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2 years ago

Removing the bloatware from your Motorola Droid 3

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Drooooiiiiidddddd...  It's a sound plenty of us know and love, and we realize that along with it comes some serious bloatware from the folks at Verizon and Motorola.  The Droid 3 is no exception.  Of course, that's when the Android Central forums shine -- we'll help you twist and wrangle all the "value added" applications right off your D3, and get it set up to your liking.  Cory, our fearless forums leader and world-famous midnight tinkerer, has worked up quite the masterpiece for doing just that for your D3.  It has all the directions spelled out for easy understanding, and full lists of what you can and can't get rid of -- as well as an explanation of what each one of them are.  Top it off with a complete walkthrough using Root Explorer (no need for a wire or a computer) and it's a thing of beauty.  Make sure your D3 is charged up, and hit the forums to take care of business.

Source: Motorola Droid 3 forums

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept 10, 2011

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Here we are back again to bring you, our favorite reader, another edition of some of our favorite applications. Hit the break with us as we take a look at some of them, and be sure to hop into the forums for even more great application discussion!

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2 years ago

Sony Tablet S now available from HSN for $599 - or 4 easy payments of $150

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We knew the Sony Tablet S was coming to the US in September, we just didn't expect the 16GB version to debut on the Home Shopping Network this weekend -- but there it is, ready to ship (according to HSN) and it can be yours for $599.  That happens to be a cool $100 more expensive than Sony's pre-order for the 16GB version, which makes us think this just might be a slight snafu over at HSN -- either in the availability or the pricing, or both.  We've shot an email to HSN asking for verification, but with it being the weekend we're not going to be optimistic about a reply.  I'll update if I can.

If anyone out there gives this one a shot (heck, the payment plan does look a little enticing) drop us a line and tell us how it went.

Update: HSN took the time to get back in touch with us, and sure enough everything here is right.  The Sony Tablet S is shipping now, and the price has been confirmed at $599.95 for the 16GB version.

Source: HSN; SonyThanks, mistic!

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2 years ago

How to turn off LTE on the Motorola Droid Bionic

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Read our Droid Bionic Review

Finally the Motorola Droid Bionic is available, and knowing you, Mr. Excited, you were first in line to grab one at the local Verizon store, huh? Well, you may have been in shock when you noticed how much LTE can affect your battery, or you are a conservative type with the battery and would rather turn it off when not in use, and luckily doing so can be quite simple. A few quick clicks and your LTE can be turned on and off, let's check out how.

  1. Open settings
  2. Scroll to wireless and networks
  3. Select mobile network
  4. Click on network mode and select CDMA Only

Want LTE back, do the same and select CDMA/LTE instead of CDMA only and you are all set. 

More: Droid Bionic forums

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2 years ago

50cent's Uber50 theme for UberSocial now available on Android

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Odds are that you have at some point in time heard of UberSocial, a rather large cross-platform Twitter client that is extremely popular amongst the celebrity variety. And if you know anything about the application, it is probably that 50cent is a huge supporter. With an existing theme available for the BlackBerry and iOS versions of UberSocial, today they announced that Android users can download the theme for their devices The theme is available in a free and paid variety, the paid version of the app (which you once knew as Twidroyd) being $1.99 and brings you additional features inside, and both can be downloaded immediately. Full information after the break.

Download the themes here.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: SlideIT Keyboard

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

SlideIT is currently in its fourth iteration, and with that comes the introduction of skins. Scoff as you might, customization and aesthetic appeal are important to lots of people out there, so I've got to tip my hat to the SlideIT developers for making that so easy to do.

How does SlideIT function as a line-tracing keyboard, though? On its own, alright. If there's one thing SlideIT has going for it, it's that it's fast. I'm not just talking a little quick here and there. It feels like as soon as you're even thinking about being done with a word, SlideIT is ready to toss it out there. It's kind of uncanny and hard to describe what makes it feel so instant, but it does.

