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4 years ago

Keep your charge on -- how to improve battery life on your Android phone

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Inside Android, how to extend your battery life

Howdy!  It's me again, and this week we're gonna talk about something near and dear to all of us -- battery life.  It's always at the tip of everyone's tongue (especially as new phones are released), and all the information out there is enough to make a person lose his or her mind.  Hopefully together we can work through it all, separate the fact from the fiction, and figure out how to keep everything out of the red.

Prepare your beverages, smoke 'em if you got 'em, and follow the jump so we can figure this out together.

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4 years ago

Why look at that, Android runs on the iPhone 3G, too

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Not to be left out in all the fun that its little brother is having, the iPhone 3G is joining the Android party, too. David Wang has ported Android to the iPhone 3G (not the current 3GS, mind you) and well, it boots and loads Android all right. The Android iPhone 3G port is a little rougher than the original port but who really cares, these hacks are awesome! Supposedly, we'll find out how to do this ourselves in a couple of days. True freedom is here iPhone 3G owners! [pcworld]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch Slide gets unboxed

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For many reasons, be it environmental, minimalist, etc., phone boxes have become bland and basic. Thankfully, it looks like T-Mobile has eschewed those type of simple boxes for packaging that is downright cool--the myTouch Slide is housed in a nicely designed, silver briefcase. 

Obviously, what's inside the box counts more than the box itself but it's clear that if this is the retail packaging for the myTouch Slide, that T-Mobile cares very much about the device. In non-box news, the guys at the Droid Sector have unboxed the myTouch Slide and played around with it, concluding that it's very fast. We'll judge for ourselves when we review it but in the meantime hit the jump for some pictures of the myTouch Slide!

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4 years ago

HTC Evo 4G clears the FCC

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With the slew of disappointing Android 2.1 update news today, here's something that'll get you excited for the weekend: the HTC Evo 4G just cleared the FCC. There's not much in details, but the WiMax is all there and it's using the 2500MHz band. We're going to just pretend and hope that clearing the FCC means the Evo 4G will soon be ready to rock and roll. If you need to remind yourself on how awesome the Evo 4G is, be sure to check out our hands on. [engadget]

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 11

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Audio-only stream below

Phil and Mickey are back to talk about some new Android hardware, a slew of new apps, announce the Nexus One contest winners and otherwise kick a bunch of Android butt.

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4 years ago

Verizon giving HTC Incredible owners some money back

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droid incredible refund

First some Nexus One owners found out they were getting the tax of their device refunded to them, now HTC Droid Incredible owners are being notified they will be getting some money back as well. It appears as though Verizon has figured out a way to lower shipping costs, I guess shipping them early helped, and they have reached out to owners via email informing them that they will be issued some sort of partial refund. While exact details, such as the amount, or how it will be received are still unknown, it is still good news for those Droid Incredible owners. For those who think you may be affected by this, check your email that is on file with Verizon, and if you come across any further details, let us know in the forums. Thanks Jonathan!

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4 years ago

First Sprint with Moment and Hero 2.1, now Verizon with Droid Eris 2.1 Information

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eris 2.1

Well, 2.1 rumors are just flying around these days like no other, but this time it seems like something a little more concrete then a rumor. Verizon appears to have update their site showing an update for the Droid Eris as "coming soon". For those who watched the Droid 2.1 update unfold, you will remember we saw this prior to the release as well. It appears as though the new ROM version (2.36.605.1/Radio: 2.42.00.04.12) is in line with the latest leak that many of you are probably running. Timeframe on the release is still unknown, but this looks like some more concrete evidence that the Droid Eris will indeed see Android 2.1. Check out the full document with some more information after the jump. [via Verizon]

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4 years ago

Sprint responds to Hero and Moment 2.1 update questions...again

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Sprints response to 2.1 concerns

 

Sprint has left new official word about the 2.1 eclair update for the still popular (but last generation) Samsung Moment and HTC Hero handsets.  It's not likely to make anyone happy, but it's exactly what we figured it would be.

