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3 years ago

Verizon announces the Samsung Stratosphere, available Oct. 13

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Verizon this morning announced its first 4G LTE-capable smartphone with a slide-out keyboard -- the Samsung Stratosphere. It'll be available Oct. 13 for $149 after two-year contract and a $50 rebate.

It's got a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, powered by a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor. It's all running Android 2.3, with a wealth of business features, including Exchange Active Sync, Cisco AnyConnect, encryption services and Sybase Afaria for IT device management.

It's got a 5MP camera on the back, capable of shooting video up to 720p, and a 1.3MP shooter up front. And it'll serve as a mobile hotspot for as many as eight devices over 4G, and five over 3G.

Full presser's after the break.

Samsung Stratosphere forum | Samsung Stratosphere specs | Stratosphere gallery

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7.1 is released, brings Android 2.3.7 in pure form

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We teased the Breaksclusive™ last week from the CyanogenMod panel at the Big Android BBQ (check out the video if you haven't already), and today CyangenMod 7.1 has been released. The changelog is pretty massive, of course, with fixes and tweaks galore. But chief among them is that you'll be first on your block to be rockin' Android 2.3.7.

The CM team also notes that it's added support for more than two dozen more devices since CM 7.1. And currently in beta status are builds for the HTC Pyramid (Sensation), Doubleshot (myTouch 4G Slide), HTC Shooter (EVO 3D), HP TouchPad and the LG Optimus 3D. So if you've yet to give CM a whirl, you're running out of excuses.

Source: CyangenMod blog

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3 years ago

T-Mobile announces a pair of tablets - the Springboard and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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T-Mobile tonight announced a pair of new Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablets to its lineup -- the T-Mobile SpringBoard With Google, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 (seen above) we're all familiar with, of course. It's the same 10.1-inch tablet we've come to know and love, and this one will have T-Mobile's 4G data thrown in. Plus it's got a cadrea of apps -- T-Mobile TV, Qello, Samsung Media Hub, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD demo, SIM City Deluxe demo, Blio eReader and Zinio.

The obtusely named T-Mobile SprintBoard with Google (seen here at right) is a 7-inch tablet made by Huawei. It's got a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera.

On the software side, it includes BlockBuster on Demand, Netflix and T-Mobile TV. There's also the Blio eReader, MobileLife Family Organizer powered by Cozi, Slacker Radio and TeleNav GPS Navigator, a personal GPS navigation and local search application that provides turn-by-turn voice and on-screen driving directions.

Pricing and release dates have not been given, but both tablets are expected to be available for the holiday season. Full press release is after the break.

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3 years ago

CBS runs a fan render like it's a real Galaxy Nexus

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Send me a picture of a fan's render of an unannounced phone, and you're likely to get a snide reply that, no, it's not news, not official, and we should all take a breath. What you see above is but one reason why. The news of the postponement of Samsung and Google's Nexus/Ice Cream Sandwich announcement this week at CTIA in San Diego (we're here, by the way, and the weather's marvelous) apparently has become mainstream news, garnering mention on CBS on Sunday night.

That's not a bad good thing, actually. It's nice to see a little mainstream attention. But what we really don't want to see is a fan render being used as if it's real, on national TV. And make no mistake, that's what you see above, and we should expect better from CBS News. The side view is extrapolated -- as in partially real, partially Photoshopped -- from Samsung's teaser video. And the front view is imagined from the ICS leaks. It's likely accurate enough because we're all expecting a big black slab, after all, but it's not "real," nor is it official.

And fan renders can be fun -- and they can be done really well. But they're just that. Renders. That a mainstream news organization ran one like it's official ... well, that just shouldn't happen. Like we said. This'll happen soon enough, and in due time, and we'll blow it out of the water when it does. But running fake images isn't helping matters any.

Source: Nexus Prime forums; Thanks, sushiglobster!

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3 years ago

Watch the CyanogenMod panel from the Big Android BBQ

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

One of the most exciting parts of the first day of the Big Android BBQ in Austin, Texas -- next to miraculous appearance of a couple of kegs of Texas' finest -- was the panel with the folks behind, in front of and in charge of the CyanogenMod project. Yes, we said folks. It's a community project through and through, as impressive in scale as it is in organization.

If you care at all about AOSP, open-source project and, of course, CyanogenMod, you need to watch this.

Source: @mattabdou

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3 years ago

Samsung Captivate gets a new Gingerbread leak, build UCKJ1 brings 2.3.5 to the table

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The Samsung Captivate has a new Gingerbread build in the works, and as evidence the UCKJ1 build has been leaked for your flashing delight.  While everyone is extolling the virtues of  AT&T's Galaxy S II, this is great news for folks who are still on that two-year contract they signed about 16 months ago and want to get everything they can out of the OG Galaxy S.  Of course, with a new build comes new custom ROMs as well, so hackers can be happy as well.  The original Galaxy S phones are no slouch with the right software, so this is welcome news!

More in the Captivate forums

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3 years ago

Qualcomm announces the S4 Snapdragon; brings performance boost, power savings, and multimode modem

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Qualcomm has released the whitepaper for their upcoming S4 SoC (system on a chip), and it's features look great.  The new 28nm process technology promises "inherent advantages in frequency scaling, power consumption and size reduction", and the Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU should offer some serious performance, clocked between 1.5Ghz and 2.5Ghz, with a 50 percent graphics boost over the current Adreno 220 GPU.  The new 28nm manufacturing process means that not only will the be faster, but they will be smaller and run cooler as well -- allowing things to get thinner and thinner in our smartphones.  The new S4 is still an asynchronous design, which carries it's own benefits in the battery use department.

