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4 years ago

HP Zeen spotted, running Android (sort of)

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HP Zeen

The Zeen is the Android tablet from HP -- that gianormus company that bought Palm and still felt a need to bring us an Android device.  Turns out it really does ship with the Zeus printer bundle, and it brings a very different Android than we're used to. HP's calling it their TouchSmart UI, and it looks like it may be a simplified and functional desktop style arrangement instead of the standard homescreen and dynamic content system we're used to.  We've not actually handled the thing, so all this could be just a new skin and widget setup as well.  In either case, it looks like this won't be a 'with Google' device so the standard Google apps and Market are missing. 

In other words, instead of a new Android tablet, we are seeing a stand alone printer that operates on Android.  The fact that you can pop off the "control panel" and use it as a tablet happens just because HP was smart enough to think of it.  Even though it gives me a fuzzy open source feeling, I'm not going to run out and get it because it happens to be an Android device.  But next time I'm in the market for a printer you can bet I'll give it a good look. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Those three-dot buttons on the G2 keyboard? They're still three dots

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HTC T-Mobile G2 keyboard

Remember the trio of keys on the HTC T-Mobile G2 that don't really appear to have much function, what with their vague three dots and all? We're getting a better look at them now thanks to newcomer His and Her Android. The three dots are still there, and it's pretty apparent that these are going to be user-definable keys. But let's hope there's actually a function assigned to them by default. Because if there's anything new users love, it's having three buttons on their keyboard that don't actually do anything. One more pic after the break. [His and Her Android via TMo News]

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4 years ago

From the Forums: First custom Droid 2 ROM now available

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Droid 2 epic ROM

The Motorola Droid 2 now has a custom ROM available.  Epic Unleashed 1.1 (don't be confused by the name, this ROM is only for the Droid 2) brings more to the table than many thought would be possible because of the locking down that Big Red and Moto attempted on the phone -- being deodexed, with some of the carrier extras removed, helpful shell scripts added, and a customized build.prop.  That's developer speak for faster with nice features, and we all can understand that.

You can check it out in the developers threads right here in our forums.  And if you're sporting a rooted Droid 2, you gotta check it out! [Android Central forums] Thanks, Matt!

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4 years ago

Verizon Samsung Fascinate on sale now online for $199, in stores Thursday

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Verizon Samsung Fascinate

It's that time, folks. The Verizon Samsung Fascinate is now available online for $199.99 after two-year contract and mail-in rebate. You're still going to have to wait a day before it's in stores (or for them to ship it to you, for that matter). But what's a few more hours, right? [Verizon] Thanks, Kyle!

Oh, yeah. And it's buy-one-get-one. But you already knew that, right?

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4 years ago

Hands on with Archos' slate of slates at IFA 2010

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Archos 7

Archos brought no fewer than five models of its new "internet tablets" to IFA 2010: Archos 28, Archos 32, Archos 43, Archos 70, and Archos 10.1. We're fond of pretty much all of them. They all run Android 2.2 Froyo and have a "light" skin that doesn't get in the way too much. The larger ones rock a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor that doesn't exactly make them sing, but definitely keeps up and along with some graphics acceleration makes display of 720p HD video a breeze.

One choice we're not so sure about is the decision to toss the main Android buttons - Home, Menu, Search, and Back - into the screen itself instead of having them be dedicated hardware buttons. It means that for certain things - like watching video - you're two taps away from what should really be a one-tap experience.

Video and photos after the break!

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4 years ago

Google CEO Eric Schmidt delivers closing keynote at IFA 2010

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Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Google CEO and Chairman of the Board Eric Schmidt took the stage today in Berlin at IFA 2010 to deliver the closing keynote speech for the world's largest consumer and electronics trade show.  Schmidt spoke about the new technology that Android offers, such as voice translation, voice search, and Google street view, noting that these types of technology used to be classed as 'science fiction'.  Schmidt also spoke about Google Chrome, and an excellent demo was shown.

Speaking of demos -- GoogleTV's official twitter account reminds us that there is a great demo of the upcoming GoogleTV product (due in the U.S. sometime this fall) that you can watch right here, as part of the full IFA 2010 keynote presentation (at about 32:00.

The full press release is after the break, where you can read how executive director of the IFA Jens Heithecker compares Schmidt to Einstein.  Yes, that Einstein.  [IFA@GoogleTV]

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4 years ago

From the forums: Samsung Fascinate edition

From the Android Central Android Forums

The Verizon Samsung Fascinate is finally official, there's plenty of chatter -- good and bad -- going on in the forums. Here's what you should be paying attention to:

We'll see you in the forums!

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4 years ago

HTC holding a free event in London on September 15

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HTC

Last month, we reported that HTC was planning to hold an event in London on Sept. 15. That event is and remains press-only and looks to be an unveiling of a new phone, or phones, and possibly a tablet or unicorn. If you're not in the press and still want to attend an HTC event on the same day, they have scheduled a free meet-up at Redhook, a seafood restaurant in Central London.

According to HTC's Facebook page, there will be food, drinks, music and phones (to play with) for attendees. They did also say that they will be giving some devices out, so you could wind up with a free new phone!

