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Dailing Faster With Google Voice on Android and Blackberry Devices

Google is always obsessed with speed. Their mantra is faster = better. This is true for their Google Voice mobile apps as well. When you want to make a call, your phone should connect you as quickly as possible, whether you’re calling via Google Voice or not.

Today they are launching an enhancement to the Google Voice mobile app on Android and Blackberry phones, which makes placing calls much faster. They call this feature “direct access numbers.” Here’s how it works:

Until today, the Google Voice app had to make a request to the Google Voice server every time you wanted to make a call to send us the phone number you wanted to dial. Then the call would be connected via a Google Voice access number. With direct access numbers, Google assign a unique phone number to every person you call. This means that they no longer need to use your data network to access the server each time you make a call, so calls will be placed much faster.

The updated Android app is available from Android Market starting today. For Blackberry users, you can download the app by visiting http://m.google.com/voice from your mobile device. You will need a valid Google Voice account to use the app, and at this time, Google Voice is available in the US only.

Yahoo! Messenger is Now available on Android

Android phone owners, the wait is over! Today marks the debut of Yahoo! Messenger App for Android, alongside the new Yahoo! Mail for Android.

With the availability of Yahoo’s world-class Yahoo! Messenger services for Android, they’re making it easier than ever for users to access fast, reliable, and feature-rich Yahoo! experiences on one of the fastest growing platforms in the market.

Yahoo! Messenger Android App is available for download via the Android Market globally, and support OS 2.0 or higher, including the popular Motorola Droid, HTC Incredible, Google Nexus One.

With the new Yahoo! Messenger App for Android, you can:

  • Easily message friends, check friends’ status updates and availability and update their personal status and availability
  • Multitask and stay connected with the App working in the background; with push notifications, consumers can easily catch new messages and friend requests
  • Full use of emoticons and rich text formatting
  • Send photos to friends directly from the phone’s camera or the photo gallery
  • Chat with MSN/Windows Live Messenger friends
  • Send instant messages to friends via SMS text message*

Download the Yahoo! Messenger App from the Android Market on your phone today and let us know what you think! For additional information, visit http://mobile.yahoo.com/messenger/android

Amazing New Experience by Yahoo! via Android and HTML5

Today, Yahoo! released their first wave of new Android and HTML5 products, including Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger apps for Android, a new Android widget for Yahoo! Search, and Yahoo’s amazing HTML5-powered Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! News experiences for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch. Complete product details can be found on the Yahoo! Mobile Blog here.

So what does this mean for you? If you are one of the 300 million Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger users worldwide, Yahoo! Is  making it easier to access feature-rich Yahoo! experiences on two of the fastest growing mobile platforms in the market, Android and HTML5-capable browsers.  Get more details on the Yahoo! Messenger app on the Yahoo! Messenger Blog here.

With the new apps for Android, Yahoo! created fast, easy-to-use and visually stunning experiences for Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger, providing rich full-featured experiences right on your Android device, and built from the ground up for the Android platform. They also introduced a Yahoo! Search Widget for Android to provide quick and convenient access to Yahoo! Search, making search easily accessible directly on your home screen.

In another exciting new release, they’ve leveraging the cutting-edge features of HTML5 and introducing a new Yahoo! Mail web-app, plus a Yahoo! News site, for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The new Yahoo! Mail for mobile web is the most advanced mobile web-app they’ve ever created, making full use of client side databases and advanced caching capabilities, Yahoo! is offering faster access, powerful search, and rich content & message previews surfaced directly in the inbox. This amazing new experience is available in 28 languages in more than 200 countries.

Yahoo’s enhanced Yahoo! News includes a new layout with animated visual effects and navigation that utilizes touch gestures to deliver a compelling news experience.

They’ve been working hard, and listening carefully to their users’ feedback to understand what their consumers want, how a sophisticated mobile experience should behave, and how they could harness the latest cutting-edge technology. The result is a collection of incredible new experiences that represent their continued commitment to provide best-in-class products, while creating a modern and flexible platform for continued innovation and development. Yahoo! hopes you’ll love using these new experiences as much as they’ve loved creating them!

Here is a video with more on Today’s news:


Dell’s Android smartphone gets pictured

Leave it up to our team of global ninjas — we’ve just got a shot of what we’re told will be one of Dell’s Android devices coming later this year. Yes, you heard that right — multiple handsets coming from Dell. It’s been rumored for a while, but we’re able to confidently report Dell is looking to introduce both 2G and 3G model devices in the near future. We don’t have any hard specs or even a name for the device pictured above, but we are able to report one thing: that UI is worse than Samsung’s TouchWiz interface cross-bred with a sea mammal.