Before we gather the pitchforks and torches and storm Kansas City, we need to try to remember that 1H 2010 (carrier speak for sometime before June 30) has been their official word all along.  Yeah, that doesn't make me any happier either, but what else can you do? [via Engadget] Thanks lastdetailwd for the tip!

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4 years ago

Android 101: What is RSS?

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RSS

Us Android nerds love acronyms. And one that we throw around an awful lot is "RSS." Let's take a look at what it is, and how (and why) you should use it. After the break, people.

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4 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G WiMax hotspot will definitely have a monthly charge

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Sprint Evo 4G hotspot plans

The Sprint Evo 4G WiMax hotspot plans are starting to shape up internally, and it's not looking good if you were hoping Sprint would go the same route as Verizon and offer it up for free. (That said, we're talking WiMax and not just 3G EVDO, so ...) As you see above, "Special plans are being created for the Evo 4G because it is the first dual mode 3G/4G phone offered by Sprint." Also, the plans will have "a monthly recurring charge." That's really not that big a surprise, however unwelcome.

We're still unsure of an exact release date, though we're expecting it sooner rather than later. Let's just hope that the plans are reasonable (we've heard rumors of as much as $30 a month for hotspot access) and that WiMax lives up to its billing and that the rollout continues to smaller cities. One more shot of the info after the break.

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4 years ago

Get WaveSecure for 20 percent off!

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If you missed out on one of the 30 copies of WaveSecure we gave away, we're not done yet. For one month, you can get WaveSecure at a 20 percent discount if you use the promo code WS-ACENTRAL. That's 20 percent off what you'd pay for the peace of mind to know that you can locate your phone if it's lost or stolen, and that you can lock out anyone trying to insert an unauthorized SIM card. Get WaveSecure for just $15.90 for the next month at WaveSecure's site (and be sure to click on the promo code link).

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4 years ago

Droid does Rubik's Cube

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Legos? Check. Droid? Check. Puzzle problem solver? Check. What you see above is being used to trumpet the ARM processor inside the Motorola Droid (as well as any number of other smartphones). The phone's camera is used to identify the colors on the Rubik's Cube and instruct the Lego robot on how to solve it. No matter how you slice it, this is one of the coolest thing's we've seen all week. [YouTube] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Sony will introduce Android-based Dragonpoint Google TV at Google I/O

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Bloomberg is reporting that Sony will introduce their Android-based 'Google TV' at Google I/O. Remember, 'Google TVs' are TV sets that use Intel Atom chips and run an optimized Android OS. Having Android on a TV could very well be the solution to all our crappy TV UI's. It also could not.

What's kind of interesting, however, is that Sony is using a new version of Android called 'Dragonpoint' to power these TVs. We've never heard of Dragonpoint before, and though it sounds insanely cool, it's probably just code for Android optimized for TV usage. Or it could be awesome.

Basically, there's much to find out about these new Google TV sets and Google I/O is the perfect stage for it to be introduced. Considering the likes of Sony, Intel, and Google are involved, it has to be big. Google I/O is set for May 19th and 20th. We can't wait.

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4 years ago

Follow Friday: Shameless self-promotion edition

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Follow Friday - Android Central

Please allow ourselves to introduce ... ourselves. If you're new at Android, you should now be familiar with Android Central: The Blog. Now meet Android Central: The Facebook Page, and Android Central: The Twitter Feed. Two more ways to to interact with us as we go about our business being the best damn Android site this side of Mountain View, Calif. Want to follow all your favorite Android Central writers? We've got a list for that. Get on it!

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4 years ago

HTC posts record high revenue in April

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You wouldn't even know there's a big legal brouhaha going down because HTC just keeps on churning. In April, HTC just posted their best financial numbers to date. According to Digitimes, HTC managed to post $571.9 million in revenue for the month of April, which is a 57.93 percent increase on year. We don't need to crunch all the little numbers and decimal points to know that HTC is doing an awesome job for us and for themselves. With the Droid Incredible now fully available and the Evo 4G on deck, there's really no stopping HTC. Check out a few graphs after the jump!

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