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3 years ago

HBO Go will be making its way to Android

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See our video hands-on with HBO Go for Android

If you are a HBO subscriber and an Android lover, you will be happy to know that HBO has announced they will be bringing HBO Go to Android devices. HBO Go is a streaming service that will allow subscribers to bring all their favorite shows on the go with them (thus the name), giving them the ability to watch them at any time, from any where. Unfortunately there is no release date given in the video, though the end appears to not-so-subtly hint at May 2. [Youtube] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Galaxy S Gingerbread update 'temporarily suspended by Google'

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Ruh-roh. Here's some bad news for European Galaxy S owners following the triumphant roll-out of the handset's Gingerbread update last weekend. According to Vodafone UK, the update has been "temporarily suspended" by Google due to "an issue".

Vodafone doesn't say exactly what the problem is, but claims that its Galaxy S variant isn't affected by it, and that it's working with Samsung to have the update reinstated. Based on Vodafone's comments, it's looks like all Gingerbread updates for all European Galaxy S phones should be subject to this suspension, though we haven't been able to confirm this yet.

In the meantime, Vodafone has apologized to its customers and says it's "working hard to address the matter with Samsung." [Vodafone UK forum via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Leaked ThunderBolt ROM brings new a new radio, bugfixes

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If you've gotta have the latest unofficial ROM for your new HTC ThunderBolt, you're in luck this morning. An RUU has leaked out of one of those places RUUs tend to leaked out of (don't ask, you don't wanna know), stripped down and put back together again. And the list of known features is interesting enough.

  • New radio, version 1.16.00.402
  • Fixes to SQLite
  • GPS Location Services
  • LTE/3G handoff (huzzah!)
  • Audio recording
  • Video playback
  • Proximity sensor drain

Those are some fixes we'd certainly like to see. For those of you who know your way around a rooted ThunderBolt (you'll need S-off), head on over to the source link to check it out. For everyone else, let's hope that this shows up in an officially sanctioned update right quick. [Radio 1.16.00.402, how to root the ThunderBolt]

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3 years ago

CNN app for Android phones

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iReports, breaking news, videos and photos round out
the CNN Android app arsenal

We knew CNN could make an Android app -- our headline "CNN's Android tablet app a model of how to present an overflow of news" on the Honeycomb app pretty well summed that up, if we do say so ourselves. But one thing that was missing was a companion application for smartphones. That hole has now been filled.

CNN just released its Android smartphone application. And it's just about the perfect mix of overkill of breaking news, video, still images -- and the all-important "iReport," or the ability to document news yourself and sent it in. (No, we will not call it "citizen journalism.")

The application is as intuitive as it is overwhelming. You're greeted with a host of news in a number of categories -- top stories, U.S., world, politics, justice, entertainment, tech, health, living, travel and opinion -- and those are just for CNN's Lindsay Lohan coverage. (Zing!)

You have easy access to CNN's treasure chest of videos, though you'll have to sit through a 5-second advertisement to watch them. There are ads embedded in the stories, too, but they're not intrusive.

There's also the ability to share stories via e-mail or through the usual social networking sites you might have linked to your phone, or you can go a step further and link them directly to the CNN application.

All in all, it's a great news app from a great news organization. Our only complaint thus far is that it took so long to get it. Check out our video review and grab the download links after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G-Slate launch date and pricing leaked

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Update: And it's official, folks.

Some new pricing and launch date info on the LG G-Slate for T-Mobile has emerged, just a couple days away from its expected in-store availability. The highly anticipated tablet from T-Mobile and LG will cost you $529.99 on contract after a $100 mail in rebate and $749.99 at full retail price. The tablet is set to hit stores this Wednesday, April 20. That $529.99 pricing is the same number we saw a few weeks ago. Not surprising, but this is also the same day as the T-Mobile event coming up this Wednseday night in New York City (we'll be there!).

But the new G-Slate isn't the only new Android powered device we'll see this Wednesday. The G2X, T-Mobile's first dual-core powered phone, and the Sidekick 4G will also launch this Wednesday. The Sidekick on contrant will set you back $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate on a new two year contract. If you don't want to do the contract thing, the phone will cost you $379.99. As for the G2X, the 3D powered cell phone on contract will be $199.99 after a $50 mail in rebate. And again, if you don't do the contract thing, it's gonna cost you $499.99. Whooo... okay, now who's getting what this Wednesday? [TmoNews]

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3 years ago

Get the LG Phoenix from Amazon for a penny

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The LG Phoenix, AT&T's post-paid version of the Optimus One, can be had at AmazonWireless for a penny.  The phone may be brand new for AT&T, but we've seen (and loved) the whole Optimus One line since it first showed up last year, and think it's a great way to get into the world of Android.  Snagging one for a penny makes it even better.

Like all other subsidized phones, there's a bit more to it than forking over a tiny portrait of Abe Lincoln.  You'll need to either qualify for a new line of service with AT&T, or have an upgrade available.  And don't forget to read Amazon's fine print, which says if you drop your service before six months is up, you'll owe them $250.00 for the phone, which is about $40 bucks more than their full retail price.  Details and ordering at the source link. [Amazon Wireless] Thanks, Doug!

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3 years ago

Wifi-only HTC Flyer gets UK price

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British retailer PC World will sell the Wifi-only version of HTC's 7-inch Flyer tablet for £479.99, according to a newly-updated product page. This matches the current price for the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom in the UK, and is considerably cheaper than the 3G version of the Flyer, which is priced at £599.99.

HTC announced last week that the Flyer will launch across Europe on May 9. However, PC World is listing May 17 as the earliest delivery date available for both the Wifi-only and 3G versions of the tablet, so it looks like the UK release may lag slightly behind continental Europe. Check out our hands-on coverage of the Wifi-only Flyer from CTIA to find out more about the device. [PC World]

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3 years ago

Samsung releases Gingerbread source code for the original Galaxy S

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Samsung released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread source code today for the original Galaxy S I9000 phones.  If you're a developer and you love releases like this, get your kitchen going and start cooking up some ROMs. Or, if you just like peering into the source code, go on over to the source link, type "GT-I9000" into the search box, and download the GT-I9000_OpenSource_GB.zip file. [Samsung Open Source Release CenterThanks, imnuts!

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3 years ago

Thunderbolt root and unroot, Samsung 2GHz rumors [from the forums]

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You guys all set for another fun filled week of Android news? It's off to a great start -- I mean, the Apple legal department is already angry and off filing law suits that has to mean it's going to be a good week. Make sure you jump into the forums and let us know what's happening. Some threads below will help you all get started:

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3 years ago

Facebook app updated, brings friend tagging to mobile

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Facebook's Android app just got a little bit better as the social giant has pushed an update that adds in the ability to tag your friends in posts from within the app. Previously, you would have to load up the full website to get that functionality. As a reminder, to tag a friend you start by typing the "@" symbol and immediately start typing out the person's name. A box showing the most likely results pops up below the text entry field and you can close in on the person you want by typing more of their name. 

Other features of version 1.5.3 include a "Find Friends" feature and the ability to add your phone number to your profile plus a smattering of bug fixes. Open the Android Market and go to "My Apps" to get the update or check out the download links past the break. Thanks to ZSearcy for the tip!

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