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6 years ago

Did The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Edition Really Sell Out ?


Did the recently released limited edition T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender really just sell out? Tmonews just received the slide above which specifically states that the myTouch 3G Fender Edition is no longer available to existing customers that want to upgrade to the device (it also states the the black myTouch 3G will also be unavailable for upgrade). The rumored reason floating around is that that the myTouch 3G Fender is out of stock at the warehouse. Meaning, yes, it is selling out.

It's a little hard to believe because as much as we liked the phone when we did our hands-on, it's still a generation behind the likes of the Nexus One. Did that many people actually pass on the Nexus One and went for the myTouch 3G Fender Edition instead? Was demand that high? Is this real? Did T-Mobile only make 1,000 units? We feel like there has to be more explanation to this story.

What do you guys think? Could the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Edition really have sold out that fast?

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6 years ago

Firefox on Android Progressing Nicely, Loads First Page


Like we said before, it's going to take some time before Fennec aka Firefox Mobile actually gets on Android. But at least it looks like porting Fennec over to Android is progressing rather nicely--they actually got their first page load. According to the developer:

Mouse events sort of work, toplevel windows sort of work, keyboard doesn't work yet but shouldn't be hard to hook up.

They're actually testing the full Firefox interface on Android right now, as it's much more complex than Fennec/Firefox Mobile. The understanding is if full Firefox works, Firefox Mobile would work too. And plus, if Android hits netbooks or tablet devices, full Firefox may be better suited for use on those devices. They're still not even ready to deliver an alpha release but they're certainly a little closer than they were yesterday.

[vladimir via @blassey]

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6 years ago

How to manually update your Nexus One


Neuxs One manual update

If you're the type who just can't wait for an update to be pushed out (erm, like some of us around here), you're in luck. You can manually apply today's update to your Nexus One, enabling multitouch and (hopefully) fixing that pesky T-Mobile 3G issue. Here's how to do it: [via Android Forums]

  1. Download the update from here (Google official) or here (mirror).
  2. Rename the file to Note that if you're using Windows, just rename it to "update" (no quotes, of course) because it's already a zipped file.
  3. Copy the file onto your microSD card.
  4. With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button.
  5. You'll be booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards. Select "Bootloader."
  6. On the next screen, select "Recovery."
  7. Your phone will reboot, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
  8. Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
  9. Now (using the trackball this time) choose "Apply" and let things run their course.

You may have to soft reset a couple of times after this. (I got a picture of the Android guy outside of a box. But a couple resets later and all was well.) But now multitouch is enabled, and we can sit back and relax, knowing that we have zero patience and just can't help ourselves.

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6 years ago

Motorola Devour specs: 3.1-inch screen, Android 1.6, MotorBLUR


Motorola Devour specs

We brought you the promotional packaging for the Motorola Devour. But how would you like some specs? Here we go with the phone formerly known as the Calgary, which we're expecting on Verizon anytime now. (Yes, that's a Droid in the picture above. We're told that's just a placeholder.)

The biggies: Android 1.6 (Donut) with MotoBLUR. A 3.1-inch touchscreen (320x480). 3MP camera. Verizon is requiring a data plan, and the $350 early termination fee is in effect. It comes with an 8GB microSD card.

Still no word on price or when it will go on sale, but we're told it could be anytime now. There's a better breakdown and more screenies after the break.

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6 years ago

Nexus One update bringing pinch-to-zoom, Google Goggles, updated maps, T-Mobile 3G fix


Nexus One

You read that right, folks. The update to Google's Nexus One that we thought would just be a basic 3G fix instead has been loaded with other goodies, including:

  • Google Googles will now be baked into the ROM.
  • Google Maps is being updated to sync starred items and search suggestions with the desktop version, and it automatically switches to night mode in Navigation to make it easier to read.
  • The aforementioned 3G fix.
  • And pinch-to-zoom. (Squee!) Yes, multitouch in the browser, gallery and maps.

Keep an eye on your notifications bar, which is where you'll be alerted that the update is ready for you. Google says it will be rolled out gradually (sorry, that's just the way it is), and that you might not get the update until the end of the week. Let us know if and when you get it! [Google]

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6 years ago

WordPress launches Android application


WordPress for Android

For you WordPress blogging hounds out there, an official open-source Android app has just hit the Market. You'll need to be running WordPress 2.7 or higher on the back end. From there, you just download the app, enter your credentials and type away.

Built on top of the popular wpToGo, WordPress Verizon 1.0 supports multiple blogs, comment moderation, post creation and editing, including categories, tags and photos, and you can be notified of new comments through the usual Android notification bar. Video of it in action after the break. [WordPress]

WordPress QR code

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6 years ago

Nexus One software, Widgets contest, Droid 2.1 apps, screen protectors


From the Forums is a great way for you, our readers, to see the hottest topics being discussed. But you must be a registered member and becoming a member is a simple process. So if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now!

  • The Nexus One is one of Android's top-tier devices, but quirks do happen. Sound of in this thread about the oddities you've encountered so far: Nexus One and Android 2.1 Bugs
  • We're giving away 10 FREE copies of Beautiful Widgets. Get the details in the following thread: Android Central Giveaway
  • Chances are most of you Motorola Droid owners are getting a bit impatient waiting for the Android 2.1 update, if you can't take it and don't want to risk installing a buggy 2.1 ROM then check out this thread: 2.1 Apps Now Available for Droid
  • Here is a question for all of the HTC Eris owners out there, do you use a screen protector or not?

