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T-Mobile MyTouch Slide/Espresso Appears In The Wild

Last week we reported that the upcoming MyTouch Slide device showed up in RadioShack's ordering system, and today TmoNews posted the first photo of this Android phone in the wild:

T-Mobile MyTouch Slide Espresso

The photo matches up nicely to the one leaked by Droiddeveloper.com back in January.

MyTouch Slide is considered to be a successor to the T-Mobile G1, with the following specs:

  • 1300mAh battery
  • Optical trackpad
  • Camera with LED Flash
  • Slide-out 4 row QWERTY keyboard
  • 320×480 screen resolution
  • Arm11 processor
  • RAM 215MB
  • ROM 512MB
  • Android 2.1
  • 3.1 MP camera

The release date for MyTouch Slide is rumored to be May 17 or May 19th.

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Editorial: Palm, Inc Now For Sale. Will HTC Buy Palm For Patents, To Port Pre To Android, Or Both?

Palm Is For Sale

According to Bloomberg, one of the top financial news sources in the world, Palm has hired an investment banking giant Goldman Sachs to arrange a sale of the company, at least according to 3 people familiar with the situation (read: anonymous informants/insiders).

HTC and Lenovo are listed as potential bidders in a bidding that may happen as early as this week. Dell is also mentioned but said to have passed on making an offer.

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Netflix Coming To Android

Well, this is certainly promising news! According to this official Netlifx job posting they’re looking for:

“a great engineer to help us build Instant Streaming client implementations on Android devices.”

Oh yes, you read it correctly, we have official word that Netflix will be coming to an Android device near you.

I’m an avid Netflix user and use their Watch Instantly service at least a few times a week on the Xbox 360 – in fact, their service was more or less single handedly responsible for my decision to cancel cable television.

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BREAKING: Sprint HTC Hero Android 2.1 ROM Leaks - Final Release Imminent?

We just got word that a Sprint HTC Hero test ROM marked RUU_Hero_C_Sprint_2.20.651.1_signed_test leaked to the public at the xda-developers forum by damageless. Yet again, Android Police is the first Android blog to report it, as far as we know.

More details to come as we try to figure out what the deal is with this ROM.

Here is a link to the latest RUU from Sprint.
You cannot simply extract it.

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eReader Mega Roundup: Spring Design Alex VS Barnes & Noble Nook VS Amazon Kindle 2 VS Kindle DX - Detailed Comparison

Last year was definitely the year of the Kindle - we've seen a whole new generation of eBook readers come out, finally making this gadget category popular. To help you navigate the eBook reader waters, we spent the last few days compiling a table comparing some of the biggest eReader devices:

  • Spring Design Alex
  • Barnes & Noble Nook
  • Amazon Kindle 2
  • Amazon Kindle DX

If a category has a winner, it is highlighted in bold (in some cases there could be more than one winner).

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Roundup: Five Android Games Everyone Should Try

If you haven’t done much gaming on your Android phone, here are a few titles to get you started (yeah, I'm not much for introductions apparently)…

Replica Island (Free)

Replica Island is a great, retro game that will keep you entertained for hours. Not only is it available for every device running Android 1.5 and above, but it’s also free.

Guiding your Android through all 40 levels, you must find a mysterious object called The Source in the middle of an island which is protected by all sorts of strange creatures that you must defeat before the Rokudou Corporation beats you to it!

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Status Report: Android Police Is 2 Weeks Young - Here Are Our Remarkable Growth Stats

In the first 2 weeks of its existence Android Police has achieved a number of remarkable milestones. I am happy to list some of them here:

  • We are currently sitting at #2 position for "android news" on Yahoo, up from #9 a week ago.
  • After only 10 days, we had a Google PR (page rank) of 3.
  • Our Alexa ranking has been rising very quickly – it is now 284K, up from 420K a week ago.
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Motorola CLIQ Update 1.4.8 Released, Fixes Battery, Touchscreen, Bluetooth Problems

Those of you with a Motorola CLIQ will want to check your phone for new updates, as Motorola is rolling out version 1.4.8 to all users. Sure, it isn’t quite Android 2, but everyone loves bug fixes right?

The 1.4.8 update provides improvements to the phone's battery, touchscreen, and Bluetooth functionality.

The update can be installed over the air, which means you can get to it by going into Settings > About Phone > System Updates.

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Google Turns On Universal Suggest In Mobile Search

Today Google announced universal search suggestions on the mobile version of their search page. It has been enabled on all major smartphone platforms, so even our iPhone carrying “friends” should be able to partake.

Google first made this change on the desktop version of the search page back in December, and while it was neat, I can’t say I’ve really played with it since it was released. This probably has more to do with the fact that I just control+K to the search bar in Firefox or Chrome rather than visit the search page itself.

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BREAKING: Samsung Moment Leaked Android 2.1 Update Rooted Only A Few Hours Later - Available Now

Only a few hours since we broke the news about a leaked Samsung Moment Android 2.1, another member of the same forum by the name of joeykrim that posted the original ROM announced that they have successfully rooted it.

Yes, that's right, Samsung Moment with Android 2.1 is now rooted.

So head over, no jet over, to the good old SDX-Developers forum and look at this post for detailed instructions which I will duplicate here.

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