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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2 still locked, but overclocking makes it a monster

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G2 overclocked

The T-Mobile G2 just got even even better, as the release of the kernel source brings an overclock and giant speed boost to the already fast-as-all-get-out G2 (see our review with stock benchmarks here).  Yes it's still locked, but smart folks always end up doing smart things and coolbho3k (the man behind setCPU, and overclocking genius) has worked out a method, and may even be releasing it tonight.  Hit the break for some benchmark scores, everyone loves benchmarks! [@coolbho3k]

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4 years ago

Android 3.0 Gingerbread almost done, expect tablets galore at CES

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 Android 3.0 Gingerbread

Google has been pretty mum, at least in public, Gingerbread, which at last check was still scheduled to launch sometime this winter. However, DigiTimes has gotten word that Google has recently reached out to its hardware partners to let them know that development on Gingerbread "will soon be completed" and that they can expect engineering prototypes sometime in December. Expect an updated Galaxy Tab from Samsung, as well as tablet offerings from Motorola, HTC, and traditional notebook manufacturers like Acer once CES rolls around in January of next year. 

In addition, the site said we can expect Android 4.0 (Honeycomb?) during the middle of 2011, but did not offer any details on the OS. They went on to explain some of the benefits of using Android as a tablet OS over Windows: namely, that licensing for Android is just $10 compared to up to $60 for Windows. In addition, the ARM processors used by Android are much cheaper than the Intel ones required by Windows. So, in short, expect to see tons of Android tablets come January. But that's hardly a surprise, right? [DigiTimes]

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4 years ago

Android sends Steve Jobs over the edge, Andy Rubin responds in code

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Andy Rubin

Steve JobsIf you haven't heard by now, Steve Jobs pretty much lost his sh-- (shut yo mouth!) yesterday during Apple's earnings call -- going way above and beyond his usual diatribe over Google and Android. To say it's entertaining is pretty much the understatement of the year. And what's more -- these were prepared remarks. Somebody thought about this for a bit.

Jobs calls stock Android "a commodity" and invents the "Twitterdeck" Twitter client to rail against all of the different handsets developers must contend with. (Of course he meant Tweetdeck -- only one of the more popular Twitter clients out there.)

And of course the topic of "openness" came up yet again (and Jobs dared manufacturers to release Android sales numbers). He calls it "a smokescreen" that Google's using to hide Android fragmentation from the customer. (News flash, Mr. Jobs: Most regular customers don't care -- or even understand -- fragmentation).

Anyhoo, Android's Andy Rubin fired up Twitter this morning to post his first Tweet, which you see above. Pretty much speaks for itself.

Our take? It's telling how much time Jobs spent on his competitors in the earnings call. Best way to downplay the competition is to dismiss it. No longer. And in the process, Jobs is coming off more a loon and less a sage. Listen for yourself after the break. 

For the other side of the coin, see "Why Steve Jobs
took a flamethrower to BlackBerry and Android"
at our sister site, TiPB.com

Update: Oh, and speaking of Twitterdeck (erm, Tweetdeck), here's what CEO Iain Dodsworth had to say about the whole thing (via All Things D): "Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn't. It wasn't."

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4 years ago

Yahoo's video chat app comes early, thanks to myTouch 4G ROM dump

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Video option on Yahoo messenger for Android

We heard that Yahoo Messenger for Android was working on a video chat solution, and it looks like we have it -- straight out of the T-Mobile myTouch 4G ROM leak Matthewjulian over at XDA-Developers has extracted it from the OS, and made it available a little earlier than expected.  According to Matthew, it works across the desktop just fine.  Front facing cameras just got a little more useful didn't they?

If you're the hacker-type, we have the ROM leak dissassembled and posted right here in the forums for download, so go get it and help bring the next little treat to the community. [XDA-developers] Thanks, Matthew!

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4 years ago

Droid 2 Global ad being used on Verizon's 800 number

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Usually when we're put on hold, we put the phone on speaker and go do something else -- like the dishes. Does anyone actually pay attention to those terrible songs or that annoying voice that keeps on reminding you that "your call is very valuable," yadda. yadda, yadda? I, for one, don't. Well, to my surprise, somebody actually does.

This somebody was on hold with Verizon when they just so happen to hear some deep voice start talking about the Motorola Droid 2 Global. Remember, the Droid 2 Global hasn't been officially announced yet by Verizon. We've only seen random leaks, here and there. Click on the source link to hear the audio clip. It doesn't reveal much, but it does remind us that it is a global device. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

MyTouch 4G shows itself off in video included in ROM leak

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MyTouch 4G

A lot of cool stuff can show up in a ROM leak, and the leak from the upcoming MyTouch 4G is no exception.  Besides the apps, and low-level stuff only of interest to the hackers and development community, this time we get a really cool video showing the MyTouch 4G and some of its features.  Yes, it's sideways, it was designed to be viewed on the phone -- but it's still really cool to get a glimpse before we're supposed to.  Hit the break to see it!

Update: Converted the video so it's right-side up.

