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4 years ago

HTC reports record fourth quarter with $3.3 billion in sales

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 HTC

HTC has perhaps been the single largest OEM supporter of Android since Google launched the OS. Remember, the G1, Hero, Nexus 1, Droid Incredible, Desire, and Evo 4G (and many, many more phones) were all made by the Taiwanese company and were largely considered the best Android phones on the market when each launched. The company just released their numbers for Q4 and to say they are impressive is an understatement. The company raked in north of $3.3 billion in sales, units shipped doubled year-over-year to 9 million, and total units shipped doubled from last year to 24.5 million. The places the company in close competition with Samsung as the fourth-largest global smartphone manufacturer behind Nokia, RIM, and Apple. 

HTC has attributed most of this growth to the exploding demand for Android smartphones, and expects this trend to continue. HTC plans to cover their bases by strongly supporting Windows Phone 7 as well. The HD 7, in particular, looks like a great device for WP7 users as it is more or less an Evo sans Android. [Reuters via WPCentral]

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4 years ago

Everything you wanted to know about the T-Mobile Comet

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T-Mobile Comet

If the T-Mobile Comet has piqued your interest, the read on, friend. The phone formerly known as the Huawei Ideos is expected to drop this week -- Nov. 3 to be exact -- and we've been handed every last little details on the phone. It's not being billed has a high-end device, and nor should it be. But it is being billed as the first entry-level Google phone (Google experience, that is), with Android 2.2, Wifi b/g/n and all the bells and whistles that come along with that title.

Want the full lowdown? Join us after the break.

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4 years ago

The week in Android news

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The week in Android news

It's been a week of unsourced rumors regarding the rumored Nexus Two (or Nexus S), the emergence of Gingerbread, we've all gotten some quality time with Google TV, plus a bunch of new apps. Check it out:

News

Hardware news

Tablet news

Software news

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4 years ago

Apple sues Motorola over multitouch on its Android smartphones

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Motorola-Apple lawsuit

Another day, another patent lawsuit. And this time around it's Apple suing Motorola over multitouch on nearly all its Android phones -- basically everything up to and including the Droid X. In addition to the multitouch infringement claims, there's also:

  • Object-Oriented System Locator System
  • Touch Screen Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Determining Commands by Applying Neuristics
  • Method and Apparatus for Displaying and Accessing Control and Status Information in a Computer System.
  • Support for Custom User-Interaction Elements in a Graphical, Event-Driven Computer System.

Needless to say, this will take a while. And, no, if Moto loses it doesn't mean your phone will be taken away -- it just means Moto will have to either change how it's doing things -- and/or pay a bucketload of money to Apple. Get the full breakdown on the suit at the source link. [Patently Apple via 9 to 5 Mac]

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4 years ago

Qik looking For T-Mobile G2 beta testers

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Have a shiny new G2 and an interest to help developers optimize their applications for your handset?

Qik, the popular video streaming application for Android, is seeking G2 owners to participate in a Beta to test their application for the device.  If you're interested in helping them bring their cross platform application to your device, shoot off an email to support@qik.com with "T-Mobile G2 Beta Test" as the subject line.  

Happy testing! Via [Facebook]

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4 years ago

Droid 2 Global to come in two colors

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Droid 2 Global at Costco

Remember how the Droid 2 Global had a couple of SKU numbers on that leaked Verizon rebate sheet? Looks like that's because it's going to be available in a couple of colors, according to Costco's inventory system. There's the white version that we've already seen, plus traditional black. As for exactly when it's going to drop? We're still expecting sometime in the fourth quarter. [BGR]

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4 years ago

Facebook is holding a mobile event on Nov 3

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Facebook Mobile

We just received an invite to a "Mobile Event at Facebook HQ" scheduled for Wednesday Nov 3.  No press release, no fanfare, no inkling of what it might be, just the invitation.  When thinking to ourselves, "Why would Facebook invite Android Central to their big Mobile shin-dig?" we can come up with a few answers.  Maybe there's going to be a new and improved Facebook client for Android with deep ties into Gingerbread.  Maybe there really is going to be a Facebook phone.  Or maybe it's our dashing good looks and the great conversation we would bring along.  We'll know more Wednesday.

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4 years ago

Pulse update brings Facebook links, widgets

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 Pulse with Facebook Pulse widgets

Pulse, an elegant newsreader we have covered before, recently released a major new update bringing several new features. Native widgets (small and large versions versions visible above) and Facebook support are the big ones, but a redesigned UI is also a welcome change. The app will run you $.99 on the Android Market; check out the download links past the break.

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4 years ago

New details and pictures emerge about Sony's 'Playstation' phone

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Sony Playstation phone

The much rumored about Sony "Playstation" phone has posed for more pictures and let a few more details out about itself. 

Engadget was able to score some more pictures of what appears to be a test version of the device. Here are some details: The phone is codenamed "Zeus," is running Android 2.2, has an 8GB microSD card slotted and has at least 512MB of internal storage. 

