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3 years ago

Clockwork recovery now available for the Nook Color in Rom Manager

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The Nook Color makes for a great (and cheap) Android tablet when rooted. And now to go along with that is a fancy Clockwork recovery. If you're looking to expand the use of your Nook Color then you'll find the download inside ROM Manager. If you've not rooted your device yet you can check out the forums for a how-to and initial impressions. ROM Manager download link is after the break for those of you already rooted. [Twitter]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S2 set to arrive at Mobile World Congress?

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Yeah, you'll need to take this one with a big grain of salt as some of these rumors have been floating around for a whole now but with that said and out of the way. New information is suggesting that come Mobile World Congress next month, Samsung will be all set to release the Samsung Galaxy S2 line of devices. If we follow the rumor mill, what we should be looking at come announcement is a dual core, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with built in NFC rocking Android 2.3. We'll hold out for more details before we set this one in stone personally. Oh ya, the image. We're pretty darn confident in saying the device will look nothing like what's shown above. I'll eat my Jerry's hat if I'm wrong. [ETNews via MobileCrunch]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant 4G leaked, does over 21 Mbps on HSPA+

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 Samsung Vibrant 4G

T-Mobile and Samsung have teamed up to bring a refreshed and updated model of the Samsung Vibrant to the carrier with a host of new features. The biggest is that the device will be capable of rocking over 21 megabits per second when in HSPA+ coverage. Previous HSPA+ phones, namely the G2 and the myTouch 4G, have only been able to go up to speeds around 14.4 Mbps. T-Mobile spent a lot of time at their CES press conference talking about how fast and robust their HSPA+ network is, even when compared to Verizon's LTE and Sprint's WiMax networks, so it is not surprising to see them bring a device that can take full advantage of their network. 

The screens that TmoNews got their hands on also point to the device launching with Froyo, which should give hope to frustrated Vibrant owners that are still on Android 2.1 Eclair that Froyo will be pushed out soon. In addition, the device will come with a front-facing camera and Qik's video chat app pre-installed along with T-Mobile TV, DoubleTwist's AirSync, and a copy of the movie Inception. All around, the Vibrant 4G looks like a quality device for T-Mobile customers looking to get the fastest speeds possible while on the go. Click past the link for a number of additional captures.  [TmoNews

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3 years ago

New Android Market client finally pushing to the Nexus S

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new Market on Nexus S

The new Android Market client is finally being pushed to the Samsung Nexus S.  Nobody is really sure what took so long for Google's newest phone to get with the program; guesses range from Gingerbread compatibility with the current client, to an all-new client for Gingerbread phones only. Whatever the case may be, the wait is over for those purists who haven't cheated and dropped the new client on their phone already.

You don't have to do anything -- the Android Market pushes a silent update (we're not sure how we feel about that) and soon when you go to use the Market, it will take a little longer than usual to connect and you'll have it.  Love it or hate it, it's different and more in line with the shiny new direction Android is headingThanks, Andrew!

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3 years ago

Adobe Flash 10.1 update in the Android Market -- Tegra 2 devices look elsewhere

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Adobe Flash update

In the spirit of true fragmentation, Adobe has released an update to Flash 10.1.  This update brings Flash to version 10.1.106.15, and along with whatever bug fixes and optimizations Adobe has made to the application, they've introduced a new twist -- users with devices that have a Tegra 2 chipset are advised to not update to the latest version, but to wait for a special version that will be available "soon."

While this doesn't mean much now, other than for you lucky folks with a Dell Streak 7 or one of the various tablets with the Tegra 2, this kind of thing is the real definition of fragmentation -- certain software that will only run on certain devices.  Here's hoping that Adobe can get things sorted and create one version that works for both Tegra 2 and non-Tegra devices, or that Google can straighten out the market so only applicable updates show to the end-user. 

In the meantime, if you're not sure if your new Android has a Tegra 2 chip, check out our device guide or step into the forumsThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC EVO Shift 4G review

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The power of HTC and 4G speed of Sprint,
with a killer keyboard thrown in for good measure

HTC EVO Shift 4G

We couldn't have asked for a better way to review Sprint's new EVO Shift 4G than by battle testing it at CES in Las Vegas. Four days of use among more than 100,000 nerds, in press conference after press conference, with smartphone news breaking every minute (or so it seemed).

The Shift, as it's lovingly referred to by Sprint, is Sprint's third 4G-enabled Android smartphone, and the second with a slide-out keyboard. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo but doesn't have all of the whiz-bang specs as some of the other phones we saw announced during CES. And as the second phone in the EVO line (see the original EVO 4G), it has a lot to live up to. So is it worthy of the EVO name? And did it survive the nerd crunch in Las Vegas? Find out, after the break.

