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5 years ago

AT&T HTC Aria Review

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A tiny Android smartphone with surprising power

HTC Aria on AT&T

The HTC Aria. The tiny phone with big potential is the second Android device on AT&T, and arguably the first worth really considering on the U.S. carrier. (Sorry, Moto Backflip.) It has the slick HTC Sense on top of Android 2.1. And while this guy is small, it is mighty.

You've watched our hands-on and unboxing. You've seen our benchmark results. Now it's time to review the Aria. After the break, people. After the break.

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5 years ago

The Samsung Behold II is getting updated

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Tired of Cupcake on your Behold II? T-Mobile is rolling out an OTA update to Donut (Android version 1.6), which is supposed to be the final version add for the phone. Sure, Android 1.6 may not have been the version you were all hoping for, but it comes with a number of bug fixes, Google Apps (Google Voice Search, Google Maps, etc.) and support for Swype. Do you wish the Behold II had more of a sweet tooth for the heavier desserts? Post a comment if you wish it did or if you’re fine with the more mild sweets.
[via TmoNews]

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5 years ago

Sprint HTC Evo 4G Review

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The EVO 4G is Sprint's first WiMAX Smartphone, has a gigantic touchscreen, and will blow your mind

Sprint HTC Evo 4G Review

Picture, if you will, your perfect smartphone. What features would it have? How small (or big) would it be? Would it have what it takes to get you off that BlackBerry, or iPhone, or whatever.

Sprint and HTC have done that -- and then some -- with the Evo 4G. It's the world's first Android smartphone that can use Sprint's 4G WiMax data. It has a monstrous 4.3-inch touchscreen. It has the ubiquitous 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It has the HTC Sense interface, to make your experience as easy as possible.

But that's all nerdspeak. Know this: It's big, it's fast, it's easy to use, and it's just about the best Android smartphone available today. And it is available Friday (finally!) for $199 after contract and rebate with Sprint. We explain why you'll want this one, after the break.

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5 years ago

Froyo on the Nexus One already? Yeah, we did it already

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FroYo on the Nexus One

Yes that is a real picture, even though it's blurry as all get out. (Never claimed to be a photographer :P) No, I didn't get a magic OTA from Phil while he was at Google I/O, it's a 2.2 SDK emulator virtual machine ported over to run on the Nexus One.  I'm not the only one doing such outlandish things either. It's mostly for the novelty, and now I can say I have FroYo on my Nexus.  It crashes (a lot), not much works, and it's a real PITA to do, but for those who feel the need, links, instructions and a couple more pics are after the break.

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5 years ago

Moment Android 2.1 DE03 Release Notes

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Sprint Samsung Moment Android 2.1 update

Above, you’ll see the official release notes from Sprint about the Android 2.1 update for the Samsung Moment. The update's supposed to be official tomorrow (though it briefly leaked out this afternoon). The document shows all the updates and improvements that Android 2.1 will be providing the Moment which are definitely welcomed with a smile – especially those pesky Bluetooth problems. As with most big updates, this will wipe all the data off your device, so make sure you back up as much as you can onto your SD card before making the leap. One other shot from the notes is after the break. Thanks, O!

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5 years ago

Android 2.1 for the Samsung Moment leaks out a day early (updated)

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2.1 de03 samsung moment

Well, folks, it’s official. Sort of. Android 2.1 for the Samsung Moment has been released as DE03.  This new release was not supposed to roll out until tomorrow (the 14th), however, it seems someone down at Sprint goofed and posted it early.  A couple of the bugs that were in the Moment 2.1 leaks have been squashed, and it seems to be running great so far.  The DE03 .tar file is hidden in the new Sprint update utility, so if you have a prior version of SW Update, you will need to uninstall that before installing this one to avoid any driver confusion.  

Since an official announcement hasn't been made, it's hard to say exactly what has been changed, but here's what I've gathered so far:

  • No Live Wallpapers
  • GPS strength seems improved
  • Signal strength seems improved
  • Voice search bug is fixed

Go here to download the file, and also be sure to take a look at the installation instructions.

More to come as we get it!

Update: Whoopsie, the links (Sprint's and the Rapidshare mirror) have been pulled. We've been told the update will "officially" be out tomorrow -- just because it was briefly on Sprint's server and available doesn't mean Sprint has "released" it -- and we're told the following are included in the update:

  • Keypad backlight optimization
  • Bulk Bluetooth contact push
  • Various Bluetooth fixes
  • Increased speed and performance
  • Swipe to Unlock/Mute/Speakerphone
  • New camera features
  • Pandora enhancements

Look for the update here.

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5 years ago

New Eclair leaked for HTC Droid Eris

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HTC Droid Eris 2.1 Eclair leak

Caddyman over at androidforums  has posted up a new Android 2.1 leak for the Droid Eris.  There's a huge list of bugfixes, and from the looks of it the odd connectivity issues Eris users were seeing with the previous leaks should have been addressed, as well as the pesky bugs with the latest Google Voice app.  For those of you running one of the previous leaks, this is something you'll want to look at for sure!

Warning - This is leaked beta testing software, and wasn't meant for general use.  Flashing it will wipe your phone, and take away root if you have it.  As always, use your best judgment and flash at your own risk!

Links, changelog, and further instructions can be found HEREThanks, kbaker!

