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3 years ago

Android Accessory Review: Body Glove Case for the Motorola Droid 2

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Like many of you out there I have a love/hate relationship with cases on my device, I love the protection, but often times hate the feel. With a recent change of career I found myself looking for a nice rugged case that I could use with a belt clip, or without if I wanted, and while this may seem like a lot to look for in a case, I was able to find it all with the Body Glove Case for the Motorola Droid 2. Let's hit the break and take a deeper look at this case, along with some more pictures of the fit.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Ninua (Beta)

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News apps and RSS readers are a dime a dozen. While the content and interface can vary from app to app, the basics are essentially the same. You choose your news sources and interesting topics, and let the app pull articles it thinks you'll like and display them in a phone-friendly format.  It's a great way to get a list of articles that you'll (hopefully) be interested in each morning.  But if we want to find out what articles our friends like, we have to go to Facebook, twitter, or go through our email for those rare "FWD" emails that don't include pictures of funny cat faces.

Ninua is a new Android application that hopes to make your daily news stream more social. While the app still has a few rough edges, it's now my go to news source on my phone.  Full impressions after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation will be arriving in Canada

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We've heard plenty of rumblings about a Canadian carrier picking up the HTC Sensation but nothing substantial came from those rumblings at that time. No matter -- good things come to those who wait and if you're in Canada you'll soon be able to get your hands on an HTC Sensation courtesy of Bell. Mid July is the rumored launch date and pricing details have yet to emerge but that's quite alright -- at least we know it's coming and that's half the battle right there.

HTC Sensation SpecsHTC Sensation ForumsHTC Sensation Accessories

Source: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

T-Mobile giving away 10 HTC Sensations, 200MB in free data for Father's Day

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It ain't doughnuts or a tie or an ashtray, but T-Mobile's got a nice little Father's Day deal in place.

First up: T-Mo's soliciting photons on its Facebook page. Post a pic of you and your dad on their wall. On June 18, they'll pick five pairs of winners, with each winning an HTC Sensation. (Read our full review.)

Secondly: Magenta's giving away 200MB data plans for new and existing customers (with at least 18 months under their belts). Technically, you'll get $10 monthly credits -- equal to 200MB of free data -- for a year. Or, you can apply the credit toward any of T-Mobile's more useful 2GB, 5GB or 10GB data plans. Your choice.

Not a bad deal. And it all starts Saturday, June 18.

Sources: T-Mobile, Facebook

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3 years ago

Samsung Fascinate receives minor software update

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It looks like owners of the Fascinate will start seeing a minor update pushed out to their devices soon.  The update seems to be rather small and the only two changes listed are:

  • Improved incoming call connectivity
  • Improvements to how OTA's are delivered to the device.

Several members in our forums apparently already have the update, so if you haven't received it yet, you should.  In the mean time, you can look at the official change log after the break. 

Source: Verizon; via Android Central Forums Thanks, Cort! 

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3 years ago

Swype 3.0 beta is Honeycomb optimized, improves predictive text and layout

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Update 2: It's back, folks! Get to downloading.

Swype has announced the latest beta (version 3.0 for those keeping score at home) and one of the big changes that come along with it is a special WXGA version designed for Honeycomb tablets, which features a movable and resizeable keyboard layout. 

Other changes include the way word correction is handled when you stop swyping and revert to tapping out the letters -- you can now mix and match and still keep word autocorrect and prediction intact.  The pop-up for word choice when multiple guesses are presented gets an improvement, too, now an easier to read horizontal bar is presented versus that annoying dialog that used to jump up.  To top it all off, it looks like the predictive text engine itself has seen a big overhaul, and should work much better.

We know that Swype isn't for everyone, especially when it comes to using it on a tablet.  That's fine -- different choices are one of the main strengths of the Android platform, and Swype certainly is a different choice.  For the huge numbers of you who love Swype, keep an eye on the source link (currently down for maintenance) and give it a whirl.  Also, check out a short demo video showing it in action, after the break.

Update:  If you've been refreshing the beta download page at Swype, you've probably seen the latest update on the status of this.  If not, here's the latest from Swype:

BETA DELAYED BECAUSE:

a) We forgot to buy vowels

b) Our beta build server crashed

c) Upper management kept accelerating the beta schedule

d) All of above !#@$!&

No word on when to expect it, we'll tell you as soon as we hear something.

 

Source: Swype via MobileCrunch

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3 years ago

Pixel Wars, WiFi Hotspot for the Thunderbolt [From the forums]

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Another week and we're off running -- we've got plenty in store for the rest of the week as well but you'll have to stick around to stay up-to-date. Unless of course, you check out our new daily newsletter but then you'd be missing out on some of the action from the forums:

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

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3 years ago

HTC Merge review

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The White Whale of Android smartphones finally emerges on a handful of regional carriers

There's something quite satifying about the HTC Merge on US Cellular. Maybe it's the sleek design. Maybe it's the excellent slider keyboard. Or maybe it's because it's our White Whale.

The HTC Merge (codenamed Lexikon) first made an appearance as a dual CDMA/GSM World Phone in early September 2010 when the FCC outed it, pictures and all. At the time, it was clearly branded for Verizon. And it was the Verizon version that we got an exclusive look at it just a month later. At that time, the Merge still had not been announced by Verizon.

And so days went by and turned into weeks. Weeks turned into months. Still no word on the Merge. Meanwhile, the Motorola Droid 2 (another horizontal slider released that fall) had already been revamped and gained a GSM radio, so it, too, would work outside the United States. Whether that's the reason the Verizon held back the Merge, we may never know. But on February 25, 2011 -- nearly five months after its inital FCC showing -- HTC announced that the Merge would be coming to "multiple carriers" in the spring.

It first saw release on Alltel and Cellular South. And, this June, on US Cellular. One thing those carriers have in common? They all piggyback on Verizon's network. That's not a coincidence. (And you actually can buy a Merge at a third-party retailer and actually use it on Verizon.)

And so we finally have the HTC Merge. This is its story.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt gets teardown and repair video

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Although everyone hopes to never have to use them -- teardown and repair videos are a great resource of information for those who may need to repair a busted device. Having relied on a few in the past due to purchasing some grey market devices that were not covered under warranty, I know this all too well. The folks from DirectFix know this as well, and their latest teardown and repair aims to help HTC Thunderbolt owners should such a situation arise. Whether you need to repair some broken glass or something more internal, you can head on past the break for the video to see just how it's done.

Source: DirectFix

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3 years ago

Samsung releases Infuse 4G open-source code

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Samsung has released the open-source portions of the Infuse 4G OS and made it available for download at their Open Source Release Center website.  As is always the case, this isn't something that you can download and flash to your phone, it's code for developers to use to rebuild or tweak the system.  Everyone else just needs to sit tight, and feel good that Samsung is doing the right thing without needing to be reminded for a few months -- or years.

If you are the developer type, you can hit the source link and search for SGH-I997 to get to the download and release notes.  Then get busy!

Source: Samsung open Source Release Center

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