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4 years ago

New Sprint phone coming Feb. 24 -- but is it Android?

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Sprint new phone

You'll have to excuse us if we tend to think that anytime a carrier says it has a new phone on the way it'll be an Android phone. But seeing as how around these here parts when it rains it pours, we've got a better than average chance of seeing a new Android device announced this Thursday.

What will it be? A follow-up to the still wildly popular HTC Evo? Another Samsung device? More 4G? Something with three screens? (Ooooo, sorry.) Windows Phone 7? Pre 3? We'll just have to see, won't we. [@sprint] More in our Rumored Devices forum

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4 years ago

Android 2.3 is reserved for the Nexus S; Android 2.4 also is Gingerbread

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Android GingerbreadOne of our favorite drinking games is "Guess the OS version." Someone plops down a phone in front of the "Roach" (the person who's guessing), and they have to, well, guess. When someone throws a Nokia phone into the mix, well, it's gonna be a long night. And it's starting to get to be that way with Android versions, too.

And that brings us to Gingerbread. So far, Android 2.3 is the only official Gingerbread version to have been released, and only on the Nexus S. Android Community confirms something we've heard as well -- that Android 2.4 also will be in the Gingerbread family. And we'll go one further -- Android 2.3 is only for the Nexus S. Any of the new phones you buy, and likely anything that gets an upgrade will hit Android 2.4 out the door. That's not unprecedented -- Android 2.0 (and Android 2.0.1) was only seen on the Motorola Droid; everything else hopped on up to Android 2.1 when the time came.

So you'll really want to be looking for the Android 2.4 version of Gingerbread in the coming weeks and months, and then things will get really interesting with whatever the "I" version of Android turns out to be called.. One way or another, we're not really reading too much into this quite yet, but it's worth noting just so we can all keep our OS versions straight -- and to try to keep from hitting the floor first.

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4 years ago

Verizon's V CAST Music app updated, adds ringtones and ringback tones

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 Verizon V CAST Music app

Verizon has released a new update to its V CAST Music app that finally brings MP3s, ringtones, and ringback tones under the same roof. Notably the MP3s will come without DRM and in high-quality. Other new features added include a wish list for storing songs for later purchase and the ability to send a song recommendation to friends, which will open the song's purchase page in the app. Verizon notes that some of their Android offerings come with the app pre-installed while others can simply go to the Verizon section of the Android Market and find the app there. 

While the MP3s are competitively priced at either $.99 or $1.29, ringback tones will set you back $1.99, and ringtones are an astounding $2.99. So, while you could pay about $4 for a single MP3 and its ringtone, you could decide to save a little money and make a ringtone or notification sound yourself from any MP3 right on your phone. We will leave the choice up to you. Full press release after the break. 

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4 years ago

Samsung Moment gets its own Froyo port

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Samsung Moment

There was another Samsung slider on Sprint, long before anyone ever heard of the Epic 4G -- the Samsung Moment.  It had pretty good hardware for it's day, with an AMOLED screen and an 800 MHz CPU, but the software left a little to be desired.  Officially, it was updated to Android 2.1 and Sprint and Samsung were done with it.

But not everyone gave up on the Moment, and despite some pretty serious software bugs, it still has a thriving development community.  And now they have succeeded in putting Froyo on it, basically from scratch.  Using the Acclaim R880 and Intercept kernel sources and software, the only serious bug left to overcome seems to be the GPS.  At this point, an unreliable GPS has got to be better than toggling airplane mode 10 times a day, so if you're still rocking the Moment, you owe it to yourself to at least have a look at the source link.

This is a testament to the flexibility of Android, and the dedication of a handful of people.  My hats off to each and every person involved  Without you guys the Moment would have been doomed with a buggy, but official, Android 2.1 install forever.  [SDX Developers] Thanks Hugabu for the heads up!

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4 years ago

Pinball Deluxe now available in the Android Market

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

If pinball was a part of your childhood, and Android is a part of your current life, Pinball Deluxe is a game you will not want to delay downloading. Pinball Deluxe is an extremely realistic, addictive game for the Android platform that will run on any device with Android 2.1 or above. With three different tables, and tons of different options to unlock during the game play this is sure to offer hours and hours of endless entertainment. If you are a fan of games, and enjoy pinball, be sure to head to the market and give this game a download, it is free, after all. Download information after the jump. [Pinball Deluxe]

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4 years ago

Twidroyd now back online!

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Twidroyd

Although it took a little why to go through the Twitter approval process, we're glad to let all you Twidroyd users out there know that services have now been restored. The recent suspension put in place by Twitter has been removed, and it is suggested that you grab the latest Twidroyd update if you're still seeing any issues.

As for why the popular app was suspended? UberMedia founder Bill Gross explained on Quora:

1. Twitter said that in UberTwitter and Twidroyd we use a tweet-elongation service named tmi.me that allows people to write more than 140 characters, and that this service may post private messages on a public website. At their request, we have removed this ability.

