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4 years ago

Anybody rocking the myTouch 3G Fender?

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Not a whole lot more to say about the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition (other than the official name is a mouthful) that we haven't already said. It went on sale today for $179.99 after two-year deal and whatnot. Anybody rush out and get one? [T-Mobile]

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4 years ago

Attention all ____________ users: Google will now target ads at you

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Google today announced a net strategy for AdWords, targeting users by directly depending on which carrier or device they use. That will let advertisers more directly reach consumers if they so choose, but it doesn't mean that you'll no longer see ads for, say, an iPhone while you're surfing on your Motorola Droid. Advertisers will have a choice. (Interestingly, though, options are to target iPhone/iPod touch, Android and webOS -- Symbian and Windows Mobile are shut out.)

Also, ads that link to mobile downloads are being refined so that they'll only appear on devices that can actually use that app. So, no Super Monkey Ball ads should show up on the Nexus One. And for ads of apps that your phone does support, Google's working to make it so that you'll see a "Download" link and not just a URL. Cool. [Inside AdWords]

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4 years ago

Hands-on with SlideScreen: A whole lotta information goin' on

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For anyone who chases news for a living, it's important to get information in front of you as quickly as possible. The advent of RSS feeds and homescreen widgets has made that easier than ever with Android, but SlideScreen is just out of control.

We could try to explain what it is you see here, but we go cross-eyed every time we try to do so. After the break, our hands-on video with SlideScreen.

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4 years ago

Apple rumored to be considering Bing over Google's search

Our pals at The iPhone Blog point us to a piece that could pit Google and Apple against each other in the search market, with Microsoft a key player. The gist is that Apple reportedly is considering dropping Google as its default search engine and would switch to Bing, for which there already is an iPhone app. That would move a lot of iPhone eyeballs away from Google and onto Microsoft. From the BusinessWeek piece:

"Apple and Google know the other is their primary enemy," says one of the people, who's familiar with Apple's thinking. "Microsoft is now a pawn in that battle." Apple is also working on ways to manage ad placement on its mobile devices, a move that would encroach on Google's ad-serving business, the person says.

Rene at TiPB sums things up nicely: This could be a big shift. Or it could fall apart and be nothing at all. Or it could be Apple stalling for time while it ramps up its own mobile search strategy, which likely was set back when Google bought AdMob and Apple was left with Quattro Wireless.

Either way, it means there's a mobile search battle brewing, and Android and the iPhone are on the front lines.

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4 years ago

HTC Bravo, LG InTouch Max in the flesh; T-Mobile UK looking at launches

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Looks like our pals over in England have quite a few big weeks in store. Above is the HTC Bravo in the flesh, which reportedly will be headed that way toward the end of February, bringing nearly the same specs as the Google Nexus One, including the 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 5MP camera, and all the other goodies. But what's new is an optical trackpad, seen in the middle of the device, instead of the trackball we have on the Nexus One here.

Coming earlier in the month, on Feb. 4, is the LG InTouch Max, which we've come to know as the LG GW620, sporting a 3-inch touchscreen, slider QWERTY keyboard and 5MP camera with face recognition. [via Omio.com]

Thanks, Ernest!

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4 years ago

Motorola reportedly doing all Android in 2010

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Motorola is among the top Android phone manufacturers right now, and it looks like it's going to increase its standing in 2010. CNet Asia spoke with Spiros Nikolakopoulos, VP and GM of  Asia Pacific and International Distribution for Moto's Mobile Devices end, who says:

  • Look for 20 to 30 smartphones worldwide in 2010 "and, at this moment, all of them will run Android." (Sorry, Windows Mobile)
  • One-third of Moto's Android engineering team is in the U.S., another third in Korea and another third in China. Now word on how many people that entails.
  • The "Motoroi" brand is specifically for Korea. the Chinese version of the phone will go by a different name. (And we assume the U.S. version, too, if and when it comes here.)
  • Opening up MotoBlur is "on the cards" (sic), but no time frame was given.

Between the Droid, Cliq, Backflip and now the Motoroi (or whatever it ends up being called), we're certainly seeing loads of good Motorola fare on our end. And it looks like 2010 may have more in store. [CNet Asia via wmpoweruser]

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4 years ago

Video of the Nexus One keyboard issue

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Remember how we talked about occasional problems with the Nexus One's on-screen keyboard occasionally going haywire? Managed to catch it on video this time. I'm perfectly willing to blame my own fat fingers for the majority of my typing problems, but there's clearly an issue here, even if it's only intermittent.

And as for the support thread in Google's forums: It's continuing to grow, though it's been three days since we've seen an official announcement on the issue. Stay tuned, folks, and check out my experience after the break.

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4 years ago

Possible Magic follow-up user agent pops up

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Need more proof that the long-rumored HTC myTouch Slide (aka the myTouch 2 and Espresso) is on the way? This may be it. The user-agent string (which is what identifies browsers to the Web sites on which they're calling) is live at HTC. It clearly shows a 320x480 screen (same size as the myTouch 3G) along with a QWERTY keyboard. Still looking at a possible launch in May. It's also being called a possible follow to the HTC Magic, which is still in the same ballpark. We'll have to see, of course, as nothing's been announced.

HTC via Unwired View

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4 years ago

Nokia Review -- Smartphone Round Robin

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Nokia. The invisible giant. The king of kings. It's the elephant, if you will. And yes, it's the world's most popular smartphone platform. It's true, even with little to no footprint in the US, Nokia has managed to become wildly successful, landing atop the world smartphone marketshare with a ton of room to spare. Any way you spin it, the world we live in is simply dominated by Nokia smartphones.

How? Well, making awesome phones for one. But they've also been invested in the smartphone market for quite some time and have done an incredible job around the world. Here in the US? We hardly think of smartphone when we hear Nokia--in fact, I think of my first cell phone. I think of playing snake with those gelly buttons. I don't think Linux. I don't think open source. I don't think of awesome phones. Nokia is all about that. And that's what we're taking a look at.

It's going to be an interesting ride because this is our very first time using a Nokia smartphone, in fact, it's the first time we ever included Nokia in the Smartphone Round Robin.

Read on for the full review of Nokia from an Android perspective!

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4 years ago

Now Rogers' Dream AND Magic have 911 issues

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Remember that little problem HTC Dream owners were having with 911 on the Rogers network? It's spreading, and it looks like the HTC Magic (that's the one on the left) has caught the bug, too. And the fix is the same, too: Turn off GPS. Here's the official statement from Rogers.

“We are in the process of contacting all of our Magic customers by text message asking them to disable GPS location on their Rogers HTC Magic device to ensure all 911 calls complete.

To turn off your GPS, go to Menu>Settings>Location>Uncheck Enable GPS Satellite. Again, let's hope we see a fix for this real quick. [via MobileSyrup]

 

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