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3 years ago

Droid Pro: Most annoying ringtone ever

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For those of you picking up a Motorola Droid Pro, listen to that little audio clip above. Go ahead, we'll wait.

Yeah. It's that bad.

First things first: Dive into the settings and replace that default ringtone. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200 -- don't even set up your e-mail. Replace that ringtone. In fact, while you're in the Verizon store and some misguided (but well-intentioned) sales rep shows you the pre-installed task manager, have them swap it for you. You'll thank us later. So will your roommate, spouse, parent and neighbor.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread announcement Monday at Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco?

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Let's just throw this one out there and see if it sticks to the wall tomorrow: Reader Steve (hi, Steve!) Points out that Google CEO Eric Schmidt opens up the Web 2.0 Summit on Monday in San Francisco, speaking alongside Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media Inc. and John Battelle of Federated Media Publishing.

It's labeled as "A Conversation with Eric Schmidt," and no topics are specifically mentioned. Nikesh Arora, Google's president of Global Sales Operations and Business Development, speaks later in the day, So maybe we'll get Gingerbread, and maybe we won't. But there are worse venues at which to make such an announcement, eh?

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3 years ago

The week in Android News

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3 years ago

LG Vortex coming soon, according to Verizon ad

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We've known for quite some time the LG Vortex was going to be arriving on Verizon and it seems it's coming sooner rather than later. That is, at least, according to a flier sent out by Verizon itself. As posted in the Android Central Forums, the fliers clearly show off the LG Vortex as coming soon. As noted previously, Verizon customers will be able to scoop up the Bing'd out Vortex for free when it finally does arrive in stores and online. Thanks DroidEye22!

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3 years ago

Dell Streak to receive Froyo -- rollout begins in the UK by month's end

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As the rest of the world is waiting very (im)patiently for an official Gingerbread announcement, Dell Home UK issued a statement via Facebook yesterday claiming FroYo (Android 2.2) will be making the rounds to their premiere five-inch Android tablet.  They didn't mention any specific dates, however, they did assure Streak owners that it would reach their fingertips by the end of November.  Dell also noted that depending on your particular hardware build, you actually may not see FroYo on your Streak by the end of the month, but rest assured, you will be notification directly on your Streak when the update is ready.

The much anticipated FroYo update will begin in the UK, and work its way to other regions in the following weeks.  [via AndroidOS]

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3 years ago

Can the G2 burn longer than the competition?

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Some people will literally put a smart phone through any and every test that they can imagine, and some of them are just, well, insane. We have seen the iFixIt team rip units apart, the Internet has gone viral with Will It Blend videos, and now people are grilling their smartphones?

Yes, as crazy as it sounds, someone has confused their iPhone, G2, and Windows Phone 7 device with hamburgers and placed them on a lit grill. If you have a strong enough stomach, and want to witness this insanity, join us after the jump for a video of the process in action and to see how the G2 holds up! [TechFlash via WMPowerUser]

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3 years ago

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3 years ago

The week in Android Apps

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Applications are always a great addition to any Android device, and finding the right application for you. Let's take a look at some of the application updates as well as some of the new releases from the past week after the jump.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab hacked to make phone calls

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The major feature missing from the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the ability to make phone calls. (OK, some of us might consider that a feature.)

But the T-Mobile version of the 7-inch Android Tablet apparently has already been hacked to enable the voice end of things. That's what you see in the image to the right.

You're going to have to do some fairly major surgery -- and this isn't going to work on the Sprint or Verizon versions -- and then enable some of the wireless settings manually. And even after all that, you're not going to want to hold this beast up to your head.

But score another one for the hackers, and let's hope they find a way to open this up for the other carriers' devices, too. [XDA Developers 1, 2, 3] Thanks, Croak, for the tip.

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3 years ago

Netflix coming to select Android devices early next year

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Easily in the top five questions we get from you guys -- and this is one we've been asking, too -- is "Where the hell is Netflix for Android?" It's been a fleeting rumor for months and months, and still we don't have it. But now we at least know why.

Greg Peters of Netflix product development took to the company blog tonight to explain why the iPhone and Windows Phone 7 get streaming movies, but Android's shut out. It comes down to "the lack of a generic and complete platform security and content protection mechanism available for Android," Peters writes, continuing with:

"The same security issues that have led to piracy concerns on the Android platform have made it difficult for us to secure a common Digital Rights Management (DRM) system on these devices. Setting aside the debate around the value of content protection and DRM, they are requirements we must fulfill in order to obtain content from major studios for our subscribers to enjoy. Although we don’t have a common platform security mechanism and DRM, we are able to work with individual handset manufacturers to add content protection to their devices."

The good news? Peters says "we'll launch select Android devices that will instantly stream from Netflix early next year," and they'll keep working with carriers and manufacturers to develop a better solution for the entire Android platform.

Peters kind of makes it sound like Netflix itself will be "launching" new devices, but that seems a wee bit unlikely. "Select devices" and "early next year" sure make us wonder if an impending Android OS revision (hi, Gingerbread!) or two (hello, Honeycomb!) have anything to do with that.

One thing's for sure, though: It can't come soon enough. [Netflix] Thanks, Dustin!

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