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3 years ago

Poll: Who's defecting to a Verizon iPhone?

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It's OK. You can admit it. We know a few of you have checked all the Verizon iPhone coverage at TiPb. And we've spotted you lurking in their Verizon iPhone forums. So let's hear it, folks. Who's hopping on the Verizon iPhone bandwagon? Let us know in the poll below!

Are you getting a Verizon iPhone?customer surveys

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3 years ago

15 seconds of Motorola's Xoom tablet Super Bowl commercial

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We've already seen a teaser for Motorola's Xoom tablet Super Bowl commercial, and now here's a 15-second clip of the commercial itself. Just a few days until we see the whole thing!

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 49

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Audio-only stream below

Phil goes to Google for the Android Honeycomb event, we've got an Inspire 4G in our hands, and we gear up for even more AC on the Road. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Rogue Grand Rapids Best Buy store outs launch dates for Thunderbolt, Xoom

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Well, how about that. A single Best Buy store's Facebook page appears to confirm the news we broke a week ago -- the HTC Thunderbolt will be available Feb. 14. Also note that the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet is supposedly available Feb. 24 -- another date that's certainly been making the rounds.

Let's be clear -- the Best Buy Grand Rapids South Facebook page isn't exactly the same as news coming from the steps of Best Buy HQ. But we take what we can get around here, we suppose. [Best Buy Grand Rapids South Facebook via Droid Life]

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3 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G system dump available

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New phones always means new goodies for developers and hackers.  With the release of the HTC Inspire 4G to a few people, it was only a matter of time until the system of AT&T's big beauty were pulled out and made available.  As you can see in our hands-on with the Inspire 4G, it's the new version of HTC Sense -- Evo, Dinc and Desire hackers take note -- without too much AT&T bloat added in to screw it up make things better.

If you're curious, or like to tinker grab it and have a look.  And if you're planning on getting the Inspire 4G and doing any type of happy hacking on it, grab it as a safety net.  Trust me ;)  [Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

The one where we go to Android Mecca

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Reason No. 768 why this job kicks ass -- Field trips to Mountain View, Calif., to see the official Android statues. (One more gratuitous pic after the break.)

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3 years ago

Intuit with Go Payment lets you settle the bill quickly and easily

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Have a small business and have been looking longingly at the iPhone and iPad's mobile commerce solutions? Things are about to change, thanks to Intuit with Go Payment -- and, of course, Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets.

The premise is the same as on other platforms -- There's a small accessory that plugs into the tablet's 3.5mm headphone jack. You slide the card through it, and the payment's made. Quick and simple. Check it out in the video above.

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3 years ago

Android 2.1 and up now on 90 percent of all Android devices

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Google just released the latest figures on the number of Android variants in the wild. For the two weeks ending Feb. 2, 89.8 percent of devices are on Android 2.1 and up. Realistically, that means Android 2.1 and 2.2 -- Froyo leads the way at 57.6 percent -- as only 0.8 percent are running Gingerbead. That gives you a feel for how few Nexus S's have sold.

Android 1.5 and 1.6 are down to 3.9 and 6.3 percent, respectively. [Android Developers Blog]

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3 years ago

Atrix 4G dock pricing; sideloading on the Inspire 4G [from the forums]

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Some surprises today with the announcement from AT&T regarding the Atrix 4G and dock pricing, plus our HTC Inspire 4G hands on. Lots of discussion happening in the forums for both those devices. Think the Atrix 4G pricing is a little crazy? Let us know in the forums.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Fragments explained, and will be compatible with Donut

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One of the cool new ways we can interact with applications in Honeycomb is with "fragments."  Have a look at the Honeycomb event video, then check them out in real world use in CNN's new Android app and the upcoming Sports Illustrated app.  From the videos, it looks like the perfect way to handle a lot of content in an organized and easy to navigate way. 

But that's all geared towards honeycomb's new tablet interface.  What about smartphones?  Googler and Android software engineer Dianne Hackborn let us in on how fragments are going to work on your phone in a new post on the Android Developers blog.  There's a lot of technical information there, and if you're even the least bit inclined you should make sure to read it all, but the nutshell version is that fragments are coming to smartphones.  Google has spent time to make them easy to program, even giving an excellent tutorial developers can use with the Android 3.0 preview to get started.  And the best news?  The plan is to make the new APIs backwards compatible to Android 1.6, so most phones (sorry Moto Cliq users), even older models, will reap the benefit.

The last big question is, "when is all this coming?" -- Dianne has answered us in advance:

We don’t have a firm date for when this library will be available, but it should be relatively soon. In the meantime, you can start developing with fragments on Android 3.0 to see how they work, and most of that effort should be transferable.

[Android Developers blog]

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