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3 years ago

HTC expands bootloader unlocking to the Wildfire, Wildfire S, Salsa, Merge and original Desire

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HTC has slowly been rolling out their bootloader unlock tool, we have seen a few devices receive the ability to use it, and now they have updated for support of more devices. HTC tweeted that the HTC Wildfire, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Status, HTC Merge, HTC Salsa and the original HTC Desire. If you own one of these devices and want to take advantage of this, head over to the source link to get it done!

Source: HTCdev; via @HTCdev

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3 years ago

Viewsonic heading to CES looking to enter the U.S. smartphone market

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Count Viewsonic in for CES, this year bringing what they aim to be their first smartphone to enter the U.S. market, the Viewphone 3. 

According to product manager Mike Holstein, Viewsonic is doing well enough in their tablet ventures to warrant a move into smartphone sales in the states. They're not going bleeding edge here though, instead aiming squarely at the 'value market.' 

Specs on the Viewphone 3 read as a 3.5 inch display, 5MP camera, 800MHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. It arrives running Gingerbread, and has no 4G capabilities. 

The unsubsidized price reaffirms the value aspect of the phone, coming in at just $250 for use on AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Despite releasing in the US, it is the emerging markets where Viewsonic aims to make it with the Viewphone 3. It comes with a particularly popular feature in some of said markets, dual sim support.  

Holstein has also come out and said that Viewsonic will be continuing in phones, with some higher end devices being announced towards the middle of the year. More importantly those will be coming with Ice Cream Sandwich

Source: Forbes

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3 years ago

Android Central @ CES 2012

We're headed back once again in beautiful Las Vegas for the 2012 International CES. (That's Consumer Electronics Show for you noobs.) It's an insane amount of all things tech, from phones, to TVs to cars to tablets to -- well, just about anything you can think of, and a number of things that defy logic.

Some CES basics:

  • CES doesn't officially start until Tuesday, Jan. 10. That's when the show floors open.
  • But Monday, Jan. 9, is Media Day. Press conference after press conference. It's a little insane, actually.
  • And stuff's actually going down on Sunday, too. Le sigh.
  • Unlike years past, the Adult Entertainment Expo isn't taking place at the same time, adjacent to some of the same venues. There shall be no (or at least not quite as much) accidental mixing of nerds and nipples. (We can't be held responsible for what happens in Vegas after hours, though.)
  • We're going to have more liveblogs than you'll be able to follow. It'll be epic.

The latest Android CES news

How best to keep up with the Android news? Start right here, on this page. All of our CES stories will land here, and we'll update this top section with the most important stuff. So bookmark it. Also be sure you're one of the more than 121,000 people locked in on the @AndroidCentral Twitter feed, and don't forget about our 24,000-strong Google+ page as well.

If you're looking for some behind the scenes coverage, follow Phil (Twitter, Google+); Anndrew (Twitter, Google+) and Jared (Tiwtter, Google+) from ground level. It could get messy.

And look for this little Lloyd logo in all of our CES 2012 stories. It's an easy way to find the breaking CES news. And click on it to get back to this page.

We've got more than a month's worth of work to cram into a few short days, and the news starts long before the show even gets under way. So we'll compile every damn CES 2012 story here for easy reading.

Strap it on, folks.

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3 years ago

Redbox launches Kindle Fire app

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With the Amazon Kindle Fire making its way to plenty of consumers hands, a lot of companies are working on making their apps compatible with the Kindle Fire. Once such company that has completed the process is Redbox.

If you've not already grabbed the Kindle Fire optimized version, you can do so now from the Amazon app store -- Redbox for the Kindle Fire is optimized for the devices larger screen size and tablet gestures allowing you to view trailers, reserve movies & games with ease.

Source: Amazon App Store

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3 years ago

First look at the white Sprint Epic 4G Touch in the wild

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It's a little grainy, and it's wrapped in plastic, but here's your first look at the white version of the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch. Remember that it's the same as the original version we reviewed months ago, and it'll be available for $199 on Sunday.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Microsoft preparing to bring Xbox Live to Android?

