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3 years ago

The HTC Droid Eris receives an unexpected update

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Verizon just released a very unexpected OTA update for the HTC Droid Eris. No, seriously -- look! The latest update to hit the Eris brings the little guy to ROM: 2.41.605.6 and the Radio: 2.42.01.04.27. Sadly, this is not Froyo. Remember, the Eris isn't getting Froyo.

Here is a list changes from the update:

  • Improved Bluetooth connection performance with Mercedes-Benz E350 automobiles.
  • New Twitter authentication allows users to login to their accounts with ease.
  • The Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) display,  showcasing the strength of the incoming signal on the device, has been visually improved. 
  • Visual Voice Mail (v1.0.19) now comes preloaded.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 calendars can now be synced with the device.
  • Videos, pictures, and audio multimedia messages can be sent and received with or without text included.
  • Videos, pictures, and audio multimedia messages  sent to devices on other wireless carrier networks will be received.

Head into the the Android Central Forums to see what others are saying about the update. [Verizon (.pdf file)]

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3 years ago

Battery cover mod turns mild-mannered EVO Shift 4G into security card

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We're more than fond of seeing a little DIY smartphone hackery, and Android Central Forums member jhoove09 brings us a cool little project. Back when he used a Palm Pre (hi, PreCentral!), he'd grown tired of forgetting his security card at home, and so he hacked it into the phone's Touchstone cover. And now that he's moved onto, shall we say, greener pastures, it was time to do the same to his new HTC EVO Shift 4G.

It's a pretty cool little project. And with NFC slowly gaining in popularity, something like this -- minus acetone and super glue -- might well become more common with our phones. Check out the full story at the source link. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Snoop DoGGGG is back for the MetroPCS Samsung Galaxy Indulge

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He's back, folks. Snoop DoGGGG. Charmin' the ladies, or whatever it is you kids do these days. If you missed the first installment, Snoop D-O-(Double)-Double-G is playing three parts alongside ... wait for it ... Warren G (remember him?) as part of MetroPCS' "G-Connection" promotion for the Samsung Galaxy Indulge. If they ever get the LG G-Slate, things might really get out of hand.

Check out the first installment of the G-Connection after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Maps updates to 5.2, focuses on Hotpot and Latitude

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A new Google Maps update has hit the Android Market, bringing the app to Version 5.2. The latest update from the Google Maps team mostly focuses on the social aspect.

For those of you that use Google's Hotpot, you will now be able to tweet your reviews using the integrated rating widget. The reviews will be appear in searches, Google.com/hotpot, and on Place pages.

In addition to the new tweetable Hotpot reviews, Google Latitude users will now be able to "ping" their friends. The new ping feature will appear in the notification bar. So, now instead of texting, emailing, or calling them, you can just ping them to meetup.

Google has also reminded us that you can also check-in using Google Latitude. The check-in feature was added last month to version 5.1. Not the biggest update in the world, but still, the Google Maps team is always innovating and updating the app.

Here's the changlog:

  • Post your reviews of places to Twitter
  • Check in at places with Google Latitude to earn status and share with friends
  • Ping Latitude friends to ask them to check in. Friends will get a check-in request notification from you.
  •  Search for a place to check in from Latitude if it's not in the suggested list of places.

Full deets are at Google's blog post. [Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

Review: Seidio Innocase II Surface for the Samsung Fascinate

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The Samsung Fascinate is one sexy phone with a smooth yet slippery plastic surface. One wrong move and the next thing you know you're helplessly watching as it transitions from sexy to scratched. Enter the Seidio Innocase II Surface: a high-quality case designed to add moderate protection while retaining the Fascinate's sleek appearance.

Assembly is quick and easy. There are two interlocking pieces that slide snuggly into place. Each 1 mm piece is constructed from durable soft-touch plastic and lined with felt for additional protection during assembly and removal. The soft-touch plastic gives you the grip you're looking for and feels oh so good in the hands.

