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3 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible's Gingerbread update support docs now live at Verizon website

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All those rumors you may have heard about the HTC Droid Incredible not getting Gingerbread?  Yeah, forget you heard them (and you didn't hear them here) -- Verizon's support website with the changelog and upgrading instructions went live this morning, and the news is good.  The Dinc will soon be seeing Android 2.3.4 and all the perks that come with the Gingerbread update, as well as a few other fixes:

  • MMS messages will now send correctly
  • Properly save audio files from MMS messages
  • Successfully play audio from MMS messages
  • Internet connection via Bluetooth now enabled
  • VZ Navigator now operates on Wifi
  • Change songs in the music widget by tapping the forward button
  • Camera now functions with an SD card inserted

As for the time frame (be honest, that's what we're all looking for), Verizon doesn't give us one, but the support documents are in place, and Dinc owners everywhere will be checking every 13 seconds -- we'll let you know as soon as we start seeing it.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Stevie B!

Update: Just got word about how the over-the-air rollout's going to take place. The push is scheduled to start Tuesday, Aug. 16, with an initial 10,000 updates. Another 50,000 will get it on Wednesday, and everybody else on Friday.

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3 years ago

Samsung Epic 4G sees yet another Gingerbread leak with build EH06

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The Android 2.3 Gingerbread leaks for the Samsung Epic 4G have been plentiful in the past and now, we have yet another to add to that list. EH06 has now leaked out and while the verdict is still out on how well it runs, the fact it's now available means we should start seeing some feedback soon.  Paul627g brought us the news via our forums from Samfirmware, so if you're looking for the download or have some feedback to share on just how well this build really is, you know what to do. Drop some comments here or in the Android Central forums to help others out with deciding to load it or not.

More info in the Samsung Epic 4G Forums

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3 years ago

Motorola announces the Defy+

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And just like that -- a new Motorola device has been announced. The Motorola Defy+ is of course a follow up to the the original Motorola Defy, keeping it's same rugged water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof design. But this time around it will include:

  • 1GHz processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 3.7-inch high-resolution touch screen display
  • 5MP camera with auto focus, flash and digital zoom
  • 2GB internal; *2GB microSD card in box, expandable up to 32GB

Not a bad follow up device, guess Motorola may have sold enough of the original Defy to justify a second. You can read past the break for the full press release.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Motorola won't have exclusive on Nexus devices, Andy Rubin says

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So what does Google's acquisition of Motorola for $12.5 billion mean for Android's Nexus program? (For those new to the platform, that's Google's yearly "Pure Google" phone -- basically a developer-level phone that's also refined enough for consumer purchase.) Will the next Nexus be from Motorola? Will they all be from Motorola from here on out. (The first two were the Nexus One from HTC and Nexus S from Samsung.)

Android's Andy Rubin did give a little insight into the process, and how it'll work going forward.

Basically, hardware manufacturers bid to become the platform for that year, then work closely with Google for the development of their Nexus device before releasing it late in the year. And that's not going to change, even with this acquisition. One of the biggest points to remember is that the Motorola end will continue to be run as a separate business. That means it'll have to go through the same Nexus process it's presumably been going through, just like everyone else.

Here's what Rubin had to say on the matter:

We have this strategy where we have this Nexus program, and we have this lead device strategy. That strategy has worked quite well to help focus the team.

What we do is that we select each -- around Christmastime of each year -- we select a manufacturer that we work very closely with to release a device in that time frame. That includes, also, semiconductor companies and all of the components that go in the device.

Essentially the teams huddle together in one building. They jointly work in these development efforts -- they go on for nine to 12 months. And ultimately at the holiday season, or right before it, devices pop out that are based on this effort.

We don't expect that to change at all. The acquisition is going to be run as a separate business. They will be part of that bidding process, and part of that lead development process. And obviously Android remains open to other partners to use as they are today.

And, no, he didn't say who's got this year's Nexus phone. Hang in there, folks.

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3 years ago

Motorola Mobility Holdings (MMI) opens up more than 50 percent

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Here's one to watch today, folks. Shares of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) were up more than 50 percent at the start of trading Monday on the news that Google was acquiring it for $40 per share. Makes sense -- Google's gonna buy it at that price, and that's about where it's trading at now. But that's a hell of a jump for any stock, eh?

Source: Google Finance

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3 years ago

Motorola Photon 4G gets its bootloader unlocked courtesy of independent developers

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Android hackers have succeeded in unlocking the Motorola Photon 4G bootloader using the methods they first figured out for the Atrix 4G.  Like most hacks of this nature, you're going to have to read the directions and understand everything before you jump in, and you'll need a bit of working knowledge of the standard fastboot procedures.  Because it's a Motorola phone, you're also going to need to know how to use RSDLite.  The good news is that the instructions are laid out nicely and it shouldn't be much of an issue once you get everything assembled.

The biggest thing to remember here, is that this is for the Photon only.  Don't go trying it on your Droid 3, or you'll likely be in for an ugly surprise.  With all that out of the way, head over to the source link and get started.  Let the games begin!

Source: XDA-DevelopersThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

EVO 4G Gingerbread update now has root via Revolutionary

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If you took the last OTA for the HTC EVO 4G, and have been wanting and waiting for a root method, you're now in luck.  The fellas at Revolutionary have worked out the kinks and the EVO 4G with version 2.16.0001 Hboot is now included on their list of supported devices.  You'll want to read everything carefully and make sure you understand it before you dive in, but it's a fairly easy procedure.  And if you hit a snag, there's always help in the EVO 4G forums.  Happy flashing!

