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3 years ago

Softbank Mobile (Japan) to sell Desire HD in Nov; Froyo update for Desire changes

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Two pieces of news for any readers in the land of the rising sun -- Softbank Mobile announced that they will be selling the Desire HD in mid November, with reservations being taken starting Oct 15; and the Froyo rollout for the original Desire has been halted for devices with OLED screens. 

Last week we reported that users running the HTC Desire on Softbank would soon be seeing some Froyo lovin', and that still stands -- as long as they're sporting a version of the Desire with the TFT LCD display.  While there's no details about exactly why the OLED version was halted, the LCD version is scheduled to roll out as planned starting today.

It's hard to find anything more exciting than a Froyo update, but the news that the Desire HD will be launching just might do it.  We've seen it for Europe, and on Vodaphone specifically, but so far all we've heard or seen for those of us in the states is T-Mobile's MyTouch HD version.  Wouldn't this be a beast on AT&T?  [Softbank Mobile (Japanese)]  Thanks Christopher!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct. 8, 2010

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It's that time again folks, when we share a few of our finds over the past week. So have a look at what some of your favorite Android geeks are using, and hopefully we can narrow the choices down for you just a little bit.

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3 years ago

Details about the Android Market new country rollout

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Googler Tim Bray has posted more details about the Android Market rollout to new countries on the Android Developers blog.  As always, it's an excellent read chock full of tips and instructions for developers, there's a bit of information for the end user we want to pass along to everyone about setting up your Android phone to take advantage of the new Market.  If you've had paid applications all along, you're good to go but if you're in one of the new countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan) you'll want to pay attention to the following:

For users to make a purchase of paid apps in these countries, they must have the latest Android Market client, which we have started to make available as a self-update and should reach all users within the next few days. This is a silent update; users will not see a notification and will not be prompted to do anything. If you want to accelerate the self-update process, launch Android Market, navigate back to the Home screen, and after 5-10 minutes, relaunch it.

If you haven't already received the clien update, give it a try and enjoy the complete version of the Market! [Android Developers Blog]

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3 years ago

Yahoo to bring video chat to Android

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Last month when we brought you news of the new 1GHz myTouch, buried in the press release was a mention of a new Yahoo app with a feature we're all very excited about --video chat. Some of the substantial advantages this app has over other video chat applications (including those on other operating systems, ahem, iOS) are:

  • Not restricted to Wi-Fi
  • Large user base
  • Cross-platform capabilities; can be used between Android, Mac and PC

Unfortunately, along with the benefit of it not being restricted to Wi-Fi (its exclusion from the cross-platform list should have been another good hint,) comes the news everyone expected: the app will not be available for iOS users. Good thing we’re with Android, right? [via Reuters]

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3 years ago

Adobe AIR test app developed, distributed to Market in about 6 minutes

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How easy is it to push an Adobe AIR app to the Android Market? Let's watch Adobe's Lee Brimelow create a very simple test app for Adobe AIR, compile and distribute to the Android Market -- in about 6 minutes. It's that simple, folks. We can already imagine Adobe AIR giving the Android App Inventor a run for its money. And given that there are so many AIR developers out there already, it's time for a whole new crop of Android apps, folks. video at the source link. [gotoAndLearn()]

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3 years ago

Andy Rubin Q&A, talks OEMs, Android 3.0, Windows Phone 7 and more

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Andy Rubin recently sat down with PCMag for an in-depth Q&A session about Android and some of the hottest topics surrounding the OS. For those who don't know, Rubin is one of the founders of Android and currently is a VP at Google, overseeing the development of Android. Check out his talk with Sascha Segan at the source link, including answers on customizations ("the OEMs seem to learn pretty quickly what sells and what doesn't sell"), Gingerbread and where he stands on other platforms. [PCMag]

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3 years ago

Froyo on the Dell Streak

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That's not any sort of optical illusion -- Android developer DJ_Steve has ported Froyo to the Dell Streak, and has made the files available for download.  Be warned, this is no easy process, and there are some known issues, but it appears that most of the early adopters are having a successful (and fun) time with Android 2.2 on that big 5 inch screen.  It's pure vanilla for the time being, but Steve is the head developer for the Streak port of CyanogenMod, so that's on the horizon.  Hit the source for the download link and instructions, and there's a video after the break.  [Modaco via StreakSmart] Thanks @SooGoh!

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3 years ago

AppBrain update allows sending of links, wallpapers to your phone

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AppBrain has just updated its website and Android app to allow users to send text, URLs, and even wallpapers right to their phone from their browser of choice. Sending text or URLs copies it to your clipboard, so you just need to long-press somewhere to paste the text. As for wallpapers, you can enter in the URL location of the image or upload one yourself and it will be automatically sent to your phone and set as the background. The image I tested this on was quite large, but the process went so fast that it was already on my phone by the time my hand could go from my mouse to the wake button on my DInc. Impressive, to say the least.

These features should make a great replacement for Chrome to Phone for anyone not on Froyo, so go check it out now. Links to the app are after the break, and anyone with an account can goto their "My Apps" page to see the new features in the toolbar along the right side. [AppBrain]

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 33

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry and Cory tackle the day of reckoning -- a dozen Android smartphones released in 24 hours, including the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon. Plus, a bonus chat about "openness" with Rene Ritchie from TiPb.com.

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3 years ago

Google Listen gets an update (or how to file a bug report)

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We've all used software that would be oh-so-perfect if that one nasty bug got squashed, and Lance Gilmore, Product Operations Manager at T-Mobile, is no exception.  Apparently, I'm not the only person with a shiny new G2 that has been having problems with Google Listen asking for a Gmail account after I've already entered it, nor are the other folks reporting the bug over at the Google Listen discussion list.  But lo and behold, Lance gets results.  In other words -- Lance Does.  Google Listen received an update to fix this particular bug mere hours after someone with a better title than "Hillbilly Blogger" chimed in on the issue.  So if you were seeing this problem, update and give it a try.

Authors note: This one's satire folks.  I'm pretty sure the good people at Google Labs were working on the issue long before Mr. Gilmore arrived on the scene.  I'm also sure big G and Mr. Gilmore will be good sports about it.  And if not, you'll see my post about my self destructing G2 in the very near future!  [Google listen-discuss]

And p.s.: If Google would like to go ahead and update its podcast index to add the World's Greatest Android Podcast Ever, that would be nice, too.

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