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4 years ago

Dell Looking Glass Android tablet -- with Tegra 2 love!

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Dell Looking Glass tablet

Today will be remembered as the day of the Dell in Android history.  If the Windows Phone 7 series Lightning, and the Android Thunder, Flash and Smoke weren't enough, Dell rolls out the heavy artillery with the Looking Glass -- an Android tablet that's clearly the big brother to the Streak 5.

Specs you ask?  Well, according to Engadget: Android 2.1, optional TV tuner module with ATSC or DVB-T modes, 800x480 display, 4 GB ROM, 4GB RAM, 32 GB SDHC slot, 1.3 megapixel camera, and the Tegra 2 processor.  Suh-weeet!

Of course no word on carrier, but the renders show the AT&T U-verse browser, so it looks like this will hit the U.S. for sure in some flavor.  Welcome to the party, Dell. [Engadget ]
 

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4 years ago

Dell Smoke smolders in an non-traditional Android form factor

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Dell Smoke

And as if on cue, here comes the next phone from the major Dell leak currently under way. The Smoke brings a front-facing QWERTY keyboard to Android -- something a number of us have been clamoring for for quite some time now. But that comes along with a 2.8-inch QVGA display. Trade-offs, ya' know. There's also a 5MP camera, Qualcomm MSM7230 processor at 800MHz, Flash 10.1 support and 512MB of ROM/256MB of RAM. That's all packed into a 10.5mm-thick body with 1170mAh battery. This guy wet your whistle any? [Engadget]

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4 years ago

A lucky Android Central member gets hands-on time with the HTC EVO 4G

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Even though we're still waiting on a release date, and Sprint hasn't even held its EVO 4G extravaganza event in New York, Android Central forums member PanzyDog got some hands on time with the HTC EVO 4G today. So what does PanzyDog have to say about it?  Well how about things like:

It is simply amazing
So fast, so big!
I didn't have a
[sic] issue with it in my front jeans pocket

Be sure to check out the forums post  for his full impressions of the device, and after your appetite is sufficiently whet check out our hands-on with the beast. And the picture shows another another thing that might interest a few of us.  Working 4G!  I guess it's time to gather up the camping gear for the release of this beauty.

With all these new superphones it looks to be a great summer for Android fans!
 

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4 years ago

Dell Flash to bring Froyo version of Android in an uber-sleek package

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Dell Flash Android Smartphone

Now here's an interesting mix of bringing sexy to the masses, following (or preceding?) the big daddy Dell Thunder. The Dell Flash features an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 chipset -- for those of you who aren't processor nerds, that's Snapdragon for the common man -- with a 3.5-inch TFT LED screen, 5MP camera and 512MB of ROM and ROM. And that's all in a package that's just 11mm thick.

AT&T's 3G bands are on board, as well as a ("targeted" 1300mAh battery and full Flash 10.1 support. It's more sexiness from Dell. What's next? [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Dell brings the Android 2.1, OLED thunder with, well, the Thunder!

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Dell Thunder Android 2.1 phone

Seems like only yesterday that we were asking "What else could we see in an Android phone?" We also were asking "Seriously? This is the best Dell can do?" Looks like we're getting our answer, in the Dell Thunder (cousin to the Windows Phone 7 Dell Lightning), snagged in a fairly major leak from Engadget. See if these specs pique your interest any:

  • Android 2.1
  • 4.1-inch WVGA OLED screen.
  • Flash 10.1.
  • Integrated Hulu app.
  • 8MP camera.
  • Exchange Activesync
  • Swype keyboard.
  • 7.2Mbps HSDPA (download speed)/5.76Mbps HSUPA (upload speed)

While HSPA specs mean GSM radios -- and that means either AT&T or T-Mobile -- remember that Swype currently has a deal to be on T-Mo handsets. That doesn't mean there's not room for more (and we'd certainly love to see Swype branch out as much as possible).

There's also a very custom "Stage" UI on top of Android. We'll just have to wait and see about that. And we're a little hesitant about the lack of a dedicated search button on the front of the phone. But we're getting way ahead of ourselves. There will be plenty of time to drool over the Thunder. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Google's 'Store View' project looks like it's a go

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Google Store view

Back in February we reported about a new feature that may be coming soon to Google -- Store View, as part of Google Place.  Well it looks like the project is being launched and Google has sent out a troop of photographers to take some snaps in select cities worldwide.

Interested business owners can sign up for the service here -- http://maps.google.com/businessphotos.  Of course, Google can't visit every store that signs up, so there's already talk of allowing store owners to upload their own photographs to their Place page at Google
Places
.

