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4 years ago

Rooted version of Evo update released before OTA actually hits

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Evo custom ROM

In a weird twist, while everyone was waiting for the Evo 4G update to show up, the folks over at XDA-Developers have just released the rooted users version of it.  Don't ask, we have no answers about the how or why :) It looks like the rumors of the 30FPS cap being lifted were true, but it's still too soon to see if the Gmail and GPS "issues" have been addressed. 

We normally suggest that everyone on the darkside who has rooted their phone wait a day or two for the developers to release a "root-friendly" version, but this time we don't have to.  Follow the source link to grab the ROM, as well as new cellular and WiMax radios while they're still hot! [Xda-Developers via Android Central ForumsThanks b0ricua!

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4 years ago

Sprint, Samsung prepping update to fix Epic 4G upload speeds over 3G

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Sprint Epic 4G

There have been grumblings for weeks now about 3G upload speeds on the Sprint Epic 4G being slower than expected. We've had plenty of reports in the Android Central Forums, never mind the hundreds of posts at Sprint's own community forums, that tell tales of upload speeds seemingly topping out at around 150kbps -- inadvertently or otherwise. And that's no good. We've been in contact with the powers that be on this one, and Sprint and Samsung have an update in the works.

Here's the official word from Sprint:

"We have heard reports of users experiencing less-than-expected 3G upload speeds with their Samsung Epic 4G. After extensive investigation, Sprint and Samsung have identified an enhancement that may improve upload speeds on the Epic. This fix will be made available in the next maintenance release. It’s important to note that network speeds are impacted by many factors when using commercially-available speed test applications and test results may or may not be true indicator of the actual network performance."

So there you go. Hang in there, folks. Help is on the way. (More in our Epic 4G forums!)

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4 years ago

HTC HD3 shows itself [the competition]

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HTC HD3/HD7

We in the Android world have been basking in some pretty bad-arse hardware for some time now. Our Windows Phone cousins, on the other hand, have been patiently waiting for something new since -- well, the Touch Pro 2 and HD 2. But it doesn't look like Android's going to corner the black-slab market for long. The first real images of the HTC HD3 (it might also be called the HD7) have leaked out, and it's admittedly a beauty. And we're pretty darn curious to get a look at the final product of Windows Phone 7 (I was able to get a look at the early build way back at Mobile World Congress).

Anyhoo, check out some more pics at WMExperts, and see if any of this doesn't pique your interest.

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4 years ago

Verizon Fascinate update pushing out now

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 Fascinate updateFascinate update

Those of you waiting on the Verizon Samsung Fascinate update to drop -- well, it's dropping now. A recap for what's in store:

 

  • Instant notification of Visual Voice Mail in the messaging bar.
  • Improved sync between phone and e-mail accounts.
  • Prompt notification when switching to airplane mode.
  • Faster switching from 3G to 1x RTT.
  • Search phone while on a call.
  • Improved Exchange password alerts.
  • No Service audio alert removed.

You can sit back and wait for the update to roll in, Or you can try to snag it at Settings>About phone>System updates. (Though it's not working for me. Grrrr.) Thanks, Cory!

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4 years ago

Testing Samsung's GPS improvements [video]

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 Samsung Captivate (updated at left)

Probably the biggest fix in the maintenance update for the Samsung Captivate was with GPS reception. OK, it might not be a "fix." But Samsung is calling it "an update to improve the ... GPS performance," and, darn it, that's a fix to us.

Anyhoo. We had two Captivates laying around. So we updated one, and left the other one looking longingly at its brother, then fired up some GPS on both. We didn't see a huge boost in our short test, but the updated phone seemed to connect to more satellites and just a tad quicker. Check out the video after the break, and let us know if your GPS is any better in the Samsung Captivate Forums

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4 years ago

Dell working on 7-inch tablet, Streak to be sold at Best Buy soon

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 Dell Streak

Dell had moderate success with its Dell Steak (pictured above), and looks to be following upon that with a new tablet. CEO Michael Dell announced the device during a conference in San Francisco, but did not give any details other than it would pack a 7-inch screen and run an unspecified version of Android. Considering the screen size, it is probably safe to assume the device will be a full-fledged tablet, and not a phone/tablet hybrid like the Streak. One would hope that Gingerbread would be released and on the tablet by the time the device is launched, but that might be a pipe dream considering the struggles Dell has had just getting the Streak up to Froyo. In addition, the CEO mentioned that the Streak would be available in Best Buy retail locations soon. [Wall Street Journal]

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4 years ago

Android Quick-App: Vignette

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Vignette homeShooting mode

One of the greatest iterations of the smartphone industry has been the cameras that are attached to the devices. They have become sufficient enough to leave a separate camera at home or forget buying one altogether (Photo-philes will disagree, but for the average consumer this is true).

A result of this has been an increase in camera apps found in the Market. These can range from simple effects to a full on camera replacement app. One of the best that I’ve tried is Vignette, which can act as one of the full replacements. Let's take a look, after the break.

