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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Anzu X12 gets handled and has its specs revealed

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While we've been discussing the Sony Ericsson Anzu (X12) for quite some time now, it was Eldar Murtazin's Tweets that really shed some light on the upcoming device. Now that it's stepped into the light, we get to have a look at some of the details and specs that will actually power this device. The 4.3-inch LCD display with 854 x 480 resolution will be running the same 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor that is found in the T-Mobile G2 / Desire Z. When it comes to taking pictures and video the Anzu will certainly not be lagging there. Built into to the device is a 12MP camera, which is totally capable of capturing 720p video as well.

The saddening part, at least for now? It's currently running on Android 2.1 and apparently launching in 2011 with Android 2.2. But, the good news is Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is suggested as coming in the summer. We'd still rather see it at launch but, what can you do. You can hit the full review via the source link, let us know in the forums and in the comments what you think about the device now. [Mobile Review via Engadget]

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4 years ago

[Rumor] HTC Knight to be called the EVO Shift 4g, lacks video calling?

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 HTC Knight Image from XDA Developers.

Like we previously reported, the Knight is a unannounced HTC slider Android handset heading to Sprint.  While the version of Android it will ship with is still up in the air (as is the launch date).  An undisclosed source has tipped a bit of extra information about this mythical unicorn of a device to Engadget.

HTC recently applied to Trademark the name "EVO Shift 4G," and according to Engadget, this will be the official name for the HTC Knight once it launched.  The device will supposedly have a 3.7 inch screen instead of the previously rumored 4.3 inch Evo-style display. The device also apparently lacks a front-facing camera. 

The screen size could be forgivable considering the addition of a keyboard, but it doesn't seem like Sprint would launch this device without a camera when the Epic, Evo, and Transform all offer this.  Let's hope video calling makes it back onto the device before launch.  Via [Engadget] and [XDA-Developers]

If you can't get enough discussion on upcoming devices, be sure to check out our official rumored devices forums.

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4 years ago

Dickie V loves his Droid X, baby!

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Dick Vitale Droid X

Spotted at tonight's Louisville-Butler college basketball game: Dick Vitale and his Motorola Droid X. (The unranked Cardinals upset the No. 18 Bulldogs 88-73.) Thanks, Lane!

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4 years ago

Dropbox for Android beta updated to v1.0.1.4

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If you're a hardcore Dropbox user like most of us here at Android Central, then you should already have this update. But just in case you're not yet on board the Dropbox train, now is as good a time as any to get started. The latest beta version (1.0.1.4) has been released via the Dropbox user forums and is now available for all to download. We've got the change log below for any folks out there wondering was is new:

  • Better error logging
  • If system clock is wrong, lets user know the reason for not being able to log in.
  • Bug and stability fixes. - Edited files were re-uploading every time their directory was browsed. (Though may still show up a single time for each file, when you first use the app)

    From 1.0.1.2:
  • Visual & Manifest changes to support low-end small-screen phones such as the Motorola Charm, as well as tablets.
  • Added more logging, and a button to e-mail a log to Dropbox, for debugging
  • Check to make sure that uploads aren't larger than 300MB (server-side API limit)
  • Proper handling & escaping of all special characters in file names
  • Offline viewing of downloaded files should work again.
  • Various stability improvements.

If you're feeling like taking a walk on the wild side and running the beta version you can find the download link in the Dropbox forums. If you need to know more about Dropbox first, be sure to check out their website for more details. [Dropbox]

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4 years ago

Android Market developer console down for scheduled maintenance [updated]

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Android Market

Google has sent out an email to Android developers with a warning that the developer console will be down for planned maintenance this Thursday:

We plan to perform maintenance on the Android Market Developer Console on Thursday 18 November 2010 from 10AM to 4PM Pacific Standard Time. During this time, there will be view-only access to the Developer Console at http://market.android.com/publish. You will be able to view your list of applications and error reports; however, you will not be able to upload new apps or make updates to existing apps. The publish status of your applications and use of the Android Market app on phones should not be impacted.

Thanks, and we appreciate your patience while we work to improve Android Market.

No word on what the improvements will be, but we all were told last week changes were in the works.  It's also worth noting again that the customer side of the Market should be unaffected.  Is this the first step to Gingerbread?

Update:  Google has sent out an updated email that has a bit different time frame:

We plan to perform maintenance on the Android Market Developer Console starting at 10PM on THURSDAY 18 November and ending by 4AM FRIDAY 19 November 2010, Pacific Standard Time.

Looks like the crew at Mountain View are pulling an all-nighter.  Bring extra coffee fellows, and feel free to call me if you need someone to hold a flashlight.

