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4 years ago

Turn off those annoying system sounds

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4 years ago

Text message speed record broken on a Galaxy S using Swype

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Swype record text 

Mellisa Thompson, of Salford, England, has broken the Guinness World Record for the fastest texter, using Swype on a Samsung Galaxy S with a time of 25.94 seconds.  The previous record of 35.54 seconds, held by Franklin Page of the U.S. was also set using a Samsung phone (the Omnia II) using Swype.  We're glad to see this one come to Android :)

For all the aspiring record breakers out there, the "official" text used is:

"The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."

Punctuation and capitalization counts, so none of that ez txt spk.  Unfortunately, Swype is still in closed beta, so we can't help you there.  If you have what it takes, fire up the camera and send in a video -- we'll see that it gets to the right place if you can beat the record!  [Google News]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Worldmate

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Worldmate Android travel app

I might have just found my perfect Android travel app. Worldmate is now in beta for Android, and it pretty much combines every feature I need in an app to keep me pointed in the right direction while on the road.

You'll start by either signing in or signing up with Worldmate, which was painless enough. Then you sign into the app and are greeted by the screen you see above. Let's work our way down.

  • My trips: There's no manually inputting flights here. Like with some other travel apps, you'll e-mail your itinerary-- flights, hotel, etc. -- to Worldmate, which snags the details and forwards them to your phone. Once it's there, you have flight info, maps, ticket info, weather, the works. You can share your trips and get reminders all on your phone.
  • Book a hotel: Just like it sounds. Book a hotel from your phone through Hotels.com.
  • Weather forecast: Get the weather in your city, cities you're slated to visit, or search for a city's weather.
  • Currency converter: Figure out how much something costs between dozens of currencies.
  • Travel notification: Customize your notifications.

For me, it comes down to a few things: The ability to upload entire itineraries at once, maps, weather and flight info -- and the all-important confirmation number -- all in once place. I'm going to have to use this on the road to give it final judgment. But the early verdict is that, at least for me, it combines the right info with enough UI juice to keep me up to date but not overwhelmed. Check out more screen shots after the break, and get your beta copy now. [Worldmate]

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4 years ago

Vodafone UK's HTC Desire starts Froyo rollout

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 HTC Desire

The title says it all. HTC Desires in some parts of Europe saw their update already, and now it's the United Kingdom's turn. Users on Vodafone should see the update soon (go in Menu > Settings > About Phone > System Updates to check manually) and can join in the Froyo party. Happy updating! [MobileBurn]

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4 years ago

Review: Golla Gavin Phone Wallet

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 Golla Gavin Smartphone Wallet

The Golla Gavin Phone Wallet for your Sprint Evo 4G lets you carry your phone and other essentials with you conveniently in style at your hip right where you need it. For a phone as beautiful as the Evo, I hate to put a case on it, so keeping it protected safely in a pouch is perfect for me. As an added benefit, a phone as large as the Evo completely takes over any pocket you put it in, so this gives you a pocket back as well as adding a few storage slots for the other things you need with you at all times. Hit the break for the full review.

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4 years ago

HTC Desire review (U.S. Cellular version)

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HTC Desire on U.S. Cellular

It took half a year, but, finally, the HTC Desire has come to America. Announced at Mobile World Congress in February 2010, the Desire -- codenamed the Bravo -- brought an all-new interface -- Sense -- to Android 2.1, all tucked into a phone that essentially is the Nexus One, with a few tweaks.

Come Aug. 27, the HTC Desire will be available on U.S. Cellular, with its 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Sense UI -- and the new SLCD touchscreen, which replaces the AMOLED screen that's seen shortages of late. Is it worth the wait? Find out, after the break.

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4 years ago

Developer: Android is a viable revenue stream, posts numbers to prove it

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Advanced Task Manager

Aaron La, the developer behind Advanced Task Manager, has opened his books and gives us some interesting insight into the Android Market, profitability and his own opinions of the market.We'll let Aaron break down the numbers for you, but some interesting points:

  • The free version of ATM can bring in as much or more advertising revenue monthly than straight sales of its 99-cent counterpart.
  • Aaron hasn't quit his day job, but an average of $10,000 a month is quite a lot of pocket change.
  • Google Checkout and the Market app themselves are a couple of big anchors holding back Android. (And that's a sentiment certainly echoed by a whole lot of people).
  • The 24-hour return policy isn't evil.

Give the entire blog post a read. It's a good one. [Aaronla.com via @romainguy]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab supposedly spotted in the wild

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Samsung Galaxy TabSomewhere in a crowded Sydney, Australia, train station, a man uses a handheld device. But not just any device. It's a tablet. And it's not just any tablet.

It is, according to Electronista, the fabled Samsung Galaxy Tab -- the Korean smartphone manufacturer's rumored Android tablet that we're expecting to see announced in the next month or so, possibly at the IFA conference in Berlin.

It's not the first time we've seen supposed sightings of the seven-inch tablet -- it's leaked out of a Korean office before -- but this is the first time we've seen it on video. It's obviously smaller than Apple's 10-inch iPad, and even in its spy-cam shots, it looks sleeker than the Dell Streak. And the ability to one-hand the thing is going to make that size of tablet more attractive to some.

