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2 years ago

Android 101: Favoriting (and un-favoriting) contacts

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2 years ago

Netflix now available for all devices running Android 2.2 and 2.3

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Back in May Netflix, finally launched its long-waited Android app, initially only for a few devices. That list grew over time and eventually supported a large number of phones. The .apk was quickly discovered, however, and owners of devices, both phone and tablet, who hadn't received official support yet could install the app just fine. That's no longer necessary (and it's about time), at least for most phones, as Netflix has updated the app to support all devices running 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread). 

Tablet owners still looking for official support will have to wait a bit longer, but this is great for everyone with a smaller device.

So for all you phone owners out there who have Froyo or Gingerbread, hit the link after the break for the official Netflix app.

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2 years ago

Safely unroot your Droid Bionic with Pete's Motorola Root Tools

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Read our Droid Bionic Review

For many of us, half the fun of getting a new Android phone is digging in and trying to break it make it our own.  The Droid Bionic is no exception of course, and folks are having a blast getting methods all sorted to root and customize the Bionic, unlocking it's full potential.  I love it when new phones come out, this is the kind of stuff an Android geek lives for.

But the other side of the coin is that we often need a way to get things back to normal, whether it be because we changed our minds or might need a little hardware warranty work done.  We're not going to get into the moral argument of what your responsibilities are once you decide to root (we have forums for that), I just wanted to let you guys know that the latest version of Pete's Motorola Root Tools allow you to fully unroot your Droid Bionic -- as in no leftover bits left behind.  I asked the man himself, and sure enough, his tool gets in the system and removes all binaries, returning your phone to a fully unrooted state.

This is important.  Some previous methods to unroot phones left the su binary behind and only removed the visual traces of being rooted -- leaving your phone a bit unsecure.  Pete has you covered here, though.  The same tool you use to root your Bionic will unroot it, and do it the right way.  Remember, it won't restore bloatware that you've removed or restore settings you may have changed, you'll have to sort all that out beforehand.  Until we can dig up a factory .sbf file for the Bionic, this is the best solution.  Just use it wisely, and be sure to thank Pete if it saves your bacon.  Grab the latest version of the tool and read the particulars at the source link. 

Source: Pete's Motorola Root Tools

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Y headed to Vodafone UK

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Vodafone UK has updated its "coming soon" page with details of the Samsung Galaxy Y, a new budget device that was unveiled as part of Sammy's shake-up of its Android device line-up a few weeks ago. The Galaxy Y seems to be an updated version of the Galaxy Mini, which we reviewed earlier in the year. Packed into its tiny 3-inch chassis is an 823MHz CPU, which runs Android 2.3 and TouchWiz 4.0. Unfortunately the Galaxy Y's screen hasn't received much of an upgrade from the Galaxy Mini -- according to the official spec list, it still runs at an eye-punishing QVGA (240x320) resolution

No word on pricing or availability yet, but you can probably expect this one to be free on most contracts, and reasonably cheap on its own.

Source: Vodafone UK

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2 years ago

Files to unbrick your Droid 3 are now available; grab them while you can

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If you've picked up a Motorola Droid 3, and love to tinker with things, listen up -- files have surfaced that will allow you to restore your D3 to a "factory-like" state and, more important, recover a unit that won't boot up.  We have to be clear here -- this is not a standard stock .sbf file.  If you use these files, you will no longer be on Motorola's upgrade path.  This is for emergency use (or for hackers to fiddle with) only.

Now don't get scared off.  While nobody is 100 percent sure, it looks like this is a copy of the software that Droid 3 soak testers were using, and it was pulled back for some reason or another by Verizon and Motorola.  They aren't some files cooked in a random hackers basement, they are signed by Verizon with production keys.  The only known drawback to using them is that you'll not be likely to get a future OTA update because you're running the wrong version -- which beats the heck out of a bricked phone you can't use. 

Like all things Motorola, they might not be valid links forever.  If you love your Droid 3 enough to dig inside and try to break it, go grab them and squirrel them away for a rainy day.  Visit the source link and read all the details, and if the day comes when you need them, you're covered.

Source: XDA-Developers; Thanks, Stevie B!

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2 years ago

HTC Sensation Accessories Roundup

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The best accessories for your HTC Sensation

Upon getting your HTC Sensation you might wonder what additional accessories may be beneficial for you and your device. What style case? Replacement or extended battery? Car charger or wall charger?  These are all pretty common questions, and we're here to help you make those decisions on accessories for the HTC Sensation a breeze.

