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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 55

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry, Chris and Mickey tackle the new twists in the saga of Android openness. Plus, more on the HTC ThunderBolt, Wifi-only tablets, and more of your e-mails and voicemails. Join us!

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3 years ago

Android hacked onto a HTC HD 7 Windows Phone

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Hacking Android onto devices that Android was not meant to run on is a great pastime for some folks. In fact, it's one we enjoy seeing thoroughly. Managing to pull it off, and have it run well -- that's kind of a different story. In any case, the above video looks to be that of an HTC HD7 Windows Phone getting an Android makeover that appears to of have gone rather well. While we can't comment on its legitimacy -- if it is a fake, it's a really good one. What do you all think, fake or real? [HDBlog] Thanks, Niccolo for sending this in!

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3 years ago

Rogers and Fido pricing details for the Samsung Nexus S

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The Canadian release of the Samsung Nexus S has pretty much every Canadian carrier lined up. From Rogers to Fido to Wind to Mobilicity, most will have a version of the Nexus S available in store. Pricing details are trickling out for each and every single carrier but let us first just cover Rogers and Fido. As they are the same company, both will be launching the device on or around April 12 with a suggested retail price of $499 and going down from there. 1-year contract will be $449; 2-year contact will be $399 with a 3-year contract rolling in at $349. That 3-year contract pricing however will be seeing a promo price of $99 with a voice and data plan agreement. [MobileSyrup]

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3 years ago

Strong Android sales see HTC's Q1 profits triple

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HTC's profits during the first quarter of this year tripled compared with the same period in 2010, according a report from Reuters. The massive increase in profits is attributed to strong sales of the manufacturer's line-up of Android smartphones.

From atop a gigantic pile of cash, HTC announced that it made a first-quarter profit of T$14.83 billion (~$511 million), beating the predicted figure of T$12.99 billion. Q1 2011 revenues apparently topped T$104.2 billion (~$3.6 billion), with consolidated sales for March hitting T$37 billion (~$1.3 billion). That's a lot of phones.

Expectations are already high for the second quarter, with analysts suggesting HTC's profits could increase by up to 20% during the next three months. [Reuters]

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3 years ago

Sprint's Samsung Replenish details leaked -- a 'green' Android phone

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You might remember seeing the picture above -- it's the full view of the training promotion for Sprint's upcoming phones we showed everyone at the beginning of April.  At the time we were focused on the Nexus S 4G, as rumor had it that the Samsung Replenish was a feature phone.  We received some information tonight that tells us the Replenish will actually be a "green" Android smartphone.  We're to see the official press release on April 15, with the device available for sale (online at least) by Sprint on May 5.  If we had to make a guess, it would be that the Replenish is that portrait QWERTY Samsung with Sprint's logo we saw last month.

We're pretty confident of the information, because it comes directly from some Sprint internal pages that have been uncovered.  I'm not going to reveal how to see them, but you can see the full pages (minus some personal information) after the break.  Thanks paulmike3!

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3 years ago

Confidential Sprint EVO 3D page spotted; under wraps until April 11

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We're not quite sure just what to make of it, but an astute reader has spotted a page on Sprint's website with a message about the EVO 3D (see our hands-on with one right here).  There's not much to go on, here's what it says:

The vanity request identified as "www.sprint.com/evo3d" is confidential until after the requested launch date of: 04/11/2011

Nothing more, nothing less.  Does this mean Sprint is releasing the EVO 3D on April 11?  Doubtful.  Does it mean they will be announcing the EVO 3D launch date and putting up a pre-order page on April 11?  Possibly.  Is it just a random date thrown in as a page placeholder?  Could be.

Whatever it means, I'm sure Sprint is aware of the consumer interest this one will garner, so expect a big media push once they feel ready to talk about it.  In the meantime, hit the source link to see for yourselves, then hit the Evo 3D forums and speculate! [Sprint] Thanks, milad6923!

Update: Looks like there's one for the EVO View tablet as well. Thanks, Francis!

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3 years ago

Verizon nixing one-year contract option beginning April 17

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First it was lengthening the early upgrade benefit, and now Verizon's apparently doing away with 1-year contracts altogether starting April 17. We'll let that sink in for a minute.

Here's the deal: Most of the time normal consumers (that's not likely to be many of you out there, right?) purchase a smartphone, they do it on contract. That's 24 months in which you're legally obligated to pay Verizon the monthly penance, and in exchange Verizon subsidizes the cost of the phone, getting it down to $300, $200, or maybe even less -- all the way down to free.

But what's not often talked about is the one-year contract. You pay a little more up front for the hardware, but you're only indebted to the carrier for 12 months. And, really, it's the way to go.

But Verizon apparently is about to do away with that. So you'll either have to pay $500 or $600 for a top-end smartphone, or get ready to sign away two years of your contract life. Up to you. Thanks, W!

How do you normally purchase a smartphone?survey software

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3 years ago

Poll: $250 Nook Color, or $350 WiFi-only Galaxy Tab?

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Samsung has finally announced that the Wifi only Galaxy Tab is coming, and that brings up a very interesting question we want to ask you guys.  Which would you buy, the Wifi Tab, or the Nook Color?  On the outside, they are pretty similar.  Both are seven inchers, neither runs Honeycomb, and with the current state of AOSP, maybe neither one ever will.

The innards have a good many differences, starting with the Tab having a 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU and the Nook Color using a TI OMAP 3621 at 800 MHz.  The Tab's GPU is a step up from the Nook's, but both are capable PowerVR chips, and both check in at 512 MB of RAM.  Storage space on the Wifi Tab is 16GB, and the Nook comes with 8GB on board -- both can handle up to a 32 GB SD card.  The biggest hardware difference is the cameras (front and rear) on the Tab.

On the software side, the Tab ships with Froyo, and according to rumors the Nook is scheduled to get Froyo with "tablet features" and Adobe Flash sometime this month.  As it stands now, you'll need to root and hack the Nook Color to get the same feature set as the Tab, but that's a really simple affair, with none of that locked and encrypted mumbo jumbo you've heard about with other Android devices. 

I guess it all really comes down to personal preference, so we've set up a poll.  Let us know what you think, and discuss in the Nook Color and Galaxy Tab forums!

Which would you buy -- the Wifi only Galaxy Tab, or the Nook Color?survey software

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3 years ago

Motorola seeking Bravo owners to test pre-release software update

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Although we recently had to unleash some bad news for Motorola Bravo owners addressing the delay of Froyo, that doesn't mean Motorola has stopped working on the update altogether. In fact, Motorola has now announced that they are seeking out some beta testers for a pre-release round of testing for the eventual OTA update.

Motorola and AT&T are happy to announce a pre-release of the first software upgrade* for BRAVO™ with  MOTOBLUR™, before it is officially released to all customers. We are recruiting 1,000 BRAVO™ owners to test and provide feedback on the upgrade to FroYo (Android 2.2).

This  registration period will be open until we receive our limit of  qualified applicants. Note that you must be a member of the Motorola Owners' Forums to register. If you're interested in testing and want to take part, just join Motorola's community now and then fill out the short registration form.

Although registration doesn't guarantee you a slot for when the testing begins, adding your name to the list is certainly worth it. Hit the source link for the full details and registration link [Motorola Owners' Forum]

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3 years ago

After ice cream, SBF back to stock [from the forums]

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It's Thursday and as we get set to rock yet another awesome podcast for you all some folks in the forum are having some fun at guessing the next OS name for Android after ice cream. If you think you've got the next version pegged then join us in the forums and post what you think it will be. If you're not really into guessing games hit up some of the threads below:

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