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4 years ago

Android 2.1 now available for Rogers HTC Magic+

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HTC Magic +

Canadian carrier Rogers has announced that the HTC Magic + (that's the name they have given their refresh of the venerable HTC Magic) is now receiving the Android 2.1 update via OTA. Yes, it happens to be the same 2.1 update they have been talking about since February of 2010.  Good things happen to those who wait.

To jumpstart the OTA process on your Magic +, head to menu, settings, about phone, system software updates and select to check now.  This will fire off a ping to the server, and if you're lucky, you get a tasty eclair dessert in return.  [@RogersMary]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile starts the school year off with Kids Are Free promotion

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Ahh, it's that time again here in the states. The leaves start changing colors, the sweatshirts come out of storage, and moms and dads everywhere are rejoicing as they pack their kids' lunches and send them back to the classrooms. Though, this also means kids need to be picked up from school too. With all the after school activities and practices going on these days, it's hard to keep up with them. The easy thing to do would be to get them a cell phone to stay in touch. Unless, that is, if you strike up a deal with the overnight custodians to keep your kids until the next morning. Wait, bad idea, that's probably illegal, right? So instead, why don't you add a line to your family plan for free with T-Mobile? Now there's a novel idea.

T-Mobile has announced their Kids Are Free promotion allows "new and existing T-Mobile customers who sign up for a qualifying family plan through Nov. 2, 2010, receive free add-a-line service on up to three lines of their plan until 2012." Wouldn't that be nice if little Sally could have the new Samsung Vibrant, or better yet, the newly announced G2. Heck, with one of the latest Android phones from T-Mobile, she might even end up being the most popular girl in her class. And you might land parent of the year award -- well, from little Sally that is. Unfortunately, there is no word on how old the little one has to be to qualify; we're assuming they need to be 17 and under. For more family friendly promotions and full press, be sure to make the jump. [Business Wire]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2 will cost $199 at Best Buy; presales start Friday, in stores Oct. 6

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T-Mobile HTC G2

Best Buy just announced that it will begin presales for the T-Mobile HTC G2 starting Friday. You'll have to plunk down $199 and two years of your contract life, but we're willing to bet more than a few of you will be doing so. Best Buy also announced that the G2 will be available in stores starting Oct. 6. Still no official word from T-Mobile as to when it will have the G2 on sale. [Best Buy] Thanks, Jeff!

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4 years ago

Samsung Fascinate rooted on Day 1

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Samsung Fascinate rooted

Well, that didn't take long, folks. (And nor did we think it would.) The Verizon Samsung Fascinate has been rooted. And that means it's just a matter of time before we see the thorn in many a side (aka Bing) stripped out and a more *cough* acceptable Google experience replaced on the latest vest of the Samsung Galaxy S. [XDA (2), SDX via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Dirrk!

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4 years ago

Real HDMI app lets you take everything on your Droid X to the big screen

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If that 4.3-inch screen on your Droid X (our review) isn't big enough to show off them cute pictures you took at Disney World to your grandma's weak eyes -- there was always another alternative. By using the micro HDMI (you can buy one here at Android Central Store) port on Droid X, owners have always had the ability to take their pictures and video to the big screen. Though, wouldn't it be great if you could display all of your apps, games, soundboards, etc on your TV too? 

GmanApps, developer of the new Real HDMI app on Market, will now allow you to do just that. We're probably most excited to be able to play our favorite emulators on the big screen. Now, where is that Wii-remote? If you already have or gonna give this app a try, shout out in the comments section. Download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Regarding the 'Verizon going exclusive with Bing' rumor

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Verizon Bing

This is all we have to say about that: Verizon is not going exclusively with Bing for future Android smartphones, [via Business Insider and Engadget], contrary to an anonymously sourced story by The Droid Guy that inexplicably gained traction today. Also, the Google Search widget indeed is on the Samsung Fascinate, it just routes searches through Bing.

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4 years ago

Videotron initiates new wireless network in Québec; Nexus One to ship with Froyo

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Vidéotron, a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Company, today unleashed new airwaves on to the people of Québec. The wireless service provider's President and CEO, Robert Dépatie, is promising customers, "the best possible customer experience through one-stop shopping to make life easier for consumers. Not only is our offering highly advantageous in this respect but it is particularly attractive for our existing customers, who can get exceptional rates. We remain true to our policy of offering substantial discounts to customers who choose our service bundles."

To coincide with the launch of the new network, Vidéotron is releasing 12 handsets, including four firsts for Canada. One of those is Google's own bread and butter, the Nexus One. Along with the Nexus One, Motorola will also be on board, shipping the XT720. Both the Nexus One and Motorola XT720 will ship with Froyo. With these devices launching with Froyo from the get-go, Vidéotron will become the first Canadian provider to carry a phone with Froyo preloaded.

And for those of you still wanting to purchase the pseudo dead Nexus One here in the states, it is now available... again. It is now in stock again for you developers.[Canada News WireThanks, cracktight!

