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4 years ago

T-Mobile's G2 pricing revealed, priced like you'd think a smartphone should be

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G2 pricing

Nothing surprising here -- leaked T-Mobile internal documents show the pricing of the G2 at $199.99 on contract/after rebate, and $499.99 if bought outright.  This would be the same as the Vibrant, Droid Incredible, HTC Evo 4G, and just about every other top tier smartphone -- with the exception being the Epic 4G. (We're going to go out on a limb here and opine that there will be earbuds, a charger and maybe some documentation in the box, too -- you heard it here first!). So save your pennies and check in the ashtray for change, and hopefully we will see this one soon.  [TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Twitter still down? It's not just you

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Twitter fail whale

Yeah, Twitter's been borked for many of you for a good bit of the day -- or longer. We've heard you, especially those of you using HTC's Peep or Friendstream clients (found in HTC Sense). We just kept holding out hope that it would be one of those hour-long outages. Then it became a three-hour-long outage. Then we went and got dinner. A couple glasses of wine. A little dessert. Still no Twitter. So here's what's up, in slightly more than 140 characters:

According to Twitter's status page, some mobile clients are unable to log in they include:

  • HTC Peep
  • Moto BLUR
  • Nokia Twitter apps
  • Samsung devices (except for phones running Android OS)
  • Huawei phones

For its part, HTC has said "We know that Peep/Friend Stream are not working for some, and we apologize. Please bear with us while our developers are investigating."

As to when things will be fixed? Couldn't tell you. In the meantime, feel free to suggest your favorite (working) Twitter client in the comments. We know how you love to do that. [Twitter]

Update: Twitter says everything's better now.

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4 years ago

Securing your applications the right way -- the Google how-to

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Application security

Application security, piracy and prevention all are hot topics recently, with good reason.  Without a robust application marketplace, that hundreds of thousands of new activations each month number isn't going to be maintainable, and a robust market isn't possible without the backing of developers.  We've seen that Android has a built-in solution to prevent piracy, and we've also seen just how easy it is to get around it if you're determined, and if the scheme is left in its basic form.  Google hinted that they had some more information to share about the whole subject, and true to their word they have done so.  After the break, let's have a look at a Googler's methods to provide safe, secure, and user friendly way to protect applications.  [Android Developers Blog]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab gets FCC'd; dual-band WiFi and GSM frequencies?

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This Samsung Galaxy Tab is everywhere. It was on a train in Australia, it has infiltrated Verizon's database, and already has a line of accessories to dress up the seven-incher. The only thing we're missing: an official word from Samsung that it's actually launching. Well it can't be too long now, right? Word on the tubes says the FCC has gotten their hands Samsung's new Galaxy device. And it looks like they named it "SHW-M180S" (terrible name in our opinion).

The FFC's documents -- which are available online to the public -- are saying this puppy will support dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi channels, able to connect to up to 150Mbps.  If your a more on the go type of person, Samsung's got your Android back; the Galaxy Tab will also rock a GSM 1900 radio frequency.

Not to be outdone, Engadget also did some snooping around the WiFi Alliance Database and found that there were two versions of this speedy little tablet in the works. One of them even sports quad-band GSM and HSDPA support.

You got all of that, right? [FCC via Engadget]

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Z home and widgets running on other devices

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Optimus Z launcher

A week or so ago we looked at the LG Optimus Z, a phone that unfortunately we'll never see here in the states. While we had it, we yanked the system files out of it for a closer look.  And an enterprising xda'er named aalopez10 took the time to go through the system dump and has the home and several of the widgets working, and you can too -- without needing root.

There are still some kinks to work out, but if you have an hdpi device and want a new look, hit the source link and have at it! [xda-developers via Andronica -- files from Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G review: The Samsung Galaxy S grows a keyboard

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We review the Sprint Epic 4G to find out if it's worthy of its name

Sprint Epic 4G

If you put the word "Epic" in the name of your phone, it darn well better be epic. And with the Sprint Epic 4G Android smartphone, that's mostly the case.

