Monday, 8 November 2010

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Running Windows Phone 7 Surfaces on the HD2

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 11:08 AM PST

So there’s been Android 2.2 Froyo running on the HTC HD2, an HTC Desire HD ROM ported to the HD2, and now it’s looking pretty legit that some folks in China have got Windows Phone 7 running on there too! What a versatile little bugger that HD2 is. Take a look at videos of the magic courtesy of XDA forum member Samsunguy – what a nice dude!

Not only do these videos show booting up, they show what appears to be full functionality as well. This would be a lovely port indeed if it ends up being a true deal. All anyone seems to know at the moment is that the screen and the phone module seems to work, nothing on the rest of the functionality of the phone (GPS, BT, Wifi, and etcetera.) Details on how long it’s going to take for YOU to get this situation handled right into your HD2 are yet unknown.

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And if that wasn’t enough, here’s another.

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[Via XDA Developers Forum]


3D displays needed in Mobile phones? Sharp thinks so

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 10:20 AM PST

3D HDTV’s are all the range in the consumer market, at least manufacturers think so. Sales so far of 3D sets have not been very impressive with the main drawback being the expensive 3D glasses. The future seems to be glasses-free 3D displays which are currently being developed, but the question is: is there a need for such a display on a mobile device?

Sharp thinks there is a need for 3D displays on mobile devices. Word is that they’re currently developing not one but two Android-based 3D smartphones for the Japanese market.

“Sharp has just trotted out a pair of glasses-free 3D Android handsets for Japan’s Softbank network in the form of the touchscreen slate 003SH and QWERTY-slidin’ 005SH. A 1GHz Snapdragon powers Froyo on both, with the 3D-capable displays stretching to 3.8 inches and 800 x 480 resolution.”

Now if executed correctly this will be quite a novelty, but needed? We do not know, yet. It’s unlikely that 3D displays will become common on mobile devices because simply there isn’t anything major they can bring to the table. Sure it would be cool, but other than that what can they provide? 3D in theaters and home TVs is used for further immersion into content, do we really need to be immersed further into our cellphone?

Only time will tell, but how these two devices play out will sure be interesting.


Droid Pro User Guide Available for Download

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 09:41 AM PST

The DROID Pro, that will be available for pre-orders starting tomorrow, now has had it’s user guide leaked to the net. The Professional grade device will be hitting stores on November 18th for $179, and brings a keyboard + touchscreen approach to the Android platform.

If you would like to further learn about the device the User Guide is available here for download [Droid_Pro_US-EN_UG.pdf]. You can also check out the 360° view here.

[Via DroidLife]


Samsung Continuum User guide now available online

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 09:34 AM PST

Everyone is expecting the official announcement of the Samsung Continuum tonight at their media event “unveiling of a new Android device.” But it seems they will not let us know anything that we don’t already know. The Samsung Continuum has been a highly publicized device before it’s release, and now continuing with the trend of openness, the user guide is available to view on Verizon’s website.

The user guide covers all of the basics of phone operation and we get a look into how the second touchscreen display will integrate with the OS and be used day-to-day. Check out the User Guide here to further learn about the device we already know so much about.

[Via Engadget]


Droid 2 Global and DROID Pro 360° view available via Verizon

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 09:23 AM PST

Time for some more DROID 2 Global news, this time in the form of it being officially able to view online (sort of). The Droid Pro is currently the only handset out of the 3 available for Verizon’s 360° view but we do see the DROID 2 Global Winter White and Dark Sapphire right there on the page.

The DROID Pro is available for pre-order starting tomorrow and brings in some features perfect for the business user. Available for just $180, this will be the best option for any business-centric user looking for a device on the Android platform and Verizon network.

The DROID 2 Global White seen sports the new metallic front that we originally saw in it’s first promotional ad, while the blue is looking very familiar to the original DROID 2 Global.

View: [Droid 2 Global White] [Droid 2 Global Blue] [Droid Pro]
[Via DroidLife]


10 ways Android Beats iOS According to Fortune

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 09:03 AM PST

Last week we brought you the 10 reasons why Android 2.2 falls short of iOS 4, and you were pretty vocal about the points they brought up. Some were true, some were exaggerated, and some even more so. Well now it’s Android’s time in the spotlight as Fortune has posted 10 ways they feel Android beats iOS.

Their list of triumphs include the following:

  • Maps and navigation
  • Notification bar
  • Widgets
  • Carrier choice
  • Hotspot
  • Screen size selection
  • Voice actions
  • Fastest browser
  • More/Better buttons
  • Google Voice

They go in to a lot of detail regarded each point, to check out their arguments read the original article here.

What do you think? Are these decent enough points to trump the 10 that were shortcomings of the Android platform? Let us know in the comments.


Evernote 2.0 released: Search & Share integration, Offline Notebooks, more

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 07:20 AM PST

Evernote is one of those must-have apps we tend to install on every Android handset we’re testing – even if it’s only going to be around for a couple of days. So, we’re excited to see Evernote v2.0 for Android released, complete with features like offline notebook synchronization (selective for Premium subscribers), integration with Android 2.1/2.2 searches and new Share functionality that allows you to add any content to a new Evernote note from elsewhere on the smartphone.

