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4 years ago

Quick poll: Froyo fiends, do you still care about Flash?

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Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash is finally coming to Android with the update to Froyo, and quite a few of us have been rocking Android 2.2 for a few weeks now. So let's put it to you, folks. Now that you've actually been using Flash on Froyo, how's it working out? Killing your battery? Slowing your phone? Or is it shooting rainbows and unicorns out of the headphone jack? Hit up the poll, the give us your reasoning in the comments.

Is Flash all you thought it would be?Market Research

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4 years ago

Samsung says its Super AMOLED is better than any 'retina display'

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Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung makes all sorts of electronics (including some nice Android phones), but their name is synonymous with screen technology.  That being said, anytime they chime in about screens or displays, we tend to listen. 

"Structurally, IPS LCD technology cannot catch up with AMOLED display technology."

That's what Samsung has to say in response to Apple's claim that their new IPS screen is superior to OLED.  Samsung claims that IPS only offers a 3 percent to 5 percent increase in sharpness, at a cost of 30 percent more power use.  They (Samsung) also claim that the Super AMOLED display on the upcoming Galaxy S will offer better viewing angles and contrast than the upcoming iPhone.

We would love to find out for ourselves, but we still don't have a Galaxy S to play with review.  Samsung, toss us a bone so we can help prove your point! [Korea Herald via Electronista]

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4 years ago

Latest Firefox build for Android adds basic multitouch to Fennec

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Fennec for Android

For those of you following the development of Mozilla's Firefox browser for Android -- also known as Fennec -- you'll be happy to learn that basic multitouch has been added in a development build. This build isn't as polished as the other nightly builds we've been using, and you'll need to uninstall it when switching from a signed build. But it's great to see work progress, and great to see the addition of multitouch. You can download the development build here. [Fennec Google Group via Matt Brubeck]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible rooted, but method not yet ready for prime time

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Droid Incredible rooted

The Droid Incredible has been a tough nut to crack, with rooting eluding the hacking elite (and thus the rest of us mere mortals, too). But it looks like some real progress has been made, and Shadowmite says a couple of phones have been rooted. It involves getting adb to work while in recovery and needs some pretty precise execution in terms of timing. It ain't pretty, and it's not ready for the mainstream, and you might end up crying in the end. But fear not, Incredible owners, work continues. [XDA Developers via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 9, 2010

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Android apps

On Monday we brought you some application choices for all the new Evo 4G owners, but we are so dedicated to the rest of you out there we wanted to bring you some more suggestions! Hit the jump and see what we have in store for you this time around! 

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4 years ago

RvU -- custom Android 2.1 ROM for the Evo 4G straight from the Android Central forums

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RvU custom ROM

Not quite satisfied with the stock firmware on your new HTC Evo?  Or maybe you just have the itch to tinker that comes naturally when some folks get their paws on an Android phone.  Android Central member and all around goof off THE Keith Newman and his cohorts have you covered.

The ROM is a mostly stock version of the latest EVO stock system  (with the OTA fixes in place), but has some very nice custom touches:

  • Fully rooted
  • Busybox installed and working
  • Working 4G :)
  • Non essential apps have been moved out of the locked /system partition for easy removal if you don't want them installed
  • Some great 3rd party apps are included (courtesy of their respective developers, check the forum thread for details)

If rooting, hacking, and forcing the big black slab that is the Evo to submit to your will is your thing, hit the forums and check out the thread. 

The ROM looks and feels like stock, but there's a few screen caps to whet your ROM appetite after the break.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G Wifi test -- how bad is it?

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Evo 4G Wifi signal test

It's no great secret that the Evo 4G doesn't do as well as other Android phones when it comes to holding a Wifi signal. In fact, we've got page after page in our forums of how displeased many of you are.

