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3 years ago

This Week in Android News

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It was a busy week in the Android world and here at Android Central as we got ahold of a variety of new devices, two of which have been officially released. The Droid Incredible 2 and the Casio G'zOne Commando were released on Verizon last week. The Droid Charge was supposed to join them, but was delayed due to LTE issues. We also got a good look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and ASUS EeePad Transformer. There are loads of exciting devices hitting stored and coming soon, so check out our initial reviews for the one that suits you best.

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3 years ago

HTC Flyer WiFi for $499 on pre-order from Best Buy

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As promised, Best Buy has launched its pre-order page for the HTC Flyer WiFi-only model for $499. The estimated arrival dates are between May 22 and 27, so it would seem HTC has pegged a late May launch for the tablet. Make sure you check out our hands-on with the Flyer WiFi and then jump past the source link to reserve a Flyer of your own.

Source: Best Buy; via Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Droid Charge found inside a Walmart, more evidence of a Tuesday launch?

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Read our Droid Charge initial review

We just learned that the Droid Charge could finally be released Tuesday and that Costco would begin receiving the device on Monday. And backing that up even further is this picture of Droid Charges at Walmart, making things that much more likely.

The delay comes in the wake of last week's LTE crash, leaving Verizon customers with the HTC Thunderbolt -- a 4G phone like the Droid Charge -- stuck on the relatively ancient 1xRTT network. No sense releasing a 4G phone that can't do 4G. (Oh hai Moto Xoom.)

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab coming to Target stores May 15?

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We just got this in from a tipster working at Target who received a non-retail, working display model of the Acer Iconia Tab.  A quick inspection of the box label tells us that the proposed sale date is May 15, thanks to some squinting and a bit of photo editing software wizardry.  We know that you can snag one at Best Buy for $450, but as my wife often reminds me "You might find that cheaper at Target".

Having said that, there's no word on any pricing, or if this will be at all Target stores or just a select few.  Hopefully this is just the beginning and we soon see a full scale pricing war for tablets from all vendors.  There's another pic of the back of the box after the break.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for April 30, 2011

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If you're anything like we are here at Android Central, you love suggestions about must-have apps. Nothing brightens our day more than finding that new essential app that makes you wonder what life was like before it. Here are some of our favorites from the past week for your downloading pleasure.

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3 years ago

Droid Charge may go on sale Tuesday (Updated with more confirmation)

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Read our Droid Charge initial review

The question on everyone's mind this week following the crash of Verizon's LTE network and the delay of the Samsung Droid Charge is "When will the phone finally go on sale?" If the above screen shot is any indication, Tuesday may be the day.

It looks like Costco is expecting to start getting the Droid Charge on Monday (it'll either get a "Go" or a revised launch date on Monday, too), with a hard "do not sell" order until Tuesday. And all locations should be stocked by the end of the day on Wednesday.

So it's not asking too much to read into this that the Droid Charge could be available to the general public -- and not just at Costco -- on Tuesday. We've certainly got our fingers crossed. While you wait, be sure to check out our initial review. And we've got one more pic after the break.

Update: We've gotten a Costco inventory screen that confirms what you see above, with an "expected arrival" of May 5. Check it out after the break.

Thanks, Anon!

Droid Charge SpecsDroid Charge ForumsDroid Charge Accessories

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3 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 is already a beast -- and now it's rooted

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Look out, all you tweakers and overclockers -- there's a new kid on the block who's likely to take the throne in very short order -- the Samsung Galaxy S 2.  Right out of the box it's an awesome performer, chewing through benchmark tests like candy even with less than optimized software on board.  We're hearing from all over about how smooth and quick it is, and everyone seems pretty darn impressed.

And to make things a bit more interesting, the phone isn't locked down in any way and already has a fairly easy root method from Chainfire over at XDA.  We can't wait to see what happens with this one, as it appears we're at a whole 'nother level of performance here.  Samsung needs to hurry with that roll-out!

Source: XDA-Developers. Big Thanks to Jonathan for the image, and Chainfire for the tip!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile pokes the bear, chides Verizon for its day of LTE downtime

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If we were Verizon, we'd probably just point to the subscriber scoreboard, stick our hands in our pockets (filled with cash) and walk away from T-Mobile's taunts. And maybe say something about people in glass houses.

Source: Twitter. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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3 years ago

Backup and restore of your data when switching ROMs - a primer [from the forums]

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If you've rooted your Android phone, you probably have flashed a ROM or two.  Or 20.  If you haven't, you will.  That's how it works; you get sucked in and its too much fun to quit.  While Nandroid backups from a custom recovery are great for a full system restore, what about the equally important things like migrating text messages over to a new ROM?  Or all those bookmarks you've collected?  Or God forbid you lose your Angry Birds save with all gold eggs and three stars!

Android Central forums member PvilleComp has you covered.  He's laid out a very nice post that explains all the whats and hows of backing up your data, including whats safe to re-use and what isn't.  If you're new to the whole custom ROM game, or just were never sure what is safe to do and what isn't, this one is for you.  And you seasoned experts out there -- don't be shy -- you can jump on in and lend a hand if needed.  We're one big happy family.

Hit the source link below for the great tutorial.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Final shipping version of Gingerbread leaks out for the Desire HD

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Desire HD owners have had their hands on some previously leaked versions of Gingerbread, and the final shipping version of Gingerbread for the device has now appeared. It's unbranded so you need not worry about any carrier bloat added and all apps thus far are up and running perfectly fine for me.

If you're a Desire HD owner and looking to get in on Gingerbread, this is a pretty good build to start off with. A few caveats to remember, if you're rooted, you will lose it but it is easily regained by installing Gingerbreak. You will of course also want to back up your data depending on how you decide to flash the ROM but realistically, you should be back up your data anyway.

The download is available in RUU form or if you prefer, just grab the PD98IMG.zip file and load it through the boot loader method. This will work for all Desire HD devices as you do not need to be rooted in order to load it up, nor do you need S-OFF. If you're not down with doing all of that, sit tight -- I'm sure a lot of custom ROMS for this will be along soon in addition to an official release.

Source: 911 Sniper via XDA

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