTC sues Apple for patent infringement


HTC has sued Apple for infringing on three patents owned by the Taiwanese handset maker. HTC has  traditionally played the victim as both Apple and Microsoft have both sued the company for patent infringement.

This comes one day after Google announced the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, arming the tech giant with a large patent portfolio of its own, which it said will be used to defend its partners.

This is just another chapter in a long saga of patent wars that likely will not be resolved anytime soon. Stay tuned for more info.

Source: Reuters

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4 years ago

Samsung Celox, an LTE-toting Galaxy phone, captured on camera


Don't hyperventilate just yet, as this one is clearly branded for SK Telecom (Korea), but it just might give us an idea of what a Verizon (or AT&T) version could look like.  The rumored specs sound delicious -- 4.5 inch Super AMOLED plus screen, 1.5GHz Snapdragon, front and rear cameras, 1GB of RAM and LTE. 

Yes, Snapdragon.  Would seeing a Snapdragon CPU sour you on the LTE enabled Galaxy S II?  Or would the screen and network speed be enough to keep you interested?  Of course, none of this is set in stone, and officially there is no LTE next-generation Samsung phone in the works.  We'll have to see how it all plays out.

Source: Ameblo (Japanese); via Droid-Life

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 Accessories Roundup

The best accessories for your Motorola Droid 3

Now that you've picked up your new Motorola Droid 3 it's time to take a gander at some of the best Motorola Droid 3 accessories chosen by the staff here at Android Central as well as our loyal customers.  If you need help finding out which case, charger, or mount is right for your Motorola Droid 3, then this is where you'll find the answers.

Kicking things off we have the four most popular accessories for the Motorola Droid 3:

Check past the break for our full roundup on Motorola Droid 3 accessories.

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4 years ago

Droid X bugfix update now available


If you've been suffering from a buggy Motorola Droid X after getting last month's Gingerbread update, let's see if today's bugfix update doesn't clear things up for you. The update brings you to Version 4.5.602. Chatter in our Droid X forums indeed point to some minor fixes, including hardware button lights, a slightly faster UI, and a new radio.

Source: Droid X forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

German court partially lifts Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction


A court has partially lifted an injunction against Samsung that was keeping the Korean hardware manufacturer from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in most of the Europen Union.

The German court ruled that it's unsure whether it can keep a Korean manufacturer from selling its goods outside of Germany. Import and sell all you want. Samsung Germany, however, is still barred from selling in most of the EU.

Source: WSJ

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4 years ago

European HTC EVO 3D now available


The European version of the HTC EVO 3D has suddenly appeared at a number of UK retailers, following recent delays which resulted in the phone being unceremoniously dumped by Vodafone UK a few weeks ago. With no network-subsidized option available just yet, the only way to get hold of HTC's stereoscopic monster right now is by forking out for the SIM-free version, which retails at a slightly eye-watering £500 (~$815). However, that gets you a potent mix of bleeding-edge smartphone technologies, including a 3D qHD (960x540) display, a 3D recording setup, a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM, not to mention HTC's latest Sense 3.0.

If you're tempted, be sure to check out our review of the US version, which launched on Sprint a couple of months ago. Stay tuned to AC for full write-up of the European model in the next week or so.

Source: GumMobile, Unlocked Mobiles, Handtec

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4 years ago

Sprint gives Nexus S 4G owners first dibs at latest version of Swype


Sprint and Swype have teamed up to launch the latest version of the popular keyboard on the Nexus S 4G, available starting today. The update brings a bevy of new features to Swype, including a new custom skin, improved handling of proper nouns, updated tap correction, personal dictionary management, and shortcut gestures. The beta version of the latest release will be available for all users in the coming weeks, while Nexus S 4G owners can grab it now at the source link.

Source: Swype

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4 years ago

Google Catalogs makes shopping from your tablet easier


iPad version available now; Honeycomb users have to wait

Youtube link for mobile viewing

We'll ignore, for the moment, the fact that this Google app hits iOS before Android, and instead focus on how much easier the Google Catalogs app appears to make shopping. The tablet app aggregates some of your favorite catalogs in a single app. Tags in each catalog bring up photos and video of an item. You can search across catalogs, and favorite items for later, and save items across catalogs.

A sampling of the catalogs included in the app are: Anthropologie, Bare Escentuals, Bergdorf Goodman, Crate and Barrel, L.L. Bean, Lands’ End, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Sundance, Tea Collection, Urban Outfitters and Williams-Sonoma.

We're a long way from dog-eared pages, eh?

Source: Google

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4 years ago

Android version of FIFA 12 to be Xperia Play timed exclusive


Hot on the heels of today's Minecraft announcement, Sony Ericsson and EA Mobile have revealed that the Android version of FIFA 12, the latest instalment in the popular soccer football game series, will be available exclusively on the Xperia Play for a limited time.

Xperia Play owners will be able to get their hands on FIFA 12 when it's released during the holiday season, while other devices will have to wait until Feb. 21, 2012. SE and EA promise a game experience optimized to take advantage of the Xperia Play's hardware, with frame rates up to a silky 60fps.

Join us after the jump for the presser, and if you're rocking an Xperia Play, let us know in the comments if you plan on snapping this one up.

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4 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't banned from The Netherlands, for now


In the latest chapter in the Apple v. Samsung saga, Apple's attempts to push through their case through in The Netherlands has failed, for now. The claims here are a little broader than those submitted in Germany, going beyond just the design of the Tab and into the software it runs. 

The courts in The Hague have politely informed Apple that no decision will be reached on the case until Sept. 15. This is after Samsung's Aug. 25 appeal the original injunction granted in Germany. 

The Dutch case has potentially more serious consequences for Samsung should the courts rule in Apples favour. Florian Mueller of the FOSS Patent's blog, speculates that Rotterdam in The Netherlands could be key to Samsung's European import logistics. 

Sources: T3, FOSS Patents

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4 years ago

Minecraft Pocket Edition now available in the Android Market for the Xperia Play


Its been a long time coming but it's finally here for Sony Ericsson Xperia Play owners at least. Yes, Minecraft Pocket Edition has gone live in the Android Market and is now available for download. As noted on the Mojang blog:

The first version (Alpha 0.1) will focus on the creative aspects of Minecraft. We have tried to put in the features that make sense for playing on a mobile device while still keeping the core of the Minecraft experience. You will be able to select blocks on the touchscreen or just scroll through them with the circle and square buttons on the Xperia Play device. The first version also supports multi-player on a local wireless network allowing you to create a world and invite friends to build together.  Some of the features in this release include:

  • Randomized worlds
  • Build anything you can imagine
  • Build with 36 different kinds of blocks
  • Invite and play with friends to your world (local wireless network)
  • Save multi-player worlds on your own phone

Awesome! For now, Minecraft is a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play exclusive with it rolling out to other Android devices at a later time. Ready to get your mobile Minecrafting on? It'll set you back $6.99 -- you can jump past the break for the download and some slick videos of it in action.

Source: Mojang; Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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