There’s also improved browsing, a new UI and general speed improvements, and the homescreen widget is tweaked as well. Evernote 2.0 for Android is a free download, and accounts with the service are free as well.


Verizon DROID PRO Nov 9 pre-sales confirmed for $180

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 06:16 AM PST

Verizon has officially announced that pre-sales of the Motorola DROID PRO will kick off tomorrow, November 9, with in-store availability on November 18. The QWERTY Android smartphone will be priced at $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

The Global-ready DROID PRO has both EVDO Rev.A and UMTS/WCDMA connectivity, runs Android 2.2 and has a full QWERTY keyboard. More information in our hands-on.

Verizon DROID PRO hands-on:

Press Release:

DROID PRO By Motorola Now Available On The Nation's Largest And Most Reliable 3G Network
DROID Does Business with Global Android Smartphone from Verizon Wireless

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL — Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation's largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), today announced that DROID PRO, the first Android™-based smartphone optimized for business use, will be available as a pre-sale order at select Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at starting Nov. 9 and for purchase in stores starting Nov. 18. The DROID PRO will be available for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

DROID PRO, a global-ready Android smartphone, allows customers to enjoy wireless voice service in more than 220 countries and data coverage in more than 200 countries, with more than 120 with 3G speeds. Powered by Android 2.2, DROID PRO is packed with features that meet both business and personal needs such as pre-loaded Quickoffice Mobile Suite, 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities, and a QWERTY keyboard designed for speed and convenience.

Verizon Wireless customers who purchase DROID PRO will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. DROID PRO customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and a 3G Smartphone Plan.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

To learn more about DROID PRO, visit


HTC App Store in development tip insiders

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 05:22 AM PST

HTC are tipped to be readying an App Store of their own, which would offer ebooks and applications according to the Financial Times‘ sources. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, HTC is apparently hiring content editors for an online store; that team will begin with a small number of Taiwan-based staff, but is expected to grow to around 100 people spread around the world.

HTC will only say that the company is “growing very fast” and that it is “hiring for a variety of positions including marketers, developers, technical writers and many others. We are always exploring new areas we can add value to our customers but we can't comment on our future plans.” The latest version of HTC Sense, as on the Desire HD and Desire Z, includes the HTC Hub, a download-style store with various wallpapers, themes, ringtones and other content.

[via Recombu]


Evernote 2.0 for Android launches today

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 05:12 AM PST

If you are a fan of the Evernote app, you will be glad to hear that the app is getting a major update today that takes it to version 2.0. The app allows the user to capture digital information and access if from any device.

The latest version of the App for Android launches today and the CEO of Evernote says it is the most advanced version ever released on a mobile device. The new version integrates with Google search in the Android device so results from Evernote are included in with searches on Google.

The app will also now manage multiple attachments that can be added to a single note or document from the browser of album apps. The app also supports offline notebooks with the $5 monthly premium service. That feature was previously only on the iPhone version of the app.

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Kik Messenger allows messaging across Android platform and others

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 05:03 AM PST

I have a few friends that like to text message, but are too cheap to pay for unlimited messaging so they try to use these alternative messaging platforms. That is all fine and good but when you have people on the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices in the group it can be hard to find one app that everyone can get.

Kik Messenger has been updated and is available for Android, Blackberry, and iOS devices for messaging at no charge. The app is a free download and let’s people chat instantly. The app is more like IM’s sent from your computer to another user rather than texting where it takes a bit for the message to get there.

The app will also tell you if the message was sent, received, and delivered. That is an important feature if you are having a serious conversation and need to know the message went through and didn't fall into the abyss.


Twin-touchscreen Mintpass tablet will dualboot Android and Win 7 in 2011

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 03:23 AM PST

Korean firm Mintpass is planning a dual-touchscreen tablet for release in the first half of 2011, which would dual-boot between Android and Windows 7. The tablet, so far unnamed, will use a homegrown touchscreen technology that Mintpass is calling “Space Touch”, and allow for book-orientation and notebook-orientation use (with one of the screens displaying a virtual keyboard).

So far there’s no word on what version of Android the Mintpass tablet might use, what processor(s) it will adopt, or any of the other specifications.


Sam’s Club offers up new Android app for digital coupons and more

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 02:33 AM PST

Anytime I need to buy 16 quarts of strawberries or a years worth of socks in one go I head over to the local Sam’s Club. You can actually save a good bit of money shopping for groceries there compared to other stores and saved money means more money to spend on cars and gadgets, so that is a good thing in my book. Sam’s Club has unveiled a new smartphone app that is for Android devices.

The app is called the Sam’s Club App and is on the Android Market right now. The app gives you access to info like product information, member reviews, and eValues. Those eValues are special deals that that you can load directly to your membership card to use at checkout.

