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4 years ago

Motorola portrait QWERTY phone smiles on Sprint

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Well, well, what have we here? In typical blurry fashion, an Android phone from Motorola has appeared, bearing Sprint branding. It's said to be some sort of variant of the Droid Pro/XPRT. Size-wise, it looks about right, through the keyboard's been changed to a "Smile" format, angling up at the edges instead of hitting straight across.

There's no word on this, but how fun  might it be if that were a sliding screen, covering the keyboard when not in use, aka the Palm Pre (which grows increasingly not in use as each day goes by). Other features are sparse, save for Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and a Wimax radio, which makes us hope for a sizable battery in that small form factor.

Source: PopHerald; via BGR

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: X Construction

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X Construction is a titular, physics-based game focused around building a safe enough bridge for a train to pass over it without plunging to its doom. It's entertaining, challenging, and definitely tongue-in-cheek, which makes it definitely worth your time.

The object is straightforward: build construct a bridge stable enough to ferry your train across the chasm beneath it without your passengers falling to their demise. You'd think that's unnecessarily simple until you remember there's physics in the game, so if your bridge isn't structurally sound, it'll creak, lean, turn red, and break.

You're limited by how many girders you have, which requires a bit of forward-thinking on your part, but you're always appropriated a couple of pieces more than you need, so if you find yourself running out, you're doing it wrong. Fortunately, the little wrench button lets you erase ill-placed girders and return them to your count, so you've got as many tries as you need.

Constructing bridges is easy enough. Make sure you've got the girder icon selected, tap a point to place your girder, and drag to either make it longer or change it's angle. You'll want to keep them touching one another (indicated by a green circle where two points touch) as well as make sure you've got endpoints anchored to the white dots that speckle the levels. With that in mind, you now know how to play.

The folks who made this game obviously have a bit of a dark side, you'll notice, as whenever your train doesn't make it from Point A to Point B, the passengers all scream as they plummet to their doom, with not-so-realistic metallic, crunching noises accompanying them. It's kind of funny the first time, but totally caught me off guard. To add insult to injury, you get a nice big "Fail" message when you've done just that, to really drive the point home.

Completing a level isn't nearly as dramatic, but you do get points for how many pieces of girder you didn't use as well as how much stress your bridge was under over the course of the train ride. Plus, you unlock the next level, so that's always good.

A scant $1.43 nets you the full version, which is ad-free, has a "free build" mode, and is guaranteed "more levels and materials in future updates," says CrossConstruct. Perhaps a better motivation is the fact that save states between the free version and the paid version aren't compatible, so once you rock through the free one, you'll have to start all over again once you pony up the dough.

At any rate, this game is very fun, especially if you're into mind-benders and physics-based games. It's pretty cheap, so there's no real reason to not go for it, in my opinion. Twenty-one levels await your completion, so hop to it. The train's a-waiting.

Pictures and download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

LA's J. Paul Getty Museum partners with Google to 'Goggles-enable' its entire permanent collection

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Los Angeles area art fans: you’ve now got your own personal curator right in your pocket. The J. Paul Getty Museum has partnered with Google to “Goggles enable” its entire permanent collection of paintings, allowing Goggles users to learn more about the art by simply snapping a photo. Goggles uses the museum’s website to expand on the painting's description by giving you an in-depth look at the history behind some of the coolest paintings in LA.  No word on whether or not Google will engage in similar partnerships in the future, though for the sake of looking a lot smarter than we actually are, we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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4 years ago

A half-million Android devices activated every day, Andy Rubin says

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Wow. Let there be no doubt that Android's taking over, folks. Andy Rubin (he's the cat in charge of the whole thing, if you didn't know), tweeted this morning that "There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day.) Plus, he said, that rate's growing at 4 percent week over week.

Think about it: That's 3.5 million Android devices activated every week. Twenty thousand an hour. Some 347 devices activated every minute. Nearly six devices activated every second.

Boom.

Source: @arubin

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4 years ago

Vodafone to carry HTC EVO 3D in the UK

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Vodafone is the first UK carrier to announce that it'll be selling the new European version of the HTC EVO 3D. No pricing or release date information is available at the moment, nor is there any hint of the device being exclusive to Vodafone in the UK or elsewhere.

HTC announced yesterday that the EVO 3D, now available on Sprint in the US, would be coming to Europe, with a UK release due sometime in July. Join us after the jump for an early Vodafone promo video showing off the phone's 3D features.

Source: Vodafone UK

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4 years ago

MyTouch 4G Slide officially announced, touting HDR camera

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

And here it is, folks. Just a few minutes after a not-so-cagy tease, we've got the myTouch 4G Slide from HTC and T-Mobile, officially announced. Claiming the "most advanced camera of any smartphone," it's got an 8MP shooter with ClearShot HDR (stitching together different exposures into one image, like on the iPhone 4, yo), SweepShot panorama, BurstShot for, well, burst mode and the Genius Button we saw on the original myTouch 4G.

According to T-Mobile's press release, the camera sports zero shutter lag, a backside illuminated sensor, as well as an f/2.2 aperture.

Other features:

  • 3.7-inch touchscreen.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
  • Sense 3.0
  • Swype
  • Four-row QWERTY keyboard.
  • Qik mobile video chat.
  • Genius button with Dragon Dictation from Nuance.
  • Netflix.
  • T-Mobile TV.
  • YouTube
  • T-Mobile KidZone

Not a bad list. It'll be available in July for $199. We've got the full press release after the break.

