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The low-end HTC Explorer goes official; does it have a place in today’s market?

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Low-end Android devices have hit that weird stage in their lifecycle where they just don’t know who they are anymore. Will anyone actually buy a 600MHz HVGA device on a two-year contract anymore? That’s a complicated question. Two-years is a long time. But what about off contract? How much do you charge for a device like this? And what kind of purpose does it serve? HTC is going to try to  [Read More…]

Android kids app: The Ogglies – A Dragon Party

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Chances are your kid likes dragons and will also jump at the chance to say “firebottom.” Why not combine the two with the children’s book “The Ogglies – A Dragon Party for Firebottom.” It’s the latest in a nice little run of interactive children’s books now available on Android. “Firebottom” also has puzzles and music thrown in, so you’re not just reading the book.

It’s on sale through  [Read More…]

HTC Rhyme now available; good karma or six thumbs down?

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The hotly debated HTC Rhyme is now available from Verizon for $ 199 with a new two-year contract. While the price of the HTC Rhyme is high for a phone that only features a 1 GHz single-core processor, 3.7-inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel camera and 768 MB RAM, the phone does include a pair of tangle-free headphones, a multifunctional docking station and a charm indicator.

It’s hard to say if Verizon’s  [Read More…]

HTC Holiday checks in at the FCC

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If the HTC Holiday is high up there on your LTE capable device want list, you shouldn’t have that much longer to wait. The FCC has done their due dilligence and gave the device blessing to proceed with 1700/2100/700 LTE bands intact. If you’re looking for any carrier details in the FCC filing, you won’t find them but this one has been pegged for AT&T since it started popping up.

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Motorola Xoom Wifi gets another update to build HTK75D

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Word on the street, in our inbox and on our Motorola Xoom Wifi edition is that an update to Android 3.2.1 is rolling in. The “new” Android Market’s also along for the ride in build HTK75D, which would be a bigger deal if it wouldn’t have updated itself later anyway. But might as well have it tucked into a nice update.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Android 101: Search for more than just apps

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The Android Market’s better than ever, returning search results not only for apps, but for books and movies, too. Here’s a handy tip to jump from one section to another. By default, you should see results for all of the sections. Tap into a section, you’ll only see those results. Books for books, apps for apps, etc. Once you’re in a section’s results,  [Read More…]

Patent wars: T-Mobile backs Verizon and Samsung in the fight against Apple

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It wasn’t even a week ago that US carrier Verizon filed court papers to block Apple’s request to ban certain Samsung devices from the market. In the filing, Verizon has said that banning devices like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Droid Charge, Infuse and Galaxy S 4G would not only hurt the company, but hurt consumer choice and the economy, as well. Today, T-Mobile has stepped up to voice their opinion on  [Read More…]

Hipmunk Android app adds Agony-free option for flight search

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Hipmunk, the lesser-known but arguably better than the other travel websites, has released its Android app. Developed by a self-described Android “fanboy” hired by the company for the sole purpose of creating the app, that fanboy did an excellent job of translating Hipmunk to Android.

Searching for flights on Hipmunk starts out like any other  [Read More…]

Samsung unveils new 1.5 GHz Exynos processor just in time for Nexus Prime?

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As we count down to a possible demo of Ice Cream Sandwich on October 11th, more clues are beginning to appear about the specs of the fabled Nexus Prime. The latest tidbit comes from Samsung Semiconductor Inc. which just announced their new dual-core 1.5 GHz Exynos 4212 processor.

This latest addition to the Exynos family is built with Samsung’s advanced 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power process, which promises “30 percent  [Read More…]

AppBrain re-invents social app discovery with the AppBrain Stream

AppBrain Stream

The AppBrain Stream

The folks at AppBrain (remember them?), those same fellows who brought the original web installer for Android to the masses, today unveiled the AppBrain Stream.  It’s a lot like Facebook style social networking, but geared towards, and all about, your Android apps.  AppBrain has always been a great way to discover and share Android applications, but the new user streams and feeds really take it all to the  [Read More…]