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6 years ago

Google developer advocate weighs in on Nazi themes, Market policing

Nazi Theme

By now we should all be pretty familiar with Google's ability to police applications served through the Android Market. It might have been a little shocking the first time Google flexed its muscled and remotely wiped apps from phones. Since then, Google has pulled suspicious wallpaper apps (temporarily), the Easy Root application, and now (to no one's great distress) Nazi themes.

Hitler and swastikas tend to bring a lot of attention wherever they appear; here they have stirred the debate over whether Google should take a page out of Apple's book and review applications before they appear in the market. Tim Bray, Developer Advocate for Google, makes the argument in his personal blog that Google's swift action to remove the apps once they drew attention demonstrates that the system works. "Anyone can publish anything, but there’s a smooth well-oiled process for ripping the weeds out of the garden, once they get noticed," says he.

What do you think? Head over to read his full post and tell us your opinion. [ongoing by Tim Bray via Androinica

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6 years ago

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 now final for the Nexus One


Flash Player 10.1

Finally out of beta, Adobe has pushed the official build of Flash 10.1 to the Android Market for Nexus One devices.  After a string of beta builds, the application is finally stable enough for Adobe and you'll be able to download directly from the Market (or upgrade to it if you're using one of the betas) from your Nexus One. 

Motorola Droid users will soon be able to download Flash from the market as well, but no word on how the HTC Evo or Droid 2 are going to be able to upgrade to the final build just yet.  We'll let you know as soon as we do!

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6 years ago

X10 Mini gets a major award


Way back in February, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia X10 Mini and all of its smallness. Today, Sony Ericsson announced that it has received the "European Mobile Phone 2010-2011" from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).This award isn't the first the for the mini. The mobile device already has been flaunitng its award for the "prestigious Red Dot Product Design Award 2010."

Here is what the EISA had to say about the Xperia X10 mini:

“Xperia X10 mini from Sony Ericsson is a very small and stylish mobile phone. Nonetheless, it delivers excellent performance with a comprehensive range of features such as GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G and a 5 megapixel camera with flash. The phone runs on the Android platform and offers users the full benefits of a much larger device although its touch screen size is just 2.55-inch (6.48 cm). Its small size and weight and variety of vivid case colours make it perfect for introducing the fairer sex to smartphone technology.”

[Sony Ericsson]

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6 years ago

Adobe AIR coming to Android in Q4 2010


 Adobe AIR

Adobe this morning at the Flash Summit in San Francisco let it be known that Adobe AIR 2.5 will be available in the foruth quarter of 2010.

"The 2.x line has been about taking this broader," Adobe said. "AIR is about building applications."

Adobe isn't yet ready to announce how AIR will be distributed -- whether it will be OTA updates, or preinstalled on devices, but announcements are very much possible at its upcoming MAX conference.

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6 years ago

Droid's Froyo update still pushing, Verizon says


 Droid with Froyo

For those of you still patiently waiting for your original Motorola Droid to get the Android 2.2 update pushed out to you, fear not. Verizon hasn't forgotten you. The carrier just issued a statement saying:

The Android 2.2 ("Froyo") upgrade continues to be rolled out in phases to DROID by Motorola users on the Verizon Wireless network. Later this summer users will be able to download Adobe Flash Player 10.1 from the Android Market.

So Froyo and Flash are coming. If you don't have your update yet, hang tight. And we should all see Flash (finally) in the coming weeks.

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6 years ago

Users running Froyo on Sprint's Evo 4G are experiencing a calendar bug


Smartphones are designed to keep people connected and always on top their lives. Everything from accessing email, taking pictures, managing their schedule, browsing the web, and even playing with silly flatuence apps. Oh -- and don't forget making phone calls too. Though recently a new bug has appeared that's been hindering that experience for those who own the Evo 4G from Sprint running Froyo.

A poster on Google's bug submission page, has brought the attention to an issue with the calendar application. Those experiencing the bug have noticed that if you go back into the appointment and edit the time, the "description" field is overwritten by the "where" field. Resulting in the description being deleted fully. Hopefully Google and HTC are on top of this bug and will offer a temporary fix until a proper update will be released. Click on after the jump to see bug in action.

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6 years ago

A few more details emerge about Droid Pro, White Droid 2 and a Motorola tablet


 Droid leaks

A few new details have leaked out (n the heels of the previous Verizon flood) about the Droid Pro, a new version of the Droid 2, and a possible Motorola tablet. In a nutshell, here's what was slipped to BGR:

  • The Droid Pro will arrive in November and is a 4-incher with a 1.3GHz processor, a dual GSM/CDMA radio, and its model number is A957.
  • A dual GSM/CDMA version of the Droid 2 is in the works, will be available in white and black and is dubbed A956.
  • A tablet/mid device is designated MZ600. It's likely a dual GSM/CDMA phone and would launch with Android 2.2.

