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6 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 update begins rolling out this weekend


If you listen carefully, you can hear the cheer of X10 users all around the world celebrating their impending update to Android 2.1.  Scheduled to begin on Sunday in Nordic countries, this 2.1 update will crawl around the world, one market at a time over the coming months.

Although the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 didn't perform as well as we'd hoped, we were optimistic that its flaws would be ironed out with updates, but unfortunately, the x10 family has been stuck on Android 1.6 since its launch back in August.  The hardware inside the Xperia X10 isn't cutting edge, but it certainly isn't outdated by any means.  Whatever reasons Sony Ericsson had to launch the X10 with an outdated OS remains a mystery to us.  I can say with a certain measure of confidence that the X10 would have been received better had it been loaded with Android 2.1.  Here's to hoping an Eclair is all the X10 needed to achieve its full potential.

But I digress.  Xperia X10 users, get ready to start enjoying your device even more.  Check out the list of enhancements after the break.  [via Sony Ericsson Blog]

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6 years ago

Droid Incredible Case Review: Seidio Innocase II Surface case


Seidio Innocase II Surface case

The HTC Droid Incredible is one of the most popular Droid devices around -- period. With its super fast processor and beautiful 3.7-inch display, you'll find yourself wanting to show this phone off to everyone around you. In doing so, you probably want to pick up the Seidio Innocase II Surface case. This case highlights the design of the phone, all while providing one of the sturdiest Droid Incredible cases around.

The case feels much like the backing of the Incredible's battery door. With its soft-touch feel, the case still keeps a solid and rather sturdy form. The backing also follows and highlights the contours and curvatures that this Droid is known for. As for the extremities, such as the camera and power button -- each is exposed, but protected. As for the inside of the case, you'll find felt pieces on both halves of the case (see pictures after the break). This provides a nice touch to keeping the phone snug, while not scratching up the backing of the phone.

Once on, the case literally hugs the phone all around. As the two halves connect around the phone, a very small raised tab on the bottom half, locks the the two pieces together. To unlock, simply push down where the tab lies, and pull the top half away.

The Seidio Innocase II Surface case for the Droid Incredible carries a long name -- but delivers as one of the best hard shell cases around and is available from the Android Central Store for $29.95. More photos after the break.

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6 years ago

Archos 5 featured on Amazon's Gold Box, on sale for $309


Archos 5

Amazon's Gold Box, which features daily deals during the countdown to Black Friday, is featuring the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. The Archos 5 is an affordable tablet choice, and it is even cheaper for this short window. 

For the next two hours, you can get the Archos 5 for $309.99, which is 38% off the retail price. Hurry up and get it before its sold out! [Amazon's Gold Box]

Update: And, poof, it's gone, folks! Hope you were quick.

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6 years ago

Samsung Vibrant overclocked to 1.6 GHz


Vibrant Overclock

Another day, another tip about overclocking -- this time it's the Samsung Vibrant hitting a very fast, yet still believable 1.6 GHz.  The method isn't yet public (at the time of this writing), but at least these fellows have some benchmarks to back it up.  Besides the Quadrant benchmark (which is about useless on a Galaxy S phone -- blame the cheaters and developers lack of fixing the I/O scoring algorithm for that one) of 3196, they're showing off a Linpack score of 12.3.  Before you scoff, this is on the OMAP a Hummingbird, still running 2.1.  That's fast.  Very fast.  I'm pretty sure most, if not all, of this will work with all Galaxy S phones, but the skeptic in me says wait for the developers to chime in on that one.

They have also been hard at work on tuning the GPU, and are getting incredible graphics benchmark scores, and these don't involve any suspect benchmark apps.  These are real, folks, and are the kind of scores we all wanted out of the Galaxy S phones.  I, for one, am awful glad to see the community deliver them.  I know benchmarks often don't translate into real-world improvement, but scores this high surely will.  Hit the source link to follow the progress, and read all the juicy details.  [AndroidSpin, CyanogenMod forums (down)] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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6 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 36


Audio-only stream below

More rumors than we can shake a stick at, including a possible new Nexus phone and the release of Gingerbread. Plus, Google TV, tablets, and your e-mails and voicemails. Listen in!

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6 years ago

WiFi-only Galaxy Tab passes through FCC


Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi

As the Samsung Galaxy Tab nears launch here in the U.S., one question still looms: will there be a WiFi-only version? We have heard rumors on both sides, but the affirmative side just got a big boost as it appears a WiFi-only version passed through the FCC.

The device has been known as the GT-P1010 and quietly received approval. This is great news for consumers who want the Galaxy Tab but don't want to be tied to a specific carrier. No release date or pricing details yet, but we'll update you when we find out. [FCC via IntoMobile]

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6 years ago

From Facebook: Nextflix, Hulu top most-wanted Android apps

  we want it

Over at the official Android Central Facebook page, users have been listing the apps they most want to see come to Android. Hulu and Netflix are the two near-universal choices, with a smattering of games thrown in for good measure. We know Netflix is working on an app, but Hulu has been mum. Netflix hasn't given anything more than a vague hint, leaving Android media streaming lovers out in the cold. People have even resorted to using third party solutions to get their Hulu fix on. Hey guys, you do know that the best way to get money for your product and services is to sell it to people willing to buy, right? [Facebook]

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6 years ago

Call to arms -- Sprint asks customers which mobile platform it should focus on


Sprint wants to know which mobile platform they should focus on.  AND ANDROID CENTRAL USERS TELL THEM EXACTLY WHICH MOBILE PLATFORM THEY SHOULD FOCUS ON!

