We still don't have a firm sale date for the LG Optimus T (see our hands on here), but it's showing up in some T-Mobile locations, and even getting benchmarked. It's clearly no speed demon, but our tipster says "Overall real-world system performance isn't too bad, though it obviously lacks horsepower." We also are told the soft-touch coating feels pretty nice in the hand, and it's not full of nasty surprises in the app drawer. It's clear that this one has entry level written all over it, but it does have some perks we can't overlook -- it ship with Froyo on board (nice work there LG), and my wife reminds me that it comes in purple. Thanks to you-know-who!
We're knee deep into playing with our new Logitech Revue and Google TV -- and so are a few of you as well. Did you pick up a Revue? How about Sony Internet TV? Will they transform the way we watch television and use the Internet? Jury's still way, way out on that one, folks.
But in the meantime, if you're looking for me, I'll be in our Google TV forums trading initial thoughts with you guys. Join in!
It seems like only yesterday we mentioned that some lucky testers would be getting the Motorola Cliq Android 2.1 update early. Of course today being the big day meant that we had to dig around to try to get things set up for the people who didn't make the cut for the testing group, and we came across a really cool find -- the official instructions and download link that went out to the testers is public on the web, and anyone is able to download the files and update their Cliq to Eclair!
I am an extremely forgetful person. Several times throughout the day I need to leave small reminders or notes for myself. Whether it’s something I need to grab at the store when I get out of work, a band I want to check out, or a movie I’ve been meaning to watch, I always seem to have great difficulty remembering these things on my own. Thanks to this handy little app, I no longer come home from work with a bunch of sticky notes in my pocket.
MyReminders by Brian Swartzfager is a perfect example of simple and useful. There are many apps out there that allow you to jot down a quick note, or set a quick reminder, but with MyReminders, it’s all about the implementation. It gives you quick and easy access to all your notes right from its widget. From the home screen you can scroll through all your reminders, or add a new one to the top or bottom of the list. And this, for me, is what really makes MyReminders stand out. Read more about MyReminders, and check out some more screen shots after the jump.
Team DeFuse has overclocked the Droid X and Droid 2 to CPU speeds upwards of 2 GHz. Yes, 2 Ghz. We don't have a lot of details, aside from a couple pictures and a short video that doesn't really show us anything, so these guys know how to tease and hold our attention as well as overclock their hardware. Word is that a stable version is in the works and they plan on releasing it to the rest of the world soon. In the meantime, I'd love to see a couple benchmarks to see how it affects CPU performance. Throw us a bone, fellas! The mentioned teaser video is after the break. [Droid-Life]
Update:According to the developer of SetCPU, we've all been duped: "Okay, the 2GHz video is a deliberate and obvious hoax, not even confusion." It's a shame, I was really wanting this for the X and the D2, and I know a lot of you guys did as well. Note to hackers -- don't get upset when asked for proof before we write up your work in the future.
Update 2: We love nerdfights! (especially when we aren't doing any of the fighting). Up top is a new video we just received, along with some choice words for the SetCPU developer. I'm not really sure what the video is trying to show, so I'll be blunt -- I want to believe, but I want benchmarks. George W said it best -- "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, we don't get fooled again."
Just days after the myTouch 4G ROM leaked to a sleepless community of hackers and developers, the device from which the ROM was torn from is in the spotlight showing off its true colors.
Images emerged that prove T-Mobile plans on enlivening its handset lineup by adding a splash of color to its yet-to-be-released myTouch 4G phones. In addition to the obligatory offering of white and black, T-Mobile subscribers will be able to get their myTouch 4G in a cool shade of purple, or a nice warm dark red.
Oh, but wait -- let's confuse things a little. TmoNews got some accessory instructions that show the name as myTouch HD. Hmmmmm.
Nobody knows for sure when the myTouch/4G/HD will land on T-Mobile, but lots of speculation suggests myTouch/4G/HD owners will be surfing in style around mid-November. [CellPhone Signal, TmoNews]
Another day, another Android device pushed to its limits by Android enthusiasts. This time it's the T-Mobile myTouch HD under the microscope, and the results are satisfying. Take these results with a grain of salt, as the community is divided on how much these test scores actually matter. Regardless of which camp you're in though, these tests do help gauge a phone's horsepower, and I feel they're a decent indicator of a handset's processing capabilities. How well those processing capabilities translate to a smooth UI and fluid user experience, well, that's a whole different ballpark.
Scoring a Quadrant score slightly higher than 1,800, the myTouch HD bests devices such as the Evo 4G and Nexus One. However its Linpack scores fall just below those of my Evo. But like I said, take these numbers with a grain of salt.
