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4 years ago

Tether beta goes public with a trial

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tether

Tether, a company many of us are familiar with, announced today that they have finally released their Android beta to the public. For many this news is warmly welcomed, since the beta that was announced a while back was limited and not everyone got to get in on it. If you are not familiar with Tether, they are a company that offers a paid tethering application which on the Android has seen speeds around 40 percent higher then their competition offers. Many of you that are converting to Android from BlackBerry may already have a license for this application, and Tether has provided a statement about transferring these license's and how they will handle these customers.

The number one question we've been asked is will existing customers need to purchase a new Android license.  Our team has decided, after much debate, that existing Tether customers will be able to get the Android version with a huge discount. The pricing will also be different than our current BlackBerry solution, for a number of business reasons.  Keep in mind that your Android version will be transferable to any other Android, should you upgrade, change or lose your phone in the future for no cost.  Exactly how our BlackBerry version currently operates.

But for now the Android Beta is available at no cost until we officially launch it.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Tether and sign up for your free trial of the application now!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S Pro looks to bring QWERTY Android to Sprint

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Samsung Galaxy S Pro

You'll have to excuse the upside-down picture, but what you see here reportedly is the Samsung Galaxy S Pro, with a mondo-QWERTY keyboard and a heavily skinned Android OS with TouchWiz 3.0 (same as on the Galaxy S), all headed for Sprint. Icons for Sprint TV, Sprint Zone and some other video on demand app are present, as our a plethora of alternate buttons on the keys. No word on if and when we'll see this guy launched, but remember that Samsung's having a little shindig at the end of the month, so we'll be on the lookout. [Android Community]

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4 years ago

Sprint employee reportedly fired for leaking Evo 4G launch figures

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Sprint

The story goes like this: Sprint employee posts Evo 4G launch sales figures at XDA Developers. Sprint finds out. Post is killed. Employee is invited into a back room by a "forensics" team, which proceeds to show said employee all of his online transgressions, which may or may not involve videos of cute kittens. Regardless, dude was summarily let go, but not before MobileCrunch snagged the numbers out of a Google-cached page.

“according to sprint we as a [company] have sold 66,483 theres a whole bunch of stores though that dont have any more inventory i dont think any major city sprint does”

So if that's true, the Evo 4G sold more than 65,000 units at Sprint's branded stores, and who know how many more at other outlets, such as Radio Shack. Of course, there's no telling just how true any of this may be. But it may add a little clarity to Sprint's slightly confused boasting of sales numbers. Now the question is how long the Evo will ride the wave. [via MobileCrunch]

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4 years ago

Euogo's M7003 Android tablet -- Why? Just, why?

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M7003 tablet

Let me start by saying I have not seen, held, or fondled this unit in any way.  And frankly, I have no desire to.  But when this post popped up in the forums about a $117.30 Chinese monstrosity, one of us had to react.  Since I've been closely following the development of a few Android tablets, I gleefully volunteered :)

This has so many warning flags I'm not sure where to begin.  The 300 MHz VIA 8505 processor should ensure sluggish performance and poor battery life, the 128 MB of ram will likely make you scream and kick your cat even when attempting the simplest tasks, and I won't even start on the Android 1.7 system that a magic OS fairy must have built -- because Google sure didn't.  Add in a TransFlash micro SD slot that only supports cards up to 16 GB, and the absence of all the standard Google apps, including the Android Market and you don't have something that's crippled, you have something that's dead and just doesn't know it.  The only thing this has going for it is price, and even that isn't spectacular -- spend 50 more dollars and get a used Droid Eris off eBay.  I promise you'll have a better Android experience.  Simply put, I wish I had more hands so I could give this four thumbs down.

