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The summer film Cowboys & Aliens may not have been a blockbuster hit, but you have to admit it had a pretty fun and awesome concept to it: aliens and cowboys going up head-to-head against each other. Alien invading is pretty much one of the oldest tropes in the SF genre, but putting it in the old west is a pretty unique twist. So if you enjoyed the movie, you may be willing to try out Gameloft’s Android app adaptation to it. The Cowboys & Aliens¬†app centers around the title character of Zeke kicking alien butt. It’s done in a…

It seems that the new Dell Aero smartphone is available for purchase with or without an AT&T contract.¬† But before you get too excited, this little bugger runs atop of Android 1.5. That’s right, Cupcake. Still interested? Well then, the Aero measures 11.6 x 121.92 x 57.9mm in size, features a 5 megapixel camera, a 3.5-inch 460×360 pixel display (roughly HVGA’ish), and a 624MHz processor.¬† There’s also support for microSD memory cards, with a 2GB card included.¬† Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS are also built-in. It costs $99.99 with a contract, and only $299.99 without.¬† Full specs, and a couple more…

It was reported a few days ago that Rogers would be allowing HTC Dream owners the chance to upgrade to an HTC Magic due to the fact that the Dream would not get an OS update past it’s current iteration of 1.5.¬† This was great news but the details were scarce at the time and there was uncertainty in the terms.¬† It is now being reported that the offer does include a free upgrade, but with a small catch.¬† Customers who opt for the upgrade will automatically have their contract renewed for the Canadian standard of 3 years, which turns…

Folks with the HTC Hero and the DROID Eris have been plowing along with Android 1.5 while HTC updates its Sense UI to be fully compatible with Android 2.0. The wait might be over as screen shots, purportedly of the HTC Hero rocking Android 2.1, have surfaced at the French blog, Be Geek. If the shots are legitimate (and that is a big “if”), then HTC may skip over Android 2.0 and jump right into 2.1. So what do you think, for real or fake? Several full-size screen shots are after the break for you to judge for yourself.

Yes, the time has come, G1 owners.¬† Both T-Mobile USA and T-Mobile UK have started rolling out the Android 1.5 firmware update for the T-Mobile G1 smartphone.¬† This means that you early Android adopters will finally get access to all of the features long promised by Cupcake. No idea how long it will take for all of the G1 smartphones out there to receive the update, but users in the UK and USA both have started receiving it. There are likely going to be some software application issues with the new firmware, though.¬† Some things that were allowed in the…

In a post on the Android Developers Blog, Jeff Sharkey demonstrated the use of the new homescreen widget support that is now part of the Android 1.5 software developer kit.¬† These new widgets can provide live data snippets on the home screen and link in to full featured apps, if desired. Examples of possible widgets include new mail notifications, music player controls, weather updates, or possible the IM status of a friend.¬† They can be developed to update themselves on a schedule set by the developer, or they can be made to rely on Android’s new automatic updating facility. Sharkey…

Haykuro’s Blog has recently announced that they have successfully ported software from the HTC Magic/G2 to be run on the T-Mobile G1. ¬†While the build is being reported as completely stable, you may still experience some issues (as listed on the Google Project site). ¬†The installation requires root access and a memory card, and requires knowledge in flashing the ROM on the device. ¬†Haykuro has, however, pre-included a variety of worldwide APNs on the software, making it easier for those on AT&T and T-Mobile in the states. You can find the instructions here. You can download the builds here. [via…

Romain Guy at the Android Developers Blog posted a little bit about some of the UI changes that we’ll see in Android 1.5.¬† In the image above, for example, you can see what the “New Contact” screen looks like on 1.5 (the right), and how it appears on the current 1.1 release that we’re used to. There will be other changes, but most of them will probably be subtle – or at least won’t break any existing applications.¬† The only thing that could cause developers trouble, it seems, is the new smaller minimum button size.¬† Basically, the smallest possible button…