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4 years ago

Samsung Captivate on Rogers gets its Gingerbread update via Kies

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If you're a Rogers customer and using a Samsung Captivate, this weekend would be a good time to hook it up to Kies -- there's an update to Android 2.3.3 waiting for you to grab and install.  Reports say that this one doesn't wipeout all your user data, but it does reset your homescreen(s) configuration, as well as improve Wifi reception and address the mass storage issues a few had with the Froyo update.  Sounds like an awesome tradeoff to me. 

Installation seems pretty painless, be sure you're running the latest version of Kies, then download and install the file.  It takes just a few minutes, and you're left with a Captivate that runs much nicer than it did yesterday.  If you run into any issues, sound out for help in the forums and lets the expert community get you on the right track.

Source: Mobilesyrup

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4 years ago

T-Mobile HTC Amaze 4G sighted, looks like the Sensation's big brother

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We've seen blurry-cam shots of T-Mobile's HTC Amaze 4G before, but now it seems we may have the first set of leaked press shots for the phone, along with a more detailed list of device specs to boot. T-Mobile blog CellphoneSignal has published what look like official promotional images of the Amaze 4G, as well as details of what's lurking within the chassis.

As we heard last month, it looks like the HTC Amaze 4G is a 4.3-inch device with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear camera. CellphoneSignal says the device is targeted as a replacement for the myTouch 4G, which is interesting considering the lack of myTouch branding, and the fact that it seems to be running vanilla HTC Sense. We have to admit, though, the design is highly reminiscent of Tmo's myTouch line.

Other reported specs for the Amaze 4G include a qHD (960x540) display, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, HTC Sense 3.5 on top of Android 2.3, Bluetooth 3.0, and most interestingly, support for HSPA+ speeds of up to 42Mbps.

The Amaze 4G is reportedly due for release "in a few weeks", possibly adding some weight to the rumors of an Oct. 26 release date that emerged back in August, based on a leaked T-Mobile flyer.

Source: CellphoneSignal

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4 years ago

Samsung announces 10 million Galaxy S II moved so far, beats previous record by one month

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Back in July Samsung announced that it had sold 5 million Samsung Galaxy S II units already, and it was only available overseas, and that they predicted they would hit the 10 million mark ahead of what the original Galaxy S did. Well, Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S II has hit the 10 million mark in only six months, one month quicker than the original did, and that is without any of the US sales. As we know they just started selling the Sprint version, and the AT&T variant is due out Oct 2, so how long until we see them annouce that 15 million have been sold?

Full presser's after the break.

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4 years ago

Latest Motorola Xoom 2 leakage outs specs and 'media edition'

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Just the other day we were presented with a new image of the unannounced Motorola Xoom 2, and yesterday This is my Next and Engadget leaked just about everything except for a working model. It seems there will be two different variations of the Xoom 2, one standard edition and one "Media Edition", which will be a tad smaller. 

The Motorola Xoom 2 will allegedly sport a 10.1-inch display and with a thickness of 9mm, just .2mm thicker than the iPad2. Other specs apparently include a 1.2GHz dual core processor of some description, and 1GB of "faster" RAM. Apparently the device will record 1080P video, have the ability to stream Netflix HD, and be the first tablet to ship with Adobe Flash 11 support. It's also said to have an IR blaster built in, which could tie in with some of the Android at Home stuff we've seen in the past. Battery life apparently remains around the 11-hour mark.

Now onto the Motorola Xoom 2 "Media Edition", which reportedly has an 8.2-inch HD IPS display, and is aimed to be an "e-reader replacement". Like the Motorola Xoom 2, this device will have an on-board IR sensor and subwoofer, which makes sense for a media-focused tablet. Could this be the blurry-cam device we saw the other day?

And while we're in full-on speculation mode, could that be a Droid RAZR in the reflection of the shot above?

Source: This is my Next (1) (2) / Engadget

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4 years ago

HTC Runnymede stars in a new video

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We've seen the HTC Runnymede, a 4.7-inch device with Beats Audio support and a 1.5 GHz CPU leak a few times now but the latest gives us a pretty good look at the device as it starts in its own Youtube video. The device has been reported to be launching as the HTC Bass but when, we don't know as of yet. The video shows "Vodafone" on the display but this shouldn't be considered branding or serve as any indication of carrier pick up -- that's just Sense showing what carrier the device is currently running on. So, what do you all think?

Update - And just like that, the video has been pulled.

Source: Youtube; via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept 24, 2011

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Can you believe it, back already for yet another round of some of our favorite Android applications. Finding them is the hard part, and using them is the fun part, so why not skip the hard, and jump into the fun as we take a look at some of our favorites for you this week.

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4 years ago

AT&T's best phones: The iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S II

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Somewhere, a Windows Phone is weeping. But right now we're going to take a look at the top Android smartphone and the top ... other ... smartphone on AT&T -- the Samsung Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4. Yeah, WP7 has pretty much secured the No. 3 spot, but, frankly, we feel it needs another cycle or two to really work out the kinks.

So ease on past the break for the briefest of walkthroughs of what's easily the best Android smartphone on AT&T versus the elephant in the room. And if you've yet to do so, check out our standalone walkthrough of the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II.

