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4 years ago

SE Xperia X8 passes the FCC, user manual available

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 SE Xperia X8

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 has passed the testing of the FCC, and information (including the user manual and a mess of pictures) is available for your viewing pleasure.  While the prototype looks a little different from the polished glamor shot when the X8 was announced by SE, the specs remain the same -- and that's a concern.  The hardware is passable for a mid-range phone, but Android 1.6 is soo last decade (or at least last year).  It's still worth a look. Here's a direct link to the user manual and here's one to the pictures. (Warning: They're PDFs.) [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Not to be left out, Samsung Captivate now only one cent on Amazon

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 Amazon's Captivate page

Oh, jealousy is a beautiful thing. After seeing its T-Mobile brother, the Vibrant, going for a mere penny last week, the Samsung Captivate (read the full review here) has seen its price slashed down to a single cent as well. The phone does require a new two-year contract with AT&T if you had any doubt.  No word on how long this deal will be good for, but we would suggest pulling the switch sooner rather than later. [Amazon via BGR]

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4 years ago

The Android Central Interview - Adobe's Ryan Stewart

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Audio-only stream below

Phil and Jerry chat with Adobe Platform Evangelist Ryan Stewart about Flash, AIR, and when your phone will get them. Maybe.

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4 years ago

Case Review: Talon hard shell case for the Evo 4G

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Talon hard shell case 

The Talon hard shell case is a very slim and attractive way to protect your Evo 4G. Machined from a single piece of metal hard plastic, the Talon case fits snugly, yet is easy to put on your Evo, as well as remove.  Very lightweight, this case adds no bulk yet completely covers the rear of your phone, keeping things protected and scratch-free.  The graphics -- in this case the Cupid's Arrow -- are screened onto the surface, under the final finishing coat.  It's not going to rub off. Want more? Let's continue after the break.

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4 years ago

Google Finance cleans up for Android

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Google Finance

Google has updated its mobile Google Finance page, and says they now have unified the experience across the desktop and mobile for Android (and iPhone) users.  According to Bryan Shih, Product Manager at Google Finance, the most requested feature from users was a "fast and easy to use website."  To find the new site from your Android phone, just search a stock ticker symbol from the the search bar in the browser, or the Google search widget/button; or tap the Finance link at the top of the Google mobile webpage.

App junkies have no fear, you can still download the Finance app from Google, and links are after the break. But, honestly, after seeing the new website I don't think you'll want to. Thanks, G.  [Google Finance Blog]

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4 years ago

Motorola Quench XT5 specs revealed, not quenching your thirst for Froyo

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 Quench XT5

Specifications and an image of the Motorola Quench XT5 have trickled out, and it looks like another low- to mid-range handset that we'll love to hate.  Besides what you see in the picture above, the Quench XT5 will come running Eclair (Android 2.1), have 256 MB RAM and 523 MB of ROM, FM radio and DivX playback ability.  No word on processor speed.  One thing to note -- this doesn't appear to have any sort of NinjaPhilBlur, so you vanilla fans in Europe may be pleased with it.  Yes, Europe, as this appears to be the successor to the original Quench, so we expect it to hit Europe first --  and there's no word on a Cliq or Dext version just yet.  [CellPassion via Engadget]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Charm available today

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T-Mobile Charm

You can have it in golden bronze, or you can have it in cabernet -- but either way, you can have the Motorola Charm on T-Mobile today for a mere $74.99 after contract and rebate. With it you get this little (that's a 2.8-inch screen, folks) square monster with a full QWERTY keyboard. There's a 3MP camera, Adobe Flash Lite, Motoblur, Android 2.1 and the back of the phone doubles as a trackpad. So 'fess up: Who's getting this guy? [T-Mobile]

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4 years ago

Lookout -- a full security solution for your Android phone

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 lookout security 

Here at Android Central, we don't just report the Android news and review the new gear. We actually use Android phones, so we're always searching for apps and tools that make our own phones work better for us. Lately, it seems like security issues (or overblown non-issues) are crawling out of the woodwork, so the search was on for a solution that takes care of any concerns, without getting in the way.

After all was said and done, Lookout seemed to rise to the top.  Not only does Lookout address any concerns you may have with malware, it turns out that it's an excellent backup and tracking solution.  Follow after the break, while I take a good look at Lookout and even put it through the paces a bit.

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4 years ago

From the Forums: Resistance is futile

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Android Forums at Android Central 

If you haven't checked them out, you really need to take a gander through the Android Central Forums. They hold many many wonders, a few of which you can see below:

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Z Review

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LG Optimus Z

LG has remained a bit of an enigma in the U.S. smartphone market, never quite able to break through with a high-end device. But that doesn't mean they're not out there. Case in point: The LG Optimus Z.

We've spent a few days with the Korean version of the phone (also known as the Cyon SU950) and have learned a few things about it, about Android, and about ourselves. Let's everybody join hands, after the break.