The Epic 4G is the latest Samsung's Galaxy S line to be released in the United States, alongside the AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant. But the Epic stands out from its cousins in a number of ways. First, there's the addition of a 4G radio, meaning you can take advantage of Sprint's Wimax network for faster data speeds. Then there's the horizontal sliding keyboard, and a camera flash, a front-facing camera, and other bells and whistles. OK, that's a lot of differences.

But the real question is this: Is the Epic 4G epic enough (you're going to have to excuse a few puns here) to unseat the HTC Evo 4G is the phone to beat? We'll find out, after the break.

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4 years ago

New Verizon Fascinate commercial hits the tubes

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We've already seen Samsung put out commercials for the AT&T Captivate, the T-Mobile Vibrant, and the recently launched Sprint Epic 4G. The only phone left in this Galaxy S saga of commercials to be shown is the Verizon Fascinate

Well it looks like you're in luck, Samsung just updated its YouTube channel and uploaded the latest commercial in this saga. Grab some popcorn, recline that chair, and dim those lights... full video after the jump. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Angry Birds beta flying to Android Market this Friday

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Rumors around the web had been pointing to a release of Angry Birds for Android by the end of the summer. In checking our calendars, we've realized that it's now the September, so where is our Angry Birds!? The guys over at Talk Android contacted Rovio, the game's developer, to see what's going on. Rovio's response (truncated by us):

This week, we were planning to run a closed beta test of Angry Birds Lite for Android. Due to the massive response and demand from the Android community, we have decided to make Angry Birds Lite Beta available for everybody through the Android Market this Friday.

Please note that this will be the beta version of the application which is still undergoing final testing before official release. Angry Birds Lite Beta is presented on an “as is” basis, and we cannot guarantee its functionality on every Android device.

Angry Birds Lite Beta will run on second generation Android devices and upwards.

So there you have it people. Let's hope we can get our bird on starting Friday, so our webOS and iOS pals can quit lording it over us. [via Talk Android]

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4 years ago

Archos announces five new tablets

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 New Archos Tablets

While Samsung and Motorla are just getting into this whole tablet business, Archos wants to remind us all who the big boy in the room is. While the larger 10.1 and 7.0 models can truly be called "tablets", the smaller 4.3, 3.2, and 2.8 (not pictured here) are more like MIDs in the vein of the iPod Touch. For reference, the number that makes up each model's name is the size of the screen.

All five are packing Android 2.2 ("Froyo"), USB 2.0 (not sure if this is micro or not), WiFi b/g/n, TFT LCD screens of various resolutions, G-sensors, microphones, and all but the Archos 2.8 have Bluetooth 2.1 EDR. The 4.3 and above also come with a kickstand and speakers. However, at five appear to not support the Android Market, so you would have to sideload additional apps or use AppsLib. Other specs for each device are as follows:

  • Archos 10.1 : 8 or 16 GB of internal memory + microSD card slot, 1024x600 screen, 1GHz ARM A8, front-facing VGA camera, mini HDMI out
  • Archos 7.0 : 8GB internal memory + microSD card slot OR 250GB internal HDD (!), 800x480 screen, 1GHz ARM A8, front-facing VGA camera, mini HDMI out
  • Archos 4.3 :  8 or 16 GB of internal memory + microSD card slot, 480x854 screen, 1GZh ARM A8, 2MP camera for taking pictures and videos, mini HDMI out
  • Archos 3.2 : 8 GB internal memory, 400x240 screen, 800 MHz ARM A8, composite video out
  • Archos 2.8 : 4 or 8 GB internal memory, 320x240 screen, 800 MHz ARM A8

Whew. Pricing and launch dates were not given, but you can be sure we will be on the prowl for them in the coming weeks. [Archos]

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4 years ago

Verizon Fascinate benchmarks, pics

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Verizon Fascinate

We're not-so-patiently awaiting the arrival of the Verizon Fascinate -- the fourth version of the Samsung Galaxy S to drop in the United States -- which has gone silent since our initial hands-on at the launch party. But that doesn't mean it's not out there, and it's starting to get into a few hands ahead of what we believe will be a Sept. 9 launch. And that means it's getting into our hands.

