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4 years ago

HTC releases source code for Sprint Hero; ROM cookers rejoice

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Sprint Kernel

Sprint ROM cookers are foaming at the mouth this morning as HTC has released the source code for the Sprint Hero. That means better ROMs, built from the same zeros and ones as HTC. It likely won't contain every line of code you'll find in an official Hero ROM, as close-sourced code doesn't have to be released. But it's already been compiled, and ROMs are cooking as we speak. [via geekforme - thanks, Keith]

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4 years ago

Follow Friday - Shameless self-promotion edition

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4 years ago

Meet the new myTouch 3G -- same as the old myTouch 3G

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T-Mobile myTouch 3G 1.2myTouch 3G Version 1.2

Welp, there it is. The updated T-Mobile myTouch 3G Version 1.2. Looks just like the current one, save for the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a welcome addition. Actually, there are rumors that there's more RAM on board (the current myTouch 3G has 512MB ROM/192MB RAM), but we'll have to wait and see on that. Still looking for an early February launch. [via TMoNews]

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4 years ago

Lenovo LePhone Set To Release in May in China

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Hey hey! Even though Google and China are having a little standoff, with Google even going as far as delaying 2 Android phones in China, it looks like the Lenovo LePhone will carry on business as usual. It's set to release in May of this year on China Mobile, China Telecom, & China Unicom--by our count, that's going to be a lot of potential users.

If you need a refresher, the Lenovo LePhone packs a 3.7 inch 480x800 touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and a 3MP camera. The picture above shows the potentially maddening optional keyboard but it seems like the LePhone might actually be an attractive device. Worldwide releases will follow the China launch later in the year so we'll see if Lenovo can do some damage in the smartphone space.

[via engadget]

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4 years ago

Did The Motorola Droid OTA Update Improve Battery Life ?

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We know a lot of you guys got the recent Motorola Droid OTA Update, we personally haven't, but we're hearing that among other fixes, the battery life of the Droid has been much improved. Originally intended to fix Facebook issues, maybe the OTA Update improved the battery life of the Droid as well? Since the battery of the Droid has never been a problem for us, we're wondering which one of you guys are noticing the difference? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to let us know if you got the Droid OTA update!

Battery life improvements withstanding, all we really want is Android 2.1 on our Droids.

[via phonearena]

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4 years ago

YouTube Ad Says Nexus One Dock Available For $45, Not Really Available

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We've known that the Nexus One will have some sort of accessories available, we just didn't know what exactly. However, it looks like a Nexus One Dock just got accidentally leaked via a YouTube advertisement. Guess someone jumped the gun! It's going to run for $45 (which is quite steep) and it "charges the phone, plays photo slideshows, & more"! We'd assume that the Nexus One Dock accessory would be similar to the Droid Dock (which can be found at the Android Central Store!), so we'd say it's a worthwhile purchase.

It currently says its available at google.com/phone, but a quick check shows nothing. You can be sure to find it at the Android Central Store once it becomes available.

[via androidcommunity]

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4 years ago

Android 1.6 update for Archos 5 is back

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Archos 5 Android 1.6 Donut update

Good news for those of you with the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (not to be confused with that other tablet that doesn't yet exist): The Android 1.6 update that was pulled as quickly as it was released last month is ripe for the picking. That pesky browser problem that forced the delay presumably has been squashed. There's also better "optimization of applications on the high-resolution screen," new quick search, bettery power management features and a new version of the ThinkFree Mobile docs viewer. [Archos via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Motorola launching own China app market

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SHOP4APPS by Motorola

Looking to market your Android app in China? Don't want to be bothered with Google's Android Market? Motorola's got you covered with SHOP4APPS. It's offering app testing, merchandising and promotion within China, interesting given Google's recent pullout.

On the one hand, it's yet another app store. Just what the world needs. On the other, and as Engadget notes, it gives the option to make someone other than Google the default search provider on an Android headset, which is no small thing either. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Google's Q4 revenue up 17 percent

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The Q4 numbers are in, folks, and Google's revenue for the final three months of the year was $6.7 billion, up 17 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008. Google-owned sites (YouTube and the like) made up 66 percent of that revenue for a total of $4.42 billion, up 16 percent over Q4 2008. AdSense revenue totaled $2.04 billion, or 31 percent.

We once again bow to our benevolent overlords. [Google]

Update: We listened in on the earnings call. CEO Eric Schmidt and Co. were upbeat about 2010. "We're back in business full-blast," Schmidt said. There was a good amount of talk about mobile (read: Android), but really nothing you haven't heard before.

Schmidt: "The Droid and Nexus One show the power of the Android approach."

"With all the capability these phones coming have, we think there's potential to make the mobile web better than the PC web." - Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior VP of Product Management

And Patrick Pichette, CFO, when asked about Nexus One margins: "We don't track percentage margins. We're looking for opportunities to innovate, ship products that are disruptive, game-changing."