Before we begin, let's look at the top four best selling HTC Sensation accessories:

Check past the break for our full roundup on the hottest HTC Sensation accessories.

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2 years ago

TouchPad Android port project fizzles, but not quite dead

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Let's hope the recent upheaval in the TouchDroid realm -- that's the endeavor to get Android properly ported onto the nearly extinct HP TouchPad -- doesn't completely derail the project, but things have looked better, folks. There's been some back and forth about code, and some milk spilled, apparently. But there's also the video you see above, which walks you through booting a very alpha build of Android on the TouchPad.

Again: Very alpha. As in, 99 percent of you (and us) have no business trying this, even if you happen to have a TouchPad. In fact, if you manage to sit through this entire video, you're better men and women than we are. This is low-level stuff, and we're perfectly happy kibitzing this one. More deets are at the links below, and let's hope things get started again eventually.

Source: TouchDroid 1, 2

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2 years ago

Android App Review: HD Widgets

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It seems us Android folk can't live without our widgets. Be it Beautiful, Android Pro, or any other that doesn't come to mind, they're one of the more aesthetically pleasing and practical parts to being on Google's team. For those who're always looking for the best clock and weather combo on a tablet (a title usually defaulted to Beautiful Widgets), say hello to the newest kid on the block, HD Widgets.

HD Widgets is a tablet-only app that looks to bring some of the visual beauty and slickness most people are accustomed to from Beautiful Widgets. Everything is optimized for the tablet's larger screen, and the results really speak for themselves.

HD Widgets comes with a large selection of sizes to choose from, ranging from full screen to header, half-page, and even weather by itself. Some options also have a "small" choice, as well, which usually means the clock isn't taller than the rest of the widget.

There's also a pretty good selection of clocks to choose from, although the extent is mostly what color and what kind of frame. There's a couple of options as far as font, but if you're not interested in either a traditional digital clock font of a Sense clock, you might be wise to look elsewhere. You can also opt for shortcuts instead of the weather, which includes airplane mode, wi-fi, Bluetooth, screen rotation, and brightness. To top it off, you also get to pick the background.

Once you've got your widget customized and placed, you needn't worry about anything else. It'll automatically determine your location (in my case, via wi-fi), and you're good to go. If you're curious about the weather, you can tap the weather icon, and similar to Beautiful Widgets, a full screen weather detail is brought up.

This is where HD Widgets really shines, as it can fully take advantage of the tablet's large screen. Large weather icons are bright and gorgeous, and you're shown really detailed information like sunrise and sunset as well as wind direction and pressure. Your weekly forecast is there, too, with icons and temperatures, just like you'd expect. It's good looking, plain and simple.

The only downside of HD Widgets as of now is that you can't download user-made clocks or weather icons, but honestly, with how slick the built-in icons are, I'm not sure you need to. And even then, that's my only complaint. Fortunately, the developers have their emails public and are taking feature requests and ideas, so I know what I'm going to say.

HD Widgets is only $1.99 for now (an introductory price of ~40% off), so if you're rocking a tablet and looking for some absolutely stunning widgets, I'd hope on this sooner rather than later. It's an excellent app that looks like it's only got room to grow, and two bucks isn't bad at all.

We've got download links and more pictures (like way more) after the break.

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2 years ago

Rumored LTE phone hits the FCC with LTE (hint: It's the HTC Vigor)

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Sometimes the FCC gives you juicy nuggets, and other times it just confirms what you already know. This is the latter, with the HTC PH98100 -- otherwise known as the HTC Vigor, which is headed to Verizon in all likelihood -- getting its testing on for the feds. Not much else to glean here, other than an LTE radio is confirmed, but have at it.

Source: FCC

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2 years ago

Sprint announces Fantasy Football Fanatic Sprint ID pack

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Sprint has announced a brand new Sprint ID pack aimed at fantasy football lovers. The Fantasy Football Fanatic pack will give you essential apps that will help get you through the season. The pack contains news apps, fantasy apps, podcast apps and even the popular Facebook alternative FriendCaster so you can smack talk with your friends.

Apps included in the pack are:

The app is free and can be accessed from Sprint now. If this list doesn't completely satisfy you, check out our Essential Apps for the 2011 Football Season.

Source: Sprint; Fantasy Football Fanatics Sprint ID

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