To go with the bump in performance, Qualcomm also tells us that the new SoC will have embedded support for just about every radio we want and need in our phones -- GSM, CDMA, LTE, GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC.  Having support for everything on one chip means two things -- cheaper production costs, and less room needed to pack all the features into your smartphone.  Both are something we all can appreciate.  The only real question left to answer, is when we will see these make their way into our devices.  Hit the source link for the whitepaper download.

Source: Qualcomm

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3 years ago

Android Primer: T-Mobile Theme Chooser

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One of my favorite things to do on Android is use the T-Mobile Theme Chooser to change the look of my phone. With a few simple clicks you can alter things like the notification pulldown bar, toast notifications, check boxes, and button colors.

Because this is something so powerful (and empowering to the user), I want to clear up any misconceptions anyone had about the Theme Chooser, so join me after the break for a primer on what it is, when you can use it, and why you should.

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3 years ago

Motorola Admiral images leaked -- portrait qwerty never looked so good

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We know that the Motorola Admiral isn't going to appeal to everyone.  People who want a 4-inch plus screen or a razor thin slab (or both) probably won't look twice at it.  But hey -- there are plenty of those out and more are coming.  This one is for people who need a business oriented device that's tough as nails, and built for communication.  The mil-spec Admiral delivers in the specs department with Android 2.3, a 3.1-inch display, QWERTY keyboard, an 1860mAh battery, 5MP camera and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor.  And it chirps -- it's the first full CDMA device featuring Sprint's CDMA direct connect, which may just bring a tear of joy to more than a few eyes.  May IDEN rest in peace.  Besides what we already knew from video that Sprint accidentally posted a while ago, we also get to see a great shot of the profile and it's wedge shaped design.  One more pic is after the break.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct 8, 2011

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Looking to download something new today, but just not sure what it should be? Don't worry, we have you covered, hit the break with us and let's check out some of our favorites from this week and hopefully they can become some of your very own favorites!

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3 years ago

Android, Red Bull Flugtag, and Playboy Playmate Jaime Edmondson

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(You're welcome, world)

We've seen a lot of great things in our day. This might be the new top of the mountain. Remember those crazy cats from Stumble Force who were going to fly their "Android Wing" contraption in the Red Bull Flugtag in Tampa? Here they are. And posing with them is none other than Miss January 2010, Jaime Edmondson, who was one of the judges for the event.

Android nerds, with a Playboy Playmate. (And Stumble Force won the People's Choice award!) Now we've seen it all. We might have had something to do with it, but mad props to Jaime for tweeting it back to us.

Source: @jaimeedmondson

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3 years ago

TWRP recovery flash tool for the EVO 3D (from the forums)

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If you have an HTC EVO 3D, and have had some issues flashing the TWRP (and be sure to check out Josh's awesome hands-on and interview with developer agrabren) while using version 1.5 of hboot, our own AC Developer scrosler has whipped up some badassery to help you along.  It's a Windows only tool, but all you need to do is install the USB drivers, and click the button to get TWRP flashed and running.  While it works for all versions of hboot, it was designed for and tested with rEVOlutionary S-OFF 1.4 hboot, and 1.5 hboot unlocked with HTC's unlocking tool.

As always, the best part is the level of support you get.  The forum thread is right there, and scrosler is an active member of the community as well as a developer, so you can feel at ease giving this one a try -- we all weren't born with a working knowledge of the command line.  This is why we love our AC Devs.  Not only do they cook up awesome hacks and tools, but they stand behind them.  So if you've been waiting, head into the forums and have a look.

TWRP recovery installer

Thanks, scrosler!

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3 years ago

Android Theme Review: Frost

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I think once you've got the theming fever, the only prescription is more cowbell theming. Returning back to my initial obsession with monochrome and minimalism, I'd like to present another theme by Sonny Sekhon (the creator of Tangerine): Frost.

Frost takes your status bar icons and turns them black. How will black show up on your bar, you might ask? Well, your notification bar is transformed into a brilliant, frosty silver. Same as Tangerine, the battery percent is put inside the battery by default, so you'll always how much time you've got before you need to swap in a spare battery.

The pulldown notification bar is similarly themed, with a transparent background and silvery-white text and icons. The bottom of the bar is a sort of metallic rectangle with a slice cut out of it. Your notifications are also on metallic rectangles too.

The dialer is relatively unchanged, with just some transparency added. The phone icon is now silver, people's frames around their pictures is a slightly darker grey, but otherwise, it's the same app you've come to know and love.

Icons and widgets have been heavily themed, with many of the apps in my drawer sporting some new, silver threads. A number of widgets have been skinned, too, like the analog clock and the Google search widget.

As a matter of fact, everything in Frost is themed or skinned in some form or fashion. Check box buttons, the settings menu, field highlights, and toast notifications are all cold, frosty, and monochromatic. There isn't a part of your ROM that won't have been themed, and it all comes together in one very convincing package or total frosty immersion.

If you're on the hunt for a brightly colored theme (like me!), then look no further than Frost. It's bright, steely, and very eye-catching. And for only $1, it can be yours.

We've got download links and more pictures after the break.

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