Thursday, September 30, 2010

Samsung I-400 Surfaces With Verizon Branding

Samsung I-400 Surfaces With Verizon Branding: "

The image above is the Samsung i-400 which is headed to Verizon by the obvious branding at the top of this device. The i-400 is rocking at rather unique form factor which as you can see this device features a smaller secondary display, which we’re assuming will display the time as well as call information.

This device is said to be running Android 2.1 and we can see the TouchWiz UI that is on Verizon’s Galaxy S phone the Samsung Fascinate. We also know that Bing has made it to this device as the default search engine, which we’ve come to expect from Verizon after their statement regarding their relationship with Microsoft. Pricing and availability has not yet been announced nor has this device, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the holidays bring.

Anyone find this device appealing?

Via: TheDroidGuy


Google's mobile ads get hyperlocal -- and more useful!

Google's mobile ads get hyperlocal -- and more useful!: "

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You're standing dazed on a street corner in Palo Alto. Suddenly you realize, 'Oh crap, I need to rent a car so I can rendezvous with the guys at Fronty's Meat Market!!' You whip out your Nexus One, search for car rentals, and bingo! A hyperlocal ad for an Enterprise location just half a mile away appears.

Now you've got your wheels, and the Donbot won't have to teach you a lesson.

If you happen to live in a metropolitan area, this is actually pretty cool. Sure, they're ads, but if they can be this relevant the majority of the time, they're pretty dang useful.

Well, useful to a lot of you, anyway. I'm not certain there are a lot of hyperlocal Google Mobile Ads being served for northern Manitoba, so I won't be getting much use out of them.

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Fennec re-versioned to bring it in line with desktop Firefox

Fennec re-versioned to bring it in line with desktop Firefox: "

Fennic on Android

Fennec, the codename for Mozilla'z mobile version of Firefox, is getting a bit of a name change to bring it in line with the current version of Firefox. Fennec 2.0 is currently in alpha and is still being updated with nightly builds, but the "web rendering engines used in both browsers are the same" according to lead developer Mark Finkle. As such, Fennic will be now have its official name changed to "Firefox 4 for Android and Nokia N900" for it's eventual release. The current 4.0b1 version is identical to the 2.0b1 version apart from the version number change. These changes should help Mozilla out with marketing the browser so people aren't confused as to why Firefox mobile is only 2.x, but their desktop version is 4.x. [Mark Finkle's Blog]

Posted originally at Android Central

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Samsung SCH-i400 Continuum Breaks Cover With two Displays, Galaxy S Branding

Samsung SCH-i400 Continuum Breaks Cover With two Displays, Galaxy S Branding: "

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Looks like yet another Samsung handset will join the Samsung Fascinate (with the as-of-yet unannounced Gem not making any noise for a while) on Verizon as shots of a Samsung Continuum – model number SCH-i400 – have just been uploaded to the intrawebz. There are two very significant things about this device: it is a Galaxy S smartphone and it has two displays. One of the displays is your run of the mill OLED (we’re not sure if this is Super AMOLED) while there’s a second, smaller OLED display – being dubbed the “Ticker” – below the capacitive buttons that’ll show the date, times, notifications, and news and weather updates. (It’ll likely come from the same source that the daily briefing widget pulls its information from.)


There’s a dedicated camera button in tow and a side-loaded microSD card slot for easy access without yanking the battery, and a camera with LED flash on the back. No word on internals just yet, but if it’s Galaxy S branded, we expect it to come with a nice kick. We hope to learn more very soon.

[via Engadget]


Sprint Launches 4G In Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN And Pittsburgh, PA

Sprint Launches 4G In Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN And Pittsburgh, PA: "

image_thumbSprint continued its 4G announcement marathon this morning with the official launch of WiMax service in Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN, also known as Twin Cities, and Pittsburgh, PA. Welcome to the fast lane!

This announcement follows the Nashville 4G launch 2 weeks ago, Orlando launch last week, and the introduction of Epic 4G in the beginning of the month. Sprint’s 4G service now covers 55 markets.

Users of the only 2 aforementioned devices capable of running on Sprint’s 4G network are charged an extra $10 "premium data" fee, no matter whether 4G is available in their area...


Find Android Phones at Google Phone Gallery

Find Android Phones at Google Phone Gallery: "

Compare Android Phones easily

Google has decided that organizing and presenting an easy to use Android Phone catalog is a good thing. They have created Google Phone Gallery for your pleasure. Here you will be able to find all of the Android phones that come with Google services such as Android Market, Google Search, Gmail, Maps and YouTube.

Unfortunately, Android devices featuring Bing and Yahoo as their primary search services are currently excluded. This rivalry has resulted in an incomplete list of Android powered phones. (Android tablets are currently excluded)

The phone gallery lets you view technical specifications, features and will allow you to compare multiple devices side by side. You can search by manufacturer, carrier or by country. Google has also provided convenient links to purchase the devices from each carrier.

Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG are currently the only manufacturers with phones in the gallery. Rest assured, Google will keep updating the database as handsets and countries come on board.

Google Phone Gallery

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  3. Moby app for Android


Friday, September 24, 2010

You Thought the Desire HD Booted Up Fast? Droid Incredible Shows Off 2-Second Boot

You Thought the Desire HD Booted Up Fast? Droid Incredible Shows Off 2-Second Boot: "

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HTC’s looking to shorten boot times on their latest Sense devices by – well – a whole lot of time, and we were all impressed by how much faster it was to boot into Android compared to devices with older versions of Sense. At least for one ROM maker working on the HTC Droid Incredible, he doesn’t need any stinkin’ HTC-drafted optimizations to get his wares booting up before you can even blink. Check out the video for yourself below, courtesy of AC.