See you on the forums!

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6 years ago

Quick tip: See what's using the battery


Android battery usage

For Android 1.6+ If your battery isn't lasting as long as you think it should (does it really ever?), there could be a rogue process or application sucking down more juice than it should. And keeping an eye on what's hitting the battery is pretty simple.

Just go to Settings>About phone>Battery use and you'll get an easy-to-read chart showing what's been going on since your phone was last plugged in. Chances are the display (as in the phone's screen) will be near the top of the list, so turning down the brightness might be one of the first things you try.

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6 years ago

iPad? What About A Google Tablet ?


We know all the rage right now is over the Apple iPad but there may be another tablet device that'll tickle your fancy in the near future. A Google Tablet. Or can we just call it the Goblet already? This visual mockup/concept/not really real video (posted on the Chromium site) entertains the idea of using Chrome OS in a tablet form factor and it looks very cool, interesting and fun to use. If tablets are where we're headed, we wouldn't mind having one of these.

And don't be sad it's not running Android, we think Android is better fit for smartphones anyway, but if you wanted a little taste of what the future of computing may look like, check out the video after the jump!

[via techcrunch]

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6 years ago

Hey the Android Lock Screen is on the iPhone



Because the Android Lock Screen is just so fun and cool (and it is fun and cool), some iPhone developers have ported a similar lock screen system onto the iPhone. Yep, that ol' enter a number code just wasn't cutting it for them anymore, they wanted to draw patterns like us =). As with most supremely cool things about the iPhone, the Android Lock Screen is only available for jailbroken iPhones.

Hit the jump to see a video of the Android Lock Screen on the iPhone!

[via androidcommunity

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6 years ago

Motorola Milestone Coming Soon To Telus in Canada, Says Telus & Best Buy



The Motorola Milestone (GSM version of the Droid) is expected to hit Canada on Telus...soon. The Milestone has popped up in a Best Buy Mobile's Guide and Motorola has posted a new splash page for prospective Canadian users to get informed about one of the best Android devices available. We've previously heard a January 26th Release Date for the Milestone but since that day has come and gone, it's on to the next one. With any luck, we'll see the Milestone release in Canada by the end of February.

The Motorola Milestone is reported to be $199 on a new 3-year contract and $549 unlocked. Remember, the beauty of an unlocked Milestone from a Canadian network is the ability to use it with AT&T 3G. We know some of you AT&T users can't wait for Android to come!

Will any Canadian Android users buy the Milestone or are you guys all waiting/hoping for the Nexus One to release?

[mobilesyrup via phandroid]

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6 years ago

About the Sprint-Nexus One rumor ...


Nexus One

Remember, for a minute, what your mother used to tell you about talking to strangers. Now replace that with cell phone carrier customer solutions representatives and automated chat robots. Not that they're out to mislead anybody. It's just that sometimes the facts aren't always there, though they're more than willing to talk to you.

And that brings us to today's rumor of the Google Nexus One making its way to Sprint. Gizmodo quotes the following:

Thank you for contacting Sprint regarding the nexus one.

Unfortunately, this handset model is not on offer as of now.

Once it is launched, you will see promotional campaigns related to the launch date, cost and the features of the handset on our Web site and other promotional media.

Thank you for showing interest in our products & services. Please let us know if you would like us to assist you with anything else.

For all we know at this point, this could be true. The Nexus One may one day come to Sprint. But here's what left us scratching our heads: Once it is launched, you will see promotional campaigns related to the launch date, cost and the features of the handset on our Web site and other promotional material.

Again, that may happen. But consider this: The Nexus One has been out for nearly a month now, available unlocked and on contract with T-Mobile. And it's "coming soon" on Verizon. And you know how many promotional campaigns we've seen from those two carriers regarding the Nexus One? Zero. Zip. Nada. Google is doing all of that itself. (And, yes, using us to do it, too.)

Maybe the growing pains Google has experienced with the Nexus One will cause a shift in strategy. Or maybe things are going according to plan. Maybe the Nexus One is coming to Sprint. Maybe it's not.

We're just sayin': Remember what your mother said about talking to strangers.

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6 years ago

Do want: Android Mini Collectibles S1


Android Mini Collectibles Series 01

Coming soon (and it took this long?): The official Android Mini Collectibles Series 01. Brought to you by artist Andrew Bell and Google, Series 1 will feature a dozen designs of everybody's favorite little robot in cases of 16. Each little guy is 3 inches tall and has a rotating head and arms. Look for them next week. No word yet on pricing. More pics after the break. [DYZPlastic via Vinyl Pulse] Thanks, Keith!

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6 years ago

Android running on the Xperia X1


Android on the Xperia X1

You gotta love how how one of the greatest challenges in Windows Mobile these days is to get Android running on WinMo devices. And the latest subject: The Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. It's nowhere near as good as what we've seen on the X10, but you take what you can get, we guess. Video after the break. [via PhoneArena]

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6 years ago

Android on a vertical slider? Sign us up!


Alcatel OT-980

Pop quiz: What phone has a vertically sliding keyboard, 600 MHz processor, 3G, aGPS, 192MB of RAM, a 2MP camera and the best darn operating system around? Nope, not the Palm Pre.

Meet the Alcatel OT-980, which sports the aforementioned specs along along with Android 1.6. It's a low-cost device that'll be released in Europe, but it's a form factor we'd love to get a shot with here in the states. Check out the video of it in action after the break. [Frandroid via Intomobile]

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