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Thursday, 27.05.10
UNVEILED: Sling Media previews SlingPlayer Mobile for Android [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:00 CET under 04 - Android News

While Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile, the mobile client for the company's Slingboxes, is already available for a while for several mobile platforms like Windows Mobile, the iPhone or BlackBerry, an Android version is still not available but we recently learned, that it seems to be in private Beta testing at the moment. Nevertheless, SlingMedia itself now gives a sneak-peek of the upcoming Android version on Facebook, demoing it on the brand new HTC EVO 4G. Like the latest SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile and iPhone, the Android version seems to feature a nice looking but simplified finger-friendly GUI. No word yet if the SlingPlayer Mobile for Android will also native streaming over 3G wireless networks but it's most likely.

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ENHANCED: Google Buzz Mobile now supports all major Mobile Platforms
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:11 CET under 01 - General News

Back in February, Google launched its Google Buzz service for mobile, a combination of Twitter and Foursquare, to start conversations when you are out and about. According to Google, one of the most popular ways to access Google Buzz for mobile is through the web application (by going to buzz.google.com in your phone's browser). However, when Buzz launched, it was only available for devices running Android 2.0 or greater and iPhone. Not any more! Today Google released an XHTML version of the Buzz website which can be accessed from many other mobile devices, including those running Android pre-2.0, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Nokia S60 and webOS.

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TELEPHONY: fring enables free Video Telephony for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:09 CET under 04 - Android News

fring, the mobile over the Internet communication service, today announced the release of the world's first mobile video call service over Internet for Android smartphones! While not too many Android smartphones feature a front facing camera yet (only the HTC EVO 4G has one today and the Samsung Galaxy S will be the next with one), for the first time users of Android smartphones will be able to do video telephony, for free, from their mobile phones with fring. Android device owners can now join Nokia (Symbian S60) and iPhone/iPod touch users who are can already do free mobile video telephony over the Internet with fring.

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FAREWELL: Matias Duarte left Palm to join Google! [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:40 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

All Things Digital is reporting today that Palm's Senior Director of Human Interface and User Experience Matias Duarte has left the company and evidently hired on at Google. Duarte was the mastermind behind the Palm's webOS development. While Palm confirmed All Things Digital that Duarte has left Palm, the company refused to tell where he's going but multiple sources told All Things Digital that it's Google, where he will work on the development of - surprise, surprise - Android. As All Things Digial wrote, "Duarte's departure is (definitely) a significant loss for Palm and its new owner Hewlett Packard, which has said it plans to "double down" on webOS".

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UNVEILED: Acer announces the Acer Stream Android 2.1 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:21 CET under 04 - Android News

Following the Acer Liquid, Acer has just announced another high-end Android smartphone - the Acer Stream. Running Android 2.1 (with an option for a later upgrade to Android 2.2), the Stream is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA. Furthermore, it features Bluetooth, WiFi b/g/n and GPS in addition to the inbuilt proximity sensor and digital compass. The 3.7" WVGA touchscreen is AMOLED and the 5 megapixel autofocus camera supports HD video recording (720p). The device is backed-up by 512 MB RAM / 512 MB ROM and comes with an extra 2 GB internal flash memory which can be expanded with microSD cards up to 32 GB.

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Tuesday, 25.05.10
MANAGEMENT: Microsoft announces Retirement and Transition plans for Robbie Bach and J Allard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft today announced that Robbie Bach, so far president of the Entertainment and Devices (E&D) Division, will retire from the company this fall. Underscoring the strength of the leadership teams in place for the entertainment and mobile businesses, the company announced that Senior Vice President Don Mattrick will continue to lead the Interactive Entertainment Business and Senior Vice President Andy Lees will continue to lead the Mobile Communications Business. Each will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer effective July 1. Bach will remain with Microsoft through the fall, working with Ballmer and his leadership team to ensure a smooth transition.