Nothing concrete has been confirmed about what the device will actually release with, but the details we've learned over the past week suggest it could be an awesome gaming phone. We'll keep you updated with anything further that is learned. Head over to the source for more pictures. Thoughts? [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Alltel HTC Wildfire mini review

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Alltel HTC Wildfire

When HTC recently announced that the mid-range Wildfire would be coming to the United States after its run in Europe, we didn't know any of the regional carriers involved. Turns out that Alltel -- what's left of it anyway, was first out the gate with what's been previously codenamed the HTC Bee.

Join us after the break for a mini review of the 3.2-inch HTC Widlfire, available now for $29.99 on two-year contract.

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4 years ago

Cuddle up with your very own angry bird

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After a life of knocking down fortresses and shattering glass, this 8 Inch angry bird is ready to relax comfortably in your home.

Want to show your love for Angry Birds, or perhaps just console one of the avian kamikaze fighters who recently had their eggs stolen by cowardly green pigs?  Well then, my dear Android Central reader, you can.  I can't promise he won't attempt to destroy your house in search of golden eggs, so don't hold us responsible if your house is reduced to rubble.

The holiday season is right around the corner, and this would make a great gift for any Angry Birds fan.  Although the birds won't ship until sometime in December, we have no idea how many preorders they're taking.  So head on over to ToyWiz or shop.angrybirds.com and order yours for $14.99 while supplies last.

Slingshot and precariously built wooden fortress sold separately.

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4 years ago

Unicorns, the Nexus Two, Continuum and HTC Merge [From the forums]

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From the Android Forums at Android Central

Where do we talk about gnomes, unicorns and Android phones that might or might not exist? In the Android Forums at Android Central, of course! Here's what's going on as we head into the weekend:

  • The Nexus Two/Nexus S if on everybody's mind this week, and everybody has their own source on what it is, and when it's coming out. Discuss the Nexus Two rumors here.
  • The Samsung Continuum is expected to be announced on Nov. 8. We've already had our hands on it. Have a question? Ask it here!(Oh, and there might be free stuff involved.)
  • Then there's the HTC Merge, coming to Verizon. It's just a question of when, folks. Discuss the HTC Merge here.
  • And of course there's the Wifi-only version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Is it coming? When is it coming, and how much is it going to cost? We're talkin' Tab here.

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4 years ago

Verizon rebate form shows Motorola Droid 2 Global, Citrus, Samsung Continuum (Updated)

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Verizon's upcoming rebate form has surfaced, bringing with it lots of exciting (if expected) Android wares. What you see above is just a partial shot of what Engadget received. We clearly see the Droid 2 Global, which has a pair of SKUs, which they surmise may mean it'll get a cameraless version and not the Droid Pro. There's also the Samsung Continuum (see our hands-on), which will be unveiled Nov. 8 in New York City. The Motorola Citrus (see our hands-on) also is there.

So there's really little doubt that we'll see most if not all of these phones in November, and we now know that they'll all be rebated, so figure no more than $250 or so out of pocket. [Engadget]

Update: Phone Arena has posted the full rebate form. The LG Vortex -- that's a Bing phone we've seen before -- is on there as well.

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 update begins rolling out this weekend

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If you listen carefully, you can hear the cheer of X10 users all around the world celebrating their impending update to Android 2.1.  Scheduled to begin on Sunday in Nordic countries, this 2.1 update will crawl around the world, one market at a time over the coming months.

Although the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 didn't perform as well as we'd hoped, we were optimistic that its flaws would be ironed out with updates, but unfortunately, the x10 family has been stuck on Android 1.6 since its launch back in August.  The hardware inside the Xperia X10 isn't cutting edge, but it certainly isn't outdated by any means.  Whatever reasons Sony Ericsson had to launch the X10 with an outdated OS remains a mystery to us.  I can say with a certain measure of confidence that the X10 would have been received better had it been loaded with Android 2.1.  Here's to hoping an Eclair is all the X10 needed to achieve its full potential.

But I digress.  Xperia X10 users, get ready to start enjoying your device even more.  Check out the list of enhancements after the break.  [via Sony Ericsson Blog]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible Case Review: Seidio Innocase II Surface case

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Seidio Innocase II Surface case

The HTC Droid Incredible is one of the most popular Droid devices around -- period. With its super fast processor and beautiful 3.7-inch display, you'll find yourself wanting to show this phone off to everyone around you. In doing so, you probably want to pick up the Seidio Innocase II Surface case. This case highlights the design of the phone, all while providing one of the sturdiest Droid Incredible cases around.

The case feels much like the backing of the Incredible's battery door. With its soft-touch feel, the case still keeps a solid and rather sturdy form. The backing also follows and highlights the contours and curvatures that this Droid is known for. As for the extremities, such as the camera and power button -- each is exposed, but protected. As for the inside of the case, you'll find felt pieces on both halves of the case (see pictures after the break). This provides a nice touch to keeping the phone snug, while not scratching up the backing of the phone.

Once on, the case literally hugs the phone all around. As the two halves connect around the phone, a very small raised tab on the bottom half, locks the the two pieces together. To unlock, simply push down where the tab lies, and pull the top half away.

The Seidio Innocase II Surface case for the Droid Incredible carries a long name -- but delivers as one of the best hard shell cases around and is available from the Android Central Store for $29.95. More photos after the break.

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