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4 years ago

Opera Mobile for Android coming out of beta within a month

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Opera Mobile for Android

Opera Mobile for Android has been in beta for what seems like forever -- we first got a look at it at Mobile World Congress way back in February. But it's nearing completion, and the popular mobile browser should be released within a month, Opera announced on its blog this morning. It's trumpeting full hardware acceleration and pinch-to-zoom at the low levels. Will it take over as our daily browser? We'll find out in a month when it's available at Opera.com and in the Android Market. [Opera]

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4 years ago

Motorola acknowledges Froyo issues on Droid X

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Motorola Droid X

The recent update of the Motorola Droid X to Android 2.2 was one that was very welcomed -- until we began to see new bugs pop up. We've seen Motorola acknowledge the messaging issues that were caused by Froyo, and now they have done the same with some others. Some of these issues include:

  • Stuck on Moto logo after reboot – this was tough on a few owners. Very sorry about that. A fix has been developed for this and should eliminate the problem. It will be distributed in a future software release. If you are still experiencing this issue, click here.
  • Random rebooting – while there always seem to be new conditions that can cause an electronic device to panic, we do have improvements coming that address and eliminate identified panic states. They will be distributed in a future software release.
  • WiFi connection and stability – improvements in WiFi have been developed, to address several problem areas. They will be distributed in a future software release.
  • Battery Manager “force close” errors – under some circumstances, pressing the battery icon under Menu > Settings > Battery Manager results in a forced close error. A fix has been developed for this and should eliminate the problem. It will be distributed in a future software release.
  • Media won’t play – includes “sorry the player does not support this type of audio file," custom ringtone stop working, video won’t play, etc., until after a reboot. We believe we have identified the cause of these errors. A fix has been developed for this and should eliminate the problem. It will be distributed in a future software release.
  • Music files cutting off the final four seconds or so – a solution has been developed. It will be distributed in a future software release.

If you are a Droid X owner and are noticing any of these bugs, or any others, Motorola asks for you to let them know. Keep in mind that if you don't report it, they can't fix it! [via Motorola Support] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile lowers data cap, will throttle speeds for those who continue to exceed

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Lately it seems as though nearly every carrier has changed its data plans, and T-Mobile looks to be next. Effective Oct. 16, T-Mobile will be changing its data cap from 10MB to a 5GB, which is more in line with what other carriers offer.  Users who reach the 5GB cap will be notified via a free SMS message that they have reached their cap, and any continued data usage will be at a slower speed. They are saying that this change will only affect around 1 percent of their customers, meaning 99 percent of you will not notice a change. But for those who wish to monitor their data usage it can be done on my.t-mobile.com under the data use tab. [via TMoNews, whom we're betting is that 1 percent ;-) ]

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4 years ago

Wednesday night build.prop wackiness shows Motorola Olympus, Android 3.0

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Motorola Olympus - is it real?

We love these Android "about" screens. And the reason we love them is that you can make your own with a couple of lines in the command prompt and about 30 seconds with a text editor. So when we say take what you see above with a grain of salt, we mean a mountain-sized piece of the ol' sodium chloride.

That could be the Motorola Olympus, with Android 3.0.

And possibly that weird 480x818 resolution is for real, and part of some super secret Android Tablet with a quad-core fuel-injected flux capacitor running at 1.21 gigawatts that, for some reason, Motorola is keeping quiet about. (Or if you look at the top right of the image, you'll see where the notification bar -- or something -- probably was cropped out.)

And maybe it's a version of Android running a Linux kernel that's way past the latest try-at-your-own-risk version of 2.6.36-rc7-git4 that's actually available as of this writing. But that sort of tinfoil hat talk sends Jerry into a GNU tizzy. So let's hope that's not the case, because Jerry don't need any more crazy, ya dig?

As long as we're in the midst of Wednesday build.prop Wackiness, let's revisit one of our favorite build.prop fakes to make its way into a blog post: The HTC Supersonic on T-Mobile running Android 3.0 -- on Jan. 22, 2010. Classic, folks. Classic.

