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3 years ago

Honeycomb clock widget spruces up your home screen

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Widgets are a great part of the Android OS, and clocks are a necessity in many peoples lives, and who wouldn't enjoy to have a futuristic styled clock, much like that found in Android 3.0 Honeycomb? This clock, which is a great replica of the one found in Honeycomb, offers users a very clean clock that takes a bit of getting used to in order to read properly.

Two versions of this clock widget are available, a free as well as a premium version, both of which allow direct access to the alarm application by simply tapping on the clock. The premium version will allow users to select between eight different colors, which is almost one for any color wallpaper that you are using at that time. For less than $1, the premium version is a must have for anyone looking for a great clock widget to keep their home screen clean and futuristic looking. Hit the break for more information as well as download links.

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3 years ago

Telus Desire HD release date and pricing leaked

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New details of the TELUS version of the HTC Desire HD have emerged on Canadian site MobileSyrup, including pricing information and a possible release date. A leaked inventory screenshot shows the phone priced at C$499.99 without a contract, and due for release on Feb. 10.

The Desire HD runs the new version of HTC Sense on top of Android 2.2 Froyo, and is currently HTC's flagship phone in Europe and Asia. It's essentially a GSM 3G version of Sprint's EVO 4G, only with slightly more RAM. Find out more about the Desire HD on our device page. [MobileSyrup]

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3 years ago

Dev: flashable Froyo for Nook Color 'nearly ready'

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Developer "cicada" (known to some by his mild-mannered alter-ego, Pat King) recently chatted with Android Central about his Nookie Froyo ROM (run off an SD card on the Nook Color).  He promises that a flashable zip of Nookie Froyo will be here "very soon" and that, at this stage, he's merely "working through a couple of bugs."  While methods have surfaced to install Nookie on the internal memory via adb, a flashable zip would provide users with the luxury of a simple install via ClockworkMod Recovery.

When asked about the unique challenges of developing the first custom ROM for a device that's sold as an e-reader, cicada said that "shoe-horning an OS tailored specifically for cellphones onto a device without most of the cellphone bits definitely made things tough (and was likely Google's reasoning behind their famous 'android isn't ready for tablets' statement)."

Cicada wants Nookie Froyo to be a project for the dev community, "something developers can use as a solid base for making the really cool stuff."  He added that it's not much of a secret that CM7 is being worked on for the Nook Color, and that he's been part of "a two-way street" of development with Cyanogen's TeamDouche.

As for the continued potential of the Nook as a tablet?  Cicada states that the NC is "the perfect entry-level android tablet. It's cheap, it's nimble, and perfectly usable as a legitimate tablet, with only the minor fuss of freeing it from B&N's default software of course.  ;) "

Want to do it all for the Nookie?  Check out our Nookie Froyo how-to, along with tons of other goodies in our Nook Color forums.  

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3 years ago

About that Motorola Xoom keyboard ...

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There's a Bluetooth keyboard that popped up on Amazon [via Droid-Life] that says it's for the Motorola Xoom -- that's the Android 3.0 tablet coming out on Verizon sometime this quarter. (Check out our hands-on here.) Oh, and look. It'll be in stock on Feb. 14. That fits one rumored launch date. (Other rumors we've heard are "early February" and "Late February," so read into that what you want.)

But here's the thing. Click on the seller for the item -- Senyx -- and there's the exact same Bluetooth keyboard for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. And the Playstation 3. And the App iPad. And for the BlackBerry Playbook. And for the ASUS Eee Pad MeMo. And for the HP Zeen C510. And for the MSI Android Tablet. And for the Velocity Micro T301 Cruz 7-inch Android Tablet. And for the ViewSonic 7-inch Android Tablet. And for Bluetooth-enabled Electronic Tablets/Smartphones/PS3/PDA.

And that's just the first page.

And they're all available Feb. 14.

So, folks, no special Motorola Xoom Bluetooth keyboard (at least not yet). And we wouldn't read much into it being available Feb. 14. It's just a Bluetooth keyboard with a whole lot of SEO behind it. Move along now. Move along. [Amazon]

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3 years ago

Launcher Pro rolls out v0.8.3 update to the Android Market, new transition effects

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If you're currently making use of the popular Launcher Pro, you'll want to hit up the Android Market and check for updates. Version 0.8.3 is now available for download and while it's not a huge release, it does add some fancy new transitions. You'll be able to find the transitions through the settings: 

  • (Menu > Preferences > Homescreen Settings > Transition Effect)

If you've not grabbed the update already, download link is after the break. Thanks, El Jefe!

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G meets FCC approval

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We posted previously that the Motorola Atrix 4G could possibly hit AT&T come March 1, 2011 but before that can happen it does have to get some love from the FCC. The above looks to be just the love the Atrix 4G needs. Model number matches that of the Atrix 4G listed on the Motorola developer site so no doubt in what we are looking at here. Haven't seen our hands on yet? Check it out here. [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Another Sprint statement on Froyo for the Samsung Epic 4G

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Sprint's followed up on its blog after a couple of Tweets this afternoon regarding getting the Epic 4G updated to Froyo. Here goes:

Epic 4G users: We want to assure you that Froyo for the Epic 4G is still in the works. Sprint works very closely with our manufacturing partners to ensure that we deliver the best possible customer experience on our wireless devices. We approve the release of software updates when a new software version provided by the manufacturer can bring a better overall customer experience on the device. It is our intention to bring these updates to our customers as quickly as possible but only after they meet our rigorous testing criteria.

We can't provide any guidance on an exact or estimated release date at this time, but please know we are working to get Froyo out for the Epic as quickly as possible.

Here's to Sprint for offering a little more transparency. Anybody heard from Verizon and AT&T? [Sprint]

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3 years ago

New HTC Android device renders leaked

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If you're still rather ticked off at Motorola today and swearing to never purchase their devices again maybe some of these HTC devices might make you feel a little better about the whole situation. A whole lineup of HTC device renders has now appeared on the scene but the only thing concrete about all of these devices combined is the fact that nothing about them is for certain. Especially when it comes to that buttonless beauty everyone got their feathers ruffled over. It's entirely too generic to even fathom what it may be at this time. With all the specs and finer details being left for speculation, we'll just have to see what Mobile World Congress and CTIA bring us. Yes, these renders are pretty to look at and we hope some of them end in our hands but right now they're just eye candy. [Pocketnow]

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3 years ago

Google confirms 300,000 Android activations a day

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Google today in its fourth-quarter earnings call confirmed Andy Rubin's statement in December that some 300,000 Android devices are being activated every day. That's 9 million or so a month, folks.

Google also said that searches from within Android ended the year up 10 times. ("10x actually is what was said.") "I think that this is the year that phones will play the big role in commerce, like I predicted," said Google Senior VP of Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg.

Other highlights from the Q&A:

  • Rosenberg on tablets vs. smartphones: "They're both viable."
  • Mobile search grew 4 times on mobile devices. "No doubt that this market absolutely is cranking."
  • "Click to call ads are generating a lot of money every month."

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3 years ago

Vibrant getting Froyo, Nexus S spacebar anger, OG Droid replacements [from the forums]

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Awesome day for news if you're a T-Mobile user. Froyo for the Vibrant, the new Galaxy S 4G and a new Sidekick? Maybe now we can get the rest of the US carriers onboard to release Froyo since T-Mobile is starting it off. Hit up the forums if you're looking to discuss more about the days news or if you just want to talk Android in general. Vibrant users, let's hear it.

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