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3 years ago

Hands on with the Samsung Mesmerize [video]

U.S. Cellular just released the Samsung Mesmerize, and we have one in our hands to check out.  There's not a lot here that's new, the phone is basically the Samsung Fascinate, with half the bloat and none of the Bing.  And that is a good thing.  It has the same gorgeous 4-inch Super AMOLED display, the same Hummingbird 1 GHz chip and blazing fast GPU as the rest of the Galaxy S line, two GB internal storage, and a slightly modified version of TouchWiz that resembles the Epic 4G's software.

First impression?  U.S. Cellular has one of the best Android phones made today in their arsenal with the Mesmerize.  And the name is pretty cool as well.  There's a video after the break, be sure to have a look.

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3 years ago

Droid 2 update on the way, Verizon says

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Verizon this morning confirmed via e-mail that an update is on the way to the Motorola Droid 2. Here's what you're getting:

  • Improved battery life.
  • Proximity sensor improvements (faster response).
  • Weather widget works in landscape and portrait.
  • Easier setup, better notifications for visual voicemail.
  • Background email sync while the screen is off.
  • Support for e-mail domain suffixes with more than three characters.
  • Better text message organization.
  • Edit text messages after attaching a video file.
  • Guided Tour videos now stream from the help section.
  • Faster GPS lock.
  • Better Wifi-3G handoffs.
  • Add gallery pictures to contacts.
  • Export contacts to SD card.
  • VZ Navigator now built in.
  • See social networking contacts' details.

So, nothing earth-shaking, but a pretty good list nonetheless. You can get the full rundown and update instructions at the source link. [Verizon]

More on the Droid 2 update in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: ChromeMarks browser bookmark sync

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Tap. Tap. Sync. It's that simple to get your browser bookmarks from Chrome to Android, thanks to ChromeMarks. It's really that easy. OK, it takes a couple more taps the first time around, giving your phone permission to sync with your Google account. But it's just about the easiest way we've found to get your bookmarks from your browser to your phone. And it even follows my crazy folder scheme, which helps keep my head in order. We've got a few more screen shots after the break, plus download links. It'll be the best $2.37 you spend today.

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3 years ago

HTC Wildfire to be released in U.S. before end of the year

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The Wildfire, HTC's popular international mid-range handset, is coming to the United States.  With the Wildfire, HTC's goal was always to provide a powerful phone at an affordable price; a device that could spread like a "wildfire."

The Wildfire boasts:

  • 3.2-inch screen
  • HTC Sense
  • 528MHz Qualcomm processor
  • 384MB RAM
  • 512MB ROM
  • 5MP camera

No word yet on release date or which carriers will be offering the device, but HTC did say:

HTC Wildfire is slated to be available on multiple North American carriers beginning in Q4 2010.

If you have been jealous of the Europeans or Aussies because they have had the Wildfire, don't worry, you will have the chance to buy it soon. Full release after the break. 

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular is getting the Samsung Galaxy Tab; price, date not announced

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Regional carrier U.S. Cellular is getting the Samsung Galaxy Tab. No word on when or for how much -- the Big 4 U.S. carriers are getting theirs the second week of November -- but it's coming. And that means 7-inch TFT LCD touchscreen, Android 2.2, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, Adobe Flashplayer 10.1, 3MP rear-facing camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera. Check out our hands-on for more, and find the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: the Impossible Level Game

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Games in the Android Market are growing, both in number and in quality, by leaps and bounds, and now we have a top notch logic puzzle to waste countless hours on -- the Impossible Level Game.  The concept is simple enough, you do something unique to go on to the next level.  As you progress, that something gets harder, and harder AND HARDER!  The developers have a seriously twisted mind, and I love it.  No two levels are the same, or even close to the same, and some of them are pretty damn ridiculous, which makes for some great head-scratching gameplay. 

Ready for the best news?  Our pals at Hyperbees (check out their developers forum right here) are dropping the price for the next 24 hours, from £0.99 to £0.50.  Yes, you read it right, 50 pence -- about 75 shiny US pennies.  Now how are you going to say no to that?  We've got a video, and the Market links after the break.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 6.1 RC1 is here [video]

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Exactly two months after the release of CyanogenMod 6, CyanogenMod 6.1 RC 1 is now live on the CyanogenMod website, and in the paid version of Rom Manager.

Built on Android 2.2.1, and packing all kinds of great features and enhancements, CM 6.1 RC1 is another step forward in the most infamous line of custom Android ROMs.  Don't let its release client status lead you to believe it's unusable, as that is far from the truth.  Anybody currently using CyanogenMod 6 is aware of its two largest drawbacks; the lack of 4G and HDMI functionality.  These two shortcomings aside, CM 6.1 RC1 is a very stable and functional ROM.

So what are you waiting for, oh rooted Android user?  Check out the changelog, start backing up your current ROM, and get downloading (Evo download link).  Once you've got it up and running, come and share your thoughts in the forums.

Join me after the break as I go over just a few of the new features you'll find in this update.

Update:  I should have clarified in this post.  CM 6.1 RC1 is only available on select devices at the moment.  To find out if your device is supported, you'll want to head over to the official CyanogenMod forums.  Their site is under heavy load right now, so it's running pretty far on the slow side.

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3 years ago

Samsung Mesmerize rooted

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It will likely never be the most popular device, but the Samsung Mesmerize is a hell of a phone, and to me, part of reviewing it is using it the way I would if it were mine as well as designed.  So I decided I was gonna poke around and root the darn thing.  It appears that U.S. Cellular or Samsung has done nothing to block access, and the rageagainstthecage exploit by C-skills works just fine.  Then, as luck would have it, I was shown the SuperOneClick program, which uses the same exploit, found someone to help confirm, and it works great!

So if any of you picked up a Mesmerize, and want to really own it, grab the app and give it a go, then head into the Mesmerize forums and we can compare notes.  Know that it breaks your warranty, and if something happens you're out $500.00. [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Google exec: buying Android was our 'best deal ever'

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Speaking at a conference at Stanford University, David Lawee, Google's vice president of corporate development, praised Android, labeling it at the company's "best deal ever" despite having some initial personal doubts. Flash back to 2005, and Andy Rubin was in charge of a tiny little start-up named Android, which was quietly acquired by Google for an estimated $50 million. Ad revenue from Android devices is already making Google $1 billion per year, and CEO Eric Schmidt has gone on record saying it could eventually pull in $10 billion per year. [VentureBeat]

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Tab will have Sprint ID; the Epic 4G also will get it

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Sprint announced tonight at its developer conference in Santa Clara, Calif., that its Sprint ID feature -- which debuted on the Samsung Transform -- will spread to a couple more Samsung devices.

The Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab (which you can get Nov. 14) will have it, and the Samsung Epic 4G will get it in a future update, presumably on top of Samsung's Touchwiz interface. Sprint ID basically is a profile switcher -- themes, if you will -- that made their debut at CTIA. [via @sprintdeveloper 1, 2]

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