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4 years ago

Free Android phones at GDC! (Or, how to make a mountain out of a molehill)

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GDC

You know all those stories about developers getting free Android phones this conference or another? Our pal Rene Ritchie (of TiPB) is at GDC in San Francisco and got to witness the carnage in person. Check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Where is the Spring Design Alex E-Reader?

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We'd love to give you guys good news about the Android-powered Spring Design Alex e-reader but sadly that's not the case. It's not entirely bad news so that's something to hang your hat on (kind of). But the Alex e-reader that was originally supposed to become available at the end of February is no where to be found. Their own website currently says that orders will begin in the first week of March, and that has gone by as well. Engadget says that they've been re-assured by the company that orders will begin in the "next week or two" and customers will get the Alex e-reader by "early spring", whatever that means.

The Alex e-reader, which we got a hands-on with at CES, is an impressive little device that combines a LCD screen and e-ink screen on one slate (like the Nook). Unlike the Nook, Android is front and center and we thought everything worked really well together. We hope that Spring Design can hammer out the final details because we think that the Alex e-reader can be that Android-powered e-reader we never knew we wanted. 

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4 years ago

How to: Get at the Motorola Devour's battery and microSD card

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Motorola Devour battery

We're well into our review of the Motorola Devour (check out our initial hands-on), but we wanted to take a station break to mention how to get at the battery and microSD card. Because the Devour is one of those newfangled "unibody" devices -- as in cast from a single piece of aluminum -- it doesn't have the traditional battery door on the back. Instead, it's tucked away into the side of the device. The official page from the manual is above, and check out our how-to after the break.

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4 years ago

An Android pillow for your Android dreams

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It's just not fair. Anytime anyone puts that cute little green Android robot on anything, we want it. This 12-inch by 12-inch by pillow probably isn't even comfortable but with that Android robot handcrafted on it, it's just too adorable to pass up. At the very least, maybe it can soothe your nightmares of Android 2.1 never coming to your phone? Twenty bucks for one on Etsy.

[via gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Pure music widget

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Pure music

Chances are if you've been hanging around Android for a while you've run across the Pure series of widgets. There's Pure calendar, Pure messenger and now, Pure music.

The widget works with the stock Android music players (or HTC's music player, if that's how you roll) and like the other Pure widgets is skinnable, so you can make it look however you want. The widget also is available in several sizes, from a 1x1 spot to 4x4. It offers direct controls to your music including repeat mode, shuffle mode and Bluetooth on/off.

Pure music costs about $1. [Market link] More screen shots after the break, and check out our discussion in the AndroidCentral Forums.

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4 years ago

HTC Incredible rumored to soon be replacing HTC Droid Eris on Verizon

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HTC Incredible

If you're in the market for an HTC Droid Eris on Verizon, you might want to hold off for a few weeks. BerryScoop has it on good authority that the HTC Incredible is going to replace the Droid Eris, the end-of-life date is April 1, and that we may see the Incredible about the same time.

Also, BerryScoop's source says that the Nexus One won't actually be sold in Verizon stores, which is what we've been saying, too.

Either way, big things are ahead, Verizon fans. Stay tuned. [BerryScoop]

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4 years ago

Milestone is/isn't getting Android 2.1

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This would have been the picture Droid users would eat their hearts out to. Ever since February 8, when Moto kinda said it was coming, Droid users have been patiently waiting for their promised 2.1 update. Then to see that Spain has the Milestone with 2.1 just adds fuel to the fire, as seen on the Motorola website. Turns out that was a glitch, however, and today it was fixed, which leaves us thinking are they just teasing us now, or is this a sign for Droid/Milestone users of what is in store in our near future? [via Droid-Life and Motorola]

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4 years ago

Win one of 10 Otterbox cases for the Verizon Droid Eris [Contest]

Otterbox for Droid Eris

The folks at Otterbox -- makers of some of the most rough-and-tumble cases out there -- just released a pair of cases for the HTC Droid Eris. And we're giving away 10 cases -- five from the Commuter series, and five from the Impact series.

Here's all you have to do to win: Head on into the AndroidCentral Forums and leave a post in this Droid Eris thread. We'll pick 10 winners at random and get your winnings shipped off post haste. Contest ends at 12:01 a.m. Friday, so get to it!

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4 years ago

New Android 2.1 build coming soon to your favorite Nexus One ROM

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Nexus One

For those of you who are into putting custom ROMs on your Nexus One (and with as painless as it is, there's really no reason not to, right?), know that there's a new build in the wild. Redmond Pie breaks it down:

Compared to the last leaked build ERE36B, kernel and radio remains same, while there are some new changes in system/framework/*, system/app/*.apk and otacerts.zip. The kernel version for this ROM is 2.6.29-01117-g4bc62c2 android-build@apa26 #1 while baseband version is 32.26.00.24U_4.04.00.03_2.

Mmmmmmk. Flash 10.1 isn't in this version, so we're still going to have to wait on that. Either way, look for it to make it into your favorite cooked Nexus One ROM any time now. [Redmond Pie] Thanks, Taimur!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Spica now available on Rogers

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Samsung Galaxy Spica on Rogers

Attention, people of Canada: The Samsung Galaxy Spica and its 3.2-inch, 320x480 screen pushing Android 1.5 (it'll be upgraded to 2.1 at some point) is now available on the Rogers network. It'll cost you just $79.99 on a three-year plan (that's standard up north), $349.99 on a two-year deal and $449.99 if you like to fly without a 'chute.

