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4 years ago

Leaked Droid 2.1 update shows live wallpapers

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We've had discussion of the ESE53 build of the Android 2.1 update for the Motorola Droid (yeah, say all that 10 times fast) for a number of days, but now there's video to go along with all that talk. And the buzz is that live wallpapers are included and run just fine. There are only three homescreens, though that's easily fixed, isn't it. Peep the whole video after the break. [Droid-Life via AndroidCentral Forums]

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4 years ago

AndroidCentral asks: What's your favorite Android Twitter client? [Contest]

Twitter clients are nearly as ubiquitous as Android phones these days. There's Seesmic, Twidroid, Tweetcaster, HTC's Peep, HootSuite, Touiteur, Twicca and Swift, to name but a scant few. And then there's always the mobile Web site. And it seems that new clients are being introduced every day.

And so, we want to hear from you. Head on into the forums and tell us what you use for your daily Twitter client. We'll pick one lucky winner at random to win a free 16-gigabyte MicroSD card from the AndroidCentral Store. We'll take entries through Wednesday, and announce your two Twitter client pics later this week. Good luck!

Update: Good news, everyone. Because of the overwhelming response, we're upping the prizes. We're now giving away a 16GB microSD card and two 8GB cards. Posts count through Wednesday.

What's your favorite Twitter client?

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4 years ago

Motorola Backflip -- AT&T's first Android phone -- now available for $99

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Just like it was promised, the Motorola Backflip is now available on AT&T for $99, making it the carrier's first and only Android device. You'll want to check out our hands-on with the phone back at CES, as pictures really don't do it justice.

The Backflip -- which sports the Motoblur social networking interface -- has a unique fold-over keyboard and 5-megapixel camera, along with a 3.1-inch touchscreen (at 320x480 pixels), comes with 512MB of storage memory and 256MB of RAM, and its microSD card can handle up to 32GB.

The Backflip is available starting today for $99 along with the usual 2-year contract and $100 "promotion card" rebate, or you can buy it outright for $349.99 (which isn't a bad price, actually). [AT&T]

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4 years ago

Just Browsing - Applications outside the Android Market

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Hey everybody! Jerry here again for our weekly get-together. I hope everyone survived another crazy week of things like data outages and Eris leaks. And Droid users, don't fret – your time is coming soon, I'll bet.

This week let's talk about apps! Everyone loves apps, and they're one of the biggest draws of the Android platform. The Android Market is growing by leaps and bounds, and I for one am loving it. But there's a whole internet full of stuff beyond the Market, and we're gonna explore it.

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4 years ago

HTC Legend in hands overseas

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The HTC Legend -- you'll remember it from our hands-on at Mobile World Congress last month -- at this point remains a European-only phone, and as such it's starting to get into European journalists' hands for review. Don't worry, we fully expect to see a version of it in the States sooner rather than later, and you can already get a taste of the new Sense UI, if you want. In the meantime, here are a few unboxings, if you're into that sort of thing:

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4 years ago

HTC: Don't sit on your Nexus One

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So CNET UK had a Nexus One whose screen mysteriously cracked and turned purple while merely charging on a desk. At Google's urging, they handed it over to HTC for further study. The results:

"Putting a phone in a tight pair of jeans and sitting down would usually cause the kind of damage," suggested our support guy. He agreed that it's possible that a small crack could spread over time, like a ding in a car window.

Words to live by, we suppose. But the question remains: What happened to Crave's Nexus One screen? Maybe it cracked under the weight of not knowing what's wrong with its multitouch? (Self-flagellation zinger there, folks.) [Crave.CNet.co.uk]

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4 years ago

What a Nexus One would look like if Apple had its way

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Did you hear that Apple is suing the pants off of HTC? Of course you did. And though the lawsuit will likely all be settled with millions of dollars exchanging hands and business will go on as usual...what if it doesn't? What if Apple has its way with HTC Android phones? Wired examines this potential horror story. The phone and Android UI above is what we'd likely be getting. To quote:

Picture an HTC Google phone whose desktop shows a grid of icons with gaps. Arrows on the screen help you navigate your windows. A physical unlock button on the phone gets you past the lock screen. Battery life could potentially be poor in sleep mode, which could be addressed with a free battery extender — or even better, a hand-crank charger — as shown in the illustration above.

Eek. Obviously, some of the items have been dramatized for effect but boy, that would be a clunker of a phone to use. Let's hope we never go down that path. Hit the link for full descriptions of what features would have to be replaced and with what.

[wired]

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4 years ago

HTC Magic no longer available on Vodafone UK

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In an interesting move, Vodafone UK has discontinued sales of the HTC Magic. According to a Vodafone rep:

Unfortunately the HTC Magic is now end of life, and we don't have stock of that phone.

Vodafone UK's decision to stop selling the HTC Magic contrasts with T-Mobile and Rogers' stance with the HTC Magic. T-Mobile still heavily advertises the myTouch 3G and has recently introduced a myTouch 3G 1.2. Likewise, Rogers has offered free Magics to Dream users and will even add Android 2.1 to the Magic. Funny how one carrier sees the phone as end of life while others keep on pushing, right?

In any case, Vodafone probably needed to clear way for the Desire anyway. Discontinuing the Magic is a step in that direction. Though it does leave Vodafone UK's Android offerings pretty bare right now..

[vodafone forums]

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4 years ago

Swype for Android now officially in beta

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The Swype keyboard has been incredibly popular, despite not being openly (or legally, for that matter) available for download for Android. But Swype just opened up a beta program for our beloved platform. Here's what you need to know:

  • Go here to register for the beta program.
  • The beta test is open to a limited number of people. (So sign up now.)
  • English and Spanish for now.
  • This version is limited, compared to what you get when Swype is built in to a phone.
  • HVGA and WGVA resolutions only.
  • Support is done via forums.
  • And if you already have Swype (like on a new T-Mobile Android Phone), don't download this one. It work work.

There you go, folks. Give her a go. [Swype]

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