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3 years ago

myTouch 3G Slide maintenance update (not Froyo) starts Wednesday

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Those of you rocking a T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, know this: A maintenance update -- as in NOT Android 2.2 -- is headed your way starting Aug. 4. Here's what you have to look forward to, from T-Mobile's mouths to our eyes:

  • Updates to the T-Mobile online contact backup connection, which will improve battery life.
  • Ability to send text messages while connected to WiFi.
  • Genius button improvements: Ability to toggle GPS by voice, announce caller ID for incoming calls and allow answer or ignore, announce incoming text messages.
  • Faves icon displayed next to notifications while device is locked.
  • Overall speed and stability improvements.

T-Mobile says the update will be complete by Aug. 19, and it won't be able to push it out after that. So get it while you can. [T-Mobile forumsThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Facebook's Android app gets a fairly major overhaul

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Android's official Facebook app just got a pretty major upgrade in Version 1.3.0. You'll immediate notice the difference in the user interface, with a photo reel at the bottom that lets you quickly flip through your friends' recent photos and videos. And see that notifications bar at the bottom? Drag it up for the list of recent notifications.  There's also one-tap access to post a status update or search for friends, video playback withing the app using H.264 encoding, support for Facebook events (review, see details, RSVP) within the app, and respond to friend requests.

We can't help but wonder how much of a hand Erick Tseng had in this, given that the former senior Android product manager left Android for Facebook just a few short months ago. Regardless, we're mostly liking what we're seeing. Check out some more screen shots after the break, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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3 years ago

Hands-on with Froyo for the Motorola Droid

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So you want to update your Motorola Droid to Android 2.2, do ya? Go ahead. We're all for it. For everybody else who's content to wait until the over-the-air update hits, we'll show you what you're missing.

But first, a couple of caveats: As of this writing, it looks like copy-protected apps aren't showing in the Android Market. They should clear itself up at some point. That also means no Adobe Flash, unless you sideload it, which is fine.

Then there's the whole tethering thing. Verizon earlier this week said Wifi tether is a no-go, as is USB tethering. But, as you'll see in the video, USB tether is there on the phone (though admittedly we haven't gotten a chance to use it yet).

Anyhoo, give the video a gander, and be sure to talk it up in the forums when you're done.

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3 years ago

Froyo for Droid has arrived; here's how to get it without waiting [#Froyogeddon]

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Froyo has shown it's pretty face for Motorola Droid users, and like all the other OTA's the Android community has jumped on it and worked up a method to force the update without waiting for Big Red to send it your way.  It's pretty easy, doesn't require root and is the official upgrade just as if you had been waiting for it to push to your device. 

  • Grab the update file
  • Place it on the root of your SD card
  • Power down, then restart while holding the X key to get to the bootloader
  • When you see the exclamation mark, hold the volume up button and press the camera button
  • Choose apply sdcard:update.zip
  • Ignore the cache error :)
  • Reboot

If you need the beginners course, hit the source links for a pretty darn nice tutorial.  Now quit stalling, and get your Froyo on! [Android Forums via Android Central forums ]

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid 2 all but confirmed for Aug. 12, plus some new pics

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Look close at the bottom of the blurry shot from Verizon's system above, and you'll see the entry for the (what everybody and their mother assumes to be) Aug. 12 is marked for "Commercial launch of Droid 2".  We'll pause a moment and let you catch your breath.  Back with us?  Good.  It looks like all the speculations and rumors may be true this time, and we all will be able to get our grubby paws on a shiny Droid 2 in 9 short days.

To add to the Droid 2 fever, we also have some nice pics from a member at Howard Forums showing the Droid 2 beside its predecessor, the OG Droid, and a close up of the keyboard in all it's extended glory.  Check them out after the break, then we can all wait impatiently and figure out how we can pass the next week or so in the Droid 2 forums.  [Howard Forums via Intomobile, and thanks to The Geek at donthatethegeek.com for the release info!]

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3 years ago

From the forums: Evo 4G Froyo update, unicorns and issues

Now that we've got a few hours of Froyo on the Evo 4G under our belts, let's get down to brass tacks. How's the update fairing for you? Faster? Slower? Borked? Those answers, and more, are all in our forums:

  • Froyo update features: Spot something we didn't cover in our preview?
  • Froyo update issues: See if others have the same problems as you, and find some answers. Includes poor browser performance, gmail sync, camera, missing apps, Pandroid/Slacker radio, system panel apps, Bluetooth voice dialing, Swype and more.
  • Thumbs up/down: How about a straightforward poll?
  • Rooting: It was only a matter of time, of course.

And that's just the tip of the Froyo iceberg. Be sure to check out all the threads in our Evo 4G forums.

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3 years ago

Cricket officially announces it's getting the Kyocera Zio, and a Huawei phone

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We've known for a while that the Kyocera Zio would be coming to Cricket Communications, and now it's official. Pricing and actual availability weren't announced (other than "this fall"), and we can only hope that it's seen an update from the Android 1.6 that was on it when we had our hands on in March, which you can watch again again after the break, if you're so inclined. Also mentioned: a "low-cost Android phone from Huawei," so you have that to look forward to. [Buzinesswire]

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3 years ago

Android 2.1 and up now on 64.2 percent of devices

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It's been a couple more weeks, and that means it's time once again to check out the Android fragmentation (erm, legacy) score sheet. For the past two weeks ending Aug. 2, devices running Android 2.1 are at 59.7 percent (up from 55.5 percent), and Froyo devices are now at 4.5 percent (up from 3.3).  Check out the previous report here.

It'll be interesting to see these numbers in a couple more weeks, now that the Evo 4G is getting Froyo, and we expect the original Motorola Droid to get it any day now. [Android Developers Blog]

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3 years ago

Airplane mode

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Now that we've got music, games, videos and photos on our phones, we're definitely going to want to have access to our phones while traveling, right? But if you're even going to think about using your phone on an airplane, you're going to need the aptly named "Airplane mode." It shuts down the phone's radios so that it won't interfere with any of the airplane's systems.

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3 years ago

Win a 90-day Thumbplay trial subscription

Want millions of songs at your fingertips? How about on your Mac or PC, and your Android smartphone? Then it's time to check out Thumbplay, which does that, and more, including iTunes library importing, auto-syncing, a playlist genie, favorites and the ability to listen offline.

Sound good? Well, let's make it even better. We've got 30 free 90-day Thumbplay trials to give away. Full details, a video explainer of Thumbplay and instructions on how to enter are after the break.

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