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3 years ago

HTC issues update to fix lockscreen broken in previous update

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Follow that? HTC's just put out another update (following the initial one that fixed a calendar bug but borked the lockscreen, and a second to fix the HTC Watch app) for the Sprint EVO 3D. This one fixes the Sense 3.0 lockscreen, which lost its phone dialer shortcut (and couldn't get it back) following that initial calendar bugfix. It's a quick and easy update -- just download and restart and you're good to go.

More: EVO 3D forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Motorola enables sideloading on the Bravo via a Market app

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Pardon the pun, but bravo for Motorola and AT&T -- they have released an app on the Android Market that will enable sideloading on your Motorola Bravo.  Sideloading, something many of us think is one of the strengths of the Android platform, allows you to install application on your Android device that do not come from the official Android Market.  It's something that AT&T has blocked from their Android phones for quite a while, only considering the option once the Amazon Appstore gained popularity.  There have always been ways around it, as it only really disabled sideloading directly from the device, but it was one of those small things that put a damper on the whole Android experience on AT&T.  We certainly had a few words to say about it.

Just as important is the method used here.  Rooted users know, enabling the "Unknown Sources" option is a pretty trivial thing to do, you just change an entry in a system database.  Motorola simply released an app that has the permissions to do this automatically -- no root, no fuss.  It doesn't get much more user-friendly than that, and my hat's off to you Motorola. 

Enough of my gushing -- the download link is after the break, grab it, install it, and go shop around for some apps.

Thanks, Rohit!

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3 years ago

Australian carrier says it'll ditch Sense to get Gingerbread on the HTC Desire

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The plot thickens. Last week HTC kicked up a bit of a storm by announcing that the Desire wouldn't be getting an official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update due to memory constraints, saying there wasn't enough space on the phone for Gingerbread and HTC Sense. Then, 24 hours later the manufacturer responded to feedback from Desire owners and changed its mind, committing to delivering Gingerbread alongside a trimmed-down Sense UI.

Now Australian carrier Telstra has indicated it's willing to go even further to get Gingerbread onto its Desire handsets. On its software updates page, the network lists a HTC Desire Gingerbread update as due for release in August, with the following description --

"Due to the increased memory requirements of the ‘Gingerbread’ update, new software that does not include HTC’s Sense UI is being prepared."

So that means it'll be completely stock, vanilla Gingerbread that'll be offered to Telstra-branded Desire owners this August. If accurate, this is a pretty important development. It's also an acknowledgement that a significant minority of customers would be prepared to ditch the manufacturer's custom software to get their hands on the latest version of Android.

Because of the logistics of moving from a Sense ROM to stock Android, we think the update will be an optional one for Telstra customers, perhaps applied by using a RUU as opposed to the usual over-the-air upgrade. It remains to be seen whether other carriers will follow suit and decide to offer power users a way to leave Sense behind in favor of stock Gingerbread. Nevertheless, we'll be following this story with interest in the weeks ahead to see how things progress.

Source: Telstra; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D launches today -- here's what you need to know

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Read our EVO 3D initial review

So you just got your HTC EVO 3D, and can't wait to dig into things and set it up just the way you want.  I feel ya, it's exciting to play with any new phone, especially one this darn nice.  All the new features and cool things to try on top of Android's super user-customizable interface is just plain fun.  Once your battery is charged (and recharged after watching a bit of Green Hornet and playing Spider-Man in 3D) we've got a all the links you need here to help you get started. 

The first place to look, especially if you're new to Android, is our Help & Tips section.  It's chock full of great general Android information, as well as some device-specific knowledge that's going to steer you towards the path of Android enlightenment.  We try to cover it all, and you're bound to find something in there that solves a head-scratching question you've been having.  Here's a few you really won't want to miss:

Once you have a handle on the basics, you'll want to see just what's happening in the news about your shiny new EVO 3D.  You can keep up-to-date on everything EVO 3D from it's dedicated page here on Android Central.  This way, you'll be the first to know and keep yourself ahead of the curve when it comes to EVO 3D news.  Here's some of the latest news, but be sure to bookmark this one!

