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4 years ago

Samsung M100S Gets a Hands-On Video

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If you're interested, the just announced Samsung M100S got some hands-on time captured on video. The device actually looks pretty good--the screen pops, the shape is nice, and the materials look excellent. Even better, the performance of Android 2.1 on the M100S is stellar. We're thoroughly impressed with the M100S and hope that Samsung builds these kinds of Android phones instead of those kinds of Android phone. We're also happy to note that we saw more Android than Touchwiz in the videos and that friends, is a very good thing.

Hit the jump to see 2 Hands-on videos of the Samsung M100S!

[enuri via androidcommunity]

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4 years ago

HomeRun Battle 3D Features Cross-Platform Multiplayer, Android vs iPhone

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One of the things we wouldn't mind Android stealing from the iPhone is their game selection. Games on the iPhone typically outclass Android games and can even keep pace with dedicated gaming devices like the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

Luckily, as Android grows, the games will follow. We're beginning to see a ton of great games on Android and even some iPhone ports. For example, HomeRun Battle 3D, a simple, yet addictive game that is basically a glorified home run derby, has come from the iPhone to Android. What's even cooler about HomeRun Battle 3D is that it allows for cross-platform multiplayer, which means you can pit Android vs iPhone and go hit for hit with your iPhone buddies. Cross-platform multiplayer is an awesome feature that we hope to see in other Android & iPhone games--the more people you can beat in games, the merrier.

Hit the jump to see the Droid vs iPhone in HomeRun Battle 3D! (sadly the Droid loses)

[via toucharcade]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy I5700 Spica Getting Android 2.1 in Q2

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Looks like another Android phone is getting blessed with Android 2.1. And that phone would be the Samsung Galaxy I5700 Spica. We've previously heard that the Spica would receive Android 2.0 in February but we guess since 2.1 is the latest rage, that's going to be ignored. The Samsung Galaxy I5700 is a mid-level device with decent specs but isn't even available in the US. It just released on T-Mobile UK so maybe eventually we'll see it here (we doubt it), but we'd much rather have a Galaxy 2 or even a M100S now anyway. Anyone own a Galaxy Spica?

[via unwiredview]

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4 years ago

Car dock, spare battery charger spotted in Google's Nexus One video

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Nexus One docks

While watching the video on the creation of the Google Nexus One, we get a brief glimpse of the desktop dock that's available now (watch our video review) and a couple others that we may well see soon. On the left appears to be a dock with a slot in the rear to charge a spare battery. And on the right (next to the MacBook Pro) is what appears to be the car dock, which we've seen in some Nexus One documentation already.

Google's had zero word on pricing or availability of the other two docks, so stay tuned.

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4 years ago

Google shows off Nexus One's genesis in online video series

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Nexus One video

There's no denying that the Nexus One is a sexy piece of hardware (check out our review) that both Google and manufacturer HTC are proud of. (You should see them talk about it in person. It's evident in their eyes.) Now Google's showing off the backstory of the Nexus One in a series of videos hosted on the GoogleNexusOne YouTube channel.

The first episode tackles the concept and design and is narrated by Erick Tseng (Android Project Manager), Tomasz Hasinski (HTC Project Manager) and Lloyd Watts (Audience). Check it out after the break. And look for more clips in the next week or so.

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4 years ago

Seesmic app sees major update, now handles multiple Twitter accounts

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Seesmic for AndroidSeesmic for Android

We love Twitter clients. That's no secret around here. And the free Seesmic Twitter client for Android just got an update. It's a biggie, and likely enough to return it to my regular Twitter rotation.

Seesmic QR codeFirst up (and foremost for me) is the ability to access multiple Twitter accounts. (Note to any developer working on a Twitter app: That really is a necessity. I don't care what normal people tell you.)

You also can send a tweet to one or several accounts at once. Just like with the desktop client. That's another biggie for those of us with personal and work accounts. (One thing that's missing, however: a "Jump to top" option. Oh. Found it.)

Other additions to the latest version of Seesmic include:

  • Adding an Extra Large text size option
  • Your profile information (avatar, number of following and followers,...) will now be updated automatically
  • Changing your Twitter account password will now be handled by the application
  • Composer now auto-corrects and auto-capitalize your words and sentences
  • Notifications are now cleared when the application is accessed from Launcher
  • Easily changing default account from the application's Settings
  • Can remove a Twitter account simply by pressing on it

If you're already using Seemic, you should get an update notification. If you're not using it, scan the QR code above (or click on it from your Android browser) and give it a shot.

And after the break, Seesmic founder and head cheerleader Loic Lemeur shows off the update.

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4 years ago

Google Maps reportedly working on adding 'Google Store View'

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Google Store View

Looks like Google Maps might be getting ready to move its Street View feature indoors. Search Engine Land was told by NYC store Oh Nuts that it was visited by a Google rep who took picture inside every six feet in all directions. Products also were snapped.

It'll be interesting to see exactly which (and what kind) of businesses are featured in Store View, if and when it's released. On one hand, it's cool to be able to see the inside of a new place before you give it your patronage. On the other hand, shooting the interior of, say, the Victoria's Secret on Fifth Avenue is bound to raise a few eyebrows. But presumably that's all being worked out. [Search Engine Land via Consumerist]

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4 years ago

HTC Hero on Orange gets maintenance update

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HTC Hero update

For our UK friends on the Orange network: HTC just released a maintenance update for the Hero. No, not a full-on Android revisision (sorry), but it's better than nothing. The update will take you to ROM Version 2.73.61.66. [HTC] (Thanks, Phil!)

