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4 years ago

Dell Mini 3i Headed to China & Brazil, Gets Unboxed

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The much anticipated Dell Android Smartphone is officially official and it's headed to China & Brazil. The Dell Mini 3i, as it's known, looks like a cross between an iPhone and a Palm Pre with touches of the myTouch 3G. The Dell Mini 3i will launch on China Mobile in China without 3G and Claro in Brazil with 3G. Obviously, the biggest head scratcher is why is a big time US company not releasing their first big time phone in the US and we honestly have no idea. Maybe Dell figures the competition is too stiff in the States and would rather try and sell a gazillion units in foreign countries for the time being?

And though the Dell Mini 3i was announced, the official specs and pricing are still under wraps. The China version will run China Mobile's Ophone OS on top of Android and arrive in November. The Brazil version will reach customers by the end of the year but it's unclear if it will have any custom UI on it. In any case, even with so many unknowns we're still confident a reputable company like Dell will deliver a quality handset, even if it is their first foray into the smartphone market. Dell keenly reminds us that we should definitely expect more Dell smartphones in the future.

The Dell Mini 3i has already been unboxed in China and you can take a closer look at the phone after the jump!

[dell via engadget]

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4 years ago

Android 2.0 Source Code Released, Ported to T-Mobile G1

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Though the Android 2.0 'Eclair' SDK has been available for quite some time and the Motorola DROID runs Android 2.0 perfectly, the Android 2.0 source code has been kept under wraps for some particular reason (underhand deal with Motorola & Verizon?). This meant that all phone manufacturers outside of Motorola could only tinker with Android 1.6. Luckily, that has all changed.

Google has released the Android 2.0 source code to the Android Open Source Project and that's a great start for all Eclair hunters. Cyanogen has even got it fully running on his T-Mobile G1 and says everything is running "really well, fast and smooth". Eventually, we're sure that Android 2.0 will be available in relatively easy, how to instructions for rooted Android devices.

[aosp via mobilecrunch]

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4 years ago

Got Droid? Make Something Awesome Contest

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We're not saying, we're just saying. Actually, xkcd is saying. Go on and buy a print from them for speaking truth.

Meanwhile: Got Droid? Make something Awesome with it (note the Capital A). Take a picture in the dark and make it all arty with Photoshop mobile. Shoot a video and put it on YouTube. Type out a short story on the physical keyboard. Whatever, as long as it's capital A Awesome and you make it with Android (yeah, non-Droid owners can play too).

Send it in to contest@androidcentral.com before Nov 25th. We'll pick out favorite and send the winner:

We'll post our favorites on Nov 25th and let y'all vote on the final winner based on, you guessed it, level of Awesome.

Big thanks to our Droid Accessory Store for sponsoring the contest. Rules: Entries must be created with an Android device. US residents only, sorry. One entry per person, please.

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4 years ago

Samsung Behold II Gets Unboxed, Actually Costs $229.99 ?

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The Samsung Behold II is still launching on T-Mobile on November 18th but there are some whispers that the price might actually be $229.99 with new 2-year contract rather than our previously reported $199.99. As we were already questioning the $199 price point, $229 is simply too high. Would an AMOLED screen and Touchwiz UI  be enough to make the Behold II more appealing than a DROID for $199, a Sprint HTC Hero for $179 or a DROID Eris for $99?

Engadget just unboxed the Behold II and came away noting that the device is heavy, thin enough, and the buttons are enjoyable to click. The screen is gorgeous (of course) but not any more gorgeous than the DROID's screen. Overall the hardware is great and packs some good build quality but the software might need some work. They note that Touchwiz seems to slow down Android a bit but will need further testing to see it in action. Remember, the Behold II will launch with Android 1.5.

Hit the jump to see some photos and video of the Behold II in action! 

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4 years ago

Hands On Video of Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

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We definitely need to brush up our Spanish but we're pretty sure the video is saying that the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 is an amazingly wonderful device that is going to compete head on with the Motorola DROID as the best Android device available in the very near future. Okay, maybe not. Though we don't understand what's being said in the hands-on video above, we get a good feel of the 'Rachael' UI in the XPERIA X10. You'll get to see the much ballyhooed Timescape and Mediascape features in action.

