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3 years ago

T-Mobile teases ... something ... on Twitter

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Gee, whatever could it be? Couldn't have at least done one of those Magic Eye sailboat things?

Source: @TMobile

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3 years ago

Toshiba shows off the Thrive, and gives us all a chance to win one

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Toshiba US is showing off the Toshiba Thrive Honeycomb tablet, and giving us all a chance to win one of our very own. Take a minute and check out the really cool unboxing video, which not only does our job for us but is chock full of CGI and special effects that show off the features of the Thrive.  When you're done, you'll want to hit the official contest page and try to win one of your own. 

The Thrive has all the connectivity you would ever need, with HDMI, USB, and SD card slots, and has a removable battery to extend work and play while on the go.  We're looking forward to seeing them, and I imagine more than a few of you guys are as well.  Check out the links below and maybe you'll get lucky and have a Thrive to call your own.

Via: @AndroidAshleyOfficial Contest Page

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3 years ago

Next Nexus, all 3D's not created equal [From the Forums]

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Another Monday is almost past us and like always we've got plenty more coming up for the rest of the week but we'll get to that later. If you haven't stopped by the Android Central forums today, now is as good a time as any to do so. Check out some of the threads below to help get you started:

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

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3 years ago

Share your HTC EVO 3D pictures [from the forums]

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A big draw of the modern smartphone is a quality camera, and the HTC EVO 3D is no exception.  Not only can you take some very nice stills in 2D, like Android Central forums member zmann's flower garden above,  but there's that nifty little thing called 3D to play around with.  We've got a place for you to share your pictures, novice or pro, and in 2D or 3D right in the EVO 3D forums

Now grab your EVO 3D, snap some pics, and share with the class -- we all wanna see them.  And while you're at it, you can pick up all the hints and tricks about sharing your 3D content from the folks in the forums who seem to have it just about figured out.

Android Central EVO 3D forums.  Picture credit zmann

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3 years ago

Samsung slider spied running Android, headed to Verizon?

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If you've found yourself asking "When, oh when, will Samsung release an Android slider for Verizon?" then you may be in luck. Realistically, I'm sure no one has ever asked that but that doesn't matter because it looks as though Samsung might make it happen with the SCH-i405, as spied in the image above.

Although specs are seemingly slim pickings for this device as of yet, it has crossed the paths of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certification experts but has not hit the FCC. The details available peg this one as being a mid-range device similar in styling to that of the Epic 4G from Sprint minus the 4G but coming with a WVGA display and a single core processor capable of one - yes, singular gigahertz. Sidenote: That's a Slacker Radio icon you're seeing -- not CyanogenMod. Sorry to disappoint.

Source: PocketNow

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3 years ago

Gingerbread RUU for the DROID Incredible 2 leaks

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Now that S-OFF can be obtained on the Droid Incredible 2 we've started to see some custom ROMs pop up for the device and developers have been hard at work in an effort to make everyone happy by working on root solutions and now -- a leaked build of Gingerbread has appeared.

The full RUU has been leaked for all non-rooted users courtesy of Football but if you at some point want to root then you'll want to stay very far away from this considering you'll be killing off the only known root method for the Droid Incredible 2. That said, if you care none about obtaining root then you can go right ahead and proceed with the installation.

The other option here is to hold out and wait until the AlphaRevX team releases their root method for the Droid Incredible 2 at which point, you'll then be able to install a pre-rooted version of Gingerbread based off of the RUU using AlphaRevX and ClockworkMod recovery.

The choice really is up to you as a user but our personal suggestion is to just hold out and wait until the root method becomes available and then go from there. Links for both can be found after the break as well as short list of the changes that are said to be included with this RUU release.

Source: Android Police

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3 years ago

Google and Taiwanese government at odds over Android Market refund window

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Google has suspended paid applications for users in Taiwan, as a result of a NT$1 million (US$345,500) fine for failing to offer Taiwanese consumers a seven-day free-trial.  While Google sticks to their strict 15 minute return window, the laws of Taiwan state that all goods purchased over the Internet come with a free trial period of at least seven days because consumers cannot feel or touch the goods before purchase.  Until recently, appstores were not specifically included under this law, because application purchasing in Taiwan is a very recent trend.  On June 4, the Taiwanese government gave both Google and Apple 15 days to comply with this law.  Apple complied, Google didn't.

But in the end, this will only be a temporary set-back, as Google is sending company officials to Taipei on Thursday to continue talks over the matter -- a move that may likely cost Google even more penalties.  Governments and giant corporations have money to burn, but most consumers do not -- so let's hope a working solution can be found soon.

Source: Taipei Times via: Android Police

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3 years ago

Chinese search giant Baidu developing their own flavor of Android?

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According to the Chinese site TechWeb, the Chinese search company Baidu is developing their own version of Android called "Qiushi", and it will be launched before the end of 2011.  Baidu neither confirms or denies these rumors, saying only that Qiushi is simply a way to offer mobile advertising.  China is a huge market, one that everyone wants to get a strong foothold in.  They also already have two Android variants being sold on mobile devices -- MIUI (yes, the same MIUI that's familiar to many an Android hacker) and DianxinOS.  This could be something a bit different, as you have the name (and the capital) of a highly successful tech corporation behind the development and distribution.  If the rumors pan out, things could get very interesting in China at the mobile OS front.

Source: TechWeb (Chinese) via: AfterDawn

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3 years ago

Auto Trader UK arrives in the Android Market

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If you've spent any time looking into purchasing a car in the past, then you know how tough of a situation it can be at times. Auto Trader -- the UK's largest motoring website has launched their Android application which; brings the best of their online services directly to your mobile device.

You can search for new and used cars, get detailed information and even contact sellers all directly through the application -- all these things combined, can help make the car buying experience easier and better for all. If you live in the UK and are in the market for a new ride, you can jump on past the break for the download link.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt case review: Case-Mate Barely There case

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Case-Mate has a pretty good reputation for making solid, affordable smartphone cases, and its Barely There case for the HTC Thunderbolt is no exception. It offers protection from scratches, dings, and other miscellaneous boo-boos in a slim, stylish form factor.

The Barely There case lives up to its name-- covering only the back and corners of the Thunderbolt, the case is noticeably skimpier than the competition. This isn't necessarily a bad thing: Barely There looks great, and adds almost no distinguishable heft or girth to the smartphone. I love how simple it is to apply and to remove the case-- there's no voodoo here, and you're not going to kill yourself trying to pry this thing off. This simplicity comes with a downside, though, as one solid drop to the floor will send the Barely There case flying off your phone. If you're a true klutz, look elsewhere.

If you're looking for some added style for your Thunderbolt and aren't worried about maximum protection, the Barely There case is a slim, lightweight, and durable choice. It comes in your choice of Black, Pink, and Metallic Silver, all of which look really nice on the Bolt. The Barely There case is on-sale now in the Android Central store for $17.95.

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