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4 years ago

Sort your contacts

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Android Contact sort

Froyo only: Want to change the way Android sorts your contacts? Maybe you like last names first. Or what if you want to only see contacts who have phone numbers. It's easy to do. Here's how:

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4 years ago

Trip Advisor launches free Android application

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AndroidTripAdvisor

The summer is a time when many people travel to new places, whether for fun or work, and sometimes you land in a place where you have no idea what there is to do around you. TripAdvisor, a well known source of tons of great information about travel related topics that come in handy while on the go, has just released an Android version of their application to put all their information in your pocket. With over 35 million reviews of various places you are bound to find something exciting to do in the city you don't quite know so well. The application will give you easy access to reviews about hotels, restaurants as well as various attractions, and if there is no review you can easily add your own while on the go. Using the devices GPS you can find locations that are near you, as well as easily get directions to the location. Got any trips coming up, you will definitely want this free application traveling with you. Download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Droid X root achieved

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Motorola Droid X

Looking to root the Droid X? You can now do so. The lads at AllDroid broke down the biggest phone still standing, and you can now access all the secret chambers of its inner ... Oh, what's root, you ask? Check out our handy Root FAQ here.

This still doesn't quite kill off all the FUD regarding the bootloader. We're talking root access, not custom ROMs just yet. But it's a big step. You'll need to be handy with the command line (and if you can copy and paste, you should be), and read the instructions, because everything on the Droid X will have root access after this. [AllDroid via Android Central Forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Dummy T-Mobile Charm shows its square face

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T-Mobile Motorola Charm

OK, handling so a dummy phone -- basically the shell with none of the fussy radios, microchips or any of the other important thing than turn a piece of plastic into a cell phone -- isn't quite the same thing as actually getting a hands-on. But it's a good way of seeing what the thing looks like in your hand. And the fact that T-Mobile stores apparently are getting dummy versions of the Motorola Charm probably is a good sign that they'll be out sooner rather than later. That said, our tipster confirms an earlier TmoNews rumor that the Charm has been delayed, saying that Motorola's had battery issues with the little square thing. So maybe we're getting closer to launch, or maybe someone wanted to wash their hands of some dummy phones. Time will tell. Thanks, @jeffnucci!

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4 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2.1 leak -- yes, Blur and Eclair now play together

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Motorola Cliq and Eclair

Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you, that's really Android 2.1 (Eclair) + Motoblur running on a Motorola Cliq.  It's not official (of course) but reports are mostly good -- you might have to recreate your Blur account, and it's pretty laggy until everything gets settled in.  You'll have to be rooted and able to install custom ROMs, but a pre-rooted, semi-official leaked build of Blur 2.1 might just be worth it.  You can grab it HERE, and I suggest mirroring it ASAP. [ModMyMobile] Thanks Joe for the link and S for the pic!

Update: Engadget's loaded it up on a Dext. Check out their hands-on video.

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4 years ago

Quick fix for GPS issues on your new Samsung Galaxy S series phone

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Vibrant LbsTestMode

If you just got your hands on a new Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant or Captivate, you may have noticed some GPS issues. Samsung reportedly has as well, and may address this in a coming OTA fix.  In the meantime, it's not hard to fix the problem yourself -- provided you go slow and follow the instructions, which are detailed after the break.  [Xda-Developers via Intomobile]

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4 years ago

Don't void your Droid X warranty: The 'Pull' tag is for the battery

Droid X battery

We mentioned in passing the other day that the innards of the Droid X can be a little confusing, so let's do this up right. There's a little tab that sticks out from underneath the Droid X's battery that says "Pull." Now, if your Droid X came with its battery in place, chances are you'll logically pull the tab to remove the battery. That's what I did, and I didn't think twice.

But we've seen a bit of confusion over this. [Android Central Forums 1, 2, 3]. And as Slashdot user jddj points out, if your Droid X is shipped to you, it likely won't have the battery pre-installed. Next thing you know, you see a little yellow tab that says "Pull" -- as well as "Do not cut," which makes you think you're supposed to remove it by pulling. Do not do this. The pull tab is to help remove the battery. Do not cut it. Do not pull it loose. It's supposed to be there. Jddj writes that calls to Verizon and Motorola ended in a voided warranty over the removal of the FCC info, and nobody wants that.

