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5 years ago

Motorola Milestone sells out in less than 3 hours

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Motorola Milestone

There's no doubt the Motorola Droid is popular in the U.S. So how's the Milestone doing in the UK, where it's exclusive to Expansys? It took less than three hours to find out.

Within 3 hours of the product being listed as 'in stock' on the eXpansys site it sold out. This makes the Motorola Milestone the fastest selling gadget in the website's 11 year history, even more successful than the iPhone"

That's pretty impressive. Expansys said there were more than 1,000 pre-orders in the week leading up to the launch, and another shipment is on its way in time for Christmas.

[Pocket-Lint]

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5 years ago

Google needs your help to improve Google Voice transcriptions

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Google Voice transcription

If you're anything like us, you take Google at its word that it's not evil, and that it hasn't been running rampant with your ... well, your life ... handing over your contacts, trusting it with your e-mail, and now your voicemail. But the transcription service with Google Voice is a bit of a joke (and a lot of fun at parties). But Google appears to be intent on improving that service, and it's asking for your help. And your voicemails.

From the Google Voice Blog:

Until now, the only feedback you could give was to let us know if the quality of the transcript was good enough to be useful or not, by checking the corresponding box next to the message. You can now go one step further by letting us figure out why it was good or bad. When you rate a transcript, you will be asked whether you would like to donate the message. You have three options:

The messages you donate may be listened to, manually transcribed by us and/or used to gauge transcription improvements over time, but they will never be made public or used for any other purpose than improving the transcription quality.

And if you're feeling generous, you can go back to old messages you previously rated and donate those, too!

So, help a Google brother out. The Google Voice app on Android is the best on any platform right now. Let them your voicemail. Better yet, let's start leaving each other ridiculous voicemails. The more nonsensical the better. Make 'em work for it. :)

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5 years ago

Yfrog Twitter app now available

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Yfrog for AndroidYfrog, the popular photo and video sharing Web site for Twitter, has launched a stand-alone application for Android 1.5 and up. With it you can upload media directly to the service, as well as browse tweets. Here's the official rundown:

  • Tweet images and video to twitter
  • View tweets
  • View followers and people you're following
  • View messages and mentions
  • Search Twitter
  • Queue multiple uploads
  • Included GPS location with upload
  • Unlimited uploads
  • Videos up to 15 minutes
  • High quality video encoding

Head here for the download, as it's not currently available in the Android Market. And for you folks who are double-fisting, there's also a BlackBerry app.

[yfrog via TechCrunch]

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5 years ago

No credit card for the Market? T-Mobile will take your money

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T-Mobile customers buying apps from the Android Market have only been able to use credit cards for their purchases ... until now.

An update is being silently rolled out to T-Mo customers that will allow app purchases to be added to their T-Mobile bill. The update is being staggered, and should be complete by Dec. 30. And as per the usual, any app deleted within 24 hours will not be charged to your credit card or T-Mobile account.

That's a good option that T-Mobile customers should have had by now. But better late than never.

[T-Mobile via Android and Me]

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5 years ago

A kindler, gentler commercial for the for the UK Motorola Milestone

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So the Motorola Milestone is just like the Droid on Verizon. Minus all the carnage and the Stealth planes. And it actually says it's a phone. [via Pocket Lint]

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5 years ago

Spotify gets an update, still MIA in USA

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Spotify has updated its app (think kind of like Pandora, only peer-to-peer) to version 0.3.24, which is really cool except that you can't use Spotify in the United States. And don't think we're not stewing over that.

Anyhoo, here's what's new:

  • URI support - Open/Share Spotify URI’s to or from SMS, email, the Facebook or Twitter apps, etc.
  • Updated player with cover art swipe support (similar to the iPhone version).
  • Android 2.0/Eclair support. Spotify now runs on the popular Motorola Droid phone.
  • Home screen widget - control Spotify from the home screen!

Worthy updates, all. Now excuse me while I go kick something.

[Spotify via Intomobile]

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5 years ago

Bell Canada Launches Samsung Galaxy For $99.95

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You know, we'd be ecstatic if the Galaxy was launched in the beginning of 2009 as opposed to the end of 2009 because there's just so many other Android devices to choose from. In any case, Bell Canada has just announced the Samsung Galaxy for $99.95 with new 3-year contract. You'll get a 3.2-inch AMOLED screen, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, and usual slew of connectivity options wrapped up in a rather dated Android 1.5 OS. 

The Samsung Galaxy might've been the most overlooked Android device ever because it was never made available on any North American carrier, until now. Remember, we first saw the Samsung Galaxy back in April and drooled over the hardware--forgive us, this was a time when only the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic existed. We're certain that the Galaxy would have succeeded then. But now? Against the Motorola Droid and HTC Hero? We're not so sure.

[via bgr]

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5 years ago

Android 2.0.1 update thread

The second wave of updates to Android 2.0.1 for the Motorola Droid on Verizon should be going out today. (And if you're impatient, there's always the manual route.) After you've upgraded, hop on into our forums to see what little trinkets everyone is finding the update. [Official 2.0.1 findings thread]

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5 years ago

More Details On Motorola Motus, Headed to AT&T ?

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Remember the Motorola Motus? Sure you do, it was Motorola's next Android device rumored to run Motoblur and have some interesting flip mechanism for the keyboard. More details are coming to light on the Motus and it looks to corroborate our previous report but the most interesting nugget is its potential launch on AT&T. Big Blue is the only carrier that doesn't offer an Android device and has yet to even acknowledge Android in the public arena. The Motus looks like a very sleek device, the type of 'flagship' device that AT&T could kick off their Android lineup with. Sadly, it looks like we'll have to wait until April or May 2010 to play with this puppy.