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At this moment in time it's only our cousins over at WPCentral who get to enjoy the best Xbox Live mobile experience from Microsoft. But according to a recent job listing, that could be changing in the future. 

The job posting itself requires 2 years of mobile application development, and more specifically experience of Windows Phone, iOS and Android being a big plus. 

Is it that surprising really that Microsoft would want to get Xbox onto Android? Not hardly. Market share alone would sight that as a positive step, but it would be a bit of a kick to the Windows Phone platform. Either way until we see something on our Android devices we'll have to treat it with a pinch of salt, but there's a lot of people who'd be excited to see this. 

Source: Microsoft; via Liveside

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3 years ago

Dell Streak 7 getting a bugfix update

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The Dell Streak is one of those early Android tablets that quickly fell by the wayside, but that doesn't mean there isn't a fair number of you still rocking it. The Streak 7 got its Honeycomb update back in October, but bugs have persisted. Today, some of them are being squashed. Android Central reader sainthooligan gives word that a new update is coming down the pike, and it's supposed to take care of a nagging issue of the sound cutting out when connected to the docking station. Sainthooligan says it looks like it's a full package update, so be sure to back up your device before flashing. 

We've go the download and instructions after the break.

Thanks, sainthooligan!

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3 years ago

First look at ASTRO File Manager's cloud backup service

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The massively popular ASTRO File Manager received an update about a month back that brought with it the opportunity to register for a free cloud backup account. Registration emails are now being sent out for the private beta of the service, so of course it's only right that we take a quick look at whats on offer.

The e-mail you will be receiving contains within it all the necessary account login information, along with a QR code to the new version of the application that has the backup service integrated within. Once you're over the login stage, the first thing that strikes you is that, well nothing looks any different. Which is good, because there's nothing wrong with ASTRO as it is. 

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3 years ago

Sprint: Reports of throttling are false

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In case you missed it late last night, a report from Greg Bensinger of Dow Jones Newswires that stated Sprint is throttling the top 1 percent of its unlimited users was not correct. (Dow Jones has yet to update its post.) Sprint today expanded on what exactly is going on, and that it continues to offer unlimited data with no throttling. It was explained thusly (emphasis ours):

  • Sprint does not throttle any postpaid phone data users for on-network or off-network usage. Sprint is the only national carrier offering smartphone users truly unlimited data with no throttling, metering or overages while on the Sprint network.
  • Sprint does have terms and conditions which prohibit certain types of data use that may impair other customers' usage or harm or interfere with the network. At yesterday’s investor conference, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was referring to Sprint’s right to terminate service of data abusers who violate Sprint’s terms and conditions. Customers who abuse our network by violating the terms and conditions will be contacted by Sprint in an effort to have the customer change their usage to comply with their subscriber agreement. Customers who do not change their usage and remain in violation of the terms and conditions may be subject to actions reserved by Sprint, including but not limited to termination. Consistent with our advertising, engaging in such uses will not result in throttling for customers on unlimited data-included plans for phones.

So that's that. Everybody put your pitchforks down.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Win a Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard for Android 3.0 tablets

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We've got a Logitech Tablet Keyboard (read our full review) laying around, so it's time to give it to one of you lucky readers.

Just leave a comment here on this post, and we'll pick a winner this afternoon. Good luck!

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3 years ago

HTC Vivid review

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The HTC Vivid is HTC's latest phone, built for AT&T's fledgling LTE network.  There's a lot here that makes us feel right at home -- the Vivid is a combination of the best HTC had to offer for 2011 with HSPA+ and LTE radios thrown in for good measure.  This makes it pretty easy for everyone involved, because there's not a lot to surprise any of us.  It's a solid smartphone, with HTC's popular Sense software, and worth a close look.  Let's do so, after the break.


The Vivid is a well-built device with a snappy dual-core processor.  AT&T's hybrid 4G network works well, and the Vivid has the horsepower to do something with those network speeds. 


