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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Gingerbread update now available

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Unlikely as it may have seemed just a few months ago, the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 is now live, and can be obtained from the Sony Ericsson PC companion app, assuming you're rocking an unbranded X10. In addition to (nearly) the latest version of Android for smartphones, X10 owners will get SE's new "Facebook Inside Xperia" integration, Wifi and USB tethering, a re-vamped music app and photo widget and custom sorting in the app drawer.

For more info, and a download link for the PC Companion, head on over to the source link and click on the X10.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: EasyTether

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Like many of you out there, I believe in the Gospel of Root. The first thing I did when I picked up my EVO 4G was root it and stick CyanogenMod on it. My phone was fast, utterly Senseless, and if I needed it, available to tether in a pinch. Because of that, apps like EasyTether seemed like a waste.

Then I picked up an EVO 3D. Root went away, but I still had internet. No big deal. Then I moved and the internet wasn't going to get turned on for another day. I broke down, bought EasyTether, and wanted to see if it was worth it.

In short, it totally is, especially if you're not rooted and never plan on going that route. There's not a lot to say about EasyTether, except it just works.

From the get-go, Polyclef Software's app has you taken care of and walks you through the few (and simple) steps to get your phone tethered. The first time you launch the app, it'll ask you if you have the desktop component installed on your computer. Choose no and you're taken to a list of operating systems to select. You'll download the desktop installer straight to your phone.

From there, plug in your phone, install the program off of your SD card, and you're in business. Your computer will add another hardwired modem called EasyTether Network Adapter (if you're on Windows, at least), and you're all but one step away from a contract-free, rootless tether.

All you need to do is make sure your phone is in USB debugging mode and plug it into your computer while you're running the desktop client. Just don't forget to make sure you enable USB connections from the app's menu on your phone. From there, you can use your phone's 3G to surf the nets as your normally would.

But what if you have 4G, you ask? Oh, that works too. I actually found that out on accident (I put my phone on 4G so I could talk and surf at the same time) but it definitely jolted the speeds when EasyTether was connected and my phone's 4G was turned on. So that's definitely awesome.

Overall, I couldn't be more pleased with EasyTether, even if I'm not using it now that the internet has been installed. For a one-time fee of $9.99, I can have free internet anywhere I go, hassle free. I can see this being a boon for anyone, but especially if you travel frequently and don't root your phone, you'll probably save a load at airports and hotels. I know next time I go out, this is what I'll be using.

A few more pictures and download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

The 10-Inch HTC Puccini is looking good!

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We've been hearing plenty about the HTC Puccini for a while now but until now, it really hasn't been caught on camera in any glory shots like the one above. Specs? We still don't have em all as of yet but according to BGR we can expect dual-LED flash for the 8-megapixel camera, as well as stereo speakers and a microphone, all rounded out with a purported 1.5GHz processor and LTE radio on-board. Also, keeping in line with the HTC Flyer -- the HTC Puccini is noted to make use of stylus input presumably using HTC's Scribe technology. No release dates as of yet but one more pic can be found past the break. Who's in?

Source: BGR

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2X Gingerbread OTA has officially started rolling out

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A few days ago, T-Mobile G2X users could get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update by downloading LG's update tool. It appears now that T-Mobile has started to roll out the update via OTA, so if you misplaced your USB cord or didn't want to bother with LG's tools, you're in luck.

Here are the details for the update:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Improved battery life
  • Improved front-facing camera operation when using Qik record and share
  • Improved disabling Car Home
  • Helps address unexpected reboots

If you don't see it yet, don't fret as they appear to be slowly rolling it out. This is great news for G2X users though, who have been waiting patiently for their Gingerbread update.

If you have received the update or have more questions, sing out in the G2X Forum

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

Sprint saying sayonara to several Android smartphones

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Parting is such sweet sorrow, but with constant onslaught of new Android devices, older models must make way for their newer, shinier counterparts. The good people over at SprintFeed got a peek at Sprint's list of end-of-life devices, all of which will gradually be phased out over the coming weeks and months. The list includes the beloved EVO 4G (the white version will be phased out in September, the black version in October), the Samsung Transform and Epic 4G (both bidding adieu in October), and the Motorola i1 (scheduled for late July/early August.) You've been faithful devices, and you'll all be missed. At least until something bigger and better is released.

