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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 (aka the Edison) images make a brief showing

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Remember not too long ago when it was discovered in the Bionic's webtop that there was a mysterious Motorola Edison? Well, the folks over at BGR have been sent some images of an upcoming AT&T Motorola device, the MB865, which is believed to be the Motorola Edison (internal name), or the Motorola Atrix 2.

This device is said to have a dual core processor, running at either 1.2 or 1.5GHz, an 8MP camera, and should launch with Android 2.3.5. Unfortunately no release time frame as of now, but it is likely that it will be launching in the coming months. Hit the break for a couple more images.

Source: BGR

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2 years ago

Google+ Hangouts now available for Android 2.3+, opens registration to all [update]

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Google+ Hangouts have become one of the most popular uses of the rapidly growing social network. Until now, they were relegated to the desktop, making users pine for mobile support. Today, Google announced that they have made Hangouts available for phones running 2.3+.  This is amazing news and will certainly make the feature more widely used now that they can be done anywhere and on-the-go.

To use the feature, once you see a Hangout in your Stream, just click Join and you should be all set.

The new version of the Google+ app will be rolling out today, so if you don't have it yet, sit tight. For those who don't have the app yet, see the links after the break. For those with friends and family on iOS, they promised Hangouts will arrive soon. Until then, you can tease them about Hanging out right from your Android phone.

Also of note: Google+ has opened registration to everyone -- no more invites needed. Hangouts also can be broadcast for all to see, plus Hangout APIs have been released, and Google's added better search functionality. Check it all out at the link below!

[update] Google announced a bunch new features for the Google+ Android app in addition to Hangouts:

  • US and India users can post, respond and receive notifications via SMS (you need to verify your phone number in settings)
  • Improved + mention support
  • Edit your Profile photo
  • Customize notifications
  • Support to move to SD card
  • Huddle is now Messenger
  • You can share photos via Messenger now (killing Pool Party makes sense now)

Source: Official Google Blog

Google Mobile Blog

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2 years ago

NVIDIA releases project Kal-El whitepapers, unveils fifth companion CPU core for low-power use cases

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NVIDIA has let loose some more technical talk about the upcoming project Kal-El chip, and are showing off a new patented process they call vSMP (variable Symmetric Multiprocessing).  As part of this new tech, they tell us of a new fifth CPU core that resides on the silicon designed to maximize the power savings of multi-core processing.  I'll leave the tech talk to the whitepapers themselves (be sure to check them out at the source link), but we can break it down in human terms, after the jump.

Source: NVIDIA

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2 years ago

Caillou's World joins Android kids educational games

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Heads up, parents. Everybody's favorite bald-headed boy is now on Android. Caillou's World (for those of you without kids, Caillou is a popular kids show on PBS) is intended for children ages 2-5 and helps with reading, spelling and phonics. The child spots a highlighted item in a picture and taps it, and then has to choose which letter the item starts with, all while associating the picture with the sound of the word, and the spelling.

The app works well enough on a large smartphone, but it's even better on a tablet, with more screen real estate. Caillou's World is $2.99 in the Android Market. We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: National Football Post

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If you’re a football fan who wants to stay up-to-date with news and analysis right from your mobile device, you may want to check out the National Football Post app for Android. This free app from aggregates National Football Post columns and provides them in an easy to read fashion. When the app opens, the homescreen features five menu options along with three tabs, which you may slide left or right to access. The main menu options include:

  • Hot News & Rumors: This option gives you the most up-to-date articles that include news and rumors from around the league.
  • NFP Features: The NFP Features tab contains the latest articles from NFP columnists such as: Andrew Brandt, Matt Bowen, Joe Fortenbaugh and Wes Bunting.
  • Scouting Dept: The Scouting Department option is for all those NFL draft experts out there who want to read up on prospects, view rankings and see who their favorite team may choose come April.
  • Fantasy: As you can probably guess, this option gives all the fantasy news you could want to make sure your team is ready.
  • Get Sharp: Get Sharp is the new NFP online television series. It features experts talking about the big football topics of the week. While the videos are not embedded in the app, you will get a summary to read to find out what they said.

