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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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5 years ago

Samsung and AT&T having a little get-together this week


What's this? A special announcement from Samsung and AT&T? Whatever could it be? A slim possibility is an AT&T 3G version of the Nexus S. But it's unlikely we'd see an event just for that. A better bet is that we'll finally see the Infuse 4G, that monster 4.5-inch Android 2.2, 1.2GHz device announced way back at CES in early January. Or, it could be something entirely different, altogether. Only one way to find out, of course.

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5 years ago

HTC EVO 3D available for preorder as part of super secret Best Buy presale


According to this memo that's going around Best Buy, you're not actually supposed to listen to anything we're saying here. Because what do we know? We're just a blog. (Or maybe they're referring to that other blog.) But the fact remains that the HTC EVO 3D -- that's the newfangled 3D-capable phone that we saw at CTIA -- is available for preorder at Best Buy Mobile.

Here's the deal: You've gotta ask for it. Best Buy isn't actively promoting the presale, and there's a good chance that there's a secret handshake involved. (We tried this one.) But otherwise, it should be standard Best Buy preorder procedure: You fork over a little cash in exchange for a gift card and the promise of a phone once it's released. You can then apply the gift card toward the total cost. As for when it's coming? Still no word, other than this summer.

We've put word into our official Best Buy contacts for some official confirmation (you know, not from a blog), but we've also walked into a store and confirmed this for ourselves. So if you wanna preorder an HTC EVO 3D, go for it.

Thanks, anon!

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5 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 case review: Mobi Products Hard Shell


Fun fact about the Mobi Products Hard Shell case for the Droid Incredible 2 -- I completely for got it was on the phone, and that's not something I can say too often about a case.

Here's the deal: It's a two-part case that snaps together. It's plastic, but the feel of the plastic is nearly identical to the case of the Droid Incredible 2 itself. The inside is glossy, but the exterior is soft and smooth and is really makes you think you're carrying around a naked phone.

The are the usual cutouts for all the ports and camera lens, and the seam where the two halves of the case snap together are visible but are cut so well (at least in the unit we have) so that you don't really notice it. There's a notch in the left-hand bezel for removing the case, which can be done easily enough.

The short version is this: I've had this case on the Droid Incredible 2 for a few days now and completely forgot about it. That's as much because I got the black version (it also comes in blue and purple) and because the look (it's got the same plateaued back cover) and feel (see above) are almost exactly like the phone itself.

The Mobi Products Hard Shell Case for the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is available now in the Android Central Store for $12.95. We've got more pictures after the break.

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5 years ago

Galaxy S II live wallpapers now available to download


windmill live wallpaper

The Galaxy S II live wallpapers to download. These include the beach and the windmill wallpapers and the apk files are named Secret Wallpaper 1 and Secret Wallpaper 2, respectively. 

The XDA poster did note that these will only work on phones with WVGA resolution. In the video showing this off, the wallpapers can clearly be seen working well on a Samsung Nexus S and the EVO 4G has been successfully tested as well. The Motorola Xoom doesn't run them well yet as they most likely haven't been optimized for Honeycomb. 

Check it out after the break and click on the source link for the apk files.

Source: XDA

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5 years ago

Another taste of Ice Cream Sandwich -- the next version of Android


While it's still unofficial -- former Google CEO Eric Schmidt went out of his way to not name it during his keynote address at Mobile World Congress -- it's hardly a secret that the next named version of Android will have something to do with Ice Cream. And it looks like "Ice Cream Sandwich" -- a name that has been rumored for months -- is starting to firm up, according to a Googler's reply on the AOSP issues forum.

The "I" version of Android will bring together features of Gingerbread and Honeycomb, Schmidt said in February. Anybody think we're going to see it unveiled next week at Google IO?

Source: AOSP issues forum; Thanks, Yuankai!

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II gets priced and is now on sale in the UK


Although the Samsung Galaxy S II was announced way back in February, it's just now trickling out to retailers in the UK and anyone who has been waiting to pick one up, has several options at this point with more on the way.

If SIM free is your preferred method of obtaining new devices, Clove will gladly set you up right now for only £440. If contracted terms are to your liking, then O2 is where it's at as they'll hook you up for £149 on Pay Monthly or £399.00 on Pay & Go.

We've gone hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S II in the past and were pleasantly surprised with the changes and new additions to the line up. Now that they're turning up for sale -- who's getting one? Let us know in the comments if you are.

Thanks, Rob for sending this in!

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5 years ago

The competition: RIM goes thin, light with the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930


We know a lot of you came over from BlackBerry. And with the PlayBook tablet about to run Android applications, we're keeping a close eye on what ol' RIM's up to. This week, it's up to BlackBerry World in Orlando, and our pals at CrackBerry are leading the coverage.

