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4 years ago

Fring updates with new look, features

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Fring (Market link), the popular all-encompassing VOIP/chat/Skype/all-things-communications app, just updated its Android application, bringing a new look and new features.

  • High up on everybody's wish list was an honest-to-goodness dialer, and it's there now.
  • The buddy list has been updated and now shows your friends' pictures and mood line (from either Skype or Fring).
  • You can now personalize your profile with a picture, and edit your mood, e-mail address and phone number.
  • There also are a number of voice improvements, links now work and the chat screen, plus other bugfixes.

Fring is free. Update your current version now, or you can download from the Android Market. [Fring]

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4 years ago

Android Market has 30,000 apps, sort of

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There are now over 30,000 apps in Android Market. Which is amazingly awesome considering there were only 16,000 apps in Android Market in December 2009. That means that apps in Android Market have nearly doubled in just three months -- that's a pretty good growth rate if you ask us. That said, "apps" also include widgets, skins, themes, keyboards and 2,354 "Sexy Lady No. 24" apps. So there are "apps," and then there are "apps."

However, we'll play the numbers game. As more Android devices come about and more people jump to Android, we expect that number to only grow bigger and bigger. We welcome all you new Android users with open arms. [via mobilecrunch]

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4 years ago

Zillow announces Android application

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Zillow

Realtors, take note: Zillow, the popular Web site that allows estimates your home value -- and more important, your neighbors' home values -- has just announced its first Android application. With it you get:

  •  Estimate home values, home details and historical data on 95 million U.S. homes – nearly all homes in the country.
  • Curbside images of homes using Google Street View.
  • Multiple photos, home details, and contact information on homes for sale, for rent or listed as Make Me Move, allowing home shoppers to peek inside home listings and call or email agents, owners and landlords right from the app.
  • Shoppers can filter their home searches by sale price, rental price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms and listing type (for sale, for rent, Make Me Move, and recently sold).
  • Users can search for homes and neighborhoods utilizing voice search – just say an address, neighborhood or city and the Zillow Android App will take you there.

Very cool stuff if you're looking for a home, or are a Realtor. Check out video of Zillow for Android in action after the break, and grab it now in the Android Market. [Zillow]

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4 years ago

HTC 'Disagrees with Apple's Actions,' Will Defend Itself

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HTC has just issued a press release about that giant patent lawsuit Apple has filed against them. There's no details yet on how exactly they're going to respond legally, but from a PR perspective the key points are that they "disagree with Apple's actions" (uh, duh?) and will "fully defend itself." 

“HTC disagrees with Apple’s actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. 

HTC then delves into their storied history with smartphones, laying claim to a long list of firsts in the smartphone world that seem to be more about re-establishing their cred as innovators and not copiers than about hints at what sorts of patents they might counter-sue with. They note that they started designing the XDA back in 1999 and have delivered over 50 different smartphones to date. In other words, HTC has been in this game longer than Apple has and they won't let some pesky lawsuit prevent them from continuing to innovate.

Full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Google Maps updated to Version 4.1, brings account switching, live wallpaper

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Android 1.6+ Google Maps went and updated itself to Version 4.1 tonight, bringing with it an updated search page, support for multiple accounts, a Latitude widget and -- this is very cool -- the ability to make Google Maps your live wallpaper. Let's break it down, erm, after the break.

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4 years ago

Will Android win March Madness?

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Smartphone March Madness

Our pals at LatopMag (hi, pals!) are getting way into March Madness this year, and they've got a 16-team smartphone tournament (not to be confused with the Smartphone Round Robin) to go with it.

Today features the Motorola Droid up against the BlackBerry Curve 8530. Other Android phones fighting for the Final Four are the HTC Hero vs. the LG Expo and the Google Nexus One vs. the Palm Pre Plue. And as an added bonus, there's Android-on-Android action when the Motorola Cliq goes up against the Samsung Moment. Check it out. [LaptopMag]

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the AT&T 3G Nexus One

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Nexus One on AT&T 3G (left)

Meet the new Nexus One, same as the old Nexus One. Only this one has AT&T's -- yeah, yeah, and some Canadian carriers', too -- 3G bands built in. Otherwise, it's exactly the same hardware (so far as we can tell without a teardown) and software (Android 2.1-update 1).

Otherwise, all the usual bells and whistles are there, and I've already got CyanogenMod up and running just fine. Anybody else get theirs yet, too? Video hands-on after the break.

