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5 years ago

Notion Ink's 'smartpad' now the 'Adam'

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Notion Ink's Adam smartpad

Remember that beautiful Android-powered Notion Ink "smartpad," which looked like it was plucked from the Garden of Eden? It apparently has an appropriate name, being dubbed the "Adam." And Notion Ink reportedly is testing 3G connectivity with U.S. and Indian carriers (and it sports AT&T's 3G bands).

And the best news? The price, which is projected at about $321, with a June launch date.

As we asked before, will this all be too good to be true? Will Apple's mythical tablet render it moot? News at 11.

[The Hindu via Engadget]

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5 years ago

webOS Review -- Smartphone Round Robin

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If you think about webOS and Android, the Pre and the Droid, and Palm and Google--there aren't too many apparent similarities. Think about it: round vs square, small vs big--it's as if they exist in two separate worlds. But you dig deeper and realize there are some similar underlying aspects. The Pre and the Droid have been easily the two most recognizable phones released this year (non-iPhone, of course) and webOS and Android are the two newest platforms that are actually changing the way we use our phones by bringing in better concepts.

Though they're both trending differently (financially, at least), there's a common will to see them both succeed. Sure it might be for different reasons--Palm, for the underdog, soft-spot-in-our-hearts aspect and Google, for the changing-the-world-we-live-in aspect, but the faith in the common smartphone user exists (okay maybe, we're reaching there).

Nonetheless, there's much to learn about the webOS platform but we'll give this away first: the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi were both splendid devices to use and webOS is such amazing execution of an amazing concept that I was thoroughly impressed with Palm's new direction and wouldn't even mind owning a Pre myself.

Now let's take a closer look at webOS from an Android perspective after the jump!

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5 years ago

Seidio's sure the Nexus One is coming

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 Seidio and the Nexus One

When you take this gig, you have to resign yourself to the fact that you'll be writing a lot about products that might or might not exist. And accessory-maker Seidio (whose wares we sell in the AndroidCentral Store, btw) is heading down that road with the Nexus One, teasing "the ultimate accessories for the ultimate Android Phone," which likely is headed for T-Mobile. But nothing is official there. The phone still hasn't been properly announced, and not even the name is official. But maybe they know something we don't, which would be fine. [Seidio via Gear Diary]

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5 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 27 Dec 2009

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5 years ago

Google Goggles demoed on Xperia X10

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Google Goggles on the SE Xperia X10

We're still waiting on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to make an official appearance any time now, possibly on T-Mobile, possibly AT&T. Or maybe neither. We just don't know yet. Anyhoo, here's a look at the Google Goggles app running on the X10. Word of warning: Turn down your speakers, then peep the video after the break. [Via DailyMobile.se]

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5 years ago

Rumor has G1 getting Android 2.0 update

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HTC G1 on T-Mobile

Rumors are like elbows and other things around here, so we're going to swallow some salt with this one. But AndroidSPIN says it has an anonymous tipster with word that the HTC G1 on T-Mobile -- as in the very first commercially available Android phone -- will be getting an Eclair update. And that's not out of the realm of possibilty, as we've already seen Android 2.0 ported over to the G1, albeit in pretty raw form. No word on when the over-the-air update could come, or if it'll be the newer 2.0.1 flavor. Stay tuned, folks. [AndroidSPIN]

Update: Erm, fixed headline.

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5 years ago

Video of Espresso ROM on a Hero

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Espresso ROM on a Hero

Remember that HTC Espresso ROM that we'd seen ported onto an HTC Hero? There's video of the deed after the break. We'll take this on a new phone, no problem. But it'd be great if HTC were to spread the love around, ya know? [via HTCPedia]

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5 years ago

Dwight Howard and his myTouch 3G

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 Dwight Howard

T-Mobile's march through the NBA continues, this time with Dwight Howard showing off his myTouch 3G, with a little help from Sir Charles. (Catch the Donut reference?) Peep the video after the break. Thanks, ballroom dru, for the tip!

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5 years ago

Ford Sync, Droid Eris update, ex-Pre owners, talkin' apps

 

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5 years ago

Merry Christmakwanzakah, everybody!

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 Merry Christmakwanzakah!