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5 years ago

Can you turn off the Sense UI on the Droid Incredible? Mmmmmm ... Not just yet

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HTC Droid Incredible - Sense UI

It seems that a lot of folks interested in the HTC Droid Incredible want to be able to turn Sense (HTC's custom user interface) on and off at will.  Previous HTC handsets (as recent as the HTC Desire) had the ability to do this pretty easily by erasing Sense as the default and throwing up a choice between Sense or the stock Android home screen after you hit the home button.

Not any more.

We tore into the system files of our Droid Incredible to see what we could find.  After hours of hard work, caffiene and Excedrin, we found some interesting information -- the resources
and artwork for vanilla Android seem to be absent, or at least aren't where we expect them to be.  While we can't be 100 percent  sure just yet, it certainly appears that the Droid Incredible was meant to only run the Sense UI.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing.  HTC clearly has upped the game with the new Sense UI,
as our video walkthrough shows.  At this point, if you're on the fence, the best advice I can
think of is to head down to your local Verizon Wireless store on the April 29 and give the device a spin.  After a few minutes with it, if you think (like we do) that Sense enhances this
particular handset, use your 30 days to find out.

Update: Yep, you can use Helix Launcher 2 on it. So you're running a launcher on top of Sense. Have fun with that.

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5 years ago

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible Review

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Verizon HTC Droid Incredible

Over the past six months, the Droid -- and its slightly scary "DROID!" battle cry -- has become the public face of Android smartphones. Today, we bring you the latest in the line -- the Verizon Droid Incredible, which will be available starting April 29 (you can preorder it now) for $199 with a two-year contract.

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HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon

The Droid Incredible (henceforth simply the Incredible) is a kinder, more gentle smartphone than Motorola's initial offering. It also replaces the Droid Eris -- both devices are manufactured by HTC and feature large touchscreens in lieu of a keyboard.

And the Incredible brings with it the latest version of the Sense user interface, making Android even easier, more customizable and more eye-pleasing than ever.

The buildup leading to the announcement and release of the Incredible has kept the Android faithful in a frenzy for weeks, and the phone should be a strong attraction for those looking for their first smartphone, or for those looking to make the switch to Android.

Click on through for our impressions as we take a look at the Incredible and see if it lives up to its name.

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5 years ago

Official test release candidate for the Sprint Hero 2.1 leaked

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Sprint Hero 2.1 RUU leak

I'll spare everyone the drama and back story, but I will start off saying I know XDA user damageless and it's a shame a good developer may have been run off. Damageless, you know how to get in touch with me.  Now that we're past that bit of dirty business, we can get to the important part -- we now have a copy of the Sprint Hero 2.1 latest test candidate.  Follow the break to learn a bit more about it.

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5 years ago

Review: Motorola Devour on Verizon

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Motorola Devour review

The Motorola Devour (video hands-on) came at a tough point in the smartphone world. It's the first Android device from Moto and Verizon to come after the wildly popular Droid. And while we pretty much knew from the get-go that we weren't looking at a Droid 2 -- the smaller screen was an early giveaway -- that didn't really seem to lower expectations. In some ways, Moto met them. In others, not so much.

So join us after the break as we take a look at the Motorola Devour and find its place in the Android lineup.

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5 years ago

Review: HTC Legend with Android 2.1 and the new Sense UI

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HTC Legend 

HTC's February press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was a double coming-out party -- it brought us the new version of the Sense user interface, and it also brought us the HTC Legend.

The Legend is the follow-up to the venerable HTC Hero, which was the first Android phone to feature Sense. After the break, we take a look at the Legend and its slick new hardware revision.

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5 years ago

HTC Hero gets 2.1 upgrade April 26 – in Taiwan

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HTC Hero

Good news for HTC Hero owners, sort of. HTC has announced on Plurk that they will be rolling out the Éclair goodness for Taiwanese users on April 26th. My own source at HTC America can’t confirm or deny any release date for other countries, but this is official word from HTC finally.

If you haven’t already hacked 2.1 onto your Hero, this should be some welcome news. Just don’t count on it too much, ask a Motorola Droid user about release times for updates and how they can change. [engadget]

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5 years ago

Motorola Backflip First Android Phone on AT&T, Available for $100 on March 7th

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AT&T just announced what we already expected, that the Motorola Backflip will become the first Android device on the AT&T network. The Backflip will be available in AT&T stores and online beginning March 7th for $99.99 after $100 mail-in-rebate. Great news all around!

It's interesting that AT&T chose an oddball device (we like the Backflip but it's still an oddball) to be the first Android phone on their network. Plus, since the Backflip runs Motoblur, it's not as "Android-y" as say a Droid or Nexus One. But perhaps people will fall in love with the interesting form factor and unique touchpad, we became quite smitten when we played with it at CES. It doesn't hurt that it's at a great price point either. We'll definitely take this over the Cliq any day of the week.

Who's buying a Motorola Backflip?

[att]

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5 years ago

Review: T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition

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myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition

One of the biggest Android marketing pushes we've seen this side of the Motorola Droid has been from T-Mobile and the myTouch 3G line. And it's a testament to the popularity of the device that we now have a Fender Limited Edition (see our video hands-on), modeled after the famed guitars. And this has truly been a limited edition, as it's already sold out.

After the break, we go in-depth with the myTouch 3G and, specifically, the Fender edition.

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