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4 years ago

Nexus One update, Hero Dust, General ROM FAQ, Moto Droid freeze

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4 years ago

Take a survey, win a Nexus One

Nexus One

Hey, all you developers out there: Interpret's looking to get to know you better, and they have a short survey they'd like you to take. Take it, enter your information at the end, and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a free Nexus One. Go let 'em know a thing or three about how you feel about mobile applications.

Click here to take the survey and enter for your chance to win.

(Bear in mind that this survey is being run by Interpret; not everyone who takes the survey may be eligible to finish it. But if you don't, never fear. We're giving away an Android phone of your choice next week for the Smartphone Round Robin. Just take part in any Round Robin forum thread for your chance to win.)

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4 years ago

Dropbox planning Android application

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Dropbox

For you Dropbox fans out there who look at your iPhone-wielding friends longingly as they browser through their stuff in the cloud, take heart in the knowledge that an Android application is in the works. (For those of you new to Dropbox, think of it as a way to sync just about anything in the cloud. Easy and seamless.) While reminding us about Dropbox's mobile site, the crew let loose a little hint in an e-mail about its future plans:

Do you own a Blackberry or Android phone? Don't worry! We've got plenty more mobile magic coming soon!

There you go. It's coming.

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4 years ago

Google, Motorola weigh in on future multitouch updates

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Nexus One Multitouch

One of the biggest (and best) questions you all asked after Google brought multitouch to the Nexus One this week was "What about the Motorola Droid? Will it get multitouch, too? Of course, the Droid has multitouch outside the U.S., and you can hack it on to your phone if you have the American version. But we're talking about an official, sanctioned update here. Following are the responses we got from Google and from Motorola:

Says Motorola:

While designing DROID, and all Motorola mobile devices, Motorola work very closely with carriers and partners to deliver differentiated consumer experiences, depending on the region, carrier preferences and consumer needs. DROID features double tap zoom, a new way to zoom in on content. For example, when viewing web pages, simply tap twice on the content you want to view and DROID automatically zooms in and fits the content to the width of the display. You can also zoom in and out with on screen zoom controls.

Says Google:

The Android 2.0 framework includes support for multi-touch. As with other Android platform technologies, such as the text-to-speech engine, operators and handset makers can choose to implement this technology. Regarding the specific pinch-to-zoom functionality included in this new update, once we make this software update (2.1-update1) available to operators and handset makers, they can update their Android-powered devices accordingly.

So, if manufacturers and carriers choose to use it, they can. Same old story. (Let's hope they do.) We also asked Google about enabling multitouch on the keyboard. The big G's response:

The Android 2.0 framework includes support for multi-touch. As with other Android platform technologies, such as the text-to-speech engine, operators and handset makers can choose to implement this technology. Today's update for Nexus One devices only incorporates pinch-to-zoom functionality.

So there you go. Maybe we'll see it later, maybe we won't. Feel free to vent in the comments.

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4 years ago

Vodafone plans for Xperia X10 in April

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Vodafone Xperia X10

When we broke the news that Europe's Vodafone network would be getting the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, we didn't have an idea of when the phone would be available. That's been answered by Vodafone itself, which now lists the X10 as "Coming soon" in April on its Web site. As for a price? Gonna have to wait on that for a little while, it seems. [Vodafone] (Thanks to everyone who sent this in)

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4 years ago

Samsung Introduces the SHW-M100S Android phone, Runs 2.1 & Touchwiz

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Say hello to the Samsung SHW-M100S, Samsung's latest Android smartphone and their first to run Android 2.1. This puppy looks to be a good one with a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, 800 MHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording, 3.5mm headphone jack, DivX support, and your usual slew of connectivity options. Nice, right?

But it ain't perfect. Why? Because the M100s runs Samsung's much maligned TouchWiz UI which basically strips Android of its character without adding anything worthwhile. The M100S will also only launch on SK Telecom and with no word of a global release we have no idea if we'll actually ever see it here in the US. But at the very least, it's good to see manufacturers launch an Android phone with 2.1 already onboard. The wait for 2.1 has definitely been too long.

Hit the jump for one more picture of the Samsung SHW-M100S!

[samsunghub via unwiredview]

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4 years ago

China Mobile's Ophone gets updated, supports Windows Mobile API

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This is incredibly odd. China Mobile's Ophone platform, which is based off Android, just received an update from 1.5 to 2.0. That's great because it gives Ophone users new features like voice recognition and SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) support. But that's not odd part. The odd part is that the update to the Ophone platform will also include support for Windows Mobile API. Android and Windows Mobile sitting in a tree?

We wish we could tell you what it all exactly means but we're just guessing that the Ophone platform will be able to run Windows Mobile apps in some way or fashion. If this all works out on the Ophone platform we wonder if it can trickle down to other Android-based platforms. We'll be sure to keep an eye on this. It's just too interesting not to.

[mobile tech world via engadget]

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