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4 years ago

Rooted Nexus Ones get multitouch, but wait, there's more ...

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Nexus One multitouch in the browser

Want multitouch on the Google Nexus One's native browser and don't mind a little rooting? Read on. Famed Android cooker cyanogen has whipped up the necessary files. You'll need a rooted Nexus One, the files from here, and then the following command-line commands:

adb shell stop
adb remount
adb shell rm /system/app/Browser.odex
adb push Browser.apk /system/app
adb push com.cyanogenmod.android.jar /system/framework
adb push com.cyanogenmod.android.xml /system/etc/permissions
adb shell reboot

Check out video of the end result after the break. Oh, and one more thing. Google's been releasing Android 2.1 source code to the Android Open Source Project today, which means full custom ROMs should be on their way for the Nexus One very shortly.  [via Redmond Pie]

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4 years ago

Moto Droid and multitouch, Beautiful Widgets skins, SlideScreen, Hero ROMs

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  • For whatever reason Android devices in the U.S. are natively missing multitouch. Is this a feature that you are craving? Or is it overrated?
  • The ever-popular Beautiful Widgets will soon be updated to allow for various skins. A good amount of our forum members already are creating their own skins. Join in on the conversation in the following thread: Beautiful Widgets Skins.
  • There is a new home screen replacement application, SlideScreen - if you have tried it, out stop by this thread and let us know what you think!
  •  Interested in trying a new ROM out for your Sprint HTC Hero? This is the forum for you: Sprint HTC Hero ROMS.

See you on the forums!

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4 years ago

Fring client updated for the Nexus One, better connectivity

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Fring logo

For you Fring users out there, a new update has just been released. Here's the changelog for Version 1.2.0.25:

  • Improved Connectivity
  • Voice Improvements
  • Better Stability
  • Hide GSM buddies
  • Hide offline buddies
  • Disable fring mood (in IM)
  • Disable fring signature (in IM)
  • Nexus One Support
  • Motorola Milestone audio fix

You should see the update pushed out anytime now. You can also get Fring in the Android Market, or by scanning the bar code below. New to Fring? Find out what it's all about here.

Fring bar code

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4 years ago

Google plans YouTube movie rentals; how long until Android joins in?

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Google announced it will have a limited number of feature films available for rental on YouTube in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival. Five films from 2009 and 2010 will be featured, and they'll be available this Friday through Sunday, Jan. 31. And more's coming in the weeks ahead, Google says, including "a small collection of rental videos from other U.S. partners across different industries, including health and education."

And so that leads us logically to this question: How long before we see YouTube video rentals translate onto Android (and other platforms)? Chances are Google's taking very small steps here, but don't be surprised when we start seeing more of our little robot friend playing box-office maven.

Oh, and the five films being featured? Check 'em out after the break. (Thanks, Sharon!)

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4 years ago

AdMob: Android numbers nearly double again

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AdMob Q4 2009 stats

Another quarterly report from AdMob, another major climb for Android. The Q4 2009 numbers show that AdMob (which serves mobile advertising) fed nearly twice as many Android devices in the United States as it did in the third quarter, up to 27 percent (from 14 percent in Q3). Other bullet points:

  • Leading the way for Android in the U.S. in December was the Motorola Droid, with 11.3 percent of all U.S. requests. The Dream (G1) was next at 8.3 percent, followed by the Hero at 4.2 percent, the Motorola Cliq at 3.4 percent, the Magic at 3.2 percent and the Droid Eris at 2.2 percent. The Samsung Moment had 1.1 percent.
  • As it stands, Android had seven of the top 10 smartphones for the final month of the year and had 36 percent of U.S. ad requests. Also making the list were the iPhone (No. 1), BlackBerry Curve 8300 (No. 5) and Palm Pre (No. 8).
  • The U.S. made up 48 percent of December's 11.5 million requests.
  • Worldwide, Android made up 19 percent of ad requests.
  • HTC had 11 percent of worldwide ad requests, followed by Motorola at 8 percent and Samsung at 1 percent.

Check out the full report at AdMob. (pdf link) It should be noted that Google, which owns and develops Android, is in the process of purchasing AdMob. That deal is currently awaiting FTC approval.

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4 years ago

Xperia X10 announced for DoCoMo in Japan

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Sony Ericsson Smartphone Xperia

You know it as the Android-powered Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, but on Japan's DoCoMo network, it's going as the "Smartphone Xperia," and it'll be available in April. The X10 -- erm, Smartphone Xperia -- will be available in white or black and will feature the same Timescape UI that we saw in our own hands-on. Still no word when we might actually see the Smartphone Xperia -- erm, Xperia X10 -- in this part of the world. [NTT DoCoMo]

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