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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Devour, with Android 1.6 and Motoblur

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Motorola Devour with Motoblur

The Motorola Devour (running Android 1.6 with Motoblur on Verizon) made its here this morning, and we've had a couple minutes to give it the what-for. Despite playing second fiddle to the Motorola Droid at least as far as specs are concerned -- smaller screen, less powerful processor, etc. -- it's a very well-crafted smartphone.

The Devour has a Sidekick-esqe form factor. Instead of the keyboard sliding out, the screen slides up to expose four rows on which to type. Having letters on either side of the space bar is going to take some getting used to. And the base of the phone is carved out of a single piece of aluminum and (what isn't these days?) feels very nice in the hand. The slider mechanism isn't as stiff as on the Droid, which is a good thing.

We'll have a full review in a few days. In the meantime, join us after the break for a brief hands-on video.

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4 years ago

Better late than never: Samsung releases Behold II commercial

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So for reasons that currently escape us, Samsung has decided to release a commercial showcasing the Samsung Behold II--yep, that middling Android 1.5, TouchWiz UI running phone that never picked up much steam when it was released way back in November. The commercial is a nice spot, we think the stylizing is done rather nicely, but why devote new advertising space to a phone that clearly needs an update? And why so long after release? This would have been more effective if the ad onslaught started in Thanksgiving. And if Samsung wanted to wait this long, they should have waited until Android 2.1 was running on the Behold II to re-introduce it.

Otherwise, timing and TouchWiz UI issues aside, the spot is pretty cool, huh? Check out the full commercial after the break!

[via androidandme]

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4 years ago

Hands-on with Google Gesture Search

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For those of you still rotting away stuck on Android 1.5 or 1.6, we thought we'd do a little hands-on with the new Google Gesture search, which is only available on Android 2.0 and up. Because we're sadists and love twisting the knife every chance we get doing the best we can to help get your phones upgraded.

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4 years ago

Get an Android-style theme for your Google Chrome browser

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Google Chrome Theme 

If you are like me and Google is slowing taking over everything you know (in a good way), you have probably downloaded and tried out Google Chrome. One of the great things about Google Chrome has always been the custom skins. While surfing the net and checking out new themes for Chrome, one by the name of “Robot Theme” jumped out, and after taking a look at it I noticed it was basically an Android theme for your browser.

While the theme isn’t an exact Android theme, it is pretty close and pretty slick looking when applied to the Chrome browser. Check it out, and let us know what you think of it, or if you know of any other Android related themes for your browser. [via Android and Me]

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4 years ago

Archos 7 and 8 are basic tablets that wont empty your pockets.

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Archos is releasing two tablets soon called the Archos 7 and Archos 8.

The Archos 7 home tablet which is a pretty basic 7-inch touchscreen with an ARM9 CPU meaning your not going to get the faster web browsing experience. But this device is extremely portable, runs on Android,can connect to Wifi, and has a usb port to connect to. This tablet comes in memory sizes of 2GB and 8GB for a suggest retail price of 149 and 179 euros. This is a pretty basic tablet that in which you are getting exactly what you pay for.

More about the Archos 8 and watch the video after the break

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4 years ago

Microsoft releases its Tag application for Android, still doesn't do QR codes

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Microsoft TagMicrosoft Tag

Yes, yes, Microsoft has released its Microsoft Tag app -- which has been around for a while on Windows Mobile -- for Android. A little background: Microsoft Tag codes are a lot like those black-and-white QR codes you often see on this site. But the MS Tags can hold more information and, let's face it, they just look cooler.

Microsoft TagBut here's the continuing problem we have: It's yet another standard that has to be adopted. And right now, they're not compatible. Microsoft Tag Reader doesn't scan QR codes, and something like Barcode Scanner doesn't scan Microsoft Tags. Hopefully that will change, because it's a huge hurdle in Microsoft's quest to get its standard adopted. (And if there is an app out there that does both, let us know, huh?

Go ahead, download Microsoft Tag (it kept crashing on my Nexus One, by the way), and give it a shot with the code you see here. Now try it with Barcode Scanner.

Now remember that it's been this way for a long, long time, so we'll get a little more enthusiastic when things start playing nicely together. [via MSDN]

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4 years ago

New pics of the HTC Incredible surface on Twitter

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HTC Incredible

If there's anything we love for breakfast, it's more leaked shots of unannounced phones. And here we have more of the HTC Incredible floating around Twitter. User DevDroidian (great name, btw, Austin) brings us four new ones that don't really show anything new, but it's always great to see new stuff.

We're still expecting a Verizon launch at some point ... hopefully. Three more pics after the break. [DevDroidian] Thanks, Peter, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Android 2.1 leaked for Droid Eris, appears to be the real McCoy [updated]

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Android 2.1 on the Verizon Droid Eris

For all of you Verizon Droid Eris fans out there chomping at the bit for Android 2.1 and the new HTC Sense to be released for your phone, know that it's not far off. A build was leaked on XDA Developers (normally a home for GSM devices, but always friendly to HTC hackery) and subsequently deemed to appear to be genuine, albeit corrupt. But that never stopped anybody at XDA, and just a few hours later a build was foisted onto Big Red's other Droid device. Want to try it yourself? Follow these instructions.

Next question is when will an official update become available? We're waiting for video to pop up anytime now, as this single picture likely won't convince some of you. But the chatter seems legit. Check it out for yourself. [XDA Developers] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Update: A reliable source tells us this update is likely to be officially released within the next couple of weeks or so.

