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5 years ago

Lenovo's Sexy Ophone Gets a Video Hands-On

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 We've detailed the Lenovo Ophone before on Android Central and damn, if it ain't sexy. We've been drooling over the images of the Ophone since it was first leaked but now we get to see it in action, in hands-on video glory. We get a few run throughs of the UI which looks admittedly iPhone-esque. If it looks nothing like Android, don't be surprised, we think it's kind of the point.  However, you'll surely recognize some of the Android apps. The cube metaphor for swiping screens is pretty nifty and we actually get to see some widgets be put to use. Overall, we're pretty impressed by this and hopefully we can see this type of innovation trickle down to future Android builds. If we could even remotely understand Chinese, we'd definitely be interested in using this! What do you guys think? [via modmygphone]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Market Testing Terrible Names for Next Android Phone

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Close your eyes for a second and imagine the next T-Mobile Android device. Imagine the sexy code name Sapphire or the alluring Vodafone release of Magic, now think of a name that would fit such a device. What did you come up with?

Hopefully it's not myTouch 3G with Google, Genius 3G with Google or Prism 3G with Google because well, quite frankly, those names are terrible. Where did we find those names? Well, T-Mobile is reportedly doing some market testing on what to name the next Android device and that is what they came up with. We wish we were kidding.

Why can't they just stick with G2 or call it the Magic? Why call it a 3G device when similar named devices (iPhone 3G) came out a year ago? Hopefully this is just regular procedure because if they ruin the Sapphire/Magic with branding like that, it'd be like fumbling a guaranteed touchdown.

Don't mess with a good thing, T-Mobile.

[via tmonews]

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5 years ago

Is the Sony Ericsson CS8 an Android Device Releasing in June?

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We've previously reported on Sony Ericsson's Android plans which were to expect a high-end device to launch the Sony Ericsson Android party in 2009 and other, more affordable devices to follow suit. So a mysterious Sony Ericsson device dubbed the CS8 has popped up in T-Mobile's tentative release plans (via tmonews) and the dots are slowly connecting...could this be the high-end Sony Ericsson Android device!?

Leap with us here, the Sony Ericsson CS8 is to be released on June 24, 2009. The 8 in CS8 is being speculated as an 8 megapixel camera--which definitely qualifies as a "high-end" feature. With no other Sony Ericsson device making any news, perhaps this is what will run Android?

We know it's pure hearsay and rumors at this point but after going through MWC and CTIA with little Android news, we're willing to grasp at straws. Let's hope that the CS8 is an Android device and that it will be released by June!

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5 years ago

HTC First Quarter Earnings Fall 30 Percent

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Eek. The recession (or is it depression?) spares no one huh? Not even one of the biggest and most relevant smartphone makers today can avoid the wrath of a weak economy. HTC just reported their first quarter earnings which revealed that their profits have fallen 30% year-over-year.

Still, HTC managed to beat analyst estimates and put the blame on missed product shipping deadlines. Could the delayed product be the HTC Magic?

[via engadgetmobile]

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5 years ago

NBA Releases Official App 'Game Time' for Android

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The NBA and T-Mobile share a great relationship and it looks like that goodwill extends over to Android! The NBA has just released an official application to keep track of scores, standings, schedules, and so forth for all your NBA basketball needs.

After taking 'Game Time' for a quick spin, we can tell you that it's a great looking app that gives you the box score for any game you would want. What we would LOVE to see is some video (or even audio) integration much like the iPhone's MLB app. Sure, 'Game Time' is free and MLB At Bat costs money, but if it's a full-featured app, I'd love to pay.

What is odd is the timing of the release. The NBA regular season started back in October and is a week or so from ending. Sure we have the playoffs to keep us busy but I would have loved to use this app throughout the entire season!

Go get NBA 'Game Time' now in Android Market!

[via phandroid]

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5 years ago

Leaked List of T-Mobile 3G Cities for 2009

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TmoNews got their hands on the jackpot, a purported list of T-Mobile 3G locations for 2009. We've documented T-Mobile's 3G rollout in the past but this list shows the roadmap of the future. Soon, T-Mobile 3G will blanket the country (just in time for 4G, d'oh!).

Taking a quick glance at the list we can see a lot of Texas and Arizona cities will be getting the good 'ol 3G. Are any of your guys' city still missing? Let us know in the comments!

[tmonews]

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5 years ago

Ever Heard of Amico? A Fresh Android Face

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Amico is a Taiwanese firm that was sporting their new Android handset at CTIA this week, and it looks like a pretty decent phone with some good specs.  Although it's been whisked back to the workbench for a 3G upgrade, it has a fairly decent list of goodies: 3 megapixel camera, 624 MHz Marvell core, microSD slot, and a 3-inch resistive WQVGA display. A capacitive screen would be nicer, but if the price is right, then maybe this can be forgiven.

On a quirky note, this Amico Android handset is labeled "BRAVA" - coincidentally not far removed from Sony's BRAVIA - in what seems to be a shameless attempt to falsely affiliate with Sony's big name. That's unfortunate and Amico should consider changing this before it goes to market. Why not give us the Amico "Atomizer" or some such colorful, unique name? Let's wait and see what happens when it's all said and done, and in the meantime, check out a video of the "BRAVA" here.

[engadgetmobile]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Making an Android-powered Tablet PC and Home Phone for 2010

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The NYT is reporting that T-Mobile has plans to make a Tablet-styled Device AND a home phone for next year (2010) and that both of those devices will run Android. Wow. We're not getting more Android phones, we're getting more Android devices.

The Home Phone is supposed to come with a docking station to handle syncing and re-charging purposes with a release earlier than the tablet device. The tablet device is shrouded in mystery but you can expect a 7-inch, laptop looking device that'll handle the basic computing tasks.