And for your hard-earned jing (that's Canadian for money, right?) you get a relatively mediocre Android phone, with a 3.2MP camera and 2GB microSD card. [Rogers]

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4 years ago

Sell a T-Mobile Cliq XT in 60 seconds

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The T-Mobile Cliq XT sales pamphlet has been spotted in the wild and though it's not as exciting as seeing the actual device in the wild, there's always little quirks you can find in these pamphlets. Case in point: T-Mobile details how you can sell the Cliq XT in 60 seconds, telling sales reps to cite that it's the thinnest Android phone on T-Mobile, has access to Android Market, Flash lite, 5-megapixel camera and of course, Motoblur. Oddly enough, T-Mobile didn't give an answer to why the Cliq XT still comes with Android 1.5 in that 60 second sales pitch. Just saying..

Hit the link for more pictures of the Cliq XT sales pamphlet! [via engadgetmobile]

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4 years ago

Who says Google failed with the Nexus One retail strategy?

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On the heels of Goldman Sachs cutting its sales forecast for the Nexus One -- which at the time of this writing is easily one of the top five phones HTC-manufactured phones available -- we're already seeing headlines (at ZDNet) that "Google's online-only phone selling model has failed."

Says who?

Let's back up. According to Electronista, Goldman predicted about 3.5 million Nexus Ones to be sold by the end of 2010. Now, a little more than two months into the year, Goldman says "just" 1 million phones will be sold. That's not a lot of phones in the scheme of things as Verizon reportedly sold more than a half-million Motorola Droids in its first month. (And it follows a rather suspect prediction of just 20,000 Nexus Ones sold in the first month.)

But the Nexus One didn't see your normal smartphone launch. It's not sold in stores. Its only advertising has been online -- that's not negligible, but neither is it anywhere near as visible as the marketing push we've seen behind the Droid, which continues on television, online and in magazines today.

Here's a news flash for you, courtesy of our friends at Goldman Sachs:

"We assume that Google rolls out a second Nexus handset, markets it more aggressively, and makes it available offline, and therefore forecast that Google sells 2 million handsets per year in 2011 and future years."

Wait, you mean to tell me a company will sell more of something if it puts it in an actual physical store and throws more marketing dollars at it? Great ghost of John Maynard Keynes, methinks they're onto something.

Seriously, the only company that can decide whether the Nexus One launch -- we'll even go so far as to call it an experiment -- is Google, and HTC, we suppose. They know how many were ordered. If as many or more have been sold than first thought, it's a success. If less were sold than originally anticipated, it's been a failure.

Regardless, we got a pretty darn good phone out of it, customer service mistakes, misguided analysts or not.

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4 years ago

HTC Supersonic makes brief appearance

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HTC Supersonic

Not much to say about the video that follows (after the break) other than somebody has an HTC Supersonic and wanted the rest of us to know it. That's it. You see it appears to have a dual flash (or is that a flash and a light sensor?) and there's the camera and speaker. Otherwise, we wait. [AndroidMobileOS via MobileCrunch]

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4 years ago

Verizon already training employees on the Nexus One? What for?

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BGR has heard some whispers that Verizon has started training employees on the Nexus One. When that happens, it typically means that a product launch is right around the corner as employees are getting ready to sell the device to customers in stores. But given that the Nexus One hasn't been your typical carrier branded smartphone, as in it wasn't available in carrier branded stores, what does this mean?

BGR believes that it means there's a chance that the Verizon Nexus One will show up in stores. We're a little unsure because if the Verizon launch of the Nexus One follows the T-Mobile launch, it'll be more like a non-launch. The Nexus One will just one day begin to exist on the Verizon network. And the only way to get a Verizon Nexus One (like a T-Mobile Nexus One) would be to go through Google.com/phone. We'd be ecstatic if the Nexus One showed up in Verizon retail stores, but it seems like Google is committed to their current strategy.

Our conclusion is that Verizon is simply training their employees on the Nexus One so they can be better equipped to deal with customer issues and problems that T-Mobile went through. Boring, we know, but unless the Verizon Nexus One is a complete curveball from current strategy, it's probably the most logical. For the record, we wouldn't mind being completely wrong on this one.

What do you think Verizon is training their employees on the Nexus One for? Customer service or in-store sales?

Update: Got pinged on Twitter by someone who says they're a retail manager for Verizon and hasn't heard anything about that. Lends credence to our belief that this is more customer service than in-store sales.

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4 years ago

New Android NDK brings Open GL ES 2.0 support

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Android

Seriously, we're not going to try to explain to you the ins and outs of this one. But know this: The Android NDK (that's native development kit) has been updated and with it comes new Open GL support.

Applications targeting Android 2.0 (API level 5) or higher can now directly access OpenGL ES 2.0 features. This brings the ability to control graphics rendering through vertex and fragment shader programs, using the GLSL shading language.

Cool. That means better graphics for apps on newer versions of Android. As for everyone else? Well ... [Android NDK via Android Developers Blog]

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