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3 years ago

'Official' Gingerbread build leaks for the HTC ThunderBolt

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Anybody up for a little Gingerbread on your HTC ThunderBolt? The Android 2.3 update that we're all oh so patiently waiting on hasn't yet been pushed, but a new leak -- and this is about the 16th ThunderBolt ROM leak, for those of you playing at home -- has emerged.

Build 2.07.605.0 is said to be an "official" build -- as in not a janky test build -- but it's not yet the "final" one that will be pushed. And you know how that goes -- ain't nothin' officially final until it's officially final.

Anyhoo, ol' Chingy's got the virgin RUU worked up alongside a few rooted builds. So if you're the brave type, give it a shot.

Source: ThunderBolt Gingerbread leak; via Rootzwiki

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix Gingerbread update now available in Korea

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The Korean version of the Motorola Atrix has a tasty western treat available, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is now live and available for installation.  The update looks just about the same as we saw here recently in the states, including the newer version of Blur that allows customization of the launcher bar and app folders.  The under-the-hood changes should be the same, too -- look for a nice performance boost if you're installing this one.  The update is available at Motorola customer care centers, and via Motorola's website.  If you're signed up with Blur, you can also get the download OTA style.  For the full details and instructions, visit the source links.

Source: Motorola.  More: Motorola (Korean)

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3 years ago

Saygus Vphone receives Verizon certification

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Remember the Vphone? Revealed way back in 2009, Saygus promised that the Vphone would be the first consumer phone to pass Verizon's Open Device Initiative (ODI) certification, promising revolutionary features such as video calling over 3G, Remote backup and restore for data, and up to a three year warranty.  The phone won several design awards at CES, and the company promised that the device would be out sometime during 2010.  Then, it disappeared.  That is, until today.

Sascha Segan, over at PC Magazine, broke the news to day that the Saygus Vphone finally received certification through Verizon's Open Network Initiative and would start selling the handset "soon." The phone's specifications include:

  • 3.5" 800x480 screen
  • 'Best in class' slide-out keyboard
  • 806Mhz processor
  • 256MB SDRAM
  • 512MB Flash
  • "Android OS" - Though the version number isn't listed in this release, the last known version it ran was 2.2 aka Froyo.
  • 5MP rear camera with VGA front-facing camera
  • USB host port
  • USB modem capable

In a market dominated by 4"+ black slabs and dual-core processors, the Vphone won't win any awards in the spec race.  It's important to note that this is the first (and currently only) android device to receive Verizon's ODI certification.  What this means is that while the device itself will run on Verizon's network, it won't be officially "supported" by them, meaning it should ship without CityID, Vcast, and the other applications Verizon puts on their other devices. This isn't a Nexus device, but it's the closest thing Verizon users have seen to a stock Android device since the original Droid.

On Monday, we wake up to see that Google is buying Motorola, and on Tuesday we discover that the Vphone will actually see the light of day.  What will we wake up to tomorrow?

Source: PC Mag.  More: Verizon, Saygus

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3 years ago

HTC Ruby may be the HTC Amaze 4G when it launches

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The HTC Ruby that we've seen a leaked a few times may very well debut as the HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile -- maybe even on October 26 according to a leaked T-Mobile flyer.  A tipster let the fellas over at pocketnow know about the retail name, and the fact that HTC has filed for trademark protection for it points to it being spot on.  The Amaze 4G has some killer specs:

  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU
  • 4.3 inch qHD display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear shooter with dedicated hardware keys for both still and video capture

It's one we're looking forward to seeing, as I'm sure more than a few of you guys are too.  Is is October yet?

