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3 years ago

Editorial: My dog's better than your dog -- but only to me

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It's high time we talk about the way we act and represent ourselves, both here at Android Central and across the intertubes.  Cruise through any smartphone forums or blog comments, and you'll soon see a common theme.  We like to argue, sometimes to the point of acting the fool.  I'll admit -- I can get a bit snarky, and have probably caused an admin or two more trouble than I should, so I'm not pointing fingers at anyone in particular.  But I can bet that anytime I'm reading a story about LTE, I'll see people digging about price or downtime.  Or if it's about the EVO 3D, I'll read how Sprint's coverage "sucks."  I won't even get started on what a T-Mobile- or AT&T-based story turns into.  Well, here's a hint:

We're all wrong.

We love to interact with you guys (yet sometimes we're so busy we don't have time to), and we get the same questions quite a bit -- is X phone better than Y, or should I switch to carrier Z?  Well, there is no answer to that.  What works best for me, isn't going to work best for you.  If that were true, Google would be selling 400,000 copies of the Nexus S per day, and T-Mobile's tiny network would assplode.  Yes, I know it has no SD card slot, it's not HSPA+, has no notification light, and is made of "cheap feeling" plastic.  But I don't care -- it's what I like.  Just like you enjoy your Evo 4G on Sprint.  Or your Thunderbolt on Verizon, or your Atrix 4G on AT&T.  Different strokes for different folks and all that. 

We're lucky here because we get to play with a lot of new Android phones, and we have all learned just why there are so many different makes and models.  Choice.  There's something for everyone, and none of the choices are wrong.  In fact, maybe none of the Android choices are for you, and that's OK.  My point is, I can't decide what works best for you -- whether it be the best network, the best phone, or the best tablet.  We're here to guide as best we can with device reviews, talk about apps, and even news about bugs and problems, but in the end you'll figure out what seems best for you, and that's what counts.  So rock that Backflip or Droid Charge with pride, it's all good.

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3 years ago

LeafROM for the Samsung Replenish shows Android developers love them all

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You would think that an Android phone like the Samsung Replenish wouldn't draw much attention from independent Android developers, but you would be wrong.  Android Central ROM developer Shabbypenguin and his cohorts in the ACS have cranked out the beta version of LeafROM for the little eco-friendly Sprint qwerty phone and it already has a great set of features in place.  Besides being theme-friendly and debloated, things like the Gingerbread malware patch have been added, and things like "rescue server" (regarded as a carrier tracking app) have been removed.  If you picked up a Replenish, and want to have the Android experience of rooting and hacking away at it, you need to have a look. 

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic accessories shown in blurrycam pic from Verizon earnings report

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A tipster that's "close to the matter" was able to send us this blurrycam shot of a slide shown at the end of the Verizon earnings report, and it includes a few Motorola Droid Bionic details.  This basically confirms the laptop dock, full Bluetooth keyboard, and HD webtop dock with IR remote ability.  There's no word if any of these docking accessories that already are available for the Motorola Atrix 4G are compatible, but we're not holding our breath.  It also shows off the chrome banding around the edge of the device, which lends that extra bit of design to an otherwise generic black slab.  Of course the news we all really want to know -- the release date -- is nowhere to be seen.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE launch date pegged at July 28

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Read our complete Galaxy Tab 10.1 review


And there you have it, folks. Looks like the "official" (insofar as leaked launch dates go) launch date for Verizon's LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is July 28. Interesting is that according to this screen (and confirmed by another at Droid-Life), only the gray version of the Galaxy Tab (see our hands-on with the gray edition) will be available in stores at first -- the white version will be direct fulfillment (aka shipped) only.

Pricing remains as previously announced: $529 for the 16GB version, $629 for the 32GB version.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for July 23, 2011

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If you love applications but have a hard time finding new applications to install, you won't want to miss this. We bring you yet again some more of our favorite applications for this past week, so let's hit the break and take a look at what we got.

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile Canada HTC Sensation OTA update coming July 25

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The HTC Sensation kicked things off fairly well, but HTC is aware there are still some bugs in the software. In an effort to correct them they've been rolling out small updates to carriers who have taken on the device. Virgin Mobile Canada is next in line -- as noted on their Facebook page an update to correct a booting issue with the device is coming as of July 25. Nice to see an update pushed out quickly.

Source: Facebook

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3 years ago

20th Century Fox going to allow digital downloads to Android devices

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In a surprising move, 20th Century Fox announces that it will allow digital downloads of its  movies to Android devices.