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3 years ago

Android 2.2 coming to Virgin Mobile USA Samsung Intercept this spring

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Although Sprint had some issues with rolling the update out back in December, causing it to be delayed until January 4th, Virgin Mobile USA is making sure they have their update working fine as kind before release. Yes, Samsung Intercept owners on Virgin Mobile US will be able to get their Android 2.2 update come spring. When, exactly, was not noted but we'll be sure to let you all know if and when we find out more. Thanks girldroid! [Twitter]

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3 years ago

iPhone on Verizon, Google Ads causing crashes and Droid 2 ROMS for better battery life [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Yes, the bombshell secret that wasn't all that secret has been dropped. The iPhone is now on Verizon but what does that mean for Android? Will Verizon stop the Android love for one singular device? Not likely, but we love to speculate. Join us in the forums as we discuss all things Android and a small amount of iPhone business today.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Someone's working on a Facebook phone

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Facebook phone

Remember how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said they weren't working on a Facebook phone? Maybe he's not (or wasn't at the time), but it sure looks like someone is. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group got a submission dated Dec. 23 for the INQ Cloud Touch that is described as the following:

INQ Cloud Touch is an Android smartphone built to make messaging faster and smarter. It’s designed around the way people naturally communicate and has Facebook built into its core. The homescreen features multiple entry points to different Facebook functions, while a dynamic widget displays a feed of status updates, albums, videos and photos.

A lot of that's your typical hardware/software talking points ("the way people naturally communicate"). But it's the "Facebook built into its core" and "multiple entry points to different Facebook functions" that perks our ears up a little bit. That and the whole Android-based thing. So maybe we're going to see an official Facebook phone. Or maybe somebody's tapping into whatever APIs are available. [Bluetooth SIG via Pocketnow]

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3 years ago

How to tell if your phone is rooted

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Am I rootedIt's a question get all the time: "Is my phone rooted?

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3 years ago

Dell Streak 7 gets broken down on video

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When T-Moible announced the Dell Streak 7 at CES, many were a bit puzzled when it was discovered it will be launching with Froyo. No Gingerbread, no Honeycomb. While we sit here and scratch our heads, others have been busy breaking this 7-inch successor to the original Dell Streak down. Along with T-Mobile now taking email registrations for the release of the Streak 7, a video has popped up which gives us a good look at the blood and guts of this device. Hit the break for the full video, and be warned, you may want to lower your volume for this one. [Tinh Te via Engaget]

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3 years ago

Official PlayStation app now available in Euro Android Market

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 PlayStation App

If you happen to be a European PlayStation owner with an Android device, then today is your lucky day. Sony has released the official PlayStation app for Android, a very pretty app which for the moment falls a little short on functionality. Find out more about features, along with a QR code after the jump.

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3 years ago

So there's a Verizon iPhone 4, eh?

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Verizon iPhone

So there's a Verizon iPhone eh? Well isn't that special? We've been following all of the Verizon iPhone coverage at our sister site, TiPb.com, where they're just shy of asploding over the prospect of actually using an iPhone to make calls. Everything's changed. Again.

Only it hasn't, really. Same ol' iPhone, hardware-wise (yeah, the GSM radio's been swapped for CDMA). That's it. You get wireless hotspot, though. And that's nice, though Android and Palm have had that for a while now.

None of that newfangled (and pretty awesome) LTE data that we're getting on Android. None of that dual-core processor goodness that we're getting on Android. Customizable home screens? Nope. Anything-goes market? Nope. (OK, that's a plus and a minus.)

Point is, Android's not going anywhere anytime soon, Verizon iPhone or no Verizon iPhone. If anything, Verizon's going to do its damndest to make sure its already strong network remains so with the arrival of the iPhone -- and that's good news for the rest of us.

In the meantime, if you're curious about this Verizon iPhone thing, be sure to check out TiPb for the latest. And then head back here so we can get some real work done.

Anyone switching from Android to the Verizon iPhone?online survey

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3 years ago

A comparison of Verizon's new LTE lineup [from the forums]

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the verizon lte lineup

Verizon announced four heavy LTE hitters at CES 2011, and it's a lot to digest if you're already planning your future purchase.  Have no fear -- Android Central forums member RichardClark has created a great spreadsheet in Google Docs that compares the HTC Thunderbolt, the LG Revolution, the Motorola Droid Bionic, and the Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone (as well as the Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix 4G) specs side-by-side for your viewing pleasure.  It's chock full of information about each, and a great way to keep track of which phone has the features you need.  Check it out in the forums, and be sure to thank Richard for his hard work!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile UK slashes 'fair use' mobile data limit to 500MB

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 T-Mobile

T-Mobile UK is the latest British network to impose stricter limits on how their customers can use mobile data. From February 1, customers will be subject to a "fair use" limit of 500MB, beyond which access to stuff like video streaming and 'file downloading' will be restricted. Currently T-Mobile offers a generous fair use limit of 3GB per month for Android smartphones on their network.

Find out more about how this will be changing after the jump. [T-Mobile UK]

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