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4 years ago

HTC Merge accessories show in Verizon's system

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HTC Merge Accessories

Where are are HTC Merge accessories, there must be a phone, right? The above shot comes from Verizon's system, so we're probably that much closer (for what that's worth) to finally seeing the Android slider on Big Red, right? In the meantime, check out our hands-on with the Merge.

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4 years ago

Droid 2 Global -- ready to travel planet Earth on November 29th

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Droid 2 Global - Coming November 29th

Sadly, all you timezone-jumping Android users out there will have to wait just a bit longer for your Droid 2 Global.  Contrary to what we previously heard, the Droid 2 Global now has been given a launch date of November 29th.  Device launches frequently fall victim to the dreaded one- or two-week delay, and our deepest condolences go out to any of you that are waiting for Motorola's premiere quad band GSM Android phone.

To make the sting a bit less painful, you can go into any Verizon Wireless store tomorrow and preorder yours, though you can't get it in stores until November 29.

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4 years ago

Tweetdeck for Android has been updated to 1.0.2 in the Market!

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If Tweetdeck is your weapon of choice for Twitter, you'll want to be sure to grab the latest version from the Android Market. Version 1.0.2 has been made available and addresses a few issues within the application. One of the larger ones being the adding of Facebook accounts which some users had troubles with. While we're at it, we might as well make mention that @deckondroid has also confirmed that Twitpic support is coming very soon for those of you who prefer that over YFrog.

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4 years ago

Evernote v2.0 now available in the Android Market

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We're big fans of Evernote around here. We've been checking out the Beta version of 2.0 for a while and have been totally pleased with the updates. Now available in the Android Market, version 2.0 brings with it a ton of new changes. Not only to the UI but also to the whole application itself. Evernote has been listening to user requests for quite some time and the 2.0 release shows that when it comes down to it, they know how to make suggestions work for them and the end users. Some of the new features include:

  • New Home screen
  • Dramatically faster
  • New Search interface
  • New views, more options
  • Easier sorting and browsing
  • Offline notebooks for Premium users
  • Improved Widget and Homescreen shortcuts
  • Simpler note creation and multiple attachments
     

That's not even all of the new features but rather, a small portion of what can be found in the version 2.0 release. You can hit the break for the video walk through of the new features as well grab the download link. [Evernote Blog] Thanks Adam!

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4 years ago

Samsung to announce Continuum tonight, close NASDAQ; manual also available

 Samsung Continuum

Samsung announced a while back that it would hold a media get-together tonight, and while there has been some rampant (and wholly unconfirmed) speculation that the event would see the reveal of the Nexus Two (or Nexus S), it is far more likely that the event is focused on the Verizon-bound Samsung Continuum (read our hands-on here). No matter what Samsung has up its sleeve, our very own Dieter Bohn will be at the event and will be providing all of us with live coverage, so make sure you stop by when the party kicks off at 6 p.m. Eastern tonight.

In other Continuum news, Verizon seems to have posted part of the page for the device on its website. In addition, the user manual for the device is available.

Finally, to help celebrate the launch of "a new Android handset", Samsung's Chief Strategy Officer, Omar Khan, will be at the New York Stock Exchange today to ring the closing bell. [MarketWatch, PhoneArena]

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 4G captures 'UFO' sighting in Virginia (Update: Video)

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 UFO sighting, Centreville

An HTC EVO 4G has captured an alleged UFO sighting in Virginia, showing itself off in the video of the mysterious event. 

Last Wednesday night in Centreville, Va., residents claim they spotted a bright blue dot that did not blink, flash or make any sounds. It moved a bit, but appeared to not have a planned route. It has not been seen since and has left the residents perplexed.

Whether or not this gives any credibility for the existence of UFOs, it's nice to see that the EVO was there to record the sighting. Head over to the source link to watch the video. [My Fox DC]

Update: The video has found its way to YouTube, which means we can embed it. Find it after the break!

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4 years ago

10 ways Android beats iOS -- Fortune Magazine lays it out for you

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Android Crown

Android is quickly coming of age, and our little green friend is grabbing the attention of blogs and publications all over the web.

Last week, Fortune Magazine went into detail as they laid out ten areas where Android beats iOS (and Windows Mobile).  We've all got our own reasons for being completely addicted to Android, but here is what makes Android shine for Fortune Magazine.

  1. Maps and navigation
  2. Notify bar
  3. Widgets
  4. Carrier choice
  5. Hotspot
  6. Screen size selection
  7. Voice actions
  8. Fastest browser
  9. More/Better buttons
  10. Google Voice

For further reading on the reasons behind their selection, visit the article on Fortune's website.  [Fortune Magazine]

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4 years ago

Google Chrome team to provide free WiFi to travelers this holiday season

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Google Chrome

Google has announced that the Chrome team will be providing free WiFi to travelers this holiday season, partnering with three major airlines. 

They are  teaming up with AirTran, Delta and Virgin America to provide free Gogo WiFi to over 700 planes, which they are expecting to service more than 15 million passengers. 

