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3 years ago

Verizon and AT&T blocking tethering apps from the Android Market

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It appears that Verizon and AT&T are serious about not wanting you to use your current data plan for tethering, as they have blocked access to popular applications that enable it on the Android Market.  There's a bit of conflicting information out there, as a few other sites have reported that all carriers, or that other carriers have done the same.  We've found that T-Mobile and Sprint haven't blocked them, but Verizon and AT&T have, as shown in the image above.

It's no big surprise.  To your carrier, tethering is something you are supposed to pay extra for, and that's in the agreement you signed.  Using apps like PdaNet goes against that agreement, and they have every right to block them.  Even if we don't much like it.  It's their service after all, we're just lowly users.

The good news is that they can't block sideloading.  You can certainly find those same apps at the developer's website(s), and download them and install easily.  On a Verizon phone, just save it to your SD card and install from there, on an AT&T phone use the Sideload Wonder Machine and you'll be fixed right up.  There's also native tethering built into Android 2.2 and higher, as well as USB modem functions on many phones, built right into the OS.  And of course, if you root and hack at it, anything is possible on most any phone.  The option is still out there, it's just not quite as easy.

Update: As several have mentioned, it's quite possible to keep carriers from meddling with your Android Market experience.  If you have an AT&T phone, you can pop the SIM card out and use Wifi to browse the Market; and enabling Airplane Mode, then turning on Wifi works for both AT&T and Verizon phones.

More information here: Android Central forums Thanks, John, and everyone else who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Bump 2.0 update brings speed, layout, and feature improvements

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Bump, the popular contact and content sharing app, recently was updated to version 2.0. The update contains new features such as the ability to send more than one app, picture, or contact card at a time to friends and remembers people you have previously bumped for quicker future sharing. In addition, the update brings a new and improved photo viewer and general speed and design improvements. 

Check out the standard download links past the break or current users can just open the Android Market and go in to Menu > My Apps.

Source: Bump

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3 years ago

Samsung Gem review

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The Samsung Gem is Samsung's latest foray into the hugely popular and lucrative entry-level Android smartphone market.  This is where Android is going to grab what's left of the market share, and any company that builds a solid performer but still keeps prices in check is going to do well.  The Gem is that solid performer.  Checking in at $29.99 (with the standard two-year agreement), or free through U.S. Cellular's Belief Project if you qualify, it really makes buying a feature or messaging phone seem like a poor decision.

Of course it doesn't offer up the level of performance that you would see from some of the high-end Android phones out there, but it's not designed to.  You'll see what I mean, after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung and AT&T having a little get-together this week

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What's this? A special announcement from Samsung and AT&T? Whatever could it be? A slim possibility is an AT&T 3G version of the Nexus S. But it's unlikely we'd see an event just for that. A better bet is that we'll finally see the Infuse 4G, that monster 4.5-inch Android 2.2, 1.2GHz device announced way back at CES in early January. Or, it could be something entirely different, altogether. Only one way to find out, of course.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D available for preorder as part of super secret Best Buy presale

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According to this memo that's going around Best Buy, you're not actually supposed to listen to anything we're saying here. Because what do we know? We're just a blog. (Or maybe they're referring to that other blog.) But the fact remains that the HTC EVO 3D -- that's the newfangled 3D-capable phone that we saw at CTIA -- is available for preorder at Best Buy Mobile.

Here's the deal: You've gotta ask for it. Best Buy isn't actively promoting the presale, and there's a good chance that there's a secret handshake involved. (We tried this one.) But otherwise, it should be standard Best Buy preorder procedure: You fork over a little cash in exchange for a gift card and the promise of a phone once it's released. You can then apply the gift card toward the total cost. As for when it's coming? Still no word, other than this summer.

We've put word into our official Best Buy contacts for some official confirmation (you know, not from a blog), but we've also walked into a store and confirmed this for ourselves. So if you wanna preorder an HTC EVO 3D, go for it.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 case review: Mobi Products Hard Shell

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Fun fact about the Mobi Products Hard Shell case for the Droid Incredible 2 -- I completely for got it was on the phone, and that's not something I can say too often about a case.

Here's the deal: It's a two-part case that snaps together. It's plastic, but the feel of the plastic is nearly identical to the case of the Droid Incredible 2 itself. The inside is glossy, but the exterior is soft and smooth and is really makes you think you're carrying around a naked phone.

The are the usual cutouts for all the ports and camera lens, and the seam where the two halves of the case snap together are visible but are cut so well (at least in the unit we have) so that you don't really notice it. There's a notch in the left-hand bezel for removing the case, which can be done easily enough.

The short version is this: I've had this case on the Droid Incredible 2 for a few days now and completely forgot about it. That's as much because I got the black version (it also comes in blue and purple) and because the look (it's got the same plateaued back cover) and feel (see above) are almost exactly like the phone itself.

The Mobi Products Hard Shell Case for the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is available now in the Android Central Store for $12.95. We've got more pictures after the break.

Droid Incredible 2Droid Incredible 2 cases | All Droid Incredible 2 accessories

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3 years ago

Galaxy S II live wallpapers now available to download

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The Galaxy S II live wallpapers to download. These include the beach and the windmill wallpapers and the apk files are named Secret Wallpaper 1 and Secret Wallpaper 2, respectively. 

The XDA poster did note that these will only work on phones with WVGA resolution. In the video showing this off, the wallpapers can clearly be seen working well on a Samsung Nexus S and the EVO 4G has been successfully tested as well. The Motorola Xoom doesn't run them well yet as they most likely haven't been optimized for Honeycomb. 

Check it out after the break and click on the source link for the apk files.

Source: XDA

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3 years ago

Another taste of Ice Cream Sandwich -- the next version of Android

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While it's still unofficial -- former Google CEO Eric Schmidt went out of his way to not name it during his keynote address at Mobile World Congress -- it's hardly a secret that the next named version of Android will have something to do with Ice Cream. And it looks like "Ice Cream Sandwich" -- a name that has been rumored for months -- is starting to firm up, according to a Googler's reply on the AOSP issues forum.

The "I" version of Android will bring together features of Gingerbread and Honeycomb, Schmidt said in February. Anybody think we're going to see it unveiled next week at Google IO?

Source: AOSP issues forum; Thanks, Yuankai!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II gets priced and is now on sale in the UK

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Although the Samsung Galaxy S II was announced way back in February, it's just now trickling out to retailers in the UK and anyone who has been waiting to pick one up, has several options at this point with more on the way.

If SIM free is your preferred method of obtaining new devices, Clove will gladly set you up right now for only £440. If contracted terms are to your liking, then O2 is where it's at as they'll hook you up for £149 on Pay Monthly or £399.00 on Pay & Go.

We've gone hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S II in the past and were pleasantly surprised with the changes and new additions to the line up. Now that they're turning up for sale -- who's getting one? Let us know in the comments if you are.

Thanks, Rob for sending this in!

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3 years ago

The competition: RIM goes thin, light with the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930

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We know a lot of you came over from BlackBerry. And with the PlayBook tablet about to run Android applications, we're keeping a close eye on what ol' RIM's up to. This week, it's up to BlackBerry World in Orlando, and our pals at CrackBerry are leading the coverage.

So far, they've gotten one new device, the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930. To our untrained (or overly jaded) eyes, it looks like a BlackBerry, all right. But apparently it's as thin as just about anything we've seen, lightweight, and has a stunning 287ppi pixel density on a (small) 2.8-inch touchscreen.

No, we're not about to give up our beloved Android phone anytime soon. How about you guys? Check out some video after the break, and hit up more at the source link.

BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 initial review

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