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Angry Birds Android ads make Rovio $1m per month

Developers Rovio may be giving Angry Birds away for free, but that doesn't mean the team isn't making any money on the game. Speaking at LeWeb 2010 today, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed revealed that the adverts on the Android version of Angry Birds is pulling in $1m per month. That's actually more than the premium version of Angry Birds on sale in Apple's App Store, which is a paid-app rather than ad supported.

Motorola Defy Review

Not all rugged phones have to look like miniature earthmovers. The Motorola DEFY may stand up to drops and getting dunked in water - we gave it a swim right after unboxing it - but it also manages to look like a regular touchscreen smartphone, too. Does T-Mobile's new Android phone offer the best of both worlds? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

DROID R2-D2 Unboxing and Hands-on [Update: videos]

"The Force is strong with this one"; "This could be the DROID you're looking for"; "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed." The Star Wars clichés almost write themselves when it comes to Verizon's new DROID R2-D2 by Motorola special edition so stand well back and clutch your beloved DVD box set close. Although creating limited editions of smartphones isn't new, it's rare that they prompt the level of interest this Star Wars model has; Verizon and Motorola have obviously discovered a rich seam of Android-loving Star Wars crossover fanatics.

AT&T HTC Aria hands-on

The HTC Aria made its unexpected debut yesterday and isn't set to hit AT&T stores until June 20th, but we've grabbed a handset to bring you all the details ahead of time.  Based on Android 2.1 with HTC's familiar Sense UI and a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, you could well argue that this is AT&T's answer to the HTC Legend.

Press Event: Unleashing the XTREME-ly large next-gen DROID

BREAKING NEWS! We just received an email invitation to witness the birth of Verizon’s next generation of DROID. Expect the house to be packed with important folks from Google, Motorola, Adobe and of course execs from Verizon. We’ll be there liveblogging the event starting at 1PM ET on June 23, 2010 (that’s right – the day before iPhone 4 goes on sale!). Make sure to log on to http://live.slashgear.com for our live coverage of the press event.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide unboxing

Froyo may have been looming large for the past few weeks, but that hasn't staunched the onslaught of new Android smartphones. Latest on the Android Community test bench is the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, made by HTC and the newest hardware QWERTY phone on the network. We did the only sensible thing and unboxed it for you (unboxing video coming soon).

You can't criticize T-Mobile's packaging. The myTouch 3G Slide comes in a hard-body metal-effect case with rubber edging, and you get a reasonable number of accessories too: a wall charger, USB to microUSB cable (which can be used for hooking up the phone to your computer), a stereo headset with in-line music and call controls, and of course the phone itself with a printed quick-start guide.

Turn on the myTouch 3G Slide for the first time and there's a custom quick-start wizard which walks you through setting up the homescreen. T-Mobile and HTC have modified the basic Android UI, with a combination of HTC Sense widgets and a new graphical theme, and the whole thing looks distinctive and reasonably consistent. Icons have bold borders and there are the same FriendStream, Contacts, Mail and other Sense widgets though with the new T-Mobile color scheme. Like HTC's own-brand Android devices there are multiple Scenes - custom homescreen layouts - but the myTouch 3G Slide allows you to change them not only manually but according to time or even location.

Flipping between panes with the optical joystick is fast, despite having a 600MHz processor rather than Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon, as are screen rotations when you flick open the keyboard slide. As for the keyboard itself, the buttons feel sturdy and have a decent feel to them, though we're still not 100-percent convinced by the offset layout. Interestingly, the default on-screen keyboard isn't HTC's excellent Sense layout, and lacks pop-over letter previews as you type.

The other main change is the Genius button, which triggers Android's voice-recognition system. What's useful is that hitting it calls up a guide page with examples of what you can say - call a specific contact or a phone number, for instance, or dictate an SMS or email - rather than expecting new users to know exactly what the system is capable of.

All in all, it's an interesting smartphone and - with QWERTY Android handsets still a relative minority, especially from HTC - looks to be a welcome addition to T-Mobile's line up. We'll be putting the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide through its paces over the next few days for our full review, but until then enjoy the hands-on gallery and unboxing video!

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide unboxing video:

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Motorola CLIQ XT Review

It's feeling a little like deja-vu here at Android Community, with another Android device from Motorola in to review. Hot on the heels of the Motorola DEVOUR and Motorola BACKFLIP comes T-Mobile's latest Android smartphone, the Motorola CLIQ XT. As the name suggests, Motorola are positioning the CLIQ XT as a derivative of the original CLIQ (launched back in November 2009) but eschewing the QWERTY keyboard in favor of a newly slim line touch screen-only form factor. Question is, have Motorola done enough to update the rest of the smartphone? Check out the full Android Community review after the cut.

Motorola Devour for Verizon Unboxing and hands-on

Motorola have just delivered their eighth Android device, the Motorola DEVOUR, and the latest to hit Verizon's network in the US. As we discovered in our brief hands-on at MWC 2010 last week, the DEVOUR's high-quality extruded aluminum body goes a long way to making up for its somewhat blocky style; read on for more first-impressions.

Inbrics M1 Android-powered MID announcing at MWC10

It’s really no big secret that Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010 is going to be ruled by Androids. Inbrics will introduce its M1, a “smartphone-like device” powered by Android. There’s no mentioning of the version of Android but what we do know: M1 feature a 3.7-inch AMOLED touch screen, 3MP shooter and a front-facing VGA camera, 16GB internal memory, physical QWERTY keyboard, and a microSD card slot. Make sure to keep an eye on Android Community’s MWC10 coverage during the week of Feb 14 thru Feb 18 for hands-on Android goodies!
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