Anyone see any reason I should spend a hundred-and-seventeen bucks to give this one a second look?  Holler out in the comments! [Euogo.com via Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Why the doubleTwist Android app looks so good

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doubleTwist for Android

It's pretty much agreed upon that the new doubleTwist music app for Android is one of the better looking players on everybody's favorite smartphone. But how did it come to be? Designer Sebastiaan de With explains on his Cocoia blog:

We wanted something that actually advanced the state of the art. I sure as hell wasn’t going to use an entirely new platform for months just to ape another. It was a mixed blessing to have so little limitations on what constituted a ‘native’ user interface.

Android has its guidelines, but most apps (even the Google-sanctioned Twitter app) have a very ‘custom’ appearance. We opted for a look that works well on the various devices and custom ‘shells’ (notably, HTC’s terrible “Sense” interface) and arrived at this muted, native-looking yet polished visual scheme

By no means is the doubleTwist app the only well-designed piece of software on Android, but it's certainly a shining example of what can be done with a minimal set of guidelines, and no sticky concerns about duplication of functions. [Cocoia BlogThanks, Rene!

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4 years ago

Evo 4G case review: Golla Grape Pouch

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Evo 4G Golla Grape Pouch

The Evo 4G is a big phone, with a big, bright screen. And it needs to be protected. The Golla Grape Pouch offers soft and stylish protection while adding a bit of storage. Let's take a look, after the break.

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4 years ago

Rom developers get stock Android 2.1 on the Motorola Cliq

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Android 2.1 on the Motorola Cliq

Motorola Cliq owners, you haven't been forgotten.  A group of developers has cooked up some Eclair love for you.  In what sounds like a herculean effort travisjames, along with fellow developer barakinflorida have taken otabbb's work with building AOSP (Android Open Source Project) for the Cliq and turned it into a functional ROM.  It's not 100 percent complete, but the latest Alpha build looks pretty promising.  I asked for some info from travisjames and he was happy to reply:

Eclair2CLIQ is a ROM that was started after ModMyMoto (now ModMyMobile) user otabbb, figured out how to build Android 2.1 from source for the CLIQ and posted what he had created for other developers to build off of and "for someone who wants this like a starting point to make a great 2.1 Cliq ROM."

So, I decided to take it on and within the first few days, fixed half of the problems the ROM currently had including, WiFi, GPS, etc, included some applications from Cyanogen's 2.1 build, and released it as Alpha1.

Now, coming up to Alpha3, which is completely build from source and should be released soon, me, along with fellow developer barakinflorida, have managed to fix Data, Vibration, and a few of the more "essential" parts of having a daily driver.

If you're using a Cliq or a Dext, hit the source link to follow the development.  A few more screenshots are after the jump. [ModMyMobile] Thanks Chisle41!

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4 years ago

Droid 2 has 1GHz processor, according to commercial script

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Motorola Droid 2 commercia script

Good news for all you Motorola Droid fans who have had to keep repeating over and over that "processor speed isn't everything." You're getting a 1GHz processor in the Droid 2, if this leaked commercial script is any indication. That still doesn't really change the fact that processor speed isn't everything, but you'll be able to wave the 1GHz flag like everybody else.

A second script focuses on the Droid X. The commercials apparently are a mix between "The Matrix" and "Gattaca," and the Droid X is said to do "live streaming NFL games on a 720 dpi screen so big ..." We're pretty sure the screen's not actually 720 dots (or pixels) per inch, but you see where they're going -- TV out. Plus, there's an NFL app, and you'll be able to watch games live. Peep the Droid X script after the break. [Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X flies first class

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Motorola Droid X

Lyle writes in to tell us the story about his seatmate on a recent flight from Texas to California. And there it is, folks, the Motorola Droid X. Lyle had his Evo 4G sitting up on its kickstand when the person next to him had to try and one-up him with an unreleased phone. (Can't say we blame him.) Nicely done, Lyle. But next time somebody sees one of these bad boys at 35,000 feet, take the time to run a few benchmark tests, m'kay? Thanks, Lyle!

