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3 years ago

Winner of the Rebtel HTC ThunderBolt giveaway

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Things like this just make us feel all warm and fuzzy. Thanks to Rebtel for sponsoring the contest, and congrats to jcg1 for winning!

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3 years ago

UK will get Motorola Pro, but not Milestone 3, says retailer

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Motorola will not be releasing the international version of the Droid 3, the Milestone 3, in the UK, according to a recent blog post by British online retailer Clove. However, Brits will be able to get their hands on the Motorola Pro, a smaller Froyo-powered phone with a QWERTY keyboard below its screen. The Pro was originally expected to miss out on a UK release too, but Clove is now listing the business-oriented phone for pre-order with an equally businessy price tag of £420 (~$680).

It's disappointing not to see any high-end Android sliders launching in the UK, but if you've got your heart set on this sort of phone, then may want to consider the HTC Desire Z or Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro.

Source: Clove Blog; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation 4G now available from T-Mobile stores

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The HTC Sensation 4G (read our review) is available for purchase today from T-Mobile stores.  The highly anticipated device could be bought from select Walmart stores a few days ago, but can now be officially purchased from the carrier.

The Sensation 4G is the latest flagship device for T-Mobile and sports:

  • 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD display
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 8MP camera
  • 1080p video recording
  • HTC Sense 3.0

If you've been waiting anxiously for the Sensation to hit shelves, it's widely available now and can be bought for $199 with a 2-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.

So who's picking one up? And for those who have, what do you think thus far?

More: HTC Sensation 4G Forum

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D desktop docking station shows up on Best Buy's website

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The HTC EVO 3D (see our hands-on) will be available to the masses on June 24 (check out everywhere you can get one and for how much). The anticipated successor the EVO 4G is likely going to have a large user base who all want to use the hot new device in a variety of ways.

One accessory, the Micro USB Desktop Docking Station, made by HTC, has appeared on Best Buy's website already, is sure to entice future EVO 3D owners.

The docking station is Micro USB and is intended to be used when hooked up to your PC or Mac to keep the phone charged.

The accessory will cost $49.99 from Best Buy and is currently listed as "coming soon."

Source: Best Buy

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3 years ago

HTC now says the Desire will get Gingerbread after all

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What a difference a day makes. Just 24 hours after disappointing a smartphone owner or two, HTC on its UK Facebook Page says the Desire will get Gingerbread after all.

Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire.

Of course, you can always still go the custom route, if that's your thing.

Source: HTC UK Facebook

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3 years ago

Lookout updates premium service with 'Safe Browsing' feature, announces partnership with Sprint

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Lookout has announced a new feature to their premium service, called Safe Browsing.  What it does is spread protection from malware beyond installed applications, and into your browser.  If you've ever used the Chrome browser, and spent any time on the Internet, you've surely seen sites blocked because of malware or phishing -- that's what the new Safe Browsing feature does.  I spent some time talking with Lookout's Marketing Director Alicia diVittorio, and Senior Software Engineer Anbu Anbalagapandian and got a little explanation of what to expect, and then spent a little time going through the paces and testing it out. 

First the technical details.  Safe Browsing sits idle in the background, listening for the "intent" (think of that as a command) to open a web URL through the browser.  It checks that URL, and if it comes back clean, it goes back to sleep.  If not, you get a message pop-up with a warning.  This means it works with website addresses from any source, including Twitter and Facebook.  Since the necessary evil of URL shorteners is now pretty commonplace, this is a pretty nice way to be sure you're going where you think your going.  In the usage department, it's simple.  Open Lookout, go into the settings, and turn it on.  If you stumble across a website that's acting a little suspicious, it tells you.  If not, it sits quietly out of the way.  Anbu told me they tested the battery life and performance impact, and found no issues at all.  While one day is hardly a perfect use case, I didn't notice any more wear and tear on the battery than normal, and saw no change in the way my phone performed, so my short test agrees. 

In addition to the new Safe Browsing feature, Lookout also announced that they are partnering with Sprint, making Lookout available directly from the Sprint Zone, and the Sprint tab in your phone's Android Market page.  This should make it much easier to find for those new to Android, and especially those new to smartphones and the most susceptible to the dirty tricks out there in the wilds of the web.

Safe Browsing is a premium feature.  We've went over the other premium features pretty well when they were released.  You need to look at what's offered, then decide if you need to go premium.  If you do need the pay services, it will cost you $2.99 per month, or $29.99 a year.  To celebrate the launch of Safe Browsing, Lookout is offering $5.00 off the price of the subscription for the next seven days.  Just use the code BESAFEAC when you purchase your subscription via the app and you'll save enough money for lunch.  You'll also wanna jump past the break and read the press release, watch a short video of Safe Browsing in action, and find the download link. 

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3 years ago

Ask AC: Why was the HTC Desire Gingerbread update canceled, and what can you do now?

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Update: ... And apparently HTC has changed its mind and decided to update to Gingerbread after all. Go figure.

So you woke yesterday morning to the news that your trusty HTC Desire will be left without an official upgrade path to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and now the world seems a cold and uncaring place. Fear not -- we’ve got the complete lowdown on what today’s news means for Desire owners, along with a details of some leading Gingerbread-based custom ROMs that can bring you right up to date with the latest version of Android.

Let’s begin by revisiting exactly what was announced today, and what it means for Desire owners.

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3 years ago

Starbucks for Android now serving in the Android Market

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Sweet mother of all things caffeinated -- the Starbucks Android app is finally in the Android Market. And it's everything our jittery hands could have dreamed of.

When you first launch the app, you'll be asked if you want to log in, sign up for an account, or continue without an account. We logged in (as any good over-paying coffee drinking would do) and then were greeted with the option to enter any Starbucks cards. Your phone will then display the card's barcode, which you can have scanned in a store to pay for your coffee. (Who needs NFC?)

You can also check your balance, add your credit card information and refill your Starbucks card that way, check your transaction history, find a store on Google Maps, track your Stars in the My Starbucks Rewards program, and basically do everything you'd expect to be able to do with a proper Starbucks Android app.

A couple of caveats: U.S. only, for now. And you can only have a card on one phone at a time. If you want to reload someone else's card, you'll need to do it from a proper browser.

That's it, folks. We're off for a triple vanilla latte (and maybe a cinnamon twist, if we're feeling saucy). Download links and screen shots are after the break!

Thanks, @ahdelo!

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3 years ago

Kiloo partners with PapayaMobile, bringing their games to Android

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Kiloo, the folks behind the huge hit Frisbee Forever for iOS, will be partnering with PapayaMobile and launching their games on Android using the social gaming network.  Using Papaya's social SDK, Killo games will have access to features like news feeds, leaderboards, chat, achievements, and custom avatars.  There's also those 18 million existing Papaya users on Android, so it's easy to see the draw here.  For users like you and I, the best part of this mutually beneficial partnership is more quality games for the Android platform.  Everyone's a winner. 

We don't have all the details, but expect to see Kiloo games, starting with Frisbee Forever, in the Android Market sometime later in the year.  You can read the full press release after the break.

More information: PapayaMobile; Kiloo

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3 years ago

Thoughts on the ASUS Transformer, Motorola or HTC? [From the forums]

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New tablets, device software updates and more. Can't ask for a better day then that, unless of course you're hoping to get OEMs to stop skinning their devices -- in which case, I think we'll be waiting awhile but we won't go down the road right here, right now. By all means though, feel free to ramp up a discussion in the Android Central forums about it or join in on some of the ones highlighted below:

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