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4 years ago

AT&T's Xperia X10 hardware hands-on

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SE Xperia X10

Time to revisit an old friend, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.  It's not often that you'll see us review the same phone twice, but this time we're making an exception.  With the huge U.S. subscriber base of AT&T, there's a good chance at least a few of you will be picking this one up, and some recent firmware changes were made to address some of the issues we saw with the X10 the first time around.  And we love playing with new Android phones, I won't lie to you.

The physical hardware hasn't changed since we looked at the X10 before.  Still the same 1GHz Snapdragon, 4-inch LCD screen, 1 GB ROM/512 MB RAM, and a nice 8.1-megapixel camera with LED flash.  And it stills feels great in your hand -- build quality and materials are always top notch with SE products.  To top it all off, AT&T has included a great set of earbuds and mic, which you can see in the video after the break.

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4 years ago

More Galaxy Tab rumors: USB/HDMI, CDMA compatibility and more

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Galaxy Tab accessories

It seems as if Samsung's Galaxy Tab has been leaked more than Motorola's Droid 2. Pictures, videos and information seem to pop up every day about the device that is set to be introduced September 2nd at the IFA Conference in Berlin (we'll be there!)

The rumors that have crept up this time deal with accessories and possible networks. 

Accessories for the tablet device that have been spotted online in the past couple of days:

  • HDMI docking station
  • Leather case
  • Bluetooth keyboard
  • Bluetooth Stylus (that can be used with multiple devices)
  • USB adapter
  • Screen protector

It would be great to see all of these officially confirmed by Samsung on Thursday, particularly the HDMI and USB adapters. I think many of us have been skeptical that the only plug in/out of the tablet was what looked like a proprietary plug only compatible with one device.

The next bit of speculation deals with possible networks that the tablet will be released on. New pictures show a CDMA sticker on the device. Don't get too excited about a possible Sprint or Verizon release just yet (though we're not ruling out either), because remember that CDMA is still prevalent in Samsung's home base of South Korea. The fact that it is being introduced overseas though, where GSM is ubiquitous, makes us think that Samsung will try to release the tablet on as many carriers as possible, like its Galaxy S phone. 

All of these rumors and speculation will end on Thursday in Berlin, as Samsung will finally announce the device. Remember to come back as we we will be in Berlin reporting on everything about the device, from look and feel to networks and accessories. Check out the source for more pictures of the rumored accessories from above. [CDMA: Engadget via iAndroid] [Accessories 1: Engadget via OLED-Display] [Accessories 2: Engadget via OLED-Display]

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4 years ago

Trio of Android headed to Motorola's Chinese "Ming" line

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 Motorola Chinese phones

Here in the U.S., it can be easy to forget that there are many Android devices only sold overseas. Motorola just increased that number by three after announcing a trio of new "Ming" phones for three of China's largest carriers: 

  • XT806 for China Telecom, pictured left
  • A1680 for China Unicom, pictured center
  • MT810 for China Mobile, pictured right

The MT810 is probably the most interesting of the three; it has a resistive touchscreen along with a  flip-down see-though capacitive touch screen. It will also be running OPhone OS 2.0, which is a Chinese modification of stock Android. The XT806 boasts a 3.2-inch screen at 300ppi while the A1680 is packing improved stylus handwriting recognition with Moto's SoftStylus software. Check out the full press release as well as detailed tech specs for each phone past the link. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Sprint stores open at 8 a.m. Tuesday for the Epic 4G launch

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Sprint Epic 4G

Our friendly neighborhood Sprint rep (erm, or mass e-mail) reminds us that most Sprint stores will open at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday for the launch of the Epic 4G, the third in the Samsung Galaxy S line to be released in the United States. (Click here to find info for your local store.) And suffice it to say that we're not the only ones excited for the Epic. Check out what your friends and neighbors are saying in our Epic 4G forums.

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4 years ago

Android Game review: Dead End

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Dead End

There's two things that I love -- killing zombies, and being happily unproductiveDead End from Infectious Entertainment lets me do both, and does it damn well.  It's a top-down shooter, where you're stuck in a graveyard, facing wave after wave of bloodthirsty zombies.  Here's what Infectious Entertainment says about it:

Zombies have killed your family, eaten your neighbors and destroyed your
city. Blinded by rage and seeking revenge, you go to the one place you know you’ll be able to find the undead……the graveyard. Armed with only a pistol and several grenades, you quickly get yourself lost. Now you must fight your way out of the graveyard or risk meeting the same fate as everyone else.

Fit's pretty well I think.  There's a free and a paid version, with the full version offering more levels, upgraded weapons, achievements and awards, endless mode and even more types of zombies.  We have a link for trial version after the break, as well a a video where you can see just how cool this one is.  Thanks for the heads up Dan!

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4 years ago

From the Forums: Get ready for Froyo on your Droid Incredible

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 Check out the Android Central Forums!

Finally, after (far too) much waiting, the Droid Incredible faithful are getting Android 2.2 ("Froyo"). Verizon announced last week that the rollout was starting (slowly) and we expect it to hit a ton of phones this coming week. So, while you wait, why not head over to the DInc section of the Android Central Forums to keep up with all the latest going-ons?

