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Firefox For Mobile Gaining Greater Stability And New Features As Fennec Edges Towards Version 2 And Alpha Status

Firefox For Mobile Gaining Greater Stability And New Features As Fennec Edges Towards Version 2 And Alpha Status

It would be nice to say that Fennec has really been coming along of late. But honestly, from an end-user’s point of view, that’s not really the case; it’s still a massive memory hog, crashes seemingly at random, and takes up an inordinate amount of your phone’s internal storage. However, it is definitely growing gradually more usable, and beneath the rather sluggish front-end, some serious changes are taking place.

The Road To Fennec 2

If you've been following Mozilla Mobile dev @mbrubeck, you may have read about some under-the-hood improvements going on lately, as the internals of the browser undergo a complete reworking.

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Dell Blaze Leaked, Runs Android 1.5, Already Uninteresting

Dell Blaze Leaked, Runs Android 1.5, Already Uninteresting

After today’s Dell Thunder leak, you may be excited to hear about a new Android offering from Dell: The Blaze. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any reason to be interested in the phone – the Dell Blaze is running Android 1.5 with a custom UI, and is described as an entry-level device. So, while we don’t have any actual specs yet, we can determine that the screen is fairly small, my guess would be at the very top, 3.5”, but more likely around 3.2”.

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Second Droid OTA Coming, Brings Flash Support

Second Droid OTA Coming, Brings Flash Support

It looks like the Droid has a second over-the-air update headed its way. The first, which started being pushed out yesterday, was FRG01B and brought Froyo to the most popular Android around. However, a Verizon email tells us that this second update will give Droid owners the ability to download Adobe Flash 10.1, leading us to believe that it is indeed the leaked FRG22 build.

If you’re already enjoying Froyo on you Droid, keep an eye out for a second update, and let us know when it comes.

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Google Takes Android Voice Search To The Next Level With Voice Actions

Google Takes Android Voice Search To The Next Level With Voice Actions

Today’s Google Mobile even certainly did not disappoint. In addition to some minor improvements in Google Search, such as the ability to call businesses and play music from the web, Google introduced Voice Actions, a huge update to Android’s Voice Search application.

The video below demonstrates all the capabilities of the new application. If you’ve used Google’s speech-to-text functions before, you’ll know how well they work, and Voice Actions simply expands on that in a very powerful way.

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TweetDeck For Android Beta Now Live, Come And Get It!

TweetDeck For Android Beta Now Live, Come And Get It!

We leaked an early build of the TweetDeck for Android app yesterday, but now it seems the real deal is available to TweetDeck users. To obtain the beta, you must have a TweetDeck account (or create one), sign up here. The instructions for downloading and installing TweetDeck for Android, below (You still need to be signed up for the Beta Preview for the app to work):

Hi there!

Thank you for your interest in Android TweetDeck.

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Dell Thunder Spotted In The Wild, Running Android 2.1, Will Be Available Before The End Of The Year

Dell Thunder Spotted In The Wild, Running Android 2.1, Will Be Available Before The End Of The Year

Dell’s elusive not-a-tablet-phone has broken its cover once again, this time showing up on a video exclusive over at Engadget.

http://www.viddler.com/explore/engadget/videos/1717/

The phone remains unchanged on the hardware side of things, it seems, but it’s now confirmed to be running Android 2.1. We’ll go ahead and give you a quick brush-up lesson on what the Thunder is bringing (pun very much intended):

  • 4.1” WVGA AMOLED 480x800 display
  • Android 2.1 with Dell’s “Stage UI” overlay
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Removable 1400 mAh battery
  • 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p video recording
  • FM radio
  • External SD card support

Internal storage specs for the Thunder remain unknown.

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Chitika Mobile War Reveals Lots Of Goodies: Android Device Market Cap, iOS Fragmentation, And More

Chitika Mobile War Reveals Lots Of Goodies: Android Device Market Cap, iOS Fragmentation, And More

Our friend Daniel Ruby, analyst for ad firm Chitika, has released a new tool for tracking Mobile usage stats. The page is chock-full of goodies (at least, for those of us nerdy enough to dig stats). The most interesting highlights:

  • The original Motorola Droid still commands nearly 30% of the Android market (29.9%)
  • The HTC EVO 4G has taken second place at ~8% (7.96)
  • The iPhone accounts for 57% of iOS usage; the iPod accounts for 22% and the iPad clocks in at 21%
  • For all the fuss over Android fragmentation, iOS fragmentation is worse.
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Vodafone Rolling Out Vanilla (!) Froyo To HTC Desire In Next 7-10 Days

Vodafone Rolling Out Vanilla (!) Froyo To HTC Desire In Next 7-10 Days

After Vodafone deployed an HTC Desire update last week that was full of crapware, customers responded with understandable anger. After initially standing firm on the crapware (“Vodafone 360”), Vodafone has now backed off and will remove it with the next update. The next update? Vanilla Froyo - and it’s coming in 7-10 days.

The surprising thing here is that the update will apparently be an unmolested version of Android 2.2 - something they elected not to do with their Nexus One update.

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Sony Working On PlayStation Branded, Android-Powered Gaming Phone

Sony Working On PlayStation Branded, Android-Powered Gaming Phone

Earlier today, Engadget broke an exclusive regarding Sony-Ericsson’s work on an Android gaming handset that is currently “in the late stages of planning.” There have been rumblings of a PlayStation phone for quite some time, and it seems like this device may be Sony finally delivering on those long-standing rumors.

According to Engadget, the device will feature:

  • 3.7-4.1” WVGA screen
  • 5MP camera (may not be final)
  • Slider-phone design, but instead of a QWERTY keyboard, a gamepad
  • Gamepad will have:
    • Touchpad for directional controls instead of joysticks
    • A standard D-pad,
    • Standard PSP buttons
    • Shoulder buttons
  • “Likely” to have a 1GHz Snapdragon Processor
  • Mostly black chassis, some silver highlights (looks like a Captivate crossed with a PSP Go)
  • Will run Android OS “Gingerbread”
  • Phone-specific software skin
  • Will have access to a new and exclusive Android Market Games section
  • Game titles will include some PSX oldies, as well as newer PSP games

psp-mockupengadget

Mockup Created By Engadget

Engadget has speculated the device and the new Android Market Game “ecosystem” could be available as early as October.

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Unrevoked Forever Debuts: Your Phone Today, Your Phone Tomorrow – Flash Unsigned Updates On Your EVO 4G Or HTC Incredible

Unrevoked Forever Debuts: Your Phone Today, Your Phone Tomorrow – Flash Unsigned Updates On Your EVO 4G Or HTC Incredible

This tool does appear to do a permanent NAND unlock, irreversibly voiding your phone’s warranty, proceed with caution.[/note]

This night keeps getting better and better. The unrevoked team just announced the release of their anticipated Unrevoked Forever tool. What does it do? While the summary provided by unrevoked is a far better explanation, I’ll keep it short and sweet: once you install unrevoked forever, your phone can flash unsigned updates, no matter what, forever.

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