2. Twitter said that in UberCurrent we change links that are part of an affiliate program to be our own links. We don’t currently do this, but we removed all changing of links to eliminate any possibility of this.

3. Twitter said that they would like us to change the name UberTwitter, and we have changed the name to UberSocial, effective immediately.

Now, go forth and Tweet on! Download link can be found after break for you all. [Twitter, Quora]

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

Android Central ROM review: ApeX 1.4

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ROM review -- ApeX 1.4

For many of us, half the fun of having an Android phone is running a customized version of the OS on our phones.  OK, more than half.  Custom ROMs can offer a very different experience from what the manufacturer intended, and often times it's like having a new phone to play with.  This week, Android Central forums moderator terpitude71 is going to have a look at the ApeX 1.4 ROM as running on his Droid X.  Kick back, and head past the break to have a read. Thanks Brad!

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4 years ago

Best Buy Motorola XOOM pre-order page back -- again

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For those of you who have been following along with all the Best Buy, Motorola XOOM chaos you might like to know that Best Buy now seems to have all their affairs in order for pre-ordering the Motorola XOOM. Despite Best Buy pulling the trigger not once but rather twice on their XOOM pre-order pages another one has now popped up on their site and looks like it might actually remain there rather then being removed.

Don't get too excited though, you can't actually pre-order using the page (yet?) it just tells you to visit your local Best Buy instead. Oh right, it's not $1200 either; they opted to not add any price this time.  [Best Buy] Thanks, JC!

Update - Prices and accessories now added to the page. Listed price is $799.

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4 years ago

AT&T confirms the Inspire 4G does not feature HSUPA

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Inspire 4G speedtest

We've been hearing from many of you who bought a shiny new Inspire 4G that there appears to be an issue with the device upload speeds.  While AT&T is busy working out the kinks in their HSPA+ network, getting backhaul in place and pouring the magic 4G dust into the wires, most of us with an Inspire 4G are still using the 3G HSPA network.  HSPA is broken down into two parts -- HSDPA (download) and HSUPA (upload).

The Inspire 4G is not HSUPA capable, according to AT&T.  No conspiracy.  No rumor.  Just the answer, straight from the source.

This explains why most of us are seeing fast 3G download speeds, but no-so-much on the upload side.  I had a bit of a play with this myself last night, and see the same thing -- download speeds around 2 Mbps, and upload speeds around 200 kbps.  You can see above what our (and TiPb's) own Jeremy Sikora is seeing for speeds in Chicago.  He also notes that upload speeds on his iPhone 4 (which is HSUPA capable) are about twice what he sees with his Inspire.

While it's not the news most of us want to hear, it does clear up the confusion.  Thanks to the folks at AT&T who took time to answer our questions. 

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G system dump available

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 Atrix 4G 1  Atrix 4G 2  Atrix 4G 3

Another new device in the hands of other users means it going to get put through the inevitable system dump. That is exactly what has happened to the Motorola Atrix 4G and it has some goodies for everyone out there. Wallpapers, ringtones and even the boot animation are all available for download now.

Plus, if you like to tinker around with the internals you can get at the complete system dump as well. If you're not much for that, stick to the basics but if you're a developer or ROM cooker then by all means have at it. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Motorola Xoom displays arriving in stores

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Motorola Xoom display material

You can just about taste the Motorola Xoom. As you can see above, display materials are starting to make their way into stores, and official ability is believed to be right around the corner, possibly in the next few days.

Pricing still isn't official, however, and we're still waiting on Google to release the Honeycomb code to manufacturers, so there are a couple of pretty big steps still to be taken before we get this 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet in our fat little fingers.

But we're getting closer, folks. One more pic after the break. Thanks, S!

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G root now possible

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Just in case you may have been holding off on your plans to pick up a Motorola Atrix 4G upon release based on the fact root possibilities were unknown you can now rest easy.  Yes, the Motorola Atrix 4G can now be rooted as demonstrated above. Now all you have to do is wait until either your pre-order shows up or AT&T starts stocking them in store. Mind you, February 21 and 22 are still a few days away so patience is a virtue here and you'll also have to wait for the method to be revealed. Anyone grabbing one now based on root being available soon? [Android Central Forums via XDA]

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4 years ago

Flight Control lands in the Android Market

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Having sold millions of copies worldwide on those other (lesser) platforms, Flight Control for Android has landed in the Android Market, courtesy of the folks at Namco. If you're unfamiliar with Flight Control, it's a pretty fun game to play if you're looking to get in on some android gaming.

The basis of the game is to guide your planes to their same-colored runways without crossing the paths of other planes that you are also guiding in for landing. You simply trace out with your finger where you want the planes to go and should they crash -- well, game over for you.

Flight Control is available for $4.99 and includes stat tracking, high score counts and up to 10 different planes on multiple playing fields. Jump on past the break for the download if you want to give it a shot. Having played it myself for quite some time, I can say it is one of those games that will keep you coming back for more until you beat it.

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