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3 years ago

Android Central theme review: Synergy for CyanogenMod 7

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This week we wanted to cover a slick theme for devices running CyanogenMod 7.  Synergy is a theme built using the T-Mobile Theme Engine, a nifty piece of software that allows you to quickly change the feel of your device without having to flash something through recovery.  Instead, themes can be found in the market and downloaded like any other application.  There are dozens of themes available, but Synergy is quickly becoming a staff favorite.

Want to write a ROM review for Android Central? We'd love to hear from you! Look here for details. Now head past the break for the review.

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3 years ago

Droid Charge about to get a bunch of bugfixes in EE4 update

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Read our Samsung Droid Charge Review!

The Samsung Droid Charge is getting itself a nice little slew of bugfixes, courtesy of an update slugged EE4. And it's a pretty good list of fixes:

  • Improved battery life when placing a voice call
  • Easily return calls within the call log entry by pressing the phone icon
  • outgoing calls from visual voicemail will be placed propely
  • Pressing and holding the 1 key will automatically route the user to the voicemail service
  • Audio has been adjusted to avoid "No audio" or "screeching sounds"
  • Accurately detect and connect to LTE
  • Enhanced browser performance
  • New email folder struction
  • Exchange password change fixes
  • Email and calendar sync fixes
  • Mobile hotspot capability restored
  • USB mass storage mode now automatically recognized
  • Phone recognizes ringtones purchased from Verizon
  • GPS improvements

Pretty good for a maintenance release. Now let's see some Gingerbread on it.

Oh, and if you're looking for a manual download, or pal DroidXcon has you taken care of.

Source: Verizon (pdf); Download: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Android Travel Tip: Document your documents

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3 years ago

Spiceworks Mobile app arrives on Android

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Working in IT at times is a daunting task so when an application comes along, that promises to help make things easier -- a lot of folks are willing to go ahead and give it a shot. Such is the case with Spiceworks and now -- they've gone mobile and in doing so have brought a lot of their core features to their mobile application:

  • Help Desk – allows IT pros to open, access, edit and manage Spiceworks help desk tickets from their Android mobile device or iPhone.
  • Inventory & Monitoring – enables users to view the status of their servers, software applications and cloud services. As a result, IT professionals on the go can stay informed about the health of important network services and devices.
  • People View – allows IT pros to access employee contact information from Spiceworks. In addition, they can easily upload employee photos taken with their Android mobile device or iPhone to their Spiceworks user profiles.
  • Community of IT Pros – gives users a way to view posts, answer questions, ask for help, and comment on topics that spark their interests from the Spiceworks community of IT pros – all from their Android mobile device or iPhone.
  • Low Bandwidth Requirements – because this is a native application, the amount of data sent between the mobile app and Spiceworks is very lean, which means it performs well over a VPN or 3G mobile network.

If you're an IT Pro in need of better mobile management tools you can jump on past the back for more information regarding Spiceworks. It could be just the mobile application you need to regain some sanity in the workplace.

Source: BusinessWire

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy Tab 10.1 now supported by ROM Manager

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It looks like you won't have to wait long for developers to get geared up for Samsung's latest beauties -- the Galaxy S 4G on T-Mobile and Galaxy Tab 10.1 (the I/O edition only for now) have both been given official support by ROM Manager.  We all know that once you make it easy to flash custom zip files to a device, people will start building those flashable zip files.  I was told to expect the retail version soon, along with a root method.

Of course, you do need to be rooted and aware of all the risks involved.  Once you're comfortable, and when your version is ready, you can download ROM Manager from the Market.  We've got the link after the break.

Source: @clockworkmod

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3 years ago

Google adds device compatibility checks to the Android Market

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Something that has long been missing from the Android Market now appears to be rolling out across the board. Yup, as shown in the above image the Android Market now offers up a device compatibility check before you download any new items.

Until now, developers have pretty much relied on their text areas to inform individuals of possible non-compatible devices but this looks to be the start of the end to all that. We're guessing that's the goal anyway -- whether or not it will go that way remains to be seen considering the broad scope of devices out there but hey -- have to start somewhere and this is so far, looking pretty good. Check it out for yourself in the Android Market.

Thanks, Gone24!

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3 years ago

Sprint reportedly boosting 4G upload speed cap to 1.5Mbps

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Sprint customers will soon be getting their maximum 4G uplink speeds boosted to 1.5 Mbps, according to an internal screen captured by Android Police. The change will kick in this Friday, June 10, and will only affect 4G phones -- 4G modems and the like will still be limited to the previous cap of 1.0 Mbps.

This is a relatively minor boost for Sprint's network -- upstream limits are generally less noticeable than download limits, especially on smartphones, where other bottlenecks can come into play. As such, the Sprint internal memo says that the carrier isn't planning on "proactively communicating" this information to customers. Still, any network speed increase has to be good news, right?

Source: Android Police

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3 years ago

Reboot fixes, Pre-orders [From the Forums]

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Aside from the excitement about the Samsung Galaxy S II NOT coming to Verizon it's been a pretty busy day around here. If you're looking to talk more about the most recent happenings, the Android Central forums is open for more conversation so check out the threads below and join in:

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3 years ago

Migrating from the EVO 4G to the EVO 3D -- a simple guide

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We know that many of you are going to be lined up bright and early come June 24, with one thing on your mind -- the EVO 3D.  Can't say we blame you, it certainly looks to be one of this years best.  We also know a lot of you guys will be retiring your EVO 4G to pick this bad boy up, and there will be questions about migrating all your "stuff" from EVO to EVO.  That's where we come in. 

There's a couple ways to go about transferring most everything over, some built in and some third party.  The good news is, all of them are pretty easy.  Hit the break and we'll sort them out.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II rumored for possible July launch on Verizon (Update: Yeah, not so much)

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Update: Hate to say we told you so, but ... yeah. Verizon got up with Engadget, saying this is all about the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and not the Galaxy S II. Move along, folks.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is now rumored for release on Verizon in July. That comes from an unnamed Verizon spokeswoman communicating with Computer World via e-mail. Words like "plan for" and "expected to" are also used, along with "no date yet."

In other words, maybe it'll be released in July. (And possibly as the Verizon Function.)

You'll have to forgive our skeptical tone, but until we see the official press release with the official date -- well, let's just say we've seen unofficial Verizon roadmaps miss the mark, the very drawn-out saga of the HTC ThunderBolt launch (not to mention the Droid Charge), the entire revamping of the Droid Bionic hardware -- and, of course, the near-killing off of the HTC Merge.

In the immortal words Boo-Boo Bera, the lesser known fictional cousin of Yankee Yogi Berra, "it ain't official till it's official, folks."

Source: Computer World; update: Engadget

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