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Skype’s Verizon exclusivity waning, app coming to Android Market

Skype
A Skype PR rep confirmed to SkatterTech today that an Android app is coming to the Android Market, never mind that it’s currently exclusive to Verizon. In an e-mail, the rep wrote:

"We will be bringing a direct to consumer app…

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Android Central Podcast Episode 14

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Phil and Jerry spill everything they've learned about Android 2.2 Froyo, Phil's time with the Evo 4G and still find time for a bunch of your voicemails and e-mails. Listen in!

Podcast MP3 URL: 

http://media.libsyn.com/media/androidcentral/acpc14.mp3

Android 2.2 Froyo…

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Hands-on with the LG Optimus (GT540) [#io2010]

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And here’s a look at the LG Optimus — aka the GT540 — which we previously toyed with at CES in January. Nothing’s really changed since then. Same 3-inch HVGA touchscreen (no keyboard on this one), same Android 1.6, same…

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Android Quick App – Sirius XM satellite radio

Sirius XM Satellte Radio for Android
Finally, for those of us waiting patiently for Sirius XM to bring satellite radio to Android, our day has come. The same satellite radio you’ve come to know and love in your car (it’s a life-saver) and on your desktop…

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Froyo Feature: Screen brightness widget

Android 2.2. Froyo screen brightness widget
The power widget you see here isn’t really new in Android 2.2, but it’s been tweaked for Froyo. The screen brightness selector now includes an auto brightness setting (using the ambient light sensor) in addition to the three static settings…

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The rumors are true: Qik video chat will cost extra on the Evo 4G

Qik video chat fee
Time to get the pitchforks out, people. We slept on it in hopes it was all a nightmare, but the ugly rumor that began yesterday (first by Android Guys and later confirmed by Engadget) is true: Video chat on Qik on the…

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Hands-on with Fring video calling on the Sprint HTC Evo 4G

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It’s a brave new world with the addition of video chat on the Sprint HTC Evo 4G. And what better way to break in Fring’s new free video calling service than with one of our deepest darkest competitors dear…

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Hands-on with Fring video calling on the Sprint HTC Evo 4G

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It’s a brave new world with the addition of video chat on the Sprint HTC Evo 4G. And what better way to break in Fring’s new free video calling service than with one of our deepest darkest competitors dear…

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Sling Player, Android, Evo 4G – ’nuff said

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Not sure which one of these we wan to see released more — the Evo 4G, or Sling Player. Regardless, here they are together. That’s right, Sling Player on the Evo 4G. It’s still in private beta and…

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Evo 4G’s front-facing camera shoots images in reverse


Notice anything unusual in this picture? (Besides the obvious, of course — I didn’t do a thing with my hair today.) That’s right, the front-facing 1.3MP camera on the Sprint HTC Evo 4G records things backward, at the moment. (Our pal Andrew from…

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Fring nearly as excited about the Evo 4G as you, launches video calling

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The folks at Fring are screaming from the rooftops today about their latest update, which brings video calling to the popular VOIP-chat (and now video) service. Using the new Evo 4G (you might have seen us write about it…

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Google snags Palm webOS UI guru Matias Duarte to work on Android

Matias DuarteYou might have heard us (erm, OK, me) gush on occasion about certain aspects of Palm’s webOS user interface. Now let us (erm, me again) gush a little about Matia Duarte, who has left Palm and is now User Experience…

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Verizon reportedly ended intership for kid who snapped this pic

Motorola Droid Shadow
You mean you can get fired (in this case, it was an intern whose stint ended all of a week early) if you find an unreleased phone and take a picture of it, which your "friend" sends to a tech blog?…

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Facebook for Android having hiccups today

Facebook for Android
Looks like the Facebook Android app is having a bit of a conniption fit today. Could just be network problems, or maybe it’s unhappy that my privacy settings quit grabbing their ankles today. Anybody else having issues? (Thanks, @vizzle07 and…

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Froyo Feature: A better Android Market

Android 2.2. Froyo - Android MarketAndroid 2.2 Froyo - Android Market
Along with Android 2.2 comes a new version of the Android Market. While we still wish something could be done in regards to content (the Wild West still is in effect), Google’s begun to at least clean up the interface…

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Hands-on with the LG Eve (GW620) [#io2010]

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Here’s a look at the LG Eve — aka the GW620 — which was announced last fall and later released in the U.K. but is nary to be seen here in the states. Specs include a 3-inch HVGA touchscreen…

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Exploded Andy shows Android’s heart, brain (but where’s the JIT?)

Exploded Andy
Just look at that. Somebody’s Android’s gone and exploded all over this poster, spilling the heart and brain for all to see (and putting it in a convenient T-shirt and poster form and making it available for purchase). One thing’s missing,…

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Sprint Evo 4G software walkthrough

Sprint HTC Evo 4G
If you get a sense of deja vu watching this software walkthrough of the Sprint HTC Evo 4G, we don’t blame you. We’ve seen the new Sense user interface on a number of devices (the HTC Legend, Droid Incredible and Desire, to…

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Froyo Feature: Android 2.2 screen rotation

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Another welcome feature uncovered by many of you in Android 2.2 is the ability to work in apps through 270 degrees of rotation. That is, if you turn the phone to the landscape position to the left, it’ll rotate.…

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The future of print online is in a 500MB download? (We don’t think so)

Sports Illustrated
Wired on the iPadOne of the pictures you see here represents the online future of print journalism in a sleek, easy-to-access open Google web app format. The other comes in a 500-megabyte (that’s half a gigabyte, people) download on a tightly locked-down device.…

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