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5 years ago

Android 1.6 Donut Available For Android Dev Phone 1 & Google Ion

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Do you have an Android Dev Phone 1 or Google Ion laying around somewhere? Well if you do, you're just in luck--you can go and download Android 1.6 Donut and explore the latest Android OS to your liking. If you need a quick refresher, Android 1.6 offers support for CDMA devices, new screen sizes, a new text-to-speech engine and a lot more goodies for developers to build better apps.

Android 1.6 Donut hasn't been deemed ready for the prime time yet so us regular Android users will have to wait for an official launch to enjoy Donut. Even so, we're sure the Android developer community will figure out a way to port Android 1.6 onto our stock G1s and myTouch's soon enough.

[htc]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile 3G Rollout: Pittsburgh Gets 3G !

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If winning the Super Bowl and the Stanley Cup in the same calendar year isn't enough for you Pittsburgh folks, maybe T-Mobile 3G will be! After not making the cut in our previous T-Mobile 3G rollout update, Pittsburgh is now covered in the all around speediness of T-Mobile's third generation network. Enjoy responsibly.

And Pittsburghians (Pittsburghers?) be sure to let us know how the T-Mobile 3G is working out for you! And for the rest of the cities still without T-Mobile 3G, your city could be next!

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5 years ago

Samsung Behold 2 Clears FCC, We Yawn

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The Samsung Behold 2, rumored to rock Android, just cleared the FCC. That would make for exciting news, hmm, 6 months ago? We're kidding. But honestly, with so many amazing Android phones in the pipeline and each one offering fresh UIs and new experiences, will there be room for a device (the Behold 2) that's a successor to a device (the original Behold) we didn't even remember? Especially when it comes with only a 1000mAh battery (for reference that's less than the G1)?

Okay, we're being way too harsh. We don't even know what the styling of the device will be or what new features it'll add. The Behold 2 may be an amazing device for all we know! But simply put, Android is beginning to reach a point where we should probably stop focusing on what may be coming and begin to discuss what's already happening.

HTC Hero. Motorola CLIQ. Now that gets us rolling! What do you guys think? Are we being too tough on the Behold 2?

[via phandroid]

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5 years ago

Motorola CLIQ Available November 2nd for $199.99, Pre-Orders Start Oct 19

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And it's official. The Motorola CLIQ will launch on T-Mobile on November 2nd for $199.99. Pre-orders start October 19th and will run until November 1st. T-Mobile has a nice splash page that countdowns the days, hours, minutes and seconds left until you're able to pre-order the device.

The $199.99 price point for the CLIQ is definitely a bit higher than we expected, especially when the HTC Hero will be available for $179.99. We knew those 'free' rumors weren't feasible but we were expecting T-Mobile to competitively price the CLIQ to guarantee a winner. What do you guys think?

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5 years ago

A Resolution Has Been Reached By CyanogenMod and Google

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We didn't like it when Google sent CyanogenMod, maker of the best Android ROMs available, a cease and desist letter. We didn't like Google's explanation on why CyanogenMod couldn't distribute the close-sourced applications of Android (Market, Gmail, etc) in the custom ROMs. We understood Google's issue with distributing close sourced applications but we questioned Google's real motives and felt that Google could have handled the situation infinitely times better.

What we do like is what CyanogenMod is going to do about this most unfortunate situation. In his words:

I will no longer be distributing these applications as part of CyanogenMod. But it’s OK. None of the go-fast stuff that I do involves any of this stuff anyway. We need these applications though, because we all rely so heavily on their functionality. I’d love for Google to hand over the keys to the kingdom and let us all have it for free, but that’s not going to happen. And who can blame them?

...Since I don’t work with any of these closed source applications directly, what I intend to do is simply ship the next version of CyanogenMod as a “bare bones” ROM. You’ll be able to make calls, MMS, take photos, etc. In order to get our beloved Google sync and applications back, you’ll need to make a backup first. I’m working on an application that will do this for you.

Kudos to CyanogenMod for cooperating with Google and still finding a way to deliver some of the best custom ROMs to Android users. Maybe the regular Android user won't notice the difference but the full Android experience isn't complete without the hard work of guys like CyanogenMod and for that, we at Android Central are indebted. We're glad to have you on our side.

What do you guys think?

thanks iDavey for the tip!

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5 years ago

Verizon HTC Desire Clears FCC Too

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This may simply be coincidence but the other Verizon-bound Android device just cleared the FCC the same time the Motorola Sholes did. In this case, it's the HTC Desire, a device we saw leaked via a Verizon inventory document earlier in the month. Like we said before, a HTC-built, Android-powered, Verizon-networked phone? Yeah, we're interested.