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4 years ago

Russian Motorola Milestone's keyboard makes the Droid's look usable

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Russian Motorola Milestone

Russian is a hard language to learn. I know -- I took years of it and can still order the vodka but keep forgetting how to ask for the loo. Anyhoo, above is the Russian version of the Motorola Milestone. Now the Milestone (aka Droid in the U.S.) doesn't exactly have the world's best keyboard to begin with. And try cramming on the 33-letter cyrillic alphabet, and things are gonna get downright nasty. Like cold, hard Russian winter.

But, wait. It gets worse. Highlighted above are the letters "З" and "Э." Basically they look like backward Es, though the former makes a "zeh" sound and the latter "eh." Very different letters, to say the least.

Oh, but it gets worse. Try to find the comma on that keyboard. Go ahead. We'll wait. [Unwired View | image via Mobile-Review]

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4 years ago

Sprint getting a Nexus One, too

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Nexus One

The rumors were true, folks. Sprint just announced that it's getting the Google Nexus One, hot on the heels of AT&T and some Canadian carriers getting their own unlocked and unsubsidized version. Pricing and exact date of availability to be determined, though this makes it sound like it's gonna be subsidized.

Full presser after the break. [Sprint]

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4 years ago

Latest on the Motorola Droid Android 2.1 update

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Motorola Droid

We're getting a few more details about the Android 2.1 update that's dropping tomorrow for the Motorola Droid. Here's the deal:

  • The first batch of 1,000 updates will be pushed out at 9 a.m. PDT.
  • Assuming all goes well, another 9,000 updates will go out at 8:59 p.m. PDT.
  • After that, there's a 24-hour waiting period (to make sure all's still well.)
  • Then 200,000 updates will go out on Saturday, March 20.
  • Another batch of 200,000 goes out after that, until everyone has the update.

This stuff is brand-new as of this morning, and things are still subject to change. But we're close, people, and we still expect a manual updating method to be had in short order, so don't freak out if you're not in the first group. Thanks, anon!

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4 years ago

Sprint to unveil WiMAX-enabled HTC Supersonic next week at CTIA, says WSJ

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HTC Supersonic

The Wall Street Journal says Sprint will let loose the oft-leaked HTC Supersonic next week at CTIA, and that it will be the carrier's first WiMAX-enabled Android device.

The device is expected to be the centerpiece of a presentation made by Chief Executive Dan Hesse during the CTIA Wireless trade show Tuesday. Sprint and HTC declined to comment.

And, conveniently enough, we'll be there at the event and will cover it live. Stay tuned, folks. [WSJ - pay site]

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4 years ago

Moto Droid 2.1 update, AT&T Nexus One, favorite Android music player

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4 years ago

Google Gesture Search now available for Android 1.6

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You may remember when Google announced Google Gesture Search, and many of you were sad to find out that it was only available on Android 2.0 and higher. We did a video walk through of this in action for all those who were unable to use it due to device restrictions, but today has become your lucky day. Google now has released a version of this that will now work on Android 1.6 and above. The release unfortunately is still only the English version, although they have made some minor performance improvements, as well as fixed some bugs they had run across. For all those that have not been able to try it out yet, check it out in the market place and let us know what you think. [via Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

Motorola Cliq XT now available for $129, not $99 as first believed

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T-Mobile has officially launched the Motorola Cliq XT. That's the good news. The bad news is that contrary to what we previously were told by TMoToday, the Cliq XT will retail for $129 on new 2-year contract and not the previously rumored $99. The slight price bump isn't ideal and leaves us a bit disappointed but hey, what can you do, carriers rarely "get" pricing like we would want them to. In any case, the Motorola Cliq XT is a full touchscreen device that runs Motoblur. And it's pretty nice. [t-mobile]

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4 years ago

Hey, that's a silver HTC Desire!

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If you ever wondered what an HTC Desire looked like in silver, now you know. And it looks pretty awesome. The silver HTC Desire is much more eye-catching than the "urban brown" version and there's just something futuristic looking about the all silver device, isn't there? But as awesome as the silver HTC Desire looks, we're not sure we'd pick it over the traditional one, there's something appealing about that brownish/blackish undertone that we can't explain. What about you guys? Do you prefer silver or brown?

Hit the jump for more pictures of the silver HTC Desire!

[xda developers]

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