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4 years ago

AT&T announces the HTC Aria

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HTC Aria

AT&T this morning on YouTube and Facebook officially outed the HTC Aria, an Android 2.1 device with a 3.2-inch screen at 320x480 resolution . Codenamed the Liberty and actually outed by AT&T last week, the mid-level Aria runs the full HTC Sense user interface, has a 5MP camera and comes with a 2GB microSD card.

Full specs are:

  • Qualcomm MSM7227 processor at 600MHz
  • Android 2.1 with HTC Sense.
  • 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen at 320x480.
  • 512MB ROM/384MB RAM
  • 2GB microSD card included.
  • Dimensions 4.1 by 2.3 by 0.46 inches.
  • Weight (with battery): 3.8 ounces.
  • Battery: 1200mAh. (Talk time rated at  up to 6 hours, standby up to 15.5 days)
  • Quadband EDGE (850/900/1800/1900), dual band HSPA (850/1900).
  • 5MP camera.
  • Digital compass.
  • aGPS.

The Aria will be available in AT&T stores starting June 20, for $129 after contract and $100 rebate. Full presser, video and a couple more pics after the break. [Facebook, YouTube]

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4 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G fully rooted

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Rejoice! The brainiacs over at XDA have done it again, and have cracked the daunting Nandroid protection that has been hindering our developers of total control since the beginning.  The method - which provides “total root” - could be kind of complicated if you’re not comfortable playing around with ADB, but other than that it’s relatively painless. Basically, it will allow us to write to /system and any other partitions from within Android, and not having to do it from a recovery which makes things much more convenient. As we expect there were plenty of all-nighters being pulled last, make sure you make a backup as this process will definitely wipe all your data. [via XDA]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible root instructions now available (updated)

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Droid Incredible rooted

Remember how we said the other day that the Verizon Droid Incredible had been rooted, but that the method wasn't quite ready for public consumption? Well, your time has come, folks. This one's still a little complicated as you're getting the phone to recognize ADB while in recovery. Shadowmite says other methods are still being explored, but you, too, can now root you Droid Incredible.

And that said, Android Central Forum member cnash6 shows us how the process can be automated a bit via a couple of batch files, and he points us to a nice video walkthrough showing you how it's done. Peep it after the break.

For the full Unrevoked instructions (via XDA), click here. And watch cnash6's mejdam's video and download the files for the method.

Update:  Whoopsie. Thanks to cnash6 for pointing out the batch file method, but as he corrects us in the comments, it wasn't his method. Our bad, and apologies to mejdam.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G modded to charge on Palm Touchstone

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Evo 4G charging on Palm Touchstone

We've been watching this discussion with interest for a little while now, and it appears that it's finally working. A gent who goes by infinitemods has hacked the back of his Evo 4G so that it charges from the Palm Touchstone puck, meaning you don't have to have anything actually plugged into the Evo. Infinitemods told Good and Evo the hack took him about a half-hour, and that it probably can be done in about 10 minutes.

The downsides to this DIY project? The magnets used to hold the Evo to the Touchstone mean the compass won't work, and the battery cover sticks up just a tad. He also tells G&E that overheating hasn't been an issue yet -- one that we'd watch closely given the occasional problem with the Palm Pre.

No tutorial just yet, but keep on the lookout, as it's a way cool weekend project. Check out video of it in action after the break. [Good and Evo via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Android 2.2, FroYo, Google I/O -- let's make some sense of all this

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Inside Android

FroYo, FroYo, FroYo.  Seems like you can't visit a tech blog or read your Twitter timeline without seeing news about Android 2.2 everywhere.  FroYo can do this, FroYo does this 300 percent faster, FroYo has ponies.  It's enough to make a sane man crazy (good thing none of us will have to worry about that).  We all want some delicious new Android treats for our phones, but do we really know why, or what comes along with it?  Hopefully, by the time we're finished here you'll have a better idea just what to expect, and when to expect it.  Hit the link, get your spoon, and let's check out what this frozen concoction has in store for you and I.

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