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3 years ago

Anticipation for the EVO 3D, Thunderbolt apps that are safe to remove once rooted [from the forums]

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Back from the weekend, hope you all had a good one. This week is already shaping up to be a busy one from looking at the posts from today. People suing each other, new devices hitting carriers and so much more. In any event, we're here to bring it all to you so if you feel like chatting it up a little bit more than the comments can provide, hop on into the forums.

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3 years ago

HTC Incredible S now available at Virgin Mobile Canada

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We've been waiting to see when, exactly this would go live on their site and now it has finally. Yes, the HTC Incredible S is now available from Virgin Mobile Canada on-line and in most of their retail outlets. The Android 2.2 rocking HTC Incredible S will set you back $499 with no contract attached to it and if you're looking to get on your Virgin Super Tab it'll ring in at $99.99. Not bad for a new device destined to be upgraded to Android 2.3 in the near future as long as you're not in a specs race. Check out our previous hands-on with the device to get a better look at it. [Virgin Mobile]

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3 years ago

WWE 'Tough Enough' returns tonight, brings Android, iOS apps to the ring

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The WWE's "Tough Enough" wrestling reality show returns to the USA Network tonight at 11:05 p.m. EST -- right after Wrestlemania XXVII and "Raw" -- and along with it comes a brand new Android application. It's designed to be used while you watch the show, with check-in features that allow you to compete against your friends, plus hidden features that will be unlocked during the show. You'll also earn points that can be redeemed through USA's Tough Club program, chat with your friends and other "Tough Enough" fans during the program.

Android and the WWE. Nice. Look for the app to go live this evening. We've got more screenshots after the break. [Tough Enough]

Update: And the app is now available.

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3 years ago

Android now the UK's favorite smartphone OS

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Android is already confirmed as the leading smartphone OS in Europe as a whole, and now it's stolen iOS's crown in the UK, according to a study carried out for Intelligent Environments, a British banking software provider.

The numbers show that Android's 28% of the British smartphone market now surpasses that of iOS, which has a 26% share. BlackBerry OS is left in the dust with just 14% of the market. Windows Phone 7's share wasn't even mentioned. Among Brits aged 25-34, Android's dominance was even greater, with a 36% share of smartphone users in this age group.

This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. In addition to Android's European success, the Carphone Warehouse, a major retail player in the UK, has reported Android sales increases of over 2,000% in the past year. Android remains strong across the pond too, with a recent ComScore survey suggesting that it's just dethroned RIM as the market leader in the US. [Press Association]

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3 years ago

No, the Nexus S 4G isn't shipping April 6

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Hate to burst anyone's bubble, but the Sprint Nexus S 4G won't be shipping from Best Buy on April 6. Over the past couple of days you might have seen the "Pure Google" phone switch to "Coming soon" on Best Buy's site, with a target shipping date of  April 1-5, or April 6, depending on who you asked. Doesn't really matter, because it's all wrong.

First off, the dates have been removed from Best Buy's website. Secondly, we asked Best Buy, which quickly told us indeed it was in error, and that it's not shipping today, or tomorrow, or April 6. "We don't have a date yet," Best Buy tells us. (Oh, and then there's that whole thing about reps getting some Nexus S 4G training starting April 18.)

So don't look for the Nexus S 4G before Thursday, at least, and more than likely another for couple weeks after that.

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3 years ago

Google Maps updates to v5.3, focuses again on Latitude

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Google has once again pushed a new update for Google maps. The last version we received from the Android Market was that of v5.2 and now v5.3 is available for all. While most of the update looks to be just bug fixes, Google lists the new additions for us as being:

  • Location history dashboard for latitude
  • Check in at home after setting a home location in latitude.
  • Add your own aspects about places when rating them.

You can load up the Android Market now and grab the latest update or jump on past the break for the download link. [Google Mobile blog] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Google's first-quarter 2011 earnings call is set for April 14

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Set your alarms, boys and girls: Google's first-quarter 2011 earnings call has been scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EST on April 14. You'll hear the word "billion" used more than you ever will in your life. And, more important, we'll probably get a couple of juicy Android nuggets. See you there! [Google]

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3 years ago

Popular puzzle game Geared now available on Android Market

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Geared is a puzzle game that's been big on the iPhone for years, and now it's finally launched on the Android Market. Geared for Android features 150 levels of gear-connecting puzzles, and while it's a not quite as visually polished as the iOS version, it's certainly no less addictive.

As you'll notice in the screenshots above, Geared is ad-supported, meaning the app itself is free to download. It'll run on any phone with Android 1.5 or better, and the download itself weighs just 4MB, so there's no excuse to not give it a try. Join us after the jump for the QR code and Market link, as well as a video of Geared in action.

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3 years ago

Google bids for Nortel's patent portfolio in hopes of helping Android and Chrome

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Google has announced today via its blog that it has bid for Nortel's patent portfolio. They begin their blog post by chastising companies that use patents to stifle innovation and the current patent system in general. 

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But as things stand today, one of a company’s best defenses against this kind of litigation is (ironically) to have a formidable patent portfolio, as this helps maintain your freedom to develop new products and services. Google is a relatively young company, and although we have a growing number of patents, many of our competitors have larger portfolios given their longer histories.

Nortel is a communications giant that dates back to the 1800s, thus their patent portfolio must be enormous. Google's current bid was labeled as the "stalking-horse bid," which means that others wanting to bid for the portfolio will have to use its bid as the starting point. 

Google also mentioned the Android and Chrome projects specifically towards the end of its  post, citing the need to protect them as a main reason for bidding. 

Ideally, the patent system would undergo much needed reforms; until then, moves like this are the best defense against an onslaught of lawsuits. [Google blog]

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3 years ago

Android Central Forums member snags HTC Merge early in Alltel retail store

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The HTC Merge is still officially only available for pre-order on Alltel. But Android Central Forums member jtowndawg scoped out his local store in Georgia and, sure enough, was able to take one home already. And even better, he's given us a nice little photo gallery of his bounty. And for that, he'll be rewarded.

The HTC Merge, as you undoubtedly remember from our exclusive hands-on way back last fall, and in more recent sit-downs, is a 3.8-inch Android 2.2 phone with an excellent sliding keyboard and 5MP camera that all but disappeared for a few months. And now it's on Alltel, and it's also headed to Cellular South. What we don't know is if it's ever going to see release on Verizon, as it was initially intended. There remain hints to that fact -- some new, some old -- but nothing official.

But if you're on Alltel and are dying for the Merge, it'd behoove you to swing by your local store. Tell 'em Android Central sent ya. And check out more pics of jtowdawg's new Merge in the forums. [HTC Merge in Alltel stores now, HTC Merge forums]

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