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3 years ago

Droid X Gingerbread update pushing out ... now!

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You went to sleep last night, didn't you. (OK, so did we.) But wake up this morning, and that Droid X Gingerbread soak test has turned into a full-fledged dunking, with the update rolling out en masse. Lest you forget what you're getting: Coming down the pike is Android 2.3.3. Not the latest version of Gingerbread, but pretty close. You'll also have a new version of the Blur user interface, so things will look slightly different when you're done. It's a 111.8-megabyte download, so it might take a minute or two to snag.

To get the update, if you don't already see it, just go to Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates, and you'll be on your way.

More: Droid X forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Sensation 4G available at Walmart June 12, in T-Mobile stores 'by June 15'

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T-Mobile announced tonight that the HTC Sensation 4G will be available "by June 15" in retail stores nationwide, leaving open the possibility of earlier availability. Or if a hard date's your thing, you can get it June 12 at select Walmart locations. Pricing was not announced. In a separate release, T-Mobile said the Sensation 4G will cost $199 with a 2-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.

The Sensation has quickly become one of the most anticipated phones of the summer, with its 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD display, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8MP camera and 1080p video recording. And along with that it's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, with the latest version of HTC's Sense user interface, including the updated lock screen that will take you straight to different functions of the device.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

SlingPlayer beta for Google TV opens soon

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SlingBox has announced that the SlingPlayer for connected devices beta will soon be coming to Google TV.  that means users with a SlingBox Solo or Pro-HD will soon be able to use Google TV to watch programming from their SlingBox on any Google TV with an Internet connection, in addition to using the mobile version of SlingPlayer on their smartphones.

This is a great way to get more content on Google TV, which has seen content providers block access until they figure out how to license for it.  Word is, the SlingPlayer for connected devices is more of a stand alone WebApp than a native Android application, and will be working it's way to other devices eventually.  This also means you won't have to wait for Google to get Honeycomb and the Android Market onto your Google TV unit to try it out.  If you want to try to get in on the action, hit the source link to sign up for the beta.  We have a video demo of the app in action after the break.

Source: SlingBox via Engadget

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3 years ago

Transformer 3.1 update, data usage on the Thunderbolt [From the forums]

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As we all settle in to bring you the best in Android news for the week, we'd first like to say that we hope you all had a great long weekend and took some time out for the Memorial Day celebrations. We're already off to a great start this week for news and there is plenty more where that came from so jump on into the forums and see what you may have missed over the weekend.

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

HTC Merge on US Cellular today, LG Genesis coming June 9

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If the US Cellular HTC Merge and LG Genesis sound familiar, well, they should. We first broke the news some weeks ago that the HTC Merge would be available on the regional carrier, and that day has come. You can pick one up for $149.99 on contract (and after a $100 mail-in rebate). That's the same HTC Merge that at one time was destined for Verizon, but it unceremoniously faded away.

And then there's the LG Genesis -- another phone that at one time appeared headed to Verizon before we broke the news that it'd be coming to USCC. And come June 9, you can pick it up, too (along with its dual screens) for $149 after contract and rebate.

Full presser's after the break.

Source: HTC Merge on US Cellular
More: HTC Merge forums; LG Genesis Forums

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Black review

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New display technology in a ultra-slim form factor, the LG Optimus Black brings a high level of style to Android.  But is it the phone for you?

The LG Optimus Black is the latest offering from LG Electronics, bringing a stylish form factor, the new "Nova" display technology, and some unique features on top of Android 2.2.  If you're looking for the latest dual-core gigabyte of RAM monster phone, you're looking in the wrong place, but not all of us are looking for that.  One quick inspection of the phone will tell you -- LG wasn't trying to win a specifications race here, they have other models to fill that hole.  Instead, it feels as is they were focused on design, and try to bring a new level of elegance to the Android platform. 

The real question -- did they succeed?  That's a loaded question, as we all have differences of opinion when it comes to what looks and feels high-end.  Hit the break, and see what I think of the Optimus Black, and decide if it's something you will need a little alone time with and form your own opinion.

