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2 years ago

Droid Incredible's Gingerbread update pushing out now; we've got manual install instructions

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We're getting pinged left and right today that the Gingerbread update for the HTC Droid Incredible is pushing out in earnest following a brief delay. In addition to Android 2.3.4, you can expect:

  • MMS messages will now send correctly
  • Properly save audio files from MMS messages
  • Successfully play audio from MMS messages
  • Internet connection via Bluetooth now enabled
  • VZ Navigator now operates on Wifi
  • Change songs in the music widget by tapping the forward button
  • Camera now functions with an SD card inserted

If you're not in a waiting mood, we've got great manual installation instructions available in the forums. Hit up the link below.

Droid Incredible Gingerbread manual download instructions

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2 years ago

HTC EVO 3D case review: Otterbox Commuter

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New phone needs a new case. It has been this way since the dawn of the smartphone era, and so it shall be until its end. Your HTC EVO 3D is no exception, and for those interested in maximum protection while still maintaining a relatively slim profile, there's nothing like the Otterbox Commuter for HTC EVO 3D.

 

In typical Commuter fashion, you're looking at two pieces: the flexible, rubbery skin and the hard plastic shell. The rubberized skin fits nice and snug, and the hard shell keeps everything from sliding around.

As far as ports go, the top and bottom bezels on the phone have openings for the microphone and 3.5mm headphone jack, but the left and right bezels are covered up with the rubber skin. The micro-USB port has a removable flap (as it should), but the volume rocker and power button are totally dominated by the rubber skin. The camera shutter button is also protected but the 2D/3D slider is left bare.

As is typical with all EVO 3D cases, the camera lenses are now recessed inside the thickness of the case, so you can lay your phone on its back all you want without worrying about damaging your precious gimmick hardware.

More pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

AT&T announces the Impulse 4G, a 3.8-inch Froyo device for just $29.99

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AT&T this morning announced the Huawei Impulse 4G, a low-end entry into Android and AT&T's "4G" market. Available Sept. 18 for just $29.99 on contract, the Impulse 4G is a 3.8-inch device at the usual 480x800 resolution, running Android 2.2. It's got a 5MP camera on the back with autofocus and flash, and it records video in 720p. Data plans start at $15.

Source: AT&T

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2 years ago

Finally official, the Motorola Droid Bionic arrives Sept. 8 for $299 on contract

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Read our Droid Bionic Review

Have we mentioned the Motorola Droid Bionic will be available Sept. 8? Oh, good. Because it's now finally officially official. Price is official as well: $299 with a two-year contract.

This has without a doubt been one of the strangest roads to launch for a smartphone in recent memory. The Droid Bionic was initially announced in January at CES (see our hands-on) but was scrapped for revamped hardware, which has been leaked just about every which way since.

Now you're basically getting an LTE version of the Droid X2, with a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1GB of RAM, Android 2.3.4, Motorola's Webtop features, Gorilla Glass, and a 1735 mAh battery, which should help add a little life to the LTE device. Verizon's also staking the Droid Bionic's claim as the thinnest LTE smartphone at 11mm, but that's not as svelte as the new Galaxy S II on Sprint.

Anyhoo, we'll just have to see whether the wait -- and the price -- make it worth it. Full press release is after the break.

More: Droid Bionic forums

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2 years ago

HTC enables bootloader unlock for EVO 3D in Europe and Canada

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HTC has added two additional flavors of EVO 3D to its bootloader unlocking site, following in the footsteps of the Sprint version, which become unlockable last month. If you own an unbranded European EVO 3D, or a Rogers-branded device in Canada, then you can begin your quest by using the web tool over on the HTCDev site.

Unlocking your bootloader will allow you to monkey around with custom firmware and the like, though you'll void your warranty by doing so, even if you use the official HTC unlocking tools. Still interested? Hit the link below to begin.

Source: HTCDev

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2 years ago

Sony UK hosting live tablet Q&A on Facebook today

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With the worldwide launch date of its Honeycomb-powered Tablet S and Tablet P fast approaching, Sony UK is giving potential customers the chance to ask a few questions in a live Q&A session with Marketing Manager and "tablet expert" Omar Gurnah. The action starts at 7.30PM BST (2.30PM EDT) over on Sony UK's Facebook page, which you'll find down in the source link.

