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4 years ago

Regarding the 'Verizon going exclusive with Bing' rumor

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Verizon Bing

This is all we have to say about that: Verizon is not going exclusively with Bing for future Android smartphones, [via Business Insider and Engadget], contrary to an anonymously sourced story by The Droid Guy that inexplicably gained traction today. Also, the Google Search widget indeed is on the Samsung Fascinate, it just routes searches through Bing.

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4 years ago

Videotron initiates new wireless network in Québec; Nexus One to ship with Froyo

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Vidéotron, a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Company, today unleashed new airwaves on to the people of Québec. The wireless service provider's President and CEO, Robert Dépatie, is promising customers, "the best possible customer experience through one-stop shopping to make life easier for consumers. Not only is our offering highly advantageous in this respect but it is particularly attractive for our existing customers, who can get exceptional rates. We remain true to our policy of offering substantial discounts to customers who choose our service bundles."

To coincide with the launch of the new network, Vidéotron is releasing 12 handsets, including four firsts for Canada. One of those is Google's own bread and butter, the Nexus One. Along with the Nexus One, Motorola will also be on board, shipping the XT720. Both the Nexus One and Motorola XT720 will ship with Froyo. With these devices launching with Froyo from the get-go, Vidéotron will become the first Canadian provider to carry a phone with Froyo preloaded.

And for those of you still wanting to purchase the pseudo dead Nexus One here in the states, it is now available... again. It is now in stock again for you developers.[Canada News WireThanks, cracktight!

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4 years ago

Google Maps gets Walking Navigation

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Google Maps for AndroidGoogle Maps for Android

Google Maps for Android just got itself a nice little update, blending the navigation feature with walking directions to create -- you guessed it -- "Walking Navigation." Now you'll get the same three-dimensional view with walking directions as you would in a car, only a little more pedestrian-friendly.

Separately, there's an update for the Street View on Google Maps app that adds "smart navigation," meaning you can tap and drag to make your way through city streets. Check out video of that after the break.

And finally, the Google Maps search bar has been refreshed, filtering results, showing prices with dollar signs and adding cross streets. Nice. [Google]

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4 years ago

Google Voice update brings those widgets you have been lusting for

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 New Google Voice widgets

Just like the rest of us, you have been craving those new Google Voice widgets ever since they leaked onto the internet from that G2 ROM. All you have to do is update your current Google Voice app. 

The Google Voice Inbox widget (top) lets you get a quick preview of any messages; a tap will open up the selected message in its entirety. The Google Voice Settings widget has four buttons, which:

  • Launch Google Voice 
  • Compose new message
  • Toggle Google Voice call settings (you can use Google Voice for outgoing calls if you want)
  • Toggle "do not disturb" mode

The update is in the Market now, so happy updating! [Google Voice Blog] Thanks to Michael and CliqAnDroid for the tips! 

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4 years ago

A white HTC Desire and silver HTC Wildfire pose for pictures, headed to the UK

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HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire

Two of HTC's phones, the Desire and the Wildfire, are getting a makeover; both have been spotted sporting different colors from their original design. The Desire can be seen showing off its new white look while the Wildfire goes silver. 

These are reported to be special editions, only available in the United Kingdom. In fact, Carphone Warehouse will be the only store carrying these versions. 

They look pretty slick and just provide more choice in the market for consumers who are tired of the standard colors. [Android Community]

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4 years ago

Remote Notifier for Android -- forward notifications from phone to computer

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Remote Notifier running on Windows 7

Many of us spend a big part of our days in front of a computer.  Wouldn't it be nice if notifications from your Android phone used some sort of ancient magic and appeared in your computer monitor?  Android developers rdamazio and Leandro have managed to do it across the three popular desktop platforms, and we're going to have a look at it in action after the break. (With a tip of the hat to Lifehacker)

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4 years ago

HTC Desire receives performance update

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HTC Desire

The HTC Desire is receiving an update today labelled 2.10.405.2. According to the announcement from HTC, the update will provide:

  • An Android OS update patch
  • Enhanced multi-inbox Gmail support
  • Improved Russia keyboard layout

Thanks to Kash, who sent us the tip about the update. He mentioned that the biggest change he has noticed is that the voice input is now integrated across the OS and appears every time the keyboard is available. 

If you update your Desire and find other improvements, let us know! [HTC]

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4 years ago

Android Market has more than 80,000 apps, Android's Rubin says

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Android MarketAndy Rubin, Google's Vice President of engineering -- Android development head honcho and the man behind both Android and Danger -- was quoted in the press release announcing the T-Mobile G2 that the Android Market now has over 80,000 applications -- up 10,000 from the last we heard on July 15.