Starting in October, customers who purchase a Blu-ray disc of a movie by 20th Century Fox will be able to download the content to their computer, which can then be loaded onto the device. The first film that will offer this option is going to be "X-Men: First Class" (which can already be pre-ordered).

Here is a quote from Vincent Marcais, who is Senior Vice President of Marketing for the film studio:

“Given its strong growth as a mobile operating system, the support for Android is an important move for us because it further enhances Blu-ray discs as the best way to get your movies to all your screens.”

This is great news for Android users as it offers just one more way to get high quality content on the phone or tablet. With Netflix expanding, Google Video rentals soon to debut and movie studios such as 20th Century Fox allowing digital downloads, the content catelog continues to improve.

Source: Financial Times

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix Gingerbread update rolling out now for AT&T users

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It was only a few days ago we got word that AT&T had started the Gingerbread soak for the Motorola Atrix, now -- the update, v4.5.9.1 is rolling out to users who are running stock builds on their devices. If you're rooted or have unlocked your bootloader to load the previously beta version, you will need to flash back. The full announcement info is past the break for you all, and don't hesitate to let us know how the update is working for you in the comments or in the Android Central forums. If manual updates are more your thing, the updates are available on the Motorola site.

Image Credit: XDA; Thanks for sending this in Aaron!

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3 years ago

Vipre Mobile security app for Android now in public beta testing

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From the folks who brought you Vipre Antivirus for Windows, Vipre Mobile for Android is now available for a public beta testing.  Along with the standard functions you would expect from a security application, Vipre offers a bit of parental controls and some unique methods to block messages containing phrases or words deemed undesirable.  Here's how they describe the features in a weekly newsletter sent out to current users of their PC software:

Antivirus: VIPRE Mobile's powerful Antivirus protects your data and privacy
from malicious software that can affect your Android device's normal
operation - or worse, steal or destroy personal information.

Antispam: Spam is not only annoying, it may contain malicious links. Antispam
stops texting spam from hitting your phone, blocking by content or by
specific phone numbers.

AppControl: You may want to show off your phone or maybe a friend needs to
make a call. But there are some applications that you just don't want anyone
else to run like personal email, or online financial programs. With
AppControl, you can control what applications can be run on your Android
device with or without permission.

Remote Locate: Ever want to know where your children are. With VIPRE Mobile
you can track their Android phone or device on a map from the VIPRE Mobile
website. You can even follow its location, showing you where it's been over a
period of time.

Remote Wipe: If your device is ever lost or stolen, you can easily remotely
wipe its contents so that no one will be able to see your personal
information.

Remote Alarm: How many times have you asked "Where did I leave my phone?"
Just got to the VIPRE Mobile website and set the remote alarm and your device
will emit a very hearable and loud tone.

Backup: Maintain and protect your vital contacts, pictures, videos and other
personal items safe on our secure online servers. If your device is ever lost
(or you buy a new one and want to transfer your data), just click one button
to bring it all back. You can also backup your data to an SD card.

Monitoring: Parents can keep an eye on all your child's phone activities
including IM chats, websites visited, and call logs.

Anti-sexting: Block inappropriate texts of a sexual nature from being sent or
received. The online world is not always the safest place, keep your children
safe.

Anti-bullying: Cyberbullying has become epidemic and can cause potentially
painful emotional harassment to children. Our cyberbullying feature looks for
abusive bullying language in texts and blocks it.

Parental Controls: From the website you can easily enable or disable web
browsing, email, texting, phone calls or texting while driving, or simply set
time restrictions when it's appropriate to use these features.

I'm sure many parents out there will be interested in a bit more control over what their kids are doing with an Android smartphone, and it looks like Vipre is trying to fill that need.  As mentioned, the application is currently in an open beta, so like all other things beta there may be bugs.  If you're feeling brave and want to check it out, hit the source link for more details and a download (Android 2.2 or higher). 

Source: Vipre MobileThanks, Jimbo5000!

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3 years ago

HTC Ruby: Android or WP7 device?

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Here is your questionable device for the day. Say hello to the HTC Ruby -- a device that interestingly enough, we can only see the backside reflection of in what is positively an HTC Flyer. The real kicker? According to Flickr the images were actually snapped using an HTC Ruby. Our friends over at WPCentral are in just as much debate about this as we are, except they're hoping it is a Windows Phone 7 device rather then Android. What do you all think -- Android or Windows Phone 7?

Source: Flickr; Via: WPCentral

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