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3 years ago

How far would you go to get your Android device back?

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If your Android device got stolen from your hands walking down the street, what lengths would you go to in order to recover your device. While some of us may take the loss and go through insurance for another one, one man did not want to let someone get away with his prized possession. In Palto Alto, Calif, one man thought he could swipe another's Android device on the street and get away with a free phone, but little did he know the owner would go to extreme measures to get this device back.

The local police got involved, along with a helicopter in an all out search and rescue mission for this device, which some may think is a bit extreme, but hey would you want to willingly hand all your personal information over to some stranger? Shortly after the search began the person was tracked down and the device returned to its rightful owner. Safe to say that Android devices mean more to some people then their wallet or car. Thanks Ben! [San Jose Mercury News]

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3 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 10 Oct 2010

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3 years ago

Sprint Sanyo Zio, Samsung Transform now available

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Two of the three phones that Sprint announced last week at CTIA -- the Samsung Transform and Sanyo Zio -- are available for purchase as of today. They'll run you $149.99 and $99.99 respectively after contract and $100 rebate. The third phone announced last week -- the LG Optimus S -- will be available Oct. 31. [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Modders cry shenanigans, say T-Mobile G2 'backup' is a sham

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The big guns in the Android development/mod community (these guys are more than mere hackers) have had a week to look at the T-Mobile G2, and study the is-it-a-rootkit-or-not mess -- and one of Android's most respected and beloved developers has spoken.  The problem with getting (and keeping) the G2 rooted correctly is because of a bug.  According to Cyanogen (aka Steve Kondik), there is no fail-safe to reload the system, there never was such a fail-safe, and in his own colorful way claims we were lied to all along.  He lays it all out in technical terms right here, but I'll try to break it down a bit. 

The controller that writes files to the "disk" really isn't writing anything to the disk, but reports that is has done so.  The NAND (that's what I'm calling a disk here) is locked the same way as every other HTC phone is, and no new system to protect the end user is in place.  This is the exact opposite of what T-Mobile has told us.  Whom to believe?  Well I think you all know my answer to that one.  [via @Cyanogen]

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3 years ago

HTC Bee ROM leak shows up, with Alltel branding

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We talked about the HTC Bee a few times since last June, but finally proof of its existence has appeared via the Chinese blog 911HTC.  They got their hands on a leaked RUU for the unit, and Alltel branding is showing up in the files.  The Bee looks very entry-level, much like the Aria, with a 528 MHz Qualcomm CPU, 348 MB of RAM, and a smallish quarter-VGA display.  

What may be the most interesting thing is the Alltel branding.  Alltel and Verizon merged a while back, but Alltel remains a separate entity, and still operates in a handfull of U.S. states, and even carries an Android device -- the HTC Hero and Motorola Milestone.  Could this one be headed there as well, or will it join the pool of Android phones on Verizon? [911HTC via Pocketnow

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3 years ago

Silent update brings Froyo features to Eclair Android Market

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We've got reports coming in that users with some Milestones, Vibrants and Fascinates running Android version 2.1-update 1 are seeing a silent update to the Android Market (version 2007 -- an update from version 1714), and it brings some of the features (including the widget) from Froyo along with.  On the other hand, we've got a  Fascinate in our hands that doesn't have any of those changes in its Market.  After some digging around we're pretty sure that something's going on, so we're enlisting you guys to help get to the bottom of it.  Head into the forums and let's compare, shall we? [Android Central Forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Find Adobe AIR Android apps with AppBrain

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Now that Adobe AIR is available for Android (Android 2.2 or higher), we're all on the lookout for the apps!  It's not difficult for developers to publish their AIR applications to the Android Market, so it was only a matter of time before enough went live that a method to make them easy to find was needed, and the folks at AppBrain are all over it.  Simply hit up the AppBrain website, and enter "adobe-air" into the search box (or just click here), and you'll be presented with the list of current AIR applications available, which you can install just like any app via AppBrain.  I recommend starting with SkyTunes just to see what AIR can really do. [via @TheAppBrain]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy Tab pricing revealed, $399 with a contract, $649 without

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Pricing for T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy Tab (check out our hands-on) has been revealed through a leaked slide deck, allowing us to see one of the only things still not known about the device.  According to the shot, the Galaxy Tab will be $399 with a 2-year contract after a $50 rebate. For those who don't want to be tied down for two years, the off-contract price is $649.

Still no word on availability yet, but expect to see it soon.  And we don't know how the data situation will work. Will we be paying more? Pulling from an existing data plan? Inquiring minds want to know, folks. (TmoNews)

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3 years ago

Leaked e-mail points to successful Froyo testing on the Samsung Galaxy S

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We've got little doubt that Froyo is just around the corner for the Samsung Galaxy S phones. It's been promised by Samsung since Day 1, and we recently saw a leaked Froyo ROM for the AT&T Captivate. Now comes this letter posted in the Android Central Forums, which purportedly comes from within Samsung. Our Korean's a little rusty, but we're told it basically says that testing has been completed, and the Korean binaries will be released this week (no idea if that's this week, last week or whenever).

The letter was posted in our Verizon Fascinate forums, but we're not reading too much into that. The individual carriers will release their udpates if and when they're ready. But this sure points to things moving forward. If any Korean-literate folks want to clear things up, definitely do so at the source link. [Android Central Forums]

 

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