Headlines

3 years ago

Yep, Verizon's having LTE problems today

40

When your LTE-capable phone is poking along at 1xRTT and your 3G-only phone is cruising right along ... yeah, Verizon's having network issues, folks. The good news is that if you're not on an HTC ThunderBolt, you're probably OK.

More in the ThunderBolt forums

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Motorola to have a new bootloader policy come late 2011

20

By now everyone with even the slightest interest in Android or smartphone tech knows that Motorola has been pretty pugnacious about locking and encrypting the bootloader on their Android phones.  There have been numerous community-driven calls for action to try to convince Motorola to change this policy, and it looks like the current one could be the straw that broke the camel's back.  Motorola has responded to Irwin Proud, a gentleman who started a Groubal complaint about the bootloader issue, with the following:

In terms of your question – we completely understand the operator requirement for security to the end user, and as well, want to support the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform. It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it.

Don't break out the bubbly just yet though, the last bit there is pretty telling.  Carriers and operators aren't going to be chomping at the bit to sell unlocked developer phones, especially Verizon -- which happens to be the major player in the U.S. for Motorola and Android.  It's possible that it will see the value in this, but so far it has remained silent about the entire issue.  I also wouldn't be surprised if this policy is in effect for new phones only, and not applicable for the Atrix or upcoming Bionic.

But something is always better than nothing, and this may be the first step to a future where Motorola Android phones are friendly to developers.  We can only hope. [Ausdroid] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

HTC Merge may launch April 29 on US Cellular after all?

17

The HTC Merge is once again rumored to launch on US Cellular come April 29.  We sort-of-kind-of already saw this when we posted some leaked internal US Cellular documents that gave us that date, but that was promptly denied by US Cellular, which said the Merge would be launching "later this spring."  Now a second set of different, but just as leaked documents sent to Engadget again say April 29. 

What we do know is that the Merge is available from Alltel and Cellular South, has an awesome sliding horizontal keyboard (check out our most recent hands-on), and once upon a time had Verizon branding all over its face.  After that, it's all a crap-shoot apparently.  Anyhow, if you're a US Cellular customer, the Merge may/possibly/hopefully/should/might-not be hitting the shelves this Friday.  Maybe.  [Engadget]

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

BodyMedia pack launches on Sprint ID – A complete health and fitness mobile experience

8

I've never really been much of a health and fitness buff but -- I know a lot of folks out there who are, so Sprint teaming up with BodyMedia to offer a complete solution sounds like a winning combination. (Check out our first look at CTIA.) The Android Market is full of apps that can assist with better health practices and keep track of fitness regimens but filtering out the good from the bad is something Sprint and BodyMedia recognized as a challenge.

“Finding and installing the right applications is an essential part of the Android smartphone experience,” said Wayne Ward, vice president of Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “We’re pleased to offer leading brands like BodyMedia the ability to provide their customers with a customized starting point that offers an entire user experience based on user needs and interests.”

The BodyMedia ID pack is available now for most Sprint ID enabled devices and as of May 8 will be available on the all new Samsung Replenish. Full press release is available after the break for you all [Sprint]

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Qik on the Thunderbolt, Gingerbread 2.3.4 rumors [from the forums]

2

 Now that the week is now officially underway -- it's turning out to be a good one. New phones and tablets are starting to roll out and thus far, a bunch of apps have been updated. If you've not done so yet today, take a stroll through the forums and see what you've been missing:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Win one of 20 tickets to lookout's 'Party your apps off' party ahead of Google IO

0

If you're going to be in the Bay Area come May 9 (there's a little thing called Google I/O going on) listen up!  Lookout is having a big party for a few close friends, and you could win a chance to be one of them.  They have provided us with 20 tickets for the bash to hand out, which will be chock full of fun, food, and drinks.  Sounds like something nobody would want to miss. 

