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3 years ago

The Week in Android News

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3 years ago

Gears of War theme for the Epic 4G [from the forums]

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Want a badass theme for a badass phone?  Then you'll want to have a look at the Gears of War theme for the Samsung Epic 4G.  It's based on the EC05 Froyo build, and turns your Epic into something the Delta Squad would approve.  It's all done up -- icons, notifications, dialer, and you even have your choice to drop in a nifty GoW boot animation.

And as with any modification, the most important part is the support.  Android Central adviser Paul627g will have that covered, because that's how he rolls -- helping users and spreading the Epic 4G love from coast to coast.  If you've rooted and Rom'd your Epic 4G, you'll want to take a look at this one.

Source: Android Central forumsThanks, Paul!

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3 years ago

EVO 3D dock up for preorder at Best Buy

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Remember HTC's EVO 3D desktop docking station that first appeared on Best Buy's website earlier this month? You know, the one powers your  EVO 3D while propping it up for ideal multimedia playback? Well, it is now officially on sale, though at the moment it appears to be a bit backordered. You'll have to shell out $49.99, and you'll have to wait 1 to 2 weeks for availability, but if you're looking for that perfect dock to compliment your shiny new smartphone, hit the source link to order yours today.

Source: Best Buy; Thanks, jeallen1, for the tip!

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3 years ago

LulzSec's latest (and final) leak drops off dozens of files detailing AT&T's LTE plans

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LulzSec, the anti-sec group that quickly rose to Internet infamy over the past month or so, has just as quickly disbanded and disappeared back into the ether -- but not without one last data dump. And buried inside the 450-or-so megabytes is a folder labeled "AT&T internal data." And inside that folder is a massive dump of AT&T's plans, memos, timelines and other sundries regarding its LTE rollout.

Most of the documents are highly technical and are obviously pointed at engineers, talking about the back-end stuff that we never see -- and that most of us have no chance of actually understanding. And the documents themselves are pretty old in the scheme of things, from late 2010 to early 2011. So keep in mind that anything you read in there likely isn't up to date, was never intended for public consumption, and is very likely to change.

But one interesting tidbit is AT&T's apparent plan to market LTE data with various speed tiers, which it's calling "Speed Based Pricing." Verizon's about to switch to tiered pricing for its data plans (3G and 4G), but that's based on total consumption, not speed. The basic idea would be pay more, and you get faster LTE speeds. Not exactly a new premise -- cable companies have been doing this for Internet access for a while now, but it'd be an interesting change in the mobile space.

And then there's "Session Based Pricing," or the option for faster data speeds when you need them (that's the "per session"), even if you're a slower plan. Interesting stuff, actually.

Now, all that said: Something we haven't seen in the leaks are any specific smartphone plans. Nor are there any juicy pictures of upcoming phones and anything. In fact, it could well be that the speed-based pricing will be geared toward laptop-type data and not for smartphones. Will there be a difference between that and smartphones? Dunno. Point is, we're looking at this as an interesting look into what we might eventually see if and when AT&T's LTE network is up and running -- and not as anything written in stone.

Source: LulzSec

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3 years ago

LG Optimus One receives official Gingerbread update in Romania

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If you have an LG Optimus One, and have been waiting for that long rumored Gingerbread update to finally become a reality it appears as though your time has come. Reports are rolling in of official Gingerbread updates rolling through for the device, the first was for the V20G version in Romania which started receiving the roll out yesterday, and other carriers are confirming it to be coming in the next few months as well. So, fear not, you are not left behind, it is just a matter of timing at this point!

Source: Facebook: Thanks, Kiraly!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II review (Vodafone network)

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Wow. Even if you've used a dual-core smartphone before, it's difficult not to be blown away by the sheer speed of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Whatever we threw at it during our couple of weeks of testing, it just kept on going, stubbornly refusing to show even the slightest sign of slowdown. The combination of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and Samsung's dual-core Exynos processor makes the Galaxy S II one of the fastest Android phones we've tested. And the thin and light chassis means you don't have to sacrifice portability to get this level of performance. Couple that with a large SuperAMOLED+ display, and you've got yourself a seriously advanced smartphone.

We tested the Vodafone UK-branded version of the Galaxy S II, which the network is offering for free on contracts of £30 or more per month. Join us after the break to find out what impressed us so much about Samsung's latest and greatest, and also where there's some room for improvement in this flagship product.

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3 years ago

Must-read EVO 3D threads

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Got a brand-new Sprint EVO 3D? You're hardly alone. Our forums are the best place to find all the tips and tricks -- from readers like you! Here are but a few you should check out.

And many, many more. Check 'em out in the EVO 3D forums!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 25, 2011

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Apps are fun. They are what keep our devices in our hands far longer then they should be, and allow us to do lots of different things while on the go. Unfortunately finding the perfect app is not always easy, but that's where we step in and help you all out. So, let's hit the break and take a look at some of our favorites from this week.

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3 years ago

Android Market adds user review breakdowns

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If any of you have been on the Android Market as of late, you might have noticed another helpful addition right beneath the screenshots. For your viewing pleasure, it looks like Google has rolled out a total rating breakdown, as well as a more accurate average rating.

This is a much welcome and helpful feature, especially if you just need to know if that 4.5 star rating is really a 4.5. More transparency is always good, especially when you're trying to judge the quality of an app prior to installation.

I think we can all agree, though, that the most useful feature is finally getting to see how many people 1-star rated something. And we all know the name for those folk: trolls.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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