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4 years ago

Sprint 4G goes live in 7 new markets

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Sprint 4G

Sprint announced it has flipped the magic switch and turned on their 4G network in  New York (Rochester and Syracuse); California (Merced and Visalia); Washington (Tri-Cities and Yakima); and Oregon (Eugene).  This lines up perfectly with the images leaked of their summer roadmap

Though some of us will probably never get any type of 4G service (*cough Jerry's house*), it's nice to see things look like they're right on schedule for the areas they have planned to cover in 2010.  Anybody out there seeing that sexy '4G network available' icon on their Evo 4G in any of these new cities?  Follow the break to see the full press release. [Sprint]

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod Froyo ROMs hit RC for Nexus One, Dream, Magic (updated)

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CyanogenFor those of you patiently (or not so much) waiting for Cyanogen and Team Douche to release a semi-official Android 2.2 ROM, it's time to get flashing. CyanogenMod-6.0.0 RC1 was posted up early this morning, with builds for the Nexus One, Dream and Magic, which should cover a good many of us. You can snag the new builds in the usual places, including the CM Nexus One and D/M forums, XDA Developers (N1, D/M) and our favorite, ROM Manager.

For the noobs out there, the CyanogenMod series of ROMs are custom built from the official Android Open Source Project files by trained professionals (professional somethings, anyway), tested and released to the masses. (Check out the full changelog here.) We swear by 'em, and you should, too. [Cyanogen]

Update: A new CM Droid ROM is now in ROM Manager and the other usual places. Huzzah!

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4 years ago

An Incredible (Droid Incredible that is!) Lego dock

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Lego docking station for the HTC Droid incredible

WOW!  I've seen Lego docks and various phone accessories before, but Android Central Forums member triciaaz's takes the cake for sure.  It's clearly a step above and beyond your run-of-the-mill docking station, and triciaaz's HTC Droid Incredible has it's own place to call home.  Just promise to be careful watering those flowers triciaaz ;)  There's another pic of a view from the side after the break to help all you would-be Lego architects construct your own version.  My hat's off to ya triciaaz! [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Early (lucky!) Motorola Droid X owners can now get their phones activated

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moto droid x's shipped early can now be activated

To those of you lucky enough to get your Droid X early (all 170 of you need to play the lottery this week!) Verizon has now set up the system so you can activate that monster.  As of Friday July 9, provisions were put in place to allow activation according to Verizon internal documents leaked out to DroidLife.  You can activate over the web at your MyVerizon page, or OTA by dialing *228 and selecting option 1.  Now quit slacking and get that speed demon activated, then hit the forums to tease the rest of us for 5 more days :) [DroidLife]

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4 years ago

Motorola WX445 leaked -- Big Red's low-end Android entry?

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Motorola wx445 on Verizon

Images of the unreleased Motorola WX455 have shown up today online, with very little fanfare.  If the rumors about it's specifications are correct, we can see why.  Supposedly it's a pretty anemic offering, and beside the recent onslaught of superphones like the Galaxy S series and the Motorola Droid X, it's hard to get excited over a mid- to low-end handset.  Speaking of specs, all we can be sure of is what you see -- it's running Eclair, has a weird mix of capacitive buttons and some sort of physical pad, a smallish touchscreen, and headed to Verizon.  Rumored specs also include a camera (megapixels unknown) with no flash, and a 1170 mAh battery.  It should also sport the standard Android array of radios and sensors; GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, compass, etc., but that's just an educated guess. 

We've talked about the validity of low end Android models on the last couple of podcasts, what do you guys think?  Yea or nay to the entry level stuff?  [Engadget]

Are low end phones running Android a good thing?customer surveys

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4 years ago

HTC Sync update for Aria brings mobile network sharing, app sideloading [Update]

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HTC has released an update to its HTC Sync software for the HTC Aria, and along with it comes the ability to install third-party applications and enable mobile network sharing.  Hallelujah! While this isn't nearly as handy as installing the applications directly from the phone, it's a huge step in the right direction.  The addition of mobile network sharing is a huge boon as well, just remember to keep an eye on your data usage if you've switched to one of AT&T's new plans

serial number locationHTC Sync is also a great way to sync calendar events and contacts with Outlook (or Outlook Express/Windows Live Mail) on your Windows PC.  Sorry, Mac users, you can sit over here with us Linux guys and grumble.  Hit the source link to check out the requirements and download the software -- you'll need your device serial number, click and enlarge the pic to the left for help finding it. [HTC Aria Product Support] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Update: As Spary points out in the comments below, there was an apparent SNAFU at HTC and this update does not enable sideloading, nor does it change any settings on the device itself.  HTC has reached out to Engadget and apologized for any confusion, and says their website will be updated with the correct information Monday.  Felt good for a couple hours though!

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4 years ago

Bootloader on the Droid X = Locked!

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droidx_bootloader

There has been some chatter lingering around in regards to the Droid X and its bootloader, and sadly it appears as though they have locked this one down. So, what does that mean for the average consumer, well nothing really. Those who will be affected by this information are those interested in the extra tweaks, along with the ability to create and flash custom ROM's. Root access should still be obtainable so you will be able to use all those fun applications that require it, which is a big plus to many. Hopefully the Droid X isn't as hard to crack as the Motorola Milestone -- for which they are still trying to figure out a good solution. Now all you Droid owners who were looking for an upgrade, still interested? [via Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Google releases Open Spot for Android -- Find and share parking

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Open Spot by google

Finding a parking spot just got a little easier, thanks to Google's new Open Spot app for Android.  The concept is simple enough, fire up the app to see what spots are near (.9 mile radius) you, and the color of the pin tells you how long it's been since someone marked it.  Red means 'freshly-marked', orange pins mean the spot was marked 5 minutes ago, and the yellow spots are older than 10 minutes -- after 20 minutes they disappear. 

