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4 years ago

Win Phil's (and Dieter's, too!) Nexus Ones: (almost) final batch of entries [contest]

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Win Phil's Nexus One

OK, folks. The Android Central Win Phil's (and Dieter's) Nexus Ones contest is closed, and after the break we have another great round of entries. And we've got one more batch after this.

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4 years ago

Screen leak has Samsung Moment getting Eclair tonight, Hero next week

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Android 2.1 update for Samsung Moment, HTC Hero

You know how these Android 2.1 updates go -- you'll get it when you get it. But this Sprint screen leaked at XDA Developers points to the Samsung Moment getting Eclair today -- which is growing more and more unlikely as the hours tick by and is contradicted by another screen shot we've seen -- and the HTC Hero getting its upgrade next week, which would explain Best Buy getting ready for it.

It's also noted that both updates will not be over-the-air due to their size (80MB for the Moment and 117MB for the Hero), because Sprint isn't able to handle the hosting requirements (either Google or the manufacturers will have to get that done), and that more than 90 percent of Moments out there don't have software that can handle an OTA update. Boo, indeed.

Anyhoo, we'll see if the Moment update makes it out tonight -- we're not betting on it -- and hold out hope for more news next week. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Adam!

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 10

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Audio-only stream below

Phil and Mickey and a cast of 100 in the chatroom discuss the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible, the Sprint Evo 4G, HP buying Palm, and answer a slew of your e-mails.

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4 years ago

Twitter releases its official Android app

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Android 2.1+ Two weeks ago, Twitter announced it was developing its own official Android app. Today, that client was released. You can find it now in the Android Market. [link] There's been a bit of gnashing of teeth over whether Twitter is effectively stabbing outside developers in the back. But after just a few minutes with the app, that's certainly not the case yet, for a couple reasons. One is that the app is open source -- Google will release the code. The other is that, so far, the app is pretty simple.

That's not to say the app is bad. Far from it. But it's pretty basic. It currently only handles one account at a time (that's a deal-breaker for me). Tweets are displayed simply but effectively. You won't have a problem reading them. All of the usual features are there -- search, retweet (only native retweets, unfortunately), picture upload, etc. But the bells and whistles that you find on such apps as Seesmic and Twidroid keep them at the top of our must-have Twitter app list for now. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. [Twitter] Thanks to everyone who sent this in! Screenshots after the break.

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4 years ago

LG Ally spotted in new Iron Man 2 commercial

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LG Ally Iron Man 2 commercial

Want more on the LG Ally for Verizon? We've got it. It's in a commercial for "Iron Man 2," and it's clearly running Android. That keyboard looks pretty darn usable, but the D-pad could be interesting. We've confirmed that in fact it's Android 2.1 with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 5MP camera, with all the usual bells and whistles. We've heard a mid-May launch window, but that's still up in the air.

The commercial points us to LG.com/ally, which in turn points to lgim2.com, which says more is coming today. But that's it so far. Check out the commercial after the break.  Thanks, J Blair!

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4 years ago

Cliq XT maintenance update being rolled out now

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Looks like the maintenance update that was being tested on the Cliq XT is now being rolled out to everybody. It's in two parts, so you'll need to do both of them. The update brings you fixes to:

  • Improves Overall Phone Performance
  • Visual Voice Mail Enhancements
  • Bluetooth Audio
  • Camera Correction
  • Screen/Display Performance
  • Text Messaging Improvements
  • Touch Screen Enhancement

And we're reminded that, no, it's not Android 2.1. Gonna have to wait a little longer for that. [T-Mobile]

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4 years ago

Installation of Android apps on SD cards now slated for 'future release'

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Good news for those of you who just have to be able to install applications to the SD card. Google -- which said in January that this would be addressed -- has officially marked the issue (1151, if you're counting at home) with a "future release" status and has closed the thread.

And one Googler replied with the following:

Apologies, but I'm not permitted to disclose scheduling information - suffice to say it's coming soon :) Sorry for being vague, and thank you for your continued patience - I sincerely appreciate it.

Dunno about you guys, but Froyo and Google IO can't get here soon enough. Thanks, Jacob!

