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4 years ago

Desire HD system dump confirms Vodafone release

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Vodaphone logo from Desire HD

Vodaphone has already said via Twitter that it will be carrying the HTC Desire HD, and there's a ton of speculation about other carriers and SIM unlocked versions. But the system dump leaked out today from dealer75 at XDA Developers is clearly Vodaphone-branded.  Digging through the system dump we see the last frame of the boot sequence is the Vodaphone logo. 

We're still digging through the files, seeing new goodies like an HTC Data Strip widget that appears to be a set of quick switches for 3G and WiFi radios, and well as a roaming indicator widget.  Look for your favorite Sense ROM developer to have a boatload of new toys for you soon. [XDA Developers]

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4 years ago

Adobe updates Flash support list, adds Galaxy Tab (and some other phone)

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 Adobe Flash for Android

For those of you who worry about this sort of thing, Adobe has updated its graphic list of which Android devices it supports for Flash Player 10.1. The Samsung Galaxy Tab has been added, and the missing Droid Incredible has been added as well. I expect the thank-you e-mails to reach my inbox shortly. [Adobe]

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4 years ago

How to manually update your Epic 4G

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 Sprint Epic 4G DI07 update

The Sprint Epic 4G is in the midst of an over-the-air system update -- bugfixes, mostly, and not Froyo just yet, though Samsung's Media Hub is now enabled. But if you just can't stand to wait any longer (that'd be a good many of you, we reckon), Andrew Ruffolo in the Android Central Forums has brought us the manual method. All you have to do is download a file move it to your SD card, and follow a couple of instructions. Easy as pie, and it's the same as getting the OTA update, only no waiting. Check it out at the source link. [Android Central Forums]

Update: Video of the OTA process is after the break if you're into that sort of thing.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Bing

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 Bing for Android

Bash Bing for Android all you want. Go ahead. We'll wait. For we share your frustration that Verizon set it as the default search service on the Samsung Fascinate (and that's why we worked so hard to turn it off). But that's not the app's fault, no is it? Nor do we blame Microsoft. It was just doing its job -- making deals that make money. The motto that kept going through our head as we actually sat down to use Bing was this:

"Don't blame Bing."

It's that simple. It's not a bad app. It's getting a bad rap because Verizon did a bad thing to an otherwise good phone. (And we'd prefer it weren't Verizon-exclusive at this point.) Anyhoo, you get access to Bing's excellent image search. Web search is adequate, though it is different than Google (and, it should be). Voice search is OK, but slower than Google's. Bing Maps are just fine, and we're quite fond of Bing's local searches, actually. Give it a shot before you shoot it down. We did, after the break.

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4 years ago

Bypass activation on your Android device

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Android activation bypassIf you have multiple Android phones, you might now always want keep each device active. But that doesn't mean it's a paperweight. But resetting a phone brings you back to the pesky activation screen in many cases. Luckily you are able to bypass this so that you can access all the features within the phone, without having to actually activate it on your account.

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4 years ago

Sirius XM app updated to fix Froyo bug

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 Sirius XM Android app

Remember how a change in the Froyo code has borked the audio for a good many apps? That included the Sirius XM satellite radio app (read our review here), which has left us hanging for a good many weeks. But it's finally been updated, and things are fixed in Version 1.1.0. You still need a Sirius XM subscription, and you still can't get the app in the Android Market. But you can learn more about it here (or download directly from here) and stream from the heavens until the cows come home. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Angry Birds beta updated, still in beta (and did we mention it's beta?)

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 Angry Birds for Android

The Angry Birds game for Android just got an update. Repeat: The Angry Birds game for Android just got an update. OK, it's still in beta. And that means there may (and likely will) be bugs. And we don't get new levels or anything yet. But that's what being a beta tester is all about. So get your download on here (you'll have to register your phone number -- sigh) or update from the Android Market (download links are after the break), and be sure to leave some feedback for the developers here.

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 30

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Audio-only stream below

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is coming to America, HTC unleashes some sexiness on Europe, Angry Birds gives way to Fruit Ninja, plus a bunch of your e-mails and voicemails.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: MyFitnessPal

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homescreen-fitness

With summer coming to an end, and the cool weather nearing often times trying to keep that summer figure can be a bit difficult. There are many great Android applications that are available to help guide you down the right path work out wise, and record all your information to keep a good visual idea of where you stand. It can be a bit more difficult to do the same for your food consumption but MyFitnessPal has done a great job of making entering your meals a breeze to show you exactly where you stand verse where you need to be every day.