The HTC Desire is also going to be rocking Wi-Fi, no small occurrence for Verizon phones. We're speculating here, but could Big Red be preparing to launch both Android devices at the same time? And since we know the Motorola Sholes is a QWERTY-slider device, maybe the HTC Desire will differentiate by offering a full touchscreen experience. Ah, this is just all food for thought. When pictures of the Desire leak, you know we'll have them!

What do you guys think?

[bgr]

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5 years ago

Verizon Motorola Sholes Passes FCC

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One of the most anticipated Android phones to date, the Motorola Sholes, just passed through the Notorious FCC. Sadly, the FCC didn't offer us any fresh pictures of the Verizon-bound Android device but knowing that the Sholes is inching closer to launch may placate the wild Big Red subscribers thirsting for Android.

The FCC lets us know that the Sholes will run EVDO Rev A / CDMA and more importantly that it'll be equipped with Wi-Fi. Yeah, we know that Wi-Fi on a mobile device isn't exactly breaking news in 2009 but so many Verizon devices are stripped of Wi-Fi that it's definitely noteworthy in the Sholes' case. Phonearena also suggests that the Motorola Sholes may actually be called the Motorola Tao when it's released (we never really understood the Sholes moniker anyway).

We know you guys are clamoring for this device, so let us know how this bit of news on the Motorola Sholes/Tao makes you feel in the comments!

[phonearena]

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5 years ago

Acer A1 Android Phone Now Available for Pre-Order

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We've expected the Android-powered Acer A1 for quite some time now and things are beginning to fall in place for the rumored late 2009, early 2010 launch date to come to fruition. eXpansys is offering the Acer A1 for pre-order (in France and Germany) for roughly $570. The price may be a little steep but considering it's not yet subsidized and that it supposedly rocks Android 2.0 and comes with some stellar specs, we think this is definitely an Android phone we need to keep an eye on.

The Acer A1 specs are:

  • Android 2.0 
  • Qualcomm 8250 768 MHz Processor
  • 512 MB ROM / 256 MB RAM
  • 3.5-inch touch-sensitive screen with WVGA resolution
  • HSPA/WCDMA: 850, 1900, 2100 MHz - Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
  • Quad-band GSM
  • GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus
  • 1350 mAh Battery
  • microSD
  • 115 x 62.5 x 12.5 mm 115 x 62.5 x 12.5 mm

The processor gets a significant speed boost when compared to other Android devices and everything else seems standard Android-fare. What do you guys think?

[expansys via gizmodo]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile 3G Rollout: New Cities, More Places

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The T-Mobile 3G Rollout continues and we've got the latest news for you guys. These past few rollouts covered a lot of territory so make sure you check up to see if your city now rocks T-Mobile 3G! And the list goes:

  • Columbia, Durham, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Greenville, Columbia S.C.
  • Dayton, OH
  • Rochester, MN
  • Corona, Escondido, Oceanside, Fontana, Moreno Valley, Riverside and San Bernardino, CA.

As always, there are still big cities that are glaringly without T-Mobile 3G. Why this is, no one knows but we wish T-Mobile would be done with the rollouts and onto HSPA+ by now!

[via tmonews]

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5 years ago

Which Android Phone Are You Most Excited For ?

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Which Upcoming Android Phone Are You Most Excited For?(polls)

With so many Android Smartphones in the pipeline, we at Android Central are interested in learning which upcoming device is the one everyone is looking forward to. After a year with just the T-Mobile G1 and myTouch 3G, it's only a matter of time before Android devices flood the market. So which one is your favorite?

Vote away and we'll tally the votes by the end of the week!

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5 years ago

Google Discusses Cease & Desist Order to CyanogenMod

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Google just penned a lengthy post regarding the controversy of CyanogenMod receiving a cease and desist letter. If you need to fill yourself in on the details of the Google vs CyanogenMod issue, head back to our previous post to catch yourselves up (be sure to read the comments, as they are filled with thoughtful, quality commentary on the entire situation).

After giving background on the history of Android and lending support towards the custom ROM community, Google addresses the current situation. In Google-speak:

With a high-quality open platform in hand, we then returned to our goal of making our services available on users' phones. That's why we developed Android apps for many of our services like YouTube, Gmail, Google Voice, and so on. These apps are Google's way of benefiting from Android in the same way that any other developer can, but the apps are not part of the Android platform itself. We make some of these apps available to users of any Android-powered device via Android Market, and others are pre-installed on some phones through business deals. Either way, these apps aren't open source, and that's why they aren't included in the Android source code repository. Unauthorized distribution of this software harms us just like it would any other business, even if it's done with the best of intentions.

