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4 years ago

Another picture surfaces of the 'Droid 3', shows off keyboard

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Droid 3 with keyboard

It was just earlier today that we got our first glimpse of the rumored but not-yet-announced Droid 3. It showed off just the front of the phone and was missing one of the aspects that distinguishes the Droid, Droid 2 and Droid 3 from a lot of other high-end Android phones: the keyboard. 

Well, another photo has emerged on the same forum, showing the keyboard and it looks pretty slick. Keep in mind that this is all just speculation at this point, but it can keep us drooling in the meantime. What do you think of the look and keyboard? Does it entice owners of the first and second generation original Droids or other devices enough to switch? [Howard Forums]

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4 years ago

The tablet competition... Read the Apple iPad 2 Review by TiPb!

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Now that the iPad 2 is out, there has been a lot of back and forth about how it stacks up against the Motorola XOOM. While we've yet to do any head to head comparisons our sibling site, TiPb.com, which covers all things Apple iOS related, has broken the iPad 2 down for us from their perspective. 

Quite honestly, I'm a fair gamer when it comes to tablets. Full disclosure -- while I would love to have a Motorola XOOM, no retailer in Canada currently has them so I did purchase a White 32GB WiFi iPad 2 for myself. As soon as a WiFi XOOM becomes available, I'll be grabbing one of those as well.

Considering we posted up our Motorola XOOM review today, if you were looking to compare the two now would be a good time to head on over to TiPb and get a good feeling for the iPad 2. I'm sure they would love some comments from some Android users that offer up a friendly contrast -- or just share with them why you chose a XOOM over an iPad 2. [TiPB]

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4 years ago

LG Revolution system dump has Netflix

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 LG Revolution

Although the LG Revolution was announced quite a while ago now, there is still no sign of it being launched. No matter -- we all have the HTC Thunderbolt to hold us over but that doesn't mean the LG Revolution news has to stop. For those of you who like to dig through system dumps you'll find the LG Revolution to contain some interesting items. Although I'm sure most of you out there will only be concerned with one -- Netflix.

Yes, if you dig deep enough into the system dump you'll find there is a Netflix install file in there. We knew it was going to be loaded, as we've seen it in the past but the system dump turning up was a surprise. We've not put it to the test but I was however able to log in just fine. That said, if you do get it working let us know in the comments. [AndroidSpin]

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4 years ago

Facebook for Android updated to version 1.5.2

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If you are a Facebook for Android user, which we know many of you are, an update to the application has been pushed to the Android Market. The update brings version 1.5.2 to your device, and some of the changes include:

  • Added the ability to upload photos to friend's Walls
  • Upload photos to Groups
  • Photos will always upload with the correct orientation
  • Improvements to landscape mode
  • Improved security using SSL
  • Various bug fixes

If you use Facebook, and want to take advantage of this update, be sure to hop into the market and grab the update. Download links after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt user manual now online

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Thunderbolt user manual

We know you won't stop to look at it this coming Thursday when you rip the box apart on your new HTC Thunderbolt, so here's where you can read the Tbolt's user manual online -- while you're waiting for them to hit the shelves.  It's mostly basic stuff that you veterans already know, but if this is your first foray into the world of Android you really should spend a few minutes and have a look.  Check it out at the source link, and if you have any questions or just want to talk about it, get into the Thunderbolt forums! (.pdf warning) [Verizon] Thanks, Steven!

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4 years ago

Wunderlist for Android - Sync your tasks on the go!

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Wunderlist has finally made its way to the Android Market. Great timing as well, since they have just surpassed 1 Million downloads. If you're unfamiliar with Wunderlist, it's a personal task manager application that is available for Windows and Mac users that lets you synchronize all of your tasks from your home computer to your mobile device or vice versa. While the idea itself is rather simple, it's the simplicity of it all that makes it my preferred task manager application.

You just simply fill in what your task is, when you need it completed by and that's it! If you wish to go further with it, Wunderlist also allows you to sort your to-do's by date, mark completed and even "star" special events that you need reminding of-- and of course, once completed you can check them off as such as well. Toss in some added cool stuff like customizable backgrounds and a web accessible version and you have a pretty complete tool at your disposal.

If you need to maintain a to-do list or task manager give Wunderlist a look. Again, the simplicity of it when added with the extra functions makes it a great overall application. Wunderlist is available for free from the Android Market and the desktop versions can be downloaded from their website. Jump on past the break for the Android app link to get started.

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4 years ago

Carphone Warehouse hits 1 million Androids sold, sales up over 2000%

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 Carphone Warehouse

It's no secret that Android is big in Europe. Now UK retailer the Carphone Warehouse has given us a new set of ridiculous sales numbers to show just how far the platform has come in the past twelve months. In a press release marking their one millionth Android handset sold, Carphone boasts that its sales of Android phones have grown "well over" 2,000 percent over the past year, a number it describes as "phenomenal".

The Carphone Warehouse has won exclusivity deals for a number of desirable Android devices over the past few months. Until recently it was the only place to get hold of Samsung's Nexus S in the UK, and it currently has similar exclusivity agreements worked out for the HTC Incredible S and Motorola Xoom 3G. Carphone's full press release can be found after the jump.

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4 years ago

Motorola Milestone finally gets Froyo update

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Motorola Milestone

Motorola has finally released a Froyo update for the Milestone, the international version of the OG Droid. Responding to an "extremely high number of requests" for Froyo from Milestone owners, Motorola is now offering the update package direct from its support website.

