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3 years ago

Amazon offering the Samsung Fascinate for 1 cent

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In a move that should shock no one given similar pricing for the Samsung Vibrant and Captivate, Amazon is now offering the Verizon-locked Samsung Fascinate (check out our initial impressions here) for just a single penny for new Verizon Wireless subscribers. Current users that are eligible for upgrade can get the phone for $99, which is still a great discout over the usual sticker price of $199. If this whole Bing nonsense does't bother you (or you are willing to use another launcher), this is a great deal for an excellent phone. [Amazon

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3 years ago

Cease app update notifications

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In Android 2.2, you have the option to allow applications to automatically update themselves. And that's a good thing.

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3 years ago

R2-D2 Droid 2 edition priced at $249 after rebate; plus, Star Wars app coming

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We're only a few days away from the launch of the R2-D2 branded Droid 2 from Verizon Wireless, and we know all you Jedi and Bounty Hunters can't wait for this one. To ease some of that nerd pain, Verizon has released some extra info on some goodies that will ship with the R2-D2 unit this Thursday.

First and foremost, the phone will cost you $249, after $100 rebate and two-year contract. You'll also need a $39.99 voice plan and $29.99 data plan to get things going. But for all that scratch, you get:

  • Packaged in a custom box resembling carbonite
  • Star Wars media dock
  • Wired stereo headset
  • R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones
  • Four live wallpapers
  • R2-D2 Clock Widget
  • “The Best of R2-D2” video with the original Cantina music
  • Exclusive Binoculars App

Additionally, any Star Wars fan who owns a Verizon Wireless Android phone running Android 2.1 and above will be able to download the Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back app. The app will cost you $2.99 and will include some pretty snazzy extras.

  • Bounty Hunt Visual ID: Find and capture images around the Star Wars universe to unlock hidden content
  • Sound and Photo Gallery
  • Live Wallpapers:
    • Blast the Probe Droid
    • Luke Balancing Yoda
    • Navigating the Asteroid Field
    • Watch Bespin’s Cloud City
  • Trivia Challenge: Answer trivia questions about the Empire Strikes Back
  • Widgets

Just a couple more days, Star wars fans. It's coming.

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3 years ago

Contest: RoboPrint for Android - 10 copies to be won

The amazing folks at Blue Planet Apps have been kind enough to partner with us and our readers and offer up 10 copies of their RoboPrint application. This is an application which will allow you to print to any printer from anywhere while on your Android device. Contest will run through Oct. 3, hit the link for full contest rules and how to enter!

Enter here for your chance to win 1 of 10 copies of RoboPrint

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3 years ago

Xperia X10 review

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The Xperia X10 is a continuation of every smartphone aficionado's love-hate affair with Sony Ericsson.  It's a combo of exceptional hardware and build quality, with poorly implemented software that is taking far too long to get updated.  By the latest standards, it's no powerhouse, but the specs are still good and were top of the line when we first saw it at CES in January 2010.  But the software.  Oh the software -- especially the fact that it's still running Android 1.6 is so hard to swallow.  Hit the break, and have a look at the impressions, both good and bad, that AT&T's version of the X10 left on me.

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3 years ago

Why a Froyo factory reset really isn't (plus, a fix for upgrade issues)

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If you're one of those folks who is less than pleased with your Droid X after the Froyo update, this one's for you.  Android Central Forums member Fabrian was at wit's end, and even talked of ditching his X (blasphemy!) because of the random bugs, general weirdness, and plain old unsatisfactory performance of his unit since the update.

His last-ditch effort and ingenuity seems to have paid off.  The secret?  He has completely disabled the Froyo feature that restores data from previous installs.  It's really just a matter of turning off the automatic restore feature before logging back into your Google account. It's a little odd that "Automatic Restore" is still checked by default, even when "Back up my data" isn't, but there you go.

The method isn't too painful and does require one more factory reset, but the payoff appears to be a much smoother experience. Makes sense, too -- restoring data from Eclair to Froyo probably isn't a very good idea even if it is convenient. 

We've verified it here, a hard reset in Froyo isn't really a hard reset, as things come back by themselves.  Follow Fabrian's instructions, and you will have a pristine Froyo installation on your Droid X (or Nexus One -- Sense on Froyo has no setting for this that we could find).  Any troublemaking leftovers will be no more, and won't get downloaded and installed automatically again.  If you're being plagued with myriad tiny bugs in your Droid X after the update, give it a try!  [Android Central Forums] Thanks Fabrian, nice sleuthing!

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 6 does fast 'booting,' too

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For those that don't feel like loading the Desire HD leak on their Nexus One just to take care of that fast booting (as opposed to fastboot) feating, Cyanogen has built the feature into the wildly popular CyanogenMod 6. OK, now's a good a time as any to remind ourselves that you're not actually shutting down the phone when you use this, so you're not really waking it, either. It's more of a hibernation thing.

Everyone figured it would come, but seeing it this soon is quite a pleasant surprise.  It may be a novelty at best (how often do you really NEED to reboot your Android phone?) but it's cool -- cool enough to make it into CyanogenMod.  Check the video from the man himself after the break.  [via @cyanogen]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 won't have free tethering, but may have WiFi calling

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We all want free tethering, and everyone who has ever used it wants UMA on the T-Mobile G2.  It looks like we'll be getting half of what we're asking, as TmoNews has received some inside information (screenshot after the break) that the Froyo hotspot features have been disabled, but a new feature called WiFi calling is currently being tested on HTC's latest and greatest slider. 

We're not surprised that the Froyo hotspot and tethering has been disabled, we said all along that we doubt we will ever see free tethering on a carrier-subsideized phone.  I'm sure that's something that the hackers third-party Android developers will figure out in short order.  The WiFi calling is a whole 'nother animal.  TmoNews has an internal screen grab with some very interesting info (again, after the break), as well as the picture above that shows WiFi calling installed on a G2.  I'm pretty sure that the WiFi calling is the pseudo-UMA from Kineto that we looked at last week, that lacks the seamless handoff to cellular that we're used to seeing from "normal" UMA.  I'm also pretty confident that we won't be seeing the G2 launch with WiFi calling on board, it will come in a software update or be downloadable from T-Mobile.

To end this post full of if's and but's, there is some great news -- an internal T-Mobile document shows that WiFi calling will be available on any voice plan, with no additional account features needed.  That screenshot is after the break.  [TmoNews, here and here]

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3 years ago

Fix in the works for Droid X messaging issues

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The Android 2.2 update for the Motorola Droid X was an extremely anticipated update, to put it mildly. After having some time to play with it, a good many of us found that there was a rather strange and annoying SMS bug. We were seeing SMS chats remaining static in position even after receiving a new message instead of bouncing to the top like normal. Luckily the folks at Motorola have already began working on a fix for this issue, unfortunately we just don't know exactly when that will be ready. So if you are one of the unlucky folks who are experiencing this bug, hold tight, a fix is on the way. [Motorola Support via Phandroid]

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