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5 years ago

Bump Charging: What it is and how to do it


HTC Thunderbolt Battery

Ever since the Droid Incredible was first released, we have heard about bump charging, and many of us are left wondering what is it, and how does one accomplish such a thing? If you have ever taken your Incredible or Thunderbolt off the charger and noticed that nearly instantly you were down to 90 percent showing on your battery meter, and were puzzled.

Well, the device charges itself fully, but does not maintain that full charge, instead keeping around a 90- to 95-percent charge and showing full. So, people have begun bump charging their device to gain that last five to ten percent back. There are a few developers who are taking stabs at making custom kernels that will combat this, but that requires root, and flashing files, and all that jazz, so they have an alternative bump charging method, which goes as follows:

  1. Power up (if not already) and plug your device into a power source. As the battery is being charged, the notification LED shows a solid orange light.
  2. Wait until LED is solid green, indicating it is fully charged.
  3. Unplug, press and hold the power button, and select the option to power off.
  4. Once powered down reconnect power source.
  5. The LED will show a solid orange light again, indicating it is charging.
  6. Once it's green, unplug the device and use the power button to power up the device.
  7. Once Sense has loaded plug the phone back in again. You will notice that the LED is now orange again.
  8. Repeat steps 3-7 process until the light is green immediately upon plugging it back in (approximately 3-4 times).

So, if you want to ensure that you are starting your day out with truly 100% battery life, follow the simple steps above, but you will unfortunately have to do this each and every time the device needs to be charged.

Source: Android Central Forums

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5 years ago

How Android works on BlackBerry [video]


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So you really want to know how Android's going to work on BlackBerry? Sure thing. First off, apps look like apps, so far as the BlackBerry PlayBook home screen is concerned. App icons look like app icons. And from there, it all starts with the "Player" application. That provides the framework for the Android app to run, much like loading the Adobe AIR app on Android allows AIR apps to run. Same principle. If the Player's already open, apps will run immediately. If Player's not running, opening an app will fire it up first. Either way, it's seamless.

The demo this morning at BlackBerry World was, actually, pretty darn smooth, and it's starting to look like a pretty smart move on RIM's part. Question remains how many developers will hop on board. But after seeing this demo, we have a feeling the number's going to quickly grow.

More coverage: CrackBerry

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II has Gorilla Glass


The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II has Gorilla Glass, making that stunning Super AMOLED Plus display we first saw at MWC all the more attractive. Glass manufacturer Corning said in a press release Tuesday that the company will continue its partnership with Samsung, one that began with the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab (good news for Samsung's next-gen Galaxy 8.9 and 10.1 tablets). Gorilla Glass, which is virtually indestructible, “has enabled super-slim mobility on the high-quality touch display on Galaxy S II,” said Hankil Yoon, VP of smartphone product planning at Samsung. Dual core, 4G, Gingerbread AND Gorilla Glass, all stuffed into one of the thinnest and lightest smartphones ever? Now all we need is a U.S. release date to prove we're not dreaming.

Source: Corning

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5 years ago

First look at Android apps on BlackBerry


Fresh out of BlackBerry World in Orlando, we're getting our first look at how Android applications will run on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Above is the IMDB app. Apps themselves run as native Android binaries, meaning things mostly work right out of the box, with minimal porting.

The way it works is apps will open within the Player app, just like an emulator. And if the Player app isn't open when you tap an app on the home screen, it'll open itself. Some 18 apps were on board for today's demo, and PlayBook gestures have been mapped into the Android apps. There's no special option button, but a swipe down has been mapped to it.

We'll pump our CrackBerry brethren for more info soon. But for now we've got one more pic after the break.

Source: CrackBerry; Thanks, Bla1ze!

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5 years ago

Casio G'zOne Commano's touchscreen rekindles a funny, broken feeling


Uh oh. Anybody recognize that image? That's one of those multitouch tests, and we're running it on the Casio G'zOne Commando. Now, it's it rugged device, and as with anything rugged, you'd expect a lack of subtlety. And that's exactly what we're seeing with the Commando.

