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3 years ago

Nvidia and Android Central present 6 days of Tegra madness -- win one of 6 Tegra 2 Android devices!

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Are you ready for another great contest from Nvidia and Android Central?  One that gives you a chance to win a Tegra 2 device each day for a full six days?  We hope so, because we're about to kick off our 6 days of Tegra madness mega-contest and make it happen.  We've got a big red sack filled with Android phones and tablets, and one of them just might have your name written on it.

Here's how it's all going to work.  Starting in a few hours, midnight EDT to be precise, we're going to open a contest thread in the Android Central contest forums.  You'll have 24 hours to enter, which is as easy as posting in the thread letting us know you want in on the action.  The next night at midnight, we'll close that thread and open a new one, starting a new drawing.  You can only enter each contest once (we're going to check), and if you win one you're ineligible to enter the next.  The winner will be picked at random, and next Sunday (Sept. 18) we'll announce the winners and get in touch with them all using the address used to sign up for the forums. 

The prizes are:

Tegra 2 devices totally blew us away when they first came out, bringing a level of graphics performance to mobile devices that we hadn't seen before.  12 months later, newer chips have come that throw out mind-boggling numbers, but there's something missing -- software optimization.  We poke plenty of fun at our iOS loving friends, but Apple shows us that raw hardware numbers don't always equal the best performers, especially when it comes to mobile gaming.  That's where Nvidia steps in, working with developers to make games and apps that utilize the full power of the Tegra 2's GeForce GPU.  It's just plain awesome, and I've darn near worn through the glass on my G2X playing Fruit Ninja THD, and Riptide GP on my Galaxy Tab 10.1 or via HDMI out to a television redefines mobile gaming.

Nvidia takes things a step further, offering a complete experience with the Tegra Zone.  Available as an app for your Android device or via the web, they keep us up to date with news and articles about Tegra powered apps, offer community discussion, make it easy to share links to the latest games and news through Twitter and Facebook, and have a full set of tools and resources for developers in the Developer Zone.  It shows that Nvidia is in for the long haul, and their dedication to Android is a deep as yours and ours is.  You can find some screenshots, and a link to the Tegra Zone app for Android after the break, and to keep up with everything as it happens, you can follow @nvidiategra on Twitter.

We'll be sure to announce each contest to remind everyone as they happen, you guys just get ready to enter.  Good luck to all!

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3 years ago

LG Enlighten still 'coming soon' to Verizon

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The LG Enlighten is a mid-level Android smartphone that's been mentioned for weeks now, but without any official info. Looks like the unofficial promotions are continuing, however, as it's made an appearance in the upcoming Verizon catalog. To recap the specs, you're looking at a 3.2-inch slider, with four-row keyboard, Android 2.3 and an 800MHz processor. The rumored Aug. 25 launch date obviously has come and gone, but the catalog still has it as "coming soon," so that's better than nothing.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic hacking guides [from the forums]

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Read our Droid Bionic Review

Our man Cory is at it again -- he has the hacking guides for the Motorola Droid Bionic ready to go and you can find them in the Bionic section of the Android Central forums.  Start with his rooting guide, where the procedure is outlined for both 32 and 64 bit Windows (the Mac section is already reserved and will be coming shortly), and he has a great set of FAQ's about rooting your Bionic already set up.  The best part?  You can ask any and all questions and get quick and simple answers.  The way Cory supports us all is legendary, with good reason -- the man eats, breathes, and sleeps Android!

Once you've got that bad boy opened up and ready for a bit of real customization, you're covered with a full bloatware removal guide.  And I mean full -- just like we saw for the Droid 3, you have everything you'd ever need to know written out, and a complete walkthrough using Root Explorer to do the deed.  It's another awesome piece of work, and just one of the reasons why our forums kick ass. 

If you've been holding off, waiting for someone to take charge and get everything simple and easy to understand, here you go.  Cory, my hats off to you -- thanks for the great work!

Root your Droid Bionic

Remove the bloatware from your Droid Bionic

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3 years ago

Android Central Asks - What type of games do you play?

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As we all know, games are a pretty big thing to many people, lots of people love to download new games and play them for countless hours, most of the time right until your battery dies. With tons of games in the market and so many different categories of games, finding and sharing fun games with others can be a bit difficult. When hearing about game releases, or looking for a new game in the Android market, what type of games do you look for? Are you more of a sports person, someone who enjoys the casino experience from their device, or someone who wants to challenge themselves with a nice puzzle style game? Be sure to let us know what you chose, and it will be interesting to see what the Android community views as their favorite game type!

