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3 years ago

Motorola Droid X2 Accessories Roundup

The best accessories for your Motorola Droid X2

It's that time again, folks.  The Motorola Droid X2 -- successor to the extremely popular Droid X is out for grabs from Big Red and that means that it's time to gear up your new dual-core beast with all the essentials that make the Motorola Droid X2 even more robust and user-friendly.  As always, here at Android Central we round up all of the most popular accessories for you- making your decision on what's best for you and your Motorola Droid X2 much more simple.

Starting out this edition of the Android Central Roundup we have the top four Motorola Droid X2 accessories:

We're just breaking the ice here folks. Head on past the break for our top choices.

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3 years ago

HTC ChaCha launches in the UK, CPU quietly bumped to 800MHz

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The ChaCha, one of HTC's new Facebook phones, has launched in the UK, with SIM-free prices hovering around £250 (~$400). Currently Three is the only British network offering subsidized ChaChas, which are free on 24-month contracts of £20 or more per month.

Interestingly, it seems the ChaCha has been given a last-minute bump in CPU speed, from 600 to 800MHz. This puts it on par with the Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 in terms of raw performance, making it a more attractive proposition for fans of this sort of form factor. We got to play with the ChaCha at HTC's recent roadshow, and although the unit we saw wasn't running final software, we were impressed with the design and build quality, particularly on the keyboard.

Source: Amazon UK, Three, HTC

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3 years ago

Gingerbread update kills Netflix for the EVO 4G; a fix is on the way

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Notice that Netflix is no longer working on your EVO 4G? You're hardly alone. You can no longer find the app in the Android Market from your EVO 4G, and indeed the phone's been pulled from the list of supported devices. So what's up?

Netflix tells us that it stems from the EVO 4G's recent update to Gingerbread, and that they're working on a fix, but there's no estimated time for when an update will be made available.

Netflix has had a bit of a rocky start on Android, namely in that it's been made available on so few devices. Let's hope for a fix soonest -- and more important, some sort of mechanism so that we're not punished just because our phones get an all-important system update.

Thanks, Kysha!

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation hits the FCC with 850/1900MHz radios

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Well what do we have here? It's the FCC label for an HTC phone slugged PG58110. And as you should all know by now -- there will be a test later -- that appears to be a variant of the PG58100, otherwise known as the HTC Sensation on T-Mobile. So what's new in this PG58110 version? Oh, just radios that work on the 850MHz and 1900MHz frequencies.

So for those of us in the states, we immediate start to think "It's coming to AT&T!" Maybe. The 850MHz and 1900MHz frequencies indeed are what AT&T uses for 3G. But we really have no indication for it hitting AT&T just yet. The other (and very likely possibility) is that the Sensation will soon be headed to a Canadian carrier that uses the same freqs. But that leaves the door open for some not-so-cheap imports. Stay tuned, folks

Source: FCC; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Cricket Wireless gets the Samsung Indulge

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Cricket Wireless just got itself a nice little mid-range Android smartphone in the form of the Samsung Indulge. (See our hands-on.) It sports a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 1GHz processor and Samsung's Touchwiz 3.0 user interface atop Android 2.2. The 3MP camera is still a little disappointing, but you'll get the whole kit and kaboodle for $329 -- and that's sans contract, which we love.

And the takes advantage of Cricket’s $55 Android plan, which comprises unlimited talk, text, 411 information, navigation, international text, unlimited picture and video messaging, nationwide data services on the company’s 3G network.

Need more? Full presser's after the break.

Source: Cricket Wireless

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3 years ago

Ask AC: How can I buy an EVO 3D?

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All right everyone, we've finally got it -- Sprint gave the HTC EVO 3D an official release date! Now, depending on who you are or where you go, both the day you can obtain this black slab of 3D, dual-core, Gingerbread awesomeness and the price you'll pay for it can vary.

For starters, the official release date is June 24.  (Which happens to be the fourth week in June and what Radio Shack told us a few days back.)

And for you privileged folk who have Sprint Premier status, you'll be able to purchase an EVO 3D online starting June 21!  According to Sprint's news release, you'll need to log on to your account on sprint.com, click "show me my rewards," and then click "Sprint Premier Community" on June 21 to get more information about it.  Sprint notes that quantities are limited so you may need to move click quickly to get one of this summer's hotest devices.

