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Windows Phone gets Gooroovster: streams Google Music whether it’s official or not

Saturday, February 18th, 2012


Not a Spotify fan? Then perhaps a Google Music client will suit your tastes a little better. Gooroovster has just shed its beta cocoon to reveal its new Windows Phone wings. Available on trial, the full app will set you back $3.99 and offers streaming access to your whole library, the usual collection of music player controls and the ability to refresh the 500 most recent additions to your library. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any caching options — so it’s largely a Windows Phone-skinned copy of the web-based player, although it doesn’t look all that official and you’ll also need a Windows Phone device running the Mango upgrade. The typical Google Music provisos apply: check your data allowances and if you’re out of US, you’re (still) out of luck. That is, unless you know how to beat the system.

Windows Phone gets Gooroovster: streams Google Music whether it’s official or not originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 18 Feb 2012 04:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CyanogenMod passes 1 million downloads, banned app store coming soon?

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

One of the advantages of owning an Android device is the ability to install a custom ROM and making your device perfect for your tastes. You can’t talk about custom ROMs without mentioning the king of them all, CyanogenMod, which has just surpassed 1 million downloads. Created by Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik, the CyanogenMod team offers up-to-date custom ROMs that extend a phone’s capabilities with added features and utilities. Additionally, CM team member Koushik Dutta has been dabbling into the idea of creating an app store exclusively for root apps. With carriers and Google continuing to police the Android Market, removing tether apps, one click root apps, and emulators, Koush has become increasingly frustrated and originally proposed the idea of a root app store to Amazon, however the company was not interested. The proposed store would be open-source and available to any custom ROM, not just CyanogenMod.

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Google’s Androidify holiday wardrobe update lets your bot ring in the New Year

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Ready to celebrate the holidays this year? Google has gone and refreshed its free Androidify app with some season-appropriate gear for your avatar. The new virtual wardrobe selections should certainly please a variety of tastes, whether you’re itching to fit your robo with an ugly Christmas sweater or just a pair of New Years party specs. You can catch our bot’s new winter threads below, and snag the update for yourself by hitting up the Android Market link below.

Google’s Androidify holiday wardrobe update lets your bot ring in the New Year originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 11 Dec 2011 12:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google employees now testing Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S, claim it’s delicious

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Damn them. As it turns out, Google employees are the lucky guinea pigs for testing Android 4.0 on the Nexus S, and Mountain View’s minions have now begun crowing about their superiority. On the up side, this means that all users of Google’s former prodigy are one step closer to receiving the official version of Ice Cream Sandwich onto their devices. The company hopes its employees will discover any lingering foul tastes before delivering its frozen treat onto the unwashed masses, although early reports suggest they’re digging the flavors. Of course, if you just can’t wait — and hey, we haven’t — there’s always custom ROMs to fill the void.

Google employees now testing Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus S, claim it’s delicious originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 04 Dec 2011 04:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Acer announces redesigned Aspire TimelineX Series laptops, prices start at $599

Monday, June 6th, 2011

If Acer’s current Aspire TimelineX notebooks look a little too dull for your tastes, have a peek at that industrial-looking number in the picture above. The company just redesigned its line of skinny laptops, and refreshed them with Sandy Bridge processors while it was at it. The 13.1-inch 3830T, 14-inch 4830T, and 15.6-inch 5830T all have that two-tone aluminum design (also available in black), along with USB 3.0, a choice of Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs, and Acer’s clear.fi software for sharing media among DLNA devices. The 14- and 15.6-inch versions have onboard optical drives and number pads, and, on select models, you can choose a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT520M or GT540M card. However, the screen resolution is going to be 1366 x 768 regardless of which you pick. The 3830T, 4830T, and 5830T are available now, starting at $799, $699, and $599, respectively, and you can find specs for a handful of models after the break.

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Acer announces redesigned Aspire TimelineX Series laptops, prices start at $599 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 07 Jun 2011 00:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint Kyocera Echo hands-on!

Monday, February 7th, 2011

We had a chance to spend time with Sprint, Kyocera, and the Echo earlier in the day, and while there were mumblings about what to expect, we have to say we were completely shocked — literally speechless with all smiles. The Kyocera Echo is unlike any other device we have ever seen, and it’s truly innovative. Let’s first recap the specifications of the handset:

  • Dual 3.5-inch LCD WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive touchscreens (4.7 inches diagonally and 800 x 960 pixels when opened)
  • Android 2.2 — Froyo
  • 1GHz Snapdragon QSD 8650
  • 5 megapixel camera with flash
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi
  • EVDO Rev. A
  • 115.0 x 56.5 x 17.2mm
  • 193 grams (6.8 oz.)

As for our thoughts on the phone… hit the jump and we’ll give you all the details.