The addition of some world phones is sorely needed, but we're wondering how the Droid Pro is going to fit into things, and what that means for the Droid X. We shall see. [BGR]

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6 years ago

Xperia X10 now available on AT&T



After a long wait, AT&T and Sony Ericsson have finally launched the Xperia X10 here in the States. As a refresher, the phone sports a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 4-inch TVT LCD screen, 8 GB of on-board memory paired with a 2 GB microSD card, and an 8-megapixel camera. Also important to remember: the phone is running on Android 1.6 ("Donut") right now along with Sony's Timescape and Mediascape UI's. Sony has been vague on when it would see Eclair and has made no mention of Froyo yet.

AT&T will get one into your hands today for $150 with a two-year contract, or you can get it off-contract for a surprisingly low $350. If you are interested, make sure to check out our hands-on of the phone from way back in April. [AT&T]

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6 years ago

From the Forums -- Have Droid 2 questions? Ask the early adopters!



We are sure many of you have already gone out and gotten your hands on a Droid 2. However, perhaps you are holding off because you are not sure if the phone is worth the upgrade. If you fall into either camp, why not head over to the Droid 2 forum and post in our official Q&A thread? Early adopters and interested buyers are both welcome, so see you there! [Android Central Forums]

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6 years ago

PSA: Dell Streak still locked to AT&T when you purchase it off contract


Dell Streak still locked to AT&T when you purchase it off contract

The Dell Streak, the new not-quite-a-phone-but-not-quite-a-tablet-either from AT&T is finally here. We've already detailed the pricing and some of the features and specs of this odd little device, but there's a little point worth remembering. Even if you purchase the Streak off contract, it's still going to be locked to AT&T. You'll be buying it unsubsidized, not unlocked. And that's true of any other phone on AT&T -- or any other carrier, for that matter. 

Google tried to do something about this with the Nexus One, starting it out available off or on contract with T-Mobile 3G bands, and later releasing one compatible with AT&T 3G. Of course, Google's web store is no more, so that put a stop to that.

The Streak has enough problems without being tied to a single carrier for wireless service. The thing is too big to be a phone, too small to be an effective tablet, and it's running Android 1.6. When it does finally get Android 2.2, it's very possible that Gingerbread will be out

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6 years ago

Coming today: The Adobe Flash Summit


Adobe Flash SummitA quick programming note: We're in San Francisco today with a bunch of other bloggers (hi, guys and gals!) for the Adobe Flash Summit.

We're expecting a healthy dose of Flash, AIR, gaming and even Google TV, plus a whole lot of lively discussion between the Adobe folks and those of us who type for a living. Should make for an interesting meet-up, and we'll share what we can throughout the day.

(Full disclosure: We're here on Adobe's dime. That means we're definitely raiding the min-bar when we're not downing a healthy dose of Flash.)

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6 years ago

U.S. Dell Streak may skip Eclair, go straight to Froyo


 Dell Streak

The bad news: The U.S. version of the Dell Streak launched with Android 1.6. The good news: It might skip Android 2.1 altogether and go straight to Android 2.2. Normally I'd never pass up a perfectly good Eclair (to which my waistline would sadly nod its head in agreement), but in this case I'll make an exception. A leap to Froyo would make sense, and let's hope we start seeing a few other phones (cough, Xperia X10) follow suit. [@LionelAtDell via Engadget]

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6 years ago

HTC Bee and Lexikon specs begin to leak out


HTC Bee and Lexikon specs

Specifications for the upcoming HTC Bee and Lexikon have partially leaked out, and from what we see here, both are something to look forward too.  The Bee, which we've talked about before, is rumored to be heading to Verizon and Cellular South and looks to be a great entry-level device.  Froyo, Sense UI, and a small (3.2-inch) screen should make for a snappy little phone, even with a dated 528 MHz processor. 

The Lexikon, with a larger (3.8-inch) display, a QWERTY keyboard, and a factory-underclocked MSM7630 Snapdragon processor sounds a whole lot like the HTC Vision/G1 Blaze supposedly headed for T-Mobile, which may or may not be the first HSPA+ Android phone.  Yeah, there are a whole lot of ifs and maybes, but that's what happens when you're dealing with leaks and rumors.  We're not complaining --  we love getting them.  [911sniperBlog] Thanks Tommy!

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6 years ago

CyanogenMod RC3 hits for Nexus One


CyanogenModChances are if you have a Nexus One you don't mind a little hackery. And chances are you're already a devout follower of the way of Cyanogen. And with that, a third release candidate the CM6 ROM has been released, bringing more (and better) custom Froyo to the N1.

As always, we recommend backing up all your apps and data first, just in case. Then get to downloading (either at the source link, XDA or Rom Manager), and have at it! [CyanogenMod]

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