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4 years ago

Verizon to add LTE in 'a mess of new cities and towns' this Thursday

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So, you really want that new HTC Thunderbolt everyone is talking about, right? But, you're lacking one key element: 4G LTE coverage. Well, my friend, don't be discouraged. Verizon Wireless tweeted this morning that they will be launching LTE in "a mess of new cities and towns" this Thursday. This is good news for all you people that have been waiting for that lightening speed all those commercials have been showing off. This is also great news for all you current Thunderbolt owners. More LTE means less signal searching -- and that makes for a happy battery.

Back in January, Verizon announced that they would have LTE in 140 markets by the end of 2011. Click here to see that list. As for Thursday, we don't exactly what "mess of new cities and towns" they're talking about, but as soon as we find out we'll let you guys know. [Twitter]

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4 years ago

First Samsung Galaxy S II commercial

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The Samsung Galaxy S was probably the phone of 2010 for much of the world. And Samsung is gearing up for the launch of its successor, the Galaxy S 2, in a big way and has seen fit to upload its first commercial for your viewing pleasure. We would recommend not trying the acts shown in the video at home as technology and water rarely play nice. [YouTube]

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4 years ago

Angry Birds Easter now available

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Angry Birds Easter

Fire up the Android Market, folks, because Angry Birds Easter -- the latest seasonal edition of the ingenious Angry Birds Seasons -- is now available in the Android Market.

It's the same Angry Birds you've come to know and love, with a loose Easter theme tied in, so far as bunnies and eggs are concerned. Fling some Angry Birds, break some stuff, kill some pigs, free some eggs. We've got download links after the break.

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4 years ago

First look at the OGT Tablet -- the world's thinnest Android tablet

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The OGT Tablet

Ask any analyst, technophile, or blogger -- this summer we expect a plethora of Android tablets.  Some will be good, some not so much, but the OGT Tablet is something we're going to be keeping our eye on.  Not only do they bill it as "the world's thinnest Android tablet" at a trim 7 mm and only 550 grams in weight, it has some very interesting specs.  Besides the 1 GHz processor (unknown make at this time) and the 16 GB and 32 GB flavors, the OGT tablet comes with a working microSD card slot out of the box and the industry's first true color display at a whopping 188 ppi (pixels per inch).  That's more than the Xoom's 152 ppi, and a lot more than the iPad's 132 ppi.  Add in a 5MP rear camera and a 3MP front-facing cam, and both a 3G and Wifi only model, and this one already stands out from the crowd.

Or at least it promises to. Will the OGT Tablet be one of the summer's winners?  We'll have to wait and see.  In the meantime, hit the break to see a short clip of it in the flesh.  [OGT Mobile]

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4 years ago

The Week in Android News

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, booted and with Honeycomb (video)

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Some of you might remember our last look at the revamped Galaxy Tab 10.1, but our first impressions were a bit limited, as Sammy kept their biggest tablet behind bars (well, a box, actually).

Times have changed, though, and Samsung has loosened up a bit, allowing the Tab 10.1 to get a full hands-on as well as a side-by-side comparison with the iPad 2.

Everything is in Vietnamese (except for Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" in the background), but if you listen closely, you can pick out a choice word here and there. At any rate, check out the video and enjoy! Thanks, Kevin! [via the Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

ROM Manager 4.0 now available on Android Market

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  ROM Manager 4

The ClockworkMod team has released version 4.0 of ROM Manager, the popular custom ROM flashing app for rooted phones. The update brings a visual refresh in the form of new icons, along with the ability to rate and comment on ROMs and some behind-the-scenes changes. Writing on his personal blog, ClockworkMod's Koushik Dutta says he's "really proud" of the new ROM Manager, and hints that "even bigger things" may be on the way for the project, including a website.

Join us after the jump for the Market link and QR code. [KoushikDutta.com]

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4 years ago

Android Central ROM review: Doc & Stefunel's ROM kitchen for the Galaxy S

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Doc & Stefunel's ROM review

Here's a great idea put to use -- a Galaxy S (the international i9000 version) ROM built from a completely online kitchen. Doc and Stefunel have worked really hard on both the concept, and the ROM, and you can see the results of their hard work at their kitchen's website here.  If you're not familiar with the concept of a ROM kitchen, it's a way to build a ROM with -- or without -- features you want.  You select how to build it, and a script on the webserver packs it up and gives you the download link.  

