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3 years ago

ThunderBolt update unofficially delayed, or at least is very, very slow

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In case the sight of several thousand HTC ThunderBolt owners either twiddling their thumbs or jamming them obsessively on the "Check for update" button wasn't enough for you, it appears that the 1.13.605.7 update for the 'Bolt has been delayed. That's the update that Verizon's Twitter support account said was pushing out starting yesterday, and the one that nobody has seen either hide or hair of since.

No word yet if this has anything to do with Verizon's LTE crash last week, or if it's some other showstopper bug that must have cropped up in the last minute. Stay tuned, folks.

Source: Droid-Life; More info: ThunderBolt forums

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3 years ago

O2 UK Xperia Play release date slips to June

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British network O2 has posted another update on its efforts to get the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play released to its customers. Software bugs resulted in the O2-branded Xperia Play missing its launch date of April 1, and now it looks like the first PlayStation-certified smartphone won't be making an appearance on O2 until next month.

Writing on the carrier's official blog, O2's Head of Testing, Stuart Hibberd said that all of the bugs identified back in late March are now either fixed, or in the process of being fixed. When launch day eventually rolls around, O2 will offer the standard black Xperia Play, along with an exclusive white version.

Source: O2 Blog

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3 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge review

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It's big, it's bright, it's fast — but is it worthy of the Droid name?

How many 4.3-inch 4G LTE smartphones does Verizon need? How many you got? Because with the launch of the Samsung Droid Charge, Big Red now has a pair of large, fast Android 2.2 smartphones.

The Droid Charge finds itself coming into existence at a weird time. It was announced at CES in early January 2011. And now, four months later, finally is coming to market. And in that time we've seen Samsung unleash the likes of the Galaxy S II which is, in a word -- sexy.

So we've got a few reservations. A few worries. One is in Verizon's LTE network and its ramifications on hardware. While it's blazing fast, it'll drain a battery faster than a blogger drains a beer. And another is in Samsung's perceived inability to update the software on its phones in a timely fashion. Whether or not that's true, well, that's another matter.

So join us after the break as we dive into the Samsung Droid Charge.

Droid Charge SpecsDroid Charge ForumsDroid Charge Accessories

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3 years ago

EA bags Firemint, developer of Flight Control, others

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Electronic Arts Inc. will be adding Australian-based developer Firemint Pty Ltd. to its list of studios.  Firemint, if you've been out of the mobile gaming loop lately, is the genius behind the game Flight Control, among others.  Although financial details remain under wraps, we do know the nearly 60 people employed at Firemint will still operate out of Melbourne with their aim to keep business running as usual, primarily utilizing EA to build their games.  This will free up those valuable Aussie minds to crank out more awesomesauce for us to delight in.  EA's motive in this acquisition is to increase the amount of talent at their disposal to continue producing top tier games and take their creativity to the next level.  

Also worth taking note of, EA scooped up Mobile Post Production Inc. not too long ago. MPP was touted as "the worldwide leader in high quality cross-platform development and porting of games for smartphones."  This, in combination with the addition of Firemint, signifies a big mobile development push on EA's part.

Firemint's CEO Rob Murray says, "we have an exciting slate and I think people will be pleasantly surprised with our games this year."  So mates, keep your eyes peeled for some great stuff coming from some great places.

Full presser and download links for Flight Control after the break.

Source: EA, Firemint

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3 years ago

What's a PRL?

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If you're on Sprint or Verizon, or another CDMA-based network, you might have heard the term PRL thrown around once or twice. It stands for Preferred Roaming List, and it's basically a way of telling your phone phone where to look for a signal so that you get faster, better connections.

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3 years ago

Photoshop fail: Staples has Nook Color running Honeycomb

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Our newest example of Photoshop excellence comes to us courtesy of Staples, which just sent out an email with a Honeycomb toting Barnes & Noble Nook Color and as you may know, the Nook Color just received an update to Froyo last week. Staples is relatively new to the tablet selling-game and it definitely shows with this howler, unless Staples happens to be rooting Nooks and flashing an Android 3.0 ROM on there for us.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix now available in the UK

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Motorola's dual-core Atrix has launched in the UK, exclusively on the Orange network for the time being. Orange is offering the Atrix for free on 24-month contracts of £35 per month, which includes 600 minutes, unlimited SMS, 50 MMS and a 750MB data allowance.

Cheaper contracts are available, and you can expect to pay between £50 and £200 for the phone itself if you opt for one of these. Orange is also offering the Motorola's "Lapdock" alongside the Atrix, though this'll set you back a slightly eye-watering £299.99 (~$500).

To find out whether the Atrix (and Lapdock) is worth your hard-earned cash, be sure to check out our review of the Atrix 4G, AT&T's HSPA+ version of the phone.

Source: The Orange Shop

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3 years ago

The top Android airline apps

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Whether you're always on the go, or are just an occasional traveler, having the correct application on your device can change the whole experience of the travel. Keeping up to date with real time flight information, maps of the airport, and even weather of the city you are traveling to are features that are found in various airline applications in the Android market. Let's hit the jump to check out some of the various airline applications from around the world.