There's no transportation or Google I/O passes; you'll have to provide those yourself.  It looks like an awesome way to get things started at Google I/O, so if you're going to be in the area hit the forums to read the details and try your luck! [Android Central contest forums]

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Twidroyd update addresses scrolling freeze, makes a few improvements

2

 

Twidroyd has been updated with some miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements, according to the app's official Twitter feed. Developer UberMedia says that the most recent update, bumping the app up to version 3.1.5 5.1.3, fixes that oh-so-annoying scrolling freeze many of you have noticed. The update also brings a smoother transition when switching between the app's signature "Live Preview" and regular viewing, as well as improved Facebook compatability and support for predictive keyboards when inserting a hashtag or username. Twidroyd's release notes can be found here, and the update is now live on the Android Market.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Droid Incredible 2

20

Read our Droid Incredible 2 initial review


Youtube link for mobile viewing

What's a new phone without some new hands-on video, eh? And here we have our first hands-on with the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 2. Sure, it's almost exactly like the Incredible S we saw at Mobile World Congress. But it's not the Incredible S. It's the Incredible 2. It has a number, not a letter. It's different.

Just like its older brother, the Incredible 2 feels pretty darn good in our hands. But there's a little lip between the screen and the case that was pretty pronounced. We don't get the sense that it's a manufacturing flaw or anything, it's just a little unexpected given that most everything these days is sleek and smooth. The battery cover is a soft plastic -- not quite soft-touch, but soft. And the thing is light at 4.8 ounces.

Anyhoo, check out the video for our initial hands-on, and hit up the links below for even more.

Droid Incredible 2 specsDroid Incredible 2 forumsDroid Incredible 2 accessories

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Qik Video Connect enables Android-to-iOS video chat and much more

22

Skype today has a newly updated version of Qik Video Connect in the Android Market. The updated app, takes a lot of common video features that we know from Qik and wraps them all into one application but not only do you get all those familiar features -- you also now get Android-to-iOS video chat ability. Check out the full list of features below:

  • Live video calls over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi
  • Video calls between Qik Android and iPhone/iOS users
  • High resolution video calling (up to VGA)
  • Receive video mail when you can’t talk live
  • Share live videos to Facebook, Twitter, and more
  • Video Feed: See all videos shared by friends
  • Instant Connect: Automatically see who in your phone’s contact list is available for a live video call

Qik Video Connect will work with any Android device 2.1 and up as well as iPhones, the iPad2 and every iPod Touch with a camera. While some of you may have had this pre loaded onto your device, this is the first time it's been made available for everyone. Jump on past the break for the download link. Let us know in the comments if you prefer it over the other similar apps that are out there. [Skype Blog]

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 initial review

19

Hands-on video with the Droid Incredible 2

How do you follow up the HTC Droid Incredible, one of the most successful phones of 2010? If you're Verizon, you tweak a little here, add a little there, but you don't mess with a good thing. Our initial Droid Incredible 2 review is definitely positive, and it should be given our love of its predecessor.

So here's the deal: The DInc 2 has grown from a 3.7-inch smartphone to a full 4-inch display. Gone is the trackpad/button from the bottom, but it's gained a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The rear shooter remains at 8MP. Internally, it's largely the same. Still a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. You've got 768MB or RAM (up from 512MB), and the phone seems speedy enough in our initial use. We would have liked to have seen more than 1GB of internal storage -- the original Droid Incredible had an extra 6GB on board, which was handy.

You don't get the latest version of HTC's Sense, UI, and we're OK with that. But what we're really starting to not be OK with is phones launching with Froyo. We're really far enough into the Gingerbead cycle -- the code was made public in December 2010 -- that it's time to see it on all new phones coming out. Or at last that's what consumers (OK, or at the very least phone nerds) believe.

Also gone are the awesome red accents from the original Droid Incredible. No iconic red earpiece. No red ring on the rear camera. No all-red battery and internals. It's almost as if someone was told they were having a little too much fun and they needed to tone it down a notch.

But that's cosmetic. We'll be giving the Droid Incredible 2 a thorough what-for. In the meantime, hit up a bunch of pics after the break.

Droid Incredible 2 specsDroid Incredible 2 forumsDroid Incredible 2 accessories

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages