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3 years ago

How to manually update your Droid Incredible to Froyo

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Finally, the Incredible OTA is here! And like all Android phones, now that we know the location for the Incredible Froyo OTA, there is an option to go get it versus waiting for it to be pushed to you.  This is the same file as you would get if you just waited, and you'll have the exact same Froyo as everyone else, so there's no need to worry.  Here's how it's done:

  1. Grab the OTA file here from the Android Central Forums.
  2. Make sure it's named update.zip
  3. Copy it to the root (base directory) of your SD card.  Don't put it in any folders, and don't put it on the internal memory.
  4. Shut your phone off
  5. While holding the volume down button, turn the phone back on.
  6. In the white Bootloader screen, select recovery from the list.
  7. In the recovery screen (the triangle with exclamation mark), press volume up and power.  You'll go to the recovery menu.
  8. In the recovery menu, select "apply sdcard:update.zip"
  9. The phone will find the file, and when finished prompt you to reboot.  Reboot via the menu, then patiently wait for the phone to reboot, and enjoy your Froyo when it's done.

Be sure to hit the Incredible forums to talk about the update, its process, or ask any questions! Thanks to Teslatech in the Android Central Forums for the dl location!

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3 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G available today, and we're giving one away!

Today's the day, folks. The Sprint Epic 4G is now available online, and stores open at 8 a.m. local time for the launch of the second 4G-capable phone in the United States. And judging from our initial hands-on and all the excitement going on in our Epic 4G forums, this one's going to be a biggie.

So let's up the ante, shall we? Head into the aforementioned Epic 4G forums and comment your little heart out. Contest ends at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday. We'll pick a post at random* to win an Epic 4G and announce the winner live Thursday night during the Android Central Podcast, which starts at 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT. So get to it, and good luck!

* When we say "at random," we mean any post other than "I'm just posting this for the contest." Slackers.

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3 years ago

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab is a go

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When it comes to Android tablets, Verizon's name has been thrown around for quite some time, be it an official "Google" tablet, or future LTE tablets, but it looks like it's the Samsung Galaxy Tab that will be coming to Big Red. This internal screen from Verizon (they really should just post those publicly at this point) clearly shows the Galaxy Tab as Item SCHI800BKV, along with some demo units. As to when we'll see it? We'll be in Berlin this week for the official Samsung announcement, and we'll just have to see as to when we'll all be able to get our hands on the Verizon version. [via BGR] Thanks, I_Am_Incredible!

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3 years ago

Win one of 10 free copies of BuzzVoice for Android

  

Sometimes life has us on the go and we're not able to focus on the written word (even if only to get our Android news!), and that's where BuzzVoice steps in.  The popular iOS app is now available for Android, and BuzzVoice has been gracious enough to give us ten copies to give away!

To enter, hit the forum post here and follow the easy instructions.  Each copy is valued at $4.99 USD, and for those who just can't wait we have download links after the break, as well as a very informative video in case you're not familiar with BuzzVoice.  Thanks BuzzVoice, and John!

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3 years ago

LG Loop now available on Rogers

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Rogers has begun selling the LG Loop. You may remember it as the LG Optimus, which we've had our hands on at CES in January, and again at Google IO in May. Not really that much to be said, other than it's another notch in the ol' Android belt. Here are the specs and prices:

  • 3.0-inch screen
  • 3MP camera
  • 120 MB internal storage (2 GB SD card, expandable to 32 GB)
  • Android 1.6 (Donut)
  • $29.99 with a 3-year contract
  • $199 with a 2-year contract
  • $249 with a 1-year contract (or monthly)

The Loop is obviously on the low-end of the Android family, but it does show an important trend that points to Android gaining even more traction in market-share.

It's great that Android has solid high-end phones to compete with other platforms; its growth has been exponential, which has been a great thing to see. This trend is likely to continue as it is installed in more low to middle end phones that customers transitioning from feature phones are likely to start with before jumping for the expensive devices. As they familiarize themselves with the Android platform, these phones, like the Loop, will ease them into it rather than diving into the complex stuff out of the gate. This will increase their chances of choosing better Android phones in the future because they're already used to the platform. 

All in all, not a great phone to add to the army, but a signal of a trend that Android is going to proliferate throughout all phones, not just the top dogs. [Marketnews via Rogers]

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3 years ago

So when's the Verizon Fascinate launching?

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So there's a little confusion of when the Verizon Fascinate is "launching," eh? Can't say we blame you. We were the first to bring you the Sept. 9 date, as seen last week on an internal Verizon BEST update. But we didn't stop there. On Friday, we brought you the image you see above, from the internal Verizon spec sheet (which has since leaked out in full).

Yes, it says "Launch Date 9/8/2010," which we noted last week. And it clearly mentions an "all-channel launch" on Sept. 9, 2010. So riddle us this, Batman: If you order it online on Sept. 8, what's the earliest date you think the phone will be at your door? So there's a "launch," and then there's a "launch." Pick your poison.

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3 years ago

Oracle's lawsuit preventing Google from participating in JavaOne

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A couple weeks ago, we reported that Oracle was suing Google over patents dealing with Java used in Android. 

While the magnitude of this suit is big and there are large implications resting on the decision, I don't think anybody expected it to have negative effects this quickly. However, Google has announced today that they will not participate in JavaOne this year, which is an annual conference held to discuss Java.

Here is a quote from Joshua Bloch from Google's Open Source Program Office:

"Like many of you, every year we look forward to the workshops, conferences and events related to open source software. In our view, these are among the best ways we can engage the community, by sharing our experiences and learning from yours. So we’re sad to announce that we won't be able to present at JavaOne this year. We wish that we could, but Oracle’s recent lawsuit against Google and open source has made it impossible for us to freely share our thoughts about the future of Java and open source generally. This is a painful realization for us, as we've participated in every JavaOne since 2004, and I personally have spoken at all but the first in 1996."

Oracle's lawsuit seems to have already had a negative impact on the open-source community. [Google Code Blog via @TimBray]

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3 years ago

Better pictures of the Motorola XT300 slider emerge [video]

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When we first saw the Motorola portrait slider in all its blurrycam glory, we were interested. It's high time a portrait slider rolls out for Android, and the red Droid eye means it's pretty much a given that this one will hit Verizon eventually.  To make things even more interesting, if the XT300 name is correct, it would indicate that there's a GSM version of this one out there as well.  Or the name could be wrong.  Or Motorola  no longer uses the XT name only for GSM phones.  That's how things go when you deal with rumors and make your best guess from pictures.

A few things we can tell for sure from the pictures and video though -- this one comes with no flash for the camera, has an excellent looking keyboard, a rear mounted trackpad, and some form of Blur, at least for the launcher.  We'll keep an eye out, as the form factor looks like something worth trying.  Be sure to hit the source link for a mess of pictures and video, and we have one of the vid's after the break.  [MobiFlip (German) via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Xperia X10's Android 2.1 update unchanged, still on track for September

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We'd like to say we're excited at the news that Sony Ericsson on Twitter confirmed "that the upgrade to Android 2.1 [for the Xperia X10] is due for release before the end of September this year."

OK, it's not that we're not excited, it's just that it's not new.  It was way back in June that SE announced a change to the Xperia upgrade timeline, from early Q4 to late Q3. As September is the last month in the third quarter, it looks like we're still on that schedule.

Hang in there, folks. Your phones will be upgraded to an operating system that's not the newest in the next month or so. In the meantime, you can check out our latest (and second) hands-on with the X10 for AT&T. [Twitter via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Viewing Google Calendar and Gmail tasks

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