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4 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide review

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Times are rough for fans of Android and QWERTY keyboards.  The top-dog performers seem to never have one, and the phones with great ones are are few and far between.  I know I love them, and I can't be alone.  When I heard rumors that the myTouch 4G was getting a Slide version, I was hopeful.  When I found out it would have better specs that the original myTouch 4G, I really started anticipating it, and when HTC announced it would come with a much improved camera, I got a little excited. 

The real question is, how well does this thing compare to all the hype?  It's the same question we have every time we hear about new high-end phones, especially when the new features get touted everywhere.  Hit the jump, and we'll have a look.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod team welcomes the Samsung Fascinate to nightly builds status

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Anyone who has followed the Samsung Fascinate since its launch knows that it has been plagued with some update issues, and only just recently did it finally get Android 2.2. While there have been a number of custom ROMs for the device, it did lack support from the Cyanogen team, until just recently. The Fascinate will now support CM7, and nightly builds will be available for the device. So if you got a Fascinate, be sure to head to the source link, and get to downloading!

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

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Gingerbread now ready ... again

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Although Sony got a little ahead of themselves with the previous announcement of Gingerbread rolling out for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, they've gotten things back on track. Some of the first users getting the update notifications will be unbranded devices with carrier branded devices shortly following after. Once you get the update notification, you'll need to load up the PC Companion app in order to download and install Gingerbread but after that -- you'll be golden.

Source: Sony Ericsson Product Blog

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4 years ago

Google improves search experience for Honeycomb tablets

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If you've searched with Google through your Honeycomb tablet's browser, you have probably noticed that the process feels a little undercooked. Today Google announced that they've revamped the experience, optimizing browser search for those tablets running Android 3.1 and above. A new search button below the standard search box will organize results by websites, photos, videos, and the rest of the usual suspects, while image results will have larger previews, faster thumbnail loading, and continuous scrolling. Google says that the tablet revamp will be rolling out, with 36 languages in tow, over the next few days.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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4 years ago

Fido preparing to launch the LG Optimus 2X, Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro, Samsung Galaxy Q

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Fido, the budget brand of Rogers in Canada, is getting set to release some new Android devices. Starting in August, they will make available the LG Optimus 2X, Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and Samsung Galaxy Q. No official launch dates or pricing is found on the documentation but Fido does always keep their pricing at a minimum provided you sign on for a new 2-year contract. The most expensive device in their current line up right now is the $100 Samsung Nexus S. Another pic can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles Video Preview

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Because I like you guys and because I know some of you are pining away for a beta key, I thought I'd show everyone the first level of Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles.

Yes, the first level is short, but it's nothing short of superb. The makers of Pocket Legends really know how to craft a quality, seems-pretty-epic mobile MMO. Hopefully we'll have some more beta keys to giveaway soon, but until then, this will have to tie you over.

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4 years ago

HTC releases kernel source for numerous devices, including the EVO 3D, Sensation 4G and Incredible 2

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If you're an Android developer, you might have been little frustrated with HTC lately. They haven't exactly been the fastest in offering up the kernel sources for some of their most recent devices but you can now rest easy. The HTC Salsa, EVO 4G, and EVO 3D, Droid Incredible 2, Sensation 4G and finally, the HTC Chacha -- have all had their kernel sources posted up in the HTC developer center. Now, we'll wait a few days and see how many new custom ROMs pop up.

Source: HTC; Thanks, Jayjam99!

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4 years ago

Sharp FX Plus shows off a bit more with AT&T branding

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No, you are not going crazy, pictured above is not the Sidekick 4G, but instead the Sharp FX Plus, which may soon be AT&T-bound. A few days ago we saw some shots of a WalMart ad that showed off the device, but unfortunately it did not give a release date. The FX Plus will launch with Android 2.2, on a 3.2 inch screen powered by a 600mHz processor with 512MB of RAM. Pricing and release dates are still uncertain at this time, but this does appear to be one of AT&T's lower end offerings, which should put it at quite an affordable price. One more image after the break.

Source: Pocketnow

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4 years ago

ASUS Transformer Android 3.2 update now available

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Remember when we mentioned the ASUS Transformer Android 3.2 update would be made available this week? Of course you do, and the good news is -- it's now rolling out to users across the aboard. You can go ahead and check for updates right now and grab it. That is, if you're unrooted and stock. If you're not, you may need to roll back in order to get the update or just wait until a rooted version comes along. Either way, we'd love to hear how it's working for you when it completes, make sure you stop by the Android Central forums and post up what you see as changes.

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4 years ago

Netflix works just fine on the Motorola Photon 4G

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Read Part 1 of our Motorola Photon 4G review

When Netflix updated its Android app a couple weeks ago, the number of officially supported devices climbed to two dozen. The number of devices that the app actually works on is even bigger. And another one of those devices is the Sprint Motorola Photon 4G.

