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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Tab Hands-On

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We just grabbed a quick look at the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet and ... it's totally a Galaxy Tab on Sprint. Which is to say that what we have here is Android 2.2 with Samsung's TouchWiz (and not Sprint ID), that 7-inch 1024x600 display, a whoppingly large 4000mAh battery -- which should give you a full day -- and all the usual fixings. 

What really pleased us, though is the utter lack of Sprint bloatware. Say what you will about the latest generation of TouchWiz and Samsung apps (we're alternately hot and cold), but at least Samsung appears to be offering a consistent tablet experience across all carriers -- including a Media Hub for buying movies. The only two Sprint apps we could see were an account management app and an app to run their Hotspot for tethering.

We'd say more, but honestly not much has changed from all the previous looks we've had with Galaxy Tab that we have done -- and that's a good thing. Photos of the snazzy Sprint logo and a few of the apps after the break!

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3 years ago

Update: Android Central and TiPB neck-and-neck in Waze contest

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 Waze contest standings

We are entering the final stretch now of our Waze contest as the final count will be taken and the contest will end come the end of tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 10. As you can see, we are narrowly trail our friends over at TiPB, which is a problem that needs to be fixed immediately. Check out the rules here, and remember, a user from the winning blog gets their choice of either an iPad or Galaxy Tab, so get to the road! [Waze]

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3 years ago

MyTouch 4G root still a bit of the ol' caveat emptor

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Much like the T-Mobile G2, HTC Desire HD and Desire Z, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G has now been freed and permanent root has been obtained. The methods are pretty much the same as the G2 root so with that, you'll have to exercise extreme caution if you decide to roll with this right away. Personally, we suggest holding off until the powers that be can find better way of implementing root. The fact that it can now be obtained should be enough for most folks. You've waited this long, you might as well play it safe. [XDA via AndroidSpin]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson working on the Anzu? [rumored devices]

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The Sony Ericsson Anzu

Not a lot to go on here, but that's supposedly the Sony Ericsson Anzu -- slated for a Q1 2011 launch, Gingerbread on board (yes the screenshot shows Eclair), 4.3-inch screen, HDMI out and is "very, very slim."

Anyone who has used any of SE's phones knows that the build quality and materials are absolutely top-notch. (see our X10 review).  The phones are amazing to hold and use, but the software and time to market leave a lot to be desired.  Let's hope SE learns from past mistakes, and gets this beauty (as spec'ed) out come late winter.  In the meantime, let's analyze and tear apart this rumor in the forums! [Xperia X10 blog via @tejstar]

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3 years ago

Sprint says data problems subsiding

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Sprint

We've gotten the e-mails. We've seen the forums posts. Sprint's data's been acting up the past few days. But all should be well as of this afternoon, Sprint tells us. Here's the deal:

Starting Monday afternoon, some Sprint smartphone users did experience problems accessing the Internet and using some 3G data services due to reprovisioning and firewall issues. This impairment has been resolved as of this afternoon and all impacted customers should be should be experiencing service as usual.

What say you folks? Sprint data settling back to normal?

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3 years ago

Evo 4G case review: Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo [video]

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Seidio Innocase Rugged

When Chuck Norris chooses an Evo 4G case, this is probably the one he uses.  The Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo is some serious battle armor for your Evo.  It's a four-part system, consisting of the Seidio Innocase II Surface for the interior shell, a rugged rubber skin and skeleton protective outer shell, an authentic Seidio Ultimate Screen Guard screen protector, and a locking holster to keep it where you want it to be.

When completely assembled, not a bit of your Evo 4G is exposed.  Even the ports and controls are covered by the rubber skin, yet easy to open flaps give quick access to ports and the case is designed so that all the buttons and controls work without removing the rubber.  Of course, with everything covered up tight you won't have access to the kickstand, but if you are out and about in a place where you need this level of protection -- on the job, doing outdoor activities, or chasing down aliens, it's a fair trade.

When you don't need the extreme protection the Innocase Rugged offers, the rubber skin and skeleton is easily removed, leaving the Innocase Surface to keep your Evo safe from minor bumps and scratches.  You can grab the Seidio Innocase Rugged holster combo in the Android Central store for $39.95.  Hit the break to see a slew of pictures, and a quick video showing how the kit is assembled. 

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3 years ago

Android once again dominates smartphone ratings by Consumer Reports

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Consumer Reports Smartphone Ratings

Consumer Reports magazine last updated its smartphone ratings in August -- and a lot has changed since then. But one thing that definitely hasn't changed is that Android dominates the ratings. It's almost embarrassing, actually. Here's how it breaks down for the four major U.S. carrier, with positions in parenthesis:

Astounding, actually. Android has the top two rated phones for three out of the four carriers. The only one it didn't have No. 2 on was AT&T -- and that went to the iPhone 3G S, not even the iPhone 4G. In fact, there's a sidebar in which CR writes that it still doesn't recommend the iPhone 4 because of that whole reception thing (though it is actually rated higher than the Captivate, even if it isn't recommended). Be sure the entire breakdown. [Consumer Reports]

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3 years ago

O2's version of the Samsung Galaxy S getting Froyo on Nov. 15

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O2 Froyo update

Hey, you, the guy on O2, with the SE X10 and a Galaxy S, too. Some updates are headed your way. The above screen grab is a bit cryptic, but here's the deal: European carrier O2's Sony Ericsson X10 line -- that'd be the X10, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro -- will be getting its Android 2.1 (Eclair) update starting Nov. 15. And that same day, O2's Galaxy S devices will be getting Android 2.2 -- Froyo.

That's all subject to change, of course, and it likely will roll out in stages -- you know these updates go. But some update is better than no update, right? Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Android quick app: Carbonite Access (Plus: Win a free year's subscription!)