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4 years ago

Google Maps gets Walking Navigation

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Google Maps for AndroidGoogle Maps for Android

Google Maps for Android just got itself a nice little update, blending the navigation feature with walking directions to create -- you guessed it -- "Walking Navigation." Now you'll get the same three-dimensional view with walking directions as you would in a car, only a little more pedestrian-friendly.

Separately, there's an update for the Street View on Google Maps app that adds "smart navigation," meaning you can tap and drag to make your way through city streets. Check out video of that after the break.

And finally, the Google Maps search bar has been refreshed, filtering results, showing prices with dollar signs and adding cross streets. Nice. [Google]

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4 years ago

Google Voice update brings those widgets you have been lusting for

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 New Google Voice widgets

Just like the rest of us, you have been craving those new Google Voice widgets ever since they leaked onto the internet from that G2 ROM. All you have to do is update your current Google Voice app. 

The Google Voice Inbox widget (top) lets you get a quick preview of any messages; a tap will open up the selected message in its entirety. The Google Voice Settings widget has four buttons, which:

  • Launch Google Voice 
  • Compose new message
  • Toggle Google Voice call settings (you can use Google Voice for outgoing calls if you want)
  • Toggle "do not disturb" mode

The update is in the Market now, so happy updating! [Google Voice Blog] Thanks to Michael and CliqAnDroid for the tips! 

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4 years ago

A white HTC Desire and silver HTC Wildfire pose for pictures, headed to the UK

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HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire

Two of HTC's phones, the Desire and the Wildfire, are getting a makeover; both have been spotted sporting different colors from their original design. The Desire can be seen showing off its new white look while the Wildfire goes silver. 

These are reported to be special editions, only available in the United Kingdom. In fact, Carphone Warehouse will be the only store carrying these versions. 

They look pretty slick and just provide more choice in the market for consumers who are tired of the standard colors. [Android Community]

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4 years ago

Remote Notifier for Android -- forward notifications from phone to computer

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Remote Notifier running on Windows 7

Many of us spend a big part of our days in front of a computer.  Wouldn't it be nice if notifications from your Android phone used some sort of ancient magic and appeared in your computer monitor?  Android developers rdamazio and Leandro have managed to do it across the three popular desktop platforms, and we're going to have a look at it in action after the break. (With a tip of the hat to Lifehacker)

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4 years ago

HTC Desire receives performance update

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HTC Desire

The HTC Desire is receiving an update today labelled 2.10.405.2. According to the announcement from HTC, the update will provide:

  • An Android OS update patch
  • Enhanced multi-inbox Gmail support
  • Improved Russia keyboard layout

Thanks to Kash, who sent us the tip about the update. He mentioned that the biggest change he has noticed is that the voice input is now integrated across the OS and appears every time the keyboard is available. 

If you update your Desire and find other improvements, let us know! [HTC]

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4 years ago

Android Market has more than 80,000 apps, Android's Rubin says

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Android MarketAndy Rubin, Google's Vice President of engineering -- Android development head honcho and the man behind both Android and Danger -- was quoted in the press release announcing the T-Mobile G2 that the Android Market now has over 80,000 applications -- up 10,000 from the last we heard on July 15.

“One of the advantages of an open platform is the opportunity for developers to create rich mobile experiences and seamlessly get those experiences into the hands of consumers,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, engineering, Google. “From new services, such as Voice Actions, to mobile applications, developer-led Android innovation is flourishing. On Android Market alone, the number of applications available to consumers has grown from just 50 applications two years ago to more than 80,000 applications today.”

Of course there is still no way of telling just how many are themes, keyboard skins, icon packs unauthorized soundboards or "Sexy Lady No. 357" apps.  Like all App Markets, you'll have spam.  But the growth rate is telling, and it pretty much mirrors everything else we hear about Android and it's ever increasing market share.  

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4 years ago

Verizon Fascinate in stores today

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Verizon Samsung FascinateJust a quick reminder that the Verizon Samsung Fascinate is available in stores today. In exchange for $199.99 (after contract and $100 rebate) and two years of your contract left, you get the latest in Samsung's Galaxy S line, plus a few (cough) customizations from Verizon, including the addition of Microsoft Bing. There's also the gorgeous 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 5MP camera with Flash and the speedy 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Still not sold? Check out these links:

So who's getting one today?

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4 years ago

Dell Streak source code out for all to see

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 Dell Streak

Releasing the source code for phones seems to be all the rage these days (as well as being required under Android open-source agreements), and Dell has just shown its hand. The Dell Streak source code (minus the proprietary stuff, of course) is now available for all to tinker with, though probably only developers will get excited to hear this. Still, this is good news for the Android dev community at large and hopefully other manufacturers will fall into the routine of releasing the source code for their phones in a timely fashion (thats you, HTC) as time goes on. After all, who doesn't love custom ROMs? [Dell] Thanks to Be Vigilant for the tip!

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