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4 years ago

Maintenance update being tested for Motorola Cliq XT

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Motorola Cliq XT

The Motorola Cliq XT (see our hands-on) has only been available for a month or so, and a maintenance update apparently already is on the way. Scheduled for improvement are:

  • Improves Overall Phone Performance: Generally improves data connectivity while reducing the occurrence of freeze-ups, resets, and random forced quits.
  • Visual Voice Mail Enhancements: Enhanced design and interaction for Visual Voice Mail.
  • Bluetooth Audio Improvements to Bluetooth audio while streaming.
  • Camera Correction: Addresses instances of camera randomly freezing after taking a picture, and helps correct intermittent resets while camera and video applications are in use.
  • Screen/Display Performance: Improves backlight performance for the display.
  • Text Messaging Improvements: General improvements to text messaging - especially for longer text message threads.
  • Touch Screen Enhancement Improves overall sensitivity of the touch screen.

The update's available for just 1,000 people right now, and we should see wider release shortly. [Motorola via TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Motorola Europe says Android 2.1 for its Milestone is delayed

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Motorola Milestone Android 2.1 delay

The saga of the Android 2.1 upgrades continues, with Motorola Europe posting on its Facebook page that the upgrade for the Milestone has been delayed.

"We regret to say the UK 2.1 update has suffered further delays and been pushed back at least another 2 weeks. Additional operator approvals are now required which were not planned for originally. As we don't want to cause any further disappointment, we will now post about the update only once the launch date is 100...% confirmed. Sincere apologies for the frustration caused and thanks for your continued patience."

The good news is they're taking their time to get things right. Bad news is it's taking time. Hang in there, folks. [Facebook via TheUnwired's Arne Hess on Twitter]

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4 years ago

We're now giving away two Verizon HTC Droid Incredibles [contest]

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible Contest

What's better than giving away a Verizon HTC Droid Incredible? Giving away two Verizon HTC Droid Incredibles. That's right, we're upping the ante in advance of this week's launch. Here's the deal:

  • Our original contest is still on. Hit up the forums if you haven't entered yet.
  • For a second chance at winning a Droid Incredible, hit up this forum thread and tell us about the sorry old phone you're currently using. We'll pick one answer at random to win the second Incredible.

We'll pick both winners Wednesday morning and contact by e-mail, so keep close to your inboxes, and ship 'em out so you'll have them on Thursday, launch day. Good luck, everyone!

Another chance to win a Verizon HTC Droid Incredible

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4 years ago

Vodafone Nexus One available for pre-order, will be available in stores

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Vodafone Nexus One

And in slightly less unhappy Nexus One news, it's now available for pre-order on Vodafone in the U.K. -- free if you shell out for a monthly plan that costs at least £35. We're also being told that unlike in the U.S., you're actually going to be able to buy it in stores. Will that signal a change for procedure in the U.S.? Let's hope so. [Vodafone] Thanks, Dave!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's Garminfone spotted, still looks like the nuvifone A50

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T-Mobile Garminfone

Not a whole lot to say here other than it's the T-Mobile Garminfone in the wild, aka the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 that we saw a couple of months ago at Mobile World Congress. Android is still skinned pretty heavily, as the focus remains on navigation (natch). We're still expecting Android 1.6 with a 600MHz processor. 512MB of ROM are confirmed, along with 3GB or so of internal storage. Still no word on when to expect it, other than "spring."  [via TMo News]

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4 years ago

Google: No Verizon Nexus One, buy the Incredible instead

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Verizon Nexus One

Sorry, folks, but I'm gonna have to say I told you so here. (See podcast Episode 9.) Google apparently put an end to the Verizon Nexus One, slipping it into an official Nexus One blog post "update on partnerships." (Strangely, the post is dated April 21, but it just pinged RSS feeds today. Update: They've fixed the date.) The line you need to be worried about:

In the US, if you’ve been waiting for the Nexus One for Verizon Wireless’ network, head over to http://phones.verizonwireless.com/htc/incredible to pre-order the Droid Incredible by HTC, a powerful new Android phone and a cousin of the Nexus One that is similarly feature-packed. It will be available in stores on April 29th.

The official Nexus One order page also says as much. From what I've been told, Verizon rejected the Nexus One at least once -- and the trackball was said to be a major culprit. Guess that makes that decision a little easier, but sorry to those who were holding out for the N1. [Google] Thanks, Nick

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4 years ago

Best Buy promoting Sprint Evo 4G - sign up to be notified when it's coming

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Sprint Evo 4G at Best Buy

At this point, you're either in the Verizon Droid Incredible camp, or the Sprint Evo 4G. And both are stellar HTC Android smartphones. But the latter has a few extra bells and whistles up its sleeve, and like you, we can't wait to get our hands on it. (Again.) And so it's worth mentioning that Best Buy is now promoting the Evo 4G, and you can sign up to be notified when it will be available. We still don't know any more than "Coming summer 2010," but hopefully we'll learn more at the launch event in a few weeks. Stay tuned. [Best Buy] Thanks, Cody!

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4 years ago

AC Asks: Motorola Droid owners - what are your must-have apps?

