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2 years ago

HTC Flyer bootloader now unlockable using HTC web tool

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HTC's 7-inch Flyer tablet is the latest device to find itself with an unlockable bootloader, courtesy of the official HTC development website. Added to the bottom of the list of unlockable devices over on HTCDev.com are various flavors of Flyer, including the international Wifi-only and 3G versions. Before you start, you'll want to double-check which Flyer model you have, and also ensure you're on the correct firmware version, as you'll need to be fully up-to-date in order for the web tool to work its magic.

Conspicuous in its absence is the EVO View 4G, the Wimax version of the tablet that launched on Sprint around the same time as the Flyer released globally. Given that the Sprint EVO 3D is already unlockable through HTCDev.com, though, we'd expect to see it on there sooner rather than later.

Unlocking your device's bootloader will allow you to install custom firmware that hasn't been approved by HTC like the official software. As ever, unlocking should only be attempted if you're comfortable with monkeying around with the software internals of your device, and you'll void your warranty, even if you use the official HTC tools. Still interested? Head on over to HTCDev.com to get started.

Source: HTCDev; via: PocketDroid
Thanks, pflorin!

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2 years ago

Sprint announces the LG Marquee, debuting at N.Y. Fashion Week

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Looks like we were dead on with the LG Marquee, news of which we broke last week. Sprint's just taken the wraps off its version of the LG Optimus Black, which will make its debut on Sept. 15 at New York's Fashion Week. Just like the European version (read our full review), it's got a 1GHz processor, 4-inch NOVA display (which looks gorgeous) and runs Android 2.3. It's also got Sprint ID for theming, and a 5MP rear camera.

The LG Marquee will be available online starting Sept. 20 and in stores Oct. 2 for $99 on contract. Full press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC announces the Sensation XE with Beats Audio

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Take the excellent HTC Sensation, toss in the newly acquired Beats Audio, and you've got the HTC Sensation XE. Coming to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia later this month, it's pretty much the same Sensation we fell in love with -- 1.5GHz dual-core processor (OK, that's updated from 1.2GHz), Android 2.3, 8MP camera, and so on -- with the Beats Audio processing, and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones thrown in with an attached remote control.

No doubt we'll be seeing this here in the states at some point, too. At least we hope.

Full presser's after the break.

More: HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio

Update: You eagle-eyed commenters are also spotting more RAM and a slightly bigger battery. So it's a Sensation -- only better!

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2 years ago

Reminder: Enter to win an ASUS Transformer and keyboard from Nvidia and Android Central [contest]

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Everyone love the Asus Transformer.  It's rocking the Tegra 2 chip so it plays games and does media like Honeycomb was designed to do, has all sorts of ports for connectivity, and there's a cool keyboard dock for easy typing.  Asus seems to be on the ball and keeping things updated as well, so it's the right choice for many.  And you can enter to win one, with the awesome keyboard dock, in Nvidia and Android Central's Tegra Madness giveaway!

Winning one is easy, just hit the forums and drop a note in the contest thread, and you're entered.  We'll pick the winner at random, and announce them all in one big blog post next Sunday (Sep. 18).  Good luck to all, and be sure to enter all week!

Win an Asus Transformer and keyboard dock

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Hooked

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Gaming on Android has finally taken off, so it can be tough having to wade through all the subpar stuff out there hoping you'll finally find a gem. Hooked tries to be the middleman for you in that, suggesting games based off of your personality and how you've rated previous suggestions.

From the moment you open Hooked, the app starts working for you. You're asked four questions, and from there, your personality is profiled. Based on which group you get put in (I was a Trailblazer, supposedly), you'll get suggestions tailored to you.

There's a heavy Facebook component to Hooked, as you can see in the picture above. If you do decide to merge your Facebook account with Hooked, you'll be able to see what other friends of yours are playing, assuming they're using Hooked as well. It's a pretty novel idea, but because none of my friends use Hooked, it was rendered mostly moot.

You can also look at a live feed of who is playing what right now. These people don't even need to be your friends; you can still see what they're playing. You can separate by your personality type or everyone, and it just tells you who is playing what or if someone liked or disliked a game.

Frankly, I think that's the most powerful option of Hooked, because the live feed usually has a large variation of games on it. You can scan the list in a few seconds and see what is popular and enjoyable and what to avoid. This is better than the actual suggestion system (at least in the time I used it) because all three games suggested to me were duds.

Hooked is free in the Android Market, so if you're itching to try out some new games, give it a download. Maybe, as the user base grows, it'll become more accurate, powerful tool for game suggestion.

We've got download links and more pictures after the break.

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2 years ago

Android 101: Keep your Picasa account synced with your Android device

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2 years ago

HTC reigns supreme among UK Android fans

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In some not so unexpected but still slightly surprising news, recent figures suggest that HTC accounts for just over half of all Android smartphones in use in the UK. 

A recent Comscore study revealed that 50.9 per cent of the 6.3million UK Android phones belong to the Taiwanese manufacturer. In comparison, second place went to Samsung with 21.6 per cent, and Sony Ericsson rounding out the podium in third with 14.2 per cent. 

I'll admit to first recognizing Android through HTC, in particular Sense, but to see the brand so far out front from Samsung especially with the mighty Galaxy S 2 doing the rounds still surprises a little. Maybe Sense UI really does make a difference.

Source: T3

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray now available on Vodafone UK

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Vodafone UK has announced that it's just launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray (check out our hands-on feature) in gold on its network. The Ray, which has much the same internals as the Xperia Arc, packs a 3.3-inch Sony "Reality Display" inside a slim aluminum chassis -- a pleasant change from the plastic used in most SE phones.

Vodafone is offering the Xperia Ray for free on 24-month contracts of £26 or more per month. At that price, you'll get a monthly allowance of 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB data to play with. Hit the source link for more details.

Source: Vodafone UK

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2 years ago

HTC Widgets, Using the Photon overseas [From the Forums]

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New tablets, Intel and Google working closely,  and finally -- our Motorola Droid Bionic review. Needless to say, a bust day here on the Android Central blogs but there is plenty happening in the forums as well. Check out some of the threads below, or start your own today:

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

Firefox for Android tablets nightlies now available for download

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Back a few weeks we told you about Mozilla's new Android tablet build of Firefox, and we're happy to report that nightly builds are now available for download.  Be warned -- when Mozilla says nightlies, they mean it.  These are going to be far from finished and lack a lot of polish, but it's the perfect way to share current builds, and Mozilla's open-development system allows us all to contribute to finishing things up.  My early tests are pretty positive.  Things are a little slow, but the latest build renders everything beautifully across the full set of SPE sites (and we use some serious code on our desktop versions).  I'll have no problem using this as my main browser while on my tablet, and will be running the nightlies to see how they progress.

If you're wanting to get in on the testing (and the more the merrier) hit the source link and install as you would any other Android app.  What Mozilla needs the most right now is feedback on the UI and operation, and if you fancy yourself a developer, they have a bug list ready for some attention. 

Source: lucasr.org; via AndroidGuys

Download the latest nightly build here

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