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3 years ago

Celebrating our 500,000th member!

The Android Central Forums just hit a half-million members, folks. That's 500,000 Android faithful, who have quickly made our little slice of the web into the biggest and best Android community around. We've said it before and we'll say it again: You're the ones who make Android Central as good as it is. And for that, we thank you, and we're well on our way to the next 500,000 members.

And with a milestone like this, of course we're going to give away something. Or several somethings. Interested? Hit the break for more.

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3 years ago

Find all the latest jobs at Research in Motion with this handy Android app

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Youtube link for mobile viewing and joking

Dunno about you, but if I were looking for a job with Research in Motion -- as in the folks who make the BlackBerry -- I'm not sure if I'd turn to an Android app to do so. But that's exactly what Jobs in Motion does. It's a relatively nice Android app that shows you the latest RIM job openings, lets you share and save them, and even ties into Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.

And probably the most ironic thing? It looks about 100 times better on an Android smartphone than on a BlackBerry. Go figure.

Uh, download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Amaze 4G coming to T-Mobile on Oct. 12 for $259 after contract, rebate

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Pre-sale starts online Oct. 10; phone is NFC-capable

T-Mobile this afternoon announced the HTC Amaze 4G (aka the HTC Ruby) -- a 4.3-inch powerhouse that will run on TMo's HSPA+ 42Mbps 4G network. In addition to the aforementioned display (which is a Super LCD at qHD resolution), the Amaze 4G has a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor pushing Android 2.3.4 and HTC Sense (with T-Mobile TV and HTC Watch thrown in for good measure).  Add in the excellent camera hardware and software we first saw in the MyTouch 4G Slide, and this one is sure to attract a bit of attention.

Not enough power? The Amaze 4G also sports NFC (near field communication) for mobile payments, tags and the like, making it only one of a few handsets with the feature. (T-Mobile's Nexus S is another.)

The HTC Amaze 4G will be available for pre-sale starting Oct. 10, and in stores Oct. 12. It'll cost $259.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year contract. Full press release is after the break.

HTC Amaze 4G forums | HTC Amaze 4G Specs

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II will be available Oct. 12 for $229 after contract, rebate

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After a bit of a false start last month at Samsung's U.S. Galaxy S II event, T-Mobile has finally and officially announced the release date, plus more details.

First and foremost, it'll be available in stores Oct. 12 for $229.99 -- after $50 rebate and with a two-year contract. You can preorder it online starting Oct. 10.

As for more details, T-Mobile had previously been pretty mum on things -- to the point locking down the phone under glass at Samsung's launch event. But today we learn that it indeed has a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running Android 2.3.4. The phone has NFC capabilities and can show Netflix, T-Mobile TV and Samsung Media Hub features on that 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. It's also got DLNA and HDMI-out, and runs on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42Mbps 4G network.

The additional details of the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II piggybacked the announcment of the HTC Amaze 4G. You can find the full press release for both after the break.

More in the T-Mobile Galaxy S II forums

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3 years ago

Samsung Gem EH17 software update now available

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If you're rocking a Samsung Gem and have been feeling rather left out of the update loop, now is your time to shine. Samsung has made available for download the EH17 software update that serves to correct some ghosts in the machine if you will. Changes include:

  • New application: Books added to the application list. The Books application allows you to purchase ebooks through the Google ebooks Website. For more information on Books, click here.
  • Fix: Accessing the Camcorder after taking pictures.
  • Fix: Sending MMS when Wi-Fi is active.
  • Fix: Pause key in voicemail.

You will need to download the Samsung Simple Upgrade Tool, and most importantly -- back up your information first but after that it should be smooth sailing for you. You can grab both the Samsung Simple Upgrade Tool and the software update directly from the source link below. Shine on you crazy diamond!

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

New images of the HTC Vigor confirm rumored specs

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We've been seeing and hearing plenty about the HTC Vigor these days, even the guided video tours have now leaked out. Before those, the media files, live wallpaper and boot animation were all dumped for everyone to enjoy and now some new images have popped up. Aside from the front and back of the device, there is finally some confirmation for the oft rumored specs and the Vigor is running a 1.5GHz processor, Android 2.3.4, a 8MP rear camera with a 2MP shooter on the front and of course that oh so beautiful 4.3-inch HD display and LTE. More pics can be found past the break for you all.

Source: TeamBAMF

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3 years ago

Fusion Garage’s Grid 4 smartphone receives the FCC treatment

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Just in case you thought the folks from Fusion Garage weren't serious about their whole "Grid" line of the devices, we now have a blatant reminder that they are indeed pushing forth with the idea. The Grid4 smartphone is now in the hands of the FCC, which has given the device a complete tear down.

As a reminder -- this device, when released will be coming with a Qualcomm MSM8255, 4-inch 800 x 480 LCD display, 5 Megapixel camera with Autofocus and LED Flash (720p Video Recording) and 16GB of internal storage.

