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3 years ago

Samsung Replenish initial review

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We go hands-on with Sprint's first eco-friendly smartphone

We met up with Sprint tonight in a cozy Chelsea bar and bring you our first look at the Samsung Replenish. It's Sprint's first eco-friendly smartphone, made in large part from recycled materials. The basic specs, if you recall, are a 2.8-inch touchscreen 600MHz processor and a meager 256MB of RAM and a 2MP camera. So high-end, it is not. But it is running Android 2.2, so it's go that going for it, which is nice.

What you've got is a relatively solid-feeling smartphone with a physical keyboard, something we've been sorely lacking on Android. The keys are decent enough, raised just the right amount with a little bit of curvature.

You also get four four physical buttons, in the menu-home-back-search configuration. The left-hand bezel sports the volume rocker, and the right hand has a voice-activation button and camera button. The power button and 3.5mm headphone jack are up top.

Pop off the back and you have access to the 1600mAh battery and microSD card, which you can swap out without having to remove the battery first.

All in all, if you're looking for an Android phone on Sprint with a physical keyboard, well, you've found it. It's not the fastest, but you will be the first kid on your block with a "green" smartphone.

We've got more pics after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: ESPN FLB

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It's baseball season, and for the many of us who play fantasy baseball, there has been an app missing from Android for quite some time that finally arrived recently: ESPN FLB (or Fantasy League Baseball). With this app, you can manage your ESPN fantasy baseball team on the go from any Android device.

This app is offered in two versions: a free and a premium. The free version will allow you to manage your rosters, including proposing and accepting trades and setting lineups while the premium offers additional content from ESPN. If you’re someone who just wants the app to manage your baseball roster, the free version will probably work just fine. If you want extra analysis and tips, you may want to spring for the premium version, which is $4.99. This article will mainly talk about the Premium version.

When you first open the app, you will see ESPN’s Fantasy Baseball homescreen. Once logged in, it will display your current matchup with up-to-date scoting to give you a quick glimpse as to how you’re doing. Underneath that box, recent headlines from around the baseball world are displayed. As you scroll down the page, there will be an array of options to choose from: Latest Headlines for a more indepth look at the news, MLB Scoreboard, which gives you scores from around the league, Video, which will display a clip of a major recent news story, Latest Tweets, which is essentially a list that compiles all of the baseball analysts’ Tweets at ESPN

Within the scoring box on top of the homepage, there are three options: League Home, myTeam and Scoreboard. Selecting League Home will bring you all of the latest news and transactions from around your specific league. myTeam will display your current roster, giving you the option to adjust your lineup accordingly and Scoreboard will show all the current scores in your league at the moment.

Other options within your League include: Manage DL, Standings, Players, Schedule, Message Board, League Settings and Waiver Order; all of which are pretty self explanatory. In the top right corner though is an button I really like. Once you click the button, you will be brought to your Activity Feed, where it will provide the most up-to-date news on players that currently reside on your roster in addition to players that are added or dropped in your league. It’s very handy and prevents you from having to go through each player’s news individually. You can narrow it down if you want to if you only want transactions or player updates displayed.

Overall, the app is very handy for managing your ESPN fantasy baseball team. It took a while, but there is finally a dedicated app from ESPN to help with your fantasy baseball season. Good luck!  More pics, and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Intel is working on Honeycomb for tablets, expect smartphones within 12 months

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It is no secret that Intel has been late to the ARM-dominated mobile industry, but the chip giant is looking to get in to the fight in a pair of big initiatives. The first is getting Honeycomb to run on various Atom tablets that could see Windows and even MeeGo as possible boot options alongside Android. Intel had enough clout with Google to get the Honeycomb source code, which still has not been released to the AOSP. Expect to see tablets with this setup later this year. 

The second is to get Android up and running on smartphones with Intel chips. While we have seen tech demos before, there has not been a commercial release for an Intel-powered smartphone yet. Intel is hoping to change that within the next 12 months. Intel said that testing on the carriers' networks was the biggest holdup at this point. [Intel via Engadet, The Register]

 

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3 years ago

Android 2.2 Froyo for Verizon Fascinate finally announced, available tomorrow

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Fascinate owners rejoice!  At last, the only one of the U.S. Samsung Galaxy S phones still stuck on Eclair is now getting... Froyo! Verizon Wireless announced this morning that it will begin the update process tomorrow, April 21, available as a manual update (i500.ED01) with step-by-step instructions from the Fascinate's support site.

