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6 years ago

Verizon Attacks iPhone, Introduces Droid


The glove are off. After attacking AT&T, Verizon just released a commercial attacking/mocking the iPhone as an 'iDon't' device that doesn't have a real keyboard, can't multitask, can't take 5-megapixel pictures, can't take pictures in the dark, can't customize, can't run widgets, and can't interchange batteries. And guess what? Everything that the 'iDon't' can't do, the Droid does.

No shots of the Droid (previously known as the Sholes) were actually shown in the commercial but there is no doubt that Verizon is betting big on their first Android device. We're absolutely certain that interest in the Droid will soon reach a fever pitch and come November, it's going to be one of the most anticipated devices of the year. Expect more commercials and ads about what the Droid does and what the 'iDon't' cant.

What do you guys think? Smart move by Verizon? If anything, 'iDon't' is catchy as heck.

[droid does]

thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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6 years ago

Android 2.0 'Eclair' Leaked, Screenshots Look So Good



Following up on the heels of their boot-up video of the Motorola Droid, BGR has just posted the first screenshots of Android 2.0 'Eclair'. And boy it's a doozy. This obviously isn't the final build of Android 2.0 but we're loving the new features it adds and the optimization (it's supposed to be fast) of 'Eclair'. New features will probably be added and things will change, but Android is clearly headed in the right direction--this is a much more modern UI.

Highlights of Android 2.0 features include:

  • Native Microsoft Exchange Support (hooray for business users!)
  • Integrated Facebook, Facebook friends syncs to your contacts
  • Improved Browser (double-tap to zoom, speeds similar to iPhone 3GS)
  • Updated Maps includes support for Layers
  • Unified E-Mail Inbox
  • New YouTube widget for superfast uploads
  • 'Car Home' application that gives big and bright icons for features used while driving
  • A lot of voice control

Hit the jump to see more pictures and our commentary on Android 2.0 'Eclair'! It's a great first look to see where your favorite OS is headed! For the full gallery, head to BGR.

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6 years ago

Questions About the Sprint HTC Hero?


You’ve read our hardware review. You’ve read our take on the software and HTC Sense. Now it’s your turn. If you guys have any questions about the Sprint HTC Hero feel free to ask away in the comments! We’ll do our best to compile the questions over the weekend and answer them all in one easy-to-read article.

So if there’s anything you ever wanted to know about the HTC Hero, here’s your chance to find out.

What do you want to know about the Sprint HTC Hero?

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6 years ago

Acer Liquid Looks Great in Real Life, Has Social Networking Features


The biggest selling point of the Acer Liquid Android Phone will likely be its 1GHz Snapdragon Processor that’s going to run laps around current Android phones. It’s easy to forget that the Acer Liquid will have other features like a screen with an 800x400 resolution or a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus—this phone is going to have it all.

And look at that hardware—the build quality seems to be top tier—Acer did a really great job on the design. Not to mention it still packs the usual slew of 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3.5mm headphone jack—yeah, we’re excited to use this phone.

The Acer Liquid is supposed to also launch with a few tweaks to the stock Android build. Specifically, it’ll offer some Social Networking connectivity cause that’s what all the cool kids do. It’ll likely lack the beauty and breadth of HTC Sense but offering some custom social features on top of our favorite OS is always a good thing.

So when will we see this?

See more pictures of the Acer Liquid after the jump!

[via pocket-lint, engadget]

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6 years ago

Samsung I5700 Galaxy Lite Spied, Called Spica in Italy


The Samsung Galaxy Lite has been caught in the wild, in all its lime-green glory. Called the Spica in Italy, the Samsung Galaxy Lite looks to be a cute little device that still manages to pack some solid specs.

  • 3 inch AMOLED Screen (384x240)
  • 528MHz Qualcomm Processor
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus
  • GPS, FM Radio, accelerometer
  • 1500 mAh battery

The Galaxy Lite goes through a rather exhaustive time under the harsh light but it comes out better than we expected (not sure about the green though). Even so, it doesn’t look like the Galaxy Lite will be launching in the states, we’ll have to enjoy our Samsung Android devices through the Sprint Samsung Moment and the T-Mobile Behold II!