The device is a bit thick, and it’s a bit square for our tastes. Additionally, the individual screens are a little small, but that’s just us being nit-picky —  as you have a 4.7″ surface area when the phone is fully opened. We were very impressed with the build quality after our limited time with the handset, and while the unique LiquidMetal hinge mechanism scared us at first, it actually seemed to be incredibly solid and well designed (Kyocera told us there were 6 patents alone on this hinge). Not only does the device open up to reveal another display, but you can flip the top display up a little bit to sit on an angle, just like a Nintendo DS.

Using the Echo blew our minds. Having two screens next to each other is something that we never expected to see on a mobile device just because we never gave it much thought, and could never really justify it in our heads. Seeing and using it in person actually made the concept make sense in a weird, super-nerdy way, however. The ability to run full apps simultaneous in Simul-task mode, changes the way you multitask. Having the web browser open on the top display while you’re watching a video or browsing photos on the lower display is such a natural action for those of us that are on the move and multitask in our everyday lives (for better or worse). Being able to compose an email while having Google Maps open or even having two browser windows open at the same time can literally change the way you work. That’s not all two displays are good for, though. In apps like email for instance, you can use one display to navigate and select a specific email message and the other display to read it, much like a tablet email app — it’s really useful.

Additionally, Sprint told us that there will be a third-party API that developers can utilize to support both displays on the Echo — they demoed The Sims 3 from EA for us, and it was pretty cool. You could touch navigate the top part while action buttons and items were displayed below — if developers really start to support this device, we wouldn’t be surprised to see games really take off on here.

The overall design identity of the phone doesn’t mesh too well with us, though; that’s obviously subjective. We found it to be a little uninspiring, even bland, and you wouldn’t expect that on such an innovative and boundary-pushing device. Sprint said that the Kyocera Echo will come with not only an extra battery but an external battery charger in the box for free, and while this raised a red flag for us, Sprint was quick to assure us that even though the Echo is still not final, its battery life is on par with other smartphones currently in the market.

We thought we knew what to expect going into this thing, and we came out with mixed feelings. On one hand, it’s a truly impressive handset and Sprint and Kyocera have completely pushed the boundary again this time in the smartphone world. It changes the way we think about a smartphone in a lot of areas, and even from our limited time with the phone, we can totally see it changing the direction of a mobile device’s utility. On the other hand, Android isn’t known as the easiest OS to use, and we’re getting much more fragmented day by day, so the Kyocera Echo doesn’t help. We’re not completely sure who the Echo is aimed at and will be marketed towards, so we’ll just have to see who ends up stepping up to the plate. One thing is for sure, though… we can’t wait until we get one in our hands to review because we kind of miss it already. It should be available this Spring for $199.

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The Evolution of an Android’s Eating Habits [Video]

Friday, November 19th, 2010
When little green Android robots are young, they love to nibble on cupcakes. As they grow older though, their tastes change. They begin to explore donuts, eclairs, frozen yogurt and—-HEY! Somebody get that robot away from that apple! More »


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Motorola’s mysterious Android smartphone gets a name, specs

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

motorola-flipout

According to HDblog.it, that mysterious square MOTORBLUR handset has a name: Flipout. Not only that, but the Italian site claims to have secured the official spec sheet, which read as follows: 2.8″ display, 3.1 megapixel camera, GPS, 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM, 700MHz processor, and Android 2.1 covered in MOTOBLUR. We have to be honest and say we’re really not digging the design, but in case your tastes are a lot little more adventurous than ours, word is you’ll be able to pick one of these up this June in your choice of black, green or pink. Wondering what those colors look like on a phone with four right angles? Find out after the jump.

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HP Mini 210 Vivienne Tam Edition leaps off the runway and into our hands

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Paging all butterfly-admiring netbook lovers! With spring upon us, HP’s officially launching the Mini 210 Vivienne Tam edition that it previewed back at September’s Fall Fashion Week, and, well, it sure is unique looking. We actually got to take a peek at it a few weeks ago, and while the butterfly adorned cover may only appeal to a certain sex type, the gold covered keyboard is what you’d expect kings and queens to type on. Okay so, the design wasn’t really in line with our tastes, but at least we’re comfortable with the internal specs which are identical to the Mini 210 we recently reviewed (sans the Broadcom Crystal HD). And apparently the Mini should sound as good as it looks — HP’s updated Vivienne’s netbook with Beats by Dr. Dre audio software, which to date has only been found in the company’s Envy line. Interesting move, but of course it’s still very hard for us to understand why anyone would spend $600 on a netbook that’s got an extremely frustrating touchpad and only a three-cell battery — but we’d guess that it probably has to do with that whole ‘beauty is pain’ thing.

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HP Mini 210 Vivienne Tam Edition leaps off the runway and into our hands originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 04 Mar 2010 00:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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