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4 years ago

Samsung Mobile ships 1 million Galaxy S devices in the U.S

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The Samsung Galaxy S -- a device line that many Android fans have grown to love. Samsung has announced today that it has shipped more than 1 million of the Android 2.1-powered Galaxy S phones in the United States. It sounds like that's devices shipped, and not necessarily devices sold to consumers. But there's no denying the line's popularity, with the AT&T and T-Mobile versions already in stores The Sprint Epic 4G launches on Tuesday, followed by the Verizon and US Cellular versions in later fall, so it might not be long until we see a couple more million of these devices being shipped. Check the full press release after the jump. 

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4 years ago

Sapphire custom ROM running on Droid X

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 Sapphire custom ROM on Droid X

No, that wasn't a typo -- the Droid X, despite the manufacturer's best efforts, has been spied running a custom ROM, namely the Sapphire AOSP 2.2 ROM (see the Sapphire team's post here in the forums).  We love seeing the various hacking and independent development projects on all Android phones, but this one is a bit extra special since the Droid X was supposedly the unhackable phone.  Next I imagine we'll see dogs and cats living together and all sorts of madness!

Check out the video after the break of the big bad X booting up to AOSP glory.  [via @MennoMobile]

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4 years ago

Want an Epic hands on a few days early? Check your local Best Buy

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 Epic 4G at Best Buy

They isn't the real deal, and they surely aren't activated, but if you have a hankering to get your mitts on an Epic 4G to see what all the fuss is about, try hitting your local Best Buy.  Thats where these lovely dummy units were spotted, just hanging out on their leash for anyone to fondle.  Our roving ninja Keith, (an Epic junkie if there ever was) says the dummy units feel pretty close to the real deal, minus the area around the space key, so you'd have a pretty good idea what the next two years year will feel like as you talk, text and play those 3D games.  

If you're out and about, take a look and see if your local Best Buy has the Epic on display, and let us know in the comments!  Look after the jump to see another pic, with all of Best Buy's pricing information.

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4 years ago

'Android Andy' continues rampage; 'Droidbuster Steve' tries to stop him

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 Unstoppable Andy

Oh, Android swag -- you gotta love it. With Android becoming increasingly popular, you had to know it was only a matter of time until people started wearing shirts to show that their blood runs green (and I don't mean over-zealous Trekkies). A running theme seems to be the epic battle between Android Andy and various minions of Apple, who have it out for the gentle giant. Well, maybe not so gentle if that building on the left (RIM?) has anything to say about it. Steve seems to be having some issues with his equipment; might we suggest a bumper? But the "Droidbuster" should be fine as long as he doesn't cross antenn... err, streams. Purchase the shirt for $19 via Google Checkout (U.S.) or PayPal (international) past the link. [Unstoppable Andy]

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4 years ago

More details, plus a new color, on the AT&T Motorola Flipout

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 Motorola Flipout on AT&T

We brought you the first pictures of the AT&T version of the Motorola Flipout, and now it's time to drop off a truckload of info on the device. Let's do so in handy bullet form, shall we?

  • The phone runs the updated version of Motoblur 1.5 -- but it's not what you find on the Droid X and Droid 2.
  • The operating system is Android 2.1 (update1, we presume).
  • Widgets are resizeable, like on the Droid X and Droid 2.
  • There are filtering options for your social networks, so you're not completely deluged with information.
  • The 2.8-inch screen (at the old-school 320x240 resolution) is described as "garbage" with a low, low 120 pixels per inch. (Hey, it's not mean to be high-end.)
  • That said, the body of the phone and build quality are said to be top-notch, which is no surprise for Motorola. We may not like the design, but, dammit, they can certainly build things well.
  • Benchmarks:  26FPS on nenamark, 444 on quadrant, 5.8MFlops on linpack, but it's topping out on gears and 2dfps at 30FPS.
  • The phone is pretty speedy, with its OMAP processor running at 720MHz and PowerVR SGX 530 GPU.
  • This is AT&T we're talking about, so there is no app sideloading, but like the Backflip and Aria and Captivate, you can use ADB or the Android Sideload Wonder Machine to install the .apk files.
  • Google Navigation is in, and Google is the default search,
    unlike on the Backflip. Yahoo is the homepage, but that is changed easily
    enough.

So there you go, folks. We're looking at a small, speedy, pocketable Android phone. We've got a couple more pictures after the break, including one with a blue backing -- perhaps there will be interchangeable battery covers?