But how does the Evo 4G's Wifi stack up? We put it through a couple of relatively unscientific tests, using the Wifi Analyzer app from the Android Market. Check out our results after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's Android phones may be free for Father's day on June 19

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile has Father's Day covered, apparently, with a leaked document showing that every phone in TMo's inventory will be free on June 19. TMoNews scored what purportedly is a couple of commercial scripts. We won't know for sure that these weren't ginned up by somebody with 10 minutes to spare until it happens. But in the meantime, you can start pondering over whether you want to walk out with a myTouch 3G Slide, myTouch 3G, G1, Samsung Behold II, Motorola Cliq XT, Motorola Cliq, or Garminfone (dang, that's a lot of Android!) in exchange for a couple of years of service, we assume. [TMoNews]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Norton Smartphone Security

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Norton for Android

The hot app of the year appears to be one that will lock and/or wipe your phone. And as such, Norton -- the longtime virus-cleaner (among other things) -- has the Norton Security app in beta in the Android Market. We're not anywhere close to declaring that we need to worry about spyware, malware and viruses on Android, and Norton's app does well to go beyond that. Features include:

  • Remote lock/wipe
  • Anti-malware scan.
  • Call blocking
  • LiveUpdate

It seems to be fairly lightweight, though the lock/wipe feature will be built into Android 2.2, so it'll have to fight that off somehow. More screenies after the break. [Norton]

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4 years ago

Google Maps Navigation adds 11 nations

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Today, Google expanded its Google Maps Navigation system to cover 11 more countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland for Android devices running Donut (Android 1.6) and higher. The turn-by-turn directions can be read in the language of your choice and the voice destination search works with the accuracy that we’ve come to expect from Google in French, German, Italian and Spanish for Éclair (Android 2.0/2.1) and up. All of the Google Maps features are enabled in the supported countries, street view, POI search, gas stations, etc. Although Google Maps and Navigation is always a free service, it’s important to remember if you’re traveling, although the Map and Navigation service may be free, the data connection used to run it most certainly is not. [via Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Garminfone available today

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T-Mobile Garminfone

If you've got an extra $199 burning a hole in your pocket and are desperately in need of some serious Garmin action on your phone, you can now go out and get the T-Mobile Garminfone. It's the first release in the U.S. from the Garmin-Asus marriage, and it comes based on Android 1.6. Anybody out there getting this guy? [T-Mobile]

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4 years ago

Evo 4G back in stock on Sprint's website

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Sprint Evo 4G

Since everybody got all excited yesterday when the Evo 4G was listed as being out of stock on Sprint's website, we feel we should at least give a half-hearted "Woo hoo!" now that's back. And so ... "Woo hoo!" [Sprint] Thanks, Derek!

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4 years ago

Samsung Acclaim outed ... by Samsung

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Samsung Acclaim

For those of you waiting for the Samsung Acclaim ... well, here it is, outed by none other than Samsung itself. There's been little doubt that it'd be an Android phone, and this seals the deal. You've also got a pretty basic four-row sliding QWERTY keyboard, along with what appears to be an optical trackpad on the front. And U.S. Cellular definitely is the carrier of choice, not that there was much doubt. [Samsung via Engadget]

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4 years ago

How-To: Remove unwanted applications on your new HTC Evo 4G

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Not everyone with a new Evo 4G is just enjoying the beast.  Some of us are hard at work applying everything we know about hacking Android to our new toy.  My eyes are getting blurry, and it's time for a break from the terminal so let's have a look at how you can cull some of the bloat on your Evo.

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4 years ago

Google gives slight non-update update on Froyo for the Nexus One

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Nexus One with Froyo

For everybody who's asking us when the Nexus One will get its official update to Froyo, well, we still don't know. But Google employee passion-ate does give us an Android 2.2 update update (see what we just did there?). Anyhoo, here goes:

Apologies for keeping everybody waiting. We are not intentionally holding back on Froyo, just improving the overall experience and quality.

I don't have an exact date to share yet, but we are striving hard to OTA it ASAP. Stay tuned!

OK, so we don't really know any more than we did before this post. But you'll take what we give you, and you'll like it. And in the meantime, you can check out all of our Froyo feature posts here [Nexus One support forums] Thanks, jaeisber, for the tip!

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