These aren't the highest scores we've ever seen, but they're certainly not bad, and should be a reliable indication of the myTouch HD's performance. These test results may not tell you exactly what you can expect from the myTouch HD, but what they should tell you is that its scores are right on par with some of the most popular Android devices out there, and that's definitely a good thing. Couple more pics after the break. [via Android Spin] Thanks, Alex!
Why would we want to root Google TV? Because it exists, of course. And one step in that process is being able to get into recovery mode. Yes, just like on your Android phone, there are recovery partitions on Google TV devices. And as you'll see after the break, getting to it on the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray player is pretty simple. [via Phandroid]
The HTC Desire HD is now available for in the UK on the network 3. If you buy it subsidized, you will pay £40/month on The One Plan. If you choose the pay as you go route, the Desire HD will cost £449.99 outright that includes a £10 top-up.
This is great news for UK consumers who have been waiting for the "global EVO," as it has been dubbed. [Three media centre]
If you're looking for a basic case for your Motorola Droid X, check out the Smartphone Experts Skin Case. It has a slim and sleek design that gives your Droid X a simple layer of protection without taking away from the design of the phone, or adding any bulk.
The case is made out of a durable and flexible rubber-like material with a special anti-dust coating. It provides a bit a grip, but not so much that it feels sticky. The phone slips inside, covering the entire rear, top, bottom and sides. Your Droid X's screen is uncovered, but the slight extra thickness of the case helps keep free of scratches when placed face-down.
There are cutouts for all of the Droid X's buttons and ports -- including the all-important noise-canceling microphone on top of the phone. And it looks good, too, with a diamond-argyle pattern, which makes the case -- and your phone -- stand out from all the rest.
It's fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, and for a good many of us that means days in the woods looking over a rifle or down an arrow shaft at our local big game. Deer Hunter 3D, a new game on the Android Market from Glu Mobile brings the thrill of the hunt in a more compact form for those times when life, or even work, interferes with time in the stand.
Simply put, it's fun. You have a choice of venues and weapons, and as you get better and advance in the game, harder levels are bigger animals are unlocked, making it even more fun. Successful hunts give points that can be used to improve your skills -- which you'll need in the hardest levels where only perfect shots and the largest trophies will allow you to advance. As we've come to expect from Glu Mobile, the game is smooth, the 3D objects are nicely rendered, and the replay value is high. You can find Deer Hunter 3D in the Android Market, with both a free trial version (Android 2.1 or higher) and a full version for $4.99 USD. Check out a video of the game in action, as well as the trial version download link, after the break.
The ever-popular question of “who makes the best mobile operating system” has gained more attention as the big players of the industry battle it out on Twitter and the likes, and has slipped back into the spotlight for discussion. With the renewed popularity of the subject, it has gained the title, "question of the day" on the Wall Street Journal, and they’ve posed the question, “Who makes the best mobile operating system?” for the masses to answer.
Although the definition of “best” changes from person to person it can be assumed that in this case it’s used to ask for the all-around best and not just based on ones individual needs. Be sure to stop by the WSJ and let your voice be heard in their poll. Also, we’re curious as to know what your definition of “best” is so let us know! [via WSJ]
We've been talking about the next version of Android -- (still) unofficially dubbed Gingerbread -- as far back as a year ago -- months before Froyo was ever announced. But what we haven't really known was what version number it will be. Android 3.0 has been thrown around, as has Android 2.5.
Another version that's been mentioned -- and now has a little more weight to it -- is Android 2.3. The snippet above is from Google's "issues" repository -- basically a place for anyone to report a bug or request a feature. Issue 8804 refers to problems connecting to corporate Wifi after the Froyo update (specifically, "wpa_supplicant 0.6.10 (froyo) unable to auth in a wpa2/enterpise wifi"). A googler on Sept. 30 responded that a patch will be available in the next "major release" -- Android 2.3.
So there you go. Definitive proof? Not yet. But definitely a pretty strong sign. [Google] Thanks, Jesta!
Well, that didn't take long. Just as the Logitech Revue is delivered and the Sony TVs and Blu-Ray player were announced, some of the main broadcast networks decided to block their content from the service. ABC, CBS and NBC have all blocked access to content on their web pages from the Google TV devices.
This is just another sign that the networks mentioned have not caught up with the rest of us technologically. They are still living in a time when consumers were required to go to the TV Guide to see what's on; a time when we only had one platform to watch their shows on. That time is over and these networks need to realize that.
All that said, it is being reported that Google is "actively" in negotiations to unblock the content. In the end, it'll come down to what it always comes down to: Money. Of which Google has a lot. I just hope the networks are willing to listen and realize the potential benefits that this platform has to offer them. [Reuters, 2] [photo via @dannysullivan]
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