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4 years ago

Bootloader on the Droid X = Locked!

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There has been some chatter lingering around in regards to the Droid X and its bootloader, and sadly it appears as though they have locked this one down. So, what does that mean for the average consumer, well nothing really. Those who will be affected by this information are those interested in the extra tweaks, along with the ability to create and flash custom ROM's. Root access should still be obtainable so you will be able to use all those fun applications that require it, which is a big plus to many. Hopefully the Droid X isn't as hard to crack as the Motorola Milestone -- for which they are still trying to figure out a good solution. Now all you Droid owners who were looking for an upgrade, still interested? [via Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Google releases Open Spot for Android -- Find and share parking

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Open Spot by google

Finding a parking spot just got a little easier, thanks to Google's new Open Spot app for Android.  The concept is simple enough, fire up the app to see what spots are near (.9 mile radius) you, and the color of the pin tells you how long it's been since someone marked it.  Red means 'freshly-marked', orange pins mean the spot was marked 5 minutes ago, and the yellow spots are older than 10 minutes -- after 20 minutes they disappear. 

Speaking of marking the spot, the application is driven by the idea that you mark open spots you find, and lady karma rolls back around to help you find one when you need it.  And before you let those devious ideas loose, Google claims to have their own method of dealing with 'greifers' -- people who mark spots when there are none.  As of now, this app is Android only; no word on a web version or cross platform availability, but I imagine that this won't stay exclusive for too long.  Hit the jump for the download links.  [Google OpenSpot via TechCrunch]

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4 years ago

Fring fraks Skype access, iPhone blamed

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Fring Skype Access

Yeah, so by now Fring users likely have noticed that Skype access has been pulled. And, you guessed it, we have the iPhone to blame. Fring recently updated its iPhone version, which allows cross-platform chatting (see our demo with Rene from TiPB) and sure enough, the gathering horde borked it for the rest of us. Here's Fring's official response, from its forums:

This is absolutely amazing. Since the release of our latest iPhone version yesterday we have seen a huge jump in fring video calling.

So, to free up some room for more fring-to-fring video calling, we are temporarily reducing support to Skype. Be patient, we'll have some more updates soon.

These things happen, but surely just about everybody saw it coming. Anyhoo, hang tight, folks, and hopefully Fring will have things up and running soon enough. [Fring via Android Central Forums] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.

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4 years ago

NTP sues Google, HTC, Motorola, and everyone else in latest infringment suit

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Ntp patent lawsuits

NTP is once again suing over patents they hold for the wireless collection of e-mail data, charging Google, Motorola, HTC, LG, Microsoft and Apple with infringement.  (Seems they forgot carrier pigeon breeders and pilots who fly banner ads).  Many of you will remember the drawn out affair between NTP and RIM, which ended in 2006 with a mega-million dollar judgment in NTP's favor, or their subsequent fight with Palm that quietly disappeared for unknown reasons a year later.

The late Tom Campana, NTP's founder and the 'inventor' of e-mail certainly does hold several valid patents showing the technology is his, but it will be up to the courts (with millions of our tax dollars) to determine the validity of the newest claims.  Can I haz patent reform plz?  The full press release is after the break. [PRNewswire]

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4 years ago

Friday free-for-all: Comment at will!

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Stop and think for a minute. We've seen seven Android phones announced for U.S. carriers in a little more than two weeks. That's just insane. The Droid X. The four phones of the Galaxy S line (hell, toss in two more if you want to count U.S. Cellular and Cellular South). The Motorola Charm. The Samsung Intercept. It's been quite the week, and that's just the hardware side.

So let's end the week right. Bar's open, and so are the comments.

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4 years ago

Samsung Vibrant confirmed for July 15

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For all the naysayers who didn't think T-Mobile would really sell the Samsung Vibrant a week early, well, how do we say this nicely? We told you so! Today T-Mobile made an announcement on its official twitter page stating that the device will be ready for sale on July 15, a week earlier then previously announced. This 4-inch screen powered by a 1GHz processor and equipped with Bluetooth 3.0 will run $199.99 upon release, so if you were holding out on the Nexus One in hopes of something bigger coming along, it's here! [T-Mobile Twitter via MobileBurn]

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4 years ago

Ubuntu squeezed onto Nexus One and Sprint HTC Evo 4G [Update -- Droid too!]

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 Ubuntu squeezed onto Evo 4G.

If Windows 3.1 on your Droid isn't good enough for you, how about a modern desktop OS running on your Nexus One or Sprint Evo 4G? Braniac Max from NexusOneHacks.net managed to shoehorn Ubuntu onto his Nexus One over the Independence Day weekend. Not to be outdone, a few days later it was modified to run on the Evo 4G. More details after the break. [via NexusOneHacks and GoodAndEvo]

Update: Matt wrote in to let us know that Ubuntu is running on the Droid as well.  Added a video for your perusal after the break.  Thanks for the tip Matt!

