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4 years ago

Adobe Flash is not coming to all Android phones [duh]

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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.”

We've seen Flash being shown off already on the Droid and the Nexus One.  We already knew this was coming, given that Flash is a processor hog even on desktop systems, but thank you for stating the obvious. [androinica]

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4 years ago

AndroidCentral asks: What's your favorite Android podcatcher? [Contest]

AndroidCentral Asks

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.

And so this week, we put it to you: What's the best podcatcher application out there? Head on over to our forums and leave your suggestion for the world to see. And for your troubles, we'll pick an entry at random and give away a case of your choice from the AndroidCentral store. Contest ends at 12 a.m. Friday, March 5.

What's your favorite podcatcher?

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4 years ago

T-Mobile gradually pushing out maintenance update for the G1

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T-Mobile G1 update

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]

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4 years ago

Nexus One finally gets some color into its trackball

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nexus one led

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]

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4 years ago

Monthly Maintenance - keeping things speedy

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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!

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4 years ago

Nexus One reportedly coming to Verizon on March 23

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Verizon Nexus One

 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]

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4 years ago

Work continues on Firefox for Android

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Firefox on the Motorola Droid

The Firefox for Mobile folks teased us today with a couple more pics of the browser on Android phones. There's the shot of it above that they posted on their Facebook page, and they also linked to another running on the Nexus One. There's still a lot of work to be done, and we still don't have any builds that non-coder types can play with. (If you don't mind compiling your own code, you can play along here.) If you just have to know more about the ins and outs of the project, check out Ars Technica's early go. Otherwise, fold your hands and wait patiently like the rest of us.

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4 years ago

How to: Play Quake III Arena on the Motorola Droid

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Quake III Arena

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.

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4 years ago

Stats: Android beats iPhone in the Midwest, Nexus One is really 'manly'

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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!

[myxer]

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4 years ago

Canada to finally get paid apps in Android Market ?

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Surprisingly, Android Market doesn't currently support paid applications in Canada (11 other countries have access to paid apps). But given that Canadian carriers have built a rather formidable Android product lineup, getting paid apps on Android Market in Canada should be pretty high priority. And it looks like it's so, according to the Montreal Gazette, "Google is working on the problem and hopes to make an announcement next week." Score one for our neighbors to the north.

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"

Right. If it's any consolation, at least Android Market has a ton of free apps available.

[via androinica]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Motorola Cliq owners having problems with latest update

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Motorola Cliq

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. ‘

Thank you for using the T-Mobile forums and we will keep you updated as we gather more information.

In other words: DO. NOT. WANT. [T-Mobile forums via Android and Me]

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4 years ago

CDMA version of the Nexus One goes through the FCC

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Nexus One CDMA at FCC

Don't want to get anybody's hopes up yet, but a CDMA version of the Nexus One has made its way through the Federal Communications Commission. Does that mean we're going to get the Nexus One on Sprint as well as Verizon? Not necessarily. It just means the hardware (Read our Nexus One review) has been tested and approved. [FCC via CellPhoneSignal]

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4 years ago

HTC Desire coming to T-Mobile UK on March 26

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HTC Desire

Good news for our pals in the United Kingdom: The HTC Desire is coming your way in a month. T-Mobile UK tweeted this morning:

The Desire will be available on the 26th of March. Thanks for all the questions. Keep them coming. Ryan

That differs from T-Mo's Web site, which still says the Desire is "Due April 2010." But regardless, it's coming. Stay tuned. [Twitter via Tracy and Matt]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile did a good job in 4Q 2009

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T-Mobile actually did well in the fourth quarter of 2009. They added 371,000 new customers in 4Q compared to losing 77,000 in 3Q. It's still not as good as what they did in 4Q 2008 (added 621,000) but it's a step in the right direction. Since they offer very competitive rate plans and we're the first carriers to adopt Android, we'll always have a soft spot in our hearts for T-Mobile, so it's good to see them improving their financial numbers.

To be fair, their boost in numbers were due in large portion to pre-paid customers (which are less valuable to the bottom line than contract customers) so it's not the most ideal situation just yet. Here are some highlights, if you're into looking at numbers feel free to hit the link.

  • T-Mobile's 3G network reaches 205 million people
  • 3.9 million 3G-capable devices on the network
  • Average revenue per user: $51

[yahoo finance]

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4 years ago

Gmail been flakey today? It's not just you

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Gmail

Yeah, we noticed. And seeing as how gmail is kind of the linchpin for any good Android experience, it's the sort of thing that we notice pretty quickly. But at least things are getting back to normal. You folks notice any issues today? [Google]

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