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2 years ago

LeafROM for the Samsung Replenish shows Android developers love them all

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You would think that an Android phone like the Samsung Replenish wouldn't draw much attention from independent Android developers, but you would be wrong.  Android Central ROM developer Shabbypenguin and his cohorts in the ACS have cranked out the beta version of LeafROM for the little eco-friendly Sprint qwerty phone and it already has a great set of features in place.  Besides being theme-friendly and debloated, things like the Gingerbread malware patch have been added, and things like "rescue server" (regarded as a carrier tracking app) have been removed.  If you picked up a Replenish, and want to have the Android experience of rooting and hacking away at it, you need to have a look. 

Source: Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic accessories shown in blurrycam pic from Verizon earnings report

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A tipster that's "close to the matter" was able to send us this blurrycam shot of a slide shown at the end of the Verizon earnings report, and it includes a few Motorola Droid Bionic details.  This basically confirms the laptop dock, full Bluetooth keyboard, and HD webtop dock with IR remote ability.  There's no word if any of these docking accessories that already are available for the Motorola Atrix 4G are compatible, but we're not holding our breath.  It also shows off the chrome banding around the edge of the device, which lends that extra bit of design to an otherwise generic black slab.  Of course the news we all really want to know -- the release date -- is nowhere to be seen.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Virgin Mobile Canada HTC Sensation OTA update coming July 25

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The HTC Sensation kicked things off fairly well, but HTC is aware there are still some bugs in the software. In an effort to correct them they've been rolling out small updates to carriers who have taken on the device. Virgin Mobile Canada is next in line -- as noted on their Facebook page an update to correct a booting issue with the device is coming as of July 25. Nice to see an update pushed out quickly.

Source: Facebook

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix Gingerbread update rolling out now for AT&T users

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It was only a few days ago we got word that AT&T had started the Gingerbread soak for the Motorola Atrix, now -- the update, v4.5.9.1 is rolling out to users who are running stock builds on their devices. If you're rooted or have unlocked your bootloader to load the previously beta version, you will need to flash back. The full announcement info is past the break for you all, and don't hesitate to let us know how the update is working for you in the comments or in the Android Central forums. If manual updates are more your thing, the updates are available on the Motorola site.

Image Credit: XDA; Thanks for sending this in Aaron!

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2 years ago

Vipre Mobile security app for Android now in public beta testing

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From the folks who brought you Vipre Antivirus for Windows, Vipre Mobile for Android is now available for a public beta testing.  Along with the standard functions you would expect from a security application, Vipre offers a bit of parental controls and some unique methods to block messages containing phrases or words deemed undesirable.  Here's how they describe the features in a weekly newsletter sent out to current users of their PC software:

Antivirus: VIPRE Mobile's powerful Antivirus protects your data and privacy
from malicious software that can affect your Android device's normal
operation - or worse, steal or destroy personal information.

Antispam: Spam is not only annoying, it may contain malicious links. Antispam
stops texting spam from hitting your phone, blocking by content or by
specific phone numbers.

AppControl: You may want to show off your phone or maybe a friend needs to
make a call. But there are some applications that you just don't want anyone
else to run like personal email, or online financial programs. With
AppControl, you can control what applications can be run on your Android
device with or without permission.

Remote Locate: Ever want to know where your children are. With VIPRE Mobile
you can track their Android phone or device on a map from the VIPRE Mobile
website. You can even follow its location, showing you where it's been over a
period of time.

Remote Wipe: If your device is ever lost or stolen, you can easily remotely
wipe its contents so that no one will be able to see your personal
information.

Remote Alarm: How many times have you asked "Where did I leave my phone?"
Just got to the VIPRE Mobile website and set the remote alarm and your device
will emit a very hearable and loud tone.

Backup: Maintain and protect your vital contacts, pictures, videos and other
personal items safe on our secure online servers. If your device is ever lost
(or you buy a new one and want to transfer your data), just click one button
to bring it all back. You can also backup your data to an SD card.

Monitoring: Parents can keep an eye on all your child's phone activities
including IM chats, websites visited, and call logs.

Anti-sexting: Block inappropriate texts of a sexual nature from being sent or
received. The online world is not always the safest place, keep your children
safe.

Anti-bullying: Cyberbullying has become epidemic and can cause potentially
painful emotional harassment to children. Our cyberbullying feature looks for
abusive bullying language in texts and blocks it.

Parental Controls: From the website you can easily enable or disable web
browsing, email, texting, phone calls or texting while driving, or simply set
time restrictions when it's appropriate to use these features.

I'm sure many parents out there will be interested in a bit more control over what their kids are doing with an Android smartphone, and it looks like Vipre is trying to fill that need.  As mentioned, the application is currently in an open beta, so like all other things beta there may be bugs.  If you're feeling brave and want to check it out, hit the source link for more details and a download (Android 2.2 or higher). 

Source: Vipre MobileThanks, Jimbo5000!

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2 years ago

HTC Ruby: Android or WP7 device?

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Here is your questionable device for the day. Say hello to the HTC Ruby -- a device that interestingly enough, we can only see the backside reflection of in what is positively an HTC Flyer. The real kicker? According to Flickr the images were actually snapped using an HTC Ruby. Our friends over at WPCentral are in just as much debate about this as we are, except they're hoping it is a Windows Phone 7 device rather then Android. What do you all think -- Android or Windows Phone 7?

