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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for March 26, 2011

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The wide variety of applications available in the Android market make it so that there is an application for just about everyone, for just about any purpose. Unfortunately finding the perfect application is not always the easiest, as the market is growing quite rapidly, but fear not. Here we have yet another edition of our favorite applications, and we hope that you find some that you enjoy as well. Let's take a look at what we have for you this week. 

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3 years ago

Reader's hands-on review of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom from Staples

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OK, all you aspiring Android Central bloggers out there. Pay attention, because n46kps is showing you how it's done. You've watched the unboxing, you've seen the benchmarks, and now it's time for the full hands-on review of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet.

As you'll recall, this is the contract-free version you can officially pick up starting March 27, though some stores obviously are selling them early (this one came from Staples).

So kudos, n64kps. You've done a service for your country.

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3 years ago

Sprint urges early reservations for the Kyocera Echo

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If you're waiting to get your hot little hands on the Kyocera Echo, Sprint's recommending you reserve yours now before the April 17 launch. And there's an online sign-up page that lets you do just that. The Echo will still cost you $199 on contract, which breaks down to $100 per 3.5-inch touchscreen. See our hands-on and initial impressions for exactly what we're talking about, then get your reservation on. [Sprint via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Big D5!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X gets ClockworkMod recovery

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The LG Optimus 2X (see our hands-on) gets the next step of the hacking treatment, a custom recovery.  Paul O'Brien has built ClockworkMod recovery, and packaged it up with an easy installer for Windows, Linux, and Mac computers.  The project is still marked as beta, but the few issues seem to be centered around the installer, so advanced users may wish to just manually copy and dd the recovery image themselves.  Having said that, unlike some other hacks that spring up from time to time, Paul is actively working with the few folks having issues, so I feel good about recommending this one.

I realize that few of us here in the states will be getting an Optimus 2X, but AT&T and T-Mobile will be releasing some very similar devices, so we're keeping an eye on this one in hopes of an easy port.  Visit the source link for downloads and installation information. [MoDaCo] Thanks for the tip, Dan!

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3 years ago

Motorola sends out pre-release software update for the Atrix 4G

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It's no secret that Motorola was getting the groundwork laid out to update the Motorola Atrix 4G. The only thing we were not fully aware of was what, exactly the update would comprise. Now we know. The list below covers quite a few bug fixes and bumps the device into software version 4.1.57:

  • Fingerprint reader - Improved fingerprint reader performance
  • Battery- Improved battery performance for longer battery life
  • Screen - Display will turn off automatically now while charging directly on wall charger
  • Phone stability - Improved stability resulting in fewer occurrences of touch unresponsiveness and/or programs quitting unexpectedly.
  • Car dock - Improved performance of car dock and 3.5mm jack

While voice quality and upload speeds a definite concern for users, neither of those look to be covered by the 17MB update issued. However, Motorola has recognized concerns and as we know AT&T is working on enabling HSUPA on the Atrix. [Motorola] Thanks, C-MOE!

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom Wifi-only benchmarks

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Christmas is coming early for this ol' editor, folks. You've already seen the unboxing of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom, which Android Central reader n64kps snagged from Staples a couple days early. Now he's back with benchmarks!

So we're not really expecting anything different, performance-wise, with the Wifi-only version of the Xoom. After all, it's the same 10.-inch, Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet that we've come to know. But it's still good to put it through its paces, just in case. And the Quadrant score is close enough to our own in our Xoom review that we're not looking at any broad changes.

So check out some more benchmark tests from n64kps after the break. Thanks, man!

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3 years ago

Canadian Motorola Milestone users get Froyo update

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We know it must have been rough for Canadian Motorola Milestone users to see Android 2.2 Froyo rolled out to international users lately, but Telus did promise they would be releasing their version shortly after. Making good on their promise, Motorola Canada today announced via Facebook that the update is indeed now available via the Motorola support page. If you're a Canadian Milestone user, go ahead and get your Froyo on. 

Also, just a little side note: You might want to follow Motorola Canada's Twitter account as well. Much like with the release of the Motorola XOOM in the U.S. they are also giving away a gold Motorola XOOM. [Facebook, Twitter] Thanks, Kelly!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Cricket LG Optimus C

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There's the Optimus One. And the Optimus M. And the Optimus S. And the Optimus T. And the Optimus U. And the Optimus V. And the LG Vortex on Verizon. And now, we present the LG Optimus C on Cricket, fresh off the show floor at CTIA. 

This is yet another variant of the Optimus One, which is an above-average mid-range Android smartphone. You have Android 2.2 running with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 3.2MP camera with a 1500mAh battery. The physical buttons are a tad different than what you'll get on the other versions, but all in all it's mostly the same experience. More pics and hands-on video are after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom Wifi-only version unboxed by Android Central reader

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This is why you all kick ass. Android Central member n64kps snagged one of those Wifi-only Motorola Xooms a couple days early from Staples and did up a nice little unboxing video. Yes, I've said unboxings are lame, but only when I do them. When you guys do them for me, they're awesome! :p

Anyhoo, nicely done, n64kps! Now if you can get benchmarks, a photo gallery, and a full review by end-of-day Sunday (we'll give you lots of time, it is the weekend, after all), that'd be great! Love, Phil.

Now everybody go check out the video after the break!

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3 years ago

Atrix 4G, Inspire 4G to get their big boy HSUPA pants in April, AT&T says

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Much hay has been made about AT&T's calling the HTC Inspire and Motorola Atrix "4G" phones despite the fact that they shipped without actually being "4g"-enabled, and rightfully so. We brought you instructions a month or so ago about how to hack your way to HSUPA (upload) speeds on the Inspire, but it's a bit of work.

And now comes word through the FCC and from AT&T itself that points to an upgrade in the works. First, there's a filing at the FCC that actually gives it governmental permission to flip the HSPUA switch on the phones. And then there's a response on Facebook that says the two phones will be getting updates (presumably for HSUPA) in April. It also goes on to say that the Samsung Infuse (4G) will ship with HSUPA enabled.

So put down the pitchforks, folks, and put away your petitions. The Atrix and Inspire are about to get AT&T's "4G." [FCC, Facebook via Wireless Goodness, Droid Matters]

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