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6 years ago

Motorola Charm smiles for the camera


The Motorola Charm, one of the devices being touted as a T-Mobile back to school special, appears to have made an appearance in a T-Mobile store. While there really isn't much new to come from the small hands on that appears to have been had, we have learned that the device does have a touchpad on the back of the device similar to the Backflip. Sadly, we are still unaware of what Android version the device is actually running, or if the device will launch as the T-Mobile Basil, since that is what the packaging refers to this "project" as. Well, we can hope that since it has made its appearance in store now we will get a firm release date, as well as more specs on the device in the near future. [via TMoNews]

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6 years ago

Flash exploit enables root for latest Evo update


 evo ota root

Although that latest OTA patch for the Evo 4G had some launching quirks, you can't deny that it brought some great things for our beloved Evo – better battery life, improved exchange sync support, and overall just a more stable system. There is one thing behind the curtains that not everyone’s aware of though, and that’s the fact that it completely crushed our precious root exploits. As to be expected, a lot of people were upset about this, and a $600 bounty was put up for whoever could crack the code. Luckily, the “leetest of the leet” over at XDA finally figured it out, and the path they took was somewhat of a surprise. Achieving root through a Flash cookie exploit has never been done before, so it marks yet another milestone hurdle the Evo clears. Fortunately enough for all noobs, the process isn’t really all that complicated. Just make sure you know your ADB’s. [XDA via DaringFireball]

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6 years ago

HTC says to expect Android 2.2 updates by Christmas


htc evo 4g gets froyo by christmas

Just because we see what looks like Froyo running on a phone with HTC Sense, doesn't mean it's right around the corner.  The good folks over at Pocket-lint got some one-on-one time with Eric Lin, HTC's global PR and online community manager, at the recent Qualcomm Uplinq convention and got the straight scoop about Froyo on the new breed of HTC Sense phones. 

At this point I'd like to ask everyone to turn off their WiFi...err I mean put down their pitchforks and rotten fruit.  All sharp objects put away?  HTC says to expect Froyo on their handsets by Christmas.  And since you all are safely empty handed, he also says not to expect Gingerbread anytime this year.  Allow me to quote Mr. Lin:

"It takes time to port all of our applications over to Froyo and then make sure that it is running well on each of our devices. That’s not like a one week kind of project. We need to make sure that our applications are taking advantage of the Froyo features. To make sure that they’re all running properly on the OS now that it’s a new version. And then to make sure that it's running on our hardware as well as we expect."

I'm no happier than you guys are, but at least we'll see Froyo on our Evos and Incredibles before Sony Ericsson updates the Xperia line.  Feel free to discuss and vent in the comments. [Pocket-lint]

Update from Phil: Good lord, people. OK, we should have included the following line (but were trying to to steal all of Pocket-Lint's quotes). Said Mr. Lin: "I would believe that we would be done with our Froyo updates before Christmas." Updates could come next week. Or next month. Or the month after. Regardless, everybody have a little patience. You'll get Froyo in due time. This reaction is why we never get more than a ballpark time line.

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6 years ago

FCC follows our lead, goes hands-on with the Logitech Revue Google TV box


Logitech Revue Google TV box

Guess the guys and gals in the federal government saw our hands-on with the Logitech Revue Google TV set-top box and figured they should give it the what-for as well. ... What's that? It can't be released to the public without the FCC's blessing? OK, fine. We understand. But that's not going to stop us from calling "First!" Or at least "Second!" [FCC via Engadget]

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6 years ago

Incredible shipping?, Motorola Droid X, EVO 4G OTA rooted, Nexus One, Froyo


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6 years ago

White HTC Evo 4G makes early appearance at Best Buy


htc evo 4g in white

The white HTC Evo 4G, a Best Buy exclusive, should be available for purchase this Sunday, July 11, but some lucky people are seeing them a full five days early.  Even better, it seems that at least a few Best Buy stores aren't being shy about handing out the white version of HTC's latest masterpiece to customers who pre-ordered either.  If you were waiting for a shiny white Evo and had the foresight to pre-order one, might want to get on the horn with your local Best Buy and see if they have your sitting in stock -- waiting for you to bring home and add it to the family.  Be sure to shout out, and some pictures would be awesome :) [Engadget]


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6 years ago

1Password app now available in Market


You Mac users out there (yes, we know there are a few of you) likely are familiar with 1Password, the uber-password management software. (For the uninitiated, 1Password securely stores your passwords. Learn more here.) Finally (finally!) it's come to Android (Version 2.1 and up). You're going to have to manually copy over your password data from your computer to the phone, but after that, you'll have access to everything. And best of all, it's free. [1Password instructionsMarket LinkApp Brain] Thanks, Rene!

