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Photos of the T-Mobile G2

More photos have popped up of T-Mobile’s upcoming G2, the successor to the very first Android smartphone, and the first phone to fully utilize T-mo’s HSPA+(4G) network.  Engadget has a series of images up showing off the slimmer, less angular form factor of the device, which makes it look a lot like the Nexus One or the Samsung Vibrant.

Gone is the ‘lip’ that featured so prominently on the original device, and on its sister brand, the myTouch 3G.  Returning is the QWERTY keyboard, but instead of sliding in a circular motion like on the G1, the screen portion appears to tilt up and away from the keyboard.  Also replaced is the trackball, in favor of an optical trackpad that seems to be all the rage with other Android and Blackberry devices.

No word yet on a full specs list or a release date and price.  T-Mobile’s G2 mailing list site is fully up and running, so head on over there to sign up if you’re interested. (via Engadget)

For more Android news, head on over to my Examiner page.

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August 21, 2010 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

Battle of the 4G’s: Epic 4G vs Eo 4G

Sprint is making a big push toward 4G speeds these days, with two powerhouse Android devices running on their superfast network.  While the Evo 4G made a sizable splash when it was released last month, the new kid on the block is Samsung’s Epic 4G, part of their Galaxy S line of smartphones.  For those on Sprint’s network looking to upgrade to the latest and greatest, which should you choose?  Sprint wants to lend a hand, providing a brief video highlighting some of the differences between the two phones

The Evo 4G has:

  • 4.3″ WVGA screen
  • 1ghz Snapdragon processor
  • 32gb total storage space
  • HDMI-out
  • HTC Sense UI
  • Android 2.1 Eclair (upgradeable to 2.2 Froyo)

While the Epic 4G is packing:

  • 4″ AMOLED screen
  • 1ghz Cortex A8 processor
  • 32gb total storage space
  • Samsung Touchwiz UI
  • QWERTY keyboard and onscreen keyboard with Swype
  • Android 2.1 Eclair (upgradeable to 2.2 Froyo)

These aren’t the only similarities and differences.  Check out the video below for more info. (viaAndroid Guys)

For more Android-related news, check out my Examiner page.

August 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

Wiimote + Android + Rubberbands = Awesome

Got a bunch of (legal?) SNES or NES roms on your Android device?  Want to play them using a legitimate controller, and not the onscreen keys?  Youtube user baza210 rigged up a doohickey that will allow you to use your Wii Remote (Wiimote for all the hip kids out there) as a Bluetooth controller for some of your games.  A bicycle handlebar and rubberbands hold his Nexus One atop a functioning Wiimote, allowing him to relive the glory days of the 16-bit gaming era with a touch of modern-day tech.

You can check out more things he’s doing with the Nexus One at his blog. For those interested, he’s working on getting a PlayStation controller to work with an Android PSX emulator. (via Android Central)

Check out more articles at my Examiner page.

July 28, 2010 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

Even More Android Home Replacement Apps

Continuing with my overviews of home replacement applicationsfor Android, today I’ll be going over the popular ‘Panda Home’ app. While it doesn’t feature the ‘swipe-up-swipe-down’ of dxTop, the main feature that sets this apart from other home replacement apps are the customizable side drawers.

You can add up to six drawers that stay in place as you move between screens (up to three), and each drawer can contain as many apps as you want. Similar to the standard applications drawer in Android, you can scroll through all the apps loaded into each drawer. Navigate within Panda Home’s menu settings and you’ll find size settings for each drawer, allowing you to change the height and width individually.

Check out the rest of the article at my Examiner page. . .

July 23, 2010 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

2.1 Leaked for Motorola Cliq

Yesterday, Engadget received a ROM of what appeared to be an official ‘test’ ROM for the Motorola Cliq.  The over-the-air release is scheduled for August, but this release appears to work just the same.  Savvy users who want to try this ROM will still have to root their phone to get this to work.

The update features some new additions to Motorola’s ‘MOTOBLUR’ skin, a new music player, and a smooth web browsing experience.   A major feature missing from this 2.1 update is multitouch, and more specifically pinch-to-zoom, like in the Google Maps app and the browser.  Froyo’s live wallpapers are also misisng, though the folks at Engadget agree that it was probably done to save battery life.

Motorola still has some time before the update is officially released, so more features may still be added (or removed).  Check out the video on the Engadget website for some hands-on impressions of the leaked update. (via Engadget Mobile)

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July 23, 2010 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

More Home Replacement Apps for Android

A few days ago, I went over dxTop, a home replacement app for Android.  As much as its screen layout set it apart from other home screen applications, dxTop may not be for everyone.  Another popular app is GDE from PinkVenture, which features traditional horizontal scrolling through up to seven screens, customizable buttons for the menu bar, and an ‘app dock’ widget, among other things.

The most noticeable feature of GDE is menu bar at the lower part of the screen, which houses a ‘menu’ button that acts like the stock Android applications drawer.  On either side of it is a button, which can be customized to access your contacts, dialer, phone settings, web browser, SMS messenger, and the ‘add’ button for adding applications, widgets, etc. to any of the home screens.  This bar stays in place as you move through your screens, just like the applications drawer.

Read the rest at my Examiner page. . .

July 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm Leave a comment

Motorola Will Brick Your Droid X

UPDATE: Motorola has recently addressed the issue. The eFuse tech isn’t designed to brick your phone, and according the Motorola, it’s there to prevent the installation of malicious software.

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If you just bought the shiny new Motorola Droid X, but want to load a custom Android 2.2 Froyo ROM on it, well, don’t.  That’s because Motorola doesn’t want you to and if they catch you doing so, they will essentially make your phone unusable.  To fix it, you’ll have to buy some special hardware that you have to purchase from Motorola.

Photo: user robertnelson via Flickr

According to this forum post at Android fansite MyDroidWorld.com, Motorola has installed a chip called the eFuse, which scans the device for a specific set of code that is pre-installed when the phone is manufactured.  That bit of code is called the bootloader, which essentially is what the phone loads first when booting up.  Now, the eFuse is capable or reprogramming the phone, so if it sees a different set of code, like that of a custom ROM (like Cyanogenmod), then the chip will brick your phone.

No circumvention of the eFuse chip has been found yet.  The Droid X only recently launched, so it may be just a matter of time.  However, considering that the Droid 2 is on the horizon, it might be a safe bet that the chip will be installed on that phone, and future Motorola phones, as well. (via Gizmodo)

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July 15, 2010 at 7:45 am 1 comment

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