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6 years ago

Control apps by voice? Ford does (or will in 2011)



Welcome to the future, citizen (pro tip: pass on the soylent green).  Ford recently announced that it's 2011 Fiesta will launch with SYNC AppLink. I'm just going to let you read it in their own words here -

Ford will first offer SYNC® AppLink, a downloadable software program, on the 2011 Fiesta, allowing owners to access and control Android™ and BlackBerry® smartphone apps with voice commands and vehicle controls

Voice control your apps via bluetooth.  BOO-YAH. 

Pandora, Stitcher and OpenBeak are the first SYNC-enabled apps, but Ford has already set up a developers site (SYNCmyride) so it looks like they mean business.  Now who will be the first to develop a dialer app to fill that painful gap for lucky Ford drivers?

Follow the break for the full presser. [via PR Newswire]

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6 years ago

TV out on the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible looks incredibly easy


Even with all the Droid Incredible news floating around the intertubes, we know there's always room for more -- especially when the news is great and includes video!  Some of the fellas from HTC dropped by the Wirefly offices to show off the TV out feature of the newest member of the Android family.  From the video, it looks as easy as plugging in the cable and
turning on your display.  The output quality doesn't look bad either.  A great feature on a great phone, and one I hope catches on in the smartphone market.

I haven't been able to find anyone selling cables specific for the Droid Incredible yet, but I imagine they won't be far behind.  I'd suggest checking with your local Verizon wireless store, at least until companies like Monster Cable start cranking out the high quality/low signal loss
expensive versions.  If you've run across any, shout out in the comments! [via Wirefly]

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6 years ago

Somebody's testing Android 2.2: Is it Froyo?


Froyo - Next version of Android

The guys at Android and Me noticed a few pings of Android 2.2 in their Google Analytics, meaning somebody's testing out what's at least labeled as a new version of our favorite mobile operating system. (And for what it's worth, or server logs are showing hits from Android 2.2 as well.) It's no great surprise if Google's testing a new version of the OS, and we're less than a month away from the Google IO conference (we'll be there, by the way), which is where Android 2.0 Donut first was demoed last year. Chances are we'll see the next named version of Android -- Froyo -- at Google IO. And there's a decent chance it'll be Android 2.2. Stay tuned.

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6 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 8 - Droid Incredible Writers' Roundtable


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Here's a special treat in honor of the mass hysteria (or at least a lot of excitement) surrounding the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible. We brought together Android Central writers Jerry Hildenbrand, Keith Newman, Jared DiPane and Ali Fazel for an epic roundtable discussion about the Droid Incredible, its competition and what it means for the future of Android.

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6 years ago

Another weird Motorola Android phone pops up


Though the above picture of a Motorola Android device looks innocent enough, don't be fooled--it's a flip phone. And yes, leave it to Motorola to cook up some interesting form factors for Android. After introducing the Backflip, it looks like Motorola has a flip Android phone in the works. But the Motorola Android flip phone isn't the size of your typical flip phone, which could've be neat, it's smartphone sized, which just maks the thing unwieldy. We're not even sure if the 'flip' portion of the phone offers any functionality other than protecting the screen.

The phone is reported to be an engineering prototype and of course looks to run the Motorola favorite, Motoblur. Specs are hard to come by, but we're sure more will be revealed soon. Either way, if Motorola keeps throwing things against the wall, we're sure something will stick, right? Does a flip phone running Android interest you guys?

Hit the jump to see more pictures of the Motorola Flip Android phone. [it168 via engadget]

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6 years ago

Lenovo LePhone laLaunches in chChina


Lenovo LePhone launches in China

Lenovo took a headfirst leap into the mobile market Monday by launching its LePhone. With this entrance into the market, Lenovo expects to expand heavily into the mobile Internet services arena and within five years generate 10 percent to 20 percent of its total revenue strictly from mobile sales. That's quite a goal for a new player in the market, but they've definitely started on the right path by choosing the world's largest cell phone market for the first in what looks to be the first in a series of many phones.

We've pictured it before, and Phil seems to have his doubts about the keyboard, but when was the last time you saw an optional keyboard? I like it. Anyone anxious to see this hit U.S. shores? Let us know in the comments! [PhoneArena]

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6 years ago

CNN takes a look at WiMax, Evo 4G


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CNN looks at WiMax, Sprint Evo 4G

The HTC Evo 4G is the first Android smartphone to take advantage of Sprint's WiMax 4G network, and CNN Money has taken a look at the technology behind the next-generation of high-speed wireless data and to play with the phone a bit. Take a look after the break. [CNN Money] Thanks, Nextellian!

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6 years ago

Ask us about the Verizon Droid Incredible

Verizon Droid Incredible

We know. Somehow, after digesting all of your Verizon HTC Droid Incredible coverage, you still have questions. And we've got answers. So head on into the Android Central Forums, see what others are asking, and submit your own question. We'll cull through the best and answer them in a few days.

Ask us about the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible

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6 years ago

Android doesn't play nice (yet) with 32-gigabyte microSD cards


Android 32GB microSD card 

If you were thinking about shelling out some serious jing (translation: spending a lot of money) on one of those new 32GB microSD cards, you might want to hold off for a little bit. Google confirmed to CNET that Android can't actually format a card that big, which could lead to some trouble. The good news is that a fix is on the way and "will be part of our next over-the-air update." Google didn't say when that might be. [CNET]

Update: Yes, folks, let there be no confusion: You in fact can use a 32GB card. Never said you couldn't. You just can't format it. It's not a huge deal, but it's something that needs to be fixed.

