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3 years ago

Ask Android Central: A little help with my new tablet, please!

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So you woke up Christmas morning and were greeted by a shiny new Android tablet under the tree.  After charging it up a little while trying on that sweater you also got, you finally have some time to sit down and play with your new toy -- only to find yourself completely lost, facing things like hardware issues, missing the Android Market, and little to no instuctions included with your gift.

You're not alone -- our inbox has nearly collapsed with questions from folks just like you, in the same predicament. We're going to lay it all out right here. Well, not right here, more like after the break.  You knew where I was going. Read on.

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3 years ago

Facebook woes, CES just around the corner and how does the Droid Pro really stack up? [from the forums]

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As they say, time flies when you're having fun. Another week or so and we'll all be flooded with news from CES. Be it tablets, phones media players and more we're ready. Before things get nuts around here join us in the forums and start some threads about what you want to see from CES.

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

The HTC Desire HD gets FCC approval for North American 3G

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The Desire HD, which is more or less a 4G-less Evo 4G for Europe, may be making its way across the pond sometime soon, if FCC filings give any indication. Most likely it is being approved for a launch on Canadian carriers like Bell, Rogers, and Telus, but it would also work just fine on AT&T (wouldn't it be nice to have a high-end Android phone other than the Captivate?). T-Mobile customers are out of luck because the carrier uses a different frequency for its 3G coverage. Either way, it seems the Desire HD will be making at appearance on North American shores at some point next year. [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Asus Eee Pad shows off for the camera

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Back in August, we reported that Asus would be releasing an Android-based Eee Tablet in 2011. Folks, if you haven't been drinking the tablet Kool-Aid, you might want to start. What you're looking at here is that exact tablet we told you about in all of its glory. I'd be lying to you if I told you I didn't think this thing was sexy, and I'd be lying to you even more if I told you I don't want this in my hands as I write this. 

What's even more compelling is what the pictures reveal. This is no ordinary tablet, pad -- whatever you want to call it. At least one variant is boasting what appears to be a full keyboard, and additional ports on the side as well. Now, before you call this a Netbook, let me be clear that Asus is marketing this thing as a tablet. Now excuse me, I have a few pictures to drool over. [via Tech in Style]

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3 years ago

Another sign that the Xperia Play should be here sometime in spring 2011

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We don't really need yet another piece of evidence pointing to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (or PSP Phone, or Playstation Phone) being announced and released in the coming months -- so here's another piece of evidence of the Sony Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (or PSP Phone, or Playstation Phone) being announced and released in the coming months. The new one comes via Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, which writes that it's expected in spring 2011 in North America and Europe. And have we mentioned we fully expect to see the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (or PSP Phone, or Playstation Phone) to be announced sometime in the coming months? OK. Just so we all have that straight. [Asahi Shimbun (translated) via Yahoo News, Engadget]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: rdio

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Android certainly has its share of music streaming applications, and sometimes it can be hard to choose between them all. If you do a lot of radio streaming, either on your computer or on your phone, you know just as much as I do how many options you have. 

But rdio is a little different from the rest. Rdio allows you to choose from any song, artist or album that it has in its database at any time, and it does a fairly good job at it, too. We'll take a quick look at this app after the break!

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3 years ago

Clearing application defaults

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 A great feature of Android is the ability to override many of the default applications for core features of the phones.

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3 years ago

Photoshop fail: Droid Eris runs Windows Mobile

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What is this we have here? Well, thanks to our friends over at Best Buy it, appears we have a Droid Eris running Windows Mobile! Not only is it running Windows Mobile, but it also appears to be sporting some sort of HSPA GSM 3G network based on that nice little "H" up there. Unless we're missing something (and that's doubtful), I don't think Verizon has made any decisions to ditch its CDMA network any time soon. Photoshop fails sure aren't anything new, but they surely don't get old, either! Thanks Is377. [Best Buy via the Android Central Forums].

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3 years ago

Samsung's U.S. Galaxy S pages showing Froyo, but updates still missing

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Update: And the pages once again say Android 2.1. Thanks, Joel!

Original: That supposed Dec. 26 mark for the Sprint to roll out Froyo for Epic 4G has come and gone -- no great surprise there -- but Samsung's stirring the pot a bit. The U.S. product pages for the Epic 4G, Vibrant and Fascinate are all showing the phones running Android 2.2. A typo? Perhaps. The Captivate and Continuum are shown as sporting Android 2.1 still.

Now you gotta remember, Samsung has a less-than-stellar reputation with this whole update thing. But we have to hold out hope that the updates are getting ready to roll. If you see the update hitting your phone, be sure to head into the forums and spread some epic news. [Samsung, Vibrant product page, Epic 4G product page, Fascinate product page] Thanks to everyone who sent these in

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3 years ago

Gorilla Glass ad spotted in GQ magazine [from the forums]

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So this is pretty cool -- Corning Incorporated advertising its legendary Gorilla Glass in the latest issue of Gentlemen's Quarterly.  Not familiar with Gorilla Glass?  Do you own any phone in the Motorola Droid family of devices, or a Samsung Galaxy S/Tab?  Ever noticed how completely, extremely, and nearly impossible it is to scratch its screen?  Well, that's all thanks to Corning Incorporated's awesomely-awesome Gorilla Glass.

It isn't 100 percent indestructible (duh), but it holds up extremely well against your screen-scratching pocket change or car keys.  If you own a device that sports Gorilla Glass, chances are you'll never -- ever -- need a screen protector. [Android Central Forums] Thanks, Jimmycinla!

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