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4 years ago

HTC releases Droid Eris source code

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HTC Droid Eris source code

For those of you into the cooked ROM thing (check out our FAQ if you're new to that), HTC has just released its source code for the Verizon Droid Eris. What's that mean for you? It's a clean set of code for modders to work from. While it doesn't have to contain proprietary code, it is much better than working from a ROM that's been cobbled together from other devices. [HTC]

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4 years ago

Quick tip: Turn off Nexus One voice input, gain a comma on the keyboard

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Nexus One voice inputComma on the keyboard

Sure, being able dictate e-mails, text messages -- anything you want, really -- to your Nexus One is pretty darn cool. But it comes at a price: There's no comma directly on the on-screen keyboard. OK, you can hold down the period, or switch over to the symbols to get it. But for me, that's one step too many. But you can put the comma back on top of the keyboard, if you don't mind trading voice input to do so. Here are the steps:

  1. With the on-screen keyboard open, hold down on ?123 (in the bottom left corner)
  2. Choose Android keyboard settings from the pop-up.
  3. Uncheck Voice input.

That's it. You'll now have a comma back on top of the on-screen keyboard, at the expense of voice input. You can always turn it back on, though, doing the same steps. [@bck via @palmsolo]

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4 years ago

Behold: Verizon's Motorola Devour

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Verizon Motorola Devour Box

Well lookie what just slipped into our inbox. It's the retail box for the Motorola Devour (aka the Calgary), which we're going to see on Verizon any time now. Looks like the leaked shot we saw a ways back was right on track, as the D-pad's given way to an optical sensor. MotoBLUR gets top billing here, with "Live life for the Story" the Moto motto.

Still no word on when you'll be able to pick one up, but it's got to be soon at this point. Peep a pic of the back of the box after the break.

Update: An astute commenter notes that this likely is the promotions pack being sent to Verizon stores, and that what you'll get when you buy the phone will be different. Makes sense to us.

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Heading To T-Mobile Germany in April

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Ah, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. How we once loved you so much. The latest news regarding the Xperia X10 is that it'll be available on T-Mobile Germany in April. Yes, all the way out in April. That coincides with NTT DoCoMo's April launch of the Smartphone Xperia (same device, different name) so it seems like this device is taking Sony Ericsson's traditionally lengthy time to release (See: Xperia X1).

We played with the Xperia X10 at CES and felt it was a solid phone with an interesting experience. If it was available now, it could be a hit. If we're waiting until April, well, it gets a heck of a lot less exciting and a heck of a lot tougher to succeed considering HTC has a big wave of Android phones coming. We're almost at the point where we're going to ignore whatever Sony Ericsson does until they actually release a phone. Ah, Xperia X10. We wanted to love you so much.

[via engadget]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Portal AKA The Former Galaxy Spica Available For T-Mobile UK

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It looks like what we once knew as the Samsung Galaxy Spica will actually be released as the Samsung Galaxy Portal in the UK. T-Mobile UK will be the lucky ones to carry this middling Android device and per usual in the UK, it's available for FREE with certain rate plans. The Galaxy Portal packs a 800 MHz processor which we're going to assume is like the Moment's, a 3.2 inch 320x480 capacitive touchscreen, and a 3.2 megapixel camera.

We played with the Samsung Galaxy Portal (Spica) some at CES but since we've heard about the Galaxy 2, the Spica has kind of gotten lost in the shuffle. Kind of similar to what happened with the original Galaxy. In fact, doesn't it feel like all Samsung Android phones disappear here in the States? Maybe Samsung should re-evaluate their US Android strategy because they're clearly trailing HTC and Motorola.

[t-mobile uk via engadgetmobile]

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4 years ago

Apple's Steve Jobs calls BS on Google's 'Don't be evil' motto

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Mini Steve Jobs

If for some reason you still think Apple and Google are all buddy-buddy when it comes to accepting your dollars, well, CEO Steve Jobs just put an end to that when addressing his employees at a town hall-style event later in the day. Speaking anonymously to Wired, a tipster says Jobs flat-out called Google's "Don't be evil" motto BS while going on the defensive.

On Google: We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them, he says. Someone else asks something on a different topic, but there’s no getting Jobs off this rant. I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing, he says. This don’t be evil mantra: “It’s bullshit.” Audience roars.

