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3 years ago

Target Mobile (aka Radio Shack) plans Verizon HTC Rhyme presale for Sept. 21, release Sept. 22

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If there was ever much doubt that the HTC Bliss is the HTC Rhyme (there wasn't) and that it's coming to Verizon (again, none) and that we might well see it Tuesday morning at an HTC event in New York City (we'll be there, by the way), well, that ends tonight.

A tipster just hit us up with Target Mobile's plans for the charming device (see what we did there?), and they are as follows: Presales start Wednesday, Sept. 21, with the phone being available Sept. 22. Target Mobile (aka Radio Shack) has the exclusive on a Plum-colored version, it seems, and it looks like it'll be available a week or so later -- at least preorders apparently will continue through next week.

As for specs? They're looking fairly official now as a 3.7-inch WVGA (480x800) display, Android 2.3, 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera and a light-up charm that will alert you to incoming or missed calls, or text messages. Judging from the picture, it looks like it plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack, and so it might or might not be Bluetooth-enabled. If it's the latter, it's a decidedly low-tech solution to a problem most people don't really have -- it's why all these Bluetooth watches and the like are still a niche product.

The screen also tells of two other "exclusive in-box accessories that are designe to enhance user experience." We gather one are the headphones you see here, which could well be of Beats Audio nature, though camps have been divided on that one. The other may be that dock, which showed up in one of the earlierst leaks. Or there could be something else.

Anyhoo, we should find out more in just a few short hours.

Thanks, R!

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3 years ago

Android 2.3.4 arrives for the HTC Sensation on O2

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If you have an HTC Sensation on O2 in the UK, you've likely been wondering what the heck has been taking them so long to push out the Android 2.3.4 update. Truth is, we don't know. But, they've finally managed to get it together and make it available for download.

Customers of O2 started reporting the update being available as of early this morning and now it seems a full roll out is happening. Go ahead and check for system updates, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find it there waiting for you.

Source: O2; Thanks, Elliot!

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3 years ago

Samsung seeking to block sales of upcoming iPhone in Korea

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What the world needs now is more litigation to stifle technology innovation, and Samsung looks determined to follow Apple's lead and try to make it happen.  In an interview with the Korea Times, and unnamed senior executive from Samsung Electronics has said that Samsung is preparing to attempt to block all sales of the upcoming iPhone in Korea.  He also gives a bit of insight into the mind of Samsung corporate, telling us that Samsung was willing to let the "copycat" argument go so that the relationship with Apple (who uses Samsung parts in many of their products) was not put under stress.  Apple's complaint and subsuquent injunction against Samsung at IFA in Germany, which caused the highly anticipated 7.7 inch variant of the Galaxy Tab to be pulled from the show, created a turning point of sorts, where Samsung has filed against Apple for technology patents in Australia

In Korea, Samsung is preparing to say that unless Apple drops mobile telecommunication functions from it's iPhone, it would be impossible for it not to infringe on Samsung's mobile patents.  The patents in question, as well as the total number, were not identified.  As a result, Samsung wants all sales of the new iPhone blocked in Korea.

It saddens me to see Samsung follow this path.  Competition is healthy for the entire mobile eco-system, and having an "eye for an eye" attitude only hurts the consumer.  Unfortunateley, Apple's current strategy of domination through lawsuits looks like it may have awoken a sleeping giant -- Samsung is one of the largest electronic manufacturing compaines in the world, and likely holds patents that many other manufacturers are infringing upon, as does Motorola (Nokia flashback, anyone?).  In the end, someone with a lot of money will be giving a little of it to someone else with a lot of money, but nobody really wins in these types of war games.

Source: Korea Times (Korean)

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3 years ago

Samsung's new Touchwiz makes adding items to the home screen a breeze

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A big complaint I've had about Android for some time now regards adding items to the home screen. The basic way of doing things is you scroll through a text list, pick something from that list and plop it onto whatever home screen you're currently on. That requires your brain to remember what's already on the home screen, and to know what the new item actually looks like. If it's an icon, that's easy enough. If it's a widget, well, you get what size it is (1x1, 2x2, etc.), but that's it.

Samsung's done us a solid in the latest version of Touchwiz, as seen on the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. It's basically taken the Honeycomb way of doing things and scalled it down for the smaller screen. You can see the full home screen (and even flip though them) as well as see the widget or shortcut you're looking to add.

It's a small but ingenious change. Kudos, Samsung.

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3 years ago

Getting your apps ready for Ice Cream Sandwich [developers]

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With the release of Ice Cream Sandwich looming on the horizon, Android lead tech writer Scott Main has taken some time to talk to developers about how to get Honeycomb-only apps ready for the smaller screen.  When ICS is released, and going forward from that point, the Android code for phones and tablets will be the same, just displayed differently based on screen size.  Because of the different devices available, tools and methods were built into Android to handle how things are shown to the user.   Using fragments and the action bar, apps can be built that show information in one big view, or split into separate screens for devices with lower resolutions.

