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6 years ago

Why the doubleTwist Android app looks so good


doubleTwist for Android

It's pretty much agreed upon that the new doubleTwist music app for Android is one of the better looking players on everybody's favorite smartphone. But how did it come to be? Designer Sebastiaan de With explains on his Cocoia blog:

We wanted something that actually advanced the state of the art. I sure as hell wasn’t going to use an entirely new platform for months just to ape another. It was a mixed blessing to have so little limitations on what constituted a ‘native’ user interface.

Android has its guidelines, but most apps (even the Google-sanctioned Twitter app) have a very ‘custom’ appearance. We opted for a look that works well on the various devices and custom ‘shells’ (notably, HTC’s terrible “Sense” interface) and arrived at this muted, native-looking yet polished visual scheme

By no means is the doubleTwist app the only well-designed piece of software on Android, but it's certainly a shining example of what can be done with a minimal set of guidelines, and no sticky concerns about duplication of functions. [Cocoia BlogThanks, Rene!

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6 years ago

Evo 4G case review: Golla Grape Pouch


Evo 4G Golla Grape Pouch

The Evo 4G is a big phone, with a big, bright screen. And it needs to be protected. The Golla Grape Pouch offers soft and stylish protection while adding a bit of storage. Let's take a look, after the break.

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6 years ago

Rom developers get stock Android 2.1 on the Motorola Cliq


Android 2.1 on the Motorola Cliq

Motorola Cliq owners, you haven't been forgotten.  A group of developers has cooked up some Eclair love for you.  In what sounds like a herculean effort travisjames, along with fellow developer barakinflorida have taken otabbb's work with building AOSP (Android Open Source Project) for the Cliq and turned it into a functional ROM.  It's not 100 percent complete, but the latest Alpha build looks pretty promising.  I asked for some info from travisjames and he was happy to reply:

Eclair2CLIQ is a ROM that was started after ModMyMoto (now ModMyMobile) user otabbb, figured out how to build Android 2.1 from source for the CLIQ and posted what he had created for other developers to build off of and "for someone who wants this like a starting point to make a great 2.1 Cliq ROM."

So, I decided to take it on and within the first few days, fixed half of the problems the ROM currently had including, WiFi, GPS, etc, included some applications from Cyanogen's 2.1 build, and released it as Alpha1.

Now, coming up to Alpha3, which is completely build from source and should be released soon, me, along with fellow developer barakinflorida, have managed to fix Data, Vibration, and a few of the more "essential" parts of having a daily driver.

If you're using a Cliq or a Dext, hit the source link to follow the development.  A few more screenshots are after the jump. [ModMyMobile] Thanks Chisle41!

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6 years ago

Droid 2 has 1GHz processor, according to commercial script


Motorola Droid 2 commercia script

Good news for all you Motorola Droid fans who have had to keep repeating over and over that "processor speed isn't everything." You're getting a 1GHz processor in the Droid 2, if this leaked commercial script is any indication. That still doesn't really change the fact that processor speed isn't everything, but you'll be able to wave the 1GHz flag like everybody else.

A second script focuses on the Droid X. The commercials apparently are a mix between "The Matrix" and "Gattaca," and the Droid X is said to do "live streaming NFL games on a 720 dpi screen so big ..." We're pretty sure the screen's not actually 720 dots (or pixels) per inch, but you see where they're going -- TV out. Plus, there's an NFL app, and you'll be able to watch games live. Peep the Droid X script after the break. [Droid Life]

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6 years ago

Motorola Droid X flies first class


Motorola Droid X

Lyle writes in to tell us the story about his seatmate on a recent flight from Texas to California. And there it is, folks, the Motorola Droid X. Lyle had his Evo 4G sitting up on its kickstand when the person next to him had to try and one-up him with an unreleased phone. (Can't say we blame him.) Nicely done, Lyle. But next time somebody sees one of these bad boys at 35,000 feet, take the time to run a few benchmark tests, m'kay? Thanks, Lyle!

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6 years ago

AT&T announces the HTC Aria


HTC Aria

AT&T this morning on YouTube and Facebook officially outed the HTC Aria, an Android 2.1 device with a 3.2-inch screen at 320x480 resolution . Codenamed the Liberty and actually outed by AT&T last week, the mid-level Aria runs the full HTC Sense user interface, has a 5MP camera and comes with a 2GB microSD card.

Full specs are:

  • Qualcomm MSM7227 processor at 600MHz
  • Android 2.1 with HTC Sense.
  • 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen at 320x480.
  • 512MB ROM/384MB RAM
  • 2GB microSD card included.
  • Dimensions 4.1 by 2.3 by 0.46 inches.
  • Weight (with battery): 3.8 ounces.
  • Battery: 1200mAh. (Talk time rated at  up to 6 hours, standby up to 15.5 days)
  • Quadband EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), dual band HSPA (850/1900).
  • 5MP camera.
  • Digital compass.
  • aGPS.