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Thursday, 20.05.10
OFFICIAL: Google releases Android 2.2 aka Froyo
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:42 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, at its Google I/O conference, Google has officially announced Android 2.2, code-named Froyo with which Android introduces many new and exciting features for users and developers. While Android 2.2 is described as a minor platform release, it's including user features, developer features, API changes and bug fixes. And while it will take some time for handset manufactures to release Android 2.2 for their smartphones, for developers, the Android 2.2 platform is available as a downloadable component for the Android SDK from today! Android 2.2 highlights include new user features, new platform technologies, new developer services and new developer APIs.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves Samsung GT-I5500 - An Android Corby for Europe! [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:08 CET under 04 - Android News

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) just approved another Samsung handset which is said to be an Android version of Samsung's Corby feature phone. According to the GCF, the GT-I5500 features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz, while HSUPA is left. Furthermore, the WiFi Alliance approved the GT-I5500 earlier this month and unveiled that it will support WiFi b/g/n. It's yet not confirmed that the GT-I5500 will be a budget Android 2.1 smartphone but all we have is the word of mouth from the Internet. However, you really have to wonder how many budget Android smartphones Samsung need because the recently approved GT-I5800 and GT-5801 are also expected to run on Android, sporting similar wireless specs.

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Wednesday, 19.05.10
ENHANCED: Seesmic to support Google Buzz from PC and Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:23 CET under 04 - Android News

Not that Google Buzz is yet as successful as Twitter is but maybe it helps, if it gets some support from successful Twitter clients? As a matter of fact, during today's Google I/O conference, Seesmic - one of the most popular social software clients that allow users to easily access social networks in one application - announced the integration of Google Buzz into four of their products. Seesmic has collaborated with Google and users can now manage Google Buzz in Seesmic Web, Ping.fm, a Beta version of Seesmic for Android and Seesmic's preview version of the next generation of Seesmic Desktop.

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MULTIMEDIA: mSpot launches new Music Cloud Service for Smartphone and Web [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:55 CET under 04 - Android News

During today's Google I/O conference, mobile entertainment provider mSpot, Inc. will debut mSpot, a new free music cloud service that offers instant access to your entire music collection synced across smartphones and PCs/Macs. The service enables you to quickly upload your music (20 GB limit apply) into the mSpot Cloud from where you can start listening to it from popular desktop browsers and Android phones immediately. The service includes a smart application that operates in the background of your computer managing the upload and day-to-day syncing of your music library. In addition, it can upload playlists, cover art, ratings and song information you may have entered using iTunes or Windows Media Player.

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SHARING: Hoccer shares Content by Sweeping or Throwing and Catching
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:30 CET under 04 - Android News

ART+COM recently released a new version of Hoccer for Android, which now has a more orderly, modern user interface and also allows "dragging and dropping" content like pictures, songs, contacts and other data from one phone to another - without connecting the two phones via Bluetooth. As a matter of fact, the content is shared through the Internet - instantly. Initially, the exchange only worked with catching and throwing gestures that facilitate data transmission primarily in larger groups. With the new dragging option, the user also receives detail information about the status of the transfer since the operation is based much more on the interaction with real objects and flows generally smoother.

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ACCESS: Zero-Rated Facebook Mobile access coming to a Carrier near you (or not)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:54 CET under 01 - General News

Not too important and necessary for countries with cheap data flat rates and fast 3G networks, today Facebook launched another way for people to access Facebook anytime, anywhere: 0.facebook.com. A new mobile site that includes all of the key features of Facebook but is optimized for speed. It initially is available through more than 50 mobile operators in 45 countries and territories with zero data charges. Yet when using the mobile Internet, people around the world are still facing two main challenges: sometimes the experience is too slow to be fun and the cost of data plans and understanding them can be daunting.

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ANNOUNCED: Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus soon to be launched by O2 UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:04 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Following O2 Germany, Palm and O2 UK today announced that the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus phones will be available in the UK on O2 from 28 May. The Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus showcase the defining features of Palm webOS, including the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously and easily move between them; the power of Palm Synergy, which brings customers' information from the many places it resides into a single, more comprehensive view; unobtrusive notifications; and universal search. Palm webOS also has a unique model of over-the-air software updates that delivers new features and performance improvements directly to a user's phone.