See more pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Lite after the jump!


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6 years ago

Motorola Droid Booted Up, Caught on Video!


BGR has their mitts on the Motorola Droid and was kind enough to record it booting up on video. The 35-second video itself doesn’t tell us much, we just see it go through the usual (but unique) startup progressions a phone would go through. It begins with a Motorola logo then stylishly flashes the word DROID, after that a red beacon pops up and runs a bit and the phone says ‘Droid’ in a robotic voice. Looks like ‘Droid’ is the name it likes being called.

There’s no sign of MOTOBLUR or any unique features that Android 2.0 ‘Eclair’ might have. The only thing we can tell from this brief Motorola Droid video is that it runs on Verizon. As cute as everything looks right now, we’re going to be positively tripped out every time our future Droid utters the word ‘Droid’.

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6 years ago

HTC Hero: Software & HTC Sense Review


We’ve already discussed the hardware of the HTC Hero in our previous review and in short, it’s great. The wonderful build quality and high-end design will certainly make it appealing to tons of users, new and long time smartphone users alike. But what makes the HTC Hero truly special is the software, HTC Sense.

We’ve covered HTC Sense here at Android Central before and have never hidden our feelings about it (we love it). HTC Sense really shows what Android is all about—the customization, the uniqueness, and the capabilities. We think it’s safe to say that HTC Sense was one of the biggest announcements for Android this year—it cast Android in a dynamically new light and showed the world that Android was in fact, ready for the prime time.

So how, after all those superlatives, does HTC Sense perform? Is it really the game-changing feature that we’ve built it up to be? Is it speedy? Is it slow? Is it usable?


Find out in Android Central’s software review of the HTC Hero!

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6 years ago

Acer Android Netbook Pictured in Real Life, Looks As You Think


Interested in seeing pictures of the dual-booting Acer Android Netbook? Look no further because we have the Acer Aspire One D250 in a slew of photos. The netbook is designed like every other netbook--small, portable, and cute. But how does a touchscreen mobile OS like Android translate to the land of monitors, trackpads, and keyboards? Reports are pointing to a little weird, but still manageable.

The experience is different because remember, there are no dedicated Android buttons--you'll have to make do with ESC and the trackpad. The Acer Aspire One D250 will boot in Android and provide the option to switch to Windows (it'll be offered in both XP and Vista versions). Unfortunately, it won't run Android Market but Acer is planning to release an App Market tailored for the D250's 1024x600 screen.

The Acer Aspire One D250 certainly has us intrigued. We're definitely thinking about buying one once it hits stores October 22nd. What about you?

Hit the jump to see more pictures of the Acer Android Netbook!

[via pocket-lint]

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6 years ago

Verizon Tweets About Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes



We love living in this age of social networking, you never know what you'll find out. Verizon just tweeted that yes, the much anticipated Verizon Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes is going to be releasing very soon on their network and that it is 'quasi-official'. Is that a real surprise? Not really, considering it's been pegged a Verizon device for quite some time now but it's always nice to hear it from the source.

Since it's already out of the bag, can't Verizon announce it already? We're anxious for details here!

[via mobilecrunch]

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6 years ago

Gigantic Eclair Dropped Off at Google Campus


You have to love Google. Not only do they name their Android builds after desserts, they actually bring in gigantic-sized models of said desserts and place them on their campus. If you remember, Android 2.0 is going to be called 'Eclair' and since it's now been placed on the Google Campus, we can likely expect it sooner than we thought.

The first device to run Android 2.0 'Eclair' is expected to be the Verizon Motorola Droid (aka Tao aka Sholes) and with the Droid leaking images left and right and the giant Eclair being set on the Google Campus, maybe we're in for a great (and productive) end of the year! And if it does come that soon, can and will devices jump to 'Eclair' from 'Cupcake' and bypass 'Donut' entirely?

