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3 years ago

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G hands-on

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The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, an upcoming device from Samsung, brings both style and innovation and meshes it perfectly with an awesome Android experience. Whether you are a previous Sidekick user or just simply a T-Mobile user who is in need of a device with a physical QWERTY that will allow for excellent messaging, this device is definitely one you will want to check out.

We have spent the past few hours getting to know the device quite well, checking out all the various options, and playing with the applications, so join us after the break to take a deeper look into this device.

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 56

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry and Cory tackle all the Gingerbread leaks, the lack of Froyo on the Fascinate, and whether you really should be thinking about rooting your phone. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Verizon Droid Charge specs compared

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Droid Charge mobile hotspot supports 10 devices

How do the upcoming Droid Charge specs stack up against the rest of Verizon's inventory? Well, Big Red's sending out word, at least internally. And when you put it up against the likes of the HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Fascinate, Droid 2 Global and iPhone 4, well, it does quite nicely.

We'd like to have seen a little more on-board storage, but note that the Wifi hotspot can serve as many as 10 devices. And that's 10 devices being fed through an LTE connection, which you can't do on the Fascinate, Droid 2 Global or iPhone 4G.

Anyhoo, check out the whole list after the break, and let us know what you think of the Droid Charge specs. Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Verizon's Droid Charge training begins -- bring on the phone!

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Hey, look at that .Verizon's starting to train up peeps on the upcoming Samsung Droid Charge. Nothing here we didn't know before, thanks to our look at the phone three months ago at CES, but it's good to see things are progressing nicely. Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant gets some bugfixes; load KB5 via Kies Mini

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Slipped in under the radar this week has been an update to the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant. This update -- aka T959UVKB5 (or KB5, for short) is just some bugfixes, and T-Mobile's not saying exactly what bugs are being fixed. (No, it's not Gingerbread.)

And now, the bad part: The update's not being pushed out over the air. Instead, you have to use the Samsung Kies Mini software. It's not the worst thing in the world, but it's also a bit ridiculous that you have to plug in your phone to update it when Android has such an excellent OTA upgrade system. Le sigh.

Anyhoo, charge up, plug in and wash them bugs right out of your hair, if you're so inclined. [T-Mobile via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Slackerjack!

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3 years ago

Samsung releases Froyo source code for the ... wait for it ... Fascinate

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OK, folks, now this could turn into a thing. Because tucked into Samsung's Open Source Resource Center this morning is ... Froyo source code ... for the Samsung Fascniate.

We'll let that sink in for a minute.

So what we've got is version ED01, with Android 2.2.1. Now, what can you do with it? If you're a normal Android user, you can sit back and wait for ROM developers to crank new stuff out -- this isn't something you can directly flash to your phone. No, that'll still have to come through Verizon, and hopefully this is an indication that we'll finally see something soon.

If you do want to check it out, head over to the source link and search for SCH-I500. Thanks, Daniel! More in the Samsung Fascinate Forums

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2X now available via the T-Mobile website

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T-Mobile has officially launched the T-Mobile G2X, their version of the LG Optimus 2X. Right now if you head on over to the T-Mobile website you'll find the device listed for $199.99 with a new 2-year contract or if you prefer -- $499.99 with no contract at all. As a reminder of what, exactly you get for that money the specs are:

  • 4-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Dual core Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz
  • 8 MP rear camera / 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • HSPA+ compatible
  • Video recording at 1080p
  • 8GB internal memory

Be sure to check out our previous hands-on with the LG Optimus 2X if you're still on the fence. Of course, if you wanna skip all that and get your order in as soon as possible hit up the T-Mobile website. Remember, stores won't be stocking it until April 20. [T-Mobile via TMoNews]

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3 years ago

AT&T LG Thrive hands-on

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Well look what just dropped into our inbox. A happy Android Central reader just sent us a slew of pics of the LG Thrive -- the prepaid version of the LG Phoenix, both of which are AT&T's version of the venerable LG Optimus One (see our full review). The Thrive is a "Go Phone" -- you pay for service in advance -- and it's a mere $179.

You can pick one up on Sunday (the Phoenix will run you $49 with a two-year contract). Or, you can head on past the break and check out a whole mess 'o pics. Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

HTC Pyramid ROM leaked with the new Sense 3.0

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Hide your Droid X, hide your Evo, hide your Desire, 'cause they leaking everything up in here -- and that includes the ROM dump for the HTC Pyramid (which should be the HTC Sensation).  It's leaked out in all it's Sense 3.0 glory and ROM developers are already scratching their heads and figuring out how to squeeze any of it on to earlier devices.

It's a dump from an Asian model, so it's chock full of things you'll not understand or ever want to use.  We did take a few minutes and pull a bunch of new wallpapers out of it -- you can find them posted here in the forums, so give those a look for sure.  Another interesting little tidbit -- the dump is full of widgets with 3D in the name.  Don't read too much into this, but it's worth a mention.  If you feel the need to fool around with the ROM files themselves, hit the source link.  [911HTC]

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3 years ago

Last Chance: Win a Tablet of your choice from TouchType!

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OK, folks. Last chance to win! To celebrate 1 million downloads of their SwiftKey keyboard app, TouchType is giving away a tablet each to THREE lucky winners! Which tablets? Whichever the winner chooses so long as they're available for purchase for up to $800 where he or she lives. iPad 2, PlayBook, Xoom, Galaxy Tab are all on the table.

How do you enter? TouchType has put together a small survey which shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes to complete. That's it - well, that and a quick perusal of the official entry rules just to make sure you're eligible (sorry minors and SPE employees). The contest is open to readers of Android Central, CrackBerry.com, TiPb, and WPCentral and ends at midnight tonight April 14.

Not familiar with TouchType? You may have also seen that TouchType made a splash at this year's CTIA with their tablet keyboard for Honeycomb - that's coming soon, but SwiftKey is available now for Android devices. 

So get cracking on the survey, folks - these tablets aren't going to give themselves away.

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