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3 years ago

Venerable G1 spotted on 'Lie to Me'

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And once again, art imitates life. Recently we saw some Android appearances on Entourage not just once, but twice, and we figured it wasn't long before we saw devices popping up in other places. One of our many great readers caught an appearance of a G1 recently on "Lie to Me." Have you spotted any Android devices on any shows you are watching? If so, drop us a line and let us know which show! Thanks Mister X

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3 years ago

Gamers rejoice: 'Android Gaming Challenge' announced

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It may finally be time to put all that time you spend gaming on your Android phone of choice to use. The guys over at DroidGamers are organizing the first Android Gaming Challenge (AGC), which also might be the first official mobile gaming tournament ever. 

The tournament kicks off on July 30, when they will announce the game that players will compete in. After that, gamers have 5 days to post their highest score and the top 40 players will be selected. These top 40 will then get set up in a ladder and elimination games begin, with one round happening every day (players have 24 hours to beat their opponent). It seems like there will be a new game for each round, which should keep things interesting. There will be prizes galore, ranging from free copies of games all the way up to the grand prize, which contains a free Android phone of the champion's choice. Excited yet?

The tournament looks to be a huge opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing games on the Android platform, and will hopefully drive awareness and sales for the many dedicated developers that have helped make Android a success. Hit up the source link for all the details. [DroidGamers]

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3 years ago

Google Voice updates for faster dialing with 'direct access numbers'

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Google just unleashed an update to Google Voice, introducing "direct access numbers" in hopes of speeding the process of placing calls. Here's how it's explained on the Google Voice Blog:

Until today, the Google Voice app had to make a request to the Google Voice server every time you wanted to make a call to send us the phone number you wanted to dial. Then the call would be connected via a Google Voice access number. With direct access numbers, we assign a unique phone number to every person you call. This means that we no longer need to use your data network to access the server each time you make a call, so calls will be placed much faster.

Ah, so. All you have to do is update your Google Voice app on your phone, and you should be good to go. (And Google Voice remains a U.S.-only venture for now, sorry, folks.) [Google Voice Blog] Thanks, Nighthawk700!

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3 years ago

Canada's Rogers to offer Samsung Galaxy S come September

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Our friends up north will be getting more Android lovin' starting in September, when Rogers is expected to launch Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone. While no specific version was announced, Android Headlines thinks the (currently AT&T exclusive) Captivate could be what Rogers is after (check out our hands-on and benchmarks). Their leak did not disclose any pricing information. 

This is great news for Canadian Android users, as it follows on the heels of Bell Canada picking up the Vibrant. Any Canucks out there planning on picking this bad boy up come September? [AndroidHeadlines]

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3 years ago

Groupon now has a free Android app

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Groupon has released an Android app and is now available to download in the Android Market. The deal of the day site said that after its latest iPhone update, it had a "ton" of requests for an Android app. 

With this app, users will be able to buy deals, access deals already purchased, and locate all deals nearby. Groupon said they are working on adding more features in the future, such as browsing discussion forums and a widget.

If you are a fan of Groupon or great daily deals, download the app now.  [Groublogpon]

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3 years ago

Sort your contacts

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Froyo only: Want to change the way Android sorts your contacts? Maybe you like last names first. Or what if you want to only see contacts who have phone numbers. It's easy to do. Here's how:

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3 years ago

Trip Advisor launches free Android application

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The summer is a time when many people travel to new places, whether for fun or work, and sometimes you land in a place where you have no idea what there is to do around you. TripAdvisor, a well known source of tons of great information about travel related topics that come in handy while on the go, has just released an Android version of their application to put all their information in your pocket. With over 35 million reviews of various places you are bound to find something exciting to do in the city you don't quite know so well. The application will give you easy access to reviews about hotels, restaurants as well as various attractions, and if there is no review you can easily add your own while on the go. Using the devices GPS you can find locations that are near you, as well as easily get directions to the location. Got any trips coming up, you will definitely want this free application traveling with you. Download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Droid X root achieved

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Looking to root the Droid X? You can now do so. The lads at AllDroid broke down the biggest phone still standing, and you can now access all the secret chambers of its inner ... Oh, what's root, you ask? Check out our handy Root FAQ here.

This still doesn't quite kill off all the FUD regarding the bootloader. We're talking root access, not custom ROMs just yet. But it's a big step. You'll need to be handy with the command line (and if you can copy and paste, you should be), and read the instructions, because everything on the Droid X will have root access after this. [AllDroid via Android Central Forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Dummy T-Mobile Charm shows its square face

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OK, handling so a dummy phone -- basically the shell with none of the fussy radios, microchips or any of the other important thing than turn a piece of plastic into a cell phone -- isn't quite the same thing as actually getting a hands-on. But it's a good way of seeing what the thing looks like in your hand. And the fact that T-Mobile stores apparently are getting dummy versions of the Motorola Charm probably is a good sign that they'll be out sooner rather than later. That said, our tipster confirms an earlier TmoNews rumor that the Charm has been delayed, saying that Motorola's had battery issues with the little square thing. So maybe we're getting closer to launch, or maybe someone wanted to wash their hands of some dummy phones. Time will tell. Thanks, @jeffnucci!

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3 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2.1 leak -- yes, Blur and Eclair now play together

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Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you, that's really Android 2.1 (Eclair) + Motoblur running on a Motorola Cliq.  It's not official (of course) but reports are mostly good -- you might have to recreate your Blur account, and it's pretty laggy until everything gets settled in.  You'll have to be rooted and able to install custom ROMs, but a pre-rooted, semi-official leaked build of Blur 2.1 might just be worth it.  You can grab it HERE, and I suggest mirroring it ASAP. [ModMyMobile] Thanks Joe for the link and S for the pic!

Update: Engadget's loaded it up on a Dext. Check out their hands-on video.

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