In the mean time, here's the latest on the Motus:

  • The keyboard flip backwards, so it's facing out when the phone is 'closed'. When the phone is 'open' there's a trackpad behind the keyboard (so you can scroll while typing?). There's another hinge position to set the phone upright--in a desktop mode/alarm clock of sorts.
  • 5 megapixel camera and LED Flash on the keyboard. We're guessing it's around that white area on the left hand corner of the Motus. Having the camera on the keyboard is interesting before you remember that the keyboard is the closed 'back' of the phone. Should be just a run-of-the-mill camera, rumor has it as a webcam.
  • Keyboard is backlit, which should surprise no one. It's also 'domed', which is surprising because the keyboard in the picture above looks completely flat. If 'domed' means better than the Droid keyboard, we're all for it.
  • Around 3/4 of an inch thick which would make it more on par with the thickness of the T-Mobile G1 than the Motorola Droid.
  • Tipster was told it runs Snapdragon but original reports had it as your run-of-the-mill 528 MHz processor. Regardless, the Motus was very responsive
  • Runs Motoblur

We've been waiting for a 'grown-up' Motoblur device ever since the Cliq and have been dying for a AT&T Android device for quite some time now. Could the Motus be the answer to both?

[engadget]

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5 years ago

Dell Streak MID is rumored to make an appearance at CES next month

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Dell Streak

Remember the Dell Streak? Larger than a smartphone but smaller than a netbook, but running Android nonetheless? That makes it a MID, and it's now rumored that the Streak will make an appearance and/or launch at CES next month in Las Vegas. We'll be there. And if the Streak is there, we'll bring it to you. As for its plans in the United States (if any), well, that's still up in the air. [Pocket Lint via Slashgear]

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5 years ago

Opera Mobile available for Android, but you can't have it yet

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Opera Mobile for Android

Opera CEO Jon Von Tetzchner in the fall said Opera Mobile one day would be released for Android, and that day has come.

Sort of.

Opera this morning announced its new cross-UI framework, which in layman's terms means the browser should look, feel and act the same whether on Windows Mobile Symbian, Android, etc.

And so, Opera Mobile is ready for Android. But you can't have it, unless you're an OEM or network operator. Why, you ask? Says Opera, "Currently, these platforms present limitations that hinder mass consumer distribution."

OK, then. We'll wait. But check after a jump for a video of Opera Mobile on Android, and what they mean by cross-UI. [via Opera]

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5 years ago

Droid Eris updates coming OTA

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Droid Eris

The Verizon Droid got its update this week, and now comes an update for the Droid Eris.

Here's what's coming down the pike, in the form of an over-the-air update, starting now:

  • While on a call and the phone's in screensaver mode, pressing the End key takes it out of screensaver mode. A second press ends the call.
  • In-call mute and speakerphone icon "enhanced."
  • First-call delay after initial activation should be fixed.
  • Better switch from 1x to 3G.
  • Don't have to select a default e-mail after a soft reset.
  • Better SMS and MMS delivery.
  • 80-character SMS and MMS subject lines now allowed.
  • Better picture messaging from LG phones.

As with the Droid update, this one will be trickled out. So if you don't get in the first batch initially, look for it in a couple of days. (Or, more likely, the manual method will present itself.)

[Verizon via Engadget]

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5 years ago

Google: Mobile search 'roughly doubled'

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Marissa Mayer and Mike Arrington (via Techcrunch)

Android is, after all, a product of Google. And Google, of course, makes its money off search. And search, as you know, is big in the mobile space. How big? Marissa Mayer, Google's VP of Search Product and User Experience, wouldn't say. But she did tell Tech Cruch's Michael Arrington the follwing:

I’m not able to share specific numbers, but it’s definitely growing. The percentage is going up, and even roughly doubled in a year.

Roughly. Doubled. In. A. Year.

And that's in no small part to all of you out there running Android. Tip your hat, if you want. And then go search for something.

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5 years ago

NPR News App Coming To Android

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Feel that? That's the Android Market growing right before our very eyes. After getting Yelp yesterday, Android will receive National Public Radio's NPR News app by the end of this month. The NPR News app on Android will deliver all the programs you love on NPR onto your Android device. And don't worry, the NPR News app for Android isn't some run-of-the-mill iPhone port, the Android version actually has features that make it a better app than its iPhone counterpart.

The NPR News app for Android will obviously run in the background, so you can listen in on programs while using other smartphone functions. The NPR News app also takes advantage of the open source aspects of Android, encouraging local stations and outside developers to put their own stamp on the app. To quote NPR:

“The main thing we want to preserve across all the different platforms are the bottom tabs,” which include News, Programs and Stations, says Perry, NPR’s mobile head. “On Android, we think it would be nice to let local stations include their own content, not just NPR content. And we want the users to be able to customize it according to their interests. It’s in their hands.”

Sounds good by us. Anyone excited about NPR News available on Android?

[paidcontent]

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5 years ago

Another Droid OTA Update Coming In January ?

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Having not even finished rolling out the Android 2.0.1 OTA update for the Droid, BGR is hearing that there'll be another Droid-specific OTA update come late January 2010. Details are slim regarding what it fixes but it kind of, sort of fits the timeline for an Android 2.1 update, right? Staying hopeful is what we do.

If you can't wait on Verizon to roll out the 2.0.1 update for you, we've already detailed how you can load it yourself. Since the 2.0.1 update has only hit an estimated 10,000 people, we think it's safe to say that you'll need those instructions.

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