So -- A handy (albeit somewhat regrettably snarky) instructional video is after the break. Hope this saves a few of you some headaches. [Slashdot]

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4 years ago

Fring receives a minor update -- but Skype remains missing

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Fring updated

Fring received a minor update today, which should address many user reported issues, but it appears the feud with Skype is still going strong.  Some of the updates include:

  • "Significant" audio improvements
  • The echoing is fixed (fixed, fixed)
  • Supports new Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S using the front camera
  • Many more bugs fixes

Seeing support for new devices is great, and we always love to see bug fixes and better quality, but please Fring and Skype, bury the hatchet and work together, video calling is so much more viable when it can be used with a cross-platform desktop program.

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4 years ago

Motorola: Droid X screen issues fixed, didn't affect many phones

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Droid X screen issues

This doesn't really fix things if you're one the few whose Droid X screen was a bit borked, but Verizon has acknowledged the existence of "a very small number of Droid X units that have experienced a flickering or banding display." And that's largely what we've expected, as it's not like forums the Internet over lit up with the screams of a million. Moto told Engadget it's continuing to ship X's, which hopefully will help with that backorder issue -- Verzion now says phones will ship "By Aug. 3." [Engadget, Android Central Forums, Verizon]

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4 years ago

SwiftKey beta sees 100k downloads, most of any app on Android Market last week

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SwiftKey Keyboard

TouchType has announced its SwiftKey keyboard hit the 100,000-download milestone in it's first week of availability on the Android Market, making it the most downloaded app of the past week.  For those of us using it, it comes as no surprise.  I've been a fan of SwiftKey for a while now, ever since the developers (great group of people BTW) shot us a preview for our Keyboard Roundup, and don't know how I'd get by without it!  We also talked about SwiftKey a little last week when we announced that it was coming to the Market, and from the comments it sounds like many of you guys were trying it out, give a yell in the comments and let us know how it's working for you.  We've got the full press release after the jump, where you can get the details and see what the buzz around the web has to say about SwiftKey.

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4 years ago

Android 2.1 and up now on 58 percent of devices

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Android Versions

Better late than never, the latest Android version numbers (ending July 15) show the number of phones with Eclair (Android 2.1) and Froyo (Android 2.2) now at 58.8 percent, up from 54.9 percent for the previous two weeks. Phones running Cupcake (Android 1.5) fell from 21.3 to 18.9 percent, and Donut phones (Android 1.6) are down a little more than one percentage point to 22.1 percent. March on, folks. [Android Developers Blog]

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

Live Prints live wallpaper makes tracks with your Android phone

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Live Prints live wallpaper from Android Central fan Leonardo 

Avid reader and AndroidCentral fan Leonardo has made one of the coolest live wallpapers I've seen so far. Live Prints gives you the choice between a coyote wandering aimlessly, bloody handprints staining your home screens, footsteps searching on a map, or any combination thereof. My favorite is the Magic Map setting, and you can see it in my screen grab above. The prints do things like follow your finger taps or any icons that you move. You can adjust the standard things such as the speed of the prints and how long they persist on the screen. At €0.79 (about $1.02 U.S.), it's a great unique live wallpaper for your favorite Android phone. Check the video after the break.

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4 years ago

Google Nexus One no longer for sale

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Google Nexus One

Poof. It's gone. Shortly after Google tells the L.A. Times that the Nexus One will be sold out by the end of the month, the phone no longer is for sale at Google.com/phone. Fare thee well, N1. You shall be missed. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Home screen tweaks on the Galaxy S

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Galaxy S home screens

The Galaxy S class of Android smartphones -- the T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate, Sprint Epic 4G and Verizon Fascinate -- bring an all-new Touchwiz user interface. And it has one feature we know a lot of you have been clamoring for -- the ability to rearrange entire home screens. We break it down, erm, after the break.

Update: Ah ha! So you can change out the icons down in the bottom bar thingy. Video of how to do it has been added after the break. (Thanks, commenters!)

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