As for the pricing, $199.99 is the new two-year agreement and eligible upgrade price ($399.99 two-year price - $200 instant savings).  Note that the $399.99 is not the off-contract pricing, it's the discounted two-year price (before instant savings).  It's more likely that $499.99 will be the full price of the phone, as evidenced by this Radio Shack ad.

The EVO 3D will be available at:

  • Sprint -- In-store 6/24, online for Premier customers 6/21 -- $150 Trade-in credit for a working HTC EVO 4G with Sprint's Buyback program (prices vary for other phones)
  • Best Buy
  • Radio Shack -- $100 Trade-in credit for a working HTC EVO 4G
  • Target Mobile -- $150 Trade-in credit for a working HTC EVO 4G

Sprint, Best Buy, and Radio Shack are all taking pre-orders for the EVO 3D with $50 down in the form of a gift card.  Target Mobile, strangely, decided to forgo the gift card part and is simply taking $50 down which they will apply to the purchase price of the phone once it is available.

It's been a long wait since the EVO 3D's first appearance March 22 at CTIA, but June 24 is quickly approaching and the most antagonizing wait (for some) will soon be over.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Android 2.2 Froyo for the Huawei Ascend now available from MetroPCS

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Those of you who own a Huawei Ascend are now getting some Froyo love from MetroPCS. You can now head on over to the MetroPCS web site for the download and a full walk through of the upgrade process. Once completed, you'll have added yourself to the list of many Android users already on Froyo.

Source: MetroPCS; Thanks, Patrick!

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3 years ago

Nook Touch gets U-Boot root, seen running Angry Birds

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Why do we hack and root Android devices? Because we can. And while it's not exactly the same as rocking a dual-core tablet, the latest Nook -- all six inches of it in black-and-white e-ink -- has been rooted and seen running Angry Birds, of course.

That's possible because while the Nook Touch is an e-reader on its face, it's running Android 2.1 in its heart. And where there's Android, there be hackery going on. This mod comes from JesusFreke in the forum of Das U-Boot (great name!), and hopefully we'll see some easy-to-use instructions in the near future.

Source: Das U-Boot Github; Thanks, Jason!

 

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3 years ago

Toshiba talks about the Thrive -- the latest 10.1 inch Android tablet

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Honeycomb tablet available for ordering next week, ships in mid-July

We just got finished sitting in on a Toshiba press conference, and a big part of the focus was on the 10.1 inch Toshiba Thrive Android tablet.  We've seen many of the details, and recently learned about a July release, but Phil Osako from Toshiba answered all the questions we could throw at him.  The basic specs are the same as we saw at CES 2011 -- Tegra 2, a 5 MP camera around back and a 2 MP shooter up front, 1280x800 10.1 inch Display with Toshiba's "resolution plus" software, and shipping with Android 3.1.  We also learned that Toshiba has built in SRS and their own proprietary system to provide excellent sound from the Thrive.  All this checks in at .6 inches thick, and 1.6 pounds.

With the full size SD card and USB ports, they bundle their own file manager software that will assist new users when they move their media from one device to another.  Other bundled software includes: Quick Office, Need for Speed, Toshiba's media player, Log me in, and Printer Share for sending documents to a wifi printer.

The Thrive will be available for ordering June 13, shipping in early to mid-July.  You will find it an most major retail stores -- basically any place that sells Toshiba laptops will sell the Thrive.  The prices are what we have heard -- starting at $429 for the 8GB version.  Toshiba says they decided to go with the 8 GB starting point for two reasons -- to hit the low price point, and because they have found that most users don't need or use more than 8 GB.  With the full size SD card slot, memory is expandable and they think consumers will see the appeal of the entry level model.  And I think they are right.  Add in a few accessories, like two docking stations (the basic dock checks in at $39.99, and the deluxe version with spare USB and HDMI ports is $59.99), a user replaceable battery at $89.99 and a battery cover that comes in five different colors for $19.99, and Toshiba has set themselves up to win.  Hit the jump to see some of the official pictures of the latest Honeycomb tablet.

