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HTC Click is spied, take Android to new levels?

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picture-41The folks over at The Boy Genius Report (BGR) posted up a couple pictures of the as-yet-unreleased HTC Click, a much more modest Android handset that may be targeted to a younger, less affluent demographic. No specs are yet available and the phone has a vanilla look to it, but if it should come in at $100 or even free (after carrier subsidies), then it’s a great way to bring that little green ‘droid we know and love to the masses.

Pricing and performance is, of course, pure speculation at this point, but the HTC Click is expected to be an inexpensive entry-to-mid-level Android handset that may give Google a nice market share boost. When we get more information we will post it up pronto. In the meantime, what are you looking for in a low-priced Android phone? Is the Click the answer to reaching a broader demographic?

Source:  BGR

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Android-powered Sony Ericsson “Rachael” = Xperia X3

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se-xperia-x3Courtesy of the leaking nature of online-retailer Expansys, pull up a chair and take a good look at the sexiness that is Sony Ericsson’s Android phone, the Xperia X3 (”Rachael”). Not only is it beauty on the outside, but it packs a wallop on the inside as well. The specs are revealed as follows:

  • Display: 4-inch 800 x 400 pixels, touch
  • Network: 2G 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-band), 3G 900/2100 (Dual-band), HSDPA (10Mbps), HSUPA (2Mbps)
  • Camera: 8.1 megapixels (auto-focus), 8 x digital zoom, LED flash, image stabilization, smile shutter, face detection
  • Video: VGA video recording
  • Music: supported formats include MP3, AAC, eAAC+
  • Ringtones: Monophonic, Polyphonic (64), MP3, AAC
  • Messaging: SMS, MMS (with video), E-mail (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4, MS Exchange)
  • Memory: phone book, dialed calls, missed calls, received calls, microSDHC (external)
  • Call Features: hands free, caller ID, voice dialing
  • Connectivity: miniUSB, 3.5mm AV connector, Bluetooth (2.1), Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11g)
  • Navigation: AGPS

If the Android OS wasn’t doing well already, this device would certainly propel it onward and upward and makes a serious argument for Android in the workplace. The Xperia X3 looks very business and executive to appeal to the working professionals out there, but should be hard to pass up for those tech-savvy consumers out there. Those of us in the U.S. are hoping for a 3G version here in the States, so let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Source:  BGR via All About Phones

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Google Voice app coming for BlackBerry and Android phones

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google-voiceFor now, those using Google Voice could access the service on a cellphone by dialing their Google Voice number which would allow them to hear voice messages. With the touch of a button, the user could be prompted to make a phone call by typing in the number that the user wanted to reach. In an effort to streamline some of the mobile functions of the service, Google is planning on releasing an app that will be made available for BlackBerry and Android handsets.

With the app, users can make calls directly from their cellphone. No longer will the outgoing number have to be dialed in as the contacts list on the device can be used to get the information. Those receiving the call will see the users’ Google Voice number rather than the mobile phone number. Text messages will also show up as coming from the Google Voice number. The app will also allow the user to hear voice mail and read transcripts of them together in what Google calls “karaoke style” with the word being read highlighted on the screen. All of these new features are available only to those limited Google Voice users. Last month, the company started sending out more emailed invitations to join the service from a list of those who requested to be members.

As for now, the service costs nothing and is part of Google’s strategy to compete with Skype. As far as an app for the iPhone, Google says it is in talks with Apple, but for now, Google Voice can still be accessed through mobile Safari.

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More Android updates coming: Donut, Eclair, and Flan, Oh my!

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picture-21Cupcakes, donuts, eclairs and flan – sounds like a bakery inventory list or a dessert menu. In actuality, it is a menu that should make you hungry – hungry for more Android updates. Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google, announced at last Friday’s T-Mobile and Google joint media event that we already have Cupcake and that future update “desserts” are on the way that will add more features. Google’s future dessert recipes will include Donut, Eclair, and Flan (in alphabetical order) with a focus on social features. Hopefully you have a sweet tooth, because more Android updates are on the way!

Source: WSJ

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Google blog announces AdSense for mobile apps

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picture-23With over 50,000 apps for the iPhone and a growing number of apps for the Android platform, Google is seizing the opportunity to implement AdSense, currently in beta, for mobile applications on both platforms. According to the Google Blog:

AdSense for Mobile Applications allows developers to earn revenue by displaying text and image ads in their iPhone and Android applications. For our beta launch, we’ve created a site where developers can learn more about the AdSense for Mobile Applications program, see answers to frequently asked questions and sign up to participate in our beta. Advertisers can also learn about the benefits of advertising in mobile applications.

