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4 years ago

T-Mobile pulls Samsung Behold 2 update, no ETA on it's return

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Samsung Behold 2

T-Mobile has pulled the Android 1.6 OTA update for the Samsung Behold II over signal issues, and offers up no word on when to expect it to return.  In case you don't remember or aren't familiar with the whole Behold 2 update debacle, have a look here to read about the whole mess. Hint -- there's even crazy lawsuit talk (of course there is). 

Let's be clear here -- there's no sense in continuing to roll out an OTA update that makes things worse.  We certainly don't like waiting for our Android software updates, but I think we would like new signal issues even less.  Let's all back off for just a bit and give T-Mobile some room to breathe and update us all accordingly.  [T-Mobile support forums via TmoNews]

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 6 nightly build for HTC Evo available for download

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CyanogenMod 6 nightly build

It's far from a final version, but those of you waiting for the CyanogenMod team to release some delicious Froyo for your HTC Evo, it's your lucky day.  The first of the nightly builds (think of them as the beta version of the beta version) is available for download.  Of course we all dove right in and I'll have to say, it's very nice.  If you're fully rooted and ready to try, you can get your very own copy right HERE.  Since CyanogenMod is a 100 percent open source project, you'll have to download the Google applications separately, and it just so happens that the ones right HERE work perfectly.  Thanks everyone on Twitter who sent this in, and a special shout out to the developers!

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4 years ago

Multimedia test: Super AMOLED vs. AMOLED vs. LCD

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 Android screen test

We've had a ton of touchscreen technology thrown at us in the past year -- hell, in the past several months. We've gone from LCD (liquid crystal display) to OLED (organic light-emitting diode) to AMOLED (active matrix OLED) to the brand-new Super AMOLED, which we saw debuted at Mobile World Congress in February.

Each has its merits. OLED and AMOLED have been notoriously not great outdoors, as well as hard to come by of late, leading to handset shortages. LCD is tried and true and more readily available, but can it stand up to the new Super AMOLED, which promises even better battery life and less reflectivity outdoors?

After the break, we perform an unscientific test: Find the best light show this side of Pink Floyd, plop it on the Evo 4G, Nexus One, Droid X and Samsung Captivate, and see what we can see.

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4 years ago

Motorola i1 officially coming to Sprint on July 25 for $150

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Motorola i1

Sprint announced this morning that it will make available the Motorola i1 -- the first Android push-to-talk device -- starting July 25 for $149.99 after contract and rebate. It initially will be sold through direct shipping, business sales and telesales, and will hit all remaining Sprint sales channels starting Aug. 8.

The Motorola i1 (see our hands-on) is a fairly basic Android device, sporting a 3.1-inch touchscreen, 5MP camera, the Swype keyboard, and a host of business applications.

Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Charm eyes release in August

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Motorola Charm

The Motorola Charm's release on T-Mobile appears to be aimed at Aug. 25, according to a doc scored by TmoNews. Though there never has been an officially announced release date, it had been speculated that it would arrive earlier.

In addition, it appears that the phone will launch in two separate colors, Cabernet and Golden-Bronze. While the specs for the Charm do not match up to the Vibrant, it's an intriguing phone because its style is remarkably close to RIM's BlackBerry. BlackBerry users who have been hesitant to switch to Android may find the Charm an easy transition. [TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Rumor: HTC Desire HD specs leaked, heading to UK and Europe

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HTC Desire

Take this with a BIG grain of salt, but it seems details of the HTC Desire HD have leaked onto the interwebs. The phone, which may have previously gone by the codename "HTC Ace," comes packing 4.3-inch WVGA screen, along with a 1GHz Snapdragon and 8MP camera that can take 720p video. In addition, it would come with 4GB on onboard memory and Android 2.2 ("Froyo"). No confirmation on what type of screen it would have, but safe money would say a SLCD as HTC appears to have learned its lesson with AMOLED on the Incredible.

Of particular interest is the "UniBody Aluminium Design," which means the phone could be a mashup of the HTC Desire and the HTC Legend. Again, this is all rumor and speculation from something that looks very linkbait-ish, but we will keep our eyes peeled for more information as the supposed October launch date nears.

Note: The picture is a HTC Desire, no pictures were leaked of the Desire HD [SuperETrader via Engadget]

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4 years ago

First 'official' Droid 2 pictures decoded

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Droid2

We (and you) have been anxiously been awaiting the official Droid 2 announcement with a little more information about when we may actually see this device. Unfortunately, we don't have a date or anything just yet, but a lucky reader appears to have deciphered some code that was on the Droid Does site, revealing the sequel inside a Flash file. Sure, we may have seen it a time or two or even three, but this appears to be the first official style image we have seen for the device. So, Verizon, what gives? How about an official announcement for all us eagerly waiting? [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Droid Eris MR4 OTA rolling out -- manual install link available, too

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Droid Eris OTA manual install link found

Good news Eris owners -- your OTA update has begun to roll out, and it's been confirmed that it fixes the 'Silent Call' issue.  It may take a week or more for all customers to get the MR4 update, but for those who just can't be bothered to wait the OTA link has been found.  You can get the file (direct from Google) right HERE, and install it via your Eris' recovery menu.  As always, if you're rooted or running a custom ROM, sit tight and wait for your ROM developer to get the update merged in.  [Verizon Community forum] Thanks xstrider!

