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2 years ago

Future versions of Android will be optimized for Intel starting next year

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Google's Andy Rubin was on hand today at Intel’s Developer Forum to announce some interesting news regarding the future of Android and the hardware which it will run on. As such, Intel Corporation and Google Inc. have now confirmed they will be continuing their efforts together to have Android running on Intel chips -- more specifically, Intel's low-powered Atom processor line.

"Combining Android with Intel's low power smartphone roadmap opens up more opportunity for innovation and choice," said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google. "This collaboration will drive the Android ecosystem forward."

To show just how serious they were about this partnership, they also showed off an Android phone and tablet powered by Intel's Atom based Medfield SoC. No definitive word on when we can expect this type of hardware in our hands but Intel's roadmap has Medfield powered phones slated for early 2012 and tablets cannot be that far behind. Full press release is past the break.

Source Intel; via: Thisismynext

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2 years ago

User guide for Sprint's Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch leaks out ahead of Friday's release

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Nothing makes the time fly like some light reading, so for those counting the minutes til this Friday’s Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch launch, feast your eyes on the leaked user guide, which popped up in our forums this morning. If you’re coming from a non-Android device, it’s definitely worth your time, and even if you’re just upgrading, the manual contains some nice eye candy and some handy tips. Deep breaths, everyone, less than 72 hours to go …

Source: Sprint; Thanks oversteer325!

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2 years ago

HTC Runnymede and Bliss leakage outs specs, Beats Audio support

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A slew of specifications for two upcoming Gingerbread-powered HTC phones -- the Bliss and the Runnymede -- have leaked out onto the web, along with fresh promotional shots of the latter. The spec list, which appears on This Is My Next, shows the European version of the HTC Bliss as being a 3.7-inch device with a WVGA display. Other nuts and bolts include a 1GHz Qualcomm CPU, 5MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera. So far, on par with the Desire S.

The stand-out feature for the Bliss seems to be the "charm indicator", which is said to be an attachment to the device designed to hang out of a handbag and flash when the phone needs your attention. This would certainly fit with all the rumors about the Bliss being targeted specifically at women. Unfortunately, though, there's nothing on the spec sheets about the re-tooled version of Sense that looks to be on its way to the Bliss.

The HTC Runnymede is a little more interesting. According to the leaked specs, it's confirmed as a massive 4.7-inch device, similar to HTC's Windows-powered Titan. Like that device, it's just 9.9mm thick and includes a 1.5GHz single-core Qualcomm CPU along with an 8MP rear camera capable of 720p video recording. No word yet on whether it's the same much-hyped f/2.2 lens found in the Titan, but our fingers are firmly crossed. Beats Audio is also said to be included in the Runnymede, following HTC's recent partnership with Beats by Dre, though apparently not all Runnymede SKUs will ship with Beats support.

Finally, an early promotional shot of the HTC Runnymede has emerged on Chinese site ePrice, showing the device in all its glory, with the Beats Audio logo clearly on display. Eagle-eyed readers will also note a small design change in HTC's Sense UI -- note the larger, shinier, translucent dock near the bottom.

Tempted by either of these new HTC devices? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: This Is My Next, UnwiredView

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic review

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The Motorola Droid Bionic is a hell of a phone —
but can it possibly live up to the months and months of hype?


Finally, Verizon combines LTE data with a dual-core processor in a familiar and stylish form factor. It's fast, well-built with a large screen.


What took this phone so long to get to market? It's found itself in a precarious place, with a new version of Android imminent, along with new hardware. Then there's the Pentile display and continued LTE battery suck, plus a suspect camera.



This should have been Verizon's Droid X2. Or maybe it was supposed to be the Droid X3. Regardless, it's the best LTE device available today.

Inside this review

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2 years ago

Sony Walkman Z-series announced -- Tegra-powered Android PMP for Japan

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Sony has officially unveiled the Walkman Z-series, a new line of personal media players running Android, powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 chips. The 4.3-inch device was on show at IFA 2011 last week, albeit without the official name or branding. The Walkman Z sports a WVGA (800x480) display, 512MB of RAM and between 16 and 64GB of internal storage depending on your chosen model.

Software-wise, you've got a skinned version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with additional software perks including DLNA connectivity and FM radio. Being a Tegra device, you'll also get 1080p playback, either through the included micro-HDMI port or over the air using DLNA.

The Walkman Z-series is due to hit Japanese retailers from December 10, with prices starting at ¥28,000 (~$360) for the 16GB model. Currently Sony is offering no additional information on wider international availability or pricing.

