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3 years ago

Vodafone brings Gingerbread to the Desire Z

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Vodafone has announced it is beginning to roll out Android 2.3.3 for the HTC Desire Z. Much like any other OTA update your device will notify you when the update is available, simply accept the update, it will download and then install, and boom you will have Gingerbread. It is recommended that you download via wifi if at all possible due to the size of the file. Already installed the update? How did it go for you, be sure to let us know!

Source: Vodafone: Thanks, Anthony!

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3 years ago

Zinio now available on all devices running 2.2+

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Almost two months ago, Zinio, the popular magazine browsing app, released its first Android version which was exclusive to Honeycomb tablets. The developers have now released a version that will work with any device running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher.                                       

With the release, Zinio is giving users 12 free current titles through Aug. 15. These titles are:

  • Bike magazine
  • BlackBook
  • ESPN The Magazine
  • House Beautiful
  • Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine
  • Maxim
  • Outdoor Photographer
  • Redbook
  • Robb Report
  • Seattle Met
  • SURFER Magazine
  • Wine Enthusiast

In addition, T-Mobile customers who are signing up for Zinio for the first time will be able to select five additional titles from T-Mobile's Freemium offering.

If you've been wanting to experience Zinio on Android but don't yet have a Honeycomb tablet, you can now get it for your phone or tablet running Froyo or Gingerbread. Please find links to the app and press release after the break.

Source: Zinio

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3 years ago

LG announces the Optimus Pro, Optimus Net

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LG today unveiled a pair of mid-range Android smartphone for Europe -- the Optimus Pro and Optimus Net.

The Optimus Pro is a front-QWERTY keyboard messenger, with a 2.8-inch display at 240x320, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 512MB/256MB ROM/RAM, 150MB of user storage, 800MHz processor, a 3MP camera, Wifi, aGPS, FM radio and a 1500 mAh battery. The Optimus Pro will come in white, titan and black.

The Optimus Net specs and design will vary by market, but the gist is a 3.2-inch touchscreen at 320x480, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 512MB ROM/RAM with 150MB of user storage, an 800MHz processor, a 3MP camera, 1500 mAh battery and FM radio. Some versions will have NFC, and the North American version will have a QWERTY keyboard. In Brazil, China, Asia and the CIS, the Optimus Net will have dual SIM cards. It'll be available in white and black.

Both phones will hit Europe first in 30 markets. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

EVO 3D tip: Adjust your 3D pictures and help your eyes [from the forums]

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If you're not into the 3D features on your shiny new HTC EVO 3D, and it's because those darn pictures just hurt your eyes or give you a headache, this tip is for you.  Android Central member Jerzyiroc has a great little tutorial in the EVO 3D forums showing you how to make adjustments to the 3D effect for stills using the tools built right in to the EVO 3D gallery.  A lot of folks are saying that the 3D videos they shoot look great, but the pictures aren't aligned very well and cause some strain on the eyes.  Looks like HTC has given us the tools to fix this, and now we can learn how to use them.  Be sure to have a look, and thank him in the forums!

Source: Android Central forums. Thanks, Jerzyiroc!

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3 years ago

C'mon Best Buy, the HP TouchPad doesn't run Honeycomb

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Oh, Best Buy, when will you ever learn? We have seen countless failed photoshops come from your direction, and yet again you come back for more. This time we are seeing here an HP TouchPad, the newest WebOS tablet, that is said to be running Android 3.0, Honeycomb. Come on now, Best Buy, you're better than this, get your operating systems correct for us!

Source: PreCentral

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3 years ago

No, the Epic 4G isn't yet shipping with Gingerbread, Sprint says

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Hate to burst anyone's bubble (and we don't care what you've heard, we really do hate to do it), but the Sprint Epic 4G isn't yet shipping with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. We asked Sprint, and sure enough it's just a typo. Not the first time we've seen this happen, and it won't be the last, either. That's why we check. folks.

Don't worry. Gingerbread's coming to the Epic 4G. We wouldn't say it if it weren't true. And because we're saying it, it must now happen. Otherwise the sun and the stars would collapse in on themselves, and nobody wants that to happen. Right, Sprint?

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3 years ago

Screen burn-in concerns, upside down photos [From the Forums]

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Thursday again, and time for another Android Central podcast -- after todays earnings call we'll have just that more to talk about. As we gear up for it, why don't you all take a stroll through the Android Central forums, just make sure you come back in time for the podcast.. mmkay?

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

Larry Page on the Android 'patent situation'

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Google was asked about the "patent situation" during Thursday's second-quarter earnings call. The "situation," of course, is that Google recently lost a bid for a major bunch of patents -- and lost to a consortium including many of its main competitors in the mobile space. Meanwhile, developers are having to fight (or pay off) patent trolls, and we're seeing more licensing deals being made between Android OEMs and Google competitors.

Here's what Page had to say:

"Android's really on a tear. I mentioned there are over 550,000 new Android activations. There's over 400 such devices. Thirty-nine OEMs. Two-hundred-and-thirty-one carriers in 123 countries, and over 78 Open Handset Allience partners, and that velocity's only increasing.

"Now, of course, despite the efforts of some of our competitors, there hasn't been any slowdown in any of those things. And, you know, partners and developers are continuing to expand the Android ecosystem.

"And I should say, of course, we're really committed to Android and continue to support that platform and ecosystem, and do it in a cost-effective manner."

See also: Editorial: How long can Google and Android afford to remain silent on patents?

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3 years ago

Android Market now has more than a quarter-million applications

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Just 48 hours since Google announced a major update to the Android Market, Susan Wojcicki, senior vice president of advertising, announced during today's second-quarter earnings call that the Android Market now has more than 250,000 applications, with more than 6 billion downloads.

By comparison, BlackBerry's App World just passed the 1 billion mark.

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3 years ago

Android now seeing 550,000 activations every day, Larry Page says

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You read that right. Today, during Google's second-quarter earnings call, CEO Larry Page announced that some 550,000 devices are being activated every day.

That's about 382 devices being activated every minute, or 3.85 million every week.

That's a lot of devices.

Put it into perspective: On June 28, Android's Andy Rubin tweeted that a half-million devices were being activated daily. At Google IO in May, it was 400,000 devices a day.

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