More: T-Mobile; Thanks, Jesus G, for the tip!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile adds a few more cities to its HSPA+ roster

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Tucked deep inside the press release announcing the myTouch 4G Slide, T-Mobile also broke news of seven cities that now have access to its HSPA+ network. They are:

  • Barnstable, Mass.
  • Chico, Calif.
  • Lancaster, Penn.
  • Ogden, Utah
  • Redding, Calif.
  • Vineland, N.J.
  • Winchester, Va.

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

T-Mobile teases ... something ... on Twitter

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Gee, whatever could it be? Couldn't have at least done one of those Magic Eye sailboat things?

Source: @TMobile

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4 years ago

Toshiba shows off the Thrive, and gives us all a chance to win one

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Toshiba US is showing off the Toshiba Thrive Honeycomb tablet, and giving us all a chance to win one of our very own. Take a minute and check out the really cool unboxing video, which not only does our job for us but is chock full of CGI and special effects that show off the features of the Thrive.  When you're done, you'll want to hit the official contest page and try to win one of your own. 

The Thrive has all the connectivity you would ever need, with HDMI, USB, and SD card slots, and has a removable battery to extend work and play while on the go.  We're looking forward to seeing them, and I imagine more than a few of you guys are as well.  Check out the links below and maybe you'll get lucky and have a Thrive to call your own.

Via: @AndroidAshleyOfficial Contest Page

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4 years ago

Next Nexus, all 3D's not created equal [From the Forums]

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Another Monday is almost past us and like always we've got plenty more coming up for the rest of the week but we'll get to that later. If you haven't stopped by the Android Central forums today, now is as good a time as any to do so. Check out some of the threads below to help get you started:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

Share your HTC EVO 3D pictures [from the forums]

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A big draw of the modern smartphone is a quality camera, and the HTC EVO 3D is no exception.  Not only can you take some very nice stills in 2D, like Android Central forums member zmann's flower garden above,  but there's that nifty little thing called 3D to play around with.  We've got a place for you to share your pictures, novice or pro, and in 2D or 3D right in the EVO 3D forums

Now grab your EVO 3D, snap some pics, and share with the class -- we all wanna see them.  And while you're at it, you can pick up all the hints and tricks about sharing your 3D content from the folks in the forums who seem to have it just about figured out.

Android Central EVO 3D forums.  Picture credit zmann

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4 years ago

Samsung slider spied running Android, headed to Verizon?

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If you've found yourself asking "When, oh when, will Samsung release an Android slider for Verizon?" then you may be in luck. Realistically, I'm sure no one has ever asked that but that doesn't matter because it looks as though Samsung might make it happen with the SCH-i405, as spied in the image above.

Although specs are seemingly slim pickings for this device as of yet, it has crossed the paths of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certification experts but has not hit the FCC. The details available peg this one as being a mid-range device similar in styling to that of the Epic 4G from Sprint minus the 4G but coming with a WVGA display and a single core processor capable of one - yes, singular gigahertz. Sidenote: That's a Slacker Radio icon you're seeing -- not CyanogenMod. Sorry to disappoint.

Source: PocketNow

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4 years ago

Gingerbread RUU for the DROID Incredible 2 leaks

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Now that S-OFF can be obtained on the Droid Incredible 2 we've started to see some custom ROMs pop up for the device and developers have been hard at work in an effort to make everyone happy by working on root solutions and now -- a leaked build of Gingerbread has appeared.

The full RUU has been leaked for all non-rooted users courtesy of Football but if you at some point want to root then you'll want to stay very far away from this considering you'll be killing off the only known root method for the Droid Incredible 2. That said, if you care none about obtaining root then you can go right ahead and proceed with the installation.

The other option here is to hold out and wait until the AlphaRevX team releases their root method for the Droid Incredible 2 at which point, you'll then be able to install a pre-rooted version of Gingerbread based off of the RUU using AlphaRevX and ClockworkMod recovery.

The choice really is up to you as a user but our personal suggestion is to just hold out and wait until the root method becomes available and then go from there. Links for both can be found after the break as well as short list of the changes that are said to be included with this RUU release.

Source: Android Police

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4 years ago

Google and Taiwanese government at odds over Android Market refund window

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Google has suspended paid applications for users in Taiwan, as a result of a NT$1 million (US$345,500) fine for failing to offer Taiwanese consumers a seven-day free-trial.  While Google sticks to their strict 15 minute return window, the laws of Taiwan state that all goods purchased over the Internet come with a free trial period of at least seven days because consumers cannot feel or touch the goods before purchase.  Until recently, appstores were not specifically included under this law, because application purchasing in Taiwan is a very recent trend.  On June 4, the Taiwanese government gave both Google and Apple 15 days to comply with this law.  Apple complied, Google didn't.

But in the end, this will only be a temporary set-back, as Google is sending company officials to Taipei on Thursday to continue talks over the matter -- a move that may likely cost Google even more penalties.  Governments and giant corporations have money to burn, but most consumers do not -- so let's hope a working solution can be found soon.

Source: Taipei Times via: Android Police

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4 years ago

Chinese search giant Baidu developing their own flavor of Android?

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According to the Chinese site TechWeb, the Chinese search company Baidu is developing their own version of Android called "Qiushi", and it will be launched before the end of 2011.  Baidu neither confirms or denies these rumors, saying only that Qiushi is simply a way to offer mobile advertising.  China is a huge market, one that everyone wants to get a strong foothold in.  They also already have two Android variants being sold on mobile devices -- MIUI (yes, the same MIUI that's familiar to many an Android hacker) and DianxinOS.  This could be something a bit different, as you have the name (and the capital) of a highly successful tech corporation behind the development and distribution.  If the rumors pan out, things could get very interesting in China at the mobile OS front.

Source: TechWeb (Chinese) via: AfterDawn

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