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5 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic kernel source released

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Samsung's not the only OEM releasing source code today, as Motorola has released the kernel and other GPL source code for the Motorola Droid Bionic.  Developers can use this, and will use this, but more important is that it shows that Motorola is serious about its commitment to open-source software.  We ride them because of their bootloader policies, but in reality all they are required to do is provide source code for the software they distribute that calls for it in the license.  They do a good job with this, and we're glad to see it.  Anyhoo, if you're curious, or actively developing for the Bionic, hit the source link and grab the files.

Source: Motorola's Sourceforge page; More: Droid Bionic hacking forums

Thanks, Conner!

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5 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread update anticipated to be coming (back) 'soon'

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The HTC Thunderbolt has had a rough patch when it comes to Gingerbread.  Combine lots of rumors, even more leaks, and a pretty poor OTA that ended up getting yanked back and you'll have a mix that's bound to have Android power users up in arms.  We're not going to judge anyone here, heck we can't judge  -- releasing software isn't easy.  Verizon and HTC want you to be happy, because they want you to be a return customer.  To quote a great philosopher, "Shit Happens".

Hopefully, the happenings have finished, and according to the official @HTC Twitter account, the powers that be "anticipate the update being available soon."  By most accounts, the previous build of Gingerbread was about 90 percent, and the few bugs remaining have hopefully been squashed.  We've got Phil's battle-scarred Thunderbolt primed and ready, and as soon as we catch wind of any updates you'll be the first to know.

Source: @HTC; More: HTC Thunderbolt forums

Thanks, Ryan!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S II kernel source released by Samsung

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Samsung has released the kernel (and other GPL software) sources for the SGH-T989, otherwise known as the T-Mobile Galaxy S II.  As usual, this one's not for the layman or even the average Android hacker to fool with, but to developers it's like gold.  Having the kernel source will allow the Galaxy S II to get rooted, and then all sorts of goodness can happen -- and we can hardly wait.  Nice to see Samsung keeping on track and being quick with their code releases.  Hopefully, other OEM's can take a page from their book.  If you're the type who needs a bit of T989 kernel source, hit the link and grab it.

Source: Samsung

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5 years ago

Data toggles, Missing SMS messages [From the Forums]

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We're geared up for an exciting week here at Android Central and we know you all are pretty stoked as well. That said; stick with us here on the blogs and in the forums for all the latest news coming your way.

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

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5 years ago

You know what they say about the size of a guy's phone ...

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Really, in this world of 4.6-inch phones, we can't believe we're just now getting tipped to this app.

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5 years ago

New Google Wallet merchants added - Tap to pay and save money

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Google has been going strong with Google Wallet as of late in an effort to make NFC more widely used. Their latest announcement is a testament to their commitment of working with merchants in an effort to make things easy, drive sales and save consumers money. They've added more supported merchants to the list, as noted on the Google Mobile Blog:

Today, our partners American Eagle Outfitters, The Container Store, Foot Locker, Guess, Jamba Juice, Macy’s, OfficeMax and Toys“R”Us are rolling out an even better Google Wallet experience. For the first time ever in the U.S., at these select stores, you can not only pay but also redeem coupons and/or earn rewards points—all with a single tap of your phone. This is what we call the Google Wallet SingleTap experience.

So not only will you be able to use Google Wallet at those places, you'll also be able to save some money while doing so. The "Featured Offers" tab within Google Wallet has offers that are exclusive and won't be found elsewhere. Some new ones added today include, 15% off at American Eagle Outfitters, 10% off at The Container Store, 15% off at Macy’s and an all-fruit smoothie for $2 at Jamba Juice and Google is actively working with retailers to have customer rewards / loyalty cards integrated with their services as well.

While Google admits that Google Wallet is still new and they are actively exploring new uses for it, the adoption rate has thus far been great with even more retailers such as Chevron, D’Agostino, Faber News Now, Gristedes Supermarkets and Pinkberry working with Google to accept Google Wallet.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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5 years ago

BlackBerry DevCon begins tomorrow, calls Android developers to have their apps ported for the BlackBerry PlayBook

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Tomorrow marks -- among other things -- the start of BlackBerry DevCon, the BlackBerry Developers Convention of the year, and this year they will be doing something a bit different. We all know that the BlackBerry PlayBook will have an Android player, and while we are unsure of when it will release to the public, we are seeing that RIM wants to be prepared with plenty of ported applications. So, if you are an Android developer and happen to be in the San Fransisco area this week, be sure to check out the link below to see what you need to do to have your application ported for PlayBook compatability.

Source: CrackBerry

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5 years ago

Obvious test is obvious: Glass iPhone shatters worse than plastic Galaxy S II

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In an unscientific test performed by unscientific people in a less-than-sterile scientific environment, a glass-bodied phone is surprisingly found to shatter more than a plastic one. Shocking.

