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YouTube Android app update brings HD video streaming to ‘capable’ 2.2+ devices

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich Android-running hardware has had access to HD resolution YouTube streams since launch (as seen above), but an update to the app that rolled out yesterday finally brings HD to some devices running Froyo or Gingerbread. The catch is that YouTube HD res won’t work on every Android 2.2 or 2.3 phone or tablet, as we’re told it is set dynamically based on screen size and resolution. Another quirk is that some devices still won’t install the updated version directly from the Market, like our Epic 4G Touch. Still, assuming you can snag the update — through official or unofficial means — if you have the pixels to spare you should see upgraded video quality from now on.

YouTube Android app update brings HD video streaming to ‘capable’ 2.2+ devices originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Mar 2012 23:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android integration for car stereos and rear-view mirrors, hands-on (video)

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

CES may be over, but we’ve still a few interesting gems to share from our weeklong trip in Las Vegas. Far off the beaten path of glitzy booths and familiar brand names, we discovered a few companies that are looking to bring Android gadgetry into automobiles. One that exemplifies this nascent product realm is known as Rydeen. While many of its creations remain merely prototypes, the firm is close to completion of a double-DIN stereo head unit that runs Android 2.2. Then, imagine our surprise when we discovered a functional version of Froyo running from within a rear-view mirror. By the company’s own admission, it has no interest to bring a stock Android experience to the reflective surface, but rather is treating this project as a learning experience. By 2013, it hopes to show a finalized mirror with a simplified interface more appropriate for drivers. We happened to grab a brief hands-on video with both models, along with the Android head unit. While we’d be hesitant to use any of the samples in their current state, each provides a fine glimpse into some of the consumer products that we may see in the desert next year.

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Android integration for car stereos and rear-view mirrors, hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 15 Jan 2012 19:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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DISA gets a spoonful of Froyo, approves Dell Venue for military use

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Remember when the DoD approved the Android-powered Dell Streak for military use? Well the DISA’s latest list of approved gear now includes Dell’s Venue and the custom version of Froyo that it runs. Sadly, there are some limitations: operatives won’t have access to the Android market, all surfing has to go via a secure proxy server and there’s a ban on all classified information being received on the handset. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re gonna imagine a unit of Venues at boot camp all chanting “If I play Angry Birds in a combat zone, box me up and send me home.”

DISA gets a spoonful of Froyo, approves Dell Venue for military use originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Dec 2011 15:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Froyo-based ViewSonic V430 smartphone appears in Russia, anonymity almost guaranteed

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

ViewSonic has revealed its latest Android phone, the V430 — though you’d be hard pressed to tell who made it from looks alone. Putting the incognito design aside, vital statistics include a meaty WVGA 4.3-inch screen, and a 5 megapixel primary camera paired with a VGA front-facing camera, all chugging along on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. ViewSonic has cut down to only three buttons below the screen, a change from the four-button setup we’ve seen on its previous Android tablets and phones. Sadly, the Android version number has been similarly reduced — the V430 is apparently running Android 2.2, not the Android 2.3 Gingerbread deliciousness we’ve come to expect from Google-powered smartphones in 2011. The V430 looks set on launching first in Russia, but no word yet on whether it’ll board the Trans-Siberian across to Europe and beyond. Price is also Russian secret.

Froyo-based ViewSonic V430 smartphone appears in Russia, anonymity almost guaranteed originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Sep 2011 15:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Netflix app now supports all Android Froyo/Gingerbread devices

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Netflix updated its Android application on Friday with support for any smartphone running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Netflix launched an Android app in May of this year, but it initially only supported a handful of high-end devices. Netflix slowly added support for a few more devices over the past couple of months, but anxious users were turning to leaked .APK files to try to get the service up and running on unsupported devices. Now, thankfully, getting the app on your Android phone won’t involve any tweaks. Netflix users should be sure to check the Android Market for the update if you have any long travel plans this weekend.

