4 years ago

Cellular South getting the Galaxy S, too


Samsung week continues. To recap, the Galaxy S has been announced for the four major U.S. carriers -- Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular, too. Now add Cellular South to that list, too. The Southeast carrier announced on Facebook this morning that it's also getting the Galaxy S, with the same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1GHz Hummingbird processor and the upcoming Samsung Media Hub.

No specific pricing or launch date, other than "this fall." Stay tuned, folks. [Facebook] Thanks, Billy!

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4 years ago

AdMob's May numbers show that Android's still growing


Android remains the No. 2 smartphone operating system worldwide

AdMob -- the company that serves up a good many of the ads you see in mobile applications (about 23,000) and that was bought by Google -- has released its numbers for May 2010. As you can see from the chart above, Android's climb continues worldwide, remaining the No. 2 operating system, according to AdMob usage. That's a pretty steady climb we're seeing there.

After the break, we take a look at the big points of AdMob's May numbers. (Click here for the April report.)

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G promo video


Maybe an actual Sprint Epic 4G hands-on isn't your thing. (What's wrong with you?) Maybe you're the type who prefers to see the phone in all its computer-generated glory. Fine. We've got you covered there, too. After the break, check out Sprint's promo video for the upcoming Epic 4G with its 4-inch Super AMOLED display and 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Thanks, Keith!

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 30, 2010


Whether just joining the Android world, or just looking for a new application, the hunt can be tiring. Each day applications are just flooding into the market, and at times it's difficult to know which ones to try out. We aim to please, so we here we bring you some suggestions of what you may want to try out. Check them out after the jump.

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4 years ago

Where to take your bricked Evo 4G


We've talked with HTC some more about this week's OTA update for the Evo 4G that brought some improvements to most, and bricks to a scant few. Here's where we stand:

  • If your update went just fine on Monday, you're good to go. Mazel tov.
  • If you've updated since yesterday (after the update was briefly pulled), you're good to go.
  • If your phone was bricked during the update -- and HTC stresses to us that the number of affected phones was very low (though that's of little consolation to those with a brand new paperweight) -- you need to take your phone to a Sprint corporate store to get things taken care of. Easiest way to find one is by using the tool at sprint.findlocation.com, and be sure to click the "Repair centers near me" button. That'll get you the nearest store where they can make things right.

For those of you new to Android (and smartphones, for that matter), fear not. Think about how many over-the-air updates have gone out for our beloved platform. While problems occasionally occur, it's the exception, not the rule. And HTC and Sprint's responses were swift and should be commended.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 6 (Froyo) status update


If you use a custom ROM on your Android phone, you should know about CyanogenMod.  If you don't, go hit Google now, then come right back.  (pretty freakin' sweet, huh?) With the drop of the Froyo (Android 2.2) source code everyone is patiently waiting for the code wizards behind the CyaongenMod project to give us the kind of custom goodness we've become used to.  To quell the mountain of inquiries, Cyanogen himself has updated the CyanogenMod homepage with a progress report.

The condensed version? Things are going well.  The Nexus One and Droid ports "just work," the Dream/Sapphire port has everything but one minor issue working, Wes Garner has the Slide (MyTouch 3G slide) port well underway, and ports for the Desire, Incredible, and Evo have no status report as of yet.  Also, we're told to expect some experimental releases (for the Nexus One and Droid most likely) by the weekend.  (YAY!)  Hit the source link to read the post and take a minute to thank Steve and the whole crew for their hard work! [CyanogenMod]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X -- hold it any way you like


Read the fine print :) .  This is supposedly a full page ad in the New York Times (can any readers verify?) for the new Motorola Droid X, that lets you know you're free to hold the phone any way you like. I'm not much for the mudslinging, but I'm lovin' it.  Antenna? Droid does. [Twitter via  @sarahintampa]

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4 years ago

Xperia X10 gets an update, still waiting on Android 2.1


The good news: An update is rolling out the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 as we speak. The bad news: Nope, it's still stuck on Android 1.6. Here's what you are getting, though:

This update focuses on improving the general performance, speed and responsiveness of Xperia X10. For example, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI. In addition we add a free back up and restore application so you’ll never lose your settings and information. In selected markets, PlayNow™ with premium apps and games will also be added.

Better than nothing, we guess. But as we talk more and more about devices starting to get Froyo, the wait for Eclair becomes that much harder to stomach. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

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4 years ago

Motorola releases status update on Android 2.1 for CLIQ/CLIQ XT


It’s been officially stated that the Motorola CLIQ and CLIQ XT will definitely be receiving an Android 2.1 update, but now the question is: When?  Well, folks, just hold your horses.  Motorola jumped on Twitter this morning and released a statement:

For those asking for an update regarding a software upgrade on CLIQ in the U.S., we've made a decision to take more time on the release to optimize the experience in some key areas. We will continue to work to deliver it as soon as possible and apologize that we have been unable to provide an upgrade to these users in Q2 as planned.

We are working hard to provide an upgrade to Android 2.1 as soon as we can. Our consumers’ experience is our first priority and we will provide an upgrade when we can deliver the best possible user experience.

Basically, that’s Motorola saying that the update just isn’t ready yet, and they can’t tell you when it will be. Luckily, last week they opened mailing lists that will inform you when 2.1 has walked through the door. Until then, all we can do is be patient. [Motorola via Twitter]  

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4 years ago

Review: BodyGuardz Protective Skin for Sprint HTC Evo 4G


The Bodyguardz Protective Skin for your Sprint Evo 4G's 4.3 inches of glass definitely brings the protection.  Many of us (myself included) do not like a case interfering with the pocketability of our phones, especially when it's as big as the HTC Evo, so a full skin is the answer.  

Made from the same material used to shield the front of automobiles from stones, the Bodyguardz skin is tough and durable, and will keep your Evo 4G free from scratches.  Cut to fit the Evo, it provides screen and full body protection without adding in bulk, and best of all there is no case to grab all that pocket lint or interfere with docks or chargers.

It's also a pretty easy install, and comes with all the materials needed for two applications on your HTC Evo 4G.

Take a look after the break to see a video of the installation process, as well as a few pictures showing off the finished product.

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