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4 years ago

Droid X now available online, in stores once they open

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Motorola Droid X online

OK, you crazy kids. (We've been watching your countdown in the forums.) The Motorola Droid X is now officially available on Verizon's website. So order yours and go to bed. Or at least let us go to bed. You also should be able to get one in the morning at various brick-and-mortar locations. (We'll still be in bed, or possibly eating waffles.) And if you want, you can still enter to win one from us. For free. Just sayin'. [Verizon Wireless]

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4 years ago

Album art live wallpaper shows how bad your musical taste is

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Album art live wallpaper

Once again the developers at AndroidGamer have an awesome new Live Wallpaper to share with us.  You might remember their last jewel, Advanced Map Live Wallpaper, from when we had a look at it last month.  Well, Album Art live wallpaper is just as original!  The application scans your music, and pulls out the album art to create a collage of sorts as your wallpaper.  It's chock full of settings, and according to the developers the features include:

  • Variable cover size
  • Shuffle
  • Automatic refresh
  • Battery friendly
  • Smooth scrolling
  • LauncherPro support

We've been using it for a bit now and are having a tad of trouble getting it to recognize our collection of Hungarian folk tunes, so your mileage may vary.

You can get Album Art live wallpaper  on the Android Market for 99 cents, or there's a demo version for free! (Live wallpapers only work with Android 2.1 and higher!)

Like ton's of other apps, this one comes from the minds and hearts of the guys over at Xda-Developers, and you can check out the official support thread HERE.  Links and more pics after the break.  Thanks David!

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4 years ago

ADW.Launcher gets a big update

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ADW Launcher

For those not familiar with ADW.Launcher, it is one of the most feature enriched launcher replacements available for Android at the current time. Lately it seems as though developers have really been pushing themselves to the next level and attempting to add things we never would have expected, and AnderWeb doesn't appear to be any different. In the latest release they have added theme support which allows users to select between four current themes, two of which are free, and two of which are paid ($1 each). In addition to the theme support, a few minor bugs have been added, and development continues. Remember folks, this is a one-man team behind the scenes, so donate and buy the themes so the amazing development efforts can be rewarded. Download now from the market. [via ADW Things]

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4 years ago

Droid X teaser video almost as awesome as the phone

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See You Tomorrow

Excited for the Droid X release tomorrow? Check out the new teaser that was just released by Verizon. Titled "See you tomorrow," Verizon and Motorola once again are preparing for a big advertising campaign for the new Droids this summer. Check out the video after the break. Enjoy! [Verizon YouTube via Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Droid X's starting to show in Verizon stores

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Droid X in stores

Here's a sight to make everyone happy -- Motorola Droid X's are beginning to show up in some Verizon stores, ready for tomorrow's big rush.  Android Central forums user NVR2ND shows us a few, noting that another 50 are on their way to that store.  Seeing them on the shelves already is a good sign, we'll keep our fingers crossed that everyone who wants or needs one of these guys gets the hook-up tomorrow! [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

AT&T Samsung Captivate hands-on

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Samsung Captivate on AT&T

The Samsung Captivate on AT&T actually will be the second phone in the Galaxy S line to be released in the United States, but it's the first to have reached our hands. So, let's give it a go. It's got a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera (no flash, though), a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and more customizations than you can shake a stick at.

Seriously, despite everything we can say about AT&T and Android (and we've said plenty), it's quite apparently after even just a few minutes that the Captivate (and all of the Galaxy S phones, for that matter) is a hell of a phone. It's just about the perfect size, it's light, it's fast, and the software is pretty darn good.

We're going to take our time and really put the Captivate though its paces. But for now, check out an initial (and very, very quick) hands-on after the break.

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4 years ago

Seesmic for Android updates with Google Buzz support, other UI tweaks

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Seesmic for Android

The Seesmic Twitter client got an update today, and it's now known as Seemic for Android. Oh, and it also adds support for Google Buzz, in-line picture previews, an updated settings UI, support for OAuth, and some other UI tweaks.

Wanna see it in action? Check out our video after the break, where you also can get download links. [Seesmic]

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4 years ago

dTor native BitTorrent client for Android now available

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dTor BitTorrent client for Android

Listen up all you file downloaders and everyone paying $10 premiums for unlimited data -- dTor, the native Android BitTorrent client is now available (as a release candidate) for download.  Blueplanetapps has made the client available exclusively on Android Central's Forums for a short time before it hits the Market.  Torrents are a great way to download big files like music or video, and a great way to distribute files you need to share, and now you can do it right from your Android phone.

