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4 years ago

Managing downloaded application content

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So you just bought this great game from the Android Market, and notice it says you have to download another 600 jiggawatts of files to run it.  Don't be alarmed or surprised, if you haven't seen this yet, you will.  But what is all that stuff, where does it go, and how do you get rid of it?  I'm glad you asked!

What it is -- most times it's media files needed by the application itself.  In our example (Dungeon Defenders First Wave), in addition to the 8MB app you download from the Android Market, you have to download another 645MB of things like movies, sounds, and in-game textures.  Doing it this way solves two problems -- it keeps 658MB apps out of the Market, and keeps 658MB apps out of your app storage.

If all that data isn't installed with the app, where does it go then?  It goes to your SD card or internal storage.  It's up to the application developers exactly where on your SD card it goes, but a quick peek from your computer will easily find it.  In our example, all that DLC (downloaded content) goes into a folder named DunDef.  It sits there, just waiting for the time when the app needs any of it, not taking up valuable space for your installed apps. 

This brings up two very important points -- you can't play the game without the SD card inserted and mounted, and when you uninstall the app there's a lot of stuff left behind.  Both are easy to take care of.  Don't try to play Dungeon Defenders without the right SD card in place or while you have the SD card mounted to your computer, and remember to delete the folder if you uninstall the game and have no intentions of ever reinstalling it.  Deleting it is easy -- use a file manager or hook your phone up to your computer, find the right folder, and delete it.  Just make sure you pick the right folder! 

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4 years ago

Android Central reader unboxes the Toshiba Thrive before we do

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Can't wait to get your hands on the Toshiba Thrive? You're not alone. Android Central Forums member illwood has his already and has given it a proper tablet-on-carpet unboxing. It's one of the strong, silent unboxings, but it does the job, properly slitting the tape before raising the Honeycomb tablet aloft before the masses as a rainbow magically appears in the background.

OK, some of that stuff happens. Check it out above.

Source: Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations 2: Not yet begun to fight!

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Kevin, Phil, and Rene discuss whether Google should buy RIM, how BlackBerry can fight back, is Google MIA in the patent wars, Google+ is here, the TouchPad has landed, and will there be a second new iPad this year? Bringing together the heads of state of Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Mobile for full on round-table action. This is Mobile Nations!

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4 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt update leaked, reboots be gone

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Not all that long ago we found out that a HTC Thunderbolt update was ready to be pushed out to help reduce the amount of reboots the device has been seeing, and now the update has surfaced online. The flashing process is pretty simple, and similar to how it has been on past leaks for the device, download the update, rename it to PG05IMG.zip, boot the device to bootloader, sit back and relax as it does the magic for you. This update will wipe your device, so you will have to reinstall everything and set up as new, but that is a small price to pay to hopefully get rid of those random reboots, and as always be sure to let us know how it goes for you in the forums!

Source: Android Police

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4 years ago

Gingerbread for the HTC Desire coming at the end of the month

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Since HTC made the announcement that it would be bringing Gingerbread to the HTC Desire (minus some applications) they've been letting owners know where the update's at in testing. Most recently, HTC updated its Facebook page with the following details:

Hi everyone. We have more news about our build of Gingerbread for Desire. Our testing has gone well so we will begin rolling out the update by the end of July! Thank you again for your support!

There you have it, not an exact date but close enough to keep everyone in the loop and you can't really as much more then that.

Source: Facebook

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4 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt reboot update finally appears to be imminent

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Might it finally be happening? Might the HTC ThunderBolt finally be getting that long-awaited update to squash the reboots and bring a host of fixes be dropping ... soon? Tonight, according to a leaked screen and confirmed by Verizon's own support site. Build 1.70.605.0 brings:

  • Improved data connectivity.
  • Enhanced Call History view.
  • Reduced number of device power cycles and resets.
  • Improved Bluetooth Discovery Mode pop-up window.
  • View App Menu in tabbed layout.
  • People search function enabled.
  • Backup Assistant has been added to the All Apps menu.
  • Preloaded My Verizon, V CAST Music and V CAST Videos.
  • Desktop cradle App is now available, showing clock in landscape m
  • NY Times site has been added into the browser bookmarks.

Note that this is not the supposed Gingerbread/Skype update that surfaced last month. So we'll all have to bang our fists a little longer.

Source: Verizon (pdf); via @TLKoontz
More: ThunderBolt Forums; XDA, Droid-Life

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4 years ago

Android 2.3.4 leaks out for the Samsung Galaxy SII

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If you are a Samsung Galaxy SII owner, good news comes your way today in the form of a nice OS leak to give you something new to play around with. Some lucky folks have been given the files for Android 2.3.4 for the Samsung Galaxy SII, and they have released not only the ODIN flashable file, but also a deodexed version that can be flashed through CWM. The ROM will flash without wiping your data, which is always a huge plus as you won't need to set everything up again, and for full flashing instructions be sure to check out this thread.

Source: XDA

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4 years ago

HTC Panache 4G available now on Cincinnati Bell

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The HTC Panache 4G, a.k.a. the HTC Glacier for regional carriers, is now available on Cincinnati Bell. Formerly exclusive to Canadian carrier Mobilicity, the Panache has a 1 GHz second-gen Snapdragon processor, a 3.8-inch WVGA screen with 480 x 800 resolution, front and rear-facing cameras, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Plus it's got HSDPA/HSUPA support, so it’ll be able to take advantage of Bell’s “4G” speeds. The Panache will set you back $199 after mail-in rebate on a two-year contract (or $499 without commitment) and is shipping as we speak.

Source: Cincinnati Bell; Thanks, Josh!

