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4 years ago

Win a Seidio Innocase II Surface case for the HTC Thunderbolt

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Seidio Innocase II Surface for the HTC Thunderbolt

If you're going to pick up a shiny new HTC Thunderbolt come Thursday, you might want a way to keep is safe and scratch free.  If that sounds like you, you're in luck -- Android Central forums Administrator and the hardest working man alive Cory Streater has set up a giveaway for three lucky folks to win a Seidio Innocase II Surface case for the TBolt.  If you use a case, you probably already know just how sweet these cases are.  Now you have a chance to be the first one on the block toting your Thunderbolt around in one!

The contest will end Sunday, March 20 at 3PM sharp, and all the rules are in the forum thread.  Good luck to all! [Android Central Thunderbolt forums]

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom review

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Motorola Xoom

Big, black and powerful. That pretty much sums up the Motorola XOOM (henceforth to be referred to as the more eye-friendly Xoom), the opening salvo in what is about to be a deluge of tablets running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. And the Xoom not only ushers in a major change to the Android operating system, it also launches a new era in mobile hardware, faster and more powerful than ever.

But for all that, the usual questions remain. Does the Xoom match up with the competition? And does it justify the price? And is the darn thing just too big and too heavy? All that and another picture or two, after the break.

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4 years ago

Google adds app download statistics to Android Market developer portal

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Android Market app stats

Google has flip the switch on app download statistics, giving developers a cool look at who is downloading their apps, where they're from and what devices they're using. You get a Google Finance-like chart showing the total number of downloads, and breakdowns for OS version, device, country and language.

The example you see above is for the old Android Central Widget (which we no longer support, but it still works). Here's the breakdown for the widget, which has 11,400 installations:

  • 80.6 percent of users are on Android 2.2. Android 2.1 has 13.8 percent, and Android 2.3.3 third at 1.8 percent.
  • 25.6 percent of those who use the widget are using an HTC EVO 4G. The Motorola Droid X is next at 16 percent, followed by the Droid Incredible at 10.6 percent.
  • 91.9 percent of the widget's users are in the United States. The UK is second at 1.6 percent, followed by Canada at 0.9 percent.

So it's a cool little look at who's using what. If you're a developer with an app or two in the Market, be sure to check it out.

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4 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt officially launching March 17 on Verizon for $249

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HTC ThunderBolt

It's officially official, folks. The long-awaited HTC ThunderBolt will be available on Verizon on March 17 -- this Thursday. Whatever kinks Verizon's been working on since the phone's announcement at CES in January presumably have been worked out, and you'll soon have that 4.3-inch slab of LTE 4G goodness in your fat little hands. It'll cost you $249 with a two-year contract. An unlimited LTE plan will run $29.99 a month.

There's no sign of the new Skype, unfortunately. But along with that large screen you'll have Android 2.2, the new version of the HTC Sense user interface, an 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing shooter, all powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor.

Just a couple more days, folks, and it'll be here. While you wait, be sure to check out our first look at the ThunderBolt at CES, and swing by the ThunderBolt forums. You'll be glad you did. Full presser's after the break.

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4 years ago

LTE Targa, Droid 3 and Droid X 2 all caught on camera?

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Although we've seen plenty of the Droid X 2 so far to get a handle on in, some other devices have now appeared and are ready to be judged off the little information provided for them. First up, the above pictured Motorola Targa -- codename of course likely to change at launch -- is suggested to be packing LTE and most certainly headed to Verizon.

If you jump on past the break, you'll get a new look at the Droid X 2 as well as what is suggested to be the Motorola Droid 3. Again, aside from the images we don't have much to go off of but we expect to hear a lot more about each of these devices over the next little while. [Howard Forums (2), (3) via Phone Arena]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile officially announces the Sidekick 4G

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Sidekick 4G

We all knew it was coming, but T-Mobile has just announced the Sidekick 4G, the successor to the insanely popular Sidekick.  This time around it's made by Samsung, has a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, powered by the Hummingbird CPU and Android 2.2.  Add in a front facing camera, HSPA + network speeds up to 21 Mb/second, and a pretty faithful reproduction of the OG Sidekick's great five-row keyboard, and now it doesn't seem quite so tweeny. 

On the software side T-Mobile is offering up two new messaging applications -- "Group Text" and "Cloud Text", Samsung's MediaHub, and a DriveSmart app which is designed to stop texting while driving.  The addition of a dedicated app switching key, appropriately called the "jump key" looks pretty interesting as well.  We have the full press release after the break, and the Sidekick 4G forums are open for business!

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4 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt takes over the Verizon Wireless homepage

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We'd love to say this comes as a complete surprise to us but really it doesn't. The HTC ThunderBolt has once again appeared on the Verizon website. This time -- it's not buried under a bunch of other news. No sir, this time-- it's up front for all to see. The page just takes you to the email sign up page that pretty much everyone waiting for the Thunderbolt has already signed up for but the fact it's there now and being headlined means the wait is almost over. [Verizon via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Twitter apps on the XOOM; Atrix 4G ROMS now available? [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Another weekend is now over but that means we're a few more days closer to CTIA, and certainly closer to seeing some more new devices announced. While we wait -- be sure to check out the Android Central forums. Also, if you're working on ROMs for any devices we certainly invite you to post those as well. We're starting to do plenty of ROM reviews so if it's posted in the forums, we can highlight it on the blogs. Hop on in and join us folks.

