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2 years ago

Reminder: Sprint to begin rolling out update to Nexus S 4G today

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Monday mornings are taxing for even the sharpest of minds, so here’s a friendly reminder: Sprint will begin rolling out its update for the Nexus S 4G today, bringing improvements to data speeds, signal strength, Wi-Fi connectivity, speakerphone audio quality, and TTY support. Keep in mind that the update will be rolling out over the next three weeks, so don’t panic if you haven’t received it just yet. If you have, however, let us know how it’s treating you in the comments below.

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2 years ago

The Top 10 reasons why Eric Schmidt was again caught using a BlackBerry

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Egads! Our pals at CrackBerry have uncovered this picture of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt apparently wielding a BlackBerry at a conference in Indonesia. And this isn't the first time the Google exec's been spotted with something other than one of his company's own Android devices.

Why, Eric? Why? Let's throw out a few ideas.

  1. Even Eric Schmidt has to slum it every now and then.
  2. Someone told Eric to check out the exciting new browser and excellent gameplay on BlackBerry. That person is expected to be released from an Indonesian prison some time in 2015 for misleading Mr. Schmidt.
  3. He was trying to root the thing.
  4. "Awwwww. Look at that little screen. It's so cute."
  5. Eric's got a thing for trackpads.
  6. "See this thing? It'll be dead in two years."
  7. Blinking. Red. Light.
  8. "What's CrackBerry Kevin's PIN again?
  9. Checking it for patent violations.
  10. Just had to check Android Central, and it was the only phone around.

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2 years ago

Samsung Epic 4G sees another Gingerbread leak with build EG22

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The Samsung Epic 4G still isn't shipping from Sprint with Gingerbread on board, but that doesn't mean you can't have a try on your own.  Build EG22 brings yet another leaked Gingerbread ROM for the Epic, and early word is that it's a fine piece of engineering.  It appears that most of the debugging code has been stripped out, which means there's a good chance this will be the final release, and that Android developers won't have to work as hard to clean it all up for those that prefer the custom ROM route.  One important thing to know is that there are enough changes in this build that themes and other customizations built for the EF02 leak might not work, but I imagine everyone involved will have that sorted out soon.

There's several different ways to get this one on your Epic, hit the forums and holler at AC adviser Paul627g with questions and for advice -- that man is an Epic hacking machine and will steer you right.  If you're the type who would rather wait to get your update pushed from Sprint, it looks like it won't be too much longer now.

Source: Android Central forumsThanks everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Sams's Club not expecting the Droid Bionic until September? [Updated]

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Update: Grrr. Sam's Club, folks. Not Costco.

Fresh in from our folks behind the shelves at Costco Sam's Club, we have some new info about upcoming releases. In handy bullet point form are the following:

So, that's that. We're still in agreement that we'll see the Droid Bionic sooner rather than later, but these things aren't official until they're official. But if you're waiting to get it at Costco, Sam's Club you might have a few extra weeks to hang on.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

AT&T Nexus S officially available today at Best Buy

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If you are an AT&T customer and have been waiting for a Nexus S that'll actually use your carrier's 3G bands, your big day is here. The Nexus S for AT&T is officially available today at Best Buy locations, as well as via BestBuy.com.  The device will run you $99 with the use of an upgrade, or $529 when purchased outright, so will you be picking one up?

Purchase online: Best Buy

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3 years ago

Editorial: My dog's better than your dog -- but only to me

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It's high time we talk about the way we act and represent ourselves, both here at Android Central and across the intertubes.  Cruise through any smartphone forums or blog comments, and you'll soon see a common theme.  We like to argue, sometimes to the point of acting the fool.  I'll admit -- I can get a bit snarky, and have probably caused an admin or two more trouble than I should, so I'm not pointing fingers at anyone in particular.  But I can bet that anytime I'm reading a story about LTE, I'll see people digging about price or downtime.  Or if it's about the EVO 3D, I'll read how Sprint's coverage "sucks."  I won't even get started on what a T-Mobile- or AT&T-based story turns into.  Well, here's a hint:

We're all wrong.

We love to interact with you guys (yet sometimes we're so busy we don't have time to), and we get the same questions quite a bit -- is X phone better than Y, or should I switch to carrier Z?  Well, there is no answer to that.  What works best for me, isn't going to work best for you.  If that were true, Google would be selling 400,000 copies of the Nexus S per day, and T-Mobile's tiny network would assplode.  Yes, I know it has no SD card slot, it's not HSPA+, has no notification light, and is made of "cheap feeling" plastic.  But I don't care -- it's what I like.  Just like you enjoy your Evo 4G on Sprint.  Or your Thunderbolt on Verizon, or your Atrix 4G on AT&T.  Different strokes for different folks and all that. 

We're lucky here because we get to play with a lot of new Android phones, and we have all learned just why there are so many different makes and models.  Choice.  There's something for everyone, and none of the choices are wrong.  In fact, maybe none of the Android choices are for you, and that's OK.  My point is, I can't decide what works best for you -- whether it be the best network, the best phone, or the best tablet.  We're here to guide as best we can with device reviews, talk about apps, and even news about bugs and problems, but in the end you'll figure out what seems best for you, and that's what counts.  So rock that Backflip or Droid Charge with pride, it's all good.

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3 years ago

LeafROM for the Samsung Replenish shows Android developers love them all

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You would think that an Android phone like the Samsung Replenish wouldn't draw much attention from independent Android developers, but you would be wrong.  Android Central ROM developer Shabbypenguin and his cohorts in the ACS have cranked out the beta version of LeafROM for the little eco-friendly Sprint qwerty phone and it already has a great set of features in place.  Besides being theme-friendly and debloated, things like the Gingerbread malware patch have been added, and things like "rescue server" (regarded as a carrier tracking app) have been removed.  If you picked up a Replenish, and want to have the Android experience of rooting and hacking away at it, you need to have a look. 

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic accessories shown in blurrycam pic from Verizon earnings report

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A tipster that's "close to the matter" was able to send us this blurrycam shot of a slide shown at the end of the Verizon earnings report, and it includes a few Motorola Droid Bionic details.  This basically confirms the laptop dock, full Bluetooth keyboard, and HD webtop dock with IR remote ability.  There's no word if any of these docking accessories that already are available for the Motorola Atrix 4G are compatible, but we're not holding our breath.  It also shows off the chrome banding around the edge of the device, which lends that extra bit of design to an otherwise generic black slab.  Of course the news we all really want to know -- the release date -- is nowhere to be seen.

Thanks, Anon!

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