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4 years ago

LG Optimus 2X gets ClockworkMod recovery

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Optimus 2x

The LG Optimus 2X (see our hands-on) gets the next step of the hacking treatment, a custom recovery.  Paul O'Brien has built ClockworkMod recovery, and packaged it up with an easy installer for Windows, Linux, and Mac computers.  The project is still marked as beta, but the few issues seem to be centered around the installer, so advanced users may wish to just manually copy and dd the recovery image themselves.  Having said that, unlike some other hacks that spring up from time to time, Paul is actively working with the few folks having issues, so I feel good about recommending this one.

I realize that few of us here in the states will be getting an Optimus 2X, but AT&T and T-Mobile will be releasing some very similar devices, so we're keeping an eye on this one in hopes of an easy port.  Visit the source link for downloads and installation information. [MoDaCo] Thanks for the tip, Dan!

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4 years ago

Motorola sends out pre-release software update for the Atrix 4G

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It's no secret that Motorola was getting the groundwork laid out to update the Motorola Atrix 4G. The only thing we were not fully aware of was what, exactly the update would comprise. Now we know. The list below covers quite a few bug fixes and bumps the device into software version 4.1.57:

  • Fingerprint reader - Improved fingerprint reader performance
  • Battery- Improved battery performance for longer battery life
  • Screen - Display will turn off automatically now while charging directly on wall charger
  • Phone stability - Improved stability resulting in fewer occurrences of touch unresponsiveness and/or programs quitting unexpectedly.
  • Car dock - Improved performance of car dock and 3.5mm jack

While voice quality and upload speeds a definite concern for users, neither of those look to be covered by the 17MB update issued. However, Motorola has recognized concerns and as we know AT&T is working on enabling HSUPA on the Atrix. [Motorola] Thanks, C-MOE!

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom Wifi-only benchmarks

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Motorola Xoom Wifi-only Quadrant

Christmas is coming early for this ol' editor, folks. You've already seen the unboxing of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom, which Android Central reader n64kps snagged from Staples a couple days early. Now he's back with benchmarks!

So we're not really expecting anything different, performance-wise, with the Wifi-only version of the Xoom. After all, it's the same 10.-inch, Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet that we've come to know. But it's still good to put it through its paces, just in case. And the Quadrant score is close enough to our own in our Xoom review that we're not looking at any broad changes.

So check out some more benchmark tests from n64kps after the break. Thanks, man!

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4 years ago

Canadian Motorola Milestone users get Froyo update

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Motorola Milestone

We know it must have been rough for Canadian Motorola Milestone users to see Android 2.2 Froyo rolled out to international users lately, but Telus did promise they would be releasing their version shortly after. Making good on their promise, Motorola Canada today announced via Facebook that the update is indeed now available via the Motorola support page. If you're a Canadian Milestone user, go ahead and get your Froyo on. 

Also, just a little side note: You might want to follow Motorola Canada's Twitter account as well. Much like with the release of the Motorola XOOM in the U.S. they are also giving away a gold Motorola XOOM. [Facebook, Twitter] Thanks, Kelly!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Cricket LG Optimus C

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Cricket LG Optimus C

There's the Optimus One. And the Optimus M. And the Optimus S. And the Optimus T. And the Optimus U. And the Optimus V. And the LG Vortex on Verizon. And now, we present the LG Optimus C on Cricket, fresh off the show floor at CTIA. 

This is yet another variant of the Optimus One, which is an above-average mid-range Android smartphone. You have Android 2.2 running with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 3.2MP camera with a 1500mAh battery. The physical buttons are a tad different than what you'll get on the other versions, but all in all it's mostly the same experience. More pics and hands-on video are after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom Wifi-only version unboxed by Android Central reader

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Motorola Xoom Wifi-only Unboxing

This is why you all kick ass. Android Central member n64kps snagged one of those Wifi-only Motorola Xooms a couple days early from Staples and did up a nice little unboxing video. Yes, I've said unboxings are lame, but only when I do them. When you guys do them for me, they're awesome! :p

Anyhoo, nicely done, n64kps! Now if you can get benchmarks, a photo gallery, and a full review by end-of-day Sunday (we'll give you lots of time, it is the weekend, after all), that'd be great! Love, Phil.

Now everybody go check out the video after the break!

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4 years ago

Atrix 4G, Inspire 4G to get their big boy HSUPA pants in April, AT&T says

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AT&T 4G update

Much hay has been made about AT&T's calling the HTC Inspire and Motorola Atrix "4G" phones despite the fact that they shipped without actually being "4g"-enabled, and rightfully so. We brought you instructions a month or so ago about how to hack your way to HSUPA (upload) speeds on the Inspire, but it's a bit of work.

And now comes word through the FCC and from AT&T itself that points to an upgrade in the works. First, there's a filing at the FCC that actually gives it governmental permission to flip the HSPUA switch on the phones. And then there's a response on Facebook that says the two phones will be getting updates (presumably for HSUPA) in April. It also goes on to say that the Samsung Infuse (4G) will ship with HSUPA enabled.

So put down the pitchforks, folks, and put away your petitions. The Atrix and Inspire are about to get AT&T's "4G." [FCC, Facebook via Wireless Goodness, Droid Matters]

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G Froyo update pushing again

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Sprint Epic 4G

Despite some issues with the initial rollout, it looks as though Sprint Epic 4G owners are now once again seeing the update -- EC05 pushed to their devices. A quick look in our forums shows this to be true and if you check out the Sprint customer forums the original posting has been updated with the following info:

UPDATE: The OTA push for EB13 users has been started and should reach your devices today.  If you haven't yet received the push, please be patient - there are a lot of devices in the queue to receive the EC05 update.

