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  • Qualcomm smartphone OS support

    Qualcomm smartphone OS support

    Qualcomm technology is powering the next generation of mobile devices across a number of different operating systems, including Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Linux-based platforms. Qualcomm has been involved with the development of the Android operating system and its technology can currently be found in...

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  • Google Maps Navigation officially comes to Android 1.6

    Google Maps Navigation officially comes to Android 1.6

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gadgets/Google_Maps_Navigation_officially_comes_to_Android_1_6'; You might've thought that Google was positioning its industry-changing Google Maps Navigation as a value proposition for Android 2.0 and beyond, but yeah, not so much -- instead, they've gone ahead and backported it to 1.6 (alias "Donut") which means that T-Mobile's myTouch 3G and G1 plus other 1.6-equipped devices across the land can get in on the action. In the case of the memory-starved G1, that's especially surprising, and a heartening sign that the world's first retail Android device still has some fight left in it. It's available from the Android Market now, so go ahead -- try to get yourself lost. We dare you.

    Google Maps Navigation officially comes to Android 1.6 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 23 Nov 2009 14:23:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Google Maps Navigation hacked for extra-American use

    Google Maps Navigation hacked for extra-American use

    Guess what, prospective Milestone owners, the Droid's one major advantage over its Euro cousin has just been coded out of existence by those proactive, un-American XDA Developers. The free Google Maps Navigation service, whose US announcement was so shocking as to decimate the stock prices of satnav purveyors Garmin and TomTom, has now been ported to work outside the land of the free as well. Not only that, but you can use the app on other Android devices, meaning your old G1 can get a breath of fresh air for absolutely free. That is if you don't count the time it takes you to learn how to insert all the code properly and the risk of bricking your device in the process. But we know our readers eat iron nails for breakfast and fashion elegantly optimized code before lunch, so we expect all of you to be using this by day's end, you hear?

    Google Maps Navigation hacked for extra-American use originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 23 Nov 2009 09:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Engadget’s Holiday Gift Guide: Cellphones

    Engadget’s Holiday Gift Guide: Cellphones

    Welcome to the Engadget Holiday Gift Guide! The team here is well aware of the heartbreaking difficulties of the seasonal shopping experience, and we want to help you sort through the trash and come up with the treasures this year. Below is today's bevy of hand curated picks, and you can head back to the Gift Guide hub to see the rest of the product guides as they're added throughout the holiday season.

    True smartphones like the Palm Pre, Motorola Droid, and iPhone are all chewing up a majority of wireless mindshare these days, which makes it particularly easy to forget that there's this huge, vibrant catalog of cool non-smartphone handsets sitting right below them in your favorite carrier's lineup. They can play music, games, sometimes last for days on a charge (try that with a G1 -- we dare you), and often take up just a fraction of the space in your pocket that a more powerful handset would. They're not for everyone, but odds are you know a couple folks who fit the featurephone mold, and... well, it is the season of giving, isn't it? Follow the break for a few of our recommendations.

    Note: Looking to give a few smartphones away to friends and family? This particular guide's all about regular cellphones -- but don't worry, we'll be posting our smartphone guide in the not-too-distant future!

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    Engadget's Holiday Gift Guide: Cellphones originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Nov 2009 15:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • The Casio EX-G1 is for the fashion-conscious outdoorsy types

    The Casio EX-G1 is for the fashion-conscious outdoorsy types

    A quick glance at the Casio EX-G1 doesn't revel that the camera is a rugged-type model. It's just too good looking. But then you might start to notice that the dials are recessed and reinforced and the case seems like it could work underwater. (it can) It's just that Casio managed to out a 12.1 MP ruggedized camera that's actually a looker.

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  • Android 2.0 source released, already ported to the G1

    Android 2.0 source released, already ported to the G1

    While Android 2.0 has been floating around on Motorola DROIDs for over a week now, one important chunk of it has been under lock-and-key: the source. Even amongst manufacturing partners, we’re told, Google hasn’t been completely open; outside of Motorola (and more recently, HTC), most of the other handset manufacturers have been left out in [...]

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  • Who needs the Droid? T-Mobile G1 hacked to run Google Nav

    Who needs the Droid? T-Mobile G1 hacked to run Google Nav

    I like to imagine that a special place exists somewhere on the Web where a bunch of unassuming “ordinary” folks get together to solve world technology issues. A brotherhood (that allows women too, of course) of sorts that uniformly scream, “HACK3RS UNITE!,” and then figure out how to stick it to the man. I’m not [...]

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  • DeviceAnywhere Announces the Global Launch of Android Device Package

    DeviceAnywhere Announces the Global Launch of Android Device Package

    Android Developer Community Gain Instant Access to the Full Range of Android Devices including DROID; HTC Dream and more San Mateo, Calif., USA (November 10, 2009) – Recognizing the growing demand for mobile application development on Android, DeviceAnywhere, the industry leader in end-to-end...

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  • T-Mobile shares some Android statistics, will soon support carrier billing

    T-Mobile shares some Android statistics, will soon support carrier billing

    While other carriers might finally be dipping their toes in the Android water this month, T-Mobile has been in this game for a long time. They got their first Android phone (the G1) out last October, and managed to launch two more (the myTouch and the CLIQ) within the year. It makes sense, then, [...]

