18
Aug

It seems appropriate since the G1, the phone that kicked off the Android revolution, was killed off a few weeks ago, and since T-Mobile is about to introduce their first HSPA+ capable device, that they would call this device the G2. Well, after countless rumors about a G2 (starting a few hours after the G1's launch), the device has finally been announced on T-Mobile's HSPA+ site.

That's right, the G2 is official, will be the first phone to utilize T-Mobile's 4G-like HSPA+ network, and will have its specs handed out to the media and a select group of people "over the coming weeks." These are exciting times ahead of us, folks, so stay tuned to Android Police for lots more coverage on the G2 and other upcoming Android devices.

18
Aug

It's no secret that Verizon loves Android, so it shouldn't be a surprise that it's featured heavily in a leaked roadmap.

Yesterday, BGR confirmed the Droid Pro, Droid 2 World Edition, and Motorola Tablet, and now PhoneArena is reporting that they have a "trusty source" inside Verizon that has given them a sneak peek at the device release schedule for the rest of the year.

Let's start with September: we "should" see the Droid 2 World Edition released, and it will be the first Android phone to support both GSM and CDMA networks.

17
Aug
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Yesterday, Aaron and I attended the Adobe Android Summit, where Adobe, among other things, did a demo of the upcoming Google TV box. Below, you will find Aditya Bansod's whole talk recorded by me in 1080P HD using Canon T2i (love this beast).

For more info on this and other talks, read Aaron's summary report: Adobe Android Summit 2010: "One Web. Any Device."

Unfortunately, the card was formatted as FAT32, so as soon as the videos reached 4GB, T2i shut off recording, resulting in small gaps between all the parts.

17
Aug
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Android user nbetcher, with the help of ChiefzReloaded, has come up with a new method to achieve root for the T-Mobile MyTouch Slide. The process was just finalized and is still rather technical, but Chiefz says an APK is coming soon, with a one-click sure to follow.

Technically, this method grants a specific program root, rather than the whole phone - thus, a full-phone root must follow. Again, these instructions are certainly on the technical side - if you’re not comfortable doing this, an APK and one-click will follow.

17
Aug
HTC Wildfire

It may have taken a little longer than other HTC phones, but the Wildfire has finally been rooted… in a way. This method doesn’t unlock NAND on the phone (which means you can't remove stock apps or install custom ROMs), but it does allow running applications that require root (here are 8 great root-only applications if you need inspiration).

XDA user MartinEve, who accomplished the soft root, is already in talks with the developers of unrEVOked to make a more permanent solution, but until then, you can follow the instructions below to root your Wildfire (to find the most up-to-date instructions, hit the source link).

17
Aug

The custom used to be to release two, maybe three, at most four, new flagship smartphones every summer. Now, it appears that the custom is to release as many as possible, as soon as possible. And this latest batch of leaks indicates that Verizon and Motorola have no plans to change that anytime soon.

Droid 2 World Edition

First up for inspection, we have a screenshot of an internal document suggesting that a device with the model number A956 is in the works and will come in both black and white.

17
Aug
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One of the most popular games for the iOS platform has just been released for Android, following a rapid porting process by Galcon developed Phil Hassey. On his blog he speaks of his desire to support even low-level Android devices, going as far as to purchase a G1 to use as a development test-bed. The porting process took a little over a week of code translation from the iPhone’s Objective-C to the Android NDK’s C++ and Java.

16
Aug
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It’s been a while coming, but Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 has now ditched its Beta status. Released today to coincide with the ongoing Adobe conference in San Francisco, Flash Player 10.1.92.8 is available in the market for compatible devices, namely Nexus Ones running Froyo. As with all Market releases, there are some quirks with the releases availability, so don’t be surprised if it’s not appearing for you even though it should be.

16
Aug
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Yesterday, we spent the day at Adobe HQ for their Adobe for Android Summit. We heard from Anup Murarka of the Mobile and Devices team, Paul Betlem for Flash, Aaron Filner for AIR, and N.J. on Flash platform tools.

Anub started off with some numbers:

  • 85 of Alexa Top 100 sites use Flash
  • 70% of web games use Flash
  • 70% of all video on the web is Flash
  • 98% of internet connected PCs have Flash player worldwide
  • 95% of internet connected PCs worldwide have installed Flash Player 10
  • 90% of top 20 OEMs committed to delivering Flash

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Thanks to its wide distribution and variety of usability - whether for an app, a game, a movie, or something else - Flash is just about everywhere.

16
Aug
Firefox
Last Updated: September 15th, 2010

Love Chrome's ChromeToPhone’s functionality? Want to achieve the same in Firefox? The world’s second most popular browser, Firefox, has an extension of its own to send links, images, selected text and clipboard from your computer straight to your Android phone with a click of a button.

To use the feature, you’ll need to:

  1. Download the ChromeToPhone app from the Market (meaning you will need Android 2.2) or by scanning the QR code below
    QR code for http://code.google.com/p/chrometophone/downloads/detail?name=chrometophone-android-v1.7.apk&can=2
  2. Download the Firefox extension, which can be found here.
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