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4 years ago

HTC tells Magic, Dream owners on Rogers: No Donut for you!

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Rogers Magic and Dream

Bad news for those of you with the HTC Magic and Dream on Canada's Rogers network: Looks like you'll be stuck with Android 1.5 for the forseeable future. On HTC's Web site, under "Can I upgrade my Rogers Magic device to Android 1.6, it says ...

"HTC is not currently planning any Android 1.6 upgrades for Rogers Dream or Magic. Android 1.6 was only made available for “Google”-branded devices such as the G1. It is not available for HTC-branded products such as the Dream or Magic, which use Android 1.5. We believe that Android 1.5 is a stable and reliable software platform that delivers a terrific user experience."

You know what? Android 1.5 is a reliable software platform that delivered a terrific user experience -- in 2008. Upgrades are released for a reason: To get onto devices. Sorry, folks. Best hope for some hacking alternatives.

[HTC via BGR]

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4 years ago

More renders of the Moto Sholes Tablet

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Motorola Sholes Tablet

Here's another look at the Motorola Sholes Tablet (aka the XT701) with its unslightly bump. The thing is thin, sure, but there's a exactly what the hardware will be is still up for debate. This render clearly shows an 8-megapixel camera with xenon flash (how's that gonna affect battery life?), while a previous look showed a 5MP camera. Rumored specs continue be an upgraded processor from the Droid, built-in HDMI with 720p video quality (which we already have in the Droid), and an FM radio.

The Sholes tablet is rumored for release in Russia and China in 2010, with Android 2.1 on board. One more render after the break.

[Via mobiset.ru - thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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4 years ago

HTC Hero and 2.1, New Moto Droid features, Rooting devices, New Beautiful Widgets

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4 years ago

Windows Phone Review -- Smartphone Round Robin

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It's the end of the first week of the Smartphone Round Robin so it's time to wrap up our thoughts on Windows Phone in a full review. There's a lot to be said about where Windows Phone is headed and we joined the choir for this one but honestly, we like the direction it's showing with 6.5. And before anything, we're going to have to say it, we like Windows Phone 6.5. *gasp*

But let's be honest, there's more similarity with Android and Windows Phone than Android has with any other smartphone platform on the market. Heck, they basically share HTC. The biggest difference between the two platforms? Time. Windows Phone and Android hail from two different smartphone eras, Android being the splashy new attention stealer, Windows Phone a part of the old guard. And though many people are quick to write off Windows Phone, to do so would be foolish. Us Android users have a lot to learn from Windows Phone, both from their success and from their mistakes.

So let's take a look at Windows Phone and see what it has to offer for us Android users!

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4 years ago

Xperia X10 spotted at the FCC, gets its Glamour Shots taken

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Looks like we don't have to bother with an actual hands-on of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, now that the FCC has done one of the best photo jobs we've ever seen come out of the Beltway.

But here it is, in all its photographic glory. And along with the pics come the usual FCC fodder -- manual and radio information, which is important because in it we learn of support for T-Mobile's AWS spectrum. So even if no U.S. carrier picks up the X10 (which was the case for the Windows Mobile-powered X1), you can still bring one in and use it to your heart's content.

We've got a bunch more pics after the break. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Verizon puts a bandage on the Motorola Droid's battery door

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Verizon's fix for the Droid battery cover

We've already brought you one way to keep your Motorola Droid's battery cover from coming off so easily. That one involved a screwdriver and about 5 seconds of work.

Verizon's fix? Well ... Says Flickr user Anticitizen:

Took my phone to the Verizon store, and this is their solution.

It's better than what the original rep tried to do, which is put scotch tape on it.

IMO, for a $200 phone, this is unacceptable.

Yeah. That's more than a little weak.

[via Daring Fireball]

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4 years ago

HTC 'Incredible' rumored for Verizon

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HTC Incredible

Engadget says it's got a source that says the HTC Incredible, one of the leaked code names unearthed in that leaked Android 2.1 ROM, is headed for Verizon. While that's not the sort of code name you'd expect just any old phone to have, let's remember that the HTC Mega on Windows Mobile was kind of a buzzkill. So maybe it's the Passion/Dragon, and maybe it's not. And once again, we wait. [Engadget Mobile]

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4 years ago

Sprint Navigation on a T-Mo myTouch 3G

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Hey, if Sprint Nav on a myTouch 3G is your thing, then you go right ahead. [via XDA Developers]

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4 years ago

Best Buy offers holiday deal on HTC Droid Eris

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Still brushing up on your last minute holiday shopping? Well Best Buy Mobile is offering it's Reward Zone Members a special deal on the HTC Droid Eris with Verizon. From today until Dec. 26, Reward Zone members can take advantage of the following discounts:

  • Reward Zone Premier Silver members – Free with new two-year activation ($100 savings)
  • Reward Zone Base members – $49 with new two-year activation ($50 savings)

Of course the regular two year contract and activation fees do apply but regardless it's still a great deal for those of you looking to get yourself a nice Android device just in time for the holidays!