Source: pocketnow

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3 years ago

Firefox for Android reaches version 6, brings performance enhancements and a visual refresh

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The fellows at Mozilla have updated Firefox for Android to Version 6, and it comes with a huge changelog full of fixes, improvements, and features.  Things like a visual update for phones running Gingerbread, better right-to-left language support, and adjustment of page element locations and sizes when using on a tablet.  We won't list each individual change here, but they're available at the source link.  There's also over 160 add-ons now available, ranging from Ad-blocking to themeing with personas.  With the same rendering engine as the desktop version, Firefox mobile can handle pages with complicated scripts better than the stock Android browser, or other browsers based on stock.  Not that anyone would want to, but it's close to the point where we could use our system and write blog posts with it.

Firefox mobile is shaping up nicely, and if you haven't had a look lately, you really should.  Download link is after the break, for devices running Android 2.0 and higher.

Source: Mozilla

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3 years ago

Samsung Celox, an LTE-toting Galaxy phone, captured on camera

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Don't hyperventilate just yet, as this one is clearly branded for SK Telecom (Korea), but it just might give us an idea of what a Verizon (or AT&T) version could look like.  The rumored specs sound delicious -- 4.5 inch Super AMOLED plus screen, 1.5GHz Snapdragon, front and rear cameras, 1GB of RAM and LTE. 

Yes, Snapdragon.  Would seeing a Snapdragon CPU sour you on the LTE enabled Galaxy S II?  Or would the screen and network speed be enough to keep you interested?  Of course, none of this is set in stone, and officially there is no LTE next-generation Samsung phone in the works.  We'll have to see how it all plays out.

Source: Ameblo (Japanese); via Droid-Life

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3 years ago

Android version of FIFA 12 to be Xperia Play timed exclusive

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Hot on the heels of today's Minecraft announcement, Sony Ericsson and EA Mobile have revealed that the Android version of FIFA 12, the latest instalment in the popular soccer football game series, will be available exclusively on the Xperia Play for a limited time.

Xperia Play owners will be able to get their hands on FIFA 12 when it's released during the holiday season, while other devices will have to wait until Feb. 21, 2012. SE and EA promise a game experience optimized to take advantage of the Xperia Play's hardware, with frame rates up to a silky 60fps.

Join us after the jump for the presser, and if you're rocking an Xperia Play, let us know in the comments if you plan on snapping this one up.

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3 years ago

Samsung Hercules and HTC Ruby possible release dates revealed in T-Mobile back-to-school flyer

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Two really interesting new phones are soon to be released on T-Mobile, the Samsung Hercules and the HTC Ruby.  We now know at least a tentative date for their arrival, October 26.  Both of which are "4G capable and share many similar top of the line features and also [are] the fastest smartphones in the market" according to T-mobile.  I'm not sure we can argue too much when we have a look at the rumored specs of them: a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1GB RAM and a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU for the Ruby, and 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus, 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, and 16GB of internal memory for the Hercules.  Either looks like a real winner, and should make any Android fan pretty happy. 

Of course, these dates are likely as not to change, but at least we know the ballpark. 

Source: TMoNews

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3 years ago

AT&T LG Thrill 4G delayed again, Sept. 4 new date from leaked docs

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The LG Thrill 4G, AT&T's next (hopefully) Android smartphone has once again been delayed, this time the date is pushed back until September 4.  As mentioned in the document you see above, the Thrill was to ship to third party stores (in this case, Radio Shack) on August 21, but that's not going to be happening. 

We have no idea why the phone keeps being delayed, but it's something we're used to by now.  There's also the small matter that AT&T never announced a release date, only "this Summer".  It will be released when it's ready.  Hopefully the extra time means a better product out the door.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Limited Edition Minecraft Xperia Play for sale on eBay

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Looking for a collectors item to show off both your love for Minecraft and Android? Well, Mojang has just the thing to fill that void posted up on eBay for you. That is, if you have at minimum US $1,250. That's what the current bid is for the Limited Edition Xperia Play they are offering. That may seem like quite a bit but it's for a good cause -- the funds raised will go to a charity of Notch’s and the whole Minecraft team’s choice! Right now, it has 6 days left on the bidding. Anyone got some spare cash laying around?

