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4 years ago

Next version of Android is Ice Cream (no sandwich) per Dell roadmap leak

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We've heard plenty of rumors about Ice Cream Sandwich being the next version of Android to hit phones. Even at this years Mobile World Congress Eric Schmidt himself was dropping "I" version hints when speaking of taking the best of Honeycomb and Gingerbread for the next Android operating system. Now, a new Dell road map has leaked out courtesy of the fine folks over at WPCentral that not only adds confirmation to the name not being Ice Cream Sandwich but rather Ice Cream. In addition to the name now being confirmed, we get a look at some devices as well. Hancock and Millennium are the internal code names for the phones heading to market while, Opus One, Silver Oak and Gallo are all seemingly Honeycomb tablets or as we've seen from Dell already by way of the Streak and Streak 7 -- MID's. [WPCentral]

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4 years ago

HongTouTou trojan identified, found in Chinese language websites [security]

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android trojan

The folks over at Lookout have released information about another Android trojan application -- named HongTouTou.  As we saw with the Geinimi trojan, this one has only been spotted in re-packaged (yes, we mean cracked) apps on a few Chinese language websites.  Specifically mentioned was the popular game RoboDefense, which has been cracked and pirated all over the web.  The Market version, both free and paid, of RoboDefense is unaffected -- only apk files that have been tampered with are affected.

What this one does is send data containing your device ID to a remote host, which returns a string of search engine URL data.  Then it emulates background keyword searches, generating clicks on specific results.  It's clearly designed to use your phone to increase click-through counts and generate a bit of income for the people who wrote it.  The HongTouTou trojan also has the ability to download an .apk that monitors your SMS messages and inserts keywords into the conversation.  Researchers at Lookout say they have not seen the trojan attempt to install the apk, but they have been able to disassemble it.

Lookout also says that users of their Android security suite (free or premium) have received an OTA update that protects them from HongTouTou. 

Here's the breakdown -- just like on your computer, if you go looking to pirate apps you just might end up with more than you bargained for.  That's your call, but if and when this happens, you can only blame yourself.  As of today, there has not been a case of true malware found in an app downloaded from the Android Market, and we haven't heard of any from other reputable third party marketplaces.  If you want to be safe, download and install a security app, and stay away from pirated applications. [Lookout Blog]

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4 years ago

Sidekick 4G sign up page posted by T-Mobile

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T-Mobile has posted a sign up page for those of you who would like more info on the recently announced Sidekick 4G. T-Mobile's USA CEO Phillipp Humm confirmed that the Sidekick was alive and real at a press breakfast last month. The phone is is said to be running Android 2.2.1.  Anyone signing up? Let us know in the comments. [T-Mobile via TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Optimus S sees Gingerbread via CyanogenMod port

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Gingerbread on the Optimus S

Gingerbread has been ported over to the LG Optimus S.  Using the CyanogenMod 7 codebase, users have been able to get a pretty darn functional version of Gingerbread up and running, long before any manufacturer or carrier ever will.

Not to say it's bug free (are any phones ever bug free?), but the existing bugs are dropping like flies according to the changelog.  It's a testament to both the dedication of the folks working on this, as well as the unrestrictive hardware of LG's Optimus One line of phones.  Android Central forums member zefie, who is spearheading this project, has a forum thread all set up with news, details, and download links -- go check it out! [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom priced at $799; WiFi only version around $600

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Put the price speculation to rest; this is just about as official as official gets. Sanjay Jha, chief executive of Motorola Mobility confirmed to Reuters that the Motorola Xoom would be priced at $799 directly from Verizon, and that a WiFi only version would be priced "around $600". This is in line with other unconfirmed reports that Xoom will be available for that controversial $800 price tag. A $200 drop in price for a WiFi only model is not uncommon for tablets thus far, so we can't say $600 surprises us, either.

So, we will continue to ask, is $799 for WiFi + 3G and $600 for WiFi only asking too much? Sound off in the Motorola Xoom forums. [Reuters

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4 years ago

Sony reportedly working on 9.4-inch 'S1' Honeycomb tablet

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 Sony tablet?

