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3 years ago

Gingerbread for unlocked UK Desire HD and Incredible S coming May 16, says HTC

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Owners of unlocked HTC Desire HD's and Incredible S's in the UK can look forward to an official Gingerbread update next Monday, May 16, according to a Facebook post by HTC UK. The news follows some confusion over the timing of over-the-air updates to Android 2.3 for both devices -- HTC posted a update on its support site a couple of weeks ago stating the update was already live, but owners of unlocked British handsets have yet to receive it over-the-air.

Hopefully the wait should be over next Monday, though. Bare in mind, as usual, that the update will take a little longer to roll out to carrier-branded handsets.

Source: HTC UK on Facebook

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3 years ago

Netflix app initial hands-on and review

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Yes, you did read that headline correctly. Netflix has finally come to Android -- well, select Android devices that is. Everyone's favorite loving movie app just hit Android Market for those rocking the HTC Incredible, HTC Nexus One, HTC EVO 4G, HTC G2, and the very glossy Samsung Nexus S. The long awaited app was suppose to be a timed exclusive for the LG Revolution, but it looks like that exclusivity fell apart. Instead we got a very limited launch of the app. According to Netflix, the app would have been released on more devices but they were having "playback support" issues. We're sure that the Android team at Netflix is hard at work to bring the movie streaming app to more devices.

The app is very, very simple in design -- and that's a good thing. Too much fancy could make a heavy video app chug, and we don't need or want that. In fact the app only sports four tabs up top. The four tabs are: Home, Genres, Search, and Queue. There are no settings to change video size, quality, or audio. Hopping in and out of the tabs seemed quite fluid. And our long queue loaded our television and movies quite fast, too.

When loading up Toy Story 3 over Wi-Fi, we had no issue with buffering. Just a few quick seconds and we were enjoying Pixar's classic animation. Skipping through the movie can easily be done by tapping the screen and movie the virtual slider that appears. Again, we saw minimal buffering when hopping around the movie.

The Netflix app is something a lot of people have been waiting for, and we are super excited it's finally here. For those of you that don't have access to it just yet, hang tight. As for now, watch our very quick hands-on.

 

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3 years ago

Adobe Flash 10.3 available in the Android Market

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Adobe Flash 10.3 has been released into the wild, and is now available for download in the Android Market. This update bumps Flash up to version 10.3.185.21, and after sifting through the changelog, it’s safe to say the release is comprised mostly of bug fixes. Flash 10.3 is available for Froyo, Gingerbread, and Honeycomb 3.0 and 3.1 users, and you can grab it from the Market after the break. Hit the source link for the official changelog with a full list of fixes -- or the shortened version after the break is also available.

Source: Adobe

 

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3 years ago

Netflix finally releases their Android app, only available for select phones initially

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Netflix is one of the few apps that the vast majority of Android users have been dying to have on their devices. Today Netflix released its first Android app, which will initially be available to a select number of phones. Those phones are:

  • HTC Incredible with 2.2+
  • HTC Nexus One with 2.2+
  • HTC EVO 4G with 2.2+
  • HTC G2 with 2.2+
  • Samsung Nexus S with 2.3+

The Netflix team wrote a blog post about the release, citing that this is only the first roll-out phase and the app is going to come to more devices soon:

The Market download will initially be available only on select phones that currently have the requisite playback support. We expect to quickly add to the number of phones that can download from Android Market as we work with ecosystem partners to expand playback support.

They also stated the delay for their app has been due to a lack of standard streaming playback capability that is causing them to test each device individually. They anticipate more support in the "coming months".

Congrats to those with the phones listed above as you now have Netflix in your pocket on your Android device. This is great news for the platform as a whole and shows that Netflix is committed to bringing their product to Android. Find the Market link after the break.

Source: Netflix

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3 years ago

Samsung offering $50 rebate for all TELUS Galaxy S Fascinate 4G buyers

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Planning on picking up a Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G from TELUS in Canada? If so, Samsung wants to give you some money back off of the purchase cost. TELUS today, made the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G available for $99 on a 3-year contract, $429 on a 2-year contract and $479 on a 1-year contract and there is no limits on the actual rebate terms, even if you choose the no-contract price of $529. Just fill in the info, wait 6-8 weeks and you'll have save yourself $50. Thanks for sending this in, Clay!

Source: Samsung; TELUS

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3 years ago

Thunderbolt update available in rooted form

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This morning’s Thunderbolt update might have left a lot of rooted users scratching their heads as to whether or not to take the plunge, but fear not: you haven’t been left behind. That rooted update we saw last month over at XDA is the same build number we are seeing OTA today, and brings with it all the benefits and none of the unrooting. Again, we recommend all rooted users steer clear of the update being pushed to your handset and instead grab the rooted version at the source link. There, you’ll find the file and instructions on how to flash it to your Thunderbolt (s-off and through hboot, not recovery), all the while maintaining precious superuser status.

Source: XDA Forums

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3 years ago

Android 3.1 software update rolling out now for Motorola Xoom WiFi

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When the Android 3.1 update was announced for the 3G enabled Motorola Xoom, some WiFi only Xoom owners were a little upset at having to wait, even if only a little bit. However, some actually received the update that day despite Motorola stating it would be happening in the coming weeks. And now, Motorola has announced that the Android 3.1 update is slowly being rolled out in phases. If you already received it -- awesome (and snag the manual download location)! If not, sit tight and take satisfaction in knowing it's coming sooner rather than later.

Source: @Motorola

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3 years ago

EVO 3D case is a sure sign that the phone's still on the way

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Ah, the evolution of an EVO. Before you present an Sprint EVO 3D case. It's part of the process of the launch of a smartphone. First we have an announcement. Then a hands-on. Then maybe a ROM leaks. And the phone gets featured in an advert or two. And now, we have the EVO 3D accessories popping up ahead of the launch which is still slated for "this summer." Carry on, folks.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

More signs the white Samsung Nexus S is soon arriving with AT&T-3G compatibility

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By now, the white Samsung Nexus S with AT&T 3G compatibility (that'd be the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands) hitting the U.S. is starting to sound like some other unnamed white device that seemingly took forever to get here. Phil is starting to grow impatient and maybe Samsung has sensed this as they now appear to be putting the final touches on a . We've seen this device time and time again -- be it through online stores, sitting in Bluetooth SIG documents and even on the Samsung website itself previously but it remains not yet available from AT&T or any other direct or in-direct retailer. Anyone still holding out for the white Nexus S besides Phil? Or has its time long past now?

Source: Pocketnow

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3 years ago

Required reading: Skyhook lawsuit sheds light on Google's power over manufacturers

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Once upon a time there was a little story about Motorola ditching Google's location services in Android in favor of a company called Skyhook. And just a couple months after that little story came another -- Skyhook suing over unfair business practices after it was shut out and Moto went back to Google's services. And as the lawsuit has continued, a wealth of documents has shed light onto Google's relationships with manufacturers, how it wields control over the platform, and what that all means for you as a consumer.

Nilay Patel of This Is My Next (and formerly of Engadget) does a tremendous job of breaking it down. It's a fascinating look inside some of the decisions that have been made over the past year or so -- and even sheds some light on why Samsung struggled with shoddy GPS for so many months. If you read only one story today, make sure it's this one.

Source: This Is My Next

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