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6 years ago

Android Quick App: Hiplogic *Spark launcher replacement


Hiplogic *Spark

Longtime software developer Hiplogic this week released a beta of its *Spark Android launcher (that'll be the last time we put the asterisk in Spark, by the way). Emphasis on the beta party, is it's still a bit laggy and buggy, but it's an interesting addition to Android.

The gist is that you get a vertical sliding UI, with weather info at the top, some shortcuts, news, post to Facebook and Twitter, plus Facebook and Twitter updates. Standard stuff really, but it's done in an interesting and attractive way.

Again, we need to reiterate that this is an unfinished beta, and you should treat it as such. But it's worth keeping an eye on, and you can find out more at Video hands-on and download info are after the break.

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6 years ago

Logitech's Google TV box is coming Sept. 29 with $299 price tag


 Logitech Revue

We have known about the Logitech Revue (check out our unplugged hands-on) and its Google TV-touting ways for some time now, but Google had only given us the vague "this fall" as a release date. Well, Engadget has it on good authority that the box will be hitting retail later this month, Sept. 29 to be exact, for the hefty sum of $300. Dish Network might be offering subscribers a much better deal: one box per house for $179. Engadget has a bunch of pictures from their tipster up, so make sure you hit up the link. [Engadget

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6 years ago

Epic 4G getting an update today to enable Samsung Media Hub


 Epic 4G update

The Epic 4G is getting an over-the-air update today that will enable Samsung Media Hub (which will be officially announced tonight), plus a few bugfixes. Here's the list:

  • Optimized, HotSpot in 3G idle mode to help conserve battery power
  • Optimized, Applied Qualcomm patch for performance enhancement
  • Added, Media Hub
  • Modified, WiMAX exit delay
  • Modified, UI "Noisey" One to "Noisy One"
  • Fixed, 32GB mSD card is not recongized when formatted in device
  • Fixed, When playing video, the playback is paused if a headset is connected/disconnected
  • Fixed, Sorry popup when DRM file is selected in the Gallery
  • Fixed, Hotspot registration/deregistration

Some people already are seeing the update (version DI07, for those playing at home), so hang tight if you haven't gotten it yet.  [Samsung, Sprint, Android Central Forums]

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6 years ago

HTC Desire London event roundup


HTC's Desire Z and Desire HD

HTC announced the Desire HD, Desire Z, and at their live event in London this week, and while we didn't make it attend, many other sites did. Several did live blogs chock full of pictures, and there are even quick videos of the Desire HD and Desire Z in action. So, we have rounded up the best of the best for you in one convenient place. Check out the links after the break. 

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6 years ago

Review: Incipio dermaSHOT case for the Nexus One


Incipio dermaSHOT case for the Nexus One

I got a new Incipio dermaSHOT case for my Nexus One, not just to review, but I needed one. The wife and I have this cat.  Now I have no idea how to, or even who does the measuring of a cats sanity, but this particular cat would fail.  I used to have a neat little neoprene pouch that came with my Nexus One.  Any of you guys with a cat know right where this is going -- Bowie the cat (one green eye and one blue eye gets you named David Bowie if I'm around) decided to shred my Nexus OEM pouch.  Since my desk and general work area is cluttered and full of things that can and will scratch up a phone, the search was on for a new case for a Nexus One.  I ended up picking the Incipio dermaSHOT silicone case and am pretty pleased.  Jump past the break and have a look at some pics and see why I chose it.

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6 years ago

Samsung releases Fascinate source code


 Verizon Fascinate

Merely a week after launch, Samsung has released the source code for the Verizon Fascinate. That's par for the course for Android, and any proprietary code will have been stripped out. But if you're of the tinkering sort, get your download on and let's get some custom ROMs a'cookin.' [Samsung Open Source Release Center (search for sch-i500) via Android Central Forums]

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6 years ago

Verizon begins push for business users with 'Good for Enterprise - Android'


Google has been including features for business users for some time now, from Exchange support in Eclair to Google Calendar sync with Exchange, but Verizon is looking to take it even farther. Enter Good, which is a old-school company that offers "mobile security and control" for enterprise customers. The pair have teamed up to bring "Good for Enterprise - Android" to pretty much every Android phone on Verizon (the only phone not mentioned seems to be the Motorola Devour). The suite has two main components: 

  • Good Mobile Control: Security and device management features like remote wipe and data encryption
  • Good Mobile Messaging: e-mail, calendar, and contacts syncing 

This is a further sign that businesses are increasingly looking to move away from platforms like BlackBerry as Android becomes more present in the marketplace. We saw the same thing happen a couple years ago when the iPhone became a success, and now it is Android's turn at bat. Interested business users should check out Verizon's business page; everyone else can read the full press release after the break. 

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6 years ago

Android Quick App: MiniSquadron



Like action shooters?  Secretly jealous that Android doesn't seem to have the "best" ones?  Then you'll love MiniSquadron, another iOS favorite that's made it's way to Android.  To make things even better, it's another game that uses open feint for multiplayer connectivity.  But wait for it -- it's also on sale for just 99 cents until Sept. 19, when it goes back to $2.99.  We've got a video and download links after the break, check it out.

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6 years ago

Skyhook sues Google over alleged strong-arming of Motorola


Google Maps pinBack in April it was announced that Motorola was switching to Boston-based Skyhook for location services on its Android phones. That never happened, apparently, and now Skyhook has filed suit against Google, saying it strong-armed Motorola into breaking contracts. A separate lawsuit alleges patent infringement.

