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3 years ago

The chefs at Samsung and Boost are 'cooking up something hot'

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Samsung and Boost Mobile have invited us to a press event in New York City on April 5. According to the invite, the two mobile companies are "cooking up something hot." We just hope they're not making an Android stew -- not sure if our stomachs can handle that.

Interestingly enough, Boost Mobile currently only has one Android device on its network, the Motorola i1. Other than that one device, Boost hasn't hinted at any more devices in the past. It'll be interesting to see what the two companies are mashing together. Could we see a Galaxy device come to Boost? Certainly possible. We'll be there live on April 5 to bring you the news.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App - Gravitron Live Wallpaper

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The various live wallpapers that are available on Android are one of my personal favorite parts, because sadly they can keep me entertained by just watching them. While the market is certainly flooded with live wallpapers, there are not very many which offer extensive customization options, but luckily Gravitron is one of the ones that do, and they offer quite a few options. This live wallpaper, which is based around a bunch of flying particles, gives you near complete control of the look of the wallpaper, with customization features including:

  • Built-in presets: Original, Patriot, Love, Bokeh, Pride, Droid, St. Patrick's day, and more.
  • 10 shapes for particles & decoration
  • Color randomization & cycling
  • Up to 8 colors preselection
  • Background color selection
  • Camera movement adjustment: speed, distance and behaviour (3D positioning)

In addition to all these custom settings, they have implemented the ability to save and load various presets, and soon they hope to have the ability to share these via Twitter. For less then $1 you can have all these features, as well as whatever they are able to add in the future, so if you want a live wallpaper that you are able to customize fully, be sure to check this out. Download links, and video can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Cellular South HTC Desire Froyo update rolling out

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The Froyo (Android 2.2) OTA update for the Cellular South HTC Desire is approved and on the way.  According to Cellular South's Facebook page, users should receive notification of the OTA update "over the next few days", and some phones will be able to manually check for the OTA by midnight tonight.

To manually check your Desire for any available updates, simply press Menu > Settings > About Phone > System Software Updates > Check Now.  A larger overview, and a full explanation of what to expect can be found at the source link.  Froyo really breathes new life into the Desire, so Cell South users are in for a real treat even if it is a bit late.  [Cellular South Discover Center]

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3 years ago

Evo Shift 4G gets CyanogenMod 7 early build

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The HTC Evo Shift 4G has joined the CyanogenMod 7 club, with an early, still unofficial build getting pretty good reviews.  Android Central Moderator and Evo Shift user Big D5 has this to say:

I have been running this ROM all day. I have tested just about everything, at least everything I use daily, with no issues. Bluetooth works, GPS works, WIMAX works. This ROM is OC'ed to 1.5 mhz, it is fast and smooth. I am getting 1500's in Quadrant without even trying, meaning that is with everything on. If you like you some CM and Gingerbread jump on this ROM. I am glad I did.

Sure sounds like a fine way to make a great phone a little bit better.  If you're rocking an Evo Shift, hit the Android Central Shift 4G forums for discussion, download info (IRC required), and a simple flashing method.  Thanks, Dave, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

The HTC Thunderbolt, from the eyes of the creators

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As we are all well aware, the HTC Thunderbolt was released yesterday, and while the device had been heavily anticipated, and nearly everything to know about it was brought to light before the release, HTC felt it would be cool to release an extra little video. The video above spotlights more to the behind the scenes action, the thoughts that went into producing Verizon's first 4G LTE device, and how HTC is truly inspired by each and every one of it's device users. [Youtube via PhoneArena]

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3 years ago

Amazon outs the unannounced Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi model; has it available for pre-orders

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The Dell Streak 7 Wi-Fi model has yet to even be announced officially, but that has not stopped Amazon from placing the device up on for pre-orders. The folks over at AndroidOS spotted this page while surfing around Amazon, and while it doesn't have an actual ship date yet, it does show a price tag of $379. Listed on the site as some of the key features of this device are:

  • Android™ 2.2-based tablet with over-the-air upgrade capability for future OS releases
  • Vibrant 7", multitouch display with full Adobe® Flash 10.1
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera for face-to-face chats on popular services such as Qik® or Skype™
  • 16GB of internal storage, plus Wi-Fi™, Bluetooth® and built-in GPS

So, if you are in the market for a new tablet, and looking for something smaller then the Motorola Xoom, but less costly then the Samsung Galaxy Tablet, this may be a great choice for you. [Amazon via AndroidOS]

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3 years ago

Bell Motorola Atrix has HSUPA disabled as well

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Although many folks were not pleased to find out that AT&T had disabled HSUPA uploads on their freshly purchased Motorola Atrix it now appears as though Bell is deserving of some backlash as well. Having launched their version of the Motorola Atrix just yesterday, many Bell users have been putting the device to the test and drawing the conclusion that it too, has HSUPA disabled in the software. No word from Bell yet regarding the situation but it's certainly one I'll be following along with in hopes they come to their senses and enable it later on as AT&T plans to. [XDA via Engadget]

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3 years ago

How is the battery life on your HTC Thunderbolt?

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By now many of you have your shiny new HTC Thunderbolt in your clutches, and are tired from staying up all night playing with it.  Here's a question for you all -- how's your battery life turning out?  We all know that Android phones, HTC Android phones in particular, don't have a very good reputation when it comes to battery life.  Android is a very internet-centric operating system, and with all that data streaming in and out, you're going to use more battery power.  Combine that with the extra radio that an LTE or WiMax device uses, and things aren't going to get better.  To top it all off, there isn't an easy to use toggle to shut down the 4G radio when not in use on the Thunderbolt like there is on some other 4G Android phones.  We're not second guessing Verizon or HTC on that one, but it certainly seems like an odd omission.

So we figure the best way to gauge battery life is to ask.  Let us know in the poll, and hit the Thunderbolt forums for some tips to get the most out of your battery.

 

How is the battery life on your HTC Thunderbolt?online surveys

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3 years ago

TELUS Milestone Froyo update coming next week

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On Tuesday we let you all know that the international version of the Motorola Milestone was getting some Froyo love. With that announcement, a lot of folks were wondering if we'd also see Canadian carrier TELUS roll it out as well.  As noted on the Motorola Facebook page, TELUS users can expect the Froyo update to roll out at some point next week. Let's hope the rest of the leaked schedule follows suit. [Facebook]

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3 years ago

Google responds to Japan quake crisis with experimental Translate app

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Google has responded to the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan with a new experimental version of Google Translate which it hopes will make it easier for those affected by the tragic events to communicate.

Like the version of Google Translate available on the Android Market, the app supports text and voice translation between over 50 languages, including Japanese. What's new in this version, however, is "conversation mode", which combines speech-to-text, translation and text-to-speech technology to make it easier to speak directly to someone in another language.

The experimental app supports Android 2.0 and above, and requires that your phone is set to accept non-Market app downloads. You can grab it using the QR code after the jump, or at the source link. [Google Crisis Response]

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