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3 years ago

ViewSonic gTablet kernel source released

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Good news for all of you G Tablet users out there -- the kernel source has now been released by ViewSonic, in compliance with the General Public License (GPL). For those of you who are not exactly sure how this will affect you, don't worry. This will make a lot of developers out there happy, since they can now start diving into its code and pulling it apart. Hopefully we'll see even more custom hacks to spruce up its UI, and kernels opening up very soon. [ViewSonic via the Android Central Forums] Thanks to ak11070!

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3 years ago

Cyanogen Mod 7 Alpha build now available for Nexus S owners

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If you're the proud owner of a Samsung Nexus S and disappointed about the lack of Cyanogen Mod ROMs available for your device the above news should interest you greatly. As announced on Twitter, Cyanogen Mod 7 is now available for download via ROM Manager. Given that it is an Alpha build you'll want to proceed cautiously as some things may work, some things may not and other may break while using them But, that's part of the fun and why it got labeled Alpha.

Consider yourself warned, advised or what have you. We're still digging through it all but be sure to post some comments if you're testing it out as well.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt showing up in advertising, albeit undercover

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We don't usually call attention to the paid adverts on this site. They're a necessary evil, and we like to keep a pretty thick line between editorial and advertising. But in this case, we'll make an exception. You might have noticed the above ad sitting in our sidebar on the right. It's obviously borrowed from that "First to 4G, again" campaign we saw last week. Of course, the phone and its name are still unannounced, but it's looking like we can safely say it will be "Thunderbolt." Click the ad, and you're taken to a page that doesn't actually work. Oops.

But look at the URL (emphasis ours). http://www.htc.com/4G?extcid=Thunderbolt-4G-Disp. So Thunderbolt (or maybe Thunderbolt 4G) definitely is in play, and we should see it announced on Verizon Jan. 6 at CES in Las Vegas. Stay tuned! Thanks to Daniel and Jacob for the good eyes!

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3 years ago

More pics of the Dell Streak 7 emerge, appears aimed at T-Mobile USA

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The 5-inch Dell Streak (aka the Dell Mini 5) quickly became moot when it (a) took months and months to come to market and (b) launched with Android 1.6 and (c) had to compete with the likes of the 4.3 inch HTC Evo 4G and Motorola Droid X.

Will the aptly named 7-inch Dell Streak 7 fare better? We'll have to see. But in the meantime we have some new pictures to follow up the initial leaked television commercial walkthrough -- and what's more, there's a clearly visible T-Mobile (USA) logo. There's a decent chance we'll see this guy at CES -- and let's hope it brings more to the table than its predecessor. [Cell Phone Signal]

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3 years ago

Get Android for Christmas? Here's how to get started with your new phone

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So you just unwrapped our first Android phone, eh? Welcome to the world of smartphones. Whether you're upgrading from a feature phone, or switching to the greatest smartphone platform around, we know things can be a little overwhelming at first. But we're here to help. Welcome, and here are a few links to help get you started!

  • The Android Dictionary: You'll likely want to check back here often. It's a list of commonly used terms in the Android community.
  • Find your phone: There are dozens of Android phones available today. Use our device guide to find news and information specific to yours.
  • Apps, apps and more apps: Now that you have your phone, you're going to need some apps. We review apps on a regular basis, and you can find them here.
  • Tips and tricks: Your phone is full of cool features -- some obvious, some not. We've got a plethora of tips and tricks we've learned over the years.
  • Rooting: What is rooting? Should you root, and how do you do it? We've got your complete guide to rooting your phone.
  • Accessories: Now that you've got your phone, you should check out a case, or a spare battery or headset. And the Android Central Store has everything you could possibly need.
  • Community forums: The best source of Android help and information comes from you folks, the readers. And we've got the best Android Forums around. Don't be afraid to ask questions -- you'll be amazed and how everyone's eager to help

So congrats on your new phone, and welcome to the Android family! We're glad to have you!

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3 years ago

ADWLauncher EX brings a whole lot of awesome to your home screens

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On Android, your home screen and app drawer are collectively and commonly referred to as the "Launcher." And you're not stuck with the one that came with your phone. There are plenty of custom launchers out there. And you're going to want to check out the new ADWLauncher EX.

It brings a whole lot of custom UI goodness to your Android phone. For you old salts, bask in the glory that is ADWLauncher EX. It's based off the old ADW.Launcher code, but with more sex appeal. Five app drawer styles and behaviors, eight home screen transitions, new icons, fast presets -- you're going to want this.

ADWLauncher EX will cost you about $3.43 -- money well spent. Check out the video after the break, and there's more info and screen shots are at the source link. [JBThemes]

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3 years ago

Evo Shift 4G accessories at Best Buy; handset name, pricing appear set

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Looks like the Evo Shift 4G name's gonna stick for that upcoming Sprint horizontal slider, as accessories baring its name are beginning to roll into Best Buy. (So much for Knight and Speedy, we guess.) We're told Jan. 9 is to be the release date, which makes since if we see an announcement at CES the week before. Note that this likely isn't part of that whole "The first to 4G, again" campaign that's been started, as that's going to belong Verizon and the LTE-enabled Thunderbolt.

Also, Android Police scored pricing info -- looks like it'll be $150 on contract and $549 outright. We'll see soon enough.

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 44

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Audio-only stream below

It's a very special holiday edition of the Android Central Podcast wherein we talk the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt, more on LTE, what's coming up at CES, and a whole mess o' Android. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Verizon still expecting to get Froyo on the Fascinate by 2011?

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Not to get anybody's hopes up, but if this internal specs comparison is to believed, Verizon plans for Adobe Flash to be available on the Samsung Fascinate by the end of 2010. And to have Flash, you need Froyo, of course. So we've got a week to go. It's certainly possible, but we're not holding our breath just yet. And note that the Droid X is listed here as having Android 2.1 -- it was updated to Android 2.2 in late September -- so this could be out of date. But we'll keep our fingers crossed in the coming week, just in case.

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