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4 years ago

Three UK confirms HTC Desire Gingerbread update

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 HTC Desire

A post on the official Twitter account of British carrier Three indicates that the original HTC Desire will receive an official update to Gingerbread, confirming rumors from MWC earlier this week. Responding to a tweet asking whether Three would carry Gingerbread for the Desire, the carrier said - 

"Yes we will but we don't have timescales yet :-)"

Reports appeared on CNET UK's Crave blog earlier this week suggesting a Gingerbread update for the Desire would appear within a month or two of the Desire S's launch, however this is the first semi-official confirmation that an update is indeed in the works.

Today's revelations will come as welcome news to owners of the original Desire, which launched last April with Android 2.1 and was one of the first phones to see an official Froyo update. [ianmcmillan on Twitter, ThreeUK on Twitter, CNET Crave UK]

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4 years ago

Atrix 4G, XOOM, Thunderbolt - Let's go! [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Today, those of you who pre-ordered a Motorola Atrix 4G may see it arrive. For the rest of you, you should be able to head on in to your local store and pick one up tomorrow. Next on the list is the Motorola XOOM that went up for pre-order in stores. Come February 24th, who's getting one? Join us in the forums for more talk, just make sure you don't ask the release date for the HTC Thunderbolt. You might cause some mass chaos.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

How to manually update your Epic 4G to Android 2.2.1 Froyo

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Samsung Epic 4G Froyo

If you don't want to wait for the Sprint Epic 4G's Android 2.2.1 Froyo update to push out over the air, you can now manually update your phone. Here are the steps to manually update your Epic 4G to Froyo:

  1. Download the update from Samsung. Hint: Just download the Mac version, even if you have a PC. The file you download will be the update.zip.
  2. Move the update.zip file to your SD card (instructions).
  3. Turn off your phone.
  4. Hold the Volume Down and Camera buttons, then press the power button.
  5. The update should automatically launch itself. Sit back and relax.
  6. Reboot the phone.

Couldn't be much easier than that, and it beats the hell out of waiting any longer. No ODIN, no wiping, just pure Froyo goodness. (If you PC folks want, you can download and install the desktop version of the updater, which works just fine, too.) If you still need more help, check out this thread in the Android Central Forums. Thanks, jamex!

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4 years ago

Adobe: Motorola Xoom will get Flash 10.2 over the air 'within a few weeks'

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Motorola Xoom

While we certainly agree that the Motorola Xoom launching without Adobe Flash is a bit of a gaffe (especially on top the Honeycomb tablet not launching with 4G capability or a working microSD card), kudos to Adobe for clearing things up a tad. The Xoom will get an over-the-air (OTA) update that will bring Flash 10.2 to the 10.1-inch tablet. From Matt Rozen on the Adobe Flash blog:

Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 preinstalled on some tablets and as an OTA download on others within a few weeks of Android 3 (Honeycomb) devices becoming available, the first of which is expected to be the Motorola Xoom.

Good to see that it should be updated in short order. But let's hope this isn't the first in a trend of what otherwise should be an exciting time for Android tablet fans. [Adobe]

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4 years ago

How to enable high speed uploads (HSUPA) on your Inspire 4G [root]

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HTC Inspire 4G

We're all a little bummed that AT&T has blocked the Inspire 4G from having full HSPA capabilities by keeping the radio non-HSUPA capable.  To be honest, we expected this based on their track record with HSPA Android devices, and tricks that work with the iPhone, like limiting bandwidth for YouTube uploads, won't last very long once dedicated Android hackers get into the mix.  They have the right to regulate bandwidth in the best interests of all customers, and just because you or I don't happen to agree with what they're doing doesn't change that.  We'll leave that for the government to sort out.

Now for the fun part.  It's easy to re-enable your high speed uploads on the Inspire -- turn it into a Desire HD.  They are the same phone, just branded a bit differently, so it's not a difficult feat. The hardest part (read -- what you're going to be the least familiar with) is rooting the darn thing.  The method is straightforward, but involves tools and processes that are pretty intimidating to the layman.  We're trying to find just the right person to help out and offer advice in our Inspire 4G forums, and if that's you, please don't be shy.  In the meantime, attn1 at XDA has a complete Inspire 4G hack kit available for those who feel up to the task.