Sony is building a 9.4-inch Android 3.0 tablet with a custom UI based around its Qriocity service, according to reports from Engadget. Citing two independent sources within Sony, Engadget says the tablet is currently known by its internal codename of 'S1', and is being developed by engineers from the VAIO, PlayStation, Sony Ericsson and Sony Reader groups.

The tablet's brand new UI is said to be built upon Android 3.0 Honeycomb and focused around Sony's Qriocity on-demand entertainment service. The S1 is also reported to feature Bravia media remote capability and PlayStation support.

The most interesting thing about the S1, though, is the design sketch pictured above. According to Engadget's sources, its bulged side is designed to make it comfortable to use in a variety of ways. When laid down flat, the bulge props the tablet up; when held in the hand, it gives the user something more comfortable to grip onto. The bulge is also said to house most of the tablet's components, including its battery and Tegra 2 processor. Other reported features include a USB port for connecting flash drives and the like, as well as an IR transmitter to control non-Bravia TV's.

Sony is apparently aiming to ship the S1 this September for around $599, and we're definitely looking forward to finding out more about this intriguing little box of tricks. Sony will need to come up with something special to compete with the slew of Honeycomb tablets that'll be launching over the next few months, and we'll be watching with interest to see whether they can pull it off with the S1. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

HTC Incredible S will be exclusive to Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse

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The Carphone Warehouse has announced that it's obtained exclusive rights to sell the new HTC Incredible S in the UK, while its North American partner Best Buy will ship the device in the US. The phone is set to launch in both countries sometime next month.

In Europe, the Incredible S will replace the Desire HD as HTC's flagship phone. In the US, it'll ship alongside the very similar Thunderbolt 4G and Inspire 4G. According to HTC, the Incredible S will run Android 2.2 out of the box, but will receive an update to version 2.4 shortly after launch.

Last year Best Buy and Carphone agreed a similar deal with Google for the Nexus S, which gave them exclusive rights to sell the device after its launch last December.

Yesterday we got the chance to play with the Incredible S at MWC in Barcelona. Check out our hands-on feature to find out what we thought. [Carphone Warehouse]

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4 years ago

FlightTrack wallpaper, FlightBoard app help make travel look cool

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I've raved about Mobiata's FlightTrack app before, and for good reasons -- it's just about the best at helping me keep track of where in the world I'm going. And it's just gotten better in a couple of big ways.

First is with the addition of a live wallpaper that shows flights in progress. If you're a travel nerd, airplane buff or just like shiny things, you'll want to check it out.

Then there's the recently released FlightBoard. Previously available for iOS, it does what the name suggests -- it's a slick way to see what flights are coming up when.

We caught up with Mobiata for a quick demo at the Android booth at Mobile World Congress. Check it out.

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4 years ago

LG explains dual-core, dual-channel tech in Optimus 3D

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 Optimus 3D

Confused about the dual-core, dual-channel, dual-memory technology that LG's been plugging in its new Optimus 3D? The manufacturer has created a new video to explain what it's all about, with the help of a simple analogy involving factories and conveyor belts. Put simply, the more factories you have, the faster you can create stuff, and the more conveyors you have the quicker you can get your stuff where it's meant to go.

There's also a run-down of some of the major features of the phone, which is expected to launch in the second quarter of the year.

Check out the video after the jump, and be sure to take a look at our Optimus 3D hands-on feature from MWC when you're done.

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4 years ago

Silver Motorola Xoom is a Motorola Xoom ... that's silver

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Motorola Xoom silver

We've used the Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet on a number of occasions now, but never the silver one. Let's walk you through the differences:

It's silver. And it's expected to be the non-Verizon version that'll be available whenever it's available.

We also played around a bit with the Speaker HD Dock for the Xoom. The 10.1-inch tablet pugs into it horizontally and can play music over the speaker. And there's an HDMI port in the back for HD output. Thus the Speaker HD Dock, we imagine. Pics are after the break.

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4 years ago

Mobile World Congress Contest: Guess Phil's roaming data bill!

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Phil at Mobile World Congress

It's tough enough that Mobile World Congress is at least six time zones away for everyone in the United States. But for our intrepid bloggers, it means long days and many miles at the Fira de Barcelona, long nights at events, parties and the occasional, erm, entertainment venue.