Must-have Motorola Droid apps

Let's just go wide-open this week. We've got 10 Otterbox Commuter Series cases for the Motorola Droid to give away. And so, Droid owners, we ask you: What are your must-have apps for one of the most popular Android devices around?

Reply in this forum thread and you'll be automatically entered to win one of the 10 cases. We'll take entries through Thursday, April 29. Good luck, everyone!

What's your favorite app on the Motorola Droid?

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4 years ago

Dell roadmap shows 'Sparta,' 'Athens' Android netbooks amid smartphones

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Dell Android Roadmap

Here's a little more out of the Dell camp following last week's insane smartphone leak of the Thunder and Looking Glass, along with the Streak (Dell Mini 5). The roadmap we've obtained shows a few new items, including the "Sparta" netbook tablet and "Athens," a 0.9-kilogram "true netbook", both of which appear to fall under the 11-inch category or so, with an ARM processor, optional 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth. There's also the LG Pro, which looks to be the 7-inch Looking Glass with a high-definition screen and digital TV.

Also note that the Streak appears slated for T-Mobile (confirming an earlier report) and Vodafone, and a Chinese version is in the works as well.

Judging from the roadmap, we could see the Streak as early as next month, August for the Sparta, and the Athens in the fall -- let's just hope Dell doesn't let such sexy Android hardware fall by the wayside.

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4 years ago

How to run Android on the iPhone 2G

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Android on iPhone

If you have an old iPhone 2G laying around (and chances are if you do have one, it's laying around, right?) and want to run Android on it like we saw the other day, instructions are now available. It's definitely not for the casual jailbreaker, and it's gonna take you a little while. But the instant karma you gain by putting the world's best smartphone operating system on the world's most ubiquitous phone is gonna be worth it. Video of how it's done after the break.  [AndroidaLot via Redmond Pie]

And if you're looking for even more resources, check out linuxoniphone.blogspot.com and the idroidproject.org wiki, brought to you by the guys who got this done in the first place.

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4 years ago

Can you turn off the Sense UI on the Droid Incredible? Mmmmmm ... Not just yet

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HTC Droid Incredible - Sense UI

It seems that a lot of folks interested in the HTC Droid Incredible want to be able to turn Sense (HTC's custom user interface) on and off at will.  Previous HTC handsets (as recent as the HTC Desire) had the ability to do this pretty easily by erasing Sense as the default and throwing up a choice between Sense or the stock Android home screen after you hit the home button.

Not any more.

We tore into the system files of our Droid Incredible to see what we could find.  After hours of hard work, caffiene and Excedrin, we found some interesting information -- the resources
and artwork for vanilla Android seem to be absent, or at least aren't where we expect them to be.  While we can't be 100 percent  sure just yet, it certainly appears that the Droid Incredible was meant to only run the Sense UI.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing.  HTC clearly has upped the game with the new Sense UI,
as our video walkthrough shows.  At this point, if you're on the fence, the best advice I can
think of is to head down to your local Verizon Wireless store on the April 29 and give the device a spin.  After a few minutes with it, if you think (like we do) that Sense enhances this
particular handset, use your 30 days to find out.

Update: Yep, you can use Helix Launcher 2 on it. So you're running a launcher on top of Sense. Have fun with that.

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4 years ago

Facebook app updates to 1.2, brings inbox support

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Facebook

Android's Facebook app got an update yesterday, bringing it to Version 1.2 and bringing native inbox support along with it. In exchange, you lose the option to take and upload a picture from within the main page you see above, but that's not really a big deal given how easy it is to do from the native Android or Sense (or Motoblur or whatever) camera apps, and you can do it from the news page. We'd still like to see Facebook chat, and maybe less reliance on the mobile site, but it's still a welcome update.

If you haven't updated yet, take a gander in the Android Market downloads section. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Automatic app updates coming in Android 2.2?

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Android App updates

One of the larger issues surrounding applications and the Android Market (OK, one of a number of larger issues) is the current inability to update more than one application at a time. The above screen shot, purportedly from Android 2.2 (which might or might not actually be Froyo; or might be Froyo and not Android 2.2) shows a checkbox for allowing automatic updating. We'll have to think about whether we'd rather see that or just the ability to update all our apps in one fell swoop. But either way, some sort of fix will be a welcome addition. [4chan via Android Community]

 

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4 years ago

Android, security, and you

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Inside Android

One of the biggest misconceptions users migrating to the Android platform have is that they
will be sacrificing security compared to their previous flavor of smartphone OS.  This couldn't be farther from the truth.  Settle in with your favorite beverage, and follow along after the break and we'll talk about Android's security features, and what you need to know and do to keep things going smoothly.

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4 years ago

Android Market unofficially passes 50,000 apps

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Androlib unofficially has the Android Market surpassing 50,000 applications, quite a leap from the 38,000 figure Google used last week during its first-quarter earnings call. In fact, when we asked Google for an official figure, we were told:

"We're sticking to 38,000 for now. We'll announce when we do our next formal count."

That said, 50,000 items in the Market is a real possibility, but let's be honest here: How many of those "applications" are (a) actual "applications" and (b) something you'd actually want to download? We still think Steve Jobs is being overly childish when he tells people to go to Android if they want porn, but we still think there's a lot about the Android Market that needs to be fixed.

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