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3 years ago

Sprint makes it official: Gingerbread for the Epic 4G pushes today

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We broke the news yesterday, and today Sprint's confirmed it: Gingerbread is here for the Samsung Epic 4G. Here's the full changelog for software version EI22 (s:D700.0.5.S.EI22):

  • Upgrade of the Google OS from Froyo to Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
  • Audible Sprint AIRAVE™ notifications when answering call
  • SMS messages sent without area code
  • PRL and Profile update
  • EAS (Exchange Activesync) email displaying HTML
  • Bluetooth headset sound improvements
  • Fully visible date on device lock screen

Be on the lookout for the update, and we're talking all about it in our Epic 4G forums. Join in!

Source: Sprint, Sprint Epic 4G Software Updates

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3 years ago

Adobe to stop new development on mobile Flash Player

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In a briefing to certain people "close to the matter" Adobe has revealed plans to halt future development of the mobile Flash Player, says ZDNet.  According to the leaked document:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

Adobe will continue to support the current versions of mobile Flash Player, but their main focus will now be on HTML5 and embedded Flash or Air applications for mobile devices.  Flash for the desktop will still be actively developed.  The full announcement is expected sometime today.

What does this mean for those of us that already have Flash on our phones?  Not much.  Security patches and bug fixes will still be developed.  The real changes come when you consider new hardware architecture or new builds of Android.  These deceives won't be supported.  It's an interesting move, and we're curious to see how it plays out.

Source: ZDNet

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3 years ago

Preview: ASUS Transformer Prime ushers in the Tegra 3 era starting at $499 in December

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We've seen many a Honeycomb tablet in the past 11 months or so since Android 3.0 first hit the streets. But it was the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer that first dared to do something different, marrying an excellent (if a tad small) keyboard to what for all intents and purposes was just another Honeycomb tablet.

And so it was little surprise to learn that ASUS would be first out the gate with the quad-core Tegra 3 system on a chip. And from the first early glimpses -- official and unofficial alike --  it was pretty clear ASUS was doing something special with the Transformer Prime as well.

While we're still waiting to get our hands on the all new Transformer Prime, ASUS walked us through the new hardware in press briefing. And, like us, you're going to be chomping at the bit for this guy. Sleeker. Sexier keyboard dock. More powerful. Better battery life. More storage. And it's coming in a matter of weeks.

We'll walk you through it after the break.

Transformer Prime Forums | Transformer Prime Specs | More on NVIDIA's Tegra 3

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3 years ago

Nvidia announces the Tegra 3 -- Kal-El brings PC class performance to Android

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Nvidia has done it again -- they have lifted the curtain and we now know everything there is to know about the Tegra 3 quad-core chip.  We first heard about project Kal-El (Nvidia's code name for the Tegra 3) back in February, and since then we've gotten a good many of the technical specifications and white papers, but now we know what it is, when it's coming, and how much ass it's going to kick.

As we learned back a few months ago, Tegra 3 tablets will be coming very soon -- as in this holiday season -- and phones will follow sometime around Q1 of 2012.  You can learn more about the first one available to us mere mortals -- the Asus Transformer Prime -- right here.  Go ahead, have a look, then come back and read on past the break to see just how much awesome Nvidia has crammed into that little square of silicon, as well as check out some video and pictures, and the full press release.

More: Nvidia

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3 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime image gallery

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Image gallery of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

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3 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime specs

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Full specs for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

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3 years ago

Microsoft now chasing Huawei for another licensing deal

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Chinese company Huawei is the latest to find itself on the end of a chase from Microsoft over royalty payments from its Android products.

They confirmed on Monday that "negotiations are in progress" over licensing the patents Microsoft claims Android infringes upon. Victor Xu, Chief Marketing Officer for Huawei said of the news, "We always respect the intellectual property of companies. But we have 65000 patents worldwide too. We have enough to protect our interests. We are a very important stakeholder in Android."

It's hard to see how Huawei may fare better than HTC did in a similar situation, and so the Microsoft train continues to roll along.

Source: The Guardian

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt MIUI port gets working data, release to follow soon

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Just a few days ago we saw the HTC Thunderbolt get a semi-functional MIUI port, and today we were graced with the good news that the data and SMS issues have been resolved. Developer DroidVicious tweeted out that another developer who had been helping out, Reid Holland, was able to get data fully functional on the device. This news is huge for HTC Thunderbolt owners who have been wanting some MIUI love on their device. DroidVicious says he is working on something for the Droid Eris and then he will be hopefully releasing it tonight!