And all the while, I've been pulling down data like I never left, thanks to AT&T's roaming in Europe.

Let's have a little fun. I'm going to writing a big fat check to AT&T as soon as I get back. And if you can guess how big or little I end up spending on data here in Spain, I'll send you a free case or charger from the Android Central Store.

Leave your guess in this thread in the Android Central Forums. I'll let you know the damage just as soon as all the damage is done.

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4 years ago

Viewsonic ViewPad 4 Hands-on [MWC]

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While we've been following Viewsonic's tablets for some time now, we haven't yet paid much attention to what, if any, phone efforts they've made in the past. We can't really promise that will change in the future now that we've had some hands-on time with the decidedly utilitarian ViewPad 4. It's not that there's anything wrong with a blocky, squarish, bare-bones Android phone, it's just that there isn't anything particularly inspiring to be had here. Granted, we had a prototype here, as they hadn't yet even loaded up Google's apps on the device.

Spec-wise, we have a 4.1" 800x480 screen, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8255 with Quad-band GSM, 512MB RAM and 2GB storage, Bluetooth 3.0, a 5mp camera (720p video) on the rear and VGA on the front, and a 1400 mAh battery powering it all. Sort of amazing to be ho-humming specs like that because there's really nothing to complain about. Hey, it's running Android 2.4 Gingerbread, so maybe a little more wide-eyed wonder is called for - we'll see how we feel when we find out pricing and availability later this year.

Check out some photos and a video after the break

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4 years ago

Nvidia quad-core mobile processor demo

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Nvidia quad-core mobile processor

We're all still wrapping our heads around dual-core processors. So it only makes sense that Nvidia decided to drop the next next generation mobile processor on us at Mobile World Congress. Codenamed Kal-El (yeah, like Super Man), we're now ushering in the era (on the technical side, anyway) of quad-core mobile processors.

What you'll see in the demo after the break is not Tegra 3 -- it's a hot-off-the-press processor that's more powerful than anything you've held in your hand and that Nvidia says gets a 5x performance boost over Tegra 2. On top of that, it's got a 12-core graphics processor built in, with support for stereo 3D.

And on top of that is the capability to output video at a mind-blowing 2560x1600 resolution -- basically hotter than the sun, or something like that.

Effect on battery life -- it's really better to call it "power consumption" at this early stage -- well, Nvidia constantly stresses it's one of its main concerns. And, again, you have to remember that multiple cores doesn't mean an exponential increase in power consumption. And besides, we'll worry about that once it's in consumer facing devices.

So when will we see these quad-core chips in something we can buy? Nvidia tells us tablets around August, and phones by the end of the year. Yes, that soon.

Check out our demo after the break. You might want to sit down first.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod V7.0.0-RC1 now available for Nexus One, MyTouch 4G and EVO 4G

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For the many folks running nightly builds of CyanogenMod 7 you'll want to hit ROM Manager or the CyanogenMod forums if you haven't already. V7.0.0-RC1 is now available for download if you're using either a Nexus One, MyTouch 4G or HTC EVO 4G. If you're not seeing it as of yet, just hold out a little bit longer as things are likely still populating across servers. Don't forget, if you happen to run into issues you can hit our forums for some help as well. [CyanogenMod] Thanks, everyone that sent this in!

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4 years ago

GetJar secures $25 Million in funding from Tiger Global Management

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When most of us think about obtaining Android applications the Android Market is most likely the number one spot that comes to mind. We can't forget about GetJar though, over the past year they've been hard at work keeping their open Android Market alternative going; all while maintaining a database of applications for various other smartphone platforms. Seeing the value in their work, Tiger Global Management has stepped in to help GetJar further innovating in their area of expertise by investing $25 Million into the company.

“GetJar has the rare combination of a differentiated, cross platform app store solution coupled with a unique revenue model,” said Lee Fixel, Managing Director at Tiger Global Management. “We’ve been highly impressed with the leadership team and their ability to disrupt the marketplace with the fraction of spend compared to the likes of Google and others. I’m very excited to see what GetJar will do next with our investment during this tremendous growth period.”

$25 Million should keep things running smoothly for a while. If you're interested in the full press release for further details you can find it after the break. [Businesswire]

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