“One of the advantages of an open platform is the opportunity for developers to create rich mobile experiences and seamlessly get those experiences into the hands of consumers,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, engineering, Google. “From new services, such as Voice Actions, to mobile applications, developer-led Android innovation is flourishing. On Android Market alone, the number of applications available to consumers has grown from just 50 applications two years ago to more than 80,000 applications today.”

Of course there is still no way of telling just how many are themes, keyboard skins, icon packs unauthorized soundboards or "Sexy Lady No. 357" apps.  Like all App Markets, you'll have spam.  But the growth rate is telling, and it pretty much mirrors everything else we hear about Android and it's ever increasing market share.  

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4 years ago

Verizon Fascinate in stores today

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Verizon Samsung FascinateJust a quick reminder that the Verizon Samsung Fascinate is available in stores today. In exchange for $199.99 (after contract and $100 rebate) and two years of your contract left, you get the latest in Samsung's Galaxy S line, plus a few (cough) customizations from Verizon, including the addition of Microsoft Bing. There's also the gorgeous 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 5MP camera with Flash and the speedy 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Still not sold? Check out these links:

So who's getting one today?

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4 years ago

Dell Streak source code out for all to see

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 Dell Streak

Releasing the source code for phones seems to be all the rage these days (as well as being required under Android open-source agreements), and Dell has just shown its hand. The Dell Streak source code (minus the proprietary stuff, of course) is now available for all to tinker with, though probably only developers will get excited to hear this. Still, this is good news for the Android dev community at large and hopefully other manufacturers will fall into the routine of releasing the source code for their phones in a timely fashion (thats you, HTC) as time goes on. After all, who doesn't love custom ROMs? [Dell] Thanks to Be Vigilant for the tip!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile officially (and finally) unveils G2

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T-Mobile HTC G2

T-Mobile has finally pulled the curtain out from over the HTC G2, the follow-up to the smartphone that marked the launch of Android. The G2 also is TMo's first HSPA+ smartphone (it's debatedly called a "4G" phone).

Spec-wise, we're looking at a 3.7-inch touchscreen a full QWERTY keyboard. It's powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7230 "Snapdragon" processor at 800MHz. There's a 5-megapixel camera with full 720p video recording, the obvious four-row keyboard with a trio of customizable keys.

The G2 will launch with Android 2.2 and have seven customizable home screens, including one dedicated to apps. Preloaded software includes the new Google Search Voice Actions, the new Google Voice app (that we've already seen from the leaked G2 ROM), Swype, Google Earth, Google Voice, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Talk and Adobe FlashPlayer. To store all those apps, the G2 comes with 4GB of internal memory and an 8GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB).

T-Mobile has yet to announce pricing (we've heard $199) and availability (Sept. 29 has been rumored), though pre-orders will begin "later this month." You can sign up at http://g2.t-mobile.com for updates. Check out the full press release after the break, and be sure to swing by our T-Mobile G2 fourms.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept. 8, 2010

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Call me crazy, but finding an application in the market can be quite a task. Lots of time is spent looking, reading, trying, and buying, but as we all know there is easier ways then trial and error. Finding good suggestions can be hard, but we do our best to bring you some of our favorite applications that you will find useful. Take a peek after the jump to see what we have brought to you this week.

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4 years ago

Verizon Samsung Fascinate hands-on and initial impressions

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Verizon Samsung Fascinate

The Verizon Fascinate is the fourth member of the Galaxy S class of Android smartphone to be released in the United States. And like its cousins, it has its share of tweaks that make it stand out. Some of those tweaks are good. Others are causing those of us in Nerdom to shake our fists in frustration.

After the break, our initial impressions of the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon, including our hands-on video.

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4 years ago

CNET releases Android twin of iOS application

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Many of us rely on CNET for the latest and greatest when it comes to a wide variety of news in our daily life (except for Android news, right?). Whether looking for tech articles, seeking money advice, or just reading about the happenings of the world that day, CNET is a great one stop shop for all of this. They have released a clone of their iOS application, which contains a ton of features for users. Within the application you are able to read articles on a full screen, search using their optimized mobile search as well as tweet links to your favorite articles instantly. If your an avid CNET reader and you were using their mobile site, it's definitely time to hop in the market and download this free application. Download links available after the jump. [via CNET News]

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4 years ago

After the seventh day, devs created the SermonAudio app for Android

If you need some inspirational words from the holy book or want to hear words of wisdom from greats like John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul, SermonAudio has got you covered. The newly released app will help you find over 350,000 popular audio and video sermons. If you want to see one of these sermons live, simply use the search option to find a local church that offers great sermons. Full list of features and download links after the break. [SermonAudio]

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