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4 years ago

The week in Android news

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Android_News

Another week has passed us by, and did you really think it would be anything but filled with Android news? Seems like almost every day we are catching word of a new up and coming Android device, a new application that will simplify our everyday tasks, or something new in the development community. Since a lot has happened this week let's take a minute to recap it all.

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4 years ago

Verizon gearing up for LTE rollout -- its computer system says so

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Verizon LTE

Sure, this 3G thing's been fun and all. But it's getting to be about time for some honest-to-goodness LTE data to give Sprint's Wimax (and arguably T-Mobile's pseudo-4G) a run for its money. And if the screen shots we received today are any indication, Verizon's well on its way to finally launching its LTE service. Engadget got separate confirmation (as well as some nifty 4G fact sheets), and hopefully this all means we'll have some Verizon LTE sooner rather than later. One more shot after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC responds to 'Antennagate' with numbers - very (important) tiny numbers

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HTC Droid Eris

While HTC didn't quite come out swinging like RIM did after Apple's Friday press conference, spokesman Eric Lin wasn't afraid to let Pocket-Lint in on some hard numbers of their own.  If you recall, Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs remarked that only 0.55 percent of users have called in to complain about signal issues with the new iPhone 4.  He also proceeded to show some pretty pictures of other cell phones signal bar display while being held 'the wrong way' -- including our own Droid Eris.  Now, 0.55 percent is an awfully low number, but it looks huge when compared to the numbers Mr. Lin gives us -- "Approximately .016% of customers."  I'm no math wizard, but that's less.  A lot less. About 35 times less. ( I asked a math wizard.)

This begs us to address the point of Friday's spectacle press conference. Luckily, our pal Rene over at TiPb went through the trouble of rounding up a slew of SPE writer and editor's take on the whole thing, which turns out is a really good read.  Do yourself a favor and check it out. 

Comments are open, feel free to discuss percentages versus sales, your experiences with the Eris' signal, and what you think of the way our poor lil' Eris got dragged through the mud.  Just try to keep the flames to a minimum please :) [Pocket-lint]

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4 years ago

AT&T Captivate available today

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AT&T Samsung Captivate

Today's the day for the AT&T Captivate, the second of the Samsung Galaxy S phones to be released in the United States. (See the T-Mobile Vibrant for the first.) The Captivate will cost you $199.99 after contract (no rebate mess, huzzah!), and you can pick it up for $500 off-contract.

Yes, that's $150 more than some lucky dogs got it for in the days leading up to the release. (Did anybody really think $350 was the correct off-contract price?) Don't know what to tell you about that except that they got a great deal, and kicking and screaming won't really help now, will it?

Anyhoo, if you pick up a Captivate, be sure to spend a little time in our Captivate forums and share what you learn. [AT&T]

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4 years ago

Droid X update promises a bevy of minor fixes

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Android Central Droid X Forums

Now that everybody's had a couple of days with their Droid X, it's time to start picking nits. And one such nit being picked in our Droid X forums is a perceived problem perpetuating a proper WiFi signal. Another involves syncing with Microsoft Exchange servers.

The good news is that it looks like an update is on the way. It appears most of you haven't gotten that OTA update to firmware 1.13.604 that we got last week, so our pre-release units might have been testing that out for Moto. Android Central Forums user g1to3vo678 (might wanna change that handle, pal) points out that there's some documentation for the 604 update (pdf), and Droid Life says it could be pushed out on July 19 (though we know of a whole lot of people still waiting on that rumored July 13 Froyo update for the original Droid, so take that unsourced rumor how you will). The doc states that you'll be getting:

  • Improved battery charging status indicator.
  • Smoother transition for camera and camcorder functions.
  • Redesign of weather widget icons.
  • Faster Exchange ActiveSync® email loading.
  • Streamlined organization of newly downloaded applications.
  • Organized favorite contacts by call count.
  • Updated Bluetooth® connection for enhanced video sharing experience.
  • Coordinated date and time across phone displays.
  • Cleaner looking status bar for GPS symbol.
  • Improved sync capabilities for 3G Mobile Hotspot.
  • Faster Visual Voice Mail loading.

Sounds good to us. Alls I can say is I've had nary a problem with my Wifi signal. Can't speak to Exchange. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Android 101: How to change keyboards

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How to change Android keyboards

Looking to change Android keyboards? Maybe you want to try Swype, or the new Swiftkey, or any one of the other great keyboards available on our fair smartphone operating system. (And a lot of new phones, like the AT&T Captivate and Droid X seen above, come with more than one keyboard installed.) After the break, we'll walk you through downloading, installing and switching to a new keyboard and, just maybe, a new way of life. (OK, probably not.)

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