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4 years ago

Quick app: The Qik app (Android video chat)

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Android video chat is finally here, after a few days and more than a little gnashing of teeth, on the Sprint Evo 4G. The Qik app has been up and down as they've dealt with the crush of new Evo's hitting their servers. But we've been putting it through its paces, and it's pretty easy to use.

Just fire it up, and you have options to place a video call, record a video (and stream it live at the same time), record and view video messages (part of those $5-a-month premium features, which are free until July15), and manage all of your videos. Buttons are large and well-marked, and it took zero setup to get things going. You also can choose (on phones with front-facing cameras, anyway) which camera to use -- front or rear.

Placing a video call was simple -- you choose the person from your contact list. That simple, and it works just fine in portrait and landscape mode. Check out more screen shots after the break.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G apps - download these first

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The Sprint Evo 4G quickly has become the hottest topic in the Android world. For you newcomers, you'll quickly find that you phone has many of the most important apps already loaded -- Google Maps, Facebook, a basic music player, etc. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. After the break, take a gander at some of our must-have apps for the Evo 4G.

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4 years ago

Android vs. iPhone 4: The specs

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You love specs. We love specs. And so we've been keeping up with the latest and greatest from Android in comparison to the newest from other platforms. And here's how the Sprint Evo 4G, Google Nexus One and Verizon Droid Incredible -- all phones manufactured by HTC -- match up against the new iPhone 4.

For our money, it's the iPhone's new screen that really stands out, with its 960x640 "retina display." Samsung needs to get some Super AMOLED screens into our hands pretty soon, or we're going to bounce off the walls seeking worthy comparisons. (Cross-posted at TiPB.)

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4 years ago

Steve Jobs' shot at Android's multitasking (and battery) almost true, but not quite

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The Apple-Google zingers at today's WWDC gathering (that's the one where the Apple faithful dress up in robes and dance and sing around trees, right?) were actually pretty tame compared to the war of words we've grown used to over the past few months, and we didn't spot any out-and-out untruths like in previous keynotes.

But there's one line that we don't want to let slide. And that's the quote from Google co-founder Larry Page regarding multitasking and battery life that Apple CEO Steve Jobs paraded in front of. It read: "... software running in the background, that just sort of exhausts the battery quickly."

That's coming from a TechRadar piece from a few weeks ago. What Jobs conveniently left out was the follow-up from Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who said, "And people bring in applications that are not particularly smart about that, which is what Larry is trying to get at."

Read in context, it makes sense. Badly coded apps drain battery life. If you're going for the cheap shot, well, look up. [Image via GDGT]

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4 years ago

Cellular South re-confirms it's getting the Motorola Milestone

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Remember how we said Cellular South said it would be getting the Motorola Milestone sometime in the future? That's still true. And today Cellular South officially said it's true. Really. And it's still saying it's just the tip of the iceberg. But it's still not saying when we'll see the Milestone, so we'll have to wait for that announcement. [Cellular South] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.

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4 years ago

HTC bolsters its software side with purchase of French company Abaxia

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HTC this morning announced it purchased French software company Abaxia, "specializing in mobile handset software solutions for network operators and handset manufacturers," according to its website.

That will beef  HTC's software side, no doubt, to go along with its purchase of design team One and Co., which first gained notoriety with the Windows Mobile Touch Diamond 2 and more recently with the new HTC Legend. We'll have to see if Abaxia's work makes it to Android in HTC's Sense user interface. [HTC]

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4 years ago

Free* WiFi tethering available for rooted Evo 4Gs

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If your Evo 4G's been rooted already (using either the Unrevoked or XDA method), there's now another Wifi tethering method available at your disposal, and all you have to do is load up a little application (just be sure to grab the latest version). This one is outside the confines of Sprint's official $29-a-month option on the Evo, so you're own if somebody shows up at your house asking about your kneecaps. (* - That's what we meant by "free.") [Google Code via Androidpolice]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Nexus One unavailable on Google's phone site (updated)

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If you want to buy a T-Mobile-ready Nexus One, you're going to have to look somewhere other than Google's phone site this morning, as it's currently not available there. This could just be another one of those temporary shortages that will clear itself up -- we've already seen that happen with the AT&T version, and it lasted just a few hours -- or it could me the beginning of the shutdown of Google's online phone store and the move to in-store sales. We'll keep an eye on it. [Google via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Selentic.

Update: And, sure enough, it's back. Phil wins $5.

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson 5.5-inch Android hybrid device in the works

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Is it a phone, or is it a netbook?  With a 5.5-inch screen, a cellular radio, and a hinged slide-out qwerty keyboard, it's a little of both.  We don't know much else about the device, except what was leaked to engadget -- it is supposedly launching with stock Android 2.1 sometime this fall.

If it follows SE's track record with smartphones, expect to see it sometime next year, everywhere but the United States.  Please Sony, don't disappoint with this one of a kind gadget.  We all love the way your electronics look and feel -- even us Americans! [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Verizon adds V CAST Video to Android

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Got an extra $10 a month laying around and desperately want some video on your Verizon smartphone? Verizon this morning announced that V CAST Video is now available on its Android smartphones --including the Droid, Droid Eris, Devour, Droid Incredible and LG Ally -- just in time for the start of the World Cup next week. V CAST Video brings more than 230 programs from 40 providers. You can download it in the Verizon section of the Android Market. [Verizon]

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