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3 years ago

Android Quick App: MiniSquadron

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Like action shooters?  Secretly jealous that Android doesn't seem to have the "best" ones?  Then you'll love MiniSquadron, another iOS favorite that's made it's way to Android.  To make things even better, it's another game that uses open feint for multiplayer connectivity.  But wait for it -- it's also on sale for just 99 cents until Sept. 19, when it goes back to $2.99.  We've got a video and download links after the break, check it out.

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3 years ago

Skyhook sues Google over alleged strong-arming of Motorola

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Back in April it was announced that Motorola was switching to Boston-based Skyhook for location services on its Android phones. That never happened, apparently, and now Skyhook has filed suit against Google, saying it strong-armed Motorola into breaking contracts. A separate lawsuit alleges patent infringement.

The suit basically says that Google -- and VP of engineering Andy Rubin specifically -- told smartphone manufacturers they couldn't ship Android phones unless they used Google's location service, and that Motorola was told to halt orders even after Skyhook had been tested and approved by Google. Skyhook also said the same thing happened with another unnamed company.

So what does this mean for us, the end users? In the short-term, not too much, so long as there's not some crazy ruling that halts all current shipments until this is sorted out. (And that's pretty far-fetched.) Like all lawsuits of this nature, this one's going to take time to hash out. We may yet see Skyhook used on Android phones; we may see the lawsuit disappear. We'll just have to wait and see.

That said, it wouldn't disappoint us to see Google tightening the reins a bit on what can be changed at the lower levels of Android. (We're looking at you, Verizon.) We just hope they do it in a way that doesn't break existing contracts -- or hurt end users. [NYT]

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3 years ago

Dell Streak may one day be coming to a hospital near you

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Imagine this scenario: You are being rushed to the ER in an ambulance and everyone around you looks a like a complete blur. You finally put the pieces together, you were just hit by a car. As you're being rushed down the hallway to the ER, you take notice to a glow coming from a physician's hand. She is holding a Dell Streak. Realistically, you probably wouldn't notice it  -- but I'm trying to paint a picture here. And on that Streak, the physician can pull up your medical records: blood type, age, allergies -- the list goes on, all while sating true to HIPAA's compliances.

While that scenario might seem like something out of a TV show about a hospital, it is actually happening in today's emergency rooms. Dell Healthcare Solutions announced coming this Fall, hospitals will be able to purchase the Dell Streak to use in their facilities. Android helping to save lives -- pretty cool, eh? Full list of benefits after the break! [BusinessWire]

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3 years ago

Sprint sponsors 4G application challenge

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It's become quite evident that there are some extremely talented Android developers out there with some unique ideas and great ways of bringing them to the table for us. In hopes of bringing more developers on board with their 4G movement, Sprint has offered up a nice sum of money for some grand prize winners. There will be five categories; entertainment, gaming, productivity, social networking and multimedia, giving developers a fair chance since it is not limited to just one category. You think you got what it takes to bring home the $50,000 prize that is up for grabs? If so, be sure to check out all the details and get yourself entered here.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus One is headed to Europe, to be carried by T-Mobile

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It was only a couple days ago that we reported LG's announcement about two new phones, the Optimus One and the Optimus Chic. Now, the Optimus One is already headed to Europe and will be launching on T-Mobile soon.

The LG Optimus One sports:

  • 3.2-inch touchscreen
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 3 MP camera
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 1500 mAh battery

T-Mobile is calling this the "Navigation Edition" and appears to come with a car dock in the box. No word yet on specific dates, but we'll keep on eye out for all those anxiously awaiting it over in Europe. [T-Mobile UK via Coolsmartphone]

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3 years ago

New features in Fennec 2.0 for Android nightlies

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It's been a couple weeks since Mozilla unleashed their Fennec alpha builds upon us, and some welcome changes are making their way into the product.  For anyone living under a rock, Fennec is Mozilla's code name for the version of Firefox for mobile devices, and something a whole lot of us are looking forward to.  Some of the changes are big, some not so much, and some are just magical.

The biggest changes come to the Awesomebar, which has been rebranded as the Awesomescreen (probably to hold more awesome) and the layout has been changed, merging things like bookmarks and search into a single UI.  This gives more room for things like badging the Awesomescreen URL's with web metadata, so you get a useful visual like this:

awesome

Other changes like improved right-to-left locale support (think Hebrew) and support for Android's native notifications are also quite nice.  If you're curious, and especially if the first pre-alpha build didn't work so well for you, head over to the download page (on your Android device) and give the latest nightly build a shot.  [Mark Finkle's Weblog]

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3 years ago

HTC Desire now available on Cellular South

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Remember how we said the HTC Desire would be available on Cellular South mid-week? Well, it's hump day people, and the Desire indeed is on sale now for $149.99 after contract and rebate. What do you get for all that scratch? Check out our full review of the U.S. Cellular version for a good idea. [Cellular South] Thanks, GigabitDrew!

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3 years ago

Sony's roadmap leaked for its Xperia X10 line of phones (hint: No Froyo)

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A leaked roadmap for Sony's Xperia X10 line of phones has been found, showing some of the future updates for the devices. According to the document, there will be three major firmware releases upcoming: 1.6, 2.1 and 2.1x. The Xperia X10 is set to get 2.1 shortly (we have been hearing that for a while), and this update will bring:

  • 720 video recording with continuous autofocus
  • Five homescreens
  • HTML5 support
  • A social phonebook that will linke Facebook and Twitter with your Contacts

The X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro, as well as the X8 are also due to receive the 2.1 OTA. With this update, small updates are given including:

  • An incremental change in the four corner navigation
  • Bluetooth 2.1

After 2.1, Sony is preparing 2.1x, which is there renewed and alledgly improved UX platform to Timescape and Mediascape.

The bad news is that there was no mention of Froyo (2.2) in the roadmap, leading us and users to question whether the X10 will ever be getting the latest OS version.

No word on dates from the roadmap; we have been hearing that the X10 will be updated so often that anyone's guess to when that will be is as good as ours.  [Xperiax10 via Se-nse]

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3 years ago

Bitbop for Android brings streaming TV

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The new subscription streaming television service BitBop has arrived, with an Android app in tow.  Users with the Sprint Evo 4G, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, Nexus One, and Droid Incredible can download the app directly from Bitbop here (BitBop's application is not on the Android Market), set up an account and use a free three-day trial to see what the service offers.  The full subscription price is $9.99 per month, the same cost as Hulu Plus.  Unlike Hulu Plus, BitBop allows for downloading of content for watching later, and is commercial free. 

We've got a few screenshots of the application after the break, and I'm going to give it a workout and see how it stands up.  I'll let you guys know how it goes after a week or so! [Mashable]

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3 years ago

Poll: How often do you reboot?

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The new HTC Desire HD is fast. So darn fast, it boots up in 10 seconds. Really, it does. (Check out Engadget's video showing it. Don't blink.) But that begs the question: How often do you reboot your phone? Chances are with the Desire HD, you won't mind doing it more often. (It also stands to reason you won't have to reboot as often, but that's another matter.)

How often do you reboot your Android phone?customer surveys

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