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3 years ago

LG Optimus S source code released

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LG has released the required source code for the Optimus S, a mere two days after the handset was released for sale.  In the era where getting source code for open-source, GPL products sometimes seems like pulling teeth, seeing a company that follows the agreement they signed is quite refreshing.  Make no mistake, LG is serious about its push into the Android world.

This code won't mean much for most of you, but for the few Optimus S developers we're seeing spring up, it's like gold.  Give the fellows a bit of time, and get ready for your new Optimus S to get even better.  Hit the source link for the download, the model number you're looking for is LGLS670. [LG Electronics] Thanks ksmithinny!

Update - Looks like LG decided to take the source code down for whatever reason.

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3 years ago

HP Photosmart eStation (Android almost-tablet) hands-on [Video]

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Want to know what a printer with an Android mini-tablet looks like? Feast your eyes on the "HP Photosmart eStation All-in-One Printer Series - C510" (pause for breath) and itss little Android-powered control station (neé Zeen). Sure, we could talk specs here - Like Android 2.1, a 7" screen, and so on - but HP is pretty much using Android like many companies use WinCE: as a quick OS to build their custom stuff on. Hence: no Google Apps like Gmail or Android Marketplace for 3rd party apps. Regarding the latter - HP says they will continue to evaluate apps that can bring quality printing experiences. Something we pretty much take as code for "you know we're switching this stuff to webOS soon, right?"

In any case, the mini-tablet does have some clever bits on it - the notification drawer has the printer's status and email address right there along with a shortcut to a dashboard that shows you ink levels and the like. There are a smattering of other apps like Yahoo Weather (with printing!), Snapfish (with printing!), and the default Android web browser munged up with a permanent menu at the bottom (with printing!).

Build-wise, it's nothing to write home about. There's a weird swoop on the rear of the tablet, but the full SD card slot is a nice touch. HP has added music functions as well. No word on battery life, but this is most definitely a print and print-app device with just a little bit of classic Android peeking through.

Basically, our take is that if you're in the market for a cool printer - have at it, this eStation is actually very cool and the email-to-print feature is underrated. Just don't expect to get a sweet Android tablet along with it. If you want an Android tablet, there are better ones coming that don't have a printer attached.

Video and photos after the break!

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Tab Hands-On

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We just grabbed a quick look at the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet and ... it's totally a Galaxy Tab on Sprint. Which is to say that what we have here is Android 2.2 with Samsung's TouchWiz (and not Sprint ID), that 7-inch 1024x600 display, a whoppingly large 4000mAh battery -- which should give you a full day -- and all the usual fixings. 

What really pleased us, though is the utter lack of Sprint bloatware. Say what you will about the latest generation of TouchWiz and Samsung apps (we're alternately hot and cold), but at least Samsung appears to be offering a consistent tablet experience across all carriers -- including a Media Hub for buying movies. The only two Sprint apps we could see were an account management app and an app to run their Hotspot for tethering.

We'd say more, but honestly not much has changed from all the previous looks we've had with Galaxy Tab that we have done -- and that's a good thing. Photos of the snazzy Sprint logo and a few of the apps after the break!

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3 years ago

Update: Android Central and TiPB neck-and-neck in Waze contest

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We are entering the final stretch now of our Waze contest as the final count will be taken and the contest will end come the end of tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 10. As you can see, we are narrowly trail our friends over at TiPB, which is a problem that needs to be fixed immediately. Check out the rules here, and remember, a user from the winning blog gets their choice of either an iPad or Galaxy Tab, so get to the road! [Waze]

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3 years ago

MyTouch 4G root still a bit of the ol' caveat emptor

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Much like the T-Mobile G2, HTC Desire HD and Desire Z, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G has now been freed and permanent root has been obtained. The methods are pretty much the same as the G2 root so with that, you'll have to exercise extreme caution if you decide to roll with this right away. Personally, we suggest holding off until the powers that be can find better way of implementing root. The fact that it can now be obtained should be enough for most folks. You've waited this long, you might as well play it safe. [XDA via AndroidSpin]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson working on the Anzu? [rumored devices]

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Not a lot to go on here, but that's supposedly the Sony Ericsson Anzu -- slated for a Q1 2011 launch, Gingerbread on board (yes the screenshot shows Eclair), 4.3-inch screen, HDMI out and is "very, very slim."