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab to hit South Korea in early September

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 Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung hasn't even had a chance to show off its upcoming Android 2.2-powered Galaxy Tab yet and already it is being leaked that South Korea's own SK Telecom will be launching the device come early September. No details on exact date, price, or possible contract were given for the launch. We will all just have to wait on Samsung's September 2 event in Berlin for more info. [Wall Street Journal (pay site)]

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4 years ago

New Google Voice with widget support surfaces

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gvwidget

A few days ago we saw the G2 testing ROM leak, which brought to light a rather interesting new find, widget support in an updated version of Google Voice. Well, many of us were looking for a link, sadly it didn't appear to be just that easy, but that has all changed. Links seem to be flooding the web of locations to download this updated Google Voice onto your device today. If you want to test out the new version, you can download it directly right here. Reports are that it is working great with the exception of the phone dialer button on Sense ROMs, due to the difference in integration, and this coming from a leak, not being an official update. Be sure to check it out, and jump in the forums and let us know what you think! Thanks to 0mie and everyone else who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Samsung Mobile ships 1 million Galaxy S devices in the U.S

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captivate

The Samsung Galaxy S -- a device line that many Android fans have grown to love. Samsung has announced today that it has shipped more than 1 million of the Android 2.1-powered Galaxy S phones in the United States. It sounds like that's devices shipped, and not necessarily devices sold to consumers. But there's no denying the line's popularity, with the AT&T and T-Mobile versions already in stores The Sprint Epic 4G launches on Tuesday, followed by the Verizon and US Cellular versions in later fall, so it might not be long until we see a couple more million of these devices being shipped. Check the full press release after the jump. 

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4 years ago

Sapphire custom ROM running on Droid X

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 Sapphire custom ROM on Droid X

No, that wasn't a typo -- the Droid X, despite the manufacturer's best efforts, has been spied running a custom ROM, namely the Sapphire AOSP 2.2 ROM (see the Sapphire team's post here in the forums).  We love seeing the various hacking and independent development projects on all Android phones, but this one is a bit extra special since the Droid X was supposedly the unhackable phone.  Next I imagine we'll see dogs and cats living together and all sorts of madness!

Check out the video after the break of the big bad X booting up to AOSP glory.  [via @MennoMobile]

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4 years ago

Want an Epic hands on a few days early? Check your local Best Buy

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 Epic 4G at Best Buy

They isn't the real deal, and they surely aren't activated, but if you have a hankering to get your mitts on an Epic 4G to see what all the fuss is about, try hitting your local Best Buy.  Thats where these lovely dummy units were spotted, just hanging out on their leash for anyone to fondle.  Our roving ninja Keith, (an Epic junkie if there ever was) says the dummy units feel pretty close to the real deal, minus the area around the space key, so you'd have a pretty good idea what the next two years year will feel like as you talk, text and play those 3D games.  

If you're out and about, take a look and see if your local Best Buy has the Epic on display, and let us know in the comments!  Look after the jump to see another pic, with all of Best Buy's pricing information.

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4 years ago

'Android Andy' continues rampage; 'Droidbuster Steve' tries to stop him

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 Unstoppable Andy

Oh, Android swag -- you gotta love it. With Android becoming increasingly popular, you had to know it was only a matter of time until people started wearing shirts to show that their blood runs green (and I don't mean over-zealous Trekkies). A running theme seems to be the epic battle between Android Andy and various minions of Apple, who have it out for the gentle giant. Well, maybe not so gentle if that building on the left (RIM?) has anything to say about it. Steve seems to be having some issues with his equipment; might we suggest a bumper? But the "Droidbuster" should be fine as long as he doesn't cross antenn... err, streams. Purchase the shirt for $19 via Google Checkout (U.S.) or PayPal (international) past the link. [Unstoppable Andy]

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4 years ago

More details, plus a new color, on the AT&T Motorola Flipout

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 Motorola Flipout on AT&T

We brought you the first pictures of the AT&T version of the Motorola Flipout, and now it's time to drop off a truckload of info on the device. Let's do so in handy bullet form, shall we?

  • The phone runs the updated version of Motoblur 1.5 -- but it's not what you find on the Droid X and Droid 2.
  • The operating system is Android 2.1 (update1, we presume).
  • Widgets are resizeable, like on the Droid X and Droid 2.
  • There are filtering options for your social networks, so you're not completely deluged with information.
  • The 2.8-inch screen (at the old-school 320x240 resolution) is described as "garbage" with a low, low 120 pixels per inch. (Hey, it's not mean to be high-end.)
  • That said, the body of the phone and build quality are said to be top-notch, which is no surprise for Motorola. We may not like the design, but, dammit, they can certainly build things well.
  • Benchmarks:  26FPS on nenamark, 444 on quadrant, 5.8MFlops on linpack, but it's topping out on gears and 2dfps at 30FPS.
  • The phone is pretty speedy, with its OMAP processor running at 720MHz and PowerVR SGX 530 GPU.
  • This is AT&T we're talking about, so there is no app sideloading, but like the Backflip and Aria and Captivate, you can use ADB or the Android Sideload Wonder Machine to install the .apk files.
  • Google Navigation is in, and Google is the default search,
    unlike on the Backflip. Yahoo is the homepage, but that is changed easily
    enough.

So there you go, folks. We're looking at a small, speedy, pocketable Android phone. We've got a couple more pictures after the break, including one with a blue backing -- perhaps there will be interchangeable battery covers?

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