Source: eBay; via: Droid Gamers

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3 years ago

HTC Bliss spied in the wild

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The HTC Bliss has been spotted out and about, meaning the phone is officially in the hands of testers.  We saw it breeze through the FCC a few days ago, and a leaked Verizon roadmap shows it to be ready somewhere around the end of September.  In case you haven't been paying attention, the Bliss is HTC's Android phone they seem to marketing towards the fairer sex, with unique accessories like blinking charms and pleasant pastel colors.  No idea how that strategy will pay off, but they need something to make its mid-range specs (3.2 qVGA screen and 800MHz CPU) a bit more enticing and maybe that will be just the ticket.  We should be finding out this holiday season.

Source: Pocketnow

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3 years ago

HTC Holiday prototype found on Craigslist, works on AT&T bands

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We know a lot of folks have been itching for the HTC Holiday since everyone first started talking about it this past May, but a lucky gentlemen has found one for sale on Craigslist.  Of course, he jumped on it and has since posted pictures online to kill the naysayers before they can chime in.  According to the buyer, the specs are what everyone expected -- 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor, 1GB ram, 4.5inch qHD screen, 8GB internal memory, with an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera.  To make things even sweeter, this prototype is working "just fine" for AT&T voice and data.  Think of it as an EVO 3D or HTC Sensation for AT&T, and that's something everyone has to love.  While we feel bad that the glass is cracked, the buyer says it works just fine, and it's a fair trade for getting your hands on something we might not see officially for a little while.  Hit the source link to see more pics.

Source: XDA; via Engadget

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3 years ago

Fusion Garage’s Grid 4 smartphone specs and features

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With their tablet now fully unwrapped, Fusion Garage has also unveiled their Grid 4 smartphone specs to go along with it. Those specs, fall in line with pretty much any Android device out there today despite Fusion Garages attempt to downplay the popularity of Android. Here is what the Grid 4 smartphone will bring:

  • Qualcomm MSM8255
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4.0-inch Inch display - 800 x 480 pixels
  • Tri-band HSDPA and quad-band GSM
  • GPS/AGPS
  • 16GB Internal storage
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, A2DP
  • 5 Megapixels with Autofocus and LED flash (720p video recording)
  • Front facing 0.3 Megapixels
  • 1300 mAh battery
  • Grid OS with Android applications

$399 unlocked with 16GB — operator availability will be announced later. Needless to say, the whole it's not Android but runs Android situation here is all rather confusing. Given Fusion Garages history, one would think they'd want to openly accept Android users in, not take the time to tick them off all while attempting to leverage Android applications.

Source: Fusion Garage

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3 years ago

HTC bootloader unlock page now up and running for European Sensation

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"Are you sure you wish to continue? You are about to start the process of unlocking your device. Unlocking your device allows you to install custom Operating Systems (“OS”) onto your device."

Words many have been waiting to hear, and starting today, owners of the European version of the HTC Sensation can now put them to task -- HTC's bootloader unlock page has went live.  You'll have to accept all the legal terms and agree to them, specifically that your warranty may be void (in full or partially) and that HTC may charge for warranty repair work on unlocked devices.  We've known about this, so you shouldn't be too surprised. 

You'll then be walked through the entire process from start to finish.  The instructions are extremely well done (they would be worthy of a sticky in our forums) and explain exactly how to use the needed components of the SDK with pictures, download links, and all the commands listed -- it's all a copy and paste job.  You'll be instructed to get a unique device "Identifier Token", which you'll submit to the HTC bootloader page.  They will in turn send you an email (to the address you registered on the HTC developer site with) with an unlock key and needed commands to use it.  Then you're gold.  It's all pretty well documented and  the commands seem simple enough, but remember -- there's never much room for error when doing this kind of operation.  Make sure you understand the process completely before you begin.

And that's it.  A simple solution to a problem that a lot of us have had with HTC.  Now we wait to see it be released for devices here in the states. 

Source: HTC DevThanks, Kevin! 

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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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