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4 years ago

Evo 4G now available online, too

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Evo 4G online

Just a reminder that while we realize there are caravans being formed to head over to Sprint stores to pick up the Evo 4G (and if there aren't, there should be), you can also order it online for the same $199 price after contract, rebate and whatnot. Sure, it's not as much fun as tailgating (again, we're the only ones?), but it'll get the job done. [Sprint]

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4 years ago

Reminder, store opening times for Evo 4G!

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If you happen to be one of the, well, say, million people who already pre-ordered the Evo 4G, or are just anticipating the release to go grab one if you can, remember some stores have decided on some new opening times for the day. 

  • Radio Shack - 6:00 am
  • Best Buy - 8:00 am
  • Sprint - 8:00 am

Of course, keep in mind these can be different times then your local area, so what are you waiting for, pick up the phone and give them a call!

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4 years ago

Android powered Dr. Eye makes its debut

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Dr. Eye is not a super villain. Actually, it’s Invantec’s new Android powered pocket-sized mini netbook. It sports a clamshell-inspired 4.8in touchscreen along with a full qwerty keyboard, and is also equipped with 3G, WIFI, and even a front facing camera. Dr. Eye (I really like saying that ) will be powered by a Marvel 624 – the same CPU found in the Dell Aero. For a device running the ancient Android 1.6, the $400 price tag may seem pretty hefty. But if it’s any consolation, Éclair will be making an appearance in the near future. An official release date has not been announced quite yet, but according to the video, it should be right around the corner. Be sure to check it out after the break. [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

HTC prepping over-the-air fix for Evo 4G storage card issue

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Evo 4G storage card

One of the advantages of handing out a new phone to developers (and media) at Google I\O a couple weeks before the public availability is that you get a whole lot of hardcore testing. And such is the case of the HTC Evo 4G. A little issue that's cropped up is that the phone sometimes finds that it can't write to the storage card, which can cause crashes, hang-ups and occasional stiffness in joints.

I've only experienced this a few times, and a reboot clears it right up, but it's still a pain. The good news is that HTC has been aware of the problem and tells us the following:

"We have identified the cause of the memory card issue and are testing a solution. We expect to have a software solution available very shortly that will be automatically pushed to phones over the air."

How's that for service, boys and girls? So the sky's not falling, your storage card isn't out to get you, and we'll hopefully see this fix soon enough.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab image leaked, looks fruity

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Android tablets have been in the works for a while, and it’s always great to see evidence of that. Pictured here next to the awe-inspiring Galaxy S is Samsung’s newest Android creation – the Galaxy Tab. Although they both have a striking resemblance to certain other “half-eaten fruit” devices, we can assure you that what’s inside is totally different (and much more beautiful, I might add). There are reports that this 7-inch beauty will be running an LCD TFT screen over Samsung’s favored AMOLED, which isn't surprising, given the size of the thing. We can also discern from the leaked image that there is a "phone" icon which insinuates 3G (or 4G) coverage may be available, and that it is also running the TouchWiz interface. Further details aren’t available yet, but more images are supposed to be available soon. [Samsung HubThanks everybody who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Android Quick App - doubleTwist player

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doubleTwist Android appDoubletwist

There's been a lot of chatter about doubleTwist the past few days.  That will happen when you push out a desktop app and a on-device player to go along with it. I've spent the past couple days getting things ready for my HTC Evo, and setting up doubleTwist was one of them.  Hit the break for the run down and see if doubleTwist is something that might work for you too.

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4 years ago

Testing Froyo on the Evo 4G

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Evo 4G and Froyo

This is another one of those times when we say you might well want to leave this to the professionals (or at least those of us too crazy to know better), but here's Froyo running on the Evo 4G. It's not the first time we've seen it, and it's still not an official build. It's not sanctioned by Sprint, HTC, Google, your principal or anybody else. And some things don't work, like 4G data, the cameras, MMS, and tethering (and it looks like it's still trying to roam on me). But it's Android 2.2. On the Evo 4G. And we just had to try it out.

We've got video after the break where we benchmark this port against Froyo on the Nexus One and Android 2.1 on the Motorola Droid. (Just like our previous test.) And it's all brought to you by the root and recovery of the Evo 4G, some quick cooking at Geek for Me, and your pals at Android Central. [Geek for Me via XDA Developers]

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4 years ago

Adobe Air SDK (pre-release) for Android now available

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Adobe Air sdk now available for Android

Attention application developers, Adobe has made the pre-release SDK for Adobe Air that we reported about back in April available for download.  Things are still early in the development process, but new extensions for Flash Pro CS5 and tools for Flash Builder 4 now provide support for publishing applications to the Android platform.  Adobe also specifies that developers need to be familiar with command line tools, and that apps generated with the pre-release can not be shared on the Android Market. 

