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4 years ago

Yet another Android appearance on television

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hero

Well, well, well, what have we here? If you guessed an HTC Hero, you are correct! This week the venerable old device came out for a guest appearance on TNT's series "Leverage." Lately it seems to be quite a growing trend, more and more Android devices appearing on television, now it's time to spot some celebrities using an Android device! If you happen to get lucky and spot any more Android appearances, be sure to let us know all about it! Thanks, Sword_Chucks!

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4 years ago

Why parents will love Google TV

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I'll admit it. On occasion, I park my kid in front of the TV. And once I have Google TV, I'll likely do it even more. Because here's the thing: Google TV's Chrome browser renders full Flash websites with ease. And that means my daughter can play her favorite PBS Kids games on a big screen and not be relegated to the netbook. I'm a giving parent like that.

Check out Curious George after the break. And stay tuned for the entire Google TV demonstration from the Adobe Flash Summit.

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4 years ago

Droid 1 back up for sale; Droid Incredible back in stock

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Looks like Verizon still had a bunch of original Droids in stock, as the phone has once again show its face on the carrier's website with a nice discount to $150. Since the Nexus One has passed, the Motorola Droid is now the only phone you can get (in the U.S. at least) with stock Android goodness. 

Also, the saga of the Droid Incredible being on backorder have pretty much ended. The DInc is now back in stock with only a day's wait before shipping. If the PhilBlur-ified Droid X or Droid 2 don't float your boat, you have two other great options waiting for you past the link. [Verizon Wireless]

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4 years ago

Android App Review: G4 TV

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G4 has changed a bit since its birth in the TechTV days, but its new app is absolutely packed with features and awesomeness. Videogame fans have long had to deal with the mobile versions of popular gaming websites, such as Gamespot or G4's own version. These were often clunky and slow even on the latest phone. Navigation was a nightmare and often video was left out entirely. Join me past the break to discover how G4 has shown the gaming press how its done. 

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G reservations now 'full'

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 Sprint Epic 4G presales

If you've got a hankering for the Sprint Epic 4G and didn't get in on the preorder reservations through Sprint directly, you going to have to wait until Aug. 31 like the rest of us. AdamBv1 in our forums drops the bomb that "reservations are full." You still might try Best Buy and Radio Shack, however. Suffice it to say this is going to be another big launch for Sprint. Pack your bags, folks. Let's start lining up now. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Google posts video of last week's press event on YouTube

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Google press event

If coverage of the highlights wasn't enough for you, Google has uploaded a video of last week's press event on YouTube.  Besides news about Chrome to phone and the all new voice actions, you'll get 29 minutes worth of Google mobile developer geekdom, and I know there's a few of you out there thinking that's just fine.  I do, too, and it's well worth a look if you're curious about mobile development or Google in general.  We have the video after the break.

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4 years ago

Adobe AIR app demos show what to expect later this year [video]

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 Adobe AIR app demoes

We got a healthy dose of Adobe AIR apps -- coming this Q4 to a smartphone near you --  this morning at the Adobe Flash Summit. So far as our non-developer eyes can tell, things look and feel like native apps. They'll be distributed just like any other Android application, though the Android Market, which will keep things nice and simple.

To see what we saw -- including that awesome Star Wars trench run GPS app -- head on past the break.

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4 years ago

New Sprint Football Live free for all Sprint data subscribers

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Sprint Football Live

Sprint has again updated its Sprint Football Live application, and it wants to remind everyone that the services are free to every Sprint data subscriber.  Back in April, Verizon wrangled the official NFL blessing away from Sprint, and many thought that would be the end of football on Sprint, but they have been working and improving their Football Live app and it seems to offer some unique content

  • Live telecasts of NCAA games via ESPN TV
  • Game center for every NFL and collegiate game
  • Scores and schedule for all NFL teams, and 120 college teams
  • Exclusive content like player blogs, and team videos

With football season about to kick in, Sprint subscribers ought to check things out at the official Sprint Football Live page.  I will be, as I'm a huge NCAA football nut.  GO EERS!  Check out the full press release after the jump. [Sprint]

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4 years ago

Google developer advocate weighs in on Nazi themes, Market policing

Nazi Theme

By now we should all be pretty familiar with Google's ability to police applications served through the Android Market. It might have been a little shocking the first time Google flexed its muscled and remotely wiped apps from phones. Since then, Google has pulled suspicious wallpaper apps (temporarily), the Easy Root application, and now (to no one's great distress) Nazi themes.

