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5 years ago

Archos announces five new tablets


 New Archos Tablets

While Samsung and Motorla are just getting into this whole tablet business, Archos wants to remind us all who the big boy in the room is. While the larger 10.1 and 7.0 models can truly be called "tablets", the smaller 4.3, 3.2, and 2.8 (not pictured here) are more like MIDs in the vein of the iPod Touch. For reference, the number that makes up each model's name is the size of the screen.

All five are packing Android 2.2 ("Froyo"), USB 2.0 (not sure if this is micro or not), WiFi b/g/n, TFT LCD screens of various resolutions, G-sensors, microphones, and all but the Archos 2.8 have Bluetooth 2.1 EDR. The 4.3 and above also come with a kickstand and speakers. However, at five appear to not support the Android Market, so you would have to sideload additional apps or use AppsLib. Other specs for each device are as follows:

  • Archos 10.1 : 8 or 16 GB of internal memory + microSD card slot, 1024x600 screen, 1GHz ARM A8, front-facing VGA camera, mini HDMI out
  • Archos 7.0 : 8GB internal memory + microSD card slot OR 250GB internal HDD (!), 800x480 screen, 1GHz ARM A8, front-facing VGA camera, mini HDMI out
  • Archos 4.3 :  8 or 16 GB of internal memory + microSD card slot, 480x854 screen, 1GZh ARM A8, 2MP camera for taking pictures and videos, mini HDMI out
  • Archos 3.2 : 8 GB internal memory, 400x240 screen, 800 MHz ARM A8, composite video out
  • Archos 2.8 : 4 or 8 GB internal memory, 320x240 screen, 800 MHz ARM A8

Whew. Pricing and launch dates were not given, but you can be sure we will be on the prowl for them in the coming weeks. [Archos]

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5 years ago

Verizon Fascinate benchmarks, pics


Verizon Fascinate

We're not-so-patiently awaiting the arrival of the Verizon Fascinate -- the fourth version of the Samsung Galaxy S to drop in the United States -- which has gone silent since our initial hands-on at the launch party. But that doesn't mean it's not out there, and it's starting to get into a few hands ahead of what we believe will be a Sept. 9 launch. And that means it's getting into our hands.

So, after the break, an octet of pics of the Fascinate, as well as some benchmark scores. Enjoy!

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5 years ago

From the Forums: Tweaking your screen resolution


before and after dpi hack

Here's one for you hackery types -- changing the resolution of your Android phone's screen through software, just like you can on a desktop monitor.

You have to be rooted, so take that to mean there's a chance for things to go boom if you don't follow the directions to the letter, and insert the standard disclaimer --  this is at your own risk, and nobody is responsible for things that may or may not go wrong.

If that bit of dirty business didn't scare you off, have a look up there and see the before and after pictures on a very messy and cluttered Evo 4G screen (for maximum effect, maximum widgets must be used!).  You'll need to decide if the benefit of having more info on large screens outweighs the effect this can have on widgets and other oddities. 

Want to try it for yourself?  Of course you do -- look here in the forums for a well written and thorough set of instructions.  While this was written with the Droid X in mind, the hack works on most Android handsets.  Android 2.2 required! [Android Central Forums] Big thanks to DaRkL3AD3R for this one!


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5 years ago

Sprint launches 4G service in Boston, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Providence, R.I.


Sprint Evo 4G and Epic 4G

Sprint and Clearwire this morning officially popped the cork on 4G service in a trio of cities -- Boston, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Providence, R.I. We'd been seeing reports of sporadic service for a few weeks, but now there's there, it's official, and it brings Wimax data to the Evo 4G and Epic 4G Android smartphones. [Sprint]

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5 years ago

Yes, you can turn off Touchwiz on the Sprint Epic 4G (but you won't want to)


Sprint Epic 4G Touchwiz

Yeah, you can turn off Touchwiz on the Sprint Epic 4G and get rid of the static home screen icons and horizontal launcher. But what you're left with isn't really an improvement. You're stuck with three home screens, an outdated launcher, and a feeling of guilt for not listening to us in the first place.

Instead, if you want to go a different route, just install a third-party launcher, like, ADW.Launcher or Launcher Pro. You'll get the same result, and more functionality. But if you just have to be difficult, we have instructions after the break. [via Brief Mobile]

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5 years ago

The Rebel Alliance needs your help


An urgent plea for help has been issued by the leaders of the Alliance. The schematics for the Droid R2-D2 have been acquired by the Empire and spread across the Internet, and the Alliance needs you to help find them. If you can locate the plans, the Alliance will make certain that your kindness is rewarded with one of the new Droid R2-D2 units. This alternate-reality game is very similar to that of the earlier Droid X contest but appears to be entirely web based. Winning this contest is a surefire way to get your hands on the highly anticipated little guy before the launch date which we broke to you last month, of September 30th. Keep your eyes peeled for more vague transmissions hinting at how to get yours on the @droidlanding page (which we advise you to follow adamantly if you want to have a chance).

