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X-Wing targeting computer GPS App, sweetest app ever?

I bet almost every one reading this has seen the original Star Wars and recalls the iconic scene where Luke flies down the trench and tries to put a missile up the Death Star's port. The targeting computer does him little good and the Force saves his rear in the end. A geek has created one of the coolest GPS apps ever for Android devices using Adobe AIR and some creativity. The app looks like that targeting computer and your destination is represented as a red mark coming closer on the targeting computer. When you aren’t driving somewhere, the app can also be used as a clock. The downside is you don’t get those pretty arrows you are used to seeing in GPS apps.

General Dynamics GD300 is a Wrist-Mounted GPS Unit that Uses Android

The United States military seems to love Android. We couldn't be happier with the union, truth be told. We know the two entities will go a long way to further each other's lives. We've already seen the results of an application showdown, and now we get to see our first glimpse of a wrist-mounted GPS unit that will allow soldiers out in the field to keep tabs on their unit, as well as up-to-the-minute GPS imagery.

Google Open Spot crowdsources free parking spaces

Google's inveterate tinkerers continue to have their way, with another Googlelabs project breaking cover.  Google Open Spot is billed as a way to alert other Android users to available parking spaces nearby, relying on helpful tagging of free spots which show up on a GPS-led map. The freshness of spaces is indicated with color-coding - red means it's a fresh spot, orange means it's five minutes old, yellow spots are over 10 minutes old, and after 20 minutes they're cleared from the map by default - and only those within around 0.9 miles of your position are displayed.  An Android 2.x app, Open Spot is currently available in the US, Canada and the Netherlands. Unimpressed by Open Spot?  You could always try making your own version; Google pushed out App Inventor this morning, a simple drag & drop way to create your own apps, even if you don't have any coding skills. [Thanks JD!]

Samsung Galaxy Beam: world’s first Android projector phone

Projector phones were supposed to be “the next big thing” in the evolution of cell phones. So far, that hasn’t been the case, there was a non-Android based projector phone released here in the US recently. Needless to say it didn’t do so well as far as sales goes. I personally haven’t seen one in the wild since it was released. Can Samsung break this technology into the mainstream with the Galaxy Beam?

Motorola i1 releasing June 20th

Boost Mobile has officially announced the Motorola i1. This Android powered handset will be available on June 2oth. Boost Mobile is a contract less prepaid wireless company, this will be the first Android handset on such a company.

LG Optimus Is Now Rooted

There hasn’t been much coverage on this device since it’s not available here in the US. It may never make it over here but in Europe (mainly France) this is a very popular handset. It has been rooted by none other than Paul aka Modaco.

Samsung introduces the Corby i5500 Android 2.1

Besides releasing the highly anticipate Galaxy S all across the world, Samsung has a few other Android devices in the making. They have just introduced the Corby i5500. This is a mid-range handset that runs Android 2.1 and will be available shortly in Europe.

Motorola XT502 Greco Headed to AT&T?

There has been many Android devices rumored to be heading to AT&T but so far not many have actually landed on the carrier yet. Here’s another device with AT&T compatible bands that could see light on the carrier very soon. The Motorola XT502 aka Greco has been spotted at the Bluetooth SIG with tri-band UMTS (850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz).

T-Mobile Garminfone Arrives June 9th for $199

T-Mobile has recently announced the arrival of the Garmifone powered by Android. This is the first Android device that will feature Garmin navigation. T-Mobile also has a contest on twitter where they will give out a few of these to the lucky winners.

Dell Streak Will Be Available For O2 UK on June 4th

Its official, the Dell Streak, formerly known as the Mini 5, will make its debut this June 4th on O2 in the UK. It will release sometime this summer here in the US, AT&T has long been rumored to be the carrier of this and many other Dell Android devices to come. O2 has a Dell Streak information page live now on their site.
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