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4 years ago

Sprint's LG Optimus S gets the custom ROM treatment [From the forums]

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LG Optimus S

Sprint's latest Android device, the LG Optimus S, now has its own custom ROM from our very own forum moderators KSmithInNy and Beezy.  You might be familiar with their excellent work on the Evo 4G, and anyone who might have grabbed one of these snappy little phones should get to know them soon.

The ROM is a well optimized Froyo build based on the latest official version from LG, and has that dreaded carrier bloatware stripped out.  Not only did you pick up a solid little device for a great price, now you can run the pure Android experience on it.  Be sure to hit the Optimus S forums for everything you need to get rooted and run custom ROMS on your new Optimus S phone. [Android Central Forums] Thanks KSmithInNY and Beezy!

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4 years ago

HTC Merge case shows up - but just like the phone, it's not yet available

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HTC Merge Body Glove case

No, the HTC Merge still hasn't been announced. But a Body Glove case for the HTC slider has been spotted, lending even more credence to the whispers that this Verizon phone has been delayed at least once. When will it drop? Your guess is as good as everybody else's at this point (and likely just as wrong). In the meantime, you'll have to continue to make do with our exclusive hands-on, benchmark tests and video preview. And that's not too shabby. One more pic after the break. [Droid Forums via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

DROID gets lockscreen gestures via CyanogenMOD ROM --other devices soon to follow

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Those of you out there who like to play around with custom ROMs may have already picked this tidbit of news up -- CyanogenMod releases will soon be getting a cool new lock screen gesture feature courtesy of mtwebster, with an OG Droid version being already available for download as an add on.

Gestures of course, will add the ability to "draw" out anything you wish onto your lock screen and upon doing so, be able to launch an application or activity that has been associated to that drawing. (Kind of like Google's own Gesture Search app.) A smiley face for Facebook maybe a T for Twitter; you all get the drift.  Pretty awesome! And likely something that should have been there from the get go on Android but alas, this why many of us love custom ROMs to begin with. [Twitter / CM Forums]

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4 years ago

Xperia X8 Eclair update begins

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Android 2.1 updates for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 have started to roll out, and no, SE didn't surprise anyone with Froyo.  Android 2.1-update 1 is rolling out in stages, based on the "SI-number" located on the label on the back of your phone.  Sony Ericsson has a list of all the SI-numbers that are being given the update now, and they will update that list accordingly.  See the source link for the list.

Interestingly, SE again mentions that software updates are not under their complete control:

...the final timing of when each kit comes is depending on different local and global approvals and therefore we don’t really have a detailed plan per kit but rather release them as soon as all needed approvals are in.

All manufacturers need carrier approval for their software, but it appears the Sony Ericsson really wants us to remember that.  If I can offer a suggestion -- stop shipping phones with Android 1.6 on them and you wont have to make so many excuses.  Just sayin'. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog] Thanks Sam!

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 40

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Audio-only stream below

It's a special post-Thanksgiving podcast, with more on the wait for Gingerbread. With special guest Craig Johnston. Join us!

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4 years ago

Another Gingerbread build is spotted, this time it's GRH47B

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Nexus One Gingerbread

Let the teasing continue: Christophe writes in again to say he's spotted another build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread that reportedly is pinging his app. This time it's GRH47B (the previous sighting was of GRH14B), with the full string being Dalvik/1.4.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.3; Nexus One Build/GRH47B). Yeah, it's possible this is just a little trickery, but we doubt it. Now all we need is an actual build to leak out. Google, you know where to find us. [AIR Benchmark]

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4 years ago

Did you pick up an Android device on Black Friday? [From the forums]

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Meet Lloyd

With the mass flurry of Android devices that are (were?) on sale, surely some of you all out there picked one up. The joy of bringing home a new toy that you got for a sweet deal is awesome. Especially if it's something you been holding out for, for a while. Whatever your Android needs be at this time, we want you all to know we're here for ya.

