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Notion Ink combines Tegra processor, Pixel Qi display, and Android into one slick looking tablet

by: Susan ElleryDecember 18, 2009

Notion Ink couldn’t wait until CES and let everyone in on a little secret – it is a producing a not-yet-named Android-powered smartpad that will knock your socks off. The smartpad will feature the eight-core Tegra T20 processor (rumored Tegra 2 processor?) and will be the first device to use the new Pixel Qi transflective display (10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels) which will optimize your display based upon the ambient light conditions. While indoors, the display will crank itself up to full colors and brightness. When moved outside, the display will reduce its colors and operate in transflective mode and finally when in full sunlight, the device will drop the colors even [...]

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Motorola Calgary coming to Verizon Wireless in early 2010 as the Devour A555?

by: Susan ElleryDecember 18, 2009

Motorola Calgary

Live photos of the Verizon Wireless Motorola Calgary burst upon the scene back in October and we have been eagerly awaiting additional information about this long-rumored handset. Phone Arena came through for all of us today with a few new tidbits about the Calgary, now supposedly known as the Devour A555. The Devour is shaping up to be the little brother to the DROID, featuring a 3MP camera, Android 2.1 and MOTOBLUR. No launch date was given but the Devour is expected to drop sometime in the next few months. Once all the extreme advertising for the DROID has run its course, perhaps Verizon will be ready to make room for another [...]

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Sprint HTC Hero and Samsung Moment to skip Android 2.0, head straight to 2.1

by: Susan ElleryDecember 17, 2009

We are happy to report that the rumor about the Sprint HTC Hero and the Samsung Moment getting updated to Android 2.0 in the first half of 2010 was incorrect. Straight from Sprint’s official twitter account is the confirmation that the Hero and the Moment will be updated to Android 2.1, skipping right over Android 2.0. The date for this update is still set for the rather broad time frame of the first half of 2010 but we will continue to hold out hope that these updates drop sooner rather than later.

[via GearLog]

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HTC launches four new Widgets for the Hero and DROID Eris

by: Susan ElleryDecember 17, 2009

Everyone was buzzing this morning about HTC releasing four new widgets in the Android market. We had our hopes up that HTC was releasing some hot new Widgets that would bring a little bit of SenseUI to our Motorola, Acer, LG, or Samsung handset. All those rumors were partially correct as four new widgets from HTC did debut in the Android Market today. Unfortunately, they are for the HTC Hero and the DROID Eris only. The four widgets include a Tip Calculator, a Dice Game, a Battery meter and a Today in History application. All four widgets have that HTC styling and are designed to complement HTC’s slick SenseUI interface. Those fortunate HTC Hero and DROID Eris owners can [...]

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Motorola Backflip/Enzo gets pictured on its way to AT&T

by: Susan ElleryDecember 17, 2009

Additional details about the Motorola Backflip, previously known as the Motus, have emerged courtesy of  Phandroid. In the revealing photos, we can clearly see the unusually hinged handset which exposes a full QWERTY keyboard when folded and a rear-facing touchpad when open. Supposedly also called the Enzo and designated Model MB300, the Backflip will have a 528 MHz processor, a 3.1 inch 320×480 display, a 5MP camera located on the keyboard, MOTORBLUR, and a full suite of AT&T customizations including AT&T Navigator, AT&T Music, and Yahoo Search! Though the Backflip will run Android 1.5, it may not be a full-featured Google Experience phone as it is rumored to ship [...]

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Asustek to build an Android-powered Robot, the EeeBot

by: Susan ElleryDecember 17, 2009

Taiwanese computer manufacturer, Asustek,  has unveiled plans to build an Android-powered educational robot called the EeeBot. The goal of the government-sponsored project is to promote the Android OS by building a low-cost robot that will interact with children. Asustek will build the hardware and the software for the robot and will subsidize a portion of the cost to keep it affordable for families. Revenue to offset the subsidy will be generated through the sale of content and services for the robot. Asustek expects to have a prototype ready for trial in two years and predicts that these child-friendly (and green?) robots will generate a yearly output value of NT$5 billion in five [...]

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Motorola DROID gets multi-touch via the Motorola Milestone

by: Susan ElleryDecember 17, 2009

Thanks to some hard work by the members of AllDroid forums, Motorola DROID owners who are not afraid of flashing can look forward to adding multi-touch to their handset in the very near future. With a little bit of hacking, the multi-touch capable firmware of the Motorola Milestone, the European version of the DROID, has been ripped and successfully ported to the DROID. After making a video showcasing their triumph, the most worthy hackers are focusing their efforts on producing a cooked ROM so we all can share in this multi-touch goodness. Their video showcasing two-finger pinch and zoom is after the jump.

[via Engadget]

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Entourage eDGe dual-screen e-reader gets previewed

by: Susan ElleryDecember 16, 2009

Ina Fried of CNET got a first hand look at the Entourage eDGE, a dual-screen e-reader that features a 10-inch LCD and a 9.7 inch e-ink display. The eDGE is targeted towards students and is designed to replace the traditional notebook. It features an e-reader that is capable of note-taking, text highlighting, and has a novel feature that allows it to share selected data between the e-reader display and the LCD display. The eDGe is not tied to any specific online bookstore and supports both ePub and PDF file formats. The LCD side of the device is powered by Android and you get all the applications and functionality which accompany that mobile OS. In addition to the dual displays, the [...]

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Evernote launches its Android application

by: Susan ElleryDecember 16, 2009

Good news for Evernote fans who have embraced the Android platform. Starting today, Evernote for Android is available for download from the Android Market. The digital note-taking service allows users to create notes, capture screenshots, grab web clippings, take  photos, and upload other files to the Evernote servers using either a desktop application, a web browser, or a mobile application. While not as full-featured as the desktop application, the Android version of Evernote allows users to create notes, record audio, snap photos and store geolocation information with their uploaded data. Synchronization is two-way so users can then access this uploaded content via their desktop, [...]

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Swype for Android gets previewed

by: Susan ElleryDecember 15, 2009

Anyone familiar with the Samsung Omina II knows that the Windows Mobile handset ships with a novel keyboard called Swype. Unlike traditional onscreen keyboards that require you to tap each letter, Swype allows you to run your fingers in a swiping motion over the letters in a word. As you swipe the necessary letters, the software tries to guess the word which you are spelling. Mobile Crunch was able to test out a pre-release version of Swype for Android and the reviewer’s first impression was positive. He found Swype easy to use, easily expandable with the ability to add custom words, customizable with a list of options to tweak Swype to your own swiping style, compatible with [...]

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