The suit basically says that Google -- and VP of engineering Andy Rubin specifically -- told smartphone manufacturers they couldn't ship Android phones unless they used Google's location service, and that Motorola was told to halt orders even after Skyhook had been tested and approved by Google. Skyhook also said the same thing happened with another unnamed company.

So what does this mean for us, the end users? In the short-term, not too much, so long as there's not some crazy ruling that halts all current shipments until this is sorted out. (And that's pretty far-fetched.) Like all lawsuits of this nature, this one's going to take time to hash out. We may yet see Skyhook used on Android phones; we may see the lawsuit disappear. We'll just have to wait and see.

That said, it wouldn't disappoint us to see Google tightening the reins a bit on what can be changed at the lower levels of Android. (We're looking at you, Verizon.) We just hope they do it in a way that doesn't break existing contracts -- or hurt end users. [NYT]

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6 years ago

Dell Streak may one day be coming to a hospital near you


Imagine this scenario: You are being rushed to the ER in an ambulance and everyone around you looks a like a complete blur. You finally put the pieces together, you were just hit by a car. As you're being rushed down the hallway to the ER, you take notice to a glow coming from a physician's hand. She is holding a Dell Streak. Realistically, you probably wouldn't notice it  -- but I'm trying to paint a picture here. And on that Streak, the physician can pull up your medical records: blood type, age, allergies -- the list goes on, all while sating true to HIPAA's compliances.

While that scenario might seem like something out of a TV show about a hospital, it is actually happening in today's emergency rooms. Dell Healthcare Solutions announced coming this Fall, hospitals will be able to purchase the Dell Streak to use in their facilities. Android helping to save lives -- pretty cool, eh? Full list of benefits after the break! [BusinessWire]

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6 years ago

Sprint sponsors 4G application challenge



It's become quite evident that there are some extremely talented Android developers out there with some unique ideas and great ways of bringing them to the table for us. In hopes of bringing more developers on board with their 4G movement, Sprint has offered up a nice sum of money for some grand prize winners. There will be five categories; entertainment, gaming, productivity, social networking and multimedia, giving developers a fair chance since it is not limited to just one category. You think you got what it takes to bring home the $50,000 prize that is up for grabs? If so, be sure to check out all the details and get yourself entered here.

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6 years ago

LG Optimus One is headed to Europe, to be carried by T-Mobile


LG Optimus One

It was only a couple days ago that we reported LG's announcement about two new phones, the Optimus One and the Optimus Chic. Now, the Optimus One is already headed to Europe and will be launching on T-Mobile soon.

The LG Optimus One sports:

  • 3.2-inch touchscreen
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 3 MP camera
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 1500 mAh battery

T-Mobile is calling this the "Navigation Edition" and appears to come with a car dock in the box. No word yet on specific dates, but we'll keep on eye out for all those anxiously awaiting it over in Europe. [T-Mobile UK via Coolsmartphone]

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6 years ago

New features in Fennec 2.0 for Android nightlies


Android Fennec

It's been a couple weeks since Mozilla unleashed their Fennec alpha builds upon us, and some welcome changes are making their way into the product.  For anyone living under a rock, Fennec is Mozilla's code name for the version of Firefox for mobile devices, and something a whole lot of us are looking forward to.  Some of the changes are big, some not so much, and some are just magical.

The biggest changes come to the Awesomebar, which has been rebranded as the Awesomescreen (probably to hold more awesome) and the layout has been changed, merging things like bookmarks and search into a single UI.  This gives more room for things like badging the Awesomescreen URL's with web metadata, so you get a useful visual like this:

Gmail badge with unread count


Other changes like improved right-to-left locale support (think Hebrew) and support for Android's native notifications are also quite nice.  If you're curious, and especially if the first pre-alpha build didn't work so well for you, head over to the download page (on your Android device) and give the latest nightly build a shot.  [Mark Finkle's Weblog]

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6 years ago

HTC Desire now available on Cellular South


HTC Desire on Cellular South

Remember how we said the HTC Desire would be available on Cellular South mid-week? Well, it's hump day people, and the Desire indeed is on sale now for $149.99 after contract and rebate. What do you get for all that scratch? Check out our full review of the U.S. Cellular version for a good idea. [Cellular South] Thanks, GigabitDrew!

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6 years ago

Sony's roadmap leaked for its Xperia X10 line of phones (hint: No Froyo)


Xperia roadmap

A leaked roadmap for Sony's Xperia X10 line of phones has been found, showing some of the future updates for the devices. According to the document, there will be three major firmware releases upcoming: 1.6, 2.1 and 2.1x. The Xperia X10 is set to get 2.1 shortly (we have been hearing that for a while), and this update will bring:

  • 720 video recording with continuous autofocus
  • Five homescreens
  • HTML5 support
  • A social phonebook that will linke Facebook and Twitter with your Contacts

The X10 Mini, X10 Mini Pro, as well as the X8 are also due to receive the 2.1 OTA. With this update, small updates are given including:

  • An incremental change in the four corner navigation
  • Bluetooth 2.1

After 2.1, Sony is preparing 2.1x, which is there renewed and alledgly improved UX platform to Timescape and Mediascape.

The bad news is that there was no mention of Froyo (2.2) in the roadmap, leading us and users to question whether the X10 will ever be getting the latest OS version.

No word on dates from the roadmap; we have been hearing that the X10 will be updated so often that anyone's guess to when that will be is as good as ours.  [Xperiax10 via Se-nse]

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