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4 years ago

Fring updated so Android and iPhone can play together

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Fring video chat between Android and iPhone

The Fring app for the iPhone got an update today (see our previous Android-related hands-on) that lets it play nice with Android (and Symbian, too). That means us Android users can have video chats with our misbegotten friends who shelled out for the new shiny thing from Apple. We recommend you show off using your Android phone left-handed, in the middle of a large city, while installing whatever you want. Just to give 'em a hard time, ya know?

Want to see it in action? Check out the video after the break (and check out TiPB's here) where we chat it up with TiPB.com's Rene Ritchie on his newfangled iThingy. [Fring]

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4 years ago

Pro tip: Wipe porn off your phone before exchanging it

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Porn on a phone

OK, we've talked (several times) about how the Android phone is for porn. And we've talked about how during a full wipe on your Android phone doesn't necessarily kill off every file that might have been downloaded. (And this gets even more murky with phones that have dedicated internal storage.)

Anyway, where we're going with this is that if you're sending back your a phone -- be it for exchange, or repair, or whatever -- don't leave little pornographic surprises behind for the next person. 'Cause that's what happened to an Ann Arbor, Mich., woman who found either five (or a half-dozen, depending on who you ask) porn videos on her supposedly new Evo 4G. It's not the phone's fault -- it's the previous owner, and the third-party retailer that told the woman she was getting a new phone and instead gave her a steamy pot of porno.

And because we're all about teaching you folks whenever we can, hit the source link or picture above to hear all about it, and then let's discuss a few ways you can be sure to keep your phone clean, after the break. [Click on Detroit via Consumerist]

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4 years ago

Motorola Backflip gets an update -- bugfixes, not Android 2.X

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motorola backflip

AT&T has released a software update for the Motorola Backflip to improve performance and fix bugs, but it's not an update to Eclair just yet. Instead, you're getting:

  • Improved Text Messaging: General improvements to text messaging - especially for longer message threads.
  • Improved Display: Color and clarity improvements to the display.
  • Camera Correction: Repairs random occurrence of camera application quitting while in use.
  • Bluetooth Improvements: Better audio and connectivity to Bluetooth headsets.
  • Removes Size Restrictions for Ringtones: Ringtone files no longer have size restrictions.
  • Improved Network Connection: Improves overall connection to the 3G network.
  • Better Performance of Android Market™ Applications: Improves performance of downloaded applications from the Android Market™.
  • Improved Stability: Additional device stability reduces occurrence of unresponsiveness and/or programs quitting unexpectedly.
  • Improved Battery Life: Improves battery performance when battery is fully drained and charging.
  • Improved Streaming Audio & Video Playback: Repairs rare instances of streaming audio and video interruptions that have resulted in device powering off-and-on.

This is an OTA update, so just be ready for the message that it's there, and allow it to download and install.  As AT&T reminds us, data charges can and will apply, so if you're close on your monthly allotment you might want to wait for a steady WiFi connection to grab it.  Anyone who updates, feel free to shout out in the comments so the rest of us know what to expect! [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for July 8, 2010

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With the number of device announcements we have seen recently, it remains quite obvious that Android isn't playing around, and neither are the developers behind the scenes making some of our favorite applications. We continue to see ports to Android of our applications from other platforms, as well as tons of new applications that make life significantly easier. Not everyone has hours to spend sifting through the market, so here we bring to you some of our own personal suggestions. Take a look after the jump for some great new application ideas for your device. 

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4 years ago

HTC Desire with AT&T (and Rogers, Telus, and Bell) 3G bands at the FCC

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 HTC Desire with AT&T 3G bands at the FCC

Just seen at the FCC: the HTC Desire is sporting AT&T and Canadian operators Rogers, Telus, and Bell 3G bands. While this is far from an announcement, for our readers in the frozen North it means that you may be seeing the incredible Desire (see what I did there?) sooner rather than later. There is no confirmation or anything to suggest this is going anywhere except for Telus but, this does give some hope that the spiffy phone will be seen on the Death Star in the US at some point. And if not, well, you'll be able to import it and use it with AT&T. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Google updates Android SDK to fall in line with Froyo

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If you're the type of Android user who has the SDK stashed on your computer (and let's face it -- if you're reading this, chances are you do), then know that Google has updated it to be in line with the version of Android 2.2 that was released to the Nexus One last week.

For you more common folk, now might be a good time to take a look at installing the SDK (see Jerry's walkthrough here). Why? You're probably going to need it if you want to root your phone, take screen shots or follow along with whatever other hackery we might be talking about on a given day. It's quick, it's easy, and it's available here. [Google Developer blog]

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4 years ago

Want to try Froyo on the Evo 4G?

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Froyo on the Evo 4GFroyo on the Evo 4G

We're waiting on Android 2.2 to be officially released for the Sprint Evo 4G -- everybody relax a little, the Froyo code's only been out for two weeks now -- but that doesn't mean you can't give it a shot now, thanks to (where else?) the cats at XDA Developers. Avalaunchmods has rigged up a Froyo build for the Evo, with working Wifi, multitouch, Bluetooth, calls ... pretty much everything except for the camera. We'll definitely be giving this one a shot, and you guys sing out, too, if you've Froyo'd up your Evo. [XDA Developers

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid X and Charm, HTC Aria, myTouch 3G Slide

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From the Forums is a great way for you, our readers, to see the hottest topics being discussed. But you must be a registered member and becoming a member is a simple process. So if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now! Today we just want to share with you some of our newly created forums for some great new devices!