So far, they've gotten one new device, the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930. To our untrained (or overly jaded) eyes, it looks like a BlackBerry, all right. But apparently it's as thin as just about anything we've seen, lightweight, and has a stunning 287ppi pixel density on a (small) 2.8-inch touchscreen.

No, we're not about to give up our beloved Android phone anytime soon. How about you guys? Check out some video after the break, and hit up more at the source link.

BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 initial review

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5 years ago

Lloyd Launcher Pro theme now available [from the forums]


Lloyd gets around, and now Android Central member Benny879 has him strutting his stuff in his very own Launcher Pro theme.  Besides the calendar above, the skinnable widgets in this theme include:

  • People
  • Bookmarks
  • Messaging
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Friends
  • Gmail

Rock!  The theme is free in the Android Market, and you'll need a phone running Android 2.0 (Eclair) or higher, running Launcher Pro Plus to use it.  I know a lot of you guys and gals use LP, and everybody loves Lloyd.  It's a no brainer.  A couple more pics, and the download link after the break.

Source: Android Central forumsThanks, ragnarokx!

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5 years ago

RIM to provide enterprise tool for secure management of ... Android devices?


Research in Motion is continuing to dabble in Android -- and this time its in the device-management game. Announced at BlackBerry World this morning in Orlando, RIM announced that it expects to incorporate secure device management for Android devices and tablets in conjunction with its BlackBerry Enterprise Express Server and recent purchase of mobile device management company ubitexx.

Before you scoff too much, device management -- an IT department's ability to ensure the security of its fleet of devices -- is one of the major features that's been keeping Android from the enterprise environment (aka that cubicle farm you spend most of your time). This is separate from the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet running Android apps, and it's actually something we're kind of looking forward to. Here's how RIM describes it in its press release:

The multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution will be comprised of optional architectural components based on the configuration of an organization’s mobile deployment and their operational needs. Optional components will include BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for BlackBerry devices, and a separate, secure device management server for Android and iOS devices (based on the foundation of ubi-Suite from ubitexx). It will be possible to deploy multiple components in a virtualized environment on a single server.

So, all you working stiffs out there, if your company doesn't currently support Android devices for business, that might soon change.

Source: CrackBerry; More coverage: TiPb

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5 years ago

Droid Charge to cost $298.88 at Walmart


Read our Droid Charge initial review

Looks like we have some confirmation that Walmart will in fact be selling Verizon's Droid Charge, a story we first reported on Sunday. The photo above shows an ad for the Charge in this week's Walmart's circular with a $298.88 price tag, a full $1.11 cheaper than what you'll pay at Verizon. The ad makes no indication of an exact release date, but as we said yesterday, all signs are pointing to May 3 as the big day. Deep breaths, people-- we're almost there!

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5 years ago

Samsung launches Galaxy S Wifi 4.0, 5.0


Samsung this morning on Facebook unleashed a flurry of pics amid the launch of the Galaxy S 4.0 and 5.0 -- 4- and 5-inch Wifi-only versions of its wildly popular Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphone. They've been spotted before at various trade shows earlier this year, and we're awaiting any sort of details like pricing and availability. All Samsung said on Facebook was:

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the GALAXY S WiFi 4.0 and 5.0.

Complete with Android 2.2 “Froyo” for access to thousands of Android apps & 4’’ and 5’’ large, high quality screens, these handsets will provide the ultimate smartphone-like experience.

Update: Full presser's after the break -- we're looking at Korean devices thus far.

So, Wifi-only Galaxy S's, at 4 and 5 inches. Who's interested? Lots more pics at the source link.

Source: Korea Newswire; Facebook

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5 years ago

myTouch 4G Gingerbread leak brings a new way to tweak your settings



Well, how about that. Another Gingerbread leak has dropped from our favorite Chinese HTC ROM dumping ground -- this time for the T-Mobile myTouch 4G. It's Android 2.3.3 -- not the just-announced Android 2.3.4 with video chat in Google Talk -- and it's clearly labeled as a test build. But it's also a clear sign that the MT4G is likely to get Gingerbread in the near future.

So what's new? (Or, more important, what's new that's not a behind-the-scenes bugfix?) You've now got a cool "Quick Settings) menu when you pull down the notification bar. Your recently used apps are still there in the notifications, but you can tab over and toggle Wifi, Bluetooth, Wifi hotspot, GPS, mobile data, and hop straight into the settings. It's a cool little addition to an already cool twist on the HTC Sense user interface.

If you're running a stock myTouch 4G, you'll probably want to sit this one out. But we've got video of the leak in action after the break, so you're not totally stuck on the sidelines. Downloads are available at the source links.

Sources: 911HTC; XDA Developers

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