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6 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Ally [#io2010]


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That's right, we're not nearly done with the Google IO cover. Here we have the LG Ally, a mid-level Android phone that's going for $99 after rebate with Verizon. In and of itself, it's not a bad little phone. But when you consider that you can get another horizontal slider on Verizon -- what's it called? Oh, yeah, the Motorola Droid -- for next to nothing these days, it's kind of a tough sell.

The keyboard itself wasn't bad, but the overall experience (and we take this with a slight grain of salt given that who knows how many people used this thing before us) was a bit sluggish and, again, just not as quick as the Droid.

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6 years ago

Get a T-Mobile myTouch 3G for free



Likely in anticipation of the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide launch, the original myTouch is now available for free from T-Mobile (with new two-year contract). Remember, the myTouch 3G started off as the second Android device ever and turned into T-Mobile's flagship Android device (it still gets tons of commercials!)--it was definitely a solid phone from Android's previous generation. But with the myTouch 3G Slide besting the myTouch 3G in every way, it was due for a huge price cut. If you really want a myTouch, we'd wait until June 2nd for the myTouch 3G Slide. It doesn't make sense to invest in the previous generation anymore, even if it is for free. [t-mobile via tmonews]

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6 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G hardware hands-on


Sprint Evo 4G with Android 2.1 and Sense

The Sprint Evo 4G isn't all that new to us, having been at its announcement at CTIA in March and its coming-out party in New York City just a few short weeks ago. But it's finally time to properly put the 4.3-inch WiMax monster through its paces. And we're going to start with the hardware. Join us after the break as we unbox the black slab.

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6 years ago

Froyo Feature: 802.11n WiFi support


Wireless N routerWhen the Nexus One first came out, there was some question about wireless N.  Mainly why didn't it work.   N1 users who were rooted and running Cyanogen Mod started seeing some 802.11n goodness last month, but now it's official.  Wireless N support is included in Froyo.  You probably won't notice much speed difference (at least I didn't) as even the Snapdragon processor can only process so much information.  But the increase in signal strength and range is awesome -- especially for spending a Sunday morning out on the deck reading the news with a pot of coffee and a cigar.  I used to have to depend on Sprint 3G and my Hero to do that, but Froyo lets me bring the N1 out for some fresh air and to join the party.

(Thanks, John (and Google)! Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)

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6 years ago

Android Quick App - Gowalla 2.0


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Location based services have become very popular, as we all know. Gowalla, one of the more common applications, started as an iPhone application, and since their Android development has began the application has come a long way. Gowalla 2.0 was just released, and let's take a look at it after the break.

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6 years ago

Froyo Feature: How to use the Google Chrome to Phone Extension


Google Chrome to Phone Extension

Another of the very cool features we saw during the Android 2.2. Froyo announcement at Google IO was the "Chrome to Phone" extension, available for Google's Chrome browser. In a nutshell, it sends a web page from your desktop or laptop browser to your phone, in just a matter of seconds. Here's how you do it:

  1. Download the Chrome to Phone extension for the Chrome browser.
  2. Download the Chrome to Phone app for Android 2.2. [Download directly on your phone here.]
  3. Install both, and "Register" both.
  4. To send a page, just click the "Chrome to Phone" icon on the Chrome browser.

It's stupidly simple, and we're already tweaking this some to send files and what not to Froyo in just a matter of clicks.

Oh, you want more? OK. How about a Firefox extension? Sure thing. Snag it here. Then just right-click on a page to send it to your phone. Check out the Chrome to Home project homepage if you want to know more, and check out our video of it in action after the break.

(Thanks, Jerry! Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)

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6 years ago

For what it's worth: Motorola says Droid getting Froyo 'in the near future'


Motorola Droid

OMG! The Motorola Droid's getting the Android 2.2 Froyo update "in the near future." Which makes sense, because we don't have it at the moment, and we can't get it in the past. So the future makes sense, right? As for the "near future?" Heh. We've heard that before, right? Here's the actual quote from Moto:

“We’re excited to see Google’s news of the next version of the Android operating system and look forward to integrating it on our Android-based devices as it’s made available to the open source community.”