The video is definitely worth a look, even if you don't understand Spanish, if only to see where the future of Android is headed. Remember, the XPERIA X10 packs a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 4 inch touchscreen, and 8.1 megapixel camera.

[via talkandroid]

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4 years ago

Vimeo Videos Available on Android

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One of the biggest reasons we use Youtube for our videos here at Android Central (other than its ubiquity) is that Youtube videos play on Android phones (and other mobile devices). It's as simple as that. Without Flash support, a lot of videos on other services are simply lost on mobile devices. Luckily, Vimeo (known for its higher quality content and quality) is looking to change that. Vimeo has announced that they are lending support to Android (and the iPhone) and that their videos will soon play on your Android phone.

If you head to vimeo.com on your Android phone, you'll be re-directed to an updated mobile site that allows for easy viewing of videos in Vimeo's Staff Picks and HD channels. Eventually, support for all Plus Members will be available. We're excited to see Vimeo join the mobile fray, maybe we'll even see an Android application down the line?

 [cnet]

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4 years ago

Android Gets Bump, Super Cool App

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One of the cooler applications on the iPhone, Bump, has found its way to Android. If you've never heard of Bump before, it's okay for now, but the potential of the application and the all-around cool factor is definitely worth remembering. Bump allows you to share contact information and photos between two phones just by 'bumping' (tapping) them together. It's an uber-quick way to exchange phone numbers and pretty much genius in its execution, you'll definitely wonder how come it doesn't come stock on all phones after you use it.

All you have to do is fire up the app and you'll be 'bumping' in no time. As Bump grows in popularity, it'll become even more useful because people you bump into at coffee shops, meetings, conferences, etc. can just 'bump' you their information just as easily. The best thing is that the Android 'Bump' works with the iPhone 'Bump'--Bump is cross-platform. Go download it in Android Market and get to bumping!

[techcrunch]

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4 years ago

Want to Get Google Maps Navigation on Your T-Mobile G1? Here's How

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We're sure a lot of you T-Mobile G1 owners have been interested in Google Maps Navigation since it was announced (to be fair, who isn't interested?). And when we told you that the fine folks at xda-developers had figured a way to port Google Maps Navigation onto the beloved G1, you couldn't wait to find out how to do the same. And now that we have those instructions, you're ready to get started. So here it goes (remember, your G1 needs to be rooted and have CyanogenMod 4.2.3.1), to quote xda-developers:

Download file here

  1. Unzip zip to desktop
  2. Run Part 1.bat
  3. When prompted to press any key, do so; the phone will reboot
  4. When your phone is running again, run Part 2.bat
  5. When prompted to press any key, the installation process is done.
  6. Make sure GPS is enabled
  7. Open Maps and press OK
  8. Press Menu
  9. Press Directions
  10. Enter an end point
  11. Click Go
  12. Just under "Show on map", click Navigate.
  13. When prompted to install the voice codec, do so.
  14. Enjoy

And remember, we're all better Android users because of the great folks at xda-developers. And as always, be careful when you do this! Be sure to let us know how it works out for you in the comments

[xda-developers]

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4 years ago

Motorola DROID Gets Disassembled, Still Looks Great

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It seems like the same cycle happens for every notable gadget release: blurry photos emerge, less blurry photos emerge, pre-release reviews come out, unboxing videos pop up, post-release images and videos are widely available, and then finally, said notable gadget gets disassembled. The Motorola DROID is in that last stage of the cycle yet even disassembled and torn apart, still manages to look good.

The guys at phonewreck commented that the DROID was pretty difficult to take apart which we like to think speaks to the DROID's high craftsmanship and quality build. They also mentioned that the DROID's sliding keyboard has the simplest sliding mechanism they've ever seen. Just wanted to point that out. In any case, feel free to hit the link to see how they disassembled the Motorola DROID!

