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4 years ago

Samsung Continuum hands-on

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Samsing Continuum

We actually had our first hands-on with the Samsung Continuum long, long before it was ever announced, but now that it's official and available, we're going to give it the official treatment. It's the first phone of its kind, and I have to be honest -- the ticker fascinates me.  We'll see if it can live up to the expectations I have for it over the next week or so.  

In the meantime, have another look at the hardware and an overview of the ticker and its settings, video style, after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC drops WiMax and CDMA enabled device off at the FCC --EVO Shift 4G?

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While the information is slim, the smaller, finer details give us just enough to keep the speculation going. According to an FCC filing, HTC has dropped off a WiMax, CDMA enabled device to the FCC labs for testing. For those of you out there keeping track, these specs fall in line with that of the oft rumored HTC Knight / HTC Shift Evo 4G that's supposed to be heading to Sprint with some Android flavor. Many folks still question the reality of this device, as we noticed in our forums but if nothing else, this FCC finding could mean we are one step closer to seeing it hit store shelves soon. [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro review

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It might look (a lot) like an oversized BlackBerry,
but the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon is all Android

Motorola Droid Pro

The Motorola Droid Pro brings to fruition a form factor long desired on Android smartphones -- a full front-facing QWERTY keyboard. The easy comparison, of course, with with the BlackBerry, but let it not be forgotten that Motorola had a strong showing with the Q-series of Windows Mobile phones back in the day.

And that brings up a few interesting questions. Is Android -- primarily a touchscreen-optimized OS -- ready for a front-facing keyboard? And how does that affect how you use the touchscreen? Will we even need it? And will the Droid Pro’s slightly smaller touchscreen (at a mid-level resolution) be usable for someone coming from a high-end phone? Is it for stuffy suits? Can it still play games? And what’s all this talk about it being a “world phone.” Good questions, all. We’ll answer them, and more, after the break.

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4 years ago

Sneak peek at an upcoming Samsung Fascinate update

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Samsung Fascinate maintenance release

The Verizon Samsung Fascinate is set to get another maintenance update over the next few weeks -- no, it's not Froyo -- and we got a sneak peak at an early version. GPS has been targeted, and it's looking better in early testing. Signal strength has been addressed. Also, the backlight settings are a little better, which helps the capacitive buttons stay lit longer. That's just the tip of the iceberg. I walk through them in the video after the break.

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4 years ago

AppBrain v5 now available for download

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Big things happening for AppBrain today -- they've just released v5 of their Android app for users to download. The release, while improved, does have a few caveats with it though as noted on the AppBrain blog:

We're sorry to report that Google has disabled the Fast Web Installer functionality in the latest update of the Android Market. Google is pushing out this update to all devices now, so we don't know how long the fast web installer will still be relevant. (You can uninstall updates of the market to make fast web installer work again, but it seems the update keeps reinstalling automatically).

The Fast Web Installer is still available, in fact it's actually part of the AppBrain install now but given that Google broke it AppBrain has also included a Fast Sync Widget that will allow syncing from your desktop.

Despite that little bump in the road AppBrain has managed to make the app faster when loading, include a new layout which, allows for easier sharing and exploration of apps that may interest you or your friends. We're still playing around with the update but overall, looking good! Link after the break. [AppBrain Blog]

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4 years ago

Chase Mobile banking application now available for Android

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Chase Mobile

Chase has released its mobile banking application for Android, and it seems to have been worth the wait.  If you're like me and have been using Chase's less-than-stellar mobile site, or trying your hand with SMS message inquiries, you'll be pleased with the way this one turned out.  You can track transactions, transfer funds, pay your bills and even deposit checks using Chase's Quick Deposit feature that uses a photo of the front and rear of a check to deposit it in your account.  You also have quick access to Chase telephone support built into the app, and Chase's privacy policy is included so you know exactly what you're getting yourself into. 

You'll need to be enrolled in Chase Online account services, which you'll have to do from your computer at the official website.  Chase Mobile is compatible with all versions of Android, and it's free.  Some more screenshots and download links are after the break.  Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Nov. 19, 2010

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weekly_apps

The past few weeks we have heard your feedback, you love your apps, and want them presented in all different ways. And by semi-popular demand, we're going back to our old format, wherein we showcase a few apps that have caught our eyes of late, or that might not warrant a full story. Let's take a look at some of our picks from this week!

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4 years ago

Droid 2 Case Review: Mobi Products Snap-On Case

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snap-on-case

My Motorola Droid 2 is one of my favorite phones, and the clean blue and silver appearance is one that I really like. After having the device for a little while, and trying other cases, I decided that maybe it was best to just have something to prevent scratches from occurring and keep the clean, simple look that attracted me to the device. When looking through the various cases offered for the device the Mobi Products Snap-On Case caught my attention with its clear, slim design. Let's hit the jump and take a look at some of the pro's and con's of this case as well as some more images.

