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2 years ago

Bell to carry the Optimus Eye, aka Optimus LTE

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A few weeks ago LG announced the Optimus LTE for its home market of Korea. It didn't take too long for a video to surface from a Canadian retailer called The Source (which happens to be owned by Bell) showcasing the phone (it appears that the video has been pulled while this post was being written).  We already know about the killer display that it sports, and it also has a dual-core 1.5ghz processor, LTE bands, and a generous 1830mAh battery.

What we don't know is when it's going to be released, or if any U.S. carriers are planning on carrying it. (Though it wouldn't surprise us at all.) It looks like a great device, and goes to show that when it comes to hardware LG knows how to make a great looking phone.  While the video isn't official confirmation, it's about as close as you can get. Check it out after the break.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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2 years ago

Rogers HTC EVO 3D security update now available

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If you'll remember a little while back, HTC confirmed some security issues in a few of their devices and advised that an OTA security update was in testing and would soon be rolled out once carrier testing was approved. Now, Rogers users in Canada are getting a security update labeled version 1.20.631.3 for the HTC EVO 3D that also includes some performance enhancements for Sense and addresses some force close issues. If you've not yet recieved the update, go ahead and check for it -- it should be there waiting for you.

Source: MobileSyrup

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2 years ago

Google Reader website sees a major face-lift, new Android app expected soon

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If you use Google Reader to make all your RSS feeds a little more sane organized, be ready for a pleasant surprise.  Google has begun the rollout of the new look and feel for the reader website, and everyone should expect it by this evening.  Go on and hit F5 for a while, we'll wait (have to admit, I did just that).  The new look lines up with the rest of the updated Google service websites, including the black omnimagicbar across the top and your Google+ notifications baked right in to the upper left corner.

Speaking of Google+ and integration, the new Reader allows you to +1 and share stories right from the stream.  This is an easy way to share with friends, and should work much better than the previous friending, following, sharing, and comments methods, which have been removed in favor of the new integration.

It works the same as the +1 button does anywhere -- click it, and you're given the option to share it on Google+.  Type in your message, and the magic happens.

We're big users of both Google Reader and Google+ around these parts, and we're excited about the new look and the new + integration, but the last little tidbit Alan Green (Google software engineer) threw out on the official announcement is the best of them all -- expect a new Android app shortly.  Sweet.

Source: Google Reader blog

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2 years ago

Google+ for Android update now rolling out - UI changes and bug fixes aplenty

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Google+ is getting some love tonight. The latest version has just been pushed to the Android Market and should be showing up for most folks. If not, you'll just have to sit tight for a little while longer. This release -- created during the Ice Cream Sandwich developement brings a few changes to the table.

Most notably the UI and styling of the app is more in tune with how Android 4.0 looks and for those who loaded up the previously leaked version -- it will look familiar but others changes can be found within as well such as:

  • Battery life improvements
  • Navigation and performance improvements
  • Significant notifications improvements
  • Brand new posting UI
  • Several bug fixes
  • Support for Google Apps users
  • Ability to sign out
  • Add people to a circle from circle profiles

All in all, a nice update that will hopefully correct a lot of concerns some have had. You can fire up the Android Market or grab it from the link below, where you'll also find some more screenshots

Source: Ben Eidelston

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2 years ago

Rezound announcement, Vivid LTE [From the Forums]

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It's all Hallows Eve and we here at Android Central all hope you have a safe and happy Hallowe'en. That said, after you've raided all the candy you can get your hands on make sure you check out the latest here posts on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central Forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Nyan Droid Live Wallpaper in the Market

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Looks like we're really going there. Just remember, what has been seen can never be unseen. Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Redux for Google TV brings quality, curated content right to your living room

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With all the Google TV news the past few days, we wanted to let you guys know about Redux.  Back at Google I/O Redux was featured by Google as something Google TV was all about -- quality content you can view right in your living room via Google TV.  Their HTML 5 app has been in the GTV spotlight (Google's app picks for the Google TV platform) for a while, and to be ready for the Honeycomb rollout, they already have their Android app ready in the Market.  That's cool -- Redux is ready for you, but what exactly is Redux?  hit the break to find out, and get information where you can check it out right now.

