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2 years ago

iOS5 announced, everything old is new again [the competition]

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If you were on the Internet today, you couldn't help but be inundated by the iOS 5 announcement at WWDC.  Rene from our sister site TiPb was there on the floor, and they have done a great job covering it all -- and there was a lot to cover.  But all the new announcements leave Android (as well as other smartphone OS) fans feeling a bit of deja vu, as we've already seen most of it. Hit the break and have a look.

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2 years ago

CyanogenMod coming to the Galaxy S 2, thanks to Samsung

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Atinm, the developer responsible for maintaining CyanogenMod on the Samsung Vibrant and Captivate, recently received a free Galaxy S 2 to develop for. (click to see our hands-on).  Don't adjust your screens, you read it right the first time: Samsung gave a phone to a CyanogenMod developer because they want them to work with it.

It seems that Samsung is starting to see the value of having an active development community on their devices, becoming the latest manufacturer to start working with these developers instead of against them.  This doesn't mean Samsung will do this with every device, remember Carrier's have a big say in how locked down they want their devices to be, but it's great to see these first few positive steps from one of the world's largest Android manufacturers.

No official word on when nightlies for the Galaxy S 2 will start pushing out (let alone a stable release), but Atinm mentioned that serious development should start tonight.

Via: [Twitter]

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2 years ago

Samsung Exhibit 4G and Gravity Smart coming June 22?

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When we first covered the Exhibit 4G and the Gravity Smart, all we knew was that June was the month they'd be released. There was nary a launch date in sight, but today, that's been rectified.

Both the Samsung Exhibit 4G and the Samsung Gravity Smart are slated for a June 22 release, so if you're aiming for more of a mid-level phone, this is one to consider. (Plus, it comes out two days earlier than that other phone people have been talking about.)

Source: TmoNews

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2 years ago

Latest Fring update adds support for Galaxy S II, Droid Charge and more

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If you picked up a new device as of late, you may have been stuck in that dreaded area where some applications may not have worked as soon as the device was available. It happens every now and then and developers are usually quick to go ahead and roll out an update with the support needed. Such is the case with the latest build of Fring now available in the Android Market. Aside from some bug fixes, the latest version also adds new device compatibility as well. Check out the full change log below:

  • Make free Group Video calls with up to 4 friends
  • Improved voice quality
  • Now on a bunch of new devices like: HTC Flyer, Samsung Droid charge, Nexus S (Running Android 2.3.4), Samsung Galaxy S II, LG G2X
  • Bug fixes making it stable

You can jump on past the break for a video of the four way group in action calling as well as the Android Market download link.

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2 years ago

Viewsonic announces 7-inch ViewBook 730 Android tablet

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Viewsonic has announced the release of their budget friendly 7 inch ViewBook 730 Android tablet today.  While their tagline of "changing the face of tablets" may be stretching things a bit, this one looks to be a great new product in the multi-purpose eReader category, and appears to have the market currently dominated by the Nook Color  directly in its sights.

The ViewBook runs Android 2.2 on a 1GHz CPU, 8 GB internal memory and microSD card support, 1080p playback via its HDMI out port, a VGA front facing camera, and uses a stylus much like the HTC Flyer.  On the software side, it comes with the Amazon Appstore and Adobe Flash 10 preinstalled.

The ViewBook will be available the end of June, and carries a MSRP of $249.99.  Read the full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

New Motorola Droid Bionic spotted in the wild

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The Droid Bionic saga continues, with the latest incarnation of the phone we first saw at CES now appearing in the wild, in pictures snapped by tech blog MobileGearz. The LTE-equipped Bionic now sports a redesigned chassis that's a little different to what we've previously seen, and the presence of a 8MP camera and the new version of MotoBlur has been confirmed in these latest images too.

There's also a connector for Motorola's laptop dock, which shouldn't come as too much of a surprise -- Moto has been promising more "lapdock"-supporting phones for a while now. Hit up the source link for some more photos of the new Bionic.

Source: MobileGearz

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2 years ago

Droid X2 review

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Motorola's dual-core Droid X2 is a solid sequel to the 2010 best-seller

 

When the Motorola Droid X first hit Verizon Wireless last July, it was thrilling in a number of ways. Not only did it represent Verizon's commitment to a high end line of Android smartphones, but it also marked Motorola's next step in reclaiming its throne atop the mobile industry. As an early adopter, I grew to love the X, which I feel grew into one of the best smartphones on Verizon to date. So how does its successor, the Droid X2, live up to the original? Less than a year after the X's release, is the X2 as thrilling as its predecessor? Here, we'll look at how the X2 has improved on the foundation the X had laid, and whether or not these improvements are enough to get excited about.

Let's go, after the break.

Droid X2 SpecsDroid X2 ForumsDroid X2 Accessories

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2 years ago

Using Google Music Manager on Ubuntu made easy

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We all love Google's new cloud music service, but I'm not loving that Linux was forgotten when the Music Manager client was written.  It's one of those things where I'll have to sit down and configure Wine (a helper application that runs Windows applications on Linux) to run it, and I don't have time or patience to do that just yet.  Wine is picky, and while it may be easy, it may just be horribly difficult.  If you've used it, you know what I mean.

Then I got wind of a nice little package that does it all, with very little user-intervention and setup, from Iain Hobbs (aka bluescreenkid).  Download, unzip, and run the script.  So easy a caveman can do it.  Now to copy all my music files back to my desktop and and get things back how I like them. 

If you're in the same boat, grab Iain's package here, read the instructions and have a go.

Source: @bluescreenkidThanks, Iain!

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 3D, EVO View 4G available on Sprint on June 24

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Sprint's first 3D smartphone will cost $199; tablet runs $399

Sprint this morning announced the long-awaited launch date for the HTC EVO 3D. You'll be able to get the 4.3-inch glasses-free 3D smartphone on June 24 for $199 on contract. As you'll recall from our initial hands-on with the phone back at CTIA, this is HTC's first foray into the 3D arena, with dual cameras on the back so you can create 3D content as well as consume it. Specs are:

  • 4.3-inch 3D qHD capacitive 960 x 540 px display
  • 1730 mAh battery
  • 4GB of internal memory
  • 8GB microSD card pre-installed (expandable to 32GB)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Dual 5 MP rear cameras (for 3D)
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 2D video recording at 1080p
  • 3D video recording at 720p

Additionally, Sprint announced that the HTC EVO View 4G -- essentially Sprint's version of the HTC Flyer 7-inch tablet -- will be also be available June 24, for $399. And Sprint's done us a solid here, offering the Scribe stylus for free. (It's otherwise sold separately.) Check out our hands-on with the EVO View 4G from CTIA.

Source: Sprint
More: EVO 3D forums; EVO View 4G forums

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