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4 years ago

Nimbuzz for Android gets Skype support

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Nimbuzz for Android

Nimbuzz, the uber-VOIP app, has been available for Android for a while. But what was sorely missing was Skype support.

That day has finally come, my friends.

In addition to Skype, it also works with Google, Yahoo and Windows Live Messenger. New options include mute and speakerphone use while on a call, as well as quicker log-in times.

Nimbuzz is available in the Android Market, at Nimbuzz.com, or you can hit the QR code you see here.

[Nimbuzz via GigaOm]

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4 years ago

Official HTC widgets in Android Market

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HTC Widgets

Yesterday we brought you the bad news that Beautiful Widgets developer, LevelUp Studio, received a nice little letter from HTC demanding it remove its Sense-like widgets from the Android marketplace. LevelUp is currently working on overhauling Beautiful Widgets to be released soon, minus the HTC Sense inspiration. We then got wind that HTC itself might release widgets.

The news of HTC bringing widgets to the marketplace spiked some excitement for those of us who use non-HTC devices. Good news is some official HTC widgets have made their way into the marketplace, bad news is they currently are only compatible with the HTC Hero and Droid Eris. As you can see from the shot above (via AndroidLib), they are as follows:

  • Tip Calculator
  • Dice
  • Today in History
  • Battery

More screenshots after the break!

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4 years ago

Screenshots of Android 2.1 on Moto Droid

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Android 2.1 on Motorola DroidAndroid 2.1 on Motorola Droid

It should really come as no surprise that the Motorola Droid is destined to received Android 2.1 (we just saw a 2.0.1 upgrade roll out a little while ago). And it should point to the imminency of the 2.1 update when we start seeing screen shots leaks, like we do here.

These pics from Androidin.net [via AndroidOS.in] show version 2.1, Build ERD72. Other than that, nothing really to glean other than the graphical goodness. A little oddly, We see the same four-color "X" design we've come to know from the Nexus One. Add that to the "Nexus" desktop option, and we're starting to think Google has bigger plans for the word than just the "Nexus One" phone.

Also of note is that it looks like Palm's card metaphor has been aped. We'll have to see how our pals at PreCentral.net feel about that.

Tons more after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Milestone firmware hacked onto its U.S. Droid cousin

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Motorola Milestone-Droid hack

Yeah, yeah, we know how you guys feel about seeing bootscreens. But it's what's follow's the bootscreen that we care about in this case. The Motorola Milestone (aka the UK version of the Droid), which includes multi-touch, has been slapped into its U.S. cousin, bringing all that pinch-and-zoom goodness that so many of you (and us) have been clamoring for.

So, after the break, one good (and one not-so-good) video of the Milestone/Droid mash-up. Along with, yes, the Nexus One bootscreen.

[AllDroid via Engadget]

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4 years ago

More Nexus One videos to haunt you while you sleep

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What, you though you'd get a whole day off from the Google phone craziness? Muwahahaha! And there's more where that came from after the break! [via TheNexusOne]

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4 years ago

Motorola Backflip/Enzo appears destined for AT&T with Motoblur

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Motorola Backflip/Enzo

Doubtless we'll be seeing a lot of punny headlines over the Motorola Backflip (also rumored to be called the Enzo), but none from us. Phandroid got tipped to a relatively run-of-the-mill device. But before we worry about specs, let's worry about carriers. This thing appears destined for AT&T, sporting AT&T-branded apps and 3G bands and an AT&T labeled ROM and a giant AT&T button on the jacked up keyboard (more on that in a minute).

Motorola Backflip/EnzoNow, the rest of the specs. Rumored are the standard Qualcomm MSM7201A processor at 528MHz, 512MB ROM/256MB RAM, a 3.1-inch display at HVGA, 5MP camera, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, GPS, etc. Also, it's got Android 1.5 on board (let's hope that gets updated real quick) and Motoblur.

Really, the only thing of note is the keyboard, which slides out and then flips under in a sort of weird reverse tablet thing, with the screen on the opposite side. Question is: Why? OH: Wait. It's not a slider. It's a weird flipper. Duh. Too simple. Question still remains: WHY?!?!?!?!?

A few more pictures after the break.

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4 years ago

Android From A Blackberry Perspective, Smartphone Round Robin

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What's great about the Smartphone Round Robin is that you get to see your own platform in the hands of other users, whom eventually point out weaknesses that you never thought of and offer perspective you won't see on your own day-to-day basis. Right now, our friend Crackberry Kevin is taking a look at our favorite Android OS and putting it through the paces from a Blackberry user point-of-view. Head on over to Crackberry to check out his hands-on video of Android.

But as any new user to a new smartphone platform would know, you need a lot of help. Crackberry Kevin has started a thread in our Android Central Forums asking questions and taking answers. It's a really wonderful place to start for Blackberry and Android users alike. And don't forget, every day you make a post in that thread this week you're entered to win a free Android smartphone from Android Central!

