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HTC Espresso’s updated Sense UI shown off on video

December 28th, 2009 admin No comments

We’d been itching for some video of the mysterious HTC Espresso’s updated Sense UI ever since we saw those intriguing screenshots last week, and here we go: a leaked version of the ROM has been hacked onto a Hero and given a run-through. Overall, things seem to be slightly cleaner all around, and that new launcher bar at the bottom looks quite handy, but we’re still not totally sold on those translucent app icon surrounds. CES is right around the corner (and MWC is right after that) so we’re hoping to find out more soon — check the video after the break for now.

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HTC Espresso’s updated Sense UI shown off on video originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 27 Dec 2009 12:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android 2.0 (or maybe 2.1) officially coming to T-Mobile G1?

December 27th, 2009 admin No comments

We don’t know where this is coming from so take it with a grain of salt, but rumor has it from AndroidSPIN that the progenitor Android device, the T-Mobile G1, is destined to officially get an over-the-air update for an Eclair build, Android 2-point-something. It’s not specified which version — whether it’s 2.0 or the Nexus One-tastic 2.1 — will be coming out, but if we had our say, always shoot for the latest and greatest. Hey T-Mo, we know the holidays are pretty much over, but could you validate these whispers for us? Thanks!

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Android 2.0 (or maybe 2.1) officially coming to T-Mobile G1? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Dec 2009 21:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Viliv N5 MID set to debut at CES

December 24th, 2009 admin No comments
We’ve already gotten up close with the S10 Blade that Viliv is promising to show off at CES, but this invitation is the first we’ve heard of the company’s N5 mobile internet device, which is also slated to debut at the show. As you can see above, this one is a clamshell MID, and packs a 4.8-inch multitouch display, a fully QWERTY keyboard, and 3G, WiFi, and GPS capabilities. Also on track for an official launch: the dual-boot Windows CE / Android Viliv P3, and the Windows CE-based, 1080p video-playing HD5 PMP.

Viliv N5 MID set to debut at CES originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Dec 2009 15:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Exclusive: Nexus One full specs detailed, invite-only retail sales starting January 5th?

December 23rd, 2009 admin No comments


We know you’re itching to get your hands on a Nexus One — Google’s managed to build buzz here the way only a couple companies in the world know how. Unfortunately, it sounds like you’re going to need to cross your fingers (or pull out that eBay emergency stash) to get one out of the gate, because we’ve got some intel here suggesting that it’ll be available only by “invitation” at first. Our tipster doesn’t have information on how those invites are going to be determined, other than the fact that it’s Google doing the inviting — if we had to guess, current registered developers are a strong possibility — but the good news, we suppose, is that T-Mobile will apparently sell the phone directly at some to-be-determined point in the future. Oh, but that’s not all — we’ve got specs, too. Lots of them. Here are the highlights, but follow the break for the whole shebang:

  • Android 2.1
  • 11.5mm thick
  • 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 4GB microSD in-box expandable to 32GB
  • 5 megapixel camera with mechanical AF and LED flash
  • HSPA 900 / 1700 / 2100, 7.2Mbps down and 2Mbps up — in other words, yes to T-Mobile 3G and no to AT&T 3G, though you’ll still be fine on EDGE
  • 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display

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Exclusive: Nexus One full specs detailed, invite-only retail sales starting January 5th? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Cliq gets rooted by the Dude

December 23rd, 2009 admin No comments
Motorola Cliq gets rooted by the Dude

Sick of Motorola meting out Android firmware updates when it chooses? Trust in The Dude — TheDudesAndroid, to be specific, a user over at ModMyMoto who has posted The Dudes Root for Cliq (following up an earlier and similarly unkempt version for the G1). The install process looks about as complicated as you might expect, so make sure you keep Walter away while you’re re-flashing lest your handset go all nihilistic on ya. At this point it’s just another 1.5 ROM being installed, but the hope is for a 2.1 port coming in the not too distant future. Unless you’re really pining to get full control over your handset we’d go ahead and wait for that version of the Dude to abide.

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Motorola Cliq gets rooted by the Dude originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Dec 2009 09:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Droid now just a (hacked) firmware update away from WiFi tethering

December 23rd, 2009 admin No comments
Motorola Droid now just a (hacked) firmware update away from WiFi tethering

Add one more item to the “Droid does” column — unofficially, at least. WiFi tethering from Motorola’s hottest is now possible straight from the phone itself, over WiFi even. PDANet already enabled the thing to share its connection, but relies on an external driver installed on a Windows or Mac device. This latest fix does away with that, but does require the installation of a hacked version of the 2.0.1 firmware. The process, laid out at the read link by DroidForums.net user webacoustics, doesn’t sound that bad, but warnings like “if your phone stays at the white Motorola logo for longer than a minute or two, you probably bricked [it]” will leave many users sticking with PDANet or waiting for the official Verizon solution — and paying out the nose for it.

Motorola Droid now just a (hacked) firmware update away from WiFi tethering originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Dec 2009 08:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Nexus One stands with iPhone and Hero, interface gets a 5-minute walkthrough

December 23rd, 2009 admin No comments

The Google Nexus One trickle continues. Today’s two menu items include a 5-minute demonstration of the Android 2.1 interface — shaky, sure, but it’s a pretty thorough rundown of all the menus. We’re also serving up some low-resolution picture comparisons of the Nexus One laying side-by-side with the iPhone and HTC Hero. It
still eludes us how all these leaking parties don’t seem to have in their possession a decent DSLR or camcorder (feel free to give us a buzz, we’ll gladly help out). Video after the break.

