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3 years ago

The Xperia X8 is officially announced by Sony Ericsson

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 was officially announced today, bringing a mid-size, mid-spec Android phone to the Xperia line. The particulars:

  • Android 1.6 (Donut) with Mediascape and Timecape user interfaces.
  • 3-inch capacitive touchscreen at 320x480 (HVGA).
  • 600MHz processor.
  • Quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), dual (900/2100) or quad-band (800/850/1900/2100) HSPA.
  • 3.2MP camera.
  • aGPS.
  • WiFi.

So, a mid-level phone, it is.  Question remains whether it'll be the first to break through to the American carriers. Full presser after the break. [Sony Ericsson]

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3 years ago

Tuesday tumult: Comment at will!

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Oh, what the hell. We had the first hands-on with the HTC Aria, the Droid X got into Engadget's hands, the myTouch 3G Slide was rooted, and the Evo 4G is perched atop the Palm Touchstone inductive charger and got overclocked to 1.2GHz. Quite the Tuesday, eh? So let's get it all off our chests before Wednesday rolls around (with a nod and a wink to our European readers).

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3 years ago

Froyo Feature: Blocking auto-update of apps with changed permissions

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We showed off the new Android Market with the "update all" and "allow automatic updating" earlier, and we've been waiting for an app to come along to talk about this part.  I finally was close to a computer when it happened and was able to document the process instead of just talking about it.  It's another of those nice touches that come along with Android 2.2, but this one has security and the safety of your information in mind.  Follow the break to see a step-by-step in action.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid X goes public, official announcement coming next week

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Welp, there it is. The Motorola Droid X. Not on a plane, not some blurrycam shot. It's 4.4 inches of Motorola goodness, and Engadget managed to score some time with it ahead of an expected launch event on June 23.

Their takeaway? A 4.4-inch -- bigger than the Evo 4G -- screen with Android 2.1 and a new Motoblur-ish skin. Swype's on board (so much for that T-Mobile exclusive), and the keyboard has honest-to-goodness multitouch. Performance is said to be plenty fast, thanks to its 1GHz processor.

It's going to be a battle of heavyweights this summer, we betcha. Peep some hands-on video after the break, and hit up Engadget for the full run-down. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

MyTouch 3G Slide rooted -- you just can't stop Android hackers

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And another new phone falls to the genius of the Android hacking community.  You'll recognize the names -- eugene373, Paul O'Brien, and Koushik Dutta.  These guys used the fake OTA method that was devised for the HTC Droid Incredible to crack the MyTouch3G Slide wide open, add the necessary files, and write a custom recovery to the phone.  This makes it wide open and ready for ROMs and Metamorphing and all the other goodness that comes with root.  Eugene373 has worked up a clear set of instructions, and all the tools and files needed are at the source link.

The Slide is a pretty darn nice phone to start with, and this just made it better.  Only thing left is to convince the wife I need another phone.  [xda-developers via Twitter] Thanks William! 

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3 years ago

Europe and Asia to get Samsung i5500 Galaxy 5

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Samsung today announced the i5500 Galaxy 5 will launch in July in Europe and Asia. The Galaxy 5 is a multimedia phone with an integrated social network tool, a touchscreen display and hopes to appeal to a younger clientele due to the phones design with style in mind. The phone will ship with Android 2.1, a 2-megapixel autofocus camera and Bluetooth 2.1. [via Mobile Burn]

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3 years ago

HTC Aria unboxing and hands-on video

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The HTC Aria from AT&T brings the Android big-time in a little package, with a 3.2-inch touchscreen at 320x480 pixels. And if you think this guy looks familiar, well, it should. It's a mash-up of the Windows Mobile-powered HD Mini (the case and innards), coupled with buttons and the trackpad from the Droid Incredible and Evo 4G.

After the break, we unbox and do a quick walkthrough of the Aria, the second Android phone from AT&T.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Shakira is the Xperia X8

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What's bigger than the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and larger than the X10 Mini? Meet the Xperia X8 -- a mid-size model previously known as the Shakira. No other real details just yet, though it appears to be keeping the same three-button styling, along with the Timescape and Mediascape user interface atop Android. No word on if or when it'll make an appearance, or if it'll be stuck with the same Donut version of Android as its older siblings. [Unofficial SE Blog]

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3 years ago

AT&T locks its latest Android phone -- the Aria -- out of sideloading apps, too

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(AT&T Aria, left, and the Nexus One)

Here we go again, folks. The HTC Aria -- AT&T's second and arguably best foray into Android -- is limited to only loading applications from the Android Market. As you can see in the screen shot above, the choice to load apps from "non-Market" sources is missing, meaning you won't be sideloading from other websites or -- once Android 2.2 is released -- directly from e-mail, which is very cool.

And this isn't the first time we've seen this. As you'll well remember, the Motorola Backflip is hobbled in the same way -- it's a limitation inflicted by AT&T and is not inherent to the phone itself. We still don't like calling the phone crippled (OK, I don't like calling it crippled, others disagree) because of this, as the rest of it works just fine. But we will say the following:

AT&T: Stop doing this. It's bad for the ecosystem. And bad for developers. And bad for your customers. And it ultimately makes it look like you don't care about Android.

More on the Aria coming up, folks.

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3 years ago

Evo 4G overclocked to 1.2GHz

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If modding the Evo 4G to work with the Palm Touchstone isn't warranty-voiding enough for you, take a look at this. XDA member coolbho3000 has cranked his Evo's Snapdragon processor up to 1.267GHz, up from the stock 998MHz or so. Meltdown risks certainly grow as you get that Snapdragon processor to work harder than was initially intended, and this isn't a DIY project for the noobs, so handle with care. But for everybody else, happy overclocking! Check out video of it in action after the break. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Mike!

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