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3 years ago

Can my device use Flash?

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Flash was included as a feature by default in Android 2.2 Froyo, but there are some phones that don't or can't support Flash. As a general rule of thumb anything that is "low-end" won't be able to run Adobe's flagship software, but there are a couple others that can't as well. Here's the list of Android devices certified to run Flash:

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3 years ago

Sprint officially announces Epic 4G Froyo update to begin Feb 21

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And now we have Sprint getting into the mix, officially announcing that Froyo will begin rolling out to the Epic 4G on Feb 21, just like we reported

We have source code.  We have an official date.  And we have forums -- hit them up and discuss!.  [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Samsung releases Vibrant Froyo source

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Samsng is in a giving mood today -- not only have they provided the source code for the impending Epic 4G Froyo update, they have placed the code for the Vibrant's Froyo update online as well.  Once again, this isn't something for the average user to download and flash, it's for developers to use and enhance the existing Vibrant software, or to use in their own flavor of Android for the Samsung Vibrant -- like stock Android flavors. 

Even if you don't have a clue what to do with these files, it's nice to see Samsung affirming their commitment to Android and the open source community.  To get the goods, head to the source link and search for SGH-T959 in the search bar.  Now get ready for the custom ROMs!  [Samsung's Open Source Release CenterThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Samsung releases source for Epic 4G EB13 Froyo update

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Samsung has placed the open source portions of the rumored EB13 Froyo update for the Epic 4G live on their open source page.  While this isn't something you can jump in and flash, it makes it pretty certain that rooted users will see the "official" Froyo before Sprint gets it out, supposedly on Feb 21.

It also gives developers a solid base to begin work for custom ROMs that needed newer code and drivers, and should really help with the creation of an AOSP style Froyo, and possibly Gingerbread ROM for the Epic 4G.  If you're a developer, or just want to have a look, point your web browser to the source link, choose the Mobile phone section, and search for D700 in the search bar.  Big thanks to Samsung for getting this out pre-release and honoring the GPL.  [Samsung's Open Source Release CenterThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Wired magazine for Android

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson CTO talks tablets, LTE and Android updates

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Sony Ericsson is in the advanced stages of product development for LTE devices, and expects them to make their way to market "pretty soon", according to CTO Jan Uddenfeldt. In an interview with Fierce Wireless, he also touches on the importance of Android OS updates, the deal with Verizon to carry the Xperia Play, and the manufacturer's tablet plans.

Uddenfeldt says Sony Ericsson has learned from its mistakes concerning the pace of Android updates on its phones, and added that the company simply wasn't aware of the importance of OS updates when shipping devices last year. While this will be of little comfort to Xperia X10 and X8 owners stuck on Eclair or Donut, it is at least shows an acknowledgement of these problems at the highest levels of the company.

On the subject of the Xperia Play, Uddenfeldt discusses the ins and outs of the deal to bring the phone to Verizon, and clarifies that there's no exclusivity deal in place that would prevent the device from being sold by another carrier.

Finally, and most tantalizingly, Uddenfeldt addresses the issue of tablets, identifying them as an important part of the mobile device market. He says that Sony Ericsson is "holding discussions" with Sony about a possible Android tablet, something which might add weight to recent rumors of a cross-company effort to bring a Sony-branded Honeycomb tablet to market later this year. [Fierce Wireless]

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3 years ago

App Genome Project Compares the Android Market and iOS App Store in every way imaginable

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Lookout Mobile Security has whipped up quite the report comparing both the Android Market and Apple's App Store in pretty much every way you can imagine -- and probably some you can't. Their "App Genome Project" (lets call it "AGP" from here on out) compared various metrics between Aug. 2010 and Feb. 2011 to get a six-month spread of data. The most basic comparison between the two is raw numbers of apps, which you can see in graph form above. The Android Market added 50k apps to reach about 90k during the time frame while the App Store added 100k to reach over 350k total apps.

On the dev side, just over four thousand developers were signed up for Android during the time period, while about 24 thousand were registered for iOS. Interestingly, the average number of apps per developer was higher on Android at 6.6 as opposed to 4.8 apps per developer on the iOS side. There is a ton more to go over, so join me past the break. [Lookout]

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3 years ago

Android Central asks -- what was your favorite MWC11 announcement?

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Mobile World Congress is all wrapped up, and while it was a lot of work, it was a lot of fun, too.  And there was a hardware announcement or two in there as well!  We saw tablets, fire-breathing CPUs, Facebook phones (yes, I'm hanging on to that no matter what Zuck says!) and even 3D.  It was a lot to cover, and a lot to digest.  I'll admit, I was a bit intimidated at first, but we've got one hell of a great crew here at Android Central, and we weren't about to let little things like sleep stand in our way.  Hat's off to all my friends and co-workers here, as well as our trio of traveling editors who worked so hard to bring it to all of us.

But when it's all said and done, the most important part of Android Central is you guys.  Without you, there would be no reason to go halfway across the globe and get packed into conference halls filled with mediocre techno-music, just to catch a glimpse of whats coming from manufacturers.  While Phil, Dieter, and Daniel recover, we're going to ask you guys to share your favorite news from Barcelona this year.  So have a look at what all went down at MWC11, then head into the forums to let us and your fellow members know what you think is the best of Mobile World Congress 2011.  

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3 years ago

T-Mobile to get Samsung Galaxy S 2 says official Twitter account [updated -- or not?]

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According to the official T-Mobile USA twitter account, the nation's number four carrier will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S 2 (see our hands on here).  Pricing and a date weren't discussed, other than a note that they would be available at a later date, which isn't surprising.  We already know that T-Mobile will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, so it really comes as no surprise that they would follow up with the latest and greatest from Samsung. 

What say you T-Mobile subscribers -- is this the dual-core beast you're waiting for?  It's billed as the "world's thinnest smartphone", and has the new Super AMOLED plus display, so it offers quite a bit over existing phones on the network.  We're chomping at the bit to get our hands on one, and any news about it's arrival to US shores is good news. [Mobile Central] Thanks for the tip Conan!

Update: And just as soon as everyone gets excited, T-Mobile has this, and this to say from the same Twitter account:

@droidmessenger We just tweeted too fast. Thought he was asking about the Galaxy S 4G. Pobody's Nerfect.

@PhoneDog @androidcentral Sorry for the confusion. We're not announcing anything today. Was just an errant tweet. #longday #timeforcoffee

Time for coffee indeed.

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3 years ago

PlayOn no longer in beta, now ready to deliver content to your Android device

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Just yesterday Plex announced their Android app to world and today, PlayOn has announced their Android app is no longer in beta and can now be downloaded from the Android Market for use with your already existing PlayOn account. For those of you not familiar with PlayOn, the service allows you to connect to various media content sites such as Hulu, Netflix, CNN, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Nickelodeon, ESPN3, NFL Rewind, MLB, MTV and more through your PC and have it all displayed on your TV.  Now, they've added Android smartphones to the list of connectible devices.

PlayOn Premium customers with Android 2.2+ need just to download the PlayOn Mobile app from the Android Marketplace and initially pair the device over the local Wi-Fi network with the PlayOn media server. The device may then be used to stream online video and personal media content over 3G or Wi-Fi anywhere in the world where you can get a signal.

If you already have a PlayOn account then you can access the app and services for free. However, new customers will have to check out the 14-day trial period, use services during that time and then decide if they wish to keep it. If you do, PlayOn will then cost $39.99 for the first year and $19.99 for each year thereafter. [PlayOn via VerticalWire]

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