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6 years ago

Adobe uses small words, pictures, to show which phones Flash supports


Adobe Flash Player for Android

We don't know about you, but the last thing we want to worry about when determining whether our smartphones are supported is what exactly what processor it's running. And Adobe apparently thinks so, too, fighting some FUD that appeared late last week over which phones it supports for Flash Player 10.1. (Seriously, folks? Somebody thought they'd take Flash away from the original Droid just weeks after it got it?)

For those of you who refuse to click through to the link, here are the phones Adobe Flash currently supports, and how you can get Flash Player 10.1 for them:

  • Nexus One: Download from Android Market.
  • Sprint Evo 4G: Included in Android 2.2 update from HTC.
  • HTC Desire: Included in Android 2.2 update from HTC.
  • Motorola Droid: On devices with Android 2.2 (build FRG22C or higher).
  • Motorola Droid 2: Pre-installed at launch.
  • Motorola Droid X: Will be included in upcoming Android 2.2 update.

So that's that. If you're phone's not on that list, fear not, as Adobe will be updating as time and updates go on. And if you haven't yet, be sure to check out our interview with Adobe platform evangelist Ryan Stewart. [Adobe]

Update: Yes, the Droid Incredible is missing. Yes, Adobe will add it. No, we had nothing to do with it.

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6 years ago

Motorola i1 -- Sprint/Nextel's push-to-talk Android phone


Motorola i1

The Motorola i1 is neither big, nor bad, but it certainly fills a niche that many believe is dying off -- push-to-talk on the IDEN network.  Applications and services from other carriers try to replicate it, but if you've ever used an actual "chirp" phone (either because you wanted to or otherwise) you know it's not the same.  Those who need PTT service on their phone now have an Android choice, so let's have a look and see if it would be a wise choice to make after the break.

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6 years ago

Best Buy backs off the Samsung Gem


Verizon Samsung Gem Best Buy

Whoopsie. Looks like when Best Buy showed off the Verizon Samsung Gem in its buyer's guide, it did so a little prematurely. It's unknown whether the correction you see above means the phone's not happening, or if it's just postponed. Stay tuned, folks. Thanks, bxojr.

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6 years ago

Google Voice now alerts to missed calls


Google Voice missed calls

Google Voice just added another feature to its arsenal -- missed-call notifications in your inbox. That's less of a big deal for those of us using it on our Android phones -- you'll see the missed call on your handset -- but as more of us use Google Voice on the desktop, it makes sense. You have options to have missed calls noted in the Google Voice inbox, or you can have them e-mailed to you. [Google Voice]

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6 years ago

Dual-core Tegra 2 smartphones are coming from LG in Q4, and Android's a pretty good bet


Nvidia Tegra 2 chip

LG has announced it plans to use the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor in its Optimus line of high-end smartphones, starting in the fourth quarter of 2010. LG and Nvidia aren't saying whether that means Android or Windows Phone 7 (both of which have phones under the Optimus name) or both. Here's the sexy part:

LG selected NVIDIA Tegra because it enables a new mobile experience and content capabilities. Tegra 2 features a number of mobile “firsts”: the first mobile dual-core CPU, the only ultra low-power NVIDIA GeForce® GPU and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Taking full advantage of the two speedy 1 GHz processors sharing the workload in Tegra 2, consumers can experience up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance over single core processors running at 1 GHz. NVIDIA’s leadership in graphics also delivers flawless 1080p HD video playback, console-quality gaming and amazing 3D capabilities.

Do. Want. Check out the full presser after the break.

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6 years ago

Hands on with Huawei Ideos S7 Tablet [Video]


 Huawei Ideos S7

Huawei hasn't yet made a big splash in the U.S. (though that may be changing), and the Ideos S7 Tablet they're showing off at IFA 2010 doesn't quite look like it's going to change that. What's you're looking at is a 7-inch screen running with 800x480 screen resolution, Android 2.1, 3G, a fairly small 2200mAh battery, a front-facing 2mp camera, and the now de-rigeur ability to play back 720p video. The processor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon, there's 256 megs of RAM under the hood.

