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4 years ago

Photon 4G update not going smoothly for all

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It's a story we're hearing all too often these days. An update comes down for a phone, and the phone starts acting up. Such is the case, apparently, for a number of Sprint Motorola Photon 4G users, who are reporting such problems as overheating to failed updates. It's not everybody, of course, but it's enough to raise eyebrows.

So what's the word? Yay or nay on update issues?

Source: Sprint forums; Photon 4G forums

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4 years ago

Android Theme Review: Lucid

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Ed. note: This theme requires use of the Theme Chooser.

If you're looking for the antithesis of Frost, you'll find it in Lucid. Dark, dramatic, and definitely easy on the battery, Lucid has won me over in the dark themes category and Sonny Sekhon has definitely shown off that he's no slouch at making CM7 themes.

Take everything I've said about Frost and Tangerine, and just make it black. The notification pulldown bar is back to being black. The transparency is there and the bottom of the pulldown is black with a little white arrow. The widget icons are white (naturally, so you can see them), and the battery percent is still inside the battery.

The dialer is transparent black, just like the other themes made by this developer. The accent colors for the frames is actually the same silver as Frost. The only difference here is that Lucid opts for black instead of silver.

Icons and widgets are the same greyish silver from Frost, too. Give your app drawer a look, there's plenty to see. It matches the theme really well, and while it may initially seem like a bummer that the icons are the same as Frost, monochrome looks so good with black you won't even mind the next time you look.

The toast notifications, buttons, highlight color, and checks are also the same dark grey/silver color, but it looks awesome. I guess that means we could argue Lucid is just Frost with a black bar, but don't. The theme looks good and it's functional, so let it be.

If you're looking for a theme with a bit darker vibe, Lucid is it. It's clean, look great, and shouldn't be too hard on the battery. Like it's other friends from the same dev, it's all yours for only $1.

We've got download links and more pictures after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile gets the text-friendly, dual-screened LG DoublePlay

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And in this corner of the LG U.S. National Texting Championship we have the brand-new LG DoublePlay on T-Mobile. Just announced, the Android 2.3 device features a 3.5-inch main display and 2-inch sub-display that splits the four-row QWERTY keyboard. While secondary screens have yet to really take off (hi, Kyrocera Echo and Samsung Continuum), this one's different as it's got a layer of functionality the others lacked with the keyboard.

The DoublePlay, which is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, also has a 5MP camera and is the phone contestants will use at the National Texting Championship on Oct. 26 in New York. No word yet on when us mere mortals can pick one up.

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

Verizon data struggling tonight

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Yep, looks like Verizon's in the midst of a pretty widespread data issue tonight, if you folks on Twitter are any indication. Could be worse, we suppose, but any outage is a bad outage, even if it is Sunday evening. Hope Verizon's IT folks didn't have anything planned.

Anyhoo, voice your displeasure in the comments.

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Touch user makes a Lego stand with a twist [from the forums]

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We've seen some inspiring Lego stands people have made for their smartphones.  Legos are affordable, accessible, and fun as hell to play with (admit it) so they are the perfect building materials for all sorts of projects.  This one, for the Sprint Epic 4G Touch, from AC member mlsanders83 takes the cake though.  It's simple. unobtrusive, and looks like a little tiny Android geek working on a giant sized Super AMOLED plus screen.  When asked what Lego kit was used ('cause who wouldn't want to make one of these) mlsanders83 said it was "some combination of a boat and a plane mostly. I'm sure there were some other parts thrown in there too though."  Hit the break to see a couple more pics, and if you'll excuse me, I have some Legos to go buy.

Source: Android Central forums

Thanks, mlsanders83!

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4 years ago

Sprint, the Internet, the Dept. of Defense, and you

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Recently, a bit of fuss has been made about Sprint (3G) IP addresses resolving to or connecting to the Department of Defense.  That's good fuss, but it's easy to understand why there's no real need to worry, even if we can't or don't know the whole story.  And let's face it -- it's the U.S. Government, so we probably won't know the whole story here.  Here's quick look at a few things that can put your mind at ease.