It takes a little effort to understand but it kind of makes sense. Google sees the Android OS and Google Apps as two completely different entities. Android the OS is built as an open-source platform, where customization and personalization is encouraged. Google Apps are entirely separate from the OS, they're developed closed source and come pre-loaded on specific Android devices through separate business deals, deals that CynagonMod never made. To include Google Apps in custom Android builds would infringe on copyright issues and thus be illegal.

What strikes us as odd is that without these closed source applications (Android Market, Gmail being chief among them) pre-loaded, custom ROMs won't be able to offer an experience as good as the official releases. Which means while Google officially says it supports custom ROMS, they're indirectly hurting the experience. In a sense, Google is saying that you can develop all you want but be sure to leave out the best stuff. How can you eat a cake without a knife and fork?

We're not happy with Google's decision and hate to see a great member of the Android developer Community be stripped of his work. But we remain hopeful that the situation can eventually be improved. Google has earned enough credibility and Android developers are still some of the best and brightest around. We'll figure out a way. We'll continue to monitor the situation and deliver you guys the details. Just hopefully next time, it'll be better news.

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5 years ago

Google Sends Cease & Desist Order To CyanogenMod ?

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CyanogenMod, one of the best and most popular custom Android ROMs available, just got hit with a cease & desist letter from Google. Gasp. Apparently, Google is not happy that CyanogenMod is distributing closed source Android applications like Gmail, Android Market, YouTube, etc.

Could this be Google reacting to Android Market 1.6 being available on CyanogenMod? Or could this be Google acting 'evil' and showing their disapproval towards the rooting process and loading of custom ROM? This definitely makes for some great food for thought.

CyanogenMod explains that he's not breaking any copyright issues because he develops specifically for Google Experience devices (G1 & myTouch 3G), devices that already include said closed source applications. CyanogenMod is trying to initiate conversation with Google, so hopefully they both can come to an agreement.

But hey Google, CyanogenMod is too valuable to the Android community, he's one of the good guys. Trust us, let this one slide.

What do you guys think?

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Motorola CLIQ Comes With Pre-Loaded Apps -- Digg, Mint, QuickOffice & more

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We can all agree that the Motorola CLIQ is a pretty sweet device, right? What with MOTOBLUR ready to re-define the way we use social networks on our mobile device, slick hardware, and our favorite Android OS--the CLIQ is most certainly a wonderful first step for a soon to be blooming Motorola and Android relationship.

So how can the Motorola CLIQ get even more amazing? What about if the CLIQ came with pre-loaded applications from heavy hitters all around the web? Yep, you heard it right. It looks like the CLIQ will have a who's who list of applications pre-loaded onto the device. We're talking:

  • LastFM
  • Digg
  • Yahoo Mail (what?)
  • Mint
  • TeleNav Navigator
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Gizmodo, Gawker, Lifehacker
  • QuickOffice (typically $9.99)

..and a whole slew of other applications. It's really an amazing list that you should check out for yourself. And don't worry, your typical Google Apps will absolutely be included too (this is still Android, after all).

Though some of these applications can be downloaded via Android Market, the out of the box experience for the CLIQ will be incredibly user friendly if these applications are pre-loaded onto the device. And though we all might lament the fact that these apps will make the CLIQ bloated and we're going to delete half of the apps anyway, creating a friendly first-time Android experience for new users is always a good thing.

We're not entirely positive that all these applications will be full fledged apps, but whichever way these services may come--widgets, bookmarks, full fledged applications--we're ecstatic that Motorola is going to these lengths to ensure that the CLIQ be a successful device.

What do you guys think?

[via phandroid]

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5 years ago

Android Developer Challenge 2 Judging Application Available Now !

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The Android Developer Challenge 2 is in its first round of judging and it's up to us Android users to determine which apps make it to Round 2! Simply head to Android Market and download the Android Developer Challenge 2 Application to participate. The Android Developer Challenge 2 Judging Application will display applications for users to download and score according to a set criteria (originality, effective use of Android platform, etc).

The first round of judging will last 2 weeks and determine the Top 20 applications in the 10 categories. Remember, the first round is entirely determined by user votes. In the second round, user votes will account for 40% of the final score with the remaining 60% determined by industry experts.

The Android Developer Challenge 2 will most certainly deliver a slew of great applications for the Android platform and we can't wait to test them all out. Let us know which applications you think are simply amazing in the comments!

[android developers blog]

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