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5 years ago

HTC Sense 3.0 camera with panorama setting extracted, ready to port


One feature from the upcoming HTC Sense 3.0 that we're drooling over is that sweet “panorama” camera setting, with the ability to take sweeping landscape photos in a single shot. Well, if you have an HTC device and are feeling a little adventerous this afternoon, head on over to XDA, where forum member francois.d.dillinger has extracted the camera app from Sense 3.0 and put it into a nice little flashable file. Some caveats: you must be rooted (duh), and you must be running a ROM with Sense framework (such as HTC Sense or MySense). In addition to the panorama setting, you'll have the option to shoot video in 1080p, though you'll need the hardware to support it. 

The developer says that it's confirmed to work on the EVO and myTouch 4G,  but makes no promises for other HTC devices and warns that as of right now, the .apk is still pretty unstable. If you're unclear about any of this, we suggest you stay away. Hit the source link for the download and let us know when you've given it a whirl.

Source: XDA Developers

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5 years ago

Best Buy confirms the Wifi-only HTC Flyer doesn't come with stylus


Pen will be sold separately, for $79.99

It's confirmed, folks. The Wifi-only version of the HTC Flyer, which goes on sale May 22 exclusively at Best Buy for $499, will not come equipped with the stylus that enables some of the more unique features on the 7-inch Froyo tablet. Instead, you'll have to buy it separately, for $79.99 (which confirms our previous story).

Yeah, doesn't make a lot of Sense to us, either. But the good news is it's not integral to the Flyer being a functional tablet -- but it sure does make it cooler.

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5 years ago

Droid X2 initial review


Watch our Droid X2 video hands-on


Behold, the new Motorola Droid X2, nearly the same as the original Motorola Droid X. Really. OK, mostly. Quite a bit, actually. That's not to say it's not better, because it most definitely is. And that's not to say it's boring, because it most definitely is not.

The original Droid X (read our full review) is still one of our favorites of the past year. And Verizon has shown a penchant for not wanting to upset the apple cart by radically changing a successful phone -- see the Droid 2 and Incredible 2 as previous examples of that strategy. Will that be enough for you to pull the trigger on a new DX2? Let's discuss our initial thoughts after the break.

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5 years ago

Google Maps updated for mobile browsers


Have you ever tried accessing Google Maps from your mobile browser? If so, you no doubt realized that it didn't exactly give you the desired results -- being that it allowed you to actually use Google Maps. Instead, it detected your mobile browser and then offered up a mobile app link so that you may download the Google Maps application. Not exactly ideal, but it worked for most users.

Google has looked at the numbers behind all this, and it was revealed a while ago that 40 percent of their Google Maps traffic actually comes to them from mobile devices. With that in mind, Google has now changed how Google Maps works in mobile browsers. From here on out, when visiting on your device you will be given a much access to Google Maps as it was meant to be, allowing you to:

  • See your current location
  • Search for what’s nearby with suggest and auto complete
  • Have clickable icons of popular businesses and transit stations
  • Get driving, transit, biking, and walking directions
  • Turn on satellite, transit, traffic, biking, and other layers
  • View Place pages with photos, ratings, hours, and more
  • When signed into your Google account, access your starred locations and My Maps

We're certain many of you out there will still be using the dedicated Google Maps application but having choice in the matter is the best thing here. Instead of firing up the app next time, try it in browser and see how well it works for you.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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5 years ago

TweetComb and Newsr now free in the Android Market; refunds offered to existing customers


If you have an Android tablet, you've no doubt checked out TweetComb and Newsr by now. (If not, you really should.) We've done reviews for both (hit the links above) and walked away pleasantly surprised with them even during the beta stages of the applications.

One suggestion we did make was to make the apps free and get them into the hands of as many users as possible and now, the developer behind both apps; Chris Stewart has done just that. Yes, TweetComb and Newsr are both now available as free apps in the Android Market but the great news doesn't stop there. If you've previously purchased either app, Chris is offering refunds to existing customers, all you need to do is reach out and let him know you wish to be refunded.

Source: @chrisstewart

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5 years ago

Droid X2 initial hands-on [video]


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Here it is, folks. The Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon. Fresh out of the box. So there's nothing spectacular in that respect -- it's your typical Verizon/Motorola retail deal, with the microUSB cable and charger, and that's it.

As for the phone, as we've said before, and we'll say again once or twice before all is said and done, this isn't a big departure from the original Droid X. It's a step up, and some good steps at that. But if you're looking for some gigantic leap into the future, you might be left wanting.

Check out the video above, where we take our first look at the Droid X2 and put it up side by side with the original Droid X, and we'll be back with more soonest.

Droid X2 SpecsDroid X2 ForumsDroid X2 Accessories

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5 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 58


Audio-only stream below

Phil and the gang are back! Join us as we recap Google IO 2011, talk about the new phones and tablets that have crossed our desk, and Mickey goes on a bit of a rant about LTE and faux-gee. You don't want to miss this.

