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2 years ago

Backing up data, Buying a Thunderbolt [From the Forums]

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We've reached then end of the week and what a week it was. Plenty of new device news landed, some device leaks arrived and plenty of new apps were released as well. If you missed out on anything, go ahead and get caught up -- you have a long weekend to do so. Make sure you hit up the forums as well, especially if you're looking to discuss any of these weeks news further.

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations 6: Size matters

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Phil, Kevin, Derek, Dan, and Rene discuss why carriers keep getting in the way of our gadgets, how big a phone can get before it's a tablet, what does a $99 TouchPad fire sale means, will Windows 8 really be no compromises, the value of music lockers, and what does an Apple without Steve Jobs as CEO mean for the industry? This is Mobile Nations!

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2 years ago

Latest Android version numbers released, 84% of devices running Android 2.2 or higher

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Google has just released the latest set of Android version numbers, and the overall trend of legacy version numbers dropping continues.  There's no drastic changes, but a quick look at the chart above lets us see that numbers for Donut and Cupcake are now in the "also ran" category with each under two percent, and Eclair is steadily dropping compared to last monthFroyo (Android 2.2) still leads the pack with over 50 percent of all devices using the Android Market running it, but we see a nice boost in the number of phones running gingerbread, with numbers for Android 2.3 climbing over six percentage points.  With Gingerbread updates rolling out or in the works for the Dinc, Droid 2, Droid X, and more, we expect another significant increase next month.

Interestingly, Honeycomb growth seems to have stalled with a measly 0.1 percent increase since August.  It looks like most folks buying into the Android eco-system today prefer it on their smartphones.  We expect that number will change this holiday season.

Source: Android Developers

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic ARena app live on Android Market, the game starts shortly

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Ready to try your hand at winning a Motorola Droid Bionic, and another "machine" to control with it?  To make it even better, how about using a fancy Augmented Reality app to assist in the nationwide scavenger hunt?  Yeah, now we have your attention. 

The Droid Bionic ARena scavenger hint kicks off Sep. 4, with a chance to win one of 16 Motorola Droid Bionic smartphones, coupled with an HDTV, an Intel laptop, A Motorola Xoom, or a video streaming enabled Quadcopter to pair it to.  Four folks will win each day, and the winners will be announced when the whole thing gets wrapped up on Sep. 8.  It's free to play (of course), and it looks pretty interesting -- install the Android app, collect a randomly dropped render of a prize, and each one you grab is an entry in the drawing for the prize.  See the Droid Does site for the full details.  We've got a pic of the UI in action as well as the download link after the break.

More: Droid Does

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic forums are home to the latest pre-release review

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Here we go again, folks. Yet another Motorola Droid Bionic review (of the pre-release nature) is under way in our Droid Bionic forums. And along with some great info, Joe the Insider's given a few of the clearest hands-on pics we've seen thus far.

As for Joe's thoughts on the DB? In his own words:

Initial thoughts. The phone is extremely light and is actually pretty thin. The battery is 1730 mah and is pretty big. The screen is contoured on the edges, and it comes with a 16GB microSD card. Power button is in a awkward spot though. It's on the left shoulder of the phone. It's a pretty big phone as well, its along the lines of the charge.

Start up is ridiculously fast, sound is surprisingly good. The back is plastic like the D3. The camera problem that was widely talked about this the D3 is a NON factor. It boots up right away with no lag. The Pentile screen looks a little different, but to be honest I love the Pentile screen.

The glass on the screen is very nice. It's hard to explain, but it compliments the actually screen. I want to stress that there is NO redraw. If you're not familiar with what that is, the D3 has an issue where after closing a app that's pretty heavy on RAM or it would have to load all apps and widgets on the screen and it would take about 5 secs before it finished and was extremely annoying.

And that's just the beginning. Hit the link below for more.

