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6 years ago

Sony's bringing something 'smarter' tomorrow, looks like the X10


Sony Smarter is Coming

So Sony Style has this clock a countin' down, and judging from the reflection (and the smattering of "X10" from the HTML on the page), we could well be looking at the Xperia X10. When last we saw the X10, it was April, it was running Android 1.6,  with no upgrade in sight (and the last official word we've had is late Q3), the software wasn't actually production-ready, we left the damn screen protector on -- basically, we were totally underwhelmed with what otherwise should have been an exciting phone.

But it's been rumored for AT&T for as long as we can remember, and maybe now we're going to see it. So wake up early Monday morning, folks (about 11:30 a.m. EDT), and we'll see what's in store. [Sony Style via Gizmodo]

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6 years ago

Droid 2 now 'coming soon' in the Sunday papers



Dear Verizon -- we already know just about everything about the Droid 2, now could you just please advertise the release date instead of teasing us? The image above was found in the Sunday newspaper, an ad from Verizon teasing the release of the Droid 2. Interesting timing on all of this, one would think. The original Droid is now out of stock on the Verizon site as of yesterday, and then today advertisements for the Droid 2 as coming soon. We get it, Verizon, you have the device on the way. We just ask one thing of you now: Give us the device? Please? Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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6 years ago

Android wins big in 'Apps for Army' competition


The U.S. military has been making a strong push lately into building on top of existing systems like the Android OS in order to increase capabilities while keeping costs low. The Army recently  wrapped up its "Apps for Army" competition in which Army soldiers and civilians were asked to create apps that were of use to the Army. The contest wound up involving 141 programmers split among 53 apps.

Of particular interest to Android users is the fact that 10 of the 15 winning apps were running on Android, with the remaining five written for the iPhone. One of the top Android winners was written by two Army Corps of Engineers members and was designed to help the Army organize and spread critical information using Google Maps and Earth during disaster relief efforts. The pair chose Android as their platform of choice because it was "more flexible to use" than the iPhone's development environment.

The Army officer in charge of the competition, Lt. Gen. Jeff Sorenson, commented that the other service branches were looking into similar competitions as well. He also said that "as soon as next year" the Army would consider getting iPhones and Android devices into the hands of deployed soldiers. 

DOD CAC holders should be able to pick up the apps here. Thanks to you-know-who-you-are for the tip!!! [Government Computer News]

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6 years ago

Member's Evo took a licking, but keeps on ticking



Holy moley!  What you're seeing is thisisbenji's poor HTC Evo 4G after an early morning bicycle mishap.  While we hate to see any smartphone in such a clearly painful condition, especially an Android phone, we're as amazed as you are that it still runs.  Read the whole story, and see the carnage up close in pictures, in the forums! [Android Central forums]

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6 years ago

MeetMoi NOW brings online dating to a new level



Internet dating has been on the rise over the past couple of years, many couples have success stories from meeting someone through some type of social networking service or website. MeetMoi NOW is a new Android application that brings the ease of meeting people via the internet to a whole new level.  This location based application allows users to see other singles in their area after filling out a profile about themselves. Users will be notified when new matches are found in their respective areas so they are able to decide whether they wish to strike up a conversation with the person or not. So whether you are the shy guy, someone always on the go, or just someone who is looking for another way to meet someone new, this application is a great way to do so. Check out the full presser for some more information, as well as some additional screen shots after the break.

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6 years ago

The week in Android news



So you missed some news this week? Don't worry, we write it and sometimes it feels like we miss it too! This week was yet another fun filled Froyo week, devices going official, then not, then official again, craziness! Well, take a look below while you enjoy your weekend and check out some of the news you may have missed this past week.



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6 years ago

Google pulls 'Easy Root' off Market [updated]


Developer Unstable Apps just released their latest update to their 'Easy Root' application yesterday. Though, just as soon as it went up, Google quickly yanked it off the Android Market. The latest 'Easy Root' update (1.2.2), allowed owners running Froyo on the Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Milestone to easily root their phones by a single touch of a button.

We got in contact of the developer of Easy Root, as we're trying to get to the bottom of why the application was pulled from the Market.  That's what we do.  He was kind enough to give us a statement.  You can read it, as well as see a walkthrough video of the app after the break.   [AndroidPhonesBlog via AndroidSPIN]

Update: The developer of Easy Root has again contacted us, this time with news that the application is once again live and available for download from his site HERE.  Want some even better news?  Emails are already going out to those that purchased from the Market with a new product key and download instruction.  Our own Jared has already received his.  It's really nice to see this level of support for a $0.99 application.  Keep doing what you do Nathan!

