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3 years ago

New Android Market client finally pushing to the Nexus S

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The new Android Market client is finally being pushed to the Samsung Nexus S.  Nobody is really sure what took so long for Google's newest phone to get with the program; guesses range from Gingerbread compatibility with the current client, to an all-new client for Gingerbread phones only. Whatever the case may be, the wait is over for those purists who haven't cheated and dropped the new client on their phone already.

You don't have to do anything -- the Android Market pushes a silent update (we're not sure how we feel about that) and soon when you go to use the Market, it will take a little longer than usual to connect and you'll have it.  Love it or hate it, it's different and more in line with the shiny new direction Android is headingThanks, Andrew!

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3 years ago

Adobe Flash 10.1 update in the Android Market -- Tegra 2 devices look elsewhere

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In the spirit of true fragmentation, Adobe has released an update to Flash 10.1.  This update brings Flash to version 10.1.106.15, and along with whatever bug fixes and optimizations Adobe has made to the application, they've introduced a new twist -- users with devices that have a Tegra 2 chipset are advised to not update to the latest version, but to wait for a special version that will be available "soon."

While this doesn't mean much now, other than for you lucky folks with a Dell Streak 7 or one of the various tablets with the Tegra 2, this kind of thing is the real definition of fragmentation -- certain software that will only run on certain devices.  Here's hoping that Adobe can get things sorted and create one version that works for both Tegra 2 and non-Tegra devices, or that Google can straighten out the market so only applicable updates show to the end-user. 

In the meantime, if you're not sure if your new Android has a Tegra 2 chip, check out our device guide or step into the forumsThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC EVO Shift 4G review

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The power of HTC and 4G speed of Sprint,
with a killer keyboard thrown in for good measure

We couldn't have asked for a better way to review Sprint's new EVO Shift 4G than by battle testing it at CES in Las Vegas. Four days of use among more than 100,000 nerds, in press conference after press conference, with smartphone news breaking every minute (or so it seemed).

The Shift, as it's lovingly referred to by Sprint, is Sprint's third 4G-enabled Android smartphone, and the second with a slide-out keyboard. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo but doesn't have all of the whiz-bang specs as some of the other phones we saw announced during CES. And as the second phone in the EVO line (see the original EVO 4G), it has a lot to live up to. So is it worthy of the EVO name? And did it survive the nerd crunch in Las Vegas? Find out, after the break.

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3 years ago

Android 2.2 coming to Virgin Mobile USA Samsung Intercept this spring

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Although Sprint had some issues with rolling the update out back in December, causing it to be delayed until January 4th, Virgin Mobile USA is making sure they have their update working fine as kind before release. Yes, Samsung Intercept owners on Virgin Mobile US will be able to get their Android 2.2 update come spring. When, exactly, was not noted but we'll be sure to let you all know if and when we find out more. Thanks girldroid! [Twitter]

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3 years ago

iPhone on Verizon, Google Ads causing crashes and Droid 2 ROMS for better battery life [from the forums]

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Yes, the bombshell secret that wasn't all that secret has been dropped. The iPhone is now on Verizon but what does that mean for Android? Will Verizon stop the Android love for one singular device? Not likely, but we love to speculate. Join us in the forums as we discuss all things Android and a small amount of iPhone business today.

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

Someone's working on a Facebook phone

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Remember how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said they weren't working on a Facebook phone? Maybe he's not (or wasn't at the time), but it sure looks like someone is. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group got a submission dated Dec. 23 for the INQ Cloud Touch that is described as the following:

INQ Cloud Touch is an Android smartphone built to make messaging faster and smarter. It’s designed around the way people naturally communicate and has Facebook built into its core. The homescreen features multiple entry points to different Facebook functions, while a dynamic widget displays a feed of status updates, albums, videos and photos.

A lot of that's your typical hardware/software talking points ("the way people naturally communicate"). But it's the "Facebook built into its core" and "multiple entry points to different Facebook functions" that perks our ears up a little bit. That and the whole Android-based thing. So maybe we're going to see an official Facebook phone. Or maybe somebody's tapping into whatever APIs are available. [Bluetooth SIG via Pocketnow]

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3 years ago

How to tell if your phone is rooted

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It's a question get all the time: "Is my phone rooted?

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3 years ago

Dell Streak 7 gets broken down on video

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When T-Moible announced the Dell Streak 7 at CES, many were a bit puzzled when it was discovered it will be launching with Froyo. No Gingerbread, no Honeycomb. While we sit here and scratch our heads, others have been busy breaking this 7-inch successor to the original Dell Streak down. Along with T-Mobile now taking email registrations for the release of the Streak 7, a video has popped up which gives us a good look at the blood and guts of this device. Hit the break for the full video, and be warned, you may want to lower your volume for this one. [Tinh Te via Engaget]

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3 years ago

Official PlayStation app now available in Euro Android Market

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If you happen to be a European PlayStation owner with an Android device, then today is your lucky day. Sony has released the official PlayStation app for Android, a very pretty app which for the moment falls a little short on functionality. Find out more about features, along with a QR code after the jump.

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3 years ago

So there's a Verizon iPhone 4, eh?

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So there's a Verizon iPhone eh? Well isn't that special? We've been following all of the Verizon iPhone coverage at our sister site, TiPb.com, where they're just shy of asploding over the prospect of actually using an iPhone to make calls. Everything's changed. Again.

Only it hasn't, really. Same ol' iPhone, hardware-wise (yeah, the GSM radio's been swapped for CDMA). That's it. You get wireless hotspot, though. And that's nice, though Android and Palm have had that for a while now.

None of that newfangled (and pretty awesome) LTE data that we're getting on Android. None of that dual-core processor goodness that we're getting on Android. Customizable home screens? Nope. Anything-goes market? Nope. (OK, that's a plus and a minus.)

Point is, Android's not going anywhere anytime soon, Verizon iPhone or no Verizon iPhone. If anything, Verizon's going to do its damndest to make sure its already strong network remains so with the arrival of the iPhone -- and that's good news for the rest of us.

In the meantime, if you're curious about this Verizon iPhone thing, be sure to check out TiPb for the latest. And then head back here so we can get some real work done.

Anyone switching from Android to the Verizon iPhone?online survey

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