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3 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch and MyTouch Q update offers Carrier IQ opt out

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The T-Mobile MyTouch and MyTouch Q (actually made by Huawei) are receiving an OTA update today -- to software version C85B839SP03. Although the phones will stay on Android 2.3.6 for now, there are a few good things in this one. First and foremost, the update allows users to opt out of the Carrier IQ tracking software that is preloaded on the devices. There's a lot of FUD out there about Carrier IQ, but regardless it's good to see that a carrier is letting people have the option to toggle that data collection off. Also in this update is a camera fix, allowing the phones cameras to now realize a full 5MP resolution for photos. Of course as we'd expect, there are a few other random bug fixes involved in the update as well.

You can find more information about the update in the T-Mobile Support articles at the source links below.

Source: T-Mobile Support (MyTouch, MyTouch Q)

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3 years ago

Verizon's rumored Galaxy Note 2 may have a secured bootloader

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Nobody is sure that Verizon is getting a version of the Galaxy Note 2, but the latest rumor is that the beast does exist, complete with a "locked" bootloader. Enough leakage suggests that Verizon will be getting the new Note, and we wouldn't be surprised one tiny bit to see it locked down tight as a drum. That's what the folks at BriefMobile are hearing from their ninja. 

As mentioned above, we're not surprised. Verizon has a history of wanting to keep tight control over the phones on their network, as evidenced by the extra bootloader security built into the Galaxy S3 on Big Red. The same Galaxy S3 that got cracked, hacked, and jacked to hell and back by Android hackers. We'll see the same here we think. 

Source: BriefMobile

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3 years ago

Dyzplastic previews Series 03 pt 6 of their Android collectibles

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Well, Dyzplastic is still churning out their oh so lovable Android collectibles. Today they released the design of part 6 in their third series of collectibles.The latest collectible features a "cry-on" design which is obviously a play off of Krylon spray paint. If you missed out on parts 1-5 be sure to check them out in Dyzplastic's September archive.

Back to the "cry-on" design, it's more than just a pretty paint job. I know I let out a chuckle when I saw its hidden "feature." Check out the video after the break and see for yourself.

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3 years ago

Context-sensitive Chameleon launcher now available

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Chameleon, a slick widget-based home screen launcher that we spied earlier this year after a successful Kickstarter campaign, has just been released on Google Play for an even $10. 

Chameleon is really focused on Android tablets more than anything, and offers a unified look and feel for a whole bunch of widgets. Chameleon has an API available for developers that want to make their own widgets. Here are the ones available at launch.

  • Calendar
  • Clock
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • RSS News Reader
  • Switches
  • Twitter
  • YouTube

There's still the familiar app tray included, but the real cool part is the context-sensitive layout switching. Imagine HTC Scenes with triggers. So, if you enter a particular Wi-Fi network, or are close to particular GPS coordinates, Chameleon can morph appropriately to its surroundings. 

You can get a look at our hands-on time with an early build over here, but we'll be doing a thorough review this week. Did anyone pledge to the Kickstarter campaign? How have those betas been treating you up until now?

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3 years ago

T-Mobile offering all phones for zero down next week

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If you've been holding off on picking up a new phone on T-Mobile, your time to strike approaches. From September 21 to September 30, T-Mobile will be running a Zero Down promotion, whereby anybody willing to sign a two-year contract and pay off the device through installments will be able to get their phone without paying anything up-front. Well, sort of. You still have to send off that mail-in rebate, but after that, it almost feels like you're getting a free phone. 

T-Mobile's making a point to highlight the Samsung Galaxy S 3 in this promotion, but there's a lot of decent hardware available, like the Blaze 4G, Galaxy S Relay, One S, and the new myTouch. Who knows, maybe with a bit of luck we might see a T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 before the promo finishes. 

There are an awful lot of strings attached to a promotion like this, but for starving students looking for a new phone and not having a lot of money for a hefty down-payment, this is a pretty sweet deal. More information on the promotion is available over at T-Mobile Anybody biting? 

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3 years ago

Win a 10Terra Eco Friendly bamboo case for your Nexus 7

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Remember that two-piece bamboo Eco Friendly case for the Nexus 7 from 10Terra I loved? We talked to the folks at 10Terra and rather than send it back to them they gave us the go-ahead to pass it on to one of you guys!

