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4 years ago

Dell halting Android 2.1 updates for Streak, focusing on Android 2.2

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Dell Streak

Dell has decided to stop the Android 2.1 update for the Streak and instead focus on Android 2.2. There are some Streak owners who have been enjoying a Froyo port, but the official update has always been centered around Eclair. 

This is good news for those that are waiting for the official update as it would have likely taken Dell longer to update to 2.1, then refocus for 2.2. They're being smart about this update; now if they could just release a device with the current OS, we'd all be happy. [Streaksmart]

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4 years ago

Nexus One finally gets FM radio, thanks to CyanogenMod, MIUI

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Nexus One FM Radio

Video may have killed the radio star, but Cyanogen and the fellows behind the MIUI ROM have revived it for the Nexus One -- the code for the FM radio hardware that's inside the Nexus One has been merged into CyanogenMod and can now be tested by the public at large (that's you and I) in the nightly builds. Do note that nightly builds are the bleeding edge and likely have bugs in them (they're nightly compilations of code and not necessarily a finished release-ready ROM).

What most interests me here is that this is all code written from scratch by the geniuses behind the MIUI ROM, and uses nothing proprietary from HTC.  Gives me a big warm and fuzzy FOSS (Free Open Source Software) feeling inside.  That's open.  That's Android. [CyanogenMod github]

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4 years ago

Tweetdeck beta shows interesting stats on devices, OS version

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tweetdeck

Tweetdeck has become rather popular in the Android world since it began its beta a few months back. And the developers are giving us a peek at who's using what device and which version of Android -- including custom mods. They have had nearly 40,000 beta testers to date, which have tweeted from almost every Android device in existence.

Top device? Let's just say it's not a U.S. version (and there are obvious geographical influences at work). And top OS is -- thankfully -- Froyo. Full breakdown at the source link, folks. [via Tweetdeck]

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4 years ago

Sony intros Sony Internet TV -- Google TV powered sets and Blu-ray player

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 Sony Internet TV

Sony just took the wraps off its Google TV line, and it's a double shot. If having everything bundled together into one sleek unit is your style, Sony is offering Internet TV models starting at just $599.99 for a full 1080p HD 24-inch model, going up the ladder to the top of the line 46-inch version for $1399.99.  They all have full LED backlighting, a picture-in-picture style system Sony is calling Dual View, and are being powered by Intel processors.

If a component-style setup is your thing, you can grab the Internet TV Blu-ray player for $399.99. It's also powered by Intel, offers built in WiFi, and support for Sony's Dual View technology. 

Both Television sets and the Blu-ray player will be available for purchase on Oct 16 at Sony Style, and followed "shortly" by Best Buy.  You can read the full press release after the break. [Sony]

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4 years ago

Twenty Smartphone Coasters up for grabs [free stuff]

Smartphone Coaster

Remember those Smartphone Coasters we talked about yesterday?  Well the folks at newpcgadgets.com have hooked us up with 20 of them to give away.  Entering is easy, just visit the Android Central forums giveaway thread, make sure you're registered, and let us know where you would use one of these cool new gadgets, and we'll pick 20 winners at random.  Easy as pie I tell ya! Contest ends at 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13.

Enter here to win a Smartphone Coaster

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4 years ago

Evernote's new beta brings UI changes, speed improvements

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Evernote beta

Evernote, possibly the best thing to ever happen for disorganized people with multiple smartphones and computers, has announced a beta release of version 2.0.  I've been using Evernote a while, and this looks like it's going to be good!  Currently changed in the beta:

  • A new user interface that makes thing easier to sort, search and browse
  • Easier note creation
  • Multiple attachments
  • Dramatic speed increase (and they aren't blowing smoke with this one, it's fast now)
  • Offline notebook sync for premium users

They also have a laundry list of other changes to come, including more work on the above changes.  You can read the full change log, and download the beta at the source link.  You'll probably want to sync and uninstall your current version of Evernote first; they warn that you might need to and I had to uninstall/reinstall to get things running smoothly.  We've got some pics of the new UI and features after the break. Get the download at the source link. [Evernote] Thanks hertzi for the tip!

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4 years ago

What happens when you apply an update

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A question we're asked over and over is "When I get the Froyo/Gingerbread update, will it erase my phone?" The short answer is that it shouldn't. When you get an over-the-air (read: official) update, it's more of a surgical strike than a carpet bombing.