The Photon wasn't -- and as of this writing still isn't -- on the list of supported devices. But Netflix is visible in the Android Market on the Photon, downloads and installs just fine, and we were watching Toy Story 3 in no time at all.

Not sure if this is an oversight, or if we're just lucky, but either way, it's a good thing.

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4 years ago

Sprint Motorola Photon 4G review - Part 1

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Motorola may well have Sprint's best 4G phone yet

 

(Ed. note: We've had Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G under embargo for about 16 hours now, which is great for some initial thoughts -- and we've got plenty -- but it's not really enough time for a proper full-scale review. So we're going to break things up into two parts. This one tackles hardware and initial impressions -- things that don't necessarily take more time to effectively judge.)

Oh, Moto. What is this little piece of sexy you've dropped off in front of us? OK, maybe little isn't the right word. We're looking at yet another 4.3-inch black slab smartphone in Sprint's Motorola Photon 4G. And a dual-core phone at that. With 4G Wimax data. And it's relatively light. (Or at least relatively not heavy.)

After the break: Some unabashed love for the Motorola Photon 4G -- with a little tough love tossed in for good measure.

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4 years ago

Android Open Mini Maker Faire wants modders and hackers for the Android Open conference

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O'Reilly's Android Open conference, being held Oct. 9-11 in San Francisco, is looking for modders, hackers, and DIY-ers to participate in the Mini Maker Faire on the final day of the event.  They are looking for any project that involves Android hardware or an embedded board running Android, but are specifically looking for projects that feature:

  • Kinect/Computer Vision
  • Arduino/Lilypad/ADK
  • Processing for Android
  • Beagle Board/Panda Board
  • NFC/RFID
  • Gadgeteer
  • Wearables
  • Makerbot/Reprap created accessories
  • ROBOTS!!!!

You'll need to register by Aug. 22, and space is limited.  Hit the source links for info, grab your soldering irons, and be sure to let us know if you're going!

Source: Android Open; via Make Magazine
Tip o' the hat to @lizasperling

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4 years ago

Amazon App Store updated to v1.15 - Improves stability, app compatibility checks and more

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A new Amazon App Store update is now rolling out to users. Once updated you'll be sitting pretty at v1.15 that brings with it some nice improvements and things that should satisfy both users and developers who place their apps in there. The change log:

  • Feature: Improved the initiation of search
  • Feature: Improved app compatibility check
  • Feature: Improved customer feedback
  • Fixed: Customer reviews bug
  • Fixed: Periodic install failure on Android 1.6
  • Fixed: Rotation issues on purchase
  • Fixed: Force-close on repeat taps on refine button
  • Fixed: Search box bug
  • Stability *improvements*

Amazon took some heat over their feedback process and app compatibility checking recently, so the changes in the list are welcome. If you're not seeing the update as of yet, open the app up and check for updates manually -- it should show up for you after that.

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4 years ago

Gmail update brings custom notifications, better sync for battery life, picture options, new actions

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Better syncing, better notification options lead the way

Gmail's just gotten itself a beautiful little update, and the changes are some we've been wanting for some time. In handy bullet form, the changes are:

  • You can choose which mail to sync to help save on battery life. Have a bunch of labels? You can choose which ones to keep synced, and which ones you want to update automatically.
  • For the labels you're keeping synced, you can set custom notifications. That includes whether to receive notifications, which ringtone you want to use for which label, whether to vibrate when a label gets an e-mail, and if you want it to only notify you on the first new e-mail.
  • Know how if there's an image embedded in an e-mail, you must tell it to display the image -- on each and every single e-mail? That "feature" has blessedly been changed so that you can tell it to always display images from a particular sender -- just like in desktop gmail.
  • There's "new options for message options." When you go to the settings area of gmail -- and notice it's been split into "general preferences" along with individual account preferences -- you'll see "Message actions." You can choose to always show them, or show only in portrait, or only in landscape. Nice.
  • Plus, "performance enhancements."

There you have it. Pretty big improvements, if you ask us. Update your app now and give it a whirl, or check out a few more screen shots after the break.

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4 years ago

Toshiba to issue update to address Thrive's sleep issue

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Toshiba's PR firm just hit us up to say that they've tackled the oversleeping problem the Thrive tablet has been experiencing, and a fix is on the way. To wit:

Toshiba recently became aware that a limited number of Thrive Tablet users were experiencing Resume issues when in Sleep mode. We have heard from a Toshiba source that a software update to resolve this issue will be available early next week and can be accessed from the Service Station utility app found on the Thrive at that time. This will improve sleep-and-resume performance, as well as enhance the multimedia playback capabilities of the device.'

Not a bad turnaround for a fix -- in and out in just a few weeks. Shame it had to happen in the first place, but these things do happen.

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