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  • Sprint marketing exec talks Android, WiMAX, WinMo 7, and more

    Sprint marketing exec talks Android, WiMAX, WinMo 7, and more

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    Sprint's vice president of consumer marketing David Owens sat down with the community at large last week to answer a few burning questions about Sprint's current and future lineup, and there were a few juicy tidbits, reaffirmations, and rumor confirmations that came out of it worth mentioning:
    • There will be a WiFi-enabled Tour (the phone we know as the Essex) along with other WiFi BlackBerrys in the future.
    • Sprint's 2010 HTC lineup is said to be "robust" with a number of additional Android-powered models in the pipe.
    • WiMAX phones are apparently on track for 2010, which would put them head-to-head with MetroPCS' goal of a Samsung handset for its new LTE network next year.
    • Windows Mobile 7 phones are "planned for 2010" but the ball is in Microsoft's court to deliver on the software.
    • He mentions that upgrades to Android 1.6 and 2.0 (presumably for the Hero and Moment, both of which are currently running 1.5) would likely not be over-the-air due to their size -- this sounds bogus considering that T-Mobile has had no problem going from 1.0 all the way up to 1.6 on the G1, but we'll need to see how this shakes out.
    So here's what we want based on what we're hearing in the conversation: an HTC-sourced WiMAX Android phone with the Moment's AMOLED display. Doable?

    [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

    Sprint marketing exec talks Android, WiMAX, WinMo 7, and more originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Tue, 03 Nov 2009 06:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Android 2.0 ported to original T-Mobile G1 (video)

    Android 2.0 ported to original T-Mobile G1 (video)

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    Did you hear? Google's got this little OS called Android that has reached the ripe, mature age of 2-point-Oh. With the giant eclair now sitting on Google's front lawn and the SDK out in the wilds, what was poor Akira Harada to do with all that code knowing that the Motorola Droid was still days away from shipping? Port it to the original Android device, the T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream, naturally. It's a rough port, not even close to being optimized but it should whet your appetites for all those official updates and delicious home-cooked ROMs we expect to be arriving in the hallowed halls of the XDA forums in the days ahead. See it after the break... roll it!

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    Android 2.0 ported to original T-Mobile G1 (video) originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Fri, 30 Oct 2009 05:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • The Motorola CLIQ is now available to T-Mobile customers

    The Motorola CLIQ is now available to T-Mobile customers

    T-Mobile is continuing its Android parade with the CLIQ. The MOTOBLUR-running, physical keyboard-sporting phone is now available to current T-Mobile customers for $199. New subscribers will need to wait until November 2nd to get their hands on it.

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  • T-Mobile’s Project Dark includes option for buying phones in monthly installments?

    T-Mobile’s Project Dark includes option for buying phones in monthly installments?

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    Still no confirmation on any all-you-can-eat data plans, but Boy Genius Report has some convincing screens that seem to reveal some other precepts of T-Mobile's enigmatic (and purportedly company-saving) Project Dark. Two new plans have emerged, Even More and Even More Plus. The former is the traditional two-year contract, along with options to do data only and get a subsidized phone. Even More Plus doesn't require a contract, going month-to-monthly instead, and subsequently the phone is full price. However, what's gonna be interesting to see is the FlexPay option, which allows you to pay for a device in monthly installments instead of upfront, a plan we've seen before in markets like Germany and Japan. In the example above, a $400 G1 on the non-contractual Even More Plus plan is divvied out to an initial $170 payment and 19 subsequent installments of $12.10, or $33.33 over three months after the related upfront cost. It's no game-changer on its own, but it's certainly an intriguing prospect that's gonna make some (initially) cash-strapped individuals very happy to be able to walk out with a decent Android device.

    [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

    T-Mobile's Project Dark includes option for buying phones in monthly installments? originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Sun, 18 Oct 2009 16:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • T-Mobile Pulse review

    T-Mobile Pulse review

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    From humble beginnings with the HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1, Android is starting to gain traction in the marketplace. A steady growth in the number of devices from HTC together with more and more manufacturers coming on board means Google's entry into the mobile space is really making inroads. The next year is going to be exciting for Android fans, with Motorola launching the CLIQ / DEXT and the Sholes, Samsung following up their i7500 with the i5700 and Behold 2, Acer shifting focus from Windows Mobile to Android not to mention LG and Sony Ericsson shipping their first Android devices.

    In amongst the larger players aiming for the higher end of the market comes Huawei, best known for its mobile broadband dongles, with the Pulse for T-Mobile Europe - a rebrand of the U8220 handset. What makes the Pulse particularly interesting is it's price point. As well as being available free of charge on virtually any contract (as is frequently the case in Europe), the Pulse costs only £176 ($280) on a pre-pay plan. This represents a significant move downmarket for Android with the only other low-end handset being the forthcoming HTC Tattoo, which is expected to ship SIM free for £299 ($475). Interestingly our review unit was even SIM unlocked, although it remains to be seen whether this will remain the case as handsets hit retail.

    We've spent some time with a production specification T-Mobile Pulse to see whether Huawei's first attempt at Android stands up to scrutiny. Read on to find out!

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    T-Mobile Pulse review originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Fri, 09 Oct 2009 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Video: Motorola’s MotoBlur ported to a HTC G1

    Video: Motorola’s MotoBlur ported to a HTC G1

    Hey, hey. This hack will probably make more than a few G1 owners giddy. Apparently someone got their hands on a leaked copy of a Motorola Cliq ROM, which just so happens to have all the stuff for Motorola's custom Android build, MotoBlur, and has converted it for the G1. Don't ask us where these files are or the install instructions for your G1. We don't know. But what we do know is that this port probably doesn't make the Motorola suits all that happy, but this is the joy of an open platform like Android. Get use to it.

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