Android 2.2

Viewsonic ViewBook 730 is a cheap Android tablet

Viewsonic ViewBook 730 is a cheap Android tablet

I think that the biggest problem with most of the Android tablets on the market today is that they cost too much. Many consumers will simply opt for the iPad 2 if the price of the Android tablet is close to the price of the iPad 2 just out of name recognition. What the market needs is some lower priced Android tablets that people looking to step into the tablet world can get cheaply. That is exactly what Viewsonic has offered with the new ViewBook 730 Android tablet.

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DROID X2 Review

DROID X2 Review

For a while, Motorola's original DROID X on Verizon led the pack. Offering a big screen, a big camera and a slender chassis, it helped drive the race toward oversized Android handsets that has led us to the Galaxy S II, Infuse 4G and Sensation. Now comes the Motorola DROID X2, boosting screen resolution and throwing in a second processor core, but wrapped up in the same sober suit. Has the company done enough to keep the DROID X2 topical, or is this sequel a flop? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Google Doodle Ice Cream Sundae Lends to Android Rumor

Google Doodle Ice Cream Sundae Lends to Android Rumor

Well it's that time again, as it's been more and more often over at the Google Pod, for them to honor another event in their loving "Doodle" way. This time it's in honor of the 119th anniversary of the first documented ice cream sundae. That's all well and good - but isn't that sort of an odd number of years to celebrate? We think so, and Android Community thinks so - so what's the REAL deal? We're banking on the next version of Android being called Ice Cream Sundae.

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HTC ThunderBolt Review

HTC ThunderBolt Review

The HTC ThunderBolt is a first but not a first: the only 4G smartphone on Verizon's LTE network, but certainly not the first 4G smartphone we've seen and following a hardware pattern that dates back nine months or so to the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint and takes in AT&T's Inspire 4G on the way. With various different interpretations of what exactly 4G is, however, there's more to this than labels and branding. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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HTC Incredible S Coming Soon In Red?

HTC Incredible S Coming Soon In Red?

Why should handsets only come in black or white? Its true that your protective case will ultimately usurp whatever color your handset is, but that's not stopping HTC from possibly pushing out a lovely red version of their HTC Incredible S. A Danish electronics retailer showed off a new SKU with the red hot image below.

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HTC ThunderBolt hands-on and unboxing [video]

HTC ThunderBolt hands-on and unboxing [video]

Verizon's first LTE smartphone has arrived, and the HTC ThunderBolt has a lot to live up to. The subject of multiple launch rumors and leaks, Verizon confirmed the 4G Android handset would hit shelves tomorrow, March 17, priced at $249.99; however, it's already on the SlashGear test bench, so check out some preliminary LTE speed test results and first impressions after the cut.

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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Announced – Back to Life with Android! [Samsung at Helm]

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Announced – Back to Life with Android! [Samsung at Helm]

Oh you crafty bunch of re-animators you, Samsung, T-Mobile, and Google with your Android 2.2 Froyo, you've done it! You've given new life to the classic Sidekick and you've made it look… well… the same… but somehow fresh! And now it's got Android on it instead of its own very limited OS. Let's do it! This is the 4G way, with a design rolling around with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a "pop-tilt" hinge, a five-row QWERTY keyboard in the classic Sidekick nature, and an overall messager-aimed telephone feel. Will it be the new king of mid-range? Perhaps!

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Google Instant Previews Now Mobile

Google Instant Previews Now Mobile

Google's Instant Previews, which allows you to see webpage snapshots alongside text search results, is now available on mobile for Android (2.2+) and iOS (4.0+) devices. Google rolled out this functionality today across 38 languages. In order to try it out, just do a search on google.com on your device and tap the magnifying glass next to any search result. You will see a side-by-side comparison view of webpage previews for the first page of search results.

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SG Comics Presents: Updates Gone Wrong

SG Comics Presents: Updates Gone Wrong

Several devices are finally getting their updates for Android 2.2 Froyo that will be rolled out in batches over-the-air. But with all updates, there's always a chance of firmware issues wrecking your phone. So be sure to backup first. Sprint last week announced that they would be rolling out Froyo updates for the Samsung Epic 4G, but had to quickly halt the update as complaints arose over Epic 4G phones getting bricked after the new install. Other devices announced for firmware updates last week include the Samsung Captivate, Sanyo Zio, and the Samsung Omnia 7. Check out the full comic after the jump.

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