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4 years ago

LG Optimus One review

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Redefining entry-level Android phones, one carrier at a time

LG Optimus One

Let's not mince words: The LG Optimus One is not a top-end phone, nor was it designed to be.  If you're expecting some sort of dual-core wünderphone, look elsewhere.

But -- if you're looking for a very pocketable, well built, speedy communications device you've found the right place.  Hit the break and check out how LG is changing the way we think of low end Android phones.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Black Friday by dealnews.com

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 Dealnews.com Black Friday App for Android

If the Christmas music on the radio station didn't tip you off, the busiest shopping season is just around the corner.  In nine days parents across the country will be lining up outside of their favorite big box retailers, hoping to get their big ticket gifts out of the way at amazing prices.

Sure, you can root through print ads, cutting out items you want and taping them to your master shopping list, but wouldn't it be easier if you could view deals and compile your list directly on your Android cellphone?

BusinessWire posted an article about a new Black Friday app for Android and iOS devices by the popular deal website dealnews.com.  It promises to simplify your Black Friday shopping by letting you browse Black Friday deals from your handset and add them to a master list for when you head out before the crack of dawn on the 26th.

 Hit the read more link to find out more about this holiday app, and for links to download it to your shopping companion. [Via BusinessWire, dealnews.com]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro officially on sale today

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Motorola Droid Pro

The Motorola Droid Pro -- with its 3.1-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY front-facing keyboard -- is officially available today from Verizon Wireless for $179 after two-year contract and $100 rebate. We're knee-deep into testing this guy out, but in the interim you can check out our initial hands-on, benchmark test, full specs and gallery. [Verizon]

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4 years ago

Google Navigation comes to Australia

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 //www.smh.com.au

This is a nice update for our readers down in Australia.  As of today, you can use Google Maps to give you free turn by turn navigation on your Android device providing it's running Android 1.6 or higher.  Australia is the latest in a string of countries to get the popular navigation service, and all functions, including traffic conditions for select cities, seem to be online.  If you live in Australia, be sure to try out the new Google maps and let us know how it's working for you below or in our forums. Via [Sydney Morning Herald] Thanks Tristan!

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4 years ago

Angry Birds lite coming for older phones

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Angry Birds

For those of you not running the latest and greatest Android smartphone but still have a hankering for some Angry Birds, fear not -- a "lite" version of the game is in the works. In a blog post about recent feedback it's received, developer Rovio says the following:

"We are currently developing a lighter solution to run Angry Birds on lower end Android devices. This does not mean lighter gameplay or a lesser amount of levels, but a game experience optimized for devices with less processing power.

Rovio also trumpets GetJar, saying it used the web-based app distributor instead of the Android Market because "we wanted to make Angry Birds available for every feasible Android device ... and why the game is supported by advertising." (We'll let you try to figure that one out.)

Rovio also listed all of the phones that aren't currently supported by Angry birds. That list includes the Droid Eris, HTC Dream, Hero, Magic/Sapphire/myTouch 3G, Tattoo, Wildfire, Huawei Ideos, LG Ally, LG GW620, Motorola Backflip, Motorola Cliq, Samsung Acclaim, Samsung Moment, Samsung Spica, Samsung Transform, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini, T-Mobile G1 and the new old G2. Plus, anything running on Cupcake (Android 1.5) or below is not supported; same goes for custom ROMs (though we all know that's just a CYA move).

We've run Angry Birds on the Samsung Transform -- not great, but it works -- and the HTC Wildfire -- don't bother -- so it's great to see that a lite version is in the works.s [Rovio]

Update: Ah! PC Mag's Sascha Segan got clarification on the G2 not being supported. It's the old Euro G2 (as in the Euro version of the myTouch), not the brand new T-Mobile G2.

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4 years ago

HTC releases source code for T-Mo G2, myTouch 4G, Verizon Droid Incredible

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HTC Developer CEnter

HTC this morning released source code for a trio of Android phones: the long-awaited first look at the myTouch 4G, plus the latest maintenance updates for the T-Mobile G2 and the Droid Incredible.

As always, some proprietary code will be missing, and unless you're a modder there's not much you can do with this stuff. But for those of you waiting on custom ROMs, things are about to get better. [HTC Developer Center]

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4 years ago

Canadian Galaxy S phones get Froyo update news

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Canadian Galaxy S phones

Samsung Mobile Canada has announced via Facebook that "Android 2.2 will be released for Vibrant from Bell and Captivate from Rogers in mid-December, and for the Fascinate from TELUS in early 2011. We’ll post further details as they become available."

You can call that good news, or bad news, but at least we have a time frame.  Still no new word for any of the US Galaxy S phones, which will likely depend on the individual carrier.  We're watching and waiting, too.  To our Canadian readers -- pass the time in the forums with the rest of us waiting for the elusive update.  [ Samsung Mobile Canada via MobileSyrup]

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4 years ago

Droid 2 Global in this month's Esquire

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Droid 2 Global and Droid Pro

This Verizon advertisement in this month's Esquire magazine featuring the Droid 2 Global probably will be the last one we run here. Because while the D2G never was officially announced, it just sort of came into existence and is available on Verizon's website with little fanfare. You'll also note the Droid Pro in this advert -- it's available now, too.

