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3 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible 2 launch date pegged for April 28

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This just in: The HTC Droid Incredible 2 -- successor to HTC's wildly popular Droid Incredible -- will be launching from all channels April 28, 2011.

Pricing is still under wraps, but it's only a matter of time before Verizon unveils that little tidbit to everyone.

So, who's making this their next phone? Planning on picking it up on launch day? Head on over to the forums and discuss! [DroidDog]

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Gallery | HTC Droid Incredible 2 Specs

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3 years ago

Google announces Q1 2011 earnings

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Google

Google just announced its Q1 2011 earnings. Ever want to hear the word "billion" used over and over? Revenue totaled $8.58 billion for January through March, up 27 percent over the first quarter of 2010. Net income (GAAP) was $2.30 billion, compared to $1.96 billion for Q1 2011. And so on and so forth. You can check all all the financial info at the source link.

We're kibitzing on the earnings call. So stay tuned for any Android tidbits. [Google Investor Relations]

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3 years ago

HTC Desire Gingerbread test ROM gets leaked

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 HTC Desire Gingerbread Leak

Alongside today's EVO 4G leak, a Gingerbread test ROM for the HTC Desire has also leaked out via the 911HTC blog. Version 3.06.707.0 is based on Android 2.3.3, but is running the old version of Sense, which will come as disappointing news for Desire owners hoping to get their hands on the new-fangled Sense 2.0 found on more recent handsets.

Right now the ROM (pre-rooted, of course) is available as a flashable zip courtesy of XDA member robocik. Upon initial inspection, we noticed the clock widget animations and "fast boot" feature from Sense 2.0 have been ported across, and there seem to be some minor UI changes in the browser too.

Flashing an unofficial leaked ROM like this should always be approached with caution. If you decide to take the plunge, remember that this ROM is intended for GSM Desires from Europe and Asia -- it won't work on the U.S. Celular CDMA version of the phone. [XDA, 911HTC]

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3 years ago

Samsung Replenish outed by Samsung ahead of Sprint announcement

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Samsung Replenish

Although we're not exactly fully sure of how "green" it is as of yet, the upcoming Samsung Replenish for Sprint looks to be a challenger for the Verizon Droid Pro. The Replenish was once thought to be a feature phone but after some internal website leaks and piecing of information from previously leaked pictures we now know that not to be the case.

In fact, the Samsung Replenish is an Android 2.2 packing QWERTY with a 2.8-inch QVGA display as well as a 2MP camera, WiFi and is made from recycled plastics. How do we know? Well, Samsung told everyone via their site -- then abruptly took the page down. We're expecting to get an official announcement for the Samsung Replenish tomorrow, so stay tuned for details. [Phonescoop]

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3 years ago

Gingerbread with HTC Sense leaks out for the Evo 4G

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Gingerbread leaked for the Evo 4G

While it can never come soon enough for impatient Evo 4G users (like all of us here), Gingerbread with HTC Sense has finally leaked out.  We shouldn't be surprised, as there was no way HTC would leave the phone that started it all stuck on Froyo, and they have already let us know they planned to update their current users to Gingerbread in due time.  What's surprising is that it took this long to leak out.

There's nothing available (as of this writing) that you can flash -- what has leaked is the full dump of all partitions.  This is exactly what ROM developers want and need, and they are already hard at work.  In the meantime, if you're curious and want to dig around in the files while we wait, hit the source link and download them for yourself, and share your findings in the Evo 4G forums. [911HTC via Android Central forums; XDA-Developers] Thanks, dcmasta!

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3 years ago

Weather.com joins ESPN, isn't texting to Sprint

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Looks like ESPN isn't the only company who won't be texting Sprint customers anymore.

Details are scarce, but as of today, Weather.com is suspending service to all Sprint/Nextel users.

We are no longer able to offer SMS messages on the Sprint/Nextel network and will suspend service on 4/12. For more mobile products and apps, go to weather.com

Pretty sure it has to do with the same fee structure ESPN decided not to deal with. Shame, really, but them's the breaks.

