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3 years ago

What's Google announcing tomorrow?

ZOMG, Google's going to announce ... something ... tomorrow at its campus in Mountain View, Calif. Question is, what? The invitation [via Giz] points to "unveiling a couple of cool new mobile features." Let's run down some of the ideas we've thrown around here in the office:

  • Gingerbread (Android 3.0): Very unlikely.
  • Some sort of interim version between Froyo and Gingerbread: Possible, but also not likely.
  • New Google apps, along the lines of Google Goggles or Maps: More than likely.
  • The Android Market web interface Google showed off at its IO dev conference in May: Geez, we hope so.
  • Music download and sync service: That'd be another "PLEASE LET IT HAPPEN!"
  • When your phone is schedule to get Froyo: Not gonna happen.

Have your own idea? Head into the forums and give us a shout.

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3 years ago

Samsung Captivate is overclocked to 1.2 GHz; 1.6 GHz to come soon?

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The AT&T Captivate (read our review) has been overclocked to 1.2 GHz, which makes the Hummingbird processor faster than it is out of the box, which is already pretty quick. The modder who successfully did this said that the processor is actually capable of a stable 1.6 GHz, so be on the lookout for that soon. If you have a Captivate and are interested in overclocking, click here. [Samsung Hub]

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular launching the HTC Desire on Aug. 27

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It's official: The HTC Desire (see our hands-on) is coming to U.S. Cellular on Aug. 27. Basically the Nexus One with Sense and sans trackball, U.S. Cellular is the first U.S. carrier to, erm, carry the device. It joins the Samsung Acclaim and will be joined by the Samsung Galaxy S later this year. Pricing has not been announced. Full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC releases kernel sources for Aria, Evo, Incredible, Wildfire

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Late last night HTC released a torrent of code -- kernel sources for the Aria, the Evo 4G update, the Incredible update, and the Wildfire; plus the FRF91 system image for the Nexus One (Happy dance).  Even though they are obliged to release the kernel source code by the GPL, I don't think anyone expected them this early.  Developers should start cranking things into gear shortly, and have something tasty cooked up for us soon.  [HTC Developer Center]

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3 years ago

Cellular South launches Motorola Milestone

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Cellular South said it was getting the Motorola Milestone, and this morning, it's official. The non-Droid version of the Droid is launching with Android 2.1, a $59 unlimited plan, and it can all be yours for $149.99 after contract and $50 rebate (gift card). Full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Froyo updates resume for the original Motorola Droid

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Not sure what the delay was attributed to, but the Android 2.2 over-the-air update has apparently resumed for the original Motorola Droid. It's the same FRG01B build that we got last week (none of that FRG22 nonsense just yet), and it should just take you a few minutes to download and install. (See our hands-on with Froyo on the Droid.) So sit back, relax and wait for it to push down. Or frantically force your phone to check for updates. Or install it manually. Your call. [via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Droid 2 presale starts today -- or is it actually on sale online today?

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Waking up to a bit of weirdness this morning as the Motorola Droid 2 -- which officially is available for presale today at Verizon for $199 on contract -- appears to actually be available for purchase online. Not sure how much of a difference that makes considering you'll have to wait for it to be shipped, but there you go. And the website's acting up, which could mean crushing demand, a glitch in the Matrix, or the hamster just doesn't want to say on his wheel. Sing out if you actually managed to order one, and when you're supposed to get it. [Verizon via Android Central Forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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3 years ago

HTC pushing fix for Evo 4G owners who snagged early Froyo build

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A heads up from the Android Central Forums: Remember that new update HTC promised for those of us who updated our Evo 4Gs a tad early with an "unofficial" build? The new update -- build 3.26.651.6 -- is being pushed out as we speak. It's just 4.17 megabytes and takes just a couple of minutes to download and install, and you'll find yourself "back on track" with all of your more patient friends.

Here's the official word from Sprint, if you're into that sort of thing.

So less than two weeks from leaked build to official build to an update for the early adopters. Pretty snappy on HTC's part, we'd say, and it t'was more than neighborly of them to take care of things. [Android Central Forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Droid 2 R2-D2 page now live, nerds everywhere shed tears of delight

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Recipe for win -- 1 part newest Android phone, the Droid 2, and 1 part Star Wars' most memorable character, R2-D2.  Mix well, prepare for the onslaught of people like me who will do just about anything to throw our money at you so we can have one.  And to tease us until we explode, Verizon has gone live with the R2-Droid2 teaser page.

Taking a cue from the X, it looks like this page has some locked content as well.  The site says to follow R2 on Twitter to unlock details, @droidlanding.  Why would anyone want to worry about unlocking content on a phone's launch page?  Two words -- Jedi Training.  We're following, you guys follow too, and whoever gets portions unlocked first has to tell the rest of us -- deal? [Verizon] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Pulse

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A newsreader is something that quite a few of us rely on in our day-to-day life.  Digging through the slew of them on the Android Market can be quite a task, so allow me to suggest you start with Pulse.  It has all the basics you would expect from any newsreader -- handles rss feeds, links to full stories on the web, customizable sources, and a robust selection of pre-defined newsfeeds to choose from.  Pulse just does things a little more visually, and in this author's opinion, a little better. And it's currently discounted to 99 cents.  Let's check it out, after the break.

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