Hitler and swastikas tend to bring a lot of attention wherever they appear; here they have stirred the debate over whether Google should take a page out of Apple's book and review applications before they appear in the market. Tim Bray, Developer Advocate for Google, makes the argument in his personal blog that Google's swift action to remove the apps once they drew attention demonstrates that the system works. "Anyone can publish anything, but there’s a smooth well-oiled process for ripping the weeds out of the garden, once they get noticed," says he.

What do you think? Head over to read his full post and tell us your opinion. [ongoing by Tim Bray via Androinica

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4 years ago

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 now final for the Nexus One

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Flash Player 10.1

Finally out of beta, Adobe has pushed the official build of Flash 10.1 to the Android Market for Nexus One devices.  After a string of beta builds, the application is finally stable enough for Adobe and you'll be able to download 10.1.92.8 directly from the Market (or upgrade to it if you're using one of the betas) from your Nexus One. 

Motorola Droid users will soon be able to download Flash from the market as well, but no word on how the HTC Evo or Droid 2 are going to be able to upgrade to the final build just yet.  We'll let you know as soon as we do!

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4 years ago

X10 Mini gets a major award

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Way back in February, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia X10 Mini and all of its smallness. Today, Sony Ericsson announced that it has received the "European Mobile Phone 2010-2011" from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).This award isn't the first the for the mini. The mobile device already has been flaunitng its award for the "prestigious Red Dot Product Design Award 2010."

Here is what the EISA had to say about the Xperia X10 mini:

“Xperia X10 mini from Sony Ericsson is a very small and stylish mobile phone. Nonetheless, it delivers excellent performance with a comprehensive range of features such as GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G and a 5 megapixel camera with flash. The phone runs on the Android platform and offers users the full benefits of a much larger device although its touch screen size is just 2.55-inch (6.48 cm). Its small size and weight and variety of vivid case colours make it perfect for introducing the fairer sex to smartphone technology.”

[Sony Ericsson]

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4 years ago

Adobe AIR coming to Android in Q4 2010

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 Adobe AIR

Adobe this morning at the Flash Summit in San Francisco let it be known that Adobe AIR 2.5 will be available in the foruth quarter of 2010.

"The 2.x line has been about taking this broader," Adobe said. "AIR is about building applications."

Adobe isn't yet ready to announce how AIR will be distributed -- whether it will be OTA updates, or preinstalled on devices, but announcements are very much possible at its upcoming MAX conference.

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4 years ago

Droid's Froyo update still pushing, Verizon says

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 Droid with Froyo

For those of you still patiently waiting for your original Motorola Droid to get the Android 2.2 update pushed out to you, fear not. Verizon hasn't forgotten you. The carrier just issued a statement saying:

The Android 2.2 ("Froyo") upgrade continues to be rolled out in phases to DROID by Motorola users on the Verizon Wireless network. Later this summer users will be able to download Adobe Flash Player 10.1 from the Android Market.

So Froyo and Flash are coming. If you don't have your update yet, hang tight. And we should all see Flash (finally) in the coming weeks.

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4 years ago

Users running Froyo on Sprint's Evo 4G are experiencing a calendar bug

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Smartphones are designed to keep people connected and always on top their lives. Everything from accessing email, taking pictures, managing their schedule, browsing the web, and even playing with silly flatuence apps. Oh -- and don't forget making phone calls too. Though recently a new bug has appeared that's been hindering that experience for those who own the Evo 4G from Sprint running Froyo.

A poster on Google's bug submission page, has brought the attention to an issue with the calendar application. Those experiencing the bug have noticed that if you go back into the appointment and edit the time, the "description" field is overwritten by the "where" field. Resulting in the description being deleted fully. Hopefully Google and HTC are on top of this bug and will offer a temporary fix until a proper update will be released. Click on after the jump to see bug in action.

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4 years ago

A few more details emerge about Droid Pro, White Droid 2 and a Motorola tablet

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 Droid leaks

A few new details have leaked out (n the heels of the previous Verizon flood) about the Droid Pro, a new version of the Droid 2, and a possible Motorola tablet. In a nutshell, here's what was slipped to BGR:

  • The Droid Pro will arrive in November and is a 4-incher with a 1.3GHz processor, a dual GSM/CDMA radio, and its model number is A957.
  • A dual GSM/CDMA version of the Droid 2 is in the works, will be available in white and black and is dubbed A956.
  • A tablet/mid device is designated MZ600. It's likely a dual GSM/CDMA phone and would launch with Android 2.2.

The addition of some world phones is sorely needed, but we're wondering how the Droid Pro is going to fit into things, and what that means for the Droid X. We shall see. [BGR]

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