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5 years ago

Eric Schmidt: Google is 'absolutely committed' to Google TV, expect more partners soon

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In Edinburgh, Scotland today Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt told listeners at a television festival that Google is fully committed to continuing and expanding the Google TV project, both with new content providers as well as new hardware OEMs. 

We're absolutely committed to staying, to improving Google TV. I believe that they're [Sony and Logitech] both going to be on board and I believe there are many more coming. Wait shortly for an announcement.

Schmidt also said Friday that he expects Google TV to launch in Europe early next year, hopefully without the issues they have seen with the US televisions networks.  Google is currently in talks with UK television providers, trying to keep the current stalemate they have with NBC, CBS, and ABC regarding content from happening for viewers in the UK. 

Additionally, the questions about Motorola and their set-top box division arose, and Schmidt said that he could not talk about those plans in detail at the moment, but they had "interesting ideas" about how it could help Google TV.

It looks like the questions everyone was asking were addressed, and Google is actually going to try the "big push" with Google TV.  Bring it, I say.

Source: Reuters

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5 years ago

Motorola FIRE looks hot in new promotional video

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If this week's announcement of the Motorola FIRE set your curiosity ablaze, feast your eyes on this new promo video in which the UK-bound device struts its stuff. You'll have to wait until the end of September to grab one, but if you're really burning up, this should hold you over at least for a while. To spare you all from more lame fire puns (I've got a ton), I'll let the video do the talking. Enjoy.

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5 years ago

'HTC Bliss' software screenshots emerge

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We've seen a couple of rumors surfacing over the past month or so surrounding the HTC Bliss, an upcoming Android smartphone said to be geared towards women. Now the first purported screenshots of the phone's software have emerged on Chinese site xda.cn, showing what seems to be a UI based on Sense 3.0, but with a few tweaks here and there. These include new widgets, a slightly different app drawer and a redesigned dock along the bottom of the home screen.

Many sites, including the source, are identifying this as HTC Sense 3.5, however there's no evidence provided to support this. Our money is on HTC continuing to use the tried and true Sense layout in most future phones. If anything, we'd say the Bliss software is more likely a fork (offshoot) of Sense 3.0, similar to what we've seen on the T-Mobile's MyTouch 4G Slide. Let us know what you think, though -- there are more shots over at the source link to help you make up your mind.

Source: xda.cn

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5 years ago

Acer Iconia A500 3.2 update now landing September 10th

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The 3.2 update for the Iconia A500 promised for 25th August never showed, but Acer haven't left us out in the cold instead going public on why the date slipped. 

Posting on the Acer Malaysia Facebook page, the update now looks set to land on September 10th. Apparently they've been suffering some issues with the GPS settings, so thought better to put the update back than let it out in the wild with bugs. 

Updates are always welcome, so hopefully Acer will manage to work out all the kinks before September 10th. They have promised to update earlier if there's any news, but for now lets just take what they're offering. 

Source: liliputing

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5 years ago

Just the facts, What keyboard? [From the Forums]

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We've reached the end of the week here at Android Central but that doesn't mean the party will be stopping, in fact -- we're here all weekend as well. If you're looking to catch on this weeks events though, make sure you head on back a few pages and get caught up. If you're in a talking mood, join us in the Android Central forums as well where things are always popping!

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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5 years ago

HTC Vigor pictures leaked, looks like the Droid Incredible's big brother

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Pictures of what appears to be the HTC Vigor have been leaked out, giving another good look at the phone.  While the specs are all still a rumor, we can see a dual LED flash and a front facing camera on the big screen, as well as a rubberized version of the Droid Incredible's stepped back plate.  Of course the phone will run HTC Sense, and we assume it will be version 3.  The two biggest questions -- will it have an LTE radio, and when will we see it, are still officially unanswered.  With the rumored specs of a 1.5GHz dual-core Cortex A8 and a full gig of RAM, knowing that this one should be headed to Verizon soon will help relieve a little of the sting of not getting the Galaxy S II.  We can't wait to see it.  Hit the jump for another pic.

Source: Droid Life

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5 years ago

Samsung reminds why we love the Galaxy S II, and that it's coming soon to the US

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Samsung may have had to set their big shin-dig back a day to Tuesday because of hurricane Irene, but they know we're all ready and waiting for the Galaxy S II to hit here in the states.  To get our mouth watering just a tiny bit more, they have just sent out a couple teaser slides and a new video showing how the Galaxy S II simply rocks.  We can't argue, and we're itching to see what they have in store for the US carriers.  We'll know more Tuesday, join us right here at 6 PM ET and check it all out.  We've got the second slide as well as the video after the break.

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5 years ago

Pantech Breakout another Verizon LTE Android phone?

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While it may not be sporting the best hardware specs, the Pantech Breakout may have have one big thing going for it -- it looks to be a Verizon LTE device, according to this shot we just got from a tipster.  That's not saying the specs are bad -- 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, front and rear cameras and running Gingerbread -- and it sounds like something we all would have dreamed about just six months ago.  Of course, the real news is the LTE.  We've been kicking around rumors of the Breakout since mid-July, and this is the first time anyone has mentioned LTE in the same breath. (Note the use of a SIM card and 4G mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices.)

Of course, we've seen this sort of thing be wrong before, but knowing another choice for an LTE phone may be coming is always good news.  We've got no date on when to expect it, but if someone is drawing up comparison sheets, it can't be too far off.

