20
Sep
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Take this one with a huge grain of salt: DigiTimes is reporting, yet again, that HTC is about to enter the tablet market by leveraging their expertise with Android and their relations with carriers around the world. The rumours point to a  launch date in early 2011 and specs that certainly look good, but would you pay the rumoured price of $790 for it?

The claimed specs:

  • 1280×720 display (from earlier reports, that may point towards Gingerbread)
  • nVidia Tegra 2 SoC
  • 32 GB SSD
  • 2 GB RAM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Full Android Market
  • Support for Chrome Web Apps

That Tegra 2 chipset should provide enough power to surpass the iPad and make for a very fluid experience.

17
Sep
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Looks like Verizon is pushing Android for enterprise pretty hard: they've inked a deal with Good Technology and are bringing some pretty major enterprise features to Android. Specifically, the company provides encrypted and high security email, messaging, and mobile access, as well as features such as remote wipe.

Good is a fairly major player in the enterprise space: in the first half of 2010 alone, they added 1,500 enterprise clients.

17
Sep
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Acer has partnered with Ferrari to release a special edition of their Liquid E smartphone. The internals are the same as the regular Liquid E, albeit with the processor stock clocked a bit higher:

  • 1 GHz Snapdragon 8250 (45nm process - check out this article for details on why that's a good thing)
  • 5 MP Camera
  • 3.5" screen
  • Android 2.1

The only real customizations are that it's apparently been custom designed by Ferrari to be light weight, and checks in at 135g.

17
Sep
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Yesterday, Samsung released a fairly minor update for the Epic 4G. There are only a handful of changes, including some light optimizations and a few small bug fixes - but more importantly, it adds Media Hub functionality. Media Hub is a new service that was introduced last night by Samsung, and provides access to movies and TV shows from most of the big dogs - not too shabby.

Full list of changes:

DI07 Update Details

Please see the list below for details of some changes found in the DI07 update.

16
Sep
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Last Updated: September 26th, 2010

Found at the top of reddit's Android page today is this comic comparing the openness of Android to the closed ecosystem of Apple's iPhone and iOS. It warranted an immediate tweet, but since tweets are very short-lived, I decided to have it take a more permanent place on our site.

Here we go:

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No editorial comments from me - I decided to reserve that role for you, our readers, in the space below.

16
Sep
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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.

15
Sep
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Last Updated: September 23rd, 2010

One of the weaknesses of Android has been a lack of high quality games. Sure, there are some very good games, but not nearly as many as there should be, and they are often hidden in the Android Market. Fortunately, Android gaming momentum has been increasing with hits like Angry Birds arriving on Android recently. Now, OpenFeint is further increasing that momentum with the announcement of twenty Android titles in the next month, including several top 10 iOS hits like Fruit Ninja, MiniSquadron, and Super Slyder.

14
Sep
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Wow, what a day today for Verizon's Samsung Fascinate! When it was introduced for $199 on a contract, Verizon threw in a 2-for-1 deal, making the price $99.99 if you buy 2.

Shortly after, Wirefly and Amazon Wireless both dropped the price to $99.99, making it a great deal for those who need only 1 Fascinate.

Today, the price war got serious. Really serious.

  • Amazon Wireless is now selling the Fascinate to new accounts at exactly $0.01, which is a penny over absolutely free.
14
Sep
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Adobe announced a "critical vulnerability" in the Flash 10.1 platform for all OS's, including Android, yesterday. While this is an extremely common occurrence (I use it to mark the new moon), it is a little troubling to know that Adobe's infamously-insecure plug-in could be giving evil-doers unsolicited access to Android devices running Flash.

While Adobe was not clear on exactly what malicious activity the exploit could allow on Android devices, the typical "control of a user's system" language is used when describing the implications of the problem.

14
Sep
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WorldMate is a company that was created to make travel easier - easier to track, easier to book, and easier to keep up with from the moment you receive that itinerary confirmation email. WorldMate already has apps out for Blackberry, iOS, Symbian, and WinMo, and today it is finally filling in the glaring omission by announcing the official Android app.

Features

The most useful feature, to me and thousands of users of this free service, is the ability to forward those itinerary confirmation emails from any of the popular booking sites to trips@worldmate.com and have them automatically converted into a new travel itinerary, broken down into individual travel items.

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