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2 years ago

Droid 2 Global and Droid Pro Android 2.3 updates pushing now

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Verizon is officially pushing the Android 2.3 updates out to the Droid Pro and the Droid 2 Global over-the-air today.  Besides the features you would expect from Gingerbread, the Droid 2 Global update includes the following fixes and enhancements:

  • Improvements in stability prevent lockups, resets and force
  • close errors.
  • Bluetooth devices will now select the correct audio recording level for optimal voice capture and alert you when your audio level is too low.
  • Improved battery life while using Bluetooth.
  • Access My Verizon without any force close errors.
  • Reset Backup Assistant under Manage Applications menu.
  • Enhanced connectivity when roaming in GSM/UMTS networks
  • (Europe and India).
  • Improved battery life during Wifi use.
  • Exchange ActiveSync encryption fails after OTA update.
  • Google Books added
  • Accuweather added
  • Amazon MP3 Store added
  • Blockbuster added
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2 added

Not to be left out in the cold, the Droid Pro also see some much needed fixes and enhancements:

  • Improved contact syncing from multiple email accounts.
  • Improved battery life while using Wifi and/or Bluetooth.
  • Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages.
  • Forward SMS message conversations correctly.
  • Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately.
  • Clock widget updates time correctly.
  • GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets.
  • V CAST Media Manager now comes preloaded.

For more information about the updates, and download and installation instructions, visit the Droid Pro update page and the Droid 2 Global update page.

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2 years ago

Editorial: Adult Android apps aren't really for adults, and boobs will get you hacked [NSFW]

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Recently, I was given the (what I thought would be) amazing task of doing an Android adult app roundup.  I prepared myself with a pre-paid debit card, a clear mind, a 12-pack of Milwaukee's finest and a dark room -- and went on a download spree.  What was supposed to be informative and fun turned out to be a $10 pain in the ass and time spent on the phone with T-Mobile trying to get things undone.

Repeat: Steve Jobs might have joked (or maybe he was serious) that the Android Phone is for Porn, but as we found out, that doesn't mean it's good porn.

This one's about as NSFW as can be, so be warned before you click through.

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2 years ago

Microsoft signs Android licensing deal with Compal

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Microsoft on Sunday -- you know, day press releases are typically sent out -- announced it had reached a patent licensing agreement with Compal over its tablets, phones, e-readers and any other devices using Android or Chrome. Microsoft will receive royalties, though neither company said how much cash is changing hands.

It's just the latest in licensing deals for Microsoft, including Quanta, Samsung, Acer and Viewsonic and HTC, among others.

Source: Microsoft

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2 years ago

Droid RAZR page now live at DroidDoes website

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The Motorola Droid RAZR Does.  We know it does, because Verizon has added it to the DroidDoes website to get things ready for pre-sale and release.  The page reminds us of the RAZR's Gorilla Glass and Kevlar construction, it's 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, water repellent "nanocoating", slim 7.1mm profile and 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display, and leaves everyone a little bit more excited about seeing one in person -- exactly what marketing should do.

Even though Verizon and Motorola have told us pretty much everything there is to know about the RAZR already, we still like seeing reminders that it's close -- as in pre-orders in four days style close.  Check it out at the source link.

Source: DroidDoesThanks, Alec!

Droid RAZR Forums | Droid RAZR Specs | Droid RAZR Gallery

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2 years ago

Motorola RAZR will have a bootloader unlock solution for international versions

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Possible good news here if you've been eyeing the Motorola RAZR, and live outside the U.S. -- Motorola has confirmed to the folks at Ausdroid that the RAZR will be the first Motorola phone to offer a bootloader unlock solution.  This comes with a "gotcha" though -- carriers have the option to have this removed from the phone's firmware, and Verizon has opted to have it taken out.  I'll give you a moment to curse softly under your breath.

We shouldn't be surprised at Verizon's decision -- the phone is more secure with a secure bootloader.  That point can't be argued.  If we stop and think for a minute though, this means that phones that are almost identical to the Droid RAZR will have factory code from Motorola to unlock the bootloader, ripe for the picking.  Developers have a new avenue to explore, and if you were willing to unlock your bootloader in the first place, you shouldn't balk at a method found by hackers to get it done.  We'd like to see both a secure and unlockable option offered, but we'll take whatever we can get.  Let's keep our fingers crossed that an unlockable version of the RAZR falls into the right hands -- I think it will.

Source: Ausdroid

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2 years ago

Verizon users -- are you getting the Galaxy Nexus? [from the forums]

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A Nexus phone on the Verizon network is a pretty big deal.  Plenty of people never thought it would happen (guilty), as Verizon has the muscle to have a bit more control over their network than most, and the Galaxy Nexus may take a bit of that away.  We're all happy to be mistaken about it though, trust me.  You guys deserve this phone, and have been waiting for this phone since the day everyone realized that Verizon wouldn't be carrying the Nexus One after all.

So now that it's official, how many of you are going to storm the gates and grab one ASAP?  There's other options of course -- the Motorola RAZR looks like a hell of a phone in it's own right, and HTC's Rezound will turn a lot of heads with it's sexy look.  And heaven only knows what's coming around the corner.  We couldn't make an easy decision ourselves in this case. 

It's a lot to think about.  It's also an interesting metric, and we all love interesting metrics.  Take a minute, hit the forums, and tell the world what you plan on doing once the GNex hits the shelves. 

Android Central forums poll: Now that it's official, what are you doing?