Huawei's custom skin isn't the most beautiful thing we've ever seen, but it does get points for usability: naming the different pages on their homescreen is a nice touch and we especially like the drop-down controls in the upper-righthand corner. A dual notification screen/task manager may bring back painful Windows Mobile memories for some, but the ability to quickly close or switch apps from a simple text list isn't anything to spit at as far as we're concerned.

More photos and hands-on video after the break!

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6 years ago

Case review: Krusell Gaia mobile pouch


Krussel Gaia mobile pocket pouch

The Krusell Gaia mobile pocket pouch is a great looking pocket pouch that fits many mid-sized phones.  The sleek, executive style not only looks and feels good in the hand or pocket, it provides full protection from scratches to every part of your expensive Android phone.  With no clips or hardware on the case, it slips easily in and out of a pocket, briefcase, or purse without snagging or being obtrusive.  At only $17.95 in the Android Central Store, the price is right as well.  Join in after the break to learn a little more, and see some pictures. 

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6 years ago

Verizon Fascinate officially on sale online Wednesday for $199, in stores Thursday (sound familiar?)


Verizon Samsung Fascinate

None of this could come as any surprise to any of you, seeing as how we've broken the launch info on the Verizon Samsung Fascinate several times over now. But here it is anyway, all official-like (mostly): One sale online tomorrow (Wednesday) for $199.99 after contract and $100 rebate, in stores Thursday. Exactly like we told you.

A couple other nuggets of note: The desktop dock is going for $29.99, the car dock for $39.99, and there's a "backup battery charging system" (a spare 1500mAh battery, charger and cable to charging it an your phone at the same time) for $39.99.

And about that "mostly official-like" line: We've got the entire press release after the break, but the source link has since died, so take that how you want. Or just bask in the knowledge that you're an Android Central reader and have known most of this for days now. [PR Newswire]

Update: And it's officially official again.

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6 years ago

Unrevoked 3.2 available, now works with Froyo [update: It's been pulled]


Unrevoked 3.2

The unrevoked team has announced that version 3.2 is now available for download, and support for Froyo has been added.  This brings the list of devices supported by the flashing tool to:

  • Sprint EVO 4G (HTC Supersonic)
  • Droid Incredible (HTC Incredible)
  • HTC Desire GSM
  • HTC Desire CDMA (HTC BravoC)
  • HTC Aria
  • Droid Eris (HTC DesireC)
  • HTC Wildfire (HTC Buzz)

In addition, users of the Sprint Evo 4G, Droid Incredible, and the CDMA Desire (US Cellular version) can now unlock their NAND and root using the tool.  People using other modern HTC devices not listed above are encouraged to contact the unrevoked team.  Be sure to read the directions carefully, and happy hacking! [unrevoked] Thanks Mike for the tip!

Update: The unlock tool has been temporarily pulled. Says the Unrevoked team: "We're seeing some strange problems with Unrevoked 3.2, so we've pulled the release for a bit. Please hold on! Don't worry if you've already run 3.2 - you are rooted and everything is OK. It's just a problem for users while running it."

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6 years ago

Hands On with Viewsonic Viewtab 7 & Viewtab 100



Viewsonic is jumping into the Android tablet game with the Viewpad 7 and the Viewpad 100. Both are fairly straightforward Android tablets with little to speak of in terms of customization.

The Viewpad 7 offers a much better overall Android experience -- it's running Froyo with a properly sized keyboard with what would seem like a pokey 600MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 512 megs of RAM. As always with Android, though, the real test is the implementation and in this case we found the Viewpad 7 to hold its own in terms of speed and responsiveness. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to cry about either. Unfortunately, the display here is a paltry 800x480 pixels, so perhaps it's no wonder that it's responding to taps as we'd like.

