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Google Buzz now available for BlackBerry, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile and WebOS

Google Buzz for mobile was launched in February this year as a web application available only for Android (version 2.0 or higher) and iPhone.

Starting now, Google Buzz has a new XHTML version that’s also compatible with pre-2.0 Android handsets (like the Motorola i1), BlackBerry, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, and Palm’s WebOS.

BlackBerry users will even be able to enable location via their browser settings, this allowing them to find geo-tagged posts from nearby.

To access Google Buzz via your smartphone, you simply need to visit buzz.google.com on your handset’s web browser.

Via Google Mobile Blog


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AT&T’s Samsung i897 (Galaxy S?) shows up in photos, could be the carrier’s third Andro id phone

Almost two month ago, some details about the Samsung SGH-i897 showed up on the Web, suggesting that the phone is a version of the Galaxy S i9000 made for AT&T.

The i897 has now appeared in photos, and while it looks a bit different than the Galaxy S, the folks over at AndroidGuys are reporting that the two handsets’ features are pretty much similar: 4 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, Android 2.1, 3.5mm headset jack, and 5MP camera.

It’s said that the i897 has a Snapdragon processor. However, I don’t see why Samsung would not include its own ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor into the i897 (since this is already used for the Galaxy S).

Currently, AT&T sells only one Android smartphone (the Motorola BlackFlip), and it’s preparing to launch the second one, the Dell Aero. Will the Samsung i897 / Galaxy S be the third one? Let’s hope we’ll find out soon.

On a related note, T-Mobile USA will also launch a version of the Galaxy S – the Samsung T959 – probably in the next few months.


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Skype Mobile with video support coming to Android Market later this year?


Skype’s PR folks have been unusually loquacious today, as they’ve responded to a query about whether HTC’s EVO 4G would get a Skype client with a deep and meaningful forward-looking statement, underpinned by a promise of an Android app “for all consumers globally to download regardless of carriers.” This universally available addition to the Market should arrive “later this year,” but what’s important about it is that it’s preceded by a lengthy spiel about Skype’s ambition to “set the bar on mobile video calling,” which it also intends to do this year. Does this necessarily mean that Skype video calling is coming to Android in time for us to wish granny happy Hanukkah over video chat? No. Is it a well constructed insinuation to that effect? Hell yes. Read the full statement at the source, or find the juiciest excerpt after the break.

[Thanks, Jeremy]

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Android 2.2 wastes no time getting hacked onto HTC Dream and Magic


Though we’re not even a wee bit shocked to see a “usable” version of Froyo already available to owners of the G1 / Dream and Magic, we’re definitely heartened to see that phones running 2008 specs can handily run a mid-2010 version of the platform. There’s plenty of stuff that doesn’t work yet — WiFi and GPS, just to name a couple of biggies — but we suspect that this is one dev community that won’t give up until everything is working to their satisfaction. Motivation to hang on to otherwise outdated hardware for a few more months, perhaps?

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SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Demoed on EVO 4G

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SlingPlayer for Android is currently in private beta, but unless you are one of the lucky few who are already testing out this home media streaming app we haven’t seen too much of how it will perform on Android handsets.

It looks like the Android version is also the quickest loading SlingPlayer app for a mobile device, launching and hooking into a live TV stream within 10 seconds. That’s pretty handy if you are a Slingbox owner who is just itching to get their favorite shows streamed to their Android phone. Hey, what would happen if you piggy-backed a Slingbox onto a Google TV box and streamed the result to your phone? Would it create a rift in the time-space continuum?

http://phandroid.com/2010/05/27/slingplayer-mobile-for-android-demoed-on-evo-4g/

Sprint EVO 4G preview of Android 3D games

Reading over the comments across the site, it sounds like the Sprint EVO 4G could be the first Android phone purchased by a lot of people (on Sprint). Since there are a lot of new potential Android owners out there, we wanted to cover all the basics of Android and show you everything the EVO could do.

One of the most requested things that people wanted to see was games so I filmed a quick video showing off the best Android 3D titles. In the early days of Android games were seriously lacking, but that has completely changed now thanks to great developers like Gameloft, Polarbit, and Com2US.

All of the titles I demonstrate are paid ($3-6), but there are still a lot of great free titles in the Android Market. If you want the best 3D games though, you will have fork over a couple of bucks. Most of the games shown in this video can be purchased directly from the Android Market, except for the Gameloft titles which are sold through Gameloft.com.

When it comes to purchasing games, I would recommend the Android Market first. Users get a 24 hour trial period that allows them to refund a game if it doesn’t live up to their expectations. Users can also download the games to as many devices as they want that are linked to the same Google account that was used to purchase them.

Gameloft on the other hand only allows you do download a title a single time and does not offer a refund after the game is installed. If you switch devices or have to wipe your phone, then you will have to purchase the game a second time to re-download it. This policy is pretty lame, but they currently have the best games that Android has to offer.

Future EVO videos will cover video recording samples, two-way video calling, and HDMI out capabilities. If you want to request an EVO video, please leave a comment.

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Acer Unveils New Android Phone and E-reader

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Acer has announced a slew of new products today, including an Android smartphone and an e-reader. The e-reader will work with Barnes & Noble’s e-book library and offer Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity options.

The Android phone, known as the Acer Stream, will run Android 2.1 (though we’re sure it will be upgradable upon release), has a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor and 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen. Basically, it has very similar specifications to the Nexus One and the Droid Incredible.

Prices and release dates for both devices haven’t been announced, but the Acer Stream was recently cleared by the FCC, which indicates that it will be available in the U.S.

One user already has a hands-on demo of the Acer Stream available (see below).

As for the e-reader, it has a 6-inch eInk display, an ISBN scanner so you can scan your paper books to then buy digitally, and an integrated keyboard.

The e-reader isn’t all that appealing but the Acer Stream could be a great addition to the Android phone space. What do you think of these new devices?