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6 years ago

Google Optimizes Search For Your Location



Above all, Google is about search--it's embedded in nearly all of their products. Even in 2010, Google continues to push search and constantly re-invents the way we find things. Their newest feature? Search optimized by our location. This allows Google to bring more relevant suggestions to the users and in the end, better results for us.

Searching through Google on your Android phone (or iPhone) will allow you to access this feature. Google uses your current or last location to determine more pertinent results.

For example, when users in the Boston metro area begin typing "Muse", suggestions such as "museum of science boston" and "museum of fine arts boston" are provided because people near Boston frequently look for these very popular museums. On the other hand, users in San Francisco who begin their query with "Muse" will see suggestions for museums in the San Francisco area.

We think it's a great addition to Google. What about you?

[via google mobile blog]

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6 years ago

Nexus One drops to $279 for many current T-Mobile customers, refunds coming


 Nexus One price match

The saga of the Nexus One continues. As we reported earlier tonight, new pricing is here. T-MoNews has learned that T-Mobile customers who are eligible to upgrade to the Nexus One can do so for $279, and that anyone who bought one at the $379 price will be refunded $100 (and will receive it within 14 business days). The same upgrade rules apply, and the refund's coming from Google. And, so, here's the new breakdown, straight from the horse's mouth:


You can't take back all of the administrative problems we've seen with the launch of the Nexus One, but this should help ease the pain a little bit. Now if we could just get those 3G problems taken care of ...

(Thanks, David and Don!)

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6 years ago

Rhapsody beta now available


Rhapsody for AndroidRhapsody for Android

We've been waiting for Rhapsody to come to Android for what seems like months and months because, well, it has been. The wait is all but over, folks. A beta app is now available directly from Rhapsody -- no official app in the Android Market yet -- at Head on over in your phone's browser (though check the instructions first; you'll need to accept apps from "unknown sources" first), get your download on, and let us know how it goes. [via Mobilecrunch]

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6 years ago

Swedish carrier says HTC Bravo coming in March


 HTC Bravo

Oh, hi, HTC Bravo. We didn't expect to see more of you for a couple of months, like, April. But the 3 Sweden carrier in, well, Sweden says on its Facebook page that you might make an appearance in March, which is right spiffy if you're living in Sweden.

Now that the Nexus One is officially official, the Bravo, with its nearly identical specs (3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, Snapdragon processor, 5MP camera and Android 2.1) likely points to a brother of another mother, something we're used to when it comes to HTC phones, especially on the WinMo side [Facebook via Engadget Mobile]

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6 years ago

Moto Droid 2.1 update, Droid D-Pad, Nexus One hardware issues, Android IM


From the Forums is a great way for you, our readers, to see the hottest topics being discussed. But you must be a registered member and becoming a member is a simple process. So if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now!

See you on the forums!

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6 years ago

Google working on new pricing for Nexus One?


Google Nexus One

There's been more than a bit of consternation among current T-Mobile customers when it comes to buying a subsidized Nexus One. At first everybody though they were out of luck, or that they were eligible for the full discount. Then we learned otherwise. But today, a post on Google's support forums may point to some relief. (Emphasis ours.)

Also, as you've probably seen elsewhere, we've listened to everyone's feedback and concerns and are working to expand the group of customers that qualify for upgrade pricing on the Nexus One. Please stay tuned for more information.

Google Guide

Exactly what that means, well, we'll just have to stay tuned, like the man says.

Thanks, Don!

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6 years ago

myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition officially coming Jan. 20


myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition

It'd been rumored that T-Mobile's myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition would be coming Jan. 20, and now that date's official. In addition, one of the biggest, baddest Fender players around -- Sir Eric Clapton -- is hitting the first chords on the device. The phone will come with such classics as "Wonderful Tonight," "Laya," "My Father's Eyes" and "Rock 'n' Roll Heart" already on board. Check out the ad with ol' Slowhand himself at

That not enough? There's also songs from Wyclef Jean, Avril Lavigne and Brad Paisley, as well as the Guitar Solo and Musical Light apps. Need accessories? How about extra Fender shells for the phone, and Fender case, screen protector and Rock Dock, which sports speakers. And sync solution doubleTwist is included, as well.

The myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition will cost $179.99 after the usual two-year deal.

Update: Peep the Clapton video after the break.

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6 years ago

WaveSecure, free through January, backs up data, tracks, wipes phone


WaveSecureDunno about you, but that story the other day about a man's Motorola Droid being stolen out of his house (while he was in it, no less) left me more than a little paranoid. How would I wipe my phone should it be stolen?

Then came word from Lifehacker today that WaveSecure Beta (one of the Android Developer Challenge 2 winners) is offering free lifetime registration through January, so I've given it a spin. In addition to backing up and restoring your contacts, texts, photos and call logs, you can remotely wipe your phone, lock it down or (from a Web interface), track where the stolen phone has been taken. (You'll have to take my word for it on that one -- not going to show you the map, lol.)

You can get in on the free registration in the Android Market, or at

So, that's one option. Undoubtedly there are more. Tell us your favorite backup and security program, and we'll give the top ones a spin.

