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4 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt case review: Mobi Products Hard Shell

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Find the latest HTC ThunderBolt accessories

HTC ThunderBolt Mobi Products Hard Shell Case

I'm not sure what I like more about this Mobi Products Hard Shell Case for the HTC ThunderBolt -- this red color here is dark red. A mean, dark red. It's like someone took a sort of metallic red and painted over the blackest of blacks, and the blackness is threatening to return. If light's not hitting it directly, the edges of the case cast shadows that I could swear are moving.

So, yeah, I'm digging the color. (It also comes in black and purple.)

And then there's the fact that it's your standard Mobi Products hard shell case. It comes in two pieces that, separately, don't seem very substantial. But snap them together, and your phone's protected from dings and scratches. The case doesn't add much bulk to the phone, but it's just thick enough to keep the screen from touching a table if left face down. You've got cutouts for the ports and buttons, as well as the kickstand.

And, again, there's that awesome color.

The case comes apart easily enough if you need to take it off, but there's also no movement if you squeeze at the seams. Speaking of the seams, the point where the front of the case and the back come together -- that's about the only ding we'll give this case. We'd love to have the seams a tad more invisible. It's not a deal-breaker, just a fit-and-finish sort of thing.

You can get the Mobi Products Hard Shell Case for the HTC ThunderBolt for $12.95 from the Android Central Store in red, black or purple. Check out more pics after the break.

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4 years ago

Angry Birds Rio coming to the Android Market this week

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Rio

When the Amazon Appstore launched, one of the big stories was that it offered an exclusive copy of the new game Angry Birds Rio, the latest installment of the popular Rovio series. 

It seems as if that exclusivity is coming to an end this week, as Rovio announced Angry Birds Rio will be coming to the Android Market for free and will be ad-supported. They say as soon as they fix a couple bugs, it will be released. If you're one who cares about ads, the ad-free version is still available over at Amazon. 

This is great news for international users who can't access Amazon's Appstore yet. Don't worry, you'll be able to play Angry Birds again soon! [Facebook]

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4 years ago

LG working on the Optimus Big - 4.3-inch NOVA display, silly name

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LG working on the Optimus Big - 4.3" NOVA display, silly name

Looks like LG is sticking to their Optimus naming conventions here, but we can't help but wonder how this one came about. The LG Optimus Big as it's been dubbed got caught up in some photos on its way to Korean carrier U+. 

The device itself has been noted as taking some of its styling queues from the LG Optimus 2X with the exception of the screen that now gets bumped up to 4.3 inches and of course makes use of NOVA technology.

Other specs call for a 1GHz single-core processor and a T-DMB TV tuner that leads us to believed we may never see this outside of Korea-- but time will tell. [XPortsNews via Phone Arena]

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4 years ago

Nameless Samsung device from CES now the Samsung Droid Charge; has new Eye

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samsung-droid-charge

Remember back at CES when Verizon announced that nameless Samsung device, and we were all wondering what it was. Well, some more information has surfaced about the device, and it appears as though the Samsung SCH-i510 LTE device is the Droid Charge. The device has surfaced yet again, this time with a mock up of a potentially new style to the good old Eye we are used to.

Interesting to see this non Motorola "Droid" branded device utilizing a variant of the Eye that has been seen in all the other Motorola Android devices, but was not found in the Eris or Incredible. While there is still unfortunately not a whole lot of information about the device, besides that it will run Android 2.2, and have an 8MP rear facing camera, and a front facing camera, the confirmation of the name brings it one step closer. [Pocketnow]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App - Minimalistic Text

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If you love using widgets and enjoy the look of a nice, simple, clean looking home screen you won’t want to delay the download of Minimalistic Text any further. This widget, which is really 11 different widgets in one, allows you to display a variety of different information on their home screen in text form. Whether you want to display the time, date, temperature, weather, or battery percentage on your screen you can do so easily with this application.

