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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1" shows off Galaxy Tab 8.9" retail mode

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Looking for something cool but not overly useful to do with your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1? Might as well check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9" retail mode that has been loaded onto it since Samsung saw fit to leave it on there. As you can tell from the video above, it's as you would expect -- just a demo video of what the device is capable of in addition to showing off the new TouchWiz UI. Here is how you can do it:

  • Update your Galaxy Tab if you haven't
  • Go to Categories > Utilities
  • Install the 8.9" retail mode app
  • Launch the app, press OK and then enter the password 5444
  • Check the "Service Enable"  box -- it will be on a new screen, and then press the lock button.
  • Demo will start shortly.

That's it. Sit back and enjoy the video and know you'll soon be getting the new TouchWiz UI you see before you.

Thanks, Will!

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 3D and Sensation (and others) get new unlocked life thanks to Revolutionary

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OK, all you boys and girls who are dying to hack into your shiny new EVO 3D. The long-rumored collaboration between the folks behindUnrEVOked and AlphaRev has come to fruition, and the Revolutionary S-OFF and Recovery Tool has been born. Devices supported include:

  • HTC Desire (GSM and CDMA)
  • HTC Wildfire
  • HTC Aria
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Droid Incredible 2
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC View
  • HTC Flyer
  • HTC Sensation - including NAND unlock
  • HTC EVO 3D - including NAND unlock

This is a different than root access, but it's no less important, giving you full access to the phone to load custom ROMs as you see fit. A reminder that this is an early developer preview, so bugs may exist. Be sure to read any and all documentation. Well done, ladies and gents!

Source: Revolution.io

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4 years ago

Radio Shack memo says LG Thrill delayed until Aug. 21

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This just rolled in from a tipster, and it looks like you folks waiting for AT&T to release the LG Thrill 4G might have to wait just a bit longer.  According to this internal memo from Radio Shack, the thrill has been put on hold until Aug. 21.  The Shack will continue to take pre-orders for the dual-core 3D handset until Aug. 15, and those of you that already have yours on order should be getting word from Radio Shack about the delay soon. 

No clue as to why it's being delayed -- and maybe this is just for Radio Shack and AT&T proper will release it sooner. Or, maybe they decided to throw one more party (actually, Gameloft has one scheduled for Aug. 10).  If you have any better theories, check out the hands-on and talk it up in the Thrill 4G forums!

Thanks, anon!

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4 years ago

Netflix offering 3 months of free service when you purchase an LG Revolution

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If you've been planning on grabbing an LG Revolution from Verizon at some point soon, now is as good a time as any. Right now and up until August 28, Verizon, LG and Netflix have teamed up to offer 3 free months of Netflix service to anyone who purchases an LG Revolution for $199 from Verizon. After the 3 months is up, you'll be on the hook for $7.99/mnth but you have no obligation to continue plus - it sure beats their 30-day free trial if you're going to be grabbing and LG Revolution anyway.

Source: Verizon; via: LG

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4 years ago

Leaked Samsung slider not the Galaxy S II after all, expect the svelte version we all know and love

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Remember that Samsung Galaxy S II slider that we saw a few days back?  Turns out that it likely isn't the Galaxy S II after all, according to BGR, who leaked out the original images.  Just as we already reported, AT&T is now looking to release two new Samsung phones, one being the SGH-i927 with a sliding horizontal qwerty keyboard (pictured above, and mentioned here as well), and a more conventional styled phone that will be the Samsung Galaxy S II for the number two US carrier. 

While we still don't know all the details, the slider will be running Gingerbread and have a current version of the Linux kernel -- both very good things.  We also know it will have a nice looking sliding keyboard, and offer another great choice to Android fans here in the states.  We approve.

Source: BGR

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4 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide review

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Times are rough for fans of Android and QWERTY keyboards.  The top-dog performers seem to never have one, and the phones with great ones are are few and far between.  I know I love them, and I can't be alone.  When I heard rumors that the myTouch 4G was getting a Slide version, I was hopeful.  When I found out it would have better specs that the original myTouch 4G, I really started anticipating it, and when HTC announced it would come with a much improved camera, I got a little excited. 

