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3 years ago

Minimum advertised prices set for Motorola Xoom ($799) and HTC Thunderbolt ($249)

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Motorola Xoom, HTC Thunderbolt pricing

We just got hit with the news of the minimum advertised price for the Motorola Xoom Android tablet and HTC ThunderBolt LTE smartphone on Verizon. Looks like the Xoom will be going for $799 -- we have to assume that's unsubsidized. The HTC Thunderbolt is listed at $249, a more subsidy-friendly number.

That doesn't mean those are the exact prices we'll see at launch -- and we still don't know when that is for either device. But it's a bit of a starting point. One more pic after the break. Thanks to the the tipsters!

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3 years ago

Samsung Gem appears once again, this time on the Samsung website

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We've had a few run ins with the Samsung Gem in the past. Looking destined for Verizon, then outted by Best Buy, which was later retracted. This time around though, Samsung is giving the little guy all the love by having posted the SCH-i100 Gem right up on their website. Of course, in doing so they also laid out all the specs for those who somehow might still be interested in this device.

  • Android 2.1
  • 3.2MP Camera
  • 800MHz processor
  • 850/1900MHz CDMA
  • GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • 3.2-inch touch display with WQVGA resolution

Also included is the Swype keyboard technology and Samsungs Social hub is baked right in. Neither availability dates or any carriers are associated to the device. It just appears that Samsung wanted to add yet another device to their website even if it never ends up on a carrier. [Samsung via PhoneScoop]

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3 years ago

Sideload apps on your AT&T phones using Linux [How-To]

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Designed for Linux

As Android gets more popular and mainstream, new users are coming out of the woodwork!  I'm very happy to say that a portion of those users are running Linux on their desktops, and they're hungry to learn the things we try to teach all you Windows users.  Since we have more than a few Linux-using Advisers and senior members in the forums, this is something we're more than happy to do.  And we're going to start with something that's pretty important to me -- sideloading apps on phones that have been altered.

It's not hard, it's all done through the terminal using commands you can cut and paste, and the setup from start to finish is laid out pretty clearly.  Check it out in the forums, and be on the lookout for more Linux tips and tricks from Android Central.  And if you're not a Linux user, but need to get your sideload on, check out the Sideload Wonder Machine for Windows.

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3 years ago

Trapster user e-mails and passwords might have been compromised

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We've covered Trapster a few times here in the past but they seem to of have had a run in with some hackers as of late. Recently Trapster has been sending e-mails out to users letting them know hackers may have comprised the Trapster database:

"The Trapster team has recently learned that our website has been the target
of a hacking attempt, and it is possible that your email address and password were compromised.  We have taken, and continue to take, preventative measures to avoid future incidents but we are recommending that you change your Trapster password.  As always, Trapster recommends that you use distinctive passwords for each site you visit, but if you use the same password on Trapster that you use on other services, we recommend that you change your password on those services as well."

If you have any questions, you'll want to reach out to Trapster, and if you are a Trapster user please, be sure to change up your password as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK's LG Optimus 2X free on contract, available March 21

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 LG Optimus 2X free on contract

British retailer Expansys UK is offering the LG Optimus 2X for the low price of free when paired with a Vodafone UK contract. The phone itself is listed as being available starting Mar. 21 but it would seem that eager customers can pre-order it now. The pricing on contracts starts at £30.65 for a two year plan with 300 minutes, unlimited text messages, and a paltry 500MB data allowance. For those of you who want the Tegra 2 powered phone unlocked, be prepared to pony up £499. [Expansys UK via UnwiredView]

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 47

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Audio-only stream below

On a very special Android Central Podcast, we tackle the Samsung Froyo update and why we've scoffed at many of the rumors. Plus, Eric Schmidt's out as Google's CEO. And stick around at the end for a special contest announcement. Namaste!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X, posing as a German Optimus Speed, gets a 20-minute hands-on

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LG Optimus Speed

We're all greatly awaiting the arrival of the LG Optimus 2X, which is one of the first phones to rock a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. In the meantime, the official German LG blog has posted up a 20-minute hands-on video of the German version, the Optimus Speed. Our German's a little rusty, but the rough translation is something like "Holy crap this thing is awesome." Or at least that's what we figure is being said. (Actually, we're told it mentions that it'll be available in Germany in March or April, and that it has dual internal storage, much like the Droid Incredible.) Check out the video after the break. [LGBlog.de via Androider.de] Thanks, Jojo!

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3 years ago

HTC Gratia coming to Europe this February

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HTC Gratia

As HTC continues to expand its European lineup, the manufacturer has announced that the HTC Gratia will launch in the UK next month. The Gratia is a fairly basic smartphone, and appears to be a refresh of last year's HTC Legend. It has a slightly redesigned chassis, making it lighter, but features the same 600 MHz CPU and 384MB RAM as the Legend.

Based on the promotional stills shown on HTC's site, the Gratia seems to be running the old version of HTC Sense rather than the newer Sense 2.0 found on the Desire HD and Desire Z, which is a little disappointing. There's also some confusion over which version of Android the Gratia will ship with. Today's press release from HTC states Android 2.2, while the phone's spec page on HTC.com lists Android 2.1. We're more inclined to believe the former, as there wouldn't be much point in putting Eclair on a brand new phone in 2011, right?... Right? [HTC]

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3 years ago

Honeycomb clock widget spruces up your home screen

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honeycomb-clock

Widgets are a great part of the Android OS, and clocks are a necessity in many peoples lives, and who wouldn't enjoy to have a futuristic styled clock, much like that found in Android 3.0 Honeycomb? This clock, which is a great replica of the one found in Honeycomb, offers users a very clean clock that takes a bit of getting used to in order to read properly.

