09
Dec
lg-optimus-one-p500

LG definitely struck a nerve In the Android community when they said that their LG Optimus One series would not be updated to Android 2.3 due to not meeting the hardware requirements, when it has already been stated that all phones running Froyo (such as the Optimus One) were capable of running Gingerbread. Well, LG have not only retracted that statement and offered an apology, they've delivered a great piece of news: every phone in the Optimus One line will get updated to Gingerbread!

06
Dec
maps 2

After Andy Rubin showed off a Honeycomb-running Motorola tablet, he proceeded to demo the latest version of Google Maps. The update promises a 3D viewing mode, compass orientation, and offline caching of maps. But, perhaps best of all, Rubin claimed that "it'll be on cellphones in a matter of days."

The biggest change is the ability to render 3D buildings at the street level. Because it will render vectors instead of tiles, maps will supposedly load several times faster, no matter how fast your connection is.

23
Nov
htc shift 4g
Last Updated: January 4th, 2011

XDA-developers, who originally leaked details on the phone under the codename HTC Knight, have now provided more information on this bad boy, now known as HTC EVO Shift 4G (model number PG06100). Most of these specs aren't too surprising, but do leave a lot of room for questions:

    • Android 2.2
    • Sliding QWERTY Keyboard
    • 3.7″ Screen
    • 800Mhz Processor or 1Ghz Dual Core Snapdragon according to a different source
    • 512MB RAM
    • 5 MP Camera or 8 MP according to a different source
    • Sprint 4G

    Assuming the 800 MHz processor and 5 MP camera are correct, then this is almost definitely Sprint's version of the Desire Z (the same as T-Mobile's G2).

    23
    Nov
    image

    T-Mobile is claiming that they have the largest "4G" network in the country, and they must be pretty serious about defending that title - they've just rolled out their HSPA+ network, theoretically capable of download speeds of 21Mbps, to these eight areas:

    • Detroit, Michigan
    • Grand Junction, Colorado
    • Harlingen, Texas
    • Lafayette and South Bend, Indiana
    • Montgomery, Alabama
    • Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia
    • Youngstown, Ohio

    These were all listed on T-Mobile's 4G coverage map as "coming soon", so if you're still on that list, T-Mobile is probably already working to cover you.

    23
    Nov
    Skyfire 1

    Alternative browser Skyfire made waves with a previous update that allowed it to play Flash videos on any device, and the latest update to version 3 has even more features that most other browsers are lacking - built-in Facebook integration, notably similar to recently released PC/Mac browser RockMelt.

    In addition to aforementioned ability to play Flash videos, Skyfire now includes the following social features:

    • Popular Content
      instantly see what content on the site is most popular with your friends and the Facebook community
    • Fireplace Feed Reader
      nothing but the links from your Facebook feed.

    22
    Nov
    acer tablet

    According to multiple sources, Acer is planning a special event tomorrow in New York to announce three tablets - one 5-inch (not much is known about it), one 7-inch (is expected to run Android 2.2), and a 10-inch (is expected to run Windows 7). Acer showed off a tablet several months back with a front-facing keyboard with a 7-inch screen; there's a good chance this is the same product but with some revisions.

    22
    Nov
    image
    Last Updated: November 25th, 2010

    We've been hearing about Notion Ink's high-end Android tablet, Adam, for quite a while now, and it's already been announced that we could be seeing this device by Christmas. While that hasn't been confirmed, we now have quite a few more details on the tablet thanks to the fact that Notion Ink's website has been updated with all sorts of information on the tablet, including this massive helping of specs:

    Size+Weight

    • Thickness: ~14 mm
    • Width: 191 mm
    • Length: 269 mm
    • Weight: ~1.6 pounds

    System on Chip

    • NVIDIA Tegra 250
    • Dual Core Cortex A-9
    • ULP GPU

    Memory+Storage

    • 1GB DDR2 RAM
    • 1GB SLC
    • 8+ GB Flash
    • Micro-SD Card support

    Power & Battery

    • Universal Charger
    • 3 cell 24.6Whr battery

    Display

    • 10.1" WSVGA (1024 x 600)
    • Optional Pixel Qi display:
      Transmissive, transflective,
      and reflective modes
    • Multi-touch
    • Matte finish
    • Anti glare coating
    • Scratch resistant
    • Finger print resistant

    Camera

    • 3.2 MP Auto Focus Swivel
      Camera

    Communication

    • WLAN - 802.11 b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP
    • WWAN - 3G HSDPA

    Audio

    • Stereo loudspeakers
    • 3.5mm headphone jack
    • Built in microphone

    Input/Output Ports

    • USB 2.0 Host x 2
    • Mini USB
    • HDMI
    • Micro SD slot
    • SIM Card slot
    • DC connector

    Sensors

    • 3-Axis accelerometer
    • Ambient light sensor
    • GPS
    • Digital Compass

    Bonus mystery feature ;)

    If you're wondering what that "bonus mystery feature" is, look no further than the page's source code, which includes a very interesting message: "For any sneaky fellows looking through the code, here's a tidbit for you, there's a very awesome hidden sensor we’re gonna be revealing soon." I haven't the foggiest clue as to what that means, but it certainly sounds interesting.

    22
    Nov
    optimus m

    The latest carrier to secure a version of LG's newest entry-level phone - the Optimus One - is MetroPCS, the country's fifth-largest carrier. It will be the carrier's first Android phone, and will cost just $229 with no contract and $50 for a monthly plan that grants access to unlimited data, talk, and text. The phone will be available in stores and online on November 24, just in times for the holidays.

    22
    Nov
    samsung continuum

    It's been less than two weeks since the phone launched, but the Continuum's source code has already been thrown up on Samsung's Open Source Release Center. Regular users won't get much use out of it, but developers may be able to, and it should certainly help out with the development of custom ROMs for the device. Perhaps the awesome folks over at XDA could even find some interesting uses for the second "ticker" display?

    20
    Nov
    appbrain

    If you use AppBrain for all of your Android app downloads, then you'll want to update the app as soon as possible: the latest update to version five includes all of the following awesome new features:

    • Details page for every app
    • Related apps tab
    • Ability to share through any sharing app on your phone
    • Fast Web Installer now integrated
    • Fast Sync Widget

    Unfortunately, the integration of the Fast Web Installer probably won't help thanks to the new Market update breaking it, but with plenty of other new features this update is still pretty substantial.

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