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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro gets a Grand Slam unboxing

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Normally when we see celebrity smartphone unboxings we see names like Michaluk, Bohn, Ritchie and Nickinson. In this case, Sony Ericsson went out and got Maria Sharapova, who's a pretty good tennis player or something, to unbox the Xperia X10 Mini Pro. (See our own hands-on.) What she's got that the rest of us don't -- besides looks and game, of course -- remains to be seen. So what's up, SE? Lose our numbers? Anyhoo, check out the video after the break. (Oh, by the way, Maria -- that finger tapping things looks a little familiar.) [Sony Ericsson Product Blog via Androinica]

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3 years ago

Comscore for May 2010 in -- Android gains 4 points, hits double digits

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The Comscore results for May 2010 are in, and it comes as no surprise that Android is still skyrocketing towards the top spot in US smartphone market share.  While ALL other platforms show a loss, Android comes in with another big jump of 4 percentage points and now has reached a double digit share of 13 percent, just a hair shy of Microsoft's 13.4 percent and poised to take the third spot overall. 

The chart speaks for itself -- Android grows while the others fall.  The biggest drop was from the Microsoft camp (down 1.9 points), followed by Apple with a 1 point drop.  A few months ago we asked if Android's rise was a fluke based on the sales of the Droid, and I think we can safely say no, we have that friggin' movement we hoped for on our hands.  And before anyone starts shouting "iPhone 4 wasn't out, yada yada", remember that users upgrading from one phone to another on the same platform do not contribute to growth -- this is all new users we're seeing.  I'm sure our Google overlords are pleased, and so am I.  [Comscore]

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3 years ago

Trillian for Android is on its way

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Many of you have asked -- or flat-out begged, according to Cerulean Studios, the developers of the popular all-in-one messenger application Trillian to come to Android. This application is very popular on a variety of platforms ranging from Macs to Windows and iPhones to BlackBerrys, and it seemed the only missing platform was Android (OK, and Palm), and luckily the cries have been heard. Here's the feature list.

  • Connect to Facebook Chat, Windows Live, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP and MySpaceIM
  • Synchronize your contacts, avatars, status, accounts and more with your Trillian-enabled desktop or mobile apps
  • Get notified easily with Android notification system integration
  • Contact list sorting, grouping, metacontacts support, privacy settings and various ways to organize
  • Set status, avatar and display name quickly in one simple screen
  • Tabbed chat windows with bubble view, photo transfer, buzz and emoticon support
  • Support for Android phones as far back as version 1.6 – works with your good old T-Mobile G1 or the newest HTC Evo 4G or Motorola Droid!
  • We took special care and respect to design and build the user interface to smoothly integrate with Android – this is not just a clone from the iPhone!

The application is said to be hitting a beta stage within the next few weeks, so keep your eyes on the lookout, and be sure to keep up to date with their blog. Couple more screen shots after the break. [via Cerulean Studios Blog]

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3 years ago

Fring updated so Android and iPhone can play together

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The Fring app for the iPhone got an update today (see our previous Android-related hands-on) that lets it play nice with Android (and Symbian, too). That means us Android users can have video chats with our misbegotten friends who shelled out for the new shiny thing from Apple. We recommend you show off using your Android phone left-handed, in the middle of a large city, while installing whatever you want. Just to give 'em a hard time, ya know?

Want to see it in action? Check out the video after the break (and check out TiPB's here) where we chat it up with TiPB.com's Rene Ritchie on his newfangled iThingy. [Fring]

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3 years ago

Pro tip: Wipe porn off your phone before exchanging it

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OK, we've talked (several times) about how the Android phone is for porn. And we've talked about how during a full wipe on your Android phone doesn't necessarily kill off every file that might have been downloaded. (And this gets even more murky with phones that have dedicated internal storage.)