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Tuesday, 18.05.10
OFFICE: DataViz to release Documents To Go 3.0 for Android with Microsoft Office 2010 Support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:14 CET under 04 - Android News

While Android is quite a powerful platform, the Microsoft Office document support is pretty poor because Android doesn't offer native Office support. Nevertheless, there are some good 3rd party applications available and one of the best - DataViz Documents To Go will get an upgrade soon. DataViz announced today that it will participate at Google I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco, which starts tomorrow. At Google's largest developer event of the year, DataViz will be showcasing the upcoming Documents To Go version 3.0. Documents To Go is currently the #1 selling mobile Office suite in Android Market and a Top 10 paid app overall.

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Monday, 17.05.10
RUMOR: HTC Mondrian - HTC's first Windows Phone 7 Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Over the weekend, a ROM build has leaked which is said to come from HTC's first Windows Phone 7 smartphone and the ROM build was named "Mondrian". In the past, HTC often called their Beta ROM builds after the device and therefore it could make sense that the Mondrian is the first Windows Phone 7 device from HTC, even if it's most likely that Mondrian is the code-name only, rather than the commercial name. Nevertheless, while the ROM is yet not useable on any of the existing Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphones, some developers dived deep into the bits and bytes and extracted some interesting information. For instance a rendering of a device which could possibiliy show the Mondrian:

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QUICKVIEW: HTC Wildfire Android Smartphone Photoview and Videoview Hands-on [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:20 CET under 08 - Reviews

Today, during several press events in Germany, HTC officially unveiled its next Android 2.1 smartphone - the HTC Wildfire. Looking quite similar to the HTC Desire, the HTC Wildfire is adressing a different target group. It's designed with the social network users in mind and address a young and "always connected" generation of Internet users. Unlike the HTC Desire, which might be the best an Android smartphone can get today, the HTC Wildfire comes with slightly narrowed specs. While GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA are supported, the Wildfire lacks support for HSUPA. And the touchscreen, which is capacitive this time, only features a QVGA (320 x240) screen resolution.

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OFFICIAL: HTC announces the HTC Wildfire Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:28 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, HTC officially announced the HTC Wildfire, HTC's next Android smartphone which leaked earlier this year as the HTC Buzz. Following the design language of the HTC Desire, the HTC Wildfire is an entry level smartphpne and the follower of the HTC Tattoo. Running on Android 2.1, the HTC Wildfire is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7225-1 CPU at 528 MHz and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at either 900/2100 MHz, 1700/2100 MHz or 850/2100 MHz. Furthermore, the HTC Wildfire supports Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi b/g and GPS/aGPS. The 3.2" capacitive touchscreen features a pretty narrowed QVGA (320 x 240) screen resolution but the autofocus camera supports 5 megapixel and comes with a supporting flash LED.

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Sunday, 16.05.10
APPROVAL: GCF approves the Samsung GT-I5800 & GT-I5801 Android Smartphones [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:17 CET under 04 - Android News

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) just recently approved the Samsung GT-I5800 and Samsung GT-I5801, which are expected to be another Android smartphones by Samsung. According to the GCF, both - the GT-I5800 and the GT-I5801 - will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz. Earlier this month, the WiFi Alliance unveiled (PDF) that the I5800 will also feature WiFi b/g/n as well as the Bluetooth SIG approved the I5801 - with Bluetooth 3.0. The Samsung I5801's UA profile furthermore confirms, that the GT-I580x is an Android smartphone, running an ARM11 CPU and that the smartphone features a HVGA (240 x 480) touchscreen.

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Saturday, 15.05.10
DISTRIBUTION: Google changes Nexus One availability - Soon to be available from Retail only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:31 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday evening (GMT), Andy Rubin, Vice President Engineering at Google announced at the Google blog, that - as the Nexus One will be available in more countries - Google will follow the same model it has adopted in Europe (with Vodafone), where Google is working with partners to offer Nexus One to consumers through existing retail channels and the company will shift to a similar model globally. As a matter of fact it means that once Google has increased the availability of Nexus One devices in stores, Google will stop selling handsets via its own web store, and will instead use it as an online store window to showcase a variety of Android phones available globally (similar to Microsoft which also shows available devices on its Windows Phone site but doesn't sell them directly).

