3 years ago

LauncherPro 0.8.6 brings icon pack support and more


Federico Carnales has announced the release of an update to LauncherPro, his popular homescreen replacement for Android. Version 0.8.6 adds new features including icon pack support, real home screen looping (as opposed to the virtual looping included in earlier versions), and the ability to hide icon background labels. There's also the usual mix of performance improvements and bug fixes, as you'd expect.

The new version is available now from the Android Market (links and QR code after the jump), or as a direct download from the source link below.

Source: LauncherPro.com

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Pad now available from Rogers


Remember when we mentioned the LG Optimus Pad was coming to Rogers? Well, it has now arrived at retail locations and is ready for sale. With the addition of the Optimus Pad to Rogers, Canadians now have one more choice added to their Android tablet line-up -- to bad about the pricing structures though.

Rogers is currently asking $449 for LG Optimus Pad on a three-year contract with the no-term pricing coming in at $699. The LG Optimus Pad is a fine tablet so, you'll have to weight the pros and cons there like anything else I suppose. If you're still on the fence about the Optimus Pad check out our previous hands-on with it or skip on over to the Rogers site for more info.

Source: Rogers

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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser HD v5.0 Beta 1 goes public


For many folks out there, the stock web browsing experience on Android isn't the best -- luckily, there are a lot of third-party web browsers to choose from. One that appeals to many is Dolphin Browser HD. Previously only available to a closed beta testing group, Dolphin Browser HD v5.0 Beta 1 is now available for all and has plenty of changes to it as noted on their blog:

  • Innovative UI changes: fresh tab color; more elegant and more modern settings interface, fantastic fluorescein effect of context menu as well as sub folder support.
  • Speed dial style new tab: access your favorite site easily, undo your previously closed tabs, and tell your most visited sites history at a glance.
  • Powerful bookmarks sidebar: all bookmark folders, quick menu to access feature settings.
  • Faster browsing experience and more stable performance: We have to admit Dolphin Browser HD v5.0 private beta is very unstable. However, we have fixed many random crash problems in this public beta version. Also, both launching speed and browsing speed get  optimized in this public beta version.

Give it a run through if you're looking for a new way to browse from your Android device. You can find the download link past the break.

Source: Dolphin Browser Blog

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3 years ago

T-Mobile 'Hercules' rears head, muscle comes from dual-core Qualcomm proc?


It looks like T-Mobile just can't stop the good Android news from flowing. Word on the street is there's a new Samsung phone in the pipeline for T-Mobile, codenamed "Hercules," which might be the Infuse 4G's stronger, faster cousin.

Details aren't scant even though this one won't be released for a while (we're talking mid-August), but this is what's currently listed:

  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED plus display at 480x800
  • Android 2.3
  • NFC
  • T-Mobile's new 42Mbps HSPA + data speed
  • TMo's 1700MHz band for 3G, plus AT&T's 850MHz and 1900MHz bands, in case the merger goes through
  • A 1.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor -- fast, fast, fast
  • 8MP rear camera
  • MHL adapter for HDMI out. Booo.

So it's a souped up Infuse 4G? And judging by our recent review of the Infuse, that's certainly saying something. What's everyone think? Is this T-Mobile's next superphone? At any rate, if it's packing hardware like that, it's bound to be a strong contender.

Source: This Is My Next

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3 years ago

Sonos for Android review


I can remember, on at least two occasions, my father greeting me with a foot-long drill bit and a wild look in his eye. This would have been in the mid-1980s or so, and we were running speaker cable through walls, around beams, inside attics, from the laundry room across the house to the living room, and a couple points in between. Or maybe we were going through wallboard, insullation and the brick facade to put a couple speakers outside on the desk. Either way, it was dirty work, and very much not fun.

That was before the age of wireless. And that brings us to Sonos.

There are a million ways to run a music system in a house, and I've tried a good number of them. And Sonos has just about been the easiest, most enjoyable of them all. Android makes it even better, having recently released a controller application, turning any Android smartphone into a whole-house music remote control. Let's do the full review thing after the break, shall we?

