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Google’s ‘Open Spot’ App Helps You Find A Parking Spot

Google’s ‘Open Spot’ App Helps You Find A Parking Spot

You know the drill… You’re in the city, hunting for a parking spot to no avail. Gee, wouldn’t life be easier if there was just an app for that? (Did I just quote Apple there?) Thanks to Google, now there is!

Open Spot is a new application straight out of Google Labs, that allows people to notify the application as they are leaving a spot. Their location is registered using GPS, and uploaded to the map on the application, so that other people know where there is a free spot.

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Verizon Ships 170 Droid X Devices A Week Early, Advise Customers Not To Activate Until July 15th Launch Date

Verizon Ships 170 Droid X Devices A Week Early, Advise Customers Not To Activate Until July 15th Launch Date

As you undoubtedly already know, the Droid X is set to officially launch next week, on Thursday July 15th. A lucky few who have already pre-ordered the phone, however, may be getting it a week early according to an internal Verizon memo.

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Employees at Verizon have been told to advise customers who call to activate their phone early that they have to wait until the July 15th launch date, as “all of the proper network provisions for the Droid-X device will not be in place until the official launch date”.

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Slow Garminfone Sales Prompt T-Mobile To Lower Price From $199.99 To $129.99

Slow Garminfone Sales Prompt T-Mobile To Lower Price From $199.99 To $129.99

T-Mobile has been forced to lower the price of the Garminfone as a result of very weak demand - analyst estimates peg the number sold around 20,000. The phone was priced at $199.99, a price most reviewers agreed was too high for a phone with relatively weak specs:

  • 600 Mhz processor
  • 3.5” screen
  • 3 MP camera
  • 2GB microSD card
  • Android 1.6 with no word on an upgrade
  • Focus on navigation capabilities

Those in the market for an Android device were able to either get a more powerful phone for the same price, or an equally capable one for substantially less.

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HTC: No Android Tablet In The Works, Yet

HTC: No Android Tablet In The Works, Yet

HTC may be pushing the limits on the size of smartphones with the EVO4G, but don’t expect that trend to translate tablets any time soon. While the iPad is undoubtedly the dominant tablet on the market right now, a number of Android-powered tablets are under development, and some are bound to hit the market sooner or later. Unfortunately, HTC is not one of the companies working on such a device, instead preferring to play wait-and-see with the competition:

"We are always looking at it, but, right now, the whole idea is that in order to be successful with a tablet, you need to have something compelling.

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Gameloft Relaxes DRM Policy, Gives Customers Option To Reinstall Games

Gameloft Relaxes DRM Policy, Gives Customers Option To Reinstall Games

Mobile game developer Gameloft recently came under fire for their DRM policy, which claimed that any user who purchased a game could not for any reason re-download it. This included wipes caused by authorized system updates to Android phones.

Needless to say, this angered many Gameloft customers, who paid upwards of $5 for each game. It didn't take long for the outrage to push Gameloft into announcing that it would be reviewing the DRM policy, but no timetable was provided.

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Fujitsu Developing Japanese Market Android Smartphone To Challenge iPhone's Domination

Fujitsu Developing Japanese Market Android Smartphone To Challenge iPhone's Domination

MobileCrunch is reporting via Japanese site Sankei Digital [JP] that Fujitsu is planning on manufacturing an Android handset for the Japanese market. Apple currently dominates the smartphone market in Japan, largely because the Japanese smartphone market was fairly bland before Apple entered the foray.

Japanese phones have tended to focus on high portability, social connectivity, and gadgetry over advanced software or bigger displays. The iPhone changed all that, and created a market for devices with larger displays and modern smartphone operating systems.

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HTC Vision Will Have HSPA+, Coming To T-Mobile In September?

HTC Vision Will Have HSPA+, Coming To T-Mobile In September?

A few days ago, we found a couple of blurrycam pictures of the HTC Vision. Yesterday, a blurrycam shot of T-Mobile’s roadmap leaked, and it shows an HTC Vanguard releasing on September 9. Now, Engadget has word that the HTC Vision is launching in September – the same time the HTC Vanguard is shown launching on T-Mob’s roadmap. The Vision will be T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ phone. (As I’ve mentioned before, HSPA+ is pretty awesomely fast, and expanding like the wind.)

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Trillian To Bring Cross-Platform Chat To Android

Trillian To Bring Cross-Platform Chat To Android

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Chat on Android is about to get a whole lot better. Cerulean Studios, developers of cross-platform instant messaging client Trillian, are finally bringing their creation to Android. It’s certainly time – their iPhone application has been available for some time, while their Blackberry application is already in beta. Unfortunately, the first beta is still a few weeks away, but you can look forward to these great features:

  • Connect to Facebook Chat, Windows Live, Yahoo!,
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Android On The Move: Google Now Controls 13% Of The Smartphone Operating System Market

Android On The Move: Google Now Controls 13% Of The Smartphone Operating System Market

Today, comScore released its mobile phone market share figures today for May 2010 (the figures take a while to compile), and the results bode very well for Google. Among smartphone operating systems, Google’s Android now holds a 13% share. While this may not sound huge, keep in mind that only 3 months prior in February Android controlled only 9% of the market. The figures and changes, below:

Mobile OS Feb. 2010 May 2010 Change
RIM 42.1% 41.7% -0.4
Apple 25.4% 24.4% -1.0
Microsoft 15.1% 13.2% -1.9
Google 9.0% 13.0% +4.0
Palm 5.4% 4.8% -0.6

Meanwhile, every other smart phone operating system has lost ground.

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Swype Voice Input Button Coming Soon - Already Present On Samsung Galaxy S And Motorola Droid X

Swype Voice Input Button Coming Soon - Already Present On Samsung Galaxy S And Motorola Droid X

One of Swype keyboard's most glaring omissions, especially apparent to those of us with Android 2.1/2.2 is the missing voice input button.

The voice input button, present on the stock keyboard when typing in any text field, lets you utilize Android's speech-to-text capabilities and works surprisingly well. I sure missed it when I installed Swype.

And I'm not alone - over 2000 votes have been cast by Swype users, making it the #1 requested Swype feature - the next one down is only around 600 votes.

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