Hit the open beta enrollment here and get started developing apps for Froyo.  We're all waiting for some awesome apps for the platform that gives you the choice -- Android. Thanks Shaun!
 

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4 years ago

Sprint HTC Evo 4G Review

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The EVO 4G is Sprint's first WiMAX Smartphone, has a gigantic touchscreen, and will blow your mind

Sprint HTC Evo 4G Review

Picture, if you will, your perfect smartphone. What features would it have? How small (or big) would it be? Would it have what it takes to get you off that BlackBerry, or iPhone, or whatever.

Sprint and HTC have done that -- and then some -- with the Evo 4G. It's the world's first Android smartphone that can use Sprint's 4G WiMax data. It has a monstrous 4.3-inch touchscreen. It has the ubiquitous 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It has the HTC Sense interface, to make your experience as easy as possible.

But that's all nerdspeak. Know this: It's big, it's fast, it's easy to use, and it's just about the best Android smartphone available today. And it is available Friday (finally!) for $199 after contract and rebate with Sprint. We explain why you'll want this one, after the break.

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4 years ago

Looks like BlackBerry's taking the hit from Evo and Android

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Evo-Pre-BlackBerry

A couple of days ago we asked you which platform you were leaving to join the ranks of Android with the Evo 4G. We got more than 12,000 responses, and there was a clear winner (or loser, actually). Looks like BlackBerry's taking the biggest hit, followed by Palm's webOS devices, the iPhone and Windows Mobile -- and a bunch of you said this will be your first smartphone. And so we welcome all Android newcomers with open arms. It's an exciting time, and we're right here with you.

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4 years ago

'Now that's the Evo, baby'


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Evo 4G fan video. Presented without comment. But thanks, Kevin! (We think.)

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4 years ago

Motorola i1 coming to Boost Mobile, Best Buy on June 20

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Motorola i1 for Boost Mobile

When we said the Motorola i1 was coming to Boost Mobile in the coming weeks, we meant it. Because this morning Sprint announced that it'll be available starting June 20 at all Boost Mobile retail stores, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile.

Pricing wasn't announced, but you'll get unlimited voice and data for $50 a month. The Motorola i1 (see our hands-on) has a 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with flash, WiFi, 2MB microSD card, runs Android 1.5 and has push-to-talk. [Sprint]

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4 years ago

Motorola will notify you about Android 2.2 for your Droid – when it's ready

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The Motorola support forums are letting people sign up to receive an e-mail notification of when the highly anticipated Froyo 2.2 update is available for the Droid. Although it’s unlikely that this update will come out tomorrow or the day after -- or even this week for that matter -- it’s still a good sign that we can expect the update to be released ... eventually. [via Droid-Life]

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4 years ago

Evo 4G root instructions are here!

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How to Root Evo 4G

The Evo 4G was rooted some days ago, and we finally have instructions. And it couldn't be easier. If you're new to this, we suggest you read through the thread at XDA Developers. And then read through it again. And after you think you don't have any more questions, read through it one more time. (Note: THIS WILL WIPE YOUR PHONE.) For the advanced, it's this simple:

1. Download this file (PC36IMG.zip). Move it to the root (as in top level) of the Evo's storage card.

2. Turn the phone off. Once it is, hold down the volume button and the power button until you get a white screen and some text. You're now in the bootloader. It should automatically start checking the PC36IMG.zip file you put on the card.

3. Once it's done, it'll list all the images on the card and ask if you want to flash. (This is your last chance to back out.) Say yes, and we're on our way. It'll look like this as it's going:

Evo 4G rooting

4. After it's done, it'll ask if you want to reboot. Surely.

That's it. You have a rooted ROM. You'll want to rename (or delete) the PC36IMG.zip image file that you put on the card, so that next time you enter the bootloader it won't try to automatically update again. You can do that by plugging in the phone, choosing "HTC Sync" and going to your favorite command line prompt and typing:

adb shell mv /sdcard/PC36IMG.zip /sdcard/root-PC36IMG.zip

Leave the phone plugged in if you want to go on to the next section and load the custom recovery. (After the break, for cleanliness.) Otherwise, you're done.

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4 years ago

Froyo Feature: Threaded call log

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Android 2.2 Froyo call log

Ex-wife calling you over and over again at midnight? Froyo can't really do anything about that, but it does keep repeat callers from taking up space in your call log. Android 2.2 introduces threaded calls -- if there's a repeat offender (controlling boyfriend, creditor, etc.), multiple calls are collapsed into a  single pane. Tap it, and the calls expand so you can see just when each one was placed. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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