 

There are cutouts for the the volume and power buttons, mic, speaker, USB port, 3.5mm jack, lanyard, and camera. The bottom raises the camera lens and speaker away from flat surfaces. The raised speaker provides the additional benefit of improved audio quality. If you're like me and carry a spare battery, you'll be happy to know that a push and slide of the bottom piece allows for quick and easy removal.  Overall I was pleased with the quality and appearance of this minimalistic case. If you're looking for a nice mix of style and protection; you can't go wrong with the Seidio Innocase II Surface for the Fascinate.   

The Seidio Innocase II Surface for the Samsung Fascinate comes in five colors -- black, blue, burgundy, amethyst and pearl white -- and is available in the the Android Central Store for $27.95. We've got more pics after the break.

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3 years ago

Sprint bringing 'the latest in wireless innovation at CTIA' this month

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We don't usually post all of our upcoming individual show events here on the front page. (We do, however, post our show schedule here.) But because so many were worried Sprint was getting out of the smartphone business after a relative no-show at CES in January, we'll make an exception this time.

As for what we'll see? More likely than not, something with the name "EVO" attached. Might be a true sequel, but remember that Sprint's told us the original EVO 4G and EVO Shift 4G are just the first in what will be a growing EVO brand.

Anyhoo, we'll be at CTIA in a couple of weeks to bring it all to you.

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3 years ago

BBM again rumored to be Android-bound, possibly by year's end

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It's kinda been the white whale of smartphone nerds -- RIM's BlackBerry Messenger running on something other than a BlackBerry. We've seen a number of third-party clients come and go with occasional success. But as a poll at CrackBerry.com indicated late last year, you all (and us, too) want BBM on your phone, be it BlackBerry, Android or iPhone.

And according to an anonymously sourced post at BGR, it might finally happen. The anonymous sources claim BBM will be headed to Android and iOS by the end of the year. And while it'll be functional (and free), it'll also be stripped down from the full BB version, meaning you'll get basic messaging functionality but not location or picture sharing, and the like.

This all, of course, goes hand-in-hand with the rumor that the BlackBerry Playbook tablet might end up running Android apps in some shape or form, so things are certainly getting interesting. [BGR via CrackBerry]

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3 years ago

Motorola Flipout, Charm won't get Froyo, manufacturer says

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If you've got a Motorola Flipout or Motorola Charm and are staying up nights waiting for a Froyo update, time to pour yourself a glass of milk, fluff the pillows and head to bed. It ain't gonna happen. Motorola just updated its increasingly less popular update timeline chart and broke the bad news -- the Charm and Flipout "will remain on Android 2.1." It's not that big a surprise, we suppose, but still is a disappointment.

And now, Motorola, it's about time to start letting us know which phones have a shot at being upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Droid X? Droid 2/Global? Droid Pro? Any of these ring a bell? [Motorola]

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3 years ago

Verizon gives $100 discount on every Droid phone in stock

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It looks like Verizon wants to start the month of March with a bang as they are offering steep discounts on every Droid phone in their inventory. It would seem that Big Red has slashed a cool $100 from the two-year contract price of the phones across the board. Here is a quick rundown on the deals to be had:

Even with the coming launch of the HTC Thunderbolt and the Droid Bionic, these deals may be too good to pass up if you aren't one to pine over LTE. [Verizon] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC Merge at the FCC again, this time with the user manual in tow

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The HTC Merge has had quite a wild ride since we first went hands- on with it. After seemingly dropping off the face of the earth, it was deemed canceled, sold on eBay, turned up on Alltel and finally the big news arrived -- an official announcement of its release.  Although the official announcement lacked any launch dates or specific carriers, Verizon was assumed to be on that list given the fact they never removed it from their system nor bothered to stop shipping accessories.

The latest HTC Merge news is that it has now passed FCC approval. And while rumors may have suggested it was possibly being revamped for LTE, we're not exactly shocked to find out it still remains without. (In fact, judging from the tape/Photoshop job where the carrier logo would be, we're betting this is exactly the same model as what we saw, and it's been sitting on a shelf somewhere.)

In addition to passing FCC approval, if you hit up the FCC link you'll also be able to get a look at the (Still Verizon-branded) user-guide, if that's your thing. Still no release date as of yet but no doubt, it's coming soon. [FCC via Phonescoop]

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