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 6 now stable, download for your favorite phone today

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CyanogenModAfter weeks and weeks of coding and testing, CyanogenMod 6 is now officially "stable" and ready for download. For those of you new to Android, the CM series of ROMs are based off the Android Open Source Project -- the pure building blocks of the Android OS -- with a bunch of tweaks and customizations added on, while keeping with a stock Android feel. For most phones, you'll need root and bootloader access -- you can find more information on that here -- and read through the respective threads at CM for further information if you're just starting out. [CyanogenMod]

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4 years ago

From the forums: G2 wallpapers, a Froyo waiting room, and more

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While the front page may be the best place to catch all the Android news and rumors, some real magic™ happens in the Android Central Forums.  The Moderators work hard to keep things nice and friendly, and it's a great place to talk Android.  Check 'em out.

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4 years ago

Evo sized HTC Android device making its way to Verizon

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Well look at what we have here? An unknown HTC Android device that looks very similar to the Evo 4G, except this one will be making its way to the Verizon network.  This device, which could be part of the leaked Verizon roadmap we saw a few weeks ago appears to bring some great things to Verizon customers. a 4.3 inch display, dual LED flash, front facing camera along with an 8MP rear facing camera and a kickstand to top it all off, the device appears to be a replica style device of the Evo 4G. Unfortunately, the processing power, battery size, or version of Android it will be running at launch are all still unknown, but we are excited to see the specs as they surface. Hit the source link to view a few more shots of this beautiful device. [BGR]

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4 years ago

Need a supercomputer in your pocket? Android can help

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 Android Supercomputers in your PocketJust one more thing to add to the list of what makes Android so awesome. Scientists performing complex calculations often need to book time on a supercomputer to solve problems for their research. The problem with this is that time on a supercomputer has to be scheduled in advance, and it can be expensive. Not only that, but they're not portable, so if the researcher is in a remote location, he or she may not be able to quickly enter the data for a calculation.

Enter Android. Some of these newer smartphones can be powerful enough to quickly solve complex problems. Of course it'll be many years before we have the power of a supercomputer in our pockets, but with the help of a supercomputer a model can be generated that allows a handheld computer to come close enough to the answer a supercomputer would give to be useful to the researcher. The details are a little bit over my head, but it just goes to show you that Android as a computing platform is as amazing as it is a smartphone platform. [Wired]

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4 years ago

Epic 4G rooted before it's released

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The Sprint Epic 4G is the latest Android phone to get rooted before it's even available for sale.  The new root method developed by Sebastian Krahmer used to root the Droid 2, the Evo 4G, and the Motorola Backflip looks like the long sought universal root many of us have been waiting for, unless I jinxed it by talking about it.

The hackers over at SDX-Developers have the root method working, and are in the process of simplifying things for those who aren't total Android nerds.  If you are a total Android nerd and want to offer to lend a hand, or just curious about the progress have a look at the source link. [SDX-Developers] Thanks Rufflez!

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4 years ago

Motorola Backflip gets rooted [FWIW]

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The Motorola Backflip is the latest phone to get rooted, and it's using the same exploit as was used on the Droid 2 and the Evo 4G. This makes things really interesting, as any root method that works across different models and manufacturers is a very welcome change. And we all should encourage the rooting of all Android phones on AT&T, even if only to uncripple them let them run the OS as designed.

The standard disclaimer that this breaks warranties, can brick your phone, and maybe even make your dog run away still stands.  If you decide that this is for you, hit the source link and have at it. [ModMyMobile.com]

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 27

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Audio-only stream below

The Droid Incredible's on the verge of Android 2.2, the original Droid gets Flash, more hardware news than we know what to do with, and more of your e-mails and voicemails.

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4 years ago

Fennec Alpha available for Android [video]

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Fennec Alpha, aka  the Firefox Mobile browser, is now available for Android phones (and the Nokia N900). Just point your Android browser to http://firefox.com/m/alpha to give it a download. The browser has come a long way since our hands-on in April - adding pinch-to-zoom, Firefox Sync (which syncs your history, bookmarks, open tabs, and passwords), Add-ons, and the Awesome Bar.

It's still Alpha, though, so your mileage may vary - Mozilla points out that improvements to graphics performance are coming and there are still a few bugs to work out. Still, to our eyes it looks every bit as exciting as the video after the break suggests. [Mozilla]

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4 years ago

Confirmed: Droid Incredible Froyo Update rolls out today

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 Droid Incredible Froyo

We'd heard and hoped that the Droid Incredible would start seeing the Froyo update today and indeed, Verizon has confirmed via Twitter that it indeed should start happening soon. Makes sense, since Verizon is already advertising Froyo as a feature for the DInc.

In addition to the Android 2.2 goodness, the update will bring Flash, mobile hotspot support, and 720p video recording. Verizon also says it will 'be posted to the VZW site' - we presume they refer to placing instructions on this page, but if you're reading this we suspect the steps in an OTA update are something you can figure out fairly easily.

Received your update? Please do let us know in the Android Forums, won't you? (Those looking to commiserate about not having received it yet head here) [@VZWSupport]

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