Learn more about games in the forums!

 

What type of games do you play?

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3 years ago

Removing the bloatware from your Motorola Droid 3

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Drooooiiiiidddddd...  It's a sound plenty of us know and love, and we realize that along with it comes some serious bloatware from the folks at Verizon and Motorola.  The Droid 3 is no exception.  Of course, that's when the Android Central forums shine -- we'll help you twist and wrangle all the "value added" applications right off your D3, and get it set up to your liking.  Cory, our fearless forums leader and world-famous midnight tinkerer, has worked up quite the masterpiece for doing just that for your D3.  It has all the directions spelled out for easy understanding, and full lists of what you can and can't get rid of -- as well as an explanation of what each one of them are.  Top it off with a complete walkthrough using Root Explorer (no need for a wire or a computer) and it's a thing of beauty.  Make sure your D3 is charged up, and hit the forums to take care of business.

Source: Motorola Droid 3 forums

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept 10, 2011

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Here we are back again to bring you, our favorite reader, another edition of some of our favorite applications. Hit the break with us as we take a look at some of them, and be sure to hop into the forums for even more great application discussion!

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3 years ago

Sony Tablet S now available from HSN for $599 - or 4 easy payments of $150

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We knew the Sony Tablet S was coming to the US in September, we just didn't expect the 16GB version to debut on the Home Shopping Network this weekend -- but there it is, ready to ship (according to HSN) and it can be yours for $599.  That happens to be a cool $100 more expensive than Sony's pre-order for the 16GB version, which makes us think this just might be a slight snafu over at HSN -- either in the availability or the pricing, or both.  We've shot an email to HSN asking for verification, but with it being the weekend we're not going to be optimistic about a reply.  I'll update if I can.

If anyone out there gives this one a shot (heck, the payment plan does look a little enticing) drop us a line and tell us how it went.

Update: HSN took the time to get back in touch with us, and sure enough everything here is right.  The Sony Tablet S is shipping now, and the price has been confirmed at $599.95 for the 16GB version.

Source: HSN; SonyThanks, mistic!

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3 years ago

How to turn off LTE on the Motorola Droid Bionic

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Read our Droid Bionic Review

Finally the Motorola Droid Bionic is available, and knowing you, Mr. Excited, you were first in line to grab one at the local Verizon store, huh? Well, you may have been in shock when you noticed how much LTE can affect your battery, or you are a conservative type with the battery and would rather turn it off when not in use, and luckily doing so can be quite simple. A few quick clicks and your LTE can be turned on and off, let's check out how.

  1. Open settings
  2. Scroll to wireless and networks
  3. Select mobile network
  4. Click on network mode and select CDMA Only

Want LTE back, do the same and select CDMA/LTE instead of CDMA only and you are all set. 

More: Droid Bionic forums

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3 years ago

50cent's Uber50 theme for UberSocial now available on Android

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Odds are that you have at some point in time heard of UberSocial, a rather large cross-platform Twitter client that is extremely popular amongst the celebrity variety. And if you know anything about the application, it is probably that 50cent is a huge supporter. With an existing theme available for the BlackBerry and iOS versions of UberSocial, today they announced that Android users can download the theme for their devices The theme is available in a free and paid variety, the paid version of the app (which you once knew as Twidroyd) being $1.99 and brings you additional features inside, and both can be downloaded immediately. Full information after the break.

Download the themes here.

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3 years ago

Android App Review: SlideIT Keyboard

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

SlideIT is currently in its fourth iteration, and with that comes the introduction of skins. Scoff as you might, customization and aesthetic appeal are important to lots of people out there, so I've got to tip my hat to the SlideIT developers for making that so easy to do.

How does SlideIT function as a line-tracing keyboard, though? On its own, alright. If there's one thing SlideIT has going for it, it's that it's fast. I'm not just talking a little quick here and there. It feels like as soon as you're even thinking about being done with a word, SlideIT is ready to toss it out there. It's kind of uncanny and hard to describe what makes it feel so instant, but it does.

As far as word prediction goes, this is where I think SlideIT has room to improve (at least when compared to Swype). Word that are a couple of letters long (three to five), no problem. SlideIT has no problems spelling "it" or "that" or "looks," but it felt like once I got past words of five letters, accuracy went out the window. No, I meant to spell "fantastic." Was my trace so far off that it really deserves "??" as a prediction?

Other than that, there's not much to say. SlideIT is a keyboard, and a keyboard's for typing things out. Long-pressing works fine, and auto-spacing is all customizable via the settings menu. There's also a whole slew of language packs that can be downloaded from the Market, which is a good alternative to having to pick between all languages supported or just English and Spanish.