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4 years ago

Motorola Shadow gets its WiFi certification

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Whoa!  The WiFi Alliance certified the (likely Android) Motorola MB810 today for IEEE Standard 802.11 b/g/n.  Yes, that's the Shadow, and I know a lot of us have been waiting for more info about this screamer.  Still no concrete details or specs, but in case you forgot here's what we think we know:-

  • Full Qwerty landscape slider
  • 4.3-inch capacitive screen
  • 1080p playback
  • Android 2.2
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 8MP autofocus camera
  • microSD slot
  • AT&T 3G GSM radio

If you're an AT&T subscriber, start gathering up the change from your ashtray and from deep down in the couch.  This is one you don't wanna miss out on. [via Phonedog]

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4 years ago

HTC releases GPS fix for Telstra Desire

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HTC Desire

For you folks in Australia using the HTC Desire on Telstra, know that there's a software update available that should en your GPS woes. You can download it over the air (either WiFi or network), or directly from HTC, though doing it from the desktop will wipe the device. [HTC]

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4 years ago

Vodafone 845 May launch confirmed

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 The Vodaphone 845 is launching in May.

The Vodafone 845, the first Vodafone-branded Android device, is now confirmed for a May launch. No specific date has been given, just May and "coming soon." There is an official video of the phone, and while I can't confirm this, the video makes it look as if it has a resistive touch screen. The first thought behind that is "ouch," but it doesn't look too bad in the video. It's expected to be offered as a bargain phone, so we can't really complain about the lack of fancy features. Video after the break. Thanks to Dave for sending this in. [Vodafone]

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4 years ago

Public Flash preview on Android at Google IO; general release in June

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Flash on Android

Adobe responded to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' attack on Flash yesterday by dropping a fair big (and well-directed) bombshell of its own: A public preview will be given in a few weeks at Google IO (we'll be there for it), and Flash will see general release for Android in June. Said Adobe CTO Kevin Lunch in his "Moving Forward" post:

We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June. From that point on, an ever increasing number and variety of powerful, Flash-enabled devices will be arriving which we hope will provide a great landscape of choice.

Now all Adobe has to do is deliver. And it damn well better work well out of the box, or the pitchforks are going to be raised pretty quick. [Adobe] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Best Buy gears up for an HTC Hero update; Cyanogen releases for G1, myTouch

HTC Hero update at Best Buy Mobile

While you slept, Cyanogen released his Android 2.1 ROM for the HTC Hero Dream and Magic (that's the G1 and myTouch 3G, respectively). Most of the bells and whistles are there, save for the new launcher (app drawer) and stock live wallpapers. And while his ROMs for the Droid and Nexus One are painless (and pretty damn awesome), this one comes with a tad of caution because you have to load the "DangerSPL" to get it to work. And if an SPL flash goes wrong, your phone is pretty much bricked. Full instructions are here.

Meanwhile, it looks like Best Buy Mobile is gearing up for some sort of official update to the Hero. As for exactly what or when? Check back later.

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4 years ago

HP Compaq Airlife 100 Android netbook now available in Spain

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HP Compaq Airlife 100

Seems like only yesterday that we were talking about the HP Compaq Airlife 100 Android netbook -- oh, wait, it was, both here and on the special Emergency PalmCast Broadcast in the wake of HP buying Palm for $1.2 billion. Anyhoo, we got a good look at the Airlife 100 at Mobile World Congress but had seen neither hide nor hair of it since. But, as expected, it's now available on Telefonica in Spain, bringing its 10-inch screen and 1 GHz Snapdragon processor for about $300, not counting data plan. [Carrypad via Slashgear]

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4 years ago

New Eclair leaked for HTC Droid Eris

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HTC Droid Eris 2.1 Eclair leak

Caddyman over at androidforums  has posted up a new Android 2.1 leak for the Droid Eris.  There's a huge list of bugfixes, and from the looks of it the odd connectivity issues Eris users were seeing with the previous leaks should have been addressed, as well as the pesky bugs with the latest Google Voice app.  For those of you running one of the previous leaks, this is something you'll want to look at for sure!

Warning - This is leaked beta testing software, and wasn't meant for general use.  Flashing it will wipe your phone, and take away root if you have it.  As always, use your best judgment and flash at your own risk!

Links, changelog, and further instructions can be found HEREThanks, kbaker!

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4 years ago

LG Aloha will be the Ally on Verizon

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Verizon LG Ally (or Aloha)

Oh, you wanted to know about the LG Aloha, did you ? Sorry, alls we have here is the LG Ally -- which is what we're told the Aloha actually will be called -- and it's said to be destined for Verizon in the middle of May. Specs should still be about what we've been told for the Aloha (aka the LU2300), with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen at 480x800 pixels, QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.1, 720p video out, 5MP camera and the kinda-weird round D-pad. More or less par for the course these days. More on the Ally as we get it.

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