Not to spoil the video that's after the break, but there's an issue with the whole X-Y axis thing. And if you're expecting to use more than two multitouch input points, well, it ain't happening. Small things, maybe, but issues we thought we'd put behind us.

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5 years ago

Nexus One's Android 2.3.4 update is here; we've got your update instructions


OK, boys and girls. The official Android 2.3.4 update for the Nexus One is pushing out. And with it you get whatever it is that Google's fixed and added. But one thing you won't get is the newfangled video chat (or voice services, for that matter) in Google Talk. Not a huge surprise, as the phone doesn't have a front-facing camera, but it's disappointing nonetheless.

Couple of ways to get the update. One is to sit and wait for it. The update is pushing out over the air. But if you're the impatient type, you can update manually. Here's how:

  1. Download the update from here.
  2. Rename the file to Note that if you're using Windows, just rename it to "update" (no quotes, of course) because it's already a zipped file.
  3. Copy the file onto your microSD card.
  4. With your Nexus One off, hold down the trackball and press the power button.
  5. You'll be booted into a white screen with three Android robots on skateboards. Select "Bootloader."
  6. On the next screen, select "Recovery."
  7. Your phone will reboot, giving you a picture of the Android robot and an exclamation point inside a triangle.
  8. Now press the power button and volume up button at the same time. It could take a couple of tries.
  9. Now (using the trackball this time) choose "Apply" and let things run their course.

Source: Android 2.3.4 GRJ22; via Android Central forums

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5 years ago

HTC Kingdom ROM leaks out, is clearly (not?) the Sprint EVO 3D


Remember how the leaked "HTC Kingdom" pictures looked a heck of a lot like the EVO 3D we got our hands all over at CTIA? There's good reason for that, it appears, as a leaked Kingdom ROM has arrived via our favorite Chinese ROM dumping ground, and it's clearly labeled as being for for Sprint.

So the Kingdom is the EVO 3D. Cool. Now if only we knew more about the release date, but at least we can get our pre-order on.

Source: 911HTC

Update: So it's not the EVO 3D, eh? How about that.

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5 years ago

LG Optimus 2X gets Guinness record for 'first dual-core smartphone'


Not content with calling the LG Optimus 2X "the world's first dual-core smartphone" themselves, LG has petitioned -- and received -- a Guinness Record for the 2X that spells it all out. 

"The first mobile phone to use a dual core processor is the LG Optimus 2X, which was first made available to the public nationwide in South Korea, on 25 January 2011. " says the official Guinness website.

The Optimus 2X may have taken a bit longer to arrive stateside as the T-Mobile G2X, but it's the same dual-core speed machine as the original Korean version, albeit with a more vanilla look to the OS.

The era of dual-core phones may have arrived, but LG has a pretty nice reminder to hang in their corporate office that they were first.

Source: Guinness World Records; via Facebook

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5 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 nightly builds now available for T-Mobile G2X, Optimus 2X


Here's some good news for anyone rocking a rooted T-Mobile G2X or LG Optimus 2X. The G2X and its LG-branded cousin have taken their first steps towards being fully supported by popular custom ROM CyanogenMod, with the release of the first CM 7 nightly builds for these devices. Nightlies are work-in-progress builds that may include bugs or be lacking certain functionality, so you should be sure you know what you're doing before flashing them onto your phone.

If you do, though, your dual-core device will get an early taste of Gingerbread, seasoned with the bacony goodness of CyanogenMod 7. To get started, hit the source link and choose the latest "p990" build for the LG Optimus 2X, or "p999" for the T-Mobile G2X.

Source: CyanogenMod Mirror Network

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5 years ago

Twitter buys TweetDeck - what's the fate of the Android clients?


According to reports from Tech Crunch, Twitter has acquired TweetDeck, at a cost of about $50 million.  Congrats go out to the TweetDeck team for the know-how and ability to create such a lucrative piece of work, and we all look forward to your next project.  But after all the back-patting and opening of the bubbly, how will this affect us as Android users?

