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3 years ago

Online reseller prices LG G-Slate at $699 for 4G model

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Online reseller MobileCity has put up a placeholder page for the T-Mobile bound LG G-Slate, with a price tag of $699 for the 4G version.  That's far less than the rumored $1200 that was floating around after Mobile World Congress, and $100 less than the Motorola Xoom.  When you're shelling out that kind of money, $100 isn't the most important factor in the decision making process, but everyone expected the G-Slate to be more expensive because of all the 3D magic it has going on.

Now we're not saying that the price is correct, but it should be in the ballpark.  Now let us all breathe a collective sigh of relief and hope that the $699 number holds.  [Mobilecity via Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

NVIDIA launches Tegra Zone -- easily find Tegra 2-optimized Android apps

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Now that we've got a couple of dual-core devices with those fast-and-mighty NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipsets, it's time to put them to good use -- with some apps. And to that end, NVIDIA this morning has launched Tegra Zone, a portal for finding the latest apps optimized for the new processors.

We've taken Tegra Zone for a spin over the past couple of days. Join us after the break for a full rundown.

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3 years ago

ROMTools for your LG Optimus S (and variants) [from the forums]

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Man, I love these little Optimus One phones.  When you put Android on great entry-level hardware and price it accordingly, a couple things happen.  They get pretty damn popular, and developers start to take notice.  Both are very good things.  Optimus developer mmmark111 brings us new goodies -- ROMTools.  ROMTools is a program you run from your computer and it handles a whole slew of hacking needs for your Optimus One phone.  Have a look:

  • Flash ROM
  • Flash Recovery
  • Wipe dalvik-cache
  • Mount /system r/w
  • Push ROM to SD card
  • Push framework-res.apk
  • Push bootanimation.zip
  • Reboot
  • Reboot into Recovery

If you hate trying to remember commands and file locations, you'll love it.  It's really easy to use -- I've even got my wife flashing her own boot animations.  I'll make a hacker out of her yet, especially with tools like this one.  Thanks a lot, mmmark111, for making and sharing it! [Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile killing Sidekick service May 31, has easy transfer to 'new device'

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T-Mobile has announced that as of May 31, 2011, the Danger service (Andy Rubin's former baby now owned by Microsoft) will no longer be available for T-Mobile Sidekick users.  Have no fear, because they have an easy transition path from the Sidekick to a new device -- one they will be sharing more information about in the coming weeks.

Now if I were a betting man, I would bet that T-Mobile means only one thing -- the Sidekick 4GWe know it's coming, and soon enough that T-Mobile already has a sign-up sheet live for more info.  All that's left is for them to say "Go."

And I'll start the random speculation off by saying the week of April 15.  Get into the Rumored Device forums and let's hear your best guess!  T-Mobile's full (but brief) statement is after the break.

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3 years ago

VZ Navigator for the HTC Thunderbolt now in the Android Market, sans phone

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Here comes your daily HTC Thunderbolt teaser. (Don't look at us like that -- it's tomorrow in Europe already. Or something like that.) VZ Navigator -- Verizon's own maps powered by NAVTEQ -- will run you $2.99 a day, $4.99 a week or $9.99 a month. But it also has Bing built into it, if you're into that sort of thing.

Anyway, the app's here for the Thunderbolt, the phone's not (and this isn't the first time we've seen VZNav show up before its intended device), and we're all just going to have to hold out hope for yet another day. [Android Market] Thanks, David, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Comcast releases XFinity TV app to the Android Market

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Although the XFinity Mobile app was released quite some time ago, that doesn't mean Comcast is done with its Android offerings. The latest addition, XFinity TV, is now available in the Android Market and has some changes over the XFinity Mobile app. Most notably, the new app works as a DVR remote rather then just a scheduling tool for your DVR selections.

Take note though -- neither the Samsung Nexus S nor Android 2.3 are compatible with the app. So if you're using an Android 2.3-based device or possibly even a ROM built off of Android 2.3, you can pretty much count this one out. As I was advised by Jerry to tell you all that he still can't use it, and for that he wants to beat someone until his arms are tired. Neck beards get no love, I tell ya -- none at all. Download after the break folks. Thanks, Mark for sending this in.

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X hits Europe in March, will get Gingerbread upgrade

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LG has announced that the Optimus 2X -- the world's first (but no longer only) dual-core Android smartphone -- will be hitting Europe in March. Neither carriers nor countries were announced, and no exact date was given. The phone launched in Korea in late January and will be known as the Optimus Speed in Germany. No U.S. availability has been announced.

The Optimus 2X currently runs Android 2.2 Froyo but is upgradeable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, LG says. You can check out our hands-on with the LG Optimus 2X here. Full presser is after the break.

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3 years ago

The Samsung Gem lives! Dummy units heading to Verizon stores

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We broke the good/bad/indifferent news earlier today in our rumored devices forum -- the Samsung Gem has been resurrected, and dummy units are hitting Verizon stores as we speak. The Gem is a pretty basic 3.2-inch Android smartphone with a 3.2MP camera and an 800MHz processor. Not all that much to write home about, but it did see release on Alltel just a few weeks ago.

So, yeah, dummy units are arriving. We've got one more pic after the break, and that's probably as close as we're going to get to this thing. Thanks to you know who!

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3 years ago

Android 2.3.3 to allow screenshots without rooting

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Changes in the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread source will allow applications to take screenshots without rooting your phone.  We've always been able to take screenshots using the SDK and the ddms utility (which you can see above), and some third-party manufacturer skins have enabled it -- both accidentally and on purpose. But with Android 2.3.3 it appears that applications will be able to do it without rooting on stock Android.  This is because of some changes in the way the SurfaceFlinger service handles what it captures from the framebuffer.  For more info, have a look here.  It's something that many users have been requesting, and security issues aside, something long available on most other smartphone platforms. (Wave to your screenshot-less Windows Phone friends, everybody!)

Of course we have to wait for 2.3.3 to filter down to everyone before we see apps take advantage of this for most phones.  But if you've rooted and are already rocking Gingerbread, it shouldn't be long before your favorite developer integrates this and any other small tweaks that come with the latest version.  Then again, you can use any of the methods on the Market to capture your screen if you're already rooted.  So goes Android's circle of life, I guess.  Hopefully, manufacturers get 2.3.3 pushed out soon and we all can enjoy. 

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3 years ago

Chomp aims to make finding Android apps easier

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When speaking of Android applications, one thing that always seems to ring true for new and old users is that the Android Market does very little in the way of helping users find new apps. Although some changes have been made recently to the UI and structure of the Android Market, finding the right app to suit your needs still remains a bit of a task. The ability to discover new apps just isn't quite where it should be for most users, and that's why we do lots of software reviews and share the apps we're using with you all.

Our reviews won't stop, nor is the Android Market is likely to change overnight. And so, the folks from Chomp have stepped in and released their app discovery service to Android users. Chomp allows users to seek out Android apps in what may or not be a better layout depending on your tastes. Given that it is available as a free download, it'll do no harm in checking it out if you're having troubles finding new apps for your device. Download and video are available after the break. [TechCrunch]

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