HTC Sense means the phone will take longer to get any software updates.  The angular design makes it a bit uncomfortable to use one-handed. 



It's not the phone for everyone, but the HTC Vivid is a solid offering with the speed to make many users very happy.  AT&T's use of LTE and HSPA is an excellent way to manage the handoff from high-speeds to not so high speeds, and HTC Sense offers more than the standard build of Android would.
 

Inside this review

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3 years ago

Android A to Z: What's an ETF?

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What's an ETF? An early termination fee is something you agree to, albeit grudgingly, when you sign a contract with a carrier. In return for, say, Verizon, selling you a phone for $199 instead of the "full" $499 off-contract price, you agree that you'll stay with that carrier for a given amount of time. In the U.S., that's usually two years. (In Canada, it could be an excruciating three years.) So you get a cheaper phone, and the carrier gets guaranteed monthly payments.

You can break out of that contract, but there are penalties. That's where the ETF comes in. If you want to break a contract and move your service to another carrier, you'll have to pay the early termination fee. It's usually prorated depending on how many months are left on your contract, which is good. But it still can be several hundred dollars. (Occasionally you'll hear about your new carrier promising to pay the ETF for you.)

Here are the ETF conditions for the four major U.S. carriers as of this writing:

  • Verizon: $350 for an "advanced device"; $175 for others.
  • Sprint: $350 for an "advanced device"; $200 for others
  • AT&T: $325 for an "advanced device"; $150 for others
  • T-Mobile: $200 if more than 180 days left on contract; $100 for 91-180 days left on contract; $50 for 30-90 days. With less than 30 days remaining, ETF is $50 or amount of your bill, whichever is less

Previously on Android A to Z: What is Dalvik; Find more in the Android Dictionary

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3 years ago

PRADA phone by LG 3.0 coming to the UK in early February, yours for £429.99

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It's already available in parts of Asia, and now we have details of when the PRADA phone by LG 3.0 will be launching in the UK, and for how much. On its official blog, online retailer Clove says it'll begin shipping the device from the week commencing Feb. 6 (that's going to be a busy week), and if you want one, the SIM-free price is a surprisingly reasonable £429.99.

As we said said in our hands-on feature, the PRADA 3.0 is a well-designed handset with decent specs, however it's tied to a quirky monochrome UI that we think may be something of a polarizing feature. To find out more about the phone, check out our write-up, or take a look at our hands-on video after the break.

Source: Clove Blog

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3 years ago

Android Central 83: On the eve of CES, Sprint Galaxy Nexus, the rebirth of Google TV

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Audio-only stream below

We're back for a quickie just days before the start of CES in Las Vegas. Plus, the Sprint Galaxy Nexuxs leaks out, and Google TV apparently has a little life left in it after all. 

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson LT26i 'Nozomi' gets leaked again ahead of inevitable CES unveiling

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Ready for yet another Sony Ericsson "Nozomi" leak? Following on from the slew of images that worked their way onto the web in November and December, some new photos of the upcoming SE device have appeared on ITProPortal today, seemingly confirming much of what we already knew from earlier leaks.

To recap, inside the LT26i (or Nozomi, if you prefer codenames), you've apparently got a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, the same sort that powers the HTC Sensation XE, along with 1GB of RAM. Software-wise, there's Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread, skinned with a new version of SE's Xperia UI. On the outside, there's said to be a 720p Bravia Engine display, tucked inside a chassis of similar size to the Arc S, albeit a little chunkier around the back. The rear camera is said to be an impressive 12MP Sony Exmor R sensor, a step up from the 8MP camera of the Arc and Arc S. Interestingly, ITProPortal refers to the device as the Xperia HD, rather than the Xperia Arc HD, which we've heard from other sources.

For its part, Sony Ericsson has been dropping some pretty serious hints that it'll be showing off its new hotness at CES 2012 next week. So, only a few more days and we should be able to get our hands on this and other CES-bound devices on the show floor in Las Vegas. Maybe then we'll find out what's going on with that weird transparent cut-out section along the bottom of the phone.

Source: ITProPortal

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