More: Redux

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2 years ago

Android Theme Review: Ice Cream Sandwich CM7 Theme

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Ed. note: This theme requires use of the Theme Chooser.

When Google finally unveiled Ice Cream Sandwich to the world, we all knew it was going to be the new hotness. How much it changed things, though, I'm not sure anyone could have really predicted. Fortunately, it didn't matter. Once the event was over, I knew I wanted it, period.

Thanks to one enterprising developer, there's a wicked theme for CM7 that gives you all the aesthetic polish of ICS on your current-gen, non-ICS phone. It's done by the same guy who made Tangerine and Arctic Green (to name a few), and as good as those were, Ice Cream Sandwich CM7 Theme rules the roost in terms of look and quality.

For starters, all of the system apps we've come to know and love have had their icons updated to their Ice Cream Sandwich counterparts. That means Calendar, Camera, and the like have fresh, new looks, while Gmail is finally the icon we've become accustomed to from Honeycomb.

The notification bar and its respective icons have been all TRON'd out, as they're sporting the new blue color that was first introduced in Honeycomb and is being carried over into Ice Cream Sandwich. The text in the pulldown bar (such as your carrier, the date, and the word 'Notifications') are similarly colored.

Text on your actual notifications is a bright white, which stands out nicely compared to the darkness of the pulldown and makes everything easy to read. Instead of a 'Clear' button, there's just a blue X, but its purpose is obvious. It also looks much sleeker than the button of Android's yesteryear.

The dialer is sporting Roboto Light (or something close to it) and looks all the better for it. The numbers are in blue and the letters are in grey, but it all comes together nicely.

Check boxes inside menus have also been rendered blue, with a subtle glow to them. (No, it doesn't pulse.) Anything highlighted is the same blue, and the force field that appears when a list hits the top of bottom of the screen is colored the same, too.

For anyone else who can't wait for Ice Cream Sandwich to officially drop (and has a rooted phone running CM7), I'd pick this theme up, posthaste. It's clean, works like a charm, and best of all, it's free. Plus, if you use LauncherPro Plus, there's an additional app you can download that themes your widgets to look all Ice Cream Sandwichy, too.

We've got a few pictures and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note European carriers and release dates

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Samsung recently gave more details on the availability of the Galaxy Note across Europe. The device launched over the weekend in Germany, and will roll out across the UK and mainland Europe between now and Nov. 25 on a variety of carriers.

Here's your country-by-country breakdown:

  • Germany (out now) - Vodafone, DT, O2
  • Netherlands (Nov. 1) - KPN, Vodafone
  • Belgium (Nov. 1) - KPN, Vodafone
  • United Kingdom (Nov. 2) - Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U, O2
  • France (Nov. 2) - SFR, TPH
  • Poland (Nov. 4) - Plus, Mediamarkt
  • Hungary (Nov. 4) - Panon
  • Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia (Nov. 5) - Swisscom, MOT, Three, Mobitel, SIM-free
  • Spain (Nov. 7) - Telefonica, Vodafone, Orange
  • Italy (Nov. 10) - Vodafone, Three, TIM
  • Portugal (Nov. 10) - Fnac, Worten, TPH, TMN
  • Greece (Nov. 11) - Cosmote, Vodafone, Wind, SIM-free
  • Romania, Bulgaria (Nov. 14) - Vodafone, M-Tel, Globul, Vivacom, SIM-free
  • Lithuania (Nov. 14) - Omnitel, LMT, EMT
  • Finland, Denmark, Sweden (Nov. 22) - Telia, Telenor, TPH, Elkjop, DNA
  • Croatia, Serbia (Nov. 23) - Telenor, VIP, TOP
  • Czec Republic (Nov. 25) - XSK, VDF, XEZ, ORS

Check out our hands-on feature for more Galaxy Note-based goodness.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q to be available Nov. 2

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Having been previously announced as arriving 'in time for the holidays', T-Mobile has now given more firm dates for the T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q availablity. Planned roll-out will start happening on the T-Mobile website come Nov. 2, with Nationwide availability happening on November 9th,  No matter which device you pick, each will cost $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying classic voice and data plan. Shared specs include Android 2.3, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5MP camera with 720p video.

Source: T-Mobile Facebook

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