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3 years ago

Another mystery phone destined for Sprint? (Or just random presentation fodder?)

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Like our tipster, at first glance we were sure this was a stretched out LG Optimus S when it showed up in some Sprint training materials with no explanation or even a hint attached.  But after a closer look at the buttons, and the area where the screen ends towards the bottom, we're pretty sure it isn't. 

We know that LG has something in the works for Mobile World Congress, but the leaks we've seen of the Optimus 3D don't match up either.  It's not the Optimus Black, or the Optimus 2X that we are currently fondling have for a review either.  In short, we have no idea what it is.  It could be some sort of crazy render -- we've all seen those before, but Sprint has been so quiet about their 2011 line-up we have to wonder if this is something we'll see at their Magical event on Feb 7.  In the end, we decided to share it so we can all discuss it together.  Hit the Android Central Rumored Device forums and share your conspiracy theories and thoughts.  Thanks anon tipster! 

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3 years ago

Rovio explains why Angry Birds update needs SMS permission

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More than a few of us (and us) noticed that when you got the latest update to Angry Birds, the app stated that it needed permissions to your SMS messages. At the time, Rovio told us it likely was a mistake, and that they'd look at it on Monday. However, it turns out it has a purpose and is part of an in-app payment system, called Big Bad Piggy Bank, which can be used to purchase the Mighty Eagle and other content. From Rovio's blog:

Bad Piggy Bank purchases will be paid through operator billing. No credit card is required, you simply select the content you want to purchase in the game, and select the Bad Piggy Bank icon. You confirm your purchase, the payment is made via SMS, and you will be charged in your phone bill.

The Android version of Angry Birds asks for SMS permission because this mobile payment capability has been added in version 1.5.1.

Angry Birds does not use the SMS functionality of the device for any other purpose than Bad Piggy Bank payments.

If the Bad Piggy Bank is not available for your operator, no purchases can be made, and you cannot be charged for anything.

All that said, it's only available in Finland at the moment. And note that this is separate from the in-app billing that Google just announced with Honeycomb.

So the good news is that there's nothing malicious (not that we ever thought there was) in the update. The bad news is it gives the app a permission that so far a very large number of users can't actually use. [Rovio] Thanks, Justin!

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3 years ago

Honeycomb can now be installed to the Nook Color's internal memory

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Have a Nook Color and wonder how much better Honeycomb would run if it didn't have to be run off of an SD card?  You're in luck, because we have the instructions for installing it to your Nook's internal memory (emmc), which might run faster and smoother than an SD card (though running it with an overclock kernel on a Class 10 SD is very fast--and much less dangerous).

This is advanced command line stuff, and this is still a developmental port, so please look everything over and only proceed if you're feeling adventurous, and are comfortable with the instructions and with the risk involved: How to Install Honeycomb to Nook Color's Internal Memory

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3 years ago

Preorder the HTC Thunderbolt today at Best Buy for $50

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Still no word on when you'll actually be able to get the HTC Thunderbolt. But remember how we broke the news about preorders at Best Buy? They've started today for $50. The weekly ad circular's now available online and in the Sunday paper (ask your parents, they probably have one). Now all we need is, you know ... A launch date. [Best Buy] Thanks, Nate!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Feb. 5, 2011

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Finally, market.android.com has gone live, and man is it pretty sweet. If you have been spending hours poking around and looking for something new, you may have found some great apps, but many of you may still be struggling to find something new. If that is you, and you are interested in finding some new applications for your device, be sure to hit the jump with us and see what some of our favorites from this week were.

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3 years ago

Mystery HTC phone caught on camera yet again

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HTC has had something of a leak problem lately, and once again one of its unreleased and unannounced phones has found its way on to the web. The device you see above seems to be the same one that got spied on a subway in Taiwan late last month. Hopefully HTC will end all this speculation and just announce its upcoming lineup once MWC rolls around in a little more than a week. [Mobile01 via Engadget]

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3 years ago

ThunderBolt, Inspire accessories show up at Best Buy ahead of launches

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Find the latest HTC ThunderBolt accessories

Hmmmmmm. Looks like Best Buy is getting its accessories ready for the HTC ThunderBolt and Inspire 4G. The latter will be on sale in a week, that much is official. As for the T-Bolt? That's still up in the air. We can't glean too much from this, except that you have to have cases ready by launch time. So it's coming -- we just don't know for sure when it's coming. Thanks, J!

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3 years ago

Google Honeycomb event recap

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There was quite a bit of news to come out of Mountain View, Calif., this past week, with the Android team giving us a more in-depth walkthrough of Honeycomb, plus the bevy of developers on hand. We got looks at a number of new (or revamped) applications coming soon to an Android tablet near you, and got to meet the talented developers behind them.

To say that there's an excitement building around Honeycomb would be quite the understatement. This is far, far more than just Android on a big screen.

So let's revisit the news of the past week. After the break, you'll find the entire presentation, plus demos of the apps. Enjoy!

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt launch date may be up in the air yet again

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Couple of conflicting stories coming out this morning regarding the launch of the HTC ThunderBolt on Verizon. Above, you have a screen shot leaked to DroidAttic, which appears to confirm the Feb. 14 launch date on Best Buy, news we broke a week ago, and presales start tomorrow. But then there's a post at DroidForums.net passed on by the infamous Miami1683 saying that the ThunderBolt has been pushed back a bit, until Feb. 28.

Miami says the delay is because of the popularity of the iPhone launch, but we'd be willing to wager that with all the hemming and hawing over simultaneous voice and data -- an old feature that would be new to Verizon -- they're still working out some kinks. Guess we'll just wait and see. [DroidForums, DroidAttic]

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