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4 years ago

LG Optimus 3D hands-on

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LG Optimus 3D

We all knew it was coming -- LG was going all-in with 3D screen technology, and they've done it with the Optimus 3D. And, surprisingly, it's not horrible.

The phone itself is fairly unremarkable -- your basic black slab. It's got a 4.3-inch touchscreen powered by a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor, and flipping through Android 2.2 (it'll get a Gingerbread update at some point, LG says) was plenty fast.

But 3D is what this phone is all about. And not just playing 3D videos, which was pretty cool, but recording them as well. The Optimus 2D has not one but two 5MP cameras on the rear for stereoscopic recording. And you can even see what you're recording in 3D in real time on the touchscreen display.

So how's the 3D look? It's ... different. Your eyes will have to adjust to it some, but it's not the worst thing in the world, and some content looks better than other. Battery life, we're told, is boosted by the dual-core processor. But you know how those things go -- you'll need to use it to see.

There's a handful of 3D-capable games on board, and the phone has a dedicated hardware button that takes you to a special 3D gallery, from which you access all your 3D content, including 3D content on YouTube.

You're going to have to see this to believe it, truly. We're not completely sold on the idea of 3D content, but LG certainly is.

More pics and video are after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Pro for Europe - Hands-on [MWC]

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Close your eyes and imagine - imagine a strange and crazy world where the Motorola Droid Pro doesn't run on Verizon but instead has been outfitted solely with an HSPA/GSM radio and set for Europe. Image that the only other difference between the Verizon Droid Pro and this crazy new phone - let's call it simply the Motorola Pro - is that it doesn't have any of the custom Verizon software or the Verizon 'droid' branding. Image it still has a 1GHz processor, Android 2.2, and the same version of MotoBlur.

Imagine no more, dear reader, because the Motorola Pro is not only announced, it's real and we have the photos to prove it. What an amazing world we live in - the only way it would be amazing-er is if we had a firm launch date and price. Sadly, all we know is that it's coming to Europe and given that the hardware is here and on display and working, we have assume that it's coming soon.

A few more photos after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S II

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Samsung Galaxy S II

Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S II. The original Galaxy S ushered in a new era of power and screen technology in a form factor that was so light you had to heft it to believe it, and the sequel continues that trend.

The Galaxy S II steps things up with a 4.3-inch screen at 480x800 with the new Super AMOLED Plus technology, a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, either 16GB or 32GB of storage (plus microSD up to 32GB), Wifi b/g/n, USB 2.0, a 1650mAh battery, aGPS, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera (and 1080p recording), and the new Touchwiz 4.0 atop Android 2.3.

And it's all done in an impossibly light form factor. The Galaxy S II, while slightly larger than its predecessor at 125.3mm tall and 66.1mm wide, is thinner -- yes, thinner -- at 8.49mm. The iPhone 4, by comparison, is 9.3mm thick. And the Galaxy S II weighs just 116 grams.

Touchwiz has been bumped to Version 4.0. It's still full of bright colors -- which look even better on the Super AMOLED Plus screen -- and it highlights four major hubs -- Readers, Game, Music, Social.

The camera app has been reworked for the better, and the widgets now look and feel a little more processional.

We're going to be spending a good amount of time with this beast this week at Mobile World Congress. Check out our initial hands-on after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid gets vanilla Gingerbread custom ROM

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OG Droid

Still hanging on to your OG Droid?  Here's some news you're going to love -- Peter Alfonso, of Bugless Beast fame, has released a mostly AOSP build of Gingerbread (Android 2.3.2) for your classic Android phone.  He pulled the code from the master branch of the 2.3.2 tree, added in a few of his (and the community's) favorite modifications, and the original Droid launcher, media, and boot animation.  Make no mistake -- this is 100 percent Droid Does Gingerbread.

Like we saw earlier with the Eris, there's no need to sit back and hear about Gingerbread instead of experiencing it.  Motorola and Verizon may have decided the Droid has reached the end of its life and update cycle, but the Android development community is second to none,and once again delivers.  Now get out that USB cable and head over to Pete's website and get started.  [PeterAlfonso.com]

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4 years ago

WiFi calling on the Nexus One with CyanogenMod 7

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WiFi calling

This one's been kicking around for a while, but with CyanogenMod 7 nightlies getting better, and the hard work Unforgiven512 has done with the files, WiFi calling for the Nexus One is now worth using and sharing with you guys.  To clear up any confusion, we're talking about routing calls through your existing home WiFi, and not VoIP calling.  It's the same method as the MyTouch 4G, and other T-Mobile Android phones -- just ported over to the Nexus One.

