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4 years ago

Droid 2 shows up at Best Buy -- dummy phones, that is...

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Droid 2 dummy phones

Sick of hearing and seeing leaked information and photos of the Motorola Droid 2? Well, here are some very exciting new pictures of the Verizon phone that everybody and their mother knows (knows!) is coming in a week.

Oh, those are just dummy phones? Oh, bother. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Maybe the Epic 4G is coming Aug. 11, and maybe it isn't

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Sprint Epic 4G launch?

Sprint playbook blankSo we've all been sitting around, not-so-patiently waiting on the launch of the Sprint Epic 4G -- its version of the Samsung Galaxy S, with a keyboard tacked on. (See our hands-on with the Epic 4G.) And lo and behold, the Sprint playbook shows Aug. 11 as "Epic Launch Day." Only, we've been told that the playbook's been edited and no longer has anything "Epic" going on on Aug. 11.

So maybe the Epic 4G isn't actually launching next Wednesday. Or maybe it is, and Sprint's just trying to throw us off its tail. But one thing's for certain: Nobody canceled National Underwear Day today, and we're got our own Epic celebration planned for later tonight. Thanks to you know who!

Update: Added the edited playbook.

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4 years ago

Want to get your hands on unreleased Android phones? Check Craigslist

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HTC Paradise

The HTC Paradise and Fiesta aren't on the tip of anyone's tongues, because they haven't been released or even rumored to be released yet.  That didn't stop someone from placing them both on Craigslist as "AT&T sample" phones, and thankfully someone with a camera and internet access scooped them right up.  The Paradise (pictured above) sounds much like the PC70110, an HTC slider that passed through the FCC back in April.  The Fiesta has little to no resemblance to anything we've heard of, and it's not even listed in the codename leaks we saw from a ROM back in December.  Based on looks and form factor alone, it appears to be an early version of the Aria, but thats pure speculation on my part.

After all is said and done, it's a great score for the fellow that got them, and AT&T could certainly use a qwerty Android phone besides the Backflip.  Just lose the blue, please.  You can check out a pic of the Fiesta after the jump. [CellPassion via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Case Review: Mobi Products Clip Pouch for the Motorola Droid X

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Mobi Products Clip Pouch for Droid X

The Mobi Products Clip Pouch is a no-frills way to protect your Droid X. The pouch is made out of a soft nylon that's stitched together and fits the biggest of Android smartphones. There's a Velcro latch on the front that keeps the phone securely inside.

The rear of the phone sports a belt loop and plastic clip, so you can attach it to a backpack, purse or bag. Inside the case is a small pocket that's just big enough for a full-size SD card or a bit of loose change.

If you face the phone toward the rear of the pouch, you'll have access to the 3.5mm headphone jack (so you can listen to music while it's in the case), the power button and the volume buttons.

All in all, it's a very basic pouch that does its job well without adding much bulk to the phone. The Mobi Products Clip Pouch for the Droid X is available for $9.95 from the Android Central Store. Check out more pics after the break.

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4 years ago

Adding numbers to speed dial

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4 years ago

Mixed bag for T-Mobile's Q2 numbers

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T-Mobile 

T-Mobile released its second-quarter earnings report today. Check out these numbers:

  • Revenue is up to $4.7 billion this quarter, and increase from $4.63 billion in Q1, but a decrease from Q2 2009's $4.77 billion
  • 6.5 million users have 3G phones, up 25% from Q1 2010
  • T-Mobile's HSPA+ service covers 85 million Americans with 4G-like speeds
  • There was a decline of 93,000 in the number of total subscribers, compared to a gain of 325,000 in Q2 2009
  • Total customer numbers now stand at 33.6 million
  • About 200,000 prepaid customers were lost in Q2, while just over 100,000 contract customers were added

So, a mix of good and bad for America's No. 4 wireless provider. As contract customers have (on average) higher monthly bills, the net loss of those prepaid customers isn't quite so bad. Also, these numbers don't reflect the launch of the Samsung Vibrant, which by all indications has sold quite well for T-Mobile. Plus, TMO is supposed to be announcing their first fully HSPA+ compliant device soon and a rumored dual-core Snapdragon phone might be coming, both of which should give them something to brag about. Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Pantech is the latest manufacturer to switch from AMOLED to LCD

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AMOLED screens

The limited quantity of AMOLED screen technology is no secret and it is causing manufacturers to change their production strategy; HTC recently announced its addition of  S LCD to its AMOLED phones.

Now Pantech, Korea's third largest manufacturer, has done the same. An executive from Pantech said that Samsung Mobile Display, which is  the only supplier of AMOLED screens, is having trouble keeping up with demand from Samsung's products, which are first in line for the technology.

Samsung's recent Galaxy S is being prioritized as they want to sell more than 10 million of them. Pantech said that they would consider AMOLED again in the future, but not until supply issues are resolved. [OLED Display]

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4 years ago

Nexus One now officially a dev phone

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Nexus One dev phone

We're still trying to get over the death of the Nexus One as a consumer phone, but at least Google planned on continuing to make it available to developers. And now it's official, available to devs for $529. You'll need to be a registered developer to get one (actually, you can buy up to 10), but at least the N1 will continue to live on. [Google Dev Blog]

Update: Yeah, you'll be buying the one with T-Mobile 3G.

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4 years ago

Rogers announces the Captivate as 'coming soon'; Flipout available now

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Rogers' new Android phones

Rogers has announced the you'll soon be able to get your mitts on the Samsung Captivate (see our hands on HERE), and if you're into tiny flippy things the Motorola Flipout is available for purchase now.  Rogers' RedBoard blog says that the Captivate will be available in the coming weeks (no specific date just yet) and they seem to be excited about having a top-of-the-line Android phone available north of the border.  So are we!