I see lots of potential for this project, both good and bad.  My wife can do some virtual shopping for purses on 5th Avenue, but so can unsavory types who may be interested in what's inside a store for all the wrong reasons.  What do you think?  Good?  Bad?  Ridiculous?  Shout out in the comments! [via Google LatLong Blog ]

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4 years ago

Your favorite racing games [AC Asks]

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We asked you to tell us about your favorite racing games for Android. And while the results weren't as numerous as other categories, there were two clear winners. We'll take a look at them after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch Slide seen in white, plus, new Espresso screen shots

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Hey, look over here. It's the T-Mobile myTouch Slide in pristine white! [via TMoNews] This is the first time we've seen a white myTouch Slide in the wild and it sure looks clean. Remember, the myTouch Slide is coming in 3 colors (red, black, and white) and have seen a black version in real life as well. Honestly, we don't know what's the hold up with the release, the myTouch Slide looks pretty ready for release in our eyes. We're pretty excited to use HTC Sense and Android 2.1 on a device with a hardware keyboard!

And if that's not enough, TMoNews also has new shots of the custom "Espresso" interface on this bad boy.

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4 years ago

About ROM storage on the Verizon Droid Incredible ...

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Verizon Droid Incredible storage memory

There's been a little bit of confusion regarding some of the specs of the Verizon Droid Incredible. Let's clear up on of them. On every info sheet we've received, ROM -- aka the place to which you can install applications -- is listed at 512 megabytes. When you dive into the phone settings on the device, however, you'll see listed 748MB of "phone storage."

So what gives? HTC now tells us that you can install apps to all of that space, which is a pleasant treat, indeed! Have more questions about the Droid Incredible? Ask us in this forum thread and we'll get them answered soon.

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4 years ago

Win Phil's Nexus One: Third batch of entries [contest]

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Win Phil's Nexus One

I've said it before and I'll say it again: We have the coolest readers on the Internet. Better than PreCentral, better than TiPB, better than CrackBerry, even, and them's big words.

Anyhoo, after the break we bring you the third installment of entries in the quest to win my Nexus One, and they keep getting better and better. Can't wait to see what we get over the coming days.  And there's still time to enter. Details here. Good luck, everybody!

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4 years ago

Believe it: Verizon Droid Incredible slips into a few disbelieving hands

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Sure enough, the Verizon Droid Incredible (you might have seen a story or two about it here), by some strange act of fate, is being shipped early to a few disbelieving customers who pre-ordered on Monday. That said, as great as it is that dude above shot video of his Droid Incredible, we're taking away points 'cause he couldn't go the whole 2 minutes without making an "it's Incredible!" pun. [Android Forums via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Android 2.1 is now available for Motorola Milestones on Telus

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Motorola Milestone

OK, Canadian Motorola Milestone owners ... Who's ready for Android 2.1? It's finally available, so you're back to level ground with those of us with Motorola Droids down south in the U.S. (Yeah, you still have us beat on that health care thing.) Anyhoo, head to Motorola to snag what you need for the update (strangely, it's not OTA), and here's the official changelog (pdf). [via Mobilesyrup]

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4 years ago

Google Maps Navigation now works in the UK (and with Android 1.6)

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Google Maps Navigation

Good news for our friends in the United Kingdom -- you finally can make your way throughout her majesty's land using Google Maps Navigation. Which comes in handy when airports shut down thanks to Icelandic volcanoes, right? And even better is that it works with Android 1.6, too. (Thanks, Darren, for the pic, and everyone else who sent this in!)

Update: And the Google Mobile blog makes it official.

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4 years ago

Wait ... the Xperia X10 won't get multitouch after all?

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This is getting confusing. First, the Xperia X10 wasn't going to get multitouch because the hardware wasn't capable. Then we heard that the Xperia X10 would receive multitouch in a software update. And now it's back to square one -- no multitouch, ever, on the Xperia X10. How do we know? First, we found out on Twitter. And then SE Communication Manager Harold de Kort said so. In his words:

“Multi-touch will not be a feature in future updates for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 because the device does not support multi-touch due to her software and hardware configuration. The operation and user experience of the phone will be further improved and Sony Ericsson will come with her own intuitive way of, for example, zooming in and out.”

So there you have it folks. No multitouch on the Xperia X10. And frankly, it's been so long since anyone has been excited about the X10, we're not sure anyone cares if there's multitouch or not.. [via Twitter and androinica]

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4 years ago

Garminfone now official, heading to T-Mobile later this Spring

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The Garminfone has taken a long journey to hit a US carrier and now, finally, it's getting official. T-Mobile just announced that the Garminfone will be available later this Spring, and this "Garminfone" is a dead ringer for the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 we saw back at MWC. It only rocks Android 1.6 with a 600MHz processor, 3.5-inch display, 3-megapixel camera and your usual slew of connectivity options. So yeah, this Garminfone is happening. The question remains whether anyone would want a mid-level device that prioritizes GPS before everything else. For some reason, we're thinking no. [Garmin via engadget]

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