" App Lands In The Android Market App Lands In The Android Market: "


The official app for made its entrance into the Android market today, giving you a powerful alternative to Dropbox. While the free service offered by only offers half as much storage capacity as Dropbox (1GB), the Business offering ($15/mo) gives you a litany of awesome features that Dropbox just can’t touch.


Official press release follows:

Palo Alto, Calif. – September 23, 2010 – Cloud content management provider today announced that its Android app is now available for free on the Android Marketplace. The Box for Android app makes it easy


New HTC Desire HD ROM looks Incredible on EVO [ROM Reviews]

New HTC Desire HD ROM looks Incredible on EVO [ROM Reviews]: "

The new version of HTC Sense, set to appear officially first on the upcoming Desire HD, has been leaked to the Incredible and EVO. How does it look? Well, the latest evolution of Sense looks incredible.

Yes, I lazily managed to include two obvious puns in one sentence, but my mind has been drained by how much I love this new ROM. Can you blame me?

Not all of the exciting features we saw in the official Desire HD walkthrough are present, but here’s a glimpse of what the HTC Desire HD ROM looks like when ported to an HTC EVO. Rooted users can scroll down to the bottom to get instructions on how to load it on their phone.

Please be advised about the following problems before loading this ROM on the EVO

  • This boots really fast (10-seconds) but has trouble booting back into the recovery mode. If you attempt to get off this ROM and the phone doesn’t go into recovery mode, remove the battery for a few seconds, then put it back in and re-attempt.

  • It may sporadically reboot and freeze up

  • The camera does not work

  • The ROM identifies your phone as a Verizon device when browsing the Market

  • Certain apps and games will be incompatible with this ROM

Skins & Scenes

HTC Sense has been polished slightly and looks pretty, pretty good. Skins are now easy to apply with the new version of Sense. Metal test puts a silver finish on Sense, Blackboard makes it less beveled, and Slate puts a smoother, dark grey finish on Sense. They look beautiful, and more skins are likely to follow once HTC releases the new Sense officially.

Scenes are accessible as always, but users will be able to download more from the HTC Hub. This will be great for customization-crazed users who want to share their creations; and those who want to a new look.

Widgets & Shortcuts

Most of the widgets are the same as what we’ve always seen with a few changes. There is less clocks and a new 4×4 People widget that shows your contacts with the latest interactions with that person. It looks gorgeous with the right skin. There are also new settings shortcuts to get to specific settings pages.

The best part is that widgets can now be edited. The previous versions of Sense required that users remove a widget and re-apply it; now, certain widgets can be changed. Drag the widget to the “Edit” button and settings can be re-applied.


Sense includes “sound sets” that collects audio files into groups for ringtones, alarms, notifications, messages, and more. These sound packs can quickly apply audio themes to your phone and are awesome. My personal favorite is the 8-bit sound set, but there are also sets for classical, harps, house, organs, and more. There are also ratings and comments so users can let others know which sets are best.


This is where users go to grab new content. Widgets, wallpapers, scenes, skins, sound sets, ringtones, alarms, and notifications are available for download. At the moment, it’s all HTC content but I’m willing to wager that they open it up to select folks soon. There’s also a locker to see what you’ve already downloaded.

Other New Apps & Features

Notifications – the pull-down notification has recent apps open, no longer requiring users to hold down on the home button to see the eight most-recent apps.

Blocked Callers – creates a list of people whose incoming calls are blocked.

Music – supports Dolby Mobile, SRS, and an equalizer to improve sound quality based on what genre of music is being played. (Requires hardware that supports it in Desire HD).

It also supports media streaming to connect the device to your computer or other supported devices.

Gmail - the new Gmail for Froyo is included. Priority Inbox, faster reply actions, speed increases, and more are available.

Keyboard – it looks slightly different and tends to type a little more accurately than what I’ve noticed in previous ROM’s. It’s also much easier to switch between languages. Bueno! Hyv√§! And so on.

People – There’s now a launcher shortcut for searching for people, which is completely unnecessary, right? What is good is the new will create connections between other Sense users, as will this new directory that allows users to share Footprints and app recommendations. Best of all, Sync only certain contact groups!

Calendar – it’s now searchable for titles, descriptions, and locations. Enable it by pressing Menu > Search > Searchable items, and add Calendar. Then perform search with the home screen widget or search button.

New Settings

Searchable items – in addition to the Calendar being searchable, you can also search through call history, Facebook for HTC Sense, messages, and settings. (Some of this may already be available in current versions of Sense. Not sure.)

Transfer Data – When loading the ROM for the first time, it asks if you’d like to transfer data from your old phone to the new one via Bluetooth. Nice way to make the transition from one device to the next. It supports importing contacts and calendar events, even from non-Android phones.

Backups – users can back up apps and settings then restore them in the Privacy section. They can also push changes to their HTC Sync account so the same sets and hub content will be retrievable later.

PowerSaver - automatically adjust settings based on power level


That’s all that I’ve noticed in the ROM so far. If you have a rooted EVO and want to test it for yourself, download it from XDA. Download for the Droid Incredible here. You can also read this tutorial if you’ve never loaded a ROM before.