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3 years ago

The Week in Android News

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recap

If you haven't been actively reading the news from the past week, you probably missed a whole lot of fun and exciting news. Last week Phil and team hit the road and went to Orlando, Fl to bring us all the news and hands on coverage from CTIA 2011. With all the new device announcements, Droid X bootloader drama, and more about running Android apps on the BlackBerry PlayBook, you will certainly want to check out what you may have missed below.

General News

Hardware News

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3 years ago

Wifi-only Xoom gets its own root method

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 Xoom Root

Root access is now available on the just-released Wifi-only Motorola Xoom, thanks to some enterprising XDA members. The rooting process involves using the Android SDK, as well as a fair amount of command-line wizardry, so it's certainly not for the feint-hearted. You'll also be on your own if something goes wrong, as rooting will almost certainly void your warranty.

Still, if you think the prospect of owning a rooted Honeycomb tablet is worth the risk of potentially owning a bricked Honeycomb tablet, then hit the source link to find a complete list of files, along with rooting instructions.

If you're interested in rooting your Verizon-branded Xoom, be sure to check our earlier post for instructions. [XDA]

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3 years ago

HTC Flyer heading to T-Mobile USA?

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Although T-Mobile USA thus far has been pushing the LG G-Slate, it appears as though the HTC Flyer will be heading that way at some point, too. Looking at a few leaked images, T-Mobile and HTC are certainly pushing the usage of HTC Scribe in their advertising, which to us is a good thing, as it will help differentiate the Flyer from the other swarms of tablets popping up. 

No launch dates are to found in the details, but given the fact the EVO View 4G from Sprint will be hitting the market come Summer we're guessing T-Mobile will try to follow up with their release of the HTC Flyer as soon as possible to capture anyone who may looking to possibly jump ship. Head on past the break for a few more images. [Pocketnow]

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3 years ago

Words with Friends updated, fixes 'force close' problems

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 Words with Friends

Zynga has released an update for the Android version of its social puzzle game Words with Friends, fixing one particularly annoying bug which caused the game to force-close at startup or at random on a number of devices.

Head to the Android Market to grab the update to the new version 3.28. If you've not yet tried Words with Friends, you can find a handy Market link and QR code after the jump.

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3 years ago

Official Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM leaks out for Samsung Galaxy S

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Gingerbread on the Galaxy S

The race is on to see which device will be the first to get an official upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and a new ROM has leaked out for the Euro version of the Samsung Galaxy S (that's the I9000 for you folks playing at home). It's not actually being pushed out just yet, but reportedly it's what you'll get if your phone gets sent in for warranty work.

And, no, this isn't what those of us in the states are waiting on -- you'll need the the official upgrade from your respective carrier -- or the Froyo update, first, if you're still waiting on that.

The the full walkthrough of the leaked Gingerbread ROM after the break, and get your download, plus full instructions, at the source link. [XDA Developers]

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3 years ago

Wifi-only Motorola Xoom officially available today

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Motorola Xoom Wifi

If you have been waiting for the Wifi-only version of the Motorola Xoom to launch officially, today is your lucky day. Of course, some places were selling them early, and one of our readers did some great hands-on time with his device, but the Wifi-only Xoom is now available to all to purchase. If you make your way out today to pick one up, be sure to hop in the forums and share your experience and everything else with us. [Motorola]

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3 years ago

Firefox for Android Release Candidate

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

There's a lot of talk around these parts (especially lately) about "openness." And one of our favorite examples of "open" is Mozilla and Firefox. It's an open-source browser, developed in the open. And I've been following the development of Firefox Mobile (previously known as Fennec) way back from its start (and finish) with Windows Mobile.

So it was quite the treat to meet with Mozilla principal project manager Thomas Arend at CTIA and give the release candidate of Firefox for Android a spin.

Forget the early complaints that previous builds were too big and too slow. Now that Firefox is just about ready for release, it's lighter, faster and is about to become my daily mobile browser, thanks to Mozilla's excellent sync system.

Anyhoo, check out the video above, and there's a more formal video with Thomas after the break.

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3 years ago

Xperia Play games will cost you a bit more

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Alright, seriously, there is no denying it -- the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has been on one wild ride. And here is another twist to add to this roller coaster of a ride: In an interview with Sony Ericsson UK head of marketing David Hilton, the executive talked pricing for the smartphone's games. "Smaller, lower-tier games" would cost around $2 and a "more complex game" could cost up towards $16. 

