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4 years ago

New rumor puts Froyo for the Droid Incredible on Sept. 1 (sound familiar?) Update: Yep, it's another bad rumor

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 Dinc getting Froyo?

As always, we have no idea when your Droid Incredible will get Froyo, but someone claims to, and they tell Droid Life that Sept. 1 is the new date, and that we'll see a marketing push ahead of it. (Lest we all forget, somebody recently told Mashable that Aug. 18 was going to be the date, too. And we all know how that worked out.) At this point the only proof I'll accept to say it's "confirmed" will be Verizon saying they already rolled it out and brings me an updated phone on a silver platter.  Anyway, to be safe -- get things backed up and ready for next week.  And for Pete's sake if you get an update holler from the rooftops, and let us know! [Droid Life]

[Ed. note: Any time we use the words "Verizon," "update" and "date" in the same sentence, our mothers and lawyers remind us that there's a better than average chance that we'll get through the target day without anything actually happening. Just saying.]

Update: Sure enough, and no surprise to anyone, this rumor has been debunked, by the source itself. Again, folks, we'll see it when we see it.

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4 years ago

Slew of Verizon phones may see end of life in March 2011

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Verizon EOL list

A handful of Verizon Android smartphones appear to have their end-of-life dates hung over their heads. Phones that already have shuffled off this mortal coil are the HTC Droid Eris (June 16) and original Droid (August 6).

And a handful of phones -- the Droid Incredible, LG Ally, Droid 2 and Droid X -- apparently are slated for EOL on March 31, 2011. (Edit: Yes, 2011, not 2010.) That's give the Droid Deuce a mere seven-month lifespan, which isn't out of the question, given that the original Droid isn't even a year old yet.

Then there's the Motorola Devour, whose EOL date is listed as March 1, 2011. Only, we've already seen it listed as being under EOL, and we'd be very surprised if that March date is correct. So what does that mean? Who knows. And who knows how firm these March 2011 dates are. And either way, it's not like your phone will stop working come next spring. [Phonedog]

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4 years ago

Android's Amazon MP3 app updated to allow for gift/promo codes

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Amazon MP3 app

Android's Amazon MP3 app has gotten an update, and if it's a good one if you have any promo or gift codes, which you can now enter to save yourself some dough.

You have to enter the code before you attempt to purchase a song or album. Press the menu button, the enter the settings, and you'll see the "Enter a claim code" option. Not the best way of doing things, but there you go. Update your app now, and there's a download link after the break if you need it.

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4 years ago

Taking Android back to school -- apps every student should have

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Going back to school! 

It's that time of year again, when young men and women everywhere are packing their things, filling out student loan forms, and heading off to the hallowed halls of higher learning.  While those of us who are shipping off their kids can enjoy the lower utility bills and the freedom to wander naked to the kitchen for a midnight snack, for the students this time of year sure can be stressful.  Maybe we can't help you get the schedule you want, or tell you how to cope with that certain professor who let's you know "nobody gets an A in my class," but we can suggest an application or two that you might find useful.

Go get your microwave from student services, get your password from IT, and follow after the break to see Android Central's staff application picks for back to school!

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4 years ago

Samsung Media Hub 'coming soon'

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Samsung Media Hub

Samsung Media Hub is coming, all right. Just a matter of when, and where (OK, to the Galaxy S phones), and how. Stay tuned, folks.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2 testing ROM leaked

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 G2

Waiting for the G2 to release on T-mobile and feeling impatient?  If you're into the hackery fun, you can download and check out what looks to be the leaked engineering test ROM right now.  The ROM is Android 2.2 (Froyo), has a HSDPA 14.4M + HSUPA 5.76M radio file, and is running the 2.6.32 Linux kernel.  You can grab the leaked file here (site's in Han Chinese, use Google translate FTW).  Looks like the G2 will be the hackers dream that it's little brother the G1 was, and everyone involved should love that! [HTC 911 via AndroidGuys]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HTC G2 (or maybe the Glacier) visits the FCC

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The documentation for a new device from HTC has passed through the hands of the discerning FCC seeking approval. The device was filed under model code PC10100 and supports AWS 3G, which is the radio frequency known only to T-Mobile USA, accompanied by the ever-so-common 802.11n WiFi band. It’s most likely that this is the G2, (aka Vision) which is nearing its debut. If that happens to be the case, the HSPA+ support mentioned in the documentation is finalized, if it’s not the Vision, then this, "PC10100" just might be the mysterious, multi-core “Glacier.” [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid 2 rooted