Source: Flickr; Via: WPCentral

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2 years ago

Verizon offering free 30-day trial of the new VZ Navigator

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Verizon has updated their VZ Navigator application, and along with the new name of Verizon Navigator VX, comes a free 30 day trial for new users, and some cool new features, the highlights of which we've outlined below:

  • Smart Routes with Real-Time Traffic – Updated every 60 seconds, telling you when traffic is ahead and mapping out detours to get you around it
  • Voice Turn-by-Turn Directions – Even with other apps open, you will continue hearing where to turn to keep you on track
  • “Real” signs and road views – Accurate highway signs guide you into the correct lanes and prevent last minute lane changes
  • Location Sharing – Use Place Messaging or Facebook to share your real-time location or the place of an upcoming meeting
  • Virtual city driving with 3D buildings and graphics
  • Satellite view that moves with your location
  • Local search with Bing
  • Real-time weather, gas prices, movie times and other local information
  • Ability to add addresses to "favorites" for easy bookmarks of the places you frequent

The 30 day free trial is open for new VZ navigator subscribers only, and available on the HTC Droid Incredible, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Fascinate, Samsung Droid Charge, HTC Droid Incredible 2, and the HTC Thunderbolt.  To give it a try, fire up your phone and head over to http://nav.vzw.com/vznav to download the app.  Choose the 30 day trial option, and you're set.

Some of these new features look really nice.  I'm especially loving the overhead freeway signs, which could save many a headache while tooling around an unfamiliar city.  To see a short video overview, be sure to visit the source link.

Source: Verizon

 

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2 years ago

LG's smartphone offerings for the rest of 2011 leaked and rendered

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LG has jumped into Android in a big way, releasing phones this year that cover everything from the entry level in the popular Optimus One line, to the future generation hardware configuration of the Optimus 3D.  Now the folks at PocketNow have gotten their hands on the rest of LG's 2011 roadmap, and as expected Android rules the roost.  Besides the LG Fantasy, a Windows Phone 7 offering that George over at WP Central has a look at here, some follow-ups to existing phones have emerged, as well as a couple things that sound pretty darn nice.

The LG Prada K2, scheduled for a holiday 2011 release, packs a dual-core punch in a 4.3-inch NOVA LCD display, checks in at 8.8 mm thick, and runs Android 2.3.  It also features front and rear cameras (1.3MP and 8MP respectively) and 21 Mbps HSPA+ data speeds.  With its case design inspired by Prada, this should turn more than a few heads when it shows up -- fingers crossed for a U.S. release.

The LG Univa appears to be the Optimus One replacement.  It checks in squarely in the entry-level range with an 800 MHz single-core CPU, 3.5-inch HVGA display, DLNA support and runs Gingerbread.  At 11.9 mm thick, the Univa looks like it might bring a nice bit of style to the entry-level.  Look for it in Q4.

The LG Victor is another entry-level handset, with a little more punch.  Its 1GHz CPU and 3.8-inch OLED display pair up with Gingerbread, Wifi direct, and front and rear cameras (VGA and 5MP).  This one is supposedly coming this quarter, so look for info soon.

The LG Gelato is one we've seen a couple times before, but it appears there will be an NFC version as well, as the LG Gelato NFC is scheduled for a Q4 release.  The specs hold true to the Sprint version with an 800MHz CPU and 3.2 inch display, but the addition of NFC should make a few happy.

The LG E2 looks like LG's entry in the huge low end market, and should make for a great first smartphone or a pre-pay device.  Details are sparse, save for a "sub-gigahertz" processor and and a basic camera.  Pair this one with the right price, and you have a recipe for success -- especially in developing countries across the globe.

Finally, we have the LG K.  We don't even have a render for this one, and very few details.  Supposedly to have a 4.5 inch display and a true 720p screen, PocketNow thinks this will be the LG P930.  We think it will be awesome.

There are no pictures for any of these devices yet, but you can see some unofficial type renders from the folks at PocketNow, so be sure to hit the source link to see a series of cgi black slabs.  We'll be on the lookout for more information about these.

Source: PocketNow

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2 years ago

Sprint rolling out Nexus S 4G update on July 25

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Since its release, Sprint customers have had quite a number of complaints about the Nexus S 4G and have been patiently awaiting an update that they hoped would fix some of these issues. Earlier this month we saw that the update was delayed, but Sprint has come out and confirmed that the update will begin rolling out on July 25, only three days away.

These enhancements should increase 4G data speeds and signal strength for users. The software update also improves Wi-Fi connectivity, speakerphone audio quality and adds TTY support for the deaf and hard of hearing.

This should come as warmly welcomed news by all Nexus S 4G owners, and while the update is scheduled to start on July 25, it will be a staggered roll out as usual, and should reach everyone's device within three weeks from then.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

First CyanogenMod nightly builds available for Galaxy S II

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Good news for Galaxy S II owners looking for a bit of custom firmware action. Samsung's excellent flagship device has taken its first step towards being fully supported by CyanogenMod, with early Galaxy S II nightly builds of the popular custom ROM now rolling out. The nightlies are based on the CyanogenMod 7.1 branch, which in turn is based on Android 2.3.4.

As ever, these builds are considered highly unstable and are likely to contain bugs and missing or broken functionality. Still, if you're rocking a shiny new Galaxy S II and fancy a change from TouchWiz, then you can grab the latest nightly for your device through ROM Manager, or the source link below.

Source: CyanogenMod

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