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3 years ago

PSA: Podcast pushed to Friday this week

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Just a quick heads up, folks, that this week's Android Central Podcast -- normally on Thursday night -- will instead be live Friday at 7 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. PDT.

We were trying to come up with a really cool excuse but decided that, in the end, truth and openness are the best: Jerry's doing some antiquing -- and nobody gets between Jerry and his antiques.

So we'll see you Friday, rested and ready to go. In the meantime, go read a book or something.

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3 years ago

Epic 4G OTA specifics [From the Forums]

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Sprint already announced that they will be rolling out another maintenance release update for the Epic 4G, starting today.  It wasn't too long ago that we saw an update, so it's good to see Sprint staying on the ball with this one.  As promised, Sprint has released the change log (after the break) and it looks good.  Most major concerns are being addressed, and hopefully everyone can get back to enjoying their Epic 4G's instead of fighting the bugs.  Any of you guys got your OTA yet?  Sing out in the Epic 4G forums! [Sprint via Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

Samsung I-400 breaks cover, coming to Verizon

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Big Red really likes Android phones (probably a true fact). The dude, or rather, the guy, over at The Droid Guy, has posted a blury image of the new Samsung I-400. You're probably already looking at this phone and saying, "meh." Sure it may look like a basic phone, but look a bit more. It probably doesn't help the fact that there is a huge glare across the bottom -- but look closer. This new Samsung phone is shipping with two displays: the main large screen and the lower mini-screen. This design reminds us of the Barnes and Noble Nook. No word on launch date or pricing just yet. All we know is that it will ship with Android 2.1 and carry Bing as the primary search engine. Go ahead -- sound off in the comments section. [The Droid Guy]

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3 years ago

Fennec re-versioned to bring it in line with desktop Firefox

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Fennec, the codename for Mozilla's mobile version of Firefox, is getting a bit of a name change to bring it in line with the current version of Firefox. Fennec 2.0 is currently in alpha and is still being updated with nightly builds, but the "web rendering engines used in both browsers are the same" according to lead developer Mark Finkle. As such, Fennic will be now have its official name changed to "Firefox 4 for Android and Nokia N900" for it's eventual release. The current 4.0b1 version is identical to the 2.0b1 version apart from the version number change. These changes should help Mozilla out with marketing the browser so people aren't confused as to why Firefox mobile is only 2.x, but their desktop version is 4.x. [Mark Finkle's Blog]

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3 years ago

Swiftkey spends 7 days at the top, catch it before the sale ends

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Swiftkey, an Android keyboard replacement that many of us have grown to love, has spent the pas week since its official announcement as the No. 1 downloaded paid application in the market. As you can imagine, with all the various paid applications in the market, spending any day at the top is a huge success, let alone seven in a row. Swiftkey is currently on sale in the market for 99 cents, but the sale ends tonight. Effective Friday morning, the price will jump up to $3.99. 

Find more in the Swiftkey Developers Forums

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3 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2 'Begonia' specs trickle out

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Originally we had reported UMA support may not be coming to Android, but then we saw some interesting news of Wifi calling appearing on the G2, and it appears as though the Motorola Cliq 2 may follow the same path. The Cliq 2 has been codenamed the Begonia, according to an Engadget tipster Nov. 1 is a rumored launch date, and it could launch with a Motoblur'd Android 2.2, and apparently will have a unique keyboard. Stay tuned. [via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Introducing the Android Central App

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You begged. You pleaded. You yelled at us. (More than usual.) And so we now present you with the Android Central Android Application -- or ACAA for short. (Hey, it's better than Sideload Wonder Machine.) It's developed by Notice Software and powered by the same people who bring you your daily dose (and then some) of Android news every day, free of charge. We'll walk you through it and provide download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant update available on Kies, but T-Mobile says don't install it

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While getting everything ready to write up the obligatory How To manually update your Samsung Vibrant post, we stumbled across the above.  We're not exactly sure what these known issues may be, but T-Mobile is warning users NOT to do the manual update through the Samsung Kies program, but to patiently wait for the OTA. 

If you haven't already updated, don't.  Carriers don't have to help those who jumped the gun, so it's better to be safe without a GPS fix than to be sorry with a bad update that makes things worse.  If you have already updated, hopefully T-Mobile can get you back on track, or maybe the unofficial Vibrant developers can.  Don't worry, Phil checks every three minutes or so for the update on his Vibrant, so as soon as we see it, we'll holler.  [@T-Mobile_USA]

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3 years ago

Google aggregates its 'official' Android devices in a sleek re-design

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We all remember the last time we saw Google.com/Phone; we were brought to a Nexus One page that showed Google's flagship device as well as links to buy one. 

Well, sadly the Nexus One has been commissioned to be solely a developer phone, abolishing the need for a site dedicated to it. Google has done a sleek redesign, which brings together many of the available Android devices in the market today. 

From the announcement:

Here at Google, we’re thrilled with the global adoption of Android and with the high quality of devices that are coming to market around the world. Since there are so many great phones, we wanted to make the selection process a little easier for people who are in the market for a new one. Today we’re rolling out the Google Phone Gallery -- a showcase of Android-powered devices that deliver the best Google experience today

The site aggregates all of the devices that are Google-powered and can be sorted by newest or alphabetical. You see a picture of each phone, followed by a short description underneath and a link to buy from whichever carrier has the device. If you click on the phone, it will bring you to a new window that will present much more detailed specs.

Another great feature is Compare, where you can select three devices and it will bring up a side-by-side detailed comparison of them.

There are 16 countries, including the US, that are searchable with more to be added later. This is a great idea by Google to do as it brings clarity for people who don't necessary spend all day keeping up-to-date on the slew of Android devices that continue to hit the market. [Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

R2-D2 Droid 2 on sale today!

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Couldn't make it to one of the R2-D2 parties last night? Want your very own Star Wars edition of the Droid 2? Just hit up Verizon's website and part with $249, and you can be the envy of all your nerd friends. And you can't put a price on that. [Verizon] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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