The real question is, how well does this thing compare to all the hype?  It's the same question we have every time we hear about new high-end phones, especially when the new features get touted everywhere.  Hit the jump, and we'll have a look.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod team welcomes the Samsung Fascinate to nightly builds status

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Anyone who has followed the Samsung Fascinate since its launch knows that it has been plagued with some update issues, and only just recently did it finally get Android 2.2. While there have been a number of custom ROMs for the device, it did lack support from the Cyanogen team, until just recently. The Fascinate will now support CM7, and nightly builds will be available for the device. So if you got a Fascinate, be sure to head to the source link, and get to downloading!

Source: CyanogenMod; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Gingerbread now ready ... again

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Although Sony got a little ahead of themselves with the previous announcement of Gingerbread rolling out for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, they've gotten things back on track. Some of the first users getting the update notifications will be unbranded devices with carrier branded devices shortly following after. Once you get the update notification, you'll need to load up the PC Companion app in order to download and install Gingerbread but after that -- you'll be golden.

Source: Sony Ericsson Product Blog

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4 years ago

Google improves search experience for Honeycomb tablets

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If you've searched with Google through your Honeycomb tablet's browser, you have probably noticed that the process feels a little undercooked. Today Google announced that they've revamped the experience, optimizing browser search for those tablets running Android 3.1 and above. A new search button below the standard search box will organize results by websites, photos, videos, and the rest of the usual suspects, while image results will have larger previews, faster thumbnail loading, and continuous scrolling. Google says that the tablet revamp will be rolling out, with 36 languages in tow, over the next few days.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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4 years ago

Fido preparing to launch the LG Optimus 2X, Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro, Samsung Galaxy Q

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Fido, the budget brand of Rogers in Canada, is getting set to release some new Android devices. Starting in August, they will make available the LG Optimus 2X, Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and Samsung Galaxy Q. No official launch dates or pricing is found on the documentation but Fido does always keep their pricing at a minimum provided you sign on for a new 2-year contract. The most expensive device in their current line up right now is the $100 Samsung Nexus S. Another pic can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles Video Preview

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Because I like you guys and because I know some of you are pining away for a beta key, I thought I'd show everyone the first level of Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles.

Yes, the first level is short, but it's nothing short of superb. The makers of Pocket Legends really know how to craft a quality, seems-pretty-epic mobile MMO. Hopefully we'll have some more beta keys to giveaway soon, but until then, this will have to tie you over.

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4 years ago

HTC releases kernel source for numerous devices, including the EVO 3D, Sensation 4G and Incredible 2

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If you're an Android developer, you might have been little frustrated with HTC lately. They haven't exactly been the fastest in offering up the kernel sources for some of their most recent devices but you can now rest easy. The HTC Salsa, EVO 4G, and EVO 3D, Droid Incredible 2, Sensation 4G and finally, the HTC Chacha -- have all had their kernel sources posted up in the HTC developer center. Now, we'll wait a few days and see how many new custom ROMs pop up.

Source: HTC; Thanks, Jayjam99!

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4 years ago

Sharp FX Plus shows off a bit more with AT&T branding

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No, you are not going crazy, pictured above is not the Sidekick 4G, but instead the Sharp FX Plus, which may soon be AT&T-bound. A few days ago we saw some shots of a WalMart ad that showed off the device, but unfortunately it did not give a release date. The FX Plus will launch with Android 2.2, on a 3.2 inch screen powered by a 600mHz processor with 512MB of RAM. Pricing and release dates are still uncertain at this time, but this does appear to be one of AT&T's lower end offerings, which should put it at quite an affordable price. One more image after the break.

Source: Pocketnow

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4 years ago

ASUS Transformer Android 3.2 update now available

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Remember when we mentioned the ASUS Transformer Android 3.2 update would be made available this week? Of course you do, and the good news is -- it's now rolling out to users across the aboard. You can go ahead and check for updates right now and grab it. That is, if you're unrooted and stock. If you're not, you may need to roll back in order to get the update or just wait until a rooted version comes along. Either way, we'd love to hear how it's working for you when it completes, make sure you stop by the Android Central forums and post up what you see as changes.

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4 years ago

Netflix works just fine on the Motorola Photon 4G

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Read Part 1 of our Motorola Photon 4G review

When Netflix updated its Android app a couple weeks ago, the number of officially supported devices climbed to two dozen. The number of devices that the app actually works on is even bigger. And another one of those devices is the Sprint Motorola Photon 4G.

The Photon wasn't -- and as of this writing still isn't -- on the list of supported devices. But Netflix is visible in the Android Market on the Photon, downloads and installs just fine, and we were watching Toy Story 3 in no time at all.

Not sure if this is an oversight, or if we're just lucky, but either way, it's a good thing.

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