Hit the jump to see a picture of the giant Android Robot, Cupcake, & Donut!

[via techcrunch]

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6 years ago

Motorola CLIQ Review Roundup !



Reviews of the Motorola CLIQ have been popping up all over the web and the general consensus is that the CLIQ is a good and solid first Android effort from Motorola that leaves them wanting more. We've yet to receive our own Motorola CLIQ so we've gathered the other reviews together for your reading pleasure. We've included some highlight quotes that should give you a good idea on how the CLIQ performs. So without further ado, here's where you can find the reviews

Engadget naturally compared the CLIQ to the G1:

The CLIQ definitely steps up to the plate here, ditching the wacky arc-shaped screen opening mechanism for a traditional slide, losing the angled chin, and generally upping the quality of materials throughout the phone -- but the keyboard is another story...The biggest issue with the CLIQ's keyboard, though, is the placement of the spacebar, Alt, Symbol, Search, and back keys. Unlike the rest of the pad, that bottom row is concave rather than convex, meaning they're essentially buried beneath the edge of the device.

Gizmodo loved MOTOBLUR but think it's held back by the CLIQ's processor (the same processor in every Android device):

Like we said in the hardware section, the major thing holding back the Cliq from being a fantastic phone is the processor. The animations are smooth, the UI touches are smart and the social networking stuff is useful; we just wish we could have a bit more account customization, do all of that on faster hardware. 

and MobileCrunch briefly describes MOTOBLUR:

Blur is clever. When you start up the phone it asks for all of your login particulars. Everyone, be they in Twitter or Facebook or Gmail, shows up as a contact. Most of these contacts will automatically connect with each other, ensuring you don’t have too many duplicates.

Check out the rest of the reviews and don't forget to wait for Android Central's take on the Motorola CLIQ and MOTOBLUR!

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6 years ago

Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes Gets a Clear Picture, Runs Android 2.0



Finally! After dealing with dark and fuzzy pictures of the Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes, we finally get a clean and clear picture of it--and yes, it looks as good as we want it to. This picture-perfect angle of what we expect to be the first Verizon Android device shows that it is in fact, called the Motorola Droid and that it will run Android 2.0 'Eclair' as listed in the above settings. We're crossing our fingers that Verizon and Motorola plan to launch this very, very soon.

What do you guys think?


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6 years ago

Acer Liquid Android Phone Announced, Has 1GHz Snapdragon Processor



These Android devices just keep coming, don't they? After copping out with a dual-booting Android Netbook, it looks like Acer is ready to support Android in a big way. Acer just announced the Acer Liquid, Acer's first Android smartphone. The Acer Liquid (which we're assuming is the much discussed A1) will use Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon Processor, marking it the first Android handset to use the chipset (which we expect to be super fast). Along with the super speedy processor, the Acer Liquid will have a drool-worthy High Definition WVGA capacitive touchscreen and run Android 1.6 'Donut'.

Other notable features include (via acer):

  • Improved power management to help achieve longer battery autonomy for intense users;
  • A new user interface with easy access to entertainment and web bookmarks
  • An optimized camera with geo-tagging, ISO, self-timer options and accelerated auto-focus performance
  • Exclusive Spinlets application providing free streaming of worldwide music and video, that can be shared with friends and family through web-posting or e-mail
  • Smart integration of Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Picasa and Flickr in the address book, with realtime notification of status or content updates.

Though no date, price, carrier, or any real information was announced, we're sure that the Acer Liquid will shake up the current Android smartphone market into using faster processors (we hope). Either way, we can't wait to use one of these!

What do you guys think?

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6 years ago

Another Fuzzy Picture of the Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes



BGR got their hands on another picture of the Motorola Droid aka Tao aka Sholes and it's...fuzzy. Though of course, a picture of the upcoming Verizon Motorola Android handset is better than nothing, we do wish it came at a higher resolution. BGR's sources also tell them that the ROM on the Droid aka Tao aka Sholes is getting new builds daily--maybe they're trying to reach a deadline and release this puppy? Let's hope so.

Another shot after the break!

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