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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy I7500 Gets a Video Hands On

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We know there are multiple Android devices coming out from the likes of HTC and Motorola but after watching this video of the Samsung Galaxy I7500, we're thinking every other device takes a back seat. This may become the Android device of our choice.

In the video, you get to see the beautiful AMOLED display, multiple angles of the Samsung Galaxy and an all around general 'feel' of the device. If you're interested in future Android devices, we suggest you start here.

It's going to be one interesting winter once all these planned Android devices hit the market!

thanks for the tip Giuseppe!

[android.hdblog.it]

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5 years ago

HTC Lancaster is the First Android Device for AT&T

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Holy cow. Android is finally coming to AT&T. Score one for Android, score two for AT&T, and score three for AT&T's customers. They'll finally get to take Android out for a spin (in a very nice looking package, no less)! Engadget got their hands on an AT&T slide that shows the HTC Lancaster, AT&T's first Android device, in full detail: specs, key features, target launch date, pretty much everything you wanted to know about a phone without the real-life hardware.

It looks really wonderful--an HTC Magic with a sliding QWERTY keyboard. This is undoubtedly the prototype HTC Memphis that leaked with the rest of HTC's 2009 Smartphone Product Map. Go ahead and take a look. We're really hoping that the HTC Lancaster becomes a winner because the QWERTY slider is a form factor that we're really hoping stays with Android.

The specs are fairly typical: tri-band EDGE and 850 / 1900MHz HSPA, AGPS, a 3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD expansion, and a “unique HTC social messaging user interface”.  What's a bit odd is that the display size is only a 2.8” screen with QVGA 240 x 320 pixels (as opposed to the HTC Magic's 3.2" screen with HVGA 320 x 480 pixels). The HTC Lancaster will be an AT&T exclusive for 6 months with a targeted release date of August 2009.

Other than the smallish screen, we think this device is solid. It's looking to be a pretty crowded Android field come fall/winter-time. 

hit the jump to see another picture of the HTC Lancaster !

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5 years ago

How To Manually Install Android 1.5 Cupcake US Version

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Sometimes, enough is enough. We've all been waiting for the Android 1.5 Cupcake US to come to our G1 phones since...who knows when. We gave you guys the details on how to manually upgrade your G1's to Android 1.5 via the UK update but that meant certain sacrifices had to be made (Amazon mp3, voice search, etc) in order to take advantage of Cupcake's goodness. Luckily a US version of Android 1.5 has popped up so you can now manually install the Android 1.5 Cupcake US version onto your G1.

Yeah, this is pretty close to official. And yeah, we know the rollout is supposed to begin tomorrow but geez, we wanted this 6 months ago...we don't know if we can wait another day! Here's how to get the Android 1.5 Cupcake US version onto your G1:

  • Download the Android 1.5 Cupcake US Version File
  • Rename Downloaded zip file to update.zip
  • Copy 'update.zip' to SD Card
  • Turn off the phone. Press and hold HOME+POWER to reboot
  • When you see the triangle with an exclamation point press ALT+L
  • Press ALT+S to begin update process
  • When prompted, Press HOME+BACK to reboot
  • It may reboot a few times, don't worry

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5 years ago

Rogers' HTC Magic and Dream Support Exchange

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Remember how we told you that Android devices can be different from Google Experience Android devices? If you recall, Android phones can either take on the Google logo and become a Google Experience phone which means adhering to certain standards or Android phones can leave the Google at home and tweak Android as they choose. In the most prominent example of a Google Experience vs non-Google Experience, the Google Experience HTC Magic doesn't support Exchange, while the non-Google branded HTC Magic supports it. Weird huh?

So yes, Rogers HTC Magic and HTC Dream will both support Exchange. Which means they can't have the nifty "with Google" branding on the back. Boo hoo.

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson Hints At Phone Running Android 2.0

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We had previously stated that Sony Ericsson needed to get into the Android game, especially coming off some horrific news and numbers regarding their financial state. Looks like they took the advice to heart because Peter Ang, Sony's Asia-Pacific VP of Marketing told reporters that a Sony Ericsson Android phone would come in the "near future" with Android 2.0.

He also mentioned that the Android phone will come in Sony Ericsson's "unique style" which might mean some custom software on top of Android or possibly a sleek device like the Xperia X1. We're hoping for the latter.

[via slashphone]

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5 years ago

Best of SPE, 24 May 2009

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Wondering what you may have missed this week in the smartphone world? The Best of SPE is here to ease your mind and get you caught up.

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5 years ago

US G1 Users Getting Official Android 1.5 Cupcake Update ?

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Another day, another Android 1.5 Cupcake update. We're getting some reports from our readers that after following the instructions to install the Android 1.5 UK update over to US T-Mobile G1 phones, they're actually receiving the OFFICIAL Cupcake update OTA from T-Mobile USA.

If this happened to you, let us know in the comments! We're trying to see how widespread this ever-so-convenient "issue" is. If this is true, maybe we'll all get Cupcake sooner than was promised. *crossing fingers*

thanks for notifying us Amy!

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5 years ago

GP2X Game Emulator for Android is Simply AMAZING -- VIDEO

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As much as we love the Android platform, we never seriously considered it a big gaming device--the market for gaming just didn't seem to take off for Android. Well, we might have to change our stance after watching a video showcasing the GP2X Game Emulator for Android. The video shows games such as Street Fighter II, Marvel vs Street Fighter, Super Mario World, Samurai Showdown, and much more being played on the G1. The GP2X can handle games from MAME, SNES, Sega Genesis, Game Gear and more. It is simply amazing.

The GP2X game emulator is currently only in its alpha stages so there is still quite some time before we see an official launch. But wow. We cannot wait.

[via engadget]

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5 years ago

Andy Rubin Gets Interviewed, Says Android is Revolutionary

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If you don't know Andy Rubin (the man pictured above), you should. He's the brainchild behind this whole Android movement and his direction is what guides our favorite smartphone OS. So when Andy Rubin speaks, the entire Android user base should listen--what he says can very well dictate what's in store for the future of Android.

Andy Rubin discusses a ton of different topics in his CNET interview, mostly regarding smartphones and of course, Android. He talks about staying open, the goal of Android, a 'GooglePhone', Android 1.5, business models, China, and so much more. It's a really good read--if only to pick the brain of Android User 1.

Hit the jump to see some of Andy Rubin's better quotables!

[cnet]

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5 years ago

Acer A1 Android Phone Coming in Late 2009

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Acer's rumored Android phone, the A1, has popped up numerous times before. And according to previous reports, the Acer A1 Android Phone has been targeted for a Late 2009 for quite some time. So when Reuters reported that an Acer-built Android phone was coming, we barely blinked an eye. What piqued our interest, however, is that the head of Acer's phone division pretty much confirmed that Acer is going to be in the Android game. Nothing like a good old exec spilling the beans.

But there's nothing really new here, just further 'confirmation' that an Acer Android phone is coming in late 2009. Let's hope it's a good first effort!

[reuters]

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