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6 years ago

Google Voice desktop app being tested



Are you an everyday user of Google Voice? Do you use it as a primary number when exchanging contact information with others, in case you need to use the block feature in the future, or because you are simply not willing to give out your actual phone number?

TechCrunch reports that internal testing of a desktop app that can place and receive calls is under way, as part of the Gizmo5 purchase last year. While more information about the application, as well as it's release date have not been announced, we can take the internal testing as positive light that it is definitely on its way, and hopefully sooner then later. [via TechCrunch]

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6 years ago

Another reason to like the Amazon MP3 store over ... that other store


Amazon MP3

Remember all the fuss a while back about DRM-protected MP3 files, and how the industry was (thankfully!) moving away from them?  Well, it appears that not everyone really has abandoned the practice, even if they claim to have done so. It looks like some companies are still placing personal information inside the music files you buy and download.  Hit the break for the details [via TechCrunch] and some visual evidence.

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6 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 6


Audio-only stream below

Phil and Mickey are back to talk Droid 2.1 fallout, where the heck is the Verizon Nexus One (and the Incredible), as well as the rest of the week's Android news.

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6 years ago

Another Verizon Nexus One teaser ...


Verizon Nexus One

Sorry, don't actually have launch information just yet for the Verizon version of the Google Nexus One, but we do have another indicator that it should be here any time now. Above is another one of those Verizon CelleBrite units with the Nexus One clearly listed. We'll give  you more as soon as we can, but that'll have to do it for now. Thanks, B!

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6 years ago

myTouch Slide 'slides right into Radio Shack systems


myTouch Slide

For you T-Mobile faithful who have been anxiously awaiting the release of the myTouch Slide -- and we know there are many of you -- Engadget snagged some screen shots of an internal Radio Shack system called Direct2U that lists the new (and as-yet-unannounced) myTouch Slide. Now what this may mean for the release of the device as far as dates are concerned, we are still unaware. Stay tuned for more information, and hopefully a release of this soon to come! [via Engadget]

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6 years ago

Skyfire chooses 30 beta testers from 3,000 applicants, talks up Webkit


Skyfire browser

Skyfire this afternoon shed a little light on where it's headed in the future with Android. You'll recall that the mobile browser company recently bought Kolbysoft -- maker of the popular Steel browser for Android -- and even more recently sought beta testers. Some 3,000 applications were received, and the lucky 30 testers have been notified. As for the future of Android -- and Webkit, thanks to the purchase of Kolbysoft, Skyfire says:

We see Android as a fast-rising ecosystem, with a rich, totally open developer environment, a healthy app market and a healthy advertising and search ecosystem. The Android OS has a tremendous amount of interest from handset makers and carriers, and also has a strong need for making the explosion of video more network optimized (Skyfire’s wheelhouse).

The bigger picture is that Webkit based smartphone browsers are proliferating, and we are aligning in that technology direction. We see a lot of need to make these browsers better, and believe that our cloud platform can be the answer. We’re looking at other Webkit platforms beyond Android already, and will share more information when we feel it’s appropriate.

If you're one of the lucky few how got in on the beta, congrats. We're all looking for good stuff to come out of the Skyfire camp. [Skyfire]

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6 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G rumored for June launch; WiMax would cost $10-$20 extra?


Sprint Evo 4G

Ready for some more device rumors? The latest comes from Engadget, which says June 13 is the likely Sprint Evo 4G launch date -- don't worry about it being a Sunday, that's normal for Sprint -- though a week earlier is in the running, too.

Another question they may be answering is how much extra access to Sprint's WiMax network may cost, and it's looking to be between $10 and $20. While nobody wants to pay extra for something, it's nice to know that you won't get stuck paying for 4G service if you're not actually in a city that has it. Whether you'll have to pay extra for the 8-device WiFi hotspot fun (we certainly hope not) remains to be seen. [Engadget]

Update: The Engadget guys are getting peppered with the same comments we are, and it looks like the fee will be for the hotspot only, and not 4G access. Fingers crossed.

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6 years ago

Motorola launches OCNN -- with the Devour and Motoblur



In one of the grandest smartphone news events that nobody saw, Motorola today launched OCNN -- the Ocho Cinco News Network -- all Chad Johnson (we don't care what he changed his name to) all the time. So when the million-follower Twitterer (hey, that's what they said, never mind it's only 826,000) is tweeting platitudes, what he had for breakfast, or how he's planning on actually contributing to the Bengals this season, know that he's doing it with the Motorola Devour, Motoblur and, under the hood, Android.

