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6 years ago

It's Droid 2 launch day: We've got ours, what about you?

Motorola Droid 2 on Verizon

The Motorola Droid 2 is officially available today. We've got ours and will be putting it through its paces, so check back early and often today.

But we also want to hear from you. Head into the Android Central Forums and leave your first impressions. And we'll pick one post at random this afternoon to win a case from the Android Central Store. So let's hear it. What do you think of the Droid 2?

Tell  us your first impressions of the Droid 2

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6 years ago

G1 spotted on TV Land's 'Hot in Cleveland'


We've seen quite a few of those iPhone thingy-ma-jigs in our favorite TV shows and movies on the silver screen for the past few years. Though recently, it seems like our little robot buddy has been quickly becoming quite the A-lister. In July we spotted the Nexus One being used by Ari Gold and Johnny Drama on HBO's hit show, Entourage

In a recent episode of TV Land's Hot in Cleveland, the son of Valerie Bertinelli's character was spotted using the father of all Android phones, the G1. I guess the G1 is not dead. The question is: When is Android getting its own IMDb page? Thanks Kyle!

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6 years ago

Nothing says forever like UnrEVOked



The wait is over -- the fellows behind Unrevoked have released their "forever" tool.  While we're not going to get into specifics (you can read those, and you had better, at the source link) what this tool does is unlock your Evo or Incredible's firmware -- forever.  As in even if you accept an OTA update, it stays unlocked.  According the the Unrevoked team, this is a permanent patch.

Be aware, there is always the potential for problems, even big ones.  Be sure to read everything and understand before you download and install this.  Having said that, I've done it and had no issues, and so have a few others.  No go have a read and see if this one is for you, and check out the screenies after the jump. [Unrevoked] Thanks Bret for the screenshots!

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6 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G available Aug. 31, presale Aug. 13, $249 after contract and rebate


Sprint Epic 4G

Finally, we have a launch date for the Sprint Epic 4G. (See our hands-on here.) The keyboarded version of the Samsung Galaxy S will be available Aug. 31 for $249.99 after two-year contract and $100 rebate. You can reserve yours starting Friday at and pick it up in a Sprint store. It's launching with Android 2.1, which we already knew, and will be updated to Android 2.2 in the coming months.

Full presser after the break. [Sprint]

Update: Want to reserve an Epic 4G? Give this link a shot. Thanks, cellman

Update 2: Radio Shack says it's taking preorders on Friday. Thanks, hampstenj

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6 years ago

Is this the R2-D2 Droid 2?


R2-D2 Droid 2

Look at this R2-D2 Droid 2. (Say that 10 times fast.) We've been staring at it for all of 5 minutes now and have come to the following conclusions:

  • If you know whether Han shot first, it's likely the most beautiful thing you've ever seen in your life.
  • If you have no idea what that means, you're likely perfectly normal and will go on to live a perfectly ordinary life.

We're not going to choose sides. We love all of our smartphones equally. Even the hideous ones. [@r2d2central via Engadget]

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6 years ago

Sony Ericsson rumored to have PSP Go-like Android 3.0 gaming phone



Gaming on Android just got a lot more serious. Engadget is reporting that Sony Ericsson is hard at work on the oft-rumored PSP phone, only it will come with Android 3.0 ("Gingerbread") and is described by those in the know as "a cross between the Samsung Captivate and the PSP Go" (you can see their mockup above). This is quite surprising as they haven't even been able to launch a phone running 2.1 yet.

Sony is aiming for graphics power in the realm of the PSX or PSP. Considering we already have PS1 emulators running on Android, this is perfectly reasonable. To help out with the demands of mobile gaming, the gaming-specific controls would slide out like we are used to in landscape slider phones along with a "long touch pad" rather than the joystick nub that PSP owners would be familiar with.

Other specs for the phone are what you would expect from a high-end device: 3.7- or 4.1-inch screen, at least WVGA resolution (800x480), a non-final 5MP camera, and a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU. It seems like Sony Ericsson will be putting a custom skin on the device, which we (sadly) have come to expect as of late. It also seems like Google is deeply involved with the device, and a special section of the Android Market will be created for titles that would require the added power and physical buttons on the phone. Other phones and devices might be able to see the games at some point "if their specs and button layouts meet requirements." Rumored games include members of the Modern Warfare (aka Call of Duty) and God of War franchises. 

Price and launch date are vague at best, with October being listed as the earliest possible. In addition, no mention was made of what carrier(s) the phone would arrive on or in what countries, so it is wide open at the moment. Still, this looks to be where Sony is aiming for their future mobile gaming efforts. As such, it should have a great backing from the gaming industry. So, who wants one? [Engadet]

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6 years ago

Evernote updated with widget and more


Evernote send to note  Evernote widget

Evernote has updated their excellent Android application to include a widget (pictured), the 'send to Evernote function' (also pictured), pinch zooming within a note, note caching, and a slew of performance tweaks and bug fixes.  For those who don't know, Evernote is a cross platform note application with great clients on both mobile and desktop operating systems.  We've talked about Evernote a bit before, and you Android Central Podcast listeners know how much Mickey and I enjoy it.  This update makes an already great Android application even better.  Evernote users, check for the update in the Market, and those who want to check it out for the first time can get the download details after the break.  [Evernote Blog via @Sethjk on Twitter]

