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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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