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4 years ago

First 'official' Droid 2 pictures decoded

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Droid2

We (and you) have been anxiously been awaiting the official Droid 2 announcement with a little more information about when we may actually see this device. Unfortunately, we don't have a date or anything just yet, but a lucky reader appears to have deciphered some code that was on the Droid Does site, revealing the sequel inside a Flash file. Sure, we may have seen it a time or two or even three, but this appears to be the first official style image we have seen for the device. So, Verizon, what gives? How about an official announcement for all us eagerly waiting? [via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Droid Eris MR4 OTA rolling out -- manual install link available, too

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Droid Eris OTA manual install link found

Good news Eris owners -- your OTA update has begun to roll out, and it's been confirmed that it fixes the 'Silent Call' issue.  It may take a week or more for all customers to get the MR4 update, but for those who just can't be bothered to wait the OTA link has been found.  You can get the file (direct from Google) right HERE, and install it via your Eris' recovery menu.  As always, if you're rooted or running a custom ROM, sit tight and wait for your ROM developer to get the update merged in.  [Verizon Community forum] Thanks xstrider!

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4 years ago

The week in Android news

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Android_News

Another week has passed us by, and did you really think it would be anything but filled with Android news? Seems like almost every day we are catching word of a new up and coming Android device, a new application that will simplify our everyday tasks, or something new in the development community. Since a lot has happened this week let's take a minute to recap it all.

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4 years ago

Verizon gearing up for LTE rollout -- its computer system says so

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Verizon LTE

Sure, this 3G thing's been fun and all. But it's getting to be about time for some honest-to-goodness LTE data to give Sprint's Wimax (and arguably T-Mobile's pseudo-4G) a run for its money. And if the screen shots we received today are any indication, Verizon's well on its way to finally launching its LTE service. Engadget got separate confirmation (as well as some nifty 4G fact sheets), and hopefully this all means we'll have some Verizon LTE sooner rather than later. One more shot after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC responds to 'Antennagate' with numbers - very (important) tiny numbers

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HTC Droid Eris

While HTC didn't quite come out swinging like RIM did after Apple's Friday press conference, spokesman Eric Lin wasn't afraid to let Pocket-Lint in on some hard numbers of their own.  If you recall, Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs remarked that only 0.55 percent of users have called in to complain about signal issues with the new iPhone 4.  He also proceeded to show some pretty pictures of other cell phones signal bar display while being held 'the wrong way' -- including our own Droid Eris.  Now, 0.55 percent is an awfully low number, but it looks huge when compared to the numbers Mr. Lin gives us -- "Approximately .016% of customers."  I'm no math wizard, but that's less.  A lot less. About 35 times less. ( I asked a math wizard.)

This begs us to address the point of Friday's spectacle press conference. Luckily, our pal Rene over at TiPb went through the trouble of rounding up a slew of SPE writer and editor's take on the whole thing, which turns out is a really good read.  Do yourself a favor and check it out. 

Comments are open, feel free to discuss percentages versus sales, your experiences with the Eris' signal, and what you think of the way our poor lil' Eris got dragged through the mud.  Just try to keep the flames to a minimum please :) [Pocket-lint]

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4 years ago

AT&T Captivate available today

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AT&T Samsung Captivate

Today's the day for the AT&T Captivate, the second of the Samsung Galaxy S phones to be released in the United States. (See the T-Mobile Vibrant for the first.) The Captivate will cost you $199.99 after contract (no rebate mess, huzzah!), and you can pick it up for $500 off-contract.

Yes, that's $150 more than some lucky dogs got it for in the days leading up to the release. (Did anybody really think $350 was the correct off-contract price?) Don't know what to tell you about that except that they got a great deal, and kicking and screaming won't really help now, will it?