The dates to receive the free WiFi are November 20th 2010 through January 2nd 2011. If you're flying one of these airlines for the holidays, get ready to enjoy free WiFi courtesy of the Chrome team at Google! [Business Wire]

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4 years ago

Verizon announces Droid Pro presale, in stores Nov. 18

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Motorola Droid Pro

We broke the news of the Droid Pro presale last week, and now Verizon has made it official. You can order a Droid Pro (see our hands-on) Nov. 9 -- tomorrow -- for $179.99 (after contract and $100 mail-in rebate). Or, you can pick one up in stores on Nov. 18.

With all that hard-earned jing you get an Android 2.2 device with the "enhanced Motoblur" and Motorola's new "Profiles," on all a chassis with 3.1-inch touchscreen 320x480) and a full front-facing QWERTY keyboard. For those of you not going the contract route, it'll run you $479.99 outright. Full press release after the break.

Learn more in the Droid Pro forums

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4 years ago

Nexus One will be the first to get Gingerbread, maybe this week

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Neuxs One - Gingerbread

This one came in too late last night to make the big ball of snark that was our latest Gingerbread rumor roundup, but that's OK, because this one also has a little more meat to it. Open Handset Alliance official Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez tweeted out the above on Sunday. Translated you get this:

Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the next few days:-D

Not sure if that means some super secret Nexus Ones, or the developer versions you can buy directly from Google (and it should be no surprise that the N1 will get the update first). But either way, it's a pretty good sign that we'll see Gingerbread in the coming days -- hopefully this week! [Twitter via Tech Crunch]

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4 years ago

More random signs that Gingerbread is on its way (though nobody really knows when)

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Adobe Flash update

When you get down to it, the giant Gingerbread man statue on Google's campus should be proof enough that Android 2.3 is nearly here. But if you still need more, here are a few other signs that have been floating around over the weekend. None of them actually contains concrete evidence of a release date, but that's never stopped the sewing circle before. Here they are, in no apparent order, with the fun stuff bolded for effect:

  • An update to Adobe Flash Player 10.1 is coming on Tuesday, and the new recent changes field spells it out. "Please install the update ... to ensure that Flash Player loads properly with future OS updates." You know, like Gingerbread. [via Droid-Life]
  • Brodduncan on Twitter alerts us to the book Pro Android 3 (apress publishing). The Amazon description includes the following: "Pro Android 3 shows you how to build real-world and fun mobile applications using the new Android SDK, codename 'Gingerbread.' " So it's a preview description of a book not yet written that will feature details about an operating system not yet announced. Move along, folks.
  • Our pals at Intomobile say they have a source who tells them the Android 2.3 SDK (that's what software developers use to code apps) will be released on Nov. 11 -- Thursday. That doesn't mean you'll have Gingerbread on your phone -- just that the SDK may be announced. The source is not named, and no other details are given.

Gingerbread is coming, folks. Soon. It will be magical. It will have healing powers, be a source of clean energy and quite possibly show us what actually happened to the dinosaurs. And you'll find out everything you need to know right here, just as soon as it happens.

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4 years ago

LG Vortex to be free on Verizon with contract

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While Sprint and T-Mobile have made use of LG's Optimus name, Verizon has taken its own path and will launch the device as the LG Vortex. The latest word surrounding the launch is that Verizon will be giving the device away for free after a $100 rebate that you get in the form of a debit card. If you're looking to get an Android 2.2, Wi-Fi hotspot capable device on the cheap (and with a low-res screen to go with it) the LG Vortex seems to fit the bill just right. Any takers now that you know it'll be basically free? [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Froyo leaks for Epic 4G, Vibrant

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froyo leaks

Android 2.2 (Froyo) leaked out for the Sprint Epic 4G and Samsung Vibrant on Saturday, amid much drama and the usual in-fighting.  If you're like me and try to avoid that sort of thing, you're in luck as we're gonna break it down right here.

Froyo for the Sprint Epic 4G was leaked to a very select group of people. These folks are all in agreement about one thing -- it's far from ready for release, even to other hackers.  The build has problems with the phone radio, isn't stable, and releasing it would be a big mistake.  Nothing has been released for the Epic 4G to my knowledge.

Froyo for the Samsung Vibrant also leaked out to a few developers.  This one seems pretty stable, and two custom ROMs are already available (here, and here).  We also have word that support for the Vibrant in CyanogenMod 6.x will be much easier just by having this leak.  The leak itself has not been made available.

We're going to bypass the feuding about open source, the GPL, and donation wars.  If you feel the need to get into the mix and speak your mind, the usual channels is where you'll find the bickering.  [XDA Developers Vibrant and Epic 4G forums, Android Central Forums, and Twitter]

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4 years ago

Verizon Droid Incredible retired? Not yet

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Droid Incredible retired

Say it ain't so! The venerable HTC Droid Incredible has been retired by Verizon? Not so much, actually. Remember that the Droid Incredible disappeared for a while and returned with an SCLD touchscreen in place of the AMOLED screen, which quickly found itself in short supply.

So never fear, folks. Out with the old and in with the new, and the Droid Incredible's not going anywhere anytime soon -- at least not before the LTE (and HD) version shows up. One more pic after the break.

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