Once rooted, it's as simple as installing one of the Desire HD custom ROMs and flashing a compatible kernel over it.  Both are widely available, and Android Revolution HD from mike1986 over at XDA-Developers, with the Telus Desire HD kernel is a great way to start.  Of course, we have a whole forum to talk shop about hacking the Inspire 4G, and you should jump in the discussion if you have questions, or answers!

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4 years ago

Sprint Samsung Epic 4G Froyo update is finally (finally!) rolling out tonight

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Sprint Epic 4G

The Sprint Samsung Epic 4G is finally gettin Froyo, folks. That's right. Android 2.2. On the Epic 4G.

We'll let that sink in for a minute.

So here's the deal: You're getting an update from Android 2.1 (Eclair) to Androird 2.2.1 (Froyo). Along with that, you'll be able to install applications to the phone's microSD card, you get better Bluetooth support and voice dialing, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, GPS improvements, new security features and data tethering over 3G and 4G.

The update -- EB13 for those of you who care about version numbers -- will start pushing out to phones in batches at 9 p.m. (Pacific time, apparently Eastern time we presume) tonight. If you don't get it at first, don't worry, it'll be rolling out in waves over the next four days. (And we'll have manual installation instructions soon enough.) Everyone should have the update by Feb. 25, Sprint says.

So that's it, congrats, thanks for waiting and being (cough) patient. Enjoy your update. [Sprint]

More on the Samsung Epic 4G Froyo update in the Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Optimus 3D and Xperia Play listed on Play.com

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 Xperia Play, Optimus 3D

British online retailer Play.com is listing two upcoming Android phones, each with pre-order prices and tentative release dates. LG's Optimus 3D is listed for £514.99 (~$825) with a release date of Apr. 25, while Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play has a pre-order price of £519.99 (~$830) with a release apparently due on Mar. 28.

The usual disclaimer applies when dealing with pre-release pricing and unconfirmed launch dates -- this is subject to change, and could be nothing more than a retailer's best guess as opposed to official info from the manufacturer. In particular, we're surprised to see the Xperia Play at such a high price given its relatively modest hardware specs. [Optimus 3D on Play.com, Xperia Play on Play.com]

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4 years ago

U.S. Cellular launches buy one phone, get five free promo

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Have a rather large family and looking to get them all on an Android device? If so, U.S. Cellular has launched a new family sized promo that may be of interest. All of their Android devices have currently been reduced to under $100 and, to go along with that anyone who buys a Samsung Mesmerize for just $99.99 can get up to five LG Optimus U smartphones free. Contracts apply of course but that's an amazing offer if everyone in your family is looking for something new. If it's a new line of service, you can also be eligible for an additional $100 credit on your account. You can find the full press release after the break for further details.

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4 years ago

Verizon unleashes HTC Thunderbolt commercial [video]

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It is almost here, people. The HTC Thunderbolt's widely rumored Feb. 24 launch date is just around the corner and we can't wait to get our hands all over Verizon's first LTE phone. Vent your impatience in the Thunderbolt section of the Android Central Forums. [YouTube via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom won't have Flash support at launch, says Motorola, Verizon

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Motorola Xoom

Looks like you can add Adobe Flash to the list of features the Motorola Xoom won't have when it launches this week on Verizon. In addition to missing LTE data and access to the microSD card, you'll find yourself Flashless when if you pick up the first Honeycomb Android tablet this week. Motorola confirmed to us today that the footnote on Verizon's Xoom page is, indeed (and sadly) correct.

As for when we'll see Flash on the Xoom? The Verizon footnote says "Expected Spring 2011." Adobe's certified devices page says "Early 2011." [Verizon, Adobe]

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4 years ago

New Sprint phone coming Feb. 24 -- but is it Android?

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Sprint new phone

You'll have to excuse us if we tend to think that anytime a carrier says it has a new phone on the way it'll be an Android phone. But seeing as how around these here parts when it rains it pours, we've got a better than average chance of seeing a new Android device announced this Thursday.

