4 years ago

Qik Video Connect enables Android-to-iOS video chat and much more


Skype today has a newly updated version of Qik Video Connect in the Android Market. The updated app, takes a lot of common video features that we know from Qik and wraps them all into one application but not only do you get all those familiar features -- you also now get Android-to-iOS video chat ability. Check out the full list of features below:

  • Live video calls over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi
  • Video calls between Qik Android and iPhone/iOS users
  • High resolution video calling (up to VGA)
  • Receive video mail when you can’t talk live
  • Share live videos to Facebook, Twitter, and more
  • Video Feed: See all videos shared by friends
  • Instant Connect: Automatically see who in your phone’s contact list is available for a live video call

Qik Video Connect will work with any Android device 2.1 and up as well as iPhones, the iPad2 and every iPod Touch with a camera. While some of you may have had this pre loaded onto your device, this is the first time it's been made available for everyone. Jump on past the break for the download link. Let us know in the comments if you prefer it over the other similar apps that are out there. [Skype Blog]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 initial review


Hands-on video with the Droid Incredible 2

How do you follow up the HTC Droid Incredible, one of the most successful phones of 2010? If you're Verizon, you tweak a little here, add a little there, but you don't mess with a good thing. Our initial Droid Incredible 2 review is definitely positive, and it should be given our love of its predecessor.

So here's the deal: The DInc 2 has grown from a 3.7-inch smartphone to a full 4-inch display. Gone is the trackpad/button from the bottom, but it's gained a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The rear shooter remains at 8MP. Internally, it's largely the same. Still a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. You've got 768MB or RAM (up from 512MB), and the phone seems speedy enough in our initial use. We would have liked to have seen more than 1GB of internal storage -- the original Droid Incredible had an extra 6GB on board, which was handy.

You don't get the latest version of HTC's Sense, UI, and we're OK with that. But what we're really starting to not be OK with is phones launching with Froyo. We're really far enough into the Gingerbead cycle -- the code was made public in December 2010 -- that it's time to see it on all new phones coming out. Or at last that's what consumers (OK, or at the very least phone nerds) believe.

Also gone are the awesome red accents from the original Droid Incredible. No iconic red earpiece. No red ring on the rear camera. No all-red battery and internals. It's almost as if someone was told they were having a little too much fun and they needed to tone it down a notch.

But that's cosmetic. We'll be giving the Droid Incredible 2 a thorough what-for. In the meantime, hit up a bunch of pics after the break.

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4 years ago

Google gives app developers more merchant information


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Google has introduced a new monthly report to give developers on the Android Market more information about users of their paid applications. The reports will contain information from each purchase, but will not contain any data that could be used to individually identify users. Instead, basics like what device was used and what currency the purchase was made in will be recorded. 

The March 2011 report is up for download right now, and Google will be making past months' data going back to January 2011 available in the coming weeks. In the future, Google expects to release the data on a monthly basis with each month's data being released by the 10th day of the following month. [Android Developers Blog]  

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4 years ago

HTC Wildfire S available SIM-free in the UK from tomorrow


 HTC Wildfire S

HTC's entry-level Wildfire S will get an earlier than expected SIM-free release via British online retailer Clove, according to a post on the company's official blog. Clove says it'll begin shipping the black version of the Wildfire S tomorrow, with the silver version (seen above) following sometime next week. Both flavors will set you back £238.80.

Other retailers such as Amazon.co.uk are still listing the Wildfire S as due for release on May 6 (silver) and May 12 (black). Check out our hands-on coverage of the diminutive handset from Mobile World Congress to find out more. [Clove Blog]

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4 years ago

HTC Doubleshot rumored to be Gingerbread-powered QWERTY slider


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HTC may be preparing to launch a new Gingerbread-powered QWERTY slider by the name of "Doubleshot", if recently-uncovered user agent data is anything to go by. The info, discovered by PocketNow, suggests the Doubleshot will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and feature a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard behind a screen running at a resolution of 480x800. Meanwhile, a photo uploaded from the Doubleshot to Picasa indicates it may feature a 6+ megapixel camera with the ability to take HDR photos, and benchmark data from the device suggests the presence of a 1.2GHz CPU.

