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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 9, 2010

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Android apps

On Monday we brought you some application choices for all the new Evo 4G owners, but we are so dedicated to the rest of you out there we wanted to bring you some more suggestions! Hit the jump and see what we have in store for you this time around! 

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4 years ago

RvU -- custom Android 2.1 ROM for the Evo 4G straight from the Android Central forums

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RvU custom ROM

Not quite satisfied with the stock firmware on your new HTC Evo?  Or maybe you just have the itch to tinker that comes naturally when some folks get their paws on an Android phone.  Android Central member and all around goof off THE Keith Newman and his cohorts have you covered.

The ROM is a mostly stock version of the latest EVO stock system  (with the OTA fixes in place), but has some very nice custom touches:

  • Fully rooted
  • Busybox installed and working
  • Working 4G :)
  • Non essential apps have been moved out of the locked /system partition for easy removal if you don't want them installed
  • Some great 3rd party apps are included (courtesy of their respective developers, check the forum thread for details)

If rooting, hacking, and forcing the big black slab that is the Evo to submit to your will is your thing, hit the forums and check out the thread. 

The ROM looks and feels like stock, but there's a few screen caps to whet your ROM appetite after the break.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G Wifi test -- how bad is it?

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Evo 4G Wifi signal test

It's no great secret that the Evo 4G doesn't do as well as other Android phones when it comes to holding a Wifi signal. In fact, we've got page after page in our forums of how displeased many of you are.

But how does the Evo 4G's Wifi stack up? We put it through a couple of relatively unscientific tests, using the Wifi Analyzer app from the Android Market. Check out our results after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's Android phones may be free for Father's day on June 19

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile has Father's Day covered, apparently, with a leaked document showing that every phone in TMo's inventory will be free on June 19. TMoNews scored what purportedly is a couple of commercial scripts. We won't know for sure that these weren't ginned up by somebody with 10 minutes to spare until it happens. But in the meantime, you can start pondering over whether you want to walk out with a myTouch 3G Slide, myTouch 3G, G1, Samsung Behold II, Motorola Cliq XT, Motorola Cliq, or Garminfone (dang, that's a lot of Android!) in exchange for a couple of years of service, we assume. [TMoNews]

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Norton Smartphone Security

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Norton for Android

The hot app of the year appears to be one that will lock and/or wipe your phone. And as such, Norton -- the longtime virus-cleaner (among other things) -- has the Norton Security app in beta in the Android Market. We're not anywhere close to declaring that we need to worry about spyware, malware and viruses on Android, and Norton's app does well to go beyond that. Features include:

  • Remote lock/wipe
  • Anti-malware scan.
  • Call blocking
  • LiveUpdate

It seems to be fairly lightweight, though the lock/wipe feature will be built into Android 2.2, so it'll have to fight that off somehow. More screenies after the break. [Norton]

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4 years ago

Google Maps Navigation adds 11 nations

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Today, Google expanded its Google Maps Navigation system to cover 11 more countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland for Android devices running Donut (Android 1.6) and higher. The turn-by-turn directions can be read in the language of your choice and the voice destination search works with the accuracy that we’ve come to expect from Google in French, German, Italian and Spanish for Éclair (Android 2.0/2.1) and up. All of the Google Maps features are enabled in the supported countries, street view, POI search, gas stations, etc. Although Google Maps and Navigation is always a free service, it’s important to remember if you’re traveling, although the Map and Navigation service may be free, the data connection used to run it most certainly is not. [via Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Garminfone available today

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T-Mobile Garminfone

If you've got an extra $199 burning a hole in your pocket and are desperately in need of some serious Garmin action on your phone, you can now go out and get the T-Mobile Garminfone. It's the first release in the U.S. from the Garmin-Asus marriage, and it comes based on Android 1.6. Anybody out there getting this guy? [T-Mobile]

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4 years ago

Evo 4G back in stock on Sprint's website

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Sprint Evo 4G

Since everybody got all excited yesterday when the Evo 4G was listed as being out of stock on Sprint's website, we feel we should at least give a half-hearted "Woo hoo!" now that's back. And so ... "Woo hoo!" [Sprint] Thanks, Derek!

