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3 years ago

HTC ChaCha rumored to hit AT&T as the 'Status'

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According to unnamed sources, the HTC ChaCha may land on AT&T as the "Status." You know, like your Facebook status, seeing as how this is a "Facebook phone." Here's how we see that playing out:

Operator: "Thank you for calling AT&T. How may I help you?"

Customer: "Hi. I wanted to check on the status of my HTC Status order." 

Operator: "Sure. I'll be happy to help you. Which HTC phone are you asking about?"

Customer: "The Status. The HTC Status."

Operator: "Sir, I'll need to know which HTC phone you want to know the status on. There are a lot of them."

Customer: "The phone's called the 'Status.' "

Operator: "Oh, you want to know the phone's call status? That's easy. Open the dialer and ..."

Yep. That's definitely better than ChaCha.

Source: BGR

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3 years ago

Gameloft games added to Android Market, despite Amazon Appstore claims

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It looks like Gameloft has been adding some games in the Android Market recently. The company is known for having some great mobile games, but restricitng their purchases through their own online store. But in a recent interview with Reuters, Gameloft's Chief Executive Michel Guillemot said that the company is looking to bring their games to the Amazon Appstore.

"The Amazon ecosystem is controlled where we don't find too many pirated version of our games or malware games, so for the consumers, it will be a safer place to come and get applications."

Since that interview, the company has released two new games in the Android Market: Order & Chaos Online and N.O.V.A. 2 HD. As for the Amazon Appstore, there is only one game present. This isn't the first time Gameloft has played around with their distribution model either. Gameloft makes some pretty good games for Android, and we love playing them, but we're just wondering when they're going to make them all available in one place. Where do you guys want to buy your Android games? Android Market, Amazon Appstore, or developer website? Let us know in the comments!

Download: Nova 2, Order & Chaos; Thanks for the tip, mrspock2002!

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3 years ago

Hulu Plus arrives in the Android Market, only available for select phones initially

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It's been quite a while since Hulu initially announced they'd be bringing Hulu Plus to Android. That wait is now finally over -- for some users that is. In order to make use of Hulu for Android you have to have one of the only six devices that are currently compatible. As noted on the Hulu blog:

With the first phase of the Android rollout, Hulu Plus is available on six phones, including the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix. We expect to add to the number of Android smartphones and will be making additional device announcements throughout the year.

Limited support starting off with further devices being added later on. Sounds familiar right? Netflix chose this route and truth be told -- that didn't really work so well considering it's up and running on various devices in unauthorized form. If you're looking to get in on Hulu now and have a supported device you can jump on past the break for download. You'll get a free one-week trial and after that it'll be $7.99.

Source: Hulu

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G bootloader reportedly will be unlocked with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update

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Being a Motorola Arix 4G owner just got a whole lot more exciting. According to the latest news, when the Motorola Atrix gets updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread net month that update will also be bringing along for the ride an unlocked bootloader. Early builds of Android 2.3 allowed for bootloader unlocking through the "fastboot oem unlock" command. And it's apparently also been confirmed that Chinese versions of Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Atrix allow unlocking of the bootloader. 

We're hoping this unlocking will happen for all Atrix owners and not be limited to certain carriers -- given the out cry from users already letting Motorola know how they feel, we can't see that happening but you never know. Either way, developers may soon be creating some real custom ROM's and kernels for the Motorola Atrix and that's something we can all appreciate.

Source: BriefMobile

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3 years ago

AT&T Thrill 4G release moves from 'in the coming months' to 'this summer'

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Hmmmmm. AT&T released a press release today (that's what you do with press releases -- you release them) letting us all know that the LG Thrill 4G (that's its version of the Optimus 3D) is coming this summer. That narrows it down from the actual announcement of the device in March, which just said "in the coming months." Seeing as how the summer solstice was yesterday, we suppose that could mean we'll be seeing it any day now. Or not. We'll just have to see.

Regardless, what you have to look forward to (be sure to check out our full review of the Optimus 3D) at some point that is not today is a pretty slick Android phone with all of LG's bells and whistles, with 3D recording and playback capabilities and a dedicated 3D section on the phone. Go read that Optimus 3D review again. But believe us when we say you're actually going to want to try this before you judge.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Hands-on redux with the Toshiba Thrive (now with Honeycomb)

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

It's been more than six months since we brought you the first look at what's now known as the Toshiba Thrive. Back in January, at CES, it was little more than a relatively monster piece of hardware -- including a full SD card slot and USB 2.0 port. Today, it's running Honeycomb. Our man Jared DiPane got a quick and dirty look at the Thrive at the Digital Experience event tonight in New York City, which we present to you here.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 4G+ caught on video

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

The HTC EVO 4G+, a.k.a. the HTC Rider, has been caught on video at a Korean Youtube channel.  The EVO 4G+ is basically the EVO 3D, with WiBro (Korea's version of WiMax 4G), and no 3D camera or playback.  As you can see in the video, the snappy operation and Sense 3.0 are there, and on the hardware side the specs (minus the dual cameras and network specs) are the same.  In place of the 3D setup you find on Sprint's version, the EVO 4G+ will have a 1080p capable 8MP rear and 1.3 MP front cameras.  Further details and an official announcement haven't popped up just yet, but for all intents are purposes it looks like Korea is getting it's own 3D-less EVO 3D.

Source: Reviewyang. More: PocketnowThanks, HustleHard101!

 Update: And it's official, folks.

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3 years ago

Bloatware removal on the EVO 3D, average data usage on LTE [From the Forums]

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Told you all we had plenty more reviews and such left in us for this week but we're not done quite yet. Although, we may have take slow down a little to play the Angry Birds update. While we do that, you guys should check out some of the forums threads below or jump in there and start up some of your own.

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

Sprint EVO 3D's pre-launch update might need an update itself

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Phone dialer disappears from lock screen after update

It's a phrase we've heard all too often: "Looking at it, something just ain't right." What you see here is the lockscreen on the Sprint HTC EVO 3D after we applied that pre-launch update that fixed a bug in the calendar. As Ozzie1p points out in the Android Central Forums, it looks like it unfixed something in the phone dialer, as the shortcut no longer appears there, nor does it show in the list of apps from which we can chose to put on the lock screen. Whoopsie.

Changing scenes didn't seem to fix it, but a hard reset does, for that what's worth. (So if you get the update first thing and lose the phone dialer, just do a hard reset before setting up your phone.) If anybody else has any better fixes, sing out in the forum thread linked below.

Regardless, it looks like we'll be needing an update for that update, please and thank you.

More: EVO 3D Forums

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons Summer Pignic update now live in the Market

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We heard yesterday it was coming this summer, and technically it's summer.  If you have the Angry Birds Season app installed through the official Android Market, the latest pig pounding update is sitting there ready for you.  Promising a new level every day for a month, it looks like another cool update for one of the most popular mobile apps of all time.

Folks who have installed Angry Birds Seasons through the Amazon app store or other markets, no word on when you'll get this one, but it shouldn't be long.  The link to the Android Market version is after the break.

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