What are these "more complex games?" Will we see exclusives on the Xperia Play as opposed to other Android devices? Will these games come from the Android Market or the PlayStation Store? Still, so many questions. Wait, isn't this thing releasing soon? [MCV via Joystiq]

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for March 26, 2011

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The wide variety of applications available in the Android market make it so that there is an application for just about everyone, for just about any purpose. Unfortunately finding the perfect application is not always the easiest, as the market is growing quite rapidly, but fear not. Here we have yet another edition of our favorite applications, and we hope that you find some that you enjoy as well. Let's take a look at what we have for you this week. 

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3 years ago

Reader's hands-on review of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom from Staples

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

OK, all you aspiring Android Central bloggers out there. Pay attention, because n46kps is showing you how it's done. You've watched the unboxing, you've seen the benchmarks, and now it's time for the full hands-on review of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet.

As you'll recall, this is the contract-free version you can officially pick up starting March 27, though some stores obviously are selling them early (this one came from Staples).

So kudos, n64kps. You've done a service for your country.

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3 years ago

Sprint urges early reservations for the Kyocera Echo

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Sprint Kyocera Echo

If you're waiting to get your hot little hands on the Kyocera Echo, Sprint's recommending you reserve yours now before the April 17 launch. And there's an online sign-up page that lets you do just that. The Echo will still cost you $199 on contract, which breaks down to $100 per 3.5-inch touchscreen. See our hands-on and initial impressions for exactly what we're talking about, then get your reservation on. [Sprint via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Big D5!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 2X gets ClockworkMod recovery

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Optimus 2x

The LG Optimus 2X (see our hands-on) gets the next step of the hacking treatment, a custom recovery.  Paul O'Brien has built ClockworkMod recovery, and packaged it up with an easy installer for Windows, Linux, and Mac computers.  The project is still marked as beta, but the few issues seem to be centered around the installer, so advanced users may wish to just manually copy and dd the recovery image themselves.  Having said that, unlike some other hacks that spring up from time to time, Paul is actively working with the few folks having issues, so I feel good about recommending this one.

I realize that few of us here in the states will be getting an Optimus 2X, but AT&T and T-Mobile will be releasing some very similar devices, so we're keeping an eye on this one in hopes of an easy port.  Visit the source link for downloads and installation information. [MoDaCo] Thanks for the tip, Dan!

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3 years ago

Motorola sends out pre-release software update for the Atrix 4G

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It's no secret that Motorola was getting the groundwork laid out to update the Motorola Atrix 4G. The only thing we were not fully aware of was what, exactly the update would comprise. Now we know. The list below covers quite a few bug fixes and bumps the device into software version 4.1.57:

  • Fingerprint reader - Improved fingerprint reader performance
  • Battery- Improved battery performance for longer battery life
  • Screen - Display will turn off automatically now while charging directly on wall charger
  • Phone stability - Improved stability resulting in fewer occurrences of touch unresponsiveness and/or programs quitting unexpectedly.
  • Car dock - Improved performance of car dock and 3.5mm jack

While voice quality and upload speeds a definite concern for users, neither of those look to be covered by the 17MB update issued. However, Motorola has recognized concerns and as we know AT&T is working on enabling HSUPA on the Atrix. [Motorola] Thanks, C-MOE!

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom Wifi-only benchmarks

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Motorola Xoom Wifi-only Quadrant

Christmas is coming early for this ol' editor, folks. You've already seen the unboxing of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom, which Android Central reader n64kps snagged from Staples a couple days early. Now he's back with benchmarks!

So we're not really expecting anything different, performance-wise, with the Wifi-only version of the Xoom. After all, it's the same 10.-inch, Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet that we've come to know. But it's still good to put it through its paces, just in case. And the Quadrant score is close enough to our own in our Xoom review that we're not looking at any broad changes.

So check out some more benchmark tests from n64kps after the break. Thanks, man!

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3 years ago

Canadian Motorola Milestone users get Froyo update

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Motorola Milestone

We know it must have been rough for Canadian Motorola Milestone users to see Android 2.2 Froyo rolled out to international users lately, but Telus did promise they would be releasing their version shortly after. Making good on their promise, Motorola Canada today announced via Facebook that the update is indeed now available via the Motorola support page. If you're a Canadian Milestone user, go ahead and get your Froyo on. 

Also, just a little side note: You might want to follow Motorola Canada's Twitter account as well. Much like with the release of the Motorola XOOM in the U.S. they are also giving away a gold Motorola XOOM. [Facebook, Twitter] Thanks, Kelly!

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