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4 years ago

Droid Pro on Verizon: First Impressions [Video]

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 Motorola Droid Pro

The Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon finally makes our greatest and fondest wishes come to life: a full-powered Android 2.2 Smartphone with a front-facing QWERTY keyboard. Sure, we've gone hands-on with the Droid Pro before, but nothing beats owning it and getting some impressions after a day of use. 

So get those impressions, a video of the most notable aspects of the world phone, and plenty of photos after the break!

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4 years ago

Droid X spotted in recent episode of 'Community'

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 Droid X seen on episode of Community.

One of our forum members snagged this shot of Annie (Alison Brie) of NBC's "Community" showing off a picture of her lost pen on her Droid X.  This is the latest sighting in a string of TV shows featuring our favorite green android.

Android is popping up all over the place lately.  Anyone want to guess where we'll see it next? (My money is on "The Event.")  [via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Glenn!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile introduces new plans in time for the holidays

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t-mobile 

If you are a T-Mobile customer and have been looking at other carriers in hopes of being able to reduce monthly costs and get more out of your plan, look no further. Just in time for the holidays T-Mobile will be rolling out two new plans that are aimed towards heavy users, and are very competitive to other carriers.These new options are called The Even More Promotional Plans, and will include the following two options:

  • Even More Individual 1,500 Talk + Text + Web plan for $79.99/mo.
  • Even More Family Plan 3,000 Talk + Text + Web Plan for $149.99/mo.

These plans will include unlimited 4G data, unlimited T-Mobile to T-Mobile calling as well as unlimited text messages. Compared to the competition at these price points, T-Mobile offers nearly double the amount of minutes monthly for the same pricing. These plans will require a new two-year contract, but for those who rely on their devices heavily, these plans are well worth signing a contract for.

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 38

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Audio-only stream below

Gingerbread's a no-show, the Nexus 2 and Samsung Elite (?) crash the party, more on the Samsung Continuum, plus Yo Gabba Gabba! Listen in!

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4 years ago

Froyo available to Desire users on Virgin finally

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 HTC Desire

After a long wait, Virgin Media customers sporting the HTC Desire will now start to receive Android 2.2 (Froyo). The OTA update will be gradually pushed out, so if you don't receive it immediatly, give it time.

Here's the announcement:

HTC Desire Android 2.2 Froyo Released 11/11/10

Hi I can confirm that we’ve started sending out the Froyo update as of 9am this morning, however this is only for customers on our Virgin specific firmware (1.23.351.1). Customers on the original firmware (1.15.405.4) will need an update to the 1.23.351.1 firmware first before they can install the Froyo update, but we expect this should be available in the next few days. I’ll post another update here once it goes live.

This is an FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) update which means that you will be prompted to download the update on their handset. We strongly recommend that you use a Wi-Fi connection to download the update. You’ll be asked if you want to back up your handset first, and we recommend this as well.

It has been a long wait, but Virgin customers will now be able to enjoy Froyo in all it's yumminess. [via EuroDroid]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible Case Review: Seidio Innocase Active

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The Seidio Innocase Active for the HTC Droid Incredible is a unique case. Seidio has built a case that combines rubber polymer and hard skeleton, to create a protective but elegant case -- all while accommodating the "active" lifestyle. Its unique build is what differentiates it from other cases out there.

When I first received this case to review, I was a bit confused. I said to myself, "Did they package this case wrong? Why is there two cases?" After realizing what was going on, I immediately began to appreciate the design. Let me start off with the under part of the overall case -- the rubber polymer. The rubber is very bendable and squishy, but hugs the DInc's form factor well. It almost could serve as a case in and of itself. The rubber under layer, is designed to collect the shock and soften the blow from drops -- or for some people, throws. But why would you throw your Android?

The outer layer is its shell -- kind of like a turtle. This outside skeleton has the same soft rubber feel as the Droid Incredible's stock battery door, but is cut to highlight and secure the edges of the Incredible. Once the rubber polymer is on, the shell can snap into place. The hard shell fits securely by inserting the left side of the Incredible first, by lining up the volume buttons. Though, when I first snapped it into place, I was a bit concerned that I would be crushing the corners. But once you see how it lines up, it makes sense.

The Seidio Innocase Active is designed for those who want a strong case that will protect the Droid Incredible from breaking from hard blows and high drops. If you happen to fall into this category, I highly suggest you head on over the Android Central Store and pick this one up. For you "active" folks out there, the case will cost you $29.95.

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4 years ago

Cyanogen Mod 6.1 ROM for T-Mobile G2 -- Done!

