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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant, Captivate SIM unlock codes are hidden on the phones

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In the realm of GSM smartphones, there's a phenomenon known as "SIM unlocked," which is the ability to use any SIM card in a phone, meaning you can easily swap from carrier to carrier. And it's pretty rare in the United States. If you buy a myTouch 3G, it's locked to T-Mobile. Same goes for the Motorola Backflip on AT&T. They're both GSM phones and share radio frequencies, but they're locked to the carriers. (The Nexus One is one of the few SIM unlocked phones available -- erm, once available -- in the U.S.)

In order to use one GSM phone on another's carrier, you'll need an unlock code. And obtaining that code (or cracking it) really isn't new. Been doing it for years on the Windows Mobile side of things, and there are websites that will unlock your phone for a small fee. (Or, if you're in good standing with your carrier, it may give you the unlock code.)

Now let's turn to the AT&T Captivate and the T-Mobile Vibrant. Both Samsung Galaxy S-class phones are of the GSM variety and share radio frequencies. And it turns out that the unlock codes are stored on the phones themselves in a hex file, and the fine folks at XDA Developers -- mad props to dagentooboy, rbnet.it, marcopon, Bowsa2511, RazvanG, chcp0112345 and galaxysguy -- have made it dirt simple to extract your phone's code and SIM unlock the beast. And even better is that you can relock them for warranty reasons if need be.

We've done both of our phones, and they worked just fine (though we're only getting EDGE on the Vibrant, for some reason). It's a pretty big step in the name of openness, since buying unlocked phones (which also would mean unsubsidized -- read: more expensive) is pretty much non-existent in the states.

Hit up the XDA Developers link for all the details, read the instructions, and get to unlocking! [XDA Developers via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid 2 gets minor OTA update

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If you own a Motorola Droid 2, you may already have been prompted to install this OTA update, but that doesn't mean you don't want to know what it fixed. This minor update (version 2.2.20.en.US, for those playing at home) that Verizon is pushing out is not a complete update, but more so a fix for some of the issues that were reported at the release of the device. 

Improvements:

  • Enabled text and picture message scrolling.
  • Streamlined set up of Visual Voice Mail feature.
  • Improved contact sync with Corporate Exchange categories
  • and groups.
  • View accurate contact pictures when reviewing Recent Call Log.

If you have not received your OTA update for your device, head to settings, scroll down to about phone, click on system updates and then download. This will be the same as awaiting the OTA, just, well, without the wait! [Verizon Wireless via Droid-Life]

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3 years ago

Evo 4G catches aftermath of hit-and-runs, police chase in Jersey City

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A car plows through traffic on the Pulaski Skyway in Jersey City, and the Evo 4G is there to capture the aftermath. It's a hell of a story, and Jerzyiroc tells it in the Android Central Forums.

"Literally no more than 3 seconds after I moved over I look at the rear view mirror and see police lights, then I quickly look to the side view mirror and what do I see... A car PLOWING through other cars trying to squeeze through then passes right by me. Had I been 3-5 seconds late in moving to the left, I definitely would have gotten rammed. When the cops drove by all I could smell was burnt oil and burnt trans from the poor police cars. As soon as he passed me I grab my phone and start recording."

Another reason why having a great phone with a great camera is important these days. Check out the entire tale and a quorum of videos (Warning: there's a bit of salty language) in the forums. (And check out a second guy with an Evo in the second video. Classic.) [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Devour won't be getting Android 2.1; Motorola updates other time lines

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This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as the Motorola Devour already is listed as end-of-life, but now it officially won't be getting an upgrade to Android 2.1. In happier news, the Backflip is slated for an update in the third quarter, and the Cliq and Cliq XT should see their updates in late Q3/early Q4.

There are a slew of other changes to Motorola's roll-out chart, including the Milestone getting Froyo in the fourth quarter, so check it all out at the source link.

And to offer whatever consolation we can to you poor Devour owners, a present, after the break. [Motorola]

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3 years ago

Motorola Kobe to join AT&T's Android arsenal?

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The Motorola Kobe, also known as the MB520, looks to be a mid-level Android phone that’s beginning to show its face. Looking to be directly attached to AT&T’s network, and Engadget's tipster says it's running the same sort of “Philblur” hybrid UI that is found on both the Droid X and Droid 2.  The MB520’s slate style design will feature a 480x854 resolution on a smaller-than-average 3.5-inch LCD touch screen. Also, as expected with most the current Motorola Androids, it features a sturdy TI OMAP processor clocked at 800MHz. Utilizing the PowerVR SGX 530 – the same GPU found in the Droid 2 – its graphics performance should be well above par, and the 2GB of internal storage along with an included 2GB microSD card is a fairly nice addition as well.

The only problem for the Android enthusiast might be the 3-megapixel camera without flash – but as you might know, megapixels don’t always mean everything. With the included Swype and Vlingo software plus DNLA support, the Kobe seems to be a solid new device for the Android novice or simply those looking for a smaller screen. Check out the full deets at the source, but a slight caveat: Don't read too much into the Linpack scores. We've found that it's not properly reporting the TI OMAP processors with the Droid X and Droid 2.  [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Fashionistas use myTouch on 'Project Runway'

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Heidi Klum and her fellow cohorts on Lifetime's "Project Runway" were spotted this week using the HTC Magic -- or better known as the myTouch 3G here in the U.S. We're not quite people of fashion here at Android Central, but maybe these fashionistas could consult with the always properly dressed, Ari Gold, and learn about the popular and never out of style -- Nexus One. Just saying ... Thanks, Andrew!

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3 years ago

Droid X Android 2.2 lock screen now available for Droid X's with 2.1

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A leaked version of 2.2 for the Droid X emerged recently, and a good many of us have given it a shot. (You can watch our own hands-on here.) But, understandably, a good many of you are waiting for the official update from Verizon and Motorola.

But if you want the improved look of the lock screen and don't want to run the risk of upgrading to a possibly unstable version of Froyo, Android Central Forums member chaluxedeluxe has us covered, packaging it into an easy-to-install .apk file. Get it all at the source link. [Android Central ForumsThanks Ryne!

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3 years ago

AppBrain introduces new sorting features, and there was much rejoicing

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Anyone who browses the Android Market from their phone knows one universal truth: it's a mess. Outside of search, there really is no easy way to find great apps that might be floating just under the surface. No longer content with simply making installing apps to your phone directly from your browser insanely easy, AppBrain is looking to change all that nonsense by adding some major new features to their site.

The new sorting bar at the top allows quick access to popular and top rated apps. Clicking on any of these links will then allow you to further sort the list by category (games, social, etc) as well as free or paid apps. You can even sort the list to only turn up newly released apps to make sure you stay on top of the latest great apps. There are tons of more options, so click past the link and check it out. While you are there, check out my apps here. [AppBrain]

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3 years ago

Android Market hiccups, back up for you yet?

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Looks like a good many of us had problems with the Android Market overnight, either seeing limited connectivity or just flat-out not being able to do anything. Lots of variables get thrown into the mix here -- carriers, phones, ROMs -- so share your experience in the comments, and let us know if things are back up for you this morning.

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