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5 years ago

Verizon prepping more markets for LTE


Your city miss out on Verizon's recent LTE push? No worries, as Big Red's getting ready to throw the switch on more come June 16. And the lucky locations are:

  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Flint, Grand Rapids and Lansing, Mich.
  • Dayton and Springfield, Ohio
  • Salt Lake City
  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • Expansion in Oakland, Calif.
  • Fresno, Calif.
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Erie, Harrisburg and State College, Penn.
  • Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Fort Wayne-Indianapolis
  • Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Sioux Falls, S.D.

So for all you with a Droid Charge or HTC ThunderBolt, get ready for some fast, fast data. And with about three weeks to go before the big day, there's plenty of time to pick up a spare battery -- or two. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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5 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 shows off keyboard dock, Transformer gets jealous


Youtube link for mobile viewing

I know we just told you about Logitech's new line of tablet accessories and Phil just made it known that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 should have been what Honeycomb launched on, so this next bit of news looks to enforce the latter and outdo the former.

On video we have a short clip of a Tab 10.1 docked into a Samsung-branded keyboard dock, which looks to be made specifically for the 10.1. Not much is shown in terms of functionality, but you can notice there's no trackpad and there is a 3.5mm headphone jack. Other than that, the video is a lot of comparing the Tab to the size of a laptop, walking around, and saying things in a language I don't understand.

I, for one, am excited about a first-party option in the keyboard dock department. What does this mean for the Asus Transformer, though? For now, it remains the undisputed king of tablets with docks. Perhaps a battle is brewing.

How's this sit with anyone else? Is this enough to set your sights on the Tab 10.1, especially over the Transformer? We're curious, so let us know.

Source: TabletD; Thanks Will Hicks!

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5 years ago

Motorola Droid X project in the works -- is it Gingerbread?


Members of Motorola's Owner User Groups who have a Droid X are getting invitations to participate in a new and (cough) confidential project.  While the invitation doesn't come right out and say it, when you sign up you get a little more information about a May 2011 soak (a fancy term for beta testing), and everyone seems pretty sure it's going to be Gingerbread.  This would make sense, as we're under the impression that Gingerbread is ready to go, and we've been expecting it the past few Fridays

If this project follows along with the timeline of previous projects, expect some sort of OS update in about a week.  If we're lucky, expect it to be Gingerbread.

Source: Android Central forumsThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

HTC Evo 3D to be $200 on contract at Radio Shack, $99 with trade in incentive


While the release date for the HTC Evo 3D is still up in the air, we know the pricing that Radio Shack will have thanks to a Radio Shack promo leaked to Good and Evo.  Off contract pricing is an affordable (comparably) $500, and with a new two-year agreement the Evo 3D will cost you $200 -- unless you're trading in your Evo 4G or Evo Shift 4G, which nets you an additional $100 off.  Yes, that means if you walk into a Radio Shack on the day it's released, and hand them your Evo or Shift, you can walk out with one of the years hottest new Androids for a measly $100 if you qualify.

Kind of makes it hard to say no, doesn't it?

Source: Good and Evo

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5 years ago

HTC Merge to hit U.S. Cellular May 31


The HTC Merge will be available for U.S. Cellular customers on May 31, according to internal documents leaked in the Android Central forums.  The phone should cost $249.99 with a new agreement, and before the $100 mail in rebate.  We've been closely following the Merge since we first laid eyes and hands on it way back in October of last year, and it's a great phone that should have seen the light of day much sooner than it did.  Ask anyone using a G2 or an Evo Shift, they'll agree. 

While U.S. Cellular's high-end Android line-up is slightly behind the curve when compared to the "big four", the Merge will join the Desire and Mesmerize to offer customers a few great choices.  No word if the Merge will be available on pre-paid plans, but since the Desire and Mesmerize aren't, we don't expect it.  So, what say you U.S.Cell subscribers?  Anyone plan on picking up one of these?  Sound off!

Source: Android Central forums

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5 years ago

ROM Announcement: Reborn ROM for the LG Optimus S


Once again our resident LG Optimus S expert has cooked up some goodness for the little powerhouse from LG and Sprint.  Using parts of his previous work, and a mind-melding technique with a few other Optimus hackers that took weeks and many six packs to perfect, Nick7 brings you the Reborn ROM.

Built off the original VD sources, Reborn ROM brings great performance and a nice, new visual style that sets it apart from the rest of the crowd.  Think a little bit Hero, a little bit MyTouch 3G, and a whole lot of overclocked kernel and you have the right idea.

Ladies and gents, this is why hackers love Android.  We're just glad that they take the time to share with us all.  For more information, visit the Reborn ROM thread in the Android Central forums.

Thanks go out to Nick7 for his hard work!

