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Acer Stream Coming To eXpansys In The UK On August 2nd; Packing Android 2.1, 1GHz Processor, 3.7” AMOLED, HDMI And More For £400

The Acer Stream is coming to the UK, and it’s coming soon. Acer’s newest and most powerful Android device to date will initially be available exclusively through eXpansys.com in the UK starting on August 2nd. £400 will get you the device, unlocked. This is your only purchase option, as no carrier subsidies have yet been announced. I will say it’s pretty robust on the spec-sheet. The Stream features:

  • A 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
  • 3.7” WVGA AMOLED Display
  • 512MB ROM / 512MB RAM
  • 2GB Internal (Flash) Memory
  • MicroSD Card Slot
  • WiFi (presumably B/G/N), Bluetooth, and GPS
  • Mini HDMI-out
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • 720P (24FPS) Video Recording
  • 5MP Camera
  • Android 2.1 with Acer Touch 3D UI 4.0

And here is the Stream, in all its glory:

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The first thing I notice about the Stream is its lack of a trackball, d-pad, or optical trackpad.

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HTC Confirms It Will No Longer Use AMOLED Displays For Desire, Nexus One—Switching to Sony SLCD's

HTC confirmed in a press release today that the Nexus One (which is still manufactured for and sold across Europe and Korea) and Desire will no longer be sporting AMOLED displays. Instead, HTC has opted to use Sony SLCDs. Their reasoning? The press release gives it to us from a nice, sugar-coated PR perspective:

HTC Introduces SLCD Display Technology To Its Portfolio
New Displays to be integrated into HTC Desire and Nexus One
Taoyuan, TAIWAN – July 26, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today introduced Super LCD display (SLCD) technology into a variety of HTC phones including the HTC Desire and global Nexus One later this summer.

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Android Developers UI Design Tips Presentation Aims To Homogenize Android App Interfaces In The Style Of Twitter, Facebook, And Yelp

Ever notice how Twitter, Facebook, and Yelp all use (nearly) the same start screen implementation?

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Apparently this is no coincidence. A presentation given at an Android Developer conference is urging app developers to conform to this design when developing their own apps. Why? Consistency lends itself to usability.

Android has long been a victim of its own openness—many claim it is a “geek” or “technophile” operating system. This stigma can, in part, be traced to the fact that Android apps have not been held accountable to any but the most lax standards (Eg, doesn’t blow up your phone) to be featured in the Android Market.

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The Five Things Android Needs To Grow Up

Android’s introduction in the marketplace hardly seems like it was less than two years ago. In that time we’ve gone from zero apps to a robust app market and enough unique handsets to give whiplash to every early adopter wanting to ride the bleeding edge.

With over 60 different phones, 70,000 apps in the marketplace, about 20 OS updates, and enough interest to keep dozens of full time blogs crammed with news, we can’t call Android a “baby” OS anymore, but we can’t call him mature, either.

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PSX4Droid Brings PlayStation To Your Android Phone—Android Gaming Suddenly Sucks A Lot Less

ZodTTD and yongzh have released Android’s first PlayStation emulator application, now available in the Android Market for $6.99USD. Remember, that $6.99 does not get you any games or a working BIOS (required to run the emulator), you have to “legally” obtain these on your own time (please do not post links to ROMs or BIOS images in comments, they will be deleted).

But words don’t really do this justice, hit the jump for some sexy video:

Ridge Racer, Final Fantasy, Earthworm Jim, and Warcraft on Galaxy S

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW7CxT0l20s&feature=player_embedded

Crash Bandicoot on Nexus One

Final Fantasy VII with Wiimote on Dell Streak

Yes, you read right: Wiimote.

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How-To: Run Android On Your PC

Chalk this one up as a novelty, because the usefulness is pretty low. HowToGeek (and by extension, an XDA forum member) have posted instructions for how to boot your PC into Android. The process isn’t too excruciatingly tricky if you’re willing to just burn the ISO to a CD, although if you opt to run Android from a USB key, you’re in for a slightly more involved process.

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Once installed, things seem to work pretty normally – according to HTG, this includes cameras and Wi-Fi, depending on what you’re using.

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Android Market And Google Checkout Problem – Buy Your Apps/Games But Receive Nothing, Sorry!

Recently it has been reported that Google plans to add carrier billing options to the Android Market. This is great news for developers, but it may be moot, as we’re getting reports that a lot of users are having issues downloading apps that they have purchased. When a user tries to purchase an app, it seems that the market is hanging while authorizing their payment, regardless of their checkout method (credit card or carrier billing).

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[Giveaway] 20x WaveSecure Licenses ($20 Each) + Our In-Depth Review. Back Up, Remotely Lock, Wipe, And Track Your Android Phone

This contest is now over. We have selected the winners - see if you are one of them towards the bottom of the page.

What is WaveSecure?

Have you ever wondered what you would do if your precious Android was lost, or even worse, stolen? Here is where WaveSecure steps in and provides you with more tools than are probably necessary in either scenario. WaveSecure allows you to:

  • Remotely lock your device to prevent its use
  • Remotely track your phone’s location via WiFi location, GPS, or cell towers
  • Remotely wipe your phone’s call log, sms/mms messages, contacts, and SD card
  • Remotely view call/sms activity on your phone via automatic backup system
  • Backup your SMS/MMS messages, contacts, and call logs to your WaveSecure account

How Do I Get It?

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Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement Updated To Allow Carrier Billing. Paid Apps In More International Markets Soon?

In a short post on the Android developers blog, Googler Tim Bray let word out that the Android Market’s Developer Distribution Agreement had been updated in a significant way:

Posted by Tim Bray on 23 July 2010 at 5:24 PM

Please note that we have updated the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA). This is in preparation for some work we’re doing on introducing new payment options, which we think developers will like.

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CyanogenMod 6 (CM6) RC2 For Nexus One, Droid, Dream, Magic, G1, MT3G And RC1 For EVO 4G Released

CyanogenMod users rejoice: Cyanogen and the CM team are continuing to work feverishly to get CyanogenMod 6 into official release territory.

CyanogenMod 6 Release Candidate 2 ROMs for the Nexus One (and unofficially, the Droid), Dream, Magic, G1, and the MyTouch 3G are now available for download, along with Release Candidate 1 for the HTC EVO 4G.

Nexus One/Droid

Nexus One CM6 RC2 Download links (This will work on a Motorola Droid as well, see this CM forum post):
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