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Tip: How To Get Arrow/Cursor Keys On The Swype Keyboard

Today's tip is almost a necessity because I've seen so many of you looking and asking and complaining about having no cursor keys in Swype (us EVO 4G users absolutely need them - the phone has no trackball!).

So I am here to tell you that Swype actually does have cursor keys but they're hidden away in a secret menu behind a super-secret swipe. Well, not too secret but if you haven't looked through the manual, you are probably unaware of it.

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[Updated] Droid X Review Roundup: It’s Pretty Awesome

[Updated – July 2, 2010 at 6:30PM EST]

Over the past day or so we’ve seen a flood of Droid X reviews published, so we've decided to round up and summarize the best of them. For any readers who may need a reminder of the details:

  • Coming to Verizon July 15
  • $200 on contract
  • 4.3”, 854 x 480 px
  • 720p Video Recording
  • 8 MP Camera
  • 1 GHz Processor
  • Android 2.1 (Eclair) at launch, with 2.2 (FroYo) coming later
  • 8 GB onboard, 16 GB mSD card (24 GB total)
  • 3 mics – front, back, and bottom
  • HDMI out
  • Swype

Pretty impressive stuff, at least on paper.

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UPDATE: CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 3 for Motorola Droid Now Available For Download

DISCLAIMER: This is an alpha release. This means it is buggy, and might have some minor (maybe even substantial) issues upon installation. Download and install at your own risk.

UPDATE: Updated download link for Alpha 3 below. We don’t currently have a change log, unfortunately.

An alpha of CyanogenMod 6 for the Droid has been released, and is up for download. The link, along with the link for FRF85B’s GApps (Google Apps) package, is below.

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Droid Incredible OTA Update Coming, Brings New Features

Droid-Life has a source, including pictures and a video, showing that the Droid Incredible will be getting an OTA update… sometime. They don’t have an ETA, but it shouldn’t be far off. The key new features it brings are 720p video recording, 3G mobile hotspot, and (most importantly of all), the usual “DROID” red eye bootup.

incredible-720p incredible-mobile-hotspot

Pretty awesome that when Android phones get OTA updates, they tend to bring awesome new features.

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Angry Birds, The #1 Selling iPhone Game, On Its Way To Android This Summer

Angry Birds has been a hugely popular iPhone/iPad game, ranking #1 for awhile now. Developed by Rovio, Angry Birds is a great physics game where you shoot various birds out of a sling shot to destroy buildings and defeat the evil green pigs (this sounds awesome, doesn't it?).

Rovio, however, is not satisfied enough to dominate the iPhone Apps Store, so they've now set their eyes on Android, which means this summer we will all get to enjoy flinging birds out of slingshots, all without getting arrested.

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Who Wants More Froyo? Yet Another Nexus One ROM Leak (FRF91)

Here we go again:

http://android.clients.google.com/packages/passion/signed-passion-FRF91-from-FRF85B.db99fdf1.zip (1MB)

You must have FRF85B installed to upgrade. Presumably, ANY Nexus One (AT&T or T-Mobile, etc) that has FRF85B can use this upgrade

See our post about FRF50 for instructions on doing a manual upgrade.

Source: Google, XDA

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Radio Shack Sweetens The Deal For T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant Pre-Orders With A $50 Gift Card

If you’re already planning to pick up T-Mobile’s first high-end Android offering, the Samsung Vibrant, then you’ll probably want to think about getting your pre-order at RadioShack instead of from T-Mobile directly.

RadioShack is offering the phone at the same $199.99 price as T-Mobile (when opening a new account or upgrading your line), but without the pesky mail-in rebate.

That isn’t enough to sway you? Well, then you’ll want to get your pre-order in before July 18 – in addition to free shipping, everyone who does gets a no-strings-attached $50 RadioShack gift card.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 To Receive OTA Update… That Isn’t Eclair Or Froyo

News for our European readers, this morning: Sony has announced that the Xperia X10 will receive a software update over-the-air (OTA) soon. To quote:

This update focuses on improving the general performance, speed and responsiveness of Xperia X10. For example, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI. In addition we add a free back up and restore application so you’ll never lose your settings and information. In selected markets, PlayNow™ with premium apps and games will also be added.

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Latest Breakdowns: Top 10 Android Devices, Operating System Share, Satisfaction Levels, And Other Stats

Today we're having a look at AdMob's latest monthly mobile metrics report which includes some information that may be of interest to the Android community, especially developers.

Top 10 Android Devices

One particularly interesting piece of information is their ranking of the top ten Android smartphones in terms of market share, based on data collected by AdMob in May of this year. You can view the list and each handset maker’s own market share below.

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Yahoo Mail, Messenger, And Search Hit The Android Market

Though it took a little while, Yahoo has just launched Android apps for their Mail and Messenger services, and most interestingly, their Search service.

The Mail and Messenger apps don’t really hold many surprises. They are fairly polished and include all the functions you would expect; for e-mail, this means checking, organizing, sending e-mails, and downloading attachments.

For Messenger, you are able to chat with your Yahoo friends and keep the app running in the background.

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