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5 years ago

LG Loop now available on Rogers


LG Loop

Rogers has begun selling the LG Loop. You may remember it as the LG Optimus, which we've had our hands on at CES in January, and again at Google IO in May. Not really that much to be said, other than it's another notch in the ol' Android belt. Here are the specs and prices:

  • 3.0-inch screen
  • 3MP camera
  • 120 MB internal storage (2 GB SD card, expandable to 32 GB)
  • Android 1.6 (Donut)
  • $29.99 with a 3-year contract
  • $199 with a 2-year contract
  • $249 with a 1-year contract (or monthly)

The Loop is obviously on the low-end of the Android family, but it does show an important trend that points to Android gaining even more traction in market-share.

It's great that Android has solid high-end phones to compete with other platforms; its growth has been exponential, which has been a great thing to see. This trend is likely to continue as it is installed in more low to middle end phones that customers transitioning from feature phones are likely to start with before jumping for the expensive devices. As they familiarize themselves with the Android platform, these phones, like the Loop, will ease them into it rather than diving into the complex stuff out of the gate. This will increase their chances of choosing better Android phones in the future because they're already used to the platform. 

All in all, not a great phone to add to the army, but a signal of a trend that Android is going to proliferate throughout all phones, not just the top dogs. [Marketnews via Rogers]

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5 years ago

So when's the Verizon Fascinate launching?



So there's a little confusion of when the Verizon Fascinate is "launching," eh? Can't say we blame you. We were the first to bring you the Sept. 9 date, as seen last week on an internal Verizon BEST update. But we didn't stop there. On Friday, we brought you the image you see above, from the internal Verizon spec sheet (which has since leaked out in full).

Yes, it says "Launch Date 9/8/2010," which we noted last week. And it clearly mentions an "all-channel launch" on Sept. 9, 2010. So riddle us this, Batman: If you order it online on Sept. 8, what's the earliest date you think the phone will be at your door? So there's a "launch," and then there's a "launch." Pick your poison.

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5 years ago

Oracle's lawsuit preventing Google from participating in JavaOne


Tim Bray

A couple weeks ago, we reported that Oracle was suing Google over patents dealing with Java used in Android. 

While the magnitude of this suit is big and there are large implications resting on the decision, I don't think anybody expected it to have negative effects this quickly. However, Google has announced today that they will not participate in JavaOne this year, which is an annual conference held to discuss Java.

Here is a quote from Joshua Bloch from Google's Open Source Program Office:

"Like many of you, every year we look forward to the workshops, conferences and events related to open source software. In our view, these are among the best ways we can engage the community, by sharing our experiences and learning from yours. So we’re sad to announce that we won't be able to present at JavaOne this year. We wish that we could, but Oracle’s recent lawsuit against Google and open source has made it impossible for us to freely share our thoughts about the future of Java and open source generally. This is a painful realization for us, as we've participated in every JavaOne since 2004, and I personally have spoken at all but the first in 1996."

Oracle's lawsuit seems to have already had a negative impact on the open-source community. [Google Code Blog via @TimBray]

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5 years ago

Better pictures of the Motorola XT300 slider emerge [video]


 Motorola slider

When we first saw the Motorola portrait slider in all its blurrycam glory, we were interested. It's high time a portrait slider rolls out for Android, and the red Droid eye means it's pretty much a given that this one will hit Verizon eventually.  To make things even more interesting, if the XT300 name is correct, it would indicate that there's a GSM version of this one out there as well.  Or the name could be wrong.  Or Motorola  no longer uses the XT name only for GSM phones.  That's how things go when you deal with rumors and make your best guess from pictures.

