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5 years ago

Live at the Verizon Droid event in NYC!


 droid x

We're here in New York City at Verizon's Droid event, ready to bring you the expected announcement of at least one new Droid phone and given the display outside the event, we're feeling Droid X is a safe bet. Actually, we're expecting a lot more than that, as Android VP of engineering Andy Rubin is here, as are the CEOs of Adobe and Motorola.

It all starts at 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT. Join us after the break as we bring it all to you live!

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini gets an official tear-down


Xperia X10 Mini

Interested in seeing the parts of the the new Sony Xperia X10 Mini? Actually, this is actually the E10i model, which is the European version, but it has basically the same guts as its American cousin, the E10a. Clear? We Android lovers are tinkerers at heart, so we never pass up a chance for a good old fashioned tear-down.

According to iFixit, they had no problems taking this little guy apart, and told us that replacing components within the phone should be pretty easy as well. During the operation, a couple of semi-interesting things came to their attention: The 3.7V 950 mAh Li-Polymer battery’s capacity is 22 percent less than the iPhone 3GS’s, but both phones deliver the same 53mAh’s per gram (another point for Android efficiency, we suppose). Also, the digitizer (the touch screen sensor) has the exact same model number as the one in Microsoft’s Kin Two, which could come in handy if you would ever need to replace the screen.  [Source: iFixit

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5 years ago

Droid Eris MIA on Verizon's website


 HTC Droid Eris

In our not-so-humble opinion, the HTC Droid Eris on Verizon never got the respect it deserved. It came in at a lower price point and a lower speed than the ballyhoo'd Motorola Droid and so seemed to get lots in the shuffle and now has pretty much been eclipsed by the HTC Droid Incredible. It was a shame, really, because the Eris was an inexpensive way to get in on both Android and HTC's Sense UI and a good looking phone to boot.

Notice all the past tense in that last paragraph? That'd be because the Eris no longer appears on and presumably is in the process of getting cleared out of physical store shelves too. It's not like we didn't already know this was coming, but that doesn't mean we can't say that the little tyke coulda been a contender. At least it managed to get some 2.1 action before it headed out the door, eh?

[Verizon Wireless via EngadgetThanks to everybody who sent this in!

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5 years ago

AT&T releases 'Mark The Spot' (aka black hole) app for Android


AT&T mark the spot app

Heads up AT&T subscribers with an Android phone -- now it's your turn to help AT&T keep tabs on its network.  Mark The Spot is the popular app originally for the iPhone that fires off some information and data about network errors you might be experiencing when you run it.  This sort of user input is probably pretty helpful, and all conspiracy theories aside should be quite valuable, so if you use AT&T and often find yourself with less than perfect service, grab it and spend a minute improving things instead complaining about things online.  OK, complain all ya want, just be sure to report it directly to AT&T, too.

While it's not the most exciting application in the world, it's refreshing to see Ma Bell didn't forget about it's Android users completely.  The app is free of course, you can grab it here if you're using AT&T: [Market Link | AppBrain]

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5 years ago

Android hackers bust through the HTC Evo's 30 frames-per-second cap


htc evo 4g framerate test

I love a feel-good story every now and then.  All the phones getting rooted yesterday made me all warm and fuzzy.  But that still didn't prepare me for this one.  The insane idea of capping graphics performance of any kind on the Evo drives me crazy.  Not that I even notice it (I like slow and easy games ) but the general idea of that big bright screen, with all that app space, and a processor that is plainly capable getting throttled back just doesn't sit very well with me.

And it looks like it might not have to very much longer.  The wizards are at it again, this time dead set on unleashing the fps on the Evo, no matter what HTC might say about the possibility.  And they almost have it.  As you can see in the picture above, that Evo isn't capped at 30 fps. (Giggity) Certain hardware revisions (namely 003) have been fixed by a little bit of kernel hacking.  Hopefully revision 002 is right around the corner.

If all this sounds like so much geek-speak, it simply means that the issue is not a hardware limitation, and once HTC releases the kernel source the community can deliver a fully working, and framerate cap free Evo 4G.  Follow the break to see a couple videos, and let the discussion begin. [xda-developers] Thanks tehpsyc!

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5 years ago

HTC Aria rooted -- carrier lockdown be damned


htc aria

Told you they all fall eventually.  Noted HTC hacker Eugene373 has taken his root method for the MyTouch 3G Slide and got it working on the brand new HTC Aria.  It's not the easiest of methods, but it's one we should be used to by now -- it involves timing and monkeying with SD cards.  Now there's no reason not to love the Aria, as I'm sure the first thing on the agenda is adding support for applications from unknown sources.  Have a look and see what's involved, then get your Aria cracked open and proudly standing alongside it's bigger HTC brethren.  [AndroidSpin via Twitter via xda-developers via Android Central forums]

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 gets rooted


Xperia X10 root

No carriers' locked systems are safe when Android hackers set their sights on them.  Some are easy, some are tough, but eventually they all fall.  This time in the spotlight is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.  With the unknowns surrounding the fate of Froyo on the X10, and the less than speedy track record of SE, this one is extra special for everyone who loves the feel and looks of the X10's hardware but isn't quite satisfied with the software.  The other three people don't have to root :)

