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4 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2 hands-on

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CES 2011 was full of high-end phones, but tucked into the mix was a little gem in the Motorola Cliq 2. The follow-up to T-Mobile's original Cliq, the Cliq 2 sports a redesigned keyboard, 3.7-inch touchscreen, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and a 5MP camera with flash, all controlled by Android 2.2 Froyo.

The specs don't quite put the Cliq 2 among the best of the best (of we know is coming, anyway). But it's a solid phone on a solid network. Full review's on the way. In the meantime, enjoy the hands-on, and hit up the Cliq 2 Forums for more.

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4 years ago

Android, iOS U.S. subscriber numbers visualized

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 New York Times Android vs. iOS graph

With the launch of the Verizon iPhone, many in the tech sphere were wondering how much impact the phone might have once it hits a second carrier. The New York Times rounded up sales data and created the graph you see above to show the relative share of subscribers between Android and iOS on each of the four main U.S. carriers. They note that nearly half of all American Android users are split between Sprint and T-Mobile while the rest are mostly on Verizon. Unsurprisingly AT&T has the smallest number of Android users probably thanks to only having on high-end Android phone -- the Captivate -- and the availability of the iPhone since its launch back in 2007.

Several big questions around the Android vs. iOS on Verizon debate remain:

  • How many current Verizon Android users will jump to the iPhone when it's available Feb. 10?
  • Will new smartphone users pick the iPhone over the various Android phones?
  • How many iPhone customers from AT&T will leave for Verizon? (and thus not actually increase the overall iOS userbase)
  • Will Verizon also gain users from the smaller networks that wouldn't have left for AT&T?

In time, all these questions will be answered. With HP and Palm ready to jump back in and Microsoft finally in the game, 2011 looks to be a wild ride for the smartphone market. Hold on tight. [The New York Times]

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4 years ago

Q&A: Explaining how the Nexus One was used to take control of a host computer

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Nexus One as a USB HID

Two researchers from George Mason University, Dr. Angelos Stavrou, and Zhaohui Wang, have demonstrated the ability to use a smartphone (a Nexus One, but Dr. Stavrou says this applies to the iPhone as well) as a HID (Human Input Device) via USB.  Simply put, just plugging the phone into a computer causes it to act as a mouse or keyboard, with no server on the computer in question, and offers little or no warning on the computer screen. 

Usually we would call something like this one one helluva cool hack, but there's a scary side, too.  The exploit could be made viral, on Windows, Mac, and Linux.  According to Dr. Stavrou;

"Say your computer at home is compromised and you compromise your Android phone by connecting them, Then, whenever you connect the smartphone to another laptop or computing device I can take over that computer also, and then compromise other computers off that Android. It's a viral type of compromise using the USB cable."

That caught our attention, so we reached out to Dr. Stavrou, who was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.  Read the rest, after the break.  [CNet]

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4 years ago

[Contest] Win a free HTC EVO 4G case and HDMI dock

HTC Evo 4G Accessories Contest

Up for grabs this morning, thanks to our pals at HTC, are a couple of accessories for the venerable Sprint EVO 4G. First up we have an official HDMI dock. (Read our review.) Plug in your phone and stream photos and movies to your television, in high definition.

And while we're at it, let's throw in an HTC Hard Shell Case for good measure. It's a two-part plastic shell that keeps your phone protected from dings and dents.

To enter, visit this thread in the Android Central Forums and leave a post. That's it. And be sure to check out our other contests while you're there. Good luck!

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4 years ago

'HTC Sensation' trademark hints at possible HTC tablet UI

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HTCLast week we reported the rumored arrival of three HTC tablets in the first half of 2011, and now a recent EU trademark filing could offer some insight into the software that may run on these mythical devices.

The filing for "HTC Sensation" is dated Jan. 19 and comes with list of associated goods and services as long as your arm, including "smartphones," "portable wireless devices" and "user interface software."

While a trademark filing is far from proof that a new product or piece of software exists, the HTC Sensation name is interesting because of its similarity to HTC Sense, the UI layer found on most HTC-built Android phones. If HTC were developing a custom UI layer for its Android tablets, then HTC Sensation would at least sound like a plausible name.

Right now, rumors like this are all anyone has to offer when it comes to HTC's tablet plans. However, it's possible the manufacturer may reveal more at next month's Mobile World Congress, so stay tuned. [via AndroidOS.in]

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4 years ago

Nook Color overclocked again--this time all the way to 1.1GHz!

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On this latest episode of :That eReader does WHAT??" the Nook Color's 800MHz processor has now been overclocked to a full 1100MHz.  Currently only for the rooted stock Barnes & Noble ROM, the new custom kernel adds some serious zip, and appears to be quite stable.

Our quadrant scores with the kernel max out in the mid-1200's, which are easily the highest we've seen on stock Eclair (overclocked Nookie Froyo yielded 1764).

