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4 years ago

Froyo for the Nexus One gets an update in the form of FRF72 build

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Nexus One update

There have been rumors of an update to the early Froyo build (aka FRF50) that we've been running on our Nexus Ones, and now the download location has leaked out. You can get it straight from Google here (mirrors here in case it gets pulled), but note that you must be running the FRF 50 build, and you must also have the stock Nexus One ROM installed. From there, download the update, rename it to update.zip and slap it on the SD card. Boot into recovery, and away you go.

Early comments at XDA Developers (along with the small size of the file) indicate that these are likely bugfixes for the original build, and so we continue wait for a full update to be pushed out. Give it a shot, and let us know what you see. [XDA Developers]

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4 years ago

Friday free for all: Comment at will!

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Week in Comments

Stick a fork in us, folks. We're done. It's been quite the week, with the half-announcement of the Motorola Droid X, the official announcements of the Samsung Captivate and HTC Aria on AT&T, the Droid 2 made another appearance, the HTC Desire is coming to the U.S., and Froyo is scheduled to launch on the Nexus One in Korea in mid-July. So let us reflect, relax, and get your comment on below. You've earned it.

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4 years ago

The Sprint Palm Pre vs. the HTC Evo 4G -- 2 Guys, 2 Phones, 2 Decisions

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Evo 4G and Palm Pre

(Ed. Note: Craig Froehle and Don Ferguson are longtime friends of us here at Android Central and Pre Central. They're experts in the Palm OS of old and the webOS of new. And so when they offered up a in-depth comparison of the Palm Pre versus the Evo 4G, we jumped at the chance to run it.)

Craig: Both Don and I have used the Palm Pre on Sprint for almost a year, now. We also both (independently) decided to try the EVO, getting one on launch day (June 4, 2010). This is the first Android device for both of us, so have patience with the noobs.

Don: Indeed! New to Android, but not new to this space. This will be fun since, while we certainly don’t have exactly the same perspective on this, we do share a unique perspective that differs from what most reviewers review. Unlike most “first look” reviews, we won’t be telling you the resolution of the screen or how hard it is (or isn’t) to read outside, or that kind of stuff. This review is more detailed, more specific, and more focused on the factors that make a phone truly usable and useful on a day-to-day basis.

Craig: So, we’re going to summarize initial reactions to the new kid on the blog, the EVO 4G, then go into a pretty detailed comparison about how the Pre and the EVO match up on various criteria. The whole thing is set up like a conversation so we can each express our own opinions rather than try to agree on everything (although we actually do that fairly often).

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4 years ago

HTC Aria multitouch test

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HTC Aria Multitouch Test

The touchscreen on the HTC Aria touchscreen doesn't offer as much real estate on which to work as the Evo 4G, Droid Incredible or Nexus One. But how does its multitouch capability match up? We put it through its paces after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Aria apparently showing up early in some AT&T, Best Buy stores

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HTC Aria

If you just can't wait to get your hands on the svelte new HTC Aria, you might want to go ahead and check your local AT&T or Best Buy store. Units apparently are popping up for sale already -- a full two days ahead of their official release. It's not the first time we've seen AT&T slip a few out the door, and what works in one store might not work in another. Anybody else snag one yet? [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

GCI Alaska announces Android phones; HTC Legend with AT&T 3G on sale online

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A plethora of Android

Android phones are coming out of the woodwork!  Alaskan regional carrier GCI announced today that they will have the Motorola Milestone and the HTC Desire available for pre-order "early next week", and PocketNow has shows us where we can buy an unlocked HTC Legend with AT&T 3G bands.

No word on exact dates or pricing from GCI, but I'm watching closely and will shout out when they make any announcement.  The HTC Legend can be had (unlocked) for $498.50 from Negri Electronics. I'm collecting cans and counting pennies as soon as I'm done typing.

Keep 'em coming.  An Android phone in every hand would be a beautiful sight. [Twitter and PocketNow]

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4 years ago

We've got 20 Vlingo licenses for you [Contest[

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Vlingo for AndroidIt's been a big week, and we're in a giving mood. So let's give away some free software, shall we?

Vlingo's voice-to-text (and vice-versa) service goes a few steps beyond Google's stock service, and it's one that we've been enjoying for some time now. For the uninitiated, Vlingo allows you to dictate just about anything you want, and it will actually read your incoming e-mails and voicemails, too.

So without further ado, let's give away 20 copies of the Vlingo app. All you need to do is comment in this post, and let us know why you deserve the app. We'll close up shop tonight at midnight Eastern time and notify the winners by e-mail. So make sure you're registered, leave a comment, and good luck!

