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3 years ago

Droid Incredible reaches end-of-life, Droid Incredible 2 might be just over the horizon

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Well, the Droid Incredible had a good run, didn't it? We knew this day would come, and now it finally has as the phone is no longer up for order on Verizon's website and it appears retail stores are selling through their remaining stock - end-of-life. 

First rumored all the way back in December of 2009, the Droid Incredible finally launched at the end of April 2010 and very quickly did its best to sell out across America as Verizon users went Snapdragon crazy. From day one it was on backorder, and demand was not satisfied well in to mid-August. In addition, the "DInc" was one of the first phones to get updated to Froyo after a leaked version of the RUU made its way on to the Internet. Here in Blacksburg, it is hardly possible to turn around without seeing someone texting, browsing, or gaming away on a Droid Incredible. 

However, there is some good news on the horizon for the DInc faithful (myself included) - we have reliable information that a Verizon-branded version of the HTC Incredible S could be making its way to American shores very soon as the Droid Incredible 2. As in very, very soon. Until then, why not head on over to the Android Central Forums and talk about your favorite memories of the Droid Incredible? [Verizon via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Hands-on with Android's in-app billing

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In-app billing for Android is a pretty simple thing, really. Say you're playing a game and want to buy a new level, song, weapon -- whatever. All it takes is a couple apps, and you've got the new level, song, weapon -- whatever.

We gave it a go on Tap Tap Revenge -- you should remember our early look at it back at the Honeycomb event at Google HQ. And indeed, it's simple enough. Tap on the song we wanted to purchase, confirm the purchase, and we're on our way. (That was the easy part -- Tap Tap Revenge itself is something of a confounding application, or maybe we're just old and couldn't handle all the flashing lights.)

Anyhoo, look for in-app billing to really take off in the coming months.

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3 years ago

Xoom wish list; Amazon Cloud Storage [from the forums]

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Interesting day today, Amazon stirring up the pot with their cloud services, HTC doing right and releasing the Thunderbolt kernel source and Sony Ericsson making moves by announcing some of their devices will have unlockable boot loaders. Needless to say, some of today's news is being discussed in the forums among many other topics, so join us and share your thoughts.

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

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3 years ago

Google finally launches in-app billing

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After promising imminent launch last week, Google has flipped the switch to turn on in-app billing across the Android Market. Developers can now choose another source of revenue as an alternative to charging up front or relying on advertising in the apps themselves. A number of games such as Tap Tap Revenge (pictured - read our hands-on from the Honeycomb launch event here) and Gun Bros already support the service (along with Comics; Deer Hunter Challenge HD, WSOP3, and Dungeon Defenders: FW Deluxe), and more developers will certainly add support in the coming weeks.

UPDATE: Check out a couple more pictures past the break. [Android Developer Blog]

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3 years ago

Amazon Cloud Music apparently launched without record labels' blessing

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My 75-gigabyte music dump to Amazon's new Cloud Drive music storage and playback service is chugging along quite nicely, so it's with a furrowed brow that I read that Amazon's apparently pissed off the music industry in the process.

See, apparently the music industry believes that Amazon needs a license to allow me to stream my music -- my (mostly) legally obtained music -- from its cloud to my devices. I can take said music and stream it from my laptop to my Xbox 360, or put it on a microSD card and pump it through a phone or six, or put it on a flash drive and play it in my car. But, apparently, Amazon needs a license. And apparently it didn't get one.

According to a Reuters story, the music industry has its knickers in a twist because Amazon went ahead and launched the service while still in talks for licensing fees -- something neither Google nor Apple has had the chutzpah to do. And you know what? Good for Amazon. The music industry has been killing itself far too slowly.

Of course, this could mean that Amazon's service could be shut down, or Amazon might have to pay out the wazoo, or we could all be forced to pay more for the storage space. (And I'm willing to bet Google's going to give more than 5GB free.) We'll just have to see. In the meantime, stream away, folks. Stream away. [Reuters/Yahoo via TiPb]

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X hacking continues, MCR now available

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The LG Optimus 2X is proving to be quite the treat for those who love to root and customize their phones, and the release of MCR (MoDaCo Custom ROM) for the device makes things that much better.  For those not familiar with Paul O'Brien's work, MCR is a ROM that appears stock, but everything behind the scenes is tweaked.  Paul has quite the knack for finding a sweet spot between speed and stability, and all versions of MCR (most devices that are capable get the treatment) have a large fanbase.

