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3 years ago

Xperia bootloader unlocking will be available in 'upcoming weeks'

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A while ago we reported that Sony Ericsson would be offering a bootloader unlocking solution for their 2011 Xperia line, and today Xperia Blog has some information about how this will play out.  According to SE developer Karl-Johan Dahlström, Sony Ericsson plans to have a bootloader site "up and running in the upcoming weeks."

The website will allow you to enter the IMEI number from your Xperia device, and you'll be given a key to unlock that devices bootloader via Fastboot.  SE has promised more details, but as it stands this is great news.  I'm loving the way Sony Ericsson has tackled this issue, and given hardware access to the people who paid for their devices.  We know that SE realizes the mistakes of the past, and this is a great way to make the future more user friendly. [Xperia Blog] Thanks, Rick!

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3 years ago

Developer Test Market and new Music app leaked

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As we first told you last night, a developer test Market has surfaced, along with a new version of the Music application from Google.  Here's your (and mine) chance to get some hands-on time with both, as they have been leaked out in the Android Central forums.  Your're warned to have a full backup before trying these, and mentions a few different methods to install them.  On stock Android 2.3.3, they both installed and overwrote the normal system apps, but your mileage may vary.

We also have a bit of new anonymous information about exactly what we're seeing:

"As for the test bed it is actually the android developers market related testing site for new versions of the market, security fixes, and the new in-app billing.
Gallery 3D & Desk Clock are not available on gingerbread devices, Camera v12 is a redesigned camera that only has a different icon and background color inside the app. And the Android Music Store can only be accessed if you have an android music account."

As I said last night, it's pretty cool to get a peek behind the scenes of Google's closed-source stuff, even if most of it isn't that useful.  You can find a link to both the Market and Music app at the source, with no guarantees how long either will work -- so hurry, hackers :)

We also have a couple more pictures of the Music player after the break.   [Android Central forums] Thanks, Anonymous!

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3 years ago

Fring group video now in limited beta, sign up today to help beta test

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We all know Fring was one of the first app developers on board for video calling and now, they are at it once again. This time around though, they are now working on group video calling for multiple devices making it so that you are no longer just tied to a two-way conversation. While it's not yet available in the Android Market, Fring is now accepting new sign-ups for their beta testing of the upcoming group video app. If you feel like giving them a hand and doing some bug testing in the near future, check out their blog post announcing the details -- or just click here to sign up. [Fring]

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3 years ago

Galaxy S Gingerbread update 'expected in next couple of weeks', says Three

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Three UK has revealed via its official Twitter feed that it expects to release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for its Samsung Galaxy S phones "in the next couple of weeks". However, the carrier adds that it doesn't have a firm release date in mind yet.

The news follows the leaking of a Euro Galaxy S Gingerbread ROM late last month. That ROM reportedly originated from a Samsung service center, and hasn't been pushed out officially yet. If Three's timings are correct, the Galaxy S series will be among the first phones to receive an official update to Android 2.3. The HTC Desire is also expected to receive its Gingerbread update in late April or early May, according to an earlier tweet by Three. [@ThreeUK]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 bootloader cracked

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It's turning out to be a good month for Xperia X10 owners wanting to eek a little extra life out of their phones. First Sony Ericsson announced that the device, previously abandoned on Android 2.1, will receive an official Gingerbread update this summer. And now some enterprising hackers on XDA have managed to crack the device's bootloader, allowing users to install custom kernels for the first time, and paving the way for further customization of the device.

If you're partial to a bit of X10 hacking, then hit the source link to find out how to get started. [XDA]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Prevail on Boost Mobile's site ahead of tonight's event

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A few days back we saw the leaked pricing of the Samsung Galaxy Prevail that is believed to be heading to Boost Mobile, and today the device has made an appearance on the carrier's site. For $179 you will get yourself an Android 2.2 powered 3.2 inch touchscreen running on Sprint's CDMA network. The device does only have a 2MP camera, not the greatest, but you still got the rest of the bells and whistles, like Bluetooth, GPS, etc. We expect an announcement of the device tonight in NYC, and we'll be there for it! [Boost Mobile] Thanks, Tasheena!

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3 years ago

Android Central on Facebook

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Now that you're one of our 74,000-odd Twitter followers, it's time to step things up a notch.

We're closing in on We've surpassed 17,000 followers on Facebook. That's nearly more than 17,000 of you who get the latest news, leave comments, share your pictures, and generally harass us day in and day out -- and we love it!

Plus there are hidden gems, such as a picture of our own Phil Nickinson and CrackBerry Kevin hard at work at CTIA. You won't find that anywhere else, folks. Plus we've got contests and other goodies in the works.

So if you're into the Facebook thing, be sure to swing on by facebook.com/androidcentral. Tell 'em Lloyd sent ya.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile adds another 10 HSPA+ cities

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T-Mobile announced this morning that it's bringing 10 more cities into its HSPA+ (aka 4G) circle of trust. They are:

  • Ames, Iowa
  • Anderson, Ind.
  • Battle Creek, Mich.
  • Benton Harbor, Mich.
  • Jackson, Mich.
  • Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
  • Lawrence, Kan.
  • Manhattan, Kan.
  • Springfield, Ill.
  • Wichita Falls, Texas

T-Mo also reminds us that it'll be flipping the 42Mbps switch on Las Vegas, New York and Orlando later this year. We wouldn't read too much into T-Mobile continuing expansion as if the whole AT&T acquisition thing might not happen. Because it might not happen. And it's better to be bigger than not. Full presser's after the break. [T-Mobile]

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3 years ago

NYT subscibers on the Nook will soon get free access to NYTimes.com

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Bummed about the New York Times paywall? Have an Android-based Barnes & Noble Nook or Nook Color and already subscribe to the New York Times? Oh, happy day. You'll soon also be able to visit NYTimes.com from your awesome little e-reader in the coming weeks.

Yeah, that's a little redundant, seeing as how you've already got the Nook-optimized content, but we like free stuff as much as the next guy. Not sure how this will affect a hacked Nook. Check out the full presser after the break, and you can find everything you need to know about the Nook -- stock or hacked -- in our Nook Forums.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Domino Solitaire [video]

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Domino Solitaire is a new puzzle game on the Android Market, and I, for one, am loving it.  It's a great way to spend a little quiet time exercising your gray matter, and it's fun.  Some puzzle games are too easy to offer a challenge, while some are too difficult to make you want to return for more. Domino Solitaire falls right into the in-between space that makes a great app. Paired with the big 10.1 inch display on the Motorola Xoom, and it's something we had to take a better look at.

The premise is simple -- a domino deck is used to draw a board, and you have to try to find out which domino is which.  It's not as easy as it sounds, because each domino will fit in multiple places until you start getting some of them filled in.  It sounds much more confusing than it really is, and in just a few minutes you'll have it down and be hunting dominoes like a pro.  As a bonus, you also have the game Buccaneer Domino, which ramps up the difficulty a bit.  The objective is to place the double tiled dominoes on the bottom of seven stacks.  You can move dominoes from one stack to another, as long as at least one side of each matches.  The trick is that each stack can only hold five tiles, so there's a lot of strategy involved.  I haven't been able to beat this one yet, but I'm having a lot of fun trying.

Both games have clear and easy-to-understand gameplay, and should provide a lot of fun to anyone who is a fan of relaxed single-player games.  Domino Solitaire is free on the Market for Android 2.0.1 and up, works on both phones and tablets, and will install to the SD card on Android 2.2 or higher.  The download link, and a video are after the break.

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