Happy holidays, merry Christmas and all that jazz, everybody. Here's to hoping you all found a little green robot under the tree this year. For those of you new to Android, welcome! Glad you're with us!

While your trembling hands cradle that new Android phone for the first time, take a spin through our Reviews section to learn a little more about your device, and browse the forums to get help from other users. Coming to Android from another smartphone? Check out the third annual Smartphone Round Robin, where our own experts make the leap and share their experiences. Need a new case, headset or extra charger for your new phone? We've got you covered in the Android Central store. And in addition to this site, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Now, back to our fruitcake. Happy holidays!

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5 years ago

iheartradio brings the best of terrestrial radio to the Android Market

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iheartradio

After a bit of a false start this morning, Christmas has come a day early for you radio lovers out there. Clear Channel Radio's iheartradio app is now available in the Android Market for phones running Android 1.5 and above. That's the Motorola Droid, HTC Droid Eris, HTC myTouch 3G and the Samsung Moment. With the app you get:

  • Streaming broadcasts from almost 400 U.S. radio stations, including digital-only stations such as erockster, Pride, Christian Aguilera Radio, Eagles Radio and the White House Brief.
  • Frequently updated traffic reports available for several major markets including New York, L.A., Chicago, San Francisco and Houston.
  • You can set a station to play automatically when you launch the App
  • Lyrics, album art and more

More at iheartradio.com. You can download the free app now in the Market. Happy listening!

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5 years ago

Analyst predicts 150,000 apps by 2011, and you did, too!

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your app predictions

Let's play "Are you Smarter than an Analyst." Simon Khalaf, CEO for analyst Flurry Inc., which studies apps and their use, says the Android Market could have 100,000 to 150,000 apps by the end of 2010. Currently, there are about 16,000 apps in the Market.

We previously asked for your predictions, and above is where your predictions fell. Twenty-seven percent of you also predicted 100,000 to 150,000 apps, and 75,000 to 100,000 was just behind at 25 percent. So congratulations, you're all now official analysts!

[Business Week via Android Guys]

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5 years ago

Android From A Nokia Perspective, Smartphone Round Robin

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As you know, the second week of the Smartphone Round Robin is going strong and if you're wondering where Android is this week, well it's in the hands of NokiaExpert's Matthew Miller! Matt is putting Android through the paces and offering unique viewpoints that only a Nokia user can. We're sure that he'll bring new ideas and insight while using the Android platform so be sure to check out his hands on video!

You can also help out Matt in our Android Central Forums. He's started a thread that's asking us Android users a ton of questions regarding our favorite smartphone OS. If you're new to Android, his thread would probably be where you want to start. And remember, every day you make a post in that thread this week you're entered to win a free Android smartphone from Android Central! (details here)

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5 years ago

Beautiful Widgets drama, Moto Droid home screens, Nexus One, Android Apps

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  • The Beautiful Widgets drama continues as HTC once again has asked to "review" the latest version, and that means our thread regarding the widgets continues to grow. Be sure to keep up with the latest information in this thread here.
  • If you own an Android device, chances are you like to be able to customize things. And that's exactly what all of you Moto Droid owners seem to be doing. Share your home screens in the thread: Post your Screen!
  • With so much hype surrounding the Nexus One, why not jump in our forums and discuss it?
  • If you had to choose one single Android application, what would it be?

See you on the forums!

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5 years ago

FTC wants more info on Google-AdMob deal

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Google

Google today responded to the FCC's FTC's request for more information regarding its purchase of AdMob, the mobile advertising company. And, as expected, they're putting a positive spin on the delay that's holding up the $750 million deal.

As we said when we announced the deal, we don't see any regulatory issues with this deal, because the rapidly growing mobile advertising space is highly competitive with more than a dozen mobile ad networks.

That said, we know that closer scrutiny has been one consequence of Google's success, and we've been talking to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the past few weeks. This week we received what's called a "second request," which means that the FTC is asking for more information so that they can continue to review the deal.

Hey, time is money. And Google certainly has more than enough of both. [Google via MacRumors]

Update: Yes, we know the FCC is not the FTC. We're lucky we didn't call the darn thing the HTC. :-/

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