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Samsung Gravity Smart review

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

In this age of ever-expanding screen real estate, dual-core processors, and 3D cameras, the push to pack more features into every smartphone seems an irresistible force. But this technological ratcheting-up effect isn’t absolute, and in fact, there are plenty of people who prefer a more pedestrian device. One that simply gives them access to email, social networks, and apps without forcing them to pay an arm and a leg for hardware they’re in no position to appreciate. It’s these folks who Samsung’s after with its new Gravity Smart, as it gives you a bowl full of Froyo at a bargain basement price. However, the question remains whether Sammy can provide an agreeable Android experience at a sub-century price point. Read on to find out if this budget-minded slider is a worthy addition to the legion of phones powered by Google’s little green bots.

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Samsung Gravity Smart review originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Marvell Kinoma Play Android app hands-on preview (video)

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

First unveiled back in February, Kinoma is Marvell’s take on a “new open app platform” targeted at everything from mobile devices to desktops to embedded handhelds. Here in New York, the company is finally showing off a live version of the software in the form of Kinoma Play, an implementation of the platform that runs atop Android 2.2 Froyo — for the moment at least. The folks from Marvell also had a massive touchscreen loaded up with a desktop version of the software running in a simulator atop OS X for eager onlookers to fool around with. Head past the break for a quick rundown of the offering and plans to do with it, along with some juicy video footage of the stuff in action.

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Marvell Kinoma Play Android app hands-on preview (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint Motorola XPRT hands-on

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

FedEx just buzzed by and dropped off Sprint’s latest QWERTY Android smartphones, the Motorola XPRT. The XPRT reminds us a lot of the DROID Pro on Verizon Wireless, but it feels just a bit cheaper, which likely explains the lower price tag. It lacks the polished finished of the DROID Pro and it feels much more plasticky. That said, the keyboard feels pretty stellar so far and we are already whizzing away while typing emails and other messages. The big selling point for the XPRT is that it also supports international roaming on GSM networks and it’s the first from Sprint to feature enterprise-class security — that means it should be attractive to corporate users. Under the hood, the XPRT is powered by a 1GHz processor and it runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) with MOTOBLUR painted on top. The phone’s 3.1-inch touchscreen display is large enough, but the 480 x 320 resolution definitely makes things look a bit pixelated. Other features include a 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and support for Adobe Flash 10. We’ll be taking a deeper dive into the Motorola XPRT, which launched on June 5th for $129.99 with a contract, so stay tuned for our upcoming review. In the meantime, be sure to check out our gallery!

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T-Mobile intros Samsung Gravity SMART, Exhibit 4G Android phones

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

On Thursday T-Mobile introduced two new Android phones that will be priced under $100 after rebates: the Samsung Gravity SMART and the Samsung Exhibit 4G. The Exhibit 4G runs the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system, has a 1GHz processor, a 3-megapixel camera, and offers support for T-Mobile’s 21Mbps HSPA+ 4G network. The Gravity SMART runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), has 3.2-inch touchscreen display, a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash, and also offers a full four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. T-Mobile says both phones should be available this month, although pricing was not announced. Hit the jump for the full press release.

T-Mobile USA and Samsung Mobile Introduce Two New Feature-Rich and Budget-Friendly Android™-Powered Handsets

Expected to become available this month, the Samsung Exhibit™ 4G and Samsung Gravity™ SMART will each deliver on-the-go entertainment and connectivity for less than $100

T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. 1, today announced the upcoming availability of two new feature-rich Android-powered handsets, the Samsung Exhibit 4G and Samsung Gravity SMART, each less than $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a qualifying rate plan on a two-year agreement.

“The Samsung Exhibit 4G and Samsung Gravity SMART will expand T-Mobile’s product portfolio to include two affordable options for customers who crave rich connectivity and unique entertainment experiences,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “T-Mobile is continuing to help families easily make the move to smartphones with these new Android-powered handsets, together with data plans as low as $10 per month, all running on America’s largest 4G network.”

“The Samsung Exhibit 4G and Samsung Gravity SMART are two examples of Samsung’s commitment to delivering quality smartphones at a variety of price points,” said Dale Sohn, president, Samsung Mobile. “The Samsung Exhibit 4G shows Samsung’s dedication to delivering premium entertainment content, while the Samsung Gravity SMART builds on the success of our Gravity line of phones with premium messaging options, both at an exceptional value.”