Make no mistake -- this is one of the nicest cases you'll find for your Nexus 7. It's sleek, beautiful, and protects your tablet from whatever crap life can throw at it. I'm in the middle of checking out all sorts of cases for the Nexus 7, but so far I'm thinking that this is the one I'll order when it's all said and done.

Entering to win one is easy, just hit the Android contest forums and holler. We'll pick a winner at random and send it out so your Nexus 7 can look great and stay safe. We've got one to give away, but the folks at 10Terra can hook you up with one of your own if you don't win, just see their Kickstarter page for details.

Don't miss out on this one!

Enter to win an Eco Friendly bamboo case from 10Terra

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3 years ago

Reminder: We're live from New York City tomorrow with announcements from HTC

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Today's announcements were just the beginning. Tomorrow we'll be live from another big event in New York City, where HTC is scheduled to unveil major new products. Possibilities for the Taiwanese manufacturer include new Windows Phone devices, a revamped "One X+" and a rumored 5-incher on Verizon.

There's only one way to find out exactly what's going on, and that's to follow our exhaustive live coverage of the event on Android Central, WPCentral and live.mobilenations.com. It'll be double-liveblogged on AC and our sister site WPCentral. Following the events, we'll likely have hands-on time with the new devices, so keep watching both sites.

HTC does its thing starting at 11am EDT (8am PDT, 4pm BST). Don't miss it!

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3 years ago

HTC Trade Up: Get up to $300 for your old phone

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Have you been eyeing one of HTC's new phones? Well you're in luck because HTC just announced their Trade Up program. Very similar to what Samsung is also doing, HTC is willing to give you up to $300 for your old (working & non-damaged) phone. However unlike the Samsung offer, HTC doesn't specify what device you have to buy, as long as it is a new HTC phone.

I crunched a few numbers for you and assuming the phone has no liquid damage or corrosion and the screen isn't broken, damaged or leaking, here is what HTC will offer for the following: (I used AT&T for the carrier)

  • iPhone 4 16GB- $145
  • iPhone 4S 16GB - $215
  • iPhone 4S 32GB - $230
  • Samsung Galaxy S - $40
  • Samsung Galaxy SII - $125

The phones listed above are just to give you an idea of what HTC is offering for some popular devices. If you've been looking at getting a new HTC, head on over to their Trade Up site, enter your old device info and see how much it's worth.

via: HTC

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3 years ago

Pocket for Android can now read saved articles to you

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Pocket for Android was just updated with a great new feature that enables text-to-speech playback. This means if you'd like to catch up on those articles you had saved for later, but have to keep your eyes elsewhere (like, say, on the road), you can rely on audio.

Playback controls include a speed slider, and it uses Android's built-in TTS system, so Pocket can read in any language packs you have installed. As with any text-to-speech system, you'll have to deal with a slightly robotic tone and an inability to handle nonstandard words, but it's sure better than nothing. 

Any heavy-duty Pocket users out there? I've been loading Pocket up for a while now, but it's becoming clear that Pocket is where all of the good articles go to die alone and unread. Maybe this new TTS feature will change that around... 

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3 years ago

PSA: Nexus 7 $25 Google Play credit promo ends Sept. 30

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A quick reminder in case you weren't aware -- Google's $25 Play Store credit offer for new Nexus 7 purchases will expire in just under a couple of weeks on Sunday, Sept. 30. Previously buried in the small print, the expiry date for the Google Play promotion has been confirmed by a recent tweet from the @GoogleNexus Twitter account.

Nexus 7 owners are reminded that all they need to do to claim their $25 credit (£15 in the UK) is sign into their new tablet with a valid Google account and fire up the Google Play Store. For anyone yet to splash their cash on a Nexus 7, Google will be hoping the ticking clock will prove an added incentive.

Source: @GoogleNexus

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3 years ago

Bloomberg Radio+ finally comes to Android

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Finance nerds rejoice! Bloomberg has finally released its Radio+ into the Android ecosystem. Having been on iOS nearly a year (actually 364 days, but who's counting) people have been waiting on the inevitable Android release.

Featuring 24/7 access to the smartest names in finance, the app allows you to listen live to interviews and expert analysis on everything from the world of Finance, Business, Economics and Investments. Besides listening live, some of their most popular shows are even available on demand, allowing you to listen in when it's convenient for you.

Using the app is fairly straight forward. Listening live starts by default and as the apps main functionality, that makes sense. Tapping the gear in the lower left brings up the settings menu, on which the only option is to personalize the scrolling ticker. Tapping menu onscreen brings up what you see on the right-most screenshot. That's how you can access Bloomberg's On Demand shows, you can view their schedule, your saved shows, etc etc.