Lots more can be found in the forums and around the site. Be sure to check out our "Tips and Tricks for Android" section and just in case you never got any accessories while you were out, hit up the Android Central Accessory Store. If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

Rovio confirms Christmas edition of Angry Birds is on the way

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The Twitter account for Rovio has been rather busy the past few days. OK, that's not true. They're actually busy every day, but even more so now that they've made mention of just how many Android users have downloaded Angry Birds (More than 7 million, in case you were wondering) but today's news is even more awesome.

Rovio has confirmed after some images appeared online that they are indeed planning on a Christmas edition of Angry Birds for release. When asked about Android getting stuff for Christmas and they advised that Android would indeed get in on some of the action as well. Angry Birds day is on Dec. 11, and a new release would fit in nicely for that day don't you all think – or maybe sooner?  [Ylex via @Roviomobile]

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4 years ago

HTC Desire Z now available from Vodafone UK

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While Vodafone has been advertising its arrival for quite some time now, they've never actually made the HTC Desire Z available to Android loving Vodafone UK users. The device has finally gone live on the UK carrier's website. Although, if you're in the UK and looking to pick one up, you might want to look at those tariffs carefully. The £25 per month tariff carries a £199 device charge while the £55 per month option has you walking away with the HTC Desire Z for free. [Vodafone via Eurodroid]
 

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4 years ago

Sanyo Zio review

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Sanyo Zio

The Sanyo Zio is a new entry-level Android phone (we're reviewing the Sprint version) and one of the first devices to have the new Sprint ID system for customization.  I'm a huge proponent of replacing feature-phones with Android devices, and was pretty curious about what Sprint ID could bring to Android, so I was happy to have a chance to review the Zio.  Hit the break to see how it measures up.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Keyboard Manager [root]

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Keyboard Manager - Swaps keyboards based on orientation.

Switching between keyboards isn't that difficult, but it can be annoying if it's something you do frequently.  It's a few extra long presses and taps that can really slow you down if you just want to fire off a quick message.

I know some (most) of the 777 results for "keyboard" at AppBrain are skins and language packs, but Android is also home to several keyboard replacements.  And of those several keyboards, you may prefer one over the other, based on how well it functions in a certain orientation.

Personally, I don't long for separate keyboards in each orientation, but in case you do, developer ne0fhyk at XDA Developers has been working on a solution for you.

Join me after the break for more about Keyboard Manager, and a couple screen shots.

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4 years ago

Team Viewer BETA now available for Android devices

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If you've patiently been waiting for a better way to remotely admin Windows, Linux or Mac computers from your Android device, then this week brings some great news for you all. Team Viewer has finally released their Android Beta to the general public.

It's been a long time coming as Team Viewer wanted their Android app to be up to par with their other offerings and having tested it out for the past little while, I can say the time was worth the wait for sure. Now when you get those emails, sms, calls from friends asking how to fix whatever it is they broke, you can do so with ease over Team Viewer. Hit the break for the download or head on over to the Team Viewer mobile site today. [Team Viewer]

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4 years ago

Android Central's Guide to Black Friday Deals

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Android Black Friday

Black Friday is Nigh!  It's not here yet, but it's nigh!  The biggest retail day of the season is almost upon us, and buried among the John Tesh Christmas albums and holiday sweaters are some truly sweet deals on Android devices if you can find them.  That's where we come in.  Join us after the break to see the amazing deals we've uncovered. Find your own? Leave 'em in the comments. via [bfads.net]

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4 years ago

Samsung Stealth V (SCH-i510) gains DLNA certification - now what is it?

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Samsung Stealth V

A new Samsung smartphone has been outed by the DLNA certification organization. The Samsung Stealth V -- aka the SCH-i510. The certification summary notes it has a 4.3-inch screen and 8MP camera. The SCH-i510 designation isn't too far off the Verizon Fascinate, which is SCH-i500, for what that's worth. We'll just have to see, won't we? [DLNA Certification - PDF] Thanks, Cesar!

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