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4 years ago

Stitcher Radio introduces a new logo, visual design, and UI with their latest update

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If listening to a lot of podcasts and internet radio is your thing but you've yet to check out Stitcher, now is as good a time as any. The latest update brings quite a few changes to the table -- most importantly the UI as a whole has been revamped for a more fluid design. So what do you get from Stitcher? Check out the features below:

Features:

  • Seamless listening: Hear the latest episodes of your favorite shows without the hassle of downloading and syncing
  • Live radio: Listen to live streams from thousands of sources around the world
  • Custom Stations: “Stitch” together your favorite shows to create your own customized station.
  • Discovery: Discover new shows based on what other listeners of the same shows also like. Like Fresh Air on NPR? Discover what other listeners of the show also listen to.
  • Sharing: Share interesting content easily with friends via Facebook, Twitter or email

There is a lot of podcast and live radio apps available on the Android Market and while Stitcher has always been fairly highly ranked among them - this update looks great and fixes some of the bugs from previous builds. Coupled with the UI update, it's certainly worth a look plus, the Android Central podcast is available on there. That alone makes it worth checking out, download link is past the break for you all.

Thanks, Lowtech80!

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4 years ago

Tech Assassin takes his flamethrower and challenges the LG G-Slate (Hint: Fire wins)

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Ever wonder how your beloved tablet would hold up against a flamethrower? Yeah, me either, but it sure it pretty darn neat to watch what would happen if you did accidentally put your tablet in front of one. Check the video above to see how the LG G-Slate holds up against the flamethrower as Tech Assassin brings us quite a show.

Source: YouTube

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4 years ago

Motorola Spyder crawls out of the dark corner carrying a qHD Super AMOLED display and more [updated]

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Just when you finally think you may have decided which device is right for you, we throw another one into the mix. The guys over at This is my Next have been sent some images of an unannounced Motorola device that is apparently named the Motorola Spyder. What makes this device any different than any of the others you are probably wondering, so let's take a look at the specs.

The Motorola Spyder is said to have a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, this would be the first time we have ever seen this, and will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. In addition it will rock an 8MP camera on the back, a "HD" front facing camera, and 1GB of RAM. Which carrier this device is destined to launch for is still unknown, could this be the first big AT&T 4G LTE device, or yet another in the Verizon selection?

Update - They have received another tip from a trusted source who has had hands-on time with the device and the About screen of the device reveals it to be the Droid RAZR. With the "Droid" branding that pretty much leaves us knowing that it will be heading Verizon's way, but the question now is when?

Source: This is my Next

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4 years ago

Nexus One updated to Android 2.3.6 (GRK39F)

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Not to be forgotten, the venerable Nexus One got itself a little update overnight. Now at Android 2.3.6, Build GRK39F, the update ... does something -- the update screen just says "important bug fixes and security patches." We'll take their word for it.

Of course, there can't be all that many Nexus Ones still in use (though we fall in love with it all over again every time we turn it on), and there's a good chance that if you are rocking one, it's not stock. But if vanilla's your thing, look for the update to push down shortly. And should it not, we've got manual install instructions after the break.

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4 years ago

Could this be the Motorola Xoom 2?

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A couple of days ago we saw what appeared to be a Motorola 7-inch tablet in the wild and that may very well be the case but some more new images have now popped up of the purported Motorola Xoom 2 aka MZ617.

According to the information, this device will be the same weight as the original Motorola Xoom (Really Motorola?) and looks to have a 10.1-inch screen. Other notable features include HDMI out, a microUSB port, SIM slot, front and rear cameras with the rear camera getting an HD stamp beside it.

Oddly missing however is any noticeable SD Card slot along with any specific carrier branding. Styling wise, we're seeing the same angled corners as in the previously leaked Motorola tablet and of course just like those found on the Motorola Photon. What do you all think? Is this MZ617 the same as what was previously leaked only in a different color or does Motorola have two new tablets in the works here? Backside image can be found past the break.

Source: Droid-Life

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4 years ago

Kernels, Prime better then the Bionic? [From the Forums]

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We've blasted through plenty of news this week, and even managed to do up another fantastic podcast for you all. If you missed out on any of this weeks news, make sure you take a look back on the blogs. Looking for more Android talk? Hit up the Android Central forums:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II vs. Sprint Epic 4G Touch

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Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S II. And the Samsung Galaxy S II. We've got AT&T's version in our fat little fingers and have given it the what-for, alongside Sprint's Epic 4G Touch for good measure.

By now you've read our Epic 4G Touch review. (If not, go ahead. We'll wait. ... OK. Ready?) Much of what you read there stands for AT&T's version. They both have the same 1.2GHz processor and 1GB (more or less) of RAM, and so they pretty much feel the same in our initial use.

But the ATTSGSII has a smaller display -- a mere 4.3 inches in diagonal -- plus a few other tweaks. Some of them are physical -- there's a different tetxure to the battery cover, the battery itself is a lower-capacity, the power button's been moved. AT&T's initial setup of the home screens isn't nearly as good as Sprint's, which is a shame, because Samsung's got some nice widgets in Touchwiz.

But what's really confounding us is the inclusion of near-field communication -- that's the NFC you hear everyone raving about -- with no clear apps or settings to take advantage of it. On the only other U.S. phone with NFC -- the Samsung Nexus S -- there's at least some options in the wireless/network settings. There's none of that here. But the ATTSGSII's battery clearly states that it has NFC. We'll have to track that down in due time, and note that NFC was never mentioned in any of the press releases.

For now, hit the break for our initial walkthough with the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II, and a comparison to the Sprint Epic 4G Touch and Samsung Infuse 4G.

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