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4 years ago

Droid 2 has 1GHz processor, according to commercial script

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Motorola Droid 2 commercia script

Good news for all you Motorola Droid fans who have had to keep repeating over and over that "processor speed isn't everything." You're getting a 1GHz processor in the Droid 2, if this leaked commercial script is any indication. That still doesn't really change the fact that processor speed isn't everything, but you'll be able to wave the 1GHz flag like everybody else.

A second script focuses on the Droid X. The commercials apparently are a mix between "The Matrix" and "Gattaca," and the Droid X is said to do "live streaming NFL games on a 720 dpi screen so big ..." We're pretty sure the screen's not actually 720 dots (or pixels) per inch, but you see where they're going -- TV out. Plus, there's an NFL app, and you'll be able to watch games live. Peep the Droid X script after the break. [Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X flies first class

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Motorola Droid X

Lyle writes in to tell us the story about his seatmate on a recent flight from Texas to California. And there it is, folks, the Motorola Droid X. Lyle had his Evo 4G sitting up on its kickstand when the person next to him had to try and one-up him with an unreleased phone. (Can't say we blame him.) Nicely done, Lyle. But next time somebody sees one of these bad boys at 35,000 feet, take the time to run a few benchmark tests, m'kay? Thanks, Lyle!

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4 years ago

AT&T announces the HTC Aria

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HTC Aria

AT&T this morning on YouTube and Facebook officially outed the HTC Aria, an Android 2.1 device with a 3.2-inch screen at 320x480 resolution . Codenamed the Liberty and actually outed by AT&T last week, the mid-level Aria runs the full HTC Sense user interface, has a 5MP camera and comes with a 2GB microSD card.

Full specs are:

  • Qualcomm MSM7227 processor at 600MHz
  • Android 2.1 with HTC Sense.
  • 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen at 320x480.
  • 512MB ROM/384MB RAM
  • 2GB microSD card included.
  • Dimensions 4.1 by 2.3 by 0.46 inches.
  • Weight (with battery): 3.8 ounces.
  • Battery: 1200mAh. (Talk time rated at  up to 6 hours, standby up to 15.5 days)
  • Quadband EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), dual band HSPA (850/1900).
  • 5MP camera.
  • Digital compass.
  • aGPS.

The Aria will be available in AT&T stores starting June 20, for $129 after contract and $100 rebate. Full presser, video and a couple more pics after the break. [Facebook, YouTube]

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4 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G fully rooted

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Rejoice! The brainiacs over at XDA have done it again, and have cracked the daunting Nandroid protection that has been hindering our developers of total control since the beginning.  The method - which provides “total root” - could be kind of complicated if you’re not comfortable playing around with ADB, but other than that it’s relatively painless. Basically, it will allow us to write to /system and any other partitions from within Android, and not having to do it from a recovery which makes things much more convenient. As we expect there were plenty of all-nighters being pulled last, make sure you make a backup as this process will definitely wipe all your data. [via XDA]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible root instructions now available (updated)

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Droid Incredible rooted

Remember how we said the other day that the Verizon Droid Incredible had been rooted, but that the method wasn't quite ready for public consumption? Well, your time has come, folks. This one's still a little complicated as you're getting the phone to recognize ADB while in recovery. Shadowmite says other methods are still being explored, but you, too, can now root you Droid Incredible.

And that said, Android Central Forum member cnash6 shows us how the process can be automated a bit via a couple of batch files, and he points us to a nice video walkthrough showing you how it's done. Peep it after the break.

For the full Unrevoked instructions (via XDA), click here. And watch cnash6's mejdam's video and download the files for the method.

Update:  Whoopsie. Thanks to cnash6 for pointing out the batch file method, but as he corrects us in the comments, it wasn't his method. Our bad, and apologies to mejdam.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G modded to charge on Palm Touchstone

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Evo 4G charging on Palm Touchstone

We've been watching this discussion with interest for a little while now, and it appears that it's finally working. A gent who goes by infinitemods has hacked the back of his Evo 4G so that it charges from the Palm Touchstone puck, meaning you don't have to have anything actually plugged into the Evo. Infinitemods told Good and Evo the hack took him about a half-hour, and that it probably can be done in about 10 minutes.

The downsides to this DIY project? The magnets used to hold the Evo to the Touchstone mean the compass won't work, and the battery cover sticks up just a tad. He also tells G&E that overheating hasn't been an issue yet -- one that we'd watch closely given the occasional problem with the Palm Pre.

