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4 years ago

Xperia X10 launching on Rogers in two weeks ?

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Ho ho! Look what we have here! According to mobileSyrup, the Xperia X10 (yes, the phone that was supposed to launch last year) is supposed to hit Rogers in Canada in two weeks' time. As the rumor goes, the launch date is set between April 7 and April 14, and the Xperia X10 will run for $149.99 with new 3-year contract (that's standard in Canada) and $549.99 sans contract. A pretty good deal considering what the price was originally rumored to be. But don't you Canadians get excited yet, because when it comes to the Xperia X10 we have to always, always consider Sony Ericsson's flakiness. Be prepared for disappointment while hoping for the best.

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4 years ago

Skyfire browser coming to Android

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Skyfire Android browser

Skyfire, the popular Windows Mobile (and more recently BlackBerry) browser made famous for its proxy-based render-anything features, is working on an Android application and looking for a few good alpha testers. And when we say alpha testers, we mean not-ready-for-primetime, expect-some-bugs, alpha testing. If you want in, e-mail alpha at skyfire dot com with your name, country you live in, and what device you use. It's a limited beta, and not everyone will get in. So good luck! [Skyfire]

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4 years ago

Android Central's Keyboard Roundup

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Hey everybody! Grab a seat and settle in as we take a look at some of the cool replacement keyboards for our phones. One of the best things about Android is flexibility. Don’t like the way something’s done? Well then replace it!

Since we spend so much time and effort typing out mail and messages on our phones, the keyboard is a great place to start customization. Join us after the break as we compare the different ways to get your message across.

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4 years ago

Do not let the BlackBerry Tour beat the Motorola Droid

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Droid

Drop what you're doing and vote for the Motorola Droid (now with Android 2.1!) versus the BlackBerry Tour in the Final Four of Smartphone March Madness. That is all. [Laptopmag]


Which smart phone is better?survey software

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4 years ago

Panasonic says no to Google TV because it's too expensive

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Now that's a first. Panasonic is passing on "Google TV" because it'll be too expensive to implement Android on their sets. In the smartphone space, manufacturers love Android because of its open source nature (read: no licensing fees) but in the realm of television it's the opposite--because Android is a powerful OS, it needs a powerful computer-type chip to power it. Intel makes those chips, and they ain't cheap. The logic is, 'televisions are used to display media, not be a computer' but it sort of reeks of 'let's keep our margins as high as we can for as long as we can'. Televisions are quickly becoming hubs for Netflix streaming, Youtube viewing, and a ton of other web content. The current options are janky and slow, Google might have a solution.

We think if "Google TV" can prove itself awesome, Panasonic and others may change their course. But TVs have been so slow to embrace the internet that we don't even know if Google can pull it off. TV manufacturers want to give us 3D. We want the Internet, and Google, everywhere, right? [businessweek via androidandme]

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4 years ago

Was the Droid 2.1 update worth the wait?

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Droid update

So now that you've all updated your Motorola Droids to Android 2.1 -- what, you're waiting for it to be pushed out to your phone and not doing the manual update? Fine -- What do you think? Was it worth the wait? Was the hype all for naught? What's your favorite feature? Let's hear it, people. ...

Was the Droid's 2.1 update all you'd hoped for?online surveys

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4 years ago

ITC to hear Apple's complaint against HTC

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And the long slog that is Apple's claim that HTC violated a number of its patents continues, with the International Trade Commission deciding to hold an evidentiary hearing within 45 days. That doesn't mean we're anywhere near a resolution -- remember that there's still a federal lawsuit that alleges HTC, in its manufacturing of Android (and a handful of Windows Mobile) smartphones infringed on 20 of Apple's patents. Sit back and relax, folks. There's a long way to go. [via PC World]

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4 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G gets video promo love

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OK, we'll be the first to admit that our own hands-on video of the Sprint Evo 4G is less sexy than this one from HTC's YouTube page. And we'll be the second to admit that we've been watching this one over and over now for the last 15 minutes and ended up with a small puddle of drool at our feet. Do want. Soon. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

BlueAnt's Android app for the Q1 Bluetooth headset now available

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BlueAnt Bluetooth application for Android

Remember the BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth headset Android application we first showed you last week at CTIA? Well, it's now available in the Android Market for those of you with the Q1 headset and Android 2.0 or higher. Oh, and need a Q1 headset? They're (shameless plug ahead) available in the Android Central Store for $89.95.

