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2 years ago

Welcome to the newly redesigned Android Central!

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What's all this, then?

Oh, hello Android lover - welcome to the all-new Android Central! We've been spending the past few months giving your favorite site for Android forums, reviews, news, and information a whole new look and bringing new functionality to every page you visit.

Of course, any big redesign can bring bugs, so please go on and tell us both the good and the bad in this forum thread (and, yeah, please clear your browser cache if things look really bad). We'd love to take you on a quick tour, so join us, won't you?

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2 years ago

Android app captures hit-and-run on camera

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We have seen Android devices save people's lives. Now it's catching crooks. Imagine just driving down the road minding your business, and someone miscalculates their lane change, and next thing you know they hit you and then speed off. Well just that happened to a driver in Knoxville, Tenn., but lucky for him he was using the Android application DailyRoads Voyager, which happens to capture video of the whole drive after the application is launched. While this doesn't change the fact that he got hit, it sure helps to identify exactly what happened, and in some cases could provide crucial evidence.

If you haven't already installed this application on your device, be sure to head to the market and download your copy today. Video of the hit-and-run and and download links for the app are after the break.

Source: WBIR / Thanks, Tim!

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2 years ago

LG Optimus Black unbooking (unboxing)

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Ah, the unboxing. All that pomp and circumstance to tell you that inside most smartphone boxes you'll find a charger, USB cable, manual, some leagalese, maybe a SD card adapter, some earbuds if you're really lucky -- standard fare. Yawn.

LG's included all that in the Optimus Black package it sent us. We've got a charger. We've got a manual. We've got a microSD card adapter. We've even got earbuds. But, darn it, LG did it with style, including a beautifully drawn book with several dozen pages detailing some of the finer points of the Black (as we're going to call it).

It's an unboxing (or is it unbooking?) to behold. Check it all out in still life -- like, 50-something pictures -- after the break.

More: LG Optimus Black initial review

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2 years ago

CyanogenMod 7.0.3 now available

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Popular custom ROM CyanogenMod has been updated to version 7.0.3, bringing minor bug fixes along with an "important security fix". The new version is available now through ROM Manager, as well as the official CyanogenMod website.

CyanogenMod 7.0.3 is still based on Android 2.3.3, so user are advised against trying to upgrade to this version if they're running any of the recent 2.3.4-based nightly builds. The CM team is now hard at work on version 7.1, and lead developer Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) has tweeted that he expects release candidates to appear in the next couple of weeks.

Source: CyanogenMod, @cyanogen

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2 years ago

Kyocera Echo review

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If there ever was a phone you shouldn't buy without doing your homework, the Kyocera Echo is it.  It brings something new and different, but that doesn't always mean something new, different and good.  There's a lot of general disdain out there for the poor Echo, and it's understandable, because without trying it out it's hard to visualize just how it will fit -- or not fit -- into your lifestyle. 

The fine folks at Sprint sent us one to use and abuse, so I spent a week or so carrying it around to see exactly what I think of it.  Now it's time to put those thoughts into words, in the hopes it helps you see if the Echo just may be the phone you're looking for.  Move on past the break and have a read.

Kyocera Echo SpecsKyocera Echo Forums

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2 years ago

T-Mobile G2X Gingerbread leak teased, leaked again, ready for flashing

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Seen the video of the Gingerbread leak for the T-Mobile G2X teased by former Engadget Mobile editor (and current This is My Next-er) Chris Ziegler? That's as close as you've been able to get to it -- just a video. Until now.

The leaked Android 2.3.3 ROM has been leaked yet again and packaged into a handy update.zip file for those of you who have unshackled your G2X from the bonds of official update-dom. Bugfixes, the tweaked UI, and all the usual Gingerbread goodness we've come to know and love on other devices are all there.

So get your download on at the source leak, and there's a quick hands-on with the leak after the break.

Download: MoDaCo; Source: This is My Next

T-Mobile G2X SpecsT-Mobile G2X ForumsT-Mobile G2X Accessories

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2 years ago

Is your ThunderBolt kickstand peeling?

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Not the sort of thing you want to see on a phone that's not even a couple months old, but it looks like the HTC ThunderBolt's kickstand has a little protective coating that's not going to stand up to the test of time. No, it's not a plastic film that we forgot to take off (though some phones are ridiculously covered in that stuff); it's just some sort of thin coating that's starting to come off. (You can can see it on the end of our kickstand above, as well as where it meets the phone.)

End of the world? Not hardly. But for as much money as we all spend on these phones, we could do without the cosmetic defects.

Source: Thunderbolt Forums

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2 years ago

LG Optimus Pad 3G coming to Rogers

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A 3G verison of the LG optimus Pad (see our hands-on) is destined for Rogers according to an insider with early access to some of the Canadian carrier's sales literature.  For all you kids keeping score at home, the Optimus Pad is the international version of the LG G-Slate, which features the same Tegra 2 CPU and gigabyte of RAM we're used to seeing in premium Android tablets by now, and wraps it all up in a 8.9 inch (that's 22.6 cm, 'eh?) form factor with a twist -- two HD cameras on the rear of the unit allow for 3D video capture.

Of course there's no word on pricing or a release date, but at least we know it's coming -- and knowing is half the battle. 

Thanks Anon!

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2 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G video interview

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Samsung and AT&T threw an announcement party last night in New York City for the Samsung Infuse 4G. The two mobile companies invited us out on Cinco de Mayo to enjoy some Mexican drinks and spicy foods. Oh yeah, there was guacamole there, too -- and lots of it. But along with fancy food and drinks, Samsung and AT&T officially announced the Samsung Infuse 4G. The big screened device will be available on May 15 for $199 on a new two year contract.

I got the chance to spend a few minutes with Kim Titus, Samsung's Director of Public Relations. Watch the video above to hear all about the Samsung Infuse 4G and some fun Cinco de Mayo facts.

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2 years ago

Judge throws out 129 of Oracle's claims against Google, leaves 3

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Not to make light of the United States' broken legal system, but it's hard for me to take all these lawsuits over ideas very seriously.  Apparently, the Hon. Willam Alsup agrees, and he has thrown out 129 of Oracle's claims against Google in the pending lawsuit, cutting down the number to three.  The 129 dismissed claims also can't be refiled in Judge Alsup's court, or any other.  From Judge Alsup's order:

Currently, there are 132 claims from seven patents asserted in this action, and there are hundreds of prior art references in play for invalidity defenses. This is too much. The following schedule will ensure that only a triable number of these items — three claims and eight prior art references — are placed before the jury in October, all others to be forsaken. Oracle will surrender all of its present infringement claims against Google based on the 129 asserted claims that will not be tried. Oracle may not renew those infringement claims in a subsequent action except as to new products.

I'm no lawyer, but it sounds to me like the news of Android's certain demise at the hands of Oracle's lawyers was a bit premature.  (I still think Tim Bray says it best (NSFW)) We have no idea how the three claims that are left will be decided, but I am confident that the judge presiding over the case wants justice, and isn't pandering to the big corporations on either side.  And that's all any of us should ask for.  All you legal eagles can read more, including the full text of the order, at the source link.

Source: GroklawThanks, Darrin!

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