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Google Nexus One stands with iPhone and Hero, interface gets a 5-minute walkthrough originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Dec 2009 17:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jim Louderback: Blackberry 9700 Review: It’s a Phone, Stupid

December 22nd, 2009 admin No comments

I recently gave up the G1 Android Phone for the brand-spanking new Blackberry 9700. I’ve been using the 9700 for the last month and overall I’m very happy. But it’s not perfect – and whether you end up with an iPhone/G1 or something like a Blackberry is a very personal decision.

First, what I really like about the 9700
It’s a phone. I know I sound like a master of the obvious by saying that, but it’s very important. The Blackberry 9700 is a great phone – and the G1 is not. Let’s start with audio quality. Calls on the 9700 are crisp, clear and easy to hear. The G1 is not nearly so strong, nor loud when I need it. The speakerphone is also first rate, while the headset jack provides clear audio, and seems to do a good job picking up my voice and sending it out as well.

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Speaking of the headset jack, here again Blackberry got it right. It’s a standard mini plug, rather than the USB-based plug used by the G1. I went through a ton of headsets with my old phone, as the connector would always break off when I pulled it out. It was virtually impossible to find new ones as well – most phone stores didn’t start carrying them until just a few months ago. And the standard mini plug on the Blackberry is supported by a wide range of 3rd party products, and they’re cheap too.

Signal acquisition is also a step above. I used both the G1 and the Blackberry on the T-Mobile network. It’s OK in San Francisco, but there’s been one spot, at the top of the hill leading down into the town I live in, where the G1 would drop calls every time. Guess what? The Blackberry doesn’t drop those calls.

I’m also impressed by the battery life. When I was using the G1, I never got through a whole day without recharging the battery. In fact, it became like buddy-breathing: I would constantly charge up the G1 every time I settled in – in the office, in the car, and at home. It was more of a tethered phone than a real portable. The 9700, on the other hand, is tremendous. It can go for days without being recharged. I have yet to run out of battery life while using it, whereas on the G1 I would end up SOL at least once a week.

The Blackberry also beats the G1 hands down with email. The keyboard itself is far, far better, I can type much faster, and the email application leaves both the stock program, and any add-ons, in the dust. I’m lamenting the $25 I spent on Touchdown – but the Blackberry is simply much, much better.

So what don’t I like? Well it’s just not as good of an internet computer. The G1, and the iPhone, both come with their appstore pre-installed. I had to manually download Blackberry’s analog. And the apps themselves – when the exist – simply aren’t as good. Google Maps, for instance, runs like a champ on Android devices, but the Blackberry version isn’t nearly as good, and isn’t nearly s fast. Part of it is screen size, part of it is the lack of a touch screen, but it simply is an inferior experience. I’m also jealous of Android users currently drooling over Google Goggles, the new turn-based navigation system, and other great new apps.

Many of the programs I really want simply aren’t available. Take Foursquare, for example. I’m enjoyed using it on the G1, but there’s no alternative on the Blackberry – apart from the mobile website, which is a terrible, terrible experience. At least I can get that to work. I tried GoWalla, but its mobile site simply launches into an infinite loop on the Blackberry’s browser – an extremely terrible user experience.

Although Seesmic’s Blackberry application is OK, I miss the more robust versions on the G1 – and it’s harder to keep the river of real time going on the Blackberry.

I also miss the big touch screen. I got used to pointing, dragging and rolling pages on the G1, and even though the trackpad on the 9700 is pretty decent, it’s not a touch screen.

But you know what? In the end, I’m going to stick with the Blackberry. It’s much better for simple voice and email communications, and I can tolerate the other limitations. I would love to see RIM improve the store, add a touch screen, and improve the mobile computer side of the device. But in the end, I need what it does well better than what it does only passably. So for now, I’m a proud user of the Blackberry 9700.

Want to know more? Well known venture capitalist and blogger Fred Wilson penned his own paean to the 9700, where he taunts us with the secret apps he gets to run that you and I cannot.

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Nook 1.1 doesn’t affect hacks, root still possible

December 22nd, 2009 admin No comments

The NookDevs team hasn’t wasted any time poring over the recently-released Nook 1.1 update, and there’s good news: 1.1 can still be rooted, and rooted 1.0 devices will stay that way after the update. In other news, nookdevs team member robbiet480 just sat down with Nookaholic for an interview, and he dished a few tidbits: the Nook’s Android build is called “Bravo,” the internal WiFi had to be tweaked to stop turning itself off every three hours, and Bravo itself is basically Android 1.5. Nothing major, but we’re definitely getting the feeling the Nook is going to be leading a double life as both a mom-friendly ebook reader and a happy-hacker hardware playground from here on out, you know?

[Thanks, Cameron]

Nook 1.1 doesn’t affect hacks, root still possible originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Dec 2009 16:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Camangi WebStation makes FCC test bench appearance, torn down for good measure

December 21st, 2009 admin No comments

Might this make it by the end of the year? Camangi has been touting its “early bird” pre-orders for the WebStation Android tablet for nearly a month now, and has been indicating things would ship before the month is through. Now we have confirmation that if that date doesn’t happen you won’t be able to blame the FCC. Our favorite US independent agency (next to NASA) issued its approval of the device back on November 14, and shared some lovely disassembly pictures for good measure (after the break). This means the thing isn’t likely to kill you or to make your TV go all weird, but doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll hit your mailbox before the holidays are over. That, dear readers, is up to a higher power: Santa Claus.

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Camangi WebStation makes FCC test bench appearance, torn down for good measure originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Dec 2009 08:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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