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3 years ago

T-Mobile Vibrant 4G shows itself

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Behold, the T-Mobile Vibrant 4G, apparently. It largely looks like the original Vibrant, though it appears to be sporting a front-facing camera and is supposed to hook into TMo's HSPA+ "4G" network. Oh, and it's rumored to launch with Android 2.3, once Touchwiz is ported to it (which BGR explains is the reason it's unskinned in the pic above). Otherwise, same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, and we'll wager it has the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor (though a slight speed boost wouldn't be out of the question). It's still rumored to be headed our way Feb. 23. [BGR]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 free through Jan. 20

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If you're looking to snag a T-Mobile G2 (check out our review) on the cheap, it's now available for the low, low price of free through Jan. 20. With it you get great keyboard, fast processor and that crazy locked-down hardware that took way too much time and effort to crack. (But cracked it was. Huzzah!) Anyhoo, you've got a couple days left to pull the trigger. Get it at the source link. [T-Mobile]

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3 years ago

Dance a jig with a robot in this new live wallpaper [video]

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The Android Market is filled with some pretty terrible live wallpapers. Most of them cause your device's battery to die faster or cause it to crash, constantly. But every once in awhile, we share one we think you guys might like. This particular live wallpaper is one of those. It's fairly simple in design and concept. It's a robot dancing the jigg -- you can't beat that! Developer Scipher Technologies has two versions available: free and donation ($0.99). Search for JiggBot Live in the Android Market. QR code and video after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant 4G launching Feb. 23?

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The Samsung Vibrant 4G, Samsung's latest upgrade from the original Samsung Vibrant is expected to launch on Feb 23, according to this leaked image. This release date may come as a bit of a shock to many, considering that the original Vibrant owners are still awaiting an update for their device to Android 2.2. Then again, we don't really know what the Vibrant 4G is, or what it's rocking, now do we? [via TmoNews]

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3 years ago

Bionic early upgrade, Thunderbolt just a Verizon EVO and what does rooted even mean? [from the forums]

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Hey, folks, hope you all had a great weekend. Another fun filled week of Android goodness is already off to a great start. Plenty of things happening in the forums right now. Also, if you're just starting out with Android and have some general questions and concerns remember our Help and How To forums is a great place to start. Don't be afraid to post whatever questions or concerns you may have, we're here to help.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account and start making some posts today!

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3 years ago

Google Listen app not auto-updating?

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Those of us who use Google Listen to (erm) listen to podcasts have been scratching our heads the past few days, as the app suddenly no longer wants to automatically update with new episodes. You can go through and do it manually for each podcast, but that kind of defeats the purpose. Hopefully we'll see a fix for that soon.

And then there's that other problem with Google Listen -- the World's Greatest Android Podcast still isn't in Listen's listings. No minor oversight, to be sure. :p [Google Listen Group] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Mr. Android goes missing in Ohio! [BOLO]

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Not quite sure how you could lose a 6-foot giant Android costume, but apparently that's what's happened with a Cricket Wireless retailer in Cincinnati. Yes, the "Mr. Android Costume" apparently fell off the back of a pickup truck "somewhere on Interstate 75 or 71 between Florence and Mason."

Cricket's offering a $1,000 reward if you find and/or return (hey, we know how weird some of you people are) the $4,500 Mr. Android. We're hopping on the first plane to Ohio to join in the search. [WLWT via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Derek!

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3 years ago

Dell Streak 7 launching February 2nd?

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For those of you waiting on the Dell Streak 7, it looks like you won't be waiting much longer. It's incredibly hard to see, but TmoNews got a hold of this picture listing the release date of the Streak 7 as Feb. 2. That's only a couple short weeks away, and it's a great successor to it's little brother the original Dell Streak. Will any of you be picking this up? Sound off in the forums! [TmoNews]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: FishNotes by Jimmy Houston

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Even hardcore Android geeks need a break from the shell and their code editor every now and then, and I like to spend some time getting a line wet at one of the many creeks and streams around my area.  I'm not the best fisherman around, and I'm certainly not at the level of expertise you see from fishing professionals (what a job, eh?), but like everyone else who shares my passion for angling, I'd love to catch more, and bigger, fish.  The secret to doing this, according to the experts, is to keep track of the when, where, and how you catch them so you can repeat what's successful, and have a plan for any conditions.

What if you had an application for your Android phone (any version of Android is supported) that could help, and even fill in many of the important details for you?  You would have the records and locations, and know what to look for the next time your out.  Well we have such an app, FishNotes by Jimmy Houston.  It's not cheap -- it checks in at a whopping $12.99, so I think it's pretty important to give this one a close look so you can decide if it's for you.  We cover it all, with a mess of screenshots and the download link, after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson committed to Android

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Sony Ericsson has confirmed what should be obvious to anyone taking a casual glance over their current product lineup -- the manufacturer is committed to the Android platform, at least for the moment. In an interview with Pocket-Lint, the company's acting head of global marketing, Steven Walker, explains why Sony Ericsson is lining up behind Android.

“We do think it’s important at this moment in time to focus our external messaging on Android based products. We see the need as an industry to galvanise behind the Android ecosystem to create a strong ecosystem for consumers.”

Despite the large number of Sony Ericsson Android devices currently shipping, and news of more to come, Walker says that they're keeping an "open mind towards Windows Phone 7." However, he notes that "there is clearly a galvanizing within the industry around Android as a creditable alternative to what’s out there, and we think that’s a good thing."

When asked about the problem of rolling out new versions of Android to its handsets, Walker said he believed that this wasn't an important issue for most consumers, but recognized that it was a concern for more "spec savvy" customers.

"We are launching a product in Q1 of this year running 2.3, we have recognised the need to have our products on the latest release. Last year we didn’t anticipate the strength of feeling that consumers would have towards the Android release. And again that was a learning experience of the first year of mass market Android smartphones.”

Sony Ericsson has previously promised "timely updates" for its upcoming Xperia Arc. Let's hope they can keep up with Google's rapid Android release schedule. [Pocket-Lint]

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