Source: Twitter

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3 years ago

Google deprecating its BlackBerry Gmail app

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Want a real Gmail app? A man's Gmail app? Not like you were ever really going to find one on a BlackBerry, but what those poor clunkers did have is going the way of the dinosaur, as Google's decided to deprecate its BB app. Starting Nov. 22, support ends, and our CrackBerry cousins will be relegated to the mobile browser. Not that that's the worst thing the world, we suppose (hey, it was pretty much good enough for an official "native" iOS app). But it still means that Android has the best Gmail app around. Try not to act surprised.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

WiFi love, Bluetooth 4 [From the Forums]

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While not as crazy as yesterday, today had a lot of news in its own right. If you missed anything from today, make sure you check back a page to get caught up. Otherwise, jump on into the Android Central forums and chat it up.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread for the Sprint Epic 4G begins rolling out tomorrow (Nov. 9)

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We just heard from a Sprint ninja that Gingerbread for the Samsung Epic 4G should begin a slow rollout tomorrow (Nov 9).  The initial plan is to get it out to three percent of the users the first day, which should avoid any huge fiasco like we saw with the Froyo update.  The update will continue to slowly roll out over the following eight days, until it gets to 100 percent of the users. 

As we already saw the EI22 kernel source released, it makes sense that its the version we'll be seeing.  Besides all the perks that come with Android 2.3, the change log includes:

  • Airrave notification fixes
  • SMS area code fix
  • PRL and Profile update fix
  • EAS HTML Tagging fix
  • Bluetooth headset quality fix
  • Lock screen date fix

Hit the break for more details, and hit the forums link to discuss.  It's been a long time coming!

Samsung Epic 4G forums

Thanks, friendly Sprint ninja!

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3 years ago

And the winner of the Droid RAZR is ...

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... after the break.

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3 years ago

Atari's Greatest Hits now on your Android device!

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Ahh, Atari. Long before PlayStation, XBOX and Wii there was Atari. While many of the Atari franchise games have been re-released over the years, they've not quite may their way to Android. That all changed a few days ago with the release of Atari's Greatest Hits in the Android Market.

As a starter, you get Missile Command for free when you download the app and other classics such as Asteroids, Centipede, Gravatar and many others are supported through the in-app purchasing options as game packs. Each game pack will cost you $.99 or if you're looking to go all in, you can purchase all 100 games for $10. The full list is available in the Android Market.

Personally, I went with the $10 for 100 -- It's cheaper that way and you'll never have to worry about buying a game pack for $.99 and only getting one game you like but to each their own. If you dig old school gaming as much as I do, go ahead and jump past the break for the download. Be warned though, you may have to excuse yourself from any plans you made previously.

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3 years ago

Firefox 8 for Android live in the Market now

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Firefox fans listen out, the latest version of Mozillas popular mobile browser, version 8.0, is now live in the Android Market. 

The update promises improved performance, along with the ability to add bookmarked sites to the home screen, and their master password function. This basically allows you to encrypt all your saved passwords with one master password for increased security.

Check the download links after the break.

More: Mozilla

 

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3 years ago

Republic Wireless -- a great idea that's not quite there yet

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Republic Wireless has been making waves the past couple of days with their new spin on the way a carrier works.  The plan is pure genius:

  • Buy an LG Optimus One and the first month's service for $199
  • Enter all the Wifi AP information for where you live, work, and play
  • Get unlimited voice, texts, and data for $19 a month

What's not to love, right?  On paper it seems the perfect solution, and people like myself who whine talk all the time about carrier "reform" here in the states should be in heaven.  And it's Android, so that's double the kickass factor.  But chances are, if you're a member of Android Central, it's not going to work for you.

Republic Wireless uses Wifi for all their services.  If we're to believe that Wifi is everywhere (like carriers who cap their data try to tell us), then it's a perfect situation.  Cheap, unlimited, and Android.  Unfortunately, Wifi isn't everywhere -- no matter what dudes in suits try to say.  So we have to look to the fine print, which reads a bit differently.  While not on Wifi, you're limited to 550 minutes, 150 SMS messages, and 300MB data monthly while on Republic Wireless' 3G network.  Go over those numbers, and you've violated Republic's fair use policy.  When that happens you hear from Republic (in their own words):

First, you’ll be reminded of the guidelines and to what extent you’ve crossed the fair use threshold. We’ll provide you with tips for reducing your cellular footprint and plenty of opportunity to get back on track. When we contact you about your usage, we’ll let you know how much time you have to correct your problem.

OK, so nobody is going to come to your house and break your legs or cut off your wife's pinky finger.  But I'm sure the next step involves you and Republic parting company.  I know I could burn through that SMS and data limit in a busy day out of the office, and I'm sure a lot of you guys can as well. 

It sounds like I'm bashing Republic, but I'm not.  I applaud what they're trying to do here, and I'm all warm and fuzzy inside with feelings that make me want to buy everyone involved a beer or two.  Changing the status quo needs baby steps, and Republic is on the right track.  I just wanted to make sure everyone takes the time to read the fine print and make sure the service is going to work for them.  As for myself, I'll have to wait for version 2.0.

More: Republic Wireless

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