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3 years ago

Android - for your phone's protection

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Never mind that this appears to be Android 1.6 on a Samsung feature messenger. It's that the accessory description reads like it was written by the folks at Trojan that has us cracking up. Yes, we're 12-year-old boys.

Oh, by the way, Jerry, I believe you're up for this review. Thanks, Patrick!

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3 years ago

How to fix stuck app downloads [From the Forums]

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Having issues with applications from the Market not downloading, or stalling during installation?  There's a fix that might help, and we've detailed it in the forums.  It's not complicated, doesn't require root or any real hackery, and we've even covered the method to make the fix stick so you aren't doing it every time an application wants to install itself to your SD card.  It all circles around the .android_secure folder on your SD card, which is the place applications using the "install to SD card method" that comes along with Froyo want and need to be. 

Hit the forums and have a look, because even if you're not having problems now, you never know when they might spring up.  [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum video hands-on

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We're still waiting an official announcement from Verizon on the Samsung Continuum. But rest assured, folks, it exists. As you no doubt remember from our previous hands-on with the Continuum, it's an interesting design, with a larger, normal touchscreen up top, and a smaller "Ticker" beneath the usual capacitive buttons.

And the Samsung Continuum's Ticker is where it's at -- quick access to news, weather, scores, time, e-mail, music controls. We've got a brief video of it -- as well as another look at the hardware -- after the break. Enjoy! 

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3 years ago

Want a customized Android handset? Look to Germany's Synapse-Phones

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We're all used to the customization options that come with Android OS, but what if you could customize the hardware you buy? A small startup called Synapse is experimenting with the idea of individually customizing Android handsets for customers. 

Here are the starting specs one would work with:

  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 1GHz processor
  • 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen
  • microSD card slot, expandable to 32GB

After that, customizable options include:

  • Radio (3G or 4G, including LTE and WiMAX)
  • Bluetooth
  • Camera (including: front and back-facing camera options, up to 12MP and whether or not to include flash)
  • Mini-HDMI
  • Physical or capacitive buttons 
  • Body color (black or white)
  • Working memory
  • Built-in memory
  • Mobile television built-in

This sounds like a great idea. It seems that if you kept the default options, the price would be €299 (about $410) -- not too bad for a phone with these specs. Note that the start-up has been experiencing server issues and does not load 100 percent of the time. I was able to gain access after about 15 minutes. Great idea though; it's always great to see the innovative ideas that come from the open-source community. [Synapse Phones via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Carriers still pushing task killers? Help us help you!

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Task killers seem to be the one subject that will never die, and carriers seem to be a big part of the reason why.  First things first -- task killers only make things worse.  I've said it, folks like Cyanogen have said it (for fun, try filing a bug report with CM 6 and mention that you use a task killer), and even the folks who wrote Android have said it

So why do the carriers (notably Verizon, but I'm sure it happens elsewhere) insist on forcing one onto your new Android phone?  I've heard from two separate sources that it is not Verizon policy, nor is it in the training to pre-install task killing software on Android phones that are being set-up, but reports of it happening (like the source link at the end of this post) are so numerous that I'm starting to wonder.  This is where you come in.  Cory (our forums administrator) has set up a poll asking about your purchasing experience and if it included a task manager.  We need you all to answer so we know just what we're fighting against.  And a word to those of you who might be new to Android -- if your carrier did install a task manager for you, do yourself a favor and uninstall it right after you vote in the poll.  [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Samsung wants your mom to use the Galaxy Tab

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Samsung would like busy moms to believe that their new Galaxy Tab is the key to efficient motherhood. Targeting moms seems as though it's becoming a trend lately (Hi, Verizon and Palm!), but it's not like men won't be buying it, too.

Toting a 7-inch WSVGA TFT-LCD display, Android 2.2, front- and rear-facing cameras, and a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, the Galaxy Tab is a device that most of us are clamoring over, not just our dear mothers. And with the Galaxy Tab on all four major U.S. carriers, we'll have ours soon enough. [Samsung]

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3 years ago

Verizon Wireless 3G network extender now available

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Ever move from one location to another only to find out that you no longer have a good signal? Verizon Wireless has always been known for great service coverage in many areas, but when you hit the outskirts, well, things can change quickly. But no worry. Verizon just announced a 3G data extender that will extend a signal into your facility and allow you to surf the web, download applications, send text messages and make and receive phone calls. Previously Verizon offered a network extended, but the recent update to this will now extend data as well, so you are able to continue to grab service on your beloved Android device, even in the middle of the woods. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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3 years ago

Will webOS 2.0 woo you back to the ways of Palm?

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It's always good to pay attention to the competition, and what they have to offer, and today -- finally -- webOS 2.0 broke out of its shell. Our friends over at PreCentral have been bringing some extensive coverage all morning long, from a nice screen shot gallery, to an extensive video walkthrough, and a well-written review -- they have covered it all. Whether you are looking for a second toy to add to your collection, or just want to see what the competition has to offer, be sure to check out the coverage as it continues throughout the day at PreCentral.

Will webOS 2.0 woo you away from Android?online surveys

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3 years ago

MyTouch 4G media roundup [From the Forums]

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A new device usually means a new leak of the ROM, which means new media to put on our devices!  The new HTC Sense UI means most of the goodies don't ship with the device, instead you download pre-built themes from HTC.  Thankfully T-Mobile has provided us with three pre-installed theme bundles, and we sucked out anything and everything we could.  Check the links below, and if you're not getting the myTouch 4G, maybe your current phone can look like one.

  • The full system dump from the leaked ROM is right here.
  • You can grab all three new themes, all unpacked and ready to port right here.
  • There's four new high resolution wallpapers, grab 'em here.
  • And if you're on the hunt for some chillaxin' ringtones done the HTC way, grab a couple here.

Of course if you are planning on grabbing the MyTouch 4G as soon as you can get your hot little hands on it, join in the fun and chat about it in our MyTouch forums. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Review: Mobi Products Protector Case for the Motorola Droid

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Ever since I got my Motorola Droid the decision of whether or not to keep it in a case was one that I swayed back and forth on. Having tried several cases, none of them ever met all the needs and wants I had for a case, so most of them ended up getting removed to sit in a drawer in my room. Once I saw the Mobi Products Protector Case I was intrigued by the various different designs, and it looked as though it would protect the device well without adding any additional bulk. Curiousity got the best of me on this accessory again, so I gave it a go, so join me after the break to take a look at some more information as well as some pictures of the case in action.

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