So, after the break, an octet of pics of the Fascinate, as well as some benchmark scores. Enjoy!

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4 years ago

From the Forums: Tweaking your screen resolution

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before and after dpi hack

Here's one for you hackery types -- changing the resolution of your Android phone's screen through software, just like you can on a desktop monitor.

You have to be rooted, so take that to mean there's a chance for things to go boom if you don't follow the directions to the letter, and insert the standard disclaimer --  this is at your own risk, and nobody is responsible for things that may or may not go wrong.

If that bit of dirty business didn't scare you off, have a look up there and see the before and after pictures on a very messy and cluttered Evo 4G screen (for maximum effect, maximum widgets must be used!).  You'll need to decide if the benefit of having more info on large screens outweighs the effect this can have on widgets and other oddities. 

Want to try it for yourself?  Of course you do -- look here in the forums for a well written and thorough set of instructions.  While this was written with the Droid X in mind, the hack works on most Android handsets.  Android 2.2 required! [Android Central Forums] Big thanks to DaRkL3AD3R for this one!

 

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4 years ago

Sprint launches 4G service in Boston, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Providence, R.I.

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Sprint Evo 4G and Epic 4G

Sprint and Clearwire this morning officially popped the cork on 4G service in a trio of cities -- Boston, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Providence, R.I. We'd been seeing reports of sporadic service for a few weeks, but now there's there, it's official, and it brings Wimax data to the Evo 4G and Epic 4G Android smartphones. [Sprint]

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4 years ago

Yes, you can turn off Touchwiz on the Sprint Epic 4G (but you won't want to)

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Sprint Epic 4G Touchwiz

Yeah, you can turn off Touchwiz on the Sprint Epic 4G and get rid of the static home screen icons and horizontal launcher. But what you're left with isn't really an improvement. You're stuck with three home screens, an outdated launcher, and a feeling of guilt for not listening to us in the first place.

Instead, if you want to go a different route, just install a third-party launcher, like, ADW.Launcher or Launcher Pro. You'll get the same result, and more functionality. But if you just have to be difficult, we have instructions after the break. [via Brief Mobile]

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4 years ago

The Rebel Alliance needs your help

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An urgent plea for help has been issued by the leaders of the Alliance. The schematics for the Droid R2-D2 have been acquired by the Empire and spread across the Internet, and the Alliance needs you to help find them. If you can locate the plans, the Alliance will make certain that your kindness is rewarded with one of the new Droid R2-D2 units. This alternate-reality game is very similar to that of the earlier Droid X contest but appears to be entirely web based. Winning this contest is a surefire way to get your hands on the highly anticipated little guy before the launch date which we broke to you last month, of September 30th. Keep your eyes peeled for more vague transmissions hinting at how to get yours on the @droidlanding page (which we advise you to follow adamantly if you want to have a chance).

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4 years ago

Motorola Defy to hit Europe with water, damage resistance

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 Motorola Defy

Motoblur is alive an well in Motorola's latest European offering, the Defy. The phone is shipping with Android 2.1 ("Eclair"), which isn't quite yet inexcusable, but we're getting close. But, those looking to use their phone in places where it might be exposed to the elements should take a second look at the device, as Moto is saying it is "virtually lifeproof". The phone has a 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass touch screen that is dust, scratch, and even water resistant. It can even take being under a full meter (thats about a yard, folks) of water for up to 30 minutes. To round out the feature list, the phone will come with a 800MHz OMAP 3610 processor and Swype preinstalled. Look for it across Europe in Q4 2010. [Motorola via Engadget]

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