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3 years ago

It's not quite a Verizon iPhone, is it?

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Verizon iPhone X

Apple's iOS on a Motorola Droid X? Wishful thinking on someone's part, no doubt. [Verizon via Engadget]

Also see: Windows Mobile on the Droid X

 

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3 years ago

Verizon announcing LTE details Dec. 1

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Verizon LTE

Verizon's having a little shindig tomorrow, Dec. 1, to provide details on its LTE rollout. As a refresher, Big Red's 4G service initially will be available in 38 cities and more than five dozen airports nationwide. What we're not expecting, however, is the announcement of any LTE-capable phones, like the rumored HTC Incredible HD/Mecha. Instead, we'll start with some LTE USB modems and work from there. We'll still kibitz on the presser and keep our fingers crossed, though. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

HTC releases source code for Legend Froyo update

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HTC Legend

HTC has released the source code for the Legend's Android 2.2 Froyo update. No, that doesn't mean you have to download something all over again. It means that modders now have access to the official kernel, which is nerdspeak for the official code that makes Android 2.2 work on the HTC Legend. Don't worry your pretty little head about it. But for you modding types, get to downloading! [HTC Developer Center]

HTC Legend kernel code

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3 years ago

HTC Merge in Entrepreneur Magazine

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HTC Merge in Entrepreneur Magazine 

Has the HTC Merge been announced and we missed it? (Heh, not hardly.) Because it's got a hell of an advertisement in the latest Entrepreneur Magazine. It's being touted as "a work phone that's updated for your life ... Everything your work phone couldn't do." That's an interesting line for Verizon's manufacturing partner, given that the Motorola Droid Pro -- an obvious play for the business type -- was just released, and maybe that's part of the reason why we've yet to see the Merge be announced.

Anyhoo, check out more pics from the Entrepreneur Magazine ad after the break. And then check our our exclusive hands-on with the Merge, as well as our video preview, benchmark tests and comparison to the Droid 2. Thanks, Steven!

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3 years ago

Is this another Nexus S sighting?

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Samsung Nexus S?

Update: The picture in question has been removed from public view on Picasa, and we've removed it here at the owner's request.

Maybe we're all just getting so tired of waiting for the Samsung Nexus S (if indeed that is its name) to be announced that we're starting to see it everywhere. The latest case: A photo posted to Picasa by Google senior software engineer Erik Beans, pointed out to us by a hungry tipster. It's tough to tell exactly what it is, but it certainly shares some of the basic lines of the phone that's making the semi-official and unofficial rounds, much as the original Nexus One did before its release. We've been kicking this one around the forums all day, and now we turn it over to you. Nexus S? Or just wishful thinking? [Picasa] Thanks, Bruno.

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3 years ago

LG Star makes another appearance, shows off UI and a benchmark

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LG Star

Just a few weeks after we first saw a glimpse of the LG Star, it makes another appearance, this time showing off more than just the screen and battery door.  We're seeing HDMI out, a decent look at LG's custom Froyo OS, and even a benchmark of the Tegra2 chipset in action.  All that's left is to find out if and when this baby will ever reach North America, and how the chipset preforms once a version of Android that supports dual core processors is installed.

There's a gallery of pics at the source link, be sure to have a look.  [Phandroid]

 

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3 years ago

Nook Color rooted -- Turns $250 e-reader into an affordable Android tablet

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If it runs Android, it must be rooted or at the very least, root must at be attempted. In this case, the Nook Color is the latest to fall victim to such guilty pleasures as you can tell from the above image. Congratulations! Your Nook Color just became a whole lot more useful to you, as long as you don't mind going through the rooting process that is. [XDA via Gizmodo]

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3 years ago

Motorola Backflip, Cliq get multitouch support

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Motorola Backflip gains Multitouch

Must be rooted: One of the coolest things about Android is the development community it fosters.  These developers bring features and software upgrade to devices long after carriers and manufacturers write them off as out dated.  One of the newest upgrades froms from  J_r0dd who worked multitouch support into his latest Roms for the Backflip and Cliq. It's great seeing even these "entry-level" devices get the updated software like their newer cousins. [via ModMyMobile]Thanks Rohit R!

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3 years ago

AT&T says Motorola Olympus won't be available in November, then pulls post

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Motorola Olympus AT&T Facebook

OK. We're about to have another conversation about talking to strangers. See, the fact is you're actually pretty unlikely to get a real answer out of an official Twitter or Facebook account if you ask about an unannounced device. And even if you do get an answer, you need to think about it a tad. So when Scott Duffy asked the AT&T Share page (that's an official AT&T outlet) about the rumored Motorola Olympus, he got the following reply:

"The Motorola Olympus should be available in December or January. Check back here for device launches ..."