Scott goes over all the tecnical aspects well at the Android Developers blog (see the source link below), and gives developers a lot of ideason how to get started when the ICS SDK finally arrives.  What you can do right now if you've developed and app for SDK 11 or higher is make sure it's only available for large screen devices in the Android Market, at least until you can implement some of the new changes coming with ICS.  Now all that's missing is the update, which should be pretty soon we think.

Source: Android Developers

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch gets the full root treatment

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If you went out and picked up a Samsung Epic 4G Touch and have plans to hack at it, here's your starting point -- zedomax at XDA has worked out a root method for the new handset, and has full details and downloads to get you on your way.  You'll need to have Samsung Kies and Odin 3 installed and running (boo!), which means this is Windows only for now, but long-time users of Samsung's Android offerings should be used to those requirements.  There's also a note that things are still in the "experimental" stage, so caveat emptor and all that.

Warnings aside, early reports seem to be positive, so if you're ready to get things rolling head to the source link, read the directions and watch the videos, grab the files, and give it a go!

Source: XDA-Developers. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

More discussion in the Epic 4G Touch forums

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3 years ago

Early CyanogenMod 7 test build now available for LG Optimus 3D and Thrill 4G

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Owners of LG's Optimus 3D (and the AT&T variant, the Thrill 4G) wanting to try some new, exotic software will welcome today's release of an early version of popular custom firmware CyanogenMod by developer Ricardo Cerquiera.

The "self-KANG" build is based on CyanogenMod 7.1 and Android 2.3.5, giving Optimus 3D owners their first taste of Gingerbread. A word of warning though -- it's still a very early version, so bugs are to be expected, along with some missing functionality. Most notably, HDMI mirroring isn't working in this build, and there's a bug with wireless tethering which means you'll need to reboot the phone to turn it off. Also, 3D stills cannot be taken or viewed (although existing 3D videos work just fine), and we found the camera to be particularly prone to crashing.

Like we said, it's an early pre-beta build. We were impressed with the sheer speed that resulted from the combination of CM7 and the Optimus 3D's beastly OMAP4 CPU, though. And despite the aforementioned camera wonkiness, we haven't experienced any real stability issues in our first day of using this ROM.

Fearless testers can find download and installation instructions at the source link. Obviously, you'll need to a rooted Optimus 3D and a fair bit of technical know-how before you begin.

Source: RootzWiki

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3 years ago

Epic 4G Touch gets Touchstone mod

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Getting a Touchstone mod is a sort of smartphone rite of passage. If someone's going to take enough time and effort to hack Palm's inductive charger onto the phone, it's a sure sign it's a winner. We've previously seen it on the Epic 4G and EVO 4G, and such is the case with the Epic 4G Touch. Android Central Forums member darrenf has modded his E4GT to work with the Touchstone.

A couple of caveats, of course. This requires some fairly major surgey. And beacuse of the Epic 4G Touch's tight fit, the inductive coil is actually on the outside of the battery cover, so it'll need some cosmetic surgery as well. But, damn it, that looks pretty sweet.

Check out the excellent walkthrough and instructions at the link below.

Source: Epic 4G Touch Fourms

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3 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Tegra Madness giveaways!

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It sure was a big week for contests!  We gave away a bounty of great Tegra 2 powered Android devices of all shapes and sizes, and now it's time to announce the winners.  Thanks everyone for entering, and be on the lookout for more awesome contests here at AndroidCentral.  And now, without further ado, the winners:

A hearty congratulations to each of you, and we'll be getting your prizes out in the next day or two.  We hope you enjoy (and know you will!) the cool Android devices headed your way, and would love to see a picture or two once you get them and have them all set up!  We also want to thank the good folks at Nvidia for making the whole week of Tegra Madness possible.  Shout out your own congratulations in the comments.

 

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3 years ago

Notion Ink CEO 'confirms' Ice Cream Sandwich in Oct., OMAP as reference platform; says Adam will update in Nov.

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The CEO of Notion Ink, Rohan Shravan, has "outed" some more news about the Ice Cream Sandwich release.  Yes, this is the same fellow who told us about Gingerbread a few days in advance last time around (which is why we looked twice).  In a post at the Notion Ink blog about plans to improve the graphics performance of the Adam, Shravan says a couple really interesting things -- Google will be releasing Ice Cream Sandwich in late October, OMAP devices will be the preferred platform (and receive the update before Tegra devices), and the Notion Ink will have the Adam updated by November.

Additionally, the folks at Phone Arena have confirmed with Shravan that Google has already supplied OEMs with Ice Cream Sandwich, and that Notion Ink is not one of the manufacturers to be seeded with an early release of the source code. 