Via: @squaretrade
More: The Earth is round

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5 years ago

Droid RAZR teaser site not that much of a tease

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Yep, there it is. The Motorola Droid RAZR. Cause when you tease something, chances are it's not lurking too far behind. And such was the case with that Droid RAZR teaser site, as many an Android snooper is now discovering. Thin. Presumably light. With that carbon-fiber/Kevlar-esque back. We'll get a better look at Tuesday's event.

More: Reveal.Motorola.com

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5 years ago

Worldwide Samsung Galaxy S sales hit 30 million

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Galaxy S II

Samsung has announced that it's sold 30 million Galaxy S phones worldwide since the series launched last April. At least a third of that number consists of sales of Samsung's latest and greatest dual-core smartphone, the Galaxy S II. As we reported last month, sales of that device now top 10 million worldwide.

With the Galaxy S II now available on three of the four major US carriers, that number's only going to increase in the months ahead. Samsung notes that the current figures show one Galaxy S II being sold every second since the device's international launch this Spring, which is pretty crazy.

More big numbers and superlatives can be found in today's full press release, after the jump.

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5 years ago

T-Mobile adds a handful of new no-contract 4G plans

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T-Mobile has announced a few new additions to its pay-as-you-go 4G plans, available beginning today. For $60/month customers will receive unlimited talk, text and web with up to 2 GB data at 4G speeds. If you prefer to take things one day at a time, you'll now have three options: for $3/day, you'll have unlimited talk, text, and web with 200 MB of 4G data, while $2/day will get you unlimited everything, though you'll be stuck at 2G speeds. And for a buck a day, you'll have unlimited text and 10 cents per minute for talk, with no data. Oh, one more thing: available exclusively through Walmart, for $30/month, you'll get unlimited texting and web, with up to 5 GB of data at 4G speeds, and 100 minutes. Commitment-phobes, rejoice!

Source: T-Mobile

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5 years ago

Google IO 2012 announced for April 24-25 in San Francisco

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Finally, Google's given us a date for the 2012 edition of its Google IO developer's conference. April 24-25 is the result, with Moscone West once again the venue.

Google IO, of course, is the conference for all things Google, not just Android. But it's also where we've gotten previews of things to come, panels with the movers and shakers in the Android world, and some great meetings with developers.

No word on registration yet -- but we're willing to bet that it sells out even quicker than last year.

Source: Google Code blog
More: Check out our Google IO 2011 coverage

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5 years ago

Motorola launches teaser site for tomorrow's big announcement

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Chomping at the bit for Motorola and Verizon's big reveal tomorrow afternoon? You're not the only one. Until we finally get to see what all the fuss is about, you can check out Motorola's teaser site at the source link below, which features a countdown to the big news, a nice little mural dedicated to "Faster, Thinner, Stronger, and Smarter", and an all-too-brief promo video. If you're the type to look too deep into things, you'll notice a razor, a bulletproof vest, and the number 42 flash on the screen: RAZR, Kevlar coating, and 4G LTE, perhaps? Or maybe not. We'll all find out together tomorrow at noon, where we'll be reporting live from New York City.

Source: Motorola

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5 years ago

Kyocera Milano review

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Entry-level, a hard keyboard, and an interesting form factor

I've got to hand it to any carrier (and manufacturer) for continuing to make and sell entry-level Android phones. Without them, a whole swath of people would miss out on the coolest mobile OS around and might not get the green fever everyone around here seems to have.

What we have in the Kyocera Milano is a tasty cookie just that: a pretty decent, entry-level Android for the (probably) first-time smartphone owner. If you're a power user and rooter extraordinaire, keep walking. If, however, you're looking to get your first shiny, new smartphone (or know someone who is), dive on deeper with me and we'll sort this whole thing out. 


It's small, brisk for it's size, and has a hard keyboard (great for messaging). It's also about as stock as you can get without going Nexus.


The small screen isn't as sharp as it should be and it's thicker than most über-phones out on the market today.



Sprint and Kyocera have definitely developed a phone for a particular audience, and for that audience, it definitely fits. For everyone else, keep moving right along.

Inside this review

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5 years ago

10 Honeycomb UI features we hope to see in Ice Cream Sandwich for phones

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In short order, Googlers will be on stage announcing Ice Cream Sandwich.  The next version of Android, it's been touted as "the one" that will merge the tablet operating system (Honeycomb) with the phone operating system (Gingerbread), as well as bring "incredible" things according to Larry Page.  We figure a lot of these incredible things will be under the hood, and they should be -- Android still needs some work in key areas, but as users, we're excited about one thing -- the new user interface.

Honeycomb does a lot of things right, and we would love to see some of those things kept and ported over to phones.  Everyone has their own list, but we're going to share ours.  Read on past the break!

Ice Cream Sandwich forums | Nexus Prime forums | rumored device forums

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