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3 years ago

HTC Desire HD goes down under, available in Australia soon

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The Desire HD will be available in Australia soon, HTC announced this morning. Beginning in early November, consumers will be able to get the 4.3-inch device from Vodafone and 3 Mobile. 

If customers wanted to get it on Vodafone, the Desire HD will be free with a 2-year contract. No word yet on 3 Mobile pricing, but expect something similar. Great news for Australian consumers who have been waiting for the 4.3-inch device that sports the new HTC Sense. See the full press release after the break. [HTC]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy Tab to be released Nov. 10

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Samsung this morning announced that the Galaxy Tab will be released on T-Mobile on Nov. 10. Pricing wasn't announced, but TMo's website says it'll cost $399 on contract. Also, the press release does allude that the Galaxy Tab will be able to use TMo's HSPA+ network. On board the 7-inch device with Android 2.2 are Qik, Amazon Kindle, Slacker Radio and Samsung Media Hub.

You can sign up for updates at http://mobile-broadband.t-mobile.com/tablets/tablet, and we've got the full presser after the break.

Update: We've done some asking, and PC Mag's Sascha Segan confirms: It's not an HSPA+ device, the press release was just worded funny.

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3 years ago

Giant Android mascot let loose in Sydney

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South Korea might have some real competition on its hands from Australia for title of "Most Random Android Promotion Strategy." The mighty robot you see above is part of Vodaphone Australia's plan to improve customer awareness of the Android OS, but we aren't sure how exactly it does that. Perhaps it yells catchphrases like "Open Source!", "Widgets!", "Flash!", or "Multitasking!" at unsuspecting humans as it wanders the streets, but no one really knows. But we can all agree it might be best to bow down to our new robot Android overlords, and remember, they know what you are saying. [Android Australia via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Google is giving away 10,000 Google TV devices -- to developers, that is

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On Tuesday, Google gave away more than 3,000 Logitech Revue devices to those that attended Adobe's MAX conference in Los Angeles. But Google isn't stopping there. The company also announced on its blog that it would be giving out even more Google TV units -- to developers, of course. But how many more? How about 10,000 more. Though, by the looks of it, the 3,000 given out this morning are included in this lot. So technically, only 7,000 remain, right?

Google is looking to give the remainder of theses devices to developers who are looking to make "the Google TV experience even better." If you're a member of the Google Code community you should go-ahead and apply. If you're not, but you're a professional web developer, you can submit an entry here. You just need to include a short summary of what type of site you're developing for Google TV. Now, who's feeling lucky? [Google TV Blog]

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3 years ago

Sony's Android Playstation Phone poses for pictures

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Sony's new phone -- simply dubbed the "Playstation phone" -- has appeared in more pictures. And if there's ever an indication that it's Android-based, well, here you go. It's still very much in prototype form, according to Engadget, but the pictures are unmistakable. This bad boy is Android, through and through. Sure, a custom skin is more than likely. But still.

Above, you see a picture that closely resembles what was predicted in August. Here are the rumored specs:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Custom Sony marketplace to buy games designed for a device like this
  • 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 (200MHz faster than the G2, but the same new architecture, apparently) -- by the way, that's the same system-on-a-chip as we just saw in the myTouch 4G/HD benchmarks we posted.
  • 512MB of RAM/1GB ROM
  • MircoSD slot -- no Sony Memory Stick -- thank whomever it is you thank for that sort of thing.
  • The screen is between 3.7 and 4.1-inches -- that's a pretty large range, and we're learning toward the larger end.

So when we get down to it, we're looking at Sony's bad-arse Playstation controller coupled with high-end hardware -- higher than just about anything currently available, actually. So the hardware should be set. Let's just hope the software and UI don't blow it. More at the source link. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

MyTouch HD shows us a peek at WiFi calling, and sky-high benchmark scores

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The T-Mobile MyTouch HD (or is the the MyTouch 4G?) makes an appearance once again, this time to show off some under the hood power and some WiFi calling magic.  Above we see the unrooted, stock myTouch pulling off a Quadrant benchmark score of 1890.  I'll pause to let that settle in for a bit.  And we're back, with a most respectable (read: pretty darn fast) Linpack score of 34.34 (photo after the break).  Those kinds of scores are on par with other devices that have been hacked nine ways to Sunday, and it means the MyTouch HD will be fast, right out of the box.

