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4 years ago

Motorola Droid 2 camera test

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Droid 2 camera test

The Motorola Droid 2 camera is a 5-megapixel monster. OK, maybe not a monster. It's not the whopping 8MP we're seeing on other phones. But we're OK with that, as it shoots from the hip pretty well, features Motorola's camera software (which we like) and records video in 480p resolution. Let's see some more examples after the break. (Warning: All example photos open in a new window in  full resolution.)

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4 years ago

Tweetdeck for Android now in open beta

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Tweetdeck for Android

We've already played around with an early leaked build of the Tweetdeck Twitter client for Android, but now the beta period is in full swing, and we can all get our Twitter/Facebook/Buzz/Foursquare thing on. You're going to have to register with Tweetdeck and wait for them to send you the app (took about 5 minutes for me), and then you can get your beta on. Tell 'em Android Central sent 'cha. [Tweetdeck]

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4 years ago

Google ups the ante on voice search with all new Voice Actions

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Google Android Voice ActionsGoogle Android Voice Actions

Google has led the way with native voice search capabilities on Android, and it's take a giant leap ahead with the new Voice Actions, just announced at that event today in Mountain View, Calif. It's about as easy as it gets. Speak it, and it happens. Here's what you can say:

  • send text to [contact] [message]
  • listen to [artist/song/album]
  • call [business]
  • call [contact]
  • send email to [contact] [message]
  • go to [website]
  • note to self [note]
  • navigate to [location/business name]
  • directions to [location/business name]
  • map of [location]

We're going to have to play with this and see how well it handles multiple e-mail accounts and the like. But judging by the demo (which you can watch after the break, it's quickly leaped to the top of the voice ladder. [Google]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Crush the Castle

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Crush the Castle for Android

Who doesn't love a good trebuchet? Who doesn't love castles? And who doesn't love using a trebuchet to knock down a castle? That brings us to Namco's Crush the Castle, an Android game that will undoubtedly bring to mind another game about surly avian creatures.

But what we have here is a simple premise. There's a trebuchet, and there's a castle, and one of 'em is gonna leave on the ground. There's a bit of a map element to it, so you move from castle to castle. To actually do the deed, you tap the screen once, starting the boulder on its way. Tap the screen again to send the large rock flying toward the castle and the inhabitants thereof. Knock 'em all down (and bloody them in the process), and you move on. The fewer the throws, the better your score (and reward from the king).

But a warning: Gameplay is quick. Very quick. It's pretty tough, actually. I'm not sure yet if that's going to keep me from playing the game, or infuriate me into playing it more.

Balancing that is the ability to actually create your own castles. There's something you don't see every day in an Android app -- you can build your own levels. Very, very cool.

And to top it all off, Crush the Castle is available for 99 cents. More screen shots and download info after the break.

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4 years ago

Hey, new Droid 2 owners: Welcome to Android!

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Motorola Droid 2 Did you just buy a Motorola Droid 2? Are you new to Android? Welcome, and namaste. You've entered the fastest-growing smartphone platform there is, with the coolest phones, the best apps, and you're now a part of the greatest user community around.

But Android can be a little daunting, we know. But we've got your covered. Here are some links that will help you on your way:

  • Join in!: To start with, make sure you're registered on the site. Once you're registered, you'll be able to comment on blog posts, and you'll automatically be registered for the forums.
  • The forums: Speaking of the forums, they're the best and quickest way to ask a question about your new Droid 2, or to find an answer. You can find the Droid 2 forums here.
  • Must-have apps: Your next stop should be our Apps section, where you'll find the reviews on all kinds of Android apps. Games, productivity -- everything you can think of.
  • Tips and Tricks: For basic how-to information, check out our Tips & Tricks section.
  • And you've lucked out. The Droid 2 launched on a Thursday, which is also when we do our live podcast. Join us tonight at 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT as we talk about the Droid 2 and all the latest news in the Android world.

Congrats on your new phone, and welcome to Android Central!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Droid 2

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Motorola Droid 2

We're knee deep in the Motorola Droid 2, and it's time for the initial video hands-on. In a nutshell, it's a softer, more gentle version of the original Droid, with the same screen, an improved keyboard, beefed up internal specs and Android 2.2 with Motorola's new user interface. But you knew that already, right? Hands-on after the break. And more to come soon.

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4 years ago

Sprint Premier members can now reserve Epic 4G first

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Check your inboxes if you're a Sprint Premier member. You should have received an email inviting you to reserve the Epic 4G before any of those non-special Sprint customers can. 

The Samsung Epic 4G is a Galaxy S phone and will be available on August 31, for $249 with a new two-year agreement. Check out our hands-on here. Thanks Jeff.

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4 years ago

Dell Streak now available (if you pre-ordered)

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Dell Streak

Finally, The Dell Streak has been unleashed to those who had the foresight to register for pre-order.  For those who didn't pre-order, well y'all have to wait until Friday August 13 -- tomorrow. The Streak is $299.99 on a two year AT&T contract, $549.99 when bought outright.  Oddly, even the off contract phones will not be carrier unlocked -- but that's something a few dollars more can fix for you. 

Enough listening to me prattle on, head over and order your Streak, and be sure to tell us your impressions in the forums!