Anyone who has used any of SE's phones knows that the build quality and materials are absolutely top-notch. (see our X10 review).  The phones are amazing to hold and use, but the software and time to market leave a lot to be desired.  Let's hope SE learns from past mistakes, and gets this beauty (as spec'ed) out come late winter.  In the meantime, let's analyze and tear apart this rumor in the forums! [Xperia X10 blog via @tejstar]

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3 years ago

Sprint says data problems subsiding

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We've gotten the e-mails. We've seen the forums posts. Sprint's data's been acting up the past few days. But all should be well as of this afternoon, Sprint tells us. Here's the deal:

Starting Monday afternoon, some Sprint smartphone users did experience problems accessing the Internet and using some 3G data services due to reprovisioning and firewall issues. This impairment has been resolved as of this afternoon and all impacted customers should be should be experiencing service as usual.

What say you folks? Sprint data settling back to normal?

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3 years ago

Evo 4G case review: Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo [video]

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When Chuck Norris chooses an Evo 4G case, this is probably the one he uses.  The Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo is some serious battle armor for your Evo.  It's a four-part system, consisting of the Seidio Innocase II Surface for the interior shell, a rugged rubber skin and skeleton protective outer shell, an authentic Seidio Ultimate Screen Guard screen protector, and a locking holster to keep it where you want it to be.

When completely assembled, not a bit of your Evo 4G is exposed.  Even the ports and controls are covered by the rubber skin, yet easy to open flaps give quick access to ports and the case is designed so that all the buttons and controls work without removing the rubber.  Of course, with everything covered up tight you won't have access to the kickstand, but if you are out and about in a place where you need this level of protection -- on the job, doing outdoor activities, or chasing down aliens, it's a fair trade.

When you don't need the extreme protection the Innocase Rugged offers, the rubber skin and skeleton is easily removed, leaving the Innocase Surface to keep your Evo safe from minor bumps and scratches.  You can grab the Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo in the Android Central store for $39.95.  Hit the break to see a slew of pictures, and a quick video showing how the kit is assembled. 

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3 years ago

Android once again dominates smartphone ratings by Consumer Reports

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Consumer Reports magazine last updated its smartphone ratings in August -- and a lot has changed since then. But one thing that definitely hasn't changed is that Android dominates the ratings. It's almost embarrassing, actually. Here's how it breaks down for the four major U.S. carrier, with positions in parenthesis:

Astounding, actually. Android has the top two rated phones for three out of the four carriers. The only one it didn't have No. 2 on was AT&T -- and that went to the iPhone 3G S, not even the iPhone 4G. In fact, there's a sidebar in which CR writes that it still doesn't recommend the iPhone 4 because of that whole reception thing (though it is actually rated higher than the Captivate, even if it isn't recommended). Be sure the entire breakdown. [Consumer Reports]

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3 years ago

O2's version of the Samsung Galaxy S getting Froyo on Nov. 15

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Hey, you, the guy on O2, with the SE X10 and a Galaxy S, too. Some updates are headed your way. The above screen grab is a bit cryptic, but here's the deal: European carrier O2's Sony Ericsson X10 line -- that'd be the X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro -- will be getting its Android 2.1 (Eclair) update starting Nov. 15. And that same day, O2's Galaxy S devices will be getting Android 2.2 -- Froyo.

That's all subject to change, of course, and it likely will roll out in stages -- you know these updates go. But some update is better than no update, right? Thanks, anon!

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