What will it be? A follow-up to the still wildly popular HTC Evo? Another Samsung device? More 4G? Something with three screens? (Ooooo, sorry.) Windows Phone 7? Pre 3? We'll just have to see, won't we. [@sprint] More in our Rumored Devices forum

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4 years ago

Android 2.3 is reserved for the Nexus S; Android 2.4 also is Gingerbread

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Android GingerbreadOne of our favorite drinking games is "Guess the OS version." Someone plops down a phone in front of the "Roach" (the person who's guessing), and they have to, well, guess. When someone throws a Nokia phone into the mix, well, it's gonna be a long night. And it's starting to get to be that way with Android versions, too.

And that brings us to Gingerbread. So far, Android 2.3 is the only official Gingerbread version to have been released, and only on the Nexus S. Android Community confirms something we've heard as well -- that Android 2.4 also will be in the Gingerbread family. And we'll go one further -- Android 2.3 is only for the Nexus S. Any of the new phones you buy, and likely anything that gets an upgrade will hit Android 2.4 out the door. That's not unprecedented -- Android 2.0 (and Android 2.0.1) was only seen on the Motorola Droid; everything else hopped on up to Android 2.1 when the time came.

So you'll really want to be looking for the Android 2.4 version of Gingerbread in the coming weeks and months, and then things will get really interesting with whatever the "I" version of Android turns out to be called.. One way or another, we're not really reading too much into this quite yet, but it's worth noting just so we can all keep our OS versions straight -- and to try to keep from hitting the floor first.

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4 years ago

Verizon's V CAST Music app updated, adds ringtones and ringback tones

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 Verizon V CAST Music app

Verizon has released a new update to its V CAST Music app that finally brings MP3s, ringtones, and ringback tones under the same roof. Notably the MP3s will come without DRM and in high-quality. Other new features added include a wish list for storing songs for later purchase and the ability to send a song recommendation to friends, which will open the song's purchase page in the app. Verizon notes that some of their Android offerings come with the app pre-installed while others can simply go to the Verizon section of the Android Market and find the app there. 

While the MP3s are competitively priced at either $.99 or $1.29, ringback tones will set you back $1.99, and ringtones are an astounding $2.99. So, while you could pay about $4 for a single MP3 and its ringtone, you could decide to save a little money and make a ringtone or notification sound yourself from any MP3 right on your phone. We will leave the choice up to you. Full press release after the break. 

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4 years ago

Samsung Moment gets its own Froyo port

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Samsung Moment

There was another Samsung slider on Sprint, long before anyone ever heard of the Epic 4G -- the Samsung Moment.  It had pretty good hardware for it's day, with an AMOLED screen and an 800 MHz CPU, but the software left a little to be desired.  Officially, it was updated to Android 2.1 and Sprint and Samsung were done with it.

But not everyone gave up on the Moment, and despite some pretty serious software bugs, it still has a thriving development community.  And now they have succeeded in putting Froyo on it, basically from scratch.  Using the Acclaim R880 and Intercept kernel sources and software, the only serious bug left to overcome seems to be the GPS.  At this point, an unreliable GPS has got to be better than toggling airplane mode 10 times a day, so if you're still rocking the Moment, you owe it to yourself to at least have a look at the source link.

This is a testament to the flexibility of Android, and the dedication of a handful of people.  My hats off to each and every person involved  Without you guys the Moment would have been doomed with a buggy, but official, Android 2.1 install forever.  [SDX Developers] Thanks Hugabu for the heads up!

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4 years ago

Pinball Deluxe now available in the Android Market

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

If pinball was a part of your childhood, and Android is a part of your current life, Pinball Deluxe is a game you will not want to delay downloading. Pinball Deluxe is an extremely realistic, addictive game for the Android platform that will run on any device with Android 2.1 or above. With three different tables, and tons of different options to unlock during the game play this is sure to offer hours and hours of endless entertainment. If you are a fan of games, and enjoy pinball, be sure to head to the market and give this game a download, it is free, after all. Download information after the jump. [Pinball Deluxe]

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