Minimalistic Text allows near-complete control of the design of the widgets, ranging from widget size, text direction, alignment, color, and nearly anything else you could think of. There are a bunch of preset designs layouts, but they don’t limit you to use only those, users can create a custom layout with the information of their choice and have that displayed instead. Once the widgets are set, simply clicking on them allows them to be changed again, so if you want to change the text size, color, background or anything else. For the amazing price of free in the Android market, this is an application that many will find use for, as there is a widget for just about everyone in it. Download links available after the break.

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4 years ago

Gingerbread leak for the Droid X and Droid 2 has been rooted

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droid-x-gingerbread

Just the other night we saw a leak of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the Motorola Droid 2 and Motorola Droid X, but unfortunately at that time users had to decide if they wanted to give up their root. Since then we have gone hands on, and seen a few interesting bits about the update, and now the folks at MyDroidWorld have posted a pre-rooted build for us all to enjoy, so users who enjoy the fun that rooting brings can still do so. This also means we have a chance of seeing some customized ROM's for these devices around this base, as well as some custom themes.

Unfortunately, if you have already flashed the leak from the other night, you will need to SBF your device back down the the Froyo build, and then root it again before installing this. If you held off for this one, then you are lucky, just download and install. If you happen to hit some bootloops, just go into recovery and wipe data and you should be all set! [Droid 2 / Droid X] Thanks, deadlybatman!

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4 years ago

HTC Incredible S hits Bell on April 4

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Incredible S

It appears that Bell customers will be able to buy the HTC Incredible S starting April 4, according to a leaked document. 

This is great news for Canadians anxiously awaiting the new models from HTC, which includes the updated Sense, a 4-inch Super LCD touchscreen, an 8MP rear camera as well as a front-facing camera. 

Mobile Syrup is reporting that the internal document is placing the off-contract price at $499, but no other prices given. Expect more soon as launch date is only a little over a week away. [Mobile Syrup]

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4 years ago

Phil takes to the competition and talks tablets on iPad live

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Our friends over at TiPB have a weekly podcast that they call iPad Live, and this week that has passed they brought CrackBerry.com's Kevin Michaluk, along with our very own Phil Nickinson to the show to talk tablets. So, if you are in the market for a new tablet, and are trying to decide which is best for you, or you just enjoy to watch a bunch of passionate people speak about their platform, be sure to check this out. Highlight video available after the break, or head to TiPb for the whole thing. [TiPB]

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4 years ago

Firefox Mobile Android browser released!

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Firefox Mobile

At long last, after months and months (and months), Firefox Mobile is final, official, and ready for prime time consumption. We just showed you our walkthrough of the release candidate, and we've gone through build after build of the betas. But this one's the real deal, folks.

The mobile version has the same rendering engine as the desktop version of Firefox, with full HTML5 support. And you've got full access to add-ons, too. Plus there's the sync function that lets you take your bookmarks, passwords, log-ins and even individual tabs on the go.

Still need convincing? Video highlights and download links are after the break.  [Mozilla]

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4 years ago

Cellular South is getting the HTC Merge, preloaded with Amazon Appstore

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HTC Merge

All Cellular South to the list of regional carriers that are getting the HTC Merge. The Southern carrier just announced that it'll be getting the 3.8-inch Android 2.2w phone with a killer sliding keyboard. Also, the Merge will come preloaded with the Amazon Appstore (presumably in conjunction with the Android Market).

The Merge will be available sometime in April. No price has been set yet. Full presser's after the break.

For our complete exclusive preview of the HTC Merge, please see the following stories:

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4 years ago

Which Amazon Cloud Drive plan are you using?

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Amazon Cloud Player

Now that Amazon's unleashed its cloud-based music service (the short version: you upload your music and can play it from anywhere), you've got a choice to make: Which plan to choose? Here's the breakdown:

  • 5GB - FREE!
  • 20GB - $20/year
  • 50GB - $50/year
  • 100GB - $100/year
  • 200GB - $200/year
  • 500GB - $500/year
  • 1000GB - $1000/year

But, wait, there's more. Amazon's currently bumping you up to the 20GB plan with the purchase of any album from its MP3 store. Buy a 69-cent album and get $20 worth of data storage for a year. Can't beat that.

