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3 years ago

Epic 4G owner tears apart keyboard to get custom gaming controls

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Even with all these old gaming console emulators running wild on the Android Market, it is still hard to believe someone would willingly utterly destroy their Epic 4G's keyboard to make it more useful for gaming. Still, that is just what Android user Cary Golomb did. In short, he removed the entire keyboard from the phone, decided what keys he needed to keep for gaming (remember, the phone is fully usable with just the touchscreen), and proceeded to cut out the unneeded buttons with a knife. His final step was to paint over the areas where he had removed keys, which gives the phone a more slick look (as seen above).

This sort of mod is not for the faint of heart, or the beginner. Or sane people. And you can bet resell value for this thing is practically nothing as well. All that being said, some of you hardcore gamers out there might find this attractive, at least until that rumored Android 3.0 PSPhone comes out. Check out a video of the whole thing in action after the break. [BrainLazy via Phandroid]

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3 years ago

HTC strikes deal with TomTom, will include the service in Desire Z and Desire HD

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TomTom, the popular navigation company, has struck a deal with HTC to be integrated with the upcoming  Desire Z, Desire HD, as well as future devices. HTC's new mapping feature, dubbed HTC Locations, will come preloaded with TomTom's maps and turn-by-turn navigation can then be purchased through HTC Locations or HTC Sync. 

This is an interesting partnership that will provide customers who don't have access to Google Maps Navigation with a fully integrated navigation experience.  [Business Wire]

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3 years ago

Verizon Galaxy Tab coming Nov. 11, will sell for $599.99, $20 for 1GB of data

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You read right, folks. The Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab (watch our hands-on here) apparently is going to sell unsubsidized for $599, and it'll be available Nov. 11. A data plan will run you $20 for 1GB. And with all that jing you get a 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet with a 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor and all the bells and whistles. Preloaded apps include Verizon's VCAST suite, Slacker Radio, Kindle, Blockbuster and Let's Golf.

So at $600 -- but no messy contract -- are you more or less apt to pic this up? Full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 overclock gets even better -- and released [video]

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That T-Mobile G2 overclock from yesterday?  It just got faster, and released to the public!  As the developer says, his particular G2 can reach 1420 MHz, but most all G2 CPU's should see a significant overclock, making the already fast little phone that much faster.  The developer's words say it best:

"...after an overclock and a tiny voltage increase, the G2 basically blows
every retail Android phone out of the water (even overclocked)"

It's not quite automatic, but the instructions are straightforward and simple enough, and the source was released along with the binary.  Big bucket of GPL love goes out to you, Mike.

Check out the video after the break, and hit the source link for full instructions and download links.  Then jump into the G2 forums and let's see some benchmark scores.  [XDA-Developers] Thanks, Mike, for the method and the heads up!

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3 years ago

myTouch 4G ROM ported to Nexus One (Update: Slew of screenshots added)

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If you're looking to try your hand on the T-Mobile myTouch 4G, you're in luck. It's up and running in basic form, thanks to eViL D: porting that leaked ROM over to the Nexus One. Wifi, Bluetooth and the cell radios are working; the camera, video and the new Wifi calling are out, for now. But it's definitely up and running and is a great primer for how things will work when the myTouch 4G is finally released. This isn't one of those flash-and-go ROMs -- you'll need to follow the directions. But we got it up and running -- and now we want the myTouch 4G, stat. [XDA Developers via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Josh!

Update: Screen shots, anyone? We've got a few dozen after the break.

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3 years ago

Android - for your phone's protection

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Never mind that this appears to be Android 1.6 on a Samsung feature messenger. It's that the accessory description reads like it was written by the folks at Trojan that has us cracking up. Yes, we're 12-year-old boys.

Oh, by the way, Jerry, I believe you're up for this review. Thanks, Patrick!

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3 years ago

How to fix stuck app downloads [From the Forums]

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Having issues with applications from the Market not downloading, or stalling during installation?  There's a fix that might help, and we've detailed it in the forums.  It's not complicated, doesn't require root or any real hackery, and we've even covered the method to make the fix stick so you aren't doing it every time an application wants to install itself to your SD card.  It all circles around the .android_secure folder on your SD card, which is the place applications using the "install to SD card method" that comes along with Froyo want and need to be. 

Hit the forums and have a look, because even if you're not having problems now, you never know when they might spring up.  [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum video hands-on

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We're still waiting an official announcement from Verizon on the Samsung Continuum. But rest assured, folks, it exists. As you no doubt remember from our previous hands-on with the Continuum, it's an interesting design, with a larger, normal touchscreen up top, and a smaller "Ticker" beneath the usual capacitive buttons.

And the Samsung Continuum's Ticker is where it's at -- quick access to news, weather, scores, time, e-mail, music controls. We've got a brief video of it -- as well as another look at the hardware -- after the break. Enjoy! 

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3 years ago

Want a customized Android handset? Look to Germany's Synapse-Phones

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We're all used to the customization options that come with Android OS, but what if you could customize the hardware you buy? A small startup called Synapse is experimenting with the idea of individually customizing Android handsets for customers. 

Here are the starting specs one would work with:

  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 1GHz processor
  • 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen
  • microSD card slot, expandable to 32GB

After that, customizable options include:

  • Radio (3G or 4G, including LTE and WiMAX)
  • Bluetooth
  • Camera (including: front and back-facing camera options, up to 12MP and whether or not to include flash)
  • Mini-HDMI
  • Physical or capacitive buttons 
  • Body color (black or white)
  • Working memory
  • Built-in memory
  • Mobile television built-in

This sounds like a great idea. It seems that if you kept the default options, the price would be €299 (about $410) -- not too bad for a phone with these specs. Note that the start-up has been experiencing server issues and does not load 100 percent of the time. I was able to gain access after about 15 minutes. Great idea though; it's always great to see the innovative ideas that come from the open-source community. [Synapse Phones via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Carriers still pushing task killers? Help us help you!

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Task killers seem to be the one subject that will never die, and carriers seem to be a big part of the reason why.  First things first -- task killers only make things worse.  I've said it, folks like Cyanogen have said it (for fun, try filing a bug report with CM 6 and mention that you use a task killer), and even the folks who wrote Android have said it

So why do the carriers (notably Verizon, but I'm sure it happens elsewhere) insist on forcing one onto your new Android phone?  I've heard from two separate sources that it is not Verizon policy, nor is it in the training to pre-install task killing software on Android phones that are being set-up, but reports of it happening (like the source link at the end of this post) are so numerous that I'm starting to wonder.  This is where you come in.  Cory (our forums administrator) has set up a poll asking about your purchasing experience and if it included a task manager.  We need you all to answer so we know just what we're fighting against.  And a word to those of you who might be new to Android -- if your carrier did install a task manager for you, do yourself a favor and uninstall it right after you vote in the poll.  [Android Central Forums]

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