5 years ago

Google's five privacy principles


Google privacy principles

The biggest leap many Android users have to make is going all-in with Google. E-mail, contacts, search results -- Google knows it all. Today is International Data Privacy Day, and the Big G is taking the opportunity to explain its privacy principles in five easy bullet points. Peep them and a cute little explainer video after the break.

Do you worry about how Google treats your data?(online surveys)

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5 years ago

Handmark's TweetCaster Twitter client now in the Android Market


TweetCaster from Handmark

Handmark's TweetCaster Twitter application is now live in the Android Market. (If you missed it, be sure to check out our review.) TweetCaster features support for multiple Twitter accounts, geolocation, searches and all of your other favorite Twitter features.

A free, advertising-based version is available, and there's a premium (ad-free) version of TweetCaster available for $4.99 in the Android Market. Note: You need to install the free version first, and then the upgrade key, to go ad-free. Download links below.

TweetCaster free
TweetCaster Free

TweetCaster upgrade
TweetCaster upgrade

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5 years ago

Blackberry Review -- Smartphone Round Robin



Ah, Blackberry. If you think about it, Blackberry is the last of the "old guard" of smartphones still standing. Palm rebooted with webOS and Windows Mobile is looking to do the same with Windows Mobile 7. The (relatively) new players in the game, iPhone and Android, have introduced new philosophies and innovative features while Blackberry just keeps on churning, with its pager history on its back and keyboard tradition on the front, a Blackberry today is simply, yet unmistakably, a better Blackberry from yesterday.

And to tell you guys the truth, I love me some Blackberry. Even though it's a completely different experience compared to the Android experience, there's a lot to love and learn from Blackberry. Though it's not the most ideal device for me, I can definitely see why its so wildly successful. It's undoubtedly a unique experience. But there are obvious limitations to Blackberry, perhaps more so than any other platform, but hey, Blackberrys get things done, right?

See what Android Central thinks of the Blackberry platform in the full review below!

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5 years ago

Nexus One desktop dock now available


Nexus One desktop dock

The first official accessory for Google's Nexus One Android phone is now available. The desktop dock goes for $45 directly from Google. (Click the "Get your phone" button then scroll down to "Accessories.")

Strangely enough, you don't actually get to see the dock when you're ordering the thing. You have to go to the Nexus One technical specs for that. And there you learn that the dock will automatically launch the clock app. From there you can:

  • Check the local time and weather
  • Set and clear alarms
  • Watch a slideshow of your photos
  • Play music
  • Dim your phone's display for nighttime use

The dock also comes with a 3.5mm-to-RCA cable so you can run it into your stereo, if you so choose. No word yet on any Bluetooth capability, or on the rumored car dock. Do note that this dock does not sync the phone with a computer. [Google]

Update: Sure enough, the printable user guide (pdf link) confirms that music is transmitted from the phone to the dock via Bluetooth, and then it can be pumped into your stereo. (Nice find, jdmoore81!)

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5 years ago

Android is on Mozilla's road map, but don't expect Fennec anytime soon


Firefox Mobile - Fennec

Word's been going around that Firefox will have a browser in beta in February. That's a bit odd, as I've been following the development of Fennec for Maemo and Windows Mobile -- it's being developed openly -- and have seen neither hide nor hair of it. So it looks like a German Mozilla community site may be a little ahead of itself in saying that a beta for Android would be out in February. Here's the response I got from Mozilla U.S.:

Android is on our mobile road map, but the German reports were a bit exaggerated. The Android version of Fennec is not yet in alpha so "on the way" is premature. 

Put it this way: The Windows Mobile version hit Alpha status last May and still isn't in Beta form yet. And here's another way to look at it: Mozilla's weekly meetings date back to October 2007. If we were going to see Fennec (that's the code name for the mobile version of Firefox) in a matter of weeks, we'd have heard about it by now.

But that doesn't mean we're not looking forward to the day Firefox arrives on Android. In the meantime, check out the Q&A I did with Moz's Brad Lassey about a year ago.

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5 years ago

Apple announces iPad, but will it take over the Android e-reader market?


Apple iPad

Finally, it's over with. Apple announced the iPad, a 9.7-inch (diagonal) tablet that essentially is a giant iPhone, only without voice calls. And without a camera. We're nowhere near ready to pass final judgment on this thing. But given that the starting price -- for a WiFi only and a mere 16 gigabytes or storage (before the operating system, mind you) -- is $499, that takes it well into netbook/low-end laptop territory. (Of course, the unlocked Nexus One is about that much, too, so ...)

And so, we'll put it to you guys. You've been waiting alongside the rest of us to see what was coming that was supposed to change our lives. (And followed all of today's news at The iPhone Blog, right?) Is the iPad going to kill the future of Android-based e-readers, tablet and MIDs? Let's hear it.