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6 years ago

Moto Backflip appears in video promo


Motorola Backflip

Speaking of the Motorola Backflip, it's now doing its whole contortion thing in an official video promo. Check it out after the break. (Warning: If you're the sort of person who has trouble thinking in three dimensions, gets sick in the backseat of a car or freaked out at the 3D showing of "Avatar," well, take it easy.) [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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6 years ago

Car dock shows up in Nexus One documentation


Nexus One car dock

Not that there's really any doubt that a car dock (and desktop dock) is on the way for the Google Nexus One -- after all, we've see it at the FCC -- but it has its on support page. We're still waiting to see exactly what the dock will look like, and exactly what functions it will have. But the Google support page for the dock offers a little hint:

"The first time you insert the phone in a car dock, a dialog asks whether you want to use the dock as a speakerphone and whether you want to play music and other audio on the dock's speaker. Your setting applies only to the dock you are using-you can have different settings for different docks. You can also change your dock audio setting any time the phone is inserted in that dock, as described in Sound & display settings."

That's it. Still no word on when it will be available, or for how much. [via Slashgear]

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6 years ago

Motorola Backflip rumored for March launch


 Motorola Backflip

Latest rumored AT&T launch date for the the Motorola Backflip: March 7, for $324. That comes from an unidentified source talking to Phandroid. Why March 7? Why not. And if the price point is correct, that could bring the Backflip down to about $100-$150 after contract subsidy, which lines up with the supposed target market, which is the younger crowd.

That said, this is all very unofficial and very likely to change. Stay tuned. (And in the meantime, check out our hands-on with the Backflip.)

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6 years ago

Motorola CEO: Multitouch Will Be In The Majority Of Future Moto Devices



Yes! In an interview, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha just said they're planning to bring multitouch to a majority of their upcoming devices. To quote:

I think you will see us deliver multitouch in the majority of our devices going forward. There’s a complex set of factors, not all of them technical. But I think you’ll see us being proactive on multitouch because the user feedback on multitouch is very good.

He's absolutely right. Most Android users want multitouch and those who don't certainly wouldn't mind having it as an option. We applaud Motorola for actually listening to their user base. There's no lame "I don't like two handed operations" comment here.

If you have the time, the whole interview is worth a read. Sanjay Jha discusses Google's new strategy, the Nexus One, Motoblur, Droid, and Tablets. He goes into detail on why he attended the Nexus One event and why he thinks Google will only sell Google Experience devices in their new phone shop. His takes are generally well thought out and as close to honest as you'll get from a CEO-type. 


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6 years ago

Rumors Say European HTC Hero To Get Android 2.1 In February



We can't confirm this report but there's some word floating around that the European HTC Hero will receive the update to Android 2.1 in February. The timeframe we got was February 15-17 but obviously since no official word has come down, we can't be positive. The site with the news, details the changes:

  • Android 2.1 is much faster
  • One interesting option is a preview of desktops, you can zoom out two
    Finders as pages in your browser. Effect. Effectively reduce the deskop,
    brillant view.
  • Icons have clear coat
  • At the bottom of the menu we have: phone, menu, contacts
  • HTC added a nice transition when you quit the application and move around
    the options.
  • Lock screen is not rounded.
  • Faster-running HTC keyboard.
  • New widgets from HTC.
  • Improved flashplayer. Operates smoothly.
  • Graphic change in the gallery and video player
  • We have more RAM. About 130-140mb after killing the process.

Of course things get lost in translation (they are Polish) but if this is at all true, we bet you Hero users are super excited. With all the Android attention having gone to the Droid and the Nexus One recently, it'll be good to be back in the spotlight. Now if only that US HTC Hero can get some 2.1 update love..

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6 years ago

Quick Tip: Swipe The Keyboard To Launch Voice Input in Android 2.1



One of the coolest features of Android 2.1 (and the Nexus One) has to be the new voice input feature--it uses an awesome, always-learning speech-to-text engine that displays whatever you say on any text input screen. All via voice. You just tap the microphone button and say what you want, it'll process and then display those words on the screen. Really amazing stuff that works pretty darn well.

But one slight problem? That microphone button used to launch voice input is frustratingly small, it's just too hard to find and press. Luckily, if you just simply swipe your finger across the entire keyboard, you'll bring up the voice input and it'll work like usual. Swipe across the keyboard, say what you say, works like magic. Voila.

Note: this only works in Android 2.1

Hit the jump to see a video of it in action! Starts around the 25 second mark.


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6 years ago

Is Android's future in China in jeopardy?


Android in China

Seth Weintraub at Computer World asks a good question: If Google really leaves China because of Internet search filtering, what will that mean for the future Android? There are billions of eyeballs at stake in China, and Motorola already has a strong presence there and has more Android phones on the way. HTC (not counting the Nexus One and G1, the two Google-branded HTC phones) and Samsung? Them, too.

It's a little early to sound the alarm. But it's easy for us to forget that Android is more than just a U.S. product. And to be successful, it has to be a worldwide competitor. But if finds itself out of one of the world's most populus nations, that's going to be much more challenging.

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