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3 years ago

Hannspree to introduce a beastly Android tablet at IFA 2010

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Expect Android tablet news to flow like water as IFA 2010 gets into gear, so let's start things off with a bang.  According to German site Areamobile.de, Chinese manufacturer Hannspree will be introducing a nice, high spec piece of kit that sets a very high bar for others to follow:

  • 10.1 inch 1024x600 display
  • 14 mm thick
  • 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • HDMI output @ 1080p
  • Accelerometer and ambient light sensor
  • Wifi and Bluetooth
  • Android 2.2

Pick your chin up, and keep an eye out for more news about this one and more from IFA 2010, Dieter's there on the ground, and as long as there's not a beer tent he'll keep us informed. [Areamobile.de] Thanks GaMMeLHaNsy!

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3 years ago

Motorola shows off the Milestone 2 in a video

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If you've been waiting for the GSM version of the Droid 2, you're in luck -- Motorola has shown off the Milestone 2 in two minutes of video.  With the same sliding keyboard, same camera with dual LED flash, same 1 GHz processor, same as we're used to from the original Droid / Milestone team.

With one big difference -- apparently if you change the colors of the launcher, not-blur becomes Blur, and Moto isn't afraid to call it such this time around.  We like the resizable widgets, and other cool things the Motorola home offers, so we won't complain too much.  Be sure to check out the video after the break.  Thanks Albert!

Update: Annnnnnd ... It's gone. Guess it was more of us showing it off than them. :p

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3 years ago

Yahoo brings fantasy football to Android

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Football season is here, and that means fantasy football  is everywhere at the moment. If you don't have time to watch all the games, you can stay up-to-date with your league and players on Android with Yahoo! Fantasy Football '10. Yahoo is one of the leaders of the fantasy sports world, so it's great to see a dedicated app make its way to the Market. 

With the app, users can check league and player stats, make roster changes and more. If you're a fantasy football fan and use Yahoo, don't miss this free app in the Market; it will make your life a lot easier! [Thanks Small_law!]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 renders break cover; that's one sexy keyboard

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We'd be lying if we said we weren't excited about the T-Mobile G2, the carrier's first HSPA+ Android smartphone. And so we're excited to see these leaked renders which give us a good look at the horizontal slider's keyboard.  And if there's anybody who knows how to do a keyboard right (so long as the carrier doesn't frak it up), it's HTC.

Supposedly that's a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen we're looking at, but it wouldn't surprise us at all if that changed, given the current state of supply. Or lack thereof. Now alls we need is a little extra launch info from T-Mobile and we'll be all set. [Cell Phone Signal] Thanks, Marco!

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3 years ago

Motorola warns of leaked Droid X Froyo; we show you how to roll back

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Remember that leaked Froyo update that came out of the blue a few days ago for the Droid X? You do? Well, Motorola is really hoping you haven't installed it on your Droid X. Oh, wait -- you already installed it? If that's the case, Matt from the Motorola Owners' Forum has something to say:

WARNING: Do NOT load the leaked 2.2 upgrade that has been floating around on the Internets. There is currently no upgrade path from that load to the official 2.2 load that will be released by early September. Unless you have some plan to flash your phone back to the current official load, you could be stuck on the leaked version.

Rut ro, Raggy! Sounds like they're serious. The good news is that so are we, and we have instructions in our forums for rolling back to Android 2.1-update1. It takes just a couple of minutes, and you can find all the instructions here.