Will the iPad kill off Android e-readers?(polling)

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5 years ago

Motorola Zeppelin reportedly may appear at Mobile World Congress


Motorola Zeppelin

Unlike the band and a certain dirigible, the Motorola Zeppelin is one fable that just won't quit. The latest installment -- with a new picture, to boot -- has it being announced in a few weeks at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, along with a 5MP camera, 3.2-inch display at half-VGA, and probably MotoBLUR running on Android 2.0 or 2.1. We'll not speculate too much on this one, or if it'll end up on T-Mobile as previously rumored. We'll be in Barcelona should it be unveiled, so stay tuned, folks. [Mobile.cz via Engadget]

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5 years ago

Archos 7 - that other tablet - leaked


Archos 7

Sure, we're all about to turn our attention to what we expect to be the Apple Tablet (check out TiPB's meta-liveblog), there's still plenty of Android-powered tablet love to go around. And above is the Archos 7, outed by UK dealer Data-Mind. You're looking at a 7-inch LCD screen at 800x480, about 2.2 inches bigger than the Archos 5. There's 8GB of storage onboard, and the usual multimedia playback. Look for it in March for a very respectable £149.99 ($242). [Data-Mind via Gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Color up your Nexus One


Nexus One - ColorWare

Sure, the Nexus One is powerful enough with that 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and its 3.7-inch AMOLED screen is crisp enough. But is it pink enough? Fan-favorite ColorWare is now doing its custom paint-job thing with the Nexus One. You can pimp out a brand-new Nexus One for about $800 (base price), or send in your own Nexus One for a retrofit for about $175. [ColorWare]

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5 years ago

Droid Gets Overclocked to 1.1 GHz


Thanks to the guys at Alldroid, the Motorola Droid just got its processor overlocked and can now run at speeds as high as 1.1GHz. The ARM Cortex A8 Processor in the Droid typically runs at 550MHz so that's exactly double the frequency. To be honest, the guys who did the overclocking actually said 800GHz is actually the ideal usable speed. But either way, it's making an already fast and speedy Droid even faster and speedier. No mention to how it deals with heat or battery life, though.

Make no mistake, the ARM Cortex A8 Processor in the Droid is a very capable chip even at 550MHz. But with the 1GHz Snapdragon Processor powering the superspeedy Nexus One, we can definitely why people want to go even faster. You can learn how to overclock your Droid here. As with any of these crazy things, you have to be rooted.

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5 years ago

Motorola Teases Their Super Bowl Ad


We already knew that Motorola had spent a boatload of money to air an ad during the Super Bowl (Go Saints!), but what would they be advertising? We're leaning towards the Backflip. The Backflip was announced at CES but has yet to been properly unveiled to the general public, what better way to do it than the Super Bowl. Plus, the teaser video above ends with the Motoblur logo, which the Backflip will run.

Motorola has just put up a teaser video for their commercial (watch it after the jump!). Since Super Bowl ad spots costs millions of dollars, we guess they had to find a way to stretch their dollar and build excitement for the spot. According to Motorola, the ad will air during the 3rd Quarter and feature a well-known celebrity.

Any guesses on who that celebrity might be? Check out Motorola's Facebook page for more info. And be sure to watch the teaser video after the jump!


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5 years ago

Walmart says it's not selling Nexus One


Walmart Nexus One

Sorry, folks. Looks like you're not going to be buying the Google Nexus One at Wally World anytime soon. Despite still having it listed on its "Let's Talk" wireless retail site (albeit as "no longer available"), Walmart issued a statement today saying it won't be the first brick-and-mortar store to carry the phone, nor will it be selling it online.

"Due to a technical error, this item erroneously was displayed on our site. We’re working with our partner Let’s Talk to have it removed as quickly as possible. We have no plans to carry Nexus One in Walmart stores or online at Walmart.com at this time."

The good news is you can still buy tires, get groceries, find ladies' hosiery, get a flu shot, buy diapers and get your oil changed all in one place. [via BusinessInsider]

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5 years ago

Hey, look, another HTC Bravo


HTC Bravo

Here's the best look yet of the still-unannounced HTC Bravo, which we're expecting to see in Europe at some point. And this one's done up in Polish, so chances are the 3.7-inch AMOLED, 1GHz Snapdragon device will end up there, too. [Komorkomania via Unwired View]

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5 years ago

How to: Hard-reset the Nexus One


Nexus One Hard reset

Two words phrases we throw around a lot: Soft reset and hard reset. The former is what it's called when you turn your phone off and on, or pull the battery. The latter is a bit more drastic. But sometimes things go wrong, and you need to restore it back to its factory settings, wiping all of your applications and personal data. Here's how you hard reset the Google Nexus One:

  1. With the phone off, hold the Volume Down button and press and release the Power button.
  2. You'll boot into the menu you see above with the little skateboard guys. Select Clear Storage from the list by pressing the Volume Down button.
  3. Press the Power button, and confirm by pressing Volume Up.
  4. Sit back while your phone reboots in its virgin state.

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5 years ago

Nexus One remorse?; Task managers; Dolphin browser, N1 Cases


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