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4 years ago

Should Android be worried about Microsoft's Kin One and Kin Two?

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Microsoft Kin on Verizon

For a fleeting second -- but not much more than that -- I was worried. Here's Microsoft, unveiling its new "Kin" (or KIN, if you ask them) dumber-than-a-smartphone, smarter-than-a-dumbphone pair of devices for Verizon and Vodafone. And here's me, imagining the following conversation:

MOM: OK, All I want is to get my daughter something that can take pictures, text, post to her Facebook and maybe that Twitter thing.

VERIZON DUDE: Sure thing, ma'am. Here's the Kin One. It's new. It's hip. It's perfect for someone your daughter's age. Facebook? No problem. Surf the Web Sure thing. She texts a lot? Well, this one (Kin Two) has a bigger keyboard, and a better camera, with a whopping 8 megapixels. Couple of swipes, and she's sharing with all her friends.

MOM: Sounds great! And it can download apps, right?

VERIZON DUDE: Oh.

And therein lies the problem. Taking the operating system out of the equation -- be it Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, whatever -- is fine. HTC's Sense does a pretty good job of that with Android (and a really good job in Windows Mobile). Motoblur we're not nearly as smitten with, but the principle's the same. Same with Samsung's Touchwiz 3.0. Make the phone do the social networking work for you.

But take the heart out of a platform -- and these days, easily downloadable applications are the heart of any smartphone experience -- and you're left with a less-than-capable platform. Kin One and Kin Two might well be priced less than every Android phone available on Verizon. But they also will be capable of less, and that will be their downfall.

Will Microsoft's Kin phones threaten Android at all?polling

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4 years ago

myTouch Slide seen with Android 2.1, Sense

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T-Mobile myTouch slide

Some more pictures of the T-Mobile myTouch Slide have emerged, showing the horizontal slider running Android 2.1 and the some hybrid form of the new Sense UI. (You can see the "Leap" feature above, which also shows that there will be five home screens.) It actually looks like the earlier version of Sense, combined with some of the newer elements like Friendstream. As to when we'll see the myTouch Slide, well, stay tuned. [TMoNews]

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4 years ago

Sprint HTC Evo 4G priced at $5,555.55! (Not really)

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Sprint Evo 4G inventory

OK, so the Sprint Evo 4G doesn't really cost $5,555. As you should all well know, it's common for carriers and retailers to assign outrages prices to a phone when it's first put into inventory. And as the Evo 4G isn't expected to be sold for another couple of months or so, it's a pretty good bet that Sprint doesn't even know what the price is yet. That said, it is the Evo 4G we see here in this inventory shot, so it's another step forward. You're all waiting patiently, right? [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Lockpicker

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 Lockpicker

Android 2.1+ Along with the update to Android 2.1 comes enhanced Exchange ActiveSync support. This is great news for business users, especially the enhanced security features. There is one thing that was bothering me about it, though, and even caused me to take my work e-mail off of my phone: the Exchange lock screen. On my Sprint HTC Hero with 2.1, having my work e-mail on my phone means that instead of a pattern unlock I had to use an alphanumeric password. This quickly got annoying, especially considering the phone locks when the screen goes off.

Then I found Lockpicker [market link]. It allows you to set your unlock pattern, add your Exchange e-mail account, and then enable Lockpicker. From the developer:

I just whipped an app together that disables the Exchange lock screen as soon as the server has enforced its policy by using a background service and an observer on the system setting. This requires no polling, scripting, etc. and survives reboots/enforcements.

So there you have it. That's all you do and the app does the rest. This has made my life just that much easier. There is also a donate version [market link] if you would like to help support the developer. Note: Your IT department might not be too happy with you if you use this. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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4 years ago

Boxcar 'Pushing' its way to Android soon?

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boxcar

As we all know, social networking has become a huge part of many people's lives, and with this they want to keep as up to date as possible. Boxcar, which currently is only available on the iPhone, allows you to do just this with its push notifications. Some of the big complaints about the Android platform is that no third-party applications really offer this push style support, where if someone mentions your Twitter name, or messages you on Facebook you get a rather instant notification of it without having to refresh the application. It appears as though Boxcar looks to have their Android application out within the next 90 days, so for all you iPhone converts that miss it, the wait is almost over. [via TechCrunch

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4 years ago

Time shattered in the Swype challenege again

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droid swype

So you think you can Swype? Many of you remember the video of Swype on the Samsung Omnia II where the Guinness World Record for fastest text was broken, and this seems to have sparked some inspiration amongst many. There are quite a few videos, where many come close to breaking this record themselves, only to miss by a few seconds, or a minor spelling error to get in the way. One of the most impressive videos, is this speed deamon typing this rather intricate phrase on his Motorola Droid, and completing it 4 seconds faster then the previous record. Think you got what it takes to beat this record? We would love to see it, as would Samsung on their YouTube page, so be sure to check out the details of this contest here. For those unsure, the phrase for this contest is:

The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.

Be sure to check out this sweet video after the jump.

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4 years ago

Netflix on the hunt for an 'Android video playback expert'

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The headline is pretty clear, Netflix has posted a job opening seeking an Android Video Playback Expert, which can only mean that it is looking to finally venture into the Android market. Netflix is nothing new in the world of smartphones. Heck, our friends over at WMExperts have been covering Netflix for WindowsMobile for a while now, and over at TiPB they have been boasting about Netflix for the iPhone, iTouch and iPad now. It's long overdue for an Android application for such a vastly popular service, but hey, better late then never right? While we have no real information, as its rather clear development is in the earlier stages from the job opening shown, we can hope development is quick and easy, and we see the Netflix for Android application show up in the marketplace soon! [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Adobe shows off Nexus One at CS5 launch

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Adobe CS5 launch with Nexus One

Adobe launched CS5 this morning, which has a bevy of features that can help create mobile content. And what phone/platform did they use to show off the end results? Well, it sure ain't Apple the iPhone. Thanks, David!