Anyway, where we're going with this is that if you're sending back your a phone -- be it for exchange, or repair, or whatever -- don't leave little pornographic surprises behind for the next person. 'Cause that's what happened to an Ann Arbor, Mich., woman who found either five (or a half-dozen, depending on who you ask) porn videos on her supposedly new Evo 4G. It's not the phone's fault -- it's the previous owner, and the third-party retailer that told the woman she was getting a new phone and instead gave her a steamy pot of porno.

And because we're all about teaching you folks whenever we can, hit the source link or picture above to hear all about it, and then let's discuss a few ways you can be sure to keep your phone clean, after the break. [Click on Detroit via Consumerist]

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3 years ago

Motorola Backflip gets an update -- bugfixes, not Android 2.X

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AT&T has released a software update for the Motorola Backflip to improve performance and fix bugs, but it's not an update to Eclair just yet. Instead, you're getting:

  • Improved Text Messaging: General improvements to text messaging - especially for longer message threads.
  • Improved Display: Color and clarity improvements to the display.
  • Camera Correction: Repairs random occurrence of camera application quitting while in use.
  • Bluetooth Improvements: Better audio and connectivity to Bluetooth headsets.
  • Removes Size Restrictions for Ringtones: Ringtone files no longer have size restrictions.
  • Improved Network Connection: Improves overall connection to the 3G network.
  • Better Performance of Android Market™ Applications: Improves performance of downloaded applications from the Android Market™.
  • Improved Stability: Additional device stability reduces occurrence of unresponsiveness and/or programs quitting unexpectedly.
  • Improved Battery Life: Improves battery performance when battery is fully drained and charging.
  • Improved Streaming Audio & Video Playback: Repairs rare instances of streaming audio and video interruptions that have resulted in device powering off-and-on.

This is an OTA update, so just be ready for the message that it's there, and allow it to download and install.  As AT&T reminds us, data charges can and will apply, so if you're close on your monthly allotment you might want to wait for a steady WiFi connection to grab it.  Anyone who updates, feel free to shout out in the comments so the rest of us know what to expect! [Motorola]

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for July 8, 2010

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With the number of device announcements we have seen recently, it remains quite obvious that Android isn't playing around, and neither are the developers behind the scenes making some of our favorite applications. We continue to see ports to Android of our applications from other platforms, as well as tons of new applications that make life significantly easier. Not everyone has hours to spend sifting through the market, so here we bring to you some of our own personal suggestions. Take a look after the jump for some great new application ideas for your device. 

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3 years ago

HTC Desire with AT&T (and Rogers, Telus, and Bell) 3G bands at the FCC

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Just seen at the FCC: the HTC Desire is sporting AT&T and Canadian operators Rogers, Telus, and Bell 3G bands. While this is far from an announcement, for our readers in the frozen North it means that you may be seeing the incredible Desire (see what I did there?) sooner rather than later. There is no confirmation or anything to suggest this is going anywhere except for Telus but, this does give some hope that the spiffy phone will be seen on the Death Star in the US at some point. And if not, well, you'll be able to import it and use it with AT&T. [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Google updates Android SDK to fall in line with Froyo

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If you're the type of Android user who has the SDK stashed on your computer (and let's face it -- if you're reading this, chances are you do), then know that Google has updated it to be in line with the version of Android 2.2 that was released to the Nexus One last week.

For you more common folk, now might be a good time to take a look at installing the SDK (see Jerry's walkthrough here). Why? You're probably going to need it if you want to root your phone, take screen shots or follow along with whatever other hackery we might be talking about on a given day. It's quick, it's easy, and it's available here. [Google Developer blog]

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3 years ago

Want to try Froyo on the Evo 4G?

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We're waiting on Android 2.2 to be officially released for the Sprint Evo 4G -- everybody relax a little, the Froyo code's only been out for two weeks now -- but that doesn't mean you can't give it a shot now, thanks to (where else?) the cats at XDA Developers. Avalaunchmods has rigged up a Froyo build for the Evo, with working Wifi, multitouch, Bluetooth, calls ... pretty much everything except for the camera. We'll definitely be giving this one a shot, and you guys sing out, too, if you've Froyo'd up your Evo. [XDA Developers

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