Headlines

3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt reboot update finally appears to be imminent

45

Might it finally be happening? Might the HTC ThunderBolt finally be getting that long-awaited update to squash the reboots and bring a host of fixes be dropping ... soon? Tonight, according to a leaked screen and confirmed by Verizon's own support site. Build 1.70.605.0 brings:

  • Improved data connectivity.
  • Enhanced Call History view.
  • Reduced number of device power cycles and resets.
  • Improved Bluetooth Discovery Mode pop-up window.
  • View App Menu in tabbed layout.
  • People search function enabled.
  • Backup Assistant has been added to the All Apps menu.
  • Preloaded My Verizon, V CAST Music and V CAST Videos.
  • Desktop cradle App is now available, showing clock in landscape m
  • NY Times site has been added into the browser bookmarks.

Note that this is not the supposed Gingerbread/Skype update that surfaced last month. So we'll all have to bang our fists a little longer.

Source: Verizon (pdf); via @TLKoontz
More: ThunderBolt Forums; XDA, Droid-Life

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Android 2.3.4 leaks out for the Samsung Galaxy SII

16

If you are a Samsung Galaxy SII owner, good news comes your way today in the form of a nice OS leak to give you something new to play around with. Some lucky folks have been given the files for Android 2.3.4 for the Samsung Galaxy SII, and they have released not only the ODIN flashable file, but also a deodexed version that can be flashed through CWM. The ROM will flash without wiping your data, which is always a huge plus as you won't need to set everything up again, and for full flashing instructions be sure to check out this thread.

Source: XDA

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

HTC Panache 4G available now on Cincinnati Bell

6

The HTC Panache 4G, a.k.a. the HTC Glacier for regional carriers, is now available on Cincinnati Bell. Formerly exclusive to Canadian carrier Mobilicity, the Panache has a 1 GHz second-gen Snapdragon processor, a 3.8-inch WVGA screen with 480 x 800 resolution, front and rear-facing cameras, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Plus it's got HSDPA/HSUPA support, so it’ll be able to take advantage of Bell’s “4G” speeds. The Panache will set you back $199 after mail-in rebate on a two-year contract (or $499 without commitment) and is shipping as we speak.

Source: Cincinnati Bell; Thanks, Josh!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

IM+ for Android updated to v4.1.5 with a slew of additions

13

Having lots of friends that use a variation of IM protocols sometimes makes it rather difficult to keep track of everyone. Often times it means installing numerous apps and switching between them which not exactly the best solution for everyone. For this problem, IM+ exists and helps gather all your instant messaging clients into one robust application. Most recently, they've update IM+ to v4.1.5 and as such have included a lot of bug fixes and new features:

  • VKontakte and Yandex IM networks added (Cheers to our users from Russia!)
  • New splendid emoticons
  • Integration with Android Address Book
  • New Compact Mode UI to fit smaller displays
  • Ability to disable notifications in status bar
  • DND status
  • Improved IM+ Toast alerts
  • Japanese localization
  • Fixed fast battery draining //IM+ free
  • Many bugfixes and performance optimizations

IM+ comes in two versions, a free ad-supported version and a pro version ($9.99). Both are available now in the Android Market. If you're in need of an app likes this, you'll find the download link after the break.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Win one of two EVO 3Ds from TeleNav, Sprint and Android Central

What could be better than the possibility of winning one of the hottest phones of the summer? How about two free phones? We're giving away not one but two Sprint HTC EVO 3D's, with some help from the folks at Sprint and TeleNav, whose TeleNav GPS Navigator app comes preloaded on the EVO 3D and is FREE for Sprint subscribers.

Here's what you need to do to enter:

  • Follow @telenav, @sprint and @androidcentral on Twitter.
  • Leave a comment on this post, including your twitter handle.
  • Contest ends at 5 p.m. PST July 15, 2011, at which time two winners will be picked at random (provided you followed the instructions above).
  • It's a Sprint phone, so you need to be in the United States. (Sorry, world.)
  • Telenav's offering the hardware only. Prize(s) estimated retail value is $600 per phone, or $1,200 total in prizes.
  • We can't stop you from entering more than once, but we'll know if you do.

That's it, folks. Follow us all on Twitter, and leave a comment here. Good luck!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 hitting doorsteps for those who ordered early

21

There it is, folks. The Motorola Droid 3. It's still not available in stores, of course, but Android Central Forums member wnflyer (sup!) already has his, declaring the following:

This phone has a great look and feel. Four inches is the "sweet spot."

And wnflyer's not alone. Member mfreeman73 has his, saying:

Just received mine. I've only just unboxed it and it's on the charger right now. Very nice looking phone. I'm using a Droid 1 right now and this is definitely a nicer phone. It says my batter was 60% when I first plugged it in. I'm going to let it charge a little and then turn it on.

Anybody else get their Droid 3 yet? Hit up the thread below and see what everyone's saying.

Source: Droid 3 Forums

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Android Quick App: WidgetLocker Lockscreen

27

WidgetLocker Lockscreen is a lockscreen replacement that gives you much more freedom over not only how your lockscreen looks, but how it functions. The premise is simple: Open up the lockscreen to having widgets and shortcuts of your choosing, and give you the ability to make any slider a shortcut to any app or process. The result is a pretty cool experience that really tightens up the efficiency factor of your device.

