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4 years ago

How to properly set up and use a task killer (Oh, yes, I went there!)

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Ed. note: Sorry for the problem, everybody. The column's now here in its entirety.

Hey everybody. This week lets talk about the thorn in Android's side – efficient task management.

Before we get started, yes I'm one of those people who will say “Stop using the task killer” as a first response to some weird questions. Lots of other pretty knowledgeable folks will say the same thing. They (we) are right. Task killer applications tend to cause a lot of problems simply because using them properly can be a bit confusing, especially with all the conflicting information out there. Follow us after the break and let's figure this out once and for all.

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4 years ago

Root Your Telus Milestone

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It's finally time for all you Telus Milestone owners to finally have root access on your device! Over at AllDroid they have compiled instructions based from the knowledge and information of many different developers and hackers within the Android community. While the rooting for this device, which includes having to flash to a Brazilian .sbf file, is a bit more intricate then many of the other devices at least it is a start. It doesn't appear the kernel is yet available, but beggars can't be choosers, can they?

Keep in mind, this is a risky process, and should be done at your own peril (or at least at your phone's peril). If you have questions, or need help with this process, jump into the forums. [AllDroid via Boy Genius Report]

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4 years ago

Moto Matt stirs the Droid 2.1 pot

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Ask us when the Motorola Droid is getting its long overdue (but not yet late) Android 2.1 update, and we'll tell you unequivocally, "Don't know. Soon." Officially, Motorola says it's "expected to roll out soon."

On Motorola's official forums, it's much of the same. Though forum manager Matt did just drop a cryptic line. "Spring," he says. "I can't wait for spring." The vernal equinox is just one week away. Does that mean the Android 2.1 update for the Droid is coming with it? Does it just mean it's time to plant the crops? Discuss. Thanks, beastcmg!

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4 years ago

Verizon updates (erm, fixes) Nexus One listing; no Sense for you!

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Well how about that. Looks like Verizon has updated its Nexus One listing in the Equipment Guide, fixing some of those bullet points that didn't quite add up.

Gone is the reference to HTC's Sense user interface, which should come as zero surprise. Also (almost) fixed is where the phone will be sold -- google.com/phone (mind the capital letters after the slash, people) -- and other specs have been updated, including the reference to the Qualcomm chip being taken out.

Seriously, people, let's cut Verizon a break here. It's not that big a deal. And while it's fun to get riled up about this stuff, it's one giant glass house we're all sitting in. Typos happen, even to the bedt of us.

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 2

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Audio-only stream below

Phil and Mickey are back for another round of the latest Android news, including the Motorola Droid, Devour and Backflip, and the Google Nexus One.

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4 years ago

Vodafone 845 coming in May?

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Vodafone, like AT&T, has decided to join the Android Market a little bit late, but we have reports that they have their first Android device getting ready for release. The Vodafone 845 is rumored to be ready for a May launch, but don't get your hopes up too high if you are looking for a high end Android device. The Vodafone 845 will run the Vodafone 360 services on a 2.8inch QVGA touchscreen, along with a 3.2 megapixel camera. This device will also have the basics, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, with 512mb of internal memory. While the specs of the device are on the lower side, they have compensated for this with the pricing of the device, which is believed to be €150. One of the highlights of this device, is that it will be showcased with Android 2.1 on it, while many other higher end devices still await their turn at an official release. [via All About Phones]

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4 years ago

We've got a Best Buy gift card to give you [contest]

AND ... WE'RE DONE! Winner will be receive an e-mail shortly.

We found a $150 Best Buy gift card under a stack of phones and decided it'd be better off in your hands. (We'd probably just spend it on more Lost DVDs anyway.) So, as to not make a big deal out of it, just leave a comment here on this post. We'll lock things up at 7 p.m. EST tonight, so get in while you can.

Update: Uh oh. So you all might have noticed that we're allowing anonymous comments again. That's good, insofar as comments go, but bad when it comes to winning stuff. To be chosen here, you're going to have to be registered in logged in. Otherwise, well, you're anonymous. And it's hard to send stuff that way. :-/

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4 years ago

Motorola releases source code for Backflip

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If you're the type of person who's into Android source code -- and let's face it, you probably are -- then you should know that Motorola's had the source for the Backflip available for a week now. Now you can play amateur Android chef and cook up your own locked-down, drive-a-blogger-nuts Motorola Backflip ROM, just like AT&T. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Motorola i1 has a 5 megapixel camera, Opera Mini as default browser?

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The Motorola i1, formerly the Motorola Opus One, has just gotten a wee bit more interesting. It's now supposed to pack a 5 megapixel camera, which can be termed as par for the course, and come with Opera Mini as the default browser, which is a little stunning. We guess this is Motorola stepping a bit outside of the typical Android getup and focusing more on their Motoblur experience, which is fine and fair, but couldn't they have gotten Opera Mobile instead?

Either way, in the i1's case we expect this to impact very little of you. Unless Motorola keeps this up with their more mainstream Android devices...then it's going to get mighty interesting. [engadget]

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4 years ago

HTC Desire, Legend are 'Coming soon' on Vodafone

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Good news for those of you in the UK who are waiting for the HTC Desire and HTC Legend to be released on Vodafone: It's now "Coming soon," as in April. We know that, 'cause, well, the site says so. Stay tuned for exact release date and pricing. But go ahead and admit it: You'd give up your firstborn for this thing, wouldn't you ... [Vodafone] Thanks, Dave!

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