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4 years ago

Where to take your bricked Evo 4G

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We've talked with HTC some more about this week's OTA update for the Evo 4G that brought some improvements to most, and bricks to a scant few. Here's where we stand:

  • If your update went just fine on Monday, you're good to go. Mazel tov.
  • If you've updated since yesterday (after the update was briefly pulled), you're good to go.
  • If your phone was bricked during the update -- and HTC stresses to us that the number of affected phones was very low (though that's of little consolation to those with a brand new paperweight) -- you need to take your phone to a Sprint corporate store to get things taken care of. Easiest way to find one is by using the tool at sprint.findlocation.com, and be sure to click the "Repair centers near me" button. That'll get you the nearest store where they can make things right.

For those of you new to Android (and smartphones, for that matter), fear not. Think about how many over-the-air updates have gone out for our beloved platform. While problems occasionally occur, it's the exception, not the rule. And HTC and Sprint's responses were swift and should be commended.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 6 (Froyo) status update

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cyaongenmod

If you use a custom ROM on your Android phone, you should know about CyanogenMod.  If you don't, go hit Google now, then come right back.  (pretty freakin' sweet, huh?) With the drop of the Froyo (Android 2.2) source code everyone is patiently waiting for the code wizards behind the CyaongenMod project to give us the kind of custom goodness we've become used to.  To quell the mountain of inquiries, Cyanogen himself has updated the CyanogenMod homepage with a progress report.

The condensed version? Things are going well.  The Nexus One and Droid ports "just work," the Dream/Sapphire port has everything but one minor issue working, Wes Garner has the Slide (MyTouch 3G slide) port well underway, and ports for the Desire, Incredible, and Evo have no status report as of yet.  Also, we're told to expect some experimental releases (for the Nexus One and Droid most likely) by the weekend.  (YAY!)  Hit the source link to read the post and take a minute to thank Steve and the whole crew for their hard work! [CyanogenMod]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X -- hold it any way you like

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hold it any way you want to

Read the fine print :) .  This is supposedly a full page ad in the New York Times (can any readers verify?) for the new Motorola Droid X, that lets you know you're free to hold the phone any way you like. I'm not much for the mudslinging, but I'm lovin' it.  Antenna? Droid does. [Twitter via  @sarahintampa]

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4 years ago

Xperia X10 gets an update, still waiting on Android 2.1

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

The good news: An update is rolling out the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 as we speak. The bad news: Nope, it's still stuck on Android 1.6. Here's what you are getting, though:

This update focuses on improving the general performance, speed and responsiveness of Xperia X10. For example, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI. In addition we add a free back up and restore application so you’ll never lose your settings and information. In selected markets, PlayNow™ with premium apps and games will also be added.

Better than nothing, we guess. But as we talk more and more about devices starting to get Froyo, the wait for Eclair becomes that much harder to stomach. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

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4 years ago

Motorola releases status update on Android 2.1 for CLIQ/CLIQ XT

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It’s been officially stated that the Motorola CLIQ and CLIQ XT will definitely be receiving an Android 2.1 update, but now the question is: When?  Well, folks, just hold your horses.  Motorola jumped on Twitter this morning and released a statement:

For those asking for an update regarding a software upgrade on CLIQ in the U.S., we've made a decision to take more time on the release to optimize the experience in some key areas. We will continue to work to deliver it as soon as possible and apologize that we have been unable to provide an upgrade to these users in Q2 as planned.

We are working hard to provide an upgrade to Android 2.1 as soon as we can. Our consumers’ experience is our first priority and we will provide an upgrade when we can deliver the best possible user experience.

Basically, that’s Motorola saying that the update just isn’t ready yet, and they can’t tell you when it will be. Luckily, last week they opened mailing lists that will inform you when 2.1 has walked through the door. Until then, all we can do is be patient. [Motorola via Twitter]  

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4 years ago

Review: BodyGuardz Protective Skin for Sprint HTC Evo 4G

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bodyguardz skin for the HTC Evo 4G

The Bodyguardz Protective Skin for your Sprint Evo 4G's 4.3 inches of glass definitely brings the protection.  Many of us (myself included) do not like a case interfering with the pocketability of our phones, especially when it's as big as the HTC Evo, so a full skin is the answer.  

Made from the same material used to shield the front of automobiles from stones, the Bodyguardz skin is tough and durable, and will keep your Evo 4G free from scratches.  Cut to fit the Evo, it provides screen and full body protection without adding in bulk, and best of all there is no case to grab all that pocket lint or interfere with docks or chargers.

It's also a pretty easy install, and comes with all the materials needed for two applications on your HTC Evo 4G.

Take a look after the break to see a video of the installation process, as well as a few pictures showing off the finished product.

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4 years ago

Rumor: Gingerbread in 2010, 1GHz required, new UX

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Details on Gingerbread, the next big release of Android, have been few and far between. We are expecting a user interface overhaul, but beyond that things have been a little murky. Well, mobile-review's Eldar Murtazin is a man with a long history of accuracy when it comes to the future and he's held forth what he expects on Russian podcast Digestiv. Unwired View does the hard work of translation to let us know that the release should be in October with handsets by December; the minimum requirements for hte OS will include a 1GHz processor, 512 megs of RAM, and a large touchscreen; 1280x760 will be supported; and yes, we'll see that completely revamped interface that will apparently share lots of design cues with Froyo's gallery app. Apparently today's high-end will become tomorrow's low end, too, so Froyo as we currently know it will stick around for devices that aren't up to Gingerbread spec.

