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2 years ago

Verizon flipping a slew of LTE switches on Thursday

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Verizon announced today that it will be turning on its LTE coverage in a slew of cities this Thursday, May 19. Customers in the following cities will soon be cruising in the fast lane:

  • Mobile, Ala.
  • Montgomery, Ala.
  • Pensacola, Fla.
  • Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.

In addition, Verizon will be expanding its LTE network to cover a larger area in the following markets:

  • Denver, Colo.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.

What's it mean for you? If you're rocking an HTC ThunderBolt or Droid Charge, you'll now be able to take full advantage of LTE. For more details on just how wide your city’s LTE coverage will soon be, hit the source link for the full press releases.
 

Source: Verizon Wireless

Update: Chicagoland's getting a big boost, too. Full list of communities is after the break.

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2 years ago

Gingerbread update now rolling out to unbranded UK Desire HD and Incredible S

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Reports from various forums are confirming that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates for unbranded British HTC Desire HD's and Incredible S's are now rolling out to users, just as HTC promised last week. On the Desire HD, the update will also bring users up to HTC Sense 2.1, which includes a couple of new features like a quick settings tab in the notification area and a slightly redesigned app drawer.

This should also be good news for owners of the Inspire 4G and Droid Incredible 2. With these devices' European cousins now running Android 2.3, hopefully it won't be long before they get their own taste of Gingerbread.

If you've got an unbranded Desire HD or Incredible S that was purchased in the UK, head on over to Settings -> About Phone -> System Software Updates to grab the new firmware. If your phone is carrier-branded, you'll have to wait just a little while longer for your network to approve the update.

Source: XDA Desire HD, Incredible S forums

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2 years ago

AT&T pushing updates to enable sideloading on older phones

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Change paves way for Amazon Appstore downloads

It's a Christmas miracle, folks! Starting today, AT&T is pushing updates to select Android phones that will enable non-market installations -- app sideloading. And, more important, it means the Amazon Appstore will work on AT&T phones.

Who are the lucky ones? If you've got an HTC Inspire 4G or Aria, or a Samsung Captivate, keep an eye out for the update -- those are Froyo devices, if that helps. The new Samsung Infuse 4G already has sideloading enabled.

Good on AT&T for finally fixing this. We'd like to think it was our little editorial that did it, but more likely it was because the Amazon Appstore wasn't working (it sideloads apps, and we can't believe they didn't work that out beforehand). but whatever the reason, we'll take it.

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook 'App Store' reaches 1 million downloads

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Barnes & Noble announced today that its recently launched Nook App Store for the Nook Color has already reached 1 million downloads. The achievement only took three weeks after Nook Color users received the update, which provided several enhancements, including Adobe Flash and the App Store.

The top five paid apps thus far are:

  • Angry Birds
  • Drawing Pad
  • Solitaire
  • Aces Jewel Hunt
  • Astraware Mahjong

The top five free apps are:

  • Fliq Calendar
  • Fliq Notes
  • Pulse
  • Nook Word of the Day
  • Fliq Tasks

The fact that Barnes & Noble has been able to achieve a large amount of downloads in such a short time is a testament to how popular the device is. Full press release after the break.

Source: Barnes & Noble; More: Nook Color Forum

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2 years ago

It's official, the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab are getting Gingerbread mid-May

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Well, it's no longer in question. The Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy S line of phones are officially receiving a Gingerbread update. Samsung put out a press release this morning breaking the update news. According to the release, the update will begin to roll out in the UK and Nordic countries mid-May. Soon after, Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, Middle East Asia, and Africa should follow.  If you guys are getting the update, be sure to tip us and let us know. Or share your update news in the forums. Press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II coming to the states as the AT&T Attain, Verizon Function and Sprint Within?

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Gotta love it when an accessories dealer outs info before the carriers, and that seems to be the case with the Samsung Galaxy S II. While we'd rather see something a little more ... official (and we bet we will), retailer Wireless Xcessories Group has xcessories (erm, accessories) listed for the Galaxy S II Attain on AT&T, the Function on Verizon and Within on Sprint. And those certainly sound like release names. Now we just have to wonder when we might officially see some U.S. carrier love.

Source: Wireless Xcessories Group; via Pocketnow

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2 years ago

HTC Holiday, Salsa and EVO View 4G ROMs leak out

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If you fancy digging around some HTC ROMs then you'll be awful busy tearing these ones apart. Three new ROMs in total have now leaked out -- one of which is for the still lacking information HTC Holiday. The two remaining are test ROMs for the HTC Salsa and the Evo View 4G.

Although most folks won't be needing these, developers I'm sure would love to rip them apart and see what goodies can be found inside. If you fit that bill, then by all means -- hit the source links below while we try and dig up some definitive info for the HTC Holiday aside from it being a Android 2.3.4 loaded, 1.2 GHz dualcore packing device with a 4.5 inch QHD display.

Source: 911Sniper, (2), (3)

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2 years ago

Editorial: Android's most wanted -- New phones with a current OS

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Step into my time machine, and go back to May 20, 2010, with me.  That was the day Google released Froyo to the world with much fanfare and cheering.  I think a few little old ladies may have even cried.  In any case, we all were excited and looking forward to the day we could have some frozen yogurt for our Android phones.  Now back to today, and things still look about the same -- a year and a few days later and manufacturers are still shipping phones with Froyo, even though Gingerbread has been available since December of last year.  We're not talking about phones that languished forever and a day without getting an update, that's just as ridiculous, but best saved for another day.  This is about new phones, still being shipped and sold with a year old codebase -- and known security issues.  Hit the break and read along.

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