Speaking of marking the spot, the application is driven by the idea that you mark open spots you find, and lady karma rolls back around to help you find one when you need it.  And before you let those devious ideas loose, Google claims to have their own method of dealing with 'greifers' -- people who mark spots when there are none.  As of now, this app is Android only; no word on a web version or cross platform availability, but I imagine that this won't stay exclusive for too long.  Hit the jump for the download links.  [Google OpenSpot via TechCrunch]

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4 years ago

Fring fraks Skype access, iPhone blamed

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Fring Skype Access

Yeah, so by now Fring users likely have noticed that Skype access has been pulled. And, you guessed it, we have the iPhone to blame. Fring recently updated its iPhone version, which allows cross-platform chatting (see our demo with Rene from TiPB) and sure enough, the gathering horde borked it for the rest of us. Here's Fring's official response, from its forums:

This is absolutely amazing. Since the release of our latest iPhone version yesterday we have seen a huge jump in fring video calling.

So, to free up some room for more fring-to-fring video calling, we are temporarily reducing support to Skype. Be patient, we'll have some more updates soon.

These things happen, but surely just about everybody saw it coming. Anyhoo, hang tight, folks, and hopefully Fring will have things up and running soon enough. [Fring via Android Central Forums] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.

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4 years ago

NTP sues Google, HTC, Motorola, and everyone else in latest infringment suit

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Ntp patent lawsuits

NTP is once again suing over patents they hold for the wireless collection of e-mail data, charging Google, Motorola, HTC, LG, Microsoft and Apple with infringement.  (Seems they forgot carrier pigeon breeders and pilots who fly banner ads).  Many of you will remember the drawn out affair between NTP and RIM, which ended in 2006 with a mega-million dollar judgment in NTP's favor, or their subsequent fight with Palm that quietly disappeared for unknown reasons a year later.

The late Tom Campana, NTP's founder and the 'inventor' of e-mail certainly does hold several valid patents showing the technology is his, but it will be up to the courts (with millions of our tax dollars) to determine the validity of the newest claims.  Can I haz patent reform plz?  The full press release is after the break. [PRNewswire]

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4 years ago

Friday free-for-all: Comment at will!

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Stop and think for a minute. We've seen seven Android phones announced for U.S. carriers in a little more than two weeks. That's just insane. The Droid X. The four phones of the Galaxy S line (hell, toss in two more if you want to count U.S. Cellular and Cellular South). The Motorola Charm. The Samsung Intercept. It's been quite the week, and that's just the hardware side.

So let's end the week right. Bar's open, and so are the comments.

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4 years ago

Samsung Vibrant confirmed for July 15

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For all the naysayers who didn't think T-Mobile would really sell the Samsung Vibrant a week early, well, how do we say this nicely? We told you so! Today T-Mobile made an announcement on its official twitter page stating that the device will be ready for sale on July 15, a week earlier then previously announced. This 4-inch screen powered by a 1GHz processor and equipped with Bluetooth 3.0 will run $199.99 upon release, so if you were holding out on the Nexus One in hopes of something bigger coming along, it's here! [T-Mobile Twitter via MobileBurn]

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4 years ago

Ubuntu squeezed onto Nexus One and Sprint HTC Evo 4G [Update -- Droid too!]

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 Ubuntu squeezed onto Evo 4G.

If Windows 3.1 on your Droid isn't good enough for you, how about a modern desktop OS running on your Nexus One or Sprint Evo 4G? Braniac Max from NexusOneHacks.net managed to shoehorn Ubuntu onto his Nexus One over the Independence Day weekend. Not to be outdone, a few days later it was modified to run on the Evo 4G. More details after the break. [via NexusOneHacks and GoodAndEvo]

Update: Matt wrote in to let us know that Ubuntu is running on the Droid as well.  Added a video for your perusal after the break.  Thanks for the tip Matt!

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4 years ago

Credo Mobile to carry the HTC Hero

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htc hero on credo mobile

It's always great to see Android spreading it's robo-love to the smaller guys, and starting today Credo Mobile is carrying the HTC Hero (CDMA).  The Hero, running Android 2.1,  will be offered at $79.99 with a two year agreement, and plans (voice only) start at $59.99 monthly.  Credo Mobile is a small nationwide carrier that uses the Sprint network for voice and data.  They pride themselves on their social conscience, and in 2009 the company donated $2,680,211 to nonprofit groups from it's revenue.  You can read more about Credo Mobile at the source link, and you can find out everything there is to know about the HTC Hero in our forums. [Credo Mobile] Thanks Nick!

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4 years ago

US Cellular to include TeleNav on Samsung Acclaim [video]

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Samsung Accliam with TeleNav

Today is the launch of the Samsung Acclaim on US Cellular, and the nation's sixth-largest carrier has a treat for everyone coming in to pick one up -- the Acclaim (as well as other select handsets), will include Your Navigator Deluxe.  Your Navigator Deluxe is a TeleNav powered turn-by-turn navigation system (very much like SprintNavigator for Sprint smartphones) that includes enhancements like comprehensive business listings and weather conditions.  Many (this author included) prefer TeleNav products over the standard Google navigation because of the small extras like a personal launch page and details about your destination.  In any case, more options is never a bad thing. 

Check out a video overview of Your Navigator Deluxe and the full press release after the break. [TeleNav Blog]

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