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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab source code released

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Galaxy Tab

Samsung has released the open source portions of the Galaxy Tab operating system and made them available for download.  Of course, much of their software isn't open source, so don't expect to see everything in the code.  It is very refreshing to see manufacturers quick to comply with the license agreements, and my hat's off to Samsung for this.

For the average user, this doesn't mean a lot.  Don't assume you can download and install anything listed here on your Tab.  But third party developers can and will have a field day with this, so look for assorted enhancements, kernels, and hacks soon.  The downloads can all be found at Samsung's open source page, here's what you're looking for:

  • S.E. Asian versions -- GTP1000_SEA_OpenSource.zip
  • Hong Kong/Taiwan -- GT-P1000_HKTW_OpenSource.zip
  • Brazil -- GT-P1000L_Latin_OpenSource.zip
  • USA (T-Mobile) -- SGH-T849_OpenSource.zip
  • USA (Sprint) -- SPH-P100_OpenSource.zip and SPH-P100_OpenSource_Update1.zip
  • USA (Verizon) -- SCH-I800_OpenSource.zip

AT&T has not announced the model number for their version of the Tab, so while the code may have been released we're not yet sure which one to download.  Can't wait to see what gets done with this! [Samsung via Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Tab available today -- $399 on contract, data starts at $29

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Sprint Galaxy Tab

As we reported a few weeks ago, today marks the day of Sprint's Galaxy Tab launch.  It will cost you $399 on a two-year contract, and the data plans will run you $29.99 per month for 2GB of data, or $59.99 per month for 5GB of data and unlimited messaging.

During your next two trips around the sun, the 2GB data plan will cost you a little more than $700, and the 5GB/unlimited messaging plan will lighten your nest egg by $1,400 or so -- and that's before any additional taxes and surcharges.  So I ask you this, dear hardworking, penny-pinching Android Central reader: is it worth it?

Ask your questions, share your opinions, and above all else, vent your joy and frustrations in our own Galaxy Tab forums.  Haven't got a clue what this Samsung Galaxy Tab doohickey is?  Oh, and check out our hands on video.

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4 years ago

Droid Pro: Most annoying ringtone ever

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Droid Pro

For those of you picking up a Motorola Droid Pro, listen to that little audio clip above. Go ahead, we'll wait.

Yeah. It's that bad.

First things first: Dive into the settings and replace that default ringtone. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200 -- don't even set up your e-mail. Replace that ringtone. In fact, while you're in the Verizon store and some misguided (but well-intentioned) sales rep shows you the pre-installed task manager, have them swap it for you. You'll thank us later. So will your roommate, spouse, parent and neighbor.

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4 years ago

Gingerbread announcement Monday at Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco?

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Web 2.0 Summit

Let's just throw this one out there and see if it sticks to the wall tomorrow: Reader Steve (hi, Steve!) Points out that Google CEO Eric Schmidt opens up the Web 2.0 Summit on Monday in San Francisco, speaking alongside Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media Inc. and John Battelle of Federated Media Publishing.

It's labeled as "A Conversation with Eric Schmidt," and no topics are specifically mentioned. Nikesh Arora, Google's president of Global Sales Operations and Business Development, speaks later in the day, So maybe we'll get Gingerbread, and maybe we won't. But there are worse venues at which to make such an announcement, eh?

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4 years ago

The week in Android News

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4 years ago

LG Vortex coming soon, according to Verizon ad

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We've known for quite some time the LG Vortex was going to be arriving on Verizon and it seems it's coming sooner rather than later. That is, at least, according to a flier sent out by Verizon itself. As posted in the Android Central Forums, the fliers clearly show off the LG Vortex as coming soon. As noted previously, Verizon customers will be able to scoop up the Bing'd out Vortex for free when it finally does arrive in stores and online. Thanks DroidEye22!

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4 years ago

Dell Streak to receive Froyo -- rollout begins in the UK by month's end

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Dell Streak to receive FroYo update.

As the rest of the world is waiting very (im)patiently for an official Gingerbread announcement, Dell Home UK issued a statement via Facebook yesterday claiming FroYo (Android 2.2) will be making the rounds to their premiere five-inch Android tablet.  They didn't mention any specific dates, however, they did assure Streak owners that it would reach their fingertips by the end of November.  Dell also noted that depending on your particular hardware build, you actually may not see FroYo on your Streak by the end of the month, but rest assured, you will be notification directly on your Streak when the update is ready.

The much anticipated FroYo update will begin in the UK, and work its way to other regions in the following weeks.  [via AndroidOS]

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4 years ago

Can the G2 burn longer than the competition?

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g2-grill

Some people will literally put a smart phone through any and every test that they can imagine, and some of them are just, well, insane. We have seen the iFixIt team rip units apart, the Internet has gone viral with Will It Blend videos, and now people are grilling their smartphones?