So maybe this one's real, and maybe it ain't. If it's not, well, that's another one for the fake build.prop gallery. [Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Lookout Mobile Security planning to add a premium service

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Lookout Mobile Security

Lookout Mobile Security is one of the most popular security apps available on Android -- you can read our full review of it here

An announcement from Lookout to its users today confirms that it will be introducing a premium service in the near future, making some of the free features available for a price. 

While Lookout hasn't said what the premium service will include, it did provide these details:

  • A free version of Lookout will continue to be available
  • Existing users of Lookout will continue to get all the features they enjoy right now for free, for the life of the account
  • The premium version will be specifically to Android at the beginning, with other platforms to follow

A pretty good deal if you ask us. Lookout offers some great features and the fact that existing users can enjoy the product free of charge after the premium version comes out only emphasizes the need for customers to try this out. If you haven't tried Lookout yet, find the link and the QR code to follow. For a full look at the announcement, check after the break. [Lookout]

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4 years ago

Get the Android Central wallpaper; name our Android contest!

Android Central Wallpaper

We have big things planned for Android Central and we want you to be a part of it. We kicked things off with the new logo you see up top. We also have our Android representing us, you, and, well, the whole platform. Go on and download the free Android wallpaper in the our Forums - available in both light and dark flavors (and find more Android wallpapers in our Wallpapers, Ringtones and Themes forums).

Back to our little friend up top. Little guy (or gal) needs a name and that's where you come in. Head on over to this forum thread and post your suggestion for a name. We'll read through them all and pick our favorite on Friday afternoon and give the winner the Android case of his or her choice from the Android Central Store.

So grab the wallpaper here and name our Android here (where the rules are too) and stay tuned for more awesome. (Comments off on this post - hie thee to the forums!)

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Server Density

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Server Density from Boxed Ice 

Server Density, from Boxed Ice, is just the app all you server administrators out there have been waiting for to take your monitoring out on the road. Sure, you could wait for the boss to call you in the middle of the night because he can't get an e-mail that he absolutely must have at 3:00 AM, but it's so much more impressive to be awake when that call comes in and to tell him that you're already on it. Server Density is a client-server software set designed to take the guess work out of server monitoring.

Let's dive into it more after the break.

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4 years ago

Accessory review: Radius Atomic Bass aluminum earphones

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raduis atomic bass headphones

Man, do these radius Atomic Bass earphones pack a punch!  I consider myself an armchair audiophile -- I can tell the difference between what sounds good, and what doesn't sound good, but want the audio hardware to do the work without having to fiddle around with settings.  We all know that most smartphones are lacking in the deep bass department, and Android phones are no exception. This can be helped a lot, with the right headphone design.  The radius set has an impedance rating of 32 ohms, versus a standard set of earphones at 16 ohms.  This allows lower power devices (like Android phones) to drive them easier, creating more sound at much less power loss.  Then you factor in the angled design that seals well in any ear -- thanks to the three sets of different sized earcaps, and you simply get better sound.

They're also built pretty well.  The earphone body is solid aluminum, the earcaps are very soft silicone, and the wiring is rubber coated right down to the gold plated plug.  The U-shape wiring design is perfect for keeping your phone in your shirt pocket (remember when you used to do that Evo 4G and Droid X users?) or on your desk.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these to anyone.  You can grab a set of radius Atomic Bass earphones in several colors, for $29.95 in the Android Central store.  Full specs and a set of pictures of the set after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Fascinate, Xperia X10 in white at Best Buy Mobile, preorder today!

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 Best Buy Mobile - Samsung Fascinate, Xperia X10, Dell Streak

If there's one thing we love to do, it's parade white phones around our iPhone 4-wielding friends (who are still waiting for their white whale). And we've got an couple of new white Android devices coming to Best Buy Mobile.