WiFi calling on Android uses your voice minutes, so you're probably wondering, why do it?  Besides the call quality (it's top notch, almost land-line quality) it's a helluva battery saver.  It's also the perfect way to make calls outside the T-Mobile service area, without incurring any roaming costs.  Speaking of T-Mobile, you must have an active T-Mobile SIM card inserted to use WiFi calling.  Other carriers don't have the infrastructure in place to use it.  Maybe one day they will, as it's a perfect solution for spotty coverage at home.

If you're interested, and rock a Nexus One with CyanogenMod 7, hit the Android Central forums for the guide to get started.  Big thanks to Unforgiven512 for the hard work with this one!

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4 years ago

HTC Droid Eris forever! CM7 port released

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CM7 port for the Eris CM7 port for the Eris

Put those shovels away -- the Droid Eris is still alive and kicking, and now a  CyanogenMod 7 port is available.  The Eris isn't on the CM 7 "officially supported" list, and HTC and Verizon forgot about this sweet little phone long ago, but workshed over at XDA isn't about to let that stop him from squeezing Gingerbread onto the phone, CM style.  It was built from CM7 sources, and the latest version (as of this writing) was synced with the CyanogenMod tree on Feb. 7.  The changes and full kernel source are available, too.  For anyone thinking about diving in and developing a ROM, this is how it's done.

It's not 100 percent just yet, but from what I'm reading, it good enough to run daily.  Heck, if I was rocking the Eris I'd be using it.  Give it a try and breathe some new life into your Droid Eris.  [XDA-Developers] Thanks for the tip, Dustin!

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4 years ago

Sprint Kyocera Echo first impressions

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Sprint Kyocera Echo

Woe is the smartphone carrier and manufacturer that tries something new, apparently. That much was apparent from the comments before, during and after Sprint's unveiling of the Kyocera Echo dual-screen smartphone at a special event in the Edison Ballroom in New York City. You folks out there certainly made your feelings known.

But we've actually had some time with the Echo. And it's certainly not as far to one end of the spectrum as you might believe. After the break, we get into our initial impressions of the Sprint Kyocera Echo and its crazy two-screen self. Read on!

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4 years ago

Your Optimus S has new toys -- Legos!

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Lego ROMIt's no secret that I'm really digging what LG has done with the Optimus One series phones, and Sprint's Optimus S is no exception.  High performance Android phones for the budget-minded consumer is the right way to do Android.

Take that great little phone, add in three ambitious ROM developers, and one of the best ideas to hit custom ROM development ever, and you have the Lego ROM. 

Usually when you flash a custom ROM, you have to search out the extra tweaks, kernels, small edits and theme you want, then hope that they all play nicely together so you don't have to fool with it.  Not so with the Lego ROM.  These fellas have built the Lego ROM as a modular process, allowing you to choose your tweaks and theme up front, making the process pretty pain-free.  It's also a great custom ROM in it's own right, check the feature list after the break, and hit the forums to check it outThanks Beezy, KSmith, and Nick7 for the hard work!

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4 years ago

Samsung Continuum sees first custom ROM

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Samsung Continuum

The Samsung Continuum has finally entered the custom ROM scene, courtesy of Fascinate developer and Android Central adviser Adrynalyne.  It's a basic ROM, based on the DL17 release, with none of the bloat and none of the Bing.  In short, it's a de-odexed stock ROM with busybox added, and ready for others to fill in and create a masterpiece.  And Adrynalyne doesn't even have a Continuum, but was able to create this with help from bubby323 and Logan302.  Community effort FTW.

If you rock a Continuum (and I totally would if I had Verizon service here on the frontier) you need to have a look.  Hopefully this is the start of a rich development community for one of the most unique phones of 2010.  [Android Central forums] Thanks for the hard work fellas!