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Carbonite Access

Those of us using Carbonite have good reason to celebrate this morning -- we can now access our backups from our Android phones. If you're new to the service, Carbonite provides secure, automatic backup of any file you've got. You can backup as much data as you want for $54.95 a year.

And now, with Carbonite Access, you can get at all of your backed-up data right from your phone. The Android app itself is lightweight at less than 1MB. It works a lot like other file backup apps in that you have a basic file structure and can access the files therein. Music? No problem. Plays right on the phone. View photos till the cows come home -- as a list or as thumbnails. It's quick, and it's easy, and it's a worthy competitor to the likes of Dropbox and others. It's also secure, and you have the option to have it automatically log out on you rphone, from 10 minutes to 12 hours to never.

And on top of all that, Carbonite's given us a pair of one-year subscriptions to give away. That's a year's worth of free backup. To enter, hit up this thread in our forums.

We've got more pics and download links after the break. [More at Carbonite.com]

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3 years ago

Skype 1.0.1 update imminent

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Skype to receive 1.0.1 update November 9 2010

Skype -- which recently ditched its Verizon Wireless exclusivity -- is scheduled to receive a rather substantial update today.  Although the Skype Garage says Skype 1.0.1 should already be live in the market, it's not, but it probably will be very soon.  And you can bet this post will be updated once it is.

Update:  It has been pointed out by one of our commenters that Skype version 1.0.0.614 actually is Skype version 1.0.1.

In addition to support for QVGA devices, Skype 1.0.1 also adds support for a hardware back key, which has been designed to make Skype a little easier on your battery.  Skype 1.0.1 also boasts improved login stability, reduced application size, and more.  Download links and a full list of 1.0.1 enhancements after the break.

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3 years ago

Angry Birds updated with 45 new levels!

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Oh my, what a nice surprise for today. I just opened up the Android Market and low and behold a brand new update for Angry Birds was looking back at me. As noted in the change log this release now sits at version 1.4.2 and has plenty of fixes in it for some graphical errors. In addition to those fixes some Android optimizations have been made as well to ensure the game will run better. At launch, Rovio had promised support for QVGA-resolution devices and you'll find that in this update as well. Finally, the best part of the update is the 45 new levels that have been added. So, what are you waiting for? Be sure to grab the latest release now.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Pros are shipping already

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Droid Pro shipping

We broke this news the other day (and Engadget's gotten confirmation this morning) -- if you pre-order a Droid Pro, like, now, it'll be shipping right ... about ... now! Snag it for $200 on contract, or $479 outright. In-store launch is still Nov. 18. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

Adobe AIR prepped for Gingerbread, too

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Adobe AIR update

Here's a reminder that Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 are getting updates today to get ready for the impending Android  2.3 -- Gingerbread -- update. What happens if you don't update your Adobe stuff first? In the case of AIR, you've going to get crashes, apparently. From the AIR Team Blog:

In cases where a user receives the Gingerbread OS update before updating to the AIR 2.5.1 runtime, they will receive a native dialog on load stating that the application has quit unexpectedly and your application will fail to load. We’d like your assistance in preventing end users from this type of experience on their device.

Adobe recommends that developers update their AIR apps to require version 2.5.1 to force users to upgrade. Gingerbread's coming, folks. It's coming. [Adobe AIR Team Blog] Thanks, Nick!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 finally cracked open, permanent root for all (and the Desire Z and HD)

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T-Mobile G2

It's been a long time coming, folks, but the T-Mobile G2 -- and with it, the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z -- finally has a permanent root. The work was done by Scott Walker and his merry band at XDA and is being compiled into ROMs as we type, this, we imagine. In other words, you've got a tad longer to wait if you're not familiar in the ways of the GIT -- but rest assured, you'll soon have your permanent root. Check out the source links for more, and congrats, everybody! [XDA, IRC, GIT] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Trapster set to release largest update yet; 9 million users and counting

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Trapster, one of the most widely used apps across all smartphone devices, is receiving a major update soon (no exact date has been set). The app mostly known for its ability to warn drivers of known local law enforcement hide out spots, will soon be bringing more helpful features: 11 new trap types, rotating maps, and better tracking to the Android app.

"The whole idea of Trapster is to keep drivers safe on the road. The new hazards help increase your safety on the road and keep you informed of any recent changes," said Sean Farrell of Trapster. "Also, we noticed that users like reporting traps and by adding more trap types, this gives users more opportunities to contribute to Trapster." 

Trapster has been growing every day. In fact, the company is averaging as many as 15,000 new users each day. Soon -- as in any day now -- Trapster will also surpass 9 million users. We asked Sean about what particular trends Trapster was seeing in new users,"We notice that new users use the app a ton! When users use other navigation apps, they tend to only use them when they need directions. Trapster users use the app every time they drive, because they want to be informed of potential road and wallet hazards ahead."

Trapster, is a lot like the location based service, Foursquare. Both experiences become fundamentally richer and more helpful, if more users contribute regularly. Sure, 9 million users might seem like enough people to make it work, but if only a couple thousand are contributing, then the service is falling short and its potential is not being fully realized. Sean explained to us, "New users love to get into the app and try out all of the features. Users want to mark all the potential traps in their area, and also vote on existing traps."

Dunno about you, but we're looking forward to avoiding more high ticket areas and experiencing some of the new Trapster trap types (say that five times fast). Especially "Ice on Road" trap; winter is upon us. Click on after the break to view all 11 new traps that are being added to the app. Also, be sure to check back soon, as we will post a review of the latest Trapster build (read our initial review here). Thanks, Sean Farrell!

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