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3 years ago

Revision3 releases official Android app

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If you're a fan of Revison3 shows such as Diggnation, The Totally Rad show or Tekzilla then you'll be pleased to know the official Revision3 app for Android has arrived. Yes, it's been a long time coming but now that it's finally here you can get in on all the Revision3 goodness on the go. Be sure to check it out, the download is available in the Android Market for free. Download link after the break. Thanks Zac for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Archos family of internet tablets finally receives update to Android 2.2 Froyo

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 Archos Internet Tablets receive FroYo

Archos, which recently revealed its FroYo update timeline via Facebook, has held true to its word.  As of today, anxious Archos internet tablet owners can get in on the Froyo goodness. For their price and functionality, the Archos line of internet tablets are an excellent option if you're in the market for an Android powered portable media player or tablet.  I'm guilty of owning an aged iDevice from 2007, and I'm looking for any reason to ditch it for an Android PMP, and this FroYo update could be what it took for me to get on board with Archos.

FroYo brings quite an impressive list of improvements and enhancements to the Archos family.  In addition to the infamous JIT compiler, Android 2.2.1 brings enhanced Microsoft Exchange support, better 3rd party application support, improved camera operation, faster USB transfer and more.

Hit the break for a full list of improvements.  And of course, head into our tablet forums to share your thoughts.  Let us know what you think of FroYo on your Archos tablet.  [Archos.com]

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3 years ago

Samsung releases 'GPS Restore' app for Vibrant, Captivate -- does it work?

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Samsung GPS Restore

It's hardly a secret that the Galaxy S Android smartphones have had some, erm, problems when it comes to GPS location. For some of us, things have worked just fine. But far too many have had problems -- from slow to no GPS functionality. We've installed new ROMs. We've hacked our way to fixes. Now Samsung has released an app to undo anything we might have messed up in the process. GPSRestore does just what it says -- fixes any fixins' you might have fouled up.

Download links are after the break. Does it help? Let us know. [Samsung]

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3 years ago

Content ratings now live in the Android Market developers' console

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Android Market content rating

The Android Market's new content rating system is now live in the developer's console. From here on out, any new or updated applications will be required to choose from Mature, Teen, Pre-Teen and All. While ratings ultimately are the responsibility of the developers, Google has given a set of guidelines that must be followed.

Apps that include references to Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs, as well as violence (cartoon, fantasy or otherwise) shall be labeled "Mature." Same goes for sexual or suggestive content. Porn still isn't allowed.

A app that includes inflammatory content, profanity and crude humor,  that may offend users should be rated "Teen" or "Mature."

Here's where it gets a little interesting: Apps that ask users for their location at any point must not be rated "All." Apps that "ask to access course or fine location data" are "Pre-Teen." Any app that can publish your location should be rated "Teen" or "Mature."

Users will be able to flag apps that they believe are incorrectly rated, and Google will take a look. Repeat offenders can be "subject to further action," says Google, up to and including killing the dev account.

We're not seeing ratings on apps in the Market just yet, but you know they're coming.

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3 years ago

Review: Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery for the Evo 4G

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Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery

Let's face it -- Android phones use a lot of juice.  They do a lot, and need a lot of power to do it, and the Evo 4G's big screen doesn't help matters.  This makes a spare battery almost a must if you're on the go a lot.  That's where the Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery comes in to the picture.  While some folks prefer a much larger capacity battery, others (like myself) prefer something that uses the stock battery door, and fits into other accessories without any issue.  An extra 250 milliampere-hours may not sound like a lot (the stock Evo battery is rated at 1500 mAh), but I've found it extends my usage by several hours.  And I actually use my unlimited minutes, making several hours worth of calls daily.

Construction-wise, the Seidio Innocell 1750 is identical to the stock battery -- minus the color.  My inner child would love to see it in red, but how often do we really see the battery?  As you can see in the pictures (after the break) the Innocell is the same dimensions as the stock battery, and fits perfectly with the OEM battery cover.  I know many of us carry a spare battery and swap mid-day, and the Innocell is perfect for this.  It fits as you would expect, and offers a bit of extra oompf to make sure you're still up and running when you get to a charger.

If you use your Evo as intended, syncing mail and social networks, taking pictures, or playing games, you need to consider this one.  You can grab the Seidio Innocell 1750 mAh battery from the Android Central store for $44.95.  More pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

All T-Mobile G2 hardware security gets defeated

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Lockpicking

Despite the best efforts of the manufacturer and carrier, the T-Mobile G2 is now completely hardware unlocked.  This goes beyond flashing ROMS and rooting, the phone is now wide open for development, much like the Nexus One, or it's namesake the G1.  The methods aren't for the faint of heart, not even by a longshot, but I'm pretty certain that someone will take the lead and produce a semi-automated method that's fit for the above-average Joe.

In the meantime, it's an awesome read -- if only so you can see what the folks hard at work were up against.  Since I first used one, I have said the T-Mobile G2 is one of the best Android phones made -- there was nothing I didn't like enough to not use it, save the ridiculous lengths someone took to prevent full access to the hardware.  If you've been holding off for the same reason, or have the need to own your phone hardware, hit the source links. [XDA-Wiki via XDA-Developers] Thanks, theglock!