Of course, this is all well within rumor territory for the time being, so these specs should be taken with a pinch of salt until any device is officially announced. In the meantime, feel free to contribute to the rampant speculation about what the "Doubleshot" name could actually refer to down in the comments. [PocketNow]

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

Nielsen: Android is America's most desired platform


The Nielsen Company released its monthly survey of U.S. smartphone consumers today to reveal a change in the playing field: Android is now the most desired OS in America.

The survey of consumers planning on buying a smartphone in the next year, conducted from January through March of 2011, reveals that 31 percent of those surveyed plan on purchasing an Android device, up from the 26 percent counted in the July-August 2010 survey. This overtakes Apple’s iOS as the weapon of choice, which 30 percent of those surveyed plan on buying, down from 31 percent last summer. [Nielsen]

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4 years ago

HTC Sensation to include Swype-like 'HTC Trace' keyboard


HTC Trace on the HTC Sensation 

During our recent hands-on time with the HTC Sensation at the HTC Roadshow in Manchester, we had a chance to see an as-yet unrevealed feature in HTC Sense 3.0 -- HTC Trace. This is a new addition to the HTC keyboard which introduces Swype-like functionality, allowing you to type words by tracing a line through each of its letters.

A very early version of HTC Trace was present on the pre-production HTC Sensation that we played around with at the roadshow. Trace is disabled by default, but can be activated on the keyboard settings screen, where there are also various options to improve the accuracy of your tracing. For example, one option lets you customize the thickness of the tracing line, allowing Trace to take into account the stubbiness of your fingers when working out what you're typing.

HTC Trace will ship on the Sensation when it launches next month, and we'd expect it to be on the EVO 3D, too, as well as any future Sense 3.0 devices. No word on whether it'll ever make it to Sense 2.x phones, though we're guessing it'll eventually be hacked to run on other phones regardless.

For more HTC Sensation goodness, check out our hands-on video.

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4 years ago

X-Plane updated, has more planes, maps -- and aerial battles!


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It's been a couple months since we first took a look at the full version of Laminar Research's X-Plane 9 -- and, my, how things have changed. Gameplay is pretty much the same -- you've got some pretty realistic controls and detailed maps -- but it's grown in functionality.

X-Plane has added in-app billing and now has 40 new airplanes from which to choose. Each is 99 cents, and you can fly such behemoths as an Airbus A380, or a Boeing 747, or an SR-71, B-52 or a Chinook helicopter -- among others. And there are 15 new regions you can choose to fly in -- Hawaii, Miami, among others.

But, wait, there's more. If you're flying one of the fighter aircraft -- the F-22, F-15, F-4, among others -- you'll quickly find yourself being shot at. And who doesn't like that!

And to top it all off, X-Plane 9 has dropped from the $9.99 price down to $4.99, giving you that much more change to spend on planes and maps. Download links are ready to go if you're ready to pull the trigger.

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4 years ago

Gingerbread for HTC Incredible S reportedly rolling out in Italy


 HTC Incredible S

The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for HTC's Incredible S is already rolling out over-the-air to users in Italy, according to reports currently bubbling forth onto the Internet. So far there's been no indication that the update's being pushed to phones outside of Italy, and the Incredible S demo units we saw at HTC's UK Roadshow last weekend were all still running Android 2.2.1.

Still, the Incredible S was the last European HTC phone to launch with Froyo, so it makes sense that it'd be the first to see an official update to Gingerbread. If these reports are accurate, a wider European release could be imminent, so let us know in the comments if you've had the Gingerbread update pushed to your Incredible S. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Casio G'zOne Commando official on Verizon, $199 starting April 28


Verizon Casio G'zOne Commando

If you're looking for something a little off the beaten path for Verizon -- or for a phone that looks like it could beat up anyone on the path -- the Casio G'zOne Commando has been announced on Big Red and will be available April 28 for $199 on contract. Unlimited data plans start at $29.99.

