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4 years ago

The week in Android Apps

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apps

Applications are always a great addition to any Android device, and finding the right application for you. Let's take a look at some of the application updates as well as some of the new releases from the past week after the jump.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Tab hacked to make phone calls

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Samsung Galaxy Tab

Galaxy Tab phone enabledThe major feature missing from the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the ability to make phone calls. (OK, some of us might consider that a feature.)

But the T-Mobile version of the 7-inch Android Tablet apparently has already been hacked to enable the voice end of things. That's what you see in the image to the right.

You're going to have to do some fairly major surgery -- and this isn't going to work on the Sprint or Verizon versions -- and then enable some of the wireless settings manually. And even after all that, you're not going to want to hold this beast up to your head.

But score another one for the hackers, and let's hope they find a way to open this up for the other carriers' devices, too. [XDA Developers 1, 2, 3] Thanks, Croak, for the tip.

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4 years ago

Netflix coming to select Android devices early next year

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Netflix

Easily in the top five questions we get from you guys -- and this is one we've been asking, too -- is "Where the hell is Netflix for Android?" It's been a fleeting rumor for months and months, and still we don't have it. But now we at least know why.

Greg Peters of Netflix product development took to the company blog tonight to explain why the iPhone and Windows Phone 7 get streaming movies, but Android's shut out. It comes down to "the lack of a generic and complete platform security and content protection mechanism available for Android," Peters writes, continuing with:

"The same security issues that have led to piracy concerns on the Android platform have made it difficult for us to secure a common Digital Rights Management (DRM) system on these devices. Setting aside the debate around the value of content protection and DRM, they are requirements we must fulfill in order to obtain content from major studios for our subscribers to enjoy. Although we don’t have a common platform security mechanism and DRM, we are able to work with individual handset manufacturers to add content protection to their devices."

The good news? Peters says "we'll launch select Android devices that will instantly stream from Netflix early next year," and they'll keep working with carriers and manufacturers to develop a better solution for the entire Android platform.

Peters kind of makes it sound like Netflix itself will be "launching" new devices, but that seems a wee bit unlikely. "Select devices" and "early next year" sure make us wonder if an impending Android OS revision (hi, Gingerbread!) or two (hello, Honeycomb!) have anything to do with that.

One thing's for sure, though: It can't come soon enough. [Netflix] Thanks, Dustin!

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4 years ago

Galaxy Tab root (and others) just a few clicks away with z4root root

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Galaxy Tab rooted

So you have your new shiny Galaxy Tab, and you want to root it.  I like the way you think.  The good news is that the days of SDK's, cryptic shell commands, and crazy Windows USB drivers are over.  An app from the Market (z4root -- links after the break) will root your Tab, as well as other Galaxy S phones and other NAND unlocked devices with just a button press.

  • Download and install Z4Root from the Market
  • Enable USB debugging (menu>settings>applications>development)
  • Run the app, and press the "root" button

Your Tab will restart, and you're rooted.  Unrooting is just as easy, just run z4root and "unroot."  Of course a lot of the goodies available for other devices just haven't been made for the Tab just yet, but they're coming.  Hit the jump for download links and a list of other phones this will work on.  [XDA Developers via Pocketables]

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4 years ago

How to manually apply the Droid Incredible maintenance update

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HTC Droid Incredible

For those of you who just can't wait to get that maintenance update for the HTC Droid Incredible, we've got the download location and instructions. It's all on the up and up, it's just that you're manually applying the update instead of waiting on it. It's the exact same update. Here you go:

  1. Grab the OTA file here from the Android Central Forums.
  2. Make sure it's named update.zip
  3. Copy it to the root (base directory) of your SD card.  Don't put it in any folders, and don't put it on the internal memory.
  4. Shut your phone off
  5. While holding the volume down button, turn the phone back on.
  6. In the white Bootloader screen, select recovery from the list.
  7. In the recovery screen (the triangle with exclamation mark), press volume up and power.  You'll go to the recovery menu.
  8. In the recovery menu, select "apply sdcard:update.zip"
  9. The phone will find the file, and when finished prompt you to reboot.  Reboot via the menu, then patiently wait for the phone to reboot, and enjoy.

A reminder that if you're rooted, this'll break it. Need more help? Find it in our Droid Incredible Forums.

