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4 years ago

Droid 2 taken for early hands-on, is one speedy (and familiar) devil

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Motorola Droid 2

Looks like a Motorola shipment might have fallen off the back of a truck, as the guys from Android and Me had an impromptu roadside hands-on with the upcoming Droid 2. On the outside, it's pretty close to the original, save for a few cosmetic tweaks. The keyboard, which we've already seen, trades the D-pad for arrow buttons (any gamers getting upset yet?).

Under the hood is where the action is with a beefed up processor -- it's got the newer TI OMAP 3630 running at 1GHz (and the same PowerVR GPU), and benchmark tests show it towering over its older sibling. We've got our fingers crossed that Verizon and Motorola will announce the Droid 2 this week, hopefully with Android 2.2 on board. In the meantime, stay tuned, and peep some video after the break. [Android and Me]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S Pro specs begin to emerge

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Samsung Galaxy S Pro

The Samsung Galaxy S Pro is real. We know that, of course, because we've seen a picture of it with Sprint branding. But what we haven't had is specs or any hands-on impressions -- until now.

We've got details from a tried-and-true tipster of what may well end up being the hottest phone of the year -- a tall order, indeed, given what we've seen from HTC so far this year, and what's coming out from Motorola. Let's discuss after the break.

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4 years ago

Droid X teased on Motorola's site, too

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Motorola Droid X

If you just can't get enough of the Droid X prior to its expected announcement this week, head on over to Motorola, which has a sign-up page available. Not sure how badly your inbox will be bombarded, but that's a small price to pay, right? [MotorolaThanks, Mike!

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4 years ago

HTC said to be working on another software update for the Evo 4G

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The Evo 4G's already gotten one bugfix update -- released right at launch -- and another one apparently is coming down the pike. Engadget's been told that a software fix for screen responsiveness problems (which appear to be intermittent; we haven't experienced them) is coming, and we've been told that WiFi signal strength reporting may be tweaked, too, to improve accuracy.

As for the "issue" of some Evo screens slightly separating from the bezel, Engadget was told it's a cosmetic defect and shouldn't interfere with operation of the phone, that instances are not widespread (listen to our latest podcast for more on that), and that HTC's tweaking its manufacturing process to eliminate future separations.

All in all, a pretty good response, we think. [Engadget]

 

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4 years ago

Shapewriter being pulled from Market; get it while you still can

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Shapewriter

We're a tad behind on this, but better late than never: If you're a fan of the Shapewriter keyboard, it's being pulled from the Android Market on June 20 -- that's tomorrow. Here's the notice from Shapewwriter:

Please note: We plan to take ShapeWriter off the Android Market on
June 20, 2010 for an indefinite period of time, If you have purchased
or downloaded ShapeWriter Keyboard on your Android device, please
update it to the latest Version 3.0.9 which will not expire as the
previous versions do. We thank you for your interest and support.

Looks like this is all part of Shapewriter being acquired by Nuance, which should be another name you know, namely for its Dragon line of software. We've reached out for more information and will update if and when we know more. [Shapewriter via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible may be gearing up for Froyo, 802.11n wireless support

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FCC filing for Droid Incredible

The HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon (read our review) appears to be slated for an official update to enable 802.11n Wifi -- that's the fast kind -- according to a filing Friday with the FCC. [via Wireless Goodness] Included in the filing is an updated owners manual, which clearly shows 802.11n speed as being supported, as you can see below.

We'll go out on a limb here and say this may be a precursor to an update to Android 2.2, which we know officially supports 802.11n. And, no, we have no idea when any update may be pushed out.

And speaking of updates, HTC issued a statement to BGR regarding the "issue" of browser thumbnails (you'll recall it's not really a bug) being cached on the phone's internal storage, which is not wiped by a hard reset. HTC said:

HTC has identified the root cause of the DROID Incredible not deleting web page thumbnails after a factory reset, and is creating an update which will eliminate this issue. This will be distributed through a software maintenance release that will be pushed to devices in the near future.

We're not sure if that means the internal storage (those 6 gigabytes of space not used by the operating system) will be wiped on hard reset, or if the browser thumbnails will be moved to a different partition. Regardless, HTC reminds us that you can wipe the internal storage -- as in erase everything that's on it -- by going to Settings>SD Card and Phone Storage>Format phone storage. So the sky's not falling, people. Big brother's not watching you (at least not over this), and we can all go back to complaining about when we'll get Android 2.2.