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5 years ago

Motorola Defy to hit Europe with water, damage resistance


 Motorola Defy

Motoblur is alive an well in Motorola's latest European offering, the Defy. The phone is shipping with Android 2.1 ("Eclair"), which isn't quite yet inexcusable, but we're getting close. But, those looking to use their phone in places where it might be exposed to the elements should take a second look at the device, as Moto is saying it is "virtually lifeproof". The phone has a 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass touch screen that is dust, scratch, and even water resistant. It can even take being under a full meter (thats about a yard, folks) of water for up to 30 minutes. To round out the feature list, the phone will come with a 800MHz OMAP 3610 processor and Swype preinstalled. Look for it across Europe in Q4 2010. [Motorola via Engadget]

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5 years ago

Motorola announces the Milestone 2


Motorola Milestone 2

Motorola this morning announced the Milestone 2 (which actually first made an appearance last night), also known as the Droid 2 for everybody not on Verizon. No real surprises here. Same 1GHz TI OMAP processor, same Android 2.2, same Adobe Flash Player 2.2. In fact, if you want the full lowdown on the Milestone 2, simply read our Droid 2 review, and pretend it has as slightly older version of the don't-call-it-blur UI. More pics, and video after the break. [Motorola]

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5 years ago

DoubleTwist announces a bevy of new and upcoming features


DoubleTwist, the popular desktop syncing client and elegant phone music player app, has announced a plethora of fantastic stats, immediate updates and future plans for its software. First off, its mobile and desktop (Mac and PC) apps have been hugely successful as they are set to hit 500,000 and 1 million users, respectively, in September. You may be wondering why that second number is so much higher; this is because DoubleTwist also allows syncing with devices like the PSP and both Windows Mobile and BlackBerry phones.

A completely new and revamped website is intended to become "the of Android" and will be adding support for Amazon's MP3 Music Store "later in the fall" on top of its current podcast and Android app offerings. The site will also feature the ability to install apps to your phone directly from the website similar to AppBrain. In addition, users of the Mac and PC desktop clients get a new update that features faster syncing (finally!) and improved library management. To update, simply launch your DoubleTwist client and it should check automatically, or you can find the manual update button under File (Windows) or doubleTwist (Mac). 

Finally, the Android app will be receiving a major update in September to allow use of FM Radio (if your phone already has this feature, one would assume) and the ability to sync over WiFi (!!!). [DoubleTwist]

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5 years ago

From the Forums: Incredible OTA's, Sprint Epic 4G launches


from the forums

What happens when manual upgrade links for the Froyo OTA on the Incredible are found, and the Epic 4G is released (and we decide to give one away!) all in the same day?  Something so Incredibly Epic that we can't help but talk about it.  Check these out:

That should get you started, but more goes on in the forums than we could ever cover.  Have a look, jump in, and I'll see you on the inside!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile extending HSPA+ coverage; 4G-like speeds to reach 55 markets


HSPA+ coverage map

Just like last month, T-Mobile has lit up their HSPA+ network in nine more markets, bringing 4G like speed (21 Mbs) to:

  • Boston
  • Erie, Penn.
  • Fresno, Palm Springs and San Diego, Calif.
  • Miami
  • Richmond, Va.
  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Topeka, Kan.

This brings the count up to 55 markets, and over 100 million people covered by the HSPA+ network.  While the G2 should make full use of HSPA+ network technology, the Cliq, Vibrant, Behold II, and MyTouch 3G Slide also benefit from the higher speeds according to T-Mobile.  See T-Mobile's official statement after the break.

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5 years ago

Samsung to unveil Media Hub Sept. 16


Samsung Media Hub

Those of you with a T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate or the new Sprint Epic 4G might have tried the "Media Hub" app only to find that it just doesn't work. That's by design, as Samsung has yet to launch the service that will bring TV shows and movies to your phone. But that all changes Sept. 16 in New York City, when Samsung unveils what it's been working on. Stay tuned, folks.

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5 years ago

Android game review: Prism 3D [video]


Prism 3D

Prism 3D is a great game that uses your Android phone's accelerometer to track a beach ball as it bounces down a set of 3D tiles, and your goal is to keep it from falling by the wayside.  It's way harder than it sounds, which to me is a big plus as it keeps the replay value high.  The game has beautiful graphics, is incredibly smooth on my Nexus One (I can only imagine it on a Galaxy S or Droid X), and entertaining as all get-out.  Add in an infinite mode for you guys who are good at this one, and a level editor for those of us who aren't, and I think you have a real winner here.

After the break there's a video of the game in action, and the download link, check this one out! [Hyperbees] Thanks Nicole!

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5 years ago

Review: HTC 2150mAh extended battery for the Droid Incredible


The Droid Incredible by HTC is, well -- nothing short of incredible (sorry, I just had to). What's not incredible is the meager battery life, with the stock 1300mAh power plant. That's where the 2150 mAh extended battery for the Droid Incredible comes in, getting you through the day -- and then some. Full review and pictures after the break.

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5 years ago

Hannspree to introduce a beastly Android tablet at IFA 2010


Hannspree tablet

Expect Android tablet news to flow like water as IFA 2010 gets into gear, so let's start things off with a bang.  According to German site, Chinese manufacturer Hannspree will be introducing a nice, high spec piece of kit that sets a very high bar for others to follow:

  • 10.1 inch 1024x600 display
  • 14 mm thick
  • 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • HDMI output @ 1080p
  • Accelerometer and ambient light sensor
  • Wifi and Bluetooth
  • Android 2.2

Pick your chin up, and keep an eye out for more news about this one and more from IFA 2010, Dieter's there on the ground, and as long as there's not a beer tent he'll keep us informed. [] Thanks GaMMeLHaNsy!

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