Hit the forums to read about the app and for the download and support links, and remember -- legal files only, m'kay? [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

WeReward for Android can help you earn some extra money

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WeReward

Looking for an easy way to make a couple extra bucks? WeReward is kind of like Foursquare – in a sense that you check in to different businesses around your area and will share it on social networking clients such as Twitter and Facebook.  However, the difference is that this app actually pays you for it, and sometimes it’s more than just clicking the ‘checkin’ button. For example, you may get points for taking of a picture of yourself with an Applebees waitress, or uploading a snapshot of your receipt. Each point is equal to a penny, and while it may sound tedious, there are 15 million businesses around the country that are participating, and some that will offer hundreds of points so you might need to shop around a little.  After you've racked up some heavy loot, you can cash out using Paypal.  It's a great marketing idea, and at the same time a fun way to put some extra cash in your pocket. [Market Link | AppBrain]  

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4 years ago

Fox News's official app lands in Android Market

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QR Market link

Fox News has joined the New York Times, CBS News, and several other mainstream news companies in offering an official app on the Android Market.

The app comes packed with features, including video highlights and live audio streaming from Fox News Radio. It is available for download now via the Market for free. [AppBrain | Fox News] Thanks for the tip, rugbyua9!


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4 years ago

It's unanimous: The T-Mobile Motorola Charm will be free on a family plan

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Motorola Charm free poster

In case you missed it the first time around, the Motorola Charm will be free on T-Mobile with a family plan. This is the second version of a T-Mobile promo poster to state as such, which we suppose makes it official. Look for the Charm sometime this fall. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Verizon selling 32GB microSD card for $100 when you buy a Droid X

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32GB microSD card

Our pals at PhoneScoop are reporting that Verizon is offering a 32GB microSD card for $100 when purchased with a Droid X, which conveniently goes on sale on Thursday for $199. Without a Droid X, the card will cost you $150. That's still a chunk of change either way, but you'll be the first on your block with the largest phone and the largest storage. And can you really put a price on that? [PhoneScoop]

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4 years ago

Motorola: Droid X isn't a dev phone, buy the Nexus One if you want ROMs

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 Motorola Droid X

So the bootloader on the Droid X is locked. We know this. For many developers and hackers, it's a bit of a disappointment as the original Motorola Droid became a de facto dev phone because it ran stock Android 2.0 and had an unlocked bootloader. That allowed them (and us) to easily flash new ROMs onto the phone.

So what's the deal with the Droid X? Motorola's Lori Fraleigh explains in a recent blog post from way back in February: 

"We understand there is a community of developers interested in going beyond Android application development and experimenting with Android system development and re-flashing phones.  For these developers, we highly recommend obtaining either a Google ADP1 developer phone or a Nexus One, both of which are intended for these purposes.  At this time, Motorola Android-based handsets are intended for use by consumers and Android application developers, and we have currently chosen not to go into the business of providing fully unlocked developer phones.

"Securing the software on our handsets, thereby preventing a non-Motorola ROM image from being loaded, has been our common practice for many years. This practice is driven by a number of different business factors. When we do deviate from our normal practice, such as we did with the DROID, there is a specific business reason for doing so. We understand this can result in some confusion, and apologize for any frustration."

That's the way Moto wants it, and that's the way it will be. For the time being, it looks like the Nexus One will remain Google's official dev phone. It is also a sure bet that the Android hacker community will descend onto the X like a swarm once it is released, so have no fear.  And it also stands to reason the "unannounced" Droid 2 might be seeing the same "feature."

Our question to you: Is this a deal-breaker? Or can you still not wait to get your hands on Moto and Verizon's new hotness? [MotoDev via Android and Me]

Would a locked bootloader keep you from buying a phone?online survey

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4 years ago

Opera Mini 5.1 Android browser now final

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Opera Mini 5.1Opera Mini 5.1 for Android

It's been several months since our hands-on with Opera Mini while it was in beta, and today it's gone final, hitting the Android Market as Opera Mini 5.1. [Market linkApp Brain]

For those new to the browser wars, Opera's been a longtime favorite on other mobile platforms, and it's brought its speed and rendering power to Android.

The final version's faster, we're seeing better and more accurate page rendering, and basically everything you might want in a mobile browser. Opera Mini also compresses data by up to 90 percent before it reaches your phone, which helps with speed and data usage. Check out some video after the break, and give it a try for yourself. [Opera]

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4 years ago

SwiftKey beta keyboard now available on the Android Market

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Swiftkey Beta keyboard

One of the great things about Android is the fact that you can change deeply ingrained parts of the operating system to suit your needs, and use applications like SwiftKey beta keyboard.  I've been using the closed alpha of this app for quite a while, and was excited when the guys from TouchType reached out to let us know the app was now available for all through the Market.  They also included a preview version for testing, so I was able to put the latest version through the paces of a busy day, and am thoroughly pleased.  Follow the break to learn a bit more, see some action shots, and read the press release.

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