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6 years ago

GCI Alaska announces Android phones; HTC Legend with AT&T 3G on sale online


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Android phones are coming out of the woodwork!  Alaskan regional carrier GCI announced today that they will have the Motorola Milestone and the HTC Desire available for pre-order "early next week", and PocketNow has shows us where we can buy an unlocked HTC Legend with AT&T 3G bands.

No word on exact dates or pricing from GCI, but I'm watching closely and will shout out when they make any announcement.  The HTC Legend can be had (unlocked) for $498.50 from Negri Electronics. I'm collecting cans and counting pennies as soon as I'm done typing.

Keep 'em coming.  An Android phone in every hand would be a beautiful sight. [Twitter and PocketNow]

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6 years ago

We've got 20 Vlingo licenses for you [Contest[


Vlingo for AndroidIt's been a big week, and we're in a giving mood. So let's give away some free software, shall we?

Vlingo's voice-to-text (and vice-versa) service goes a few steps beyond Google's stock service, and it's one that we've been enjoying for some time now. For the uninitiated, Vlingo allows you to dictate just about anything you want, and it will actually read your incoming e-mails and voicemails, too.

So without further ado, let's give away 20 copies of the Vlingo app. All you need to do is comment in this post, and let us know why you deserve the app. We'll close up shop tonight at midnight Eastern time and notify the winners by e-mail. So make sure you're registered, leave a comment, and good luck!

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6 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 17


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Phil, Jerry and Mickey talk the new Motorola Droid X, the Samsung Captivate and HTC Aria on AT&T, the controversy over the bookmark thumbnails and still find time for a few of your questions. Listen in!

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6 years ago

White Evo 4G coming to Best Buy


White Evo 4G at Best Buy

We'd heard rumors of this one, and now here's proof: Best Buy is now taking preorders (for $50) for a white Sprint Evo 4G. You won't be able to get it until July 11, however, and Engadget says Sprint stores will be able to carry it starting Aug. 18. So much for the Evo just being another black slab, huh? [Engadget]

Update: Best Buy's made it official. $199 after contract. Press release after the break.

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6 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Q said to bring QWERTY keyboard to take on BlackBerry



We're expecting big things out of Samsung over the coming months, first with the Galaxy S in Europe and Asia, and now the Captivate on AT&T and possibly the Galaxy S Pro on Sprint. And add another rumored phone into the equation -- the Galaxy K. Korea Times says the Galaxy Q will be a QWERTY-keyboard phone targeted to take on BlackBerry. That leads us to believe it might possibly be a front-facing portrait keyboard, which is a form factor all but ignored on Android thus far. Or, it could be what we've been calling the Galaxy S Pro. Or something else entirely. From the KT:

"Galaxy Q -- based on the Android mobile platform -- will be all about providing simplicity in user experience, although it will still feature a full QWERTY keypad. The full touch-screen phone will also come with advanced social media features," according to an industry source close to Samsung's plans.

No word on when we might see it, and the KT has no specs other than Samsung's Super AMOLED screen. [Korea Times via Unwired View]

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6 years ago

Korean Nexus One now set to launch with Froyo in July


KT Nexus One Froyo schedule

Remember how yesterday Korean carrier KT said it was going to launch the Nexus One with Froyo on June 21? Scratch that, apparently. KT's official Twitter account (which is @show_tweet) now points to a mid-July launch. So what does that mean for those of us in the states waiting on Froyo? No, we still don't know when it's coming for the Nexus One. Or the Droid. Or the Hero. Or the Droid Incredible. Or the Evo 4G. Or the ... (Thanks, Wonhee Cho!)

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6 years ago

The 100% Mobile Xbox Live Project, powered by the HTC Droid Incredible


HTC Incredible powered mobile xbox live

When we last saw our friend huskermania, he was safely tucked in his living room playing Xbox Live through his Droid Incredible.  Some were less than impressed, but there was a plan brewing.  Fast forward a few days, add in portable shelf full of hardware, a battery backup unit, that same DInc, and a huge footbridge that spans the Missouri river and you have The 100% Mobile Xbox Live Project.  I don't care who you are, that's tech geek GodMode right there.  There's a very detailed video of the set-up and the demo itself after the break, and you gotta have a look.  My hat's off to you Alex, thanks for the show!

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6 years ago

Droid 2 leaks out from JPL (hopefully not the high-security part)


Motorola Droid 2

A bunch of vendors were showing their wares at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently, and a helpful reader stumbled upon the Droid 2 and shared the story with Gizmodo. Most of it you've already heard. New keyboard, better camera, and some new Motoblur UI (which the tipster says might not be there at launch, instead opting for stock Froyo). The one line that really stood out to us was this:

The device was running 2.1 and it had 8GB of internal memory as well as an 8GB micro-SD card. The model number says A955 and on the bottom of the device it said "G4DR 4722," but I believe this is just because it is a demo device. The representative did tell me that it had a 1 GHz processor, but she didn't say what kind.

