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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Quick Settings

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 Quick Settings

One thing I love about Android is the ability to quickly set up shortcuts to menus in your Settings or simply having a widget that you can toggle to change things. Quick Settings bests both of these methods by having nearly everything you might want to change on your phone just a notification bar icon away (its the gear looking one). 3G, WiFi and GPS are the things I most often change on my phone, so it is great to have quick access to them. You can either toggle them on or off with the button on the right, or jump into each's menu by tapping on its name to the left. 

The other really useful feature is easy access to the various sound levels on the phone. Android doesn't use a one-sound-level-fits-all system, so if I want to turn down my alarm volume (or any other volume), Quick Settings gets the job done elegantly and quickly. You can even toggle between silent or vibrate settings. In addition, it shows free RAM and memory from your microSD card. It is available now for free on the Market. Click past the jump for another screen shot and the usual download links. Thanks to JP for the tip!

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4 years ago

From the Forums: An Evo 4G theme-makers primer

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SprintGirl's How-To theme guide

For many of us, the best part of having an Android phone is the user customization it allows.  It's odd then, that there is no easy method to change the theme on your phone like there is with other phones, ala BlackBerry.  Hopefully, this is something that gets sorted out in future versions of Android, as Google has let it be known that a unified UI is on their agenda.

In the meantime, sprintgirl from the Android Central forums has worked up an excellent tutorial for those who are rooted and feel like being creative.  While this particular lesson is based on the Sprint Evo 4G, the tools and general ideas are the same for all Android phones.  Have a look and see if you can create the next masterpiece! [Android Central forums] Thanks sprintgirl!

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4 years ago

ClockworkMOD Recovery now available for the Sprint Epic 4G

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epic 4g recovery

The folks over at SDX, our friendly neighborhood Samsung development group, have been busy ever since the Sprint Epic 4G was released a couple weeks ago. Rooting the phone proved to be an easy conquest. Configuring a recovery mode that allows the flashing of custom ROMs was another story. Through their trials and tribulations, noobnl and skeeterslint’s hard work has finally paid off, and and an Epic version of ClockworkMOD’s recovery is born. Not only will this allow for custom ROMs, it also lets users create and restore backups just in case their phone takes a turn for the worse. They even went as far as to make it “noob-proof” by setting up a one-click method that installs the recovery automatically without having to input any shell commands

The recovery works great, and the only tricky part is that the process requires the installation of the Android SDK (software developement kit), but nothing too fancy there.  The only known bug at this time is that the system has trouble unmounting, but that should be cleared up sooner than later.  Navigating around the menu can be a little tricky, and it's only fitting that the smiley face button the keyboard acts as the cursor.  Be sure to check out our forums for step-by-step instructions on getting this set up.  [via SDX]

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4 years ago

LG launches Optimus One and Optimus Chic Android smartphones

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 LG Optimus Chic and Optimus One

LG this morning added a pair of Android 2.2 smartphones to its Optimus line, the Optimus One (P500) and Optimus Chic (E720).

The Optimus One (seen above at right) is a 3.2-inch touchscreen device (320x480) with a 3-megapixel camera, 600MHz processor and a 1500mAh battery. Get full specs of the Optimus One here.

The Optimus Chic also is a 3.2-inch Android 2.2 device with the same screen resolution, processor and a 1250mAh battery. Its design is a bit more clean, however, with capacitive buttons beneath the screen. It also has DLNA media streaming. Get full specs of the Optimus Chic here.

Both phones run what appears to be a mostly stock Android 2.2 experience, not unlike what we saw on the Optimus Z.

As for any U.S. releases? You know the story. We'll have to hope and pray the carriers pick up either of these phones (and manage to not do too much damage to them in the process). That said, LG expects the Optimus One to be available in 90 nations with 120 partners, in Europe in October, followed by Asia. The Optimus Chic will be available in Europe in November, with Asia to follow.

More pics and presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Android turning Terminator with the new Liquid Metal phone from Acer

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Watch out for Skynet

Acer UK made an official statement about a new phone they have in the works called Liquid Metal. In the release they stated the phone is going to be released at the end of October with Froyo running the show and an 800MHz CPU and 512MB of onboard memory under the hood, along with a 3.6-inch touchscreen. From what we know at the moment, and to spare some from the confusion I had, this phone features a strictly standard, commercial, aluminum-metal case and not contain any material from Liquid Metal Technologies as the name suggests although that’s not to say that as October rolls around, that can’t change, but it's highly unlikely.
[via Electricpig]

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4 years ago

Oprah gives away a bunch of mid-level Motorola Defy Android smartphones

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 Oprah Winfrey

Motorola and T-Mobile teased that the new Motorola Defy would be featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show today, and sure enough, she gave one of the new mid-level smartphones to everyone in her audience (in addition to a trip to Australia). This isn't the first time she's one-upped the professional smartphone nerds; she also got the Sprint Evo 4G before everybody else. It's good to be Oprah.