Source: SprintFeed

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4 years ago

Disney and Marvel bring a duo of Captain America apps to Android

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

If you're a fan, or just always looking for something fun and new for your Android device, Disney Mobile and Marvel Entertainment have dropped two Captain America apps for Android in the Market this past weekend.  First up is the Captain America live wallpaper, which features the familiar shield across your homescreen, and a quick tap sends a barrage of bullets to bounce and ricochet.  It should run well on any phone sporting Android 2.1 or higher that supports live wallpapers, and it's free.

If you're looking for something with a bit more action, Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty is an HD action game for the Android platform, featuring 24 levels, stunning graphics, and an original storyline from Marvel writer Christos Gage and comic panels by Marvel artists Ron Lim and Christopher Sotomayor.  Battle Red Skull and the evil HYDRA soldiers with combo moves and stealth to save America and rescue your friends.  Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty runs on Android 2.2 or higher, on select Android devices.  It checks in at $0.99 in the Android Market.

More info and downloads: Captain America Live Wallpaper; Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II variant for AT&T images leak out

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We have been waiting for quite a while to see some of the US variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II, and earlier this week we saw an un-named slider leak out, and it appears as though that was the AT&T version. BGR has some leaked images of the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which has a slide out keyboard, for better or for worse. It is still yet to be seen whether it will release with a different name, or they will keep the Galaxy S II name, but earlier reports are showing that the devices are set to launch in the US sometime in August, which is right around the corner. So, did the keyboard kill it for you, or are you still interested? Let us know!

Source: BGR

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 review

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Verizon and Motorola might have launched the Droid 3 with little fanfare, but we'll have none of that here, folks. We present you with the third installment of the phone that nearly single-handedly put Android on the worldwide smartphone map.

So what's new with this guy? We've got a larger screen, a dual-core processor and a revamped keyboard, for starters. Plus it's loaded with Android 2.3.4 and has a new version of Motorola's shall-not-be-called-Blur user interface.

It's a mix of the familiar and the new. And it's broken down in full Android Central review fashion after the break.

Motorola Droid 3 specsMotorola Droid 3 forumsMotorola Droid 3 accessories

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4 years ago

Verizon's LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 officially avaliable July 28

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Read our complete Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

We actually dropped this date on you a few days ago, but Verizon's gone and made it official -- the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available July 28 online and in stores. It'll run $529 for the 16GB version, or $629 for the 32GB version. Verizon's press release says it'll be available in metallic gray (see our hands-on with that version) or glossy white (our leak made it look like the white version wouldn't be available in stores), and it'll include a $25 Samsung Media Hub credit.

Data plans are as follow:

  • $30 monthly access for 2GB monthly allowance
  • $50 monthly access for 5GB monthly allowance
  • $80 monthly access for 10GB monthly allowance

Or, if you want, you can get the 16GB gray Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a wifi-only device.

Full presser's after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom price dips below £400 in the UK

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Perhaps anticipating the UK launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 next Thursday, British retailers have slowly begun lowering the price of the original Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom. Amazon UK is leading the charge, selling the Wifi-only version for a mere £394.95 ($650), which is within a fiver of the Tab 10.1's UK launch price. 

Not quite as affordable as the $499 you'll pay for the same hardware over in the US, but it's a step in the right direction from the Xoom's astronomical European launch price. Would you consider a Motorola Xoom over the Tab 10.1 at this price point? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Amazon UK; via: Eurodroid

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4 years ago

Xperia X10 Gingerbread update could be imminent

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Update: The Gingerbread upgrade is now live!

The wait is almost over, long-suffering Xperia X10 owners. According to a recent post on Sony Ericsson's official Facebook page, your update from the dark depths of Android 2.1 Eclair all the way up to 2.3.3 Gingerbread could be with you even earlier than the expected "August" release window. Here's the scoop --

The launch of the 2.3 software for X10 is getting closer, and the planned release date is approx. w30. The date could still be changed, since the launch is depending on operators approval. The software will be rolled out continuously, just like the earlier 2.1 release. The exact launch date is depending on market and operators approval, so it will unfortunately not be possible to give precise information on launch dates for each market/operator. You will get more information once the roll out has started.

