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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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Cellular South HTC Hero Finally Gets Updated To Android 2.1

If you happen to be an HTC Hero owner on Cellular South, today is your lucky day – an update to Android 2.1 is now available for you to download. Unfortunately, it’s not the easy an over-the-air update - you’ll have to download it yourself and wipe all your data (factory reset) – but, in my opinion, it still beats running Cupcake. The update includes the following features:

  • Picture and video messaging capabilities [Pics feature required]
  • Android Market™ with access to latest 2.1 apps
  • Turn-by-Turn Google Navigation
  • Preloaded Facebook™ app with
    enhanced Facebook sync
  • Preloaded YouTube™ app
  • Enhanced Bluetooth support
  • Voice Dialing
  • Improved Phone Search
  • Improved alarm/bedside clock
  • Multiple Gmail account support
  • Improved Battery Meter
  • VPN support
  • Enhanced ActiveSync support for Microsoft Exchange
  • Additional Gestures: Pinch home screen to see thumbnails of all 7 hero screens, dial contact by drawing letters of contact name
  • Enhanced Device Setup Wizard

All the instructions can be found in few videos on Cellular South’s website.

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[Updated 7/22]: Cyanogen Mod Nightly For HTC EVO 4G Released

[Update – 7/22 7:45 AM EST]: The unrevoked root method doesn’t work with CM6 – you must either use Toast’s method or SimpleRoot. Thanks for posting up your results guys, keep them coming!]

Cyanogen, the biggest name in Android ROMs, has released their first FroYo ROM for the HTC EVO. While still a “nightly” build, many users are reporting it is very stable. However, as with most FroYo ROMs to day, there are a number of things that don’t work just yet – although it is the only FroYo ROM with working cameras.

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I Am Iron Meh: LG Ally Review

If you’re a fan of a physical QWERTY keyboard, your Android options tend to be fairly limited. Your best bet would be to pick up the Motorola Droid, but if, for some reason, that phone doesn’t do it for you, you’re limited to either the Cliq or the Backflip – both developed by Motorola, and both gimmicky and under-powered. For some reason manufacturers seem to be avoiding high-powered QWERTY handsets like the plague, instead opting for touchscreen ‘superphones’, such as the EVO 4G, or the Nexus One.

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The Sorry State Of Gaming On Android, And How OpenFeint May Help

It may not seem like it at first, but gaming on Android is pathetic. While Android certainly has its fair share of good games, there is a long way to go before the state of gaming on the platform can be considered healthy. There are probably a few people up in arms over that statement, so let me qualify it:

A few days ago I wrote an article on a Distimo report comparing various app markets.

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LG Expanding Android Lineup, Adding Tablet And Phones

It appears that Android is really hitting its stride, doesn’t it? Seems like we’re writing about a hot new Android phone just about every day. Today, LG has put out a press release to announce some new phones and an Android tablet. Details are scarce, but we do know a few things, including that it looks like they’ll be sporting a pretty slick UI. Other details:

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Optimus One

The LG Optimus One will be a budget option.

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UPDATED: Kindle for Android App Now Available On The Android Market

Update: The Kindle for Android app is now available to the masses, and can be found via a simple market query for “Kindle”or the QR code below.

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The app appears as it does in the preview; upon booting it offers up a registration/sign in screen. Upon sign-in, the app pulls your purchased books from Amazon’s Kindle Bookstore servers and transfers them to your device. A link to a mobile-optimized version of the Kindle Bookstore is available by a press of the menu button while in the app.

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Samsung Behold II Update To Android 1.6 Donut Going On Now, Brings New Features, Fixes Bugs, Upset At How Mad We Are

In an unsurprising and entirely boring turn of events, Samsung Behold II upgrade to Android 1.6, aka Donut, has started on June 21st and is expected to be completed on June 25th.

As we mentioned earlier, Behold II will not be getting past 1.6, to shock and outrage of numerous device owners, and this week will be the last (if not the only) highlight of Behold's about to be slow and boring life.

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[Giveaway] Vlingo Voice Control App Reviewed + We’ve Got 25 Licenses To Give Away!

The winners have been selected and contacted via email.

Enjoy your Vlingo licenses and look out for future AndroidPolice contests!

Living in Houston, you encounter some pretty horrendous traffic. Out of the 45 minutes I spend commuting(one way), about 20 are probably spent at a red light.

With all of that downtime it’s pretty tempting to reach over and check your latest email, or, if you’re like me, compulsively check the market for updates, but every time you do so, you’re risking injuring yourself, and those around you.

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Droid 2 Sneak Peak: First Impressions

One of Gizmodo's readers Zack unexpectedly stumbled upon an upcoming Motorola Droid 2 at a tech show and didn't hesitate to snap some pictures and play around with this Droid successor.

Here are the main points of his review, in my favorite bullet point style, to save you some time:

  • about the same size as the original Droid
  • dark chrome overall color instead of the black
  • feels really nice - more curves, fewer edges
  • different button placement as the original, both on the outside and on the keyboard
  • blue coloring around the keyboard instead of gold
  • there is now a dedicated voice search button on the keyboard and the horrible d-pad is gone, replaced by cursor keys
  • no more lip on the right side with phone open
  • the Droid 2 name might change - Motorola reps are unsure of what it will be yet
  • same 5MP camera, though noticeable faster
  • most likely will come with vanilla Froyo - not Ninjablur
  • 8GB internal memory, 8GB micro-SD card
  • 1GHz processor

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Droid 2 Sneak Peak: First Impressions

And here's Zack's full account if you want the original:

I am a summer intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA) this summer and today there was a tech show on the lab.

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