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3 years ago

Angry Birds coming anytime now (update: it's here!)

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Yes, folks, we're well aware that Angry Birds will drop any minute now (through more likely in a few hours). And, yes, we're well aware that there's a "leaked" full version out there that's got Google ads built in. Pretty crafty, eh? A "leaked" version of an extremely popular game that contains ads surfaces just as anticipation crescendos. Hmmmmmm. (Actually, it probably just means there will be a paid version and a lite version. Or not. Pick your conspiracy theory.)

Anyhoo, no, we're not going to show off video of us playing the full version. We all know what Angry Birds looks like. In the meantime, if you need us, we'll be off ... erm ... not playing the leaked version of Angry Birds. Really.

Update: And as you no doubt have seen, it's now here. If you do want to see video of Angry Birds in action, here are the early previews from Phandroid, Droid Life and Ausdroid.

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3 years ago

Appoke goes public beta, hopes to make Market more social [video]

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Finding the right new app in the Android Market can be REALLY annoying sometimes. Just only looking at the app's comments isn't enough to determine if the app provides what you are looking for. Think about it. How many times have you downloaded an app thinking it was going to be what you wanted, but instead, you download it, and it's nothing but garbage. It happens to the best of us.

Now wouldn't it be easier if you downloaded an app your friends suggested to you that were good? Appoke is bringing that to Android users. Appoke takes the Android Market and makes it more social. Think of it as the Facebook of app shopping. Users create a profile with Appoke, and then use that profile to share their apps with their friends also on Appoke. Each memeber can make suggestions, share apps in their news feed, show off new game scores, and more. Make the jump after the break to see a video about what Appoke is all about, and to get the download link. [Appoke]

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3 years ago

A peek at what's in the Xperia X10 update; and what's not [video]

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Sony Ericsson has posted a short video of the desktop environment from the long awaited update to the Xperia X10, and it says a lot.  Mostly what it says is -- "five months after its release [and nearly a year after its announcement], we still won't be providing Android 2.2".  The extra row of homescreen icons (the X10 will support 20 icons per screen vs. the standard 16) is a nice touch, as is the new calls widget, but I think I speak for everyone with an X10 when I say that development time might have been better spent getting Froyo working. 

To their credit, it looks like the folks at SE have made the already great camera on the X10 even better, so for many I guess not being current with the operating system is a fair trade.  We've got a video of the new desktop in action after the break, and hit the source link to see some demos from the new camera software.  [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 gets a one-click temporary root application

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While we're all waiting for a real rooting solution for the T-Mobile G2, part-time car enthusiast and full time Android geek Paul O'Brien has whipped up a really nice one-click solution to get temporary root.  With the G2, the current root method goes away when you reboot the phone, so a simple method to get it back is a welcome sight.  To take it a step further, Paul has made a version of the application (called VISIONary, aptly enough) that runs automatically at reboot, and reads a script that the user can drop his or her own commands in.  For downloads, and full instructions, visit the source link.  [MoDaCo]

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3 years ago

Google releases its Q3 2010 earnings, up 23 percent over last year

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Google reported its third-quarter earnings this afternoon, with revenue at $7.29 billion, up 23 percent over the third quarter of 2009. It reported $33.4 billion in cash on hand, with 23,331 full-time employees, about 1,500 more than were employed at the end of June. Net income (GAAP) was $2.17 billion, up from $1.64 billion in Q3 2009.

Google's about to host its earnings call, and we'll listen in for any Android news. Updates will in this post, after the break. You can read the full earnings breakdown at the source link. [Google]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Comet is the Huawei Ideos?

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Remember that Huawei Ideos that the Wall Street Journal seemed to think was headed to T-mobile?  The good folks over at TmoNews got their hands on some internal docs that show it as the T-Mobile Comet, coming on Nov 3.  Before you turn away at the thought of another cheap, entry level Android handset, consider this -- the Ideos ships with Froyo on board.  Stock, beautiful vanilla Android 2.2. 

No word on final specs or pricing, but expect them both to be low.  And that's OK.  To me, a low spec "beginner" phone is just fine as long as the manufacturer takes the time to make it work well and uses the latest version of the operating system they can get their hands on.  I'm looking forward to playing with this one.  [TmoNews]

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct. 14, 2010

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It's our favorite time of the week again, the time where we get to scroll through the huge application lists on our devices, and share with you some of our personal favorites. Whether you are on the hunt for a new application, or just enjoy to see what others are using, be sure to hit the jump and see what we got for everyone this week.

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3 years ago

HTC releases Desire Z source code

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Good news for your tinkering types: HTC has released the source code for the Desire Z, one of the phones with the new HTC Sense. Of course, some proprietary code is still under wraps, but we can get a look at the rest of the kernel source, and who doesn't like to do that? [HTC Developer Center]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 review

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A fast, agile Android slider, but signal connection problems and a lack of hackability are big minuses 

The T-Mobile G2 is the latest Android smartphone to hit the nation's fourth-largest carrier, and is billed as the successor to the venerable G1.  It goes beyond that though, as this one is a quantum leap, both in the hardware department and software side, from anything we've seen from T-Mobile before.  Hit the break for our complete review.

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3 years ago

Desire HD available for preorder at Vodafone

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The HTC Desire HD, an Evo-sized device headed to Europe, is now available for preorder on Vodafone. The Desire HD packs a 4.3-inch touchscreen powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and Android 2.2 with the new version of HTC Sense.  Be sure to check out our hands on with this device and then go ahead and preorder your own today. Thanks, Dave!

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