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4 years ago

Developer interest in Android tablets is huge, even though none exist yet

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developer interest comparison chart

A report by Appcelerator published today shows that even though developers are very interested in working with iOS, interest in Android, especially Android tablets, is soaring.  62 percent of those surveyed said they would like to develop apps for Android tablets even though none have been released yet.  Also interesting is the fact that the numbers for Android smartphones remains as high as ever, with 81 percent of developers showing interest.  This is great news all around, as healthy competition among tech products benefits the consumer more than anyone.  Check out the source link to see all the tables and charts, but the bottom line as put by Appcelerator sums it up nicely -- "Apple and Google are now playing chess while everyone else plays catch up." [CNNMoney]

 

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4 years ago

The Droid X does not have Motoblur

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Not Motoblur

We kind of have the feeling that we're going to be repeating this until we're blue in the face, so let's start now: The Motorola Droid X does not run Motoblur atop Android 2.1. Nor does it run "Ninjablur" -- a bad rumor that went around a while ago -- or "Unicornblur" or any other kind of "Blur." It's just a customized UI with some pretty cool tricks up its sleeve, actually.

Check out the video after the break, where you can watch a widget be resized directly on the home screen, just like you would a desktop window. And then there's Motorola explaining to us that it's not running Motoblur. Have we mentioned Motoblur's not on the Droid X? That'd be a good thing to point out, we think. 

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4 years ago

HTC HD2 car dock fits Evo 4G after a little work

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We all know that the HD2 and Evo are very similar, however, some small differences in the chassis make it so most accessories just don’t fit. Since the Evo’s official car dock hasn’t been released yet, some innovative folks over at HTCPedia took it into their own hands, and modded the existing HD2’s dock to work (almost flawlessly) with our beloved Evo. Basically, all you have to do is move the USB charging port that’s on the mount from the left to the right, and snap off one of the plastic holding arm clips – and voila, it’s a near-perfect fit. There’s no need to have to fiddle with your phone after it’s inserted into the cradle as the Navigation app comes right up as soon as it’s in place.  It may not be exactly what you're looking for, but for what it's worth, it works pretty darn well.  [via GoodAndEvo

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4 years ago

Sprint Hero, Moment won't get Froyo

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Sprint on Twitter

We imagine there are quite a few pitchforks being raised right about now. Sprint dropped the bad news on Twitter that while the new Evo 4G will be getting Android 2.2 (which was already announced anyway), the Samsung Moment and HTC Hero will not. Sorry, folks. That's just the way it is. But the good news is you can head over to your favorite forums -- ahem -- and get instructions for rooting and ROMing for the Hero and the Moment. [Twitter] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S officially will be the Vibrant on T-Mobile

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Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile

This pretty much leaked out a few days ago, but now T-Mobile has gone and made it semi-official on Twitter and its little game site: The Samsung Galaxy S is coming, and it'll be called the Vibrant. No word on when and for how much, but here's to hoping we find out next week at Sammy's event in New York. [Twitter, T-MobileClue.com] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Gaming on the Droid X

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Droid X gaming

Sure, you could use the Motorola Droid X's 4.3-inch screen to be productive and all, but let's get down to what we really want: Games. Fast, smooth, immersive games. And in our demonstration at the Motorola event in New York, that's exactly what we saw. Don't worry so much about specs, just know this: That 1GHz processor and dedicated GPU scream. It's fast. Real fast. We'll show you after the break.

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4 years ago

Preorder the Droid X now at Best Buy

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Motorola Droid X

Looking to preorder the Motorola Droid X? Best Buy's taking them now -- in stores --  in advance of the July 15 launch on Verizon. The good news is that Best Buy's doing its usual thing where you don't have to deal with any pesky mail-in rebate, so you get the $199 price up front. So they got that going for them, which is nice. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 18

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Audio-only stream below

Phil's back from the Motorola Droid X event in New York, with the phone in hand! Plus, a bunch of your e-mails and voicemails. And vuvuzelas!

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4 years ago

Sprint says 'Us, too!' when it comes to Froyo

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Not wanting to be left out, Sprint announced this morning that it's working on the Android 2.2 update, and that the Evo 4G will get it.

As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It also will be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G.

With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.

No exact date on when we'll start seeing  updates roll out -- they say "in the near future -- so we'll all have to sit patiently and wait. Let us know how that works out for ya. [Sprint]

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4 years ago

U.S. Cellular to boast 4 Android phones

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We've known for some time that U.S. Cellular was getting the HTC Desire, thanks to it being on the regional carrier's rebate form. And now we've got a launch window. The Desire will be available in "early August."

