Motorola Charm on T-Mobile

Looks like the Motorola Charm — that square QWERTY-keyboard guy with Motoblur — is going to be a back-to-school special for this fall, going for free on T-Mobile, according to this promo sent to TmoNews, which is a sight better than that other pricing we’ve seen. Also confirmed is that it’s going to be called the Charm and not the Basil, so it’s good we have that straight. And now, back to your regularly scheduled holiday weekend, already in progress. [TmoNews]

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Vlingo application

Here at Android Central, we love the whole idea of using voice commands to make our phones work for us.  In the smartphone world, Vlingo is pretty well-known, with apps on multiple platforms, and we’ve been using it a while now.  Now drift back to the spring when we first started hearing about the Genius button on the MyTouch 3G Slide, and how it offers similar functionality, and you just know we had to check it out and see how it compares.

So hit the break, and watch as we pit Vlingo up against the Genius button and see which comes out on top.

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Many of us have been anxiously awaiting Adobe AIR — which we demoed back at Mobile World Congress — to be made available on Android so we could see some of our favorite PC and Mac applications on our smartphones. An early release of Adobe Air for Android has made its away out, as well as some applications for it. Keep in mind, this is not the official thing just yet, so it may be buggy, and there aren’t many applications supported just yet, but it just goes to show that it is coming along, and hasn’t been forgotten about. [via DroidLife]

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Android 2.1 Eclair usage climbing as 2.2 Froyo makes its official debut in the count

Android 2.1 usage is up from our last count 16 days ago to 53.1 percent of all Android devices. The numbers are based on the devices that access the Android Market, which should be just about everyone who doesn’t live under a rock. That said, this is the first time that Froyo has been included in the collection. With Froyo coming to the Evo, Droid and Droid X, and Nokia N900 those numbers are sure to rise quickly. With Gingerbread possibly 3.0 right around the corner, the Android landscape does look to be more fragmented than ever (but I still can’t help but to drool over what might be in the next version). [Android Developers]

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Imagine not having to worry about your GPS system getting stolen from your car. Imagine, no more difficulties in finding that great little restaurant off-the-beaten path. A cell phone can now provide you with all of the features you expect in a GPS navigational device.


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Motorola Basil Price

See here! If you have a hankering for some square Android action on T-Mobile, the upcoming Motorola Charm (aka the Basil) appears to be going for $149.99 after contract, or thereabouts. (If you check out the Behold II on TMo’s website, it’s actually being sold for free now, take this however you want.)

Also listed is the Samsung Supersonic, which may well be the Vibrant version of the Galaxy S and is listed at $499 on the top end, and either $249 or $199 after contract. (Any T-Mo people wanna clear that up for us?)

Either way, pricing hasn’t been officially announced yet, so we could see things change. And the $199 price is the sweet spot these days. Let’s hope we get some launch dates soon. [via TMo News]

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Just a few weeks ago Google’s Voice Search added a handful of languages and not they’ve added Korean to the mix. Perfect timing since the Nexus One launching on KT in Korea which is shipping with Froyo. Anyone who has access to the Google Mobile app or Voice Search included in the Android OS can now search in Korean. It’s worth mentioning that the Google Mobile application is cross-platform and the addition of Korean is included on all platforms. [via Google Mobile Blog]

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Fresh on the heels on the launch of a couple of smartphones starting from the HTC Evo 4G on Sprint up to the iPhone 4, comes the latest offering of T-Mobile – the Samsung Vibrant. Everyone’s already aware that this handset is coming and now it’s gotten official after T-Mobile has announced the Samsung Vibrant mobile phone via Twitter.


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By now, it’s pretty evident that the shortage of Samsung AMOLED displays is taking a huge hit on HTC’s lineup of Android handsets.  The Verizon DROID Incredible has been sold out ever since its launch nearly two months ago and it looks like the supply shortage may continue for a little longer.

Verizon customers who have ordered the handset and were promised a ship date prior to June 28th have been receiving a note from Verizon, explaining that their precious new toy could be delayed for another 7 days.  To make up for the inconvenience, Verizon will be sending out a $25 gift card as a “thank you” for waiting patiently.  I’m sure most customers simply want to get their hands on HTC’s Snapdragon powered superphone, but a $25 gift card is better than nothing.  Verizon and HTC have not indicated when they expect regain control of the supply issue for the Incredible, but we know of a few Verizon customers who placed their order for the handset 2-3 weeks back who were given a ship date of mid July. 


If you have ordered the DROID Incredible from Verizon in the past few weeks, feel free to share your expected shipping date.  We have a feeling that the shortage will be lasting at least until the end of July.

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for your recent order of the DROID Incredible by HTC. Due to overwhelming demand for this innovative device, we are currently experiencing inventory delays. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and are working to resolve this issue.

If your order shipping date was June 28 or prior, you may experience an additional delay of up to 7 business days. We will send an update with tracking information once your device has been shipped. If you have already received your device, please disregard this notice.

Your satisfaction is important to us, so we’re also sending you a $25 Verizon Wireless gift card which may be redeemed online or at any Verizon Wireless retail store as a way of saying “thank you” for your patience in this matter. No additional action on your part is required – we will send the gift card to the address you provided with your order in the next two weeks.

If you have further questions regarding your order, please contact Verizon Wireless customer service by dialing *611 from your mobile or calling 800-922-0204.

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