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4 years ago

Motorola announces the Milestone 2

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Motorola Milestone 2

Motorola this morning announced the Milestone 2 (which actually first made an appearance last night), also known as the Droid 2 for everybody not on Verizon. No real surprises here. Same 1GHz TI OMAP processor, same Android 2.2, same Adobe Flash Player 2.2. In fact, if you want the full lowdown on the Milestone 2, simply read our Droid 2 review, and pretend it has as slightly older version of the don't-call-it-blur UI. More pics, and video after the break. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

DoubleTwist announces a bevy of new and upcoming features

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 DoubleTwist.com

DoubleTwist, the popular desktop syncing client and elegant phone music player app, has announced a plethora of fantastic stats, immediate updates and future plans for its software. First off, its mobile and desktop (Mac and PC) apps have been hugely successful as they are set to hit 500,000 and 1 million users, respectively, in September. You may be wondering why that second number is so much higher; this is because DoubleTwist also allows syncing with devices like the PSP and both Windows Mobile and BlackBerry phones.

A completely new and revamped website is intended to become "the iTunes.com of Android" and will be adding support for Amazon's MP3 Music Store "later in the fall" on top of its current podcast and Android app offerings. The site will also feature the ability to install apps to your phone directly from the website similar to AppBrain. In addition, users of the Mac and PC desktop clients get a new update that features faster syncing (finally!) and improved library management. To update, simply launch your DoubleTwist client and it should check automatically, or you can find the manual update button under File (Windows) or doubleTwist (Mac). 

Finally, the Android app will be receiving a major update in September to allow use of FM Radio (if your phone already has this feature, one would assume) and the ability to sync over WiFi (!!!). [DoubleTwist]

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4 years ago

From the Forums: Incredible OTA's, Sprint Epic 4G launches

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from the forums

What happens when manual upgrade links for the Froyo OTA on the Incredible are found, and the Epic 4G is released (and we decide to give one away!) all in the same day?  Something so Incredibly Epic that we can't help but talk about it.  Check these out:

That should get you started, but more goes on in the forums than we could ever cover.  Have a look, jump in, and I'll see you on the inside!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile extending HSPA+ coverage; 4G-like speeds to reach 55 markets

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HSPA+ coverage map

Just like last month, T-Mobile has lit up their HSPA+ network in nine more markets, bringing 4G like speed (21 Mbs) to:

  • Boston
  • Erie, Penn.
  • Fresno, Palm Springs and San Diego, Calif.
  • Miami
  • Richmond, Va.
  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Topeka, Kan.

This brings the count up to 55 markets, and over 100 million people covered by the HSPA+ network.  While the G2 should make full use of HSPA+ network technology, the Cliq, Vibrant, Behold II, and MyTouch 3G Slide also benefit from the higher speeds according to T-Mobile.  See T-Mobile's official statement after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung to unveil Media Hub Sept. 16

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Samsung Media Hub

Those of you with a T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate or the new Sprint Epic 4G might have tried the "Media Hub" app only to find that it just doesn't work. That's by design, as Samsung has yet to launch the service that will bring TV shows and movies to your phone. But that all changes Sept. 16 in New York City, when Samsung unveils what it's been working on. Stay tuned, folks.

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4 years ago

Android game review: Prism 3D [video]

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Prism 3D

Prism 3D is a great game that uses your Android phone's accelerometer to track a beach ball as it bounces down a set of 3D tiles, and your goal is to keep it from falling by the wayside.  It's way harder than it sounds, which to me is a big plus as it keeps the replay value high.  The game has beautiful graphics, is incredibly smooth on my Nexus One (I can only imagine it on a Galaxy S or Droid X), and entertaining as all get-out.  Add in an infinite mode for you guys who are good at this one, and a level editor for those of us who aren't, and I think you have a real winner here.

After the break there's a video of the game in action, and the download link, check this one out! [Hyperbees] Thanks Nicole!

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4 years ago

Review: HTC 2150mAh extended battery for the Droid Incredible

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The Droid Incredible by HTC is, well -- nothing short of incredible (sorry, I just had to). What's not incredible is the meager battery life, with the stock 1300mAh power plant. That's where the 2150 mAh extended battery for the Droid Incredible comes in, getting you through the day -- and then some. Full review and pictures after the break.

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4 years ago

Hannspree to introduce a beastly Android tablet at IFA 2010

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Hannspree tablet

Expect Android tablet news to flow like water as IFA 2010 gets into gear, so let's start things off with a bang.  According to German site Areamobile.de, Chinese manufacturer Hannspree will be introducing a nice, high spec piece of kit that sets a very high bar for others to follow:

  • 10.1 inch 1024x600 display
  • 14 mm thick
  • 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 system on chip
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • HDMI output @ 1080p
  • Accelerometer and ambient light sensor
  • Wifi and Bluetooth
  • Android 2.2

Pick your chin up, and keep an eye out for more news about this one and more from IFA 2010, Dieter's there on the ground, and as long as there's not a beer tent he'll keep us informed. [Areamobile.de] Thanks GaMMeLHaNsy!