Thanks, Daddy G.!

Verizon to get the Pre and Storm 2 over the next six months; Android handsets as well

The day just got even more exciting as Verizon Wireless’ Lowell McAdam told Reuters “over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre [sic] and a second generation Storm” being offered up by Big Red. Putting the Storm 2 aside since we’ve known it is bound for Verizon for months already, we can’t help but feel Sprint’s pain as its stock slides south following McAdam’s statement. All else aside, it’s no mystery that the Pre and future webOS devices would be headed to other networks such as Verizon and AT&T but Sprint would have certainly preferred it if investors weren’t constantly reminded over the past few days. With the launch just over a week away and Sprint having confirmed that shortages are likely, things aren’t looking good at all. As a side note, Reuters updated its article to note that Android devices are headed to VZW as well.

Thanks, E!


Leaked ATT slide deck reveals Android, webOS, BlackBerry OS and Windows Mobile goodness

The boys over at Engadget Mobile managed to get their hands on what appears to be a slide deck showcasing just about every smartphone headed to AT&T this year. Some of the slides may be a bit off as far as launch dates are concerned but wow, what a lineup AT&T has in store for its customers. We have a few obligatory Windows Mobile devices — the HTC Fortress (Touch Pro2), HTC Warhawk (Touch Diamond2) and the HP iPAQ K3 which will run Windows Mobile 6.5. The expected BlackBerry offerings will include the Onyx, the Magnum, the Gemini and the non-flip Pearl 3G. AT&T is also expected to get the rumored Palm EOS in the latter half of the year and last but not least is the HTC Lancaster, an Android-powered QWERTY slider that steals its styling from the Touch Pro2 and makes the G1 look like a kid’s toy. Hit the jump for the individual slides with all the juicy details.

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“Morrison” confirmed as another Android phone from Motorola

Earlier this month we confirmed Motorola has a QWERTY slider, codenamed Morrison, headed to T-Mobile this October — now thanks to T-Mobile’s Android roadmap we see that the Morrison will indeed be packing Android. Joining the likes of Calgary and IRONMAN, the Morrison will be one of several Android-powered handsets issued by Moto this year. Hooray QWERTY! Not much else can be said about this sleek-looking Moto for the time being but if history has taught us anything… We should be learning plenty more about this handset soon enough. According to our Walmart roadmap the Morrison should touch down sometime in October (for $148 on contract from Walmart), giving Android lovers plenty of time to consider it for the holidays.


Samsung’s Android i7500 receives FCC approval

It looks like Samsung’s Android-powered i7500 has taken one small step in its long march towards an official US launch. The i7500, known to have support for T-Mobile’s 1700MHz 3G band, has made its way though the FCC with tri-band UMTS/HSPA intact. T-Mobile customers may have a long wait for this hot new handset however, as rumors place its arrival in November — just in time for the holiday season. It may seem a bit crazy considering we’ve already eyed a few more upcoming Android handsets from Sammy but hey, T-Mobile customers, you’ve got plenty to be excited about in the coming months.

[Via PhoneScoop]


Alpha 680 Android-powered mini-netbook shows its face

Rumors of Android-powered netbooks from Dell, HP and Asus have been circulating but the Chinese manufacturer Skytone is apparently the first to get a working prototype together for the world to see. Based upon an ARM11 533Mhz CPU, the Alpha 680 will sport a 7-inch 800×480 display, 128MB of DDR2 RAM (expandable to 256 MB), 1GB SSD drive (expandable to 4 GB), SD card slot, two USB ports, Wi-Fi, 2-cell battery, keyboard and touch pad. Measuring 8.5 inches long, 6 inches wide, 1.2 inches thick and weighing in at 1.5 lbs, the Alpha 680 will fit the niche as a “tween device” smaller than the average 8.9″ netbook and bigger than the average mobile phone. Though less than aesthetically pleasing with all the cherry red bezel, the Alpha 680 will no doubt garner attention when it launches in Q3 2009 with an expected $250 price tag. Hit the jump for a few more pictures.


T-Mobile G1 v2 made by Motorola, not HTC? Motorola’s first Android phone?

You read that right! We just got a tip that basically more or less confirmed the phone we posted a couple days is going to be manufactured by Motorola for T-Mobile. Why isn’t HTC in the picture on this one? We have no idea. We’ve checked with a second source who also confirmed that this was going to be the case. Plus, look at the image real closely… Look at the keyboard font and the buttons on the front of the device — there’s stuff HTC just wouldn’t do — they’re totally crazy wild Moto style. Our question of the day is, does anyone care what I just wrote?

Thanks, Kevin and our other anonymous ninja!