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3 years ago

Motorola Droid OTA update - the sky is not falling

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A lot of folks have been speculating about the new Droid OTA update and its effect on rooted phones. Looks like we can all relax, Motorola and Verizon don't have a sinister plot to lock down the Motorola Droid. Honestly, I don't think they ever will.  The Droid is a development phone whether Motorola wants it to be or not.  Even Google thinks so.

Nobody's 100 percent sure exactly why the update is rolling around, but reports over at droidforums.net have come in that it doesn't break root or render your phone un-rootable. Those that want to go for it and manually install can grab the OTA file HERE.

This is a good time to remember that rooting your phone gives you more than access to cool stuff you couldnt normally do -- it also has some responsibility attached to it.  Waiting for word about the update before you accepted it IS the right thing to do, and you can be sure your favorite ROM cooker will follow soon with anything worthy of an update. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with Log Me In Ignition VNC beta for Android smartphones

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From time to time, it's pretty darn handy to be able to access -- and control -- a desktop computer from your phone. Maybe you're the IT-type, maybe it's a family member who swears they don't know where all those racy pop-ups are coming from. Either way, a good VNC client can sure come in handy. And Log Me In Ignition is now in beta, and we took it for a test drive. Check it out after the break.

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3 years ago

About that HTC Droid Incredible update

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Attention, everyone with an HTC Droid Incredible who recently received an OTA updateAs we've previously said, it's a quick fix for problems with Microsoft Exchange e-mail. (See the giant official-looking picture above.) Yes, you might not actually use Exchange, but it's just quicker and easier to fix it for everybody. Besides you wouldn't want a broken phone, would you? [via Verizon]

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3 years ago

2.1 update for Sprint Hero not coming Friday after all?

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Remember that little update thing all us Sprint Hero users were waiting for on May 7 -- Tomorrow?  According to the admin at Sprint's official forums, it ain't coming.  No details of any kind, just what you're seeing in the screen grab above.  As infuriating as it may be, we have to remember that Sprint needs to weigh the need for an update against the end user experience, and only wants to release a product as free of bugs as possible. Ask a Motorola Droid user, they know all about it.

I have confirmed with someone at Best Buy Mobile that the screen shot of the internal memo about the upgrade was legit, so now all we can do is sit back and speculate as to what happened.  My guess is Godzilla attacks.  Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Google Goggles updated, brings update language translation with it

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Android 1.6+ We were there in February in Barcelona when Google first demonstrated the language translation power of Google Goggles. [Market link] Today, it's gotten even better. Version 1.1 brings translation for English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, and that's just the start. There's also better bar code recognition, more artwork and logos are in the database, the app's user interface has been improved, and you can search using images already in your phone's gallery. [Google Mobile blog]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide teased in video

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Not a whole lot going on in this video of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide other than the Android phone simply being used, but we do get another look at the new "Espresso" user interface in action. Check it out after the break. [InfoSync World via TMoNews]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy A now available in South Korea

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The Samsung Galaxy A, not to be confused with the Samsung Galaxy S, is now available in South Korea. The Galaxy A runs Android 2.1 and features a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED screen, 720 MHz processor, and DivX support. It also packs a front-facing camera for video calls, 5-megapixel back facing camera for pictures, and support for T-DMB, which is basically Mobile TV. Surprisingly, given that Samsung is a Korean company, the Samsung Galaxy A is Samsung's first Android device in Korea

Apps will be available for download in the Android Market, SK Telecom T-store, and Samsung's own app store Samsung Apps. In all, it sounds like an awesome phone. It's incredibly cool to see Android tweaked and tailored to fit a country's needs. Thank you versatility. [samsung via samsunghub]

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3 years ago

Motorola Milestone getting its Android 2.1 update -- and nine home screens

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Remember how the Motorola Milestone's Android 2.1 update was delayed? No more, as Moto's broken the good news on its Facebook page. And not only is it available right now, it's bringing nine (NINE!) freaking home screens along with it. (Actually, you can choose how many home screens you want, which is even cooler.) Another major fix: You can now voice dial over Bluetooth. Nice. The upgrade is desktop only for now, but an OTA version is said to be in the works. Full details here (pdf), and you can get the download here. Thanks to everyone, and we do mean everyone, who sent this in.

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3 years ago

Google returning sales tax to some Nexus One owners

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If you own a Google Nexus One, check your inboxes, folks. We're getting reports in the forums about Google sending out e-mails alerting that too much tax was paid, and a refund is on the way. FWIW: Looks like I was charged the proper 7.5 percent sales tax on both of the Nexus Ones I've purchased, but our pal Philip Berne from PhoneScoop (in addition to our esteemed forum members) got an e-mail, too. Anybody else out there have a refund on the way? Sound off in the forums and be sure to mention what state you live in. (Euphoria, paranoia or one of the lower 48.) Full text of the e-mail is after the break. [Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

Clear outs two new Android 4G handsets -- one HTC, one Samsung

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Here's something I thought a few of you out there in Android Central land just might be a little bit interested in. Clear has posted exception first quarter results for 2010! Oh, and by the way, the company expects to see two new Android 4G handsets on its 4G WiMax network by the end of the year. The company says a device is on the way from Samsung as well as from HTC. Both phones will be 3G/4G with WiFi support. They're keeping their lips sealed, for now, about the details, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Evo 4G on Sprint as the offering from HTC. There's plenty of info at the source link, for the dull accounting types among us. [BusinessWire]

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