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5 years ago

EVO 3D review by an Android Central reader


Fun fact about being a smartphone blogger -- we get to see the latest and greatest toys pretty early. But we're not the only ones. Sometimes you all get your hands on a phone before it's released, too. And such is the case with Android Central Forums member slag02, who recently came across the HTC EVO 3D at the Futurallia conference in Kansas City and wrote up his thoughts for us all. His takeaway?

All in all - the EVO 3D is what the EVO should have been at launch ( except the 3d part) -- and a Great device if you're looking for something new. It will be hands-down the best phone on Sprint when its released.

We're expecting (or at least hoping pretty hard) for a launch date announcement any day now. But if you're still deciding whether to plop down $50 for a preorder, whether at Best Buy or Radio Shack, check out slag02's review at the link below and see if it doesn't sway you.

Source: Android Central Forums. Thanks, Christopher!

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5 years ago

Swiftkey releases new smartphone keyboard beta, opens up VIP access for the day


The folks at Swiftkey just released a new beta keyboard this morning, with the following improvements:

  • Redesigned installer process
  • Redesigned settings menu
  • SwiftKey shortcut launcher on keyboard
  • New typing styles: Precise (identical to Classic), Rapid (similar to Rapidfire)
  • (Note: you can reproduce "Manual" with "Space will always insert a space" in advanced)
  • Text handling improvements (fixed doubledouble bug, etc. + general stability improvements)
  • Improved dark theme

Not in on Swiftkey's VIP program, where you can get the latest releases before everybody else? Not to worry, as they've opened up access for everybody today. Just hit the link below and use promo code #swiftkeyFRIDAY. Again, that's for use today only, so get it done.

Source: Swiftkey; More: Swiftkey VIP access

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5 years ago

Epic 4G Gingerbread update moving along nicely -- EE19 is now in the works


It's not just the international versions of the Samsung Galaxy S phones that have some serious Gingerbread cooking -- Samsung and Sprint are hard at work getting a Gingerbread build for the Epic 4G ready for roll-out.  Case in point -- Android Central forums member qbking77 shows us a link to the latest entry in the testing process, dated May 19, at Sprint's website.  Of course we'd all be more excited if we had a ROM to download, but it's nice seeing a new one in the works.  It's Android 2.3.3, and has all the bells and whistles to go along with it.

If you're still rocking the Epic 4G, don't fret.  You haven't been forgotten.

Source: Sprint Epic EE19.rdf via Android Central forums

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5 years ago

HTC EVO 3D 'rough launch date' June 4?


The question on the tip of many a tongue of late is "When will the HTC EVO 3D be released?" We might now have an answer. Tucked deep inside some forums is the screen shot you see above, which shows "Rough launch date is June 4th." We can't vouch for the source, and we all know how release dates are subject to change, but this is one of the first times we've seen even a rough date put to paper, so there's that.

Will it pan out?  Will we soon have an announcement for the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint? News at 11.

Update: And we're already being told it's not going to be June 4, as it's not in Radio Shack's ads for that period. Hey, it's a "rough" date, right?

Source: XDA Developers; via Android Central Forums

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5 years ago

Copy and paste, Droid X2 buyers [from the forums]


As we get settled in for the triumphant return of the Android Central podcast later tonight - where we'll be giving away a Sonos System we figured you all would like something to do in the meantime so, make sure you jump on into the Android Central forums and check out some of the threads below:

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

Canadian Nexus S owners, grab your 2.3.4 update


Been waiting for Android 2.3.4 for your Samsung Nexus S i9020A?  Well wait no more -- here's the OTA link location and manual update instructions.  This link comes direct from Google, and only works on stock devices.  To install it:

  • Grab the OTA package here
  • Rename it to This isn't needed for the Nexus S bootloader, but it makes things easy.
  • Copy it over to the internal storage on your Nexus S.
  • Power off, then hold volume up and power to reboot to the bootloader.
  • Using the volume key to navigate, select recovery, then use the power button to confirm
  • When you see the warning triangle and arrow, hold the power button and tap volume up. You'll see a menu.
  • From the menu, select "apply update from /sdcard", and choose from the list.
  • Let it do its thing and update your system, radio, and other partitions. When finished, choose "reboot system now"
  • Enjoy!

Now get spruced up and try Gtalk video chat with someone!

Source link via XDAThanks, Frank!

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5 years ago

Best Buy's Wifi-only HTC Flyer tablet available May 22


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Best Buy just announced that the Wifi-only version of the HTC Flyer Android tablet will be available May 22. It's been available for preorder for $499. But starting Sunday, you'll finally get it in your hot little hands. It'll be available at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores, as well as at Best

As for the Flyer itself? It's the same as what we've seen several times before, with the new version of HTC Sense -- and without cellular data. And we're OK with that. Check out our hands-on with the Wifi-only version above.

More: Best Buy

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5 years ago

Xperia Play already shipping to some customers


Those of you who placed a pre-order for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play might want to keep an eye on your email in-boxes. Word is some folks have been getting their shipping and tracking information sent to them indicating their devices should be arriving at their doors before the actual ship date of May 25. Anyone else get a notification? If so, drop us a comment and let us know.

Thanks, for sending this in Braden!

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