Also included in the FCC filing is the user manual but it is rather sparse on details and more so full of legal speak stating things such as "This product uses the Flickr API but is not endorsed or certified by Flickr" -- sounds great. You can hit the source link for the nitty gritty, if you dare.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom price falls to £299 in the UK

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First it was £399, then £329, and now the UK price of the Motorola Xoom has dropped below £300 for the first time. British retailer Play.com is now offering the 32GB, Wifi-only Xoom for £299.99 (~$475), a full £100 less than the official RRP just a couple of months ago.

Despite being surpassed in many ways by the thinner, lighter Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Xoom is still a solid Honeycomb tablet with plenty to offer. However, with Android tablet competition hotting up, and Ice Cream Sandwich just around the corner, we think the Xoom could be a hard sell, even at this price. If you're tempted, let us know in the comments.

Source: Play.com; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

First look at TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) 2.0

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

For those folks interested in the next stage of recovery on your phone, this is one I'd set some time aside to check out. I'm sure by now some of you have switched to TeamWin's custom recovery (called TWRP), and we've sat down with developer agrabren for a sneak peek at the latest iteration of their recovery, called TWRP 2.0.

The interview is in two videos, plus select excerpts after the break.

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3 years ago

EVO 3D undergoes surgery to charge on an HP Touchstone

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One of the finest products to come out of Palm's (erm, HP's) WebOS era is the Touchstone inductive charger. In fact, the Touchstone is so great that it has attracted an active modding community itching to ensure that your Android smartphone gets to reap its wireless benefits. One such crafty modder is forum member Thrillhouse617, who has posted a detailed step-by-step on how to mod your EVO 3D to accept a Touchstone's charge. Fair warning: there's a soldering iron and an Xacto knife involved. If you've got the guts, hit the source link for the full walkthrough. 

Source: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Reason No. 729 why we hate the 'Droooooid' ringtone: Postgame NFL press conferences

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Here's a pro tip for all you aspiring sports reporters out there: If you use your phone to record postgame audio and leave it sitting at the lectern, be sure to take the ringer off -- especially if you're working any bucs games anytime soon.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris was 6 minutes into his postgame presser when someone's Android smartphone sounded off. Looks like a Droid X or Droid X2 to us. If any of you beat writers are missing yours, you can have it back after practice Monday.

Source: Buccaneers.com; thanks, Etienne, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Huawei Honor announced with Gingerbread and 'three-day' battery life

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Chinese manufacturer Huawei has officially announced its latest mid-to-high-end Android smartphone for Europe and Asia, the Huawei Honor. The Honor is a 4-inch device running Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, with a 1.4GHz single-core CPU. The most interesting feature, however, is the phone's 1900mAh battery, which Huawei claims gives it the ability to run for up to three days on a single charge.

Other notable specs include a 854x480 resolution display, 4GB internal storage, 512MB of RAM and HSPA+ support (up to 14.4Mbps) on 900MHz, 2100MHz and AWS bands. That means it'll work on most European and Asian GSM carriers, as well as T-Mobile USA.

The Huawei Honor is due to launch in China, Russia and the Middle East before the end of the year. Join us after the jump for the full presser.

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3 years ago

Samsung announces the Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy S II LTE HD (with a 720p display) for Korea

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Samsung's dropped word of a couple of big phones for the Korean market -- the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (that's it on the left), and the Galaxy S II LTE HD. Yes, folks, HD. As in high-definition. As in a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display. As in a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display at a 1280x720 resolution, for 316 pixels per inch, just shy of the iPhone 4's 326 ppi. Plus is, you know, better, because it's bigger, faster and runs Android.

Save for the screen, specs are the same for both phones -- a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear camera and the other usual features. And probably the one spec that'll keep those of us here in the states banging our heads -- it's Korean-only for now.

Source: Samsung Korea (translated); via Sammy Hub

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3 years ago

RAM: What it is, how it's used, and why you shouldn't care

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Recently, a wise man holding a new Samsung Galaxy S II made a great observation --

Why, in the name of all things holy, does the fastest, most powerful phone on the market have a widget warning me how many apps are open?

Many of you guys know me, and how I am (if you don't, imagine some godless mash-up of anal retentiveness and OCD), so you know this is something that just had to be addressed or I would never sleep well at night again.  Which leads us to here and now.  The answer to the question is pretty easy -- user madness and FUD forced manufacturers to add some sort of RAM-cleaning, task-killing, and problem-causing widget to current builds of their software.  For most of us, the system running on our Android phones, and the way it handles RAM usage, is very different than what we are used to on our computers.  If we take a few minutes to understand the way RAM is managed on our phones, we'll not only be able to better interpret what that widget is telling us, but also understand why it doesn't really matter.  Let's do that, after the break.

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