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Been waiting for this on the T-Mobile G2? I'm positive some of you out there have been. The above Tweet pretty much says it all.  As noted on his Twitter account, the update is done but some cleanup does need to take place before it will be made available specifically, the camera portion to ensure it doesn't break on other devices. When it will be ready to roll out remains unsaid, but we're patient folks. Ok, maybe we're not. But, we know better than to be asking for an ETA. Got your devices in hand, ready for when this drops? [Twitter]

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4 years ago

Samsung's dual-core Orion CPU loose in the wild

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Samsung Orion

Samsung first announced their dual core, 1GHz, ARM cortex A9 A9 cpu, named appropriately enough Orion back in early September.  Thing seem to be progressing quite nicely, as Engadget just had some time with them at the ARM Technology Conference, running both Linux and Android 2.2.  The development boards were a bit buggy, but one of Engadget's pictures shows a pretty nice render as part of the benchmark suite Samsung was using to show off the CPU paired with the Mali 400 GPU.  Serious nerd pr0n right there, I tell you what.

Now maybe, just maybe this thing will be ready and debut in the Nexus S.  Someone besides me thinks so, too.  If not, we'll probably have to hold out for that Samsung uberphone that's supposedly going to conquer the planet next year.  Devs need to start on a Starcraft II port ASAP.  [Engadget, Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

OTA for Evo 4G -- possibly to address camera issues

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EVO 4G

You might soon see (or already have seen) a notification of an update for your Evo 4G, bringing it to version 3.30.651.3.  Supposedly (Sprint hasn't released any official change log), this will address the bug people are seeing with Qik or Tango, and reports from our forums seem to back that up.

According to Sprint, only users with the newest Evo 4G's that come with 3.30.651.2 should need this update, and users of the older versions (3.29.651.5) won't even be seeing the notification that it is available.  That doesn't seem to always be the case though.  We're seeing and hearing reports from several people rocking the older version software and being prompted for the update.  For now, if your not running the 3.30.651.2 software version, I suggest postponing the update just to be safe.  When we get the full story from Sprint, you'll be the first to know.  [Android Central forums] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Tether for Android out of beta and now on sale

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After a good amount of time being tested under a "beta" tag, Tether for Android has finally been released. While we all know that the tethering option does come included on some devices, Tether has been built in such a way that it works with all Android devices.

That's right, no Froyo is needed to be able to use Tether and no extra data plan is required from your carrier. You can use your already existing data plan with Tether and not have to worry about having another "add on" placed on your account.

As part of the launch celebrations, you can now get Tether for only $24.99 up until November 19th. After that time, it will go back to it's regular pricing of $29.99. If you want to learn more be sure to check out their website. [Tether]

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4 years ago

Samsung flagship device coming in early 2011?

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Samsung 'flagship' device

Well this day has been full of Samsung rumors and it's about to get a lot juicier. How about a flagship device that will launch early next year?

Here are the rumored specs:

  • 4.3 or 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED (described as Super-AMOLED 2)
  • 8 MP with Auto-focus and LED flash
  • 1.2 GHz processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 1080p video capture and playback
  • Described as a 'universal e-book reader'
  • 14.4Mbps HSDPA / 5.76Mbps HSUPA

So who is intrigued by this device? Sounds like we are in for a good few months for high-end Android devices. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

HTC Merge pops up in Best Buy's internal system

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HTC Merge

The HTC Merge (check out our hands-on) has popped up in Best Buy's system, hopefully a sign that we will see a release soon. Even though a recent rumor has suggested the device is being delayed in order to implement LTE, Verizon could be trying to push a launch soon. As you can see from the picture, the system highlights a variety of HTC devices attached to Verizon; the Merge sits comfortably next to the Incredible. 

Hopefully we'll find out if we'll be seeing the Merge before Christmas we that we can get our hands on all of that goodness. Submitted via the Android Central App

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4 years ago

HTC Mecha (Incredible HD) on Verizon -- with LTE, the new Sense and Android 2.2

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HTC Mecha on Verizon

This isn't the first picture of the HTC Mecha (aka the Incredible HD and "Evo-like device coming to Verizon") that's out there, but this is the first time we've seen one powered up -- and it's a good thing it is. Because we now see Android 2.2, the new HTC Sense and -- if you squint just right at the top -- that 4G symbol points to LTE data on Verizon. (And that notification light should make a few of you happy.)

We're told it's currently in testing and that it's consistently getting 9Mbps downstream and 5Mbps upstream -- not too shabby, though real-world results likely will vary.

As for when we might see such a device? It's still pretty unlikely before the first of the year. We've got a full shot of the phone after the break. Thanks, Ed!

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4 years ago

Rumored devices, Sprint Galaxy Tab preorders, more Gingerbread [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Busy day full of excitement. Rumored devices unveiled, Sprint Galaxy Tab pre orders for premiere customers available and more Gingerbread talk.  It's all happening in the forums, check it out!

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

Sprint Premier customers invited to preorder Galaxy Tab

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If you belong to the not so elite Sprint Premiere club, you probably got an e-mail at some point today inviting you to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Sprint will gladly ship one to you for only $399.99 on a two-year contract. Well, it's actually $449.99 and then you have to deal with mail-in instant rebate but we're guessing that won't be a deal-breaker for you. Toss in a data plan, starting at $29.99 for 2GB and you're ready to rock and roll! If you're still on the fence, be sure to check out our hands on with the Sprint version. [Sprint]

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