The tab options along the top are: Home, Team News and Saved. For the Team News option to show up, you need to select a favorite team. That tab will then feature all current news relating to that team. The Saved tab is for articles you have marked to save, which works well if you wish to read some of them later.

The National Football Post Android app is one of the best ways to stay on top of your football news and analysis on-the-go, particularly if you’re a big NFP fan. As mentioned above, it is available for free from the Android Market. Please find app links and more screenshots after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Rhyme 'for a new type of customer'

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Still trying to figure out exactly who the HTC Rhyme is for? Here's the thought process, in HTC's own words.

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2 years ago

HTC officially announces the Rhyme for Verizon, Europe, Asia

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And here it is, folks: the HTC Rhyme (aka the Bliss). Coming to Verizon on Sept. 22, the 3.7-inch smartphone has Android 2.3, a 3.7-inch WVGA (480x800) display and a 5MP camera, along with the latest version of HTC Sense, seen only in leaks until now. It's also got a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 768MB of RAM.

The real story, of course, are the accessories. There's the plugless dock (the trio of gold contacts is a telltale that you just place the phone in it), a glowing "charm cable" that plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack, a sports armband and a Bluetooth headset. Note that the tangle-free earbuds are NOT of the Beats Audio variety.

The Rhyme -- which will cost $199 for all that purple goodness -- will be hitting Europe and Asia next month as well.

We're at HTC's event now -- hands-on impressions coming up.

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2 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Touch torn down, revealed to contain smartphone parts

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First comes the major smartphone launch, then comes the teardown. The folks at iFixit have done their thing to the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch. And, lo and behold, it's a smartphone! No real surprises so far as the layman (that's us) is concerned, though apparently the Broadcom chip also has FM capabilities. Hardly the first time we've seen that go unused. Anyhoo, if you're into smartphone pr0n, check out the link below.

Source: iFixit

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2 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 Android 2.3.4 update now available

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Have yourself a Droid Incredible 2 and wondering when it will see Android 2.3.4? Well, wonder no more. It looks as though the latest software update for the device is now pushing out. Word from the forums is that it is a 32MB file and upon installation you will be asked to go ahead and reboot your phone. Changes? Not many but they are listed for us:

  • Improved server connections for email synchronization and Mail application stability.
  • Increased stability of Visual Voice Mail application.
  • Ability to dial the “+1” prefix when roaming internationally in CDMA markets.
  • Option to set Data roaming for “all trips” or for “individual trips”.
  • Improvements in sending/receiving messages while roaming.

As you can tell, a few bug fixes and improvements in this release so you'll want to be sure you grab if it you've been having any issues. Though, if you're rooted you might want to check out the Android Central forums to ensure root can be obtained afterward as well. If you've not received the notification as of yet, go ahead and check for system updates it should be waiting.

Source: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

Target Mobile (aka Radio Shack) plans Verizon HTC Rhyme presale for Sept. 21, release Sept. 22

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If there was ever much doubt that the HTC Bliss is the HTC Rhyme (there wasn't) and that it's coming to Verizon (again, none) and that we might well see it Tuesday morning at an HTC event in New York City (we'll be there, by the way), well, that ends tonight.

A tipster just hit us up with Target Mobile's plans for the charming device (see what we did there?), and they are as follows: Presales start Wednesday, Sept. 21, with the phone being available Sept. 22. Target Mobile (aka Radio Shack) has the exclusive on a Plum-colored version, it seems, and it looks like it'll be available a week or so later -- at least preorders apparently will continue through next week.

As for specs? They're looking fairly official now as a 3.7-inch WVGA (480x800) display, Android 2.3, 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera and a light-up charm that will alert you to incoming or missed calls, or text messages. Judging from the picture, it looks like it plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack, and so it might or might not be Bluetooth-enabled. If it's the latter, it's a decidedly low-tech solution to a problem most people don't really have -- it's why all these Bluetooth watches and the like are still a niche product.

The screen also tells of two other "exclusive in-box accessories that are designe to enhance user experience." We gather one are the headphones you see here, which could well be of Beats Audio nature, though camps have been divided on that one. The other may be that dock, which showed up in one of the earlierst leaks. Or there could be something else.

Anyhoo, we should find out more in just a few short hours.

Thanks, R!

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