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4 years ago

Motorola shows off the Milestone 2 in a video

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Milestone 2

If you've been waiting for the GSM version of the Droid 2, you're in luck -- Motorola has shown off the Milestone 2 in two minutes of video.  With the same sliding keyboard, same camera with dual LED flash, same 1 GHz processor, same as we're used to from the original Droid / Milestone team.

With one big difference -- apparently if you change the colors of the launcher, not-blur becomes Blur, and Moto isn't afraid to call it such this time around.  We like the resizable widgets, and other cool things the Motorola home offers, so we won't complain too much.  Be sure to check out the video after the break.  Thanks Albert!

Update: Annnnnnd ... It's gone. Guess it was more of us showing it off than them. :p

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4 years ago

Yahoo brings fantasy football to Android

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Yahoo Fantasy Football

Football season is here, and that means fantasy football  is everywhere at the moment. If you don't have time to watch all the games, you can stay up-to-date with your league and players on Android with Yahoo! Fantasy Football '10. Yahoo is one of the leaders of the fantasy sports world, so it's great to see a dedicated app make its way to the Market. 

With the app, users can check league and player stats, make roster changes and more. If you're a fantasy football fan and use Yahoo, don't miss this free app in the Market; it will make your life a lot easier! [Thanks Small_law!]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2 renders break cover; that's one sexy keyboard

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T-Mobile HTC G2

We'd be lying if we said we weren't excited about the T-Mobile G2, the carrier's first HSPA+ Android smartphone. And so we're excited to see these leaked renders which give us a good look at the horizontal slider's keyboard.  And if there's anybody who knows how to do a keyboard right (so long as the carrier doesn't frak it up), it's HTC.

Supposedly that's a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen we're looking at, but it wouldn't surprise us at all if that changed, given the current state of supply. Or lack thereof. Now alls we need is a little extra launch info from T-Mobile and we'll be all set. [Cell Phone Signal] Thanks, Marco!

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4 years ago

Motorola warns of leaked Droid X Froyo; we show you how to roll back

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Remember that leaked Froyo update that came out of the blue a few days ago for the Droid X? You do? Well, Motorola is really hoping you haven't installed it on your Droid X. Oh, wait -- you already installed it? If that's the case, Matt from the Motorola Owners' Forum has something to say:

WARNING: Do NOT load the leaked 2.2 upgrade that has been floating around on the Internets. There is currently no upgrade path from that load to the official 2.2 load that will be released by early September. Unless you have some plan to flash your phone back to the current official load, you could be stuck on the leaked version.

Rut ro, Raggy! Sounds like they're serious. The good news is that so are we, and we have instructions in our forums for rolling back to Android 2.1-update1. It takes just a couple of minutes, and you can find all the instructions here.

Oh yeah, and that Matt guy from Motorola, he mentioned "early September" for the official OTA update. So... that means for the rest of you -- just wait the few days. [Motorola Owners' Forum] via [Droid Life]

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4 years ago

How to manually update your Droid Incredible to Froyo

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Dinc Froyo

Finally, the Incredible OTA is here! And like all Android phones, now that we know the location for the Incredible Froyo OTA, there is an option to go get it versus waiting for it to be pushed to you.  This is the same file as you would get if you just waited, and you'll have the exact same Froyo as everyone else, so there's no need to worry.  Here's how it's done:

  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 your Froyo when it's done.

Be sure to hit the Incredible forums to talk about the update, its process, or ask any questions! Thanks to Teslatech in the Android Central Forums for the dl location!

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G available today, and we're giving one away!

Sprint Epic 4G

Today's the day, folks. The Sprint Epic 4G is now available online, and stores open at 8 a.m. local time for the launch of the second 4G-capable phone in the United States. And judging from our initial hands-on and all the excitement going on in our Epic 4G forums, this one's going to be a biggie.

So let's up the ante, shall we? Head into the aforementioned Epic 4G forums and comment your little heart out. Contest ends at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday. We'll pick a post at random* to win an Epic 4G and announce the winner live Thursday night during the Android Central Podcast, which starts at 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT. So get to it, and good luck!

* When we say "at random," we mean any post other than "I'm just posting this for the contest." Slackers.

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4 years ago

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab is a go

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab

When it comes to Android tablets, Verizon's name has been thrown around for quite some time, be it an official "Google" tablet, or future LTE tablets, but it looks like it's the Samsung Galaxy Tab that will be coming to Big Red. This internal screen from Verizon (they really should just post those publicly at this point) clearly shows the Galaxy Tab as Item SCHI800BKV, along with some demo units. As to when we'll see it? We'll be in Berlin this week for the official Samsung announcement, and we'll just have to see as to when we'll all be able to get our hands on the Verizon version. [via BGR] Thanks, I_Am_Incredible!

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