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4 years ago

MyTouch 3G Froyo update coming 'soon'

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myTouch3G getting it's froyo on

Who says only the latest and greatest Android phones will get Android 2.2?  Not T-mobile.  HTC already let us know that all their Android devices manufactured this year would be getting a Froyo update, but that left users of 2nd generation hardware wondering if they would ever be seeing it.  That question has just been answered for myTouch 3G users.

What this means for other second-generation hardware is unknown.  Also unknown is the all important date when myTouch 3G users should expect their Android 2.2 update.  We don't have a clue, but you can count on reading about it here when we know more.  [TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Google says missing apps are back in the Android Market (updated)

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Android Market Paid apps in Froyo

Update: And just like that, Google says its fix is in place and developers are seeing their apps again. Huzzah! [Google, Google Developer blog]

Original: Apps have been disappearing from the Android Market for a good many of you (and us) for a few days now, and you've been screaming for answers. And we hear you. And, believe it or not, Google's heard you, too. Here's what Google told us about the problem:

"We are aware of an app visibility issue with certain recent devices. We believe it to be a device configuration problem and are working on a workaround."

We know, we know. You guys and gals won't be happy until the apps are back in the Market like they should be. But remember that there are thousands and thousands and thousands of you using the Android Market, and we don't wan things to get worse. (But that said, let's get this fixed, Google, m'kay?)

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4 years ago

Qik video chat demo on the Evo 4G

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Qik video chat on the Evo 4G

We've already taken a walk through the basic functions of the updated Qik video chat app for the Evo 4G -- now let's take a look at video chat in action. Check it out after the break as Jerry and I give things a go, with both of us connected over WiFi, though even that couldn't make up for the server crush everybody's putting on Qik.

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4 years ago

Yes, folks, the Galaxy S is 'landing soon'

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Samsung Galaxy S

Yes, folks, it's all but official that the Samsung Galaxy S (see our hardware and software hands-ons) is coming the U.S. Only questions are when and to which carrier. (OK, those are pretty big questions.) But the flying saucer we got says it's "Landing soon," and there's a new U.S. website up and running, so things are definitely on the move. If you're in the mood for some unsubstantiated rumors, TMoNews says it's heard of a possible July 21 launch on T-Mobile, and there's a Verizon rumor going around, plus that one on AT&T. But there's nothing to back up most of that other than a big pile of salt, so ... Stay tuned, everyone! [Samsung]

Update: Oh, yeah. Samsung's having a little party on June 29, so we'll likely find out more then.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G out of stock on Sprint's website

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Evo 4G out of stock

If you're looking to snag an Evo 4G, you're going to have to hoof it, as it's currently out of stock on Sprint's website. Sprint's said the Evo set a one-day launch record, and it must not have been kidding. We haven't heard hard numbers, but whispers have it at several hundred thousand sold over last weekend. Thanks, djjk2004!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus: Rooted!

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LG Optimus Rooted

A note to anybody with an Android smartphone: Don't leave it sitting around Paul from MoDaCo, or he's liable to root the thing on principal. Such is the case with the LG Optimus (aka the GT540 -- see our hands-on at Google IO), which he cracked open in what may well be record time. Good on ya, Paul! [@paulobrien]

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4 years ago

Front-facing cameras mean hands-free gesture commands for Android

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Android motion demo

Waving your hand in the air to control your phone isn't a new idea -- we've seen talk of it before on Windows Mobile, and it's been implemented on other platforms. But now that Android is getting front-facing cameras (with the Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Evo 4G, for starters), we may finally see gesture commands on our phones in the near future.

And that's where developer eyeSight comes in. It just announced support for Android, which "enables users control their phones and navigate in documents, web pages or maps by using gesture recognition technology."

Check out the full presser and demo video (on a Nokia, sadly) after the break. This pique anyone's interest?

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4 years ago

Throwing a bone (and a free case) to the Verizon Droid Incredible [contest]

Verizon Droid Incredible High Glass Silicone Protective Case

We know. You Droid Incredible owners have had to sit through an awful lot of Evo 4G news of late, and you're feeling a little left out. We hear you. But there's actually been some great stuff going on in the Droid Incredible forums, and it hasn't gone unnoticed. As such, let's reward your patience with a free Verizon High-gloss silicone protective case for one lucky beloved Droid Incredible, courtesy of the Android Central Store.

