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3 years ago

Gears of War theme for the Epic 4G [from the forums]

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Want a badass theme for a badass phone?  Then you'll want to have a look at the Gears of War theme for the Samsung Epic 4G.  It's based on the EC05 Froyo build, and turns your Epic into something the Delta Squad would approve.  It's all done up -- icons, notifications, dialer, and you even have your choice to drop in a nifty GoW boot animation.

And as with any modification, the most important part is the support.  Android Central adviser Paul627g will have that covered, because that's how he rolls -- helping users and spreading the Epic 4G love from coast to coast.  If you've rooted and Rom'd your Epic 4G, you'll want to take a look at this one.

Source: Android Central forumsThanks, Paul!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II review (Vodafone network)

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Wow. Even if you've used a dual-core smartphone before, it's difficult not to be blown away by the sheer speed of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Whatever we threw at it during our couple of weeks of testing, it just kept on going, stubbornly refusing to show even the slightest sign of slowdown. The combination of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and Samsung's dual-core Exynos processor makes the Galaxy S II one of the fastest Android phones we've tested. And the thin and light chassis means you don't have to sacrifice portability to get this level of performance. Couple that with a large SuperAMOLED+ display, and you've got yourself a seriously advanced smartphone.

We tested the Vodafone UK-branded version of the Galaxy S II, which the network is offering for free on contracts of £30 or more per month. Join us after the break to find out what impressed us so much about Samsung's latest and greatest, and also where there's some room for improvement in this flagship product.

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3 years ago

BAMF GingerBolt Sense 3.0 stripped ROM for the HTC Thunderbolt [From the Forums]

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While some folks swoon over HTC Sense, there is a good amount of people out there who just simply do not like it. This is yet another one of those great things about the Android platform -- if you don't like something, chances are someone will make a build of it that you will like. Such is the case for the HTC Thunderbolt this time around.

Das BAMF being one of the most popular ROMs for the Thunderbolt has now been stripped of most of its HTC Sense components and we're left with BAMF GingerBolt Sense 3.0 stripped that makes use of the MR2.5 Gingerbread radio and other nice things such as the Das Bamf Toolkit. The developer behind this, TMZ_Andrew, has posted the nitty gritty details in the Android Central forums so if you're looking to go senseless on your Thunderbolt you'll certainly want to check it out and be sure to leave some feedback -- it is a beta though so keep that in mind.

BAMF GingerBolt Sense 3.0 in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Radio Shack EVO 3D launch party

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Read our HTC EVO 3D initial review


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Hi everyone, I'm Ashley Esqueda; you might know me from Twitter (@androidashley) or my show Techfoolery. In a stroke of awesome luck, Phil and the guys here at Android Central asked me to cover the Radio Shack launch party for the HTC EVO 3D in Hollywood, Calif. I'm a huge EVO fan, so I packed up my video equipment, put on a hip outfit, and headed to the green carpet!

It was a star-studded event, with celebs like "Chuck" actor Zachary Levi and socialite Paris Hilton making appearances, so it made for a fun night of merriment and technology. Black Beauty (the sweet ride featured in the Green Hornet) made an appearance to promote the 3D version of the movie and its availability on the EVO 3D, and club favorite LMFAO performed for attendees.

Overall, it was a pretty sweet event. Check it out!

EVO 3D SpecsEVO 3D ForumsEVO 3D Accessories

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3 years ago

Telenav 6.2 update now available free for T-Mobile subscribers

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If you're using a Samsung Vibrant, LG Optimus T, Motorola Defy, Motorola Cliq XT, or a T-Mobile Comet, you can finally grab the version 6.2 update of Telenav from the Android Market.  We had a look at the new Telenav when it first rolled out a while back, and some of the new features are really nice.  One of the best features is the multiroute suggestions, which can give you up to three ways to get from point A to point B.  Other improvements include a new quick search bar and improved voice recognition.

While officially the Telenav update is only supposed to be available for the above listed devices, I'm seeing it in the Market for my Nexus One and Nexus S as well -- so if you're using a T-Mobile phone that's not on the list, give it a look anyway.  It's a great app that many users (myself included) swear by, and a nice perk from your carrier.  The download link is after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Sites now have automatic mobile rendering

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We spend a lot of our time on the web around these parts, and when using phone sized devices it makes sense to use the mobile versions of sites that have been optimized.  Google just improved things for folks who use their Google Sites service, allowing owners to set things up so that the site is automatically adjusted for mobile viewers using iOS 3 and above or Android 2.2 and above. 

If you have a site of your own, all you'll need to do is open the General settings, and under More actions > Manage site, click on Automatically adjust site for mobile phones.  After you're done, preview the page right from your computer in the mobile site view using More actions > Preview as viewer (Mobile).  Users only need to sit back and enjoy.  According to Google, The most noticeable automatic adjustments are:

  • Aligning the header layout and top bar
  • Fitting the width of the site to match the device’s width
  • Smart handling of sidebars, horizontal navigation, and dropdown links

In addition, site owners have a bit more control over links that appear in their page footer to save some vertical space, and your Sites dashboard has been revamped with a much improved mobile view.  Nice work Google!

Source: Google

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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

Droid Incredible 2 custom ROMs now appearing, first up -- Incredibly Debloated v1.0

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It was only a few days ago that S-OFF was achieved on the Droid Incredible 2. That of course, left the doors open for some custom ROMs to be built for the device and as such we're now starting to see them appear in the Android Central forums. The Incredibly Debloated v1.0 ROM comes to us from xgunther and even comes in two flavors currently -- one with a stock kernel and one with your selection of an overclocked kernel.

As they name would suggest, bloat on these ROMS has been removed and no matter which you decide to roll with you'll be getting a completely bloat-free, zip-aligned, deodexed and completely rooted ROM and that to us sounds just fabulous. Looking for more details? Hit the link below.

More: Incredibly Debloated v1.0 ROM

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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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