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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Galaxy Tab 10.1 now supported by ROM Manager

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It looks like you won't have to wait long for developers to get geared up for Samsung's latest beauties -- the Galaxy S 4G on T-Mobile and Galaxy Tab 10.1 (the I/O edition only for now) have both been given official support by ROM Manager.  We all know that once you make it easy to flash custom zip files to a device, people will start building those flashable zip files.  I was told to expect the retail version soon, along with a root method.

Of course, you do need to be rooted and aware of all the risks involved.  Once you're comfortable, and when your version is ready, you can download ROM Manager from the Market.  We've got the link after the break.

Source: @clockworkmod

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3 years ago

Google adds device compatibility checks to the Android Market

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Something that has long been missing from the Android Market now appears to be rolling out across the board. Yup, as shown in the above image the Android Market now offers up a device compatibility check before you download any new items.

Until now, developers have pretty much relied on their text areas to inform individuals of possible non-compatible devices but this looks to be the start of the end to all that. We're guessing that's the goal anyway -- whether or not it will go that way remains to be seen considering the broad scope of devices out there but hey -- have to start somewhere and this is so far, looking pretty good. Check it out for yourself in the Android Market.

Thanks, Gone24!

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3 years ago

Sprint reportedly boosting 4G upload speed cap to 1.5Mbps

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Sprint customers will soon be getting their maximum 4G uplink speeds boosted to 1.5 Mbps, according to an internal screen captured by Android Police. The change will kick in this Friday, June 10, and will only affect 4G phones -- 4G modems and the like will still be limited to the previous cap of 1.0 Mbps.

This is a relatively minor boost for Sprint's network -- upstream limits are generally less noticeable than download limits, especially on smartphones, where other bottlenecks can come into play. As such, the Sprint internal memo says that the carrier isn't planning on "proactively communicating" this information to customers. Still, any network speed increase has to be good news, right?

Source: Android Police

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3 years ago

Reboot fixes, Pre-orders [From the Forums]

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Aside from the excitement about the Samsung Galaxy S II NOT coming to Verizon it's been a pretty busy day around here. If you're looking to talk more about the most recent happenings, the Android Central forums is open for more conversation so check out the threads below and join in:

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

Migrating from the EVO 4G to the EVO 3D -- a simple guide

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We know that many of you are going to be lined up bright and early come June 24, with one thing on your mind -- the EVO 3D.  Can't say we blame you, it certainly looks to be one of this years best.  We also know a lot of you guys will be retiring your EVO 4G to pick this bad boy up, and there will be questions about migrating all your "stuff" from EVO to EVO.  That's where we come in. 

There's a couple ways to go about transferring most everything over, some built in and some third party.  The good news is, all of them are pretty easy.  Hit the break and we'll sort them out.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II rumored for possible July launch on Verizon (Update: Yeah, not so much)

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Update: Hate to say we told you so, but ... yeah. Verizon got up with Engadget, saying this is all about the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and not the Galaxy S II. Move along, folks.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is now rumored for release on Verizon in July. That comes from an unnamed Verizon spokeswoman communicating with Computer World via e-mail. Words like "plan for" and "expected to" are also used, along with "no date yet."

In other words, maybe it'll be released in July. (And possibly as the Verizon Function.)

You'll have to forgive our skeptical tone, but until we see the official press release with the official date -- well, let's just say we've seen unofficial Verizon roadmaps miss the mark, the very drawn-out saga of the HTC ThunderBolt launch (not to mention the Droid Charge), the entire revamping of the Droid Bionic hardware -- and, of course, the near-killing off of the HTC Merge.

In the immortal words Boo-Boo Bera, the lesser known fictional cousin of Yankee Yogi Berra, "it ain't official till it's official, folks."

Source: Computer World; update: Engadget

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3 years ago

BeyondPod HD beta now in full swing

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Here's a Honeycomb-specific app you won't find in the Android Market just yet -- the popular podcast player BeyondPod has an open beta for testing the tablet optimized HD version, and things are shaping up nicely.  A couple of us here have been fooling with it for about three versions now, and it looks very close to release-quality.  Certainly working well enough for me to recommend you guys give it a try.

It has the features you expect from BeyondPod, but scaled beautifully for the big screen of a Honeycomb tablet.  Widgets, high-speed playback, favoriting, and tabbed navigation make this one a real standout.  Will there be bugs?  Probably.  This is a development beta, and if you download and install it you're actively participating in the testing.  But version 2.70.10 (latest as of this writing) seems really stable and the features are all there.  Hit the source link for full change logs and the download.

Source: BeyondPod

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3 years ago

Relive the Samsung Galaxy Tab reader meet-up on Facebook

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We're nearly a week removed from the Samsung Galaxy Tab NYC reader meet-up (and the NYC Galaxy Tab launch event is happening right now), so it's as good a time as any to check out a few of Sammy's pics from last week's event.

If you haven't heard, we had a blast. Meeting all you fine folks out there, helping to give away more tablets and smartphones than we can count, and getting our first look at the retail version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, of course.

So check out all of Sammy's pics on Facebook, and see if you can find the shot of a handful of Android Central writers. (Hint: They're by the food table, natch.)

Source: Samsung Mobile USA Facebook

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3 years ago

Taptu updated to version 1.5, brings better searching and more UI options

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Taptu has updated its popular Android app to version 1.5 with a handful of new features that will make users old and new pretty happy.  Having fully supported Honeycomb since version 1.4, now they take the UI up a couple notches and offer some pretty slick enhancements.  To start with, you can now enlarge the section holding the stream you're currently reading, giving you a better view of things you might want to click and explore further.  You also have the ability to color code the stream headers, to tell at a glance which is which.  Both sound subtle, but in practice they really are nice features -- the folks have done their homework.

If a nicer UI isn't enough, the search function has been enhanced.  When you search a keyword, both the topics and content are searched to offer the articles that may have been missed otherwise.  Says Taptu CEO Mitch Lazar:

Our promise has always been to ensure that no matter what you're searching for, we’ve got a stream for it. We wanted to give Taptu fans even more ways to discover new content in our app. We wanted to bring even more serendipity to what the app can offer, aside of course, from giving them the ability to customize the app to get exactly the content they want.

A couple days with the press preview tells me they have succeeded here as well.  Of course there's other enhancements as well.  Back-end URL shortening is available from within the app, the phone version now shows larger images, scrolling over to the right auto-refreshes the current stream, and the whole app benefits from new performance and speed improvements.  In this bloggers opinion, they've outdone themselves with version 1.5.  Taptu is still free, and runs on Android 2.1 and higher devices.  You can find the full press release, a couple more screenshots, and the download link after the break.

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3 years ago

Iconsys' My Receipt Manager now available in the Android Market

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With more enterprise-centric apps flooding the Android Market, it has become apparent that Android is on the rise in the business world. One such app helping it do so is Iconosys’ My Receipt Manager, an easy way to track your business-related expenses. Take a photo of an expense receipt and the app will watermark and record it, eliminating the need to keep a hard copy. And if your mileage is reimbursable, My Receipt Manager will track and record it using Google’s mapping API. The app will even let you send your records straight from your phone to your company’s HR or payroll department at user-defined intervals. All records are indexed on your phone according to category or date and are compatible with Quickbooks, Excel, and other accounting software. My Receipt Manager is available now in the Android Market for $4.99, along with a free, ad-supported version as well. Hit the break for the free download.

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