The Viewpad 100 is both more exciting and less. More exciting because it's a 10-inch tablet with 1024x600 resolution that's able to boot into a full version of Windows 7 if you'd like. Less so because it's running on Android 1.6 because later versions of Android aren't yet playing nice with the Viewpad 100's Atom processor. In general, this version didn't feel fully baked - Viewsonic has yet to build the interface for dual-booting the device, but on the bright side the sucker did boot faster than most Android smartphones we've laid eyes on.

Both Viewpads should hit Europe in October, no word yet when they're coming stateside. Images and video after the break!

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6 years ago

Even more Sept. 9 confirmation for the Verizon Fascinate


Verizon Fascinate by Samsung

Accept no substitutes, folks: We brought you the first news that the Verizon Fascinate is coming Sept. 9. Hell, we followed it up with two more pieces of confirmation just a day later. We've brought you live pictures and benchmarks specs. We've brought you the listing in Verizon's inventory system. And we're the ones who brought you the wallpapers and ringtones in the form of a system dump. (And that's not even counting our official hands-on at the launch event in New York City.)

What's that, you say? You want more? How about even more confirmation of the Sept. 9 launch date, in the form of the screen shot above. It doesn't get more plain than that, now does it? Add to that a story at Phonedog that says the Sept. 9 date can be seen on that recent Fascinate commercial (for the life of us, we can't actually see it, though), and we think things are pretty well set. Thanks, Dallin!

Update: Our man Jared caught the Sept. 9 date on the commercial, too, on TV. So there you go.

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6 years ago

Poll: Did you ditch the Evo for the Epic?


Evo 4G and Epic 4G

Sprint has the first 4G smartphones on the market, and they're a couple of Android heavyweights. And it doesn't come as a surprise that a number of you are likely to jump from the HTC Evo 4G to the Samsung Epic 4G (or are considering it). Are you making the leap from 4.3 inches of Evo to 4-inches of keyboarded Epic? Let's hear it, folks.

Are you switching from the Evo 4G to the Epic 4G?customer surveys

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6 years ago

Android Quick App: ADB Wireless


  ADB Wireless

For root users only! If you want to do some of the lower-level stuff with your Android phone, you're going to need ADB, which stands for Android Debug Bridge -- basically a way of connecting your phone to your computer. But what if you don't have your USB cable with you? What if you're phone is right next to your computer, but your nearest USB cable is in your bedroom, and you're too lazy to walk in there and grab it (or your son is asleep right next to it and you don't want to wake him up)?

The solution is ADB Wireless. With this app, if your phone and your computer are on the same network, it's a cinch to use ADB. All you have to do is open a command line on your computer and use "adb connect <IP Address>:5555 and you're connected to your phone via ADB just as if you were using your coveted USB cable.

Of course, you still need ADB on your computer, which usually means having the Android SDK installed. Hit the break for another screen shot, plus download links.

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6 years ago

Android mobile web usage climbing while others fall


Quantcast Mobile Web numbers

The pictures tell the story, Android's U.S. market share is growing at a huge rate in all categories.  We're pretty big fans here, and most of you are, too.  But Quantcast isn't -- they're a third party who makes money by measuring things for people who need to know where to focus their marketing.  In this case, they are measuring the percentage of web use based on operating system, and focusing on growth (or lack of).  While iOS (yes, that includes iPods and iPads) still holds the lion's share, they're slipping.  As a matter of fact, everyone is slipping -- everyone except Android that is.  Whether you look at the numbers by the month, the quarter, or the year as a whole the trend is the same, and if it continues Android will have the majority of the US mobile browser market within a year according to Quantcast.

In business you either lead, follow, or get out of the way.  A steamroller driven by a friendly green robot is coming through, and that huge user base some others have been enjoying isn't going to be enough to stop it. [Quantcast via TechCrunch]

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