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Those of us running stock Android have been a wee bit jealous of the scrollable widgets in HTC Sense. But that's about to change, as the folks behind ADW Launcher, LauncherPro and Pure Calendar and Pure messenger have teamed up to bring some flicking action to the rest of us. Here's the deal:
You have to have either ADW Launcher or Launcher Pro installed.
Perfect way to end the weekend. We've heard rumours about some people seeing 4G in as-of-yet unannounced areas lately, seen leaked photos of roadmaps, and now we've learned that Sprint has indeed activated it's 4G WiMax network in Richmond, Virginia; Salt Lake City, Utah; and St. Louis, Missouri. From the press release:
Customers in Richmond, Salt Lake City and St. Louis can now use the 4G capabilities of Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, Sprint 3G/4G USB Device 250U from Sierra Wireless and Sprint 3G/4G USB Device U301 to connect to the Web for blazing fast data speeds or the recently released HTC EVO(TM) 4G, America's first 3G/4G wireless phone. With today's launches, Sprint 4G is now available in 36 markets across the country.
Hit the break to see the full press release. HTC Evo users, and soon to be Samsung Epic users, bon apetit!
We know a bunch of you are looking at coming over to Android from an iPhone -- and a few of you Benedict Arnolds are looking to tuck tail and run back to Apple. If you're still on the fence, allow us to direct you to our pals at TiPB.com, who have given the iPhone 4 a thorough rundown.
If you caught Sunday's season premiere of HBO's hit-show "Entourage," you might have noticed uber-agent Ari Gold sporting the Nexus One. Balancing form and function, the phone meets every expectation and serves every purpose necessary for someone of Ari's profession. The Nexus One preforms a wide variety of tasks from managing Ari's immense social network to keeping in touch with his clients, made all the more easy with the beautiful 3.7-inch AMOLED screen. Should he feel the need to snap a picture with Vince, the Nexus One offers a 5-megapixel camera and now features high-definition recording in 720p. All in all, the Nexus One is truly "something Ari Gold might be interested in." [via @kmobs]
This quite possibly is the greatest thing we've ever seen before breakfast (at least since Zombies crossed our desk). That's right, it's Super Mario, scrolling his way on through your Android 2.1 (and up) live wallpaper. He plays through a couple of levels, and you can tweak the settings to show the paths that Mario is thinking about taking. It's all brought to you by pikipirs at XDA Developers, so drop a dime or two in the collection plate if you feel like it. Download at the source link, and check out some video after the break. [XDA Developers]
Sprint and HTC this morning released the expected software update for the Evo 4G. Said to be improved in Version 1.47.651.1 are Wifi signal strength reporting, improvements to the Exchange ActiveSync security policies, and network improvements to address battery life.
The update takes just a few minutes to download and install. You can get it by going to Settings>System update>HTC Update. Sound off in the forums if you're seeing improvements.
Behold, the Sprint Epic 4G. It's the Samsung Galaxy S with a keyboard (previously and unofficially dubbed the Galaxy S Pro), the second Wimax device for Sprint (there's that other phone called the Evo 4G) and the first for Samsung. It's got the same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen that we've been dying to get our hands on here in the United States. It's got Android 2.1 and Sammy's custom user interface. It's got 3G and 4G Wifi hotspot access for up to five devices, 802.11 b/g/n/, that 1GHz Hummingbird processor that we're itching to try, and a 5MP camera with a 3x digital zoom and 720p video recording.
Not to be outdone by the big 4 carriers, U.S. Cellular and Samsung announced that a "Galaxy S device" will also be hitting the regional carrier, too. Not 100 percent sure of a model name, or a case design yet, but given the recent news from Samsung it should be another stunner with the 1GHz Hummingbird, Super AMOLED screen, and all you've come to know and love from Google. Check out the full presser after the break. [Samsung]
Rounding out the Big 4 U.S. carriers, the Samsung Galaxy S (that's the stock version up top here) shall now be known as the Verizon Fascinate. Again, same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, same 1GHz Hummingbird processor, same 5-megapixel camera with 720p video, and so on and so forth. No word from Verizon yet on when it'll be available, or for how much. But $199 after contract and rebate is a pretty good bet these days. Full presser after the break. [Samsung]
Next up in Samsung's late-night onslaught is T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy S, which already had been announced as the Vibrant. Now we have pricing and availability to go with it, which would be $199 after contract and rebate, with it hitting stores July 21 -- with preorders at Radioshack starting July 1. It's got the same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen as its cousins, same 1GHz processor, and will also launch with Android 2.1. Full presser after the break. [T-Mobile]
It's said to have Android 2.1 on board, and we assume (and very much hope) will have the same improvements to Motoblur that the Charm, Cliq and Cliq XT will have. We have to assume at this point that AT&T will keep the Flipout locked down to not allow the sideloading of apps -- which we still hate to see, but likely a decision that won't greatly impact someone who's looking for a phone of this kind in the first place. We're also told that "Test units have Yahoo as the browser default," just like the Backflip.
One more picture after the break, folks. Thanks, anonymous.
Not sure this is quite the Q9h-type device I've been longing for on Android, but Motorola apparently has a front-facing QWERTY phone with a quaint little screen possibly headed for T-Mobile. The leaked slides show Android 2.1 with "new Motoblur enhancements" that share at least some of the attributes of what's on the new Droid X, in that you can resize some widgets. The slides also show that the Cliq and Cliq XT will be getting updates to the same UI, so we can all wait for that now, too. This piquing anyone's interest? [Engadget]
Hey guys! Jerry back with another neat trick you can do on your Android phone. This one helps keep things running smoothly, and gives us some user control over Android's internal task killer. Like most things that affect the low level operation of Android, this one requires root, but it's a good read even for you folks who don't feel the need to root (and break your warranty!) because you just might have a better understanding of what's going on behind the scenes. Open up a couple extra tabs on your browser, get your phone (and maybe even your USB cable) ready and follow the break.
Oh, and a warning: This is pretty low-level stuff. It's not hard to do, but what it does is a bit advanced. Don't say we didn't warn you.
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