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3 years ago

Radio Shack's silent EVO 3D preorders start Tuesday

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Here we go again, folks. First it was Best Buy with the not-so-secret silent preorders for the upcoming Sprint HTC EVO 3D (see our hands-on at CTIA), and now Radio Shack's getting in on the game. Just like with Best Buy, Radio Shack's not going to be openly promoting the preorders. But if you ask, they'll gladly give you a $50 gift card along with the promise of an EVO 3D just as soon as it's released.

And as for when it's going to be released, seems nobody knows just yet (or at least Sprint is keeping it really close to the chest), which is the reason for all this super secret silent preorder stuff in the first place. For more on that, check out the rest of the images after the break.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Gameloft revises DRM, allows games to be redownloaded on new devices

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Good news if you're someone who someone who plays any of Gameloft's Android games. Word on the street is that Gameloft has enhanced their DRM to allow patrons to re-download their purchased games on new devices. Previously, you had to go through customer service when you got a new device, but how times have changed.

Gameloft is also pushing out a number of other updates as of late, including launching their games on the Android Market (yippee!).  Realizing that the Market has always let you re-download apps you've purchased to new phones, this change to their DRM is both welcome and makes perfect sense.

The only thing you need to do to get yours games on your new device is a quick stop by the Gameloft website, but know that any .apk files you've got won't work as backups anymore.

So, how's everyone feel about this? Gameloft has some pretty cool games, and now that you don't have to jump through hoops to get them back on your new phone, does anyone think they'll consider purchasing where they haven't before? Or are you waiting for Gameloft to make things easy and actually use the Android Market?

Source: Droid Gamers

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3 years ago

HTC Evo Shift 4G Gingerbread leaked, custom ROM already built and running

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Someone had better call a plumber, 'cause the leaks are going crazy!  Here's another Gingerbread leak, this time for the HTC Evo Shift 4G.  But this one has a twist -- Shift 4G developer TMartin03 has already snapped the pieces together and built a flashable custom ROM for the Shift, and it's ready and waiting for you to download and try.  For now, it's a stock build that's been rooted and had busybox added, but I'm sure development on this one will be going full steam shortly.

If you're rooted and ROM'd, give it a try and make your Speedy even more speedy.

Source: 911Sniper (original leak); XDA-Developers (custom ROM)

Thanks, cr33p, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Netflix on the Nook Color, Honeycomb coming to the Galaxy Tab [from the forums]

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A new week, new devices and plenty of news right out of the gates. Always nice when the week starts off awesome. If you've not done so today, be sure to hop on into the Android Central forums and dig around -- lots of talk of rumored devices, new ROMS and more to discuss.

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

T-Mobile G2X review

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A vanilla UI and dual-core power combined with open hardware make the G2X one of the best Android phones to date

The LG T-Mobile G2X and its cousin from across the pond the Optimus 2X show us LG is serious about getting into the high-end Android market in the United States.  LG has always been a major player in the mobile space, but up until now its U.S. Android offerings have leaned towards the mid-range of the market at best.  When the LG Star prototype first showed up last November, the Android world (at least the part on the Internet) was all a-buzz with excitement.  It's 4-inch display, dual-core Tegra 2 CPU and front facing camera were all still relatively new ideas then, and we ate it up. 

But today, those kinds of specifications are a given.  Maybe we're jaded, but as a whole the Android community scoffs at phones that aren't dual-core hot rods with big glass and don't have two cameras.  So how does the G2X measure up with our current expectations of what makes a high-end Android smartphone?  Hit the break and have a look.

G2X SpecsG2X ForumsG2X Accessories

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3 years ago

HTC Evo 3D system dump available

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The HTC Evo 3D will be one of the hottest Android phones of the year, and to whet everyone's appetite a system dump for the beast has shown up online.  Our pals at 911Sniper, who have a knack for obtaining the unobtainable, have posted up a test build of the software for everyone to have a look through.  We're doing just that right now, and will get a fast mirror and any goodies we can pull out posted up in the Evo 3D forums.

In the meantime, reading the specs always makes us happy:

  • 4.3-inch 3D qHD capacitive 960 x 540 px display
  • 1730 mAh battery
  • 4GB of internal memory
  • 8GB microSD card pre-installed (expandable to 32GB)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Dual 5 MP rear cameras (for 3D)
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 2D video recording at 1080p
  • 3D video recording at 720p

The rumored day in June can't come soon enough.

Source: 911Sniper. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

Update:  Here's that link with the fast mirror and the goodies I promised.  Have at it folks!

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3 years ago

Samsung postpones May 24 NYC event

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We really wouldn't read too much into this just yet, but Samsung's given us the heads up that its May 24 event in New York City has been postponed. Soon as we know more, you'll know more.

More: Android Central on the road

 

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3 years ago

HTC Flyer available to pre-order from Three at subsidized price

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The 3G version of the HTC Flyer tablet is now available to pre-order from Three UK at a subsidized price of £169 (~$275). In order to bag a 3G Flyer for less than a third of the RRP, you'll need to sign up to a 24-month, £30.99 per month contract with the carrier. That's not a small amount of money to be paying for tablet data, but if you do decide to take the plunge you'll get a pretty generous 15GB monthly allowance to play with.

HTC announced the Flyer's availability in Europe late last week, though stock has been a little slow to arrive at retailers so far. According to Three's product page, Flyers pre-ordered today will begin shipping from May 27.

Source: Three Store

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3 years ago

Cartoon Network Video app now on Android

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I love cartoons.  No, seriously, I'm like a big kid when it comes to some cartoons, and I've pretty much just been waiting for the Cartoon Network to release their Android app. Finally, it has arrived -- yes, Cartoon Network Video is free to download and features both full show episodes and clips streamed right to your Android smartphone.

In addition to being able to stream clips from such shows as Adventure Time, Regular Show, Ben 10, Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated, Destroy Build Destroy, and Generator Rex you can also pull up the Cartoon Network TV schedule so you know when to tune into any of you -- or your kids favorite shows.  Download link can be found past the break for all you cartoon fans out there.

Note that while you can install the CN app on a tablet, it looks pretty crappy. Stick to smartphones for now.

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3 years ago

Test build of Android 2.3.4 leaks for ThunderBolt

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Anyone with their RSS reader pointed toward Taiwan should know by now that today an Android 2.3.4 test build has leaked out for the HTC ThunderBolt. If you're not the sort who enjoys buggy test builds, better to stay away for now. But if you're the adventurous type, links to the source files and a rooted, flashable build are below.

Source: 911HTC; flashable download: XDA Developers

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