Initial reviews on the Google Play store are positive and it's free, so if you're a finance buff and Android enthusiast, the Bloomberg Radio+ app may be just the thing for you.

Thanks gekko!

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3 years ago

Twitter for Android v3.4 now available - New profile pages, photo streams and more included

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For those of you out there who prefer to use the official Twitter for Android app, you'll want to head on into the Google Play Store and grab v3.4 which, Twitter has now made available for download. This release comes with plenty of changes and additions. Whether or not those tweaks will be welcome remains to be seen but here's the list:

  • New profiles with header photos
  • Photo streams on profiles and events
  • Pinch-to-zoom on photos
  • Search suggestions for people, topics and hashtags
  • Improved protected account management including the ability to accept or deny follower requests
  • Other improvements, polish, and fixes

Overall, the list looks great but you'll have to put the new features to the test yourselves to see if it they will make you give up any of the many third-party clients out there. If you decide to give the latest update a go, let us know how it's working out for ya. One thing I noticed, it seems third-party image hosting is out. it now forces you to use Twitter image hosting.

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3 years ago

HTC teases new device to be announced tomorrow

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HTC has released a cryptic teaser on their Facebook page for a device to be announced tomorrow. It really doesn't say much, and it's anybody's guess what 10:08 means; presumably that's the time we'll have to tune in to HTC's various channels to see what's up. 

We've heard of at least two potential devices that HTC could be introducing. There's the One X 5, which is looking more real than ever at this point, and there's the considerably murkier Droid Incredible X, with what could be a 1080p-resolution display (that that would fit in pretty nicely with the 10:08 on the clock, wouldn't it?). Of course, there's also the very real possibility that there's nothing Android going on here at all, and that HTC will in fact be announcing a Windows Phone instead.

That clock font sure looks Windows Phoney to me, but what do you guys think? What kind of Android devices is HTC going to announce tomorrow? Do you think they'd lump in a Windows Phone on the side? 

Source: Facebook

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3 years ago

Current version of Chrome not compatible with RAZR i, Intel-friendly update coming soon

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Upon loading up our pre-release Motorola RAZR i with our favorite Google apps, we were surprised to find one that simply refused to install -- Google's popular Chrome browser. Google Play allowed the Intel-powered phone to download Chrome, but promptly displayed a "package file is invalid" error upon installation.

Suspecting an incompatibility with the RAZR i's Intel Atom CPU, we contacted Motorola. The manufacturer confirmed our hypothesis -- the current version of Chrome is indeed incompatible with Intel-based Android phones, though there's good news for anyone considering picking up a RAZR i when it's released in early October. Motorola expects an updated, Intel-friendly version of Chrome for Android to be available around launch time. Here's Moto's statement in full --

There is not a version available that is optimised for Intel. We expect it at in-store launch or shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, we're managing just fine with the RAZR i's nippy native browser.

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3 years ago

Motorola RAZR i initial photo and video samples

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For what's ostensibly a mid-range phone, we've been pleasantly surprised by the quality of images produced by the Motorola RAZR i's camera during our first few hours with the phone. The device comes with an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording -- a spec it shares with just about every mid-to-high-end smartphone out there. But the images and video pumped out by the RAZR i are substantially above average. Maybe not HTC One X level, but certainly impressive given the class of the device.

In normal snapshot mode, image capture is near instant, something chipmaker Intel was keen take credit for in today's press conference. HDR mode takes a little longer to complete, but produces great results in bright outdoor scenes with a no noticeable ghosting. Helpfully, the camera app advises you to activate HDR mode where you're shooting images with very bright and dark areas. We did notice occasional discoloration in HDR images, however, likely the result of the post-processing and contrast enhancement that's employed by the phone's software. There are a few conspicuous absences in the built-in camera app, however, notably panorama mode. And there's only a sparse selection of effects, including black-and-white and sepia modes.

In our brief time recording sample video on the RAZR i, we were also pretty impressed with the footage produced. The frame rate was consistent, audio was relatively clear, and dynamic range was entirely reasonable.

So the overall picture is a positive one. If you're unconvinced, you can take a look at our sample shots and video after the break. Note that our RAZR i is running pre-release firmware, so the image quality in the retail version may vary somewhat.

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