Of course, you'll want to keep up to date on news right from your phone, and a great way to do that is with the Android Central app.  And for those days when you get overwhelmed, and need a condensed digest of the latest news, be sure to sign up for the Android Central Daily -- word is you'll be really glad you did!

The Android Central blog is only the tip of the iceberg here.  We've also got the best user forums in the universe, full of people who know their way around an Android device like nobody's business.  Here's the pages you'll want to bookmark:

Inside, you'll find a slew of information all about the EVO 3D, from users like you who love the EVO 3D and want to use the daylights out of it.  Here's a quick look at what to expect:

And we're just getting started folks.  The EVO 3D is another sure hit for HTC and Sprint, and we're just as excited about it as you are!

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3 years ago

Cut the Rope officially released for Android, available on GetJar

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The wait is over. The hints are done. Cut the Rope has been released for Android, and it's available exclusively on GetJar. If you've yet to play it, it's a simple premise: A piece of candy dangles from a rope. Your job is to cut the rope and drop the candy into the little frog-thingy's mouth (his name's Om Nom, by the way). Sounds simple enough -- and the game play is so intuitive, my 4-year-old loves this thing -- but the latter levels can be a bit tricky. And speaking of levels, there are 175 of them, so you'll be busy for a while.

Give it a whirl. For the low, low price of free, you can't go wrong. Full press release is after the break.

Download: Cut the Rope for Android

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix Bootloader Unlocked

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Itching to unlock your bootloader ahead of the official unlock supposedly coming with the Gingerbread update?  The2dcour over at the XDA forums has posted a method that will allow you to unlock the bootloader. This isn't a one-click root method, and it will wipe your phone's data, but it's amazing that a developer figured out how to do this before Motorola officially offered the option.

As always, make sure you read and understand the directions before you try anything that voids your warranty.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D in stock at Sam's Club -- expect double digit inventory

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Sam's Club seems to be ready for tomorrow's big launch of the HTC EVO 3D, as a tipster sent us in a couple of pictures and let us know that you should expect "double digit" inventory of EVO 3Ds at your local Sam's Club.  No word on any pricing, but there's a very good chance it will be a few dollars (or more) cheaper than the rest.  Let's hope every retailer is ready for the demand, and that last years crush of Sprint's activation system from the sheer numbers of EVO 4G's getting activated doesn't repeat itself.  Because one is never enough, there's another picture after the break.

Via the Android Central app

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D gets an update to HTC Watch

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And ... we've got another software update for the HTC EVO 3D. This one specifically targets the HTC Watch app. According to mikephenix in the Android Central Forums, it corrects a little issue the EVO 3D had with syncing, as well as a wake issue.

Just go to Settings>System updates>HTC software update and let it do its thing. It won't require a restart or wipe any data.

More: EVO 3D forums

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3 years ago

Archos announces Android-based Home Smart Phone, Home Connect

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Internet radio/video device, DECT phone hit in September

In addition to its new Android tablets, Archos today announced two new Android devices for home use -- the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone, and the Archos 35 Home Connect web radio.

The Archos 35 Home Connect basically is an Android device for streaming music wirelessly anywhere. It sports an alarm clock, weather, traffic and news, Android applications, video calling and has access to more than 50,000 streaming radio stations.

The Archos 35 Smart Phone Phone combines a DECT phone and smartphone. Using any ADSL box or phone line and using standard DECT (think VOIP) protocols, it brings the power of an Android smartphone into your phone -- including full Web support.

The Archos 35 Home Connect is expected to be available in September for $149; the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone is expected in September as well for $149.

