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4 years ago

European Motorola Milestone getting Android 2.1 update (you, not so much)

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Motorola Milestone

See that phone up there? That's the Motorola Milestone, the non-U.S. doppelganger of the Motorola Droid. And unlike its American cousin, it's seeing the Android 2.1 update roll out in Europe as we type this. So hooray for the French. And Germans. And Italians. And British. (And probably another dozen or so countries, too.) In the meantime, we continue to wait. And wait. [via The Unwired]

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4 years ago

Google finally to address Android fragmentation with FroYo, Gingerbread?

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Android

Biggest complaint we hear about Android? The number of OS versions spread out over the vast number of devices, and the painful wait for updates. We're currently running the gamut from Android 1.5 -- even on new phones like the Motorola i1 -- to Android 2.1, currently on the Nexus One and a handful of Milestones.

But what if that were to finally go away? Engadget says it has on good authority that Google's going to do something about that with the FroYo and Gingerbread releases of Android. And it'll do so by moving some of the core apps out of the ROM and into the Android Market. That's already been done with Google Maps. And it makes sense. Move apps like Maps, Googles and Gesture Search -- to name a few -- into the Market, and the onus no longer is on manufacturers and carriers to test, update and approve them all over again just to push out a ROM update.

Engadget also points to a second track, in that the Android OS development may start to slow as it reaches maturity. Again, makes sense, and it'll make life easier on everybody if we're not seeing major releases come month after month.

This likely will still take some time to implement, so you guys are gonna have plenty of days left to gnash your teeth over when you'll get the latest update. But it may well be light at the end of the tunnel. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Get the HTC Desire camera on Nexus One without loading HTC Sense

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HTC Desire camera on Nexus One

One of the sticking points of using the Desire ROM with HTC Sense on the Nexus One was that, at least for a while, the camera wasn't fully functional. That's been fixed, and now you can do one better and run the Desire's camera software -- which has a few more features than the stock Nexus One camera software -- without having to load the entire Desire ROM along with Sense.

It's a basic update from MoDaCo -- just download it to the root of your microSD card, reboot into recovery and apply the zip file. That simple, and it's working at the full 5 megapixels. A few more screen shots after the break. [MoDaCo]

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4 years ago

Verizon Nexus One sales page caught on video for your disbelieving eyes

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The Verizon Nexus One rumors are running rampant this morning. Piling onto the (likely fake) screen shot of the google.com/phone page showing the Verizon version actually for sale, there's now video showing mostly the same thing. The chatter's a little different however, and the URL appears to match up with the real thing. So have at it in the comments.

Another tasty morsels for this Monday morning: Jkontherun says to expect the N1 in April with "something that the versions on other U.S. carriers lack." Flash 10.1? A better touchscreen? Trackball swapped out for the Desire's trackpad? Your guess is as good as ours.

Update: We've now had a couple people tell us the hold-up for the Verizon Nexus One has been because Skype wasn't playing nicely with Android 2.1. Plausible?

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4 years ago

That's exactly how low we'll stoop, actually

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Joy of Tech

We currently have the baristas in custody and hope to have their statements by the end of the day. DNA results from the coffee cups and restroom take a little longer. [Joy of Tech]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Search Anything

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Search AnythingSearch Anything

Just like the title suggests, with Search Anything you can Yahoo, Google, Bing, Twitter, Youtube and Wikipedia. Simply by adding the first initial of your preferred search engine (example Y for Yahoo, B for Bing etc.) 

Without a keyword it's default search is Google.  Eight searches per page, they are all linked to your browser. This app is found in the Android Market and costs $0.99. [Market link]

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4 years ago

Evo 4G straight from Sprint's playbook; Best Buy reportedly preselling in May

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HTC Evo 4G on Sprint

Here's a look at the HTC Evo 4G, straight from Sprint's official playbook. Nothing earth-shattering there, though our tipster tells us that Best Buy is currently being briefed on the Evo 4G and that we should see presales start in May, in the form of a gift card that will later be redeemed for the phone itself. If that all pans out, it means don't look for the phone for another month and a half or so.

Of course, this is all highly unofficial and subject to change, so ... [Thanks, anon!]

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4 years ago

CTIA wrap-up: No stopping Android

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Android at CTIA

How dominant was Android last week at CTIA? As you can see in the picture above, it drove our pal CrackBerry Kevin to violence. Indeed, our favorite operating system was front and center in Las Vegas last week, with a few major device announcements, and more great software on tap. After the break, we recap what we saw, and what's still ahead.

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4 years ago

Hands-on at CTIA with the Kyocera Zio M6000

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Kyocera Zio M6000

Here's one more from our CTIA pile -- the Kyocera Zio M6000. It's got Android 1.6 running atop a Qualcomm MSM7627 processor, a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen at 480x800, full H.264 playback, a 1130mAh battery, WiFi and aGPS, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. It's being billed as one of the lightest Android smartphones out there at 3.7 ounces, and Kyocera compared its build to that of the Nexus One. Don't know if we'd go that far, but it's certainly positioning itself as a sleek Android phone at the lower end of the price scale. More pics and video after the break.

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4 years ago

Google clarifies revenue-sharing report, says it only pays on search, not apps

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Google has clarified a recent report that stated it was paying manufacturers and carriers a percentage of search revenue from its Android applications. In fact, Google said, it's only sharing revenue from search, and not from the likes of YouTube and Google Maps, and that this has been Google's across-the-board business model for some time. MocoNews updated its previous story, and eweek picked it up as well. Said Google:

“We share revenue on search, not on mobile applications,” a Google spokesperson said. “The same is true for non-Android devices that use Google as the default search engine.”

So there you have it. Google's back to not being evil this week.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G, Moto i1 and Nexus One all teased on Sprint's developer site

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Sprint developer site

You can't buy any of them yet, but the HTC Evo 4G, Google Nexus One and Motorola i1 are now all listed on Sprint's developer site, along with some video and specs. No great surprise there on the part of the i1 and Evo 4G, but it does firm up Sprint's position on the Nexus One after all we'd had to go on was that "Us, too!" announcement that came right after the AT&T version was let loose. [Sprint Application Developers Program] Thanks, Namelez

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4 years ago

Verizon Nexus One reportedly makes brief appearance on Google's phone site

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Verizon Nexus One

The Google Nexus One from its earliest announcement was said to be headed to Verizon but instead has seen life on T-Mobile and now access to AT&T's 3G, in addition to Sprint saying it's on its way. Today we get word from Nexus One Lover at the Nexus One forum that it briefly made an appearance on google.com/phone -- the only place you can actually buy the Nexus One -- for a subsidized $199.00. This either was a slip on Google's part, or is a pretty vicious trick, and it's no longer listed as being for sale.

Does that mean we'll see it soon? Your guess is as good as ours. To the comments, people! [via Nexus One forum] Thanks, Jared, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Sprint customer service robot (erm, chat person) says Nexus One in late April

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Sprint Nexus One chat

We don't usually put too much stock in what one of those carrier customer service robots (aka "live chat representatives" or some dude on the other side of the planet) tells us, but what the heck. We're feeling optimistic this week. Jon tipped us that he was told to expect the Nexus One to be available for Sprint "around the latter part of April. Whether that actually ends up being the case? Place your bets now. Thanks, Jon!

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4 years ago

Oregon Trail Android app at CTIA

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Oregon Trail for Android 

You crazy kids can have your newfangled openGL 3D games -- I'm going back to 1985 to play some Oregon Trail and shoot me some squirrel. We sat down with developer Gameloft for a few minutes at CTIA and gave it a spin. Check it out after the break.

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