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3 years ago

Gingerbread feature: Internet calling

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One of the big changes in Gingerbread is the inclusion of a full Internet calling stack in the Android operating system.  This means that you can make and receive voice calls over 3G (or 4G or any random number of G's) and, more important, WiFi.  It works a lot like Skype or Gtalk does on your computer, and we wouldn't be surprised if it gets built into the Android Gtalk client one day.

Until then, you need a third party VoIP (Voice over IP) account, and a little setup.  Even without a clear and concise set of instructions from Google, we figured it out using the free service from sipgate after a bit of trial and error and tried to make it easy for you.  Hit the forums for the How-To.  There's a video of the new feature in action, find it after the break.

Having fun finding new and improved goodies in Gingerbread on your Nexus S or a custom ROM on your favorite device?  Let us know any thing new, improved, or just plain cool that you find!

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3 years ago

Review: T-Mobile myTouch 4G

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T-Mobile's popular myTouch line gets a showcase phone 

The myTouch 4G is T-Mobile's latest and greatest addition to the venerable myTouch line, which has been around about as long as Android itself has.  This go around, we have T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network to add into the mix, and when combined with some nice specifications, this is one to take notice of. 

Of course, there's more to a phone than speed, both the network kind and the hardware kind, and the myTouch 4G is full of features as well.  Make no mistake, this phone is high-end and designed to appeal to both those looking for an easy to use model as well as folks looking for something that flat-out screams.  Did T-Mobile succeed?  Hit the break to see for yourself.

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3 years ago

Sprint flips the 4G switch for Denver and Bridgeport, Conn.

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Owners of the Epic 4G and the Evo 4G in both Denver and Bridgeport, Conn., will finally be able to find out what they can do with 4G now that Sprint has officially flipped the 4G switch in both cities. With Verizon launching its LTE network earlier this month, Sprint might be feeling some pressure to speed up its expansion of its own WiMax network, which is now available in 70 cities. Full press release past the break. [Sprint]

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3 years ago

HTC Wildfire getting Froyo over the next couple months, Europe this week

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Good news for you folks with the non-U.S. version of the HTC Wildfire: Your Froyo update is on the way. OK, so's Christmas. But, really, it's coming. HTC said so on its Facebook page this morning:

"We know many of you have been asking for information about an update for your Wildfire. Well, we have good news! Android 2.2 (aka Froyo) on Wildfire is scheduled to begin rolling out this week in Europe, reaching all areas of the world by February. Thanks for your patience as these updates roll out; we think you’ll enjoy the final product."

So what about the U.S. version? (That's the Alltel model you see above.) We'd expect an update in that same timetable. Repeated for any U.S. carrier with the HTC Wildfire: We expect an update in the same timetable. Don't make liars out of us. [Facebook]

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3 years ago

Samsung offering limited edition Nexus S -- battery door is peppered with Android logos

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If you've got an extra $843.50 burning a hole in your pocket, and you're looking to grab a Nexus S, Samsung and Negri Electronics have something special in store for you.  This special edition Nexus S won't leave anybody wondering where your mobile OS loyalties lie, as its battery door is plastered with Android logos -- which of course lay underneath a big ol' Google logo.

So you can either buy a regular Nexus S outright from Best Buy Mobile for $529.99, or fork over an additional $313.51 for a cool battery door.  Every other aspect of this limited edition Nexus S remains completely untouched.  You're paying for the battery door. 

My Evo has a vinyl Android sticker on the back of it, which I assume makes it a limited edition.  We'll start the bidding at $313.51.

Check out a couple more pictures after the break.  [Negri Electronics via Pockenow]

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3 years ago

TELUS-branded HTC Desire HD shows off for the camera

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For all you TELUS customers who have been holding out for an amazing Android device, it appears as though your wait is coming to an end as they prepare for the release of the HTC Desire HD -- which we've also seen as the HTC Mecha. A tipster has offered up MobileSyrup with a great shot of the device booting, and they have been informed that there should be a January/February time frame for the release of this device, which is right around the corner. For those unfamiliar with this device it will be running Android 2.2 powered by a 1GHz processor and will have a 4.3-inch display.  Along with this there will be an 8MP camera and the ability to record in 720P, but full specs have yet to be released at this point. If you are on TELUS, and are ready for a new device in the coming months be sure to continue to check back for more information about the release of this device. [MobileSyrup]

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3 years ago

WSJ reports smartphone apps can (and do) track user data

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But is this yet another case of Chicken Little crying
that the sky is falling?

The Wall Street Journal has come forward with a lengthy article about Android and iOS applications, and how they transmit your data to advertisement companies. They assembled a selection of 101 smartphone apps (50 Android apps, 50 iOS apps, and the WSJ's iPhone app -- they haven't seen fit to release an Android version just yet) and found that 56 of them transmit unique identifying data from your smartphone.  More specifically -- apps are transmitting the unique device ID, age, location, gender, time spent using the app and other possibly personal identifying data.  Yes, it's wallpaper-gate all over again.  Let's dissect this a bit, after the break. [WSJ.com]

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3 years ago

HTC Knight (aka Evo 4G Shift and Speedy) shows up in Best Buy's system as PG0610

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The HTC Knight -- also known as the Evo 4G Shift and/or Speedy -- has made its way into Best Buy's inventory data transfer system. This is the smartphone that we're expecting to be a four-row horizontal slider -- basically Sprint's version of the G2. Still up in the air is any indication of a 4G radio or front-facing camera. And note that the PG0610 designation is different than the A7373 we saw in a previous leaked pic that pointed toward the first part of January (which coincides with CES), so things are a tad muddy at this point. But we likely don't have too long to find out what's up. Thanks to you know who.

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3 years ago

The week in Android News

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Another week has come to an end, this week we saw the release of the Nexus S to the public, as well as the open source code for Android 2.3. Some ports have begun already and while this is overly exciting there is still plenty of other news that has gone down. Let's take a minute to look at some of the other stuff you may have missed.

General News

Hardware News

Tablet News

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