More: Press release

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G+ caught on video

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

The HTC EVO 4G+, a.k.a. the HTC Rider, has been caught on video at a Korean Youtube channel.  The EVO 4G+ is basically the EVO 3D, with WiBro (Korea's version of WiMax 4G), and no 3D camera or playback.  As you can see in the video, the snappy operation and Sense 3.0 are there, and on the hardware side the specs (minus the dual cameras and network specs) are the same.  In place of the 3D setup you find on Sprint's version, the EVO 4G+ will have a 1080p capable 8MP rear and 1.3 MP front cameras.  Further details and an official announcement haven't popped up just yet, but for all intents are purposes it looks like Korea is getting it's own 3D-less EVO 3D.

Source: Reviewyang. More: PocketnowThanks, HustleHard101!

 Update: And it's official, folks.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 3D review

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Begun, the 3D war has.  And whether you're a fan, or a skeptic, there are going to be two high-end phones you can't ignore this summer that have embraced 3D technology.  First out of the gate (but just barely) is the LG Optimus 3D.  It's a specs powerhouse, LG is promoting it as the world's first "Tri-dual" architecture smartphone with its dual-core OMAP 4 CPU, dual-channel RAM, and dual-channel board configuration.  It's a beast, no matter what criteria you use to measure beastliness. 

There's more to user experience than specifications though.  LG has went all out with a newly revamped UI on top of Android, as well as applications to support the 3D tech in the Optimus 3D.  We've kicked the Optimus 3D around for a while, and put it through the paces, so have a look after the break and see how the sum of the parts works as a whole before it hits AT&T later this summer as the Thrill 4G.

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3 years ago

Huawei Glory will bring high-end Android to Cricket for $300

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Are you ready for a high-end Android phone, on a prepaid unlimited $45 plan, checking in at under $300?  Cricket Wireless thinks you are, and will be offering the Huawei Glory to foot the bill.  Checking in with a 1.4 GHz CPU, a 4-inch 854x480 screen, an 8MP camera and Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3), the Glory looks like it's filling the promises we heard last year about high-end, low cost components that will push Android into as many hands as possible.

According to Sasha Segan (PCMag), Huawei has edited a few things away from stock, but the Glory doesn't have a heavy manufacturer skin.  It does have a huge 1900 mAh battery and a very bright LCD screen.  To sweeten the whole pot, Huawei also says the Glory will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich when it's available.

Will great phones on pre-paid carriers (see the Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile) become commonplace?  I certainly hope so.

Source: PCMag. Thanks, Ilya!

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3 years ago

Sprint EVO 3D getting pre-launch update to fix calendar bug

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It's not the strangest thing in the world to see an unreleased phone get a pre-launch update -- think way back to the Motorola Droid X -- and the Sprint EVO 3D is the latest to do so. Software version 1.13.651.7 will bring a fix for "Calendar entries in certain formats force close while editing." Important, indeed.

Oh, and look at that. Our review unit's already got the update. It's a sizable 26.59MB and installed with nary a problem. More in the link below, if you're interested.

More: EVO 3D forums; Thanks, anon!

 

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3 years ago

Motorola Triumph hitting Virgin Mobile on July 19?

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When we last saw the Motorola Triumph -- a relatively high-end Android phone headed for the prepaid Virgin Mobile -- we'd been given a time frame of July for release, and that was that. If this image taken from a magazine is on the level, it might be headed our way come July 19.

The Triumph, as you'll remember from our hands-on, is a 4.1-inch stock Android phone with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP rear camera and HDMI out, running Froyo. That's certainly nothing to sneeze at, now is it?

So, anybody going the prepaid route on July 19?

Source: Stephen Gariti's Flickr; via Facebook; Thanks, girldroid, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons Summer Pignic coming ... this summer

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

The birds are back. One bird, rather, according to the latest teaser from the folks behind Angry Birds. "Summer Picnic" will be the latest addition to the Angry Birds Seasons lineup. And, like always, you'll be flinging a bird at pigs. And you won't be able to stop.

And as you'll see in the trailer, in addition to traditional Android devices, it'll also be available on the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, as part of its new app store.

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