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2 years ago

Droid Charge gets ED2 system update, affects Media Hub only

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The Samsung Droid Charge has officially been on sale for less than 24 hours now, and a system update has already been released. Update ED2 is just a minor little thing, a 5.2-megabyte update that brings a couple of fixes to Samsung's Media Hub app. And the fixes are:

  • A software change was made to the Media Hub application to prevent downloading content over the 3G network. This application will only work in the 4G network or when using Wi-Fi to ensure quality and speed.
  • A pop up message was added to the Media Hub application to inform customers of the size of the download when in a 4G coverage area before downloading.

We're never really happy to see a software update that takes away functionality, but there you have it. So if you're dead set on using Media Hub over 3G, might wanna hold off on this one, folks.

More: Verizon Wireless. Thanks, Smarti277!

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2 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge now available from Verizon, still $299

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After a long journey with enough plot twists to make Hithcock proud, the Samsung Droid Charge is finally available from Verizon Wireless for $299 after the usual contracts and agreements.  After seeing and playing with the Charge for a bit I have to say that the SAMOLED plus display is something that needs to be seen in person.  The rest of the features are no slouch either:

  • Android 2.2
  • Google Mobile services, including Google Search
  • Google Maps and Gmail, YouTube
  • Brilliant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display
  • 1GHz application processor
  • Rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities
  • Samsung Social Hub and Media Hub
  • 4G LTE hotspot available free until June 16

So who's picking up the second LTE Android phone on Verizon?  Hit the Droid Charge forum to chat all about it!

Source: Verizon Wireless

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2 years ago

Android 3.1, Thunderbolt post OTA concerns [from the forums]

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With Google IO all said and done, it's time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming, so let's start things off by having a look at what's been happening in the forums. As always, some of the more popular threads have been highlighted below or you can hop on in the forums and start your own.

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2 years ago

Verizon extends Droid Charge 4G hotspot trial until June 16

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There was some concern that the delay in releasing the Samsung Droid Charge would not give potential users the time they need to use and evaluate the free 4G LTE hotspot, but it looks like all that is soon to be put to rest.  In this internal memo from Verizon we see that the trial period is bring extended to june 16, giving everyone who is planning on picking up a Droid Charge come May 14 a little over a month to use and abuse some LTE data.  Nice call, Verizon.

We don't know if this offer is going to extend to Thunderbolt users, or what (if anything) this means about the end of unlimited data plans.  We do know that having an LTE hotspot can come in really handy, and may just save your bacon in a crowded press room where the number of users is higher than the number of cat5 cables, though.  Be sure to put it through the paces if you pick up a Charge.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Google I/O developer session recap

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By now we're all back home from Google I/O and get back to work.  For Android software developers, that means back to writing and building great Android apps, armed with everything they learned from a couple days at Moscone West, listening to the geniuses behind Android.  And they have a full plate -- Google clearly is all about the apps now.  Once you get past the exciting news from the keynotes and go past the new version announcements and assorted glamour and glitz, you see that from Chrome, to Google TV, to Android the focus is shifting to better application development.

Join us after the break to see just what Google has lined up to push Android application development to the next level.

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2 years ago

Netflix on a rooted Nook Color [how-to]

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Have a rooted and hacked Nook Color? Want to run the new Netflix app? It's as simple as changing the build.prop file, of course, to make the app think your $250 e-reader actually is one of the few phones currently supported by Netflix. Been there, hacked that, got the T-shirt.

Youtuber huskermania has worked up an excellent video showing you how it's done. In less than five minutes, you, too, can be streaming Netflix on the Nook Color to your heart's content. Check it out.

More coverage: Nook Color forums. Thanks, Alex!

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2 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt wireless charging back cover at FCC

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In documents made available today from the FCC, it's been revealed that HTC has submitted a request to modify the back cover of the Thunderbolt to allow for wireless charging.  Bringing the convenience of this from an OEM could prove to be a great step in the right direction for HTC.  We already know LG plans on implementing this and with the Palm Pre approaching it's 2nd birthday, inductive charging is not something new or revolutionary but it's a budding technology in the smartphone arena that a lot of us would like to see take off.  Let's hope HTC finalizes this soon and gets it to the rest of its line of devices as well!

Source: FCC, thanks Emeterio!

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2 years ago

Google unveils 'News near you' -- location tracking still optional

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Google is introducing a new, browser-based feature for everyone who reads news using a mobile device. The service is called "News near you" and it's accessible if you direct your mobile browser to Google's news page.

Google says it analyzes every word in every story to determine both the story's location and source, and then files it appropriately and serves it back to you depending on where you are. If you don't want to share your location, there's an opt-in message the first time you land on Google News.

Anyone think they'll be taking advantage of this? I get most of my local news from the evening news, but does anyone see this replacing that for them? Sound off and let us know how accurate the city placement is once you've opted-in.

Source: The Google Mobile Blog

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Micronytes

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As long as I'm on a kick with games that make me think of movies, I've got to mention Micronytes. This is an absolutely incredible platformer that just reeks of Fantastic Voyage.

Instead of a blood clot in the brain, there are these (assumedly evil) green, anthropomorphized green blobs munching on all the tasty red stuff inside of an unnamed victim. How to defeat them? Send in some rotund, faceless gents in all white suits to eradicate the problem.

Join me after the break to see just how detailed this adventure becomes.

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2 years ago

It's official: Droid Charge goes on sale May 14

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Update: Verizon just e-mailed us and has officially confirmed the Droid Charge goes on sale at midnight Eastern tonight. Huzzah!

Word around the campfire is that The Samsung Droid Charge is finally going to go on sale tomorrow, May 14, and we've now got the internal notes to back that up. It's been a long road for the 4.3-inch LTE device. It was announced four months ago at CES. But its April 28 launch date was postponed in the wake of Verizon's LTE data outage. Can't say we blame anyone for that.

So, who's picking one up tomorrow?

Thanks, anon!

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