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3 years ago

Verizon LTE on the fritz again -- stop rebooting your phone

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If you're seeing some data weirdness on your HTC Thunderbolt or Samsung Droid Charge, you're not alone.  We're getting reports of LTE outages, scattered from Washington, DC to Phoenix.  As well as reports that all is well from many others.  In any case, if you're not seeing the lightning like you're used to, you can stop fiddling with your phone -- it's not just you.

We're certain Verizon is aware, and will get things sorted soon enough.  New technology requires baby steps sometimes.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Lloyd does Minecraft

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Is that not the coolest thing you've ever seen?

Souce: @Enzofall

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3 years ago

Root the ASUS Transformer, Thunderbolt replacement [From the forums]

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Friday, already? Not sure about you all but, this week seems to of have flown by for us around here. As always, lots of news has been happening and we banged out another Android Central podcast for you all so I guess when people say "time flies when you're having fun" it's fairly accurate. If you've not had time this week, be sure to catch up this weekend on all the happenings in the forums and on the blogs.

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

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3 years ago

New Firefox Beta for Android introduces Do Not Track privacy feature

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While the privacy debates will continue, Firefox is taking the concerns of users into its own hands introducing the "Do Not Track" feature in their latest Android build of Firefox. Users will now be able to opt out of behavioral tracking when using Firefox as shown in the image above.

The latest Firefox beta is available now, and in addition to the do-not-track feature being added, Firefox also notes it has plenty of other performance enhancements, security updates, stability improvements and improves the overall user experience of Firefox on Android. Jump on past the break for the download link to the latest beta version available.

Source: Mozilla Blog

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3 years ago

Get your HTC Flyer from Best Buy today

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Been itching to get your HTC Flyer (see our hands-on), and counting down the days until May 22?  Well according to this internal email sent to Best Buy stores, you don't have to wait.  The release date has been "relaxed" and stores that have stock are free to start selling them.  Might be worth a phone call or trip to your local Best Buy to check it out.  Sing out if you're picking up one of these, and hit the forums to share!

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid X2 help videos make learning your new phone easy

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Now that the Motorola Droid X2 is available and we've done our initial review of it for you all and gone hands-on we're sure some new owners are out there that may be looking to learn how to use one their freshly purchased device. Luckily for us, Verizon has posted up some pretty helpful how to videos which, should help minimize the learning curve if you are new to Android.  Jump on past the break if you're looking to learn more about your device.

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3 years ago

HTC Sense 3.0 camera with panorama setting extracted, ready to port

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One feature from the upcoming HTC Sense 3.0 that we're drooling over is that sweet “panorama” camera setting, with the ability to take sweeping landscape photos in a single shot. Well, if you have an HTC device and are feeling a little adventerous this afternoon, head on over to XDA, where forum member francois.d.dillinger has extracted the camera app from Sense 3.0 and put it into a nice little flashable file. Some caveats: you must be rooted (duh), and you must be running a ROM with Sense framework (such as HTC Sense or MySense). In addition to the panorama setting, you'll have the option to shoot video in 1080p, though you'll need the hardware to support it. 

The developer says that it's confirmed to work on the EVO and myTouch 4G,  but makes no promises for other HTC devices and warns that as of right now, the .apk is still pretty unstable. If you're unclear about any of this, we suggest you stay away. Hit the source link for the download and let us know when you've given it a whirl.

Source: XDA Developers

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3 years ago

Best Buy confirms the Wifi-only HTC Flyer doesn't come with stylus

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Pen will be sold separately, for $79.99

It's confirmed, folks. The Wifi-only version of the HTC Flyer, which goes on sale May 22 exclusively at Best Buy for $499, will not come equipped with the stylus that enables some of the more unique features on the 7-inch Froyo tablet. Instead, you'll have to buy it separately, for $79.99 (which confirms our previous story).

Yeah, doesn't make a lot of Sense to us, either. But the good news is it's not integral to the Flyer being a functional tablet -- but it sure does make it cooler.

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3 years ago

Droid X2 initial review

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Watch our Droid X2 video hands-on

 

Behold, the new Motorola Droid X2, nearly the same as the original Motorola Droid X. Really. OK, mostly. Quite a bit, actually. That's not to say it's not better, because it most definitely is. And that's not to say it's boring, because it most definitely is not.

The original Droid X (read our full review) is still one of our favorites of the past year. And Verizon has shown a penchant for not wanting to upset the apple cart by radically changing a successful phone -- see the Droid 2 and Incredible 2 as previous examples of that strategy. Will that be enough for you to pull the trigger on a new DX2? Let's discuss our initial thoughts after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Maps updated for mobile browsers

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Have you ever tried accessing Google Maps from your mobile browser? If so, you no doubt realized that it didn't exactly give you the desired results -- being that it allowed you to actually use Google Maps. Instead, it detected your mobile browser and then offered up a mobile app link so that you may download the Google Maps application. Not exactly ideal, but it worked for most users.

Google has looked at the numbers behind all this, and it was revealed a while ago that 40 percent of their Google Maps traffic actually comes to them from mobile devices. With that in mind, Google has now changed how Google Maps works in mobile browsers. From here on out, when visiting http://maps.google.com on your device you will be given a much access to Google Maps as it was meant to be, allowing you to:

  • See your current location
  • Search for what’s nearby with suggest and auto complete
  • Have clickable icons of popular businesses and transit stations
  • Get driving, transit, biking, and walking directions
  • Turn on satellite, transit, traffic, biking, and other layers
  • View Place pages with photos, ratings, hours, and more
  • When signed into your Google account, access your starred locations and My Maps

We're certain many of you out there will still be using the dedicated Google Maps application but having choice in the matter is the best thing here. Instead of firing up the app next time, try it in browser and see how well it works for you.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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