The app will also give you information and alerts on things like when you need to renew your membership, special events at the store and company announcements. The app will also help you to find a club nearby when you are traveling and the best feature is a map of each club that shows you exactly where to go to get your 62-pound bag of beef jerky.


Android 2.3 Gingerbread imminent tips Open Handset Alliance member

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 12:44 AM PST

The imminent release of Android 2.3 Gingerbread is looking more and more likely, with a tweet from Open Handset Alliance “Leadership Team” member Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez warning developers to ready their Nexus One handsets for the new OS. The update has been tipped for November 11.

Preparen sus Nexus One (Developer version) para la actualización vía OTA de Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) para los próximos días :-D

That roughly translates to “Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the next few days:-D”. A recent Flash update would also seem to corroborate the November 11 release.

[via TechCrunch and via Android Police]


Epic 4G and Vibrant treated to Froyo Leak

Posted: 07 Nov 2010 06:37 PM PST

This weekend Android 2.2 (Froyo) leaked for both the Sprint Epic 4G and the Samsung VIbrant. Among some drama regarding it’s status for release it was only leaked to a small group of people.

When Froyo leaked for the Epic 4G to it’s select group of people it was very unstable. Comments included it being far from ready for release- even to other hackers. The build has problems with the phone’s radio and it’s not stable at all. “Releasing it would be a big mistake”

2.2 for the Samsung Vibrant was also leaked to a select few. Being generally more stable than the Epic 4G’s two custom ROM’s have already came out of the build. You can find those here, and here. The original leak has not yet been made available but the 2 ROMs shall do, for now.

[Via Android Central]


Adobe Flash Update points to Android 2.3 nearing release?

Posted: 07 Nov 2010 06:12 PM PST

Flash for Android is usually updated to fix some bugs or patch some security holes. In fact, that’s exactly what we are expecting on November 9th- with a fix to the exploit found late last month. However, that’s not all that updates are there for, they can also be used to update the app for compatibility for future OS updates, Gingerbread (2.3) anyone?

As discovered by DroidLife the Adobe Flash Player 10.1 update page reads as follows:

ATTENTION: Please install the upcoming 11/9 update (ver. 10.1.105.x) to ensure that Flash Player loads properly with future OS updates.

Could this be a hit that we will be seeing Gingerbread soon? Rumor is that the SDK may hit November 11th and this is yet another sign that it’s close!

[Via DroidLife]


LG Vortex hitting Verizon for Free with contract, Black Optimus T Free on T-Mobile

Posted: 07 Nov 2010 06:01 PM PST

The LG Vortex, known as the LG Optimus on Sprint and T-Mobile, will be hitting Verizon for free here soon. The black Optimus T will also be hitting T-Mobile for free with a 2-year contract!

The Vortex/Optimus is an entry level Android smartphone bringing in Android 2.2, WiFi hotspot support, 3MP camera, Bluetooth, microSDHC card slot and GPS all on a 3.2 HVGA capacitive touchscreen device.

As a decent option for new users, the Vortex will a great option for many. You can’t get much better than free- right?

[Via Engadget]


RadioShack Giving Away HTC Aria, LG Optimus S, and LG Optimus T

Posted: 07 Nov 2010 05:44 PM PST

RadioShack is currently running a promotion where they are giving away the HTC Aria, LG Optimus S, and LG Optimus Android devices on a two-year contract.

To qualify all you have to do is “Like” them on Facebook. Jump on this holiday offer.

Note: It’s worth a quick note that both the Optimus T and the Aria for free online, but still all it takes is a “like” and a simple coupon print and you’re on your way to a free phone.

[Via TalkAndroid, RadioShack Facebook]


LG Optimus One Promotional Cinematic Promo takes aim at Apple

Posted: 07 Nov 2010 05:30 PM PST

In a new promotional video for the LG Optimus, LG decided to take a full cinematic route instead of an average online promotional video. We definitely give them credit for being creative, and the video is worth a watch.

In a quest for “Apple Head,” a CEO like- black turtleneck and jean wearing character- this is a new creative approach for advertising we don’t get to see too often in the world of mobile phones. We get to see the device in action demoing some of Android popular features such as voice search.

Click here to view the embedded video.

[Via AndroidGuys]


Nexus Two Delayed due to Hardware Issue?

Posted: 07 Nov 2010 05:08 PM PST

We have heard numerous reports of Google working with Samsung to develop the next Google-made Android device, known to the internet as the Nexus Two. The phone was expected to be coming here soon, with rumors pointing at a launch alongside with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However, things may not be all so good.

According to TechCrunch, the phone was originally planned to release November 11th which would also be the Gingerbread launch date. But they are now expecting that the device is being delayed due to a “serious hardware issue” on Samsung’s part.

What this means is unclear. The Nexus Two has sure been the focus of the net lately with rumors coming in at least everyday, and Samsung even denied working on a project. But if the phone does launch, we can expect it to ship with a no-skinned version of Stock Android 2.3.

[Via TechCrunch]


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