No method or files yet, just the news that it happened along with the obligatory photo proof.  We'll keep an eye out, and you guys do the same.  When details surface you'll be able to read it here.  [xda-developers via Twitter]

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5 years ago

Nexus One rooted -- with a new twist


Nexus One rooted with locked bootloader

Yes, you read it right., the Nexus One has been rooted.  Again. What's new about this is that the phone was rooted the old fashioned way, and the bootloader remains locked.  Let me take a minute and explain.  The Nexus One is sold as a developer phone, so you can manually unlock the phone's bootloader.  This lets you flash any software you want to the phone, for testing, hacking, developing, etc.  It also marks an un-editable file (the one that shows as the splash screen when you boot the phone) with a big ugly unlocked icon. (Ant technically is what breaks the warranty.)   HTC can then tell at a glance if the phone's bootloader has been unlocked and decide the fate of any warranty issues from there.  This bothers a lot of people, as they are forced to choose between voiding their warranty or keeping their Nexi (Nexuses) unlocked.

A bright hacker named Booker-T has used the method for the Incredible to root the phone without unlocking the bootloader and flashing a rooted ROM.  No details yet, Booker-T says he needs some sleep (he's earned it!) and will get the files and method up shortly.  In the meantime, you can hit the jump and check out the video for yourself. [xda-developers] Thanks MarkH!

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5 years ago

The truth about Android


Walt Mosspuppet

Dunno about you guys, but as long as someone who plays with their hand up a puppet's butt is continuing to fire back at Android, we think Google's doing just fine. Check out the latest rant after the break. [via MacLife]

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5 years ago

Cliq and Backflip owners, Motorola has not forgotten you



Good news for Cliq, Cliq XT and Backflip users -- Motorola has set up mailing lists for you to stay abreast of the news about your Eclair (Android 2.1) update.  Again, Moto is using the phrase 'when the 2.1 arrives' and not if.  You'll need to be a member of the official Motorola forums (see source link for details), and you can sign up here:

Cliq update news ; Cliq XT update news ; Backflip update news

No dates are given (of course) and I'll stress again that we have no idea when you'll get your update.  Head over and get signed up! [Motorola Owners' Forum] Thanks Jahntassa!

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5 years ago

AT&T HTC Aria Review


A tiny Android smartphone with surprising power

HTC Aria on AT&T

The HTC Aria. The tiny phone with big potential is the second Android device on AT&T, and arguably the first worth really considering on the U.S. carrier. (Sorry, Moto Backflip.) It has the slick HTC Sense on top of Android 2.1. And while this guy is small, it is mighty.

You've watched our hands-on and unboxing. You've seen our benchmark results. Now it's time to review the Aria. After the break, people. After the break.

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5 years ago

The Samsung Behold II is getting updated


Tired of Cupcake on your Behold II? T-Mobile is rolling out an OTA update to Donut (Android version 1.6), which is supposed to be the final version add for the phone. Sure, Android 1.6 may not have been the version you were all hoping for, but it comes with a number of bug fixes, Google Apps (Google Voice Search, Google Maps, etc.) and support for Swype. Do you wish the Behold II had more of a sweet tooth for the heavier desserts? Post a comment if you wish it did or if you’re fine with the more mild sweets.
[via TmoNews]

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5 years ago

Google Maps adds ratings, public transit schedules, Latitude improvements


Googleg Maps 4.3Google Maps 4.3

Hot on the heels of Google Voice opening up, here comes an update to Google Maps for Android. Version 4.3 brings the following improvements:

  • Location ratings: Service suck? You'll find out here. The atmosphere less than romantic? You'll know in advance.
  • Public transit schedules: Knowing how to get to the station is important. And now you can get there in time to catch a ride.
  • Latitude friends: You can more easily share your location, and friends are now suggested by Latitude.

Head on over to the Android Market and update your Google Maps now. [Google Mobile blog]

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5 years ago

Google Voice opens up for all (in the U.S., anyway), no invitation required


Google's history of human communication

Finally!  The days of lurking in forums, begging on Twitter, and hounding everyone you know just to get a Google Voice invite are officially over.  Google announced that they have decided to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required, so long as you're in the United States.  If you're not familiar with Google Voice, you need to be.  Especially if you're hooked on smartphones in any way, shape or form.  Google says it best:

"We’re proud of the progress we’ve made with Google Voice over the last few years, and we’re still just scratching the surface of what’s possible when you combine your regular phone service with the latest web technology."

You can learn more about Google Voice, as well as get signed up HERE.  Get into everything Android and Google Voice related HERE.  And finally, hit the source link to learn a little of the history and work that went into Google Voice.  Enough talk -- free SMS awaits! [Google Voice Blog] Thanks Duvi!

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5 years ago

Droid X camera samples look pretty good


Motorola Droid X sampleMotorola Droid X sample picture

Sure, the Droid X is big. And it's going to be fast, no doubt. But how's that 8MP camera? A couple of images point to it being pretty darn good. The EXIF data says they're from the Droid X, and we'll have to hope they weren't touched up at all. And the end result? A decent 8MP picture. Hit the images above to open the original in a new window. [Alienbabeltech via BGR]

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