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HTC Sense Will Support Map Pre-Caching In Its Latest Upgrade

Yesterday, Engadget got some hands-on time with the brand new HTC Sense upgrade that will debut on the Desire HD and the Desire Z. It will support all kinds of crazy stuff we've been waiting for like remote wiping, phone location, and backing up to and restoring data from HTCSense.com. Another cool feature is map pre-caching, which means that the phone will have pre-loaded maps on it.

The end result is a much more responsive map experience, allowing you to zoom in and out and pan around with "no waiting".

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Control Your Music Player Using LauncherPro, Be Awesome

It looks like user Rock_Harder over at the XDA community has solved a problem most people didn't even realize they had. If you, like many people, are faced with the issue of where to put the music widget on your homescreen, he's got you covered.

Essentially, his dilemma was that he simply didn't have the real estate to place the music widget effectively. He uses LauncherPro and had some of those handy extra dock icons laying around so, using all of his cunning and wit, Remoter was born.

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[App Of The Week] DiskUsage Helps Uncover Your Phone's Internal And SD Card Fat Deposits

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If you're like most Android users, you may run into slight space issues when it comes to available internal storage for apps. The daunting task you face, then, is to go through each of your apps and locate the major megabyte offenders. What a pain.

Alternatively, you may discover that your precious SD card is suddenly refusing to write a new episode of the Stuff You Should Know podcast (which is awesome), so  now you have to drop everything to figure out where the fat is.

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Skyhook Sues Google For Interference In Contracts With Motorola And Samsung, May Have A Case


That's A Really Nice Suit

A nice little piece of litigation cropped up on the mobile news radar today - Skyhook, a WiFi/GPS location services provider, is suing Google for "forcing" certain Android device manufacturers (specifically Motorola and Samsung) to utilize Google Location Services instead of Skyhook on the DROID X and Galaxy S devices as their primary location services provider, respectively. If you're thinking "but Android is open source," stay tuned kids, I'll be explaining why that doesn't matter so much in this case.

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Motorola Mobility CEO: No Tablets Until "Early Next Year" At Best; We're All "Oh, Really?"

During the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference yesterday, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha said, “I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling. Hopefully, that is early next year.” In fact, according to his comments, it seems that they haven't even started development of a tablet yet.

This doesn't quite jibe with what we've heard before. In mid-August, word around the 'net was that a Motorola tablet device was coming to Verizon sometime in November.

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Amazon & Play.com Open Pre-Order For HTC Desire Z And Desire HD, Release Date And Pricing Revealed; Free On £40/Month T-Mobile UK Contract

Yesterday, HTC announced that the G2 and EVO would be going international under the Desire Z and Desire HD names (respectively). With the help of a tipster, Engadget managed to find the phones listed by UK company Play.com and on Amazon.de/Amazon.UK. Retail pricing ranges from £470 for the Desire HD to £430 to £499 for the Desire Z.

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Source: Desire Z, Desire HD

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Source: Amazon.de

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Source: Amazon.UK

T-Mobile UK

T-Mobile UK tweeted that the Desire HD will be free on contract for customers on a £40/month, 2 year contract.

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Dual Display-Rocking, 4G-Packing, Russian Device Makes Its Debut... In The (Russian) President's Office

 

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File this one under the "it had to be done" category: a dual screen Russian Android phone. And not just any dual screen Android handset; this baby has one screen on the front and one screen on the back. That's right, no flipping open, sliding, or anything of that sort, merely turn the device over and you're facing the other screen.

Screen shot 2010-09-15 at 8.44.32 PM

Oh yeah, and it turns out that other screen is curved.

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HTC Developing Tablet, In Cahoots With Google, Expected Release Q1 2011

From the Unsurprising But Still Exciting department comes this fresh tip, via everyone’s favourite rumour rag, Digitimes. With a suitably vague allusion to “Taiwan component makers”, Digitimes claims that HTC will be leveraging their strong partnership with Google in releasing a tablet worldwide.

Much like the Galaxy Tab, HTC’s take on the new tablet market will be powered by smartphone components and will feature similar performance and design quality.

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Sprint 4G App Challenge: 5 EVOs, $250k Up For Grabs

Developing apps can be both exciting and enjoyable. Integrating your apps with the latest 4G technology can be even more rewarding. As a leader in providing 4G coverage, Sprint has come together with Wired, Reddit and Ars Technica to offer some great rewards for the right app. Sprint wants you to showcase what can be achieved when you make full use of 4G.

If you want to lay claim to the rewards on offer you need to create an app for one of the following categories:

  • Video, Multimedia & Augmented Reality
  • Gaming
  • Productivity, Business & Utilities
  • Social Networking
  • Entertainment

You can either reinvent an existing killer app of yours or develop a brand new app from scratch.

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Change Keyboard Automatically With Orientation, Using KeyboardManager [Root][Tutorial]

One of the more obvious settings missing from Android is the ability to use one keyboard, say Swype, in portrait orientation, and then automatically switch to another keyboard when the phone is in landscape.

This feature has been oft-requested, and is something that is strangely missing from many mobile OSes. Well, the clever clogs over at the XDA-Developers Nexus One forum have managed to figure it out with a little workaround.

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