So the proc is pretty much confirmed. Sounds like somebody's demo model number just got outed (oopsie), and there should be plenty of storage to go around. [Gizmodo]

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6 years ago

Inside the Great Bookmark Thumbnail Scare of June 17, 2010 (aka Relax!)


HTC bookmark images -- FUD free

Everyone should be concerned with their security -- especially when we're dealing with devices that can get lost, stolen or left in bars by accident.  A piece at BGR calls into question bookmark thumbnails that aren't deleted on hard-reset on the HTC Droid Incredible.  But the question is "Why?"

In an effort to stop any panic and FUD, let's break it down to see exactly what is happening, and see why it's not as big a deal as many are making it.  Follow the break to see our take on the whole issue.

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6 years ago

Evo 4G case review: The Seidio Innocase II Surface


Seidio Innocase II Surface

If you're looking for an Evo 4G case that offers big protection with little fuss, the Seidio Innocase II Surface fits the bill. It'll keep your Evo's case as fresh as the day you brought it home, while still allowing access to all the buttons and ports, plus keeping the 4.3-inch screen at the ready. Check it out, after the break.

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6 years ago

KT set to launch Nexus One in Korea on June 21 -- with Froyo on board


KT launches Nexus One with Froyo

Look close. There are Nexus Ones in that picture. Now look a little closer (you do see the phones, don't you?) and you'll see the Froyo launcher on those phones.  That's because Korea's number two carrier, KT, is set to launch the Nexus One running Froyo (Android 2.2) on June 21st.  It's the same Nexus One we all know and love hardware wise, and will be limited to 4,000 units for the launch date.  Interestingly enough, the phone will be subsidized by KT ($125 USD on a two-year contract) as well as be sold contract free for $576 USD.  KT has promised that they will have ample stock and the phone will be "readily available" for purchase in retail stores in July.

Does this mean that we can plan on seeing Froyo for the Nexus One this week?  Or that we will be seeing Nexus Ones pop up in T-Mobile retail locations soon?  We don't have the answers, but things are developing in a very interesting way. [Korea Times via Engadget]

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6 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 17th 2010



You can never really have enough application choices on your device, can you? Sometimes the Marketplace can get overwhelming with all the choices, so we make the job easy and help you with a couple applications that we know and love. Let's take a look at the choices for this week!

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6 years ago

Adobe Flash on the HTC Evo -- 10.1 full, not lite


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The above is a screen grab of full on Adobe Flash on my HTC Evo.  Still running Sense, still running Eclair, you don't even have to root your phone. (Giggity).  I've shared my new found love affair with Flash on the podcast, so y'all know I'm in Android-Geek heaven -- thanks to the wizards over at XDA forums.  Wanna see good news get even better?  This works on the Sprint Hero, and might just work on other Sense 2.1 devices -- including the HTC Droid Incredible

Enough reading, who's going to test and see? Go get it [xda-developers]

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6 years ago

AT&T announces the Samsung Galaxy S as the Captivate -- coming soon


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Samsung Captivate on AT&T

Well will you look at that. The Samsung Captivate -- aka the Galaxy S -- just popped up on AT&T's website. The Captivate will be the third Android phone on AT&T -- behind the Backflip and Aria. Keep your fingers crossed that non-market apps aren't excluded, though we're not going to bet the farm on that.

Want full specs? Here you go:

  • 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen.
  • 1GHz Coretex A8 processor (which they're calling the "1GHz Hummingbird Application Processor").
  • Samsung Social Hub (as seen in the CTIA presentation)
  • 5MP camera with autofocus and 720p video recording.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.
  • Quadband EDGE, tri-band 3G.
  • Bluetooth 3.0.
  • DLNA out.

Pricing and availability weren't noted, so stay tuned. Full presser after the break. And in the meantime, you can relive our hands-on with the Galaxy S at CTIA. [AT&T]

Update: Eagle-eyed @raam89 points out that the front-facing camera that's on the original Galaxy S is gone in this model. Score another point for the iPhone conspiracy.

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6 years ago

Flash 10.1 enters beta 3, but when will we see it (and Froyo) officially?


Adobe Flash Beta

Those of you rocking Android 2.2 already should know that Adobe Flash 10.1 has entered beta 3, so you'll want to update it (if you're not having it update automatically).  Not sure if anything of substance has changed, so sing out in the comments if you spot something. [Adobe] Thanks, @iRyanM!

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