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4 years ago

LG Vortex to be free on Verizon with contract

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While Sprint and T-Mobile have made use of LG's Optimus name, Verizon has taken its own path and will launch the device as the LG Vortex. The latest word surrounding the launch is that Verizon will be giving the device away for free after a $100 rebate that you get in the form of a debit card. If you're looking to get an Android 2.2, Wi-Fi hotspot capable device on the cheap (and with a low-res screen to go with it) the LG Vortex seems to fit the bill just right. Any takers now that you know it'll be basically free? [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Froyo leaks for Epic 4G, Vibrant

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Android 2.2 (Froyo) leaked out for the Sprint Epic 4G and Samsung Vibrant on Saturday, amid much drama and the usual in-fighting.  If you're like me and try to avoid that sort of thing, you're in luck as we're gonna break it down right here.

Froyo for the Sprint Epic 4G was leaked to a very select group of people. These folks are all in agreement about one thing -- it's far from ready for release, even to other hackers.  The build has problems with the phone radio, isn't stable, and releasing it would be a big mistake.  Nothing has been released for the Epic 4G to my knowledge.

Froyo for the Samsung Vibrant also leaked out to a few developers.  This one seems pretty stable, and two custom ROMs are already available (here, and here).  We also have word that support for the Vibrant in CyanogenMod 6.x will be much easier just by having this leak.  The leak itself has not been made available.

We're going to bypass the feuding about open source, the GPL, and donation wars.  If you feel the need to get into the mix and speak your mind, the usual channels is where you'll find the bickering.  [XDA Developers Vibrant and Epic 4G forums, Android Central Forums, and Twitter]

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4 years ago

Verizon Droid Incredible retired? Not yet

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Droid Incredible retired

Say it ain't so! The venerable HTC Droid Incredible has been retired by Verizon? Not so much, actually. Remember that the Droid Incredible disappeared for a while and returned with an SCLD touchscreen in place of the AMOLED screen, which quickly found itself in short supply.

So never fear, folks. Out with the old and in with the new, and the Droid Incredible's not going anywhere anytime soon -- at least not before the LTE (and HD) version shows up. One more pic after the break.

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4 years ago

iDECT iHomePhone 2000 - Bringing Android to your landline phone

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With all the growth happening on the Android platform, I've kind of been waiting for this sort of thing to pop up again. It's not really a new concept, (Motorola had demos of devices like this one, among other companies) but it's the most recent iteration of the idea put to product. The iDECT iHomePhone 2000 is an Android powered, Wi-Fi enabled home land line phone that allows you to surf the web, watch YouTube videos and will gladly play you your favorite internet radio stations all on a 2.8-inch touchscreen display.

In addition to all those goodies, the iDECT iHomePhone 2000 also makes use of DECT cordless technology to ensure that no matter where you are in your house, you can still make and receive phone calls. Still not sold? Well, maybe the 14-minute digital answering machine, hands-free speakerphone and contacts manager that holds 300 contact numbers will be enough to sell you on the £99.99 price tag. [via TechFresh]

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4 years ago

Acer D255 shown running Android OS

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If a tablet isn't for you, and you have been holding off for a netbook that runs on Android, it appears as though the Acer D255 will be one for you. Back in February we saw an HP netbook running Android, but we have yet to see this one surface on the consumer market to date. Could this Acer be in the same boat as the HP unit, or will this one actually be available to purchase? Which do you prefer, a netbook running Android, or an Android Tablet? [via Fandroid]

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4 years ago

Motorola adds 'Profiles' with Droid Pro

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Motorola Droid Pro Profiles

We briefly touched on this during our initial Motorola Droid Pro hands-on, but it's worth revisiting. Motorola is adding "profiles" with the Droid Pro. It's basically a trio of preset home screens, wallpapers and widgets -- home, work and weekend. It's along the same lines as the HTC Sense Scenes and Sprint ID, and it's good to see them come to Motorola. Watch more Motorola Droid Pro how-to videos here

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4 years ago

The week in Android news

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4 years ago

Samsung Continuum $199 after contract, rebate

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Samsung Continuum Pricing

We know just about everything there is to know about the Samsung Continuum -- we brought you the first full hands-on and first video preview, there's also the launch date -- and now, finally, pricing. The dual-screen Android smartphone will cost $199.99 after two-year contract and rebate. (Update: That confirms Engadget's earlier report) That goes up to $269 after rebate and a one-year deal (that's not bad at all!) and $579 outright.