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4 years ago

Droid Eris not getting Froyo

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 HTC Droid Eris

Official word has come from Verizon that the Droid Eris will not be receiving an update to Android 2.2 ("Froyo"). Considering the device already hit end-of-life, this shouldn't really surprise anyone. Luckily for you, the determined Eris user, there are ways to get Froyo onto your phone. Who needs official software these days, anyways? [ComputerWorld via IntoMobile]

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4 years ago

Samsung Media Hub bringing movies, next-day television to Samsung devices

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 Samsung Media Hub

Samsung tonight in New York unveiled its Media Hub service, which will bring movies and television to its high-end devices, as well as PCs.

Content partnerships include MTV, MBC, Paramount and the WB, for starters, and television shows will be available next-day. Samsung is stressing seamless integration, and shows will be available for viewing as they're downloading to the device.

We're still waiting to hear pricing, so stay tuned.

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4 years ago

Wifi-only version of the Galaxy Tab coming

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Galaxy Tab

Samsung's Dale Sohn dropped the news we'd been hoping to hear ever since the Galaxy Tab Android tablet was announced a couple of weeks ago at IFA in Berlin -- a Wifi-only version is in the works. Don't know when, or for how much, but it's coming, folks. For more, check out our liveblog.

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4 years ago

Samsung Announces the Galaxy Tab on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung this evening in New York City announced its Media Hub service -- movies and TV on Galaxy devices. Also, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Tab Android 7-inch tablet will be available on all major U.S. carriers. That's right, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Here's the official word:

Samsung Mobile today announced the upcoming availability of the Galaxy Tab™ in the U.S with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The first mobile tablet from Samsung shares many of the powerful characteristics of the Galaxy S smart phone lineup that launched this summer. The Galaxy Tab is designed with several enhancements to create a unique mobile experience that other products can’t deliver.

The Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat while on-the-go. The Galaxy Tab is powered by Android 2.2™, including full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1. Just like the Galaxy S smart phones, the Galaxy Tab includes Samsung’s Social Hub application and the new Media Hub content service, offering a robust collection of premium movies and TV episodes from some of the biggest entertainment companies.

Samsung's Dale Sohn also announced that the Tabs should be available by the holiday season, and that a Wifi-only version is in the works.

We're live at the event, so join the liveblog and stay tuned for more info and some hands-ons. Full presser from Samsung after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Media Hub event livebog

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 Samsung Event

We're at Time Warner Center in New York City at Samsung's event, where we'll get our first look at Media Hub and -- hopefully -- some more quality time with the Galaxy Tab. 

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. PDT, and we've got a liveblog rocking after the break. Join us!

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4 years ago

Linking individual contacts with Sense and TouchWiz

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Linking contacts in SenseSyncing contacts with services like Facebook and Google Contacts is a built in feature of Android, and most users set it up when they get a new phone (Watch Phil set up a Droid Incredible here, 3:55 is where the Facebook stuff starts). HTC's Sense UI and Samsung's TouchWiz improve this functionality by letting users edit links for each individual contact after setting up your phone. So, for instance, say you have a contact on your phone simply named "Bob" but you are friends with "Bob" on Facebook, where his full name "Robert Smith" is listed. Normally, these accounts won't be linked by Android during the initial setup. Using Sense or TouchWiz, however, makes linking the two is easy as pie. 

  1. Open up your contacts app and goto the person you want to link.
  2. In Sense, the link button is in the top right (pictured right). In TouchWiz, it is an option found by scrolling down under the "Info" tab (see the picture after the break).
  3. Clicking on either button will take you to a linked contacts editing screen, where you can search for another contact to link to the one you already have selected. This can be from Facebook, Google Contacts, or a phone contact.
  4. Click on the person or account you want linked, and the software will do its thing. You can link multiple accounts together if you so desire.
  5. Linking a Facebook contact will bring in some cool pieces of info, including birthday (if the person has it on their account) and their profile picture. Nifty!

This is one of the few areas where manufacturer UI customizations really improve Android, and is a feature we would like to see implemented by Google in the future. Click past the break to see a screen shot of TouchWiz doing its thing. Thanks to Bryan for the TouchWiz screenshot from his Vibrant!

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