Overall, it feels like SlideIT is on the right track. There's a lot of good ideas there (ones I wouldn't mind seeing Swype eventually adopt), but until the prediction is better, it's not something I'd use normally. There's also the price to consider. SlideIT has a 15-day free trial, but after that, you're laying down $6.40 for the whole package. Again, language packs and skins are free.

We've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Android 101: Favoriting (and un-favoriting) contacts

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3 years ago

Netflix now available for all devices running Android 2.2 and 2.3

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Back in May Netflix, finally launched its long-waited Android app, initially only for a few devices. That list grew over time and eventually supported a large number of phones. The .apk was quickly discovered, however, and owners of devices, both phone and tablet, who hadn't received official support yet could install the app just fine. That's no longer necessary (and it's about time), at least for most phones, as Netflix has updated the app to support all devices running 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread). 

Tablet owners still looking for official support will have to wait a bit longer, but this is great for everyone with a smaller device.

So for all you phone owners out there who have Froyo or Gingerbread, hit the link after the break for the official Netflix app.

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3 years ago

Safely unroot your Droid Bionic with Pete's Motorola Root Tools

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Read our Droid Bionic Review

For many of us, half the fun of getting a new Android phone is digging in and trying to break it make it our own.  The Droid Bionic is no exception of course, and folks are having a blast getting methods all sorted to root and customize the Bionic, unlocking it's full potential.  I love it when new phones come out, this is the kind of stuff an Android geek lives for.

But the other side of the coin is that we often need a way to get things back to normal, whether it be because we changed our minds or might need a little hardware warranty work done.  We're not going to get into the moral argument of what your responsibilities are once you decide to root (we have forums for that), I just wanted to let you guys know that the latest version of Pete's Motorola Root Tools allow you to fully unroot your Droid Bionic -- as in no leftover bits left behind.  I asked the man himself, and sure enough, his tool gets in the system and removes all binaries, returning your phone to a fully unrooted state.

This is important.  Some previous methods to unroot phones left the su binary behind and only removed the visual traces of being rooted -- leaving your phone a bit unsecure.  Pete has you covered here, though.  The same tool you use to root your Bionic will unroot it, and do it the right way.  Remember, it won't restore bloatware that you've removed or restore settings you may have changed, you'll have to sort all that out beforehand.  Until we can dig up a factory .sbf file for the Bionic, this is the best solution.  Just use it wisely, and be sure to thank Pete if it saves your bacon.  Grab the latest version of the tool and read the particulars at the source link. 

Source: Pete's Motorola Root Tools

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Y headed to Vodafone UK

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Vodafone UK has updated its "coming soon" page with details of the Samsung Galaxy Y, a new budget device that was unveiled as part of Sammy's shake-up of its Android device line-up a few weeks ago. The Galaxy Y seems to be an updated version of the Galaxy Mini, which we reviewed earlier in the year. Packed into its tiny 3-inch chassis is an 823MHz CPU, which runs Android 2.3 and TouchWiz 4.0. Unfortunately the Galaxy Y's screen hasn't received much of an upgrade from the Galaxy Mini -- according to the official spec list, it still runs at an eye-punishing QVGA (240x320) resolution

No word on pricing or availability yet, but you can probably expect this one to be free on most contracts, and reasonably cheap on its own.

Source: Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

Files to unbrick your Droid 3 are now available; grab them while you can

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If you've picked up a Motorola Droid 3, and love to tinker with things, listen up -- files have surfaced that will allow you to restore your D3 to a "factory-like" state and, more important, recover a unit that won't boot up.  We have to be clear here -- this is not a standard stock .sbf file.  If you use these files, you will no longer be on Motorola's upgrade path.  This is for emergency use (or for hackers to fiddle with) only.

Now don't get scared off.  While nobody is 100 percent sure, it looks like this is a copy of the software that Droid 3 soak testers were using, and it was pulled back for some reason or another by Verizon and Motorola.  They aren't some files cooked in a random hackers basement, they are signed by Verizon with production keys.  The only known drawback to using them is that you'll not be likely to get a future OTA update because you're running the wrong version -- which beats the heck out of a bricked phone you can't use. 

Like all things Motorola, they might not be valid links forever.  If you love your Droid 3 enough to dig inside and try to break it, go grab them and squirrel them away for a rainy day.  Visit the source link and read all the details, and if the day comes when you need them, you're covered.

Source: XDA-Developers; Thanks, Stevie B!

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