[via engadget]

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4 years ago

More Info & Video Hands On Of Saygus V1 Vphone

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The mysterious V1 Vphone made by the even more mysterious Saygus just got a little less mysterious (which is a good thing, kind of). Saygus execs say that the V1 Vphone will be available to Verizon customers but won't actually be supported by Verizon--so basically you'll have to trust Saygus enough to come through with quality, support, warranty, etc in the V1 Vphone.

So why should you still be interested in the V1 Vphone? Well for starters, they're going to offer video calling on the device. The front-facing camera will allow for video conferencing on the mobile device which will surely entice enough users to take the plunge. Saygus says that you can do video calling either handset to handset or over VoIP clients that support it. Since video conferencing isn't widespread here in the States, our biggest concern is quality, but again Saygus execs say that their video compression technology is great and that it'll even work over EDGE.

From phonescoop's hands on with the Saygus V1 Vphone, the device is said to be huge. Luckily, the keyboard is great because of its expansive size and the screen is as brilliant as the DROID's screen. The V1 Vphone can even be used as a wireless access point meaning you can use Verizon's 3G network to wirelessly tether your laptop. Sweet. The V1 Vphone will launch with Android 1.6 but eventually update to 2.0 in the future. It all sounds really great now but we have to see the V1 Vphone in real-life testing to see how everything works together.

Hit the jump to see the Saygus V1 Vphone in action!

 

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4 years ago

Samsung Behold II Available Nov 18th for $199.99

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If you're interested in the Samsung Behold II, and you should be as it's looking like a wonderful Android device, it's going to cost you either $199.99 with new 2-year contract or $449.99 off contract on Even More Plus plans. The $449.99 off-contract price can actually be split into a payment plan of $22.50 for 20 months which is essentially the $450 price spread over 20 months with no interest.

We love the idea of an interest-free payment plan but the cost of the Behold 2 seems a little too high. Since the DROID is offered for the same price on-contract, we were hoping to see the Behold 2 priced in the low $100's.

The Samsung Behold II will be available on November 18th and packs a AMOLED touchscreen, 5 megapixel camera and runs Samsung's own Touchwiz UI on top of Android.

Who's getting a Behold 2? And which option are you picking?

[tmonews]

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4 years ago

Google Maps Navigation Ported to T-Mobile G1

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It looks like the lovely folks over at xda-developers have already figured out how to port Googles Maps Navigation onto the forever-in-our-hearts T-Mobile G1. The explanation and specific hack is much too smart for us to process but it sounds like its running fine and working well. So even if Android 2.0 is ignoring all the other Android devices other than the DROID, know that the xda-developers still loves you. Will we eventually see a Custom ROM with Google Maps Navigation included? We thinks yes.

[via engadget]

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4 years ago

Qik for Android Gets Updated to Support High Resolution Recording For DROID

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If you didn't already know, the DROID is capable of recording video at 720x480 resolution where most other Android phones record at 320x240 resolution. This means that your DROID can record video at the same resolution as DVDs. Whoa.

Apps will surely take advantage of the superior hardware and the first app to do so is Qik, the live video broadcasting application. The new Qik app for Android is currently in the invite-only, beta stage but judging from the video quality taken with Qik it looks amazing. Qik also gets a fresh new UI update and an improved version of the 'Speed Sharing Ribbon' which allows you to instantly share your videos with specific contacts. Contact droidbeta@qik.com to get details on how to be a part of the DROID-only beta release.

How happy are you with the video recording in the DROID? Will you Qik more?

Hit the jump to see the test video of Qik on the DROID!

[mobilecrunch]

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4 years ago

DROID Sells 100,000 Units In Its First Weekend

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The Motorola DROID has all the makings of a success story. Analysts are estimating the total units moved in the first weekend to be over 100,000 since Verizon had 200,000 units in stock and most stores sold more than half of their allotment. Though these definitely aren't iPhone numbers, they're more Pre-like than anything but more importantly, it's a step in the right direction for Motorola, Verizon, and Android. Motorola is expected to sell 1 million Android handsets in Q4 of this year with 10 million devices expected for 2010. Lofty goals but definitely manageable if Moto continues to pump out stellar devices like the DROID.

What do you guys think?

[bloomberg]

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