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3 years ago

HTC Desire won't be getting an official Gingerbread update

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Bad news for those of you in the UK who have been looking forward to getting an official Gingerbread update on your HTC Desire. Looks like it's not going to happen, as the phone's just plain run out of memory, and HTC just can't squeeze in Sense and Gingerbread. (That's not the biggest shock in the world -- Sense has grown quite a bit over the last few versions.)

Here's the official word from HTC UK, via its Facebook page:

Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones. However, we’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you.

We know what you're about to say. "Just forget Sense and give us Gingerbread!" Sorry, but HTC's not going to do that. That's one of the downsides to carrier customizations -- even ones as great as HTC Sense. Sometimes the stars just don't line up. The good news is you can always root and ROM the thing.

And one other thing that needs to be mentioned: Kudos to HTC for being forthright and upfront about this. We've seen too many smartphones over the years languish with no updates, and nary a word why. It's a tough pill to swallow, but we're glad HTC's being up-front about it.

Source: HTC UK Facebook; Thanks, Dab, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Google Places finds ... a place ... on the mobile search page

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Fire up google.com from your phone's browser this morning and you'll see a few familiar buttons at the bottom. Those are borrowed from the Places app, which is now part of the default Google Apps stable. Tap one, and you'll get local results for restaurants, coffee shops, bars, fast food, what's nearby, shops, ATMs, gas stations and other attractions. It's just like the Places app, only it's been moved into the browser. A nice little treat.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in! (And to @Samlehman90 for the pic)

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3 years ago

Android Travel Tip: Automatic time zone switching

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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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