First up is the Verizon Samsung Fascinate -- with its new white paint job. We're told will go for $150 on contract. Then there's the AT&T Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, also in white, which will go for $100 after contract. The Dell Streak will run you $300 on contract. (For you folks looking out for the new Windows Phone 7 devices, the AT&T HTC Surround will go for $200.)

As you can see in the picture, the availability dates are Oct. 24 for the white Fascinate, X10 and Streak, and Nov. 8 for the Surround (which is AT&T said it would be available). You can preorder today for $50.

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4 years ago

Tweetdeck Twitter app out of beta, officially available in the Android Market

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Tweetdeck for Android

Tweetdeck -- one of the most popular Android Twitter clients -- has wrapped up a two-month beta test period and is now available in the Android Market. It's a free app, has widgets and basically is a big ball of Twitter awesomeness. Check out TweetDeck's official demo after the break, where you can also find download links.  [TweetDeck]

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4 years ago

Samsung releases Froyo update source code for the Galaxy S

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Samsung Galaxy S Froyo

We brought you a leaked internal letter saying it was coming, and now, Samsung has released the source code for the Froyo update to the Galaxy S. For those of you with carrier-branded versions of the Galaxy S -- that'd be the T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate, Sprint Epic 4G and Verizon Fascinate -- and stick with official updates, well, you're going to have to wait a bit. For if you don't mind flashing and what-not, it means Froyo is upon you. You can find the update at Sammy's Open Source Release Center (search for I9000). [Samsung Open Source Release Center; more discussion at XDA Developers] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile: What G2 update?

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 T-Mobile G2

T-Mobile has issued a statement over the supposed rollout of an update to the G2 that enables Wifi calling and tethering: "What update?" OK, that's the translation. What T-Mobile actually told Phonescoop was this:

"Wi-Fi Calling and tethering/Wi-Fi sharing are not currently supported on the T-Mobile G2. T-Mobile knows these features are important to consumers and we're working to deliver them to G2 users in the future. We have nothing further to announce at this time."

In other words, yeah, a couple of people seem to have gotten the update. That's how these things work. A few may get it as a test, and the rest of us have to wait. And wait we shall. [Phonescoop]

More in the T-Mobile G2 forums

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4 years ago

Dell halting Android 2.1 updates for Streak, focusing on Android 2.2

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Dell Streak

Dell has decided to stop the Android 2.1 update for the Streak and instead focus on Android 2.2. There are some Streak owners who have been enjoying a Froyo port, but the official update has always been centered around Eclair. 

This is good news for those that are waiting for the official update as it would have likely taken Dell longer to update to 2.1, then refocus for 2.2. They're being smart about this update; now if they could just release a device with the current OS, we'd all be happy. [Streaksmart]

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4 years ago

Nexus One finally gets FM radio, thanks to CyanogenMod, MIUI

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Nexus One FM Radio

Video may have killed the radio star, but Cyanogen and the fellows behind the MIUI ROM have revived it for the Nexus One -- the code for the FM radio hardware that's inside the Nexus One has been merged into CyanogenMod and can now be tested by the public at large (that's you and I) in the nightly builds. Do note that nightly builds are the bleeding edge and likely have bugs in them (they're nightly compilations of code and not necessarily a finished release-ready ROM).

What most interests me here is that this is all code written from scratch by the geniuses behind the MIUI ROM, and uses nothing proprietary from HTC.  Gives me a big warm and fuzzy FOSS (Free Open Source Software) feeling inside.  That's open.  That's Android. [CyanogenMod github]

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4 years ago

Tweetdeck beta shows interesting stats on devices, OS version

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Tweetdeck has become rather popular in the Android world since it began its beta a few months back. And the developers are giving us a peek at who's using what device and which version of Android -- including custom mods. They have had nearly 40,000 beta testers to date, which have tweeted from almost every Android device in existence.

Top device? Let's just say it's not a U.S. version (and there are obvious geographical influences at work). And top OS is -- thankfully -- Froyo. Full breakdown at the source link, folks. [via Tweetdeck]

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