While I can’t comment on specifics, we do expect DROID by Motorola users will receive Android 2.2 as a software upgrade in the near future.”

Thanks, everybody, for blowing up our inbox over this. And not to be a Debby Downer (though technically its in our job description), but this doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know. Yes, it's coming. No, we don't know when. [via Slashgear]

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6 years ago

HTC EVO 4G rooted before its official release



Yes you read it correctly :)  The Sprint Evo 4G appears to have been rooted, before its officially released.  Android developer Matt Mastracci at his blog has some pictures to show us, and by the looks of things the HTC EVO 4G has been rooted. This is excellent news, and the development community should  quickly grow for this beast. 

Sorry Incredible users, looks like this one won't work for you.  But have no fear, the right people are hard at work.

Follow the jump to see a few more pics and blurrycam video of the results.  You can bet we're keeping a watchful eye on this one.  Stay tuned. []

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6 years ago

Froyo Feature: New security lock options


Android 2.2 Froyo Security settings

For those of you who worry about locking down your phone -- just in case it gets lost or stolen or your wife likes to check up on your calling and browsing habits -- you now have a couple of new options in Android 2.2 Froyo.

The old pattern unlock is still there, and works as before. But new are the option for a numerical PIN unlock, or a password unlock. the PIN and password unlocks have to use at least four characters. Of course, using more than that will help keep your dirty secrets away from prying eyes for a little while longer. Check out the screen shots after the break.

(Thanks, Preston! Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)

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6 years ago

Froyo Feature: USB and wireless hotspot tethering


Android 2.2 Froyo Internet hot spot

Internet tethering -- over USB and as a wireless hotspot -- is one of the bigger features built into Android 2.2 Froyo. And it's stupidly easy to set up and use. Just dive into the main wireless settings, tap the appropriate button, and connect your computer.

Check out the video after the break as we walk through the process and do a couple of very basic speed tests.

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6 years ago

MyTouch 3G Slide available for pre-order



In what seemed like the wait of a lifetime, the myTouch 3G Slide is now available for pre-order in T-Mobile stores, with an official release date of June 2. While pricing has been rumored to be $149.99, some other whispers are that the device could be seen at the $199.99. So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself to your nearest T-Mobile location and pre-order yours today! [via T-Mobile]

Update: To alleviate some confusion -- we're hearing some outlets may be doing $199. T-Mobile, on the other hand, has already announced $179.

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6 years ago

Why carriers need time to upgrade their Android versions [#io2010]


Vic GunDotra of Android and Google

This is Vic Gundotra, vice president of engineering with Android. And he's about to say something you need to listen to. Something you all need to listen to. And when he's finished, go back and listen to it again. And when your ears are done steaming and you're through stomping your feet into the ground, listen to it again.

Carriers need time to organize and test software updates, people. Your phone is just one of many, and it needs to be done right. And Vic does an excellent job explaining why carriers need time to get out the latest and greatest version of Android.

All that said, we definitely feel your frustration at the wait, and there are some phones -- cough, Xperia X10 -- that take far longer to update than is practical for a consumer to consider. Anyhoo, check out the video after the break.

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6 years ago

Froyo feature: USB Mass Storage tweaks


Android 2.2. Froyo USB Mass Storage MountAndroid 2.2. Froyo USB Mass Storage Mount

Connecting your Android phone to your computer to use it as a mass storage device isn't new, and we've detailed how and why you'd want to do it. But in Froyo, it gets a little more friendly. Gone is the bland pop-up announcement that you're connecting your phone. Actually, it's still there, but first you get the friendly little robot you see above, explaining in plain English what you're about to do. Mount the phone, and he turns orange. Unmount, and it's back to green. A nice touch, and it makes it easy to see at a glance if you're connected.

(Find a cool new feature in Froyo and want to tell the world about it? E-mail us here and we'll make you famous!)

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