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4 years ago

FLAC files, Droid 3 interest [From the forums]

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With Flash updates, device reviews and new app announcements -- we've been keeping busy today. Having a look in the Android Central forums lets us know you all have been busy as well. If you have any questions, concerns or just need some help with something -- check out some of the threads below or start your own today!

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4 years ago

Adobe Flash Player updated to version 10.3, brings bug and security fixes

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Adobe has release the 10.3.185.23 update to Flash in the Android Market this afternoon.  This update directly addresses two known security issues discovered recently (see security bulletins APSB11-12 and APSB11-13 for details), and brings the following bug fixes and enhancements:

  • Enabled NEON optimizations for OMAP4 (Cortex A-9) based devices.
  • Corrected an issue on the Samsung Galaxy S where H.264 video at resolutions of 720p and below was not displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where app packaging would fail for Android Apps using Flash Player in WebView that set android:hardwareAcceleration to True in their AndroidMainfest.xml.
  • Fixed a crash on the HTC EVO that some users encountered with specific video.
  • Fixed an issue that caused video frames to stop rendering on long streaming videos (> 1 hour) on some Motorola devices. 
  • Fixed an issue where touch events were getting delayed with Kongregate.com games.
  • Fixed an issue where games on Kongregate.com freeze when users exit from Full-Screen mode.

You can grab the update from the Android Market (we'll have the link after the break) and as always, it's advised that all users update. 

Source: Adobe

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4 years ago

Google Books headed to UK phones?

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Don't take this as gospel, but it looks like certain Nexus S users are able to download the latest offerings of Books and Music from the Android Market.

As of now it's hard to tell if this is some sort of glitch or if it signifies an impending UK rollout, but if you're a Nexus S user in the UK, keep your eyes peeled in the Market and let us know what you find.

More info as we get it, but as always, sound off and let us know if you find it (or if you don't).

Source: Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Saving your contacts to Google

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4 years ago

Pantech Crossover hands-on

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Ah, the Pantech Crossover. It's fresh on the scene, but I think people are still wondering, who is it for? It's got a slide out keyboard but the rest of the hardware definitely alienates some.

It's small, it's compact, and it looks like it's ready to go on mountain hikes with you, just so you can send a snapshot from the top of Mount Everest when you're up there.

Is it the phone for you? Maybe so. Pictures and video are after the break.

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4 years ago

ADT Plugin for Eclipse updated with visual layout editor

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The ADT plugin for Eclipse, including the new visual layout editor, was updated and made available today.  If you go back about a month or so to Google I/O, one of the most popular developer sessions was given by Tor Norbye and Xavier Ducrohet as they went over all the upcoming improvements to Android development tools, and when they talked about this one, the packed house cheered.

I know most of you aren't Android application developers, and are asking yourself what exactly this is, and what all the fuss is about.  ADT (short for Android Development Tools) is a plugin for Eclipse -- an integrated development environment used by many to write and build Android applications.  Eclipse is a stand alone program that can be used to write all sorts of applications, and is a very popular tool for Android developers writing apps in Java.  Installing the ADT brings the tools needed by Eclipse to make those Android apps, and puts everything together into one happy, geeky program.

In today's update, the visual layout editor is the clear star of the show.  In previous versions of the ADT, developers were forced to depend on unofficial (but done well in many cases) layout editors or to hard code the way their application looks by hand.  As you can imagine, having a graphical WYSIWYG editor was something everyone wanted, and Google delivered.  This does two things -- takes the time needed to hardcode the layout of an application and frees it to be used in better ways, and gives designers a unified set of tools to make beautiful apps.  We might not understand all the fuss here, but trust me -- this is something developers have wanted and needed for quite a while, and it's great news for both those who code the apps, and those who use them.  After the jump you'll find the ADT developers session video if you're looking for more info.

Source: Android developer website

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2 nearing End Of Life

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With the T-Mobile G2X now available that means T-Mobile will be bringing the original, T-Mobile G2 to the EOL list. No indication on when, exactly it will be placed there but it has already disappeared from the T-Mobile website so that's a good indication it's just right around the corner. EOL doesn't mean it'll be ripped off store shelves never to be seen again of course but it does mean of you've been holding back on grabbing one -- you should do so while you still can.

Source: TMoNews

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4 years ago

WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on sale tomorrow at Best Buy - Union Square at noon

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Are you among the many planning on hitting the Best Buy's Union Square location in New York to grab a WiFi Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1? If so, the schedule for the event is now available and if you have any hopes of getting in on all the goodies that will be available you'll want to listen up.

First 200 people to purchase the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Best Buy in Union Square on June 8 get a free leather case; First 50 people to purchase get VIP access to Ne-Yo’s exclusive performance

High noon is when sales begin, so you'll certainly want to get there earlier then that. Needless to say, Samsung and Best Buy have gone all out for this event so if you happen to be in the area, let us know and send off some video or pics to let us know how things go. In the meantime though, check out all of our previous Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 coverage or jump on past the break for the full event details.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X2 Accessories Roundup

The best accessories for your Motorola Droid X2

It's that time again, folks.  The Motorola Droid X2 -- successor to the extremely popular Droid X is out for grabs from Big Red and that means that it's time to gear up your new dual-core beast with all the essentials that make the Motorola Droid X2 even more robust and user-friendly.  As always, here at Android Central we round up all of the most popular accessories for you- making your decision on what's best for you and your Motorola Droid X2 much more simple.