No tutorial just yet, but keep on the lookout, as it's a way cool weekend project. Check out video of it in action after the break. [Good and Evo via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Android 2.2, FroYo, Google I/O -- let's make some sense of all this

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Inside Android

FroYo, FroYo, FroYo.  Seems like you can't visit a tech blog or read your Twitter timeline without seeing news about Android 2.2 everywhere.  FroYo can do this, FroYo does this 300 percent faster, FroYo has ponies.  It's enough to make a sane man crazy (good thing none of us will have to worry about that).  We all want some delicious new Android treats for our phones, but do we really know why, or what comes along with it?  Hopefully, by the time we're finished here you'll have a better idea just what to expect, and when to expect it.  Hit the link, get your spoon, and let's check out what this frozen concoction has in store for you and I.

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible does Xbox Live, too

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HTC Incredible tethered to Xbox

Is there anything these phones can't do? huskermania shows us how he's running his Xbox 360, through a Macbook, running Windows 7, and tethered to an HTC Droid Incredible.  I think if he adds a wireless controller and microwaves a bowl of Ramen, he just might break the barriers of space and time.  In any case, you gotta check out his video after the break and see it all in action.  Now where's my USB cable? [Youtube via Twitter] Thanks for the heads up, huskermania!

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4 years ago

Advanced Map Live Wallpaper -- this is why we love open source

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Advanced Maps - lock screen Advanced Maps - live wallpaper

Remember how much we loved the live wallpaper that came with a recent Google Maps update?  The developers at AndroidGamer just cranked things up a notch.  This goes way beyond changing map layers and brings just about every type of map you can imagine to life on your home screen.  AndrodiGamer goes one step further though. In their own words:

"It's battery and data friendly, and available now."

The way the map tiles are cached should really cut down on the data flowing in and out if you're concerned about data usage and the app itself shuts down whenever the homescreen is not visible.  The app is still in Beta, but I've not seen any show stoppers and feel good about recommending it.  Best of all, it's open source, and free.  Warm fuzzy feeling time :)

Follow the break to see a few more screenshots as well as download links.  Hit the source link to follow along with the development.  [xda-developersThanks David!

(Note: Live wallpapers are still only for Android 2.1 and up. That hasn't changed.)

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4 years ago

Droid X seen alongside the Evo 4G, iPhone, Droid Eris

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Droid X (Xtreme) with Evo 4G and iPhone

It's been a few hours, so we should see another leak of the Motorola Droid X anytime now and -- oh, look, there it is.  That's it on the left, hanging out with the Evo 4G and an iPhone. We get another look what this all new Motoblur may look like, but we still have no real idea how useful it may end up being. All these leaks mean it must be getting close to launch, right? One more pic of it after the break. [Android Forums via BGR]

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4 years ago

Fancy Widget looks a wee bit familiar

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Android Fancy Widget

What's that? The HTC Sense clock widget on stock Android? (And Froyo, no less?) Sure looks that way. What you see is called Fancy Widget, and it sure does look like it was all but stripped straight out of HTC's customizations. Load it up and it automatically snags your location and weather information. Tap it to customize clock, weather and refresh settings. It's free (donationware), and you may want to snag it soon, because we have a feeling some letters are already being written. [Market linkApp Brain] Thanks, Brett.

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4 years ago

Jumping from BlackBerry to Android? Here's what you need to know!

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Getting a little tired of your BlackBerry and looking for a change to Android? You've got questions, we know. How smooth will the switch be? How do you move your contacts and e-mails? Can you find all the apps you need? Will the change be hard to adapt to?

Just a few months ago, I was in the same boat, getting bored with my BlackBerry Storm 2 (which was not my first BlackBerry). And after talking to friends who grabbed the Motorola Droid, I began to research Android for myself. Immediately, I jumped into the Android Central forums.

Let’s take some time to go over the conversion process, what you will need to know if you're coming over from BlackBerry, and some other information to help make the transition an extremely smooth process.

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4 years ago

Sprint may be preparing to throttle you (or at least your data)

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Pitchforks up, people. In Sprint's most recently published issue of “The Playbook” there is a very distinct section stating that this summer, the function of data throttling will be enabled. Exactly what the new policy may entail, who will be subject to it and how and how often it may be implemented isn't yet known. But we're never happy to hear that a carrier plans to regulate the speed at which you can upload and download data over their network in relation to how often you access it and how heavily you use it. Shout out in the comments if you think this is a sign of the apocalypse or just a big mutual misunderstanding.
[via Engadget]

Update: As commenter Ecoteric points out, Engadget has updated their story.  Sounds like this may about a "new feature for businesses looking to restrict disproportionately high usage by employees with company data cards".  Here's hoping for some official word from Sprint.

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