So that's half of the global lineup we saw teased a month ago. Missing from the equation are the HTC Merge, which we've had our hands all over and are expecting any time now, and the LG enV Pro, which has either been delayed or canceled, depending on whom you ask.

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4 years ago

HTC Sync updated to 3.0

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 HTC Sync

HTC's custom Windows-only syncing application, HTC Sync, has just been updated to version 3.0. Big changes include:

  • Support for groups in Contacts
  • Calendar syncing for up to 1 year in advance
  • "My Favorite" item support to Contacts

HTC Sync works with most of HTC's high-end offerings, so those interested can find download and install instructions past the link. There seems to be multiple editions of Sync, so if your phone isn't listed with this release, go to Support (at the top of the page), select your phone from the list, and then click on downloads. [HTC] Thanks to NaZ for the tip!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab now available on Bell -- just not in all store locations

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While it may still be in short supply, Bell has made the Samsung Galaxy Tab available for customers looking to get their tablet fix. Bell has priced the Samsung Galaxy Tab at $649.95 with no contract but they also have some data plans that when subscribed to will bring that price down a little.

Starting at $20/500MB and going up to $35/5GB the Tablet flex plans will give you an instant rebate of $50 off the device purchase cost. Since they are "flex" plans, if you go over your allotted amount you'll be automatically bumped up to the next plan. If data exceeds 5GB, 1.5¢ per additional MB will be charged. Best to check the Bell website before you head on out to your local store though, they're not available in all locations. [MobileSyrup]

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4 years ago

Verizon ad has AT&T seeing red (but not necessarily LTE)

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Verizon Wireless compares their 4G network to AT&T's.....3G network.

The coverage map war between Verizon Wireless and AT&T continues as Big Red deals a heavy, fourth-generation blow to AT&T's ... 3G network?

At first glance, Verizon Wireless wants you to think the unrivaled red footprint seen here is their 4G/LTE coverage map, but it's not, it's their current 3G coverage.  Further inspection reveals their 4G launch markets -- indicated by small, green bullseyes, peppered throughout the map.  Alternatively, AT&T's 3G coverage is indicated by small specks of blue scattered across the country.

Verizon Wireless has made AT&T their full-time whipping boy, but part of me wonders why T-Mobile and Sprint weren't included here.  AT&T and Verizon Wireless are always battling to be No. 1, so it's obvious why they've targeted AT&T.  But the other two members of the big four actually have 4G service up and running.  T-Mobile claims to have the nation's largest 4G network, while Sprint is home to PC World's voted two best smartphones, and the nation's first 4G network.

But hey, every carrier has at least one or two awesome Android phones, so that's all we really care about. [via Twitter]

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4 years ago

What we may see in Gingerbread, as tipped at Google IO in May

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Working on some Gingerbread

With the release of Android 2.3 Gingerbread imminent (I can almost smell it!), everyone is talking about the new phone OS, and what cool features might be coming along with.  We're looking forward to seeing how some things that needed changing were handled, and I'm itching to have a good look at the UI changes, no matter how subtle they may be

But if we have a look back at Google I/O in May, there are some other big, welcome changes that just might be coming.  Vic Gundotra (Google Vice President of engineering) gave us a bunch of teasers during the Day 2 keynote last spring; let's have a look after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung and Cellular South announce LTE network launch agreement

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After stating earlier this week that they would not be participating in Verizon Wireless's LTE licensing program and would instead build its own network and services, Cellular South and Samsung have announced a deal that will bring Long Term Evolution (LTE) to the Cellular South network by the fourth quarter of 2011.

“Our move to 4G is driven by our vision of creating an unmatched experience and enabling our customers to experience pervasive wireless Internet connectivity and mobility,” said Hu Meena, president and CEO of Cellular South. “Cellular South is pleased to partner with Samsung Mobile on an LTE solution that uses our entire spectrum in the lower 700 MHz band. “This network will deliver a first-class LTE experience to our customers who want the freedom to access content and services and to communicate in new and innovative ways, whether it’s viewing video, browsing the mobile web, listening to their favorite music, gaming or social media.”

Cellular South will deploy services using voice-over LTE (VoLTE) and Samsung has committed to two LTE-enabled handsets by the fourth quarter of 2011 on the carrier. You can read the full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

General help, BlackBerry switch, and Which device is better? [From the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Our "General Help and How To" and device forums have been a great resource for new Android users and it's always good to highlight some stuff from them. If you're a person who likes to help out, have a look at some of the threads below. Maybe you can help?

General Help and How To Forums:

Motorola Droid 2 Forums:

Motorola Droid Pro Forums:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

How would you fix Google Listen?

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Google Listen

As we get closer and closer to the unveiling of Android 2.3 Gingebread, let's look back at one Google app that seems to have fallen by the wayside. Google Listen is the podcatcher of choice for a lot of us, whether it's for its Google Reader integration, its ease of use -- and that it's free. But it's not without its shortcomings, that's for sure.

We'll start: You can't have the best podcatcher app if you don't have the Greatest Android Podcast in the World indexed in your listings. That's right, the Android Central Podcast still isn't listed when you search for it in Google. (Here's how to add it manually.)

Let's hope that Google's secretly been working on something better (maybe as part as some grand music strategy, perhaps?). But how would you change Google Listen?

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