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4 years ago

Comcast's Xfinity app for Android delayed until January 2011

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Comcast Android apps

Here's an update on where we stand on Comcast's rollout of its Android applications, and unfortunately we're the bearers of bad news. Looks like the Xfinity TV app (see our initial look here) has been delayed a couple months to January. The good news is that the basic Comcast mobile app is on track for Nov. 30. But those of you waiting on the official Xfinity goodness are going to have to wait a bit longer. Sorry, folks. Submitted via the official Android Central App.

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4 years ago

Tweetdeck receives sizable update, available as test release

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Tweetdeck for Android

Tweetdeck for Android got a sizable update today, but the developers are releasing it as a test beta to ensure that all bugs are worked out before updating in the Market.

Users can download the update on top of the app found in the Market. This means that there is no uninstall required, though they recommend it if you're having issues.

Among the updates are:

  • Landscape mode for all update detail views
  • Twitpic support
  • Manual bit.ly shortening
  • Allow for dismissing Places notifications
  • Fix faving tweets on 3G in France
  • Allow old style RTs for protected users
  • Support FB Single Sign On
  • Allow users to delete DMs that are sent to them
  • Likes and comments on FB photos should stay in app
  • Bug fixes

To download the test beta APK, click here.

For those who have been waiting on these updates, go try out the beta now (Tweetdeck is looking for feedback as well, so if you find any bugs make sure to report them) [Tweetdeck]

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4 years ago

Sprint HTC Hero to receive maintenance update starting today

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Sprint HTC Hero

A bit of good news for all you HTC Hero owners out there.  Sprint just announced a maintenance release that should begin rolling out sometime today.  HTC Hero Maintenance Release 2.32.621.2 brings a few fixes, including:

  • Correct a non-customer impacting issue (device diagnostics)
  • MMS issue with contact number format
  • Updated Sprint Zone application

And there you have it.  No FroYo -- ain't gonna happen, people -- just a little Friday afternoon maintenance update. We haven't got a manual update method just yet, but that should change once it starts rolling out (if it hasn't already).  Give us a shout if you've got the update package and want to share it with other eager Hero owners.

Want to discuss this update with other Hero owners?  Head into our Hero forums and chat it up. [Sprint Forums] Thanks, Simon!

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4 years ago

Viewsonic 10" G tablet hits Staples Black Friday ads for only $399

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Just in case the Samsung Galaxy Tab was not the tablet you've been waiting for, you may wish to check out Staples on black Friday. Stapes will be making the Viewsonic G Tablet available online and in some store locations although, the ad suggests ordering online for the fastest delivery.

Assuming that G Tablet logo in the ad is accurate, what you'll end up with is a NVIDIA Tegra 2, Android 2.2 powered tablet with 512MB of RAM, a 1024 x 600 resolution capacitive screen, USB / HDMI, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, 16GB of storage and finally a 1.3 megapixel camera. All of which you can call yours for the low, low price of only $399.98. Thanks Yozic! [BlackFriday]

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 39

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Audio-only stream below

We can taste Gingerbread, we've got our hands on the Motorola Droid Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab, plus a slew of you voicemails. Listen in!

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4 years ago

New Snapdragon processors on the way -- snappier speeds lower power use

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These days, folks scoff at the thought of running anything less then a 1GHz processor on their devices. However uncalled for that scoffing may be, those that do will be glad to know the next generation of processors are already in the pipeline and are promising blazing speeds. Qualcomm, provider of chipsets to many of our beloved Android device manufacturers claim that its upcoming Snapdragon chipset, the MSM8960, will outperform their first set of snapdragon chips by nearly five times.

Clocking in at 1.2GHz, Qualcomm states their upcoming chipset will use 75 percent less power, thanks to a 28-nanometer processor that's new to mobile devices and will have support for LTE (Long Term Evolution) onboard, making your device 4G-compatible even if you're not on a carrier which offers 4G services. To us, that sounds like Qualcomm wants to push manufacturers and carriers to 4G. Fine by us, that's for sure. Come 2011 when the chips are expected to arrive, we'll be more then ready to make use of them. Heck, we've been ready for a while now. We're just stuck waiting for someone to put this tech to work. [PCWorld]

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4 years ago

Cox Wireless launches with a pair of Android phones in its arsenal

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Cox HTC Hero Android PhoneCox HTC Hero Android phone

When we brought your the first pictures of a Cox HTC Hero back in May, we were expecting it to only be a test device -- it's not a young phone, after all. But Cox has just launched its wireless service in a trio of markets -- in Orange County, Calif., Omaha, Neb., and Hampton Roads, Va. -- and the Hero the HTC Desire are among the new carrier's ranks.

The Desire's going for $69.99 after two-year contract and $100 rebate, and the Hero's just $49.99 after contract and rebate. Voice plans will start at $39.99, and, and unlimited data runs $30 a month. [Cox via Bloomberg]

 

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