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3 years ago

Aro proves the strength of Android's 'chaos,' says Scoble

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 Aro preview

Robert Scoble, a well-known tech pundit and current iPhone user, recently got a hands on demo with Aro, a new app in closed beta for Android. The app is a complete replacement for nearly all your communication apps: email,  SMS, phone, etc. By tapping into all your messages, the app is able to intelligently link names, places, and other data together. It is a pretty complicated process, and Scoble sums it up pretty well:

What does Aro do? If, say, Bill Gates sends Steve Jobs an email, copies me, and is talking about Larry Ellison, Larry’s name will have a little square around it. Click on that square and a new UI fans out, letting me see other info. It’s like Rapportive or Xobni, but done much better and for the mobile interface. It makes your phone much more productive than it would be otherwise and that’s why I feel it’s so important.

In addition to previewing the app, Scoble talks a bit about how this kind of app is simply not possible on the more closed iPhone. Apple actively prevents developers from changing the core experience of using the iPhone, even if those changes make the phone easier to use or offer more features. A perfect example is the Swype keyboard many Android users (myself included) have fallen in love with or WiFi syncing with iTunes. There are pros and cons to both approaches, but it seems the tables are tipping in Google's favor as of late.

Scoble has posted videos of his interviews and demos of both Sywpe and Aro, which can be found past the link. If you want to sign up for the closed beta of Aro, click on the "Aro" link. [Scobleizer, Aro]

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3 years ago

Sneak peek at myTouch 4G accessories

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 MyTouch cases

The T-Mobile myTouch 4G (the phone previously know as the myTouch HD, or just plain myTouch) hasn't even had a launch date revealed, but TMO is already showing off some accessories that you will be able to get with it. Android Central Forums user fatboy97 found a section of T-Mobile's Facebook page that has pictures of numerous cases. Seeing all these accessories probably only serves to make the wait for the HSPA+ device harder, which was probably T-Mobile's intention all along. [Facebook via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Samsung (Galaxy S) Mesmerize released on U.S. Cellular

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 Samsung Mesmerize

U.S. Cellular is now selling the Samsung Mesmerize, part of Samsung's Galaxy S line, for  $199.99 under a 2-year contract with data plan. For those not familiar with America's sixth-largest carrier, you will be paying a minimum of $89.99 per month for the required plan for new customers. U.S. Cellular is a CDMA carrier, so the Mesmerize is more or less a Verizon Fascinate without Bing (which might be exactly what some of you are looking for). U.S. Cellular has been pushing hard lately to get high-end Android phones, such as the HTC Desire, and also rolled out a promotion entitled "The Belief Project" to better reward long-term customers. Order one of your own past the link. [U.S. Cellular]

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3 years ago

Sense 2.2 leaked for the HTC Aria

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htc-aria

The HTC Aria tends to find itself sitting on the back burner when it comes to news, but for those still holding strong with the device you will be happy with this little treat. Earlier this week the Froyo Sense RUU was leaked for this device, and now it has been made available in a flashable ROM form. The wait is over, get yourself some Sense 2.2 on your device today. Be sure to let us know how it is, the good, the bad or the ugly in our forums! [XDA via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Google TV, a new Samsung phone, saddest picture ever [From the forums]

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From the Android Central Forums

The witching hour is nearly upon us, and things are downright spooky in the Android Central Forums. Here are but a few items you should definitely check out:

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3 years ago

Nexus One case review: Case-Mate Tough Case

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Case Mate for Nexus One

I had been resistant to put a case on my Nexus One because I could never find one that I was happy with. They were always either too bulky or felt too cheap.

Having said that, I have been very pleased with the Case-Mate Tough Case; it does not weigh the phone down at all and feels very robust to the touch.

The outer-layer of the case is an ABS plastic shell that has enhanced dust protection. The phone slips inside a smaller rubber skin that then fits inside the tougher case. All buttons and and ports can be accessed without hindrance.

The screen is not covered, but it is protected by the rugged outer layer of the case, so don’t worry if you leave it upside down.

The case also comes in four different colors: black, pink, green and blue, so everybody should be able to find something that fits their lifestyle.

The Case-Mate Tough Case is available for $27.95 from the Android Central Store. More pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Desire HD goes down under, available in Australia soon

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HTC Desire HD

The Desire HD will be available in Australia soon, HTC announced this morning. Beginning in early November, consumers will be able to get the 4.3-inch device from Vodafone and 3 Mobile. 

If customers wanted to get it on Vodafone, the Desire HD will be free with a 2-year contract. No word yet on 3 Mobile pricing, but expect something similar. Great news for Australian consumers who have been waiting for the 4.3-inch device that sports the new HTC Sense. See the full press release after the break. [HTC]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Tab to be released Nov. 10

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung this morning announced that the Galaxy Tab will be released on T-Mobile on Nov. 10. Pricing wasn't announced, but TMo's website says it'll cost $399 on contract. Also, the press release does allude that the Galaxy Tab will be able to use TMo's HSPA+ network. On board the 7-inch device with Android 2.2 are Qik, Amazon Kindle, Slacker Radio and Samsung Media Hub.

You can sign up for updates at http://mobile-broadband.t-mobile.com/tablets/tablet, and we've got the full presser after the break.

Update: We've done some asking, and PC Mag's Sascha Segan confirms: It's not an HSPA+ device, the press release was just worded funny.