Source: RevolutionaryThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Give your Optimus S a new look from the Theme Team

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If you're rocking an Optimus S on Sprint, and we know a lot of you are, here's one more reason to hack the daylights out of it -- the Theme Team.  Android Central developers jstntp and jondevere have been busy in the kitchen, and some kick ass themes are the result.  There's sure to be something there to suit your tastes, and everything is well organized with easy to follow instructions.  Chances are, if you're running custom software on your Optimus S you already know these guys, and the awesome level of support that comes with.  We're lucky to have them.

The themes are built for the following ROMs:

Enough talk.  Get in to the Optimus forums and give it all a look-see.  You'll be glad you did.

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3 years ago

Root the Motorola Photon 4G, HD dock no longer needed

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Have yourself a Motorola Photon 4G, all ready to root it, but haven't picked up the HD dock yet?  You're in luck!  A new method has been figured out, one that doesn't have a purchase of $100 worth of accessories as a prerequisite.  You will need to be able to use the Android SDK and follow well written instructions, but the method actually looks pretty simple for the end user.  AC member sandtiger has a nicely written tutorial all laid out in the Photon forums, so grab a chair and a beverage, and have a look.

Source: XDA; via Android Central forums. Thanks, sandtiger!

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3 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G to get Gingerbread this month, AT&T says on Twitter

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We were kind of hoping Keith Urban might announce it, but we suppose Twitter will have to do. According to AT&T's official Twitter page, in reply to @Drake_Heth (smile, you're famous now), the Samsung Infuse 4G is set to get its Gingerbread update in the next couple of weeks. And that's nary a moment too soon, with the prospect of the U.S. (finally) getting its Galaxy S II devices at the end of the month, and you bet your bippy they won't be running Froyo.

And we'll save you the trouble of looking it up yourself -- the website referenced in the tweet is AT&T's announcement that all of its phones released in 2011 will receive Gingerbread updates. Along with the Infuse 4G, that includes the HTC Inspire 4G, LG Phoenix, Motorola Atrix 4G, Pantech Crossover and Samsung Captivate.

Source: Twitter; via XDA Developers; Thanks, Colton!

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3 years ago

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3 years ago

Beer Pong HD adds online multiplayer mode, Lloyd hangs out for table of the month

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The fellas at Codeglue have pushed out an update to Beer Pong HD, adding online multiplayer mode, new OpenFeint achievements, and are have our very own Lloyd on their featured table of the month!  Players all over the world can now play against each other on their Android phones, in high resolution with accurate physics.  It might not be quite as fun as real Beer Pong, but it's as close as you'll be able to get and still pass a breathalyzer.  Of course, having Lloyd oversee the festivities is icing on the cake.  I always knew he liked to party.  We've got a quick video showing off the gameplay as well as the download link (free for Android 2.1 and up), check 'em out.

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3 years ago

HTC Bliss lands at the FCC

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The HTC Bliss is a device that continues to pop up in various places and this time around it has landed at the FCC. Looking at the info from the page, it appears to be making a home at Verizon whenever it passes through. The CDMA bands are a give away but it also appears to have Global GSM compatibility on board as well.

Sadly, there isn't much else info available for this female centric device and it looks like the FCC went back to blocking the details but we're guessing the information on this one won't be slowing down -- in fact, it'll just pick up pace until we see it land on store shelves.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Samsung: Device leak details 'are not accurate'

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Normally, carriers and manufacturers will let blogs run rampant with rumors -- true or not. In the case of a slew of purported Samsung specs outed by a single Lithuanian retailer, however, Sammy's doing a little debunking. The rumored specs involved such unicorns as a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display at 1280x720 resolution, as well as a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display at 1280x720 running Ice Cream Sandwich. Hey, some of those specs might be true. But as Jerry's been reminding us any chance he gets, they also might very well not be.

On its "Samsung Tomorrow" official global blog, we're told the following:

Some media have been reporting that Samsung is preparing to launch nine new smartphones and two new tablet devices. While Samsung is continuously working on new devices for our customers, the details being cited are not accurate in this case.

We appreciate the interest in our upcoming mobile devices and will share more information once its available.

Trust us, folks. When Samsung announces new phones, it does so publicly, as we're expecting it to do in just a couple weeks. We've warned you about trusting strange Lithuanian retailers, right?

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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3 years ago

AT&T announces partnership with Juniper Networks on new mobile security initiative

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AT&T has announced that they are working on a new solution for mobile security issues, partnering with Juniper Networks and offering a new security application.  Available later this year, the app will address some key concerns in both the enterprise as well as for consumers.  A bullet point look at the applications goals:

Businesses and Organizations

  • Maintain compliance with government regulations
  • Enforce security policies
  • Manage personal or enterprise-owned devices
  • Enable anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control

Consumers

  • Protect mobile devices with anti-virus, anti-malware, and application monitoring and control

With the global growth of smartphone adoption, targeting the mobile space has become popular among unsavory types, and it makes sense to see carriers trying to slow the growth of malware and other security concerns.  AT&T Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso details AT&T’s approach in a short video, which we've embedded after the break, along with the full press release.

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