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4 years ago

Best Buy tablet in the works?

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 Best Buy tablet

Best Buy may be making its own Android tablet soon. Robert Stephens, CTO of the giant retailer, tweeted an image of a tablet on Friday that sported Best Buy's 'Rocketfish' branding. 

Next, Ben Hedrington, a web strategist for the company, tweeted his own "hidden" message: 

"Hint hint...be looking for a little green robot on that Best Buy tablet screen..."

Now if that doesn't give away the operating system of the tablet, I'm not sure what will. Best Buy is set to launch Best Buy Connect, a 4G data service soon, so a tablet should not be too surprising. 

Great to hear more news about Android tablets and you know one from Best Buy is going to receive a huge marketing push. Hopefully it won't prevent them from selling other tablets, like the rumored Samsung and Motorola devices. [Androinica via CrunchGear]

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4 years ago

Android trojan found in the wild

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Android trojan

Welcome to the big time, Android users -- the first Android-specific trojan has been announced by Kaspersky Lab.  Don't sound the alarms and clang the bells just yet, as even with 200,000 activations a day this thing (so far) is as rare as an honest politician.  If you are unlucky enough to install it, the trojan will send premium SMS messages (as in the kind that add money to your monthly carrier bill) behind the scenes and without your knowledge or permission.  Like its Windows and iPhone counterparts, you won't find it in any reputable place like the Android Market, and will have to peruse the seedy side of the interwebz to run into it.  Yes, I'm talking about those so-called .apk black markets.  But since there's also a chance an innocent party could come across this one, rather than point and laugh, let's talk about how to prevent it.

Which brings us to side-loading and application permissions.  If you don't go for the conspiracy theories, AT&T is protecting you from this sort of thing by disabling sideloading.  Once you get a bit more comfortable with Android, we've re-enabled that for you, so even you AT&T subscribers need to pay attention to application permissions.  If you download a supposed video player (A 13kb video player?  That's a hint in itself) that needs access to your messaging program, and install it anyway you're just asking for trouble.

Of course you could download and install one of the Android anti-virus apps, that's your call.  In any case, be careful what you download, where you download it from, and for goodness sakes read the application permissions before you click away! [Kaspersky Lab]

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4 years ago

Dell Streak presale starts this Thursday: $299 on-contract, $549 off contract

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Dell Streak

Finally, we have proper launch info for the Dell Streak. The one-day presale begins Thursday, and the 5-inch Android tablet will be in general availability on Friday. Pricing remains the same at $299 with a two-year contract on AT&T, and $549 sans contract. Otherwise, everything else is as we expect -- 5MP camera, 2GB of on-board storage, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and the ability to look at the Droid X and Evo 4G like they're small fries. Full presser after the break. [Business Wire] Discuss the Dell Streak in our Tablet Forums.

Are you buying a Dell Streak?online survey

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4 years ago

Adobe shows off Flash running on Droid 2

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Adobe just put up a blog post showing off Flash 10.1 running on a brand-new Droid 2, which will come with it pre-installed. They went on to promise that the Droid X, Droid Incredible, the Galaxy S line, and the Milestone will see Flash "in the coming weeks," which is great news for those waiting for Froyo as it is a requirement for Flash. Personally, I am just waiting on Flash so I can get my Strong Bad fix on the go. Check out their video walkthrough after the break. [Adobe]

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4 years ago

A very brief look at Tweetdeck for Android

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Tweetdeck for Android

We're still waiting on the public beta of Tweetdeck for Android to go live sometime this week, but a very short video from Tweetdeck CEO Iain Dodsworth showing the log-in process is on Twitter. Of particular droolworthiness: The multiple account access, which for a good many of us is a must-have in any Twitter app. Check out the video after the break. Thanks, Eddie, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Extreme close-up of the Droid 2 keyboard

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Motorola Droid 2

The next 48 hours or so are going to drag by, but we're already getting more looks at the new Motorola Droid 2, just announced this morning. And this extreme close-up of the new keyboard comes to us courtesy of TheDream1003. We're still on the fence as to whether we prefer the angular design of the original Droid, but we'll have a better look soon enough. [TwitPic via @TheDream1003] Be sure to check out our Droid 2 forums.

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4 years ago

Easiest way to wipe your phone

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4 years ago

From the forums: New Epic 4G launch rumor

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Sprint Epic 4G

Another day, another rumored date for the Sprint Epic 4G. That rumored Aug. 11 date doesn't look like it's going to happen (we never thought that was right anyway), and we freely admit the whole Epic 4G-movie tie-in thing is a stretch. So let's move on to a new date, shall we?

Powrman811 in our forums brings word that Aug. 21 is a date we should look out for, writing "MY GO TO SPRINT PEOPLE told me that I can order my store inventory on August 16th and sell on the 21st." And he shows of the Epic 4G you see above as proof that, well, he's seen the Epic 4G. Of course, so have we, so take that however you like. But it is nice to have a new date to kick around, right?

As always, we'll believe it when we see it. But for now, hash it out in the forums. [Android Central Forums]

Update: And the posts have been deleted. Take that however you want.