Yes, as crazy as it sounds, someone has confused their iPhone, G2, and Windows Phone 7 device with hamburgers and placed them on a lit grill. If you have a strong enough stomach, and want to witness this insanity, join us after the jump for a video of the process in action and to see how the G2 holds up! [TechFlash via WMPowerUser]

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4 years ago

Keyboard shortcuts

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4 years ago

The week in Android Apps

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apps

Applications are always a great addition to any Android device, and finding the right application for you. Let's take a look at some of the application updates as well as some of the new releases from the past week after the jump.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab hacked to make phone calls

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

Galaxy Tab phone enabledThe major feature missing from the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the ability to make phone calls. (OK, some of us might consider that a feature.)

But the T-Mobile version of the 7-inch Android Tablet apparently has already been hacked to enable the voice end of things. That's what you see in the image to the right.

You're going to have to do some fairly major surgery -- and this isn't going to work on the Sprint or Verizon versions -- and then enable some of the wireless settings manually. And even after all that, you're not going to want to hold this beast up to your head.

But score another one for the hackers, and let's hope they find a way to open this up for the other carriers' devices, too. [XDA Developers 1, 2, 3] Thanks, Croak, for the tip.

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4 years ago

Netflix coming to select Android devices early next year

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Netflix

Easily in the top five questions we get from you guys -- and this is one we've been asking, too -- is "Where the hell is Netflix for Android?" It's been a fleeting rumor for months and months, and still we don't have it. But now we at least know why.

Greg Peters of Netflix product development took to the company blog tonight to explain why the iPhone and Windows Phone 7 get streaming movies, but Android's shut out. It comes down to "the lack of a generic and complete platform security and content protection mechanism available for Android," Peters writes, continuing with:

"The same security issues that have led to piracy concerns on the Android platform have made it difficult for us to secure a common Digital Rights Management (DRM) system on these devices. Setting aside the debate around the value of content protection and DRM, they are requirements we must fulfill in order to obtain content from major studios for our subscribers to enjoy. Although we don’t have a common platform security mechanism and DRM, we are able to work with individual handset manufacturers to add content protection to their devices."

The good news? Peters says "we'll launch select Android devices that will instantly stream from Netflix early next year," and they'll keep working with carriers and manufacturers to develop a better solution for the entire Android platform.

Peters kind of makes it sound like Netflix itself will be "launching" new devices, but that seems a wee bit unlikely. "Select devices" and "early next year" sure make us wonder if an impending Android OS revision (hi, Gingerbread!) or two (hello, Honeycomb!) have anything to do with that.

One thing's for sure, though: It can't come soon enough. [Netflix] Thanks, Dustin!

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4 years ago

Galaxy Tab root (and others) just a few clicks away with z4root root

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Galaxy Tab rooted

So you have your new shiny Galaxy Tab, and you want to root it.  I like the way you think.  The good news is that the days of SDK's, cryptic shell commands, and crazy Windows USB drivers are over.  An app from the Market (z4root -- links after the break) will root your Tab, as well as other Galaxy S phones and other NAND unlocked devices with just a button press.

  • Download and install Z4Root from the Market
  • Enable USB debugging (menu>settings>applications>development)
  • Run the app, and press the "root" button

Your Tab will restart, and you're rooted.  Unrooting is just as easy, just run z4root and "unroot."  Of course a lot of the goodies available for other devices just haven't been made for the Tab just yet, but they're coming.  Hit the jump for download links and a list of other phones this will work on.  [XDA Developers via Pocketables]

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4 years ago

How to manually apply the Droid Incredible maintenance update

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HTC Droid Incredible

For those of you who just can't wait to get that maintenance update for the HTC Droid Incredible, we've got the download location and instructions. It's all on the up and up, it's just that you're manually applying the update instead of waiting on it. It's the exact same update. Here you go:

  1. Grab the OTA file here from the Android Central Forums.
  2. Make sure it's named update.zip
  3. Copy it to the root (base directory) of your SD card.  Don't put it in any folders, and don't put it on the internal memory.
  4. Shut your phone off
  5. While holding the volume down button, turn the phone back on.
  6. In the white Bootloader screen, select recovery from the list.
  7. In the recovery screen (the triangle with exclamation mark), press volume up and power.  You'll go to the recovery menu.
  8. In the recovery menu, select "apply sdcard:update.zip"
  9. The phone will find the file, and when finished prompt you to reboot.  Reboot via the menu, then patiently wait for the phone to reboot, and enjoy.

A reminder that if you're rooted, this'll break it. Need more help? Find it in our Droid Incredible Forums.

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4 years ago

Tab talk, Droid Pro and more Nexus S speculataion [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Today we're talking Samsung Galaxy Tab, Droid Pro and still hashing out the rumors surrounding the Nexus S specs. Will it run dual cores? Make Jerry coffee in the morning? Lets talk about it in the forums.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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