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Android RC car perfect for running over iPhones

Bluetooth can enable you to communicate on a cell phone without looking like Zach Morris. But what if you could use Bluetooth to drive a remote-controlled car? Even Morris' "Saved by the Bell" crush Kelly Kapowski would be impressed.

Stephen Mark hopes to commercialize the idea with BlueDrone, a Bluetooth-controlled 1:20-scale Nissan GT-R RC vehicle.

Compatible with any Android phone or tablet (running 2.1+), BlueDrone is that toy we don't need, but would probably buy if it was at the front of Brookstone. The car is controlled by an Android app that offers touch-screen and/or accelerometer controls to the driver--both most certainly a wow factor. Battery life clocks in at three hours (via three AA batteries), while the maximum range is 30 feet due to Bluetooth's technical limitations.

Mark's vision, one he calls a "personal dream for many years," offers "responsive steering and a powerful motor." The promo video below most certainly affirms that claim, but we're left to wonder if BlueDrone can inspire enough people to pledge $200,000 on Kickstarter and help the product hit the highway. … Read more

Motorola Titanium hits streets July 24 for $150

First introduced in early May as the successor to the Motorola i1, the Motorola Titanium will be available starting July 24 for $149.99 with a two-year contract, Sprint announced today.

The Titanium is an iDEN device with support for Nextel Direct Connect push-to-talk services. However, it adds a full QWERTY keyboard and newer software, but don't expect Android 2.3 Gingerbread or even Android 2.2 Froyo. The smartphone is only running Android 2.1 Eclair (!!), and Sprint did not immediately respond to our question about plans for future software updates.

Like the i1, the smartphone meets military … Read more

Trash can reborn as cute Android robot

If you've always wanted that little Android icon on your phone to come to life, there's hope. Someone from Taiwan has built himself an Android robot--made from a painted garbage can.

Despite its trashy origins, the wheeled robot certainly looks adorable with its rotating arms and LED lights for eyes. All of these actions are controlled via an external remote control. There's even a little port at the back to charge the machine.

This little fella was built using Arduino, an open-source microcontroller board for developing interactive objects. The microcontroller takes commands from the remote control and sends them to the switches used to control the lights and motors of the robots.

Additionally, it has a little screen in front that reads:

The project took three days to finish and cost about $104. Right now, we're visualizing an army of these things rolling toward Apple's headquarters.… Read more

Add wow factor to your photos on Android with Magic Hour

Taking pictures with your smartphone can be a fun and easy way to share moments with friends and family. With Magic Hour for Android you can improve or make variations on your photos with the app's easy-to-use features. In just a few steps, you can give a photo an antique look, a more professional feel, or maybe something more artsy for your blog. Magic Hour offers a free filter market, and you can even make your own and share it with others. Here's how to get started:

Step 1: Download Magic Hour from the Android Market. … Read more

Android keeps lead over Apple on mobile network

Android stayed atop its perch as the leading mobile OS on Millennial Media's ad network last month, though Apple continues to shine as the top device maker.

Looking strictly at mobile platforms, Millennial Media's June Mobile Mix report found Android on top with 54 percent of all ad impressions last month. In second place was Apple's iOS with a 26 percent share. Both results were little changed from May but showed Android's growing dominance since it overtook iOS on the ad network last December.

Rounding up the rest of the pack, RIM's BlackBerry OS took … Read more

Android 3.2

Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:

Android 3.2 coming to tablets

Google Maps stops traffic estimates

iUsers enables mutliple users on iPad

Microsoft working secretly on social

No more easy passwords for Hotmail

Survey: iPhone leads Android among new buyers

The iPhone is the No. 1 choice among consumers planning to buy a new smartphone over the next 90 days, according to data released today by ChangeWave Research.

In a poll conducted in June surveying 4,163 smartphone consumers in North America, 46 percent of those planning to buy a new phone said they'll opt for an iOS device. That figure is two percentage points higher than the one seen in ChangeWave's latest survey, held in March. Trailing in second place is Android, with 32 percent saying they'll pick up a phone running Google's mobile OS, … Read more

HTC's fate up in the air

HTC faces an uncertain future.

The Taiwanese company, which makes a number of very popular smartphones including several Android OS models, is feeling the impact of an administrative law judge's initial ruling for the U.S. International Trade Commission last week, which found HTC in violation of two of Apple's patents. HTC's stock in retreated more than 4 percent on the Taiwan Stock Exchange to its lowest level in six months, Bloomberg reported today.

While an administrative law judge's initial decision doesn't represent a death blow, it doesn't bode well for the final decision. … Read more

Android 3.2 official, coming to a tablet near you

The latest version of Google's Android operating system for tablets is official, which means the update will likely be arriving on a range of tablets in the near future.

Motorola has already begun to roll out the update on its Xoom tablet, the company confirmed with CNET on Wednesday. Other tablet candidates for a 3.2 rollout include Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, Acer's Iconia Tab 500, and Toshiba's Thrive.

Huawei last month announced what it claims is the "world's first" 7-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet to pack a dual-core processor.

Android … Read more

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide review: Best camera around?

HTC is mighty proud of the 8-megapixel camera and accompanying camera software it put on the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide, enough so that it beat its chest that this phone has the most advanced camera on any smartphone around.

We haven't had the phone in our clutches long enough to perform every test, especially against all our other smartphone cameras (but stay tuned--we will!) We did, however, run enough tests to know an overblown claim when we hear one.

The 1080p HD video capture, dual-LED flash, HDR camera software, and extensive other shooting modes are great, don't get … Read more