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4 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G system dump available

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Inspire 4G system files

New phones always means new goodies for developers and hackers.  With the release of the HTC Inspire 4G to a few people, it was only a matter of time until the system of AT&T's big beauty were pulled out and made available.  As you can see in our hands-on with the Inspire 4G, it's the new version of HTC Sense -- Evo, Dinc and Desire hackers take note -- without too much AT&T bloat added in to screw it up make things better.

If you're curious, or like to tinker grab it and have a look.  And if you're planning on getting the Inspire 4G and doing any type of happy hacking on it, grab it as a safety net.  Trust me ;)  [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

AT&T up to its old tricks -- no sideloading apps on the HTC Inspire 4G

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But that's why we made the Sideload Wonder Machine

HTC Inspire 4G sideloading

Oh, by the way. In case you were hoping AT&T had changed its ways when it comes to locking its phones into the Android Market -- not so much. There should be an option in the picture above on the HTC Inspire 4G that says "Unknown sources - allow installation of non-Market applications." But, obviously, there's not.

That's not to say there aren't ways around it. The Android Sideload Wonder Machine was designed for phones like the Inspire 4G. So don't forget who's got your back. (Hint: It's us.)

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4 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible Case Review: Otterbox Defender

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 Otterbox Defender for Droid Incredible

The OtterBox Defender is one of the toughest cases you can buy for your precious Droid Incredible. The case comes in four separate parts, two of which snap together to directly encase the phone. This is made of hard plastic and the front-facing one has a thin, clear plastic screen that covers the entire face of the phone. There is a tiny cutout around the optical joystick, which you can see in the picture above. 

Around this hard inner shell goes a thick rubbery layer that also servers to provide both protection and access to the various ports on the phone. Both the micro USB port and the headphone jack on top are given ample space when needed. The case also comes with a holster complete with a clip on the back for latching it onto your belt or nearly anything else. The clip felt very strong and durable during the time I used it. A great feature of the holster is that it is designed in such a way that you can have the screen facing inward for maximum protection of have it exposed for all to see. This is a feature not found on most holsters and is a definite plus for those who make constant use of holsters.

The overall build quality was top notch and what you would expect from someone like OtterBox. The device feels great in the hand if you are used to large cases and the buttons didn't require too much effort to press. The one big issue I had was that the clear screen has a very small opening for the optical joystick and was very uncomfortable to use. Anyone that uses that optical joystick on a regular basis may want to look for something with an open face. That being said, the OtterBox Defender is overall a great case for anyone looking for maximum protection for their DInc. You can buy it right now from the Android Central Store for $47.95

Check out more pictures past the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Inspire 4G

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HTC Inspire 4G

The HTC Inspire 4G won't be available on AT&T until Feb. 13. But we've got one in our hot little hands, and it's time to put the phone through its paces. For all intents and purposes, this is a Desire HD for us here in the United States. And that's a good thing. Even better: It'll be just a mere $99 on contract.

It's got a 4.3-inch TFT LCD display, a 1GHz processor, the latest version of the HTC Sense user interface, an 8MP camera with dual flashes -- and the auspicious fortune of being AT&T's first "4G" device. We'll deal with the whole data thing later. For now, check out the quick hands-on video after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G interactive demo found online

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If you're in the mood to mess around with an online demo of a device you just simply cannot, as of yet have then you're in luck. The HTC Inspire 4G is coming to AT&T at some point in time but Radio Shack has been busy getting its affairs in order readying for the launch. The interactive demo is now online for folks to mess play around with and learn more about the device. Although I'm sure Radio Shack would have preferred to keep it under wraps a little longer. But hey they're not exactly known for keeping secrets very well as history dictates.

Go ahead play around with the demo. Just remember, drool is bad for your keyboard. If online demos are not your thing, have a look at our very own hands on with the HTC Inspire 4G. [PocketNow via Phandroid]

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4 years ago

Froyo ported to Samsung Transform

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Froyo on the Samsung Transform  Froyo on the Samsung Transform

Android hackers have done it again, and the Samsung Transform now has a stable Froyo port.  The front facing camera and rear camera flash isn't working, but that's a fair trade off to have a working version of Android 2.2.1, especially since Sprint themselves seem to have no clue about the upgrade path of the Transform.

The installation looks really straightforward and while slightly technical, the instructions are easy to read.  Follow them closely and you should have no problems getting things up and running.  Hit the source link to get started. [SDK Developers via @jibustillo]

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