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3 years ago

HTC releases Eclair source for Evo 4G

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If you have a hankering for some Evo 4G Eclair source code (yeah, that's Android 2.1) for whatever reason, HTC's put it up on its dev site. Chances are most of us don't need this. But if you're in the minority, head on over and get your download on. [HTC Developer Center]

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3 years ago

Man hospitalized after Droid 2 screen explodes in his ear

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Imagine, if you will, walking down the road talking on your Droid 2 when all of a sudden you hear a loud pop in your ear and the next thing you know your ear is bleeding. Not a nice thought by any means but that's exactly what happened to Aron Embry from North Texas. As noted in the news report Aaron, was taken to the hospital for assessment where doctors determined that no hearing loss had taken place but four stiches were indeed needed due to the lacerations from the glass. Motorola has since issued a statement regarding the incident:

"Motorola's priority is, and always has been the safety of our customers, and all Motorola products are designed, manufactured and tested to meet or exceed international and local standards for consumer safety. We will reach out to the consumer and investigate this thoroughly."

Now, despite Aaron having had this happen while using a Droid 2 we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that instances like this have actually become more occasional; it's not just with the Droid 2. Please, no comments about explosive Android sales folks, that's just bad. You may like to know though, the phone actually still works. You can check out the full video of the news report at the source link. Thanks SooperDooper! [WFAA]

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3 years ago

New version of Android Market brings a new tab to apps

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Looks like a new version of the Android Market is being silently pushed out to devices running Froyo, complete with a new tab to find related applications.  Yours may say "Similar" as it does on the Droid X in the shot to the left, or it may say "Related" as it does on the Evo 4G to the right.  For all intents and purposes, it appears to be the same thing with a different label.

While we can't see behind the curtain, it's pretty certain that there's more on the way, either with Gingerbread or as an addition to existing versions of Android. (And, yes, this looks like what we saw in that Gingerbread video earlier today.)

Anyone else out there seeing Market changes?  Sing out in the forums! Thanks, Andy, Javier, and Josh for the tips!

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3 years ago

Flash Player 10.1.105.7 now available in the Android Market (just bugfixes)

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If you've got Flash installed on your device you'll want to make sure you grab the latest update Adobe has just rolled out. v10.1.105.7 is now showing as available in the Android Market. We'd love to tell you from the changelog what, exactly, is new but since Adobe neglected to include one we were forced to ask them ourselves. Upon doing so we can now confirm that it's just a bug-fix release.

That all said, we'll use this space to make a plea to Android developers out there. If you update your app in the Market place and it's just bug fixes, let us know it's just bug fixes. Leaving your change log unchanged when changes have clearly been made is kind of frustrating. Even if it's just big fixes we'd like to know. It really is better to just say "bug fixes" than nothing at all. Rant over, hit the break for the latest Flash download.

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3 years ago

SE Malaysia's Android-on-wheels ad campaign

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In what's probably the best idea ever -- EVER! -- Sony Ericsson Malaysia has a new ad blitz going on to promote its upcoming Xperia event -- complete with a mobilized convoy of RC vehicles with the Android mascot at the wheel.  I'm pretty sure that a group of toy cars tooling around town will grab attention, especially from the kids.  SE is banking on the success of a similar promotion in France for the launch of the X10 mini, but with typical Far East flair device mock-ups have been replaced with the more eye catching green robot we all know and love.

Come on SE, let's see these in the Rose Bowl parade -- those Shriners need some competition.  Hit the source link for Sony Ericsson Malaysia's Facebook gallery.  [Facebook via SoyaCincau] Thanks, HadiP!

 

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3 years ago

Unrevoked: HTC Incredible OTA root fix now available

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Are you an HTC Incredible owner who downloaded the latest OTA update only to find out you no longer could root your device? If so, your patience has finally paid off as the folks over at Unrevoked have updated their root application. The change log, while small has huge benefits for HTC Incredible owners out there. Changes listed for v3.2.2:

  • Fix for latest Incredible OTA.
  • New Mac OS X build infrastructure; let us know if it broke for you.
  • Switched to in-house reimplementation of rageagainstthecage for better reliability.

Still reading this? What are you waiting for? Go get your root on and enjoy. Thanks Steve! [Unrevoked]

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3 years ago

Change your screen's brightness level

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So you've got this snazzy new phone, with some snazzy "Super AMOLED" or "SLCD" or "AMOLED" or "LCD" screen -- or whatever the tech buzzword of the week happens to be.

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3 years ago

Droid 2 Case Review: Seidio Innocase Surface

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The Motorola Droid 2 is a rather durable device on its own, but does that mean that you want to carry it around unprotected, leaving it exposed to the elements and potential damage? If you are someone who likes to protect your device with a slim, stylish, professional looking case, the Seidio Innocase Surface may be a good choice for you. Let's look at it a little more after the break.

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3 years ago

All about market share, fragmentation, and magic [From the forums]

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Seems like everywhere you visit on the Internet you see folks tossing out buzzwords like market share, or talking about how many phones are being activated for each of the popular operating systems.  Even we talk about numbers from time to time.  I'll admit, it's fun to sit back and watch people get their blood boiling and having a great big Internet flame war sometimes, but it's also a good idea to know what is really going on in spite of all the trolling and bickering.

Luckily, milominderbinder has spent his time and energy to gather up all the facts and figures instead of starting trouble in blog comments.  It's almost required reading for anyone with interest in smartphones, and while it carries a bit of Android bias (we don't have a problem with that) it also breaks down the numbers and clears up a good bit of the clouded newsbytes that have been flying around lately.  Do yourself a big favor and have a read, and dive into the discussion.  [Android Central Forums] Thanks, Craig, for the great read and hard work!

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3 years ago

Write an awesome Firefox mobile add-on, win a trip to Barcelona

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This one's for you coders out there: Mozilla's looking for some good add-ons to be built or ported to the mobile version of Firefox (aka Fennec). There are six categories (Sports/games, commerce/shopping, geolocation, productivity, sharing/social, novelty/innovation), and prizes will be awarded in each category. The winners will get $1,000 cash, an Android (or Maemo) phone, a spot on the Firefox for Mobile Start Page, be listed as a featured add-on, and a blog post about your add-on.

And one grand-prize winner will get a free trip to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress in February and a full pass to the event. (And if you're really, really lucky, you'll run into us there.)

So get to coding folks! Full info at the source link. [Mozilla]

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