The Flipout, on the other hand, is available now from Rogers for $29.99 (CDN) on contract, or just $345.00 (CDN) if bought outright.  The Flipout is one of those oddballs that we would love to play with for a while -- the design could be the greatest thing since sliced bread, or a total wash.  We have to reserve judgment until we get to fondle one for a bit.  Anyone out there excited for either of these?  Holler out in the comments and in the forums! [Rogers via Twitter and RedBoard]

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4 years ago

Popular wallpaper apps deemed safe, Google says

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Bad wallpaper appBad Wallpaper App

The developer of a series of Android wallpaper apps whose work was called into question last week over security concerns has been cleared by Google and is back in the Android Market.

We're only a week removed from the Android security saga that began at the Black Hat conference, and it looks like we have resolution that should put some of your fears at ease. It all started when Kevin MaHaffey, CTO of security firm Lookout, singled out Android wallpaper app developer "jackeey,wallpaper" and called it "a questionable Android mobile wallpaper app that collects your personal data and sends it to a mysterious site in China, (and) has been downloaded millions of times." VentureBeat was there and ran with the story, under the scary headline "Android wallpaper app that takes your data was downloaded by millions."

Later that day, Lookout amended its initial concerns, saying "there is no evidence of malicious behavior," though the data the apps were collected remained "suspicious." VentureBeat updated its story, which by this time was spreading like wildfire.

We contacted the developer, who explained that the data was collected "so I use the these to identify the device, so they can favorite the wallpapers more conveniently, and resume his favorites after system resetting or changing the phone." In other words, to remember user preferences. We published the developer's response in its entirety last Thursday.

That brings us to today. Google stepped in and took a look at things. And it found that indeed the apps weren't malicious or a threat to security, telling Computer World's JR Raphael "The developer's applications have been reviewed and the suspension has been lifted." The Android team did, however, point out to the developer that the method in which it was storing user preferences was unnecessary.

So in the end, this was a case of bad coding, not malicious intent. What can be done about this in the future? It'd be great if there were some sort of system to inspect apps before they hit the Market. Maybe not with walls as high as the app store, but something to check basic security and functionality up front. We're all about the Android Market being open to all. But with Android and the Android Market growing as quickly as they are, caveat emptor may not be the best policy any more. [Venture Beat, Computer World]

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4 years ago

Samsung Gem shows its face with Verizon branding

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samsunggem

The Samsung Gem is yet another Android device that may be making its way into the Android world by the way of Verizon Wireless. Very little, if anything has been shown about this device so far, and all we really know is that it has Touchwiz.on an unknown Android version. And as for when we may see the Gem? Intomobile says it's expected at the beginning of September, followed by the Fascinate (see our hands-on) later in the month. [via IntoMobile]

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4 years ago

BlackBerry Torch 9800 reviewed [the competition]

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BlackBerry Torch CrackBerry review

We know more a few of you wised up and came over from BlackBerry, and, truth be told, we're looking at the BlackBerry Torch (aka the Torch 9800) with a wee bit of envy. After all, who wouldn't want to try Android on a vertical slider? Anyhoo, our pals at CrackBerry have done a bang-up job with their Torch 9800 review, and even put it up alongside the Samsung Captivate, AT&T's top-shelf Android device. So head on over and check it out, and tell 'em Android Central sent ya.

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4 years ago

Google CEO says 200,000 Android devices activated every day

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Android

When last we heard from Eric Schmidt back in late June, the Google CEO was dropping the bombshell that some 160,000 Android devices were being activated every day. Fast forward to, well, now, and that number has hit an even 200,000, Schmidt told reporters Wednesday at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, Nev. And that's doubled since the 100,000-device figure Google gave us at its IO developer conference in May.

And for those of you worrying about if Android actually costs Google money, Schmidt say mobile search ad revenue "easily pays for all Android development." So it's got that going for it, which is nice. [@gaberivera via Unwired View]

Update: Video from TechCrunch after the break.

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4 years ago

More (yes, more) about the Droid 2

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droidflyer

We know, the Motorola Droid 2 specs have been leaked in nearly every way, shape or form at this point, but it just doesn't seem to end. A flyer from Verizon has been leaked, confirming most of what we had already known, but either way confirmed information is always welcome. From the flyer we can see that the Droid 2 will ship with Android 2.2 out of the box, so no waiting on the Froyo OTA like the Droid has to. The device will have 8GB of on-board memory along with an 8GB microSD card, will feature the Droid X-like skin, unified inbox, Swype and many more great features we have come to love. One very interesting stat that they claim is 40 percent boost in webpage loading times, but there is no data showing what the competitor in this was. All this information is great and all, Verizon, but can we just have the device now? [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Droid's Froyo update reportedly halted, new build coming next week?

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Motorola Droid Android 2.2 updateHere we go again, folks. Remember how the Evo 4G first saw an "unofficial" Android 2.2 update before the good one pushed out this week? Looks like pretty much the same thing is going on with the original Motorola Droid.

Trident at Android Forums has it that a showstopper was found in the FRG01B build that came out on Tuesday, which explains why not many people actually got the update over the air. (FWIW: We did our update manually -- see our hands-on here.) And add to that the image sent to Droid Life that you see at right, showing a newer build, FRG22.

Whether FRG22 ends up being the build we finally see released? Well, we'll see. The good news is that just about everybody's in agreement that those of us who updated to FRG01B should be just fine and get another update shortly. Huzzah. [via Android Forums and Droid Life]

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