T-Mobile intros ‘More for Me’ daily deals Android app

By on June 16, 2011 at 6:56 AM.

T-Mobile intros ‘More for Me’ daily deals Android app

T-Mobile introduced a new Android application on Wednesday called “More for Me.” The app offers T-Mobile customers with phones running Android 1.6 or later, daily deals based upon their preferences, location, and interests. Discounts are provided by sites such as LivingSocial, which is available in more than 260 markets, but there are also exclusive discounts from T-Mobile or its partners. T-Mobile customers simply need to install the T-Mobile More for Me app from the Android Market to get started. Read on for the full press release. More →

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BBC launches official Android app

By on May 26, 2011 at 5:20 AM.

BBC launches official Android app

BBC announced the availability of its free mobile news application for Android on Wednesday. The application provides quick access to BBC’s top stories complete with pictures, videos, and the option to share stories on Facebook or via email. Other features include breaking news notifications, pre-cache viewing, background sync, and a compact widget for viewing headlines from your home screen. There’s even an option to stream live BBC News video content, provided you’re running a phone with Android 2.2 and Flash pre-installed. BBC News for Android is available for free in the Android Market now. Update: for now it’s only available to U.K. residents. More →

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Google Maps for Android surpasses 50 million downloads

By on April 14, 2011 at 5:59 AM.

Google Maps for Android surpasses 50 million downloads

Google Maps has hit a new milestone as the first Android application to surpass the 50 million download mark. The free application has seen many revisions since its public introduction in 2008 — as part of Android 1.6 — and now includes 3D modeling with multi-touch zoom and panning, free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, and support for Google’s Latitude and Places products. Given that it’s available on every iteration of Android — that we can think of — we’re not surprised to learn it’s the most downloaded application ever. Congrats to the Google Maps team.  More →

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Android 2.2 Froyo powers 61.3% of all Android devices

By on March 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM.

Android 2.2 Froyo powers 61.3% of all Android devices

According to new data released by Android Developers, Android 2.2 (Froyo) currently powers 61.3% of all Android devices that accessed the Android Market during the first two weeks of March. That figure is up just under 10% from January, when the group reported that Froyo powered 51.8% of all devices. Sadly, the stale, older operating systems like Android 1.5 (3%), Android 1.6 (4.8%), and Android 2.1 (29%), are still far more prevalent than the most current version being offered by Google; Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) was installed on just 1% of all devices. Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) was the the most rare, and represented just 0.2% of all tablets (and phones if you’ve loaded a custom ROM) accessing the Android Market. With Google expected to announce a new version of its mobile operating system during the Google IO conference in May, we’re starting to wonder if Gingerbread is ever going to take off. More →

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ViewPad 10 dual-boot tablet now available from ViewSonic

By on March 7, 2011 at 9:34 PM.

ViewPad 10 dual-boot tablet now available from ViewSonic

ViewSonic announced on Monday the immediate availability of its unique dual-boot tablet, the ViewPad 10. First announced this past November, the ViewPad 10 is an Atom-based tablet that features a 10-inch 1024 x 600-pixel touchscreen display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. Most notably, however, it features a dual-boot configuration that allows users to boot either Android 1.6 or Windows 7 on demand. “The lines of professional and personal life are blurring, which creates a need for devices that are suited for both sides,” said Adam Hanin, vice president of marketing for ViewSonic Americas, in a statement. “The ViewPad 10 delivers just that by enabling users to merge business productivity with personal enjoyment anywhere, anytime.” The ViewPad 10 is available immediately for $599 (16GB SSD, Windows 7 Home Premium) or $679 (32GB SSD, Windows 7 Professional). Hit the break for ViewSonic’s full press release. More →

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Dell Streak now $99.99 from Best Buy

By on December 15, 2010 at 7:28 PM.

Dell Streak now $99.99 from Best Buy

Fans of supersized smartphones should look no further than Best Buy Mobile this morning, where the Dell Streak has been dropped to just $99.99 with a two-year AT&T service contract. Current owners of the AT&T-branded Dell Streak are still a bit annoyed that the Froyo update has been delayed until January, but if you can tolerate Donut for another month, the Dell Streak is a solid option. Notable specs include that giant display, of course, alongside a 5-megapixel camera, a secondary VGA camera for video chat, HSPA (7.2Mbps down, 5.8Mbps up), 16GB of internal storage and microSDHC support. The Dell Streak is available online and at Best Buy Mobile locations in both white and black. More →

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Android Market update begins rolling out

By on December 13, 2010 at 5:19 PM.

Android Market update begins rolling out

Google announced Monday that an update to the Android Market has started rolling out to devices. On its Android Market Facebook page, Google stated that the Market refresh will be pushed out to all devices running Android 1.6 or later over the next two weeks. Some users have already reported receiving the update, which apparently creates a much more appealing Market experience. Among the listed improvements are a better UI, faster searches, more information about apps and an improved ratings system. More →

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AT&T Dell Streak Froyo update pushed back to next year

By on December 11, 2010 at 12:00 AM.