[Via Business Wire]

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4 years ago

'Smartpad' sounds too good to be true, but we want it!

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Notion Ink Smartpad

As if a tablet running Android isn't cool enough, Slashgear's gotten word that Notion Ink's unnamed "smartpad" also will have a new NVidia Tegra chip inside. Mouth watering yet? Check out the other rumored specs:

  • 10.1-inch 1024x600 Pixel Qi panel.
  • Full 1080p video.
  • WiFi.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
  • HDSPA.
  • aGPS.
  • Digital compass.
  • Accelerometer.
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor, water sensor (?).
  • USB and HDMI ports.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone input.
  • 3MP autofocus camera.
  • SD card slot.
  • 16GB or 32GB onboard memory.

That almost sounds too good to be true, and it definitely sounds too good for our wallets. We should get a better look next month at CES, so stay tuned.

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4 years ago

Android continues its upward trend

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AdMob's November numbers

AdMob, a company that serves up ads for mobile devices, has released its November numbers. And things continue to look up for Android since October, as you can see from the chart above. Some interesting stats:

  • Worldwide, requests from Android devices jumped five percentage points over October, to 16 percent.
  • The Motorola Droid attributed to 22 percent of worldwide ad requests in November, followed by the HTC Magic/myTouch 3G (21 percent) and Hero (9 percent).
  • Six months ago, the HTC G1 generated 92 percent of Android traffic. With the release of a number of new devices, that's down to 37 percent.
  • The number of Android devices pinging AdMob is up seven percentage points over October, to 27 percent.
  • The HTC dream leads ad requests in the U.S. and UK at 38 percent and 41 percent, respectively, but the Motorola Droid is up to a quarter of the requests in the United States.

This isn't the be all-end of numbers, but there's no denying that Android continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Read the full report here. (pdf link)

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4 years ago

More details on the Nexus One

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Nexus One

Alls been relatively quiet on the Nexus One front for a couple of days hours, but we're getting more information about what's been floating around in the hands of Google employees. A recent hands-on by tnkgrl Mobile brings us the following:

  • It's thin.
  • It looks better than all the blurry pictures.
  • Had a 4GB microSD card.
  • Battery is 1400mAh.
  • Screen looks like it's OLED and the same size and resolution as the Motorola Droid.
  • No AT&T 3G on board. EDGE works fine.
  • The phone is unlocked.
  • No multitouch in browser or Google Maps.
  • No dedicated camera key, but same UI as in the Droid.
  • Weak flash, so-so for low-light photos.
  • Calls are normal calls. Not VOIP.
  • A five multi-pane home screen like Sense on the Hero.
  • MicroUSB.

Some of that well could just be dogfood issues, like the phone being unlocked. We'll still have to see about that. Multitouch is a sticky thing. Some of us can live without it, others can't.

[tnkgrl Mobile via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Motorola Calgary coming as the Devour?

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Motorola Calgary aka Devour

Love the Motorola Droid, but really want MotoBlur? The Devour may just be your cup of tea. Phone Area got a tip that what we've seen as the Calgary could well be released as the Devour, with a 3MP camera and MotoBlur being pushed by Android 2.1. That's it. No idea on release date or pricing.

Best of both worlds? Or just a middle-of-the-road mess?

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4 years ago

Quick App: Meteor Deluxe for Moto Droid

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Coming from an iPhone 3GS, I've been looking to find some quality Android games. And since the Motorola Droid was introduced, it's taken developers some time to make the proper adjustments to that 960x854 screen (and the only new resolution since Android launched). Developer Mobile Stream has done a nice job with its BrickBreaker-style game with Meteor Deluxe.

Meteor Deluxe for the Motorola Droid is currently available in the Market for $3.99 and offers all of the ex-BlackBerry users an excellent alternative to BrickBreaker. Your objective is simple -- destroy moving blocks and static destructible bricks and the occasional enemy ship and hostile robot. Also keep your eyes open for some weapon power-ups such as an rocket enhancer, plasma ball, fire ball along with various types of defensive goodies.

  • 120 stunning space-themed levels
  • 3 difficulty levels: Easy, Medium, Hard
  • Trackball and touch controls: you can launch a ball or shoot by touching anywhere higher than the rocket or by pressing the trackball key
  • Supports various Android devices with QVGA, HVGA or WVGA screen resolution, including the popular Motorola DROID

Meteor Deluxe for Motorola Droid is available directly from the market or the links below. (Download links from device browser.)

Those of you not using a Moto Droid need not worry as there is a version for all other Android devices. (Download links from device browser.)

More screenshots after the break!

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4 years ago

Dwyane Wade Shows Off His myTouch 3G With Charles Barkley

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The myTouch 3G commercials just keep on coming. This time we have a pretty comedic spot with Dwyane Wade showing off his myTouch 3G and Charles Barkley interrupting and doing his all around Charles Barkley thing in the background. We've always loved the chemistry between these two amazing athletes and are happy to see them talk about an Android device. Plus, anytime you can get Charles Barkley on TV, you have to keep doing it.

Can anyone spot what app Wade is using?

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