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3 years ago

LG Star makes another appearance, shows off UI and a benchmark

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LG Star

Just a few weeks after we first saw a glimpse of the LG Star, it makes another appearance, this time showing off more than just the screen and battery door.  We're seeing HDMI out, a decent look at LG's custom Froyo OS, and even a benchmark of the Tegra2 chipset in action.  All that's left is to find out if and when this baby will ever reach North America, and how the chipset preforms once a version of Android that supports dual core processors is installed.

There's a gallery of pics at the source link, be sure to have a look.  [Phandroid]

 

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3 years ago

Nook Color rooted -- Turns $250 e-reader into an affordable Android tablet

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If it runs Android, it must be rooted or at the very least, root must at be attempted. In this case, the Nook Color is the latest to fall victim to such guilty pleasures as you can tell from the above image. Congratulations! Your Nook Color just became a whole lot more useful to you, as long as you don't mind going through the rooting process that is. [XDA via Gizmodo]

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3 years ago

Motorola Backflip, Cliq get multitouch support

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Motorola Backflip gains Multitouch

Must be rooted: One of the coolest things about Android is the development community it fosters.  These developers bring features and software upgrade to devices long after carriers and manufacturers write them off as out dated.  One of the newest upgrades froms from  J_r0dd who worked multitouch support into his latest Roms for the Backflip and Cliq. It's great seeing even these "entry-level" devices get the updated software like their newer cousins. [via ModMyMobile]Thanks Rohit R!

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3 years ago

AT&T says Motorola Olympus won't be available in November, then pulls post

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Motorola Olympus AT&T Facebook

OK. We're about to have another conversation about talking to strangers. See, the fact is you're actually pretty unlikely to get a real answer out of an official Twitter or Facebook account if you ask about an unannounced device. And even if you do get an answer, you need to think about it a tad. So when Scott Duffy asked the AT&T Share page (that's an official AT&T outlet) about the rumored Motorola Olympus, he got the following reply:

"The Motorola Olympus should be available in December or January. Check back here for device launches ..."

Really, folks, don't read too much into that. Translated, it means this:

"November is almost over. So we're going to name a couple of months that aren't November."

Actually, AT&T's response has since been pulled. Does that lend credence to the initial response? More likely, someone realized commenting at all on an unannounced device wasn't a very good idea. It's very possible that the Moto Olympus -- or whatever it ends up being called -- could be released sometime in the next 60 days. We do have a pretty big event (that'd be CES ) coming up. But it's also just as likely to not be out by then. We'll just have to see. [Facebook via BGR]

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3 years ago

Contest Winners - Free Evo 4G case, Powermat Evo 4G Charger and full size pad!

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contest-winner

Now that the holiday weekend is over and we're all tired of turkey, we figured we'd better get back to business around here. First thing on our to do list? Take care of our contest winners of course. If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening and if you're not registered well -- now is as good a time as any. This weeks winners are as posted after the break. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to this weeks winners!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 free at Best Buy Mobile and T-Mo today

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If you've got an upgrade available on T-Mobile and have been holding out for a deal on a G2 then today is you're lucky day. Best Buy Mobile now has the T-Mobile G2 available for free when you up your contract for another 2 years. Can't really beat that offer. Anyone going to be hitting up Best Buy Mobile to take advantage of this? If you're not feeling Best Buy Mobile, T-Mobile also has the sale on their website.  [TMonews]

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3 years ago

Add a signature in gmail

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Android gmail signatureAdding a signature to your e-mail -- especially when you're working from a smartphone -- can be either a badge of honor, or an excuse. (The joke goes that you can get away with typo after typo so long as your signature says "Sent from my iPhone.)

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3 years ago

Droid X case review: Body Glove Snap-on Case

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Body Glove Snap-on Case for Droid X

The Motorola Droid X is no wimpy phone, but that's not to say it couldn't use a little protection. If you're looking for a form-fitting case that's as stylish as it is effective, check out the Body Glove Snap-on Case for the Droid X.

The case itself comes in two parts -- a thin plastic front and more substantial rear enclosure. The Droid X fits neatly inside, and the two parts snap together for a snug fit. (Take your time and make sure all of the sides of the case are snapped tight.) The inside of the case is lined with a felt-type material, so you shouldn't have to worry about your Droid X being scratched. The outside of the case is a textured rubber. That does a couple of things: You get a good grip on the phone, so you're less likely to drop it, and it's less likely to slide off a table or car dash.

