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3 years ago

BBC Android app now available Worldwide

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Android users had to wait quite a while for the official BBC Android app to arrive, when it did -- it was only made available in UK respectively. Now, BBC has taken their offerings Global by making the application available to all Worldwide. We're not exactly sure, what stopped them from doing so previously -- licensing agreements we suppose but either way we're glad to see it finally available to all. If we could now get the BBC iPlayer that would be great but one step at a time. Head on past the break for the Android Market download.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt MR2 update leaked, tweaked, ready for download

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The HTC Thunderbolt MR2 release, rumored for a rollout around or after June 15, has been leaked and is now available for download in both an unaltered version as well as a few custom ROMs.  We figured when the MR2 radio leaked out a while back that we would soon be seeing this one.  Some of the highlights include better signal strength, a 3G/4G toggle setting, and help with those random reboots many users have been seeing.

We can't be 100 percent positive this is the final MR2 release (and we've seen a previous leak bork things up a bit), but it's signed with release keys and certainly looks official.  If you feel the urge (and we don't blame ya!), hit the source link, heed the warnings, and give it a try.

Source: Android Police; via Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Everything old is new again: Say goodbye to the 'Motoblur' name, again

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Somehow we think we've heard this tune before. Motorola confirmed to Engadget in regards to the new Sprint Photon 4G that the "Motoblur" name is being phased out. But it's in name only -- the skin and services remain the same as they ever were.

This isn't exactly a new idea, folks. It was nearly a year ago that Motorola told us exactly the same thing at the Droid X launch event in New York City, and they made big enough deal of it. But Blur remained (and all of its packages were still named Blur on the device), the Blur services remained, and we desperately sought out a new name for it.

And, thus, Philblur was born.

More: Engadget; via Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

T-Mobile unleashes Angry Birds Live on the world

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If you love Angry Birds, you'll not want to miss this one. T-Mobile, at the behest of... someone, built a giant, live-action Angry Birds contraption that seems to respond to the on-screen game.

It definitely looks like the whole thing was a blast, based on the large mob that assembles and then all proceeds to take out their smartphones to record video. Brilliant.

So by all means, watch the video and chuckle, but be ready for this reality: next time you boot up Angry Birds on your little 4" screens, you're going to be sad for yourself.

Source: YouTube; Thanks Marshy!

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3 years ago

Asus EeePad Slider and Transformer 3G to launch in UK in August

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Asus is following up its popular EeePad Transformer tablet with the EeePad Slider and EeePad Transformer 3G, which will both launch in the UK this August, according to a post on the manufacturer's official Facebook page. Asus is promising to announce a more precise release date over the next couple of months, so we'll just have to sit tight for now.

The Transformer, with its distinctive form factor, has become one of the more popular Honeycomb tablets since its release a couple of months ago, and it's looking like Asus is continuing to heap on the innovation with the EeePad Slider, which features unique slide-out QWERTY keyboard. We're sure a lot of folks will appreciate the added 3G capability on the Transformer, too.  Be sure to check out our EeePad Transformer review for more on the Wifi-only version of the tablet.

Source: Facebook; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Honeycomb 3.1 update for Google I/O edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 now live

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The 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Google I/O edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is now live and ready to download.  If you're one of the lucky 5,000 who has one of these, you can grab it now from your settings.

  • Open the settings menu, and choose About tablet > Software update
  • Select Check for update
  • Choose United Kingdom
  • Sign in or create a Samsung account.  The same account I use for my TV and Blu-Ray player worked just fine
  • Read the terms, and sign in
  • You should be prompted that a Firmware update is required, and given the choice to download it

If you've rooted and installed a custom recovery, you might want to hold off.  Jury is still out, but we're looking into all the options.  I imagine we'll see a pre-rooted version flashable via Clockwork shortly.

Update:  The update method for rooted + users who are having issues is here.  Big thanks to CrazyCoder for the stock boot and recovery links.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation sales, Android 3.1 on IO Tabs [From the forums]

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Whoa! Lots of news today happening for Sprint and Virgin mobile users. No sense wasting time, if you're looking to discuss some more about the new Motorola Photon or the Motorola Triumph head on into the Android Central forums. While you're there -- stop by some of the other threads highlighted below as well:

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 headed to Canada

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Not being left behind in all the Samsung Canada love, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be making its way to Canadian carriers in addition to the Samsung Galaxy S II. Samsung will start off with the WiFi only versions being made available sometime in July at various store locations and then will follow up that release with Rogers, Bell and TELUS making available the 3G enabled versions. Sadly, no price-points have been announced thus far but considering the carrier landscape in Canada you can expect it them to be on the higher range depending on how much of your life you wish to give away. 1-year, 2-years or sell your soul and get it on the cheap for a 3-year contract.

Source: Samsung Canada; Via: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Motorola backtracks: Photon 4G does not have unlocked bootloader

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And so the nerd saga that is bootloaders continues. While a representative at today's Sprint-Motorola Photon 4G event in New York City was informing members of the media (us and other sites as well) that the Photon would have an unlocked bootloader, we sought out double-secret confirmation. Which we've now gotten.

According to a Motorola Global PR representative we've both e-mailed with and spoken to by phone, the Photon 4G does not have an unlocked bootloader, and it's unknown if and when it'll get one as part of the new bootloader policy.

Here's the official word:

"As we've previously communicated, it is our intention to include the unlockable/relockable bootloader in software releases starting in late 2011, where operator and channel partners will allow it. However, this feature is not included in the software found on PHOTON 4G."

There you have it, folks. What we were told at the event in NYC was incorrect. But here's to hoping things will change. And, hey, at least it still has Gorilla Glass, right?

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3 years ago

US Cellular announces plans for 7 Android phones, tablets by 2012

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Regional carrier US Cellular has hardly been slacking in the Android department, recently adding the likes of the venerable HTC Merge to its stable. And it's just getting started. In a news release, USCC announced its intentions to launch seven more Android smartphones by the end of the year. Of those seven phones, one will include its first 4G device, expected in November.

Here's the breakdown:

  • HTC will have three Android devices on USCC -- two smartphones, and a 7-inch tablet, presumably, the Flyer.
  • Motorola's bringing a 4.3-inch device with a dual-core 1GHz processor and world phone capabilities.
  • And LG is said to be bringing "one of the slimmest and lightest smartphones," with a 1GHz processor, 4-inch touchscreen and "ultra-bright LCD display that is easy to view in sunlight." Sounds like the Optimus Black to us.
  • In addition, there will be entry-level phones from Samsung and Huawei.

So that makes seven phones, folks -- and while they might not be top-of-the-line at the end of the year, they certainly don't sound like anything to scoff at.

Source: US Cellular. Thanks, John, for the tip!

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