This update will bring a lot of welcomed Froyo goodies including, Adobe Flash support, the JIT (just-in-time) complier (to boost overall performance and get those Linpack scores out of the dumps), and the ability to move applications to the SD card.  Bing Voice Search is also included, however controversial that may be.  So enjoy getting your Froyo on tomorrow you patient Fascinate users! A full list of the changes in the update is after the jump. [Phone Scoop]

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3 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge accessories and promo materials showing up

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Droid Charge Accessories

Here's a Samsung Droid Charge two-for -- marketing materials show up at Verizon stores, and accessories show up at resellers.  Above we see some literature from a Verizon retail store that showed up today (April 20).  After the break we have a couple snaps of Droid Charge cases that have shown up at a third party reseller location.  Now we're not saying that store materials or cases mean a launch date is just around the corner (hello there Thunderbolt!), but seeing them arrive has to means it's getting close.  Bring on that SAMOLED!  [Android Central forums] Thanks, nick1020 and anonymous!

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3 years ago

Seesmic for Android adds home screen shortcuts, translations, spam reports

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Seesmic for Android -- a certain Android Central editor's Twitter client of choice -- just updated to version 1.7 and brings along a few interesting additions. First and foremost is home screen shortcuts. You can now add direct links to individual Twitter streams. So, when I want to check to see your replies to @androidcentral, I no longer have to dive through the app to do so. Or you can add a shortcut to directly post to Facebook via Seesmic. Or you can add a shortcut to a list. Nice.

And almost as exciting is the addition of instant translations and automatic spam reporting. Double nice. Hit up the download links after the break to give it a go. [Seesmic]

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3 years ago

Toshiba Regza AT300 -- the 10.1 inch tablet gets a name, Japan release info

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Toshiba has finally unveiled their 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet, dubbed the Toshiba Regza AT300 -- at least in Japan.  It's the same delicious bit of hardware we got to play with at CES, and have seen plastered all over Newegg.com as the Toshiba "Ant".  The tablet packs a Tegra 2 and a full 1 GB of RAM under the hood, has both full-size and mini USB ports, HDMI out, and now we learn it will integrate with Toshiba's other Regza products, like Televisions and Blu-ray players.

The Regza AT300 is scheduled for a June release in Japan, checking in at 60,000 Yen -- or about $720.  That's a bit higher than the previous pricing of $449 - $579 we've seen, but we can't base US pricing on the Japanese model.  No word on when to expect this in the west, but we certainly hope it isn't too far off.  Hit the break to see our hands-on.  [Toshiba (Japanese) via Mobile Burn]

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3 years ago

New Samsung Galaxy S2 commercial saves lives, makes dreams come true

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Congratulations, Samsung fans. Samsung Mobile has just released another commercial for their soon-to-be-hit phone, the Galaxy S2, and it continues to prove that this is definitely the everyman's phone.

I think we can all recall a time when we've been in an icy tundra, hands shaking too much to text. Now, instead of living out our last moments terrified, lonely, and cold, we can just message our closest buddy to send the dogsled along. If that's not quality, I don't know what is.

So hit up the video, watch it, and enjoy. But when you're done, ask yourself: Can Steve's newfangled iPhone do that?

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3 years ago

Return your Motorola Atrix to stock the official way

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Good news Atrix fans -- Motorola has released a method to return your Atrix 4G back to the official stock software if you have the need.  Folks running 4.1.51 or 4.1.52 can now revert back to "approved" builds should they run into issues, or just want to be ready for the rumored HSUPA update.

While it's still not as hacker-friendly as we would like it to be, not leaving users who adventured outside the safety of stock firmware out in the cold is good news.  Android Central forums adviser Terrigno has a forum thread up and running for discussion, problems, and solutions -- be sure to check it out.  [Motorola via Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

Skype fixes security holes, throws in 3G calling to make it up to us

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Fear not, people of Earth. Your weeklong national Skype nightmare is over. The essential communications app has plugged that security hole we didn't actually sweat too much over -- the one where some of your data, and your contacts data, was stored insecurely. And to show there are no hard feelings, tucked into this morning's update is "Calling over your 3G connection is available worldwide - now including the US."  This opens up 3G calling to everyone, not just Verizon customers like we've seen so far.

Now doesn't that make you feel better? Snag the update in the Android Market, and we've got download links after the break.

Update: And Skype's chimed in, saying on its security blog:

We have had no reported examples of any 3rd party malicious application misusing information from the Skype directory on Android devices and will continue to monitor closely. Please rest assured that we do take your privacy and security very seriously and we sincerely apologise for any concern this issue may have caused.

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