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3 years ago

Sprint giving away 10 EVO 3Ds in "Be a 3D Star Sweepstakes"

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Sprint dropped us a nice little present in their EVO email this morning, announcing the giveaway of 32 HTC EVO 3D phones, starting June 13.  Clicking on the link brings you to the Be a 3D Star Sweepstakes page.  Following the links brings you to an entry form available only to Sprint Premier customers in which 10 EVO 3Ds are up for grabs along with "a bag of sweet EVO swag."  Sweet!

However, if you're at all proficient at math, you know 32 ≠ 10.  So what does that mean for the other 22 phones?  Or is it possible these 10 phones are exclusive to the Premier community and precursors to the 32 phones that Sprint is giving away to everyone starting on June 13?  At this point, we're not sure but we've reached out to Sprint for clarification in the matter and we'll update you when we get all the facts.

Once June 13 hits, everyone will be able to enter the sweepstakes and also become part of a unique 3D movie experience known as Present Tense.  It appears from the preview that uploading your photo will place you in this 3D movie, displaying your picture throughout a few scenes.  We'll be able to play around with it a week from now and make our own movies.

For now, all you Sprint Premier customers get to entering (one entry per phone number, per day) as it seems you have a head start on the rest of the pack and be sure to check out the Present Tense 3D teaser after the break!

Source: Sprint Be a 3D Star Sweepstakes

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3 years ago

Home launchers, Manually update your Droid Pro [From the forums]

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Another fun filled Monday is just about over but we've got the rest of the week to look forward to. If you were busy over the weekend, now is your chance to get all caught up on the events that happened. Check out the Android Central forums and some of the posts below to get started:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.
 

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3 years ago

More Droid Bionic pictures leak, show a 4.5 inch display

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Seems like there were more Droid Bionic pictures to the set that we told you about earlier, as a user at PhoneHK has posted a slew of them, bringing even more news about the upcoming offering from Motorola.  Along with the new pictures is some more information about the specs: Android 2.3.4 (as pictured above), 4.5 inch qHD display, 1750 mAh battery, and 1080p HD video out.  Very nice to see Moto ship a phone with the latest version of Android on it, I tip my hat to them.  Of course, there's no word on just when to expect this one, or what kind of damage it's going to do to your bank account. 

Hit the break to see a side-by-side comparison with the Atrix, and the source link to see the rest of the pictures.

Source: Phone HK (Chinese) via Droid-Life

More discussion in the Droid Bionic forums!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Buffer

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Do you love to use Twitter to share all the cool and interesting things you find on the Internet?  Me, too.  The problem comes when you start oversharing and flooding all your friends timeline with things that you think are great, but they might not.  We've all done it, and until now there was no easy way to meter out those tweets so they aren't so annoying.  Or maybe you've just launched the best idea ever on the Internet, and need a way to organize what you send out on Twitter, and how you send it.  That's where Buffer comes in to play.  Buffer is a web service that stores all the pages, links, and random thoughts you think are important enough to share with the world, then sends them to Twitter at intervals that you set up.  It works nicely, and there are Chrome and Firefox plugins to make it seamless.  Now, there's an Android app too.  It's super simple to use, effective, and makes you a whole lot less spammy on Twitter -- which are all good things.  Hit the jump to see how it works and find the download link.

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3 years ago

iOS5 announced, everything old is new again [the competition]

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If you were on the Internet today, you couldn't help but be inundated by the iOS 5 announcement at WWDC.  Rene from our sister site TiPb was there on the floor, and they have done a great job covering it all -- and there was a lot to cover.  But all the new announcements leave Android (as well as other smartphone OS) fans feeling a bit of deja vu, as we've already seen most of it. Hit the break and have a look.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod coming to the Galaxy S 2, thanks to Samsung

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Atinm, the developer responsible for maintaining CyanogenMod on the Samsung Vibrant and Captivate, recently received a free Galaxy S 2 to develop for. (click to see our hands-on).  Don't adjust your screens, you read it right the first time: Samsung gave a phone to a CyanogenMod developer because they want them to work with it.

It seems that Samsung is starting to see the value of having an active development community on their devices, becoming the latest manufacturer to start working with these developers instead of against them.  This doesn't mean Samsung will do this with every device, remember Carrier's have a big say in how locked down they want their devices to be, but it's great to see these first few positive steps from one of the world's largest Android manufacturers.

No official word on when nightlies for the Galaxy S 2 will start pushing out (let alone a stable release), but Atinm mentioned that serious development should start tonight.

Via: [Twitter]

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