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4 years ago

Cyanogen teases CyanogenMod ROM on T-Mobile G2

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cyanogen

We all know there has been quite a bit of drama in regards to the development ability of the recently launched T-Mobile G2. For those who didn't buy into everything and return their device (which is probably most of you), Cyanogen has teased all of us with a video of CyanogenMod loading up on a G2. While this device has yet to be rooted, and no talks of any type of release time frame for this uber-hacked method (Says Cyanogen: "Booted CM on my G2 in the most horrible way possible. ... Basically what I'm doing is temprooting and rebooting all of userspace with CM on the sdcard"), this is a glimmer of hope for all of you sitting at home with your device patiently hoping for it to come. Full video after the break. [via Cyanogen]

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4 years ago

Accessory review: Mobi Products cradle w/ spare battery slot for the Nexus One

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Mobi products cradle for the Nexus One

Nexus One users are a peculiar lot.  If you use one, you know what I mean.  Sure, other, debateably better, Android phones have come and gone, but the N1 is hard to let go, and we're still in the market for great accessories like cases and cradles.  Since my order for an OEM Nexus One desktop stand is on perpetual back-order, I decided to give the Mobi Products cradle and spare battery charger a shot.  And I'm glad I did.  See why, after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch 3G to receive Froyo beginning tomorrow

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myTouch 3G update

The myTouch 3G on T-Mobile will finally be receiving its Froyo OTA starting tomorrow, according to a leaked slide on TmoNews. Joining the Froyo club will bring many improvements for myTouch 3G users, including full Microsoft Exchange support, an improved Android Market including a widget, the Faves Gallery and much more. For a full list of features, check the source link and our Froyo Features section.

This is great news for myTouch 3G users who have been waiting patiently for their update. The OTA will begin tomorrow, but will roll-out over the coming weeks, so be patient if yours does not arrive tomorrow. Put another Android device in the ever increasing Froyo club. [Tmo News]

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4 years ago

HTC Merge hands-on video

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HTC Merge hands-on

Want more on the HTC Merge on Verizon? We've got it. Want some solid hands-on time captured in moving pictures? We've got that, too. What we've got is hands-on video of the HTC Merge, the as yet still-unannounced Android 2.2 phone that'll (presumably) be coming to Verizon as soon, well, as soon as it's announced. (And note that the name "Merge" is still subject to change.)

You'll have to excuse any excited grins you see reflected in the Merge's screen. All things Bing notwithstanding, we're slightly over the moon about the Merge, which is likely to be Verizon's second world phone, when it's finally released. Let's all hold hands and watch the video after the break.

More exclusive coverage of the HTC Merge:
Initial hands-on | Photo Gallery | Benchmarks | Droid 2 Comparison | Forums

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4 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Tab fact sheet leaks

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Galaxy Tab fact sheet; Verizon Wireless

With the rumors that Verizon may start selling the Samsung Galaxy S Tab as soon as Nov. 1 flying about, a lot of people will be wondering just how well the new 7-inch Android offering from Samsung measures up against the hugely popular Apple iPad.  While that's really something that you'll need to determine for yourself with some hands-on fondling of each, a leaked fact sheet from Verizon shows that Big Red's employees will be ready to answer all the questions the Tab will bring up. 

While there's no launch date confirmation, we do get the short list of Verizon's pre-installed carrierware -- Backup Assist, My Verizon, VZ Navigator, and the VCast suite, including song ID.  And while it doesn't come right out and say it, we're all pretty sure that we'll see Bing! installed as well, but that's something that's easily taken care ofThanks, anonymous tipster!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2 reportedly getting an OTA update to enable Wifi calling

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T-Mobile G2 update

Word on the street this morning is that a few people have gotten an over-the-air update on their T-Mobile G2 that enables Wifi calling, tethering and a sundry of other trinkets. Rollout doesn't seem widespread just yet, so we're likely in the very early stages here. But any update is a welcome update, especially one that brings this kind of functionality.

See the update yet? Sound off in our G2 forums. [XDA Developers, image via]

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4 years ago

Shipping dates come out for Logitech Revue pre-orders [Google TV]

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If you ponied up and pre-ordered your Logitech Revue last week, you may have received a little something in your inbox about shipping.  We just got information that the unit we pre-ordered on Oct 6 will be shipped out on Oct 21.  That's only 10 days away folks, and you know we'll have a lot to say about it once it shows up, as soon as we can tear ourselves away from the pajama wearing, Google TV marathon session that's sure to happen.

Of course we can't be the only one excited about getting our hands on this one, so chat it up in the Google TV forums

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4 years ago

Beta testers needed; Aging Incredibles; Binging Captivates [From the Forums]

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From the Forums of Android Central

The front page here at Android Central is a great place to get the latest news, but with Android there's always more.  We've got folks on the forums hacking and modding, discussing apps, sharing ways they enjoy their Android phones, and talking about anything and everything under the glowing green robotic sun.  Take a look at a small slice of what's going on in the Android Central forums.

That ought to get you started, now jump in and get your feet wet if you haven't already and join in the discussion of all things Android at the best damn Android forum on the intertubes!

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