Anyhoo, if you pick up a Captivate, be sure to spend a little time in our Captivate forums and share what you learn. [AT&T]

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4 years ago

Droid X update promises a bevy of minor fixes

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Android Central Droid X Forums

Now that everybody's had a couple of days with their Droid X, it's time to start picking nits. And one such nit being picked in our Droid X forums is a perceived problem perpetuating a proper WiFi signal. Another involves syncing with Microsoft Exchange servers.

The good news is that it looks like an update is on the way. It appears most of you haven't gotten that OTA update to firmware 1.13.604 that we got last week, so our pre-release units might have been testing that out for Moto. Android Central Forums user g1to3vo678 (might wanna change that handle, pal) points out that there's some documentation for the 604 update (pdf), and Droid Life says it could be pushed out on July 19 (though we know of a whole lot of people still waiting on that rumored July 13 Froyo update for the original Droid, so take that unsourced rumor how you will). The doc states that you'll be getting:

  • Improved battery charging status indicator.
  • Smoother transition for camera and camcorder functions.
  • Redesign of weather widget icons.
  • Faster Exchange ActiveSync® email loading.
  • Streamlined organization of newly downloaded applications.
  • Organized favorite contacts by call count.
  • Updated Bluetooth® connection for enhanced video sharing experience.
  • Coordinated date and time across phone displays.
  • Cleaner looking status bar for GPS symbol.
  • Improved sync capabilities for 3G Mobile Hotspot.
  • Faster Visual Voice Mail loading.

Sounds good to us. Alls I can say is I've had nary a problem with my Wifi signal. Can't speak to Exchange. [Motorola]

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4 years ago

Android 101: How to change keyboards

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How to change Android keyboards

Looking to change Android keyboards? Maybe you want to try Swype, or the new Swiftkey, or any one of the other great keyboards available on our fair smartphone operating system. (And a lot of new phones, like the AT&T Captivate and Droid X seen above, come with more than one keyboard installed.) After the break, we'll walk you through downloading, installing and switching to a new keyboard and, just maybe, a new way of life. (OK, probably not.)

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible's 720p video update slowly begins its rollout (probably)

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And there was much rejoicing

Droid Incredible owners everywhere should be stoked to learn that an oft-rumored over-the-air update has finally started being pushed to phones by HTC and Verizon, albeit in a trickle thus far. The update contains a bunch of new features, but the big ones are 720p video recording, Verizon's Wifi hotspot (same as what is in the Palm Pre Plus and Droid X), a new boot animation, and Amazon's MP3 store app. HTC has been good enough to throw in a couple new widgets as well.

It does look like Verizon is starting the rollout slowly, which is standard practice these days (remember that anytime you hear someone throw out a hard date for an update release). That's in part to lessen server loads and also to keep an eye on things and make sure the update's going OK (and perhaps to avoid similar issues to what happened with the Evo 4G awhile back). Users can try to get theirs a bit earlier by going into "About Phone" in the Settings and clicking "System Updates," or wait until the download location leaks out and upgrade manually.

Once my "DInc" gets blessed by Verizon, I will be sure to post some new screenshots. Until then, why not head over to discuss all things Incredible in the Android Central Forums? Happy updating! [Android Forums via Droid-Life]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for your new Droid X and Galaxy S

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ApplicationPicks

With the release of the Motorola Droid X and Samsung Vibrant today, we know there will be a lot of new owners looking for some suggestions of what to download. With a market that contains nearly 100,000 applications, the hunt can be overwhelming, especially for a new owner. Well, we know, you want the applications, so let's take a look at some after the jump.

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4 years ago

New Droid X video reveals secret code, can you crack the meaning?

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Droid X code

The Droid X has seen a lot of hype and today a new promo video has surfaced along with some sort of secret code. We are unsure the meaning of the code, but it appears as though some have figured out a location to use the code. Take a look after the jump for the video, and if you figure it out, please share with us, mmmkay? Thanks MrCippy.