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4 years ago

New Firefox build looks much better

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Earlier this week we showed you a very early build of Firefox for Android, and those who may have tried to install it noticed that the file was extremely large in size. And slow. As we all know, this was nowhere near to be debuted as an alpha, let alone a beta, but people decided to give it a shot anyways. It appears as though they have continued their efforts, and continued to work towards improving it, and the update looks a bit more on the usable side. Unfortunately at this time, they are still not ready to release nightly builds at this time, but they appear to be more keen on the idea that it will be happening soon. Be sure to check out the another video of this running on a Nexus One after the jump, and stay tuned for further updates on the development of Firefox for Android. [via Vlad Blog]

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4 years ago

Telus gets paid apps in Android Market; Canadians rejoice

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For reasons we'll never know, it has taken a very long time for Canadian Android users to gain access to paid apps in Android Market. Don't our friendly neighbors to the north have what we have? Well, Android users on Rogers got access to paid apps just a few weeks ago but it still left other Canadian Android users behind. Specifically, Telus users with their lustworthy Milestone and HTC Hero. Luckily, Telus has finally activated the switch for their customers and Telus Android users will get access to paid apps. Hooray! Aboot! Zed! [electronista]

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4 years ago

Win Phil's Google Nexus One [Contest]

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That's right, we're giving away my original Nexus One. It's in near-perfect condition and has served me well throughout my journeys for Android Central, but it's time to send it on to a better home. And that's where you guys come in. Here are the details:

  • Film yourself explaining why you should win my Nexus One. Extra credit for creativity and originality, agility, dexterity, use of props, nudity, etc. (OK, maybe no nudity. Let's keep this PG-13 at most.)
  • Upload it to YouTube, and e-mail me the link at phil at androidcentral dot com.
  • We'll accept submissions through April 30, then present them for you, our loyal subjects, for judging.

This is the T-Mobile 3G version of the Nexus One and served as my daily driver for quite some time. So it's not brand new, but it's in great shape, and I've got all the original packaging. It's rooted, and we'll flash whatever ROM -- custom or otherwise -- you want.

Good luck everybody!

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4 years ago

HTC Desire, Legend rooted already

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HTC Desire and Legend rooted

Well, that didn't take long. Get the right phones into the right hands, and rooting and custom ROMs are bound to occur. Such is the case with the HTC Desire and Legend, which Paul from MoDaCo has already cracked open. Look for more good stuff to pour out of this one. [MoDaCo via Twitter]

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4 years ago

Starred items now in mobile search, too

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Google starred items in mobile search

 Earlier this month Google released a great feature - marking your favorite search results with a star. Now Google has announced it is extending this feature to also work with their mobile site. If you're running an Android, webOS, or Apple device and logged into Google, any result you star on your computer or your phone will appear at the top of the results. Something so simple sure can make a big difference. I can think of a lot of ways this could come in handy, especially when combined with Google's location aware services. Nice work, Google, stuff like this is why we love ya.

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4 years ago

HTC Incredible on its way to Verizon's warehouse?

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verizon htc incredible

Well, what have we here? It appears as though someone has captured an image showing that the HTC Incredible has been ordered by Verizon and the shipments are on their way to the warehouse locations. Over at Android Forums someone with Verizon insight appears say that these 156,709 units are actually sitting in the warehouse, just unable to be sold at this point. This information falls in line with the two-week shipping timeframe we previously heard, now it's just a matter of time until these show up in the stores. [Android Forums via Engadget]

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