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3 years ago

Motorola enables sideloading on the Bravo via a Market app

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Pardon the pun, but bravo for Motorola and AT&T -- they have released an app on the Android Market that will enable sideloading on your Motorola Bravo.  Sideloading, something many of us think is one of the strengths of the Android platform, allows you to install application on your Android device that do not come from the official Android Market.  It's something that AT&T has blocked from their Android phones for quite a while, only considering the option once the Amazon Appstore gained popularity.  There have always been ways around it, as it only really disabled sideloading directly from the device, but it was one of those small things that put a damper on the whole Android experience on AT&T.  We certainly had a few words to say about it.

Just as important is the method used here.  Rooted users know, enabling the "Unknown Sources" option is a pretty trivial thing to do, you just change an entry in a system database.  Motorola simply released an app that has the permissions to do this automatically -- no root, no fuss.  It doesn't get much more user-friendly than that, and my hat's off to you Motorola. 

Enough of my gushing -- the download link is after the break, grab it, install it, and go shop around for some apps.

Thanks, Rohit!

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 custom ROMs now appearing, first up -- Incredibly Debloated v1.0

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It was only a few days ago that S-OFF was achieved on the Droid Incredible 2. That of course, left the doors open for some custom ROMs to be built for the device and as such we're now starting to see them appear in the Android Central forums. The Incredibly Debloated v1.0 ROM comes to us from xgunther and even comes in two flavors currently -- one with a stock kernel and one with your selection of an overclocked kernel.

As they name would suggest, bloat on these ROMS has been removed and no matter which you decide to roll with you'll be getting a completely bloat-free, zip-aligned, deodexed and completely rooted ROM and that to us sounds just fabulous. Looking for more details? Hit the link below.

More: Incredibly Debloated v1.0 ROM

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3 years ago

Australian carrier says it'll ditch Sense to get Gingerbread on the HTC Desire

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The plot thickens. Last week HTC kicked up a bit of a storm by announcing that the Desire wouldn't be getting an official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update due to memory constraints, saying there wasn't enough space on the phone for Gingerbread and HTC Sense. Then, 24 hours later the manufacturer responded to feedback from Desire owners and changed its mind, committing to delivering Gingerbread alongside a trimmed-down Sense UI.

Now Australian carrier Telstra has indicated it's willing to go even further to get Gingerbread onto its Desire handsets. On its software updates page, the network lists a HTC Desire Gingerbread update as due for release in August, with the following description --

"Due to the increased memory requirements of the ‘Gingerbread’ update, new software that does not include HTC’s Sense UI is being prepared."

So that means it'll be completely stock, vanilla Gingerbread that'll be offered to Telstra-branded Desire owners this August. If accurate, this is a pretty important development. It's also an acknowledgement that a significant minority of customers would be prepared to ditch the manufacturer's custom software to get their hands on the latest version of Android.

Because of the logistics of moving from a Sense ROM to stock Android, we think the update will be an optional one for Telstra customers, perhaps applied by using a RUU as opposed to the usual over-the-air upgrade. It remains to be seen whether other carriers will follow suit and decide to offer power users a way to leave Sense behind in favor of stock Gingerbread. Nevertheless, we'll be following this story with interest in the weeks ahead to see how things progress.

Source: Telstra; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Zinio releases Tegra 2 optimized version of its Honeycomb eZine reader

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Zinio for Android just got a huge performance boost if you're using a Tegra 2 powered Honeycomb tablet.  The app harnesses the GPU and uses full OpenGL ES acceleration for page turning animations, page panning and zooming, and to deliver high resolution scalable page images instead of downsizing them for your tablet.  The video of Zinio in action (see it after the break) shows this in a side by side test of the old versus the new.

This was accomplished partly because the folks at Nvidia were given access to the Zinio source code, where they integrate their own code that takes most of the heavy graphical work off the CPU, and putting it all on the GPU.  This is what an open platform is all about -- developers working together to deliver a superior product, with no restrictions on the build environment or code compilers.  We've seen it in Tegra optimized games, and it can make a huge difference.  Drop these optimizations on an already great cross-platform app that gives access to excellent content (there's tens of thousands of magazines available through Zinio), and syncs across multiple devices and you have the recipe for success.  Toss in free single issues of ESPN, Harper’s Bazaar and Popular Science for new Android users and it's something you need to take a look at.

Of course, even without the Nvidia tweaks it's still an excellent app, they just make it that much better.  You can find the download link (Android 3.x, free), the full press release, and the aforementioned video after the break.

