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4 years ago

HTC Desire officially available on U.S. Cellular today

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HTC Desire on US Cellular

The HTC Desire (check out our full review here) is officially available on U.S. Cellular today for $199.95 after a $70 mail-in rebate and with a 2-year contract. HTC's device is the second Android powered phone to hit US Cellular this year; it will be followed by the Samsung Galaxy S in October and 2 LG phones by years end.  

Full press release is after the break, if you're into that sort of thing. Anybody on this little-carrier-that-could looking to pick one up?

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4 years ago

New Droid Incredibles to ship with Froyo, love

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 Droid Incredible features listing

While all of us current Droid Incredible owners are waiting in anticipation of Froyo today, new owners can be assured that their DInc will come to their door with Android 2.2 already loaded on their shiny new phone. Interestingly, the phone is listed as a "Google Experience Device" despite having HTC's Sense UI loaded. Also, it looks like HTC and Verizon have resolved supply issues once and for all as the phone no longer has the "ships by" tag it had been sporting since launch.

We know every one of your DInc owners (myself included) simply can't wait any longer. Rather than turn to violence, why not share your pain with other users in the Android Central Forums? [Verizon] Thanks to forums user O.G. Incredible for the tip!

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4 years ago

Samsung Fascinate Launch on Sept 9th looks likely [update]

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Samsung Fascinate Launch Sept 9th

Looking for yet more evidence of that Verizon's Galaxy S phone, the Samsung Fascinate, will launch on September 9th before you head off and pre-order from Best Buy? Look no further than the image at right sent in from an anonymous tipster. 

It's a list of the prepaid Smartphone devices for Verizon and there's the Fascinate listed for 9/9/2010. 

As we saw in our Hands-On with the Samsung Fascinate, it's looking to be a fairly straight-forward Galaxy S class phone with conservative styling and, thankfully, a flash to back up the 5-megapixel camera. You can get a pretty good idea of what you'll be looking at by checking out our Samsung Captivate Review or our Samsung Vibrant Review.

In any case, Sept 9th looks solid, which means we can start waiting for an Android 2.2 update and wondering whether it will have fully operational GPS. Given Verizon's history on the latter, our fingers are crossed to tightly we're might have blisters.

Update: Thanks to another unnamed tipster, we have even more reason to believe the September 9 date.  After the break check out another image from Verizon systems saying the Fascinate will be available on the Internet on September 8, followed by an "all channel launch" on September 9.  Get ready!

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4 years ago

Best Buy to offer pre-order of Verizon Fascinate starting this weekend

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Samsung Fascinate

Best Buy has announced that it will be offering pre-orders of the Samsung Fascinate (see our hands on here), starting today (Aug. 27) for Reward Zone members, and kicking in on Sunday (Aug. 29) for the public at large.  As for pricing information, which hasn't been announced by Verizon, Best Buy has this to say:

"Pre-orders can be made by visiting any local Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile standalone store. Pricing and launch dates for the Samsung Fascinate, which is a member of the Galaxy Series, will be announced soon."

Soon in this case may really mean soon, as we just saw some evidence that the Fascinate may launch on September 9.  And it could be that Best Buy saw that, too, and is just getting its ducks in a row. For all of you guys and gals who have been waiting for the Verizon flavor of the Galaxy S line, it looks like the time is drawing near.  [Best Buy]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Aug. 26, 2010

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acapps

Dedicated readers of Android Central, we apologize for the delay in bringing you our latest application selections! I hope we have not hindered you from taking a leap into the huge market to find something great to use for yourself! Well, without any further delays, let's take a look at some of this weeks selections.

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4 years ago

HTC Vanguard (Vision/G2?) to be released Sept. 29?

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 HTC Vanguard

There's been some talk about the HSPA+ HTC G2 being released in September, and TmoNews has got hold of some screenshots that puts the date as September 29 for the release of the Vanguard.  What does the Vanguard have to do with the G2?  I'm glad you asked.  If you rip open the leaked G2 ROM we saw recently (or grab it already done for you here), you will see references to the Vanguard, such as in the devices name for the static wallpapers (also pulled out for you here).  

If things don't change (and they often do), look for the G2, codenamed the Vanguard, running stock Froyo, with an all new chip on the 29th of September.  So who's excited for this besides me? [TmoNews]

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4 years ago

TeleNav introduces OnMyWay for Android

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 On My Way

TeleNav has released its OnMyWay application for Android in the Market. OnMyWay is an easy-to-use application that will let a person or group know your travel status and estimated arrival time.  Very popular on the BlackBerry platform, this should prove to be a popular item and a must have for travellers.  Buy another bag of ice for the cooler, Phil -- looks like I'm going to be late.

After the break we have the app's description as a mini press release from TeleNav, a video showing it in action, and the download links.

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4 years ago

Dear Logitech ... Your Revue Google TV ads are kinda creepy

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Logitech Revue Google TV ad

Sincerely, Palm.

(That said, my dog does the same thing. Check out the video after the break. Or don't. Up to you. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.)