Two versions of this clock widget are available, a free as well as a premium version, both of which allow direct access to the alarm application by simply tapping on the clock. The premium version will allow users to select between eight different colors, which is almost one for any color wallpaper that you are using at that time. For less than $1, the premium version is a must have for anyone looking for a great clock widget to keep their home screen clean and futuristic looking. Hit the break for more information as well as download links.

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3 years ago

Telus Desire HD release date and pricing leaked

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 HTC Desire HD

New details of the TELUS version of the HTC Desire HD have emerged on Canadian site MobileSyrup, including pricing information and a possible release date. A leaked inventory screenshot shows the phone priced at C$499.99 without a contract, and due for release on Feb. 10.

The Desire HD runs the new version of HTC Sense on top of Android 2.2 Froyo, and is currently HTC's flagship phone in Europe and Asia. It's essentially a GSM 3G version of Sprint's EVO 4G, only with slightly more RAM. Find out more about the Desire HD on our device page. [MobileSyrup]

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3 years ago

Dev: flashable Froyo for Nook Color 'nearly ready'

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Developer "cicada" (known to some by his mild-mannered alter-ego, Pat King) recently chatted with Android Central about his Nookie Froyo ROM (run off an SD card on the Nook Color).  He promises that a flashable zip of Nookie Froyo will be here "very soon" and that, at this stage, he's merely "working through a couple of bugs."  While methods have surfaced to install Nookie on the internal memory via adb, a flashable zip would provide users with the luxury of a simple install via ClockworkMod Recovery.

When asked about the unique challenges of developing the first custom ROM for a device that's sold as an e-reader, cicada said that "shoe-horning an OS tailored specifically for cellphones onto a device without most of the cellphone bits definitely made things tough (and was likely Google's reasoning behind their famous 'android isn't ready for tablets' statement)."

Cicada wants Nookie Froyo to be a project for the dev community, "something developers can use as a solid base for making the really cool stuff."  He added that it's not much of a secret that CM7 is being worked on for the Nook Color, and that he's been part of "a two-way street" of development with Cyanogen's TeamDouche.

As for the continued potential of the Nook as a tablet?  Cicada states that the NC is "the perfect entry-level android tablet. It's cheap, it's nimble, and perfectly usable as a legitimate tablet, with only the minor fuss of freeing it from B&N's default software of course.  ;) "

Want to do it all for the Nookie?  Check out our Nookie Froyo how-to, along with tons of other goodies in our Nook Color forums.  

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3 years ago

About that Motorola Xoom keyboard ...

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Bluetooth Keyboard

There's a Bluetooth keyboard that popped up on Amazon [via Droid-Life] that says it's for the Motorola Xoom -- that's the Android 3.0 tablet coming out on Verizon sometime this quarter. (Check out our hands-on here.) Oh, and look. It'll be in stock on Feb. 14. That fits one rumored launch date. (Other rumors we've heard are "early February" and "Late February," so read into that what you want.)

But here's the thing. Click on the seller for the item -- Senyx -- and there's the exact same Bluetooth keyboard for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. And the Playstation 3. And the App iPad. And for the BlackBerry Playbook. And for the ASUS Eee Pad MeMo. And for the HP Zeen C510. And for the MSI Android Tablet. And for the Velocity Micro T301 Cruz 7-inch Android Tablet. And for the ViewSonic 7-inch Android Tablet. And for Bluetooth-enabled Electronic Tablets/Smartphones/PS3/PDA.

And that's just the first page.

And they're all available Feb. 14.

So, folks, no special Motorola Xoom Bluetooth keyboard (at least not yet). And we wouldn't read much into it being available Feb. 14. It's just a Bluetooth keyboard with a whole lot of SEO behind it. Move along now. Move along. [Amazon]

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3 years ago

Launcher Pro rolls out v0.8.3 update to the Android Market, new transition effects

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 Launcher ProLauncher Pro

If you're currently making use of the popular Launcher Pro, you'll want to hit up the Android Market and check for updates. Version 0.8.3 is now available for download and while it's not a huge release, it does add some fancy new transitions. You'll be able to find the transitions through the settings: 

  • (Menu > Preferences > Homescreen Settings > Transition Effect)

If you've not grabbed the update already, download link is after the break. Thanks, El Jefe!

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G meets FCC approval

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We posted previously that the Motorola Atrix 4G could possibly hit AT&T come March 1, 2011 but before that can happen it does have to get some love from the FCC. The above looks to be just the love the Atrix 4G needs. Model number matches that of the Atrix 4G listed on the Motorola developer site so no doubt in what we are looking at here. Haven't seen our hands on yet? Check it out here. [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Another Sprint statement on Froyo for the Samsung Epic 4G

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Sprint's followed up on its blog after a couple of Tweets this afternoon regarding getting the Epic 4G updated to Froyo. Here goes:

Epic 4G users: We want to assure you that Froyo for the Epic 4G is still in the works. Sprint works very closely with our manufacturing partners to ensure that we deliver the best possible customer experience on our wireless devices. We approve the release of software updates when a new software version provided by the manufacturer can bring a better overall customer experience on the device. It is our intention to bring these updates to our customers as quickly as possible but only after they meet our rigorous testing criteria.

We can't provide any guidance on an exact or estimated release date at this time, but please know we are working to get Froyo out for the Epic as quickly as possible.

Here's to Sprint for offering a little more transparency. Anybody heard from Verizon and AT&T? [Sprint]

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