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3 years ago

Samsung Mobile and SCVNGR hosting city wide mobile treasure hunt


If you happen to live in the Kansas City and are up for a SCVNGR hunt then you're in luck. Samsung Mobile and SCVNGR have announced a free, citywide mobile treasure hunt on Saturday, June 4, in Kansas City, Mo., in support of the local Kansas City YMCA.

You'll have to enter as a team of two or more to play but you'll get a chance at winning a grand prize of $20,000 plus you also get to play with some sexy new Nexus S 4G devices. If you're interested in participating, jump on past the break for the full details taken from the press release or head on over to the team sign up page, which can be found here.

Source: BusinessWire

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3 years ago

Motorola and Verizon list the Droid X2 on their sites


And the long slog of the that is the Motorola Droid X2's march to official release continues. Motorola and Verizon have now outed the follow-up to the original Droid X on their sites respective sites. Of course, we've already brought you pictures and video, plus full specs and a possible launch date. Go figure.

According to the Motorola's page, the Droid X2 will have a dual-core 1GHz processor and a qHD resolution. The phone will also follow its older brother, the Droid X, with a 4.3-inch display.

So it's getting close, that's for sure. Think that May 26 date's going to hold up?

Source: Verizon and Motorola

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3 years ago

Accessory review: HTC Micro-USB Dual Car Charger


The latest addition to my Bentley BMW Civic is so simple, I'm not sure what took me so long to do it. It's the HTC microUSB dual-port car charger. One standard 12v outlet, one charger, two USB ports. It comes with one coiled microUSB cable that's perfect for connecting to a car dock, or for charging a phone directly. The coiled part of the microUSB cable's pretty tight, so it'll return to its original shape after multiple stretches. For short runs, like stashing a phone in a cup holder while it's charging, it's perfect.

And if you're like me and have more than one (or two or three) devices on hand, the second charging port becomes a lifesaver. No more having to choose which phone's going to be juiced up, and which will be left to suffer from battery envy. You're on your own to provide the second microUSB cable, though. Only one is included with the charger.

The HTC microUSB dual-port car charger is available for $19.95 in the Android Central Store. We've got more pics after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile taking smartphone trade-ins, gives you up to $300


T-Mobile is instituting a phone trade-in program, taking not only their own handsets, but a handset from any carrier and offering up to $300 that could be used towards the purchase of a new T-Mobile phone. The best part? You can put your trade-in money towards any phone, including some of their beastly 4G handsets.

Got an old flip-phone that’s collecting dust? Wanna trade up to the latest 4G device but watching the wallet? T-Mobile is making it even more affordable to upgrade with a new retail Trade In program that provides customers with the ability to trade existing mobile devices, from any carrier, for cash (up to $300) that could be used towards the purchase of a new handset – including any smartphone running on T-Mobile’s 4G network. Customers just need to go to any T-Mobile retail store with their old device, where a trained T-Mobile representative will determine the trade-in value of each device and a check for the quoted amount will be given to the customer via a mail-in rebate process. It’s a great way to step up to 4G without spending a ton.

Full presser is after the break.

More: MyTradeIns.com

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3 years ago

NTT Docomo's summer lineup: 9 smartphones, 8 are Android


Japanese carrier NTT Docomo has announced its summer 2011 lineup, which includes nine smartphones -- eight of which are Android.  The offerings from Sharp, NEC, LG, Samsung and Sony Ericsson are chock full of cool features that never seem to make it out of Asia, like infrared data exchange and mobile wallet.  Even more interesting is that they all will ship with Gingerbread, another feature that seems slow to make it's way to North America.

We've already seen the Xperia Acro, will launch in June or July, and the summer fun kicks off on May 20 with the Sharp AQUOS SH-12C, which is billed as an "Android smartphone with 8.0-megapixel 3D twin cameras. LCD panel and image processor based on AQUOS technology for high-resolution images."  Hit the break to see the smartphone portion of NTT Docomo's press release, and the source link for more information.

Source: NTT Docomo

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