Some of that's likely just rallying the troops. But it starts to make you think that possibly Jobs does see Android in his rear-view mirror. [via The iPhone Blog]

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4 years ago

Another theory behind the Nexus One name

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White Zomebie

It's long been believed that Google's Nexus One was named after a class of robots in Phil K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (enough so that Dick's family has accused Google of trademark violations). But astute AC reader Roger has come up with an alternative theory:

I was listening to music on my DROID this morning and came across the song
"More Human than Human" by White Zombie. About 3:25 in the song he actually says "I am the nexus one." I get the definition of Nexus One and the idea
behind it, but then it hit me. Android? More Human than Human? Nexus One in
the lyrics. I see a relationship, you?

Indeed, we do, Roger. Indeed we do. (Though more likely Mr. Zombie cribbed from the same material.)

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4 years ago

Motorola Backflip now available - in China

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Motorola Backflip in China

If you're just dying to get your hands on the Motorola Backflip (speaking of hands-ons, check out ours with the phone), tickets to China are running about $800 right now. 'Cause that's where you're going to have to go to pick up what's being billed as the ME600 on Motorola China's Web site. It's going for about $629 US and comes with a car charger and 8GB storage card.

As for a U.S. debut? We're still hearing march, so hold tight, everybody. [Moto China via Unwired View]

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the myTouch 3G Fender

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myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition

If Jimi Hendrix were alive today, this would be the phone he'd be carrying. The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition is a refresh of the myTouch 3G that features a guitar-like finish, a serious case that mimics one you'd take to a gig, and it sees the (very welcome) addition of a 3.5mm headphone jack. A full review is forthcoming. In the meantime, peep our hands-on video after the break.

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4 years ago

Trackballs, Nexus One and Outlook syncing, Tweetcaster, MyTouch 3G update

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4 years ago

Nexus One with AT&T 3G bands may be coming

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Nexus One FCC labels

Those of you (erm, us) who sprung some cash early to be able to use the unlocked Nexus One on AT&T -- and to do so only on EDGE -- might soon regret that purchase. Engadget has spied another phone going through the FCC that's just one digit off the current Nexus One, which usually means a variation on a device. What's more is that it sports the 3G bands used by AT&T in the United States (and Telus, Rogers and Bell in Canada). As for whether it's coming to any of those carriers or will even be available unlocked remains to be seen. But we've got our fingers crossed. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Apparent myTouch Slide protoype leaks

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myTouch 3G Slide

For those of you chomping at the bit to get your hands on the T-Mobile myTouch Slide (aka the Espresso), here's something to at least whet your appetite. While the picture you see is pretty obvious prototype/dev phone, it should give you a decent idea as to what's coming down the pike.

The horizontal-slider keyboard is a bit reminiscent of the HTC Touch Pro 2 set in italics. We're willing to bet the buttons -- on the keyboard as well as the front of the device -- are tweaked a little bit in the end product. And you'll notice that's an optical trackpad instead of

As for specs, they're rumored to be a 320x480 touchscreen, 1300mAh battery, MicroSD card, camera with flash (size wasn't noted) and an ARM11 processor. One more pic after the break. [DroidDeveloper via TMoNews]

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4 years ago

Review: Nexus One Desktop Dock

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Nexus One Desktop Dock

OK, we'll come right out and say it: Doing an unboxing video and review of a desktop dock is a bit much, even for us. But given that this is the first official accessory for Google's Nexus One (see our review), and that Google is doing all of the retail itself, we're going the extra mile on this one. It's for the kids, really.

So, after the break, a brief look at the desktop dock for the Google Nexus One.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile down for Nexus One users?

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Update: Google now says everything's back to normal. "The problem experienced by some users with T-Mobile data connections has been resolved. If you are still having trouble establishing a connection please power down your Nexus One, then turn it back on."

We're getting word from our forums that Nexus One users on T-Mobile are having data problems this morning. Here's the message many of you are seeing:

"To connect to the internet with the device you are using, you'll need a webConnect data plan. Please call Customer Care at 1-800-937-8997 to make sure you have the correct webConnect data plan "

That's no good, and T-Mo's support forums point to a national outage. And as you can imagine, support centers are getting hammered this morning (and likely will get hammered again when this is all over).

Do note that it looks like there are no issues if you're running it unlocked on AT&T (other than being stuck on EDGE, of course), so it's time to look T-Mo squarely in the eye. We'll keep you apprised. [T-Mobile]

Update: Want to see what everybody's saying? Here are some resources:

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