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4 years ago

Verizon's tiered data plan details leaked

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Verizon Tiered Data Plans

We all knew it was coming, and now we have a bit of the details -- and they aren't as bad as anyone thought.  As you can see above, Verizon will still be offering unlimited data to 3G smartphone customers, and they have added in a very light version that should appeal to the people who aren't using a ton of data each month -- you know, the normal people.  What's not quite as appealing is the 3G Tablet plan breakdown, but with no word from other carriers that could be as good or better than anything the other carriers are offering.  The short version for what we're told will start Oct. 28:

3G smartphone plans

  • $15 per month for 150 MB
  • $15 for each 150 MB of overage
  • $29.99 unlimited data

3G Tablet plans

  • $20 for 1 GB (with $20 per GB overage)
  • $35 for 3 GB (with $10 per GB overage)
  • $50 for 5 GB (with $10 per GB overage)
  • $80 for 10 GB (with $10 per GB overage)

What say you?  Better or worse than expected?  Sound off in our Verizon forum! Thanks, anonymous tipster!

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4 years ago

Is this the first glimpse of Gingerbread?

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 Android Gingerbread?

When it comes to blurrycam shots, well, this is right up there with the best (erm, blurriest) of them. But what you're looking at, says Phandroid, is one of the first public glimpses of the Android Gingerbread build, on what looks to be a Nexus One. They've got a lengthy discussion of they say they've been told is coming in Gingerbread. The big points: A more refined UI, but don't look for any major changes just yet. Kinetic scrolling is improved (a much-needed improvement, at that), hardware acceleration, a new an improved YouTube app, SIP support in Google Voice, and other bells and whistles.

Another nugget that lines up with rumors we've heard is that while we may see an announcement and SDK soon, actual release of the code may be a ways off -- like sometime early next year. But that's not really all that shocking, as Froyo was announced in May, and the code wasn't released until late June. Toss in that all of this remains highly unofficial at this point, but we've all got our fingers crossed. [Phandroid]

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4 years ago

Google Voice updated to allow searching of voicemail transcripts, text messages

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Google Voice Update

Google Voice just got itself a nice little update that adds the ability to search your transcribed voicemails and text messages to find exactly what you want. We're going to have to see how useful it is, given that transcripts often are as accurate (albeit comical) as a 4-year-old with a mouthful of marbles. But, yes, it's getting better, and we all need to be able to search it. 

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4 years ago

Nook for Android to receive update later this week

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You complained and you moaned, but unlike your boss, Barnes and Noble listened to your gripes. B&N announced today that they will be updating their Nook for Android app later this week. Some of these "new" features listed on their blog don't seem to be, well, let's say -- new. They are some pretty fundamental elements we would expect to have included from the get-go. No matter, they will soon be here.

Version 2.3 will include:

  • “Go To” a specific page number
  • Search within a book
  • View highlights and notes
  • Delete books from the library
  • Updated home screen and enhancements to make reading and managing side-loaded content easier

QR code after the break. [Barnes and Noble]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Satellite Flybys

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Space FlybysSpace Flybys

Chances are if you're an Android nerd, you're also a space nerd. And one of my favorite parts of being a space nerd is dragging the kids outside on a clear night to see what we can see. For the stars, there's Google Sky Map. For everything else floating around up there, there's Satellite Flybys.

Brought to you by the folks behind the Space Weather website, Satellite Flybys is a quick and easy way to find out what's going to be buzzing overhead, and when it's going to do so. It checks your location via GPS, crunches some numbers, and figures out what's up. Want to see the international space station fly by? Just check the app, then look up. Want to see the not-so-secret X-37 space plane? No problem. Some things, like the ISS, are visible to the naked eye. Others may need binoculars or a telescope. Either way, it's a great way to see what's going on in the heaven above. Download links and more screen shots are after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch 4G ROM gets leaked

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 T-Mobile MyTouch 4G

T-Mobile and HTC's upcoming HSPA+ phone, the myTouch 4G (previously known as the myTouch HD), has seen its ROM leaked all over the Internet. We are sure many of you ROM fans will have a great time digging through it to find any new features, so why not sound off in the Android Central Forums once you do? For the rest of us, the phone is still vaguely scheduled to land this holiday season. [911sniper via Android Guys]

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4 years ago

Google Voice on Sprint, HTC Merge release date, Angry Birds addicts [From the forums]

 Android Forums at Android Central

Sure, there's a lot going on here on the front page, but the Android Central Forms are where all the behind-the-scenes action is. Here's but a smattering of hot topics:

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4 years ago

Adding signatures to Gmail accounts

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GMail signaturesNot everyone uses signatures for their daily email, but many people find it invaluable. You can use anything from a simple name or favorite saying all the way up to including contact info and work position. Or, you can do anything in between.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G accessory review: Seidio Innocase II Surface case and Holster

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Seidio Innocase II Holster

If you're looking for a case for your Evo 4G that fits well, and a secure and convenient way to carry it, look no further than the Seidio Innocase II surface case, and the Seidio Innocase Holster.  Follow the break and check out some more about the Seidio case and holster.

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