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Offline Google Maps to work on ‘all devices with Android 2.2 or higher,’ 3D compatibility less clear

Offline Google Maps to work on 'all devices with Android 22 or higher,' 3D compatibility less clear

We'd heard earlier that Google had "nothing to announce" in regard to Android compatibility with the newly-announced offline Maps support and 3D modeling, but look -- things change. We reached out to the company and urged 'em to dig a little deeper, only to have the following confirmed: "For offline Google Maps for Android, all devices with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above will be supported." As for the 3D portion? "We'll have more details about device compatibility for 3D imagery on Google Earth for mobile at launch." After the event, we spotted a Googler using the 3D build on a Galaxy Nexus, so it's obvious that Android 4.0+ will be supported, but we have to assume that some of these older Froyo devices may simply lack the proper oomph needed to fly around the downtowns of [insert major metropolitan area here].

Offline Google Maps to work on 'all devices with Android 2.2 or higher,' 3D compatibility less clear originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Darren Murph

June 6th


Hands on with the Samsung DoubleTime

AT&T originally announced the Samsung DoubleTime during CTIA in early October, and we just had a chance to finally check it out. The DoubleTime isn’t a high-end handset, but it is unique in its own right. It’s a clamshell form factor device with a 3.2-inch 480 x 320-pixel touchscreen on the outside, but when you open the DoubleTime there’s a second display and a full QWERTY keyboard. The device surely won’t be for everyone, but it might attract teenagers looking for a solid text-messaging phone that still packs in a smartphone operating system. It’s equipped with an 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 260MB of on-board storage and a 2GB microSD card with support for 32GB cards. The phone runs the last-generation Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system, which seems a bit odd to us. AT&T has yet to announce a release date or a price, but we wouldn’t be surprised if this landed at a very affordable price point in time for the holidays. Be sure to check out the full gallery below.

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Todd Haselton

November 14th


New Android tablet undercuts Kindle Fire at $179

Leader International announced a new tablet on Monday that undercuts Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Fire by $20. The $179 Impression 7, also known as the I7, is equipped with a 7-inch display with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution, a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, two USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot, a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera and support for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networks. We admit, the price caught our eye until we noticed the I7 runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), an operating system designed for smartphones that is now two generations old. In addition to the Impression 7, Leader International also announced the Impression 10 (I10), a 10-inch tablet that will make its debut alongside the I7 in November for $349. Leader International said the tablets will be available from retailers across the country, although the company did not mention any retail partners by name. Read on for the full press release.

New “Impression 7″ Tablet Makes Quality Mobile Entertainment Easy and Affordable

PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Leader International Inc., a provider of reliable, feature-rich, affordable tablets, today announced the availability of its new Impression 7 (I7) tablet. The seven-inch tablet delivers value and performance for both novice and experienced users.  Units will ship to retailers in early November at an MSRP of $179.00, just in time for the start of the holiday shopping season.

Powerful Portability

The I7 features a 1Ghz processor and 512MB RAM, Android 2.2 with Adobe Flash 10.1, and a seven-inch resistive TFT display that delivers brilliant color in 800×480 resolution.

The versatile I7 also includes Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), 4GB built-in flash memory, G-sensor, two USB 2.0 slots (including one full-size and one mini port), micro SD card slot (up to 16GB), 0.3MP camera and stereo output. Each unit also comes with a handsome synthetic leather portfolio case.

“The Impression 7 offers the best of mobile entertainment,” said Gary Bennett, Leader International’s Vice President of Sales, North America. “The seven-inch screen is perfect for web, email, music, games and videos. Plus, unlike other popular tablets, the I7 allows for additional memory and delivers more functionality with an SD slot and USB port.”

Impression 10 and Impression 7 Available for the Holidays

Leader’s I7 and I10 (10″, MSRP $349.00) tablets will arrive by early November at national retailers. Both units come packaged with charging and USB cables. Impression support, based in the United States, is available at no cost to customers; toll free, at 1-888-733-3312, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST.

For more information about Leader International and the Impression family of tablets, visit the company’s website at www.leaderinternationalinc.com or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LeaderInternational.

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Todd Haselton

October 26th


Now showing: Netflix 1.4 brings playback to ‘all Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices’

You heard right, film aficionados -- Netflix has just updated its Android app in order to bring one major, major change: "expanded support for phones." Previously, the app only worked on a smattering of smartphones, but as of today, v1.4 brings playback to "all Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices." Congratulations -- your weekend just got a lot better. Hit the source link to get your download on, or just visit the Market for an update if you're already in the door. So much for those "hardware DRM requirements" we heard about at MWC, huh?

Psst... all is well at Engadget US, but our colleagues in Canada aren't seeing the update yet.

Update: Seems T-Mobile's G2x is left out of the "all." Anyone else having issues with a particular handset?

[Thanks, 3vil and Brett]

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Darren Murph

September 9th


Netflix app now supports all Android Froyo/Gingerbread devices

Netflix updated its Android application on Friday with support for any smartphone running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Netflix launched an Android app in May of this year, but it initially only supported a handful of high-end devices. Netflix slowly added support for a few more devices over the past couple of months, but anxious users were turning to leaked .APK files to try to get the service up and running on unsupported devices. Now, thankfully, getting the app on your Android phone won’t involve any tweaks. Netflix users should be sure to check the Android Market for the update if you have any long travel plans this weekend.

[Via DroidMatters]


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Todd Haselton

September 9th

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