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4 years ago

T-Mobile's HSPA+ data speeds to cover 200 million in 2010

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T-Mobile shows it means business, slipping into the myTouch announcement that it plans to have HSPA+ coverage in over 100 markets and covering 200 million people before the end of the year.  While T-Mobile calls the network 4G, or 4G-like, quite a few Sprint subscribers (and even a Sprint executive or two) would beg to differ.  Call it whatever you like, just get it here, please! 

Direct from T-Mobile:

With its latest expansion, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ footprint now includes Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss.; Denver, Colo.; Huntsville, Ala.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento, Calif.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. T-Mobile expects to reach 100 major metropolitan areas and 200 million people in 2010.

Quite the bold statement.  And if it happens as planned, a bold move as well.

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4 years ago

HTC myTouch HD sneaks onto T-Mobile's site

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 HTC myTouch HD on T-Mobile

We've never really had any doubt that the HTC myTouch HD was real -- given the early leaked image and the T-Mobile literature. And here it is, plain as day, on T-Mobile's website, quietly tucked away until you search for "HSPA" (albeit under the name "T-Mobile myTouch). It's listed as being "priced as low as FREE," but that's as likely to be a typo as it is correct, right? Clicking the details button does no good, and this likely will be pulled at some point (or actually announced). Plus, still no word on when we'll see this guy, so stay tuned. [T-Mobile via Engadget]

Discuss in the HTC myTouch 3D Forums

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4 years ago

What does 'open' mean to us?

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 Open, open, open

In this crazy little world we called Android, we're all guilty of throwing around that four-letter word: Open. From the top -- Google CEO Eric Schmidt -- all the way to the bottom -- your friendly neighborhood blogger -- we wield the word like a sword when convenient, or as a shield when necessary.

The exact definition of "open" in the general sense has been debated long before Android arrived on the scene, and it'll be debated long after Android assumes its rightful position atop the smartphone heap. (See what we did there?) You have your ideas of what "open" means. We have ours. And we share them, after the break. You're not going to agree with them all. Hell, you're not going to like them all. And that's OK. 

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4 years ago

Pick up your T-Mobile G2 today, if you want

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T-Mobile G2

Yes, folks, the rumors were true. If you haven't already gotten yours shipped early, you can pick up a T-Mobile G2 today in stores. Probably. We're willing to bet a few didn't get the word, so no blaming us if you get shut out. But it's here, folks. It's here. [via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Move It takes Android puzzles to the next level

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puzzle

Tired of boring puzzle games that are easy to beat and have limited functionality? So were the folks at Al Factory Limited so they used this as inspiration to take puzzle games to the next level. Move It is an extremely interactive puzzle that allows users to move in any direction needed to get the blocks to a new position to help meet the goal of getting the big red block to its home square. They have given users the option of a free version, which offers 72 different puzzles, and the paid version, which is only £1.99, has 672 puzzles and 6 different levels of difficulty. If you have a few minutes, or few hours to spare, and are looking for something challenging, yet fun, this is a great solution to end your boredom! Download links after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Desire Froyo updates are big in Japan, too

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Desire Froyo update for Softbank (Japan)

Japanese carrier Softbank Mobile will also be updating its HTC Desire to Froyo, via an over the air update starting Oct 8.  It appears it will have the same system (with Japanese language support of course) as all its North American and European counterparts, including full support for Adobe Flash.  A much better translation of the official blurb than the Google Translate version:

Softbank Mobile has announced that they will commence an over the air update for their HTC Desire customers on 10/8. The update will upgrade the phones to Android 2.2, with Flash 10.1, 720p camera, SD card storage for applications, and some native language sorting problems will be solved.

[Softbank (Japanese)] Special thanks to Christopher for tip and the translation.  Domo arigato!

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4 years ago

Couldn't make it to ab R2-D2 launch party? Here's what you missed

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Droid 2 party
Via @VZWKate

With the Droid R2-D2 available to the masses and the launch parties all wrapped-up, it's safe to say this was a good week for all the Star Wars fans out there. For all those who made it out to one of the many launch locations last night, you've made Lucas proud and for that, give yourself a pat on the back. Here are but a scant few of the pics that made their way onto Twitter from the launch. It goes without saying that – whether you made it or not – the force was just as strong, if not stronger, than Verizon's signal. After the break, folks.

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible gets Buy one, get any offer

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 Droid Incredible BOGA offer

Now that they are finally back in stock, it looks like Verizon wants to push as many HTC Droid Incredibles out into the eager hands of the childr- .. err, consumers, as possible (to clear way for the HTC Merge perhaps?). As such, Verizon is treating the Sense phone to the same offer they blessed the Samsung Fascinate with when it launched back in September. To promote the deal, Verizon has updated one of their DInc commercials with the BOGA offer, which you can view past the break. [via Droid Life]

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4 years ago

Google acquires BlindType in a pure win for the accuracy-challenged

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 Google acquires BlindType in a pure win for the accuracy-challenged

In what can only be described as an epic win for all Android-kind, Google has purchased the company behind the Blind Type keyboard. Still no word on a release date, but Now that they have Google behind them, perhaps this will be integrated with the Android keyboard at the OS level, becoming more than just another keyboard on the Market. [BlindType via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 32

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Audio-only stream below

We're back with exclusive looks at the HTC Merge and Samsung Continuum, and we brought head Android Central forum moderator Cory Streater along for the ride. Join us!

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4 years ago

Froyo leaked for the Samsung Captivate

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 Froyo on the Samsung Captivate

Want Froyo on the Samsung Captivate and can't wait any longer? A leaked build has emerged tonight. We've plopped it on our Captivate and are giving it the what-for. In the meantime, if you don't mind a little hackery, you can give it a go, too. Instructions are simple as as follow:

  • Download the leaked file I897UCJI6-OCD-REV02-Low-designgears.exe (hit the source link at the end of this post).
  • Turn off your Captivate.
  • Launch the I897UCJI6-OCD-REV02-Low-designgears.exe file you just downloaded.
  • Hold down the volume buttons and plug in your Captivate.
  • Hit "Start" on the Odin program. Sit back and relax.

It's that simple, folks. As always, you're taking things into your own hands here, so no blaming anybody if this turns out to not be the final Froyo build. Good luck, happy flashing, and let us know how it went in the Android Central Captivate Forums! [XDA Developers via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Froyo now on a third of Android devices

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Android versions

The march of Froyo continues, with Android 2.2 now on one-third of all Android devices. Please excuse us while we do a little jig. ... ... ... OK, we're back. That's right, folks, 33.4 percent of devices now have the latest version of Android, up from 28.7 percent just 20 days ago. The number of devices on Android 2.1 (Eclair) dropped 1.3 percentage points, to 41.7 percent, and Donut (Android 1.6) and Cupcake (Android 1.5) are down to 16.5 percent and 9.7 percent respectively. Hooray for progress. [Android Developer Blog]

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4 years ago

Napster now available on Android Market

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Don't worry, you weren't sent back to the year 1999. It's still 2010. The original peer-to-peer music sharing service as hit the Android Market. Only now, it's legall. The app is free, but to access the music, you must be a Napster subscriber -- $10 a month. 

Here is the description:

Listen to your choice of over 11 million full-length songs -- anytime, anywhere, all for just $10 a month. Also enjoy Napster on any connected computer, compatible TV, Blu-ray player, or other home audio products. Sign in today, or sign up for a FREE TRIAL and save 20% with the annual plan. Enjoy Napster everywhere.

Download link after the break.

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