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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for July 8, 2010

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With the number of device announcements we have seen recently, it remains quite obvious that Android isn't playing around, and neither are the developers behind the scenes making some of our favorite applications. We continue to see ports to Android of our applications from other platforms, as well as tons of new applications that make life significantly easier. Not everyone has hours to spend sifting through the market, so here we bring to you some of our own personal suggestions. Take a look after the jump for some great new application ideas for your device. 

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3 years ago

HTC Desire with AT&T (and Rogers, Telus, and Bell) 3G bands at the FCC

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Just seen at the FCC: the HTC Desire is sporting AT&T and Canadian operators Rogers, Telus, and Bell 3G bands. While this is far from an announcement, for our readers in the frozen North it means that you may be seeing the incredible Desire (see what I did there?) sooner rather than later. There is no confirmation or anything to suggest this is going anywhere except for Telus but, this does give some hope that the spiffy phone will be seen on the Death Star in the US at some point. And if not, well, you'll be able to import it and use it with AT&T. [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Google updates Android SDK to fall in line with Froyo

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If you're the type of Android user who has the SDK stashed on your computer (and let's face it -- if you're reading this, chances are you do), then know that Google has updated it to be in line with the version of Android 2.2 that was released to the Nexus One last week.

For you more common folk, now might be a good time to take a look at installing the SDK (see Jerry's walkthrough here). Why? You're probably going to need it if you want to root your phone, take screen shots or follow along with whatever other hackery we might be talking about on a given day. It's quick, it's easy, and it's available here. [Google Developer blog]

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3 years ago

Want to try Froyo on the Evo 4G?

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We're waiting on Android 2.2 to be officially released for the Sprint Evo 4G -- everybody relax a little, the Froyo code's only been out for two weeks now -- but that doesn't mean you can't give it a shot now, thanks to (where else?) the cats at XDA Developers. Avalaunchmods has rigged up a Froyo build for the Evo, with working Wifi, multitouch, Bluetooth, calls ... pretty much everything except for the camera. We'll definitely be giving this one a shot, and you guys sing out, too, if you've Froyo'd up your Evo. [XDA Developers

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid X and Charm, HTC Aria, myTouch 3G Slide

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From the Forums is a great way for you, our readers, to see the hottest topics being discussed. But you must be a registered member and becoming a member is a simple process. So if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now! Today we just want to share with you some of our newly created forums for some great new devices!

  • The Samsung Galaxy S in 4 different flavors is about to be released so you might as well pick your poison in these new forums!
  • By now most of you should be aware of a new big device from Motorola called the Droid X. This is a must see forum.
  • Speaking of Motorola, that square-faced QWERTY called the Charm is set to be released on T-Mobile. If you feel like chatting it up about this device do so here in our Motorola Charm forum.
  • Until the Samsung Captivate is released on July 18th on AT&T, you may be interested in the HTC Aria. Some good conversation going on in the Aria's forum so be sure to stop by and take a look.
  • And last but not least we have the T-Mobile's HTC myTouch 3GSlide forum

So there you have it, some new device forums for all of the latest devices. Be sure to check back soon as we are constantly improving our forums.

See you in the forums!

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3 years ago

AT&T Captivate will be available July 18 for $199 after contract

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AT&T announced today that the Samsung Captivate (see our hands-on) -- one of the four Galaxy S-class phones announced last week -- will be available July 18 for $199 after contract. You'll need a minimum $15 data plan, which should just about cover everybody, right? [@samsungmobileus]

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3 years ago

HTC Wildfire rooted, easy method available for certain versions

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Carriers release them, then Android hackers crack them open -- as we see today with the HTC WildfirePaul O'Brien (a name we all should know by now) once again circumvents the protection schemes carriers and manufacturers put in place and has rooted the HTC Wildfire.  The method (see source link) doesn't look very difficult, providing your Wildfire has a bootloader version of 0.80 or lower, and a ROM version of 1.14.xxx.x or below.  You can check this by booting your phone while the back key is held -- the 'HBOOT -' line needs to be 0.80 or lower.

We're all happy to see Android gurus rooting even the less popular devices, but it raises the question -- should handset makers and cellular carriers really spend the time and money to put these restrictions and roadblocks in place?  So far, it isn't working too well and the model that Google used with the Nexus One (making the phone easily unlocked, but then branded as such permanently) seems to have worked well for both sides.  Maybe the money could be instead spent on tools to find those who abuse or otherwise cause a ruckus on the network vs. the losing war against opening the software on the new devices.  Guess that's why I'm not in charge of anything :p. [Modaco via Twitter]

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3 years ago

Mobile Youtube site updated for Android and iThing browsers

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Youtube mobile just got a face-lift, bringing a good many cosmetic and functionality changes along with it.  Youtube use on mobile devices is growing at an amazing rate -- playbacks were up 160% in 2009 according to the folks at Youtube, so it's great to see changes making their way to the mobile site.  What exactly got changed you ask?  According to the Youtube blog: 

  • It's really fast. 
  • The user interface incorporates larger, more touch-friendly elements, making it easier to access videos on the go. 
  • It incorporates the features and functionality you’ve come to expect from the .com site, like search query suggestions, the options to create playlists, the ability to designate “favorite,” “like” or “unlike” videos directly from your device.
  • As we make improvements to Youtube.com, you’ll see them quickly follow on our mobile site, unlike native apps which are not updated as frequently.

In my opinion, numbers 1, 2 and 3 are spot-on.  We'll keep an eye on number 4, but it only makes sense to keep improving things.  Hit the break to see a video and a couple more screenshots of the new site, then check it out on your Android phone at m.youtube.com. [YouTube Blog]

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3 years ago

Reader's white Evo 4G unboxing

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Looking to pull the trigger on a white Evo 4G from Best Buy? Our pal Jeravicious in the Android Central Forums got his, and it's unboxed it for all to see. It's quite the looker, indeed. Check out his video after the break. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

The great Droid X scavenger hunt has officially begun

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Yes, the official Verizon and Motorola sponsored Droid X scavenger hunt has begun.  Remember that @DroidLanding twitter account we talked about a couple weeks ago?  Of course you do, we're all trying to decipher the up-until-now vague hints and clues they've been dropping.  Things are a little clearer now, as Verizon has released the official sweepstakes rules for the treasure-hunt style giveaway, which started yesterday at Midnight.  The tweets should start getting a little less cryptic, eventually becoming actual GPS locations of the prizes.  Did we mention the prizes? How does 21 brand spanking new Motorola Droid X phones (valued at $569.99 each according to the rules themselves) sound?  Yeah, I thought so -- sounds good to me too. 

If you haven't already, make sure you're following @DroidLanding on Twitter, and follow the jump to read the official rules.  [Verizon]

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