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3 years ago

Qualcomm teams with Mattel, Ga. Tech for Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Androids

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And now for something truly awesome. Some fellas from Georgia Tech (Go Jackets!), in partnership with Qualcomm in their Augmented Reality Game Studio, have created a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots game using Qualcomm's new Augmented Reality platform and recently-introduced SDK. You just point the app at a special arena map and the robots spring to life in your world. As a bonus, Qualcomm has included location and compass support, so moving around in space gives you a different perspective on your game. Check the video after the break [via Android and Me]

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3 years ago

Evo vs. iPhone video author keeps his Best Buy job, but doesn't want it back

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This saga of the hilarious Evo vs. iPhone videos produced by a Best Buy employee just got even better. When last we heard, Brian Maupin, 25, had been suspended by the retailer while it conducted some sort of investigation. His job hung in the balance. The investigation -- which we have a hard time typing while keeping a straight face -- concluded, and Best Buy chose not to fire Maupin, who then said thanks, but no thanks, and is looking for work elsewhere.

Takes some stones to do that, for sure. Good luck, Brian, and thanks for the laughs. Check out Best Buy's statement and Maupin's reaction -- as well as the videos in question -- after the break. (Warning: Foul language ahead) [via TechCrunch]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Motorola Charm gets official, still square

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We've known the Motorola Charm would be coming to T-Mobile, and now it's official. Let's look the details:

  • Android 2.1.
  • Motoblur
  • The "Backtrack" rear touchpad.
  • 2.8-inch touchscreen.
  • Full QWERTY keyboard.
  • Adobe Flash Lite.
  • 3MP camera
  • Motorola's CrystalTalk audio enhancements.

Pricing (we've seen it touted as a free back-to-school special) and availability weren't announced , other than "this summer." Full presser after the break. [Motorola]

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3 years ago

AppBrain introduces Fast Web Install -- install Android apps over the web

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I admit, I'm an AppBrain fanboy.  Using a phone to dig and search through all the 68,000+ apps things in the Android Market is enough to drive anyone insane, so I don't do it unless I have to.  Today, using AppBrain just got better -- you can now install apps direct to your device, right from the AppBrain website.  Yes, just like the 'coming feature' from Google that Vic Gundutra demoed at Google I/O, without the wait.  And it works on all modern versions of Android (1.5 and higher).  Hit the break for a quick how-to and a video of it in action.

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3 years ago

Tests show Android 2.2's Javascript engine runs rings around the iPhone

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Google made a pretty big splash at its Google IO conference when it said the browser on Android 2.2 is the world's fastest. And Ars Technica has done some legwork that backs up that claim. In the chart above, you can clearly see Froyo on the Nexus One beats the radio signal out of iOS on the iPhone 4 in SunSpider and V8 benchmarks. So while you're taunting your iPhone-using friends by, oh, actually using your phone in front of them, show 'em this chart while you're at it. [Ars Technica]

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3 years ago

Evo 4G gets a Lego dock to perch upon

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We often say that Android Central forum members are the best around, and here's yet another example. Skippyrulz crafted a dock for his Sprint Evo 4G out of Legos (mostly from an Indiana Jones fighter plane set, he says), and the result is what you see above. OK, so a more consistent paint job wouldn't hurt, but that's still pretty darn cool. Check out his post for more pics. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

A few lucky souls getting their Droid X's early

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The whispers are true, folks. A few lucky souls already are getting their Motorola Droid X's, more than a week before they're set to go on sale July 15. And one such person is coerulea in the Android Central Forums, whose brought us a trio of photos of his new prize. Anybody else hit the lottery today? Sing out, shout from the rooftops, and above all, post some pics. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Motorola Charm smiles for the camera

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The Motorola Charm, one of the devices being touted as a T-Mobile back to school special, appears to have made an appearance in a T-Mobile store. While there really isn't much new to come from the small hands on that appears to have been had, we have learned that the device does have a touchpad on the back of the device similar to the Backflip. Sadly, we are still unaware of what Android version the device is actually running, or if the device will launch as the T-Mobile Basil, since that is what the packaging refers to this "project" as. Well, we can hope that since it has made its appearance in store now we will get a firm release date, as well as more specs on the device in the near future. [via TMoNews]

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3 years ago

Flash exploit enables root for latest Evo update

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Although that latest OTA patch for the Evo 4G had some launching quirks, you can't deny that it brought some great things for our beloved Evo – better battery life, improved exchange sync support, and overall just a more stable system. There is one thing behind the curtains that not everyone’s aware of though, and that’s the fact that it completely crushed our precious root exploits. As to be expected, a lot of people were upset about this, and a $600 bounty was put up for whoever could crack the code. Luckily, the “leetest of the leet” over at XDA finally figured it out, and the path they took was somewhat of a surprise. Achieving root through a Flash cookie exploit has never been done before, so it marks yet another milestone hurdle the Evo clears. Fortunately enough for all noobs, the process isn’t really all that complicated. Just make sure you know your ADB’s. [XDA via DaringFireball]

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3 years ago

HTC says to expect Android 2.2 updates by Christmas

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Just because we see what looks like Froyo running on a phone with HTC Sense, doesn't mean it's right around the corner.  The good folks over at Pocket-lint got some one-on-one time with Eric Lin, HTC's global PR and online community manager, at the recent Qualcomm Uplinq convention and got the straight scoop about Froyo on the new breed of HTC Sense phones. 

At this point I'd like to ask everyone to turn off their WiFi...err I mean put down their pitchforks and rotten fruit.  All sharp objects put away?  HTC says to expect Froyo on their handsets by Christmas.  And since you all are safely empty handed, he also says not to expect Gingerbread anytime this year.  Allow me to quote Mr. Lin:

"It takes time to port all of our applications over to Froyo and then make sure that it is running well on each of our devices. That’s not like a one week kind of project. We need to make sure that our applications are taking advantage of the Froyo features. To make sure that they’re all running properly on the OS now that it’s a new version. And then to make sure that it's running on our hardware as well as we expect."

I'm no happier than you guys are, but at least we'll see Froyo on our Evos and Incredibles before Sony Ericsson updates the Xperia line.  Feel free to discuss and vent in the comments. [Pocket-lint]

Update from Phil: Good lord, people. OK, we should have included the following line (but were trying to to steal all of Pocket-Lint's quotes). Said Mr. Lin: "I would believe that we would be done with our Froyo updates before Christmas." Updates could come next week. Or next month. Or the month after. Regardless, everybody have a little patience. You'll get Froyo in due time. This reaction is why we never get more than a ballpark time line.

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