10
Sep

Sure, it's no Galaxy Tab, but the Archos 32, which just began shipping today, does offer some bang for your buck.

With specs like:

  • a 3.2 inch 400x240 resistive touchscreen
  • an 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • BlueTooth 2.1 + EDR
  • a G-sensor

it's not exactly at the top of the Android tablet heap (or even the Archos tablet heap), but for $149.99, what more could you ask?

10
Sep
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Last Updated: July 26th, 2011

Welcome to part 2 of my article series centered around getting that precious time between charges of your Android devices to be as long as possible. I'm reviewing EVO 4G products because that's the handset I personally own, but there is nothing stopping you from extrapolating my findings and exploring similar products made for your own devices.

The EVO comes with a battery containing a similar or maybe slightly larger amount of juice than most phones - 1500mAh.

10
Sep
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Planning on picking up the Samsung Fascinate? Might want to take a look at this first: BGR has Verizon's known issues list for the Fascinate in their hot little hands. None of the issues necessarily seem major, but there are quite a few little ones - which can certainly add up.

Many of the issues seem like minor oversights. For example:

  • Alert notifications can't be changed
  • Caller ID bug when you're on the line and get a second call
  • Soft key backlighting isn't tied to screen timeout (it should)
  • When deleting emails, there's no status bar/window - so it appears the phone is hanging
  • Downloaded apps are sorted by date downloaded rather than alphabetically
  • During activation, there's no reboot warning before the phone does so

Another area with a fair number of bugs seems to be email:

  • Email sync error - sometimes screen goes dark and throws an error
  • When Exchange security policy is in use, you can't change email password
  • Lock and Lock screen issues when using Exchange ActiveSync
  • Corporate email special characters issues
  • Corporate email inbox error

It's important to remember that phones on all carriers have similar lists, they just generally don't make it public.

10
Sep
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Motorola has, once again, updated its timeline for device upgrades and has changed the expected Android 2.1 update time for the CLIQ, CLIQ XT, and the Backflip to be late Q3 to early Q4 of this year.

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This is supposedly good news, but haven't CLIQ/CLIQ XT/Backflip users already waited long enough? Motorola seems to be throwing salt in customers' wounds by pushing this upgrade back. Not only do the owners of these devices now have to wait longer for an update, but the update they are waiting for has already become antiquated.

09
Sep
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Last Updated: September 15th, 2010

One of the most common complaints about the recent builds of CyanogenMod 6 has been that Nexus One owners’ GPS would suddenly take ages to get a fix or wouldn't get a fix at all. The most frequent solution posted has been to change your Mobile Network APN type to “default,supl” to enable A-GPS through your cellular network. However, for some people this still didn’t solve the problem, including myself.

Well, today on the CM forums, user kursed posted a fix that may be the end of many frustrated N1-ers’ woes.

09
Sep

If you read our review of the HTC Desire, you'll already know that the physical design of the phone is hardly the first thing that needs to be changed.

Regardless, we can't complain about the changes HTC is rumored to be making here:

Yep, what we're looking at is a white version of the Desire, and even though I'm not exactly known to go crazy over white gadgets (especially when they're phones), I've got to admit this one's pretty hot.

09
Sep
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This morning, T-Mobile sent out the press release officially announcing the T-Mobile G2. The release mentioned that the phone would be available for pre-order in limited quantites for existing T-Mobile customers later this month - but that doesn't quite jibe with the fact that Best Buy's pre-sale begins tomorrow for a very reasonable $200 (with 2 year contract, obviously). They even mention an official release date: October 6.

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The specs are in the announcement link and picture above, but in case you're too lazy to read, here's a brief rehash:

  • 800 MHz CPU (new Snapdragon architecture)
  • 3.7" 480x800 screen
  • Slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard
  • HSPA+

Personally, I'm just waiting to see how that new Snapdragon CPU stacks up to its higher-clocked siblings, and how well it overclocks.

09
Sep

It's never long before a phone is rooted, especially not if a member of xda-developers can help it.

Well, it looks like Samsung and Verizon's latest baby, the Fascinate, is no exception, as Dirrk, Junior Member of (you guessed it!) xda-developers has just hacked the device into running the Superuser app...aka rooting it. Don't take my word for it though, check out the guide below:

adb push su /sdcard/su
adb push rage.bin /data/local/tmp/rage.bin
adb push busybox /sdcard/busybox

adb shell
cd /data/local/tmp
chmod 0755 rage.bin
./rage.bin

wait....

09
Sep

Google's on a roll today with app updates; first it was the new Google Voice featuring not one, but two widgets, and now they're rolling out a new version of Google Maps which promises to teach us to "walk this way."

The update includes a feature called "Walking Navigation," which is essentially turn-by-turn navigation, only for pedestrians and not drivers. It is now able to:

  • provide up-to-the minute walking directions to from where you stand now to your destination, complete with blue and white arrows to indicate where you stand and where you should go
  • provide more direct routes
  • offer voice guidance (which can be turned off)
  • a map that rotates as you rotate
  • turn on satellite imagery by default
  • vibrate your phone when you need to make a turn

Revolutionary it may not be, but it's certainly an improvement over the feature it replaces, "Walking Directions."

Also new is the Google Maps search bar, which allows you to:

  • start searching for a place
  • open Places
  • use the Layers menu
  • find yourself on the map with My Location
  • filter search results by distance or ratings
  • view prices categorized by dollar signs
  • see cross streets for places

In one final change, Google's gone and revamped Street View.

09
Sep
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Admittedly, posting news on a comparatively lame Android phone is somewhat out of character for us; even more so, nerding out over the hardware of yesteryear. That said, there's a lot of value to be found among the masses in cheap, capable goods such as the upcoming Huawei IDEOS, a 2.8" Android 2.2 phone. The kicker? Rumor pegs the price at less than $200 - conceivably low enough to be used for prepaid plans.

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