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4 years ago

Cricket officially announces it's getting the Kyocera Zio, and a Huawei phone

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Kyocera Zio

We've known for a while that the Kyocera Zio would be coming to Cricket Communications, and now it's official. Pricing and actual availability weren't announced (other than "this fall"), and we can only hope that it's seen an update from the Android 1.6 that was on it when we had our hands on in March, which you can watch again again after the break, if you're so inclined. Also mentioned: a "low-cost Android phone from Huawei," so you have that to look forward to. [Buzinesswire]

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4 years ago

Android 2.1 and up now on 64.2 percent of devices

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Android Versions for Aug. 2, 2010

It's been a couple more weeks, and that means it's time once again to check out the Android fragmentation (erm, legacy) score sheet. For the past two weeks ending Aug. 2, devices running Android 2.1 are at 59.7 percent (up from 55.5 percent), and Froyo devices are now at 4.5 percent (up from 3.3).  Check out the previous report here.

It'll be interesting to see these numbers in a couple more weeks, now that the Evo 4G is getting Froyo, and we expect the original Motorola Droid to get it any day now. [Android Developers Blog]

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4 years ago

Airplane mode

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Android Airplane modeNow that we've got music, games, videos and photos on our phones, we're definitely going to want to have access to our phones while traveling, right? But if you're even going to think about using your phone on an airplane, you're going to need the aptly named "Airplane mode." It shuts down the phone's radios so that it won't interfere with any of the airplane's systems.

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4 years ago

Win a 90-day Thumbplay trial subscription

Thumbplay

Want millions of songs at your fingertips? How about on your Mac or PC, and your Android smartphone? Then it's time to check out Thumbplay, which does that, and more, including iTunes library importing, auto-syncing, a playlist genie, favorites and the ability to listen offline.

Sound good? Well, let's make it even better. We've got 30 free 90-day Thumbplay trials to give away. Full details, a video explainer of Thumbplay and instructions on how to enter are after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC brings 'Media Sync' to the Wildfire, more devices soon

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HTC Wildfire

HTC has added the ability to sync media with the HTC Wildfire using the latest version of HTC Sync (3.0). As of right now, the feature is Windows-only, and compatibility with all media players is not known. Here is a quote from the announcement:

'Now packed with new features, this version features a media sync that is compatible with popular media players available on your PC'

"Popular media players" is a vague term, so we're not sure if iTunes is included in that bunch. 

If you have an HTC Wildfire and want to start syncing media easily, download the latest version of HTC Sync here. Install it, plug it in with a USB cable and you should be good to go!

While the Wildfire is the first phone to be anointed with media sync, HTC said that other phones would get this feature "very soon." [via Android Community]

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4 years ago

Motorola 'Glam' launches in South Korea

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The Motorola Glam, which probably has a 0 percent chance of ever appearing here in the States, continued its Asian rollout by launching in South Korea. The phone comes with the standard plate of high-end specs we have come to expect from Android phones these days, including:

  • 3.7-inch screen
  • WiFi
  • 5MP camera with dual flashes
  • HDMI out 
  • 720p video recording
  • Android 2.1 ("Eclair")

The phone will be exclusively available on the carrier SK Telecom when it hits stores. [AndroidOS.IN]

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4 years ago

Review: Seidio Spring-Clip Holster for the Evo 4G

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Seidio Spring-Clip holster for the Evo 4G

The Seidio Spring-Clip holster for the Evo 4G is a secure and protective way to carry your phone.  Your Evo fits snugly, face in for maximum screen protection, but the top spring clip allows for easy release.  The holster is designed so that all the ports and controls are still accessible even if the phone is locked in place.

On the rear of the holster is a second spring clip, perfect for wearing on your belt, or for hanging on the sun visor of your car.  This clip swivels 360 degrees, allowing for a comfortable fit and access to the volume rocker, headphone jack and USB/HDMI ports without removing the phone from the case.  Inserting your Evo into the holster is a piece of cake -- slip the bottom (face in!) into the molded shell, open the top spring clip, slide the phone in place and release the clip.  And once it's in place, the only way it's coming back out is if the clip is opened.  You can count on it staying put until you want to remove it.

To me, the only drawback to this sort of carry is that the screen isn't visible.  But that's also a big plus -- your Evo's screen isn't going to get scratched or damaged and bump dialing simply can't happen.  I'm stubborn and set in my ways like an old mule, but after receiving the review unit I'm impressed.  If I don't want or need to use Google Maps navigation, the Spring-Clip holster on my visor paired with our cars bluetooth beats the heck out of laying my precious on the dash or in the console.  The Seidio Spring-Clip holster is available at the Android Central Store for $29.95.  There's a video showing how easy it is to use, and some more images after the break.