Today's update will be welcomed by frustrated Milestone users who have been stuck with Eclair since launch, while Droid owners across the pond were among the first to get a taste of Froyo back in August 2010. Users can check Moto's release notes to find out exactly what to expect from today's update.  [Motorola Support]

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4 years ago

HTC Pyramid shows up online in some early renders

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The HTC Pyramid, a 4.3 inch device that will be powered by a 1.2GHz processor has shown itself on the internet again. In addition to this, the device will have 768MB of RAM along with an 8MP rear and 1.3MP front facing camera on board. The rear of the device shows Google branding, but lacks the "with HTC Sense" that we are used to seeing on these devices, and the device is said to be running Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Now, we are unsure of the truth behind all these specs, but we sure do hope that HTC will confirm all of this for us next week at CTIA. [Pocketnow via XDA.cn]

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4 years ago

Win a Seidio Innocase II Surface case for the HTC Thunderbolt

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Seidio Innocase II Surface for the HTC Thunderbolt

If you're going to pick up a shiny new HTC Thunderbolt come Thursday, you might want a way to keep is safe and scratch free.  If that sounds like you, you're in luck -- Android Central forums Administrator and the hardest working man alive Cory Streater has set up a giveaway for three lucky folks to win a Seidio Innocase II Surface case for the TBolt.  If you use a case, you probably already know just how sweet these cases are.  Now you have a chance to be the first one on the block toting your Thunderbolt around in one!

The contest will end Sunday, March 20 at 3PM sharp, and all the rules are in the forum thread.  Good luck to all! [Android Central Thunderbolt forums]

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom review

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Motorola Xoom

Big, black and powerful. That pretty much sums up the Motorola XOOM (henceforth to be referred to as the more eye-friendly Xoom), the opening salvo in what is about to be a deluge of tablets running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. And the Xoom not only ushers in a major change to the Android operating system, it also launches a new era in mobile hardware, faster and more powerful than ever.

But for all that, the usual questions remain. Does the Xoom match up with the competition? And does it justify the price? And is the darn thing just too big and too heavy? All that and another picture or two, after the break.

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4 years ago

Google adds app download statistics to Android Market developer portal

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Android Market app stats

Google has flip the switch on app download statistics, giving developers a cool look at who is downloading their apps, where they're from and what devices they're using. You get a Google Finance-like chart showing the total number of downloads, and breakdowns for OS version, device, country and language.

The example you see above is for the old Android Central Widget (which we no longer support, but it still works). Here's the breakdown for the widget, which has 11,400 installations:

  • 80.6 percent of users are on Android 2.2. Android 2.1 has 13.8 percent, and Android 2.3.3 third at 1.8 percent.
  • 25.6 percent of those who use the widget are using an HTC EVO 4G. The Motorola Droid X is next at 16 percent, followed by the Droid Incredible at 10.6 percent.
  • 91.9 percent of the widget's users are in the United States. The UK is second at 1.6 percent, followed by Canada at 0.9 percent.

So it's a cool little look at who's using what. If you're a developer with an app or two in the Market, be sure to check it out.

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4 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt officially launching March 17 on Verizon for $249

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HTC ThunderBolt

It's officially official, folks. The long-awaited HTC ThunderBolt will be available on Verizon on March 17 -- this Thursday. Whatever kinks Verizon's been working on since the phone's announcement at CES in January presumably have been worked out, and you'll soon have that 4.3-inch slab of LTE 4G goodness in your fat little hands. It'll cost you $249 with a two-year contract. An unlimited LTE plan will run $29.99 a month.

There's no sign of the new Skype, unfortunately. But along with that large screen you'll have Android 2.2, the new version of the HTC Sense user interface, an 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing shooter, all powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor.

Just a couple more days, folks, and it'll be here. While you wait, be sure to check out our first look at the ThunderBolt at CES, and swing by the ThunderBolt forums. You'll be glad you did. Full presser's after the break.

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4 years ago

LTE Targa, Droid 3 and Droid X 2 all caught on camera?

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Although we've seen plenty of the Droid X 2 so far to get a handle on in, some other devices have now appeared and are ready to be judged off the little information provided for them. First up, the above pictured Motorola Targa -- codename of course likely to change at launch -- is suggested to be packing LTE and most certainly headed to Verizon.

If you jump on past the break, you'll get a new look at the Droid X 2 as well as what is suggested to be the Motorola Droid 3. Again, aside from the images we don't have much to go off of but we expect to hear a lot more about each of these devices over the next little while. [Howard Forums (2), (3) via Phone Arena]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile officially announces the Sidekick 4G

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Sidekick 4G

We all knew it was coming, but T-Mobile has just announced the Sidekick 4G, the successor to the insanely popular Sidekick.  This time around it's made by Samsung, has a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, powered by the Hummingbird CPU and Android 2.2.  Add in a front facing camera, HSPA + network speeds up to 21 Mb/second, and a pretty faithful reproduction of the OG Sidekick's great five-row keyboard, and now it doesn't seem quite so tweeny. 

On the software side T-Mobile is offering up two new messaging applications -- "Group Text" and "Cloud Text", Samsung's MediaHub, and a DriveSmart app which is designed to stop texting while driving.  The addition of a dedicated app switching key, appropriately called the "jump key" looks pretty interesting as well.  We have the full press release after the break, and the Sidekick 4G forums are open for business!

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