We're still going to be on the lookout for something a bit more official, and none of this news is really surprising -- it has been regurgitated across the Internet for the past few months.  We'll see Ice Cream Sandwich when it's ready, and if that means next month none of us will be complaining.

Source: Notion Ink; via Phone Arena

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3 years ago

Best Buy makes good after customer's already opened Epic 4G Touch gives him the bird

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Android Central Forums member remii picked up his shiny new Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch (hereafter referred to as the SGSIIE4GT for short) at a Best Buy in Riverside, Calif., only to find that it wasn't quite as pristine as you might expect, with the box apparently already opened and the phone's camera having been ... tested. Here's the story in remii's words:

So I walked into Best Buy today to get my Epic 4G Touch, and I go to play with it as the rep finishes my paperwork, and look what I find on it that Best Buy decided to throw in as a bonus!

I was pretty upset. There was another one as well of a random Sprint fixture. Also before I even got the phone in my hand the reps were handing the phone off to each other to check it out. They didn't even know anything about it nor of its release this morning.

... I have to admit the camera quality is pretty nice, lol. But, yeah, I spoke to their manager and he just made excuses. "When we get in new devices the techs like to open them up and explore them a bit" was his reasoning. I then asked why would there be such a vulgar photo on my phone then and he went on to say that they should have deleted it before it was sold. Awesome.

We're willing to bet that's not official Best Buy policy (or anyone else's, for that matter). And while we'd agree that the photos left on the phone aren't all that offensive, but that's not really the point. If we're buying a brand-new phone, we'd prefer that store reps not "play" with it first, ya know? There's probably no need to keep things as sterile as to clearly open the box in plain sight of God and the customer, but just don't "play" with what we're about to buy, m'kay?

As for remii and his almost-new SGSIIE4GT? Hit the break to see how things turned out.

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3 years ago

Reminder: Enter to win a Motorola Atrix 4G from Nvidia and Android Central [contest]

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The Motorola Atrix 4G is one of the first Android "superphones" to use the Tegra 2 chip, as well as the first dual-core device to hit AT&T here in the states.  To go with the performance of that Tegra CPU, Motorola threw in a full Gigabyte of RAM, and a 4-inch qHD display.  When we first looked at it back in March, we knew the phone had huge potential, and once Google and Motorola got together and sent some tasty Gingerbread out to the Atrix, it became one of the best phones available for power users.  With the latest software, this thing is a beast.  And you still have a chance to win one of your own in Nvidia and Android Central's Tegra Madness giveaway!

It's easy, just hit the forums and drop a note in the contest thread, and you're entered.  Each contest runs for 24 hours (midnight to midnight, Eastern Time), and we'll pick the winner at random, then announce them all in one big blog post next Sunday (Sep. 18).  Good luck to all, and be sure to enter all week!

Win a Motorola Atrix

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3 years ago

The top Epic 4G Touch forums

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So you've got your Sprint Epic 4G Touch, eh? Or maybe you're still looking. Either way, we've got everything you need to know in our Epic 4G Touch Forums. Here are but a few of the top threads:

And that's just to get things started. Be sure to stop by!

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3 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Waze and Android Central device giveaways

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A couple weeks back the good folks at Waze got together with us and had a blow-out of a contest.  The huge list of prizes -- tablets, and the best smartphones on the planet -- got everyone excited, and now it's time for seven folks to get even more excited, as we present the winners.  Playing was fun for all, and yours truly discovered a great app with Waze for Android, but the following folks get the added pleasure of some new Android gear to add to their experience:

Congrats ladies and gents!  The folks at Waze will be in touch shortly, via the contact information you provided through the app.  They just shared the winners with us so we could congratulate you ourselves.  Have fun with your new Android devices, and be sure to use 'em to munch some Androids while you're out and about.  Let's all wish them well in the comments guys.  And once again, thanks to Waze for the awesome contest!

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3 years ago

Samsung Illusion for Verizon appears on Flickr

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Although the Samsung Illusion name has been tossed around before on some road maps there was never an official announcement made for the device. Now, thanks to a little slip up from Samsung on Flickr, we're getting a good look at a 3G-only device, but not much else. Specs seem to still be missing for the information but those will come eventually. What we do know though, is that the device is eco-friendly (which we've also seen in the Samsung Replenish):

Samsung mobile phones have been awarded a "green" certificate by one of the most reliable establishment in the US. Samsung announced on September 15 that its two mobile phone models including Ever Green phone (SGH-A667) and Illusion phone (SCH-I110) won a certificate of SPC (Sustainable Product Certification) by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in the US, an independent product safety certification organization, expanding its "green" phone line-up into three which also include Replenish (SPH-M580).

Yeah, we know -- not much to go on, but it's interesting that's for sure. What do you all think? A low powered budget device running an 800MHz processor or does it have something a little more beefier under the hood?

Source: Flickr; via: Electronista

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