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4 years ago

Froyo update for the Evo 4G is now rootable

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Evo Froyo root method 

The Froyo (Android 2.2) update for the Evo 4G has been rooted.  While the current method is a bit hairy and involves timing and a bit of luck, the directions look very straightforward, and more important, not too dangerous to your precious hardware.  The method is a mix of the recent exploit used on the Droid 2 and tools from the UnrEVOked team, and should leave you with a fully rooted and bootloader unlocked Evo, ready for your choice of a custom ROM.  

Remember, this sort of thing breaks warranties and has the potential to ruin things, even if this method looks fairly safe.  Proceed at your own risk, or wait it out a few days to see if an easier method rolls around -- nobody here will blame you. But you trailblazers, hit the source link to give it a go!  [xda-developers] Thanks Chuck!

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4 years ago

Galaxy Tab video preview shows up in Korea

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Galaxy Tab

Sick of seeing videos of Samsung's Galaxy Tab yet? Neither are we. A new video preview of the Android device that will be introduced on Sept 2 has popped up in Korea. The clip is nearly 3 minutes long and provides some great looks at the 7-inch device. In the video, the user shows off the size versus an iPad, uses Swype with the notepad app, watches video, reads a newspaper article and looks at Google Maps. 

It looks like a great device, especially if the price point is significantly lower than Apple's tablet. More questions loom however, such as:

  • Are there other connectors besides the apparent proprietary one shown in the videos?
  • Will there be a Wi-Fi only version?

These and other questions will be answered in Berlin on Sept. 2nd (we hope), and we'll be there to bring it all to you. Enjoy the video after the break in the meantime. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Sept. 9 a possible launch date for the Verizon Fascinate, tie-in with MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12

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Verizon Fascinate ship date

Where, oh where, is the Verizon Fascinate? We've been waiting for the final U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S to hit (and watching our hands-on with it over and over), and it looks like it might be in a couple short weeks. This screen from Verizon -- it actually has to do phones provided to Verizon employees -- shows "Device shipping around 9/6 based on a 9/9 launch." Add to that the fact that the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards -- taking place Sept. 12 -- are sponsored in part by the "Samsung Fascinate - A Galaxy Phone," (thanks, orcares) and it seems like we're getting pretty darn close.

That could well just be a 9/9 "launch" for employees, but that's on odd term to use just for that, right? And with all that said, the usual caveat about not counting our chickens before they hatch, but the Fascinate can't get into our fat little fingers soon enough.

(And, yes, that's the Microsoft KIN that's mentioned there. Verizon's trying to get it out of its employees' pockets, and we certainly can't blame them.)

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible Froyo update: Benchmark, full details, screenshots (Update: Plus, a possible OTA date)

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Droid Incredible Froyo quadrant benchmark

We're getting tons more info from you guys regarding the Droid Incredible Froyo update, which appeared in a leaked RUU this morning and is still expected (eventually) as an over-the-air update. Let's start with the Quadrant benchmark you see above. (Thanks, Jim!) It's certainly not the be all-end all of a phone's speed and power (and, yes, it can be manipulated), so take it for what it's worth.

Then we've got the full rundown of what's new in the update (straight from Verizon), including Adobe Flash Player 10.1 pre-installed, 720p video recording, Wifi 802.11n, and so on.

Droid Incredible Froyo updateDroid Incredible Froyo update

Plus, we've got a screen shot showing that the over-the-air push may begin tomorrow. (For what it's worth, that date also is confirmed by a tipster to Droid-Life.)

Droid Incredible update

And after the break, we've got even more screen shots (thanks again, Jim). And if you haven't already, see what everybody's saying about the update in our forums.

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4 years ago

Ad in Mississippi spotted, shows Android soaring through (an) Apple

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Android ad

The Android vs. iPhone battle continues to rage on in forums, articles and between friends who sport competing devices. The war in the ad space has been continued on as an advertisement in Grenada, Miss., was spotted that shows Android soaring right through the middle of an Apple (subtle isn't it?)

Nevertheless, the ad is amusing and will likely be met by cheers from the Android community and jeers from the iOS folks. [Thanks to @StormTrooper626]

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4 years ago

Verizon announces it's pushing Droid update to enable Flash

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Droid Flash update

Verizon this morning made it official: The update for the original Droid that will enable you to officially run Adobe Flash is being pushed out. Here's the word:

Verizon Wireless has begun pushing an update today to the DROID by Motorola (introduced November 2009) that will allow customers to download Adobe Flash 10.1 via Android Market. Flash Player 10.1 provides access to millions of sites with rich content including animations, casual games, videos, rich internet applications, audio and much more.

Get your update yet? Let's hear it in the forums.

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible's Sept. 1 Froyo rumor a bust, but is the RUU out there already? (Updated with screen shots, root link)

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Droid Incredible ROM

ROM legend Conflipper may be in retirement, but that doesn't mean there's not still magic to be had, as a new ROM for the Droid Incredible has surfaced, and guess what -- it purportedly is Android 2.2 Froyo. And that's nice to see, as the Sept. 1 rumor that Droid-Life started late last night was quickly retracted (don't say we didn't warn you).

Sing out if you're brave and gave it a shot. [Shipped-ROMs via Android Central Forums and XDA Developers]

Update: A couple of screen shots posted after the break. (Thanks, Jim!) Plus, here's a link to a method to load and root.

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