As far as word prediction goes, this is where I think SlideIT has room to improve (at least when compared to Swype). Word that are a couple of letters long (three to five), no problem. SlideIT has no problems spelling "it" or "that" or "looks," but it felt like once I got past words of five letters, accuracy went out the window. No, I meant to spell "fantastic." Was my trace so far off that it really deserves "??" as a prediction?

Other than that, there's not much to say. SlideIT is a keyboard, and a keyboard's for typing things out. Long-pressing works fine, and auto-spacing is all customizable via the settings menu. There's also a whole slew of language packs that can be downloaded from the Market, which is a good alternative to having to pick between all languages supported or just English and Spanish.

Overall, it feels like SlideIT is on the right track. There's a lot of good ideas there (ones I wouldn't mind seeing Swype eventually adopt), but until the prediction is better, it's not something I'd use normally. There's also the price to consider. SlideIT has a 15-day free trial, but after that, you're laying down $6.40 for the whole package. Again, language packs and skins are free.

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Android 101: Favoriting (and un-favoriting) contacts

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2 years ago

Netflix now available for all devices running Android 2.2 and 2.3

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Back in May Netflix, finally launched its long-waited Android app, initially only for a few devices. That list grew over time and eventually supported a large number of phones. The .apk was quickly discovered, however, and owners of devices, both phone and tablet, who hadn't received official support yet could install the app just fine. That's no longer necessary (and it's about time), at least for most phones, as Netflix has updated the app to support all devices running 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread). 

Tablet owners still looking for official support will have to wait a bit longer, but this is great for everyone with a smaller device.

So for all you phone owners out there who have Froyo or Gingerbread, hit the link after the break for the official Netflix app.

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2 years ago

Safely unroot your Droid Bionic with Pete's Motorola Root Tools

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Read our Droid Bionic Review

For many of us, half the fun of getting a new Android phone is digging in and trying to break it make it our own.  The Droid Bionic is no exception of course, and folks are having a blast getting methods all sorted to root and customize the Bionic, unlocking it's full potential.  I love it when new phones come out, this is the kind of stuff an Android geek lives for.

But the other side of the coin is that we often need a way to get things back to normal, whether it be because we changed our minds or might need a little hardware warranty work done.  We're not going to get into the moral argument of what your responsibilities are once you decide to root (we have forums for that), I just wanted to let you guys know that the latest version of Pete's Motorola Root Tools allow you to fully unroot your Droid Bionic -- as in no leftover bits left behind.  I asked the man himself, and sure enough, his tool gets in the system and removes all binaries, returning your phone to a fully unrooted state.

This is important.  Some previous methods to unroot phones left the su binary behind and only removed the visual traces of being rooted -- leaving your phone a bit unsecure.  Pete has you covered here, though.  The same tool you use to root your Bionic will unroot it, and do it the right way.  Remember, it won't restore bloatware that you've removed or restore settings you may have changed, you'll have to sort all that out beforehand.  Until we can dig up a factory .sbf file for the Bionic, this is the best solution.  Just use it wisely, and be sure to thank Pete if it saves your bacon.  Grab the latest version of the tool and read the particulars at the source link. 

Source: Pete's Motorola Root Tools

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Y headed to Vodafone UK

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Vodafone UK has updated its "coming soon" page with details of the Samsung Galaxy Y, a new budget device that was unveiled as part of Sammy's shake-up of its Android device line-up a few weeks ago. The Galaxy Y seems to be an updated version of the Galaxy Mini, which we reviewed earlier in the year. Packed into its tiny 3-inch chassis is an 823MHz CPU, which runs Android 2.3 and TouchWiz 4.0. Unfortunately the Galaxy Y's screen hasn't received much of an upgrade from the Galaxy Mini -- according to the official spec list, it still runs at an eye-punishing QVGA (240x320) resolution

No word on pricing or availability yet, but you can probably expect this one to be free on most contracts, and reasonably cheap on its own.

Source: Vodafone UK

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