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Droid 2 rooted

Well, that didn't take too long. The Motorola Droid 2 (read our full review) has been rooted. We're not quite in one-click territory yet -- you're going to need to do a tiny bit of command line work, but really nothing more scary than following directions and copying and pasting. And that's not so bad, now is it? [XDA Developers via Android Community]

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4 years ago

SE Xperia X8 passes the FCC, user manual available

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 SE Xperia X8

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 has passed the testing of the FCC, and information (including the user manual and a mess of pictures) is available for your viewing pleasure.  While the prototype looks a little different from the polished glamor shot when the X8 was announced by SE, the specs remain the same -- and that's a concern.  The hardware is passable for a mid-range phone, but Android 1.6 is soo last decade (or at least last year).  It's still worth a look. Here's a direct link to the user manual and here's one to the pictures. (Warning: They're PDFs.) [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Not to be left out, Samsung Captivate now only one cent on Amazon

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 Amazon's Captivate page

Oh, jealousy is a beautiful thing. After seeing its T-Mobile brother, the Vibrant, going for a mere penny last week, the Samsung Captivate (read the full review here) has seen its price slashed down to a single cent as well. The phone does require a new two-year contract with AT&T if you had any doubt.  No word on how long this deal will be good for, but we would suggest pulling the switch sooner rather than later. [Amazon via BGR]

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4 years ago

The Android Central Interview - Adobe's Ryan Stewart

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Audio-only stream below

Phil and Jerry chat with Adobe Platform Evangelist Ryan Stewart about Flash, AIR, and when your phone will get them. Maybe.

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4 years ago

Case Review: Talon hard shell case for the Evo 4G

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Talon hard shell case 

The Talon hard shell case is a very slim and attractive way to protect your Evo 4G. Machined from a single piece of metal hard plastic, the Talon case fits snugly, yet is easy to put on your Evo, as well as remove.  Very lightweight, this case adds no bulk yet completely covers the rear of your phone, keeping things protected and scratch-free.  The graphics -- in this case the Cupid's Arrow -- are screened onto the surface, under the final finishing coat.  It's not going to rub off. Want more? Let's continue after the break.

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4 years ago

Google Finance cleans up for Android

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Google Finance

Google has updated its mobile Google Finance page, and says they now have unified the experience across the desktop and mobile for Android (and iPhone) users.  According to Bryan Shih, Product Manager at Google Finance, the most requested feature from users was a "fast and easy to use website."  To find the new site from your Android phone, just search a stock ticker symbol from the the search bar in the browser, or the Google search widget/button; or tap the Finance link at the top of the Google mobile webpage.

App junkies have no fear, you can still download the Finance app from Google, and links are after the break. But, honestly, after seeing the new website I don't think you'll want to. Thanks, G.  [Google Finance Blog]

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4 years ago

Motorola Quench XT5 specs revealed, not quenching your thirst for Froyo

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 Quench XT5

Specifications and an image of the Motorola Quench XT5 have trickled out, and it looks like another low- to mid-range handset that we'll love to hate.  Besides what you see in the picture above, the Quench XT5 will come running Eclair (Android 2.1), have 256 MB RAM and 523 MB of ROM, FM radio and DivX playback ability.  No word on processor speed.  One thing to note -- this doesn't appear to have any sort of NinjaPhilBlur, so you vanilla fans in Europe may be pleased with it.  Yes, Europe, as this appears to be the successor to the original Quench, so we expect it to hit Europe first --  and there's no word on a Cliq or Dext version just yet.  [CellPassion via Engadget]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Charm available today

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T-Mobile Charm

You can have it in golden bronze, or you can have it in cabernet -- but either way, you can have the Motorola Charm on T-Mobile today for a mere $74.99 after contract and rebate. With it you get this little (that's a 2.8-inch screen, folks) square monster with a full QWERTY keyboard. There's a 3MP camera, Adobe Flash Lite, Motoblur, Android 2.1 and the back of the phone doubles as a trackpad. So 'fess up: Who's getting this guy? [T-Mobile]

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