So let's hear it, folks. Which plan are you looking at?

Which Amazon Cloud Drive plan are you usingMarket Research

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4 years ago

Remove HTC Thunderbolt bloatware easily [From the Forums]

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Thunderbloat

The first thing most people want to do after they root their phone is remove all that extra software the carriers have forced upon them.  The HTC Thunderbolt comes with it's fair share of carrierware, bitbops and golf games -- getting rid of the Thunderbloat is a reason to root in itself.  Again, we see Android Central forums admin and Podcast co-host Cory Streater jump in to make your lives easier.  He's written a tutorial using Root Explorer that's easy enough for anyone to follow, and will soon have all those apps nobody loves gone for good.

Check out the forums post here. Thanks, Cory! 

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson offering a bootloader unlock solution on 2011 Xperia line

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Xperia Arc

This one came out of left field -- Sony Ericsson is going to offer their 2011 Xperia line with an unlockable bootloader via the fastbook command.  They say only SIM unlocked versions of the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Neo will be eligible, so carriers should be happy as well as developers and advanced users.  The big question of how this will affect the CDMA Xperia Play on Verizon is unanswered, but I hope they have an equivalent solution.  They also go over warranty concerns and possible additional costs for service at their blog, so be sure to read the source link to get those details.

This is a big turnaround from their policy with the Xperia X-10, which will remain locked due to legal reasons.  It shows that Sony Ericsson is listening to their end users and allowing the owners of their oh-so-sexy hardware complete control of it.  Let's all hope other manufacturers see the benefit in this and offer similar solutions.  Now to decide between the Arc or the Neo as my next phone.  [Sony Ericsson Developer Blog]

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4 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt kernel source code now available

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Many ROM developers were just waiting to pounce on this as soon as it went live and now, it has. Yes, HTC fought it but ultimately released the kernel source for the HTC Thunderbolt. If you're looking to build a custom ROM for the Thunderbolt then you're already late to the party. Hit up the HTC Developer center and grab the 87MB file now. Everyone else, sit tight -- and keep your eye out for some new ROMs coming your way soon.  [HTC Developer Center]

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4 years ago

Amazon launches Cloud Music Player and Storage, works on any computer or Android device [updated]

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Amazon cloud store

It has been rumored for a while now that Google would launch a cloud-based music service; well, it appears Amazon got there first.

Amazon has just quietly launched one of its biggest products yet, called Amazon Cloud Player. It provides users with cloud storage of their music, which will then play on any computer or Android device. 

To enable the service, go to Amazon.com/Clouddrive to get started. You'll have to enable it on your Amazon account and then update your Amazon Mp3 app, which will enable streaming of all music located on your new Amazon storage. 

Amazon is currently providing users with 5GB of free storage with the ability to buy additional storage:

  • 20GB - $20/year
  • 50GB - $50/year
  • 100GB - $100/year
  • 200GB - $200/year
  • 500GB - $500/year
  • 1000GB - $1000/year

This is a big one folks. It's a developing story, so stay tuned for any more details. If you don't have the Amazon MP3 app, look for the link after the break.

Update: Digging through the FAQ on Amazon's site, we came across this interesting tidbit:

Do my Amazon MP3 Purchases count against my storage quota?

Any Amazon MP3 purchases that you elect to store on your Cloud Drive at the time of purchase do not count against your storage quota. You can see all the MP3 tracks that are not counted against your storage quota in the Your Amazon MP3 Purchases list.

Previous Amazon MP3 purchases that you manually upload to your Cloud Drive are counted against your storage quota.

More great news as long as you buy from the Amazon MP3 store, you won't be charged storage space.[Amazon]

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