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4 years ago

Nexus One’s display not all it's cracked up to be?

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The fellas over at Gizmodo have reported the findings of  DisplayMates' Nexus One versus iPhone 3GS Shootout and the results aren’t what anyone expected.

The display on the Nexus One that all the reviewers raved over doesn’t render images very well.

We explain, after the break.

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4 years ago

Android growth kept pace with RIM in 2008-09, Gartner numbers show

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There's been absolutely no doubt that Android's usage share has skyrocketed in the last year, and here's another example. Gartner released figures today that show a 3.4 percentage point climb over 2008. That said, it's the 2009-2010 numbers that we're really going to want to look at, as the first Android device (the HTC Dream or T-Mobile G1) wasn't even available until late October of that year. Anyhoo, here are the OS numbers as given by Gartner:

  • Symbian: 46.9 percent, down from 52.4 percent in 2008.
  • RIM: 19.9 percent, up from 16.6 percent
  • iPhone OS: 14.4 percent, up from 8.2 percent.
  • Windows Mobile: 8.7 percent, down from 11.8 percent.
  • Linux: 4.7 percent, down from 7.6 percent.
  • Android: 3.9 percent, up from 0.5 percent.
  • webOS: 0.7 percent. Did not exist in 2008.
  • Other: 0.6 percent, down from 2.9 percent.

Symbian obviously still dominates the world market. But for Android to see the percentage growth that it did, we know it's doing something right. Can it keep that momentum? Ask us again in a year. [Gartner]

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4 years ago

Sprint is rumored to get HTC Legend, AT&T may pick up the Desire

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HTC Legend and Desire

We're not even a full week removed from Mobile World Congress, and already the rumors are starting to fly regarding U.S. availability of the HTC Legend and Desire, which were unveiled there. Said rumors come from the Boy Genius Report, and are as follows:

  • AT&T will release the HTC Desire -- basically the Nexus One with the new Sense UI -- with some minor cosmetic changes. A May-June time frame is possible.
  • Sprint could get the Legend as the Hero 2, and it also could see some small cosmetic changes.
  • Google may still release an AT&T 3G-compatible Nexus One at Google.com/phone.
  • Oh, and speaking of the Legend, WirelessGoodness [via AndroPhones] spotted it going through the FCC. So it's got that going for it, which is nice.

Of course all that is unofficial and subject to change. But it's far from out of the realm of possibility, and it doesn't take a betting man to know that HTC has great stuff in store for the United States this year.

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4 years ago

Better Keyboard updates to v5.0, brings better voice settings to Android phones

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Better KeyboardBetter Keyboard

We had plenty of travel time en route to Mobile World Congress and spent a good chunk of it playing with the various keyboards available for Android phones. Of course, one of the front-runners is Better Keyboard, which just got a major update to Version 5.0. What's new:

  • Redesigned speech input feature. No longer have to long-press the button.
  • Speech input remains on until you hit cancel, which is great for dictating entire paragraphs. This can be toggled in the settings.
  • Speech engine understands punctuation for proper dictation.

Go ahead and update your keyboard if you haven't already, or snag it for $2.99 from the Android Market.

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4 years ago

Slacker Radio gets station caching, and we're giving away 10 subscriptions

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Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio today released Version 2.0.40, bringing with it the much-anticipated station caching. In other words, it's all the same Slacker Radio you've always enjoyed for free, no-Internet connectivity needed.

What you will need, however, is a subscription to Slacker Radio Plus, and that's a paid subscription. But we've got you covered. In conjunction with Slacker, we're giving away 10 subscriptions -- seven 3-month deals, and three 1-year deals. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Download Slacker Radio on your Android phone, natch.
  2. Make sure you're actually signed up with Slacker.
  3. Head over to Twitter and tweet why you love Slacker and AndroidCentral. Make sure to include @androidcentral and @slackerradio in the tweet, otherwise we won't see it.

That's it. Simple, really. We'll pick 10 winners at random and DM them with the details. Contest ends at midnight Wednesday. Get to it!

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4 years ago

HTC Desire ROM on Nexus One, Eris 2.1 update, Sholesmod Updater, Moto Backflip

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4 years ago

Review: The new HTC Sense interface on Android phones

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HTC Sense

When HTC used Mobile World Congress to announce a pair of new Android phones, it also took the opportunity to unveil the all-new Sense user interface. The new Sense is rolling out first to the European Legend and Desire, and CEO Peter Chou said the Hero line of devices -- which should include the Sprint Hero and Droid Eris -- will see updates.

A leaked HTC Desire ROM is up and running on the Nexus One, which is a very close cousin. (Check out Redmond Pie's excellent installation instructions here.) Remember that this is an unofficial build, there are bugs, and that what we end up seeing officially in the United States may vary some. (At the very least, the clock wouldn't default to 24-hour time, we'd see temperature listed in Fahrenheit, and the date would be listed as month-day-year.) But we think this ROM gives us a pretty good feel for what's in store. If you haven't already, check out our video hands-on. Then join us after the break as we take a deeper look at the new version of HTC's Sense user interface.