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4 years ago

Google responds to app piracy primer

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 piracy bad

Google has responded to an article written this week by Android Police that teaches how to subvert the new Android Market licensing server, issuing a quick acknowledgement, and a promise to revisit the situation soon.

The story clearly stated that it wasn't intended to show how to pirate apps, though it included directions (and even a video) telling how to hack your way around the new application security measures Google enabled in the Market recently.

Here's want Google is saying about the subject for now, as written by Tim Bray:

  • The licensing service, while very young, is a significant step forward in terms of protection over the plain copy-protection facility that used to be the norm. In the how-to-pirate piece, its author wrote: “For now, Google’s Licensing Service is still, in my opinion, the best option for copy protection.”
  • The licensing service provides infrastructure that developers can use to write custom authentication checks for each of their applications. The first release shipped with the simplest, most transparent imaginable sample implementation, which was written to be easy to understand and modify, rather than security-focused.
  • Some developers are using this sample as-is, which makes their applications easier to attack. The attacks we’ve seen so far are also all on applications that have neglected to obfuscate their code, a practice that we strongly recommend. We’ll be publishing detailed instructions for developers on how to do this.
  • The number of apps that have migrated to the licensing server at this point in time is very small. It will grow, because the server is a step forward.
  • 100% piracy protection is never possible in any system that runs third-party code, but the licensing server, when correctly implemented and customized for your app, is designed to dramatically increase the cost and difficulty of pirating.
  • The best attack on pirates is to make their work more difficult and expensive, while simultaneously making the legal path to products straightforward, easy, and fast. Piracy is a bad business to be in when the user has a choice between easily purchasing the app and visiting an untrustworthy, black-market site.

We have to agree here.  While the current system is not perfect, it's far better than no protection for developers at all.  And as Bray points out, the GLS is a place to start and a framework that developers on which developers can improve. Software piracy is always going to be a big concern for application developers, and tutorials about how to circumvent it will only keep the big software houses away from the Market.  

Make no mistake -- we promote and encourage hacking your phone, provided it's the "good hacking" we're talking about.  But unlocking, rooting and customizing hardware you paid for is very different from software theft.  We applaud Google for facing this one head on, and look forward to their follow up.  [Android Developers Blog]

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4 years ago

Android App Review: Galcon [video]

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Before switching to Android, Galcon easily was my favorite game on the iPod Touch. The developer has been hard at work and has finally released a full port of the game for Android. To play, you use your single starting planet to launch ships to expand and fight opponents for control of the map. Basically, "all your planets are belong to us" sums it up nicely.

You get five game types in single player; each has its own twist on the gameplay. A scalable AI difficulty means you will always have a challenge. The real meat of the game is in the multiplayer, which works great over Wifi and 3G connections. You get up to four player free-for-alls along with 2v2 or 1v1 servers, if that is more your thing. The game also features full leaderboards and forums on the devloper's website.  

Galcon is out now on the Android Market for $2.99 and is quite honestly a steal considering how much time you will spend on it. Check out my video review past the break to see internet spaceships in action and the usual market links. 

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S Gorilla Glass demo -- Korean style

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gorilla glass

It's OK to shudder when you look at this picture of someone taking a wood screw to the Gorilla Glass screen of a Galaxy S smartphone.  I did, too.  When we reported that Samsung is using Gorilla Glass in their Galaxy S phones, a couple people wanted to see a demo -- you know, a key scratching against the glass or something of that sort.  Enter those lovely, crazy Koreans.  They certainly know how to do up video with style, and this one is no exception.  Brace yourself for a smartphone snuff film after the break. [ShoppingDaNaWa via howetechnical]

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4 years ago

Samsung releases official teaser for the Galaxy Tab coming Sept. 2 in Berlin

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 Galaxy Tab

Samsung has released an official teaser for the Samsung Galaxy Tab (that name's now official), a 7-inch tablet. The cryptic 20-second teaser, erm, teases:

  • HD video playback
  • 7" screen
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Video calling
  • Augmented reality
  • Swype
  • A Sept. 2 coming-out party in Berlin (at the IFA conference).

It is great teaser for the sleek device. Check it out for yourself after the break! [Samsung Mobile's Galaxy Tab page]

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4 years ago

Dell Aero available today from Dell for $99, later from AT&T

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Dell Aero

Dell this morning announced the available of its first Android smartphone (that's not a MID), the Aero. The 3.5-inch device (Gorilla Glass at an, erm, interesting 360x640 resolution) runs a pre-Eclair version of Android but is so heavily skinned you might never actually notice. There's a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of onboard memory and microSD card, Wifi, Bluetooth, and the other usual bells and whistles.

To go along with the Dell UI, erm, customizations, the usual buttons you'd find at the bottom of the screen have been moved to the side of the device. We'll let that sink in for a moment. ... ... ... OK. Let's all wait until we actually use the Aero before we pass judgment on that one.

The Aero is available now at Dell.com/mobile for $99 with a new AT&T contract, an $299.99 sans contract. It'll be available at AT&T sometime in the future. Dell's official hands-on and full presser are after the break.

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