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3 years ago

What Android is -- according to the folks who know

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We all spend a lot of time discussing exactly what Android is, and isn't.  Because it's something relatively new, we always end up comparing it to something that isn't quite the same, like embedded or desktop Linux.  Finally, Tim Bray, one of our favorite Googlers, has taken the reigns and we now have a description of what Android is, written for people who don't spend all day fiddling around writing code.  Be sure to visit the source link and have a read, you'll be glad you did.  [Tim Bray]

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3 years ago

Best Android apps for holiday travel

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It's Thanksgiving week -- the busiest holiday travel week of the year. And that means fighting through thousands of people, dealing (ahem) with security and finally, once you get to where you're going, dealing (ahem) with family.

Android makes it easier. Maybe not painless, but easier. Uncle Fred's still gonna annoy half the family, and you might come out of the airport engaged to someone with a badge, but Android can make holiday travel a little less hellish.

After the break, we share some of our favorite travel apps. If we’re missing any of yours, point ‘em out in the comments.

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3 years ago

Acer announces 7- and 10-inch Android tablets in Q2 2011

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In case a 4.8-inch smartphone isn't big enough for you, Acer is also bringing a seven inch and a 10 inch tablet to market come next April.  While it seems like everyone is getting into the Android tablet game, it certainly appears that Acer is doing the hardware up right.

The 7-incher will have a dual-core CPU, HDMI out, Flash 10.1 support, a 5 MP rear camera and "HD" front facing camera, all with a 1280 x 800 screen. 

The 10-inch tablet will be running a 1 GHz CPU, have a 5 MP camera, Flash 10.1, HDMI out and the same 1280 x 800 resolution.

Read the press release after the break.  [via BGR]

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3 years ago

Acer to bring a 4.8-inch Android phone in Q2 2011

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Acer has announced that they will be bringing their own spin on an Android phone, in a very big way come April 2011.  The yet unnamed 4.8-inch (yes, 4.8 inch) Android phone will feature a 1024x480 touchscreen, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8MP rear camera and 2 MP front facing camera, HSDPA, DLNA, and more.

Sounds quite impressive.  And quite big.  Only thing is that Acer has been unable to break into the U.S. market on any platform. Will that finally change? Read the press release after the break. [Acer via BGR]

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3 years ago

Evo 4G accessory review: Powermat wireless charger

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Powermat's wireless charging system has been around for quite some time, but it's relatively new for the Evo 4G. The premise is simple: You replace the stock battery cover on the phone with Powermat's cover, which also plugs into the phone's microUSB port. The phone then rests on a charging mat, which in turn is plugged into an outlet. So all you have to do is pick up the phone and go, no messing about with plugging in cables.

Sounds simple. And it should be. But it's kind of not. The charging mats are pretty finicky about where you place the phone. And the little dongle that plugs into the phone's microUSB port popped off of our battery door, which means it'll get lost any minute now.

It's not a bad idea, really -- a semi-universal wireless charging system. But unless you really have to have wireless charging, the kinks might be a bit much for you. You'll see what we mean in the video after the break. More Powermat for the Evo 4G in the Android Central Store

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3 years ago

Contest Winners - Lookout Premium, Android Stickers, Pocket Legends Costume and Unlock Codes

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If you aren't already a registered member of Android Central, how do you expect to win free stuff from us on a weekly basis? With another week behind us, that means another batch of lucky winners to be announced. If you are one of the lucky winners, congrats, and if not, continue to join us in the contest forums throughout the week for your next chance to win! Winners are listed after the break.

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3 years ago

Dell will sell you a red Froyo'd Streak unlocked and with more memory

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The Dell Streak hasn't exactly been a resounding success, but the PC manufacturer is looking to climb back into the race by offering the Streak directly from their website with numerous options. There are a couple different price points, so lets walk through them:

  • $550 - 16GB, locked to AT&T or $300 with 2-year contract
  • $580 - 16GB, unlocked
  • $649 - 32GB, locked to AT&T or $400 with 2-year contract
  • $679 - 32GB, unlocked

In addition to the standard black we have all become familiar with in the tech industry, Dell will also be offering the Streak in red at all price points. The basic 16GB locked Streak should ship right away, but all other versions shouldn't ship until Dec. 8.  In addition, Dell seems to have gotten Froyo all worked out (last we heard it was just starting to be rolled out in the UK) which should make the 5-inch device much more attractive. [Dell via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Frogger among 8 new OpenFeint-enabled games on Android

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If you're a fan of the OpenFeint social gaming network, today's your lucky day: Eight new games have been added to the Android arsenal. They are:

  • Jet Car Stunts (True Axis) – Coming Soon!
  • MUST.EAT.BIRDS (Mediatonic)
  • Solipskier (Mikengreg)
  • Frogger (Konami Digital Entertainment)
  • Bomberman Dojo (Hudson)
  • aTilt 3D Labyrinth FridgeCat Software – Coming Soon!
  • Word Mix (Greenrift Software LLC)
  • Kilgamore Castle (Hyperbees Ltd)

That's quite the boost, indeed, and adds to a lineup that includes the likes of Fruit Ninja, Flick Kick Field Goal, MiniSquadron, and dozens more. With OpenFeint, you can share scores and compete against your friends, regardless of platform. OpenFeint has seen 8 million game downloads on 1.6 million Android devices. Full presser's after the break. Now excuse us while we get our Frogger on.

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3 years ago

Hands on with Skyfire 3.0 for Android

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Skyfire just released their cool new social networking browser, and you know we had to get our hands on it.  It just so happens that we have a Viewsonic gTablet at our disposal, so we figured -- what better way to test out a new version of Skyfire, than on hardware that isn't running a "phone style" version of Android.  If it breaks, we need to know and let you know, and if it works, well that's important, too.  Especially with tablets due to come out of the woodwork this Friday. And having a 10 inch screen to demo it one is always a good thing.

Check out the video after the break, and you can see Skyfire in action.

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3 years ago

Skyfire 3.0 released -- social networking browser for Android

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Skyfire has announced the latest version of its cross-platform web browser -- Skyfire 3.0, complete with a new SkyBar designed for social networking.  You have programs like RockMelt browser and popular plugins and toolbars on your desktop computer, but Skyfire has brought the idea to Android with a "cloud powered toolbar that allows users to watch video, view related content, and easily share content with friends."

Catch the full presser after the break.

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