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Friday, 14.05.10
ENHANCED: Google Maps for Android gets Biking Directions, Navigation Shortcut, Sharing and More
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:48 CET under 04 - Android News

Earlier this week, Google has updated its Google Maps Mobile for Android and as expected and announced by Google, Google Maps 4.2 for Android now features biking directions, a new service layer Google launched back in March for the Google Maps web version. Furthermore, Google Maps Mobile now features a shortcut to start Google Maps Navigation straight from from the Home screen and programs menu and it finally allows to share places and locations with friends via messaging, E-Mail or social services like Twitter and Facebook.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves Sony Ericsson E10i and E10a - Xperia X10 mini for Europe and America
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:14 CET under 04 - Android News

Earlier this week, the Global Certification Forum (GCF) has approved the Sony Ericsson E10i and E10a, two Android smartphones which will hit the market later this summer under its commercial name Xperia X10 mini. According to the GCF, the Xperia X10 mini will be available in two flavors: the E10i for Europe, which will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, and the E10a for North America, which will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/1900/2100 MHz.

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Thursday, 13.05.10
LAWSUIT: HTC sues Apple for Patent Infringement
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:15 CET under 01 - General News

Following Apple's earlier lawsuit against HTC, HTC yesterday took legal action against Apple, by filing a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States. As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC believes the industry should be driven by healthy competition and innovation that offer consumers the best, most accessible mobile experiences possible, said HTC in its press release.

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RELEASE: Microsoft launches final version of Office Mobile 2010 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With yesterday's global launch of Office 2010, Microsoft also announced the immediate availability of Office Mobile 2010 for all Windows Mobile 6.5 based smartphones. Released last November as a public Beta, Office Mobile 2010 for Windows Mobile 6.5 includes new mobile versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace. These new mobile versions offer a more touch-friendly layout and greater ability to work with documents on the phone - like editing PowerPoint presentations. Furthermore, SharePoint Workspace Mobile 2010 and PowerPoint Mobile 2010 allows to edit and save changes to a presentation, all while offline, and know the changes will update back to the server.

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ENHANCED: Microsoft updates Bing for Windows Phone - adds Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it has updated its Bing application for Windows Mobile and more importantly, Microsoft added two new features. The first is a redesigned home page where Microsoft changed the navigation to give people faster access to common searches, such as Movies and Traffic. The second feature is free turn-by-turn off-board GPS navigation which uses Microsoft's Bing Maps. Microsoft took advantage of the Microsoft Tellme team's expertise in voice applications to deliver an amazingly lifelike voice experience for the turn-by-turn navigation. When getting directions with Bing, users will get a new "Navigate" button. By selecting it, Bing will calculate your route, and guide you as you drive.

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ROADMAP: Vodafone UK to add the Xperia X10 mini and Galaxy S to its List of Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:17 CET under 04 - Android News

Vodafone UK, or better Paratus Communications (which assists Vodafone with its media/blogger relations), just let us know that Vodafone UK adds a couple of new Android phones to its list of soon to be released smartphones. "Vodafone UK's fantastic range of smartphones is just about to get even better with the arrival of the Android-based Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and Samsung Galaxy S 16 GB". The new handsets join the likes of the HTC Desire, Google Nexus One and a host of other stunning smartphones on the UK's (best) network, giving customers a great range of options.

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Tuesday, 11.05.10
SERVICE: O2 Germany launches free Off-Board GPS Navigation for Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 01 - General News

Telefónica O2 Germany gives its customers a complete navigation system, effective immediately. It doesn’t matter whether you are travelling by car or on foot: almost any GPS-enabled mobile phone will become a pocketsized route planner with Telmap Navigation - including the latest traffic information from ADAC. Telmap Navigation uses spoken and graphical navigation instructions to guide the user to the desired destination in a precise and step-by-step manner. It is as reliable and easy as a conventional navigation system in a car. The solution is also ideal for pedestrians. For example, you can navigate to the most important sights when visiting a city and at the same time it will show you any bars, restaurants or hotels that are close by.

