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2 years ago

ThunderBolt update may bring Gingerbread, Skype video along with reboot fix

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Looks like the continued wait for the latest HTC ThunderBolt software update -- the one that everybody initially thought would just be to fix those blasted reboots -- may be well worth the wait. We'd heard that the more improvements were in the works as, meanwhile, work has continued on new radios. And if this feature list is any indication, we're about to see some official Gingerbread love, folks. Here's the rundown:

  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread.
  • Google Talk video chat (making it only the third phone to get it)
  • Skype video (at long last)
  • Sense 2.1
  • Enhanced aGPS
  • Amazon Appstore
  • Download Manager
  • Verizon Phone Finder
  • MyVerizon

June 30 is the rumored date for the software push, but you know how those things go. It lines up with the news we broke a couple weeks ago, stating an update was coming in the second half of June. But seeing as how there are 30 days in June, that could be what we call a "CYA date." And Verizon recently said no date had been scheduled, after rumors of June 15 fell flat. We'll just have to see.

Anyhoo. Gingerbread. Skype video. Sense 2.1. Oh, and hopefully an end to all those reboots. Now if only someone could do a little something more about battery life.

Source: Android and Me; More: HTC ThunderBolt Forums

Update: A lot of your are noting the misspellings and use of "gTalk" and are of the opinion that this is fake. Might well be. You'd have to ask Android and Me's "Verizon Insider" -- it's their source, not ours. But we will say we've seen some fat fingers at Verizon before. Anybody remember this one?

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2 years ago

Best Android Phones June 2011

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Android Central's Top 10 Android Phones Report ranks the popularity of the best Android Phones over the past 30 days as determined by our proprietary algorithm which compiles data from across the AC community and beyond (Lloyd invented the system and gave it his blessing).

So check out the list below to learn more about what's popular in the Android Universe!

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2 years ago

LG Thrill 4G 3D app development session and SDK from AT&T

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AT&T is sponsoring a LG Thrill 4G 3D application development session featuring Henry Nho, 3D Tech lead at LG Electronics.  The hour long webcast will be 10AM to 11AM Pacific Time on June 23, and it's free to those who pre-register.  The session itinerary is as follows:

  • Introduction to the LG Thrill 4G device
  • The basics of developing Real 3D applications for the LG Thrill 4G
  • How to get your Real 3D app or game to market

If you're interested in creating any type of stereoscopic 3D Android applications (music player with 3D visualizations, please) you won't want to miss this one.  Have a look at the source link to get all the pertinent info.

In addition, and this would probably make for good preparation for the above mentioned webcast, the LG Real3D SDK is also available for download.  The SDK will give you access to the Real3D API, provide a few demos, and a emulator that you can test on your computer using red/cyan 3D glasses.  Be sure to install this and play around with it if you're interested in attending the webcast, or just want to check it out.

Source: AT&T developer pages Webcast; SDK. Thanks, Mike!

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2 years ago

Gingerbread 2.3.3 leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S 4G

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A very nice phone that doesn't get near enough spotlight, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G (check out our hands-on) has a new Gingerbread leak floating around.  The 2.3.3 build has been rooted, and it looks like the battery life got even better -- one user reports about 50 percent better battery life after updating, rooting, and removing pre-installed applications.  If you're inclined, you can find all the instruction and download links at the source link. 

Remember, there's always a risk involved if you jump into this sort of thing.  For many, the rewards outweigh that risk.  Be sure you're informed and pay attention to the instructions.

Source: XDA-Developers

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2 years ago

LG officially launches Optimus 3D

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We've known it was coming for a while, we've even had some hands-on with one of our own (yes, I owe you guys a great review), and today LG launched the Optimus 3D, the world's first "Tri-Dual" architecture smartphone.  Tri-Dual can be translated into dual core CPU, dual channel RAM, and a dual-channel board configuration.  Take that and translate it into English and it means that data can be transferred internally faster, and more of it at once.  Without spoiling my promised review, I'll tell you it's fast.  It's the future of smartphones, and I can't wait to see it go mainstream and get even better.  Add in other niceties like DLNA, HDMI out, and a 4.3 inch display and there's a lot to like here.