Droid Incredible Manual

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4 years ago

Froyo for the Nexus One gets an update in the form of FRF72 build

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Nexus One update

There have been rumors of an update to the early Froyo build (aka FRF50) that we've been running on our Nexus Ones, and now the download location has leaked out. You can get it straight from Google here (mirrors here in case it gets pulled), but note that you must be running the FRF 50 build, and you must also have the stock Nexus One ROM installed. From there, download the update, rename it to update.zip and slap it on the SD card. Boot into recovery, and away you go.

Early comments at XDA Developers (along with the small size of the file) indicate that these are likely bugfixes for the original build, and so we continue wait for a full update to be pushed out. Give it a shot, and let us know what you see. [XDA Developers]

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4 years ago

Friday free for all: Comment at will!

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Week in Comments

Stick a fork in us, folks. We're done. It's been quite the week, with the half-announcement of the Motorola Droid X, the official announcements of the Samsung Captivate and HTC Aria on AT&T, the Droid 2 made another appearance, the HTC Desire is coming to the U.S., and Froyo is scheduled to launch on the Nexus One in Korea in mid-July. So let us reflect, relax, and get your comment on below. You've earned it.

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4 years ago

The Sprint Palm Pre vs. the HTC Evo 4G -- 2 Guys, 2 Phones, 2 Decisions

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Evo 4G and Palm Pre

(Ed. Note: Craig Froehle and Don Ferguson are longtime friends of us here at Android Central and Pre Central. They're experts in the Palm OS of old and the webOS of new. And so when they offered up a in-depth comparison of the Palm Pre versus the Evo 4G, we jumped at the chance to run it.)

Craig: Both Don and I have used the Palm Pre on Sprint for almost a year, now. We also both (independently) decided to try the EVO, getting one on launch day (June 4, 2010). This is the first Android device for both of us, so have patience with the noobs.

Don: Indeed! New to Android, but not new to this space. This will be fun since, while we certainly don’t have exactly the same perspective on this, we do share a unique perspective that differs from what most reviewers review. Unlike most “first look” reviews, we won’t be telling you the resolution of the screen or how hard it is (or isn’t) to read outside, or that kind of stuff. This review is more detailed, more specific, and more focused on the factors that make a phone truly usable and useful on a day-to-day basis.

Craig: So, we’re going to summarize initial reactions to the new kid on the blog, the EVO 4G, then go into a pretty detailed comparison about how the Pre and the EVO match up on various criteria. The whole thing is set up like a conversation so we can each express our own opinions rather than try to agree on everything (although we actually do that fairly often).

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4 years ago

HTC Aria multitouch test

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HTC Aria Multitouch Test

The touchscreen on the HTC Aria touchscreen doesn't offer as much real estate on which to work as the Evo 4G, Droid Incredible or Nexus One. But how does its multitouch capability match up? We put it through its paces after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Aria apparently showing up early in some AT&T, Best Buy stores

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HTC Aria

If you just can't wait to get your hands on the svelte new HTC Aria, you might want to go ahead and check your local AT&T or Best Buy store. Units apparently are popping up for sale already -- a full two days ahead of their official release. It's not the first time we've seen AT&T slip a few out the door, and what works in one store might not work in another. Anybody else snag one yet? [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

GCI Alaska announces Android phones; HTC Legend with AT&T 3G on sale online

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A plethora of Android

Android phones are coming out of the woodwork!  Alaskan regional carrier GCI announced today that they will have the Motorola Milestone and the HTC Desire available for pre-order "early next week", and PocketNow has shows us where we can buy an unlocked HTC Legend with AT&T 3G bands.

No word on exact dates or pricing from GCI, but I'm watching closely and will shout out when they make any announcement.  The HTC Legend can be had (unlocked) for $498.50 from Negri Electronics. I'm collecting cans and counting pennies as soon as I'm done typing.

Keep 'em coming.  An Android phone in every hand would be a beautiful sight. [Twitter and PocketNow]

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4 years ago

We've got 20 Vlingo licenses for you [Contest[

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Vlingo for AndroidIt's been a big week, and we're in a giving mood. So let's give away some free software, shall we?

Vlingo's voice-to-text (and vice-versa) service goes a few steps beyond Google's stock service, and it's one that we've been enjoying for some time now. For the uninitiated, Vlingo allows you to dictate just about anything you want, and it will actually read your incoming e-mails and voicemails, too.

So without further ado, let's give away 20 copies of the Vlingo app. All you need to do is comment in this post, and let us know why you deserve the app. We'll close up shop tonight at midnight Eastern time and notify the winners by e-mail. So make sure you're registered, leave a comment, and good luck!

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