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Android 1.6 update now available for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet

by: Susan ElleryJanuary 20, 2010

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Good news for Archos 5 Internet Tablet owners as Archos has re-released the highly anticipated Android 1.6 update, an update that was released and then pulled last month due to a major issue with the browser. All browser issues have been worked out and Archos owners can now install the new 1.7.33 firmware update which provides:

Optimization of applications on the high-resolution screen of the ARCHOS 5 IT New “Quick Search” to find your Apps, Music, Contacts, and browsing history and get suggested search results as you type Easy access to battery saving features (wifi, screen, gps, etc.) New version of office documents viewer [...]
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T-Mobile to refresh MyTouch 3G, launch MyTouch Slide, and introduce Motorola Zeppelin?

by: Susan ElleryJanuary 20, 2010

Early 2010 may be an exciting time for Android fans on T-Mobile. According to TmoNews, the MyTouch 3G is getting a small refresh with the addition of a 3.5mm headphone jack and will be launched on February 10th in black and white. The MyTouch Slide, an HTC Magic with a QWERTY keyboard, will be hitting the shelves on May 17th in black, red and white. Last but not least is an unknown Motorola handset dubbed the Zeppelin, powered by Android, and expected to launch March 10th.

[via TmoNews]

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Rogers HTC Magic also plagued by 911 glitch

by: Susan ElleryJanuary 20, 2010

Rogers faces another setback with its Android handsets. Text messages are being sent to owners of the HTC Magic asking them to turn off GPS as the same 911 software glitch that affects the Dream is also present in the Magic. The nature of the glitch is unknown but owners are being instructed to keep the GPS off while HTC prepares a software update. Similar to the Dream, the HTC Magic has been pulled from all sales outlets until a fix can be applied. With both handsets currently not available for sale, Rogers has not commented on how this glitch will effect the limited time upgrade offer which allows HTC Dream owners to upgrade to the Magic for free. Hopefully, Rogers will extend the [...]

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Verizon launches new Android app for FiOS subscribers

by: Susan ElleryJanuary 19, 2010

Android owners that subscribe to Verizon’s FiOS TV service can now download the new FiOS Mobile for Android. Developed by Verizon, the new application allows users to search TV listings and manage their FiOS DVR remotely by scheduling new programs, viewing a list of recorded content and viewing scheduled content. Now if they would allow us to view our recorded content, then the world would be almost perfect. Interested parties can download the FiOS  Mobile application for free from the Android Market.

[via Phone Scoop]

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HTC shelves its Android and Chrome OS tablets

by: Susan ElleryJanuary 19, 2010

Remember the Android tablet from HTC that was supposedly going to debut at CES? The tablet and its super-secret unveiling never materialized and now we may know why. According to Anthony Petts, Australian Sales and Marketing Director for HTC, both the Android and Chrome-based tablets are being shelved so the company can focus on a new crop of smartphones. Disappointing news for the tablet fans in our midst but not surprising. With the Apple tablet rumors reaching a crescendo, many potential tablet manufacturers may be taking a step back to see what Cupertino has to offer first.

[via wmpoweruser and Channel News Australia]

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Dell Mini 5 gets dissected, components identified

by: Susan ElleryJanuary 18, 2010

The same folks that showed us a hands-on video of the Dell Mini 5 were kind enough to tear it down and give us a closer look at the hardware under the hood. On the inside of this lovely looking tablet is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor, a 3G modem with SIM slot, a user-accessible microSD card slot, an internal microSD slot for on-board storage and/or the Android OS, a WiFi chipset, and a 1,530 mAh battery. The video, in Vietnamese with a rocking music track, is after the jump.

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Android lands on the Acer Aspire One D250 netbook

by: Susan ElleryJanuary 16, 2010

Acer recently refreshed its Aspire One D250 netbook, replacing Windows XP with both Windows 7 and Android. Yes, that’s right, Android on a commercially available netbook. The D250 is a true dual boot solution, offering users the ability to boot into Windows 7 or Android during startup. A wonderful idea that, unfortunately, fails due to poor hardware design as the D250 lacks a touchscreen, a critical component that is necessary for Android to operate at its full potential. You can navigate the Android OS using your keyboard and mouse but it is not the same as using your fingers to make selections and interact with the OS. On a positive note, Android boots quickly on the D250 and [...]

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Motorola Ruth gets uncovered, slightly detailed

by: Susan ElleryJanuary 16, 2010

Motorola may have yet another Android handset in the works, a diminutive offering known as the MB511 “Ruth”. All the information we have on this new handset has been gleaned from a user agent profile discovered on Motorola’s website, so details are sparse. The Ruth appears to an entry level handset, rivaling the HTC Tatoo as the most basic Android handset on the market and will feature a QVGA display, GSM/WCDMA connectivity, a Qualcomm MSM7200a processor and Android 1.5 under the hood.

[via Engadget and Motorola]

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Rhapsody for Android launches as a public beta

by: Susan ElleryJanuary 15, 2010

With little fanfare and nary a mention on Rhapsody’s website, Rhapsody has launched a beta version of its Android application. Similar to its iPhone counterpart, Rhapsody for Android lets you stream your Rhapsody content straight to your Android smartphone via a WiFi or 3G internet connection. To get started, you will need to grab the APK from Rhapsody’s website using the link at the end of the post and follow the installation instructions. Current Rhapsody to go members can simply login to start streaming, non-Rhapsody members can sign up for a free 14-day trial. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

[via Rhapsody]

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Motorola DROID costs more to make than the iPhone 3GS, Nexus One

by: Susan ElleryJanuary 15, 2010

iSuppli did a teardown analysis of the Motorola DROID and discovered that the DROID, from a manufacturing point of view, is one of the most expensive handsets on the market. Total materials and assembly costs for the DROID total $187.75, topping the $178.96 for the 16GB iPhone 3GS and the $174.15 for the Nexus One. The single most expensive part of the DROID was not some internal component but the $35 removable 16GB microSD that ships with the DROID. Topping the list of integrated components is the 3.7-inch LCD display which sports 16 million colors, a resolution of 854 by 480 pixels and carries a price tag of $17.75. Close in price to the display is the capacitive touchscreen [...]

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