Now all we need is the phone to, you know, actually be announced. And that's going to happen Monday.

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4 years ago

New Dell Streak commercial shows the many uses of the device

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Dell Streak Commercial

The Dell Streak has been spotted in a new commercial that's jam packed with various use cases for the device. It's cool to see an ad featuring the Streak since there haven't been that many since its release. An interesting point about this commercial is that it doesn't mention any carriers, only that it is sold by Dell and Best Buy. Check it out for yourself after the break! 

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4 years ago

Sprint LG Optimus S unboxed, rooted

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 LG Optimus S Unboxing

Before the Internet and YouTube, nobody had any interest in watching someone else open boxes.  Now, it's practically a rite of passage. 

Our very own KSmithInNY scored the Sprint version of LG's Optimus line, the Optimus S, two days ahead of launch.  He was kind enough to post his initial thoughts and some unboxing photos on our forums.

But this is Android Central. Anyone can nab an early handset and snap some pictures; our readers root them the same day.  Kevin rooted his Optimus S and created an excellent guide for everyone looking to pick one of these up on Sunday.

If you're interested in reading about the newest member of Sprint's Android family, head on over to our Optimus S Forums and check out his impressions. (Thanks Kevin!)  [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

The Week in Android Apps

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Keeping up with the Android market can be a difficult task, as can keeping up with all the new applications and application updates we post weekly. Instead of overloading and bringing a whole new selection of applications for you to read about, let's take a look back at some of the applications we have posted about over the past week. Join me after the break for the recap.

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4 years ago

New Sprint Evo 4G models will have different software version

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Evo software version

The admin at the official Sprint Community forums has made a small, but good-to-know announcement about the Evo 4G and the software version numbering.  Sprint says Evos sold in November will have a different software version number than previous units.  New models will have a software number of 3.30.651.2, and older models will have 3.29.651.5.  This is due to a parts difference, and both versions are fully able to get further updates.  No idea what the new part is, but Sprint assures us it won't change the user experience.

If you buy an Evo this month, tap the menu button > Settings > About phone > Software information, and you can check your version number.  [Sprint Community] Thanks, Edgar!

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4 years ago

What's SamsungOmar so excited about?

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Samsung's Omar Khan

As long as we're spending our Friday night reading tea leaves and interpreting tweets, let's look at one more. The above comes from Samsung's Omar Khan, chief strategy officer and senior vice president of products and services with Samsung. He's the guy we saw on stage at the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab events. And he's "using an amazing new device to be revealed to all soon."

Is this the mythical Nexus 2/Nexus S (now believed to be delayed)? Don't think so. More likely it's the Samsung Continuum, expected to be officially unveiled Monday in New York City. (We'll be there!) Of course, it's possible he's not talking about an Android phone. But are there any "amazing new devices" out there that aren't rocking our beloved operating system? [Twitter]

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4 years ago

Android Central App Version 2.0 brings a host of improvements

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Android Central App

Fresh out of the oven comes the official Android Central App, version 2.0. It's been a little while since the initial release, and we've definitely been listening to all of your feedback.

Here's what you have to look forward to in the latest version:

  • Updated graphics to match the website.
  • That pesky ad (hey, we have to pay the bills) has been anchored to the bottom of the screen, it's not nearly as sensitive now, and the appropriate parties have been flogged.
  • There's an all-new alert framework for those of you on Android 2.2 that should make alerts much more alerty.
  • Podcasts are fixed again, so you can listen to them in-app.

As always, if you have any problems or suggestions, leave them for our developer (Notice Software) in our developer's forums.

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4 years ago

Verizon internal screens confirm Droid 2 Global launch on Nov. 11

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Droid 2 Global coming soon

Everyone's pretty certain that the Droid 2 Global will be launching on Nov. 11, but we love confirmation.  These shots from Verizon internal systems are music to our ears ... err, eyes.  Above you see both colors with a big "coming soon" label attached, and after the break we have shots of both colors with that Nov 11 date in tow.  1.2 GHz? Check.  Two colors? Check.  Do want? Check.  Hit the break to see the other shots.  Thanks, you-know-who!

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