What do you have to do? Just keep on doing what you're doing. When you post in the Incredible forums today -- as in June 8 -- you're automatically entered. We'll pick a single post at random tonight and get your new case shipped off post haste. Good luck, everybody!

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4 years ago

Toss the HTC Intruder into the Android mix (Update: Probably)

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AT&T HTC Intruder

We can't vouch for anything here, but the inventory shot you see above apparently shows the HTC Intruder on AT&T. Maybe it's yet another name in the Liberty/Aria lovefest, giving us a proper threesome of rumor goodness. Or maybe it's an entirely different phone. Or maybe it's a last gasp of Windows Mobile. Or (gasp) maybe it's some way early entry for Windows Phone 7. Or maybe it's something like the HTC Smart, which has a Sense-type UI but is neither WinMo nor Android.

Point is, it's early yet, and this is all we have to go on. Also no way to tell whether that $699 retail price/$129 contract price is real, or just a placeholder. Any AT&T peeps out there wanna help shed some light on this? You know where to find us. [TjCrew via Unwired View]

Update: OK. We're already hearing that this will be an Android 2.1 device, about the size of a Coke can (presumably in two dimensions only). Also, Omegaglory23 points out in the comments that this is a Radio Shack inventory screen.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G help: Using the LED light application with video recording

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LED-light widget LED-light app

We love it when you send in your tips and hints, especially when they're this cool.  Notice that the dual LED flash on the HTC Evo doesn't work while filming video? Turns out that's pretty easy to fix, using an app called LED light right from the Android Market.  No root, no muss, no fuss.  Hit the jump to get the links, and to see side by side examples with and without the camera flash. Thanks Jpeary!

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4 years ago

Monday night mayhem: Comment at will

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It's been a crazy day. We've been playing with the Qik video chat. We had to choke down another Apple keynote. We saw the Nexus One disappear and then reappear -- yes, it's back now -- from Google's online phone store. And on top of all that, you've all been going nuts in the forums. So let's wind down tonight with a little free chat in the comments. Talk amongst yourselves. You've earned it.

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4 years ago

Missing Sync gets update for HTC phones

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The Missing Sync

Those of you joining Android from other platforms -- and we know who you are -- may well be familiar with The Missing Sync, a longtime leader in personal information management. And if you're looking at Android but don't necessarily want to go all-in on gmail, this is an app you're going to want to check out. Anyhoo, The Missing Sync has updated for phones running on Android 2.1 with HTC Sense. That'd be the Sprint Hero (finally!), Droid Incredible, Evo 4G -- you know, every new HTC phone at this point.

Warning: If you have doubleTwist installed, you're going to want to uninstall first, as the two don't really play well together at this point. Otherwise, have at it! [Mark/Space]

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4 years ago

Quick app: The Qik app (Android video chat)

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Qik Android video chat

Android video chat is finally here, after a few days and more than a little gnashing of teeth, on the Sprint Evo 4G. The Qik app has been up and down as they've dealt with the crush of new Evo's hitting their servers. But we've been putting it through its paces, and it's pretty easy to use.

Just fire it up, and you have options to place a video call, record a video (and stream it live at the same time), record and view video messages (part of those $5-a-month premium features, which are free until July15), and manage all of your videos. Buttons are large and well-marked, and it took zero setup to get things going. You also can choose (on phones with front-facing cameras, anyway) which camera to use -- front or rear.

Placing a video call was simple -- you choose the person from your contact list. That simple, and it works just fine in portrait and landscape mode. Check out more screen shots after the break.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G apps - download these first

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Evo apps

The Sprint Evo 4G quickly has become the hottest topic in the Android world. For you newcomers, you'll quickly find that you phone has many of the most important apps already loaded -- Google Maps, Facebook, a basic music player, etc. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. After the break, take a gander at some of our must-have apps for the Evo 4G.

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4 years ago

Android vs. iPhone 4: The specs

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iPhone-Android specs

You love specs. We love specs. And so we've been keeping up with the latest and greatest from Android in comparison to the newest from other platforms. And here's how the Sprint Evo 4G, Google Nexus One and Verizon Droid Incredible -- all phones manufactured by HTC -- match up against the new iPhone 4.

For our money, it's the iPhone's new screen that really stands out, with its 960x640 "retina display." Samsung needs to get some Super AMOLED screens into our hands pretty soon, or we're going to bounce off the walls seeking worthy comparisons. (Cross-posted at TiPB.)

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