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3 years ago

Droid Incredible rumored to get Froyo on Aug. 18

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Probably the No. 1 question we get day after day is "When will the Droid Incredible get Android 2.2." (The No. 2 question, strangely, is "What should I have for lunch?") Mashable says it has it on good authority that Verizon peeps already are walking around with Froyo on their phones (and if you do, you know where to send those pics, right?) and that the update will push out beginning Aug. 18.

Now, we certainly hope that's the case. But so far, Froyo OTAs haven't exactly had the best track record. (Exhibits A, B). And if this one ends up falling through, we'll likely line up outside the Mashable offices with you, pitchforks in hand. [Mashable] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 25

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry and Mickey are back for the launch of the Motorola Droid 2, a slew of Android 2.2 updates, the announcement of a half-dozen Android phones (no lie), plus your e-mails and voicemails. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Samsung actively testing GPS fix (erm, 'optimization') for Galaxy S phones

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You know that Samsung Captivate ROM that's floating around (and that we just wrote about)? This might what's going on: We've all been aware of the GPS issues plaguing the Captivate and Vibrant, namely that it just plain didn't work well unless you tweaked a bunch of settings. But Samsung's Carla Saavedra unleashed the above on Twitter, saying that indeed a fix is on the way. So all of you folks out there who feared Sammy wasn't listening, well, fear no more. [Twitter via Everything Android] Thanks, Chris

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3 years ago

New ROM available for the Samsung Captivate

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There is a new ROM available for the Samsung Captivate, and many users say it fixes some of the bugs that have been a sore spot since launch.  Before we talk about the bug fixes -- this is not pushing out from AT&T, and we haven't had a chance to try it yet, we've been a bit busy. You'll need to download the ROM from samsung-firmwares.com, which is an unofficial support site. 

Now that that dirty business is behind us, here's what the folks who have had a chance to try it out are saying:

Pros:

  • Media Scanning is quicker
  • Quadrant scores are a bit higher
  • GPS lock seems to happen faster
  • QuickOffice is included (though you can find it in the AT&T section of the Market on your Captivate
  • Prompt for action when plugging in USB cable is now enabled by default
  • Added YouTube HQ button

Cons:

  • USB tethering removed
  • No HSUPA
  • The "go into flight mode and turn on wifi" Market workaround removed

You can get all the info and download at the source link, and see a video of some quick GPS lock (while indoors!) after the break. [xda-developers]

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3 years ago

Google pulls Pro-Nazi themes from Market

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Google is usually thought to have a hands-off approach to the Android Market. But we have seen a couple cases to the contrary, and there are rules that must be followed. They have typically only pulled apps that might endanger user privacy or information. However, that seems to have changed with Engadget's revelation that a Nazi theme app would turn up with a casual search using "Jewish." Between the time Engadget posted their article and I went on the Market to confirm, the app seems to have been pulled. I was able to find another pro-Nazi theme by the same developer (which seems to run off pumping out random theme apps) but only after a search for "nazi"(as seen above). 

I am typically a staunch supporter of Voltaire's views on free speech:

"Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write."

That said, I am glad that the app was removed. With a mostly "open market," we get benefits and negatives. This is one of the times where a negative rears its ugly head. Engadget has much more very thoughtful analysis of the whole situation, and I would encourage you to check it out. [Engadget

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3 years ago

From the Forums -- Epic up for pre-sale from Best Buy, Radio Shack

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For those of you who would rather get your Epic 4G from places other than Sprint stores, good news comes from the forums: The phone is now up for pre-sale from Best Buy and Radio Shack. The Samsung Galaxy S variant is set to go on sale on 31 Aug for $250 on 2-year contract. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Dell Streak now available in U.S., see Android 2.1 leaked abroad

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Those of us in the U.S. can finally pick up a 5-inch Dell Streak and shake our heads in amazement while we use a brand-new device with Android 1.6. Meanwhile, overseas, an early Euro has leaked onto the interwebs. Streak Smart has gotten their hands on the leaked update file, and has nothing but love for it. If you happen to be a lucky over-seas user with the phone, hit up the links for instructions for downloading and installing the update, along with many more pictures. [MoDaCo forums via Streak Smart]

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3 years ago

Another Android spotted on TV, this time on Top Chef

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Android devices have been grabbing the spotlight lately, popping up in TV shows of all genres. Entourage has given Johnny Drama and Ari Gold a Nexus One to use as they conquer Hollywood, while the HTC Evo has been capturing surgical procedures on "The Closer."

Now, the myTouch 3G has popped up in the Bravo show "Top Chef." As Android's popularity increases, we're likely to see many more devices hit Hollywood, so let us know if you see one! (Thanks, David!)

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3 years ago

Sprint's pricing of the Epic 4G -- did they miss the 'sweet spot?'

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By now everybody's heard that the Sprint Epic 4G will be available for sale August 31, for $249.99 on contract after the usual rebates.  Compare this to the Evo 4G (and most other 'top tier' Android smartphones as well) pricing at $199.99 after the same rebates, and on the same contract.  Quite a few seem to think that Sprint dropped the ball as far as pricing is concerned, and that the extra 50 clams will scare buyers off. 

Turns out that the guys and gals in the Epic 4G forums have already set up a poll about this very subject.  Have strong feelings one way or the other on this?  Hit the forums and let your voice be heard! [Android Central Epic 4G forums]

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3 years ago

Droid 2 feature: The panoramic picture

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Taking panoramic pictures isn't unique to the Motorola Droid 2. But Motorola's way of doing it deserves mention. (Click here for our Droid 2 camera test.) The above picture was taken with the Droid 2, and it's dirt simple. You set the phone to panoramic mode and press the shutter button, which starts the process. The phone tells you how much to move to take the next picture, and beeps when you're in the right position, which is helpful when the sun's in your eyes. Press the shutter button again when you've got what you want. The phone then stitches everything together into what you see here.

It's a pretty sweet deal and is a no-brainer. For another version of this same picture taken with the Droid X, ease on past the break.

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