A few things we can tell for sure from the pictures and video though -- this one comes with no flash for the camera, has an excellent looking keyboard, a rear mounted trackpad, and some form of Blur, at least for the launcher.  We'll keep an eye out, as the form factor looks like something worth trying.  Be sure to hit the source link for a mess of pictures and video, and we have one of the vid's after the break.  [MobiFlip (German) via Engadget]

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5 years ago

Xperia X10's Android 2.1 update unchanged, still on track for September


Sony Ericsson XperiaWe'd like to say we're excited at the news that Sony Ericsson on Twitter confirmed "that the upgrade to Android 2.1 [for the Xperia X10] is due for release before the end of September this year."

OK, it's not that we're not excited, it's just that it's not new.  It was way back in June that SE announced a change to the Xperia upgrade timeline, from early Q4 to late Q3. As September is the last month in the third quarter, it looks like we're still on that schedule.

Hang in there, folks. Your phones will be upgraded to an operating system that's not the newest in the next month or so. In the meantime, you can check out our latest (and second) hands-on with the X10 for AT&T. [Twitter via Engadget]

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

Microsoft's Bing Android App now available -- if you're on Verizon


Bing for AndroidBing for Android

Microsoft unveiled its Bing search app for Android today. But if you want to get in on the action, you're going to have to have a Verizon phone, as it's exclusive to the carrier's section of the Android Market. (Place your bets  on how quickly it leaks out, though.)

The app features a daily featured image, just like Bing on the desktop. And you can swipe through seven days' worth of images. There's an endless scrolling search, and you can swipe through image previews straight to the host site. Microsoft's own voice search works with Android's speech-to-text function, and you can use Bing Maps to find your way around, too.

Is the app a threat to Google's native services on Android? We'll have to see, though it's doubtful, just because of the integration factor. and then there's the issue of it only being available on Verizon, for now, anyway. [Bing]

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5 years ago

Dell Streak on O2 to receive 2.1 on September 1st?


Dell Streak

 The Dell Streak on the mobile network O2 in the UK reportedly will receive Android 2.1 (Eclair) on Wednesday, Sept. 1. This will bring new features to the device currently running Android 1.6, including:

  • 720p video recording
  • Live wallpapers
  • Multitouch
  • Multiple Exchange email support

No word yet on when AT&T owners can expect an update, but its good that Dell's updating the device to recent OS' instead of allowing it to linger on Android 1.6. [The Really Mobile Project via intomobile]

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5 years ago

HTC Evo 4G back in stock at Sprint


Sprint Evo 4G 

The HTC Evo 4G is back in stock at Sprint (finally), so order yours while supplies last. The phone had been on backorder for a while now. 

The first 4G phone in the U.S. has been a huge success, and Sprint and HTC hope to see its popularity grow as more of the devices creep back into stock. If you've been waiting for the Evo 4G to get back in stock, hurry up, as Sprint has said it's only a limited quantity for a short time. (What else would it say, though?) [Sprint's Twitter]

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5 years ago

AT&T's Xperia X10 hardware hands-on


SE Xperia X10

Time to revisit an old friend, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.  It's not often that you'll see us review the same phone twice, but this time we're making an exception.  With the huge U.S. subscriber base of AT&T, there's a good chance at least a few of you will be picking this one up, and some recent firmware changes were made to address some of the issues we saw with the X10 the first time around.  And we love playing with new Android phones, I won't lie to you.

The physical hardware hasn't changed since we looked at the X10 before.  Still the same 1GHz Snapdragon, 4-inch LCD screen, 1 GB ROM/512 MB RAM, and a nice 8.1-megapixel camera with LED flash.  And it stills feels great in your hand -- build quality and materials are always top notch with SE products.  To top it all off, AT&T has included a great set of earbuds and mic, which you can see in the video after the break.

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5 years ago

More Galaxy Tab rumors: USB/HDMI, CDMA compatibility and more


Galaxy Tab accessories

It seems as if Samsung's Galaxy Tab has been leaked more than Motorola's Droid 2. Pictures, videos and information seem to pop up every day about the device that is set to be introduced September 2nd at the IFA Conference in Berlin (we'll be there!)

The rumors that have crept up this time deal with accessories and possible networks. 