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4 years ago

Google updates Gesture Search app, now with flipping action

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If you're running Android 1.6 and above right now (which should be most of you), you can now download the latest update to Gesture Search from Google Labs. For those not familiar with the app, Google has created an app that allows you to search everything on your Android device by simply drawing out symbols or letters on your device's screen. 

The new update brings the abilty to literally face the phone away from you and doing a "double flip," resulting in the app starting up to begin your search. This is a step forward, as the app once required you to exit to the home screen and select the widget to run the app.

Video demo from Google after the break. [Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

It's Droid 2 launch day: We've got ours, what about you?

Motorola Droid 2 on Verizon

The Motorola Droid 2 is officially available today. We've got ours and will be putting it through its paces, so check back early and often today.

But we also want to hear from you. Head into the Android Central Forums and leave your first impressions. And we'll pick one post at random this afternoon to win a case from the Android Central Store. So let's hear it. What do you think of the Droid 2?

Tell  us your first impressions of the Droid 2

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4 years ago

G1 spotted on TV Land's 'Hot in Cleveland'

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We've seen quite a few of those iPhone thingy-ma-jigs in our favorite TV shows and movies on the silver screen for the past few years. Though recently, it seems like our little robot buddy has been quickly becoming quite the A-lister. In July we spotted the Nexus One being used by Ari Gold and Johnny Drama on HBO's hit show, Entourage

In a recent episode of TV Land's Hot in Cleveland, the son of Valerie Bertinelli's character was spotted using the father of all Android phones, the G1. I guess the G1 is not dead. The question is: When is Android getting its own IMDb page? Thanks Kyle!

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4 years ago

Nothing says forever like UnrEVOked

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forever

The wait is over -- the fellows behind Unrevoked have released their "forever" tool.  While we're not going to get into specifics (you can read those, and you had better, at the source link) what this tool does is unlock your Evo or Incredible's firmware -- forever.  As in even if you accept an OTA update, it stays unlocked.  According the the Unrevoked team, this is a permanent patch.

Be aware, there is always the potential for problems, even big ones.  Be sure to read everything and understand before you download and install this.  Having said that, I've done it and had no issues, and so have a few others.  No go have a read and see if this one is for you, and check out the screenies after the jump. [Unrevoked] Thanks Bret for the screenshots!

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G available Aug. 31, presale Aug. 13, $249 after contract and rebate

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Sprint Epic 4G

Finally, we have a launch date for the Sprint Epic 4G. (See our hands-on here.) The keyboarded version of the Samsung Galaxy S will be available Aug. 31 for $249.99 after two-year contract and $100 rebate. You can reserve yours starting Friday at Sprint.com/epic4g and pick it up in a Sprint store. It's launching with Android 2.1, which we already knew, and will be updated to Android 2.2 in the coming months.

Full presser after the break. [Sprint]

Update: Want to reserve an Epic 4G? Give this link a shot. Thanks, cellman

Update 2: Radio Shack says it's taking preorders on Friday. Thanks, hampstenj

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4 years ago

Is this the R2-D2 Droid 2?

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R2-D2 Droid 2

Look at this R2-D2 Droid 2. (Say that 10 times fast.) We've been staring at it for all of 5 minutes now and have come to the following conclusions:

  • If you know whether Han shot first, it's likely the most beautiful thing you've ever seen in your life.
  • If you have no idea what that means, you're likely perfectly normal and will go on to live a perfectly ordinary life.

We're not going to choose sides. We love all of our smartphones equally. Even the hideous ones. [@r2d2central via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson rumored to have PSP Go-like Android 3.0 gaming phone

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Gaming on Android just got a lot more serious. Engadget is reporting that Sony Ericsson is hard at work on the oft-rumored PSP phone, only it will come with Android 3.0 ("Gingerbread") and is described by those in the know as "a cross between the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go" (you can see their mockup above). This is quite surprising as they haven't even been able to launch a phone running 2.1 yet.

Sony is aiming for graphics power in the realm of the PSX or PSP. Considering we already have PS1 emulators running on Android, this is perfectly reasonable. To help out with the demands of mobile gaming, the gaming-specific controls would slide out like we are used to in landscape slider phones along with a "long touch pad" rather than the joystick nub that PSP owners would be familiar with.

Other specs for the phone are what you would expect from a high-end device: 3.7- or 4.1-inch screen, at least WVGA resolution (800x480), a non-final 5MP camera, and a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU. It seems like Sony Ericsson will be putting a custom skin on the device, which we (sadly) have come to expect as of late. It also seems like Google is deeply involved with the device, and a special section of the Android Market will be created for titles that would require the added power and physical buttons on the phone. Other phones and devices might be able to see the games at some point "if their specs and button layouts meet requirements." Rumored games include members of the Modern Warfare (aka Call of Duty) and God of War franchises. 

Price and launch date are vague at best, with October being listed as the earliest possible. In addition, no mention was made of what carrier(s) the phone would arrive on or in what countries, so it is wide open at the moment. Still, this looks to be where Sony is aiming for their future mobile gaming efforts. As such, it should have a great backing from the gaming industry. So, who wants one? [Engadet]

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