Touted as a rugged device, here's what you get:

  • Android™ 2.2
  • Meets Military Standards 810G for Immersion, Rain, Shock and Dust Resistant, Vibration, Salt Fog, Humidity, Solar Radiation, Altitude, Low and High Temperature Storage
  • 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus, still photo, video capture, LED light
  • High-security encryption for corporate email
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity
  • Stereo Bluetooth™
  • VZ Navigator® for GPS and audible turn-by-turn directions
  • Mobile Hotspot capable-share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Perfect for that weekend away ... in a war zone. Full presser's after the break.

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4 years ago

Sprint Nexus S 4G will be available May 8


Sprint Nexus S 4G

Finally, have a date for the Sprint Nexus S 4G, folks. You've got a couple weeks to go, but it'll finally be available May 8. For those new to the game, it's Sprint's version of the latest "pure Google" phone. No carrier customizations, no bloatware, just pure, unadulterated Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 4-inch screen powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Plus you've got NFC capability, which is nice.

The Nexus S 4G will cost you $199 on contract, and it's subject to Sprint's $10 smartphone fee in addition to whatever data plan you choose. Check out our hands-on from CTIA, and the full presser's after the break.

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 is official, available on April 28 for $199


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Droid Incredible 2

The Droid Incredible 2 is official, folks. Coming to Verizon on April 28 for 199 on contract, it's a bit of a bump from the original Droid Incredible, but nothing that'll knock your socks off, at least on paper. Here's what we're looking at:

  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • 4-inch Super LCD display.
  • 1GHz  "next generation" Snapdragon processor
  • 8MP rear-facing camera with 720p video recording
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Dual GSM/CDMA -- a "world phone."

All in all, exactly what we've expected given the course of leaks we've broken. Full presser's after the break.

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4 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer appears on Amazon briefly


ASUS EeePad Transformer

Although we've already done the review for the ASUS EeePad Transformer, we're still waiting for it to actually become available in the U.S. but today is supposed to be launch day. Some savvy Android Central readers however, have let us know that it's now showing up on Amazon, albeit off and on. Some folks are saying they managed to place their orders, while others are saying it's now showing as no longer in stock. As you can see above, I was able to add it to my cart and before doing so there was 3 left available -- but, now they are temporarily out of stock. Try your luck at it and of course, we'll let you all know when it does show available for all. [Amazon] Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Sony unveils the S1 and S2 dual-screen Android tablets, coming this fall


Sony S1 and S2 dual-screen tablet

Sony has made its 9.4-inch Sony S1 and 5.5-inch dual-screened S2 Honeycomb tablets official with a press event in Tokyo today.  We've been hearing about these since mid-February, and recently the Japanese paper Nikkei has said Sony has plans to enter the U.S. market before the end of Summer 2011. That's not to be the case, however, as Sony says we'll have to wait until fall 2011 before these come to market.

The S1 is a 9.4-inch tablet with an "off-center of gravity design" that supposedly makes it easier to grip and more comfortable to hold.  Kunimasa Suzuki, Deputy President of Sony’s consumer products and services group likens it to holding a magazine.  The S2 is a 5.5-inch dual-screened tablet that has the ability to use the screens as one large canvas, or feature specially coded applications running in each independently.  This sounds very much like the Kyocera Echo.

Both the S1 and S2 house Nvidia Tegra 2 processors, and the ability to integrate with other Sony products. And they both sport the Playstation Suite moniker, like the new Xperia Play smartphone. An example was given where the S1 can act as a remote for Bravia marked equipment.  These two look very interesting, and ones we'll certainly be following.  You can find a short video and the press release after the break.

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