MCR for the 2X brings a custom kernel with EXT 4 support, Superuser Whitelist and current SU binary from ChainsDD, and is flashable from ClockworkMod recovery for easy installation.  There's also a custom kitchen for downloading available for paid members of Paul's website. 

Thanks for the hard work Paul, here's hoping you can get the T-Mobile version in your hands when it's released.  [MoDaCo]

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt case review: Mobi Products Hard Shell

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Find the latest HTC ThunderBolt accessories

I'm not sure what I like more about this Mobi Products Hard Shell Case for the HTC ThunderBolt -- this red color here is dark red. A mean, dark red. It's like someone took a sort of metallic red and painted over the blackest of blacks, and the blackness is threatening to return. If light's not hitting it directly, the edges of the case cast shadows that I could swear are moving.

So, yeah, I'm digging the color. (It also comes in black and purple.)

And then there's the fact that it's your standard Mobi Products hard shell case. It comes in two pieces that, separately, don't seem very substantial. But snap them together, and your phone's protected from dings and scratches. The case doesn't add much bulk to the phone, but it's just thick enough to keep the screen from touching a table if left face down. You've got cutouts for the ports and buttons, as well as the kickstand.

And, again, there's that awesome color.

The case comes apart easily enough if you need to take it off, but there's also no movement if you squeeze at the seams. Speaking of the seams, the point where the front of the case and the back come together -- that's about the only ding we'll give this case. We'd love to have the seams a tad more invisible. It's not a deal-breaker, just a fit-and-finish sort of thing.

You can get the Mobi Products Hard Shell Case for the HTC ThunderBolt for $12.95 from the Android Central Store in red, black or purple. Check out more pics after the break.

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Rio coming to the Android Market this week

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When the Amazon Appstore launched, one of the big stories was that it offered an exclusive copy of the new game Angry Birds Rio, the latest installment of the popular Rovio series. 

It seems as if that exclusivity is coming to an end this week, as Rovio announced Angry Birds Rio will be coming to the Android Market for free and will be ad-supported. They say as soon as they fix a couple bugs, it will be released. If you're one who cares about ads, the ad-free version is still available over at Amazon. 

This is great news for international users who can't access Amazon's Appstore yet. Don't worry, you'll be able to play Angry Birds again soon! [Facebook]

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3 years ago

LG working on the Optimus Big - 4.3-inch NOVA display, silly name

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Looks like LG is sticking to their Optimus naming conventions here, but we can't help but wonder how this one came about. The LG Optimus Big as it's been dubbed got caught up in some photos on its way to Korean carrier U+. 

The device itself has been noted as taking some of its styling queues from the LG Optimus 2X with the exception of the screen that now gets bumped up to 4.3 inches and of course makes use of NOVA technology.

Other specs call for a 1GHz single-core processor and a T-DMB TV tuner that leads us to believed we may never see this outside of Korea-- but time will tell. [XPortsNews via Phone Arena]

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3 years ago

Nameless Samsung device from CES now the Samsung Droid Charge; has new Eye

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Remember back at CES when Verizon announced that nameless Samsung device, and we were all wondering what it was. Well, some more information has surfaced about the device, and it appears as though the Samsung SCH-i510 LTE device is the Droid Charge. The device has surfaced yet again, this time with a mock up of a potentially new style to the good old Eye we are used to.

Interesting to see this non Motorola "Droid" branded device utilizing a variant of the Eye that has been seen in all the other Motorola Android devices, but was not found in the Eris or Incredible. While there is still unfortunately not a whole lot of information about the device, besides that it will run Android 2.2, and have an 8MP rear facing camera, and a front facing camera, the confirmation of the name brings it one step closer. [Pocketnow]

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