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3 years ago

It's not quite a Verizon iPhone, is it?

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Verizon iPhone X

Apple's iOS on a Motorola Droid X? Wishful thinking on someone's part, no doubt. [Verizon via Engadget]

Also see: Windows Mobile on the Droid X

 

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3 years ago

Verizon announcing LTE details Dec. 1

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Verizon LTE

Verizon's having a little shindig tomorrow, Dec. 1, to provide details on its LTE rollout. As a refresher, Big Red's 4G service initially will be available in 38 cities and more than five dozen airports nationwide. What we're not expecting, however, is the announcement of any LTE-capable phones, like the rumored HTC Incredible HD/Mecha. Instead, we'll start with some LTE USB modems and work from there. We'll still kibitz on the presser and keep our fingers crossed, though. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

HTC releases source code for Legend Froyo update

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HTC Legend

HTC has released the source code for the Legend's Android 2.2 Froyo update. No, that doesn't mean you have to download something all over again. It means that modders now have access to the official kernel, which is nerdspeak for the official code that makes Android 2.2 work on the HTC Legend. Don't worry your pretty little head about it. But for you modding types, get to downloading! [HTC Developer Center]

HTC Legend kernel code

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4 years ago

HTC Merge in Entrepreneur Magazine

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HTC Merge in Entrepreneur Magazine 

Has the HTC Merge been announced and we missed it? (Heh, not hardly.) Because it's got a hell of an advertisement in the latest Entrepreneur Magazine. It's being touted as "a work phone that's updated for your life ... Everything your work phone couldn't do." That's an interesting line for Verizon's manufacturing partner, given that the Motorola Droid Pro -- an obvious play for the business type -- was just released, and maybe that's part of the reason why we've yet to see the Merge be announced.

Anyhoo, check out more pics from the Entrepreneur Magazine ad after the break. And then check our our exclusive hands-on with the Merge, as well as our video preview, benchmark tests and comparison to the Droid 2. Thanks, Steven!

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4 years ago

Is this another Nexus S sighting?

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Samsung Nexus S?

Update: The picture in question has been removed from public view on Picasa, and we've removed it here at the owner's request.

Maybe we're all just getting so tired of waiting for the Samsung Nexus S (if indeed that is its name) to be announced that we're starting to see it everywhere. The latest case: A photo posted to Picasa by Google senior software engineer Erik Beans, pointed out to us by a hungry tipster. It's tough to tell exactly what it is, but it certainly shares some of the basic lines of the phone that's making the semi-official and unofficial rounds, much as the original Nexus One did before its release. We've been kicking this one around the forums all day, and now we turn it over to you. Nexus S? Or just wishful thinking? [Picasa] Thanks, Bruno.

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4 years ago

LG Star makes another appearance, shows off UI and a benchmark

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LG Star

Just a few weeks after we first saw a glimpse of the LG Star, it makes another appearance, this time showing off more than just the screen and battery door.  We're seeing HDMI out, a decent look at LG's custom Froyo OS, and even a benchmark of the Tegra2 chipset in action.  All that's left is to find out if and when this baby will ever reach North America, and how the chipset preforms once a version of Android that supports dual core processors is installed.

There's a gallery of pics at the source link, be sure to have a look.  [Phandroid]

 

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4 years ago

Nook Color rooted -- Turns $250 e-reader into an affordable Android tablet

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If it runs Android, it must be rooted or at the very least, root must at be attempted. In this case, the Nook Color is the latest to fall victim to such guilty pleasures as you can tell from the above image. Congratulations! Your Nook Color just became a whole lot more useful to you, as long as you don't mind going through the rooting process that is. [XDA via Gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Motorola Backflip, Cliq get multitouch support

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Motorola Backflip gains Multitouch

Must be rooted: One of the coolest things about Android is the development community it fosters.  These developers bring features and software upgrade to devices long after carriers and manufacturers write them off as out dated.  One of the newest upgrades froms from  J_r0dd who worked multitouch support into his latest Roms for the Backflip and Cliq. It's great seeing even these "entry-level" devices get the updated software like their newer cousins. [via ModMyMobile]Thanks Rohit R!

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4 years ago

AT&T says Motorola Olympus won't be available in November, then pulls post

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Motorola Olympus AT&T Facebook

OK. We're about to have another conversation about talking to strangers. See, the fact is you're actually pretty unlikely to get a real answer out of an official Twitter or Facebook account if you ask about an unannounced device. And even if you do get an answer, you need to think about it a tad. So when Scott Duffy asked the AT&T Share page (that's an official AT&T outlet) about the rumored Motorola Olympus, he got the following reply:

"The Motorola Olympus should be available in December or January. Check back here for device launches ..."

Really, folks, don't read too much into that. Translated, it means this:

"November is almost over. So we're going to name a couple of months that aren't November."

Actually, AT&T's response has since been pulled. Does that lend credence to the initial response? More likely, someone realized commenting at all on an unannounced device wasn't a very good idea. It's very possible that the Moto Olympus -- or whatever it ends up being called -- could be released sometime in the next 60 days. We do have a pretty big event (that'd be CES ) coming up. But it's also just as likely to not be out by then. We'll just have to see. [Facebook via BGR]

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