And so, we were one of the 113 people watching the live "news" conference. And we're now contributing to the delusion of a so-so football player efforts of a start athlete to spread the value of social networking -- and, by proxy, Android -- and ... and ...

We're sorry, folks. Really, we are. (Erm, and if you're an 85 fan, go ahead and check it out, we suppose.)

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6 years ago

ICD's Gemini device to escalate the tablet arms war



We've all heard how tablet computers are the "next big thing" in mobile computing. Since the announcement of the iPad, there have been multiple vendors showing their take on the tablet computer. ICD has announced their Gemini tablet that is set to ramp up the arms war in the tablet computing sector. With it's Tegra 2 SOC and 11.2 inch screen, this beast will have the power and multimedia capabilities to stand with the best. More after the break.

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6 years ago

Verizon teases new devices, but whatever will they be?


New Verizon devices

How do you score some unofficial (and free) excitement for your phones? If you're Verizon, you leak out an image like you see above. So something's coming. Could be anything. Could be nothing. Could be the HTC Incredible. Or it might not be. Discuss. [BGR]

Update: Unidentified sources (don'tcha just love them?) at Android Forums and Android and Me are saying could could see the Incredible on or about April 25 ... Or April 29. So just a few more weeks, folks. Maybe.

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6 years ago

Rhapsody app now out of beta; all the music you want for $9.99 a month



If you're a fan of the Rhapsody music service, take note that the Android application -- the same one we saw at CTIA last month -- is now out of beta. That means for $9.99 a month (there's a 14-day trial period) you get access to 9.5 million songs and can stream them on your Android phone, or your computer. Or both, we suppose. God get 'er now. [Market link via Rhapsody blog]

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6 years ago

HTC Q1 profits up, beat estimates


Is there a company that's on a hotter streak than HTC? Okay fine, maybe Apple. But for a small Taiwanese phone manufacturer to be mentioned in that same breath as the vaunted Apple? Amazing. HTC posted its 2010 Q1 earnings and they did an awesome job beating the estimates. They made $1.2 billion in Q1 revenue which is a 19 percent increase year-over-year and nearly 11 percent higher than even the most generous of estimates. HTC is quickly becoming a brand-name company and they can thank their awesome hardware portfolio and recently introduced commercials for that. We thank them for backing Android. [via engadget]

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6 years ago

Sprint users - Are you ready for some football?


Sprint Football Live

Today some Sprint subscribers got a text letting them know that the new Sprint Football Live app was ready and waiting for download.  I went ahead and grabbed the update (after rolling back to the official Sprint software for the Hero) so I could check it out.  Hit the break for thoughts and some screenshots.

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6 years ago

Nexus One car dock now available for $55


Nexu One Car Dock

Update: And it's now available for $55 plus shipping at [via official Nexus One blog]

Original: One piece of the Nexus One puzzle that's been missing for a bit has been the car dock, which we saw teased in the making-of videos back in early February. But now it has a proper place in Google's Nexus One help articles. And from it we learn:

  • The dock has a built-in speaker and volume controls. (We'd like to see an FM transmitter, but we're not holding our breath.)
  • The Car Home app loads automatically (we assume that means "launches") when the phone's inserted.
  • There's a proper 12V charger to keep you juiced up and navigating.

What's still missing: Price and actual availability, though it sure looks like we could see it any day now. Keep your eyes peeled, people. [Google via Android and Me]

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6 years ago

Xperia X10 hardware hands-on


Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Sony Ericsson smartphones -- Android or otherwise -- generally come down to two things: above-average hardware hobbled by overreaching, underpowered software. And that trend continues with the Xperia X10. (See our previous hands-on with the X10.)

After the break, we take a look at the X10's better half -- the hardware. The X10 sports a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4-inch TVT LCD touchscreen, 1GB of ROM/512MB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera. Oh, and one thing we didn't bother with -- testing multitouch -- because the phone just won't do it. Period. That's not a deal-breaker, but ... We'll tackle the X10's Achilles heel -- the software -- later.

Update (4/17): In some extremely weird twist of fate, apparently we (erm, I) in fact reviewed the X10 with a screen protector on it the entire time, which explains why the screen felt like plastic. In fact, it's glass. The review unit we received came in an obviously used box (with no instruction manual, btw), and between that and a casual inspection, we (erm, I) completely missed the screen protector. That doesn't change the fact that we (erm, I) were rather enamored with the X10's hardware, and it's hardly unusual for a phone to actually be used with a screen protector. We're going to take on the software in an upcoming review.

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