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4 years ago

Compaq Airlife brings Android, Snapdragon together on 10-inch screen

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Compaq Airlife 100

Anybody in the mood for 10.1 inches of Android? 'Cause that's what HP just announced in the Compaq AirLife 100.

And it's not lacking for specs. It sports the aforementioned 10.1-inch screen, Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon processor, a 92 percent full-size keyboard, a 16-gigabyte solid-state drive, SD card reader, WiFi and 3G wireless, GPS, a VGA web cam and up to 12 hours of battery life.

Full presser and another shot of the beast after the break.

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4 years ago

And the Winner of the Smartphone Round Robin Content is...

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The Smartphone Round Robin Contest is officially over! So who's the winner of a brand new Android device of their liking? Wait for it...

droid00 !

Congratulations droid00, because of this post right here, you'll be receiving an Android device of your liking. If you haven't heard from us yet, you will soon because you have to collect your prize!

We thank everyone for participating in the 3rd annual Smartphone Round Robin, we loved all your comments, your help, your questions, your perspectives, heck, we just love you all. Hopefully, the Smartphone Round Robin convinced some people to switch to Android and if so, we welcome you with open arms. We're going to keep doing the Smartphone Round Robin in the future and it's going to get bigger and better, with even more prizes for you guys to win.

And though the Smartphone Round Robin Contest is over, we're not quite done with our own review of Android. Stay tuned to hear about what Android Central thinks about the Android platform! It'll be fun, we promise.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Smartphone Round Robin!

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4 years ago

Best Buy releases official app

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This week Best Buy has released its official Android Application.  It's a rather simple design, prefect for those that prefer to shop in their spare time, or really at any time! You can purchase items directly from your phone, read product reviews and search hundreds of products as you would be able to from your computer. There are offers and more offers from this app, though perhaps the best offer is that it's free.

Scan the QR code below, or click it from your Android browser to download. [Best Buy Apps] Thanks, RamboDroid!

Big thanks to RamboDroid.

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4 years ago

Verizon employees told Droid 2.1 update is 'expected to roll out soon'

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Motorola Droid update

OK, folks. Here's where we stand. We still haven't heard anything official from Motorola regarding the Android 2.1 update for the Droid, and considering the PR whoopsie that's been experienced the  past few days, we're probably not likely to. (That said, now would be a perfect time for Motorola to just come out and let us know what happened, and that they're working on it.)

Anyhoo, as you can see above, a memo released this morning to Verizon employees says that the update is "expected to roll out soon." Basically what we've been told was that Motorola expected the updated to clear Verizon's testing process. If you're new around here, know that Verizon is infamous for its testing of hardware and software. We've seen entire phones never see the light of day because of it.

So what does "Expected to roll out soon" mean? It could be that the update has passed testing and is really going to roll out soon. Or it could just be the usual PR speak that has us running in circles. But we'll take what we can get. And it's heartening to know that they're still working on it, so we can ignore a lot of the "No update for the Droid!" FUD that's floating around out there. Thanks, tipster!

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4 years ago

Smartphones and trampolines don't mix

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Broken Droid Eris

Hey, we love to see our readers' first forum posts. We just wish this busted Droid Eris didn't have to be this guy's first. [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Xperia X10's Camera Facial Recognition Shown Off

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And now we get reminded why we had so much faith in the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. The Xperia X10's Camera has facial recognition software that enables the camera to identify faces within pictures. For example, if you take a picture of your friend Phil in one picture, you can easily find more pictures that include Phil--it automatically groups pictures of Phil in one gallery. For a "phone camera" that's a pretty nifty feature, but then again with the X10's camera being 8-megapixels it shouldn't be really qualified as just a "phone camera".

We'd love to test out this facial recognition but sadly, the Xperia X10 still has not been released. Sadface. In any case, hit the jump to see the video of the X10's facial recogniton in action! 

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4 years ago

Dell Mini 5 Gets Pictured

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The good guys over at Engadget have gotten their hands on the Dell Mini 5 and snapped a boatload of pictures for our viewing pleasure. We've known about the Dell Mini 5 for quite some time now and have been rather intrigued about its usability. It's a rather large device, as can be seen in the photos, but the build quality looks pretty darn amazing and we can feel ourselves drooling already. Feel free to head over to Engadget to get the full gallery going. Psst, there's video too.

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4 years ago

Sprint rumored to update Samsung Moment to Android 2.1 starting Feb. 22

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Samsung Moment

File this under "unofficial" for now, but we're getting word on dates for Sprint to update the Samsung Moment, which at current is still running Android 1.5. And even better is that the update reportedly may be Android 2.1, and not merely 2.0 as Sprint told us earlier.

The first wave is said to begin Feb. 22, and you'll have to visit a Sprint store to actually get the upgrade. A pain, yeah. But it also keeps you close to home should anything untoward happen.

The second upgrade wave is said to be on March 8, and that one will be pushed out over-the-air. Thanks, anon.

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4 years ago

HTC Legend shows up on Dutch retailer's Web site

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HTC Legend at KPN

The Legend still hasn't been officially announced by HTC, but that hasn't stopped it from appearing on Dutch retailer KPN's Web site. And the picture, while small, definitely appears to be of the official variety, lending even further credence to the phone.

