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3 years ago

T-Mobile UK HTC Desire finally getting Android 2.2 Froyo update

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Some users of the HTC Desire began receiving the Froyo (Android 2.2) update at the beginning of August, but not all European carriers were ready to roll it out just yet. One of these was T-Mobile. But the update is on its way, starting today. 

From the support forums of T-Mobile's UK site:

Hi all,

We have some exciting news for all our Desire users.

The 2.2 firmware update (FroYo) will be available from today and will be sent over the air (OTA) direct to your phone over the coming weeks.

Be sure to save all your personal data before you start downloading.

Those of you using a Desire on T-Mobile UK will see the update rolled out shortly. Congrats! [T-Mobile UK via T3Thanks Big Rich!

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3 years ago

Motorola Flipout headed to AT&T this Sunday?

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We've been following the Motorola Flipout's slow road towards AT&T since June, and it looks like things are coming to a head this Sunday (Sept. 19), according to Engadget's source.  As we talked about a few weeks ago, the Flipout should ship with Android 2.1-update 1, running Motorola's enhanced Blur, comes in bronze or blue, and is clearly a contender against the BlackBerry Torch for those that need a smartphone with a physical keyboard. 

While not a beast of a device, the Flipout should fill the need for anyone who needs a small form factor with a qwerty, wants a better media experience that the Torch can offer, and doesn't mind using a third-party tool like our SideLoad Wonder Machine to sideload apps.  If this sounds like you, give it a look and shout out if you pick one up. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept. 17, 2010

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Sometimes it is easy to forget that your favorite Android device is truly made to function as a phone, and all the other fun stuff you can do with it is just extras. Well, in that fun is the market, which is full of applications and can be quite a task to navigate. Whether short for time, looking for something new, or just seeing what other people are using, we bring you our weekly selection of applications that fill our devices.

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3 years ago

New Dropbox for Android beta brings bug fixes and new features

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Dropbox has sent out email notifications that the latest Android beta is now available for testing, so we fired things up and gave it a spin.  There's some bug fixes -- small file changes now sync properly, files don't re-upload on upgrade or re-install, and increased network timeout so it works better on slow networks, but the new feature list is great.  Alnog with the new version comes:

  • Added "Share to Dropbox" from other applications (Gallery, etc). Either single or multiple files can be shared at the same time.
  • File Downloads & Uploads now display progress notifications instead of Spammy Toasts.
  • Multi-touch Gallery for pictures in a directory. Long-hold on pictures in gallery to do file operations.
  • Now you can create Shortcuts to Dropbox folders by long-holding on the desktop.
  • Added long-hold folder options for sharing and open.
  • Long-hold file Open now plays non-streaming, if it's a streaming file type.
  • Added Cache Size display and Clear Cache button.
  • Prompt to install file manager such as OI or Astro if one is not installed already.
  • Notification if SD card is unavailable, so downloads, viewing, or uploads won't work.
  • The e-mail to tell friends about Dropbox now contains a referral link, so you can get a quota bonus.
  • Visual Redesign with new icons

So far, the new features seem to be working great, and not having to resync and upload/download my cached files on the phone after upgrading was a big plus.  Here at Android Central we all love and use Dropbox religiously, so we're happy to see the changes.  I think you will be, too.  Hit the break to see what the features look like, and you can head over to the official Dropbox forums for the full release notes and download links [Dropbox forums]

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3 years ago

Bell and Rogers to carry the Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Good news Canadian readers, Rogers and Bell have both stepped forward and said they plan to carry the Samsung Galaxy Tab.  We really had little doubt that the new tablet would receive the same worldwide attention that the Galaxy S series of phones has, but confirmation is always a good thing.

No word about pricing or release dates from either carrier as of yet, just the standard 'coming soon' tagline.  While you wait, check out all of our hands on videos and stories from both Berlin and New York to get your mouth watering.  [Bell, Rogers]

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3 years ago

Samsung Media Event: Event Gallery plus bonus interview

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So you didn't make it to the Samsung media event last night, eh? No worries, we ate enough cocktail weenies for you, and then some. Click on after the break to see a bunch of photos we took during last night's media briefing, plus a bonus interview. Oh, and make sure you check out our new hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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3 years ago

Samsung Media Event: Hands-on with the Galaxy Tab [video]

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This hands-on marks the second time we have gotten the chance to play with the Samsung Galaxy Tab here at Android Central.  Dieter Bohn got to play with it first when it was announced at IFA. I had the chance to mess around with it last night at Samsung's media event in New York City at the Time Warner Center. Click on after the break to hear impressions and watch me put finger prints all over the prototype.

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3 years ago

Samsung Media Event: Hands-on with Media Hub [video]

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Along with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sammy showed off for the first time its Media Hub service. The service will be available on all of its Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S phones and Galaxy Tab. Onboard so far: MTV, NBC, Paramount, and WB. It's a good start, but what about the service itself. Is it enough to have big names onboard and does the user experience deliver? Read on after the break to see what we thought, and watch a hands-on video.

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3 years ago

Best Buy leak notwithstanding, don't expect LTE phones this year

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There's this leaked Best Buy document making the rounds today that mentions activation of Verizon LTE devices "coming into the market this fall." That's exciting stuff -- though it'd be a little more exciting if we definitely were talking about Android devices.

We've been saying on the Android Central Podcast for weeks now that we're expecting LTE data cards to roll out before we see LTE-capable smartphones. (That said, yes, Verizon started pimping 4G today.) Would we love to see LTE phones by the end of the year? Heck, yeah. Is it reasonable that we'll see them "this fall"? Probably not, folks. And that's what a trusted source is still telling us. Plain and simple, no Verizon LTE phones in 2010. We'll just have to make do with speedy data cards if and when they happen.

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