You'll definitely notice when the case is on the phone, but it's still very form-fitting, and you get the feeling that it's protected. The case is just thick enough to keep the screen from touching the surface when it's placed face-down. Same goes for the camera. The are cutouts for all of the usual ports, buttons and camera lens, so you don't lose any functionality.

You also get a detachable belt clip with the Body Glove Snap-on Case. There's a little cutout in the rear of the phone that snaps off, so you can replace the belt clip nub with a flat back. The belt clip snaps onto the nub and has a spring-loaded catch. The short version is that you're unlikely to accidentally trigger it and drop your phone.

We've got more pictures after the break. The Body Glove Snap-on Case for the Motorola Droid X is available now for $24.95 in the Android Central Store.

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3 years ago

Sharp unveils the Galapagos Tablet

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Sharp has announced that it is joining the Android tablet race with the Galapagos Tablet device. The tablet with ship in two models: 5.5-inch and the 10.8-inch screens. They will sell for 39,800 Yen ($473) and 54,800 Yen ($642) respectively. The 5.5-inch screen will sport a resolution of 1024 × 600 and the 10.8-inch screen will sport 1366 × 800. We're glad to see that they didn't just keep with the lower resolution for the larger display. Other than that, the tablet will come shipped with your standard tablety things: microSD, modified Android OS, and e-books. Unfortunately, the tablet is not shipping with wireless N support, only B and G. Video after the break. [Akihabara News via TechFresh]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: SMS2PC

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SMS2PC - Send and receive SMS messages from your computer.

Like I mentioned in the Nov. 19 edition of our Editors' App Picks, I send a lot of text messages.  Maybe not as much as some of you, but, it's not uncommon for me to have used over 3,000 text messages each month.

If you're a heavy texter who spends a substantial portion of your day in front of a computer, you might be surprised how much you'll enjoy SMS2PC.  Respond quicker, and type faster -- without ever having to pick up your phone.

Join me after the break to dive a little deeper into SMS2PC, and get some download links.

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3 years ago

Sharp IS03 gets some Lady Gaga promotion -- can't read its poker face

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Android phones aren't the only chart toppers around here. Pop culture sensation Lady Gaga (Phil's favorite, don't let him kid you) can always be found sitting high on the Billboard Charts. So why not put those two together? Well, the Japanese did just that. Click on after the break to see two Lady G commercials advertising the Sharp IS03. The device will be hitting Japan's KDDI au network, and will boast a beautiful 960 x 640 3.5-inch screen.[PointGPhoneThanks for the tip, machine!

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3 years ago

Show your Android allegiance in Call of Duty: Black Ops

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  Black Ops + Android = win

Android Central Forums user DealingWithFeelingsOfBetrayal has alerted us to step-by-step instructions for recreating Google's Android logo inside popular shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops. Users can create their own icons to be displayed on their "Playercard" and their guns, so this guide will allow you to show how green your blood runs while getting that game-winning killcam. Honestly, this guide is making a strong case for me to replace my current icon, a Legend of Zelda-style Triforce shield. Check it out! [BlackOpsPodcast via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser HD updated to 'fix UI compatibility issue' with Gingerbread

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Dolphin Browser HD

The popular Dolphin Browser HD got an update recently, and there's an interesting tidbit in the changelog (thanks again, Google, for adding that). The line in question is "Fix UI compatibility with Android 2.3," which is interesting because Gingerbread still hasn't been announced, nor has the SDK been released -- publicly, anyway. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what the new compatibility requirements are. Thanks, Yamatine!

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3 years ago

Sprint rolls out 4G to six more cities

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Sprint 4G in Los Angeles

Sprint has just fired up their 4G WiMax network in six new locales, bringing the total up to 68 cities nationwide. The new cities:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Washington D.C.
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Columbus, OH

I'm not sure about the Ohio cities, but I know folks in DC, LA, and Miami have been seeing pockets of 4G service for a while now, and in parts of the DC suburbs it's smokin' fast.  Of course, in other parts it's completely non-existent -- let's hope the official roll-out widens it up a bit.  We have the full press release after the break, as well as a short promo video from Sprint about its LA roll-out. [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Samsung Nexus S gets new Wifi, GPS antennas, shows them to the FCC

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Samsung Nexus S FCC

What would you do if you were a smartphone and your maker just gave you new Wifi and GPS antennas? Why, you'd show them to the Federal Communications Commission, of course. And that's just what's been done with the Samsung GT-i9020T, otherwise known as the yet-to-be-announced-but-seen-a-plenty Samsung Nexus S. That mean we're going to see the phone anytime soon? Your uneducated guess is a good as ours. [FCC via Engadget]

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