One more thing -- 3D.  By a scant seven days LG beat HTC to the punch to release the first 3D Android phone.  It's stereoscopic (no glasses) and pictures and video can be captured in 3D as well.  Like the EVO 3D, you don't have to use it so all is good.  It's coming to Europe first, and should be available in 60 or so more markets in a few weeks.  We'll see it in the states as the LG Thrill 4G on AT&T.  You can read the full press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Sprint revises EVO 3D video capture specs to 720p

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There's been a bit of question about the video capture specifications for the HTC EVO 3D.  Sprint's spec sheet said that 1080p video capture was supported in 2D. But like some of the other early reviewers, we don't have that option in the camera settings.  We reached out to Sprint, and this is what they had to say:

Our apologies, but there was a typo in the spec sheet for EVO 3D. The correct feature should read: capture video up to 720p and playback up to 1080p on both 2D and 3D.

It's not the end of the world, and good 720p video capture is much better than jittery 1080p video by a country mile.  For most, the 1080p decoding was the important bit, and that part was correct.  Will this affect your decision to purchase the EVO 3D, or is it one spec you can overlook, considering the awesomesauce of all the others? 

More: Ask Phil about the EVO 3D 

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2 years ago

Sprint HTC EVO 3D initial review

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Watch our hands-on with the EVO 3D!

If there ever was a phone that could supplant the venerable HTC EVO 4G as Sprint's best-selling Android device, the new EVO 3D could well be it. Spend just a few minutes with the device, and that much is clear. You're going to want this smartphone.

"But Phil," you say. "It's got all that 3D stuff, and I don't care about 3D stuff."

Know what? That's fine. You don't have to use it. We're well into our review of the EVO 3D, and it's time for some initial thoughts. Find 'em after the break.

EVO 3D SpecsEVO 3D ForumsEVO 3D Accessories

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic cases on the shelf at Meijer

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A tipster just sent us a few pictures of Motorola Droid Bionic cases sitting pretty on the shelves at Meijer.  According to our friend, these just got stocked today.  While this doesn't mean anything about a release (see the HTC Thunderbolt ), they sure look lonely sitting there empty.  Maybe Meijer knows something we don't, or maybe it's all wishful thinking.  Either way, nobody makes or stocks accessories for things that won't show up eventually.  We just have to be patient.  There's another pic after the break, check it out.

Thanks, John Trojan!

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2 years ago

HTC Evo 3D review roundup

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Read our HTC EVO 3D review


With the release of the HTC EVO 3D just a few days away, we're finally starting to see some reviews pop up. (Don't worry, ours is coming. You've got our permission to read others in the meantime.)

The EVO 3D's shaping up to be one of the hottest phones of the year, no doubt. Following up on last year's blockbuster EVO 4G, the sequel continues the trend of large screens, fast processors and brings along some of HTC's stellar customizations.

Consider the specs:

  • 4.3-inch 3D qHD capacitive 960 x 540 px display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 4GB of internal memory
  • 8GB microSD card pre-installed (expandable up to 32GB)
  • 1730 mAh battery
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Dual 5 MP rear cameras
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 2D video recording at 1080p
  • 3D video recording at 720p

That's nothing to be trifled with. But probably the biggest question about the EVO 3D we're asked is "Is it a good 2D phone?" If the latest reviews and our own hands-on with the EVO 3D back at CTIA are any indication, Sprint and HTC likely have another winner our their hands.

More: HTC EVO 3D Forums

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2 years ago

Sprint ID teases the Samsung Chief, LG Q, LG Optimus B and Motorola Sunfire

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Wanna have a little fun poking your nose around where it doesn't belong? Tucked deep inside the Sprint ID app is a not-so-secret menu for downloading the Sprint Employee Pack for Sprint ID. And before you download the pack, you're asked which phone you have. And there are a few interesting names in that list. Namely:

  • LG Optimus B
  • LG Q
  • Samsung Chief
  • Motorola Sunfire

Those four listings, unlike the Samsung Epic 2.2/2.3 you see in the picture above, don't have images with them. Just the Sprint logo. So what are they?

The LG Optimus B, it stands to reasons, could be the Optimus Black. The Motorola Sunfire is believed to be the recently announced Photon 4G. And the Samsung Chief could be the mid-level "Conquer" everybody's geeking out over today. As for the LG Q? Your guess is as good as ours. The upcoming LG Optimus Slider, perhaps?

Any Sprint employees wanna chime in and clear things up?

Thanks, anon!

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