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4 years ago

An Xperia X10 Mini commercial that dances around the phone

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Here's Sony Ericsson's latest ad spot on the Xperia X10 Mini (which just cleared the FCC!) and while we applaud the amazing finger dancing choreography, we just don't get it. Sure, fingers dancing on a table can look great on screen but it does nothing to show off the actual features of the phone. Wouldn't it be much more effective if the fingers danced on the phone's screen, showing off its features, than around it? So why not show off the Xperia X10 Mini's biggest appeal, its portability, instead?

What do you guys think? Should we relax and enjoy the "fun-ness" of the ad spot? Or did Sony Ericsson miss once again? [via androidandme]

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4 years ago

Demo of simultaneous voice and data on the Sprint Evo 4G

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Simultaneous voice and data on the Sprint Evo 4G

Sprint. Simultaneous voice and data. Two things that, until now, have never gone together. But with the HTC Evo 4G (we've mentioned you can get it June 4 for $199, right?), it's finally a reality, bringing it in line with AT&T and T-Mobile. (If you're wondering what the holdup's been, it's a technical thing.) There is a caveat, however: Simultaneous voice and data only works over 4G and WiFi. So if you're in a 3G-only city, you're out of luck unless you're on WiFi. But it's better than nothing, and it's long overdue, and it's demoed after the break.

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4 years ago

Archaic Windows 3.1 Installed on Android

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If for whatever reason you get the craving for some good old retro Windows action on your Android phone then look no further. aDOSBox is a handy little application that will enable you to run or install anything that requires the archaic DOS platform. One of our own forum members, drraccoon, was tinkering around with Doom and Heretic on his Droid when the idea of getting WIN 3.1 to run popped into his head. After a couple lines of commands (and pots of coffee), voila it worked! Even though doing this is virtually useless, you can bet it will impress even the geekiest Android fan boy. For detailed steps on getting 3.1 up and running, check out drraccoon’s blog.

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4 years ago

Android 2.2 will have built-in tethering, WiFi hotspot (but will carriers allow it?)

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Anroid 2.2 tethering

The good news: Tech Crunch found that USB tethering and the ability to serve as a WiFi hotspot will be built into Android 2.2, aka Froyo. The bad news: Don't count on all carriers leaving this feature intact. OK, so Sprint has its $29-a-month hotspot option on the Evo 4G, and Verizon has its free hotspot option on the Palm Pre. So it's not unprecedented. As for TMo and AT&T? Nothing official yet. But those of us running custom ROMs know that it's plenty easy to tether in spite of a carrier's wishes, so we're not all worked up about anything. One way or another, it's a welcome addition to Froyo, which should be unveiled next week at Google I\O. [Tech Crunch]

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4 years ago

Hands-on redux with the Sprint Evo 4G

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Evo 4G hands on

When we first saw the Sprint Evo 4G at CTIA a couple months ago, we didn't get a good look at the software because, well, it wasn't ready. But that was some 60 days ago, and it's time to take it for a spin. After the break, we take a walk through a few on the new features on the Evo 4G.

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4 years ago

Pre-order your HTC EVO now at Best Buy -- literally, at Best Buy

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It sure appears that the HTC EVO 4G will be a hot number, and much like the Droid Incredible supplies might get low. Unless you're the type that likes to camp out at the Sprint store on the night before, you might be interested that Best Buy has started taking pre-orders for the HTC EVO 4G.  I know some people prefer to do business directly with their carrier, but for the rest this sounds like a good way to make sure your EVO is in your hands come launch day.  No online ordering though (LAME!), so you'll have to head to your local Best Buy to get in on this one.  [Best Buy]

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4 years ago

How do you feel about the Evo 4G pricing? (Updated)

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Sprint Evo 4G

OK, now that the Sprint Evo 4G pricing is official and all, let's break it down, all official-like.

  • $199 for the phone, after the usual two-year contract.
  • $69.99 a month for the Everything Data plan.
  • $10 a month for the premium 4G WiMax service. That's optional. Update: OK, Sprint's backtracked and now says it is NOT optional. They apologize for the confusion.
  • $29 a month if you wan the WiFi hotspot service. And that will serve up to eight devices. This is optional, too.

The good news: No data caps, so far as Sprint knows at this point. (That's for 3G and 4G.)

So what say you guys? That about what you were expecting?

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4 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G pricing, availability announced - $199 starting June 4

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Evo 4G

Finally, we've got pricing and availability information for the Sprint Evo 4G,  dropped on us at the launch party tonight in New York City. The world's first WiMax phone will go on sale June 4 for $199 after contract. More as Dan Hesse gives it.