AT&T Dell Streak Froyo update pushed back to next year

Dell confirmed on Thursday evening that users of its Dell Streak tablet who purchased the device through AT&T will have to wait until next year to receive an update to Android 2.2 (Froyo). In a post on the company’s Direct2Dell blog, Dell states that Streaks SIM-locked to AT&T’s network will not be updated to Froyo until some time in January. Dell began updating the European version of the Streak to Android 2.2 last month, and stated at that time that AT&T devices would receive the update in December. Dell did not specify a reason for this new delay, stating only that it would continue to work with AT&T to release the Froyo update. AT&T’s version of the Dell Streak currently runs Android 1.6. More →

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55.5% of Android users running version 2.1

By on July 22, 2010 at 6:51 AM.

55.5% of Android users running version 2.1

Android Numbers July 14th

Google has released their latest Android platform distribution numbers, and it looks like Android 2.1 — Eclair — is dominating. In a report from last month, Google reported 50% of the Android install-base was running version 2.1 of the mobile operating system, however, in just one months time that number has jumped 5.5%. Other highlights include Android 2.2 (Froyo) having 3.3% of the platform pie, with Android 1.6 registering in at 22.1% and Android 1.5 at 18.9%. Apparently, Android 2.0 and 2.0.1 have fallen into the “statistically insignificant” category. Hopefully, when the next report comes out, Android 2.2 will have a much bigger slice of the pie… if you know what we mean. More →

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50% of Android devices are running version 2.1

By on June 17, 2010 at 1:22 PM.

50% of Android devices are running version 2.1

Andoird Chart June 17, 2010

Google likes to keep a close eye on what percentage of its mobile OS, by version number, is out in the wild. Google accomplishes this chore by polling Android devices that check-in to Google’s Market application; they then publish a bi-weekly report to developers. Today, the latest report was published, and it looks like Android 2.1 has hit the 50% mark for worldwide Android handsets saturation. The platform breakdown looks like this: Android 2.1 – 50.0%, Android 2.01 – 0.3%, Android 2.0 – 0.1%, Android 1.6 – 25.0%, Android 1.5 – 24.6%, Android 1.1 – 0.1%. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, we see the number of 1.5 and 1.6 instances go down and the number of 2.1 and 2.2 instances go up. How about it Android Nation, what handset are you rocking and what OS version are you running?

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Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia X8

By on June 17, 2010 at 6:51 AM.

Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia X8

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Feeling the Xperia X3 too small and the Xperia X10 too large, yesterday Sony Ericsson announced what we like to think of as the Goldilocks handset in the Xperia X8. Better known as the Shakira, the X8 comes with a 3″ HVGA display, 3.2 megapixel camera, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, 128MB of internal memory, 600MHz processor, and Android 1.6 with UX UI. We can’t say for sure if the Xperia X8 will arrive on U.S. soil, but the fact that there is a quad-band version with the 850 and 1900MHz bands of UMTS/HSDPA means it’s a definite possibility. More →

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Android Garminfone $199 on T-Mobile

By on May 12, 2010 at 5:59 PM.

Android Garminfone $199 on T-Mobile

T-Mobile Garminfone

T-Mobile has announced pricing for the Android-GPS-phone hybrid, which we all know as the Garminfone. A quick recap of the GPSmartphone: 3G, Wi-Fi, 3 megapixel camera with autfocus and digital zoom, Bluetooth 2.1, and a Garmin-specific interface. All you Magenta loving, Android preferring, navigationally-challenged, freaks can head on over to T-Mo’s Garminfone splash-page and sign up to be alerted the moment the hardware will hit the streets. The Garminfone will set you back $199 on a two-year contract and is listed as being available in “June.” $199 for an Android device running OS 1.6? Eeeeeesh. More →

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Android-powered Garminfone headed to T-Mobile this Spring

By on April 21, 2010 at 2:02 PM.

Android-powered Garminfone headed to T-Mobile this Spring

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T-Mobile announced its latest Android offering, the GPS-centric Garminphone earlier today. The Garminfone picks up where the Nuvifone left off and offers T-Mobile 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, a 3 megapixel camera with autfocus and digital zoom, and Bluetooth 2.1. Leveraging Garmin’s success in the GPS market, the Garminfone utilizes a Garmin-specific interface that is dominated by the handset’s GPS-centric focus. The Nuvifone features turn by turn directions, text-to-speech, automatic switching between day and night view modes, and a suite of location-based applications that include local real-time traffic, local weather, local movie listings, local gas prices, and Voice Studio, an Android application that allows you to record custom voice directions. Garmin’s navigation services are also integrated through the OS and can be found in text messages, emails, contact information, calendar entries, and web pages. The device will launch with Android 1.6  on board and will include the full suite of Google apps Android owners know and love. Though updates to the aged 1.6 OS have not been promised, T-Mobile does point out that the handset permits OTA updates. Expect the handset to debut exclusively on T-Mobile at an undisclosed price later this Spring. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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