Now that you know what a ROM kitchen is, you can see what a great experience using one can be from Android Central forums member racdyn.  He took the time to write us up a nice overview of his choices and how they are working for him.  It's a nice look at an equally nice concept, and a big thanks goes out to racdyn for sharing with us all!

Want to write a ROM review for Android Central?  We'd love to hear from you!  Look here for details. Now head past the break for the review.

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4 years ago

Kyocera Echo on sale now, we go hands-on again

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Kyocera Echo

Since Sprint got magical in New York a while back, I've been itching to get my hands on a Kyocera Echo. Look, we know many of you scoff at the Echo, but that's not fair unless you've had a bit of time with it.  I'm a gadget nut.  I'm a smartphone nut.  I'm an Android nut.  I want to check out all the latest Android phones, but show me something unique and I'm there.  The Echo -- which is available today for $199 after contract and $100 rebate -- fits that bill with its two screen setup, complete with applications that can take advantage of them.  Hit the break for some video, some pictures, and some Jerry talking about the Echo.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for April 16, 2011

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apps

Widgets are always one of our favorite parts of Android devices, and sometimes finding a useful widget can be a difficult task. If you enjoy widgets, and are looking for some different ones for your device, be sure to hit the break with us and check out some of our favorites.

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4 years ago

Google adds opt-out to ad targeting in Market

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All of you privacy fiends out there will appreciate this one. In the Android Market's latest update, Google has added the option to remove yourself from targeted ads.

It's a small gesture, but definitely worth taking a look at, especially if you're one who values privacy. I never click on AdMob ads (unless by accident), but it's nice to be able to control your experience a bit more. This isn't getting rid of all ads but, rather, "interest-based ads" that are targeted specifically for you.

We can't do much about your creepy browsing habits. But at least this way, when the fedora-clad men all come to our doors, they won't know I prefer the Xoom to the Galaxy Tab. Thanks, Chris!

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4 years ago

Kyocera Zio source code released -- custom ROMs imminent?

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If you're a Kyocera Zio owner, we've got good news for you. Kyocera has finally released the source code for the Zio on their website, opening the doorway for a whole plethora of hacking and modding to one of Sprint's lesser-known Android handsets.

So, anyone out there planning on developing for the Zio? CM7 on the Zio perhaps? Anyone actually own the Zio? Hit up the forums and talk shop with your Zio brethren. [Kyocera]

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4 years ago

Celebrity Android sighting -- Jenna Jameson and her Thunderbolt

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Jenna Jameson's HTC Thunderbolt

An astute reader found this one on the New York Post website -- actress Jenna Jameson is sporting her new HTC ThunderBolt.  Focus on the phone (yes, there is a phone in that picture) and you'll see the distinctive kickstand and magic radio plug, which leaves little doubt that she's boltin'.  BlackBerries and iPhones everywhere are jealous.  [New York Post] Thanks, Air Force One!

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4 years ago

Bravo users, rejoice! Your Froyo update is now live

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Good news for all you Bravo users out there, as Moto's got a software upgrade that bringing you up to Android 2.2 Froyo.

Update 37.4.0 brings all of the stock Froyo goodies, like Adobe Flash, Apps2SD, Wi-Fi hotspot, and USB tethering, but Mototola's also got you covered with some Bravo-specific additions, such as:

  • Profiles: Added profiles feature that provides three customizable sets of home screens to give you access to the apps, shortcuts, and widgets you want, when you need them.
  • Dialer Search: Phone numbers and contacts can now be searched from the dialer screen by entering the first few letters of the contact’s name or first few digits of the contact’s number.
  • LinkedIn: LinkedIn® social network accounts can now be added to integrate with contacts, social networking updates, and messaging.
  • Security: Added new security features, including Exchange-based encryption and password security.

Anyone get the update yet? If so, how's it working for you? Make sure to let sound off in the forums or comments and let us know how Froyo is treatin' ya.

For everyone else, installation instructions are after the break. [Motorola]

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