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4 years ago

Google launches Gesture Search for, um, searching Android contacts

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Google Gesture SearchGoogle Gesture Search

Android 2.0+ Tapping on-screen keyboards is soooo yesterday. These days it's all about swiping your fingers. (Or Swyping.) And Google's gotten into the game with Gesture Search, which allows you to draw letters on the screen to search through your contacts, browser, apps and music.

While I've been openly skeptical of the Swype keyboard (hey, you guys love it and the Swype folks are quality people, so to each his own), there's enough room for error here that even ol' Fumble Fingers Nickinson can draw out a letter or two and find who or what he's looking for. It works like this: Draw a letter. That's an H above, though the app recognizes it could just be a (very) sloppy A, and thus the results we see. Once you have the initial results, draw another letter and the search narrows.

It's pretty simple, and it works pretty well. Get it now in the Android Market. [Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: MLB At Bat 2010

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mlb app

With Spring Training having just started, it's time for Major League Baseball fans to gear up and figure out how they will be able to keep up to date with their favorite team while on the go. We've got an answer to that: MLB Advanced Media L.P. has brought MLB.com At Bat 2010 out of beta, and in the nick of time. Check out more information as well as pictures after the break.

Yes, the application is $14.99. But the features, the look and feel and the ability to pick your favorite team in the application make it well worth every dollar.

When you first open the application, you see the scoreboard, which shows who your team is playing, the score of the game, as well as how far into the game they are. You can use the arrows on this screen to view future games, as well as look at the scores from the previous days. From here you can navigate to standings, audio, videos, news, preferences or more. These options are pretty self-explanatory.

The features I found to be most surprising were the audio and video features. These areas include highlights from throughout the day, so you don't have to fear having missed that walk off home run, or game winning strike out.

If you are an avid MLB fan, and like to keep current on what is happening throughout the day and season, this application is a must-have for you. More screen shots after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung T959 for T-Mobile makes an appearance; Android version unknown

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samsung t959

It seems a bit crazy to think that the Android-powered T959 is in the works when the Samsung T949 has yet to even be released, but some specs have emerged showing that's the case.

While the details of this device are limited, we do know it will have a 320x480 screen resolution, offer users 3G bands, aGPS, as well as Bluetooth. Unfortunately the camera is unknown, as well as the version of Android it will be running, but it is speculated to be running 2.1 upon release. Continue to check in as we will post information as it surfaces. [via CellPhoneSignal]

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4 years ago

Droid's multitouch not the same as Nexus One's (and there's a reason for that)

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Multitouch comparison on the Droid (left) and Nexus One

That at least some Nexus Ones suffer from some apparent problem with the touchscreen is not news. We've pointed out an issue with the keyboard before. And now Taylor from Android and Me has a great video showing the difference in multitouch between the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One (an HTC phone commissioned by Google).

Basically, what you see above is an app that shows where you're touching the screen. the dots you see on the right -- on the Nexus One -- should be hidden under Taylor's thumbs. Obviously, they're not.

But an update to Taylor's post points out at least one reason that's pretty apparent anyway: Those are not the same phones, and they use different screens. Then there's the question of whether we're purely talking about a software or hardware issue. Maybe we'll see a "fix." Maybe there's no fix. Maybe we're all a little too anal about multitouch. We'll see. Anyhoo, Check out the video after the break.

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4 years ago

Apple Inc. v. HTC: Day 2

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Apple-HTC lawsuit

Woke up this morning. Checked the news. Yep, Apple's still suing HTC. (Have a feeling a number of people in Bellevue, Wash., did the same.) Here's a roundup of the latest in the patent battle launched by the iPhone-maker on the Taiwanese manufacturer of a large number of Android and Windows Mobile devices:

  • Google told the following statement to TechCrunch: “We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it.”
  • The New York Times' Jonathan Adams writes that the patent fight, in the long run, "could strain its relations with partners in the crucial U.S. market and test its leadership, adding to its challenges in the increasingly competitive smartphone field."
  • ZDNet's Matt Miller says "This latest lawsuit pushed me closer to NOT buying one [iPad] because I am getting a bit tired of Apple’s arrogance, even though I do really enjoy using some of their products.
  • Engadget EiC Josh Topolsky points out that HTC listed a job opening for a patent attorney back on Feb. 10.
  • PhoneDog's Noah Kravitz: Blame the patent process.
  • Developer Wil Shipley chimes in with an open letter to Apple: "Enforcing patents isn't a good long-term play: it's the beginning of the end of the creative Apple we both love."
  • More analysis from Roughly Drafter's Dan Dilger. It's good. And very, very long.

No real news today, just plenty more reaction. And, really, the emotional reaction -- whether it's rooting against Apple or for HTC -- has been a bit surprising. Makes you wonder if the response would be the same had Apple sued Motorola over its line of Android devices.

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 1!

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Audio-only stream below

Welcome to the first official AndroidCentral Podcast, featuring our own Phil Nickinson and Mickey Papillon of The Cell Phone Junkie. Join us!

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4 years ago

Your favorite podcatchers [AC Asks]

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Just a few short days ago we asked you to list your favorite Android podcatcher and, boy howdy, did you folks answer. In fact, we're going to wrap this up a couple days early, declare a winner and give one lucky a reader their pick of cases from the AndroidCentral Store. And the winner is ...

For the most part, all of the podcatcher apps you named have fairly similar features, so user interface plays a big part in popularity, we believe. Join us after the break as we learn your choice for best Android podcatcher.

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