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4 years ago

MixPanel: Providing real-time analytics for Android

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 Mixpanel

The ability to see real-time, in depth data about user behavior in relation to applications is extremely useful; and that’s exactly what Mixpanel provides to its users. The company originally started off providing detailed analytics for web applications, but acutely saw that the future rests in the mobile space. Useful data analysis can help developers in a big way in order to see what's working and what's not with their application. 

They released their iPhone library 2 weeks ago, which has proven to be very successful. Now, they have a version for Android. I spoke with Jeremy Richardson, who is involved in Business Development at Mixpanel. He provided me with key information that users considering an analytics service like Mixpanel will want to know. More after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Home Run Battle 3D

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Home run 3D 

Here's a look at the free version of Home Run Battle 3D. This is the perfect game for me, because I can pick it up any time I want a quick release from boredom and then put it back down when it's time to get back to work. There are two game modes: matchup and arcade. In the free version you have to earn the right to play a multiplayer game (after your first free free matchup games) by actually being competent at the game and hitting a home run with a "gold ball." You can also earn gold balls by unlocking achievements. There are other "special" balls in the game, and I haven't quite figured out what they all do, but the ones I do know are:

  • Angel Ball: takes away 1 out
  • Gold Ball: you can spend it on matchup games and maybe other things in the accessory store
  • Multiplier Ball: I've seen 2x and 3x, and they double or triple your score
  • Ghost Ball: it goes invisible for a moment or two while it's on the way to the plate
  • Magic Ball: sends an "attack" ball to your matchup opponent
  • Iron Ball: sends an iron ball to your matchup opponent if you hit a home run with it, which only flies half the normal distance

So that's enough here. Take a look at the video after the break

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4 years ago

Droid 2 (finally) official, pre-sale starts tomorrow

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It is finally official people: Verizon has announced the Droid 2 will be landing Aug. 12, that's this Thursday, as rumored. It will go on pre-sale via Verizon Wireless's website starting tomorrow and that insane R2-D2 version will be available sometime in September. Pricing will run you $200 with new (or upgrade) 2-year contract after a $100 mail-in-rebate debit card; no word yet on off-contract prices. As a quick recap (for the 2 of you who haven't been following the numerous leaks) the phone will come with Android 2.2 ("Froyo"), Flash 10.1, VZW's 3G mobile hotspot option (extra $$$ required) and 8GB of onboard storage paired with an 8GB preinstalled microSD card. Full press release after the break. [Verizon via BGR]

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4 years ago

Fix coming for Froyo audio issues

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Google music

Google has verified that it is working to make changes so streaming audio services like Pandora and TuneWiki will no longer have poor quality while streaming over 3G.  You geeky and curious types can check out the code changes for the framework at Android's git repository.  No word on when to expect these changes, but Google has committed them into the Android source, so it shouldn't be too far off.  Of course, this is going to depend on everyone from the manufacturer, the carrier, and maybe even the night janitor at the Pentagon to approve and build the changes, and then to distribute them.

When the tip about this came in, I jumped over to Google's Android bug tracker page and started reading.  I was very curious, because I have no issues playing my music, either streaming or from my SD card.  What I found upsets me slightly, and I'm going to rant a bit after the break.  (Yes, I'm allowed to complain, too.) [Google Code via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

HTC Glacier benchmarks redux -- the GPU

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HTC Glacier benchmarks part 2

The HTC Glacier shows it's face at GLBenchmark.com again, this time showing off its GPU scores.  Last week we saw a bunch of CPU scores from the Glacier, along with loads of fun speculation about the chipset -- even some Project Emerald got thrown in the mix.  Prepare yourself for some more :)

It seems that when you sit down and do some math, you end up with figures that fit the Qualcomm QSD8672 Snapdragon chip.  It's a third-generation Snapdragon, with a feature list that will knock your socks off:

  • Dual CPU up to 1.5 GHZ
  • 45 nm tech for low power draw and better performance
  • WSXGA (1440x900) screen support
  • 1080p recording and playback
  • HSPA+ (that's the 28Mbps kind) and CDMA Rev 0/A/B support
  • 80 million-triangles-per-second 3D graphics

Works for me, and I'll go on record saying that I do think we're looking at Project Emerald.  I'll leave the geniuses over at AlienBabelTech explain it fully, you can check it out at the source link.  I just want to say "do want" to whomever might be listening. [AlienBabelTech]

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4 years ago

Importing and Exporting contacts

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4 years ago

HP's Zeen eReader to run Android

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HP Zeen Android eReader

In case we needed a visual demonstration of irony, HP's new eReader (dubbed the Zeen) will be running the Android OS.  While most details are unknown until the December 31 lifting of the FCC confidentiality agreement, we do know that the device will be running Android 2.1 with some sort of HP overlay, have a capacitive screen, SD card support, and have a "significant integration with the Barnes & Noble Nook bookstore and ecosystem."  Bundled with a "Zeus" printer (WebOS printer perhaps?) it will sell for $399.99.

Personally, I think Android is a better choice for an eReader, as it's easier to hide than WebOS.  But like everyone else who loves mobile computing tech, I'm still looking forward to a WebOS tablet.  Maybe next year. [Pre Central]

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