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3 years ago

Droid Incredible transitioning from AMOLED to SLCD touchscreens this month

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The Droid Incredible is switching to SLCD touchscreens, and it's happening soon, folks. HTC previously announced that the Desire and Nexus One were making the change due to the scarcity of AMOLED screens, which are manufactured by Samsung. We've already seen SCLD in the U.S. Cellular version of the Desire (read our review), which will be in stores in the next week or so. And the above screen shot from Verizon's internals and posted in the Android Central Forums shows that the DInc is switching this month.

The big question is will anyone notice the difference. Side by side, yes. But that's true between any difference screen types. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Cellular South will have the HTC Desire in stores mid-week

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The HTC Desire from Cellular South (read our full review here) should be available sometime in the middle of next week, according to Cellular South's Facebook fan page.  This is great news for the many who have been waiting for the Desire to come stateside, and anyone who picks this one up is sure to be happy.  With the HTC Hero (also in sexy black), the Milestone, now the Desire, and soon the Galaxy S, Cell South is embracing Android and we're loving it.  Let's hear from you Cell South users -- represent! [Cellular South via Facebook] Thanks Adam!

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3 years ago

Android 2.2 Froyo already on 28 percent of Android phones

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It's been more than a month since we last heard from Google regarding how many devices are on which version of the Android operating system, and what a difference a month makes. As of Aug. 2, only 4.5 percent of phones were on Android 2.2, aka Froyo. Fast forward to Sept. 1, and that number jumps to 28.7 percent. We have the Evo 4G, Droid and Droid Incredible updates to thank for that, mostly, plus the Nexus One and Droid 2. (It will be interesting to see how all of the Galaxy S phones affect these numbers, as they all launched with Android 2.1.)

The other "outdated" versions of Android continue to fall, with Android 2.1 down to 41.7 percent (from 59.7 percent), Donut down to 17.5 percent (from 20.3 percent) and Cupcake at an even 12 percent (down from 15.3 percent).

Now let's get the carriers to push out a few more updates and see how much Froyo can grow by October, shall we? [Android Developers Blog]

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3 years ago

Tweetdeck releases yet another update, brings widgets, stability

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Tweetdeck, a twitter client that we have all grown to know and love, continues to push beta update after beta update. In this Version .9.8, they have added support of a quick post, a column view, as well as a quick launch bar which takes you directly into a certain part of the application. In addition to these new widgets, there is also a new column interface along with some bug fixes that have been reported. Be sure to check out the update here, and if you haven't already signed up for the beta, be sure to do that here. [via Tweetdeck]

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3 years ago

Costco will sell the T-Mobile G2, throws in accessories for free

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The T-Mobile G2 will be sold at Costco, according to a tip we got this afternoon. And we've been told that accessories will be thrown in for free, sweetening whatever deal Costco has to offer. Speaking of which, we're told Costco should carry it for between $150 and $200 on contract, which should be in line with just about everybody else, we reckon.

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3 years ago

McAfee buys Wave Secure, offering 25% discount for new subscriptions

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If you weren't one of the lucky 30 winners of our Wave Secure giveaway, or even if you were and have a need for another license, now's your chance as Wave Secure (we went hands on in January) and McAfee celebrate their union.  With Wave Secure you can backup, lock, or wipe your phone from any computer, as well as track missing or stolen phones via Google maps.  Great way to have peace-of-mind, and saving five bucks is icing on the cake.

Head over to the Wave Secure website to see just what the app has to offer, and you can sign up and maybe save some pennies while you're at it.  [Wave Secure]

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3 years ago

Android 2.1 preview on the Xperia X10

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The Android 2.1 update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (see our hands on with the AT&T version) should start rolling out soon, so it's high time that someone leaked a video of it in action.  This is great news for everyone using the X10, as the awesome and capable hardware, (we expect great hardware from SE) has been languishing away on Android 1.6 for what seems like forever.  Sure would like to see Froyo running on the X10, but we'll take what we can get at this point.

The video (after the break) shows a vanilla looking Eclair, but it stands to reason that Timescape and other UI tweaks will be around on the final version.  Some of the tweaks are pretty nice, so it's a fair trade.  As always, no word on when to expect the update, other than "soon" or "this month," so keep an eye out and let us know if you see it! [SE-nse blog]

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 RTM parade -- as photographed by the Evo 4G

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In all seriousness, congratulations to the Windows Phone 7 team (and our pals at WMExperts) for reaching RTM status. It's a huge step in finally getting Windows Phone 7 to consumers (and we're excitedly curious to use it, too). And we're as equally happy to see that the congratulatory parade was photographed with ... wait for it ... a Sprint Evo 4G (according to the Exif data). [Flickr] Thanks, Tim!

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3 years ago

Samsung Fascinate launch bugs listed

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Every smartphone launches with bugs. But we usually have to find them ourselves (see our monster thread on the Epic 4G). Not so with the Verizon Fascinate, which has had its launch bugs leaked out for all to see. A good chunk of them are small nitpicks, but others -- don't press the search button while you're on a call! -- are pretty big. And still others are amusing -- you can't download an OTA update over Wifi, but a future OTA update will fix that. Check out the full list at the source link, as well as what we're finding on our own in our Fascinate forums. [BGR via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

AppBrain launches new version with social baked in

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After launching a new version of its website recently, AppBrain has brought many of the new sorting features to its Android app. In addition, AppBrain now has a social element so you can follow other users to quickly browse what apps they have installed. You can log in to Facebook to see if your friends use AppBrain (they should!) or browse by popular users. Also, you can share a link to your profile quickly via email, Twitter, SMS, and just about every other mode of communication on your phone. The free update is on the Market now. Click past the break for the usual Market link (with QR code!), more screenshots, and even a list of the Android Central writers so you can follow us in AppBrain. [AppBrain blog]

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