TweetDeck is a really popular cross platform application, using Adobe Air on the desktop as well as having Android and iOS apps.  It's touted as posting over 1 million tweets per day on Android alone, so a lot of users seem to like it just the way it is.  The native Twitter client for Android, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired in many folks eyes.  Will we see a mash-up of the two?  Will one or the other get dropped?  And what about TweetDeck's support for other networks like Google Buzz or Facebook?  There's a lot of what-ifs to be considered, but in the end the question is simple -- will this make TweetDeck for Android better, or worse?  Vote away!

Source: Tech Crunch


Will Twitter's aquisition of TweetDeck make it better?customer surveys

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5 years ago

Loving the Dinc 2, Tether app discussion [from the forums]


from the forums

It's Monday and that means back to work -- where the Internet is fast, and free.  Mondays are also always big for news and discussion, and today is no exception.  We've got a new kernel for the Xoom, Tethering discussion, and love for the Dinc 2.  there's something for everyone in the forums, so get in there and join the fun.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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5 years ago

Droid Charge re-launch not looking good for Tuesday, Costco alludes


Read our Droid Charge initial review

Remember how we first told you that we should see some sort of yay or nay on the Droid Charge re-launch today? Looks like it's the latter, at least for Costco. In no uncertain terms, the screen shot you see above says that "The Verizon Samsung Charge 4G will not launch tomorrow."

Unfortunate, indeed. As soon as we know more, you'll know more.

Thanks, anon!

Droid Charge SpecsDroid Charge ForumsDroid Charge Accessories

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5 years ago

Verizon and AT&T blocking tethering apps from the Android Market


It appears that Verizon and AT&T are serious about not wanting you to use your current data plan for tethering, as they have blocked access to popular applications that enable it on the Android Market.  There's a bit of conflicting information out there, as a few other sites have reported that all carriers, or that other carriers have done the same.  We've found that T-Mobile and Sprint haven't blocked them, but Verizon and AT&T have, as shown in the image above.

It's no big surprise.  To your carrier, tethering is something you are supposed to pay extra for, and that's in the agreement you signed.  Using apps like PdaNet goes against that agreement, and they have every right to block them.  Even if we don't much like it.  It's their service after all, we're just lowly users.

The good news is that they can't block sideloading.  You can certainly find those same apps at the developer's website(s), and download them and install easily.  On a Verizon phone, just save it to your SD card and install from there, on an AT&T phone use the Sideload Wonder Machine and you'll be fixed right up.  There's also native tethering built into Android 2.2 and higher, as well as USB modem functions on many phones, built right into the OS.  And of course, if you root and hack at it, anything is possible on most any phone.  The option is still out there, it's just not quite as easy.

Update: As several have mentioned, it's quite possible to keep carriers from meddling with your Android Market experience.  If you have an AT&T phone, you can pop the SIM card out and use Wifi to browse the Market; and enabling Airplane Mode, then turning on Wifi works for both AT&T and Verizon phones.

More information here: Android Central forums Thanks, John, and everyone else who sent this in!

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5 years ago

Bump 2.0 update brings speed, layout, and feature improvements



Bump, the popular contact and content sharing app, recently was updated to version 2.0. The update contains new features such as the ability to send more than one app, picture, or contact card at a time to friends and remembers people you have previously bumped for quicker future sharing. In addition, the update brings a new and improved photo viewer and general speed and design improvements. 

Check out the standard download links past the break or current users can just open the Android Market and go in to Menu > My Apps.

Source: Bump

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5 years ago

Samsung Gem review


The Samsung Gem is Samsung's latest foray into the hugely popular and lucrative entry-level Android smartphone market.  This is where Android is going to grab what's left of the market share, and any company that builds a solid performer but still keeps prices in check is going to do well.  The Gem is that solid performer.  Checking in at $29.99 (with the standard two-year agreement), or free through U.S. Cellular's Belief Project if you qualify, it really makes buying a feature or messaging phone seem like a poor decision.

Of course it doesn't offer up the level of performance that you would see from some of the high-end Android phones out there, but it's not designed to.  You'll see what I mean, after the break.

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