Thanks, Anon!

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5 years ago

Hurricane Irene pushes Samsung's U.S. Galaxy S II event to Tuesday

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Just a quick heads up that Samsung has pushed its U.S. Galaxy S II event to Tuesday evening. Originally scheduled for Monday, Hurricane Irene's little jaunt up the coast made the move necessary (and thanks to Samsung for doing so).

We'll see you starting at 6 p.m. EDT Tuesday evening, folks.

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5 years ago

Friday Freebie: Win a free Energizer inductive charging pad

Since we're talking about keeping your phones charged today, let's give away a pretty cool charging pad. Energizer's wireless inductive charging pad (read our full review here) lets you charge your phone without actually plugging in the phone. OK, you still have to plug in the charging pad, but you gotta get the juice from somewhere, right?

To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post. Need to keep this one to the U.S. only (sorry!), and your phone will need to have an inductive charging cover to get it to work. Lots of rules, we know. But leave a comment, and we'll close up shop at 6 p.m. EST. Good luck!

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5 years ago

Android 201: Using Labs in Google Maps

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5 years ago

All three Galaxy S II's together is something to smile about

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As if the anticipation hadn't already reached fever-pitch for these oft-teased phones, it looks like we've finally gotten conclusive looks at each of the U.S. Samsung Galaxy S II variants.

Aside from the clickable button that's on the international version, it looks like the only physical differences between the US Galaxy S II's is the degree of roundness on the corners, with T-Mobile being crowned the roundest.

Also, I'm not sure if this is pure Photoshop fail or an indication of things to come, but the Sprint version carries Samsung branding on top whereas the other two have carrier branding on top and Samsung branding above the four capacitive buttons. Only time will tell, we suppose. The good news is that we should find out Monday, weather permitting Tuesday. You win this one, Irene.

Oh, and look! There's still no Verizon phone in the picture.  LTE SGS II in the works?

Source: PocketNow

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5 years ago

Bluetooth keyboard review: Logitech keyboard for Android 3.0 tablets

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

With tablets being all the rage these days, Bluetooth keyboards are rising in popularity. It's not that the on-screen keyboards are bad (well, some are), but having physicals key adds a whole level of familiarity, plus you don't have to try and balance a tablet on your lap or something.

The Logitech Bluetooth keyboard for Android 3.0 tablets seems specifically targeted at the Android crowd, and it works really well.

Pairing is a cinch, using the connect button located on the back of the keyboard, and once you're paired up, you're good to go. Typing is a breeze on the keyboard and works without a hitch. Hit some keys, letters pop up on the screen. Everything Most of it works as it should.

The only problem with Logitech's Android-centric keyboard are the Android function keys. Logitech was wise enough to include search, home, menu, and back keys, but their intended functions are murky, at best.

I'm not sure if the unit I got is defective or if the keys just aren't mapped correctly, but while most of the keys did something, it was usually not what you wanted. Back acted like home, search acted like menu, so on and so forth. It was an irritating little niggle that was the only smudge on an otherwise great keyboard experience.

Another cool feature is the keyboard carrying case that protects the keys. For transport, it folds up and becomes a carrying case for the keyboard, but once you're ready to get typing, the case folds into a triangular stand (with a ridge!) to hold your tablet in position on a table or desk. It should also be noted that the Logitech keyboard doesn't come with rechargeable batteries and runs on four AAA's.

More pictures of the keyboard and stand can be found after the break.

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5 years ago

EVO 3D getting another OTA update

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We've lauded HTC and Sprint before for the way updates are handled on the EVO 3D, and it's time to do so again. There's a little update coming over the air now. One addition is a widget, the other is ... something. (Update: Ooo! New radio.) But that the EVO 3D can continue to get minor updates without causing major trouble is a pretty big deal. Nicely done.

Source: EVO 3D forums; Thanks, Jonathan!

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5 years ago

Android Game Review: X-Men

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Whenever I think of X-Men, the first thing that comes to mind is the epic intro sequence for the animated series. (Seriously, go look it up if you've forgotten about it.) The second thing that comes to mind are the endless quarters I spent at the skating rink playing the X-Men arcade game with three of my less athletically-inclined friends. Having known an official X-Men port was in the Market, I finally took the plunge and tried it out.

Diving right into the gameplay, it's just as good as I remember it, sans physical joystick and arcade buttons. The replacements for those are all virtual, as you'd expect, and are prominently displayed on the bottom-left and right corners of the screen. I've heard some people complain the buttons are too close together on the phone version, but I didn't experience that and I definitely didn't see that issue on a tablet.

Performance-wise, the game performs well. Period. It's an old 1992 game, so it should run well, and it does. The cheesy opening video goes quickly, there weren't any force closes, and not one framerate skip or stutter to speak of. Simply put, it's just as good as the arcade version, except this one fits in your pocket (or backpack).

My only complaint is that the virtual joystick isn't quite as responsive as I'd like it to be, which caused me to get straight pwned a couple of times. I only really saw the issue when needing to do a quick 180, but still, when Sentinels are coming down on you from all sides, you need cat-like reflexes to put them in their place.

X-Men does support four-player multiplayer, as long as all the players are on the same Wifi network, so yes, you can relive your glory days all over again.

X-Men is 99 cents in the Android Market. Download links are after the break.

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