No word if she's picking up the contract, too. (Yeah, we're downers like that.) Watch the video after the break, if you dare. Thanks to Android Armature.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab peeks through leaked AT&T internal shots

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 Samsung Galaxy Tab on AT&T

We've already heard rumblings that the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet (watch our hands-on) would be coming to AT&T (as well as Verizon and Sprint), and Engadget's gotten a leak pretty much confirming that. No word on when or for how much, and we assume it's going to mean yet another bill and not just be an add-on to an existing contract. But we've got our fingers crossed. There's also word that three more Android phones are to hit AT&T. Cross your fingers non-market apps will be allowed. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Google Buzz now lets you edit from phone

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Google Buzz -- edit your buzz

Good news for those of you who use Google Buzz (we know you're out there) and have have fat fingers. You can now edit your Buzz posts (erm, Buzzes) directly from your phone. Just tap on the post, then the >, and you have the option to edit the post. It's that easy. [Google]

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4 years ago

Cox Cable unleashing Android app, but it only works in three markets (updated)

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 Cox Cable Android App

Cox Cable (a cable TV, Internet and phone provider for a good many of us) is poised to roll out an Android application that will work in conjunction with its DVR boxes and television service. The app will be available to everyone at launch, but only customers in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Hampton Roads (Va.) will actually be able to use it at first. (Hey, Cox, need a beta tester in the Gulf Coast market?)

And speaking of Cox, remember that Cox-branded HTC Hero we showed you a few months back? We're being told Cox's mobile service isn't dead, but it's been put on hold while some billing and software integration issues are being worked out to make sure things go smoothly. Can't blame 'em for that. 

Update: We're finding out a little more here. The reason that the app will only work in three markets at first is that there's some office work (isn't there always?) and firmware updates that need to be done on boxes before things will play nicely together. The Oklahoma City market is said to be in the midst of upgrades and may have access to the app in the next month or so, and other markets will follow.

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4 years ago

Blocco has moxy but needs a good polish (and better English support)

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Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could have your Android device preform actions with little if any physical input? That's what developer GClue K.K. is hoping to accomplish with the Blocco application. Blocco is, in essence, a user definable macro tool. At first Blocco is somewhat hard to grasp as it's a little complex and not English-native but theres a good hunk of potential for this ambitious little app. Let's explore, after the break.

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4 years ago

How to uninstall apps

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Uninstalling appsHere at Android Central, we are always telling you about the latest and greatest apps. We even show off some new apps favorites every week. But, maybe you tried an app and just don't like it. You want it off you phone but just can't figure out how. No worries, follow the steps below and you will be all set!

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4 years ago

Zoodles for Android brings kid-friendly mobile Flash gaming

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All you Android-toting parents out there will be pleased to know that Zoodles Kid Mode is now available for Android. Zoodles is a program that puts your phone into a "kid mode" for peace of mind while your child uses your phone or PC. Once you load up the app, the phone is soft-locked into the app so that it takes a little more than a random keypress to get out of the app. It won't stop your child from exiting the app if they really want to, but with plenty of Flash games and videos that can be customized as favorites for each of your children, there's no reason for your little one to want to. The app gives spoken as well as visual directions, and is easy to navigate, so this is a perfect companion for your child while waiting at the doctor's office or while on a long car trip. It's available in the Market now, so be sure to check this one out. Presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola announces the rugged Defy, destined for T-Mobile by the holidays

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 Motorola DefyMotorola Defy

Motorola this morning announced the Defy, a 3.7-inch rugged Android phone coming to T-Mobile by the holiday seasons.

The Defy is scratch- and water-resistant, as well as dust-proof, Motorola said in its announcement. The phone appears to have the new version of the skin-that-shall-not-be-named, and Adobe Flash Lite is on board, which suggests it also has Android 2.1. The Defy also sports a 5-megapixel camera and DLNA access. More pics after the break. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Toggle application auto updates with a single app (root required)

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On Episode 28 of the Android Central Podcast, Alexander from Austria asked if there was an easy way to turn off automatic updating of apps, so that he wouldn't have to contend with the downloads sucking down the roaming data. And over the weekend, XDA Developers member eddieringle released just such an app.

Your phone has to be rooted, but once you install Market Autoupdate Bulk Toggle, you can switch between auto and manual updates for all of your Android Market apps with a single tap.

There's no widget yet, but hopefully we'll see that added in the future.

More info at the source link, and a download link is after the break. [XDA Developers] Thanks, Sethjk!

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4 years ago

Froyo update brings Gmail bug to many

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GMail bug

If you recently received your Froyo OTA, you may want to check to see if you're affected by a nasty little bug in the Gmail application by which any secondary accounts don't sync automatically.  Users of the Nexus One, HTC Desire, Droid Incredible, Sprint Evo 4G, and Droid 2 seem to be equally affected, so this is likely an issue across the board and we'll see more reports as more devices get upgraded.  What's most frustrating is that while this bug affects Android, it's not part of Android itself, so the community can't take a look and find a quick and dirty hack while waiting for a more permanent fix from Google -- the Gmail apk is closed-source and Google property.

There are myriad fixes floating around, but they seem to be temporary at best.  The only true fix at this time is to use a third party mail client, like K-9 mail to sync the secondary GMail account via IMAP.  The bug's been filed, be sure to chime in at the source link and let the Googlers know if you're seeing this one.  In the meantime, links to install K-9 are after the break.  [Google Mobile support] Thanks Artur!

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