Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

29
Apr
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Wirefly.com loves posting useful phone videos, and the latest one is no exception.

In this video, Wirefly compares the new HTC Droid Incredible (which you can get here for a better price than your Verizon store) to the Motorola Droid in a series they like to call "Schmackdown" (we won't even mention the cheesiness of the name here).

Here are the highlights from the video that I annotated in my favorite bullet point format:

Hardware

  • Comparable size-wise
  • Motorola Droid is thicker and heavier
  • Motorola Droid has a physical keyboard while the Incredible doesn't
  • Both have a virtual keyboard
  • Speech-to-text on both phones
  • Both have a dual LED flash
  • 1GHz and 512MB RAM on the Incredible and 550MHz and 256MB RAM on the Moto Droid
  • The Incredible has an 8MP camera vs Motorola Droid's 5MP
  • No MicroSD preinstalled on the Incredible, though it comes with an 8GB internal storage while the Motorola Droid comes with a 16GB MicroSD card
  • Same buttons on the outside of the phones but the Incredible has a trackpad on the front while the Motorola Droid has it on the inside
  • Both have a 3.7" display but the Incredible has a 480x800 px resolution while the Motorola Droid has 480x854 px
  • Droid Incredible has an AMOLED display
  • Battery life on the Incredible is not as good as the Motorola Droid

Software

  • Both are running Android 2.1
  • Incredible has HTC Sense (with additional apps and widgets) on top of Android while the Motorola Droid has vanilla Android 2.1
  • Incredible has Scenes which are like presets for your home screens while the Moto Droid doesn't have this feature
  • Incredible has some Flash support while the Moto Droid doesn't (though full Flash 10.1 support is going to come with Android 2.2)
  • Incredible seems to have a faster browser, probably due to hardware (both are on Verizon data network)

The video follows:

So, who wins?

28
Apr
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Last Updated: December 30th, 2011

Guys, we have incredible news (didn't expect me to start this post so originally, did you?).

Update: VZW.com is currently sold out of the Incredible but you can still get it from Wirefly.

Buy It With A Discount

Starting immediately, Wirefly.com, one of the biggest online mobile phone retailers, is opening up the sale of the HTC Droid Incredible for a low, low price of … well, unfortunately we can't tell you due to certain restrictions but here what we can tell you:

  • It's low.
28
Apr
HTC Desire
Last Updated: April 2nd, 2011

Yesterday, we reported on an exciting announcement for all HTC Desire owners - @PaulOBrien managed to root the device and promised detailed instructions to be posted today.

Well, he's backed the promise up with action and as of this morning, full instructions have been posted.

Paul notes that HTC made it much harder to access key partitions and write any data to them, compared to, say, the Nexus One. This made the process of rooting extremely complicated and left it a quite crippled (he's still working on uncrippling it).

27
Apr
HTC Desire rooted

HTC Desire

HTC Desire didn't last long - it was rooted (see here for an explanation and benefits of having your Android phone rooted) today by @PaulOBrien, the founder of MoDaCo.com - a forum dedicated to rooting and customizing mobile devices, similar to xda-developers.com.

Paul, who had claimed he was confident he could root the Desire earlier this month, was away for about 2 weeks. His return today was accompanied by the following photo, clearly showing a program called Superuser Permissions present on his Desire:

HTC Desire rooted

While the root method is currently not yet available, Paul promised to post it by tomorrow, Wednesday, April 28th.

27
Apr
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Espresso UI

If you haven't heard yet, HTC has been developing a new flavor of its own flavor of another flavor of Android called Espresso.

Espresso is an interface built on top of HTC's flagship Sense UI and is expected to make its first appearance in the wild on the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch Slide. We covered the phone and the UI when both of them leaked online.

Espresso Build Leaked Online

Yesterday, GamerCore from AndroidAndMe.com got his hands on an Espresso build leaked by Binary100100 from xda-forums and loaded it onto his G1 after zachattack052 and Domenuk ported it to the myTouch/G1.

27
Apr
Alex eReader rooted

2 weeks ago on April 14th we saw the newest e-reader - Alex by Spring Design - finally go on sale, and now 2 weeks later, it is finally rooted. If you are wondering what rooting means, head over here, and then come back and read the rest.

The hacker by the name of Bluebrain from AndroidForums.com posted a message on the forum on Sunday showing his Alex running a shell as root (via the su binary, as usual).

26
Apr
Android Starcraft 2 contest
Last Updated: August 12th, 2010

The Contest

Update 5/4/2010: The contest is now over! We've had 62 entries and 2 keys to give out, so the odds were pretty good. The winners have now been chosen at random - head over here to see them.

The first official Android Police contest is here!

To promote the site further, following our very successful first month on the net, we decided to give away 2x Starcraft 2 Beta keys which will let you download the most anticipated game of this year and play it on Battle.net.

23
Apr
50,000 Android apps

Today Android celebrates another milestone - all Android Markets combined count over 50,000 applications and games, according to the Android Market tracker AndroLib. AndroLib is one of the biggest market trackers out there and monitors over 10 separate marketplaces in addition to the main one.

10,000 apps were cranked out in less than a month, as exactly 4 weeks ago we celebrated the 40,000 mark, and, as you can see, the progress has been excellent.

23
Apr
802.11N Nexus One

The other day I was reading a great roundup of projected and wanted features in the upcoming Android 2.2 Froyo release, over at AndroidAndMe. The author, Taylor Wimberly, was going over what he thought was likely to be included next and then mentioned something about the Nexus One that instantly intrigued me. He said:

I spoke with Google’s Eric Tseng during CES and he told me there were many secrets left in the Nexus One that we would discover later.

22
Apr
Dell Streak

Looks like this is the last set of Android related Dell leaks that Engadget miraculously dug up yesterday.

Dell Aero

The first leak shines some light on the Dell Aero - Dell's upcoming budget Android phone. Previously, the only information we had about this phone was the 3.5" screen, a 5MP camera, and a June release date.

Because of the budget tag, we were now not surprised to find out that the phone would be running a 624MHz Marvell CPU, which is the same CPU the sometimes laggy Spring Design Alex eReader has inside.

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