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4 years ago

AT&T now has own barcode scanner

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Since you probably already lost faith and jumped the ship with Microsoft's Tag application, and maybe you're still not quite happy with the Barcode Scanner from the ZXing Team -- don't worry, AT&T has thrown its hat in the ring, announcing its own Code Scanner. The scanner will allow AT&T customers to scan 2D (QR and datamatrix codes) and 1D (UPC and EAN) 

In addition to basic scanning, the app has the ability to make your own barcodes. Visiting www.att.com/createacode will ask you to register. Once registered, you can start making those secret barcodes you've always dreamed of (why, however, is another qusetion). Just don't send anything stupid like, "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine." I'm pretty sure your friends would get mad at you.

Finally, AT&T is also offering a business solution for its partners. It will allow buisnesses to "create, manage and measure mobile barcodes campaign experiences for their customers." According to the press release, a recent consumer survey is claiming that 80 percent of respondents are interested in scanning barcodes with their phones. Are you part of this 80 percent? And if so, did you really need another scanner app? Let us know in the comments section. [AT&T]

Another screenshot and download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Evo 4G's official Froyo update pushing out now! (Update: It's really real)

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Android 2.2 on the Evo 4G

Judging by the carpet bombing our inbox is currently undergoing, it looks like the official Android 2.2 update for the Evo 4G is under way. That's a tad earlier than we'd been told (though nobody here's complaining), and hopefully it bodes well for getting those of us on the earlier unofficial builds "back on track."

In the meantime, be sure to check out our walkthough of Android 2.2 on the Evo 4G, and discuss the update in our forums. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Update: We double-checked (can you blame us?) and this one's for real, folks. Have at it!

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4 years ago

Froyo on the Droid X [video #Froyogeddon]

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blurrycam Froyo on DroidX

A lucky Android Central forums poster has Froyo (Android 2.2) running on his Droid X, and to nip the nay-saying in the bud has shot a bit o' video for us all to drool over.  Looks like an internal test build of some sort, although the poster isn't quite sure how he lucked into getting it.  Neither are we, but we never look a gift horse in the mouth.  Looks like it runs well, even has a little Flash 10.x love going on.  Read a little more here, and check the video after the break! [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

On-device app promises one-click root for the Motorola Droid, Droid X

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Easy Root for Droid X

We haven't tried this one ourselves just yet, but what you see before you here is an app that purportedly roots the Motorola Droid and Droid X with a single tap, all on the device, no USB sync required. That alone makes it worth the 99 cents you'll shell out for it in the store.  Give it a shot, and sing out in the comments. Download link and barcode after the break. [Unstable Apps] Thanks, Nathan.

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4 years ago

AT&T blocking beta tester Dell Streaks?

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Dell Streak

There's no official word from AT&T (yet), but it certainly appears that it is blocking the IMEI numbers of all the Dell Streaks handed out to testers in the US.  All data is blocked, and any calls are being routed back to AT&T customer service.  Some members at MoDaCo's forums claim that Dell has told them that this is all AT&T's doing, but as usual the carrier is keeping tight-lipped about the whole situation.  My gut call -- AT&T has a special plan in store for these mini-tablet phones and has disabled all existing units in preparation for launch.

Speaking of which, where the heck is the Streak?  It's been a week since the pricing and availability was announced on Dell's site (and then changed from "end of July" to "soon"), and we're all still waiting.  Throw us a bone, for goodness sake!  [MoDoCo via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Twenty-one percent of BlackBerry owners not-so-secretly want Android

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Who wants Android?!?!

Can't say this is all that surprising, given the results of our unscientific poll back in June that found 37 percent of you said you were ditching BlackBerry for Android. A recent Nielsen survey done in the second quarter of this year found that 21 percent of 1,067 current BlackBerry owners wanted an Android smartphone next. Only 6 percent of 867 iPhone owners wanted to come over to Android, and we wonder if that's changed since Antennagate.

As for our own platform? Android now makes up 27 percent of U.S. smartphone purchases -- ahead of the iPhone's 23 percent. And out of 225 Android owners surveyed, 71 percent said they would stick with Android, and 21 percent wanted to go to the iPhone. (Again, wonder if that's changed since Antennagate.) A mere 3 percent of the Android owners said they wanted to go to BlackBerry. [Nielsen via All Things D and PreCentral]

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4 years ago

Evo have the unofficial Evo update? Don't worry, your phone won't explode

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Evo 4G udpate

Though there is a chance it'll look on longingly when other Sprint Evo 4Gs get the official Android 2.2 update, still slated for release this week. The good news is that what you read above is correct. If you applied the unofficial build that leaked late last week (see our hands-on), HTC's working to catch you back up with an official over-the-air update. Don't know when, but the fact that it has said so -- and said so publicly -- bodes well for everybody. [HTC official Twitter]

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4 years ago

Use your phone as a hard drive

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