Many people aren’t a big fan of dealing with ads when surfing the ‘net or running an app, but if done discretely, it’s not too distracting, particularly if the app is free in the first place and support for that free app can come in the form of AdSense revenue for the developer. When next you see an AdSense add in your favorite Android or iPhone app, think twice before dismissing it. By clicking on the ad, you are also supporting the developer of your favorite app. What do you think about AdSense in your apps?

Source: Google Blog

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Windows Mobile out, Android in for European carriers

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T-Mobile will be launching the HTC Hero Android-powered handset (G1 Touch) in the UK next month. More Android handsets – from Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei – will follow. O2/Telefonica launched the Samsung Galaxy i7500 Android handset in Germany today. Orange is also going to offer the HTC Hero in the UK next month, and Vodafone is expected to have an Android offering in 2009 as well.

The common theme here is that everything is coming up roses Android. Another common theme is that all four of these European carriers are shifting emphasis from Windows Mobile devices and moving more toward the more cost-friendly and open Android OS. It’s a win-win for the carriers and Google’s Android, but not so much for Microsoft, who is bound to lose both revenue and market share in the coming months. For the Android fans out there – and you know who you are – this is all good news and the sooner we have more Android handsets, the better.

Source: Talk Android via digitimes.com

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Adobe Flash Player 10 beta may come to Android

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As Adobe has posted on their site, Adobe Flash Player 10 is available and it looks like they plan on making good with their commitment to bring Flash 10 to the smartphone platform. In fact, Adobe may announce a beta release at their MAX conference in October of this year. They list the major players that could receive the beta, and lo and behold, Google is on the list. Adobe’s Flash Player 10 will be a great addition to Android so let’s hope for the beta in October.

Source: engadget mobile

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Another confirmation of the HTC Hero

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hero_tnHTC is one of the best smartphone manufacturers, while Android, the operating system itself still remains a hot topic (despite the appearance of the Palm Pre and the iPhone 3G S). It looks logical that new information on Android-based, HTC devices will hold media attention. Now, to the breaking news. Global Certification Forum (GCF) have approved a device, called the HERO100. Most probably, this is the HTC Hero that has been much talked about as of lately. A commercial has also been rolled out, revealing the new “Rosie” interface and color varieties the phone will come in. Unfortunately, the only information available through GCF is that the device is four-band GSM, dual-band 3G (1800/2100 MHz). Will it be really running the Google´s OS? It seems we will have to wait until 24 June, when HTC is expected to officially announce the HTC Hero at their London event.

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“Eyes-Free” capabilities for Android phones

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screen_x220Google research scientist T.V. Raman introduced an interesting interface on an Android handset at Google I/O in San Francisco last week. Raman, who is blind, demonstrated a round adaptive interface that provides the user with both audio and tactile feedback so the device can be operated without looking at it. Since the Android platform supports vibrational and audio feedback, Raman believes it is an excellent platform for the “Eyes-Free” interface. Raman said:

“We are building a user interface that goes over and beyond the screen. This is not just about the blind user. This is about how to use these devices if you’re not in a position to look at the machine.”

Although we certainly don’t condone playing a game, reading an e-book, or texting while flying down the freeway in your convertible, the good news here is that an interface requiring no visibility of the device can make it much easier to use when you are in situations where viewing the screen is just not possible or safe. Check out the video for a closer look at the “Eyes-Free” interface.

Source: Technology Review

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Google and many others are sued for infringing on the Android trademark

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Erich Specht runs a business called Android Data Corporation and another one entitled Android Dungeon Inc. In a lawuit that started in an Illinois State Court last week, Mr. Specht is suing Google, the Open Handset Alliance, and 45 other companies including Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and T-Mobile over the use of the Android name. A software developer and Internet Service Provider, Mr. Sprecht had filed to protect the name “Android Data” on June 4, 2000. The request was granted on October 22, 2000. The Patent and Trademark Office required Specht to agree not to file any claims against the “Data” part of his company’s name.

On Halloween Day, 2007, Google filed with the PTO to trademark the name “Android” which was denied because of the possible confusion between Google’s “Android” name and Eric Specht’s “Android Data”. So Google did what many companies do when the government puts the kibosh on a project-they ignored the Agency, going ahead and using the Android name anyway. Specht wants the defendants to be enjoined from using the Android name and he wants damages.

source: TG Daily via EngadgetMobile

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