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3 years ago

Droid 2 benchmark tests

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Here you go, folks, a slew of benchmark tests with the Motorola Droid 2. We're doing this batch with a quorum of Android 2.2 devices -- the original Droid, the Droid 2, the Nexus One and the Evo 4G.

One pretty major caveat, however, is that the Linpack test doesn't appear to be working properly with the Droid and Droid 2, both of which use TI OMAP processors. The Nexus One and Evo 4G are scored just fine. You'll see what we mean, and if someone wants to explain things to us, we'll be at the bar. Video after the break.

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3 years ago

Must-have applications for your Motorola Droid 2

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Whether stepping foot into the Android Market for the first time, or just looking for something new to use on your brand new Motorola Droid 2, we've got you covered. The Market is loaded with applications, the variety is insane, and the selection is just plain wild. Searching can be a bit overwhelming at times, so lets take a look at some good foundational applications to get you on your way. Be sure to also check out our review section which we are rapidly filling with software reviews.

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3 years ago

Verizon confirms the Droid (OG) to get a second OTA -- to bring Adobe Flash

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Enter Chapter 3 of the on-again, off-again saga that is the Motorola Droid Froyo update -- Verizon has sent out an e-mail to it's business customers that says FRG01B is only the first step of a two part update, with part two bringing Adobe Flash support to the father of all modern Android phones.  Will this be the mythical FRG22?  Will this fully enable JIT?  Will Gilligan and company ever get off the island?  We just don't know.  But when we do, we'll tell ya.  [Phandroid]

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3 years ago

Dell Blaze gets outed

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What's small, made by Dell, runs Cupcake (Android 1.5) and lives on a fuzzy pink rug?  Why, the Dell Blaze, of course! (Pink rug not included).  It's the newest Android device in the works by Dell, and it looks to be their "entry-level, featurephone-market-stealer™."  Not a lot is known about it just yet, but there's a slew of pics at the source link to check out. 

I have to question this choice by Dell.  I'm all for entry/mid level Android phones, but why on earth is anyone still developing hardware on ancient versions of Android?  And considering Dell's release track record, who knows what version of the OS we'll be on by the time this rolls around? [AndroidSpin]

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3 years ago

Audible Android app now available

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We brought you a hands-on with the Audible Android app a couple of months ago while it was in beta, and we're happy to report that it's now available in the Android Market. The app itself is free, but you're going to need an audible account to actually make use of things. [Audible] Thanks, Nwani!

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3 years ago

Gartner's Q2 numbers are in -- Android's huge

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Gartner's Q2 2010 numbers are in, and the chart above says it all.  So do these.  And these.  And these, you get the point -- Android is showing unprecedented growth, all thanks to people like you and I who love the OS. Overall, the world's "mobile communication" market grew by 13.8 percent, but the competition (we love it!) drove the average price of a handset down (hey we love that too!).  Notable news from Gartner's report:

  • HTC debuts in the top 10 worldwide, with 139.1 percent Y-O-Y growth
  • Apple's iPad did not affect smartphone sales as much as was predicted
  • Android overtook iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) for the number 3 spot on the planet
  • Android overtook RIM (BlackBerry) to become the number one selling mobile OS in the United States according to Gartner

<fanboy>Worldwide -- look out RIM, there's a little green robot on your bum...and he bites.  Read the whole report at the source link, you'll like what you see. </fanboy> [Gartner Research]

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3 years ago

R2-D2 Droid 2 date pinned at Sept. 30; plus, more pictures

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Just got some more pics in from the Star Wars convention going on in Orlando, and it looks like the date for the R2-D2 version of the Droid 2 is going to be Sept. 30. Good news indeed for you guys waiting on the little guy.

And we've got fresh pics of the R2-D2 phone after the break, if you're into that sort of thing. Thanks to skippyrulz from the Android Central Forums for the pics!

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3 years ago

Vlingo responds to Google Voice Actions -- by making Vlingo for Android free

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Vlingo has responded to Google's release of Voice Actions in an amazing way -- by making its $9.99 Android application free.  Yes, free, starting today.  The folks at Vlingo are the first to applaud Google for the great Voice Actions application, but they also point out that Vlingo offers a bit more -- besides being cross platform, they also hook into Twitter and Facebook, and SafeReader to have incoming messages read aloud.  Oh, there's one more thing -- Vlingo works with Eclair and Froyo, so no need to wait for that OTA. 

Personally, I love Vlingo.  Now I love it even more.  Hit the break for the download details. [Vlingo]

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3 years ago

Dell Thunder makes itself heard, looks a little familiar [update]

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So the Dell Thunder's made a surprise appearance this morning, moving beyond renders into the realm of the unannounced prototype. Same Android 2.1 and 8MP camera that we were led to expect, 4.1-inch screen at 800x480, a three-button scheme that looks more like something from Windows Phone 7 and ... Oh, you just want to see the video? Fine. Head on to the source link. But let us put this bug in your ear: While watching, think of the AT&T Captivate, because it and the Thunder certainly appear to share the same design cues. [Engadget]

Update: AndroidSpin got themselves some new pics, but no new info. Check 'em out.

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3 years ago

Google's Chrome to Phone feature comes out of the shadows

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Google held a small event today to highlight some improved features in Android. One of these features was the Chrome-to-Phone extension/application. We brought you one of the first public demos of it way back in May and have been using it since it was first announced as a part of Android 2.2. 

Chrome-to-Phone is a nifty application that allows you to send data from your browser directly to your mobile phone. It was developed by a Google engineer with his 20 percent time (where employees are on the clock but free to work on whatever they want). Check out his demo-video after the break.

It is available for 2.2 (Froyo) and higher only and is now available in the Market as well as in the Chrome Extensions Gallery (check our links after the video) [Google Mobile Blog]

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