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4 years ago

Credo Mobile to carry the HTC Hero

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It's always great to see Android spreading it's robo-love to the smaller guys, and starting today Credo Mobile is carrying the HTC Hero (CDMA).  The Hero, running Android 2.1,  will be offered at $79.99 with a two year agreement, and plans (voice only) start at $59.99 monthly.  Credo Mobile is a small nationwide carrier that uses the Sprint network for voice and data.  They pride themselves on their social conscience, and in 2009 the company donated $2,680,211 to nonprofit groups from it's revenue.  You can read more about Credo Mobile at the source link, and you can find out everything there is to know about the HTC Hero in our forums. [Credo Mobile] Thanks Nick!

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4 years ago

US Cellular to include TeleNav on Samsung Acclaim [video]

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Samsung Accliam with TeleNav

Today is the launch of the Samsung Acclaim on US Cellular, and the nation's sixth-largest carrier has a treat for everyone coming in to pick one up -- the Acclaim (as well as other select handsets), will include Your Navigator Deluxe.  Your Navigator Deluxe is a TeleNav powered turn-by-turn navigation system (very much like SprintNavigator for Sprint smartphones) that includes enhancements like comprehensive business listings and weather conditions.  Many (this author included) prefer TeleNav products over the standard Google navigation because of the small extras like a personal launch page and details about your destination.  In any case, more options is never a bad thing. 

Check out a video overview of Your Navigator Deluxe and the full press release after the break. [TeleNav Blog]

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4 years ago

Android gives eyes, ears, and a sense of direction to a Lego NXT robot

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Android powered Legobot

While some of us use our phones to communicate or play awesome games, there are those who take science and spare time to the next level.  Mike Partain is one of those people.  Using an off-the-shelf Lego NXT robotics kit, a Motorola Droid and a whole bucketful of ingenuity and smarts, Mike has added sensors the robotics kit was missing -- camera, GPS, and compass.  Hit the break to read about it in Mike's own words, a link to the source code (special thanks Mike!), and a couple videos seeing different views from the Droid's unblinking eye. [spike3 on PBase]

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4 years ago

Marty Mobile -- inventor of the cell phone -- says Android 'every bit as good' as iPhone

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When we saw Martin Cooper -- the inventor of the cell phone, by the way -- on C-SPAN in March, he was telling us how he gave up his iPhone for the Motorola Droid. Fast forward to today, and he's continuing his praises of everybody's favorite smartphone operating system, this time in a Q&A with CNN. Much of it has to do with his influence on the cell phone industry, but it's the final quote that has the zinger:

"I think that the Android phones are catching up now, and the latest version of the Android phones are every bit as good, if not better, than the iPhone."

We couldn't agree more, Marty. And the numbers certainly are showing that. (By the way, you can follow the 88-year-old Mr. Cooper on Twitter at @martymobile.) [CNN] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

AT&T Captivate retail box, promo video are heavy on the Galaxy S

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Samsung Captivate on AT&T

Behold, the retail box for the AT&T Samsung Captivate, which will be available July 18 for $199 after two-year contract. You'll note how the front of the box, at least, is way heavy on the "Samsung Galaxy S" and light on any mention of Android. Not that that's a bad thing, necessarily, though it certainly stands out. Same goes for the promo video that's making the YouTube rounds (and which you can see after the break). Figure with the Galaxy S launching on all four major U.S. carrier in the next month or so, this is just tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned, folks. [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

FCC approves Moto MB710; looks like the Motoroi, and headed for T-Mobile

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The Motorola MB710 (which looks and sounds a lot like the Motoroi) has been cleared by the FCC, and it appears headed to T-Mobile.  The FCC documents include a user manual mockup that shows us MyFaves, and the radio bands (1700 MHz AWS) pretty much scream that T-Mobile is where it's headed.  Wonder which device on the leaked roadmap it could be?

What we know about specs: MOTOBLUR, 3.5 mm headset jack, GPS, WiFi, bluetooth, microSD card support, 8 megapixel camera, and a xenon flash.  If this is really a Motoroi variant, we can expect Android 2.1, and the familiar 3.7 480x854 LCD display.  Of course, not a peep from Motorola or T-Mobile about the handset, so educated guesses are the rule of the day. [FCC via Phonescoop]

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4 years ago

Super Seidio giveaway - 10 free Evo cases, 10 free Droid Inc. cases [contest]

Seidio Ego 4G and Droid Incredible contest

It's Android contest time, boys and girls, and the folks at Seidio are offering up a whopping 20 cases. On tap for the Verizon Droid Incredible are five Innocase Rugged cases and five Innocase Active cases. And it's the same deal for the Evo 4G -- five Innocase Active cases and five Innocase Rugged cases.

What do you have to do to win?

Contest ends at 5 p.m. EDT Sunday. Good luck, everybody!

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 20

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Mickey and Jerry survive the LeBron James announcement and find time to talk new Android phones, who's getting Froyo when, a bunch of new apps and a slew of your e-mails and voicemails. Listen in!

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