Archive for May 23rd, 2010

Posted by androidjunkie at 23 May 2010

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Posted by androidjunkie at 23 May 2010

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Google on the Go: Using an Android-Powered Mobile Phone

Google on the Go   THE EASY, FUN, PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GOOGLE ANDROID PHONES! So you’ve got one of those hot new Android-powered phones? Awesome! Now, get the most out of it with Google on the Go! This friendly, easy book shows exactly how to use your phone to make your life more productive, more efficient, and more fun!   Making calls? Playing MP3s? Sending Gmail? Taking pictures? It’s all covered here—one step at a time, in plain English. There’s no faster way to master the great Google tools built into your new phone: calendar, messaging, web browsing, chat, Google Maps, YouTube, you name it!   Want to customize your phone? Here’s how. Need to troubleshoot a problem? No sweat: you’ll find easy, step-by-step directions. Whether you’re using the T-Mobile G1 or another Android-powered smartphone, this book answers all your questions so you can harness the power of Google applications and tools in the palm of your hand.    • Set up your Go (more…)

Posted by androidjunkie at 23 May 2010

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hulu-logoFirst off 2.2 only! Sorry! So now you have the delicious creamy taste of Froyo with all the extras including Flash 10.1 beta support. You go to watch Hulu (US only) only to find difficulty watching anything. But Ryan Gardner has shown us the light!

Taken from Absolutelyandroid.com

1) Open your Browser and type ” about:debug ” and press Go.  The browser will not change to any pages, but this is normal.

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2) Go to settings and scroll to the bottom and select UAString (this allows you to select the user agent)

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3) Select Desktop and you are good to go!  Just use the Back button to get back to your browsing

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4) Enjoy!

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Now lets hope Hulu don’t decide to block it!

[Thank you Ryan Gardner - @RyeBrye ,  & Allaboutandroid.com]

Posted by androidjunkie at 23 May 2010

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It really bugs me sometimes knowing that I can’t clear the search history in the Android Market. Well luckily I came across this free app called “HistoryEraser” by DUMAPIC (who is also the Dev of OperaBridge) which does just that – deletes the Android market history – and without the need for root.

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Usually – as far as I could tell – you couldn’t delete the history of the market without factory resetting your phone so this is real handy. I’m not sure if this works for any version of Android above 1.6 but leave a comment confirming and tell us so we can update the article!

If you’re on Android 1.5 (Cupcake) you have to download “MarketHistoryEraser”

Appbrain Link ~ Or you can scan the QR code below

If you’re on 1.6 (Donut) Download “HistoryEraser”

AppBrain Link -> or scan the QR code below

P.S This app can also easily delete your call log, contacts (not recommended!), default browser history, google map search history and search shortcuts.

Enjoy & Thank you Dev DUMAPIC!

Posted by androidjunkie at 23 May 2010

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We all know how popular the Motorola Droid is and now thanks to the internet yet again, more information has possibly been leaked out about the Motorola Shadow we heard of last month! How do you fancy a Motorola Droid style handset – possibly minus the QWERTY keyboard – but the specs nudged up to include stuff like a much better camera, HDMI output and what not?

Well if it sounds good to you so far, this may just be your next phone to start drooling over. The guys and gals over at HowardForums have leaked this image below and some specs of the supposed “Droid 2″, or is it the “Motorola Shadow”?

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‘Hey there handsome, looking good!’  Browsing over at the forums these are some of the rumoured specs:

  • Tablet form-factor
  • 4.1″ TFT FWVGA screen
  • Texas Instruments OMAP 3630 Processor
  • 2GB built in memory (It said 2MB copied from the forum but most likely 2GB, thanks for pointing out this typo Phandroid’s!)
  • Android 2.1, with soon-to-follow upgrade to 2.2
  • Moto BLUR with updates such as BLUR community chat
  • 8 MP camera
  • 720p recording
  • 1080p output via HDMI port
  • ~9mm thick
  • Releasing in July

Remember a couple months ago we published this article about the Moto Shadow - well the details pretty much match up or are similar to the info we have now. From the image – which to me appears to be some sort of startup guide/booklet – and specs,  we can see this is potentially a ‘high-end’ handset coming to Verizon,  fitting cushty within their “Droid” range . I hope it’s real, and in my opinion it’s looking pretty realistic to me at the moment! In the article posted last month the Motorola Shadow and Droid 2 are claimed to be two separate devices, with the main difference being the inclusion of  a slide-out keyboard on the Droid 2. Look’s like we’re just gonna have to sit back and wait on any more info!

By the way, anyone notice the lack of a trackball?  If you look closely enough though you can see what seems to be a little dent under the tiny buttons at the bottom of the phone. Maybe it’s some sort of optical trackpad like HTC have for navigating?

[Via HowardForums]

Posted by androidjunkie at 23 May 2010

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Just FYI… we’re podcasting so head over to the Phandroid BlogTalkRadio page or listen below!

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Posted by androidjunkie at 23 May 2010

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A special press-only Q&A session with the Android Leadership Team took place at Google IO that gave us inside access to the thoughts and ideas of those making the important decisions when it comes to Android. While I live-blogged the event a few days ago, I also promised video – so here it is:

The people on the panel are (left to right) Andy Rubin (VP of Engineering, Founder), Mario Queiroz (VP of Product Management), Hiroshi Lockheimer (Director of Engineering), and Vic Gundotra (VP of Engineering) who joins the team on stage just a couple minutes into the panel.

Although no earth shattering announcements or ground breaking secrets were revealed, I think anyone who loves Android will truly enjoy this behind the scenes look at the people who make Android come to life.

UPDATE: If you want a good laugh, fast forward to about 41:25 and listen through about 41:55. Andy Rubin is hilarious.

Posted by androidjunkie at 23 May 2010

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Android 2.2 Froyo Internet hot spot

Internet tethering — over USB and as a wireless hotspot — is one of the bigger features built into Android 2.2 Froyo. And it’s stupidly easy to set up and use. Just dive into the main wireless settings, tap the appropriate button, and connect your computer.

Check out the video after the break as we walk through the process and do a couple of very basic speed tests.

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Posted by androidjunkie at 23 May 2010

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In what seemed like the wait of a lifetime, the myTouch 3G Slide is now available for pre-order in T-Mobile stores, with an official release date of June 2. While pricing has been rumored to be $149.99, some other whispers are that the device could be seen at the $199.99. So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself to your nearest T-Mobile location and pre-order yours today! [via T-Mobile]

Update: To alleviate some confusion — we’re hearing some outlets may be doing $199. T-Mobile, on the other hand, has already announced $179.

Posted by androidjunkie at 23 May 2010

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Vic GunDotra of Android and Google

This is Vic Gundotra, vice president of engineering with Android. And he’s about to say something you need to listen to. Something you all need to listen to. And when he’s finished, go back and listen to it again. And when your ears are done steaming and you’re through stomping your feet into the ground, listen to it again.

Carriers need time to organize and test software updates, people. Your phone is just one of many, and it needs to be done right. And Vic does an excellent job explaining why carriers need time to get out the latest and greatest version of Android.

All that said, we definitely feel your frustration at the wait, and there are some phones — cough, Xperia X10 — that take far longer to update than is practical for a consumer to consider. Anyhoo, check out the video after the break.

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