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3 years ago

HTC Desire HD (aka the Ace) gets caught on camera again

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Well hows about that -- there's the HTC Desire HD (also known as the Ace). And this time we have much more than that solitary picture to go with. 247Android.com scored some video with a prototype unit (thus the blurring of the device's serial number), and we get a pretty darn good look at the thing.

Indeed, that's a pretty huge screen, presumably 4.3 inches. It has what's said to be an 8-megapixel camera, and dual flashes are clearly seen. The power button is alone at the top of the phone, and the 3.5mm headphone jack has been moved to the bottom bezel alongside the microUSB port, which is a pretty big change. Looks like there's at least one secondary  microphone for noise-cancellation, and the case appears to be of unibody design.

Check out the video for yourself after the break, and sing out in the forums if you spot anything else. [247.android] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Droid 2 pricing revealed: $199 with contract, $599 without

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The Droid 2 has been no secret agent, with leaked pictures and information coming out every day. One of the most recent leaks has been the release date, which is still rumored to be Aug. 12 -- this Thursday. Pricing for the phone has been spotted in a Best Buy, leaving us with little information to wonder about when it actually is released. 

It appears from the pictures that the Droid 2 will be $199 with a 2-year contract and $599 without one. On a related note, Verizon's website is now saying the original Droid is "Out of Stock." Is this a coincidence or timed perfectly with the impending Droid 2 launch?

Now that you know pretty much everything there is to know about the new member of the Droid family, is it enough to entice you? [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Sony's bringing something 'smarter' tomorrow, looks like the X10

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So Sony Style has this clock a countin' down, and judging from the reflection (and the smattering of "X10" from the HTML on the page), we could well be looking at the Xperia X10. When last we saw the X10, it was April, it was running Android 1.6,  with no upgrade in sight (and the last official word we've had is late Q3), the software wasn't actually production-ready, we left the damn screen protector on -- basically, we were totally underwhelmed with what otherwise should have been an exciting phone.

But it's been rumored for AT&T for as long as we can remember, and maybe now we're going to see it. So wake up early Monday morning, folks (about 11:30 a.m. EDT), and we'll see what's in store. [Sony Style via Gizmodo]

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3 years ago

Droid 2 now 'coming soon' in the Sunday papers

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Dear Verizon -- we already know just about everything about the Droid 2, now could you just please advertise the release date instead of teasing us? The image above was found in the Sunday newspaper, an ad from Verizon teasing the release of the Droid 2. Interesting timing on all of this, one would think. The original Droid is now out of stock on the Verizon site as of yesterday, and then today advertisements for the Droid 2 as coming soon. We get it, Verizon, you have the device on the way. We just ask one thing of you now: Give us the device? Please? Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Android wins big in 'Apps for Army' competition

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The U.S. military has been making a strong push lately into building on top of existing systems like the Android OS in order to increase capabilities while keeping costs low. The Army recently  wrapped up its "Apps for Army" competition in which Army soldiers and civilians were asked to create apps that were of use to the Army. The contest wound up involving 141 programmers split among 53 apps.

Of particular interest to Android users is the fact that 10 of the 15 winning apps were running on Android, with the remaining five written for the iPhone. One of the top Android winners was written by two Army Corps of Engineers members and was designed to help the Army organize and spread critical information using Google Maps and Earth during disaster relief efforts. The pair chose Android as their platform of choice because it was "more flexible to use" than the iPhone's development environment.

The Army officer in charge of the competition, Lt. Gen. Jeff Sorenson, commented that the other service branches were looking into similar competitions as well. He also said that "as soon as next year" the Army would consider getting iPhones and Android devices into the hands of deployed soldiers. 

DOD CAC holders should be able to pick up the apps here. Thanks to you-know-who-you-are for the tip!!! [Government Computer News]

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3 years ago

Member's Evo took a licking, but keeps on ticking

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Holy moley!  What you're seeing is thisisbenji's poor HTC Evo 4G after an early morning bicycle mishap.  While we hate to see any smartphone in such a clearly painful condition, especially an Android phone, we're as amazed as you are that it still runs.  Read the whole story, and see the carnage up close in pictures, in the forums! [Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

MeetMoi NOW brings online dating to a new level

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Internet dating has been on the rise over the past couple of years, many couples have success stories from meeting someone through some type of social networking service or website. MeetMoi NOW is a new Android application that brings the ease of meeting people via the internet to a whole new level.  This location based application allows users to see other singles in their area after filling out a profile about themselves. Users will be notified when new matches are found in their respective areas so they are able to decide whether they wish to strike up a conversation with the person or not. So whether you are the shy guy, someone always on the go, or just someone who is looking for another way to meet someone new, this application is a great way to do so. Check out the full presser for some more information, as well as some additional screen shots after the break.

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3 years ago

The week in Android news

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So you missed some news this week? Don't worry, we write it and sometimes it feels like we miss it too! This week was yet another fun filled Froyo week, devices going official, then not, then official again, craziness! Well, take a look below while you enjoy your weekend and check out some of the news you may have missed this past week.

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3 years ago

Google pulls 'Easy Root' off Market [updated]

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Developer Unstable Apps just released their latest update to their 'Easy Root' application yesterday. Though, just as soon as it went up, Google quickly yanked it off the Android Market. The latest 'Easy Root' update (1.2.2), allowed owners running Froyo on the Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Milestone to easily root their phones by a single touch of a button.

We got in contact of the developer of Easy Root, as we're trying to get to the bottom of why the application was pulled from the Market.  That's what we do.  He was kind enough to give us a statement.  You can read it, as well as see a walkthrough video of the app after the break.   [AndroidPhonesBlog via AndroidSPIN]

Update: The developer of Easy Root has again contacted us, this time with news that the application is once again live and available for download from his site HERE.  Want some even better news?  Emails are already going out to those that purchased from the Market with a new product key and download instruction.  Our own Jared has already received his.  It's really nice to see this level of support for a $0.99 application.  Keep doing what you do Nathan!

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