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2 years ago

T-Mobile Nexus S gets an update to Android 2.3.6

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Hot on the heels of the Nexus One getting an update, the Nexus S is now in the throes of a 17.5-megabyte download that brings Android 2.3.6 (build GRK39C) along with "bug fixes and security patches." Should just take a couple minutes to update, and then you'll be able to go back to lording it over your friends that you have the latest update, and they're still twiddling their thumbs.

Looks like this indeed fixes some of the tethering issues we'd been seeing, which is nice. And if you crack open the zip file you'll see patches to just about everything -- with the biggest changes to the NFC function

If you're not in a waiting mood, we've got manual install instructions after the break.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Galaxy Players 4.0 and 5.0

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In addition to the Galaxy Tab 8.9, Samsung also introduced its new line of Galaxy Players tonight, an attractive option for those who want the functionality of an Android-powered Galaxy device without the monthly data charges. And a fine option it is: the Galaxy Player is up-to-snuff with some of the best Android devices on the market. It comes in two flavors: the 4.0 has a 4-inch screen Super WVGA Super Clear LCD at 800 x 480 resolution, while the 5.0 has a 5-inch, WVGA TFT LCD display at 800 x 480 resolution.

The Galaxy Players are powered by Gingerbread 2.3.5, which means they support everything you've come to love from your Android smartphone, minus of course the phone calls. Each has 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot which can handle up to 32GB. And while Samsung hasn't officially announced what's under the hood, whispers at the Samsung Portfolio event suggested a 1 GHz single-core processor with 512 MB of RAM. We'll confirm that closer to the Oct. 16 release date, when the 4.0 will hit for $229 and the 5.0 for $269. Photos commence after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (updated with video)

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Samsung took the wraps off of its Galaxy Tab 8.9 tonight in New York City, the latest product in its ever-growing Galaxy line. Shoneel Kolhatkar, Samsung's Director of Product Planning, said that the 8.9 "hits the sweet spot ... between screen real estate and compact size," and we tend to agree. First thing you'll notice is that on paper, a little more than an inch doesn't seem like a whole lot of difference between the newest Galaxy tablet and it's big brother, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. However in your hand, the two products are radically different. The 8.9 will be the perfect product for those who find the 10.1 to be just a bit too large. 

Other than its smaller footprint, there isn't much more to say about the Galaxy Tab 8.9, as it shares the same hardware and software as the already reviewed Galaxy Tab 10.1. Same Tegra 2 processor, same 1 GB RAM, same Honeycomb 3.1, and the same version of TouchWiz. If you've even peeked at anything that's been said about the 10.1, you'll know what to expect in the 8.9.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be available nationwide on October 2: the 16 GB model will set you back $469, while the 32 GB model will cost $569. Some hands on photos, which include a comparison with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, are after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 get official in the U.S.

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Samsung this afternoon officially unwrapped U.S. versions of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 Honeycomb tablet, and the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is an aptly named 8.9-inch Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet with TouchWiz that we first saw way back CTIA in March. It'll be available nationwide Oct. 2 for $569 for the 32 GB version, and $469 for the 16 GB version. Or, you might be able to snag one at a Best Buy before Sunday.

The Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0 are 4- and 5-inch Android 2.3.5 devices, respectively -- basically smartphones without the phone. The Galaxy Player 5.0 sports a massive 2500 mAh battery, while the 4.0 has a meager 1200 mAh battery.

Full press release is after the break.


Galaxy Player 4.0, left, and Galaxy Player 5.0

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to restrict certain apps from being downloaded from the Android Market

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2 years ago

RUU questions, Nexus One update [From the Forums]

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If you managed to survice through the weekend, congrats! You're just in time to help us celebrate our 500,000th member! Lot's happening in the forums right now, so if you need help, got something to share or just want to talk Android make sure you check them out!

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Motorola Electrify hands-on

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The smartphone fairy must've been feeling generous today, because she's tossed me a new phone to check out. No, it's not the Motorola Photon 4G. That's on Sprint. No, this phone is the Motorola Electrify, a US Cellular-branded device that's lock, stock, and barrel the Photon, but with a silver bezel.

All the good things Phil had to say about the Photon still ring true. It's fast, it feels solid and hefty in hand, and the kickstand rocks. It's fairly light and the camera takes some good shots.

The PenTile Matrix screen leaves a bit to be desired, but at least colors aren't as washed out as I'd been led to believe based on macro shots of the display I've seen. Still, it's a good size at 4.3", and with qHD, it's all the better.

The processor is the same Tegra-2 we've come to know and love, and it delivers. I can't wait to hunker down with some of the more demanding games to see how it fares, but if tablet performance is any indication, I'm sure I won't be let down.

We'll have more Photon-y Electrify goodness coming in the coming days, along with a full review, too. To hold you over, there's more pictures (and a hands-on video!) after the break.

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2 years ago

Celebrating our 500,000th member!

The Android Central Forums just hit a half-million members, folks. That's 500,000 Android faithful, who have quickly made our little slice of the web into the biggest and best Android community around. We've said it before and we'll say it again: You're the ones who make Android Central as good as it is. And for that, we thank you, and we're well on our way to the next 500,000 members.

And with a milestone like this, of course we're going to give away something. Or several somethings. Interested? Hit the break for more.

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2 years ago

Find all the latest jobs at Research in Motion with this handy Android app

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Youtube link for mobile viewing and joking

Dunno about you, but if I were looking for a job with Research in Motion -- as in the folks who make the BlackBerry -- I'm not sure if I'd turn to an Android app to do so. But that's exactly what Jobs in Motion does. It's a relatively nice Android app that shows you the latest RIM job openings, lets you share and save them, and even ties into Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.

And probably the most ironic thing? It looks about 100 times better on an Android smartphone than on a BlackBerry. Go figure.

Uh, download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Amaze 4G coming to T-Mobile on Oct. 12 for $259 after contract, rebate

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Pre-sale starts online Oct. 10; phone is NFC-capable

T-Mobile this afternoon announced the HTC Amaze 4G (aka the HTC Ruby) -- a 4.3-inch powerhouse that will run on TMo's HSPA+ 42Mbps 4G network. In addition to the aforementioned display (which is a Super LCD at qHD resolution), the Amaze 4G has a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor pushing Android 2.3.4 and HTC Sense (with T-Mobile TV and HTC Watch thrown in for good measure).  Add in the excellent camera hardware and software we first saw in the MyTouch 4G Slide, and this one is sure to attract a bit of attention.

Not enough power? The Amaze 4G also sports NFC (near field communication) for mobile payments, tags and the like, making it only one of a few handsets with the feature. (T-Mobile's Nexus S is another.)

The HTC Amaze 4G will be available for pre-sale starting Oct. 10, and in stores Oct. 12. It'll cost $259.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year contract. Full press release is after the break.

HTC Amaze 4G forums | HTC Amaze 4G Specs

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