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR in Verizon systems, reminds us that it will be awesome

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With all the Galaxy Nexus talk, it's easy to forget that the Motorola Droid RAZR (check out our hands-on) will go up for pre-orders in just a few days.  Verizon hasn't forgotten, and the RAZR is sitting pretty in the equipment infocenter so that everyone at Big Red can be ready to answer your questions about this new Motobeast.  With great specs (dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, Gorilla Glass and Super AMOLED up front while Kevlar adorns the back), and a sleek thin profile, this is the Android phone to get for many of you.  I couldn't blame ya -- it's gorgeous, and it's coming soon.

Thanks, anon!

Droid RAZR Forums | Droid RAZR Specs | Droid RAZR Gallery

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2 years ago

Verizon Nexapoclypse continues: Galaxy Nexus and Rezound on Nov 10 still looking good

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Is anyone tired of seeing the words "Galaxy Nexus on Verizon" yet?  I didn't think so.  We said it was coming.  We now know it's coming.  And here's even more reason to believe that it's coming November 10, just like we heard it would before

While things are always subject to change, the screen you see above should make more than a few happy.  Of course Verizon's still mum on an official date, but as of today, they still have stores and agents preparing for a Nov. 10 launch.  And for those more interested in some HTC hotness?  The HTC Rezound is still on that same Nov 10 track as well. 

That's 20 days and 3 hours (ET) for those keeping score at home.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums | HTC Rezound forums

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Verizon Wireless confirms what we already knew -- Galaxy Nexus coming to Verizon 'later this year'

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Not to say we told you so, but, well, we told you so. And now we have official confirmation of what we've been saying for months -- the Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Samsung Galaxy Nexus is headed to Verizon "later this year", with 4G LTE capability.

So now we can all relax. Hit the jump for the official presser, along with the now-familiar spec list.

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2 years ago

Sprint axes unlimited data for all mobile broadband plans and mobile hotspot

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We already knew that Sprint was killing off unlimited data for the hotspot plan, but today's news makes everything all official.  Starting in November, users with a mobile broadband plan (that would be a tablet, netbook, USB card, connection card or mobile hotspot device) as well as folks using the mobile hotspot plan on their smartphone will no longer have unlimited data.  Depending on your existing plan, you'll be placed in a tier that goes between 3GB and 10GB of data, with a $0.05 per MB overage in-network, and a $0.25 per MB overage while roaming.

Note that this does not affect unlimited data for smartphones.  Your Epic 4G Touch or EVO 3D will still have unlimited data.  It's still a direction we hate to see yet another carrier travel, though.  Resist the temptation Dan.  Don't kill your unlimited smartphone plans.

Source: SprintThanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Which carriers will get the Galaxy Nexus: Our predictions

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Now that we've tackled which phones we think will (or at least should) get updates to Ice Cream Sandwich (along with the slightly more obvious tablet contingent), let's take a loook at which carriers you can expect to use the Galaxy Nexus on. While everybody's been freaking out over where exactly you'll be able to use the Galaxy Nexus, the answer is surprisingly calm and simple.

All of them.

Yes. All of them. And, yes, that's kind of a cop-out answer. But that doesn't make it any less true, though we've not seen any official annoucements. We'll break it down after the, erm, break.

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2 years ago

Root now available for the T-Mobile Galaxy S II

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The T-Mobile Galaxy S II has been rooted, thanks to Samsung releasing the kernel source.  Like most Samsung Android phones (and tablets) there's no trickery involved, you simply flash the new recovery with ODIN and you're able to flash unsigned update packages, like the one that contains the files needed for root.  The process is pretty easy, thanks to no locked bootloaders or rolling back to engineering builds, and we like easy.

You'll need working Windows drivers, and ODIN 1.8.4 or higher, but all the root packages and files are available at the source link, as well as easy instructions to get you on your way.  Goodbye T-Mobile Mall, and hello Root Explorer!  We're sure plenty of hacks will soon follow -- T-Mobile and Android hacking go hand-in-hand.

Source: Rootzwiki. Thanks, Mario!

More discussion in the T-Mobile Galaxy S II forums

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2 years ago

Regarding the pre-emptive PenTile Galaxy Nexus bashing

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Well said, ericsckane. Well said.

(Hat tip to @QuinsDad for the quote)

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2 years ago

Motorola Electrify review

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Another strong phone in US Cellular's lineup

Whether it was bringing the HTC Merge, the Motorola Xoom, or the Optimus Black, US Cellular has always made sure to have some of the best and greatest Android phones for their customers to choose.

They've continued that trend with the Motorola Electrify, their regional version of Sprint's Photon 4G. How does it stack up, though? Not only against US Cellular's other offerings, but just as a phone itself? That's what we've come here to settle.

Jump on in to find out.


Lightweight, pretty thin, and fast. The 4.3-inch qHD display provides plenty of screen real estate to stare at.


Two words: PenTile Matrix. Pixels are (too) easy to see, and that distracts from an otherwise great experience.



US Cellular has nabbed another great Android phone in the Motorola Electrify. It's just as solid and functional as we've come to expect from Motorola, and at $200, the price is definitely right.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile: Apple still hasn't made an iPhone for us, but how about that Amaze 4G camera

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T-Mobile still doesn't have an iPhone, in case you didn't know. (A fact we're perfectly OK with.) But it does have yet another news release explaining why. Apparently Apple won't make one that will work on T-Mobile's 3G and 4G networks. (Never mind that AT&T's apparently trying to call its HSPA+ iPhone 4S a 4G device.)

Anyhoo, TMo's Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, just wants to remind y'all that they do have other devices with faster speeds, bigger screens, "compelling service pricing," more choice, and how about a "more advanced camera on the HTC Amaze 4G." And how about that 4.52-inch Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S II?

It's yet another bizarre news release from the carrier whining about not having the iPhone (What? That's what it is.) while trumpeting Android. While we're perfect happy about the latter, we could do without seeing Android lumped in with the former, ya know?

Check out the full missive after the break.

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