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6 years ago

Blockbuster Application makes its way into the Android Market [updated]



Blockbuster has finally unleashed its Android application (see our hands-on) to the masses. Whether traveling, hanging out, or just in the mood to rent and watch a movie, the Blockbuster application will allow you to do so, right from your handset, and you also can purchase the movie. Also available built-in on the Droid X, the Blockbuster application also integrates with the Blockbuster On Demand service, so you are able to resume a movie you were watching from any other device with Blockbuster On Demand. There are no monthly fees associated with the application, just the rental and purchasing costs of the movies, which leads me to ask, why is this not already installed on your device? Hit the jump for the download information.

Update: The good folks at Blockbuster got in contact with us, and there's been a bit of a snafu.  The app wasn't supposed to be made available for all devices just yet.  The application gets optimized for each device by working with the OEM's and carriers, and we were assured that Blockbuster is in the process of getting the application optimized for other devices.  In the meantime, the app has been unpublished from the market and is once again only available for the Droid X.

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6 years ago

First HTC Desire HD (Ace) pic leaks out


HTC Desire HD

And there it is, folks, a picture of what reportedly is the HTC Desire HD, which we've also seen referred to as the Ace and has already popped up in a Vodafone Germany inventory system. Sure looks like a mashup of the Desire and Evo 4G, doesn't it?

Anyhoo, the specs of this monster remain a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, Android 2.2, an 8MP camera, 1Ghz processor, 720p video recording, 4GB of storage built in, and aluminum case, e-book reader, and all the other bells and whistles we've come to expect.

This one's expected for Europe sometime in October. [UWants via Android-HK] Thanks, Ricky!

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6 years ago

Rumor: HTC and Verizon to release Android world phone in Q1 2011


romured HTC world phone 1

Yes, you read it right -- it's being rumored that Verizon and HTC may be joining forces to give us all the Android world phone we've been asking for sometime early next year.  For those wondering, a world phone is a dual-radio CDMA/GSM device (CDMA is what Sprint and Verizon use; GSM is what T-Mobile, AT&T and the rest of the world use.) That means the phone can be used outside the USA with a local SIM card, and it's something that Android is sorely lacking.

We're still dealing with a bunch of unknowns, but the rumored specs are a 4-inch screen, horizontal sliding qwerty keyboard, and a minimum 1.2 GHz processor.  Bring it, I say!  There's a couple more pictures after the break if one just wasn't enough.  [The Droid Guy via @matrix2004 on Twitter]

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6 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for August 6, 2010



Decisions, decisions, decisions. Luckily, not all of them in life have to be hard ones to make. We like to make things easy for you, so each week we bring you a sample of our favorite Android applications, so why not hit the jump and take a look at what we got for you this week? 

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6 years ago

Android strong in Consumer Reports' smartphone ratings


Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports' latest smartphone ratings are in September's issue of the magazine (you know, those things made out of wood pulp), and eight Android phones made the "Recommended" list. And Android made the top two phone for three of the four major U.S. carriers. The winners are (in order):

The AT&T 3G version of the Nexus One wasn't listed under its respective carrier, though it is noted alongside the T-Mobile version. We definitely would have put it above the Motorola Backflip (ranked No. 3 for the carrier), though, and it's odd that CR decided not to.

Other decisions we'd disagree with? The Motorola Devour is ahead of the Palm Pre Plus? Really? The newest Android phone we see listed is the myTouch 3G Slide, so it'll be interesting to see how much more Android dominates next time around. [Consumer Reports - subscription required]

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6 years ago

AppBrain's install link brings fast web install to any page



You might remember last month when we talked about AppBrain's new Fast Web Install, the application that allows you to install applications from the Android Market directly to your phone right from the AppBrain web page. 

That just got waaay cooler.  AppBrain announced it has enabled extensions that allow a new Fast Web install link to be placed on any web page.  When the link is visited from your Android phone, you go directly to the application's Market page, but the real trick happens when you visit from your computer.  Rather that talk about it, have a look.  Visit the link below from your PC's browser.

Download the Android Central Widget

I know we'll be using the heck out of this new service, and I'll bet developers will, too. [AppBrain]

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6 years ago

Cincinnati Bell now offering the Motorola Milestone XT720


Cinci Bell selling the motorola milestone

I love it when the little guy gets hold of the big guns, and Cinci Bell has a winner on their hands with the Motorola Milestone.  It's not the newest or biggest Android phone on the block, but ask anyone who has one -- the Milestone is one hell of a phone.  It'll cost you $199.99 after rebate and on a two year contract, which is pretty standard for a carriers top-of-the-line phone.  If you're a Cinci Bell subscriber, be sure to head in to a store and have a look at the Milestone, you might just fall in love. [Cincinnati Bell] Thanks for the tip Josh!

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