Source: Sony (Japanese)

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2 years ago

Android App Review: StatusBar+

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Another entry in the Seven+ Android project is StatusBar+. StatusBar+ is, as it sounds, a complete status bar replacement, but what makes it so revolutionary is that it doesn't require root or any flashing .zips in recovery. You simply install the app, enable it, and it replaces your normal status bar.

StatusBar+ is technically still in its first alpha, but the only bugs I noticed were the notification icon color and background color options. Choosing either causes the app settings menu to force close, but the status bar itself actually never closes.

As for the status bar itself, it's very minimal and very clean. When you enable it, it slides down over your current status bar and will be completely black. Tap on the bar and your other icons (cell signal, data connection, battery) bounce down into place, similar to the lockscreen. After a couple of seconds, they'll disappear.

Fortunately, you can remove the option clicking to drop, so the icons will always be there. This required a restart on my part, but from there, everything worked fine. You can also choose to have StatusBar+ run on phone boot so you don't even need to think about turning it on.

Other than that, there's not much to say. It's a status bar. It's black (for now), very clean, and the icons are cool. It's definitely impressive that this has been pulled off without requiring root or flashing in recovery. For those looking to WP7 their phone out, this is a must have.

StatusBar+ is $1.29 in the Android Market.

More screenshots and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Gingerbread pushing out for the R2-D2 Droid 2, too

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Word on the streets -- and in our Droid 2 forums -- is that the R2-D2 version of the Droid 2 is getting its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update today, just shy of the anniversary of its launch. Dunno how many more updates we can expect to get out of this thing, and that's a shame, be cause it really is in first-class condition. We've worked with him before.

Source: Droid 2 forums

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2 years ago

Squarespace finally releases official app for Android

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Squarespace has finally released an Android version of their app. The popular blog and hosting site has had a gorgeous iOS app for quite some time, leaving us Android users very jealous. Squarespace for Android brings great functionality to your mobile device, enabling you to manage your blog on-the-go.

Features include:

  • Post directly to your blog
  • Edit content in multiple modes including Text, Markdown, Textile and HTML
  • Post photos on the go
  • Fully manage comments: approve them, reply back, or mark them as spam
  • Receive a push notifications for new comments and comments awaiting moderation
  • See a live preview of your entire site and posts
  • Manage multiple Squarespace sites from one device
  • View robust site statistics in real time

To get the free mobile app for your Android device, follow the links after the break. Squarespace is one of the most popular blogging sites, so it's great to see a dedicated Android app finally released.

If you're a Squarespace user, we'd love to know what you think of the app. Once you try it out, sing out in our Forums.

Source: Squarespace

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Talking Transformers

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So my Nexus S got stolen. I caught the thieves, giggling on the couch, poking at the glass and saying ridiculous things into the microphone. That's right, it was my children, and they had discovered Talking Transformers, the app I had downloaded earlier in the day. I can't blame them for their crime, it's an awesome app that will keep you rolling.  

You can transform this red car into his robot form, complete with realistic Transformer sound effects. Poke him and he moves, fire his weapon at the push of a button, and watch what happens when he punches your screen. You can even see the lighter side of his personality by pushing the "D" button to watch him put on a dance on stage. The best part of Talking Transformers though, is of course the talking part! Speak into the microphone and hear your words repeated back. Just be careful, and keep a watchful eye on your phone, or it may fall prey to thieves, just like mine did.

More screenshots and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Italians now joining the ever-growing tablet market

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When you think of Italy, you think of Ferrari, Pasta, beautiful architecture. You might not think of Android and with good reason. However, Italian company Olivetti has set out to change all that by launching a pair of Android tablets, a 10 inch Honeycomb device and a 7-inch Froyo (yes, Froyo) device. 

So what's the deal with these two? The smaller tablet, the Olipad Smart is packing a 1GHz TI OMAP Cortex A8 processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB on board storage and an 800x480 multitouch display with 3G connectivity. The big downside is the operating system. At this stage releasing any device without at least Gingerbread on board is a big fail, especially given it's price point. It's due for release Sept.15 with a price of €299 ($431).

It's bigger brother, named the Olipad 110 is a lot more promising. Running Honeycomb 3.1 on top of a Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of on board storage and a 1280x800 IPS display. We also get dual cameras, 5MP on the back and 2MP on the front, MicroUSB and MicroSD support, and HDMI out capabilities albeit via a docking station. 

The price for this Italian slice of Honeycomb? €449 ($647) which rather predictably is a little on the high side. It's available right now via the Mediaworld.it online store, with no official word as to whether or not it will ever be available outside of Italy. 

Check out the full press release after the break. 

Source: AndroidOS.in

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