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3 years ago

Nexus S Seidio Innocell 3500mAh extended battery

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Extended batteries and Android go together like peanut butter and jelly.  The phones are powerful and connected, and need the juice.  The Seidio Innocell 3500mAh battery for the Nexus S takes the simple idea of a larger battery to the extreme.  Checking in at more than double the standard 1440mAh battery for the Nexus S, it delivers when it comes to keeping you up and running longer.  If you're one who still talks a lot on the phone (yes, they really are phones!) you'll love it. 

Here at the homestead, we dropped the landline ages ago.  My Nexus S is my phone, 24/7.  Whether I'm doing important business with Pizza Hut, calling Mom and Dad to say hello, or talking to my kids, it's all done with my Nexus S.  Phone calls can destroy the battery on an Android phone, but since I got the Seidio Innocell, I don't even worry about checking the battery status.  I still charge my phone every night, but I'll bet I wouldn't have to. 

Until battery technology catches up with everything else, that's how it's going to be.  Android phones in particular, because they are so connected, tend to be hard on batteries, and we spend hours trying and discussing tricks to get more from their batteries.  The best trick of them all?  Get a big extended battery and stop worrying about it.  The Seidio Innocell  adds some girth to the profile (about 1 cm extra width), and comes with it's own battery cover -- one with Seidio's soft touch coated plastic.  All the cut-outs for camera, speaker and USB ports are there, and it doesn't feel bad in your hand at all.  The little bit of extra weight is no problem on a phone that many thought felt too light to start with.  One thing that needs mentioned, there is no NFC antenna in the extended battery cover.  You'll lose that functionality, if you had plans on ever using it.  Other than that, there's just not much here not to like. We've got a handful of pictures after the break, have a look. 

If you find yourself fighting with your Nexus S battery more often than you would like, you can grab the Seidio Innocell 3500mAh battery from the Android Central store for $64.95.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro getting its Gingerbread update

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The rumors are true, folks. While your phone likely is still languishing with Froyo (hey, could be worse), the Motorola Droid Pro (read our full review) is getting its Gingerbread update. And why shouldn't it? We found the Droid Pro to be a more-than capable (if a little small) 3.1-inch Android smartphone, with the front-facing QWERTY keyboard that so many of us had been wanting.

Anyhoo, back to the update. Looks like it's Android 2.3.3 (Build number 4.5.1-110-VNS-11, if you're into that sort of thing). You'll have the updated version of Motorola's Blur skin (which isn't the worst thing in the world), as well as all the tweaks that Gingerbread can muster.

Thanks, Eric!

Droid Pro ReviewDroid Pro ForumsDroid Pro Accessories

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Plants vs. Zombies

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

At long last -- it's time for Plants vs. Zombies on Android. And it's instantly addicting. Turns you into a Plants vs. Zombies zombie, even.

Gamplay is simple. You've got a house. Zombies are attacking your house. And the only thing standing between you and the zombies are your plants. You start out with just a few basic resources. Your single-shot plants, the sun to provide some, well, sun for the plants, and sunflowers for extra sun. You collect suns to purchase more plants. The more plants you have, the more zombies you can kill.

And that's it. Plants vs. Zombies doesn't require quite as much strategy as some tower defense games, which is nice, but it can seem a bit too easy at times, at least in our initial time playing.

Plants vs. Zombies is available now in the Amazon Appstore (free today, $2.99 regularly).

Download: Plants vs. Zombies

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play finally launches on O2 UK

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Following almost two months of delays caused by software issues, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has finally launched on British network O2. The phone is available now in O2-exclusive white and the original black, for £429.99 off-contract, or for free on contracts of £37 or more per month. A fairly hefty sum, but O2's sweetening the deal by including 10 free games and a multimedia dock with online purchases.

Check our our Xperia Play hands-on for more on the first PlayStation-certified smartphone.

Source: O2 UK

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