Seems like one of these things is popping up every day, doesn't it?  But this time, it's the carrier itself doing the prodding.

In an attempt to better understand what their customers want, Sprint has put up a poll in the Sprint Community section of their website.  Who knows how important the results are, but Sprint is asking their subscribers "Which platform do YOU think we should focus on?"

As I'm writing this article, HP webOS is enjoying a massive lead over Android, BlackBerry, and "Windows 7" (though I'm sure they mean Windows Phone 7).

Before you mosey on over and start voting, you should know that this poll is only open to Sprint customers.  So if you're on the Now Network, head on over and cast your vote.

And it appears as though our friends at PreCentral got a head start on us, but let's even the playing field here.  Make sure our little green friend stands strong against the competition!  [Sprint Community via PreCentral]

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6 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct. 28, 2010



With the Android market breaking 100,000 applications, it is no wonder why finding the perfect application can be a difficult task. Many hours are spend, many batteries killed, all in the hunt of finding a great application. Check out some of our favorite applications with us after the jump. 

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6 years ago

Is the Android Market down for you? (Update: Google says it's fixed)


Android Market

Here we go again, folks. The Android Market seems to have taken a bit of a header this afternoon. We've gotten apps to download find on some devices, and not so fine on others, so maybe the worst is behind us. What say you all?

Update: The AndroidDev Twitter account reports that everything should be fine now. The whole thing started about noon Pacific time and "lasted a few hours."

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6 years ago

Logitech apologizes for late Revues with a $25 gift code


Logitech Revue gift code

If your Logitech Revue didn't make it to your doorstep as quickly as it was supposed to, check your inbox. An apology in the form of a $25 gift code might have just arrived. That's $25 off anything, no minimum purchase, plus you'll get free shipping. Which is darn nice of Logitech, we say.

Oh, and speaking of nice things, be sure to register for our Logitech Revue Giveaway if you haven't already.

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6 years ago

Nexus Two (or Nexus S) reportedly a lot like the Galaxy S, only different


Nexus Two, Nexus S, Nexus whatever

We're not sure we'd call this an actual hands-on, per se, but Gizmodo says "a friend of ours" got to play with an upcoming Samsung device that will be the Nexus Two, or Nexus S, or whatever the darn thing ends up being called. From what Giz's friend says, it pretty much sounds like a Galaxy S device with a front-facing camera and a slightly different, more curved shell. We'll just have to see, won't we.

Oh, and before you wet yourself, that's just Giz's mock-up you see above, not the actual thing. [Gizmodo]

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6 years ago

Is a cameraless version of the Motorola Droid Pro coming soon?


Motorola Droid Pro

It appears that there may be a cameraless version of the Motorola Droid Pro available in the near future. This would be aimed at the often overlooked but large group of workers who are unable to sport a camera on their phones due to security concerns. As cameras have continued to evolve and improve in the mobile space, there are lots of jobs that unfortunately don't allow those technologies to be enjoyed. It doesn't mean they should have to settle for a less capable phone though.

It's good to see Motorola and Verizon catering at the market that has been dominated so heavily by RIM and Microsoft. 

Does anyone work in an environment where you're not allowed to have a camera on your phone? If so, does the Droid Pro entice you? [Engadget]

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6 years ago

Dell Venue shows up at the FCC, leaves the 'Pro' out of its name


Dell Venue at the FCC

A device called the Dell Venue has appeared at the FCC. A few days ago, we reported that Dell was possibly going to release an Android version of the Venue Pro that was recently announced for the Windows Phone 7 platform.  This looks to be confirmed with a slight difference as the device is dropping the "Pro" from its name. 

We don't know too much about the Venue, but expect it to be very similar to its Windows Phone counterpart. Instead of a vertical slider however, this version will have a full touchscreen, that should be nice on the 4.1-inch Super-AMOLED screen. 

Good news for those of you who were a little jealous during Windows Phone 7 launch day. Let's hope Dell releases it with an updated version of the OS. [FCC via Engadget]

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6 years ago

Verizon giving away the HTC Merge as part of 'Urban Challenge' in Seattle (Update: It's the Droid Incredible)

HTC Merve

Update: Just heard back from HTC, and they tell us that anywhere you see the word "Merge" below, replace it with "Droid Incredible." They then told us they didn't know what we were talking about, there is no HTC Merge, we must be a prank caller and then hung up on us. (Not really.)

The HTC Merge is still very much unofficial, not having been announced by either HTC or Verizon. So imagine our surprise when it shows up on the prize list for the Verizon Urban Challenge. In fact, Verizon is giving away six of the Android 2.2 sliders on Saturday. Here's the deal, according to Verizon:

[The Urban Challenge is] a rat race through the fair city of Seattle. A grueling test of head-to-toe and between-the-ears strength. An unpredictable, multi-stage contest against 49 teams all with a ravenous appetite for the same dish-1st place. Or maybe it's the cash and HTC smartphone. Either way, grab the closest relative, girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, neighbor, or stranger and snag one of the 50 spots while you still can.

The first-place team wins $3,000 case, a pair of Merges Droid Incredibles, and a couple of $125 Verizon gift cards. Second place wins $1,500, plus the phones and gift cards, and third place gets $500 plus the phones and gift cards.

If you're looking for more information on the HTC Merge, allow us to present our initial hands-on, video preview, photo gallery and -- oh, heck, you can just find it all right here. [Verizon Urban Challenge via Android Central Forums]

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