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6 years ago

Pricegraber Android App now available


Android App - Pricegrabber

If you're the wheelin' and dealin' type, know that Pricegrabber [Market linkApp Brain]  now has an official Android application. With it you can:

  • Scan barcodes: Scan any product with a bar code and the PriceGrabber app will search its extensive product catalog for the best price from thousands of retailers.
  • Search, browse and compare products: Search by product name, UPC, manufacturer's part number, most popular items and more.
  • Read product and expert reviews: Read unbiased product reviews from millions of users and experts.
  • Receive the BottomLinePrice®: Calculate a product's BottomLinePrice® that includes shipping and taxes through the GPS in the mobile device or manually entering a postal code.
  • Buy: Click directly on the merchant's Website to make a purchase.
  • Get the best deal: Find the best deal in PriceGrabber's extensive product catalog with prices that update throughout the day.
  • Create a "favorites list": Save products of interest and come back at another time.
  • Access the Gift Shaker: Receive gift suggestions based on category and price.

That about sums that up. So check ye olde credit balance, and get to price grabbin'. [Press release]

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6 years ago

Motorola Milestone getting bugfix update


Motorola Milestone

The wait for Android 2.2 continues, but the European Motorola Milestone apparently is in the midst of another update. MR2.5 reportedly comprises bugfixes and performance/stability improvements, which we certainly wouldn't shrug our shoulders at. Random power cycling and force closes are said to be targeted, and the alarm clock and music capabilities are said to have been addressed. Check your phone or hit up the Motorola software update tool. [via The:Unwired]

Update: Whoops. Apparently Motorola jumped the gun, though you can get the update if you're in Greece, which is nice.

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6 years ago

Motorola Droid X review


Verizon's latest Android smartphone is one big, bad (as in good) Droid

Motorola Droid X Review 

Droid X does it bigger. Take everything you've come to know and love about Verizon's Droid line of Android smartphones -- starting with the original Motorola Droid then taking a step forward (or sideways, some might say) with the HTC Droid Eris and Droid Incredible -- and crank it up to 11. The screen size. The processing power. The camera. The screen size. It's big, it's powerful, and it's threatening to vault the Droid line to a whole new level of popularity, which is saying something.

So let's dive into the Droid X, available July 15 for $199 on contract. After the break, the biggest phone to hit Verizon -- literally -- since the Droid line was born last year.

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6 years ago

HTC posts record 2nd-quarter profits



Three months, 33 percent improvement, and $268 million. That's HTC's second-quarter numbers for you, with the Taiwanese handset manufacturer posting its largest quarterly net profit since Q4 2007. Sales were up 58 percent at $1.88 billion (and up 67 percent YoY in June alone), beating HTC's own estimates. Not a bad three months, indeed. So if you have any friends in Bellevue, Wash., or Taiwan, make sure they buy lunch this week. [HTC]

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6 years ago

Twidroid is now Twidroyd, purchased by TweetUp Inc.



Henceforth, one of your favorite Android Twitter clients, Twidroid, shall forever be known as Twidroyd. That's part of its purchase by TweetUp Inc., which lays claim to "the world's first bidded marketplace for real time search." TweetUp also picked up popuris, an aggregation service, which will work hand-in-hand with Twidroyd. The company also said Twidroyd "will come standard on millions of upcoming Android phones" from five manufacturers.

Why the name change? To avoid any pesky licensing fees (or lawsuits) with Lucas Films (as in George Lucas -- as in Star Wars -- as in droids -- as in C-3PO and R2-D2). Makes sense. Check out the full presser after the break. [Twidroyd]

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6 years ago

Adobe shows off Flash 10.1 on the Motorola Droid X


Flash 10.1 demo on the Droid X

We're all excited for the release of the Motorola Droid X, and now we have even more reason to drool over it -- Senior Technical Evangelist at Adobe Systems Ted Patrick shows off Adobe Flash 10.1 running on the big 4.3 inch screen.  No, there's no word about when to expect Flash on the X, nor when Froyo should be ready, but scenes like this give us hope that it can't be far off. 

That being said, the X looks like it handles Flash just fine and Adobe seems to have Flash 10.1 for mobile devices ready for prime time.  Follow the break to see the video, and let's all count the days until July 15.  [iAndroidblog's Youtube channel via Android Central forums] Thanks Cory!

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6 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S vs HTC Desire running Quake 2 [video]


HTC Desire vs Samsung Galaxy S running Quake 2

We've already seen the Galaxy S can run 3D games rather well, but how about a side by side comparing the Galaxy S Hummingbird/Power VR combo against the Snapdragon and Adreno chip in the latest HTC handsets?  Android Central forum member ConceptVBS found a YouTube video of just that -- a Galaxy S and an HTC Desire both running Quake 2 side by side. 

The Galaxy's beastly processor and GPU combo perform just as expected, and seeing it beside a known performer like the Snapdragon shows just how much better it will handle 3D gaming.  But enough spoilers -- check out the video after the break. [YouTube via Android Central Forums]

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