More: Nvidia

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3 years ago

Three UK to carry Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray

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Three is the first UK network to announce that it'll be carrying Sony Ericsson's new Xperia Ray when it's released sometime during the third quarter. The Xperia Ray takes the tried-and-true internals of the Xperia Arc and Xperia Neo and shrinks things down even further, into a tiny 3.3-inch aluminum-framed chassis. Just like the Arc and the Neo, the Ray offers a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, an 8-megapixel Exmor R camera and of course Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Unfortunately there's nothing in the way of release dates or prices just yet, aside from the Q3 launch window given by Sony Ericsson at Wednesday's announcement.

Source: Three Media Centre

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D launches today -- here's what you need to know

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Read our EVO 3D initial review

So you just got your HTC EVO 3D, and can't wait to dig into things and set it up just the way you want.  I feel ya, it's exciting to play with any new phone, especially one this darn nice.  All the new features and cool things to try on top of Android's super user-customizable interface is just plain fun.  Once your battery is charged (and recharged after watching a bit of Green Hornet and playing Spider-Man in 3D) we've got a all the links you need here to help you get started. 

The first place to look, especially if you're new to Android, is our Help & Tips section.  It's chock full of great general Android information, as well as some device-specific knowledge that's going to steer you towards the path of Android enlightenment.  We try to cover it all, and you're bound to find something in there that solves a head-scratching question you've been having.  Here's a few you really won't want to miss:

Once you have a handle on the basics, you'll want to see just what's happening in the news about your shiny new EVO 3D.  You can keep up-to-date on everything EVO 3D from it's dedicated page here on Android Central.  This way, you'll be the first to know and keep yourself ahead of the curve when it comes to EVO 3D news.  Here's some of the latest news, but be sure to bookmark this one!

Of course, you'll want to keep up to date on news right from your phone, and a great way to do that is with the Android Central app.  And for those days when you get overwhelmed, and need a condensed digest of the latest news, be sure to sign up for the Android Central Daily -- word is you'll be really glad you did!

The Android Central blog is only the tip of the iceberg here.  We've also got the best user forums in the universe, full of people who know their way around an Android device like nobody's business.  Here's the pages you'll want to bookmark:

Inside, you'll find a slew of information all about the EVO 3D, from users like you who love the EVO 3D and want to use the daylights out of it.  Here's a quick look at what to expect:

And we're just getting started folks.  The EVO 3D is another sure hit for HTC and Sprint, and we're just as excited about it as you are!

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 launches in the UK on August 4

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We'd heard an August launch was on the cards, but now we know that Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 will go on general release in the UK in just under six weeks time, on Thursday, Aug. 4. In the UK, the Tab will launch with Android 3.1 Honeycomb, and we'd expect to see TouchWiz on there out of the box too, as it's featured heavily in Samsung's European promo materials.

The 3G version will also ship with a HSPA+ capable radio, though that won't do you much good in the UK just yet, as British networks have yet to roll out this technology. There's no mention of any price point, but we'd be surprised if the Wifi-only version exceeded the iPad 2's £400 asking price.

Press release is after the jump. Check out our review of the limited edition Google IO Galaxy Tab to see what you can expect from the retail version.

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3 years ago

Cut the Rope officially released for Android, available on GetJar

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The wait is over. The hints are done. Cut the Rope has been released for Android, and it's available exclusively on GetJar. If you've yet to play it, it's a simple premise: A piece of candy dangles from a rope. Your job is to cut the rope and drop the candy into the little frog-thingy's mouth (his name's Om Nom, by the way). Sounds simple enough -- and the game play is so intuitive, my 4-year-old loves this thing -- but the latter levels can be a bit tricky. And speaking of levels, there are 175 of them, so you'll be busy for a while.

Give it a whirl. For the low, low price of free, you can't go wrong. Full press release is after the break.

Download: Cut the Rope for Android

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix Bootloader Unlocked

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Itching to unlock your bootloader ahead of the official unlock supposedly coming with the Gingerbread update?  The2dcour over at the XDA forums has posted a method that will allow you to unlock the bootloader. This isn't a one-click root method, and it will wipe your phone's data, but it's amazing that a developer figured out how to do this before Motorola officially offered the option.

As always, make sure you read and understand the directions before you try anything that voids your warranty.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D in stock at Sam's Club -- expect double digit inventory

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Sam's Club seems to be ready for tomorrow's big launch of the HTC EVO 3D, as a tipster sent us in a couple of pictures and let us know that you should expect "double digit" inventory of EVO 3Ds at your local Sam's Club.  No word on any pricing, but there's a very good chance it will be a few dollars (or more) cheaper than the rest.  Let's hope every retailer is ready for the demand, and that last years crush of Sprint's activation system from the sheer numbers of EVO 4G's getting activated doesn't repeat itself.  Because one is never enough, there's another picture after the break.

Via the Android Central app

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