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4 years ago

Motorola Devour gets a video demo, looks good

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The Motorola Devour is slated to release this week so to whet your appetite, Motorola has just posted a video demo of this Android-powered, Motoblur-running device. A lot of the stuff we see in the demo is fairly familiar but one thing that sticks out to us is that the Devour looks to be amazingly well-built. The materials chosen, the small touches--we're very impressed with what Motorola has done with it. It remains to be seen how successful the Devour will be considering many users may find the Droid a clearly superior device but Motoblur does have its own following. Oh, and having Megan Fox on your side doesn't hurt.

hit the jump to see the video demo!

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4 years ago

Motorola DVRs to run Motoblur ?

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The WSJ is reporting that Motorola is looking to add Motoblur, its custom UI for Android, onto Motorola set-top boxes, better known as DVRs. Considering that many set-top boxes have been looking to add new social networking features to expand its utility, it makes a lot of sense for Motorola to run with a UI that's notoriously social networking heavy. Motoblur is currently used on the Cliq, Devour, and Backflip.

Though we're not sure how exactly Motoblur would translate on a 50-inch HDTV, having a synergic platform between mobile devices and set-top boxes could prove successful. According to CEO Sanjay Jha, Motorola "wants handsets and set-top boxes to have a common platform so they can share media and features." We're definitely interested in seeing this in action but it may take some time--if you think dealing with wireless carriers is rough, cable companies are downright draconian.

In any case, DVRs and set-top boxes are in definite need for a re-imagination or at least an upgrade. Maybe Motoblur can be that change.

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4 years ago

Gowalla for Android hits beta, test it yourself!

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If you're into the latest location-based, social-networking check-in styled type 'game', you're in luck. Gowalla has just finished a beta app for Android and is asking you, our faithful readers, to give it a whirl. Previously, you could use Gowalla through a serviceable mobile app but we all know that native apps are the way to go. Gowalla has delivered a great experience for Android (some would say it even trumps the iPhone) but it currently lacks Gowalla Trips and doesn't do any image caching, so there's still a little bit left to go.

If you want to get the Gowalla Beta App for Android, point your Android browser to this link: http://static.gowalla.com/gowalla-android-20100212.apk. Make sure you can install non-Market applications by going through Menu > Settings > Applications and checking off "Unknown Sources".

Thanks Wes!

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4 years ago

Acer Liquid e headed to Rogers, use unlocked on AT&T if you wish

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The just announced Acer Liquid e, which is really just an original Liquid with Android 2.1, has found a home in Canada. Rogers has just announced that they'll be bringing the Acer Liquid e to their customers sometime this Spring which would make it the first Android 2.1 device available in Canada. There's been no official pricing or exact date set yet but we'll definitely keep our eye on this sure to be great Android phone.

Oh and yes, when the time is right, you can also unlock the Acer Liquid e and use it with AT&T 3G.

[via electronista]

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4 years ago

Google Earth now available in Android Market (updated with video)

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Google EarthGoogle Earth

When Google announced the Nexus One last month, it also showed off Google Earth for Android for the first time. And now, it's finally available. Looks like it's an Android 2.1 app (it doesn't show up in the Market on my 2.0.1 Droid), and pinch-to-zoom is fully enabled.

Google Earth

There are a number of layers available for Google Earth, including Places, Businesses, Panoramio, Wikipedia, Roads, Borders and Labels, and Terrain.

Google Earth is a hefty app, taking up about 22.5 megabytes of space of your phone's storage. You can download by scanning or clicking the QR code to the left.

Update: And now we have video of the Google Earth app after the break.

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4 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 21 Feb 2010 - MWC Edition

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4 years ago

Using Gmail as your own personal push mail server

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One of the biggest complaints from those migrating over from a Blackberry to an Android device has got to be e-mail.  We get used to doing things a certain way, and feel lost when things change.  Even if you’re not used to Blackberry’s push mail this is a great method to not only get things more organized, but save some battery as well.  Join us after the break!

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4 years ago

Video hands-on: New HTC Sense ported to the Nexus One - with Flash (updated)

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The rumors are true. Flash 10.1 is in the ROM that was ported from the HTC Desire to the Nexus One. And it works ... OK, it's not great. But remember that this is an unofficial ROM, and things are likely to change by the time we get Flash (and the new version of Sense) on U.S. phones.

A full run-down of the new version of HTC's Sense is coming. In the meantime, here's a quick video look at what's been ported over. Have at it.

Update: OK, so it looks like this is an implementation of Flash Lite, and not full-on Flash 10.1. Whatever. It's still more Flash than you've had before. :-/

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