Samsung Exhibit 4G

One of the fastest smartphones running on America’s Largest 4G Network™2, the Samsung Exhibit 4G is a full-featured, touch-screen device that does not compromise on rich entertainment capabilities. Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and equipped with a speedy 1GHz processor, the Exhibit 4G delivers a full entertainment package to the palm of your hand at blazing fast speeds.

Through the delivery of faster speeds comes an enhanced viewing experience when enjoying live and on-demand channels from preloaded T-Mobile® TV, including free programming from select stations like ABC News Now, FOX Sports, PBS Kids and Azteca America. Customers also have the option to rent or purchase their favorite movies and TV programs directly from the Samsung Media Hub, which features a robust collection of new releases and TV shows. In addition, the Exhibit 4G offers hours of amusement with preloaded family favorites such as Bejeweled® 2, Hasbro’s SCRABBLE (in U.S. and Canada only) and Doodle Jump.

Becoming available in two color finishes — violet and black — the Exhibit 4G is the perfect companion for someone looking for their first, or next, Android smartphone. With theoretical peak download speeds of 21Mbps, capturing and sharing memories via email, social networks or video is quick and easy. The Exhibit 4G comes equipped with a 3-megapixel camera with flash and a camcorder, as well as a front-facing camera with video chat pre-installed, enabling customers to virtually connect with friends and family via T-Mobile’s network or Wi-Fi.

Samsung Gravity SMART

As the first Android-powered handset in the successful Gravity product lineup, running on Android 2.2 Froyo, the Samsung Gravity SMART is perfect for T-Mobile customers who are looking for an affordable, yet functional messaging device. Built to deliver a premium messaging experience, the Gravity SMART comes equipped with Group Text and combines a spacious, horizontal, four-row, slide-out, QWERTY keyboard with a 3.2-inch touch-screen display featuring Swype for easy text input, even with the keyboard closed. In addition, pin it notes enables customers to pin important messages to Gravity SMART’s home screen for quick reference.

Keeping in touch with friends and family is easy and fun with the Gravity SMART, which features integration with popular social networking sites and a full HTML Web browser for posting and viewing status updates. The Gravity SMART also includes a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash, digital zoom and a camcorder for capturing photos and videos.

The Samsung Exhibit 4G and the Gravity SMART offer access to more than 200,000 applications available on Android Market and full integration with Google Mobile services.

Availability

The Samsung Exhibit 4G and the Samsung Gravity SMART, both exclusively from        T-Mobile, are expected to be available to T-Mobile customers in June. Customers can visit http://samsung.t-mobile.com/exhibit-4g for more information on the Samsung Exhibit 4G or http://www.t-mobile.com or http://www.samsung.com/newsroom for more information on the Samsung Gravity SMART.

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Shuttle tablets at Computex 2011 (hands-on)

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Computex 2011 is fast approaching here in Taipei, and today Shuttle introduced a trio of Android-based tablets to complement its fleet of small form factor computers. The 10-inch (WXGA) N10CN12 and 9-inch (XGA) N09CN01 models are both based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 CPU paired with 1GB RAM, and target the consumer market. The 8-inch (SVGA) V08CT01 — a ruggedized tablet for education — features an 800 MHz Texas Instruments Cortex A8 processor and 512MB of memory. Pricing and availability are still up in the air — no surprise considering the Froyo-running devices we handled still felt very much like prototypes. Take a look at our hands-on gallery below and hit the break for the full press release.

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Shuttle tablets at Computex 2011 (hands-on) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 May 2011 15:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Screen Grabs: Kyocera Echo goes back to the alternate-reality future in Fringe

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

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We liked the Kyocera Echo quite a bit, but perhaps the dual-screen tabletphone concept is a mite ahead of its time — here it is fifteen years from now, helping the Fringe team pull up security blueprints for an opera house. Or perhaps Astrid has become a vintage technology connoisseur? We have to admit it’s a step up from the Streak seismograph, but we can’t help but frown — we wouldn’t be caught dead running Froyo in the year 2026, after all.

[Thanks, Prince C.]