Really, folks, don't read too much into that. Translated, it means this:

"November is almost over. So we're going to name a couple of months that aren't November."

Actually, AT&T's response has since been pulled. Does that lend credence to the initial response? More likely, someone realized commenting at all on an unannounced device wasn't a very good idea. It's very possible that the Moto Olympus -- or whatever it ends up being called -- could be released sometime in the next 60 days. We do have a pretty big event (that'd be CES ) coming up. But it's also just as likely to not be out by then. We'll just have to see. [Facebook via BGR]

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3 years ago

Contest Winners - Free Evo 4G case, Powermat Evo 4G Charger and full size pad!

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contest-winner

Now that the holiday weekend is over and we're all tired of turkey, we figured we'd better get back to business around here. First thing on our to do list? Take care of our contest winners of course. If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening and if you're not registered well -- now is as good a time as any. This weeks winners are as posted after the break. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to this weeks winners!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 free at Best Buy Mobile and T-Mo today

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If you've got an upgrade available on T-Mobile and have been holding out for a deal on a G2 then today is you're lucky day. Best Buy Mobile now has the T-Mobile G2 available for free when you up your contract for another 2 years. Can't really beat that offer. Anyone going to be hitting up Best Buy Mobile to take advantage of this? If you're not feeling Best Buy Mobile, T-Mobile also has the sale on their website.  [TMonews]

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3 years ago

Add a signature in gmail

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Android gmail signatureAdding a signature to your e-mail -- especially when you're working from a smartphone -- can be either a badge of honor, or an excuse. (The joke goes that you can get away with typo after typo so long as your signature says "Sent from my iPhone.)

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3 years ago

Droid X case review: Body Glove Snap-on Case

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Body Glove Snap-on Case for Droid X

The Motorola Droid X is no wimpy phone, but that's not to say it couldn't use a little protection. If you're looking for a form-fitting case that's as stylish as it is effective, check out the Body Glove Snap-on Case for the Droid X.

The case itself comes in two parts -- a thin plastic front and more substantial rear enclosure. The Droid X fits neatly inside, and the two parts snap together for a snug fit. (Take your time and make sure all of the sides of the case are snapped tight.) The inside of the case is lined with a felt-type material, so you shouldn't have to worry about your Droid X being scratched. The outside of the case is a textured rubber. That does a couple of things: You get a good grip on the phone, so you're less likely to drop it, and it's less likely to slide off a table or car dash.

You'll definitely notice when the case is on the phone, but it's still very form-fitting, and you get the feeling that it's protected. The case is just thick enough to keep the screen from touching the surface when it's placed face-down. Same goes for the camera. The are cutouts for all of the usual ports, buttons and camera lens, so you don't lose any functionality.

You also get a detachable belt clip with the Body Glove Snap-on Case. There's a little cutout in the rear of the phone that snaps off, so you can replace the belt clip nub with a flat back. The belt clip snaps onto the nub and has a spring-loaded catch. The short version is that you're unlikely to accidentally trigger it and drop your phone.

We've got more pictures after the break. The Body Glove Snap-on Case for the Motorola Droid X is available now for $24.95 in the Android Central Store.

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3 years ago

Sharp unveils the Galapagos Tablet

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Sharp has announced that it is joining the Android tablet race with the Galapagos Tablet device. The tablet with ship in two models: 5.5-inch and the 10.8-inch screens. They will sell for 39,800 Yen ($473) and 54,800 Yen ($642) respectively. The 5.5-inch screen will sport a resolution of 1024 × 600 and the 10.8-inch screen will sport 1366 × 800. We're glad to see that they didn't just keep with the lower resolution for the larger display. Other than that, the tablet will come shipped with your standard tablety things: microSD, modified Android OS, and e-books. Unfortunately, the tablet is not shipping with wireless N support, only B and G. Video after the break. [Akihabara News via TechFresh]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: SMS2PC

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SMS2PC - Send and receive SMS messages from your computer.

Like I mentioned in the Nov. 19 edition of our Editors' App Picks, I send a lot of text messages.  Maybe not as much as some of you, but, it's not uncommon for me to have used over 3,000 text messages each month.

If you're a heavy texter who spends a substantial portion of your day in front of a computer, you might be surprised how much you'll enjoy SMS2PC.  Respond quicker, and type faster -- without ever having to pick up your phone.

Join me after the break to dive a little deeper into SMS2PC, and get some download links.

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