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3 years ago

Android phones use the most data, blame the cameras

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 HTC Evo 4G's 8MP Camera

Those huge activation numbers Andy Rubin recently mentioned highlight both a blessing and a curse for carriers these days. Reuters has revealed the curse by announcing that, on average, Android users consume the most mobile data compared to all other smartphone users. They place the blame squarely on the shoulders of Android phones' "better cameras and video recorders, and software for editing the footage." ZING. These days, Android phones are typically launching with 5 or 8 megapixel cameras (like the HTC Evo 4G, shown above) and people are taking advantage of the increased resolution when shooting pictures or video.

As carriers like Verizon continue to push heavily for their customers to upgrade their feature phones to smartphones alongside pricey data plans, they must be aware of the increased strain of those phones on their networks. Anyone with an iPhone can tell you endless tales of woe with AT&T, which can largely be attributed to their 3G network simply not being robust enough when the iPhone 3G was launched back in 2008.

So, is it possible that Android users on other networks could see this same problem in the future? One solution are the "4G" data-centric networks Verizon and Sprint are using, which will likely attract the power users who consume the most data, leaving less strain on 3G networks for the average user. Still, there is only so much bandwidth to go around so this issue is far from resolved. [Reuters via BGR]

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Mach LU3000 to be available in South Korea soon

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LG Optimus Mach

The LG Optimus Mach LU3000, another device in LG's Optimus Line, will hit the South Korean market soon.

The Mach represents a unique device because LG has teamed up with Ennio Morricone, the legendary composer, to record original music for the phone. Consumers can now enjoy music and theme songs from Morricone, something no other device can claim. 

The Optimus Mach sports: Android 2.2 (Froyo), 1 GHz TI OMAP 3630 processor, HDMI-out, 5 MP camera, 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen.

It will be available in both black and white and will be released soon. See a video showing off the device after the break. [Press release (in Korean) via Unwiredview]

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3 years ago

Root Explorer updated, brings some welcome features

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Root Explorer update 1 Root Explorer update 2

If you're not using Root Explorer on your rooted Android phone or tablet, you should be.  It's an easy way to work with the files on your device, using a graphical interface that so many of us are used to.  To make a good thing even better, while updating things to work with Gingerbread (thanks to the release of the SDK), Speed Software has added a couple changes to make things even better -- support for the upload dialog in the Dropbox app, and displaying the correct icon for installed applications instead of the generic icon it has used until now. With these changes, Root Explorer is now the only file browser I need on my rooted phones, and is the best $3.95 I've ever spent.  There are a couple more screenshots, and a download link after the break.

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3 years ago

Pantech P8000 clears FCC, ready for AT&T

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Pantech P8000

Documents at the FCC show the Pantech P8000, with 850MHz and 1900MHz radio frequency bands, has been approved and can be made available for sale in the United States.  There's not much info out there about the P8000, but a quick look at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group website shows it's running Android, and has the code name "Moon."

Of course FCC certification is only one step in the process, so there's no telling if and when you'll see this on on the shelves at your local AT&T store.  I imagine we'll see this one in Q1 of 2011, as an entry-level phone in Google's plan for Android world-domination.  And we're fine with that. [FCC via PhoneScoop]

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3 years ago

LG Optimus T source code released

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LG Optimus T

Any developers fancy digging into some code? If so, LG has released the source code for the LG Optimus T for all you developers out there. Although this was noted last week in our forums, we were waiting to see if LG was actually going to make an update to it due to the fact the one posted doesn't actually build. If you're unsure of what that actually means, then you likely have no need to mess with it, and it's best to leave this up to the experts. But if you do fit into that expert category, you'll find the download available via the LG Open Source website. LGP509TN is the download you'll want to search for. [LG Thanks, Conan, for the reminder!

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3 years ago

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3 years ago

Motorola's Honeycomb tablet caught sporting Verizon logo in blurrycam shots

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By now we've all seen the video and pics from when Andy Rubin hopped onstage showing off the Motorola, Honeycomb equipped tablet and we've gotten a glimpse of the device in a previous blurrycam photoshoot but this time around, it's been caught rocking a Verizon logo and all signs lead to the fact the previous specs noted for the device were indeed accurate. Those specs once again, in case you missed them:

  • 7-inch and 10-inch versions
  • 32GB storage
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 dual-core processor
  • Gyroscope
  • 1280x800 resolution
  • 5MP camera on the back, 2MP on the front.
  • microSD
  • HDMI out
  • Versions for UMTS, CDMA and LTE

Also noted from the pics is the fact it looks to be making use of micro-USB slot and a 3.5mm headphone socket. And seemingly, some contacts for a charging dock of sorts. Who's excited for this now? More pics can be found after the break. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition announced at Millionaire Fair

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Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Tab Luxury Edition at the annual Millionaire Fair in Amsterdam. This fancy version will come with a leather case and Bluetooth headset. It will be sold for  €749 between Dec. 15 and Jan. 31, 2011. 

