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4 years ago

Android getting 'official' Twitter app, too

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Just as we predicted (more or less), Android's going to be getting its own "official" Twitter client. Head Tweeter Evan Williams said as much today at the annual Chip Twitter conference (yes, there is such a thing). And by "official" we mean either something of Twitter's own design, or a third-party Twitter client purchased buy the head Tweeters themselves, just like Tweetie on the iPhone. (We're betting on the latter.) As to which (if any) client might get swallowed by the big bird? Your guess is as good as ours. [via Tech Crunch]

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4 years ago

Korean Android commercials are all kinds of awesome

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If you've got a couple minutes on your hands, be sure to watch these quick little Android commercials from Korea. They're hilarious, cute, fun, quirky and pretty much capture every positive emotion you have over that cute little green robot. If you weren't a fan of the Droid commercials, these are for you. If you were a fan of the Droid commercials, these are for you too. It's in Korean only but that doesn't stop the fun one bit. We don't need to understand what's going on in order to enjoy watching that green robot dance. Can someone make a movie about him, already?

Watch the awesome Android commercials after the jump! [via leakdroid]

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4 years ago

Google updates gmail Web app

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When Google thinks mobile, it thinks more than just Android. And that's evident by a recent update to the gmail Web app. The biggest new feature is that the address view has been redesigned, expanding so that you can actually see who you're sending a message to. Other improvements:

  • Remove the contact you just added by tapping Backspace.
  • Press the '+' button to see your top contacts, or hide them by pressing the '–' button.
  • If for some reason autocomplete fails you and the person you are trying to reach is a Gmail user, just type their Gmail username and a comma, and we'll take care of the pesky @ sign and the rest (so [hikingfan] becomes [hikingfan@gmail.com].)
  • The page now fills the entire screen, giving you more space to see what you're writing.

Take a look for yourself at gmail in your Android browser. [Google Mobile blog]

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4 years ago

About the recent Nexus One update rumor ...

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There's a rumor running 'round (started at Android-France) that the Nexus One could be in line for an over-the-air update in the coming days that would bring a few bug fixes. Here's how Google Translate, erm, translates them:

  • Better memory management with a new version of the Linux kernel to operate in short, all the device memory which is not the case today.
  • Fixed problem of MultiTouch when fingers are too close.
  • Activating the FM radio feature of the camera!

A new kernel's not that big a deal. OK, it's a big deal if you're the one tweaking the thing, but it ain't FroYo (yet). As for the multitouch thing (and someone sing out if we still have this wrong), it's our understanding (and we've talked to developers and HTC about this after our initial confusion) that the screen itself is the limiting factor in this equation, and that it simply can't register a pair of points if they're closer than 15mm. (If there's some weird software trick for this, cool.) And as for the FM radio? In the camera? Um, OK. (Update: Ah ha! Translation error. It's just talking about turning on the FM capability in the chipset. We'll see. Thanks, MoFo)

Anyhoo, there are plenty of improvements we'd like to see in Android, and some specifically for the Nexus One. There's an official list going here, if you want to check it out, that runs the gamut from the FM radio to WiFi to just about any Android issue you can think of.

So is an update on the way? Dunno. But we're willing to bet Google's not just resting on its laurels.

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4 years ago

Huawei is the latest company rumored to buy Palm

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And now for the latest on Palm's attempt to sell themselves: Huawei, a rather small name in the smartphone space, is reportedly interested in purchasing Palm. Or was interested. Or might be interested Or something. According to Reuters sources, Palm had contacted Huawei's investment bank to begin 'preliminary discussions'. Why do we care about Huawei being interested in Palm? Because they occasionally make Android phones that are mildly interesting and we once pegged them as the next HTC. If they buy Palm, it's a whole different story, now is it? Anyways, back to your regular scheduled program.

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4 years ago

Game Gripper brings Emu-goodness to the Droid

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The folks over at Game Gripper have come up with an incredibly needed add-on for the Droid. This handy-dandy gadget slips over the Droid's keyboard and does the work of pressing the keys for you, bringing the feel of a real controller to you anywhere you are. Not exactly a high-tech solution, but who needs that? Video of it in action after the break.  [GameGripper via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Nexus One now in Sprint's CelleBrite units

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You guys know those CelleBrite units that don't actually point to if or when a phone's coming to a particular carrier? (A fact that we're sure you'll want to remind us of yet again in the comments.) Well, the Google Nexus One just showed up in Sprint's. So neener neener. (As to when the Sprint version of the Nexus One will be available? Eh, good guess.) Thanks, Red White and Jew.

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4 years ago

HTC Incredible now the Droid Incredible; 'coming soon' on Verizon

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Seriously, Verizon hasn't actually announced the HTC Incredible yet? No matter, because it's now live on Verizon's staging site -- and it's been renamed the Droid Incredible. Also looks like that April 29 date is still on the money, and you can give Big Red your e-mail info to be notified when it's ready. Check it all out here. Thanks, Nick!

Update: Whoopsie. Verizon's put a password on the site. Too late, though. The horse is out of that barn.

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4 years ago

HTC Desire appears on U.S. Cellular rebate form

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While the rest of the known world (in the U.S., anyway) not-so-patiently awaiting the arrival of the HTC Incredible on Verizon, U.S. Cellular could be slipping in treat of its own. The HTC Desire (see our hands-on) has appeared on a rebate form, which usually points to the device actually being available on said carrier. No word on pricing or when it will be available, but it should be relatively soon, folks. Full pic after the break. [Howard Forums via One Part Per Million] Thanks, Ken!

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4 years ago

Pantech announces Sirius Android phone, 'in talks' with AT&T, Verizon

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South Korean manufacturer (erm, of handsets, not South Koreans) Pantech announced the Sirius, its third Android device. Reportedly "in talks" to bring the phone to Verizon and/or AT&T, the Sirius sports a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, Adobe Flash, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP camrea, 500MB of storage memory WiFi and Android 2.1, all tucked into a neat little 11.5mm-thick case. Do note that "in talks" doesn't mean the phone's actually coming to Verizon or AT&T, so we'll all just have to sit back and be patient. [Yonhap News via Unwired View]

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