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3 years ago

Samsung Moment receives small maintenance update

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The Samsung Moment is set to receive a minor OTA maintenance update that actually started yesterday and will be rolled out over the coming weeks. 

The update will bring three improvements:

  • Fixes the airplane mode issues
  • Fixes the Skyfire browser power cycle issue
  • Adds a Select All option to Bulk Bluetooth contact push

So be on the lookout for the OTA, Moment users. Here is the newest version you should have once the update is complete: S:M900.8.OS.DI06. [Sprint] Thanks, Kyle!

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3 years ago

Sprint SERO plans reopening to high-end Android devices

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If you've ever had a Sprint SERO plan, you know how damn hard it is to let it go. The old Sprint Employee Referral Offer was pretty easy to come by back in the day and brought super-low-price contract plans. But as higher-end (and more data-hungry) device launched, Sprint began to move people off of SERO.

Looks as though these cries have been heard, and Sprint has decided that as of Oct. 1 it will include the Samsung Moment, HTC Hero, HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic 4G in the SERO Premium plan. There is one catch -- users will have to be on an existing SERO plan before Oct. 1 to qualify for the SERO Premium plan. [SprintThanks, Malatesta!

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3 years ago

Review: Verizon Shell/Holster Combo for the Droid Incredible

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Verizon's Shell/Holster Combo for the Droid Incredible packs a one-two punch of a minimalist case along with a waist holster, complete with clip. The case itself is black, but not the matte black you will find along the front of your Incredible. Rather, it is the same shade as the rear plastic cover on the DInc. It is held in place by a pair of gripping sides the run the length of the phone on either side. Check past the break for the rest of the review, along with tons of pictures.

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3 years ago

LG Vortex surfaces again, fully Bing'd out

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Earlier this week we saw the first shots of the LG Vortex, which appears headed to Verizon and looks a whole heck of a lot like the Optimus One that was just announced. Here's another shot, and, would you look at that. There's Bing, instead of Google, much as Verizon did on the Fascinate and the upcoming HTC Merge. This device will not have an FM Radio, to the dismay of more than a few of you, we know. Additionally, it will ship with Android 2.2 (Froyo) which is definitely a plus for an entry-level device. [via Engadget Mobile]

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3 years ago

Vodafone Desire HD pricing leaked, €359 on contract

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Since it was announced, the HTC Desire HD's pricing has been somewhat of an enigma for Europeans. Well, that is no longer the case as we've learned the Desire HD will run you €359 on contract with Vodafone, which comes out to just under $480 for those of us in the States. To get the phone off contract, you will have to pony up €519, or $691 U.S. No launch date or pre-sale information, but we are sure Vodafone would love to accept your money as soon as possible.

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3 years ago

Kindle for Android update adds better search, Wikipedia

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A recent update to Amazon's Kindle application brings users a great selection of new features which will definitely enhance the user experience.

This update brings full text search, voice search, Wikipedia lookup, and the ability to add notes and highlights that can be synced between devices. Whether you are new to the service, or a previous user, be sure to check out this update and hit the jump for a full press release of this update.

And if you're new to Kindle, download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson gives update on status of X10 series updates (hint: delayed)

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Many X10 users have been anxiously awaiting the OS update for their device so that they can finally be on Android 2.1. We have seen this update pushed back many times, then confirmed to still be on track, and with a recent update from Sony Ericsson we come to find out it has been delayed again.  The new timeline is said to have an October rollout, instead of September (funny, since the month is almost over) but they firmly believe that the extra time will be worth the wait in the quality of the build. While it seems to be the same song and dance coming from them everytime an update is near, we hope this date holds true for all you X10 users. For more information about this update and to see exactly what it will bring to your device, check out this link. [via Sony Ericsson Blog]

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3 years ago

Android UI Utilities project brings unified design tools for developers

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Love it or hate it, part of the reason iOS applications look as good (or boring?) as they do is because they have a unified toolset to create the application interface.  Design x Code looks to be bringing that to Android with the announcement of the Android UI Utilities project.  While it's still in beta, it offers up a set of tools and templates that not only look easy to use, but follow the Android design guidelines and should compliment existing Android UI elements rather well.

Currently, the Android UI Utilities include templates for Pencil (a popular UI and design prototyping tool), standalone icon templates in .psd format, and an online resource making tool called the Android Asset Studio which can generate all sorts of application graphics from existing images.  The project developers have more planned, so if you're a budding Android app developer, or even a seasoned veteran, this is something you should have a look at.

What do YOU think?  Does Android need a unified look and feel across applications?  Or should we respect the individuality of the developers tastes?  Take the survey and let us know! [Design x Code]

Would you prefer a unified look and feel for Android applications?survey software

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3 years ago

Swiftkey keyboard out of beta, autopredicts its way into the Android Market

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SwiftKey has finally made its way out of beta status, and the full version is now available on the Android Market for £0.60 (about 94 cents).  I'm one of SwiftKey's biggest fans, and even after using it through all the beta versions I'm still amazed at the prediction algorithm.  In case you're unfamiliar with how it works, have a look here and you'll see why the beta hit over 100,000 downloads within a few days of its release.  It really is that good at word prediction.  The changes are available to read at SwiftKey's blog, and consist mostly killing off any bugs that crept up at the last minute.  We have the full press release from TouchType, download links, and a video of SwiftKey in action after the break.  [SwiftKey]

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3 years ago

Evo 4G update is pushing out now, here's how to manually update

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So the maintenance release for the Evo 4G -- you know, the one that tackles the 30fps thing, among other fixes -- is finally starting to hit phones. But if your Evo's wearing a sad face, you can update it manually. Don't worry, it's the same update you'd get if you did it over the air. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Download the update from this link.
  2. Rename it to update.zip (but be sure not to rename it update.zip.zip). Save it to your Evo's microSD card.
  3. Time to reboot into recovery mode. Turn the phone off. Then hold the volume down button, and press the power button. You should boot to a white screen with three Android guys on skateboards.
  4. Use the volume button to select RECOVERY, and press the power button again. The Evo will now reboot into recovery. You should see a render of a phone, with a red triangle and exclamation point.
  5. Hold the volume up button and press the power button. Choose applysdcard:update.zip. Let it do its thing.

Reboot, and that's it. You've manually updated your Evo 4G. No muss, no fuss, and no waiting. Now head on into our Evo 4G forums and share what you find.

Update: You want graphics benchmarks? After the break, folks.

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