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Dual-booting ViewSonic ViewPad 10 gets Android 2.2 upgrade, patient owners join 2010

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Good things come to those who wait. If you bought the dual-booting ViewSonic ViewPad 10, Android 1.6 be damned, we have some good news — the tablet’s getting an upgrade to Android 2.2. Just to refresh your memories, that leap from Donut to Froyo means ViewPad 10 owners will now get updated Gmail, Calendar, Google Maps, Gallery, and YouTube apps, a refined onscreen keyboard, compatabilty with newer applications, and a healthy dose of sorely needed eye candy. New customers can choose one that also runs Windows 7 Home Premium and has 16GB of flash storage ($599) or one with Win 7 Professional and 32GB of space ($679). As for those of you chomping at the bit to upgrade, ViewSonic is keeping things interesting by compelling you to download Froyo onto a thumb drive, and then plug both it and a USB keyboard into the ViewPad to install the update. Then again, something tells us the kind of person who would opt for the ViewPad 10 over other ViewSonic tablets might actually enjoy the challenge.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0 now rolling out to countries far away from you

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

While Samsung has yet to announce an actual date for its new Galaxy Players in the US, their international counterparts are already heading towards other parts of the world for a head start. The Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 is said to be debuting in Russia followed by other countries, whereas its 5.0 sibling will be launched in Switzerland. In terms of specs, not much has changed since we last saw these 1GHz, DivX-friendly Android PMPs, and yes, they’ll still be shipped with Froyo “with a possibility to upgrade to 2.3 Gingerbread.” As always, we’ll let you folks know when we eventually find out about the US launch (if ever), though to be frank, we’d rather just go for the beefier Galaxy S II instead.

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HTC DROID Incredible 2, Casio G’zOne Commando available today; DROID Charge delayed?

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Not a bad day to be an Android-loving Verizon Wireless customer. The nation’s largest wireless carrier has made two new handsets available: the sleek HTC DROID Incredible 2 and the ruggedized Casio G’zOne Commando. Both handsets run Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will retail for $199.99 with a signed 2-year contract. A third handset, the Samsung DROID Charge, is scheduled for release today as well… however, our inbox is littered with tips stating that the device will not hit store shelves today due to yesterday’s nationwide LTE outage. We’ve reached out to Verizon Wireless for comment and will update this post with any relevant information provided.

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T-Mobile G2x now available online for $199.99

Friday, April 15th, 2011

As of 12:00 a.m. Friday morning, T-Mobile’s latest flagship Android smartphone is ripe for the picking. Built by LG and powered by the mobile processor du jour — the familiar 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 — the T-Mobile G2x features a 4-inch touchscreen display, an 8-megapixel camera, Android 2.2 (Froyo) and compatibility with T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network. We’ve gone hands-on with the device, twice, and we were plenty impressed with the speed T-Mobile’s new powerhouse affords. The T-Mobile G2x is available immediately online for $199.99 with a new two-year agreement, and it will land on store shelves next Wednesday.

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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G landing April 20th for $99.99

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

T-Mobile USA has confirmed with BGR that the Sidekick 4G will be available to customers on April 20th for $99.99 with a new two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. The Sidekick 4G — built by Samsung — runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) with a custom user interface that should appeal to Sidekick fans. It offers a throwback QWERTY keyboard with rounded keys and is powered 1GHz Cortex A8 Samsung Hummingbird processor — that’s more power than any Sidekick before it. As its name implies, it will also run on T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network. We really enjoyed using the Sidekick 4G during our hands-on at CTIA 2011 early last month, and we think Sidekick fans should be excited to get their paws the device that promises to revive the brand.

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MetroPCS lays the TapouT smackdown on Huawei’s Ascend… gently

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Is it really, truly possible to market a Froyo-based smartphone — let alone one from 2010 — to a demographic obsessed with Cauliflower ear? MetroPCS seems to think so, and its version of the Huawei Ascend just so happens to be “sanctioned” by TapouT. Hailed as the first brand to represent MMA, TapouT’s roots are plastered all about the innards of the phone, with this Special Edition handset shipping with ten virtual training center videos, a dozen static wallpapers, six live wallpapers and a host of presumably violent Android applications. You’ll also get a pair of interchangeable backs, a 2GB microSD card and support for the company’s contract-free $50 / $60 smartphone plans. As for the cost of the phone itself? Free after a suplex + sleeper hold combo on the dude working the desk.

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