The new kernel, from developer dalingrin, is easily flashed by downloading this zip file, placing it on your Nook's SD card, and installing in ClockworkMod Recovery.

After checking it out, be sure to stop by our Nook Color forums to give feedback and find out more. [xda-developers]

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom $699 at Best Buy?

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Motorola Xoom Best Buy Price

Dunno about you, but we'd be perfectly happy if Best Buy drops the price of the Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 tablet $100 when it's released on Feb. 17. (Droid Attic's leak also apparently confirms the launch date.)

The $699 unsubsidized price isn't a huge drop from Verizon's $800 minimum advertised price -- news we broke on Friday -- but it's a start. Chances are we'll see prices fluctuate -- they always do -- and we'll be on the lookout for those "Price so low we can't advertise them" deals. Again, you can sell for less than the MAP, you're just not supposed to advertise it. [via Droid Attic]

Update: Droid-Life was sent some sort of "price verification" receipt that shows $799. So $700, $800, either way, you might want to start getting loan papers together.

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4 years ago

LG Optimus 2X now on sale in Korea, coming soon in white

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LG Optimus 2X

The LG Optimus 2X was the first smartphone to be announced with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, and it's also the first to market, going on sale today in Korea. You can have it right now in any color you want, so long as it's black, but a white version is coming in February.

I think we can speak for all of us here (which is why we use the royal "we" in the first place) when we say we're hoping beyond hope that LG brings this guy to the United States. Soon. [ITToday.co.kr via @visitken]

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4 years ago

Virgin Mobile's LG Optimus V priced at $149

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That the LG Optimus One -- one of our favorite entry-level Android smartphones these days -- will be coming to Virgin Mobile as the Optimus V has hardly been a secret. Looks like price may now be nailed down, set at $149.99. That's in line with a post at Howard Forums, so it's looking fairly solid at this point. As for when it'll be on sale? Stay tuned.

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4 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook Color Review

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The modding community helps a device with an identity crisis

to "find itself"

The Barnes & Noble Nook Color is a very unique device to review, because you're really talking about two different products before and after it's hacked.  The device it's being sold as, and the device that it can be are about as far apart as can be.

When used as it was intended by B&N, the NC's splash screen tells us we're about to "Touch the Future of Reading."  The irony with this is that the color touch-screen reading that they're referring to isn't far off in "the future," it's already very much here in the present (surely you've heard about those tablet thingies, right?).

With the Nook Color, B&N is trying to capture some of those customers who aren't yet in the market for a full tablet, but who are still intrigued by the experience of color touchscreen reading.

. . . and in the process, they accidentally created one of the most enticing tablets on the market.

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom at Best Buy on Feb. 17?

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Motorola Xoom at Best Buy

When we broke the news of the Motorola Xoom's minimum advertised price, the obvious question remained -- WHEN can we get one? Looks like Feb. 17 will be the date at Best Buy, if this leaked screenshot is to be believed. Whether that matches when Verizon itself will make the Android 3.0 tablet available remains to be seen.

And just to reiterate -- the $799 price that we brought you is the "minimum advertised price" and not what you're likely to have to pay for all that Honeycomb goodness.  Everyone's favorite Panda is anticipating a $500 or so price tag after subsidy, and we're inclined to agree. Though any Wifi-only version is going to have to come down a bit before we break out our wallets. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Vivaz 2 gets previewed ahead of release

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Having just made news with its sales numbers Sony Ericsson looks to be holding true to its promise to do things better in 2011 if the latest device leakage is anything to go by. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz 2 (or whatever it goes to market as) has found its way into the hands of Mobile-review and if you're willing to give Sony Ericsson another shot at impressing you, the review has nothing but nice things to say about it. 

The 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7630 sports Adreno 205 graphics and has 512MB of RAM on board, while a 1500mAh battery powers the 854 x 480 reality display. No idea as to when or where this thing will show up but we're tossing it out there that Mobile World Congress might be a good place to start. If you're looking for the full review, be sure to hit the source link. [Mobile -Review]

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4 years ago

Going to ask Sprint about Froyo? Here's what they'll tell you

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Sprint Froyo updates

Sprint's been more vocal than others about working on Froyo updates for its phones, whether it's a blog post, or taking to Twitter. But if you're thinking about bugging someone on the phone or in a store, you're not likely to get anywhere. Above is a memo that went out yesterday regarding the Samsung Epic 4G and Transform, and the Sanyo Zio. Clearly, there's no date scheduled for Froyo to ship, so don't ask.

You will, however, hear that Sprint "works closely with our manufacturing partners" in getting updates out the door and "as quickly as possible" and all the usual bullet points. No surprise there, other than the Zio's possibly going to get Froyo. We were on the fence about the Transform, but it's listed, too, so there you go.

Sprint's said it, and we'll say it again, too -- it'll be ready when it's ready.

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