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3 years ago

The Droid that exploded in man's ear? Not so much

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By now we all have heard about the Motorola Droid 2 that "exploded" while a man was talking and injured his ear.

New details from a Motorola employee suggest that the phone didn't really explode at all, but was dropped. Once it was cracked, the man held it to his ear, where it cut him due to the shattered glass.

If this is true, that's quite a publicity stunt from the guy claiming his phone simply exploded. The Droid 2 and Android in general was receiving a bad rap for this and it may turn out to be completely unfounded. [via Gearlog]

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3 years ago

OG Droid Android 2.2.1 update is pushing out now

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Oh, by the way, the original Motorola Droid is getting that Android 2.2.1 update right ... about ... now. The upgrade to FRG83D brings you:

  • An updated Twitter app with new authentication support
  • Updated Amazon widget
  • New News & Weather widget
  • Fixes to Exchange Activesync (server-side timeouts of 34 minutes or more are handled better; e-mails will still sync after a policy refresh; support for Exchange 2010)
  • New gmail interface

So it's got that going for it, which is nice. More on the update in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Nexus S now available for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse

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Samsung's Nexus S is now available for pre-order for UK customers from The Carphone Warehouse. The device was officially announced on Monday alongside the new version of Android: Gingerbread. 

The Carphone Warehouse says that those who pre-order the phone will be able to receive it by the end of December. 

Customers have quite a few options should they decide to order the phone. To buy it outright without a contract will cost £549.95 with a variety of month-to-month deals available. 

If you don't wish to pay all the money upfront, you can receive the Nexus S for free with a contract. 

Good news for UK customers who are planning to buy the Nexus S; you can now pre-order it through Carphone Warehouse. [Carphone Warehouse via Pocket-Lint]

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3 years ago

Droid X Android 2.2.1 update available again after an oopsie on the initial push

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Good news for those of you patiently awaiting the Android 2.2.1 update for the Motorola Droid X -- it's available again. Just go to Settings>About Phone>System updates to pull it down.

Funny story about this update, apparently. Motorola initially planned to push it out to a test group of 10,000 or so in the middle of the night Wednesday. Only, it forgot something: The Droid X has that built-in battery manager that by default shuts down the radios at night. And it's tough to update a phone that can't talk to the network. Just one of those things. We've got the full e-mail from Moto Matt after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Discuss the update in our Droid X Forums!

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3 years ago

Best Buy posts frequently asked questions for upcoming Samsung Nexus S buyers

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We're assuming here that Best Buy has been getting nailed with Samsung Nexus S questions thus, the reason why they have decided to post up a pre sale FAQ section page on their website. The questions answered, mainly serve those wondering where to buy it, when they can buy it and how much it will ultimately cost them with or without upgrades available. All great things to cover but nothing really new in the end. [Best Buy via Tmo News]

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3 years ago

Chrome To Phone gets a small update

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I guess the folks at Google decided it was time to update a lot of things today, all of which is likely minor preparations for Gingerbread. Either way, we'll take em. If you're making use of Chrome to phone you'll want to be sure you get that updated to the latest release made available. The change log is that of a short one, and notes the addition of a history tab for links previously sent to your device which can be sorted. While there is likely other bug fixes here, nothing major that Google felt the need to point out.

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3 years ago

Notion Ink Adam, Droid and Droid X updates [From the forums]

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As we get closer to the weekend, today being Thursday and all we're still pretty much in our glory with all the Android news that has been happening as of late. Here's to hoping that it doesn't stop over the weekend. If you're looking to chat more about it all, don't be afraid to join us in the forums.

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

Google Instant now available globally

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Google Instant came to Android a little over a month ago, and was restricted to certain countries and regions. Google is happy to announce today that Instant has now gone global, available in 28 languages and 40 countries. 

If you have a device running Android 2.2+, Instant should be able to work for you. Go to Google.com, and 'enable' the feature underneath the search box and get ready to see results instantly! [Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

Nimbuzz brings HD calling to Android with its latest update

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The latest update to Nimbuzz has finally hit the Android Market and aside from the usual "bug fixes" included with the release, Nimbuzz has added some great new features that have been long requested.

  • HD voice call quality on Nimbuzz to Nimbuzz calls! Nimbuzz is the first one to bring HD voice technology to all Android users. And it’s Free!
  • Install Nimbuzz on SD card to save space on the phone memory. We listen to our users and this has been one of their most requested features.
  • Updated My Profile page. All your information in one place.
  • Free avatars: Personalize and customize your Nimbuzz experience! Find new free and cool avatars on our N-World tab!

Out of that list the HD calling is the hugest portion of the update. According to Nimbuzz, now when you use the application for your calls you should get the most optimal call quality available to you. This is achieved by auto adapting your calls based on your coverage available as well as using a peer to peer connection which routes the calls device to device rather then actually going through Nimbuzz servers to connect. We've not tested it out as of yet so please, feel free to leave some comments letting us know how it works out. And no, you can't have Sally's number so don't ask. Download is after the break folks.

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3 years ago

Gmail app updated with better reply, priority inbox features

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Google has updated the Gmail application to version 2.3.2, and with it comes some often requested features.  Android phones running Froyo or higher can and should grab the update, the new features look awesome:

  • Better support for priority inbox
  • Send from any address you have set up in your account
  • Switch between reply, forward, and reply all while composing
  • And of course, the magical "Bug fixes"

Hit the source to see the full set of changes.  It looks like Google is keeping their promise of updating some of their core applications independently of the operating system, as we saw Google voice, YouTube, and Voice Search get nice updates yesterday as well.  Update in the Market, or hit the download link after the break for a shortcut. [Google Mobile blog]

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