If you're the kind of person who cares more about features than speed, we also get a chance to see WiFi calling running on the MyTouch HD.  We were pretty sure it was there, as it is in the ROM dump, but just seeing it running on the phone itself is pretty satisfying.  Check the screenshot after the break.  Nov. 3 is eight days away, folksThanks to our anonymous friend!

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3 years ago

HTC Desire HD receives first OTA update

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Not long after it was released, the HTC Desire HD already has received its first OTA update. The update is labeled as 1.32.405.3 and will bring "screen control and photo message compatibility enhancements."

From what is known, it is a fairly large update, so be aware if you're trying to download it on 3G. Good to know that the Desire HD hasn't been available two weeks and is already being improved upon. Be sure to let us know if you notice anything else after the update. [BriefMobile] Thanks kpenning!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: pvz -- a Plants vs Zombies clone [video]

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We're all waiting for PopCap to get Plants vs. Zombies on Android, but developer lzn1007 goes a step further, and has released pvz -- a near-perfect clone.  Pvz has three modes, Day Mode, Night Mode, and Challenge, which correspond pretty closely to the original.  There's also two challenge modes, and they, too are essentially the same as the authorized version.  Speaking of the authorized version, I fully expect this one to get taken down for trademark or copyright issues.  I'll let the developers duke it out over those, I just wanna kill some zombies.

Fair warning -- the application asks for some permissions you're not going to care for, like location and phone state.  There's an online social-gamer component that goes through a Chinese service called WiYun (use Google Translate, link is in Chinese, and seems legit), but you can leave it disabled and play offline.  I tested it here with WiFi and mobile data disconnected and had no problems.  I also ran it through Lookout, which didn't find anything glaringly wrong.  When it's all said and done, I'm certain that enabling the online component means your submitting data to the developer, so use your own best judgment. There's a video, and download link (free, all versions of Android) after the break.

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3 years ago

New Evo 4G update leaks out, is rooted

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We stumbled across a minor update release for the Evo 4G, in RUU form.  In an attempt to find out which files have been modified in the update, the XDA faithful have already cracked it open, rooted it, and are in the process of further exploration.  Expect to see some new ROMs built on this update over the coming days.

According to XDA member joeykrim, this update brings changes to the kernel, Recovery.img, hboot, and many .jar files within the framework. 

If you're rooted, it might be a good idea to hold off for a few days in case there are any surprises waiting in this update.  But if you're feeling adventurous, go ahead and grab the rooted update and start flashing (your ROM).  [via XDA, rooted version]

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3 years ago

NOOKcolor revealed, brings 7-inch e-reader/tablet Android hybrid

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Barnes and Noble unveiled its new e-reader/tablet today, deemed the NOOKcolor. The Nook has previously been mostly an e-reader that enjoyed 20 percent market share, deferring to Amazon's Kindle. Their strategy has shifted it appears, as the new Nook is more of a hybrid device.

Here are some specs about the new Nook:

  • 7-inch color display
  • Android OS
  • 1024x600
  • 8GB internal memory
  • Micro-SD slot expandable to 32GB
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Pandora built-in
  • Chess and Sudoko
  • Facebook support
  • Conde Nast and Hearst are partners
  • $249

It's a risky strategy for Barnes and Noble to take, given that e-readers have been selling mainly due to their superior e-ink technology. Now that it is in color and offering similar services to tablets such as the iPad and Galaxy Tab, it may have a difficult time finding an audience. Then again, maybe it won't. What do you think of the new Nook Color? [Barnes and Noble]

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