Read: Thoughts after using Bionic, plus pictures

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2 years ago

Amazon's Kindle tablet said to be all Amazon atop Android, with nary a Google app in sight

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We've been patiently sitting back and watching the rumors surrounding Amazon's supposed Android tablet, because, frankly, that's all they've been. Rumor and conjecture. But TechCrunch's MG Siegler this afternoon has penned a first-person opus, detailing time with a test unit. We'll not attempt to steal any thunder here -- definitely go read the full post linked below. But here are the big strokes:

  • It's a 7-inch tablet-style device.
  • It's running Android, insofar as that's what's under the hood. But much like the Nook Color, it doesn't look like Android in the least.
  • Don't bother looking for Google apps, or the Android Market. They're not there. That's hardly a surprise, that Amazon has the Amazon Appstore, which will purchase and load Android apps just fine. Amazon Cloud Player and Amazon Instant Video will be deeply integrated. The Kindle app is the default reader, natch.
  • And because it's off the reservation, don't bother looking for Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich updates. This thing's totally on its own.
  • Cost will be $250, same as the Nook Color.
  • And expect Amazon to market the hell out of it online.

Really, none of that's unexpected in an Android tablet, right? Makes sense. A custom, separate version of Android -- which is exactly what an embedded OS is supposed to be able to do -- chock full of Amazon features and services.

It'll still be interesting to see how a post-Nook Color Amazon tablet will compete. The Kindle's no longer the only game in town, and Barnes & Noble has a pretty good leg up by being a brick-and-mortar organization as well, plus it's got its excellent in-store customer training, which has to take a lot of the scare factor out of using the Nook. (One could argue that a proper tablet UI doesn't need any sort of training, but we digress.)

Matching the price of the Nook Color is a must. And Siegler's description of the custom UI makes it sound like it'll definitely be less tablet and more e-reader -- another must for Amazon here.

And the muddied waters remain muddied here. Will an Amazon tablet encroach on the e-reader space? Or the tablet space? Or both? And will it appeal to the hacker masses like the Nook Color? News at 11, folks.

Read: Amazon’s Kindle Tablet Is Very Real

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2 years ago

Android 2.3.6 rolling out to some Nexus S owners - Fixes voice search, breaks tethering

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Some Samsung Nexus S owners are seeing Android 2.3.6 roll out to their devices. We say some, because not all devices and not all carriers appear to be supported as of yet, though Google states the update will be rolled out over time and in some cases -- depend on carrier approval.

Sprint has an update, GWK15F, posted on their site while folks in Canada on Rogers and Fido are also seeing an update marked as being GRK39C. Mysteriously missing though is anyone getting updates on a T-Mobile or AT&T Nexus S.  The update is said to correct a voice search bug, but at the same time, its been confirmed to also break WiFi and USB tethering across all devices which have thus far received the update.

All rather strange, really. If you get the update notification however, you may wish to consider putting it off until some more info is gathered up about what, exactly is going on with it. That said; if you got the update then by all means -- let us know in the Android Central forums so we can get some clarification happening for others.

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2 years ago

Honeycomb for the HTC Flyer leaks out, custom ROM is planned soon

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Want a solid aluminum 7-inch Android tablet that runs Honeycomb?  If you're sporting an HTC Flyer, today may be your lucky day.  The first Honeycomb RUU has been leaked out, and more important, we get word that our favourite hacker from across the pond (see what I did there?), Paul O'Brien, has it and plans to work a little of his custom magic with a Flyer ROM. 

In the meantime, he has made the full RUU available for download -- with a warning that it's a "very early beta" build.  There's also the chance that flashing it will leave you with a device that can't be rooted (hello EVO 4G) or rolled back to a more stable older version.  If you like to live on the edge, or just want to tear it apart and tinker, grab it from the source link.  It also needs mentioned that this is not for the HTC View 4G -- you guys will have to wait for some cookery.

Source: MoDaCo

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2 years ago

Watch a recap of Samsung's U.S. Galaxy S II launch event

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Uh oh. Someone forgot to duck out of the camera's view at Tuesday's U.S. Galaxy S II launch event in New York City. (And you can even spot Anndrew Vacca if you know where to look.) Sammy's done a nice little recap of the shindig, recapping the highlights of the device along with the presentation itself. Check it out after the break.

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2 years ago

Android 101: Save battery by keeping Wifi alive

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