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3 years ago

Froyo coming to the HTC Aria tomorrow, says AT&T

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AT&T has posted news on its Facebook fan page that the HTC Aria will be updating to Froyo (Android 2.2 -- remember it?) tomorrow. The little Android device was AT&T's second Android powered phone to enter their stores. Since then, consumers have been waiting to see if the Aria was going to be getting a Froyo update.

The Aria's newer second cousin, the Samsung Captivate, is expected to be getting Froyo today. From reading through the Facebook fan page comments, owners really mostly want the Captivate to update already. How about you guys? Are you still rolling with an HTC Aria? 

AT&T has also posted a interview with Dante Martin, AT&T's Android Senior Project Manager. Video after the break! [Facebook] Thanks, Greg K!

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3 years ago

Samsung Captivate's Froyo update now available through Kies

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The good news: The AT&T Samsung Captivate finally has its Froyo update. They bad news -- it's available through the Samsung Kies desktop software. Kies isn't the worst thing we've ever seen, but it's still a bit ridiculous in 2011 that we're not updating everything over the air.

But I digress. The update you're getting is the same KB1 version we showed you the other night, so if you installed the leaked version, you're likely good to go. Otherwise, hit up Sammy's instructions (which are nicely done) and the massive changelog (after the break) and get to updating. [Samsung] More on the update in the Captivate forums

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3 years ago

Sprint, Samsung halt Epic 4G's Froyo update due to data, SD card issues

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Rut ro. If you've been wondering why your Sprint Epic 4G hasn't yet received the over-the-air update to Froyo, it's because Sprint and Samsung have yanked it from the servers. Apparently a number of folks were having problems with data connectivity, or with the SD card -- or both. And while a hard-reset seemed to fix it, nobody wants to do that (Hi, mom!).

So, they pulled the update. Here's the official word:

There have been an increased number of calls into Care regarding issues with the Epic following the upgrade. As a result, the upgrade will not be pushed to more devices until a resolution for these issues is in place. The OTW update on the Samsung website will also be taken down.

Sprint and Samsung are actively working to correct these problems and release the update to all devices.

The issues being reported are related to data connectivity following the upgrade and SD card issues when attempting to access photos, music, etc. If you are experiencing these issues, a hard reset has been reported to resolve the problems. A hard reset will wipe out all the data on your device, so a backup should be done first.

That's no good, and let's hope Sprint and Sammy get their ducks in a row and get the update back up, pronto. [Sprint, via] More on the update in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Sign up to find out when the Xoom 4G LTE upgrade is available

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The Motorola Xoom is available from Verizon today, at a cost of $599 with a contract and $799 without. At launch, the Xoom will only be compatible with Verizon's 3G network, but will eligible for a free 4G LTE upgrade in the coming months. 

If you have a Xoom, are planning to get one, or want to wait for when the 4G upgrade is available, sign up on Verizon's site to receive a notification e-mail, and you'll be among the first to know. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

NTT DOCOMO unveils three new smart mobile devices for the Japanese market

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While we already knew NTT DOCOMO was putting the LG Optimus Pad up for pre-order, and we've come to find out they were adding two other devices to their already existing line-up as well. One of those devices is the not yet released in North America Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc. The other, a device that will likely never seen North American shores; the MEDIAS N-04C which oddly enough is claiming to be the Worlds thinnest smartphone measuring just 7.7 mm, and weighing only 105 grams.  We've got the press release after the break if you're looking for more details surround their rollout.

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3 years ago

MetroPCS hires Snoop 'DoGGGG' to help promote the 4G Samsung Indulge

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MetroPCS has just launched an ... interesting ad campaign to promote its upcoming LTE-rocking Samsung Indulge. Snoop Dogg himself takes on a trio of personalities as possible matches for a woman on a dating show, each with more "G"s in his name - and thus is more attractive. Asked about "the 4 Gs" in his name, Snoop explains that "lately the speed of my hustle has increased exceptionally, and I've had to amp up my Gs to facilitate my needs." Honestly, we couldn't make this up if we tried. Catch the video past the break. [YouTube]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 4G gets torn down to reveal what it's made of

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Just a mere day after we saw the Motorola Atrix 4G torn down to its naughty bits, we now get to have a good look at the Samsung Galaxy S 4G get the same treatment. The good folks at iFixit sacrificed one for science and came to a few conclusions about the device over all:

  • Samsung KB100L00WM-A453 512 MB of DRAM, which also contains a 1 GHz Intrinsity Processor in a package-on-package configuration
  • The front panel is adhered to the AMOLED display, so they must be replaced as one expensive unit
  • Less-than-stellar fit of the front panel and chromed plastic accents can lead to cosmetic issues after long-term use.
  • It turns out that Samsung tells no lie -- their structural framework IS made of magnesium! This helps make the device lighter.

Overall, iFixit gave the Samsung Galaxy S 4G a 6 out of 10 for it's cost effectiveness to repair. Had the display been easier to remove it would likely have scored the 9 out of 10 the Motorola Atrix 4G did as there are a lot of internal similarities there. [iFixit]

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3 years ago

Honeycomb boot animation on Droid X

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3 years ago

Motorola giving away a limited-edition gold Motorola XOOM

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Just in case you're not really feeling a new 2-year contract or the actual sticker cost of the Motorola Xoom that doesn't mean you still can't have one. If you're lucky enough you may just end up with a gold one and then you can be just like an Oscar nominated movie stars. As was sent out via their Twitter account, Motorola might just have a gold Xoom with your name on it. All you have to do is re-tweet the above and you're good to go provided you have read the full contest details and qualify to win. To make it easier on you, hit the source link and start re- tweeting. [Twitter]

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3 years ago

Zynga puts a hit out on the Android Market with Mafia Wars

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Although I'm not really much of a fun of the game, I do know a lot of people love wasting some time playing Mafia Wars. Be it on Facebook or the many other various platforms it is available for. Finally, Zynga has brought Mafia Wars to the Android Market. While early reviews show it needs some work, the fact that Zynga has created a base for Mafia Wars gives them room to play around with and user feedback will help them improve it in the long run. They are quite capable of building great games.

At the moment, some elements of the original game are missing and you can only access one city but I'm sure more will become available over time. If you're into playing Mafia Wars it's certainly worth a look. If you're looking for more feedback based on user reviews head on past the break for the Android Market download link. Just remember, it uses your Facebook account for stats and such so if you don't have a Facebook account you really just login and play. If you're not into Mafia Wars then try out Words with Friends. Fah-get about it!

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