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4 years ago

Update for Sprint Galaxy Tab now official, and hopefully successful

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Sprint Galaxy Tab update

Samsung has announced that the DJ30 update for the Sprint Galaxy Tab is now live and being rolled-out OTA for all customers still on the DJ14 firmware.  Samsung lists the changes as:

  • SMS Short Code text messages
  • Microsoft Exchange IT Admin policy compliance
  • Text messages sent using Wi-Fi
  • Qik video chat
  • Sprint Zone as trusted source
  • Start up and shut down screens

Hopefully this will address the issues some were having where they were presented with an OTA which ended up failing.  Remember, each of the versions of the Tab have slight differences (thanks for that, carriers) so only expect this update if you have a Sprint Tab running version DJ14 of the OS.  For details, including a walkthrough of accepting an OTA update for those new to the concept is at the source. [Samsung]

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4 years ago

HTC Merge now appearing in Cellbrite machines

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We've already gone hands on with the HTC Merge in the past and have seen plenty of videos of the device appear online. Now, we have the HTC Merge appearing in those fancy data transferring machines also known as Cellbrite. We've been told by HTC that the rumored Nov. 18 launch date isn't true, at least as far as that Seattle "Cabaret" event is concerned. Feel free to share your thoughts on the launch date in the forums. [AndroidGuys]

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4 years ago

Chad OchoCinco chillin' with a Droid X

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Chad OchoCinco

Android devices have been showing up in more TV shows and films as of late; now one of the most colorful players in the NFL has posed with a Droid X in hand. Chad OchoCinco, the Cincinnati Bengals receiver who is all over the damn place on Twitter, tweeted a picture of himself getting fitted for custom earpieces -- and in his lap sits a Droid X. 

It's good to see Android invading the sports world now; maybe Chad will talk about how much he loved his Droid X on his show with Terrell Owens, fittingly named The T.Ocho Show. [Chad OchoCinco's Twitter] Thanks, Jonathan!

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4 years ago

Nexus S, Honeycomb and bug hunting on the Droid Pro [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

After Eric Schmidt showing off the Nexus S yesterday, along with Gingerbread our rumored devices portion of the forums has been busy. In addition to all the Nexus S talk, we got 2 new contests and we seek out some calendar bugs on the Droid Pro. What of the Galaxy Tab getting Honeycomb? Will it happen? Let's discuss it.

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

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4 years ago

Comcast's Android app coming Friday?

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Comcast Android app

Update: Not so much. The app's been pushed to January.

This morning we showed you the first shots of the Android version of Comcasts's Xfinity app, but we didn't have a date for when it may be released. Judging by the pic you see here, it might be as soon as Friday. And the breakdown of features includes:

  • E-mail inbox
  • Voicemail
  • Universal Address book
  • TV listings/guide
  • On Demand
  • myDVR Manager
  • Videos on demand

You know how these app releases go -- we'll see it when we see it.  But it looks like we may see it this week. Submitted via the Android Central App.

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4 years ago

Sprint Samsung Transform review

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A surprisingly decent entry-level Android phone

Sprint Samsung Transform

Take the Epic 4G, slim it down and slow it down a tad, and you've got the mid-level Samsung Transform on Sprint. Hang on, hang on. Keep reading. That's not to say this is a lesser phone that should be dismissed. On the contrary. The Transform is a simpiler -- and less expensive -- Android phone -- than much of what's out there today.

Let's take hold hands and take a look, after the break.

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4 years ago

Droid 2 Case Review: Body Glove Snap-On Case

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BodyGlove1

When looking for a case for my Motorola Droid 2, the Body Glove Snap-On Case immediately caught my eye as one of the top contenders. Cases are generally one of the accessories that I am most hesitant to purchase due to my compulsive personality and I tend to overanalyze the design, protection, bulk and comfort. Body Glove is a trusted brand that provides a lot of protection and generally tries to keep the bulk of the case to a minimum so I decided to give it a shot. Let's look at it further after the break.

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4 years ago

Nexus S teaser video now available for your viewing pleasure

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Yesterday during the Web 2.0 summit we got a brief look at Google CEO Eric Schmidt showing off Gingerbread -- Android 2.3 as well as, the now infamous "unannounced" device also known as the Nexus S. While it's time on stage was brief, it was more than enough to have us wanting to see more. A few goodies were noted after Eric stepped off stage as well. Remember that "blink off" video of the screen we previously saw powering down? It's pretty awesome. What's even more awesome is that it's still included, as noted by the folks over at Engadget. Hit the break for the full embed of the video. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Google experimenting Goggles integration with key advertisers

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Google has announced that they'll be ramping up their Google Goggles efforts with some key advertisers. While it's still only in the experimental stages, Google has signed up Buick, Disney, Diageo, T-Mobile and Delta Airlines to do market testing of Google Goggles. Soon, we'll be seeing "Goggles enabled" ads spread across movie posters, print ads and other marketing media. 

The goal of course is to have users recognize the Goggles enabled items and make use of their devices to explore the online destinations being offered. Those destinations could be say, an interactive ad from Disney or Buick as shown above. As it's still experimental it might be a while before we see any show up but if you spot some let us know. Download links for Google Goggles and video of the experiment are after the break. [Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

Lookout premium now available, we have 10 copies to give away [contest]

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Lookout, the popular cross-platform mobile security solution, has announced the availability of Lookout Premium -- the advanced version with extra features like the privacy advisor, remote lock and wipe, and enhanced backup and restore.  We took a look at it a few weeks back -- check it out here.  The app provides quite a bit for $2.99 a month ($29.99 annually), and the free 30 day trial lets you have a look and try the extras out for yourself.  To try it, just install the free version from the Market (links after the break) and update from within the application.

To make things even better, the folks at Lookout have offered up ten one-year subscriptions for us to give away to readers.  Head into the forums for the terms and enter for your chance to win!  Head past the break to read the full press release and get the download link for Lookout.

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