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6 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S launching on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, & T-Mobile ?


Could the Samsung Galaxy S, brilliant screen and all, follow in the Nexus One's footsteps and launch on all 4 major US Carriers? That's what Forbes is reporting. According to Broadpoint.AmTech analyst Mark McKechnie the Galaxy S will be on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, & T-Mobile "sometime later this year". If true, that's a huge move by Samsung because nearly all of US mobile phone subscribers will have a chance to use, and thus be wowed, by the Galaxy S.

Remember, the Galaxy S is a phone that is ridiculously fast and has the most beautiful of screens (if you need a reminder, check our hands-on). And though it's as 'flagship' a device you can get, Samsung still needs to stack the odds to compete with the Evos and Incredibles of the Android world. Having all 4 carriers on their side is certainly one way to do it.

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6 years ago

US Cellular confirms HTC Desire is coming this summer


US Cellular confirmed via Facebook that the HTC Desire will be hitting their network this summer. According to US Cellular: 

The worst kept secret in online history! HTC Desire with Android from U.S. Cellular, coming this summer after our rigorous testing is complete. Now have fun guessing which other Android phone we’ll launch.

This explains why the HTC Desire, currently a European exclusive, popped up in US Cellular's rebate forms last week. US Cellular doesn't currently have any Android phones in its product portfolio so adding the HTC Desire is a huge coup for them. Adding intrigue is their 'other' Android phone planned for launch. Would it be the HTC Legend? Or a non-HTC Android device?

To be honest, we're only familiar with US Cellular through their renaming of Comiskey Park (White Sox). Any US Cellular customers out there? Are you guys interested in the Desire? [via androinica]

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6 years ago

Steve Jobs obsessed with Android, porn — and still pretends iPhone is innocent


Steve Jobs

This is really quite sad, actually. It goes like this: A political satire app feature the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Mark Fiore -- the first such award for an online journalist -- was rejected from Apple's App Store because it violated Apple's policy against "ridiculing public figures." (You'll note above that we're not necessarily worried about that policy here.)

Anyhoo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs himself blessed the app, saying the rejection was a mistake. That brings us to today, and Jobs' response to an Apple customer who expressed concern about Apple playing the role of "moral police." Said customer's major concern:

"I’m all for keeping porn out of kids hands. Heck – I’m all for ensuring that I don’t have to see it unless I want to. But… that’s what parental controls are for. Put these types of apps into categories and allow them to be blocked by their parents should they want to."

In his response (Jobs sure has been writing back to the commoners a lot lately), he just couldn't help but fire more blanks at Android.

"Fiore’s app will be in the store shortly. That was a mistake. However, we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy and [sic] Android phone."

Yes, Steve, we'll be the first to admit that the Android Market's a bit of a mess and is badly in need of a makeover, and something needs to be done about all the bad porn apps. (If we're gonna be stuck with it, can we at least get some quality smut, and maybe put it in a controlled category?)

But for Apple, the maker of arguably the world's best mobile browser, to pretend that it's not also the world's greatest mobile porn portal is petty, misleading and -- frankly -- more than a bit disappointing. This isn't the first time Jobs has fired this unloaded gun. And we're willing to bet it won't be the last. [TechCrunch via TiPB]

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6 years ago

Dell Mini 5 heading to T-Mobile, too


The Dell Mini 5 (formerly known, or is still known, as the Streak) just cleared the FCC and from the looks of it, is heading to T-Mobile. Wait, what? Didn't we just say that the Mini 5 was packing AT&T 3G? Why, yes we did. So how is it heading to T-Mobile, too? Because Dell wants to own the Android MID/tablet space, apparently. And from the few times we've seen the Dell Mini 5 in action, they just might. Can we get an official launch date, now? [via engadget]

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6 years ago

Sprint plans Evo 4G's party for May 12 in New York City


Sprint Evo 4G launch party

The Sprint HTC Evo 4G is set for its big coming-out party on May 12 in New York City. And as with the Evo's cousin, the Windows Mobile-powered HD2, it looks like movies are going to play a big part of the device -- so much so that Sprint's giving an advance screening of "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," ahead of its Memorial Day release. And if the thought of two hours of Jake Gyllenhaal in a loin cloth isn't exciting enough, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse's also going to be on hand for the big event.

Still no word about when the Evo 4G will actually be available (or what it will cost); the invite only says "this summer." Stay tuned.

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6 years ago

Live at 8:15 p.m. EDT: The inaugural Android Central Writers' Roundtable

Android Central Writers Roundtable podcast

Sorry for the late notice, folks, but we've been a little busy today. Tonight, at 8:35 p.m. EDT/5:15 p.m. PDT, we're bringing you the inaugural Android Central Writers' Roundtable -- all of your favorite AC writers (or as many as we could muster, anyway) in one spot. And we're streaming it live. Hit the link below for our discussion on the Verizon Droid Incredible and answer a few of your festering e-mails.

Update: That's it, folks. It's all over but the crying editing. Thanks for joining us!

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