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Thursday, 06.05.10
UTILITY: Translate the real world with Google Goggles for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:56 CET under 04 - Android News

Back in February, during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google showed its new Goggles Translation service the first time, when the prototype was only recognizing German text. The idea behind Goggles Translate is that traveling to another country can be an amazing experience. The opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture can give you a new perspective. However, ordering food from a menu you can not read can be an adventure. With today's release, Goggles Translate can read English, French, Italian, German and Spanish and translate snapped info to many more languages, just my making a photo, for instance from a menu.

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Wednesday, 05.05.10
OUTLOOK: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10-Family to get UXP and Android 2.1 Upgrade in Q4-2010
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:38 CET under 04 - Android News

Sony Ericsson just unveiled in its Product Launch Blog, that the recently launched Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Sony Ericsson's first Android smartphone which currently ships with Android 1.6 (only), and the upcoming Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 mini pro will receive a so called UXP upgrade later this year. UXP (UX platform) Sony Ericsson's core strategic framework and the Xperia X10 family of phones are the first products to deliver this unique user interface to the market. UXP builds on top of the Android OS and brings together a rich graphical user interface, service plug-ins and content from external partners to deliver unique consumer propositions such as Sony Ericsson's signature applications Mediascape and Timescape.

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ANNOUNCED: Microsoft KIN to be available on Verizon Wireless Network from May 6th
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Announced last month, KIN - Microsoft's latest mobile consumer product will become available online from Verizon Wireless and Microsoft May 6th. KIN, a new kind of Windows Phone, is designed to be the ultimate social experience that blends the phone, online services and the PC with breakthrough new experiences called the Loop, Spot and Studio. Available in two different flavors, the KIN ONE and KIN TWO, both KIN phones feature a touch screen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, while the KIN ONE is small and compact and the KIN TWO has a larger screen and keyboard, in addition to more memory, a higher resolution camera, and the ability to record high-definition video.

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Tuesday, 04.05.10
ANNOUNCED: Palm Pixi Plus webOS Smartphone to be available soon from Vodafone Spain
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:18 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Unlike the Palm Pre, which was introduced by Telefónica in Spain, Palm announced yesterday evening that its Palms Pixi Plus webOS smartphone will be available in Spain with Vodafone from May 10. As Palm's thinnest phone to date, the Pixi Plus fits easily in your hand or pocket and offers a host of powerful features. It's great for work and also for social communicators who want an affordable phone with a touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard instantly accessible for messaging and web content. A significant advantage of Palm webOS applications is that they can be integrated into the core webOS experience, including linked contacts, layered calendars, notifications and GPS.

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UNVEILED: T-Mobile USA announces the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:37 CET under 04 - Android News

T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced a new addition to its exclusive line of Android-powered T-Mobile myTouch 3G smartphones - the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide. Designed by HTC exclusively for T-Mobile USA, the myTouch 3G Slide features a 3.4" HVGA touch-screen display with virtual keyboard as well as a roomy, slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The myTouch 3G Slide also features a 5 megapixel camera, a music player with a pre-installed 8 GB microSD memory card, and enhanced video capabilities to make it easy for users to record and share pictures and videos, whether via E-Mail, MMS or one-click upload to sites such as YouTube and Picasa.

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Saturday, 01.05.10
UTILITY: Twitter releases its own Twitter client for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:45 CET under 04 - Android News

As mentioned yesterday, Twitter has announced another Twitter client for mobile devices - this time for Android smartphones. According to the Twitter blog, Twitter teamed-up with the Android team to make Twitter for Android "super easy" and soon open source. Like most other state-of-the-art Twitter clients, Twitter for Android allows to read the time-line, tweet, retweet, send direct messages, as well as sharing links or photos. Furthermore, it supports Twitter's location API for sending own and reading others tweets. It also comes with its own home screen widget and even integrates into Android's contacts application to show the friend's latest tweet in Google Talk or any application that uses Android's QuickContact bar.

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