"W30" refers to week 30 of 2011, which just happens to be the this week. So it looks like the update could land any day now. X10 owners can look forward to "Facebook Inside Xperia" functionality, alongside other bundled apps from the X10's successor, the Gingerbread-powered Xperia Arc. If you'd like to check out the new software in action, head on over to last month's video update. Source: Sony Ericsson on Facebook

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4 years ago

Samsung Nexus S 4G GRJ90 update ends tethering for users not subscribed to hotspot plan

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The update rolling out today for the Samsung Nexus S 4G is a mix of good and bad it seems.  Hopefully fixing some of the radio and connectivity woes more than a few are seeing with Sprint's first Googlephone, the latest OTA will also end the free tethering that Nexus S 4G owners have been enjoying.  We've heard some rumblings of this across the web, but a confidential source from Sprint has confirmed with a bit of internal communication that the GRJ90 update does indeed stop tethering for those who have not opted in for the hotspot plan.  This move shouldn't really surprise anyone, and those determined will easily find one of many work arounds, but it looks like "officially free tethering" is done for the Nexus S 4G.  We've reached out to Sprint for confirmation, we'll update if they have anything to tell us.  A screen shot of the communication is after the break.

More: Android Central forums. Thanks, anon!

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4 years ago

Nexus S 4G OTA ready to flash for rooted users

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Ready to update your Samsung Nexus S 4G to GRJ90, but don't want to roll back and lose root?  No problem -- Shabbypenguin has you covered with a ClockworkMod flashable version, all ready to go.  It's pre-rooted (of course), deodexed, and has busybox tossed in, but other than that it's the stock system clean and shiny just like you would have had you accepted the OTA.  Of course, there's that small matter of native tethering being broken to consider, but it looks like the easy way to go.  Hit the source link for more info and downloads, and be sure to thank Shabby!

Source: Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: VGB

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

When I was a little kid, man, was I ever glued to my Game Boy Color. Two AA batteries and a copy of Pokémon kept me entertained for hours years on end, so when emulators came to Android, I was excited. Then those emulators got pulled and disappeared and I was sad for myself, but when I saw that new emulators were afoot, I had to pull the trigger and see how they stacked up.

VGB is your Game Boy/GBPocket/GBColor Renaissance man, and while it's not perfect, it mostly gets the job done. I tested three ROMs with VGB, and while two came out with no issues, it was the first (and my favorite!) that proved to me VGB has some explainin' to do.

As you'll notice in the video, Pokémon Blue loads fine. There doesn't seem to be any skipping, and the audio is all good. The first bit of stuttering comes in when Oak starts flappin' his yap about all the stuff people do with their Poké-friends, and then we really hit a wall when your character gets tiny-sized.

Simply, the colors are all out of whack. If you're watching, you know what I'm talking about. He's half-normal, half-white. In fact, all the people are. The first time I ran this ROM, everyone was totally black. Different issue, but still an issue. Couple that with the terrible stuttering of just walking around something as simple as your bedroom, and gameplay stops becoming fun pretty quickly.

What VGB seems to handle well, however, are actual Game Boy Color games. Both Pokémon Trading Card Game and whatever Dragonball Z title I picked play without issue. Colors are there, sounds are clear, and there are no performance issues.

Actual performance aside, VGB could work a bit on its interface. Instead of a true, on-screen virtual D-pad with buttons, you're treated to grid lines that make up rectangles that are supposed to be your buttons. Technically, it all functions correctly, it's just unsightly and not as natural as seeing a more accurate representation of Game Boy buttons.

You get the standard save state slots to save and restore to, as well as a nifty "More" menu that nets you a few more options than the average bear, like changing your hardware model, recording music, or cheating. The true settings menu isn't anything to write home about, except for maybe the "tilt joystick" function, which lets you tilt your phone to use as a joystick. I didn't see gamepad support anywhere, which is kind of disappointing.

Overall, VGB is kind of a so-so entry into the emulator market. Game Boy Color games play with ease, but having Game Boy games not quite stack up limits your playable library, and that's no good. For $1.99, if you're only looking to play Game Boy Color games, have at it. However, if you're looking to tap that beautiful, old-school Game Boy library, I'd suggest you look elsewhere.

Download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile stores receiving SD cards to assist in MyTouch 4G and G2 Gingerbread updates

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According to this screenshot, T-Mobile retail locations will be receiving SD cards pre-loaded with the files to update the MyTouch 4G and T-Mobile G2 to Gingerbread, as well as updating the MyTouch 3G Slide to the latest Froyo version.  Coming August 1, techs in the stores will be able to assist customers who have difficulty understanding or completing the OTA update process, which is a great way to help the less tech-inclined folks that still love the freedom and customization that Android offers.

We've already seen that the Gingerbread update for the MyTouch 4G is in the works, and Gingerbread for the G2 has been leaked out as well as accidentally shipped on some warranty devices, but it looks like things are a go for an OTA roll out, and not a moment too soon.

Source: TmoNews

 

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