  • The Samsung Galaxy S in 4 different flavors is about to be released so you might as well pick your poison in these new forums!
  • By now most of you should be aware of a new big device from Motorola called the Droid X. This is a must see forum.
  • Speaking of Motorola, that square-faced QWERTY called the Charm is set to be released on T-Mobile. If you feel like chatting it up about this device do so here in our Motorola Charm forum.
  • Until the Samsung Captivate is released on July 18th on AT&T, you may be interested in the HTC Aria. Some good conversation going on in the Aria's forum so be sure to stop by and take a look.
  • And last but not least we have the T-Mobile's HTC myTouch 3GSlide forum

So there you have it, some new device forums for all of the latest devices. Be sure to check back soon as we are constantly improving our forums.

See you in the forums!

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4 years ago

AT&T Captivate will be available July 18 for $199 after contract

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AT&T Samsung Captivate

AT&T announced today that the Samsung Captivate (see our hands-on) -- one of the four Galaxy S-class phones announced last week -- will be available July 18 for $199 after contract. You'll need a minimum $15 data plan, which should just about cover everybody, right? [@samsungmobileus]

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4 years ago

HTC Wildfire rooted, easy method available for certain versions

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htc wildfire rooted

Carriers release them, then Android hackers crack them open -- as we see today with the HTC WildfirePaul O'Brien (a name we all should know by now) once again circumvents the protection schemes carriers and manufacturers put in place and has rooted the HTC Wildfire.  The method (see source link) doesn't look very difficult, providing your Wildfire has a bootloader version of 0.80 or lower, and a ROM version of 1.14.xxx.x or below.  You can check this by booting your phone while the back key is held -- the 'HBOOT -' line needs to be 0.80 or lower.

We're all happy to see Android gurus rooting even the less popular devices, but it raises the question -- should handset makers and cellular carriers really spend the time and money to put these restrictions and roadblocks in place?  So far, it isn't working too well and the model that Google used with the Nexus One (making the phone easily unlocked, but then branded as such permanently) seems to have worked well for both sides.  Maybe the money could be instead spent on tools to find those who abuse or otherwise cause a ruckus on the network vs. the losing war against opening the software on the new devices.  Guess that's why I'm not in charge of anything :p. [Modaco via Twitter]

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4 years ago

Mobile Youtube site updated for Android and iThing browsers

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new youtube mobile site

Youtube mobile just got a face-lift, bringing a good many cosmetic and functionality changes along with it.  Youtube use on mobile devices is growing at an amazing rate -- playbacks were up 160% in 2009 according to the folks at Youtube, so it's great to see changes making their way to the mobile site.  What exactly got changed you ask?  According to the Youtube blog: 

  • It's really fast. 
  • The user interface incorporates larger, more touch-friendly elements, making it easier to access videos on the go. 
  • It incorporates the features and functionality you’ve come to expect from the .com site, like search query suggestions, the options to create playlists, the ability to designate “favorite,” “like” or “unlike” videos directly from your device.
  • As we make improvements to Youtube.com, you’ll see them quickly follow on our mobile site, unlike native apps which are not updated as frequently.

In my opinion, numbers 1, 2 and 3 are spot-on.  We'll keep an eye on number 4, but it only makes sense to keep improving things.  Hit the break to see a video and a couple more screenshots of the new site, then check it out on your Android phone at m.youtube.com. [YouTube Blog]

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4 years ago

Reader's white Evo 4G unboxing

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White Evo Unboxing

Looking to pull the trigger on a white Evo 4G from Best Buy? Our pal Jeravicious in the Android Central Forums got his, and it's unboxed it for all to see. It's quite the looker, indeed. Check out his video after the break. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

The great Droid X scavenger hunt has officially begun

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Droid X scavenger hunt

Yes, the official Verizon and Motorola sponsored Droid X scavenger hunt has begun.  Remember that @DroidLanding twitter account we talked about a couple weeks ago?  Of course you do, we're all trying to decipher the up-until-now vague hints and clues they've been dropping.  Things are a little clearer now, as Verizon has released the official sweepstakes rules for the treasure-hunt style giveaway, which started yesterday at Midnight.  The tweets should start getting a little less cryptic, eventually becoming actual GPS locations of the prizes.  Did we mention the prizes? How does 21 brand spanking new Motorola Droid X phones (valued at $569.99 each according to the rules themselves) sound?  Yeah, I thought so -- sounds good to me too. 

If you haven't already, make sure you're following @DroidLanding on Twitter, and follow the jump to read the official rules.  [Verizon]

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4 years ago

Is the Samsung Vibrant coming to T-Mobile a week earlier than expected?

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Vibrant release July 15

Remember that July 21 date for the release of the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant on T-Mobile?  It looks like that's not gonna happen.  Instead, some leaked documents say that the phone will actually be available on July 15 -- a full week or so early.  Maybe T-Mobile decided to get in on the party a little early to time with Verizon's Droid X launch, or maybe they just love us more than we thought.  Either way it looks like you 'll have an opportunity to get some 4 inch SAMOLED goodness in your hands a week sooner than we all expected.  [Tmonews | Engadget]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile to launch 21Mbs HSPA+ Android smartphone in September, is it the HTC Vision?

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It's the not-quite-4G, but still fast as hell HPSA+ network that T-Mobile has been working on recently, coupled with an HTC Android powered smartphone, and it's coming in September -- according to a spokesman at Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile USA's parent company), that is.  Rumored to be the HTC Vision (pictured), the device will be able to hit the full 21 Mbs speed that so far has only been possible on aircards.  While HSPA+ isn't technically 4G, it 's pretty darn fast and can be put in place without any new hardware (except for that one tower T-Mo needs to build in the WV panhandle!), and seeing it debut on a qwerty slider running Android should make more than a few of us happy. 

We've seen the roadmap, and now we see this, so hang in there T-Mo subscribers, your time looks to be coming in a couple months! [Light Reading via Engadget]

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