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4 years ago

Win Phil's (and Dieter's, too!) Nexus Ones: Final batch of entries [contest]

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This is it, folks, the final batch of entries. And we ended up with 40 submissions. Suffice it to say, you all rock. Here's where we go from here. With so many entries, we're going to have to pare things down a bit, and then we'll turn it over to you guys and gals to vote. Stay tuned for that. And now, after the break, the final entries. And to see all the other entries, hit the links below.

First batchSecond batchThird batch | Fourth batchFifth batchSixth batch

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4 years ago

Win Phil's (and Dieter's, too!) Nexus Ones: (almost) final batch of entries [contest]

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OK, folks. The Android Central Win Phil's (and Dieter's) Nexus Ones contest is closed, and after the break we have another great round of entries. And we've got one more batch after this.

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4 years ago

Screen leak has Samsung Moment getting Eclair tonight, Hero next week

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You know how these Android 2.1 updates go -- you'll get it when you get it. But this Sprint screen leaked at XDA Developers points to the Samsung Moment getting Eclair today -- which is growing more and more unlikely as the hours tick by and is contradicted by another screen shot we've seen -- and the HTC Hero getting its upgrade next week, which would explain Best Buy getting ready for it.

It's also noted that both updates will not be over-the-air due to their size (80MB for the Moment and 117MB for the Hero), because Sprint isn't able to handle the hosting requirements (either Google or the manufacturers will have to get that done), and that more than 90 percent of Moments out there don't have software that can handle an OTA update. Boo, indeed.

Anyhoo, we'll see if the Moment update makes it out tonight -- we're not betting on it -- and hold out hope for more news next week. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Adam!

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 10

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Audio-only stream below

Phil and Mickey and a cast of 100 in the chatroom discuss the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible, the Sprint Evo 4G, HP buying Palm, and answer a slew of your e-mails.

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4 years ago

Twitter releases its official Android app

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Android 2.1+ Two weeks ago, Twitter announced it was developing its own official Android app. Today, that client was released. You can find it now in the Android Market. [link] There's been a bit of gnashing of teeth over whether Twitter is effectively stabbing outside developers in the back. But after just a few minutes with the app, that's certainly not the case yet, for a couple reasons. One is that the app is open source -- Google will release the code. The other is that, so far, the app is pretty simple.

That's not to say the app is bad. Far from it. But it's pretty basic. It currently only handles one account at a time (that's a deal-breaker for me). Tweets are displayed simply but effectively. You won't have a problem reading them. All of the usual features are there -- search, retweet (only native retweets, unfortunately), picture upload, etc. But the bells and whistles that you find on such apps as Seesmic and Twidroid keep them at the top of our must-have Twitter app list for now. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. [Twitter] Thanks to everyone who sent this in! Screenshots after the break.

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4 years ago

LG Ally spotted in new Iron Man 2 commercial

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Want more on the LG Ally for Verizon? We've got it. It's in a commercial for "Iron Man 2," and it's clearly running Android. That keyboard looks pretty darn usable, but the D-pad could be interesting. We've confirmed that in fact it's Android 2.1 with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 5MP camera, with all the usual bells and whistles. We've heard a mid-May launch window, but that's still up in the air.

The commercial points us to LG.com/ally, which in turn points to lgim2.com, which says more is coming today. But that's it so far. Check out the commercial after the break.  Thanks, J Blair!

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4 years ago

Cliq XT maintenance update being rolled out now

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Looks like the maintenance update that was being tested on the Cliq XT is now being rolled out to everybody. It's in two parts, so you'll need to do both of them. The update brings you fixes to:

  • Improves Overall Phone Performance
  • Visual Voice Mail Enhancements
  • Bluetooth Audio
  • Camera Correction
  • Screen/Display Performance
  • Text Messaging Improvements
  • Touch Screen Enhancement

And we're reminded that, no, it's not Android 2.1. Gonna have to wait a little longer for that. [T-Mobile]

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4 years ago

Installation of Android apps on SD cards now slated for 'future release'

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Good news for those of you who just have to be able to install applications to the SD card. Google -- which said in January that this would be addressed -- has officially marked the issue (1151, if you're counting at home) with a "future release" status and has closed the thread.

And one Googler replied with the following:

Apologies, but I'm not permitted to disclose scheduling information - suffice to say it's coming soon :) Sorry for being vague, and thank you for your continued patience - I sincerely appreciate it.

Dunno about you guys, but Froyo and Google IO can't get here soon enough. Thanks, Jacob!

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4 years ago

Motorola Shadow gets its WiFi certification

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Whoa!  The WiFi Alliance certified the (likely Android) Motorola MB810 today for IEEE Standard 802.11 b/g/n.  Yes, that's the Shadow, and I know a lot of us have been waiting for more info about this screamer.  Still no concrete details or specs, but in case you forgot here's what we think we know:-

  • Full Qwerty landscape slider
  • 4.3-inch capacitive screen
  • 1080p playback
  • Android 2.2
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 8MP autofocus camera
  • microSD slot
  • AT&T 3G GSM radio

If you're an AT&T subscriber, start gathering up the change from your ashtray and from deep down in the couch.  This is one you don't wanna miss out on. [via Phonedog]

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4 years ago

HTC releases GPS fix for Telstra Desire

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For you folks in Australia using the HTC Desire on Telstra, know that there's a software update available that should en your GPS woes. You can download it over the air (either WiFi or network), or directly from HTC, though doing it from the desktop will wipe the device. [HTC]

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