The wedge-shaped Tablet S will make its debut in the UK and US on September 16, priced £399 or $499 depending on your locale. The dual-screened Tablet P is due to follow sometime in November.

Source: Sony UK on Facebook

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2 years ago

Nexus Prime on Sprint, Galaxy Tab power gremlins [From the Forums]

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With the long weekend now over, it's time to get rolling again in full effect, and that's exactly what we've done. Both here, on the blogs and in the forums -- if you can't get enough Android goodness here on the blogs, make sure you jump into the Android Central forums and hop on a soap-box.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Evernote updated to include better Skitch support, offline search and more

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Now that Skitch is a part of Evernote, we were wondering when we'd see some integration happening between the two apps and as luck would have it, Evernote already had a plan in effect. Available now in the Android Market is a freshly updated version of Evernote that includes better support for Skitch and deeply integrates the two applications. So what's new? Let's have a look:

  • Draw and Annotate with Skitch - When you create a note or edit an existing one, you’ll see Skitch’s heart logo in the toolbar. If you have Skitch installed (you really should if you don’t), then you’ll be taken into Skitch. In Skitch, you can draw and doodle, then send your sketch into Evernote by tapping the elephant icon in the top right.
  • Search when you’re offline - You can now search within your Evernote account when you don’t have a network connection. In the past, you were able to access certain notes offline, but searching for notes wasn’t possible. Now, Premium users can take entire notebooks offline and search within them. Free users can search within notes that they viewed or created on their Android device.
  • Slideshow View for images - Open a note, then tap on an image, photo or something you marked up in Skitch. This will open our new dedicated image viewing mode: Slideshow View. The image will take up the whole screen on a black background. Swipe left and right to view all the other images in that note. If your note contains an image and nothing else, then it will automatically open in Slideshow View.

The deeper integration with Skitch really shines when it comes to needing to annotate an already existing image. It's as easy as opening up that image, annotating it with Skitch and then saving it once again. That image will be saved with all the new annotations in place. Pretty awesome! Larger screened devices and tablets make use of this feature quite nicely, if you're looking to give it a shot -- the download link can be found past the break.

Source: Evernote Blog

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2 years ago

Yet another hands-on with the Droid Bionic

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Another nice Droid Bionic video, this time from javikid in the Android Central Forums. Just two days to go, folks.

Source: Droid Bionic forums

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2 years ago

Android App Review: US Presidents

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Sometimes you just need to know about the U.S. presidents. Maybe you're in a history class. Maybe you like being the walking encyclopedia in your group of friends. Shoot, maybe you're just a patriotic citizen and it's something you've got to do, for you. Whatever the reason, there's an app for you, and it goes by the name of US Presidents.

US Presidents is pretty straightforward. You can view each president in chronological order, quiz yourself, look up presidents in a list (or search for them), or watch a "parade."

Pressing the "Learn" button at the top of the list pulls up the presidents, in order, one at a time. Think of it as a presidential flash card, if you will, with name, presidential number, birth and death place, and a portrait. The card also has political party, the dates he took and left office, their VP, and for fun, one trivia bit.

You can advance further into the list or backtrack using the left or right arrows at the top. Overall, simple and aesthetically pleasing.

The quiz option is pretty cool, as it lets you test your knowledge in a number of ways. You can test yourself on a president's full name, their VP, or their number, to name a few. Once the quiz has started, you're given four names to choose from. A counter up top keeps track of how much time has passed and how many questions you've answered correctly.

The Lookup option is exactly what you'd think it would be. You can either select a president from a long list or start typing a name in order to find exactly who you're looking for.

Last, there's the parade. The parade cracks me up because it's nothing more than a portrait of the president, their name, and the Stars and Stripes Forever by Sousa playing in the background.

Fortunately, for the aspiring history buff, US Presidents is free in the Android Market. If you're so inclined, download links and more pictures are after the break.

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