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  • A couple sprinkles of Donut lore as developers dig in

    So yesterday we saw the new Android version, Donut, get released to developers. Lots of sweetness inside, as we detailed then, but there are just a couple corrections to be observed. It’s not Android 2.0 — the version numbers aren’t just going to jump up like that. I suspect Google is working on having the whole idea of version numbers be secondary to the pastry names. So… Read More

  • Android "Donut" makes its first delicious appearance, packed with new toys

    This weekend just turned into an early Christmas for Android hackers everywhere. Google just dropped an early alpha version of the upcoming major Android update, “Donut”, into the code repository. User Cyanogen of xda-developers was the first to notice the new code lingering, and is already hard at work getting it up and running currently available hardware. Just from playing with… Read More

  • Hesse confirms Sprint will have an Android device this year, maybe more

    Speaking at Brainstorm: Tech, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse explicitly stated that Sprint would carry at least one Android device by the end of the year. As to why Sprint has taken this long to pick up an Android device, he said that it wasn’t quite ready for prime time. But now that the second version of the OS is out, Hesse says it’s ready. Wait. What? Second version? What the hell is… Read More

  • App Roundup: 5.2 million more iPhones? Wonder why the developers keep flocking?

    As we’ve reported, Apple sold 5.2 million iPhones last quarter. Yeah, Cupertino sure doesn’t seem to think much of the recession. Oh, and to top it off, they sold 10.2 million iPods. Assuming at least some of those were iPod touches, there are at least 6 million new iDevices in consumer’s hands. In fact, estimates that there are now 45 million App… Read More

  • Motorola launches MOTODEV studio for Android developers

    Motorola really wants you to develop for Android handsets. More specifically, they really want you to develop for Motorola-made Android handsets. That’s why they’ve launched MOTODEV, an Android development resource for crackin’ out apps purposed for Motorola handsets. It’s a two-part initiative, one seemingly a bit more exclusive than the other. If you can get into… Read More

  • Samsung confirms it's working on a Tegra phone

    We’ve gotta admit it: we’re pretty dang excited about Nvidia’s Tegra chipset. 720p video pumped out of our handsets? Yes please. Gorgeous graphics on the go? Hardware accelerated Flash? Android support? Yes, yes, and yes. All of this, and the battery requirements are better than what’s in most phones? Oh, hells yes. If Nvidia manages to meet all their promises… Read More

  • Samsung T659 gets shot

    In the weeks after that big ol’ T-Mobile launch list leaked back in April, details and photos emerged of just about every handset mentioned. One, however managed to stay off the radar: the Samsung T659, otherwise known as “Scarlet”. Of course, we’re talking about Samsung here, and Samsung phones just don’t get announced without leaking first, and the Scarlet is… Read More

  • Latest trailer and screenshots of the Dexter iPhone game

    I’m beginning to think that this game won’t ever come out. I mean, it’s been more than a year since it was first announced. Anyhoots, here are the latest screenshots and trailer for the upcoming iPhone game from Marc Ecko Entertainment. It’s slated for a late summer release with three additional episodes to follow shortly after. Oh, and there’s an official… Read More

  • Bicycle-mounted mobile phone chargers actually improve Kenyan lives

    Two dollars is a princely sum in Kenya. But that’s what people there have to pay to charge their mobile phone at a charging station—sometimes just an old car battery on the side of the road. So, in yet another example of technology actually improving people’s lives (rather than just giving hipsters an opportunity to bump into other hipsters), two students have developed a… Read More