If Murtazin's predictions hold true (and we have little reason to doubt them), then we may be looking at an even more fragmented Android future. The fragmentation doesn't sound so good to us, but these sound like the right notes for the high-end devices of the next year or so. 

Source: Unwired View, Digestiv

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4 years ago

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S class is 'upgradeable to Android 2.2'

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Verizon Fascinate

This kind of should go without saying, but Samsung said it last night, and so shall we: The Galaxy S class of smartphones it just announced -- the Sprint Epic 4G, Verizon Fascinate, T-Mobile Vibrant and AT&T Captivate -- all will be "upgradeable to Android 2.2." Sammy couldn't quite come out and say they will be upgraded -- you have to get the carriers involved, natch -- but we can't think of any reason why they wouldn't be upgraded.

In the interim, we've got some good news. We were running some late-night benchmarks on the AT&T Captivate, pitting it against the Motorola Droid X on Neocore. And the Captivate won, hands-down. That's a big plus for those of you worried about not having Froyo and the JIT at launch. We're not worried about it, and neither should you be.

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4 years ago

Verizon's letter to HTC Droid Incredible buyers offers apology, $25 gift card

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According to a tipster, Verizon is sending out letters to everyone waiting for their HTC Droid Incredible, apologizing for an extra seven-day delay for those who ordered on or before June 28.  The letter goes on to say they will be sending out $25.00 gift cards to all who had to wait as a way to express their thanks for your continued patience.

While it doesn't make the time go by any faster, a few bucks and more importantly the fact that they address and apologize for the issue goes a long way.  I'm sure Verizon wants an Incredible in your hand almost as much as you do.  Follow the link to see the text in it's entirety. Thanks Andrea!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S event in New York

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Introducing the Sprint Epic 4G, Verizon Fascinate, T-Mobile Vibrant and AT&T Captivate

Samsung Galaxy S event

Samsung on Tuesday night in New York City unveiled its United States contingent in the new Galaxy S class of Android smartphone, which it first announced in March at the CTIA convention in Las Vegas. Click a phone below for hands-on coverage from the event.

Sprint Epic 4G
Sprint Epic 4G

Hands-on with the Epic 4G

Gaming demo on the Epic 4G

Verizon Fascinate
Verizon Fascinate

Hands-on with the Fascinate

T-Mobile Vibrant
T-Mobile Vibrant

Hands-on with the T-Mobile Vibrant

AT&T Captivate
AT&T Captivate

Hands-on with the AT&T Captivate

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Sprint Epic 4G

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Sprint Epic 4G Galaxy S Phone

We saved the best of the Samsung Galaxy S phones for last: the Epic 4G. It's similar to its other Galaxy S cousins, but adds in a horizontally sliding QWERTY keyboard and, yes, WiMAX 4G. The slider did add some thickness - but we're comparing that to the crazy-thing Galaxy phones on the other networks, by its lonesome the Epic 4G doesn't feel all that chunky or heavy. We obviously haven't had a chance to do much with the keyboard, but our first take is we're liking the separation and even the flatness of the keys.

Yeah yeah, talky talky - we make with the pictures after the break!

Update: doesn't really do it justice, but we shot a quick video of the Epic 4G displaying ...video. It's crisp, vibrant, very beautiful. It may not have the pixel density of the iPhone 4, but the color and contrast looks much better to our eyes. It, too, is after the break

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Verizon Fascinate

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Verizon Fascinate

And here comes the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy S, which forever shall be known as the Fascinate. It's going to give the Motorola Droid X a run for its money, no doubt. It's also launching with Android 2.1 but will get a Froyo update sometime later. Hands-on pictures after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the AT&T Captivate

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AT&T Captivate

Lo, look forth on the AT&T Captivate -- its version of the Samsung Galaxy S. Just like the other carriers' versions, it's thin, light, and flies, thanks to that 1GHz Hummingbird processor. And that Super AMOLED screen -- gorgeous. We can only hope that AT&T doesn't do its usual job of locking down the phone to the Android Market, but that's hardly Samsung's fault, is it. Peep more hands-on pics after the break.

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4 years ago

Gaming on the Sprint Epic 4G

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Asphalt on the Sprint Epic 4G

The Sprint Epic 4G brings a horizontal keyboard, and it brings some monster gaming power (as do all the other versions of the Galaxy S, of course). After the break, we take a look at the Asphalt racing game on the Epic 4G, which sports a six-axis gyroscope, which you can see in action.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Vibrant hands-on

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T-Mobile Vibrant

T-Mobile's version of the Samsung Galaxy S is known as the Vibrant, and it's as slim and sleek as its cousins. Same 1GHz Hummingbird processor, same 4-inch Super AMOLED display. T-Mo just had to show us how Avatar looks on the phone, and while it's not quite the same as in the theater, it's still pretty damn good for a 4-inch smartphone. Check it out after the break.

Update: hands-on photos!

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