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2, Xoom Family Edition available today

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A bit of new kit from Motorola is available today in the United States. First up is the Motorola Atrix 2. That's the obvious ssequel to the original Atrix 4G (read our full review). It's been nipped, it's been tucked, it's a bit faster, and it's probably got Atrix fans who bought the first version in February a bit riled up. Oh, and it's available for $99 on contract.

Then there's the Motorola Xoom Family Edition. It's a lot (if not exactly) like the original Xoom. Same 10.1-inch display, NVIDIA Tegra 2 internals, 5MP camera. And it's got a slew of apps preloaded, included, including the kid-friendly Zoodles, Quickoffice, Asphalt 6 and SIM City Deluxe. It's going for an entirely reasonable $379 at Best Buy.

More: Atrix 2 at AT&T; Xoom Family Edition at Best Buy

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S and Live with Walkman now on Three UK

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Two of Sony Ericsson's more interesting devices have just made their way onto Three UK at subsidized prices. The Xperia Arc S and SE Live with Walkman are now available for free on any of Three's standard 24-month contracts.

The Arc S, SE's new flagship device, can be yours for £28 per month, while the Live with Walkman is offered for a more frugal £18 per month. With its shiny new 1.4 GHz CPU, the Arc S gives a modest boost from the original Arc's 1 GHz chip, and boasts new functionality like 3D panoramic recording. The SE Live with Walkman, which represents the manufacturer's current budget offering, is offered free on contracts of £18 or more per month.

We'll have a review of the Arc S appearing in the next week or so, so keep wathcing. In the meantime you can check out our first impressions of the Arc S and Live with Walkman from last month's Xperia Party.

Source: Three UK

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct 15, 2011

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You want em, we got em. No, no. Not Samsung Galaxy Nexus devices, but instead applications to make your Android device even more fun than it already is. Jump past the break as we take another look at some of our favorites from this week.

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4 years ago

Minimum advertised price for the HTC Rezound and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus sneaks out

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It is always nice to see the minimum advertised price leak out for a device so we know about where we could expect it to be on contract pricing. The folks at Engadget received a tip about MAP pricing on the HTC Rezound (aka the HTC Vigor) and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus device and both of them show as $299. Interesting note about it is that the pricing is effective as of November 10, 2011, which is just shy of a month away from the upcoming announcement. What is that we hear? Excitement in the air?

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 spotted in AT&T store a bit early

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The Motorola Atrix 2 should be hitting AT&T store shelves Sunday Oct. 16, but in at least one location they are already sitting pretty and ready for fondling.  A reader sent these pics in, saying that the manager of his local AT&T store has already put them out "by mistake".  He goes on to tell us two pretty interesting things -- the H+ icon in the status bar has been replaced with a "4G" logo, and the screen on the new models is good enough that he doesn't think it's a pentile matrix display.  While the network icon is pretty lulzworthy, the news about an improved screen is good to hear.  Maybe this is a worthy refresh after all?  hit the break for another pic, and check out our hands-on.

Thanks, anon!

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4 years ago

Dear Molly Rants: Let's talk about Android 'fragmentation' ...

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Dear, Molly Wood. How's it going? Couldn't help but notice your latest rant about Android. (We've had a few ourselves.) And while we, being the biggest and best Android community, well, anywhere, think it's swell you've been giving Android a go (especially as other platforms have been wooing you), we need to clear a few things up here, particularly regarding this whole "fragmentation" thing that's got you down.

Let's everybody hold hands and hit that little "Read more" link below, shall we?

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4 years ago

X10 AirPad mini-review

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We don't normally worry about the really low-end Android tablets floating around out there, because they always seem to disappoint.  We had to make an exception when we heard about the X10 AirPad, though.  X10 is a company many of us know -- they've been around forever since 1978 and have sold many a gadget to many a gadget-lover.  And since the AirPad checks in at under $200, we figured it might be the one.

Gingerbread and a 7-inch form factor doesn't get enough love anyway -- right?  hit the break, and have a look at a video review, some pics, and all the details.

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