Oh yeah, and that Matt guy from Motorola, he mentioned "early September" for the official OTA update. So... that means for the rest of you -- just wait the few days. [Motorola Owners' Forum] via [Droid Life]

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3 years ago

How to manually update your Droid Incredible to Froyo

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Finally, the Incredible OTA is here! And like all Android phones, now that we know the location for the Incredible Froyo OTA, there is an option to go get it versus waiting for it to be pushed to you.  This is the same file as you would get if you just waited, and you'll have the exact same Froyo as everyone else, so there's no need to worry.  Here's how it's done:

  1. Grab the OTA file here from the Android Central Forums.
  2. Make sure it's named update.zip
  3. Copy it to the root (base directory) of your SD card.  Don't put it in any folders, and don't put it on the internal memory.
  4. Shut your phone off
  5. While holding the volume down button, turn the phone back on.
  6. In the white Bootloader screen, select recovery from the list.
  7. In the recovery screen (the triangle with exclamation mark), press volume up and power.  You'll go to the recovery menu.
  8. In the recovery menu, select "apply sdcard:update.zip"
  9. The phone will find the file, and when finished prompt you to reboot.  Reboot via the menu, then patiently wait for the phone to reboot, and enjoy your Froyo when it's done.

Be sure to hit the Incredible forums to talk about the update, its process, or ask any questions! Thanks to Teslatech in the Android Central Forums for the dl location!

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3 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G available today, and we're giving one away!

Today's the day, folks. The Sprint Epic 4G is now available online, and stores open at 8 a.m. local time for the launch of the second 4G-capable phone in the United States. And judging from our initial hands-on and all the excitement going on in our Epic 4G forums, this one's going to be a biggie.

So let's up the ante, shall we? Head into the aforementioned Epic 4G forums and comment your little heart out. Contest ends at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday. We'll pick a post at random* to win an Epic 4G and announce the winner live Thursday night during the Android Central Podcast, which starts at 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT. So get to it, and good luck!

* When we say "at random," we mean any post other than "I'm just posting this for the contest." Slackers.

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3 years ago

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab is a go

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When it comes to Android tablets, Verizon's name has been thrown around for quite some time, be it an official "Google" tablet, or future LTE tablets, but it looks like it's the Samsung Galaxy Tab that will be coming to Big Red. This internal screen from Verizon (they really should just post those publicly at this point) clearly shows the Galaxy Tab as Item SCHI800BKV, along with some demo units. As to when we'll see it? We'll be in Berlin this week for the official Samsung announcement, and we'll just have to see as to when we'll all be able to get our hands on the Verizon version. [via BGR] Thanks, I_Am_Incredible!

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3 years ago

Win one of 10 free copies of BuzzVoice for Android

  

Sometimes life has us on the go and we're not able to focus on the written word (even if only to get our Android news!), and that's where BuzzVoice steps in.  The popular iOS app is now available for Android, and BuzzVoice has been gracious enough to give us ten copies to give away!

To enter, hit the forum post here and follow the easy instructions.  Each copy is valued at $4.99 USD, and for those who just can't wait we have download links after the break, as well as a very informative video in case you're not familiar with BuzzVoice.  Thanks BuzzVoice, and John!

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3 years ago

LG Loop now available on Rogers

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Rogers has begun selling the LG Loop. You may remember it as the LG Optimus, which we've had our hands on at CES in January, and again at Google IO in May. Not really that much to be said, other than it's another notch in the ol' Android belt. Here are the specs and prices:

  • 3.0-inch screen
  • 3MP camera
  • 120 MB internal storage (2 GB SD card, expandable to 32 GB)
  • Android 1.6 (Donut)
  • $29.99 with a 3-year contract
  • $199 with a 2-year contract
  • $249 with a 1-year contract (or monthly)

The Loop is obviously on the low-end of the Android family, but it does show an important trend that points to Android gaining even more traction in market-share.

It's great that Android has solid high-end phones to compete with other platforms; its growth has been exponential, which has been a great thing to see. This trend is likely to continue as it is installed in more low to middle end phones that customers transitioning from feature phones are likely to start with before jumping for the expensive devices. As they familiarize themselves with the Android platform, these phones, like the Loop, will ease them into it rather than diving into the complex stuff out of the gate. This will increase their chances of choosing better Android phones in the future because they're already used to the platform. 

All in all, not a great phone to add to the army, but a signal of a trend that Android is going to proliferate throughout all phones, not just the top dogs. [Marketnews via Rogers]

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