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4 years ago

Droid X software update arrives; also, some reports of screen problems

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Motorola Droid X

First the good: The 1.13.604 software update for the Motorola Droid X finally started downloading last night, which means we can finally stop running this picture. Check out the official update thread in our forums.

Now, the not as good: There are a few reports (AC Forums, Engadget, Motorola, DroidForums, et al) of Droid X screens going wonky. Some report that a reset cleared things up, which doesn't really point to a hardware problem, does it? Others are flat-out returning the phone. There's always going to be some rate of failure. Welcome to the tech world. It's hard to tell just yet how widespread any problem may be (though it does not appear to have anything to do with the update). Sound off if you've had an issue.

And we'd been hoping to avoid this, but apparently some of you are a little confused as to how to remove the Droid X's battery. We've got you covered after the break.

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4 years ago

Vodafone Nexus One getting its official Froyo update over the next week

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Google Nexus One

Those of you in the U.K. looking longingly at us here in the U.S. with our fancy Froyo-laden Nexus Ones may soon have something to boast about as well. An e-mail from Vodafone confirms that "the roll out will be phased and will be available to all Vodafone customers who have purchased the handset from us."

A couple of things have been tweaked, as well:

  • The Amazon MP3 store and Google Goggles have been stripped from the ROM but are available in the Android Market.
  • Vodafone notes that security on the wireless hotspot app is set to "open" by default.

So, that's two phones that officially have Froyo. Who's next? (Check out the full text of Vodafone's communique after the break. Thanks, D!

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4 years ago

MyVerizon app receives an update, brings data counter widget with it

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The aptly-named MyVerizon application for Android always has been a pretty helpful way to keep an eye on your Verizion account. Whether checking data usage, monitoring text messages or keeping track of how many minutes had been used this billing cycle, the information has always been presented very easily. The application has been updated, giving it a UI overhaul along with bringing a data counter widget. Sure, we may have unlimited data for now, but who knows when they may follow suit of AT&T and roll out some new data options. Thanks 0mie.

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4 years ago

First Ari, now 'Entourage's' Johnny Drama spotted using a Nexus One!

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Johnny Drama and the Nexus One

The season premier of Entourage showed us the lovable Ari Gold using a Nexus One. It turns out that he's not the only one of the group who has decided to use Google's (soon-to-be-retired) phone. Johnny Drama was spotted using the device in the third episode this past weekend.

The screenshot above is from the episode and a Nexus One can clearly be seen. It's exciting to see high-end Android devices making their way onto TV shows and movies. I'm sure its only a matter of time before we see Droid Xs and Evos on the silver screen.

Keep your eye out for more Androids on TV and if you see one, let us know! (Thanks, GonzoGuy24!)

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4 years ago

Verizon all but confirms Droid Incredible's getting Froyo soon

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Verizon tech reps on Twitter all but confirmed a BGR source who leaked an e-mail sent out by HTC. The e-mail gave details on when Droid Incredible owners could expect their 2.2 ("Froyo") update (late July/early August), plus all the goodies that were rumored to have been sent out as an OTA update this past weekend. Here's Big Red's Tweet in question, referencing the BGR post:

"Told ya :) RT @BGR HTC DROID Incredible to be updated to 
Froyo end of July, early August http://goo.gl/fb/dSyGv"

HTC and Verizon seem to have decided to roll the 720p video and Froyo updates into one big ball of love to DI owners, which is fine by me. The features include: Froyo (duh), 802.11n Wifi, Verizon's 3G Wifi hotspot, 720p video recording, Amazon's MP3 store (Finally!) and a number of other app and widget goodies. Read past the break for a bit more analysis. [@VZWTechSupport and BGR]

Update: The folks behind the Twitter account have explained who they are in another tweet. "Officially unofficial. We are official technical reps but are not endorsed directly by corporate. Which may be a good thing? :)"

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4 years ago

LauncherPro+ announced at introductory fee along with great enhancements

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LauncherPro beta has come out of the beta stages and has entered the world of paid applications. Born from the testing is LauncherPro+, which is being offered for an introductory price of $3. C'mon folks, its $3, just skip your cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee tomorrow -- your scrollable widgets will thank you. Yes, you read that correctly, one of the big features they have implemented into this launcher that has yet to be seen outside the real of HTC Sense is scrollable widgets. Currently there is only a contact widget, which is pretty dang sweet, but they are still working on more scrolling widgets to bring to the table. Currently you won't find the paid version of this application in the market because the developer lives in an area that is not yet supported (let's go, Google!) but head over to their site and you can PayPal the funds to get your hands on the application now. [Launcher Pro]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant hands-on

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T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant

The T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant was the first of the Galaxy S line of Android smartphones to be released in the United States, and it's quickly becoming one of our favorites of the year. Its 4-inch screen is just about the perfect size. Not too large, and far from small. It sports a rounded design (as opposed to its more gangly cousin, the AT&T Captivate), and so it's easy to hold. It has the newfangled Super AMOLED touchscreen, which in addition to having some pretty darn good colors, is also pretty visible outdoors and might or might not produce a small puppy on command.

After the break, we take a walk around the block with the T-Mobile Vibrant, do a few side-by-sides with some of the other hot Android smartphones available today, and basically have ourselves a nice little lovefest. Let's go!