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4 years ago

Maybe that square Moto Android phone is real after all (and called the Twist)

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Motorola Square Android phone

Far be it from us to scoff at that hideously square Motorola Android phone -- possibly called the Twist -- that made the rounds over the weekend, but, well, it was pretty bad. But just because it's bad doesn't mean it might not exist, and Android France snagged what appears to be specs of the blockish Motoblur device. Size is listed at 67x67mm, and just less than 16mm thick, with a 2.8-inch screen at 320x240 pixels. Quad-band EDGE and dual-band HSPA is listed (with North American 3G freqs, to boot). There's also a 3MP camera, 512MB ROM/256MB RAM, WiFi b/g, aGPS, a TI OMAP 3410 processor at 700MHz ... and a mere 940 mAh battery.

Real or not, that's a tiny phone, and a tiny battery. And it's square. (And it has Motoblur.) Really, people, is this something you'd want in your pocket? [Android-France.fr]

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4 years ago

Google reportedly working on its own Android-based tablet

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Google tablet

Might Google be working on an Android-based tablet? The New York Times says yes (and there's really no reason for anybody to think that Google doesn't have a host of new products being tested underground somewhere), reporting that Google CEO Eric Schmidt was blabbing about it recently.

[Schmidt] told friends at a recent party in Los Angeles about the new device, which would exclusively run the Android operating system. People with direct knowledge of the project — who did not want to be named because they said they were unauthorized to speak publicly about the device — said the company had been experimenting in “stealth mode” with a few publishers to explore delivery of books, magazines and other content on a tablet.

With the advent of the Nexus One, there's no doubt that Google's capable of launching and growing its own product. (OK, headaches included.) Is some sort of slate/tablet/e-reader on the horizon? No reason why there couldn't be. [NYTThanks to everybody who sent this in.

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4 years ago

NFL now officially available on Verizon Android smartphones

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Verizon NFL app

There you go, folks. If you were holding out for Verizon to officially launch its NFL service, it's now available. All you have to do is text NFL to 8915 or go to VerizonWireless.com/nfl, and you can snag the official app.

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4 years ago

Sprint is bringing on all the accessories for the HTC Evo 4G

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What's the Evo 4G without accessories, eh, Sprint? The carrier has begun showing off (at least internally) the latest accessories for the highly anticipated WiMax/3G Android phone. Offering from an assortment of Bluetooth devices to video docks and car mounts. Different chargers and Phone covers that come in just about every color to match all of your outfits. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Verizon internals show VS740, looks like the LG Aloha Android phone

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LG VS740

Everybody and their mother's raiding Verizon's pantry of late, this time with the LG VS740 making an appearance. Phone Arena says (and we agree) that this looks to be the LG Aloha -- aka the LG C710 -- and that it should sport a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP camera and 720p video playback (which is quickly appearing on more and more new phones these days). It's now rumored to launch in the second quarter, which is ... anytime now. [Phone Arena]

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4 years ago

HTC Incredible accessories pop up

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The HTC Incredible is coming to Verizon...we all know that much. We've given you guys official specs, rumored launch dates, leaked manuals, and every little morsel and bit of information we could gather on this highly anticipated HTC built, Big Red supported device.

The latest leak regarding the HTC Incredible is an accessory line that popped up in Verizon's Equipment Guide. It's fairly standard stuff--cases, batteries, screen protectors--so there's not too much to take from it but one cool thing is that there'll be an extended 2150mAh battery for sale (orig is reported to be 1300mAh). Now that's juice. And you know once the Incredible is officially official, the Android Central store will have you covered on anything you want! [phandroid]

hit the jump for more pictures of HTC Incredible accessories!

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4 years ago

Would HTC really buy Palm ?

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So the big shocking news (or non-shocker, depending on your view) is that Palm is making itself available for sale. It's a little too early in the game to jump to wild conclusions but Bloomberg sources say that HTC and Lenovo are both in the mix to make a bid to buy Palm. And though Lenovo has some Android ties, no company has backed Android like HTC. HTC buying Palm would be epically huge in this smartphone world of ours. Epic. -ally. Huge

Think about it. HTC produces stellar hardware for both Android and Windows Mobile. Some could say that HTC is half the reason why Android is so successful and why Windows Mobile is still alive. If HTC suddenly bought Palm, would HTC start building webOS devices as well? Or would they stop manufacturing devices for Android and Windows Mobile and go strictly webOS? Or would nothing happen, and HTC simply let Palm stay Palm and just continue to build for Android and Windows Mobile? There are questions abound and the ramifications would be huge because half of the players in the smartphone space are involved (other half being: Apple, RIM, and Nokia).

And we're not familiar with patent law, but could HTC buy Palm and use Palm's library of patents against Apple in Apple's lawsuit? Ammo for a potential don't sue me because I can sue the pants off you type move? But if Palm's patents are that valuable, wouldn't everyone be interested? There's so many more questions to ask that we can't wait to see this thing develop. The smartphone world as we know it is going to change.

So, would HTC really buy Palm?

[precentral

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