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3 years ago

Giant Android mascot let loose in Sydney

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Android unleashed on unsuspecting Australians

South Korea might have some real competition on its hands from Australia for title of "Most Random Android Promotion Strategy." The mighty robot you see above is part of Vodaphone Australia's plan to improve customer awareness of the Android OS, but we aren't sure how exactly it does that. Perhaps it yells catchphrases like "Open Source!", "Widgets!", "Flash!", or "Multitasking!" at unsuspecting humans as it wanders the streets, but no one really knows. But we can all agree it might be best to bow down to our new robot Android overlords, and remember, they know what you are saying. [Android Australia via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Google is giving away 10,000 Google TV devices -- to developers, that is

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On Tuesday, Google gave away more than 3,000 Logitech Revue devices to those that attended Adobe's MAX conference in Los Angeles. But Google isn't stopping there. The company also announced on its blog that it would be giving out even more Google TV units -- to developers, of course. But how many more? How about 10,000 more. Though, by the looks of it, the 3,000 given out this morning are included in this lot. So technically, only 7,000 remain, right?

Google is looking to give the remainder of theses devices to developers who are looking to make "the Google TV experience even better." If you're a member of the Google Code community you should go-ahead and apply. If you're not, but you're a professional web developer, you can submit an entry here. You just need to include a short summary of what type of site you're developing for Google TV. Now, who's feeling lucky? [Google TV Blog]

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4 years ago

Sony's Android Playstation Phone poses for pictures

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Sony's Playstation phone

Sony's new phone -- simply dubbed the "Playstation phone" -- has appeared in more pictures. And if there's ever an indication that it's Android-based, well, here you go. It's still very much in prototype form, according to Engadget, but the pictures are unmistakable. This bad boy is Android, through and through. Sure, a custom skin is more than likely. But still.

Above, you see a picture that closely resembles what was predicted in August. Here are the rumored specs:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Custom Sony marketplace to buy games designed for a device like this
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 (200MHz faster than the G2, but the same new architecture, apparently) -- by the way, that's the same system-on-a-chip as we just saw in the myTouch 4G/HD benchmarks we posted.
  • 512MB of RAM/1GB ROM
  • MircoSD slot -- no Sony Memory Stick -- thank whomever it is you thank for that sort of thing.
  • The screen is between 3.7 and 4.1-inches -- that's a pretty large range, and we're learning toward the larger end.

So when we get down to it, we're looking at Sony's bad-arse Playstation controller coupled with high-end hardware -- higher than just about anything currently available, actually. So the hardware should be set. Let's just hope the software and UI don't blow it. More at the source link. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

MyTouch HD shows us a peek at WiFi calling, and sky-high benchmark scores

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MyTouch HD Quadrant benchmark score

The T-Mobile MyTouch HD (or is the the MyTouch 4G?) makes an appearance once again, this time to show off some under the hood power and some WiFi calling magic.  Above we see the unrooted, stock myTouch pulling off a Quadrant benchmark score of 1890.  I'll pause to let that settle in for a bit.  And we're back, with a most respectable (read: pretty darn fast) Linpack score of 34.34 (photo after the break).  Those kinds of scores are on par with other devices that have been hacked nine ways to Sunday, and it means the MyTouch HD will be fast, right out of the box.

If you're the kind of person who cares more about features than speed, we also get a chance to see WiFi calling running on the MyTouch HD.  We were pretty sure it was there, as it is in the ROM dump, but just seeing it running on the phone itself is pretty satisfying.  Check the screenshot after the break.  Nov. 3 is eight days away, folksThanks to our anonymous friend!

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4 years ago

HTC Desire HD receives first OTA update

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HTC Desire HD

Not long after it was released, the HTC Desire HD already has received its first OTA update. The update is labeled as 1.32.405.3 and will bring "screen control and photo message compatibility enhancements."

From what is known, it is a fairly large update, so be aware if you're trying to download it on 3G. Good to know that the Desire HD hasn't been available two weeks and is already being improved upon. Be sure to let us know if you notice anything else after the update. [BriefMobile] Thanks kpenning!

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: pvz -- a Plants vs Zombies clone [video]

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pvz

We're all waiting for PopCap to get Plants vs. Zombies on Android, but developer lzn1007 goes a step further, and has released pvz -- a near-perfect clone.  Pvz has three modes, Day Mode, Night Mode, and Challenge, which correspond pretty closely to the original.  There's also two challenge modes, and they, too are essentially the same as the authorized version.  Speaking of the authorized version, I fully expect this one to get taken down for trademark or copyright issues.  I'll let the developers duke it out over those, I just wanna kill some zombies.

Fair warning -- the application asks for some permissions you're not going to care for, like location and phone state.  There's an online social-gamer component that goes through a Chinese service called WiYun (use Google Translate, link is in Chinese, and seems legit), but you can leave it disabled and play offline.  I tested it here with WiFi and mobile data disconnected and had no problems.  I also ran it through Lookout, which didn't find anything glaringly wrong.  When it's all said and done, I'm certain that enabling the online component means your submitting data to the developer, so use your own best judgment. There's a video, and download link (free, all versions of Android) after the break.

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4 years ago

New Evo 4G update leaks out, is rooted

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HTC Evo 4G.

We stumbled across a minor update release for the Evo 4G, in RUU form.  In an attempt to find out which files have been modified in the update, the XDA faithful have already cracked it open, rooted it, and are in the process of further exploration.  Expect to see some new ROMs built on this update over the coming days.

According to XDA member joeykrim, this update brings changes to the kernel, Recovery.img, hboot, and many .jar files within the framework. 

If you're rooted, it might be a good idea to hold off for a few days in case there are any surprises waiting in this update.  But if you're feeling adventurous, go ahead and grab the rooted update and start flashing (your ROM).  [via XDA, rooted version]

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