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4 years ago

Tab talk, Droid Pro and more Nexus S speculataion [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Today we're talking Samsung Galaxy Tab, Droid Pro and still hashing out the rumors surrounding the Nexus S specs. Will it run dual cores? Make Jerry coffee in the morning? Lets talk about it in the forums.

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

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4 years ago

New Foursquare update now available for download

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If you're a frequent Foursquare user you'll want to check in to the Android Market to grab the latest update. The changelog indicates some minor fixes with being able to add and accept friends as well, corrects some issues with the widget. Nothing drastic but an update nonetheless. Download links after the break. [via Droid-Life]

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4 years ago

Changes coming to Android Market

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Android Market

Tim Bray, who we all know and love from the Android Developers Blog, made a couple interesting announcements this week about the Android Market.  He wanted to remind developers about the Market features enacted this past June that help determine what devices their applications will be available for, as it seems that preparation for some new market features requires all legacy applications to get rescanned and checked against the new methods.

Of course, the words "new market features" caught our attention.  We can't help but think back to I/O 2010, when we saw some great new Market features like Music streaming, that Google said would come soon, likely with Gingerbread.  Is it soon yet? [Android Developers Blog]

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4 years ago

Screenshots on Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Galaxy Tab Screen Shot

Now that we're all getting our Samsung Galaxy Tabs, we're going to want to take a screen shot or two, right? And Sammy's made it easy for us. No rooting, no muss, no fuss.

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4 years ago

Is this the Rogers no contract pricing for Samsung Galaxy Tab?

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While the Samsung Galaxy Tab is making its way across U.S. carriers right now, we're still waiting for Rogers in Canada to even really price the thing let alone, get it up on the website and in stores to sell. Many rumors have circulated surrounding the pricing but this has got to be the most extreme one I have read thus far. If the above image is in any way accurate then the no contract pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be set at $750 for Rogers and well, they've forced me to lose all concern I had in purchasing one. [TheCellularGuru]

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4 years ago

Facebook for Android updated to v1.4.1

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Facebook for Android updated

Facebook for Android just received an update, bringing higher resolution picture uploads, improved Places usage for non-English locales, and always welcomed bugfixes.  Sorry, still no Facebook chat. 

You can grab the latest version from the market, and be sure to check us out on Facebook once you have it up and running.  If you don't have Facebook installed on your device, hit the jump for the download links.  [Facebook for Android] Thanks isaiah32!

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4 years ago

Google cooking up some Gingerbread

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Android - Gingerbread

We're still waiting on Android 2.3. Gingerbread -- you can twiddle your thumbs with us here -- but the fine folks at Google have just teased us a bit more on Twitter, with the above picture and "Our cafes are baking something sweet."

Will it be today? Will it be tomorrow? News at 11, folks. [Twitter]

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4 years ago

Black Friday deals from Best Buy all about Android

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With Black Friday well on its way, a lot of retailers are gearing up to drop prices. Best Buy is no different and this year they've decided to layout Android devices, some for only $1. Keep in mind though, new contracts will still apply to the purchases. Devices available? Check the list by carriers:

Sprint:

  • Samsung Transform - $69.99 with 2 year contract
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab - $549.99
  • LG Optimus S (Charcoal and Purple) - $1 with 2 year contract

Verizon:

  • HTC Droid Incredible - $1 with 2 year contract
  • Samsung Fascinate - $1 with 2 year contract
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab -$549.99

Great time to pick up a new Android device if you've been waiting. Surely more ads will leak out as well, so that you may plot your plan of attack. Check for additional images after the break.  Thanks nate1dawgg and jblank0! [BFAds]

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4 years ago

Droid Pro on Verizon: First Impressions [Video]

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 Motorola Droid Pro

The Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon finally makes our greatest and fondest wishes come to life: a full-powered Android 2.2 Smartphone with a front-facing QWERTY keyboard. Sure, we've gone hands-on with the Droid Pro before, but nothing beats owning it and getting some impressions after a day of use. 

So get those impressions, a video of the most notable aspects of the world phone, and plenty of photos after the break!

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4 years ago

Droid X spotted in recent episode of 'Community'

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 Droid X seen on episode of Community.

One of our forum members snagged this shot of Annie (Alison Brie) of NBC's "Community" showing off a picture of her lost pen on her Droid X.  This is the latest sighting in a string of TV shows featuring our favorite green android.

Android is popping up all over the place lately.  Anyone want to guess where we'll see it next? (My money is on "The Event.")  [via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Glenn!

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