Oh, but wait. There's more. Another Samsung Android phone -- to go along with the Acclaim, which is coming July 9 -- is on the way, and LG will have an Android phone, too. That'll give U.S. Cellular four Android phones -- twice as many as AT&T. Who said the little guys can't play big? Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Droid X torn down, splayed for all to see

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Motorola Droid X teardown

What do you get when you rip open a Droid X? Besides a creamy caramel center, you get what you see above. Not sure we want to try this ourselves just yet, but there's video after the break of it being done, so if you really get the urge ... Oh, and do note that you don't actually need a screwdriver to remove the battery. As Max notes, he forgot to put the pull tab back on after a previous disassembly. [DroidX.net via Engadget]

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4 years ago

New BlueAnt apps for Android provide message reading assist

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BlueAnt, the maker of innovative Bluetooth peripheral devices, has just announced the availability of new Android apps that work with the S4 True Handsfree Car Speakerphone and the T1 Rugged Bluetooth Headset -- enabling users to hear incoming text messages read aloud automatically.

BlueAnt already considers T1 and S4 to be groundbreaking devices. The T1 provides the excellent wind noise reduction, delivering clear audio in wind speeds up to 22 mph, and the S4 is the world’s first true handsfree car speakerphone, allowing drivers to communicate on the road using just their voice AND without needing to touch their phone or car speakerphone at all. 

Key features of both applications:

  • Listen to your text messages – When you receive a text message your BlueAnt device will automatically read out the full message using Text To Speech technology.
  • Help and Support – The BlueAnt Android apps provide a direct connection to BlueAnt’s customer service center to help users with any product need.
  • User Manual – Both apps also feature a user-friendly searchable manual that has been customized and formatted to fit the phone’s screen.

The apps work with any Android handset running Android OS 2.0 or above, and are available as a free download for all S4 and T1 owners.  Users can download them from the Android Market.   For more information about all BlueAnt’s hands-free device, see www.blueantwireless.com.

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4 years ago

Swype expects to be on 50 devices by 2011 -- but this is not one of them

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Swype Droid X WinMo

There's a Reuters story going 'round today in which Swype CEO Mike McSherry (hey, Mike!) expects his keyboard -- which we're big fans of, by the way -- to be on 50 phones by year's end. It's currently on 10 (including the just-announced Motorola Droid X), so there's a bit of catching up to do, but no reason it can't be done. And we've love to see it happen.

That said (and we're just having a little fun here) one phone you won't see it on is the one above. That's right, Swype will not be on a Windows Mobile-powered Motorola Droid X. Photoshop blunder or not, we can think of a few people who would love to see this happen, though. And knowing the enterprising Android developers out there, it just might. And if you haven't tried Swype yet, you should. Get it at beta.swype.com. Thanks, Justin!

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X system dump available; hackers already hard at it

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moto Droid X

What happens when a pre-released phone gets into the hands of someone who knows their way around the Android system is a beautiful thing.  Late last night we got a system dump from the brand spanking new Droid X out in the Android Central forums, and things are already springing up.

  • Android Central member mothy can hook you up with all the new static wallpapers HERE
  • The all new drrrroooooiiiidddd sounds can be found HERE
  • The Eclair Tips Widget (tested only on the HTC Evo) can be found HERE
  • You can find the multitouch keyboard HERE at droid-life
  • Kellen reported in that they now have the boot animation ported over to the Droid Incredible, check it out HERE at droid-life
  • And last, but not least, you can get the whole system dump and play until your heart's content right HERE

With over 500 downloads so far of the system dump, we expect big things out of the hacking community, and we can experience a little bit of the Droid X while waiting for it to hit the shelves.  Thanks heartagram616 for the keyboard tip!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S live wallpapers hacked onto other phones

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Galaxy S live wallpapers

Things like this is why I love Android.  Hacker extraordinaire persiansown has ripped the new live wallpapers out of the Samsung Galaxy S and ported them to other devices.  They all make a very nice subtle background, and with 4 to choose from there's probably something there to tickle your fancy.  As for me, I really like the Blue Sea one.  Hit the break to see some images and a short video of them in action, and you can find the download (tested on the Nexus, Moto Droid, HTC Evo, but should work on any Android 2.1 HVGA device) at the source link. [xda-developers]

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