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4 years ago

US Cellular customers get weeklong Android Black Friday specials

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U.S. Cellular 

If you are a US Cellular customer, and have been holding out on grabbing an Android device, the time to buy is about to hit. US Cellular has decided that instead of trying to cram all the fun into just one day that they are going to have a week long sale on many of their Android devices.

U.S. Cellular is offering door-busting deals on its entire lineup of Android-powered phones, including the Samsung Mesmerize (a Galaxy S phone) for just $99 and the HTC Desire for $49 after an $80 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract. The LG Apex and Samsung Acclaim will be free after an $80 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract. With U.S. Cellular's “no contract after the first” from The Belief Project, customers who opt for a contract never have to sign another one.

So if you have teased yourself with the review of the Samsung Mesmerize, or the review of the HTC Desire, your wait is almost over. Be sure to check out your local US Cellular store next week for all the great deals!

Note: Current U.S. Cellular customers who switched to one of U.S. Cellular's new Belief Plans and are eligible for a phone upgrade can get those sale prices without signing a new contract. New customers who sign up for a Belief Plan will get those sale prices and never sign another contract with "no contract after the first." It's one of the benefits of The Belief Project from U.S. Cellular.

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4 years ago

Nexus One gets an update to FRG83D (no, it's still not Gingerbread)

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Nexus One FRG83D update

The Google Nexus One just got itself a little update. It's still Android 2.2.1 -- no Gingerbread yet, folks -- and the 1.3MB download looks to be a bunch of patches and bugfixes. We've poked around it for a few minutes, and here's what we see:

The Froyo framework has been patched, as has the applications debugger. When we look at the system applications, each has a small patch, but Vending (the Android Market, which is now at Version 2.12), the Google services framework, and the GoogleEmail application (not Gmail) has a larger patch in place. There's also a small patch to the stock recovery.

So, no Gingerbread yet, but this this likely is an update to get us ready for it. For the direct download link and more discussion, check out this thread. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

HTC Merge 360-degree view appears, quickly disappears from Verizon's site

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HTC Merge

Need another sign that the HTC Merge is nearing release? How about a 360-degree look to go along with our previous hands-on and video preview. It popped up on Verizon's website today and was quickly pulled, but that's just not how we do things around here. Check it out, after the break. [Via bigdav1178 in the Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Adobe Reader updated

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Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader -- Adobe's official pdf reader -- got itself a little update recently. Here's what's new: 

  • Tablet support
  • Open PDF Portfolios & Password protected PDF files
  • Text search
  • View mode – Fit Screen & Continuous scroll
  • Go to page
  • Improved navigation Performance
  • Support for English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese , Swedish, Russian, Czech, Polish & Turkish

You can update yours now in the Android Market, or we have download links after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Android device traffic -- Moto Droid No.1 , 4G-enabled phones at 16%

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android device traffic

Chitika Research has compiled some statistics that break down Android specific device traffic, and the Motorola Droid still comes out on top with 19 percent of the total.  The breakdown really isn't surprising, Verizon and Sprint hold the top two spots with the Sprint Evo 4G coming in right behind the Droid at 12 percent.  The Samsung Vibrant comes in at number five, with a five percent share as the first GSM device on the list.

We don't have a fancy pie chart to show it, but according to Chikita, 4G Android phones (The Evo 4G, The Epic 4G, the T-Mobile G2, and the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G) claim 16 percent of all Android traffic in their study.  Something tells me that number will be a bit different come Q2 2011, when Verizon gets into the mix. [Chitika Research]

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4 years ago

Win 1 of 50 unlock codes for your GSM HTC device courtesy of CellUnlock!

In celebration of our new unlocking help forums opening up today, we have a contest for anyone out there who has an HTC GSM device and would like to no longer have it locked to any specific carrier. Courtesy of folks over at CellUnlock.net we'll be giving away 50 codes in total. Let's make entry a little interesting though, leave a comment in the contest forums letting us know what about Android it is that you love and you'll be entered to win. Good luck to all! And of course, thanks to CellUnlock for the codes!

Click here to enter for your chance to win 1 of 50 unlock codes

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4 years ago

Verizon axes $10 add-a-line cost for new smartphones on family plans

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Details p. 1

Verizon has just announced a new promotion that will provide a bit of extra incentive for users in family plans to upgrade to a smartphone this Christmas season. The offer gets rid of the $9.99 per month charge for adding lines as long as those lines are smartphones and paying the $29.99 per month charge for unlimited data. The rebate actually lasts the entire length of your contract, so assuming you stick with it for the full two years, each added smartphone line would save $240 ($10 per month for 24 months) over the life of the contract.

Verizon will start the discount pricing Nov. 19, and it will run until Jan. 7, 2011. Verizon is aiming specifically to get owners of family plans an incentive to upgrade their spouse or children to smartphones, which I am sure many will do. Family plans currently start at $69.99 and you can add up to five additional lines to the base plan. Click past the break to see some more slides we have ninja'd from Big Red that will tell you all you need to know about eligibility and pricing. [Verizon Wireless]

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4 years ago

Steve Wozniak talks Android's future (hint: he thinks it's got one)

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The Wonderful Wizard of Woz, or simply, Steve Wozniak -- is at it again. This time only, he's talking Android and iOS. The co-founder of Apple was recently interviewed by De Telegraaf, a newspaper in the Netherlands, on what he thoughts were on the Android platform and some deets on a unreleased Apple manufactured smartphone back in 2004.