But wait, there's more. Specs are listed, too, showing a 3.2-inch display and a 5MP camera, along with 512MB of storage memory (ROM) and 256MB of program memory (RAM). There's also the usual aGPS, WiFi and FM radio. [KPN via Tweakers and Engadget]

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4 years ago

Hello, Acer E110 Android Phone

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We've known that Acer has been planning to release more Android devices this year but nothing has come out until now. Say hello to the Acer E110, Acer's latest Android phone. There's not much we can tell you about the device except that it's expected to run Android 2.0 and come with your typical slew of connectivity options. The design is inoffensive and we're hoping that the giant circle in the middle is an optical trackpad and not just a cool looking d-pad. In any case, we'll be sure to hunt down this device during MWC!

[via unwiredview]

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4 years ago

Skyfire purchases Steel Android browser from kolbysoft

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Skyfire

In a bit of an Android browser shake-up, Skyfire -- best known for its Windows Mobile browser -- has purchased kolbysoft, which produces the popular Webkit-based Steel browser. For the time being, Steel will remain in production until Skyfire tools up its own Android product.

The main difference in the current Skyfire browser is that all of the heavy lifting -- as in the actual rendering of a Web page -- is done on Skyfire's servers and then beamed out to your phone. That results in much quicker load times, means you're able to load just about any content you can think of -- including Flash -- and really just not worry about things. Well, except for you tinfoil hat security types out there. [via MocoNews]

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4 years ago

New version of the myTouch 3G now listed on T-Mobile's Web site

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myTouch 3G

The latest version of the myTouch 3G is now on T-Mobile's Web site, though it's listed as "coming soon" and isn't actually available yet. The big difference is the addition of a 3.5mm audio jack. To some this may mean nothing, but for those that know about the 2.5mm audio jack this means you can use pretty much any headphones to listen to as much music as the battery can handle. 

The phone is also comes with an 8GB memory card, as well as a pre-loaded Swype keyboard. There has not been a release date yet announced, so we'll keep our eyes peeled. [T-Mobile]

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4 years ago

USB host? Droid sure does

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Not as crazy as it sounds. It looks there's now a way to enable USB Host mode on the Motorola Droid.  In a nutshell, this is the first step towards using a USB memory stick or printer right from the miniUSB port on your Droid. It's not the first phone to do this, but it's a welcome step on an Android device.

Right now, it’s still in the “hack” phase, and it’s an ugly union of a few different parts (as the picture above illustrates). The software needs some work as well, as up until now there was no reason to add drivers for USB devices to the Android kernel. I can think of a handful of things that I’d like to attach to my phone, and I’m sure many of you guys can as well.  USB headset?  USB memory stick?  USB printing?  Or go all the way and use a USB joystick to play those SNES emulators … Why not? The Droid’s hardware tops the old consoles of the 1980s anyway. [Chis Padget's blog via Android Community]

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4 years ago

Garmin-ASUS Introduces Android-powered nuvifone A50

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An Android-powered Garmin-ASUS nuvifone has been in the works since 2008 and it's finally ready to be unveiled at MWC next week. Meet the Android-powered nuvifone A50 which has all the location-based technology you can ever want in a smartphone along with a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, 4GB internal storage, and accelerometer. The UI looks to focus on big, touchable icons probably for easy pressing on the go. It runs Android 1.6 and comes with your usual Google offerings along with Garmin turn-by-turn navigation and the whistles and bells that come with Garmin.

We're not sure how successful a Garmin Android phone will be given that Android phones now come with Google Maps Navigation. But then again, Google Maps Navigation is currently only available for the US and the Garmin nuvifone A50 is hitting Europe in the first half of 2010. We'll be sure to get some time with the A50 at MWC!

[via engadget]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile 3G Rollout: HSPA+ Coming To East & West Coast First

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Boy, we've come a pretty long way from giving you guys basic updates on what cities are getting T-Mobile 3G, haven't we? For 2010, T-Mobile is stepping up and announcing that it will soon be delivering HSPA+ to cities in the East & West Cost. Meaning 21 Mbps this year is going to be last years 7.2 Mbps. GigaOM sat down with T-Mobile and got them to explain the meaning of HSPA+ to T-Mobile and how soon we will see 21Mbps. Here's the juicy parts:

  • T-Mobile has already upgraded the existing HSPA software in “major cities” along the California Coast and said “major cities from Washington, D.C. to Boston” will have it on the East Coast, including Philadelphia, where it’s already live.
  • T-Mobile has deployed fiber to 7 percent of its towers with 20 Mbps of capacity on those fiber strands. He also said that within the next few weeks the operator will turn on fiber to about 25 percent of its towers.

So basically, the towers on the coast are HSPA+ ready but the backhaul needs to be improved for devices to eventually take advantage of it. T-Mobile believes that their stance with HSPA+ (which is like 3.5G) is better compared to their competitors' stance on LTE (4G) because T-Mobile will be able to get HSPA+ rolling this year while it may take AT&T & Verizon until 2011 or 2012 to get things ready. Plus 3.5G is plenty fast.

But even though we can't wait for devices to take advantage of the 21Mbps network, we're still sure some of you guys are without even regular T-Mobile 3G. Let us know which cities don't have T-Mobile 3G in the comments!

[via gigaom]

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