Accessories for the tablet device that have been spotted online in the past couple of days:

  • HDMI docking station
  • Leather case
  • Bluetooth keyboard
  • Bluetooth Stylus (that can be used with multiple devices)
  • USB adapter
  • Screen protector

It would be great to see all of these officially confirmed by Samsung on Thursday, particularly the HDMI and USB adapters. I think many of us have been skeptical that the only plug in/out of the tablet was what looked like a proprietary plug only compatible with one device.

The next bit of speculation deals with possible networks that the tablet will be released on. New pictures show a CDMA sticker on the device. Don't get too excited about a possible Sprint or Verizon release just yet (though we're not ruling out either), because remember that CDMA is still prevalent in Samsung's home base of South Korea. The fact that it is being introduced overseas though, where GSM is ubiquitous, makes us think that Samsung will try to release the tablet on as many carriers as possible, like its Galaxy S phone. 

All of these rumors and speculation will end on Thursday in Berlin, as Samsung will finally announce the device. Remember to come back as we we will be in Berlin reporting on everything about the device, from look and feel to networks and accessories. Check out the source for more pictures of the rumored accessories from above. [CDMA: Engadget via iAndroid] [Accessories 1: Engadget via OLED-Display] [Accessories 2: Engadget via OLED-Display]

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5 years ago

Trio of Android headed to Motorola's Chinese "Ming" line


 Motorola Chinese phones

Here in the U.S., it can be easy to forget that there are many Android devices only sold overseas. Motorola just increased that number by three after announcing a trio of new "Ming" phones for three of China's largest carriers: 

  • XT806 for China Telecom, pictured left
  • A1680 for China Unicom, pictured center
  • MT810 for China Mobile, pictured right

The MT810 is probably the most interesting of the three; it has a resistive touchscreen along with a  flip-down see-though capacitive touch screen. It will also be running OPhone OS 2.0, which is a Chinese modification of stock Android. The XT806 boasts a 3.2-inch screen at 300ppi while the A1680 is packing improved stylus handwriting recognition with Moto's SoftStylus software. Check out the full press release as well as detailed tech specs for each phone past the link. [Motorola]

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5 years ago

Sprint stores open at 8 a.m. Tuesday for the Epic 4G launch


Sprint Epic 4G

Our friendly neighborhood Sprint rep (erm, or mass e-mail) reminds us that most Sprint stores will open at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday for the launch of the Epic 4G, the third in the Samsung Galaxy S line to be released in the United States. (Click here to find info for your local store.) And suffice it to say that we're not the only ones excited for the Epic. Check out what your friends and neighbors are saying in our Epic 4G forums.

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5 years ago

Android Game review: Dead End


Dead End

There's two things that I love -- killing zombies, and being happily unproductiveDead End from Infectious Entertainment lets me do both, and does it damn well.  It's a top-down shooter, where you're stuck in a graveyard, facing wave after wave of bloodthirsty zombies.  Here's what Infectious Entertainment says about it:

Zombies have killed your family, eaten your neighbors and destroyed your
city. Blinded by rage and seeking revenge, you go to the one place you know you’ll be able to find the undead……the graveyard. Armed with only a pistol and several grenades, you quickly get yourself lost. Now you must fight your way out of the graveyard or risk meeting the same fate as everyone else.

Fit's pretty well I think.  There's a free and a paid version, with the full version offering more levels, upgraded weapons, achievements and awards, endless mode and even more types of zombies.  We have a link for trial version after the break, as well a a video where you can see just how cool this one is.  Thanks for the heads up Dan!

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5 years ago

From the Forums: Get ready for Froyo on your Droid Incredible


 Check out the Android Central Forums!

Finally, after (far too) much waiting, the Droid Incredible faithful are getting Android 2.2 ("Froyo"). Verizon announced last week that the rollout was starting (slowly) and we expect it to hit a ton of phones this coming week. So, while you wait, why not head over to the DInc section of the Android Central Forums to keep up with all the latest going-ons?

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