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4 years ago

Motorola speaks: The Droid X will not self-destruct in 5 seconds (or if hacked)

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droidX bootloader isn't going to blow up

Motorola has come clean about the eFUSE questions, and we're all relieved to hear the Droid X won't blow up if you try to hack it.  I can imagine that my questions were just a drop in the bucket and Moto had a stack of e-mail that they couldn't ignore.  They reached out to Engadget with the following, saying (among other things):

"The Droid X and a majority of Android consumer devices on the market today have a secured bootloader. In reference specifically to eFuse, the technology is not loaded with the purpose of preventing a consumer device from functioning, but rather ensuring for the user that the device only runs on updated and tested versions of software. If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software, it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed."

The good news is that your shiny new Droid X won't go boom if you try to hack it.  The bad news is that Motorola has placed another layer of security in an attempt to thwart people from customizing or modifying their Android phone.  One that I'm sure has a big old target on it now -- the biggest challenge draws the brightest people :)  I hope Moto's new trick doesn't work, and that they change their ways in the future, but I'm not expecting it.  In the end, all I really wanted was an official statement from Motorola, and they delivered.  Now it's up to us to show them the error of their ways. Check out the source for the full quote. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Palm Graffiti makes its way to Android

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Graffiti

Old-school Palm OS fans (we know a few of you came over from PreCentral.net) will be pleased to know that Access (we won't go into the whole Access-Palm thing) has brought over the popular app Graffiti to Android. [Market linkApp Brain]

Graffiti allows users to use gestures rather than a keyboard (kind of like Swype without letters). To enable this app, like other keyboard replacements, first download from the Market. Then go into Settings, then Language & Keyboard. Select Graffiti, and then hold down any text box to select Input Method. Make sure Graffiti is selected and you're good to go!

This is Graffiti version 1.02, which is the original from Palm OS. Expect to see more functionality in the future. It's nice to see some of the functions that stood out for Palm are being brought over to Android. [PalmInfoCenter]

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4 years ago

If you still want a Nexus One, better grab it fast, as Google gets its last batch

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Google Nexus One

If you're still on the fence about buying a Nexus One, you need to pull the trigger pretty soon. (Get it at Google.com/phone.) Google says it's taken its final shipment of phones from HTC, and that's likely to be it for the phone, since it's closing its web store.

Earlier this year, we announced that we will be closing the Nexus One web store. This week we received our last shipment of Nexus One phones. Once we sell these devices, the Nexus One will no longer be available online from Google. Customer support will still be available for current Nexus One customers. And Nexus One will continue to be sold by partners including Vodafone in Europe, KT in Korea, and possibly others based on local market conditions.

Hate to see a great phone die like that, but them's the breaks. Google says it will still offer the N1 for sale to registered developers. [Google Nexus One blog]

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4 years ago

Steve Jobs calls out HTC Droid Eris during his explanation of 'Antennagate'

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HTC Droid Eris

Apple CEO Steve Jobs led a news conference today to explain what he's now dubbed "Antennagate" -- and he called out a couple of other smartphones to show that the iPhone 4 isn't the only one to drop signal strength when held. On the Android side, Apple chose the HTC Droid Eris, which has since been replaced by the HTC Droid Incredible.

We get it. A whole lot of people have had their eyes opened to the wonderful world of RF engineering, and suddenly we're all amateur EEs and are going to be watching our "bars" -- the little lines that approximate signal strength. Fine. And there's chatter going on that the new Samsung Galaxy S phones have the same sort of "death grip."

Fact is, you're likely to see signal attenuation on any phone. And if you want to stare at your bars all day, be our guest. Where we start to worry is when calls are dropped. And that's always going to be a marriage between hardware design and network capability.

Our suggestion: Everybody relax a tad. This iPhone thing might well be blown out of proportion. Or it might well be bigger than we think. Frankly, we're not going to let it drag us down. While Apple fans have a single phone on which to focus, Android has more phones than we know what to do with. We'll judge call quality the same way we always have -- by using the phone and making calls.

(Oh, and Jobs' crack about nobody wanting to buy that "Hummer" of a Droid X? We think that's been disproven, right?)

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