So if you live anywhere near London you should check it out! It's free and is something to look forward to on a Wednesday night! [HTC's Facebook Event]

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4 years ago

Samsung announces dual-core processor, codenamed Orion

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No, not that Orion. Put that Google Sky Map away. We're talking about Samsung's new dual-core processor will be seen at the annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum in Taiwan. The new processor, codenamed Orion, will feature a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores: "designed specifically to meet the needs of high-performance, low-power mobile applications including tablets, netbooks and smartphones." LG also announced earlier today that it will taking advantage of new dual-core Tegra 2 in future devices. We're definitely getting more and more excited about these faster processors. What do you guys think? Full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Adobe uses small words, pictures, to show which phones Flash supports

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Adobe Flash Player for Android

We don't know about you, but the last thing we want to worry about when determining whether our smartphones are supported is what exactly what processor it's running. And Adobe apparently thinks so, too, fighting some FUD that appeared late last week over which phones it supports for Flash Player 10.1. (Seriously, folks? Somebody thought they'd take Flash away from the original Droid just weeks after it got it?)

For those of you who refuse to click through to the link, here are the phones Adobe Flash currently supports, and how you can get Flash Player 10.1 for them:

  • Nexus One: Download from Android Market.
  • Sprint Evo 4G: Included in Android 2.2 update from HTC.
  • HTC Desire: Included in Android 2.2 update from HTC.
  • Motorola Droid: On devices with Android 2.2 (build FRG22C or higher).
  • Motorola Droid 2: Pre-installed at launch.
  • Motorola Droid X: Will be included in upcoming Android 2.2 update.

So that's that. If you're phone's not on that list, fear not, as Adobe will be updating as time and updates go on. And if you haven't yet, be sure to check out our interview with Adobe platform evangelist Ryan Stewart. [Adobe]

Update: Yes, the Droid Incredible is missing. Yes, Adobe will add it. No, we had nothing to do with it.

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4 years ago

Motorola i1 -- Sprint/Nextel's push-to-talk Android phone

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Motorola i1

The Motorola i1 is neither big, nor bad, but it certainly fills a niche that many believe is dying off -- push-to-talk on the IDEN network.  Applications and services from other carriers try to replicate it, but if you've ever used an actual "chirp" phone (either because you wanted to or otherwise) you know it's not the same.  Those who need PTT service on their phone now have an Android choice, so let's have a look and see if it would be a wise choice to make after the break.

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4 years ago

Best Buy backs off the Samsung Gem

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Verizon Samsung Gem Best Buy

Whoopsie. Looks like when Best Buy showed off the Verizon Samsung Gem in its buyer's guide, it did so a little prematurely. It's unknown whether the correction you see above means the phone's not happening, or if it's just postponed. Stay tuned, folks. Thanks, bxojr.

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4 years ago

Google Voice now alerts to missed calls

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Google Voice missed calls

Google Voice just added another feature to its arsenal -- missed-call notifications in your inbox. That's less of a big deal for those of us using it on our Android phones -- you'll see the missed call on your handset -- but as more of us use Google Voice on the desktop, it makes sense. You have options to have missed calls noted in the Google Voice inbox, or you can have them e-mailed to you. [Google Voice]

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4 years ago

Dual-core Tegra 2 smartphones are coming from LG in Q4, and Android's a pretty good bet

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Nvidia Tegra 2 chip

LG has announced it plans to use the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor in its Optimus line of high-end smartphones, starting in the fourth quarter of 2010. LG and Nvidia aren't saying whether that means Android or Windows Phone 7 (both of which have phones under the Optimus name) or both. Here's the sexy part:

LG selected NVIDIA Tegra because it enables a new mobile experience and content capabilities. Tegra 2 features a number of mobile “firsts”: the first mobile dual-core CPU, the only ultra low-power NVIDIA GeForce® GPU and the first 1080p HD mobile video processor. Taking full advantage of the two speedy 1 GHz processors sharing the workload in Tegra 2, consumers can experience up to 2x faster web browsing and up to 5x faster gaming performance over single core processors running at 1 GHz. NVIDIA’s leadership in graphics also delivers flawless 1080p HD video playback, console-quality gaming and amazing 3D capabilities.

Do. Want. Check out the full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands on with Huawei Ideos S7 Tablet [Video]

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 Huawei Ideos S7

Huawei hasn't yet made a big splash in the U.S. (though that may be changing), and the Ideos S7 Tablet they're showing off at IFA 2010 doesn't quite look like it's going to change that. What's you're looking at is a 7-inch screen running with 800x480 screen resolution, Android 2.1, 3G, a fairly small 2200mAh battery, a front-facing 2mp camera, and the now de-rigeur ability to play back 720p video. The processor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon, there's 256 megs of RAM under the hood.

Huawei's custom skin isn't the most beautiful thing we've ever seen, but it does get points for usability: naming the different pages on their homescreen is a nice touch and we especially like the drop-down controls in the upper-righthand corner. A dual notification screen/task manager may bring back painful Windows Mobile memories for some, but the ability to quickly close or switch apps from a simple text list isn't anything to spit at as far as we're concerned.

More photos and hands-on video after the break!

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