As we expected, the 4G mobile hot spot will cost extra, to the tune of $29 a month. Could be worse, we guess, and that's the price you pay to be on the cutting edge. Full presser after the break.

Oh, and how about this: Simultaneous voice and data. They just demoed it, and that's without even having 4G. (Update: OK, that's simultaneous voice-data with 4G or WiFi. Not 3G.) That's right, folks. Sprint. Voice. Data. All in one big love fest.

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4 years ago

Live at the Sprint Evo 4G party

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Sprint Evo 4G Party in NYC

That's right, folks, we're in the Big Apple at Sprint's Evo 4G pre-launch party. They're tying it in with the upcoming Jake Gyllenhaal movie "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," and we'll be watching it tonight, too. But when we're not in the cone of movie silence, we should be getting some quality hands-on time with the Evo 4G, and trying to squeeze some launch information out of Sprint.

We wish everybody could be here with us, but instead we've got the next-best thing. Check in after the break for our live updates, as they happen, in living color and such.

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4 years ago

Erick Tseng leaves Google and Android to join Facebook

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Just a few months ago Google added Tim Bray to their team as an Android Advocate, and today Erick Tseng has announced he will be leaving Google and Android and joining forces with Facebook. For those unaware, Erick is the senior product manager for Android at Google, a very crucial part of the Android team. It is currently unknown how Google will react, and how they will fill the position, but odds are that an opening will be posted soon to get that spot filled quickly. [Erick Tseng (Twitter) via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Square brings credit card payments to Android

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Mark this in the ridiculously cool, we're almost in the future column. Square is aiming to be the new way to take credit card payments and it works on your Android phone today. Simply download the Square app, plug in the dongle into your 3.5mm headphone jack on your Android phone, swipe the credit card through, and you get paid. Square is aiming big and looking to take down entrenched merchant accounts, their system comes contract-free without monthly fees. Users will only pay a very competitive transaction rate. We imagine many tech savvy store owners will make the switch. Check out the video after the jump! [square]

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4 years ago

MyTouch Slide gets handled ... again, again

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The MyTouch Slide sure has been getting a lot of attention lately, between its appearance on eBay , the first hands on we saw, and the second, but that doesn't appear to stop people from filming the device any chance they can. Another video has surfaced, this time someone that seems a bit more tech savvy, and actually shows off some of the speed of the phone. Still no release date has been set, but with the recent increase in how many of these are appearing in the wild, one would have to speculate that the release is soon to come. [via YouTube]

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4 years ago

HTC countersues Apple, asks ITC to halt sales of iPhone, iPod, and iPad

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Direct from HTC's press release

Seattle – May 12, 2010 – HTC Corporation today took legal action against Apple Inc., filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.

In response to the suit Apple filed against HTC in March, HTC is now countersuing, claiming that Apple is infringing on five of its patents. We're still digging for more details, but the press release mentions that HTC believes the mobile industry should be driven by competition and innovation.  Sounds like a jab at the whole state of the current US patent process as well as Apple's lawsuit to me.  How much (or how little) this will affect consumers remains to be seen, but rest assured that as soon as we know more, you will too. 

HTC also has a new promo video for their "quietly brilliant" campaign backing up their message, it's after the break. That tagline is looking more and more inspired as this fight with Apple heats up.

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4 years ago

Android Market acting up? Try this ...

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Android Market

Is the Android Market acting up for you? Updates not installing? Can't connect? We've heard from a number of you, and you're not alone, as some of you half sought help in Google's forums, to. We've reached out to Google for some assistance. But in the meantime, Alphabets in our forums offers some help. Go to your main settings>applications>manage applications>Market. Then choose "Clear cache" and "Uninstall updates" and give things another go. Let us know if that works for you.

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4 years ago

LG Ally lands on Verizon May 20th for $99 after contract

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LG Ally 

Verizon has gone ahead and made the LG Ally official. You can go on and pick up it in stores and online on May 20th, but pre-orders on line start tomorrow, May 13th (both as rumored). The price is a reasonable $99 after 2 year contract and a $100 rebate.

Big V is touting the "tempered glass touch screen," which clocks in with WVGA at 3.2" diagonally, it's attached to a body with a slide-out keyboard and the standard Android fixins: Android 2.1, microSD slot, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.2mp camera, 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM and S-GPS.

Annoying friends who tell you what to do with your Ally are not included. Full press release after the break [via phonescoop].

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