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4 years ago

IM+ for Android updated to v4.1.5 with a slew of additions

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Having lots of friends that use a variation of IM protocols sometimes makes it rather difficult to keep track of everyone. Often times it means installing numerous apps and switching between them which not exactly the best solution for everyone. For this problem, IM+ exists and helps gather all your instant messaging clients into one robust application. Most recently, they've update IM+ to v4.1.5 and as such have included a lot of bug fixes and new features:

  • VKontakte and Yandex IM networks added (Cheers to our users from Russia!)
  • New splendid emoticons
  • Integration with Android Address Book
  • New Compact Mode UI to fit smaller displays
  • Ability to disable notifications in status bar
  • DND status
  • Improved IM+ Toast alerts
  • Japanese localization
  • Fixed fast battery draining //IM+ free
  • Many bugfixes and performance optimizations

IM+ comes in two versions, a free ad-supported version and a pro version ($9.99). Both are available now in the Android Market. If you're in need of an app likes this, you'll find the download link after the break.

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4 years ago

Win one of two EVO 3Ds from TeleNav, Sprint and Android Central

What could be better than the possibility of winning one of the hottest phones of the summer? How about two free phones? We're giving away not one but two Sprint HTC EVO 3D's, with some help from the folks at Sprint and TeleNav, whose TeleNav GPS Navigator app comes preloaded on the EVO 3D and is FREE for Sprint subscribers.

Here's what you need to do to enter:

  • Follow @telenav, @sprint and @androidcentral on Twitter.
  • Leave a comment on this post, including your twitter handle.
  • Contest ends at 5 p.m. PST July 15, 2011, at which time two winners will be picked at random (provided you followed the instructions above).
  • It's a Sprint phone, so you need to be in the United States. (Sorry, world.)
  • Telenav's offering the hardware only. Prize(s) estimated retail value is $600 per phone, or $1,200 total in prizes.
  • We can't stop you from entering more than once, but we'll know if you do.

That's it, folks. Follow us all on Twitter, and leave a comment here. Good luck!

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 hitting doorsteps for those who ordered early

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There it is, folks. The Motorola Droid 3. It's still not available in stores, of course, but Android Central Forums member wnflyer (sup!) already has his, declaring the following:

This phone has a great look and feel. Four inches is the "sweet spot."

And wnflyer's not alone. Member mfreeman73 has his, saying:

Just received mine. I've only just unboxed it and it's on the charger right now. Very nice looking phone. I'm using a Droid 1 right now and this is definitely a nicer phone. It says my batter was 60% when I first plugged it in. I'm going to let it charge a little and then turn it on.

Anybody else get their Droid 3 yet? Hit up the thread below and see what everyone's saying.

Source: Droid 3 Forums

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: WidgetLocker Lockscreen

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WidgetLocker Lockscreen is a lockscreen replacement that gives you much more freedom over not only how your lockscreen looks, but how it functions. The premise is simple: Open up the lockscreen to having widgets and shortcuts of your choosing, and give you the ability to make any slider a shortcut to any app or process. The result is a pretty cool experience that really tightens up the efficiency factor of your device.

When you open WidgetLocker for the first time, you're greeted by a very informative walkthrough, showing you not only how to change your lockscreen up, but also how to access menus, activate Tool Mode, and remove sliders. There's also a tidbit about the 5-second rule that's worth knowing about.

Customizing your lockscreen is a fairly straightforward affair. Everything functions just as it would on a normal homescreen, so you can either long-press or do the menu > add route to pull up the applicable menu. From there, you're given the options to add another slider, applications, shortcuts, or widgets. It's all the same as doing anything on a homescreen, so you'll be treading in familiar territory.

Where things get really cool is the Custom Slider menu. TeslaCoil has packed the slider menu full of different themes, ranging from the stock Android slider to iOS's, MIUI to MotoBlur. Once you've picked your skin of choice, you slide the slider to configure what exactly you want it to do. This is rather limitless as well, giving you the requisite unlock option, in addition to WidgetLocker specialty actions, application shortcuts, or launcher-specific shortcuts.

WidgetLocker also boasts a highly variable and detailed settings menu. From here you can alter everything from which buttons unlock the screen to what WidgetLocker-specific widgets you want to use. You can also customize the look and feel of everything and a whole host of other things. If there's something you want to control, there's probably a menu option for it.

WidgetLocker is $1.99 in the Market, but with it's successful revamp as version 2.0 not too long ago, the price is well worth it. Especially if you're the type who wants things your way (and let's be honest, who isn't?), this is a must-have app.

Pictures and download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 getting ready for its Gingerbread update

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Read our Droid Incredible 2 review

Looks like the HTC Droid Incredible 2 on Verizon is about to get its long-awaited Gingerbread update. And the bump to Android 2.3 isn't all that's coming. Included in build 2.18.605.4 will be support for Verizon's new wireless charging, for which you'll a wireless charging battery cover. Also, you get:

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

No word yet on when we'll see the update. Stay tuned.

Source: Verizon (pdf); via Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Nexus One Android 2.3.4 update now available from Videotron

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Believe it or not -- there are still a few carriers out there who have yet to push out Android 2.3.4 for the Nexus One. Until today, Videotron in Canada was one of those carriers but they can now be removed off that list as they've now made Android 2.3.4 available for Nexus One owners. If you've not already gone ahead grabbed the update through other means, you can fire up system updates and get it now.

Source: Videotron; Thanks, Bryan!

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4 years ago

Asus EeePad Slider delayed

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Although Asus is still planning on following up its popular EeePad Transformer tablet with the Asus EeePad Slider, they've now gone ahead and let everyone know it will be arriving in the UK this Autumn. That puts them off by approximately a month or so from their originally planned launch in August. No specific reasoning for the delay was mentioned but Asus did confirm they'll announce dates and pricing later this month.

Source: Asus UK

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