The Motorola Charm, one of the devices being touted as a T-Mobile back to school special, appears to have made an appearance in a T-Mobile store. While there really isn’t much new to come from the small hands on that appears to have been had, we have learned that the device does have a touchpad on the back of the device similar to the Backflip. Sadly, we are still unaware of what Android version the device is actually running, or if the device will launch as the T-Mobile Basil, since that is what the packaging refers to this "project" as. Well, we can hope that since it has made its appearance in store now we will get a firm release date, as well as more specs on the device in the near future. [via TMoNews]

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In the spirit of openness that surrounds the Android ecosystem, HTC has just released the kernel source code for the HTC EVO 4G.  While hackers and modders will have a heyday with the new code, HTC’s real intent in releasing it to the world is so application developers can take a peek at the changes that HTC has made to Android so that their applications run smoothly on HTC’s phones.   There has been a fair share of app developers who have complained about HTC’s customization of the Android platform since their changes don’t always play nice to a vanilla Android build.  Most manufacturers developing phones running Android have been making their own tweaks to the system over the past year or so, but HTC is the only one releasing their course code to the developer’s community. 

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Motorola Milestone

The wait for Android 2.2 continues, but the European Motorola Milestone apparently is in the midst of another update. MR2.5 reportedly comprises bugfixes and performance/stability improvements, which we certainly wouldn’t shrug our shoulders at. Random power cycling and force closes are said to be targeted, and the alarm clock and music capabilities are said to have been addressed. Check your phone or hit up the Motorola software update tool. [via The:Unwired]

Update: Whoops. Apparently Motorola jumped the gun, though you can get the update if you’re in Greece, which is nice.

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Seidio Innodock Jr. Desktop Cradle for Evo 4GIf you’re looking for a stylish way to charge, sync and present your Sprint Evo 4G, look no further than the Seidio Innodock Jr. Desktop Cradle. Its unique design lets you charge and connect the phone simultaneously, and it works with a bare phone or one that’s clad in one of Seidio’s Innocases. It also features an LED power display and is compatible with Seidio extended batteries. The Seidio Innodock Jr. Desktop Cradle is available now for $29.95 from the Android Central Store. (Sponsored Post)

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Samsung and Motorola may be HTC’s spot in global smartphone sale, but that doesn’t mean HTC will simply roll over and let the competition take over.  HTC has just revealed their quarterly profits of $268 million on $1.88 billion in sales.  Those numbers come in at 33 percent higher than the sale numbers reported for Q2 of last year.  But the most astonishing figure might be that HTC has posted two record setting quarters in a row with Q2 outdoing Q1 by $280 million.  HTC has not released any figures on how many devices they sold in the second quarter, but we can assume that the lion’s share of their increased revenue and profits is coming from Android rather than Windows Mobile. 

With Windows Phone7 set to debut within the next few months, we are confident that HTC will continue to post some great numbers and deliver some amazing devices.  For now, I guess we can just sit back and enjoy our Android phones and dream of mind-blowing phones HTC is working on with their big mountain of cash.

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Flash 10.1 demo on the Droid X

We’re all excited for the release of the Motorola Droid X, and now we have even more reason to drool over it — Senior Technical Evangelist at Adobe Systems Ted Patrick shows off Adobe Flash 10.1 running on the big 4.3 inch screen.  No, there’s no word about when to expect Flash on the X, nor when Froyo should be ready, but scenes like this give us hope that it can’t be far off. 

That being said, the X looks like it handles Flash just fine and Adobe seems to have Flash 10.1 for mobile devices ready for prime time.  Follow the break to see the video, and let’s all count the days until July 15.  [iAndroidblog's Youtube channel via Android Central forums] Thanks Cory!

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The HTC Wildfire is powered by a 528 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor supporting 384 megabytes of random access memory allowing the user to seamlessly multi-task, using multiple applications at once. The handset has a powerful camera also, and many resourceful features through its applications and widgets.


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yelp 2.0 for Android

Yelp has brought their 2.0 Android client to the Market, and it has some very nice features in tow.  You can now check in to the places Yelp helps you find, and use "monocle" (an augmented virtual reality layer of sorts) to help you find them.  These two features were sorely missed in the previous versions of the Android client.

Check-ins are fairly self explanatory, but let me explain monocle to you a bit.  You activate it from the Yelp main screen (pictured above), and it uses the camera, GPS and compass in your Android phone to overlay locations on the real-world view you see through the lens.  Perfect for day trips spent walking through an unfamiliar town, or for just goofing around.  Check out a screenshot or two after the break, as well as the download links. (Yelp is for all versions of Android — kudos the the developers for that!) Thanks willxcore!

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Those looking to get their hands on a Snapdragon equipped QWERTY Android phone may have something to look forward to. It appears as though the HTC Vision has finally been spotted in the wild. The HTC Vision features a four row QWERTY keyboard, 3.7 inch display, capacitive buttons, and an optical track-pad. We assume that the HTC Vision will be equipped with HTC Sense, but for now it looks like the handset it still sporting the standard Android 2.1 UI. For now, we’re still not sure which carrier the HTC Vision will end up on, but it’s likely to make its debut in European markets. This phone may not be the prettiest QWERTY handset from HTC, but we may finally have a worthy replacement for the original HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1).

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