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4 years ago

Samsung Acclaim outed ... by Samsung

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Samsung Acclaim

For those of you waiting for the Samsung Acclaim ... well, here it is, outed by none other than Samsung itself. There's been little doubt that it'd be an Android phone, and this seals the deal. You've also got a pretty basic four-row sliding QWERTY keyboard, along with what appears to be an optical trackpad on the front. And U.S. Cellular definitely is the carrier of choice, not that there was much doubt. [Samsung via Engadget]

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4 years ago

How-To: Remove unwanted applications on your new HTC Evo 4G

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Not everyone with a new Evo 4G is just enjoying the beast.  Some of us are hard at work applying everything we know about hacking Android to our new toy.  My eyes are getting blurry, and it's time for a break from the terminal so let's have a look at how you can cull some of the bloat on your Evo.

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4 years ago

Google gives slight non-update update on Froyo for the Nexus One

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Nexus One with Froyo

For everybody who's asking us when the Nexus One will get its official update to Froyo, well, we still don't know. But Google employee passion-ate does give us an Android 2.2 update update (see what we just did there?). Anyhoo, here goes:

Apologies for keeping everybody waiting. We are not intentionally holding back on Froyo, just improving the overall experience and quality.

I don't have an exact date to share yet, but we are striving hard to OTA it ASAP. Stay tuned!

OK, so we don't really know any more than we did before this post. But you'll take what we give you, and you'll like it. And in the meantime, you can check out all of our Froyo feature posts here [Nexus One support forums] Thanks, jaeisber, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Sprint revises its Evo launch sales numbers -- sold a lot, but not that many

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Evo 4G

Yeah. Apparently Sprint goofed pretty big when it reported first-day sales numbers for the Evo 4G. When it said this:

"The total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined."

What it actually meant was this (emphasis ours):

"The total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was in line with the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined."

Whoopsie, indeed. Sprint does still contend that "Launch day sales of HTC EVO 4G were six times greater than launch day sales of Samsung Instinct and nearly twice the launch day sales for Palm Pre. We continue to see sales of EVO 4G outpace sales of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre." [Sprint]

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4 years ago

Google search by voice gains new languages

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Google Search by Voice

Good news for those of you who prefer to do your Google searches via voice input -- and in French, German, Italian or Spanish -- you can now do so in your native tongue. You'll need to have at least Android 2.1 on your phone if you want to use the standard microphone button, or you'll need the Search by voice app on 1.6 and up. Also note that it's designed to work with accents from Spain, France, Italy and Germany. So if your accent is from another country -- say, Mexico for Spanish -- then you might have a little trouble. [Google Mobile blog]

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4 years ago

Nexus One unofficially gets 720p video recording enabled (updated)

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nexus one camera

While it may seem that everybody and their brother are busy poking around the innards of the HTC Evo 4G, developers are still hard at work on other Android phones as well.  Late last night I was flipping through my Twitter timeline and came across this nice piece of work:

its official get it here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=6744172#post6744172 720p for nexus

You'll have to be running the latest CyanogenMod test version, and be sure to realize that this is by no means an official update.  I think this is the last straw for me and I'm rolling back from Froyo soonest.  (Just kidding. Maybe.)  A Froyo version will follow soon according to the developer charnsingh online.

If you try this out, by all means post some videos up in the forums. [xda-developers via Twitter]

Update: Check out a video test after the break.

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4 years ago

Swype beta receives an update

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Swype has certainly gained a lot of hype from many users, and a while back they rolled out a beta program to select number of people. Today members of this beta received an e-mail stating there was an upgrade available, along with what this upgrade entailed. From what we can see this update includes:

  • Added better context sensitivity for the “magic button” (go/search/enter/smiley)
  • Added automatic apostrophe insertion for contractions (e.g. won't, don't, wasn't, etc)
  • Added the Italian language dictionary
  • Improved sensing of field type to prevent the display and addition of passwords to the UDB (user dictionary)
  • Improved suppression of auto-spacing in fields such as URLs and email addresses
  • Updated the built-in dictionary to include several common words that were previously missing
  • Rewrote some settings descriptions to be more clear on their functionality
  • Fixed licensing issue causing “Limited Functionality” errors when rebooting devices running Android 2.0 and later
  • Fixed licensing issue causing some users to receive an “Incorrect ID” error when installing Swype
  • Fixed a bug where manually typing some words with word-prediction enabled would cause Swype to crash
  • Fixed a bug which caused some words added to the UDB to erroneously override other words when word-prediction is enabled
  • Many other minor bug fixes!

For all of you who are part of the beta program, be sure to install the latest update, and let us know how it works out for you!

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