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3 years ago

LG throwing G2X, G-Slate event in NYC

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T-Mobile Event

The release of the T-Mobile G2X smartphone and G-Slate tablet must be nigh, because ol' Magenta is having a little get-together next week in the city that never sleeps. Don't worry, we'll take you all long for the ride, of course. So be sure you're back here next Wednesday night, April 20, as the whole thing goes down. See our list of upcoming Android events

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt Accessories Roundup

The best accessories for your HTC ThunderBolt

HTC ThunderBolt accessories

Now that everybody who's anybody has an HTC ThunderBolt (what, you don't have yours yet?) let's take a quick look at some of the best HTC ThunderBolt accessories, as determined by you, the buying public. First and foremost, to no one's surprise, is the massive HTC 2750mAh extended battery with extended battery door (seen above). Face it, the thing eats batteries for breakfast, and this ThunderBolt extended battery is the first thing most people are buying.

And rounding out the your five hottest HTC ThunderBolt accessories, we have:

And we're just getting started. Head on past the break for our top pics.

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3 years ago

4shared Music released for Android

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Its only been a few days since 4shared unleashed its mobile app to the Android masses. Today, 4shared is back at it again. The file sharing service has released their 4shared Music app in the Android Market. The newly announced app gives access to thousands of songs on the 4shared servers.

According to head of marketing Andrew Liulko, “Developing of application which is able to work with music  properlybecame a priority task for us due to the fact that more than a half of files hosted on 4shared are music files. We hope that introducing 4shared Music application to Android audience will attract new users and bring more convenience for everybody overall."

While this new app gives immediate access to tons of music on 4shared servers, we'll take this time to remind you that services like this are often filled with copyrighted material and illegally distributed files. Stay away from them. Hit the jump to get download links. Thanks, Yegor!

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3 years ago

Dual-core processor in the Droid X2 caught on video

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Droid X dual-core

Without any official word from Motorola or Verizon, any mention of the Motorola Droid X2's specifications is a guess based on pieced-together information from various sources on the Internet, and leaks like the one we saw earlier this month.  Words like dual-core and Tegra 2 have been thrown around, and from the looks of this video of the DX2 booting up, we can be pretty sure of the dual-core part.  Since Motorola is using it on other products like the Xoom and Atrix 4G, we can hopefully assume the DX2 has some sweet Tegra 2 juice inside as well.

Check out the boot video after the break, folks.  Thanks, anonymous!

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom and Atrix available throughout Latin America starting mid-April

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xoom in la

Motorola has announced further availability of its Xoom and Atrix as the two devices will be launched throughout Latin America starting 'mid-April'. 

They will be launching on 'leading' carriers in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Which carriers in particular will carry the devices have not been announced. 

Quote from Motorola Mobility:

“Latin America continues to be important to our company’s global strategy, which is why we’re bringing the region our most ground-breaking products,” said Maurizio Angelone, vice president and general manager Mobile Devices Latin America, Motorola Mobility. “We’ve received an exceptional response for Motorola XOOM and Motorola ATRIX from consumers and carriers in our U.S. and European markets, and we want to build the same excitement in Latin America.”

This is great news for consumers in any of the aforementioned countries who have been waiting patiently for the Xoom and the Atrix to come their way. [Motorola]

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3 years ago

Amazon 'Deal of the Day': ViewSonic gTablet for $279.99

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Motorola Xoom's pricing got you down? Does the Samsung Galaxy Tab not tickle your fancy? Or maybe you just can't wait any longer for that G-Slate pricing? Well, do not fret my good friend -- Amazon has your back! Today, and today only, Amazon's "Deal of the Day" is the ViewSonic gTablet for $279.99. It's regularly $499.99. That's 44 percent off, folks!

For those of you unfamiliar with the device, here is a little run-down: 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 - Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 512MB DRR RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB via SD Card), Android 2.2 (Froyo), and a 10.1-inch TFT-LCD with LED driver system and 1024x600 resolution. The only problem here is the software. This tablet does not have access to the Android Market. There are of course ways to get access, but you'll need to root it and install a custom ROM.