The Aria will be available in AT&T stores starting June 20, for $129 after contract and $100 rebate. Full presser, video and a couple more pics after the break. [Facebook, YouTube]

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6 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G fully rooted


Rejoice! The brainiacs over at XDA have done it again, and have cracked the daunting Nandroid protection that has been hindering our developers of total control since the beginning.  The method - which provides “total root” - could be kind of complicated if you’re not comfortable playing around with ADB, but other than that it’s relatively painless. Basically, it will allow us to write to /system and any other partitions from within Android, and not having to do it from a recovery which makes things much more convenient. As we expect there were plenty of all-nighters being pulled last, make sure you make a backup as this process will definitely wipe all your data. [via XDA]

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6 years ago

Droid Incredible root instructions now available (updated)


Droid Incredible rooted

Remember how we said the other day that the Verizon Droid Incredible had been rooted, but that the method wasn't quite ready for public consumption? Well, your time has come, folks. This one's still a little complicated as you're getting the phone to recognize ADB while in recovery. Shadowmite says other methods are still being explored, but you, too, can now root you Droid Incredible.

And that said, Android Central Forum member cnash6 shows us how the process can be automated a bit via a couple of batch files, and he points us to a nice video walkthrough showing you how it's done. Peep it after the break.

For the full Unrevoked instructions (via XDA), click here. And watch cnash6's mejdam's video and download the files for the method.

Update:  Whoopsie. Thanks to cnash6 for pointing out the batch file method, but as he corrects us in the comments, it wasn't his method. Our bad, and apologies to mejdam.

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6 years ago

Evo 4G modded to charge on Palm Touchstone


Evo 4G charging on Palm Touchstone

We've been watching this discussion with interest for a little while now, and it appears that it's finally working. A gent who goes by infinitemods has hacked the back of his Evo 4G so that it charges from the Palm Touchstone puck, meaning you don't have to have anything actually plugged into the Evo. Infinitemods told Good and Evo the hack took him about a half-hour, and that it probably can be done in about 10 minutes.

The downsides to this DIY project? The magnets used to hold the Evo to the Touchstone mean the compass won't work, and the battery cover sticks up just a tad. He also tells G&E that overheating hasn't been an issue yet -- one that we'd watch closely given the occasional problem with the Palm Pre.

No tutorial just yet, but keep on the lookout, as it's a way cool weekend project. Check out video of it in action after the break. [Good and Evo via Android Central Forums]

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6 years ago

Android 2.2, FroYo, Google I/O -- let's make some sense of all this


Inside Android

FroYo, FroYo, FroYo.  Seems like you can't visit a tech blog or read your Twitter timeline without seeing news about Android 2.2 everywhere.  FroYo can do this, FroYo does this 300 percent faster, FroYo has ponies.  It's enough to make a sane man crazy (good thing none of us will have to worry about that).  We all want some delicious new Android treats for our phones, but do we really know why, or what comes along with it?  Hopefully, by the time we're finished here you'll have a better idea just what to expect, and when to expect it.  Hit the link, get your spoon, and let's check out what this frozen concoction has in store for you and I.

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6 years ago

Droid Incredible does Xbox Live, too


HTC Incredible tethered to Xbox

Is there anything these phones can't do? huskermania shows us how he's running his Xbox 360, through a Macbook, running Windows 7, and tethered to an HTC Droid Incredible.  I think if he adds a wireless controller and microwaves a bowl of Ramen, he just might break the barriers of space and time.  In any case, you gotta check out his video after the break and see it all in action.  Now where's my USB cable? [Youtube via Twitter] Thanks for the heads up, huskermania!

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6 years ago

Advanced Map Live Wallpaper -- this is why we love open source


Advanced Maps - lock screen Advanced Maps - live wallpaper

Remember how much we loved the live wallpaper that came with a recent Google Maps update?  The developers at AndroidGamer just cranked things up a notch.  This goes way beyond changing map layers and brings just about every type of map you can imagine to life on your home screen.  AndrodiGamer goes one step further though. In their own words:

"It's battery and data friendly, and available now."

The way the map tiles are cached should really cut down on the data flowing in and out if you're concerned about data usage and the app itself shuts down whenever the homescreen is not visible.  The app is still in Beta, but I've not seen any show stoppers and feel good about recommending it.  Best of all, it's open source, and free.  Warm fuzzy feeling time :)

Follow the break to see a few more screenshots as well as download links.  Hit the source link to follow along with the development.  [xda-developersThanks David!

(Note: Live wallpapers are still only for Android 2.1 and up. That hasn't changed.)

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6 years ago

Droid X seen alongside the Evo 4G, iPhone, Droid Eris


Droid X (Xtreme) with Evo 4G and iPhone

It's been a few hours, so we should see another leak of the Motorola Droid X anytime now and -- oh, look, there it is.  That's it on the left, hanging out with the Evo 4G and an iPhone. We get another look what this all new Motoblur may look like, but we still have no real idea how useful it may end up being. All these leaks mean it must be getting close to launch, right? One more pic of it after the break. [Android Forums via BGR]

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