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3 years ago

Sprint LG Optimus S unboxed, rooted

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Before the Internet and YouTube, nobody had any interest in watching someone else open boxes.  Now, it's practically a rite of passage. 

Our very own KSmithInNY scored the Sprint version of LG's Optimus line, the Optimus S, two days ahead of launch.  He was kind enough to post his initial thoughts and some unboxing photos on our forums.

But this is Android Central. Anyone can nab an early handset and snap some pictures; our readers root them the same day.  Kevin rooted his Optimus S and created an excellent guide for everyone looking to pick one of these up on Sunday.

If you're interested in reading about the newest member of Sprint's Android family, head on over to our Optimus S Forums and check out his impressions. (Thanks Kevin!)  [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

The Week in Android Apps

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Keeping up with the Android market can be a difficult task, as can keeping up with all the new applications and application updates we post weekly. Instead of overloading and bringing a whole new selection of applications for you to read about, let's take a look back at some of the applications we have posted about over the past week. Join me after the break for the recap.

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3 years ago

New Sprint Evo 4G models will have different software version

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The admin at the official Sprint Community forums has made a small, but good-to-know announcement about the Evo 4G and the software version numbering.  Sprint says Evos sold in November will have a different software version number than previous units.  New models will have a software number of 3.30.651.2, and older models will have 3.29.651.5.  This is due to a parts difference, and both versions are fully able to get further updates.  No idea what the new part is, but Sprint assures us it won't change the user experience.

If you buy an Evo this month, tap the menu button > Settings > About phone > Software information, and you can check your version number.  [Sprint Community] Thanks, Edgar!

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3 years ago

What's SamsungOmar so excited about?

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As long as we're spending our Friday night reading tea leaves and interpreting tweets, let's look at one more. The above comes from Samsung's Omar Khan, chief strategy officer and senior vice president of products and services with Samsung. He's the guy we saw on stage at the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab events. And he's "using an amazing new device to be revealed to all soon."

Is this the mythical Nexus 2/Nexus S (now believed to be delayed)? Don't think so. More likely it's the Samsung Continuum, expected to be officially unveiled Monday in New York City. (We'll be there!) Of course, it's possible he's not talking about an Android phone. But are there any "amazing new devices" out there that aren't rocking our beloved operating system? [Twitter]

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3 years ago

Android Central App Version 2.0 brings a host of improvements

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Fresh out of the oven comes the official Android Central App, version 2.0. It's been a little while since the initial release, and we've definitely been listening to all of your feedback.

Here's what you have to look forward to in the latest version:

  • Updated graphics to match the website.
  • That pesky ad (hey, we have to pay the bills) has been anchored to the bottom of the screen, it's not nearly as sensitive now, and the appropriate parties have been flogged.
  • There's an all-new alert framework for those of you on Android 2.2 that should make alerts much more alerty.
  • Podcasts are fixed again, so you can listen to them in-app.

As always, if you have any problems or suggestions, leave them for our developer (Notice Software) in our developer's forums.

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3 years ago

Verizon internal screens confirm Droid 2 Global launch on Nov. 11

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Everyone's pretty certain that the Droid 2 Global will be launching on Nov. 11, but we love confirmation.  These shots from Verizon internal systems are music to our ears ... err, eyes.  Above you see both colors with a big "coming soon" label attached, and after the break we have shots of both colors with that Nov 11 date in tow.  1.2 GHz? Check.  Two colors? Check.  Do want? Check.  Hit the break to see the other shots.  Thanks, you-know-who!

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3 years ago

Might the Droid Incredible HD be a Verizon Android LTE device?

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Let's stir the LTE pot a little, shall, we? Well-known Verizon tweeter @black_man_x dropped a bit of a cryptic hint this afternoon that the rumored Droid Incredible HD -- that's the one that's been rumored to be coming Nov. 23 and looks a hell of a lot like the European Desire HD -- is "almost HD ... and LiTE as a feather." He later responded that it's the same device that BGR posted a pic of, and that the hardware has "been refined a bit."

Now remember that we've heard tales of the Verizon CFO carrying around an LTE device. It may be from LG, or maybe it's this one.

And let's stir the pot even more: Another tweet could point to an even higher screen resolution than the 480x800 we have now: "N u haven't seen red zone till u see it in HD," likely referring to the NFL Red Zone app.

So what do we know? It's no great surprise that Verizon's working on LTE phones, with its 4G service launching in the coming weeks. And now it sounds a lot like HTC may be at that party early. Thanks, Jared!

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3 years ago

Fabled Nexus Two/Nexus S reportedly is delayed (until when is another matter)

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It's admittedly tough to officially delay an unofficial device. But TechCrunch is reporting that's exactly whats happened to the fabled Nexus Two/Nexus S, the rumored Samsung device that may or may not be along the lines of a Galaxy S running a stock version of Android 2.3.

Head TechCruncher Michael Arrington doesn't have any sort of launch date, delayed or otherwise, but his unnamed sources apparently tell him that a showstopping bug was found fairly late in the game.

And that poses a couple of questions: It makes sense that this sort of device might be announced alongside Gingerbread. And we know Gingerbread is coming -- just look at the statue on Google's campus. So will Gingerbread launch by its lonesome? Or will it be held in waiting for new hardware? News at 11, folks. [via TechCrunch]

More on the Nexus Two/Nexus S in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Reminder: Win a Galaxy Tab from Waze (and help beat TiPB and CrackBerry!)

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Here's a reminder, folks, that you've got five more days in our ongoing contest, and we're neck and neck with our sites sites at the moment. We're partnering with Waze to give away Galaxy Tab (or an iPad if you're feeling cross-platform). Here's how it works:

  1. Download and install Waze from the Android Market (you can use the QR code here.)
  2. Drive around with Waze and collect "Road Goodies" - which basically just means drive over the Android logos as you move about your city. As you can see above, they are *everywhere*.
  3. It's a competition between iPhone users, Android users, and BlackBerry users - which is to say you're up against the kids from TiPb and CrackBerry.com. Whichever site whose users collect the most Road Goodies will win and be able to give a tablet away to one of their users - selected randomly from amongst the top 25 collectors. Remember - you only get credit for driving over the Android icons.
  4. That's it! Use Waze, collect Road Goodies, and stick it to those iPhone and BlackBerry users while automatically getting a chance to win an iPad or Tab

What's Waze, then? It's a free social mapping tool: you can get directions, find out where the traffic is, ping other users, and generally find your way around while helping other Waze users get better location and traffic information. Check out the full details on the Waze Blog.

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3 years ago

Free Android phone from RadioShack this weekend!

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If you are on the hunt for a new Android device then maybe this weekend you'll want to check out the RadioShack Facebook page. Why? Well, this Saturday, November 6, RadioShack is giving its Facebook fans a free Android phone from AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile,  just for liking the brand on Facebook. The offer is good from November 6-9. Keep in mind, you'll need to print out a coupon and it's only for selected devices.

Devices available:

You'll also still be bound to those pesky two-year contracts as well but getting a device for free lessens the blow there. In addition to the free devices, RadioShack is also offering $10 off a $40 or more purchase and 20 percent off all accessories. [Facebook, Twitter] Thanks Sarah!

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