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4 years ago

Sprint Hero also is getting an update; Evo 4G 30FPS cap removal confirmed

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 Sprint updates

Looks like the rumors are true, folks -- the Evo 4G update that's coming down the pike may well be fixing the 30FPS graphics issue that's been plaguing us all from the start. We were slipped the above e-mail (and it looks like Engadget got one, too) that shows the rumored 3FPS and GPS reboot fixes (that strangely are missing from Sprint's update list).

But wait, there's more. The leaked e-mail also shows an update to the HTC Hero. No, it's not Froyo (and it won't be), but you are getting fixes for GPS reboot and sluggish dialer issues. So you got that going for you, which is nice.

Sing out in the comments if you've gotten either of the updates yet.

Update: Unrevoked's got video of the fix in action, apparently. Check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Droid 2 world phone breaks cover, shows off new paint job

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Curious what the Droid 2 world phone (also being referred to as the Droid Pro or "Global" edition) looks like? Droid Life got their hands on the CDMA-GSM device, and it looks like it's got a new paint scheme to go with it. No word yet on any other new features, though the ability to take this kid overseas is going to sit pretty with a good number of business-types, we reckon. Couple of more pictures at the source. [Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Update coming for the Evo 4G, will fix gmail sync, calendar edits (maybe more)

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Evo 4G update

Sprint just posted that an update is coming to the Evo 4G. It says that Version 3.29.651.5 shall contain fixes for calendar event edit issues and syncing of multiple gmail accounts, both of which have been subject of complaints for some time now.

But wait. There's more. Maybe. Word of the update actually started late last night at SDX Developers, and jerdog says that in addition to the gmail and calendar fixes, the infamous 30-frames-per-second graphics cap is lifted, and the GPS reboot will be addressed. We're hoping to get official word on those last two, but we'll gladly take the gmail and calendar fixes, too. [Sprint via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Samsung says AT&T Captivate GPS is addressed in current update

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 Samsung Captivate GPS fix

Samsung just announced that the update currently being pushed to the Captivate -- AT&T's version of the Galaxy S -- does indeed include a fix for the GPS issues that plagued a good many of us at launch. Here's the official word:

An update to improve the Samsung Captivate's GPS performance is now available. Captivate customers will receive a notification on their device that an update is available and will simply need to download the file to update their phone. The updates will be pushed to customers’ devices over the next few weeks.

The update for the Captivate will also improve additional device functions, such as media scanning time, add the full version of Quickoffice and address Microsoft Exchange 2003 policy support.

If you haven't gotten the update yet, you can check from your phone's settings. (And ukulele_ninja in the Android Central Forums notes you can bypass the pesky one-check-per-24-hours thing by changing the date.)

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4 years ago

A closer look at the HTC Desire HD (video)

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Desire HD

HTC announced the Desire HD last week at an event in London. It's basically the global version of the Evo 4G, with some design tweaks (and no 4G, natch).

After the break is a video made by HTC to provide a closer look at the device. It shows off the hardware as well as some of the phone's best features, including:

  • Adobe Flash support
  • Home media streaming via DLNA
  • E-books
  • Cached maps
  • HTCSense.com

Check out the video for yourself after the break. [YouTube]

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4 years ago

Evo 4G accessory review: Seidio Innodock Jr. Desktop Cradle

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Seidio Innodock Jr Desktop Cradle for Sprint HTC Evo 4G

The Seidio Innodock Jr. Desktop Cradle for Sprint HTC Evo 4G was one of the first desktop cradles to come out for the Sprint Evo 4G, and as such it holds a special place in the section of my heart reserved for gadget accessories. So, after the break, let us take a deeper look at it, shall we?

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4 years ago

Beta HTC Desire HD ROM snagged and leaked shortly after HTC Event

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Earlier this month, HTC hosted a meetup in London at which they announced the HTC Desire Z and more importantly, the HTC Desire HD. During the event HTC flashed us a sneak peek of the new Sense UI, and it's definitely garnered some attention. As we've come to expect from the great community that is XDA, user DarkStone1337 nabbed a beta ROM of the HD and put it up for the masses. Join us after the jump to view the plethora of new features and a video showcasing them with the beta ROM.
[via AndroidSPIN and XDA]

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4 years ago

Droid X Froyo update available now! (Update: Plus, root instructions)

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Droid X Froyo update

The Droid X Froyo update is now available, folks! Go to Settings>About phone>Check for updates, and it's all yours. It's a hefty 67.6-megabyte update, so pop on your Wifi and pop open a cold one. It's going to take a few minutes.

We've already discussed what's new in Froyo, and what's new for the Droid X specificially. So get your update on, and hit the Droid X forums to discuss what we've got. Thanks to everybody who sent this in!

Update: For those of you who worry about root access, the Droid 2 root method works after this official update. Instructions on that here.

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