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3 years ago

Evo 4G Gingerbread, Mobile Hotspot on the Droid Charge [From the forums]

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We've plowed through another week of news, had some fun in NYC and now -- it's time for the weekend. We've had plenty of new threads pop up in the forums so go ahead and check some of them out below or start your own today!

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

New HTC Flyer update brings 'improved performance'

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A new firmware update has been released for the HTC Flyer, bringing the 7-inch tablet up to version 2.00.405.3. HTC promises "improved system performance" in this new OTA, and before you ask, no, this isn't the fabled Honeycomb update. Once you've got the new software installed, your device will still be running Android 2.3.3. To get your tablet updated, simply head to Settings -> About Tablet -> Software Updates, and tap "Check now".

So far we're noticing slightly better performance across the board on the new Flyer firmware, especially in the launcher with live wallpapers enabled. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you've spotted any surprises in the new version.

Source: HTC Support

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3 years ago

Google and Professor Emoji tell us how to use Google Places

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Google has started a program using short how-to videos to pass along tips and tricks about using Google Places effectively.  The videos star Professor Emoji, and will help you rate and review places on the go, add friends, and more.  The first video, posted today, deals specifically with using Google Places with an Android phone.

They're a bit kitschy, and maybe something you don't really need a video to help understand, but remember -- some of today's 400,000 new activated phone's users just might.  We're glad to see Google making Android a bit more new-user friendly, and Professor Emoji looks like a nice friendly front man.  You can check out today's lesson after the break.

Source: Google Places blog via: @GoogleMobile

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3 years ago

Motorola Milestone X now available at Cellular South

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Despite the fact that it's not the latest and greatest device to hit the market the original Motorola Droid X rather, the Milestone X in this case -- still has plenty of selling potential and is a great device. Knowing this, Cellular South has launched the Milestone X on their network and is now offering it up to customers for $199 with a $50 reward card bringing it to a total $149 with a new two-year contract with a data plan. You can head on over to the Cellular South website for the full run down.

Source: Cellular South; Thanks, Kidd!

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3 years ago

Read It Later Free Released Into Android Market

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After Twitter and Gmail, Read it Later is the application I use most on my phone and I'm completely addicted to it.  If you haven't heard of the app before, Read it Later is a app that lets you save an article in an easy to read format so that you can, well, read it later.

The free version includes all the big features: A single reading list synced across all your devices (Computer, iOS, Android), Wireless downloads for offline viewing, and formatting articles in a clean, easy to read, "Text View" and the ability to change the font size and toggle "night mode" for easier reading in the dark. 

Upgrading to Read it Later Pro ($2.99) unlocks additional features such as:

  • View your entire list (No limits on the number of articles that can be viewed or downloaded)
  • Search and Sort your list
  • Currently Reading (View all open/unfinished articles)
  • Rotation Lock
  • Scroll through articles using the volume rocker

 I've used Read it Later Pro since it first came to the market and it's easily one my favorite apps to recommend to people, and that was before they offered a free trial version.  If you enjoy keeping up with the news on the go, give Read it Later a try.  I think you'll like it.

 Via [ReaditLaterList.com]

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3 years ago

Flip case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Let's talk Galaxy Tab 10.1 cases. We're still not sure exactly what's going to be available at launch in a couple weeks, but Samsung's Gavin Kim gave us a sneak peek at a flip case he's using (on that very cool metallic gray Galaxy Tab no less).

It's a simple yet elegant case. Made of thin plastic, it snaps to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, completely protecting the Honeycomb tablet. It closes like a folio, snapping into place. And then you can turn the case back around on itself, turning it into a stand for the tablet for easier typing. Not exactly a new concept, but it looks simple enough. We've got a few more pics and video after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Magic Cuts

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If you're into mind-benders, pay attention. What we've got here is Magic Cuts, a game born not only from the desire to make you furiously scratch your head, but also an academic paper about "dissecting planar shapes into two identical parts."

What results is an enjoyable romp, dragging lines about to slice shapes up into their identical halves. There's a whole plethora of things to halve, and some will definitely challenge you. The result is a seemingly simple game that's both fun and elegant.

Other than that, there's not much to say. It's free in the Market, so get out there and start slicing. QR code and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Infuse maintenance update rolling out [update]

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It's not the Gingerbread update many have been waiting for, but AT&T has started rolling out a small 8MB OTA update for the Samsung Infuse 4G.  We're on the lookout for the official changelog, but the biggest thing we can see is an updated baseband.  After the OTA you'll have:

  • Firmware 2.2.1
  • Baseband I997UCKE3
  • Build number FROYO.UCKE3

There are other small changes to a few system files, which should be expected any time we see an OTA update, no matter how minor it is.  We'll keep digging, and update once we find the full details.

Thanks, Brian!

Update: AT&T let us know that part of the update was to address a small issue involving Email sync with Exchange 2003 servers.  Nice to see business users getting taken care of quickly.

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3 years ago

EVO 4G Gingerbread update available ... now!

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Judging from our overflowing inbox, it looks like most of you have noticed that the Android 2.3 update for the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint is now available, just like Sprint said it would be. You're getting system version 4.22.651.2, and it's a whopping 109.21 megabytes. Not surprising, but be forewarned.

So what do you get? Judging from our hands-on with an earlier leaked build, you're not going to really notice too many differences, at least visually. Sense is Sense. But you get all of the new APIs and improvements in Android 2.3, plus we figure HTC's thrown in a bugfix or two.

If you haven't snagged the update yet, go to Menu/Settings/System updates/HTC software Update to pull it down manually. 

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
More: EVO 4G forums

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D FCC filings now viewable

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Now that we are getting closer and closer to the launch of the HTC EVO 3D, the once-secret FCC documentation has now been revealed. By now, the EVO 3D has long since passed FCC approval but the documentation that led to its approval was covered by a 180-day confidentiality request from HTC. While requests of this nature are rather typical -- this one seems to of have been in place to cover up the schematics of the device in general. Why exactly, we're not sure but they are now available for your viewing pleasure. Hit the source link for the full rundown.

Source: FCC; Thanks, Emeterio!

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