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4 years ago

Verizon Offering Buy One Get One Free For Droid Eris Again

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After a brief appearance, the Verizon BOGO deal (buy one get one free, for those who didn't know) is alive once again! You can get the Droid Eris for free once you buy either the Motorola Droid (for $199) or Droid Eris (for $99) at a Verizon Wireless store. The deal is actually available from now until Christmas, so if you're thinking of offering a Droid as gift, now is the time to buy.

On another note, Amazon is offering the Motorola Droid for $149.99 and the Droid Eris for $9.99, so it's actually a better deal on Amazon if you wanted to buy both devices. BOGO or no BOGO, it's a great time to get a Droid.

[via bgr, androinica]

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4 years ago

Is HTC bringing Sense UI in widget form?

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HTC Sense widgets

We didn't think too much of it when we first told you that HTC put the kibash on Beautiful Widgets, which very much brought HTC's Sense UI to non-HTC Android phones. LevelUp Studio on its Web site says the design was "inspired by the HTC interface (Sense UI)." No arguing with that.

But what if HTC has its own plans to bring Sense to non HTC phones in its own widget?

A commentor at Phandroid noticed three test apps at AndroidLib, registered to HTC Corporation. A little digging in the HHHTest app shows "com.htc.rosiewidgets.sample," which definitely points toward a widget. Apparently the three files seen above have been pulled from the Market.

Assuming this is all on the up-and-up, we may well see Sense coming to more than just HTC devices. When we might see Sense widgets (and if they'll cost anything) remains to be seen.

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4 years ago

Google says only 16,000 apps in Market

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Size doesn't matter

A day after we and the rest of the world reported that the Android Market unofficially surpassed 20,000 applications, Google has come out and said it's not quite that many. TechCrunch, which was one of the first to report AndroLib's unofficial numbers, relays the following:

Lo and behold: Google got in touch with us this morning to let us know that the company, contrary to popular belief, isn’t all that shy about disclosing just how many apps are available through Android Market based on internal metrics.

The actual number, a Google spokeswoman informs us, exceeds just 16,000.

AndroLib in response told TechCrunch that Google is low-balling things, likely only counting apps available to U.S. users, only counting apps through November (which is suspect because that'd mean 4,000 apps were added in 14 days), or "they simply didn’t do the best job possible counting the apps by not including the correct number of apps removed from the Android Market after publication."

So, 16,000 applications it is. Give or take.

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4 years ago

Pandora Works On Rooted Nook

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Oh boy, this is going to get good fast. You already knew that the Nook, Barnes and Noble's e-reader, had been rooted, right? Well, that was only step one. Some users at nookDevs are reporting that they've managed to get Pandora Radio running and working on the Nook. That means a real life, breathing Android app is running on the Nook, which means more real life, breathing Android apps are eventually on their way. It's still a difficult process to do but the Nook may soon house all the apps that make Android great.

The Nook is probably the most interesting e-book reader on the market right now, to have a legion of users hacking and tinkering it to make it the most powerful, well, where can we buy one? Oh wait...you can't right now. Good going Barnes & Noble.

[via gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Google offers to clean up your contacts

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Gmail contacts

At the heart Android is, of course, Google. And that means gmail, which we love, as well as Google contacts, which we loathe. It's completely normal to end up with multiple contacts for a single person (I think I have five for Casey). Google has had the ability for a while now to merge contacts. But now things are even easier.

When you go to your contacts, you should see something like the above. Hit the "Find duplicates" button, and it does so, taking much of the work out of your hands. From there, it will merge duplicate contacts, leaving things slightly less messy. It's still not perfect, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. [via jkontherun]

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4 years ago

Entourage Edge e-reader sports dual e-ink, LED screens, runs Android

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Entourage Edge

Sure, the Barnes & Noble Nook is cool and all (and even cooler now that it's been rooted). But who wants one screen when you can have two? (Why, that's twice as many!)

Enter the Entourage Edge, which CNET's Ina Fried got her hands on recently.

Reminiscent of the non-announced, exists-only-in-leaks Microsoft Courier, the 3-pound Edge sports dual screens that let you flip information from one to the other. The screen on the left is e-ink, 9. inches at 1200x825 pixels. On the right is an LED screen, 10.1 inches at 1024x600.

WiFi b/g are on board, and it has an SD card slot and a pair of USB ports, in addition to a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Entourage Edge also supports Bluetooth and USB keyboards.

As the device is Android in nature, you can run Market apps on the right-hand side. All in all, pretty cool for something that weighs just 2.5 pounds. Price, on the other hand, may be an issue, with the Edge, erm, edging toward $500. But, you get a lot more screen for the money.

Entourage says the Edge will be available in February 2010.

[Entourage via CNet]

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4 years ago

Moto Droid Photos, Top 5 Apps, Carriers, Android 2.0 on HTC Eris

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4 years ago

Beautiful Widgets is no more

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Beautiful Widgets

Our man Jeremy broke the bad news to us this morning: As you can see above, Beautiful Widgets is no more. It basically made your Android home screen look like HTC's Sense UI (which you get on the Droid Eris and Hero lines, as well as on newer Windows phones), but it seems developer LevelUp Studio got a nastygram from some HTC suits. Can't really say that surprises us, but it is disappointing given how much you (and us) loved it. Sorry, everybody. [Twitter]

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