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4 years ago

Goby makes its way to Android

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Goby, a popular iPhone and iPod Touch application, has released an Android version of its  application. For those who are unfamiliar with Goby and what it has to offer, it is basically a location based search engine that gives users ideas of things to do to fill their spare time. Currently they have more then four million geo-tagged locations that are easily searchable, so the odds of finding something that interests you is pretty high. The application offers users some great features in their initial release, including but not limited to:

  • Coverage of 350 categories of things to do, from hiking and caving to restaurants and galleries
  • Coverage of every city, town and region in the United States
  • User geo-location at start
  • Result lists complete with photos
  • Maps and phone numbers to connect users to activities and places
  • Ability to share things to do through Twitter, Facebook and email

Be sure to give it a shot and give us a shout in the forums if you are able to cure some weekend boredom. Download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Blurrycam pics emerge of a Motorola portrait slider on Verizon

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Well, what do we have here? It seems like Motorola wants to keep pushing hard on the mid-range Android market with this portrait slider, which looks like it will get Verizon's "Droid" branding (or at least the red eye). This could point to some serious hardware, as Verizon has only given it's high-end Android devices the Droid name, while leaving the mid-range phones to fend for themselves (see: Moto Devour, LG Ally). 

The device remains unnamed and unannounced, and has a form factor similar to the Palm Pre. It also looks like it will come with a full QWERTY keyboard, which should provide physical keyboard fans with an alternative to the Droid 2 or Sprint's Epic 4G. It would be no surprise if Moto was gunning for Verizon's legions of BlackBerry users who might be looking for a change from their Bold or Curve.

Check a short and very blurry walkthrough of the device after the break. [via Android and Me]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile pulls Samsung Behold 2 update, no ETA on it's return

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Samsung Behold 2

T-Mobile has pulled the Android 1.6 OTA update for the Samsung Behold II over signal issues, and offers up no word on when to expect it to return.  In case you don't remember or aren't familiar with the whole Behold 2 update debacle, have a look here to read about the whole mess. Hint -- there's even crazy lawsuit talk (of course there is). 

Let's be clear here -- there's no sense in continuing to roll out an OTA update that makes things worse.  We certainly don't like waiting for our Android software updates, but I think we would like new signal issues even less.  Let's all back off for just a bit and give T-Mobile some room to breathe and update us all accordingly.  [T-Mobile support forums via TmoNews]

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 6 nightly build for HTC Evo available for download

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CyanogenMod 6 nightly build

It's far from a final version, but those of you waiting for the CyanogenMod team to release some delicious Froyo for your HTC Evo, it's your lucky day.  The first of the nightly builds (think of them as the beta version of the beta version) is available for download.  Of course we all dove right in and I'll have to say, it's very nice.  If you're fully rooted and ready to try, you can get your very own copy right HERE.  Since CyanogenMod is a 100 percent open source project, you'll have to download the Google applications separately, and it just so happens that the ones right HERE work perfectly.  Thanks everyone on Twitter who sent this in, and a special shout out to the developers!

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4 years ago

Multimedia test: Super AMOLED vs. AMOLED vs. LCD

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 Android screen test

We've had a ton of touchscreen technology thrown at us in the past year -- hell, in the past several months. We've gone from LCD (liquid crystal display) to OLED (organic light-emitting diode) to AMOLED (active matrix OLED) to the brand-new Super AMOLED, which we saw debuted at Mobile World Congress in February.

Each has its merits. OLED and AMOLED have been notoriously not great outdoors, as well as hard to come by of late, leading to handset shortages. LCD is tried and true and more readily available, but can it stand up to the new Super AMOLED, which promises even better battery life and less reflectivity outdoors?

After the break, we perform an unscientific test: Find the best light show this side of Pink Floyd, plop it on the Evo 4G, Nexus One, Droid X and Samsung Captivate, and see what we can see.

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4 years ago

Motorola i1 officially coming to Sprint on July 25 for $150

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Motorola i1

Sprint announced this morning that it will make available the Motorola i1 -- the first Android push-to-talk device -- starting July 25 for $149.99 after contract and rebate. It initially will be sold through direct shipping, business sales and telesales, and will hit all remaining Sprint sales channels starting Aug. 8.

The Motorola i1 (see our hands-on) is a fairly basic Android device, sporting a 3.1-inch touchscreen, 5MP camera, the Swype keyboard, and a host of business applications.

Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Charm eyes release in August

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Motorola Charm

The Motorola Charm's release on T-Mobile appears to be aimed at Aug. 25, according to a doc scored by TmoNews. Though there never has been an officially announced release date, it had been speculated that it would arrive earlier.

In addition, it appears that the phone will launch in two separate colors, Cabernet and Golden-Bronze. While the specs for the Charm do not match up to the Vibrant, it's an intriguing phone because its style is remarkably close to RIM's BlackBerry. BlackBerry users who have been hesitant to switch to Android may find the Charm an easy transition. [TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Rumor: HTC Desire HD specs leaked, heading to UK and Europe

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HTC Desire

Take this with a BIG grain of salt, but it seems details of the HTC Desire HD have leaked onto the interwebs. The phone, which may have previously gone by the codename "HTC Ace," comes packing 4.3-inch WVGA screen, along with a 1GHz Snapdragon and 8MP camera that can take 720p video. In addition, it would come with 4GB on onboard memory and Android 2.2 ("Froyo"). No confirmation on what type of screen it would have, but safe money would say a SLCD as HTC appears to have learned its lesson with AMOLED on the Incredible.

Of particular interest is the "UniBody Aluminium Design," which means the phone could be a mashup of the HTC Desire and the HTC Legend. Again, this is all rumor and speculation from something that looks very linkbait-ish, but we will keep our eyes peeled for more information as the supposed October launch date nears.

Note: The picture is a HTC Desire, no pictures were leaked of the Desire HD [SuperETrader via Engadget]

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