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5 years ago

HTC Flyer now available at Best Buy


Quick reminder: The HTC Flyer is now available exclusively at Best Buy, both in stores and online. It's the Wifi-only version we looked at yesterday, and it will run you $500 (with an additional $80 for the Scribe digital pen). It's 7 inches, it's Gingerbread-flavored, and it's rocking Sense. An interesting package indeed. Sound off below when you've finally gotten your hands on one.

Source: Best Buy

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5 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for May 21, 2011



Apps, apps and more apps! It's an appapalooza! And appstravaganza! It's appstronomical! OK. We'll quit while we're behind. But we're back with another week's worth of app picks, so slide on past the break and see what we've chosen this week.

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review (Google IO special edition)



There's kind of no easy way to say this without insulting one of the year's most important pieces of Android tech, so we're just going to come out and say it:

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 is what Android 3.0 Honeycomb should have launched on.

There. We said it. But it's true. As important as the Motorola Xoom was (and is) to Android and Honeycomb tablets as platforms, it left a bit to be desired in the design department. And so it's almost fitting that Samsung, the company that brought us the 7-inch Galaxy Tab last fall -- basically an oversized Froyo smartphone -- is about to launch a little slice of sexy in the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

But the story's not that simple, is it? Join us after the break as we break down the special edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 handed out at Google IO.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Specs | Galaxy Tab 10.1 ForumsHow to root the Galaxy Tab 10.1

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5 years ago

Android Market's new movie rental service blocked from rooted devices


We can't make this up people.  According to Google, who gets to make the rules since it's their service, rooted devices are not supported by the Android Markets new movie rental service "due to requirements related to copyright protection".  You'll even see a specific error message when you attempt to try -- "Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)". 

So now people who root their phones, whether to get rid of the crap "open" that's forced down their throats, or to have a current version of Android, are punished and lumped in with folks who steal movies.  Nice move, Google.  That makes me want to buy more of your products and use more of your services, so I can be treated like a criminal just because I'm smart enough to get rid of CityID, or want a safe version of Android on my phone.  And of course, I'd much rather steal movies streamed with a poor bitrate at a low resolution to my phone than use Google to search out any of the thousands of places where I could steal them using my computer. Facepalm.

Of course, the Android community will find a way around this.  I already have some ideas, and I'm sure others will, too.  But we shouldn't have to.  And once we do, I'll download one (and only one) movie from the Market for the satisfaction of defeating this stupid move by Google, then be sure to never use the service again.  Redbox doesn't care if I want to run a custom ROM on my phone, so they'll get my $4.00.

Source: Android Market supportThanks, Joshua!

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5 years ago

HTC Flyer video hands-on (Wifi-only version)


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In this brave new world of dual-core, 10.1-inch, Android 3.0 tablets, is there room for a new 7-incher that's not running Honeycomb? HTC certainly thinks so with the HTC Flyer. But ever since we first saw the Flyer at Mobile World Congress in February 2011, it was evident HTC wasn't just bringing the smartphone version of Android to a 7-inch device. It's done more than that, with the usual flair and style that you'd expect.

That's not to say the Flyer's not familiar -- we've used 7-inch Android tablets before. But with the brand-new version of HTC Sense -- which is as beautiful as ever -- and the addition (if a little niche) of a stylus and some cool on-screen note-taking features, the Flyer could well carve out a little spot in the tablet market.

It's not as thin as, say, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but it's got HTC's outstanding unibody construction, and design flares that could only come from HTC. It's not a dual-core device, but it is HTC's first foray into a 1.5GHz processor, handy for pushing the 600x1024 resolution. And a full gigabyte of RAM should prove to be more than enough.

Check out our initial hands-on above of the Wifi-only version of the Flyer, available exclusively at Best Buy for $499 on May 22.

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5 years ago

Riptide GP now available on Tegra 2 devices


Just a quick heads up that Riptide GP -- one of the coolest Tegra 2-optimized games we've had the pleasure of playing -- is now available in the Android Market. It's a sort of personal watercraft racing game, with stunning graphics and excellent gameplay. As we said in our review, it's almost too good.

Riptide GP is $6.99 in the Android Market. Download links are after the break.

Via Android Central Forums

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5 years ago

Changing LCD density turns Honeycomb into Gingerbread


Wanna see a neat, but mostly useless trick?  Of course you do!  Grab your rooted Honeycomb tablet and change the screen density past 170 and reboot.  You'll be faced with what appears to be the stock Gingerbread launcher.  Change it back below 160 and reboot again to revert all changes.

While it's kind of cool to see things like this, we're not too surprised.  Back in January when the Honeycomb SDK preview was released, we found that fiddling with the screen settings and resolution did just about the same thing (pictured above).  But I digress -- it's cool in a geeky sort of way and we love cool and geeky.  So hit the break to see a video of it in action on a rooted Dell Streak 7 running a Honeycomb emulator port.

Source: Graffix0214's YouTube channel via Pocketables

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