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 17

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry and Mickey talk the new Motorola Droid X, the Samsung Captivate and HTC Aria on AT&T, the controversy over the bookmark thumbnails and still find time for a few of your questions. Listen in!

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4 years ago

White Evo 4G coming to Best Buy

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White Evo 4G at Best Buy

We'd heard rumors of this one, and now here's proof: Best Buy is now taking preorders (for $50) for a white Sprint Evo 4G. You won't be able to get it until July 11, however, and Engadget says Sprint stores will be able to carry it starting Aug. 18. So much for the Evo just being another black slab, huh? [Engadget]

Update: Best Buy's made it official. $199 after contract. Press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Q said to bring QWERTY keyboard to take on BlackBerry

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Samsung

We're expecting big things out of Samsung over the coming months, first with the Galaxy S in Europe and Asia, and now the Captivate on AT&T and possibly the Galaxy S Pro on Sprint. And add another rumored phone into the equation -- the Galaxy K. Korea Times says the Galaxy Q will be a QWERTY-keyboard phone targeted to take on BlackBerry. That leads us to believe it might possibly be a front-facing portrait keyboard, which is a form factor all but ignored on Android thus far. Or, it could be what we've been calling the Galaxy S Pro. Or something else entirely. From the KT:

"Galaxy Q -- based on the Android mobile platform -- will be all about providing simplicity in user experience, although it will still feature a full QWERTY keypad. The full touch-screen phone will also come with advanced social media features," according to an industry source close to Samsung's plans.

No word on when we might see it, and the KT has no specs other than Samsung's Super AMOLED screen. [Korea Times via Unwired View]

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4 years ago

Korean Nexus One now set to launch with Froyo in July

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KT Nexus One Froyo schedule

Remember how yesterday Korean carrier KT said it was going to launch the Nexus One with Froyo on June 21? Scratch that, apparently. KT's official Twitter account (which is @show_tweet) now points to a mid-July launch. So what does that mean for those of us in the states waiting on Froyo? No, we still don't know when it's coming for the Nexus One. Or the Droid. Or the Hero. Or the Droid Incredible. Or the Evo 4G. Or the ... (Thanks, Wonhee Cho!)

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4 years ago

The 100% Mobile Xbox Live Project, powered by the HTC Droid Incredible

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HTC Incredible powered mobile xbox live

When we last saw our friend huskermania, he was safely tucked in his living room playing Xbox Live through his Droid Incredible.  Some were less than impressed, but there was a plan brewing.  Fast forward a few days, add in portable shelf full of hardware, a battery backup unit, that same DInc, and a huge footbridge that spans the Missouri river and you have The 100% Mobile Xbox Live Project.  I don't care who you are, that's tech geek GodMode right there.  There's a very detailed video of the set-up and the demo itself after the break, and you gotta have a look.  My hat's off to you Alex, thanks for the show!

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4 years ago

Droid 2 leaks out from JPL (hopefully not the high-security part)

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Motorola Droid 2

A bunch of vendors were showing their wares at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently, and a helpful reader stumbled upon the Droid 2 and shared the story with Gizmodo. Most of it you've already heard. New keyboard, better camera, and some new Motoblur UI (which the tipster says might not be there at launch, instead opting for stock Froyo). The one line that really stood out to us was this:

The device was running 2.1 and it had 8GB of internal memory as well as an 8GB micro-SD card. The model number says A955 and on the bottom of the device it said "G4DR 4722," but I believe this is just because it is a demo device. The representative did tell me that it had a 1 GHz processor, but she didn't say what kind.

So the proc is pretty much confirmed. Sounds like somebody's demo model number just got outed (oopsie), and there should be plenty of storage to go around. [Gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Inside the Great Bookmark Thumbnail Scare of June 17, 2010 (aka Relax!)

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HTC bookmark images -- FUD free

Everyone should be concerned with their security -- especially when we're dealing with devices that can get lost, stolen or left in bars by accident.  A piece at BGR calls into question bookmark thumbnails that aren't deleted on hard-reset on the HTC Droid Incredible.  But the question is "Why?"

In an effort to stop any panic and FUD, let's break it down to see exactly what is happening, and see why it's not as big a deal as many are making it.  Follow the break to see our take on the whole issue.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G case review: The Seidio Innocase II Surface

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Seidio Innocase II Surface

If you're looking for an Evo 4G case that offers big protection with little fuss, the Seidio Innocase II Surface fits the bill. It'll keep your Evo's case as fresh as the day you brought it home, while still allowing access to all the buttons and ports, plus keeping the 4.3-inch screen at the ready. Check it out, after the break.

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