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3 years ago

Android app 'T2 MoodTracker' to be used by the Pentagon?

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The Department of Defense has never been scared of embracing technology in some rather unusual ways. We all remember when they ordered up 2200 Sony PS3's, right? This time around though, they may be looking at the Android app T2 Mood Tracker due to it's ability to check the emotional state of the user and offer up health related tips.

Recently featured on DoDVclips, T2 Mood Tracker allows users to self-monitor emotional experiences associated with common deployment-related behavioral health issues like post-traumatic stress, brain injury, life stress, depression and anxiety. All of which can be tracked and referenced for any set period of days, weeks and months visually. Nothing at this point indicates this will be something the DoD will be deploying across the board but it's still rather interesting that an Android app would garner such interest. [Textually via Ars Technica]

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3 years ago

More info on Samsung Continuum and Motorola Droid 2 Global, including pricing and launch date

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Pricing and release information has leaked out regarding two of Verizon's upcoming Android phones, the Motorola Droid 2 Global and Samsung Continuum

The Samsung Continuum -- see our hands-on -- the newest Galaxy S device, will cost $199 with a new 2-year contract. Still no word on a release date, but we're expecting to hear that information at Samsung's mobile event on Monday. 

The Droid 2 Global, which is a beefed-up Droid 2 with international capabilities, appears to have a launch date of Nov. 11 and will also sport the $199 price tag. That's a good deal considering the specs and the fact that it is a world phone.

November is going to be a big month for Verizon as its Android family will get some strong additions.One more pic after the break. [Engadget 1] [Engadget 2]

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3 years ago

Clearwire cutting costs, so what does that mean for Sprint 4G?

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Clearwire -- the company that actually provides the 4G data service for Sprint -- announced its third-quarter earnings today. Revenue was at $147 million -- up 114 percent over last year, and subscribers increased to 2.84 million -- a 402 percent increase year over year.

But it was the following statement that started to send us into a small tizzy:

"While we continue to exceed our subscriber and operational goals, we have not yet secured future funding and prudence dictates that we take appropriate cash conservation steps to reduce costs. We continue to pursue all options for future funding including debt, equity or a potential sale of excess spectrum or other assets, and we remain cautiously optimistic that we will resolve our short-term funding needs in the near future. We continue to believe that our unmatched spectrum portfolio and our all-IP based network will keep us extremely well positioned in the dynamic and burgeoning market for mobile data."

Whoa. Wait a second. Before anybody freaks out and worries about losing their 4G data on their Evos and Epics, remember that companies have to think ahead. Way ahead. And so they're cutting back now so they have enough cash for later. That's the way business works.

Sprint, for its part, told us that "our 4G plans remain unchanged" and followed up with this:

"Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse recently stated that Sprint has been in discussions with Clearwire regarding the financial status of its ongoing operations as well as Sprint potentially providing new financing. We expect those discussions to continue as we review alternatives with Clearwire. There is no assurance that the discussions will result in any transaction with Clearwire."

Is the ship sinking? Not hardly. Nobody's making a move for the life jackets. But everybody has their eyes trained on the horizon, which is the way it should be. [SEC via Phonescoop, TechFlash]

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3 years ago

Best Buy selling Droid Incredible for $100 this weekend

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Sure, there are a plethora of great high-end Android smartphones on Verizon, but none of them can make the claim of being incredible. Even though it was launched way back in April, the Droid Incredible is still an amazing phone, especially since getting its Froyo update, and Best Buy will be selling them for just $100 (on new/upgrade 2-year contract) this Friday and Saturday. Rumors of the HTC Merge and Incredible HD have been swirling, but the ole' DInc is your best bet for HTC goodness on America's largest carrier right now. [Best Buy] Thanks to Nate for the tip!

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3 years ago

How Android, BlackBerry and iPhone users see one another

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An amusing graphic has shown up that presents the various perceptions we all have across the smartphone space. It presents iPhone, Android and BlackBerry users and how they see themselves and how they view their competitors. I'll let the picture speak for itself. How accurate do you find it? [C-Section Comics via BBCool, IntoMobile]

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3 years ago

Google Instant officially on Android 2.2

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Google just announced that its Google Instant search is officially available for any device running Android 2.2. Just like on the desktop browser, you'll need to go to google.com for this to work (and you'll need to tap the "turn on" link the first time to get it going). Then just start typing your search, and results will appear -- instantly -- below.

Of course, this would be a lot more useful on Android phones if it worked by pressing the search button -- how many of us actually go to google.com on our phones? But we digress. Video of it in action is after the break. [Google]

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3 years ago

Latest Verizon comparison chart has the Motorola Citrus, LG Vortex

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Those comparison sheets Verizon likes to crank out sure are handy, and now we've got one sporting the Motorola Citrus and LG Vortex.

The Citrus was announced in early October, but the Vortex is still largely under wraps. But now we know that it's an "affordable" Android 2.2 device with a 3.2-inch touchscreen at 320x240 pixels, a 3.2MP camera and Swype. And that's about all it has going for it. The full comparison is after the break if you want more.

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3 years ago

Froyo pushing out to Galaxy S phones in the UK right about ... now!

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As our friends across the pond settle in for the night, Samsung UK has announced that the Froyo update for the Galaxy S has started to be pushed to devices.  As you can see above, they hope to have everyone in the UK with a Galaxy S running Froyo by the end of the month.

What exactly does this mean to those of us in North America?  It means that things are pretty much on schedule (Froyo was to be pushed in the UK in September), so keep Kies up to date and be on the lookout.  [@samsungukmobile]

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3 years ago

Firefox 4 steps up to Beta 2

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As somebody who hasn't switched from Firefox to Chrome for their desktop browsing needs, I'm very excited about how nicely Firefox 4 for mobile is shaping up.  I'm sure my excitement isn't lost on the rest of the Android community either.  One of the best aspects of Android is the seemingly endless amount of options and alternatives we have to its stock apps.  Could you imagine using a device that didn't let you install a third-party browser?

Quite a few improvements have been made to Firefox 4 for Android, and we know you love software updates as much as we do.  So join me after the break for more info, some screenshots, and most importantly, a download link. [Mozilla]

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3 years ago

Google Voice and gmail problems, 8pen keyboard, PowerAmp [From the forums]

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We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but somebody's gotta do it. Today we lead off with a couple of not-so-good situations we're all dealing with:

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