The computer genius drew some comparisons between the early Windows platform and today's Android, claiming that quality and user satisfaction could be better, but ultimately it will become the dominant smartphone in the market, much like how Windows has taken over today. 

Wozniak also disclosed some info about a smartphone they were developing back in 2004 with a Japanese electronics company. The smartphone was never released publicly because Apple felt that the device was not quite all there, and they wanted a device that would be "breakthrough." Anyone remember the Apple Pippin? Anyone? [De Telegraaf via Engadget, TiPB]

Update: Well, it didn't take long for Steve to point out his was misquoted on a few things here. Woz has since clarified some of the misquotes that have been reported, by stating that he'd never say that Android was better than iOS, and that "Almost every app I have is better on the iPhone." It appears, something here was lost in translation. Best to listen to the audio so that you get the full effect of what Woz was stating. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Google Sky Map gets updated with time travel, multitouch

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This one's for all you astronomers out there. Google has just updated Google Sky Map to version 1.6. You were keeping count, right? The update brings two new features to the app:

  • Time Travel: Travel through time to view the sky as it looked in the past or as it will look in the future. You can also speed up time to watch events
    like eclipses and conjunctions
  • MultiTouch: Easily zoom in & out or rotate display using just two fingers
    on devices that support multi-touch input

Very, very cool. Download links are after the break. [Google] Thanks, El Jefe!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus One review

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Redefining entry-level Android phones, one carrier at a time

LG Optimus One

Let's not mince words: The LG Optimus One is not a top-end phone, nor was it designed to be.  If you're expecting some sort of dual-core wünderphone, look elsewhere.

But -- if you're looking for a very pocketable, well built, speedy communications device you've found the right place.  Hit the break and check out how LG is changing the way we think of low end Android phones.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Black Friday by dealnews.com

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 Dealnews.com Black Friday App for Android

If the Christmas music on the radio station didn't tip you off, the busiest shopping season is just around the corner.  In nine days parents across the country will be lining up outside of their favorite big box retailers, hoping to get their big ticket gifts out of the way at amazing prices.

Sure, you can root through print ads, cutting out items you want and taping them to your master shopping list, but wouldn't it be easier if you could view deals and compile your list directly on your Android cellphone?

BusinessWire posted an article about a new Black Friday app for Android and iOS devices by the popular deal website dealnews.com.  It promises to simplify your Black Friday shopping by letting you browse Black Friday deals from your handset and add them to a master list for when you head out before the crack of dawn on the 26th.

 Hit the read more link to find out more about this holiday app, and for links to download it to your shopping companion. [Via BusinessWire, dealnews.com]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro officially on sale today

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Motorola Droid Pro

The Motorola Droid Pro -- with its 3.1-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY front-facing keyboard -- is officially available today from Verizon Wireless for $179 after two-year contract and $100 rebate. We're knee-deep into testing this guy out, but in the interim you can check out our initial hands-on, benchmark test, full specs and gallery. [Verizon]

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4 years ago

Google Navigation comes to Australia

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This is a nice update for our readers down in Australia.  As of today, you can use Google Maps to give you free turn by turn navigation on your Android device providing it's running Android 1.6 or higher.  Australia is the latest in a string of countries to get the popular navigation service, and all functions, including traffic conditions for select cities, seem to be online.  If you live in Australia, be sure to try out the new Google maps and let us know how it's working for you below or in our forums. Via [Sydney Morning Herald] Thanks Tristan!

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4 years ago

Angry Birds lite coming for older phones

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Angry Birds

For those of you not running the latest and greatest Android smartphone but still have a hankering for some Angry Birds, fear not -- a "lite" version of the game is in the works. In a blog post about recent feedback it's received, developer Rovio says the following:

"We are currently developing a lighter solution to run Angry Birds on lower end Android devices. This does not mean lighter gameplay or a lesser amount of levels, but a game experience optimized for devices with less processing power.

Rovio also trumpets GetJar, saying it used the web-based app distributor instead of the Android Market because "we wanted to make Angry Birds available for every feasible Android device ... and why the game is supported by advertising." (We'll let you try to figure that one out.)

Rovio also listed all of the phones that aren't currently supported by Angry birds. That list includes the Droid Eris, HTC Dream, Hero, Magic/Sapphire/myTouch 3G, Tattoo, Wildfire, Huawei Ideos, LG Ally, LG GW620, Motorola Backflip, Motorola Cliq, Samsung Acclaim, Samsung Moment, Samsung Spica, Samsung Transform, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini, T-Mobile G1 and the new old G2. Plus, anything running on Cupcake (Android 1.5) or below is not supported; same goes for custom ROMs (though we all know that's just a CYA move).

We've run Angry Birds on the Samsung Transform -- not great, but it works -- and the HTC Wildfire -- don't bother -- so it's great to see that a lite version is in the works.s [Rovio]

Update: Ah! PC Mag's Sascha Segan got clarification on the G2 not being supported. It's the old Euro G2 (as in the Euro version of the myTouch), not the brand new T-Mobile G2.

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4 years ago

HTC releases source code for T-Mo G2, myTouch 4G, Verizon Droid Incredible

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HTC Developer CEnter

HTC this morning released source code for a trio of Android phones: the long-awaited first look at the myTouch 4G, plus the latest maintenance updates for the T-Mobile G2 and the Droid Incredible.

As always, some proprietary code will be missing, and unless you're a modder there's not much you can do with this stuff. But for those of you waiting on custom ROMs, things are about to get better. [HTC Developer Center]

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