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3 years ago

AT&T LG Thrive hands-on

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Well look what just dropped into our inbox. A happy Android Central reader just sent us a slew of pics of the LG Thrive -- the prepaid version of the LG Phoenix, both of which are AT&T's version of the venerable LG Optimus One (see our full review). The Thrive is a "Go Phone" -- you pay for service in advance -- and it's a mere $179.

You can pick one up on Sunday (the Phoenix will run you $49 with a two-year contract). Or, you can head on past the break and check out a whole mess 'o pics. Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

HTC Pyramid ROM leaked with the new Sense 3.0

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Hide your Droid X, hide your Evo, hide your Desire, 'cause they leaking everything up in here -- and that includes the ROM dump for the HTC Pyramid (which should be the HTC Sensation).  It's leaked out in all it's Sense 3.0 glory and ROM developers are already scratching their heads and figuring out how to squeeze any of it on to earlier devices.

It's a dump from an Asian model, so it's chock full of things you'll not understand or ever want to use.  We did take a few minutes and pull a bunch of new wallpapers out of it -- you can find them posted here in the forums, so give those a look for sure.  Another interesting little tidbit -- the dump is full of widgets with 3D in the name.  Don't read too much into this, but it's worth a mention.  If you feel the need to fool around with the ROM files themselves, hit the source link.  [911HTC]

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3 years ago

Last Chance: Win a Tablet of your choice from TouchType!

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OK, folks. Last chance to win! To celebrate 1 million downloads of their SwiftKey keyboard app, TouchType is giving away a tablet each to THREE lucky winners! Which tablets? Whichever the winner chooses so long as they're available for purchase for up to $800 where he or she lives. iPad 2, PlayBook, Xoom, Galaxy Tab are all on the table.

How do you enter? TouchType has put together a small survey which shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes to complete. That's it - well, that and a quick perusal of the official entry rules just to make sure you're eligible (sorry minors and SPE employees). The contest is open to readers of Android Central, CrackBerry.com, TiPb, and WPCentral and ends at midnight tonight April 14.

Not familiar with TouchType? You may have also seen that TouchType made a splash at this year's CTIA with their tablet keyboard for Honeycomb - that's coming soon, but SwiftKey is available now for Android devices. 

So get cracking on the survey, folks - these tablets aren't going to give themselves away.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread for the Evo 4G, XOOM or PlayBook? [from the forums]

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Craziness today, what with all the Gingerbread leaks and all. Looks like we'll have plenty to talk about tonight on the Android Central podcast -- until then though, make sure you all hit up the forums to check out what everyone thinks about the leaks. Some threads below might be of interest as well:

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

Android's latest numbers: 350,000 devices activated daily, 3 billion app installs

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So how's Android doing these days? During today's Q1 2011 earnings call, Jeff Huber, senior vice president of commerce and local, announced that some 350,000 Android devices are being activated every day. That's almost 2.5 million a week, folks. That's a lot of devices.

As for the Android Market, it's seen more than 3 billion applications installed. Not too shabby, eh, especially when you consider it's a 50 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2010, Google said.

During the Q&A, the question of how that 350,000 per day breaks down by device and region was asked.  Jeff Huber responded that they do not differentiate by device, but they expect a huge growth from the Tablet sector as more and more devices are released.  He went on to say that Android has a large presence in the U.S, Europe, Japan and Korea; and the international market is showing very strong growth.

Developing ...

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the leaked Gingerbread ROM for the Sprint EVO 4G

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Here's the thing about this leaked Gingerbread build for the Sprint EVO 4G: If you're waiting for unicorns to come flying out of it, you might come away disappointed. That's not to say we're not totally excited for the EVO 4G to get Gingerbread. We certainly are.

So we've spent a few minutes now using the leaked Android 2.3.3 build that's been packaged up by TMarton03 at XDA Developers. And, lo and behold, it looks and feels just like an EVO 4G. No, you're not getting any of the newfangled versions of Sense. That's disappointing, but not surprising, if only because the newer versions of Sense are a bit portly. As in large.

But what you're going to get is the latest (smartphone) version of Android, including a host of bugfixes, with all of HTC's excellent customizations on top.

Hit the break for video of our quick walkthrough and a spin through Quadrant, and sing out if there's anything else you want to see.

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3 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible 2 launch date pegged for April 28

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This just in: The HTC Droid Incredible 2 -- successor to HTC's wildly popular Droid Incredible -- will be launching from all channels April 28, 2011.

Pricing is still under wraps, but it's only a matter of time before Verizon unveils that little tidbit to everyone.

So, who's making this their next phone? Planning on picking it up on launch day? Head on over to the forums and discuss! [DroidDog]

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Gallery | HTC Droid Incredible 2 Specs

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3 years ago

Google announces Q1 2011 earnings

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Google just announced its Q1 2011 earnings. Ever want to hear the word "billion" used over and over? Revenue totaled $8.58 billion for January through March, up 27 percent over the first quarter of 2010. Net income (GAAP) was $2.30 billion, compared to $1.96 billion for Q1 2011. And so on and so forth. You can check all all the financial info at the source link.

We're kibitzing on the earnings call. So stay tuned for any Android tidbits. [Google Investor Relations]

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3 years ago

HTC Desire Gingerbread test ROM gets leaked

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Alongside today's EVO 4G leak, a Gingerbread test ROM for the HTC Desire has also leaked out via the 911HTC blog. Version 3.06.707.0 is based on Android 2.3.3, but is running the old version of Sense, which will come as disappointing news for Desire owners hoping to get their hands on the new-fangled Sense 2.0 found on more recent handsets.

Right now the ROM (pre-rooted, of course) is available as a flashable zip courtesy of XDA member robocik. Upon initial inspection, we noticed the clock widget animations and "fast boot" feature from Sense 2.0 have been ported across, and there seem to be some minor UI changes in the browser too.

Flashing an unofficial leaked ROM like this should always be approached with caution. If you decide to take the plunge, remember that this ROM is intended for GSM Desires from Europe and Asia -- it won't work on the U.S. Celular CDMA version of the phone. [XDA, 911HTC]

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3 years ago

Samsung Replenish outed by Samsung ahead of Sprint announcement

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Although we're not exactly fully sure of how "green" it is as of yet, the upcoming Samsung Replenish for Sprint looks to be a challenger for the Verizon Droid Pro. The Replenish was once thought to be a feature phone but after some internal website leaks and piecing of information from previously leaked pictures we now know that not to be the case.

In fact, the Samsung Replenish is an Android 2.2 packing QWERTY with a 2.8-inch QVGA display as well as a 2MP camera, WiFi and is made from recycled plastics. How do we know? Well, Samsung told everyone via their site -- then abruptly took the page down. We're expecting to get an official announcement for the Samsung Replenish tomorrow, so stay tuned for details. [Phonescoop]

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