United States airlinesEuropean airlines | Asian airlines

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Death Worm

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I don't game often on my EVO, but when I do, I want it to be epic. Sure, there's games like Dungeon Defenders, but sometimes that just doesn't hit the sweet spot. Not enough of that Dune feeling, I suppose.

Fortunately, the aptly-named Death Worm remedies that. With 45 levels, three different types of gameplay, an entire myriad of enemies, and HD support, I feel like I picked a real winner here. Plus, the whole Dune thing helped.

Join me after the break and I'll take you through the finer points of being a gigantic, nigh-unstoppable worm that destroys everything in its path.

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3 years ago

HTC Desire HD mini review (Three network)

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You might think it's a strange time to be considering an HTC Desire HD for your next phone. The Sensation, HTC’s next big thing, is looming on the horizon. And newer, shinier phones from a variety of manufacturers may tempt you away from a device that’s been on the market (in Europe, at least) since the back end of 2010. But despite this, the Desire HD still offers a compelling feature set and specifications that compare favorably to many newer Android smartphones.

We’ve spent the past couple of weeks getting to know the Three UK-branded version of the Desire HD, which is available for free on contracts starting at £30 per month. Join us after the jump to find out more about the device in our snack-size mini-review.

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3 years ago

Viber brings free VoIP to Android

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Viber, the popular VoIP app previously available only to iPhone users, will begin rolling out its beta version for Android this week. Viber allows users to make phone calls over 3G and WiFi connections (no word yet on 4G support) to other Viber users. The app also supports free text messaging through its interface. With a free Viber account you'll have "unlimited" calling and texting to any fellow Viber subscriber on either Android or iPhone. (The service does use data instead of voice, so Viber is only as "unlimited" as your data plan.)

Viber says that it has added features unique to Android, including a full call screen, pop-up text message notifications, integration with your phone's call and messaging logs, and the ability to set Viber as your default dialer. Remember, the app is still in beta, so hit the source link to sign up on Viber's website to receive an invitation to download.

Source: Viber

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3 years ago

Samsung's got another event this month

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Updated on 5/16: This one's been postponed. You'll know more when we do.

Another Samsung event? OK, twist our arms. We're in. But with Sammy teaming up with AT&T this week in New York, whatever will we see in three weeks?

More info: Rumored devices forum

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3 years ago

Benchmarking the LG Optimus 2X and the T-Mobile G2X -- stock vs. skinned

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I'll preface this by saying I don't fall into the benchmark trap.  They're too easy to manipulate (all of them), and numbers don't mean as much to me as real-life usage.  That doesn't mean they are useless though, they can give an idea of what to expect when watching them being ran on a phone you've never used, and in a case like this where the hardware is identical, Quadrant is a very good indicator of how software affects performance.  Or doesn't affect it.

On the left is the T-Mobile G2X, and on the right is the LG Optimus 2X.  Two phones with the same specs, but very different software.  Both phones have a Tegra 2 at 1GHz, 512 MB of RAM, and possibly the best LCD displays you've ever seen.  The hardware is identical, but that's where the similarity ends.  The G2X runs stock Froyo, while the Optimus 2X runs a very skinned version of Froyo.  While using these two, I'm not seeing any performance difference, so I decided to let the benchmark be the judge.  Watch the video, and dissect the scores, after the break.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread OTA updates for HTC Desire HD and Incredible S rolling out

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Over-the-air updates to Android 2.3 Gingerbread are now available for the HTC Desire HD and Incredible S, according to a new post on HTC's European support site. Owners of both devices should head over to Settings -> About Phone -> System Software Updates to grab this latest update to Android and HTC Sense. If you have a Desire HD, you should be updated to firmware version 2.36.405.5. On the Incredible S you'll get version 2.12.405.7.

There are reports on multiple forums that these updates are indeed rolling out to the masses, so if you don't see it right away then hold tight -- it should be with you before too long.

Remember, as ever, that if your phone is carrier-branded (which is usually the case if you bought it at a subsidized price), then you'll need to wait for your network to approve this update before it's pushed out to you.

Source: HTC Europe; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation available to pre-order from Vodafone UK for May 19 delivery

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Vodafone UK is now listing the HTC Sensation for pre-order on its website, along with its first firm information on pricing and availability. Pre-order right now and Voda will "aim" to have the dual-core device shipped to you for May 19. That's not quite a promise, but at least it's a little more specific than the previous "mid-May" release window.

As far as prices go, Vodafone will give you a free Sensation on 24-month contracts of £35 per month or more. 12 and 18-month contracts are also available, though you can expect to pay a little more up-front (up to £200, in fact) if you opt for a cheaper or shorter contract.

Vodafone has a short head-start on the other major UK networks, which will begin offering the HTC Sensation sometime next month. We recently got to play with the Sensation at HTC's UK Roadshow, so be sure to check out our hands-on coverage to find out more.

Source: Vodafone UK

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