Anyhoo, enough chatter. Check out the video after the break. [Electronista]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Zune Home launcher

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Zune Home launcher replacement for Android

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued by what Windows Phone 7 will be bringing to the proverbial smartphone table in a few short months. And so when we ran across the Zune Home launcher replacement [via FrAndroid], I had to give it a shot. It's a 99-cent launcher replacement that roughly mimics the UI of the Zune and (even more roughly) Windows Phone 7. It's definitely not the same experience, though it has potential. Check out the video and download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Notion Ink Adam pricing and release news

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Notion Ink's Adam

We've been talking about the Notion Ink Adam for a good while now, and finally we have some news about pricing and release dates.  In case you haven't been keeping tabs on this one, the Adam is a Tegra 2 packing 10.1 inch slate, with all the goodies you'd expect from an Android device, plus a SIM card slot and standard USB ports.  Now that we're on the same page -- the pricing breakdown:

  • LCD version -- WiFi only $399, 3G version $449
  • Pixel QI version -- WiFi only $449, 3G version $498

Release info -- Notion is set to begin manufacture and submit to the FCC in early November 2010.  The final date will depend on the FCC.  If the device can clear sooner rather than later, expect a release before the end of the year.  If the FCC doesn't get things clear until January, Notion will release the device at CES 2011.  I know it's been a long time coming, and we still have no exact dates, but just look at the thing.  You can't rush perfection. [Notion Ink via Slashgear] Thanks Daryl!

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4 years ago

HTC Legend hits end of life on Bell

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HTC Legend

What the what? The HTC Legend came to Bell Mobility on June 16, and now, just over two months later, the device has reached its end of life. Even relative to its unveiling date at Mobile World Congress on Feb. 16, that was quick. We're used to fast product refresh cycles on smartphones in general and Android phones in particular. New iterations of smartphone hardware and the Android OS are still coming almost too fast for manufacturers to keep up, but this still pushes the limit.

HTC has cited "supply constraints" as the reason for the premature EOL rather than "quality of the product or poor sales performance." These supply constraints may be another instance of AMOLED shortages, which have been an issue in the production of other HTC phones like the Desire and, of course, the Incredible.

This isn't the end of the Legend in North America; it's still available on Virgin Mobile Canada. Let's hope that Bell still feels an obligation to support this far-from-obsolete device for a long time to come.

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4 years ago

Samsung Vibrant, Captivate SIM unlock codes are hidden on the phones

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Samsung Vibrant and Captivate

In the realm of GSM smartphones, there's a phenomenon known as "SIM unlocked," which is the ability to use any SIM card in a phone, meaning you can easily swap from carrier to carrier. And it's pretty rare in the United States. If you buy a myTouch 3G, it's locked to T-Mobile. Same goes for the Motorola Backflip on AT&T. They're both GSM phones and share radio frequencies, but they're locked to the carriers. (The Nexus One is one of the few SIM unlocked phones available -- erm, once available -- in the U.S.)

In order to use one GSM phone on another's carrier, you'll need an unlock code. And obtaining that code (or cracking it) really isn't new. Been doing it for years on the Windows Mobile side of things, and there are websites that will unlock your phone for a small fee. (Or, if you're in good standing with your carrier, it may give you the unlock code.)

Now let's turn to the AT&T Captivate and the T-Mobile Vibrant. Both Samsung Galaxy S-class phones are of the GSM variety and share radio frequencies. And it turns out that the unlock codes are stored on the phones themselves in a hex file, and the fine folks at XDA Developers -- mad props to dagentooboy, rbnet.it, marcopon, Bowsa2511, RazvanG, chcp0112345 and galaxysguy -- have made it dirt simple to extract your phone's code and SIM unlock the beast. And even better is that you can relock them for warranty reasons if need be.

We've done both of our phones, and they worked just fine (though we're only getting EDGE on the Vibrant, for some reason). It's a pretty big step in the name of openness, since buying unlocked phones (which also would mean unsubsidized -- read: more expensive) is pretty much non-existent in the states.

Hit up the XDA Developers link for all the details, read the instructions, and get to unlocking! [XDA Developers via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid 2 gets minor OTA update

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droid2update

If you own a Motorola Droid 2, you may already have been prompted to install this OTA update, but that doesn't mean you don't want to know what it fixed. This minor update (version 2.2.20.en.US, for those playing at home) that Verizon is pushing out is not a complete update, but more so a fix for some of the issues that were reported at the release of the device. 

Improvements:

  • Enabled text and picture message scrolling.
  • Streamlined set up of Visual Voice Mail feature.
  • Improved contact sync with Corporate Exchange categories
  • and groups.
  • View accurate contact pictures when reviewing Recent Call Log.

If you have not received your OTA update for your device, head to settings, scroll down to about phone, click on system updates and then download. This will be the same as awaiting the OTA, just, well, without the wait! [Verizon Wireless via Droid-Life]

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4 years ago

Evo 4G catches aftermath of hit-and-runs, police chase in Jersey City

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Evo captures car chase

A car plows through traffic on the Pulaski Skyway in Jersey City, and the Evo 4G is there to capture the aftermath. It's a hell of a story, and Jerzyiroc tells it in the Android Central Forums.

"Literally no more than 3 seconds after I moved over I look at the rear view mirror and see police lights, then I quickly look to the side view mirror and what do I see... A car PLOWING through other cars trying to squeeze through then passes right by me. Had I been 3-5 seconds late in moving to the left, I definitely would have gotten rammed. When the cops drove by all I could smell was burnt oil and burnt trans from the poor police cars. As soon as he passed me I grab my phone and start recording."

Another reason why having a great phone with a great camera is important these days. Check out the entire tale and a quorum of videos (Warning: there's a bit of salty language) in the forums. (And check out a second guy with an Evo in the second video. Classic.) [Android Central Forums]

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