So what do you get the Android fan who has everything? (And money to burn?) This looks like a good bet. [Samsung Hub]

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3 years ago

More than 2 million LG Optimus Ones sold

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LG Optimus One

LG quietly announced that the Optimus One line (see our review) has breached the two million sales mark, with sales in North America leading the way.  In mid-November, LG announced that the Optimus line had sold over one million units in its first 40 days, and just 20 days later they have sold over two million worldwide.  The breakdown:

  • North America: 1.3 million units sold
  • South Korea: 450,000 units sold
  • Europe: 200,000 units sold
  • Asia 50,000 units sold

It's a great handset for the price, it ships with Froyo and will be getting Gingerbread, and has quite the development community growing.  What's not to like? [LG (Korean) via Mobile Crunch]

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3 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G gets pictured

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 HTC EVO Shift 4G

Well, what do we have here? After hearing bits and pieces about the Sprint-bound HTC EVO Shift 4G from various sources -- including seeing the ROM, a case and the phone in Sprint's inventory system -- we finally have a picture of the device formerly known as the "HTC Knight" with its keyboard open. By all indications the device is pretty much a Sprint 4G version of the G2/Desire Z/Merge. The picture seems to confirm the rumor that the phone will not have video-calling, as a front-facing camera seems to be absent. (And know that this guy's wearing a hard-shell case in the picture -- it's not actually that thick.) 

Still, this should be a great phone for Sprint users whenever the carrier decides to launch it. Hop on over to the Android Central Forums to discuss the phone to your hearts content! [SprintUsers] Thanks to r0fl for the tip!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the new Android Market application

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Android Market

New Market installationThe new look to the Android Market will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks. But if you just can't wait, you can download and install it now. We've done so and have taken it for a test ride.

Graphically, things are much improved, trading the tabs for one long page. Comments, related items, screen shots and all the usual fodder is there on that one page.

The home screen and categories have carousels at the top -- you can flip through them to see promoted applications. It's quick and rather nice.

Installing an app is the same process, but much more aesthetically pleasing. When you press the install button, it then shows you the system and security components that the app can access. That's not new, but it's much more friendly, and we're hoping that casual users will actually pay attention to them now. You then press "OK" to actually install the app. Again, not new, but nicely refined.

Purchasing an app is exactly the same process as before. You make the deal, get a receipt e-mailed to you, and the app is installed. Refunding is seamless -- just open the app in the Market and press "refund." Careful of the 15-minute time limit, though.

We've got a brief video walkthrough after the break. Check it out. [Download the apk at XDA DevelopersThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Dec. 10, 2010

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Getting bored with those applications on your device? Looking for something new, but don't have hours to devote searching the market? Fear not, we bring you our weekly dose of our favorite selections that we use daily, and hopefully you can find some of the same value in the that we do!

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3 years ago

Tegra 2 packing LG Star gives other phones an 'inferiority complex'

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 LG Star

The LG Star is a device we have seen pop up a few times in recent weeks, but Engadget has gotten their hands on a prototype unit and put up a preview. Here are a couple highlights:

  • The style of the phone reminded them of the Droid Incredible
  • The 4-inch 800x480 panel is "gorgeous" 
  • Running Froyo but expected to launch with Ginerbread
  • Tegra 2 processor. And speaking of CPU power...
  • Benchmarks are fast. As in crazy fast. As in a Quadrant score about 2x that of the Nexus 1 and 67 fps on Neocore. And this not on final hardware/software. Wow
  • Youtube HQ and Flash playback went off "without a hitch"

So yes, I want one. LG will be at CES, which we will be covering extensively, so expect a lot more on this device come January. And if this is a hint of things to come from Nvidia's Tegra 2 chips, we are about to see a huge increase in the computing power of mobile devices. Click past the link for more pictures and a pair of videos. [Engadget

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