Starting out this edition of the Android Central Roundup we have the top four Motorola Droid X2 accessories:

We're just breaking the ice here folks. Head on past the break for our top choices.

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4 years ago

HTC ChaCha launches in the UK, CPU quietly bumped to 800MHz

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The ChaCha, one of HTC's new Facebook phones, has launched in the UK, with SIM-free prices hovering around £250 (~$400). Currently Three is the only British network offering subsidized ChaChas, which are free on 24-month contracts of £20 or more per month.

Interestingly, it seems the ChaCha has been given a last-minute bump in CPU speed, from 600 to 800MHz. This puts it on par with the Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 in terms of raw performance, making it a more attractive proposition for fans of this sort of form factor. We got to play with the ChaCha at HTC's recent roadshow, and although the unit we saw wasn't running final software, we were impressed with the design and build quality, particularly on the keyboard.

Source: Amazon UK, Three, HTC

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4 years ago

Gingerbread update kills Netflix for the EVO 4G; a fix is on the way

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Notice that Netflix is no longer working on your EVO 4G? You're hardly alone. You can no longer find the app in the Android Market from your EVO 4G, and indeed the phone's been pulled from the list of supported devices. So what's up?

Netflix tells us that it stems from the EVO 4G's recent update to Gingerbread, and that they're working on a fix, but there's no estimated time for when an update will be made available.

Netflix has had a bit of a rocky start on Android, namely in that it's been made available on so few devices. Let's hope for a fix soonest -- and more important, some sort of mechanism so that we're not punished just because our phones get an all-important system update.

Thanks, Kysha!

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4 years ago

HTC Sensation hits the FCC with 850/1900MHz radios

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Well what do we have here? It's the FCC label for an HTC phone slugged PG58110. And as you should all know by now -- there will be a test later -- that appears to be a variant of the PG58100, otherwise known as the HTC Sensation on T-Mobile. So what's new in this PG58110 version? Oh, just radios that work on the 850MHz and 1900MHz frequencies.

So for those of us in the states, we immediate start to think "It's coming to AT&T!" Maybe. The 850MHz and 1900MHz frequencies indeed are what AT&T uses for 3G. But we really have no indication for it hitting AT&T just yet. The other (and very likely possibility) is that the Sensation will soon be headed to a Canadian carrier that uses the same freqs. But that leaves the door open for some not-so-cheap imports. Stay tuned, folks

Source: FCC; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Cricket Wireless gets the Samsung Indulge

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Cricket Wireless just got itself a nice little mid-range Android smartphone in the form of the Samsung Indulge. (See our hands-on.) It sports a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 1GHz processor and Samsung's Touchwiz 3.0 user interface atop Android 2.2. The 3MP camera is still a little disappointing, but you'll get the whole kit and kaboodle for $329 -- and that's sans contract, which we love.

And the takes advantage of Cricket’s $55 Android plan, which comprises unlimited talk, text, 411 information, navigation, international text, unlimited picture and video messaging, nationwide data services on the company’s 3G network.

Need more? Full presser's after the break.

Source: Cricket Wireless

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4 years ago

Ask AC: How can I buy an EVO 3D?

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All right everyone, we've finally got it -- Sprint gave the HTC EVO 3D an official release date! Now, depending on who you are or where you go, both the day you can obtain this black slab of 3D, dual-core, Gingerbread awesomeness and the price you'll pay for it can vary.

For starters, the official release date is June 24.  (Which happens to be the fourth week in June and what Radio Shack told us a few days back.)

And for you privileged folk who have Sprint Premier status, you'll be able to purchase an EVO 3D online starting June 21!  According to Sprint's news release, you'll need to log on to your account on sprint.com, click "show me my rewards," and then click "Sprint Premier Community" on June 21 to get more information about it.  Sprint notes that quantities are limited so you may need to move click quickly to get one of this summer's hotest devices.

As for the pricing, $199.99 is the new two-year agreement and eligible upgrade price ($399.99 two-year price - $200 instant savings).  Note that the $399.99 is not the off-contract pricing, it's the discounted two-year price (before instant savings).  It's more likely that $499.99 will be the full price of the phone, as evidenced by this Radio Shack ad.

The EVO 3D will be available at:

  • Sprint -- In-store 6/24, online for Premier customers 6/21 -- $150 Trade-in credit for a working HTC EVO 4G with Sprint's Buyback program (prices vary for other phones)
  • Best Buy
  • Radio Shack -- $100 Trade-in credit for a working HTC EVO 4G
  • Target Mobile -- $150 Trade-in credit for a working HTC EVO 4G

Sprint, Best Buy, and Radio Shack are all taking pre-orders for the EVO 3D with $50 down in the form of a gift card.  Target Mobile, strangely, decided to forgo the gift card part and is simply taking $50 down which they will apply to the purchase price of the phone once it is available.

It's been a long wait since the EVO 3D's first appearance March 22 at CTIA, but June 24 is quickly approaching and the most antagonizing wait (for some) will soon be over.

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

Android 2.2 Froyo for the Huawei Ascend now available from MetroPCS

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Those of you who own a Huawei Ascend are now getting some Froyo love from MetroPCS. You can now head on over to the MetroPCS web site for the download and a full walk through of the upgrade process. Once completed, you'll have added yourself to the list of many Android users already on Froyo.

Source: MetroPCS; Thanks, Patrick!

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