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6 years ago

Get the Droid 2 eye live wallpaper now


Droid 2 eye live wallpaper

OK, so it's a little wrong to put the Droid 2 eye live wallpaper on a Nexus One. But it's also very, very right. It's a simple install, and you don't have to be rooted to do it. You just need a phone that can handle live wallpapers. Hit up the source link for the download info. [XDA Developers]

Update: If you're getting a parsing error, try getting the apk onto your phone through a different method. (I used Dropbox, or you can try the Sideload Wonder Machine)

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6 years ago

HTC and Sports Illustrated want to put you behind the tan lines


HTC Sports Illustrated contest

HTC and Sports Illustrated are looking for someone to be the official HTC correspondent to cover the 2011 swimsuit edition photo shoots.  HTC and SI will provide a new HTC smartphone, and the contest winner will be required to shoot pictures and video of the event  for the Sports Illustrated Behind the Tanlines page.  I doubt much arm-twisting will be needed. 

While I would prefer that nobody else enters, ensuring my victory and swimsuit model vacation, I'll tell you guys (and gals) how to enter -- Just upload a photo or video (3 minutes or less) at the Behind the Tanlines contest page, and fill out the form to give them a tweet.  Rules and details are available at the source link.  Good luck, and if you'll excuse me I have some video to shoot.  [Behind the Tanlines via HTC Source]

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6 years ago

Sprint compares Samsung's Epic 4G with HTC's Evo 4G in new video


Sprint's YouTube channel just uploaded a comparison video of the only 4G phones on the cell phone market today: Samsung's Epic 4G and HTC's Evo 4G. Sprint employee Heather walks us through a few features of the phones, mostly showcasing the Epic's 4-inch Super AMOLED display, QWERTY keyboard, and reminds us via the small print that "the Samsung media hub will be available post-launch." The clip also shows off the Epic's ability to connect wirelessly to your DLNA certified TV. Poor Evo ... he can only do HDMI out. Sprint's epic video -- pun intended -- is available after the break.

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6 years ago

From the forums -- Droid X swag showing in some owners' mailboxes


Droid X shirt, front  Droid X shirt, back

If you were lucky enough to get a Droid X before they went on backorder, keep a close eye on your mailbox (not the Gmail one, silly).  Users in the forums are reporting that they have been receiving a Droid box, and inside is a T-shirt (pictured, and size XXL -- sorry Cory), a sticker, and a 25 percent off coupon for accessories.  Yay swag!  [Android Central forums] Special thanks to twindragons187 for the pics!

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6 years ago

Official and early Droid 2 hands-ons good to whet the appetite


Droid 2 videos

The Motorola Droid 2 is less than 24 hours away, and Verizon's offering up an official hands-on video (re-uploaded by Engadget) to tease use these last few hours. Can't help but wonder if all the hands-on touchy-feely stuff was dig at Apple. Or maybe we're making that up. Who knows.

Either way, check it out after the break, along with an early hands-on from Droid Life. And everybody get ready for the madness to start tomorrow morning.

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6 years ago

SwiftKey Keyboard gains speech-to-text


SwiftKey Keyboard BetaSwiftKey Keyboard Beta

SwiftKey, one of our favorite keyboards, just added a much-wanted feature that many popular third-party keyboards lack: speech to text. The microphone gets a dedicated button in its familiar spot to the left of the space bar, but the implementation is slightly different from what most of us are used to.

Pressing it brings up a blank screen with the "Speak now" dialog rather than staying on the screen you're actually entering text on. While slightly jarring, this may be due to one other tweak--after speaking, a popup lets you select what you meant to say. Will this alleviate the frustration of the speech-to-text engine constantly misunderstanding you, or just add another step?

The app description now also promises the "full app out soon." Their beta release added a lot of polish compared to the alpha, so we may be in for a treat in the near future. Download link and another screenshot after the break

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6 years ago

Official Galaxy S accessories look as awesome as the Android smartphones


Samsung Galaxy S car dock

We've got half of the Galaxy S line already in our fat little fingers -- that'd be the T-Mobile Vibrant and AT&T Captivate -- and today Samsung announced some official accessories to go with them. (We'll forget, for the moment, that they're teasing us with the as-yet-unlaunched Verizon Fascinate.)

As you see above, there's a snazzy car dock that fits the lines of the entire Galaxy S series. And after the break, take a peep at the desktop dock with audio out, spare battery charger and leather case.

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6 years ago

Samsung Captivate available from Amazon for only $49.99 with contract


If you've been looking to get the new Samsung Captivate from AT&T, be sure you check out Amazon's awesome deal first. Amazon is offering the 1GHz "Hummingbird" processor, 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, and an all-new Touchwiz 3.0 user interface for a $49.99 with a new two year contract. AT&T is currently selling it for $199.99. Sounds like a steal to us. Check out our review of the Samsung Captivate before you scoop it up from Amazon though. [Amazon via Android Authority]

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