We're not really sure if these two Android-powered fill a niche or create a niche or whatever, we're just intrigued by the possibility of Android in the home. The Home Phone is of particular interest to us because it's a relatively new market that may just be unnecessary. Why pay a monthly subscription for a device that's similarly powered to our smartphone but infinitely less mobile?

Is anyone interested in these two future Android powered T-Mobile devices?

[via gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Android G1 Users Downloading More Than iPhone Users

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According to T-Mobile USA, G1 Android users downloaded an average of at least 40 applications for their phones while iPhone users averaged about 37 apps. There is no data as to retention of apps - G1 users may have downloaded their 40 apps, only to keep half that number, while iPhone users may retain more on their device, and vice versa.

What we DO know, however, is that the Android Market is alive and well with G1 users digging into plenty of the apps offered there. Further data suggests that 80% of G1 owners download an Android application at least once per week.

Whether it's Google's Android Market or Apple's iTunes App Store, the model for offering apps from third-party developers in one convenient, easy-to-use location seems to be successful. What has your experience been like using the Android Market?

[googleandblog.com

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, CTIA 2009 Edition

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This week three of our intrepid editors headed out to CTIA 2009 in Las Vegas to catch as much coverage as we could -- and catch it we did. From the Palm Pre emulating the PalmOS to BlackBerry App World to Hands-on time with the Nokia E71x to hands-on time with half a dozen Windows Mobile devices, it's been a pretty crazy week.

It wasn't all Vegas Baby, however. TiPb has been all over the rumors of next-gen iPhone hardware and both the iPhone and Android picked up new document editing capabilities.

You'll find the details on all of that and much more inside as we round up the best of Smartphone Experts!

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5 years ago

What's the Difference Between Android and Google? And Why Does it Matter?

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In the same article where Samsung revealed their plans for Android, they dropped a very interesting nugget regarding the status of Android. Samsung gave a clear distinction between the Android OS and "Google Experience" devices, lining themselves more with Android than with Google.

To quote:

[Samsung] drew a distinction between devices built on the Android platform and "Google Experience" devices, which not only use Android but are also Google-centric, packed with the search giant's own applications. "Our commitment is more to the Android phone than the Google Experience device,".

This whole time, we've been lumping Android and Google together, believing that they were one and the same. Android was Google and Google was Android, the lines were blurred, there was no difference. Could we have been wrong?

Read on to see what Android Central thinks the phone industry thinks about Android and Google!

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5 years ago

Samsung's Android Plans Revealed -- Several Android Devices This Year

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We've been speculating for months, trying to determine what Samsung's plans for Android were. We thought we would see something at MWC, wrong. We finally caught a blurrycam pixelated image of the Android device, which is to be followed by three others. And now finally, we're getting some more official words from Samsung regarding Android.

Samsung is going to launch their first Android device in June of this year. Celebrate! Not so fast, because it's going to be released on a European Carrier first. After that, Samsung will release TWO Android Devices here in the US on TWO different carriers (T-Mobile and Sprint are where the smart money's at) in the second half of this year. Supposedly, the two US Android devices are going to look completely different due to carrier preference (let me guess, the T-Mobile version will have a 'chin').

So wait just a little bit longer kids, Samsung will eventually come to the Android party.

[forbes]

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5 years ago

Documents To Go Released for Android

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Dieter already gave Documents To Go and Roadsync a hands on back at MWC and we all came away pretty impressed. Now, you'll be able to get to see for yourself how great DataViz is because it's been released to Android Market for $19.99 (regular price $29.99).

Docs to Go allows for creating, viewing and editing Office documents. If you've used DataViz's software before, you're probably aware that it's pretty much the best in the business. 

Did anyone take the plunge? How do you guys like Docs to Go? You can read our initial impressions here.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Releases T-Mobile G1 Numbers and Statistics

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T-Mobile has just released some pretty interesting statistics regarding their flagship (and only) Android device, the T-Mobile G1. According to their numbers, among T-Mobile customers who've purchased a G1 "roughly half have traded up from a basic handset". Here are the rest of the numbers:

  • Approximately 80% of T-Mobile G1 users browse the web on a daily basis
  • The majority of T-Mobile G1 owners use Facebook and Youtube at least once a day and access Wi-Fi on a daily basis
  • On average, T-Mobile G1 customers have downloaded more than 40 applications from Android Market
  • Four out of five G1 customers download applications at least once a week

Taking a look at those numbers what pops out is the amount of apps being downloaded via Android Market. We can half-expect T-Mobile G1 users to use their phones more than other T-Mobile phones so accessing the web or using Youtube isn't suprising but downloading 40 applications (on average) from Android Market? That must mean these Android users are some sort of savvy! Keep it up Android Users!

What do you guys say? Were you surprised by the numbers?

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5 years ago

Google Allowing Tethering Applications for Non T-Mobile Users

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Remember how we told you that Google was banning all tethering applications from Android Market and didn't look so "open" while doing so? Well, we might have spoke too soon. Google has backtracked and is now allowing tethering applications for users outside of the T-Mobile US network.

According to Google:

“We inadvertently unpublished your application for all mobile providers; if you like, we can restore your app so that all Android Market users outside the T-Mobile US network will have access to your application” Google statement to WiFi Tether for Root Users developer

This is a sigh of relief because Android isn't supposed to represent banning, denials, and closed (that's for the iPhone). Android is supposed to be the cute little green robot, the open source system, and the friendly--you come to Android expecting a certain amount of freedom and allowance.

We understand that if applications violate T-Mobile's Terms of Service, it's a no go. Thankfully, Google has allowed other Android users on other carriers access to the tethering applications.

[via androidcommunity]

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