When you open WidgetLocker for the first time, you're greeted by a very informative walkthrough, showing you not only how to change your lockscreen up, but also how to access menus, activate Tool Mode, and remove sliders. There's also a tidbit about the 5-second rule that's worth knowing about.

Customizing your lockscreen is a fairly straightforward affair. Everything functions just as it would on a normal homescreen, so you can either long-press or do the menu > add route to pull up the applicable menu. From there, you're given the options to add another slider, applications, shortcuts, or widgets. It's all the same as doing anything on a homescreen, so you'll be treading in familiar territory.

Where things get really cool is the Custom Slider menu. TeslaCoil has packed the slider menu full of different themes, ranging from the stock Android slider to iOS's, MIUI to MotoBlur. Once you've picked your skin of choice, you slide the slider to configure what exactly you want it to do. This is rather limitless as well, giving you the requisite unlock option, in addition to WidgetLocker specialty actions, application shortcuts, or launcher-specific shortcuts.

WidgetLocker also boasts a highly variable and detailed settings menu. From here you can alter everything from which buttons unlock the screen to what WidgetLocker-specific widgets you want to use. You can also customize the look and feel of everything and a whole host of other things. If there's something you want to control, there's probably a menu option for it.

WidgetLocker is $1.99 in the Market, but with it's successful revamp as version 2.0 not too long ago, the price is well worth it. Especially if you're the type who wants things your way (and let's be honest, who isn't?), this is a must-have app.

Pictures and download links are after the break.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 getting ready for its Gingerbread update

53

Read our Droid Incredible 2 review

Looks like the HTC Droid Incredible 2 on Verizon is about to get its long-awaited Gingerbread update. And the bump to Android 2.3 isn't all that's coming. Included in build 2.18.605.4 will be support for Verizon's new wireless charging, for which you'll a wireless charging battery cover. Also, you get:

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

No word yet on when we'll see the update. Stay tuned.

Source: Verizon (pdf); via Android Central Forums

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Nexus One Android 2.3.4 update now available from Videotron

4

 

Believe it or not -- there are still a few carriers out there who have yet to push out Android 2.3.4 for the Nexus One. Until today, Videotron in Canada was one of those carriers but they can now be removed off that list as they've now made Android 2.3.4 available for Nexus One owners. If you've not already gone ahead grabbed the update through other means, you can fire up system updates and get it now.

Source: Videotron; Thanks, Bryan!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Asus EeePad Slider delayed

0

Although Asus is still planning on following up its popular EeePad Transformer tablet with the Asus EeePad Slider, they've now gone ahead and let everyone know it will be arriving in the UK this Autumn. That puts them off by approximately a month or so from their originally planned launch in August. No specific reasoning for the delay was mentioned but Asus did confirm they'll announce dates and pricing later this month.

Source: Asus UK

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 63

6

Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry, Mickey and British import Alex Dobie talk up the quiet release of the Motorola Droid 3, Google Maps offline, and where tablet pricing is going. Listen in!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Android 101: How to change screen time out length

11
3 years ago

NASA App now officially available on Android

12

Just in time for the final space shuttle launch, NASA has released an official app. It features NASA twitter feeds from around the agency, live streaming of NASA TV, current NASA mission information, and a whole lot more. So, if you need to get your outer space fix while on the go, be sure to download this free application from the Android market today! Download links available after the break.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Nexus S hitching a ride back into space on the final shuttle flight

12

The space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for its (and the shuttle program's) final launch today (weather permitting). And while its most precious cargo is the astronauts on board, probably the most nerdy is the addition of a pair of Nexus S Android smartphones, making yet another jaunt into the final frontier.

The "Pure Google" phones will be put to use on Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (thankfully acroynmed "Spheres"), which are small CO2-powered contraptions that test orbital maneuvers.

Wonder if they've just been rooted.

Source: CNET

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Android Quick App: Float

0

Float is one of those games you come across that has a deceptively boring idea behind it that you're willing to write it off, but once you try it, you realize it's a lot of fun. As it was put to me, Float is a game that "makes you feel happy." While I'll leave that up to each one of you, I will tell you it's a game about keeping balloons from getting popped.

Float's gameplay is relatively simple: tap the balloons to keep the from falling onto the spikes. If you lose three balloons, it's game over. You can tap them high on the screen to ensure you never lose a life, but the game entices you to take risks by providing you with a bonus line that multiples your points 10 times over if you wait for the balloon to drop beneath it.

Rounds last around 25 seconds, on average, and the timer loudly clicks down the last couple of seconds so you know the end is nigh. At the conclusion of a round, the balloons fly away, you're shown how long the new round is, and more balloons continue to rain down.

To keep gameplay from getting completely and utterly stale, Crawl Space Games have added in just a mad plethora of different game options. While the actual tapping the balloons is the same, there's some added mechanics, like lose one balloon and your game is over. Then there's the opposite of the standard game, called Up & Away. In this game mode, you tap the top of your balloon to keep it from floating off the top of your screen.

It's definitely a nice touch and keeps the replay value higher than if you were just slinging birds tapping balloons up the entire time. That being said, Float is very much a game in the same vein as Angry Birds, a time-killer/think-about-nothing kind of experience. It's definitely entertaining, just doesn't require much thought after a while.

There's a free version as well as a paid version in the Market for 99 cents, but based on their descriptions, they seem to be the same app. Perhaps if you feel like donating, that's what the paid app is for. For a bit of pointless fun, free isn't a bad price, though.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages