A week or so ago we looked at the LG Optimus Z, a phone that unfortunately we'll never see here in the states. While we had it, we yanked the system files out of it for a closer look. And an enterprising xda'er named aalopez10 took the time to go through the system dump and has the home and several of the widgets working, and you can too -- without needing root.
We review the Sprint Epic 4G to find out if it's worthy of its name
If you put the word "Epic" in the name of your phone, it darn well better be epic. And with the Sprint Epic 4G Android smartphone, that's mostly the case.
The Epic 4G is the latest Samsung's Galaxy S line to be released in the United States, alongside the AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant. But the Epic stands out from its cousins in a number of ways. First, there's the addition of a 4G radio, meaning you can take advantage of Sprint's Wimax network for faster data speeds. Then there's the horizontal sliding keyboard, and a camera flash, a front-facing camera, and other bells and whistles. OK, that's a lot of differences.
But the real question is this: Is the Epic 4G epic enough (you're going to have to excuse a few puns here) to unseat the HTC Evo 4G is the phone to beat? We'll find out, after the break.
Well it looks like you're in luck, Samsung just updated its YouTube channel and uploaded the latest commercial in this saga. Grab some popcorn, recline that chair, and dim those lights... full video after the jump. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Rumors around the web had been pointing to a release of Angry Birds for Android by the end of the summer. In checking our calendars, we've realized that it's now the September, so where is our Angry Birds!? The guys over at Talk Android contacted Rovio, the game's developer, to see what's going on. Rovio's response (truncated by us):
This week, we were planning to run a closed beta test of Angry Birds Lite for Android. Due to the massive response and demand from the Android community, we have decided to make Angry Birds Lite Beta available for everybody through the Android Market this Friday.
Please note that this will be the beta version of the application which is still undergoing final testing before official release. Angry Birds Lite Beta is presented on an “as is” basis, and we cannot guarantee its functionality on every Android device.
Angry Birds Lite Beta will run on second generation Android devices and upwards.
So there you have it people. Let's hope we can get our bird on starting Friday, so our webOS and iOS pals can quit lording it over us. [via Talk Android]
While Samsung and Motorla are just getting into this whole tablet business, Archos wants to remind us all who the big boy in the room is. While the larger 10.1 and 7.0 models can truly be called "tablets", the smaller 4.3, 3.2, and 2.8 (not pictured here) are more like MIDs in the vein of the iPod Touch. For reference, the number that makes up each model's name is the size of the screen.
All five are packing Android 2.2 ("Froyo"), USB 2.0 (not sure if this is micro or not), WiFi b/g/n, TFT LCD screens of various resolutions, G-sensors, microphones, and all but the Archos 2.8 have Bluetooth 2.1 EDR. The 4.3 and above also come with a kickstand and speakers. However, at five appear to not support the Android Market, so you would have to sideload additional apps or use AppsLib. Other specs for each device are as follows:
Archos 10.1 : 8 or 16 GB of internal memory + microSD card slot, 1024x600 screen, 1GHz ARM A8, front-facing VGA camera, mini HDMI out
Archos 7.0 : 8GB internal memory + microSD card slot OR 250GB internal HDD (!), 800x480 screen, 1GHz ARM A8, front-facing VGA camera, mini HDMI out
Archos 4.3 : 8 or 16 GB of internal memory + microSD card slot, 480x854 screen, 1GZh ARM A8, 2MP camera for taking pictures and videos, mini HDMI out
Archos 3.2 : 8 GB internal memory, 400x240 screen, 800 MHz ARM A8, composite video out
Archos 2.8 : 4 or 8 GB internal memory, 320x240 screen, 800 MHz ARM A8
Whew. Pricing and launch dates were not given, but you can be sure we will be on the prowl for them in the coming weeks. [Archos]
Here's one for you hackery types -- changing the resolution of your Android phone's screen through software, just like you can on a desktop monitor.
You have to be rooted, so take that to mean there's a chance for things to go boom if you don't follow the directions to the letter, and insert the standard disclaimer -- this is at your own risk, and nobody is responsible for things that may or may not go wrong.
If that bit of dirty business didn't scare you off, have a look up there and see the before and after pictures on a very messy and cluttered Evo 4G screen (for maximum effect, maximum widgets must be used!). You'll need to decide if the benefit of having more info on large screens outweighs the effect this can have on widgets and other oddities.
Sprint and Clearwire this morning officially popped the cork on 4G service in a trio of cities -- Boston, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Providence, R.I. We'd been seeing reports of sporadic service for a few weeks, but now there's there, it's official, and it brings Wimax data to the Evo 4G and Epic 4G Android smartphones. [Sprint]
Yeah, you can turn off Touchwiz on the Sprint Epic 4G and get rid of the static home screen icons and horizontal launcher. But what you're left with isn't really an improvement. You're stuck with three home screens, an outdated launcher, and a feeling of guilt for not listening to us in the first place.
Instead, if you want to go a different route, just install a third-party launcher, like, ADW.Launcher or Launcher Pro. You'll get the same result, and more functionality. But if you just have to be difficult, we have instructions after the break. [via Brief Mobile]
An urgent plea for help has been issued by the leaders of the Alliance. The schematics for the Droid R2-D2 have been acquired by the Empire and spread across the Internet, and the Alliance needs you to help find them. If you can locate the plans, the Alliance will make certain that your kindness is rewarded with one of the new Droid R2-D2 units. This alternate-reality game is very similar to that of the earlier Droid X contest but appears to be entirely web based. Winning this contest is a surefire way to get your hands on the highly anticipated little guy before the launch date which we broke to you last month, of September 30th. Keep your eyes peeled for more vague transmissions hinting at how to get yours on the @droidlanding page (which we advise you to follow adamantly if you want to have a chance).
Motoblur is alive an well in Motorola's latest European offering, the Defy. The phone is shipping with Android 2.1 ("Eclair"), which isn't quite yet inexcusable, but we're getting close. But, those looking to use their phone in places where it might be exposed to the elements should take a second look at the device, as Moto is saying it is "virtually lifeproof". The phone has a 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass touch screen that is dust, scratch, and even water resistant. It can even take being under a full meter (thats about a yard, folks) of water for up to 30 minutes. To round out the feature list, the phone will come with a 800MHz OMAP 3610 processor and Swype preinstalled. Look for it across Europe in Q4 2010. [Motorola via Engadget]
Motorola this morning announced the Milestone 2 (which actually first made an appearance last night), also known as the Droid 2 for everybody not on Verizon. No real surprises here. Same 1GHz TI OMAP processor, same Android 2.2, same Adobe Flash Player 2.2. In fact, if you want the full lowdown on the Milestone 2, simply read our Droid 2 review, and pretend it has as slightly older version of the don't-call-it-blur UI. More pics, and video after the break. [Motorola]
DoubleTwist, the popular desktop syncing client and elegant phone music player app, has announced a plethora of fantastic stats, immediate updates and future plans for its software. First off, its mobile and desktop (Mac and PC) apps have been hugely successful as they are set to hit 500,000 and 1 million users, respectively, in September. You may be wondering why that second number is so much higher; this is because DoubleTwist also allows syncing with devices like the PSP and both Windows Mobile and BlackBerry phones.
A completely new and revamped website is intended to become "the iTunes.com of Android" and will be adding support for Amazon's MP3 Music Store "later in the fall" on top of its current podcast and Android app offerings. The site will also feature the ability to install apps to your phone directly from the website similar to AppBrain. In addition, users of the Mac and PC desktop clients get a new update that features faster syncing (finally!) and improved library management. To update, simply launch your DoubleTwist client and it should check automatically, or you can find the manual update button under File (Windows) or doubleTwist (Mac).
Finally, the Android app will be receiving a major update in September to allow use of FM Radio (if your phone already has this feature, one would assume) and the ability to sync over WiFi (!!!). [DoubleTwist]
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