Needless to say this has been a long time coming. Hopefully this roll out will go a lot more smoother for folks. Jump into the forums to discuss the latest update release. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Some Staples stores selling Wifi Xoom a few days early [Updated with unboxing video]

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Staples Xoom display

If you're buying a Wifi-only Xoom on release day, you might want to call your local Staples.  A lucky reader did just that, and found that one of his area stores had everything set up and was selling the no-carrier, no-contract version of the Xoom tablet two days earlier than it should be.  He took advantage, and after the break you can see his Xoom in some excited hands.

And yes, we notice that Staples has placed SD cards in the accessories area.  Those will be useful soon, we hopeThanks, and have fun, n64kps!

Update: n64kps also gives us an unboxing video, you can see it after the break as well.  Thanks again n46kps!

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4 years ago

Software bugs delay O2 UK's Xperia Play launch

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O2 Xperia Play

British network O2 has announced that it's delaying its launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play due to bugs discovered in the phone's software. In a post on O2's blog, testing head Stuart Hibberd says that it won't be able to hit the previously-announced April 1 release date, as it's still working with Sony Ericsson to iron out the issues discovered in testing.

O2 hasn't published a revised release date for the Xperia Play, but based on the way this sort of thing usually works, we'd expect the delay to be a matter of weeks rather than months. [O2 UK Blog] Thanks to Chris for the tip!

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4 years ago

Samsung Transform getting its Froyo on

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Samsung Transform Android 2.2 Froyo

Word on the street and in the Android Central Forums is that the Samsung Transform is in the throes of receiving its Android 2.2 Froyo update, as was promised earlier this week. The upgrade to version EB28 also adds Swype, boosts Sprint Zone to version 2.5, and brings bug fixes in search, mobile hotspot, and Google sync issues.

What it apparently hasn't done is open up the phone to an official build of Adobe Flash Player. And that's not too surprising, given that the Transform isn't exactly the most powerful device on the block -- and also that it's not on Adobe's list of supported devices.

But, hey, having Froyo is better than not having Froyo, we suppose. More in the Android Central Forums. Thanks, mixmastrzzz!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile UK giving away entry-level Androids on £10 contract until end of March

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 T-Mobile UK deal

T-Mobile UK is giving away four entry-level Android handsets on contracts of £10.21 per month for the next week. Right now anyone signing up for T-Mobile's cheapest contract can also walk away with a Samsung Galaxy Apollo, LG Optimus OneSony Ericsson Xperia X8 or Xperia X10 Mini Pro. None of these phones offer earth-shattering specs, but in our opinion the Galaxy Apollo and Optimus One are pretty safe bets -- specifications are similar, and both are upgradeable to Froyo.

The deal runs until Mar. 31, and includes 100 minutes, unlimited texts and a 500MB data allowance on all phones. Hit the source link for more information. [T-Mobile UK]

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4 years ago

Sprint hotspot will still cost extra on the Nexus S 4G [from the forums]

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Sprint Nexus S 4G

 

With the announcement of Sprint Nexus S 4G came the question of tethering on the device. Will Sprint leave it and if so, how much if anything will they charge for it? As it is a pure Google experience phone tethering is baked right into the firmware and Sprint has no intentions on removing it. Not really a surprise there. They do, however, plan on charging you for its use:

Q: How much is the Mobile Hotspot capability?
A: Mobile Hotspot capability for Nexus S 4G is a $29.99 optional add-on. It allows the customer to use Nexus S as a Mobile Hotspot device capable of sending out a Wi-Fi signal to up to six Wi-Fi capable devices. This follows the new discounting rules launching in July and is not NVP discountable (e.g. SOCs $29.99 and below are not discountable; SOCs $30 and up are discountable).

The fact they are charging for something that is included directly in the firmware always raises some eyebrows and quite often leads to folks looking for workarounds to access stuff for free and really, you already are paying for the data. Carriers’ charging for this feature is often looked at like they are charging you twice for something you already have.

AT&T has noticed the trend in users using workarounds and has started to go after iPhone users who tether without a plan so this always raises the question -- should you have to pay for tethering service if it is something that is built in? Sound off in the comments or head on into the forums to discuss tethering on the Nexus S 4G [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Android quick-app: Pulse Version 2.0

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Pulse Version 2.0

The Pulse news reader has long been one of our favorite -- and more graphically pleasing -- ways to crank through news. While it might not be the best way to sort through hundreds of hundreds or RSS feeds (what, you think this job is easy), if you want a great experience reading a couple dozen, you can't beat it.

And Pulse just got even better in Version 2.0. The UI has been divided into "pages" (or think of them as tabs if you want). There's a bunch of preloaded content, and a couple blank pages, and you can customize things to you heart's content.

And new for us Android users is an entire section of Android news. Not that you'll need more than the Android Central feed, of course. Check out our hands-on and get download links after the break.

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4 years ago

G-Slate pricing gets official on T-Mobile; still no release date

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g-slate

The T-Mobile G-Slate has finally gotten some official pricing. For users looking to grab themselves one of these 8.9-inch Honeycomb tablets, the device will launch at $529.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. If you missed the video of the device in action from CTIA2011, be sure to check that out to see just how smooth the device operates. While unfortunately there is still no official release date, T-Mobile has indicated that it would be later this spring, so it shouldn't be too far off. [T-Mobile]

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