It's a great price for some pretty good hardware, but the software and access is where is lacks. If your still unsure about this tablet, be sure to read our review and head into the Android Central Forums to see what others are saying. [Amazon] Thanks, psych0t0uc4n!

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3 years ago

Sense 3.0 limited to EVO 3D, Sensation, Flyer and newer devices [update: 'clarification' from HTC]

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 HTC Sense 3.0

HTC has confirmed via its official Twitter account that the new version of HTC Sense that'll be shipping on the EVO 3D, Sensation and Flyer won't be ported back to any earlier devices. Replying to a question from a Desire HD owner asking whether his phone would get an update to Sense 3.0, HTC said, "due to Sense's hardware requirements, only our newest devices (Flyer, EVO 3D, Sensation) will be able to support it."

This will come as a disappointment to some, including posters on our own forums who were hoping to see Sense 3.0 on recent phones like the Thunderbolt, but it's not really much of a surprise. Sense 3.0 is clearly more hardware-intensive than earlier versions, and the devices which will run it out of the box are a step beyond the current crop of HTC phones in terms of performance. Even the slowest Sense 3.0 device, the Flyer tablet, runs at clock speeds 50% higher than those of the Thunderbolt.

Let's also remember that HTC is by no means abandoning its Sense 2.0 (or even 1.0) line-up. Just because the Thunderbolt and Incredible S aren't invited to the Sense 3.0 party, doesn't mean they won't be getting Gingerbread later in the year. [@HTC via Unwired View]

Update - HTC tweeted a little clarification on this. Still pretty vague but looks like they are aiming to bring some of the aspects of Sense 3.0 to previous devices as well.

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3 years ago

Show your Apple friends who's boss with a great boot animation

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Apple Boot Animation

Boot animations are something that are not always customized, but when they are they have the ability to be almost anything.  XDA member thermanlee has taken some time to make a rather funny boot animation that was designed for the Samsung Nexus S, but will also work on some other devices. So, if you are rooted, and want to have some fun be sure to download and flash to your device as long as you promise to show it to all your Apple loving friends. [XDA via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Nvidia still supporting Harmony platform, blame codenames for the mix-up

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Nvidia Tegra

After the recent news that Nvidia's Harmony platform would see no further support, Nvidia's Developer Zone forums got slammed with concerned citizens and their displeasure at the decision.  Turn's out none of it was necessary, as they plan to support the consumer devices using the Harmony platform as long as needed after all.  Before any conspiracy theories about Nvidia backpedaling or the like get started, you need to realize that their definition of the Harmony platform is different than the Android communities.  Andrew Edelsten, from Nvidia's Tegra Developer Relations promptly clarified this for us, saying the he was responding specifically about the Tegra 250 development kit and had this to say about their hardware partner's Android devices:

NVIDIA provides support until the hardware partner chooses to no longer support the device. So, for instance, NVIDIA will support the Xoom on all versions of Android Motorola requests until Motorola ceases to support the Xoom. The same goes for ViewSonic with the G-Tablet, Notion Ink with the Adam, Acer with the Iconia, LG with the Optimus 2X and so on.

The Android community refers to early Tegra 250 devices by the code name "Harmony" because the open-source kernel has that reference in its files.  The Harmony development kit is what Nvidia uses that codename for, and that's why it appears in the kernel.  Nvidia is simply shifting developer focus to the Ventana development kit for their current and future Android OS images.  So now any OS version updates for the first generation Tegra 2 Android devices are in the hands of the device makers. 

But, wait, there's more -- and it's possibly the best part.  I'll end this with a quote from Andrew:

Finally, while we cannot support or give out third party peripheral drivers or provide the Android 3.0 source before Google does, we do want to explore whether we can assist the open source ROM makers. We will be reaching out to them today.

That's simply mouth-watering.  [Nvidia Developer Zone] Thanks, timoh!

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