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

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4 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible 2 ROM leaked, extracted and available [from the forums]

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Droid Incredible 2

The Droid Incredible 2 ROM images have been leaked, and all the goodies have been extracted and are available in the Android Central forums.  A few interesting tidbits from the leaked files:

  • Sense 2.1 with landscape previews
  • DLNA
  • VZW_Golf game
  • No Bing
  • CityID, and all other standard VzW apps are included
  • Wifi_Router app
  • Skype_mobile.1.6.0.7.live.apk
  • Blockbuster app
  • No Netflix

The extracted system checks in at a whopping 282 MB, but luckily the boot animation (the picture above is a part of that), wallpapers, and ringtones have also been pulled and are available as separate downloads.  Hit the links to grab them, and check the source links for the ROM images and system files. [AndroidSpin (images), Android Central forums (extracted version)]

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G sees Gingerbread -- CyanogenMod style

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CM7 Epic 4g -- home  CM7 Epic 4g -- about

Sprint Epic 4G developer Dameon87 has built a working alpha of CyanogenMod 7 for the popular Samsung slider, and it's off to a good start.  The bug list is surprisingly short:

  • Sensors may be slow, but can be fixed via a shell command
  • GPS is not working
  • Cameras are not working
  • Hardware acceleration is not working
  • Bluetooth only works for music

Other things like network data, WiFi, calling, and the Market seem to be working fine.  This looks to be a great way to get Gingerbread on your Epic 4G, and long before any hope of an official release.  If you're feeling adventurous, hit the source links and give it a try. [XDA-Developers via Android Central forums] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Hey, look, more signs that the ThunderBolt will launch on March 17

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HTC ThunderBolt inventory

Why's everybody look so shocked to hear the HTC ThunderBolt's coming out on March 17? We totally had complete faith in that e-mail we showed you on Friday. (Any hedging in our post surely was coincidental.) Anyhoo, the evidence is mounting, with this morning's tweet and voicemail, and now the listing in Verizon's inventory system. And retailer Wirefly's getting into the game, saying it's opening up pre-orders tonight for a March 17 shipping date. All that's left is for Verizon to actually officially announce things. (Our guess: about 5 minutes after a certain Android Central editor goes to bed.) [Wirefly, Engadget]

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom's HRI66 update raises quadrant benchmarks by 28 percent

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quadrant

Late last week we got word of an update for the Motorola Xoom rolling out, and while the main purpose that we saw for the update was the upcoming flash compatibility, the update appears to have done more then just this. Android Central forums member wnrussel3 noticed that after the update to HRI66, from the previous version of HRI39, Quadrant benchmarks on the device improved by 28 percent, jumping from 1775 to 2283. It's not necessarily indicative of an overall experience, but nobody wants lower benchmark scores. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Android app 'Caribou' cracks IP-based Cardkey security locks

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Security researcher Ian Robertson has built an Android application that can be used to bypass security on the popular Cardkey door control systems.  Using his Droid Incredible, he is able to brute-force past any PIN, and issue commands across the Internet to the IP-based systems that will unlock all doors, grant 30 seconds to open them, then relock the doors -- all with a push of a button.  Who says you need to be a registered guest to use that Holiday Inn jacuzzi?

This demonstrates not only the really poor security on these systems, but a level of 1337 that we haven't seen on Android as of yet.  Hat's off to you Ian, and hopefully you can persuade a few people that they need to ramp security up a notch.  [CyberSecurityGuy]

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4 years ago

Kyocera Echo dual-screen Android phone available on Sprint on April 17

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Sprint Kyocera Echo

Sprint this afternoon announced that the Kyocera Echo -- the dual-screen Android 2.2 device it announced last month in New York City -- will be available for purchase starting April 17. It'll cost you $199.99 with a two-year contract. In exchange, you'll get a pair of 3.5-inch touchscreens that have the ability to work together as a 4.7-inch (diagonal) screen, or separately, running apps independently. Be sure to check out our complete coverage and hands-on from Sprint's event in February. Preorders start March 26 at Sprint.com/echo. [Sprint]

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4 years ago

AppBrain launches AppBrain Android Stats

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Android stats

AppBrain, which is a well-known curator and recommendation engine for Android apps, has launched a new service dedicated to providing the community with useful statistics. Simply called AppBrain Android Stats, it will allow users to view intriguing statistics about the number of apps in the Market, how many are available by category, which device is used most often and much more. 

As you can see from the graphic above, the Android Market currently offers about 150,000 applications and has grown immensely since last year. AppBrain also has a filter that will detect what they deem as "low-quality" apps, which puts the current total at right around 60,000. 

The most popular device used to access AppBrain is the Samsung Galaxy S at 14.5 percent, followed by the HTC EVO with 9.7 percent. 

Many wondered what AppBrain would do after the web-based Android Market was announced, but a collection of statistics such as these are wildly useful and will only be more so with continued growth. [AppBrain]

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