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If you are interested in flashing a custom ROM to you Nexus One, be sure to check out our very own guide: How to install custom ROMs on your Nexus One. It will guide your through unlocking your bootloader, rooting and flashing a ROM.
We're expecting the Motorola Cliq XT (see our hands-on and video hands-on from Mobile World Congress) on T-Mobile just about any time now (possibly March 10), and we're bringing you the first shots of it wearing its T-Mo branding. It's confirmed to have WiFi and is running Android 1.6 with MotoBLUR.
But one very cool trick that we somehow overlooked on the Cliq XT (aka the Quench outside the U.S., and the Zeppelin in its previous code name) is that the sides of the phone (outside the trackpad) pick up your touch as well, meaning you select apps and the like without using your thumb on the trackpad. Our tipster says that function ends about a third of the way up the device. Presumably, the Swype keyboard and doubleTwist apps are on board, too, given the recent deals with T-Mobile.
Three more pics of the Cliq XT after the break. Thanks, anon!
It's hardly shocking, but HTC's new Sense user interface (read our review here) has been ported onto the Motorola Droid. It's still a little buggy, but damned if its not the same ROM (more or less) that was ripped off the HTC Desire and thrust upon the Nexus One. So stay tuned to this project if you're dead set on putting HTC's buttery smooth UI on top of Moto's bludgeon-you-to-death hardware, as this one's got legs, people.
Couple of blurry videos of the port in action after the break. [AllDroid via Engadget]
We've got some good news and some bad news about those waiting to receive Adobe Flash 10.1. The good news is that it's expected to be released on Android phones coming "mid year". Now the bad news is that the HTC Hero will not be supported.
“The HTC Hero will not be supported [because] it does not have the correct Android OS version and its chipset is not powerful enough. We require a device an ARM v7 (Cortex) processor. Examples include the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets and TI OMAP3 series.”
There's somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 applications in the Android Market. And every day we get e-mail after e-mail asking "What's the best app for this?" and "What's the best app for that?" Truth be told, there's nobody better to answer those questions than all you guys and gals out there.
Nope, Android fans, the T-Mobile G1 isn't getting the almighty Android 2.1 update (or 2.0 for that matter) just yet. Instead, you can look forward to one of those lovely "maintenance updates." This one, dubbed DMD64, promises to improve call performance. So if you're the type who loves radio updates (and who doesn't, really), make sure you have the required Android data plan, sit back and wait for it to roll in. [via TMoNews]
If you are one of the Nexus One owners who doesn't quite understand why the device has a trackball, but wish that it could at least add something cooler to the device, your prayers have been answered. The trackball can shine in colors other than white (Google showed that off at its launch event), but for whatever reason it's never been properly implemented.
Luckily, some extremely talented people of the modding community have been working hard on not only allowing the functionality of the other colors, but as well as working on modding the current live wallpapers. And even better, it's been added into the most recent CyanogenMod ROM for the Neuxs One, which was released today! Check out video the colored trackball in action after the break. [via Redmond Pie]
Hey there, everybody! This week we’re going to talk about something everyone seems to forget - system maintenance and clean-up. Like any computer, our Android devices can get clogged with old info that builds up until performance starts to be affected. Unlike a computer with Gigs of space, our device's storage space is limited so this can happen in a much shorter time span. If your phone is starting to act a bit sluggish this might be the reason. Freeing up some space and getting things back as they used to be isn’t hard at all once you know where to look for the clutter. Join us after the break!
Drum roll, please ... We've known for a while that the Nexus One would be coming to Verizon. We just didn't know when. Well it seems that we have finally gotten a date. March 23 is the date that the much awaited Nexus One reportedly will be available. According to an anonymous source, speaking to NeoWin:
The Nexus One, originally released on T-Mobile in January, has passed FCC inspection for use on Verizon's CDMA network and according to a Google worker who wishes to remain anonymous it will be made available on March 23.
We don't know how much it's going to cost on the Verizon Network, but currently the Nexus one is selling for $529 unlocked, or $179 with a two year contract from T-mobile. [neowin]
Forget Flash. Who needs Farmville? Here's the only gaming anybody really cares about: Quake III on the Motorola Droid. And after the break, we show you how to do it and have video of the game in action.
Myxer, which delivers mobile entertainment such as videos, ringtones, wallpapers, etc. to mobile devices has come up with some fun and interesting statistics that give more info about Android. First, Android seems to do a good job versus the iPhone in the West & Midwest. According to Myxer's mobile metrics, Android users outpace iPhone users in eight states, seven of those states being in the West & Midwest. There's also 'swing states' which are termed as states where the difference in users is less than 10%. Again, Android represents well in the West/Midwest region: three of the five swing states are in the West/Midwest.
The best reasoning for Android doing so well in the West/Midwest region of the US is likely more because the iPhone's sole carrier, AT&T, doesn't do well. If you take a look at AT&T's 3G coverage map, there's a gigantic hole in that whole region. Verizon's (home of the Droid and others) 3G network seems perfectly fine.
Other stats of note:
Nexus One is the 'manliest': 75% of Myxer users with a Nexus One are male
67% of both Samsung Behold II & T-Mobile myTouch are female
Nexus One has largest percentage (54%) of users over 24
T-Mobile G1 has the largest percentage (63%) of users under 24
Even though these mobile metrics aren't without their biases, it's always fun to look at numbers like this. So, any Android users from those green states on the map? Let us know!
Why'd it take so long? Wendy Rozeluk of Google Canada says:
"There are many factors that come into play to make sure the selling and purchasing processes run smoothly. It takes time to bring support to more countries, which is something we are working hard to do"
So that maintenance update that's been rolling out for the Motorola Cliq on T-Mobile? Stay away. Stay far away. Basically it borks the phone pretty good, from keyboard issues to text message issues to time issues to causing your face to break out in hives. (OK, we made that last one up.) In other words, if you haven't installed the update, don't. And if you have installed the update, for frak's sake don't hard-reset your phone. Here's the official word from T-Mobile.
Thanks everyone for informing us on what the latest Motorola Cliq OTA update has brought to light. We want to let everyone know that we have been reading your comments, and we hear you. We have forwarded your concerns to the appropriate people and are working hard on them.
As of now, we advise you not to Master Reset your phone if your OTA update did not download or if you are experiencing issues at this time. ‘
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