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4 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2 to get Gingerbread

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It's retro week here aet Android Central, first with the Samsung Continuum getting an upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo, and now the Motorola Cliq 2 on T-Mobile. You heard that right. T-Mobile apparently is seeking out 1,000 people who still use the Cliq 2 (and hang out in T-Mobile support forums) to test the upgrade before it goes live to the other four or five people who haven't ditched the device already.

If you're interested, the link below.

More: Cliq 2 Gingerbread update; via TMo News

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4 years ago

Verizon's network apparently struggling this morning

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Here we go again. Looks like Verizon's 4G network is refusing to wake up this morning. We've got multiple reports in multiple forums, e-mails in the inbox, and threads on Verizon's own support forums. Sit tight, folks. We've been here before.

More: Android forumsVerizon Support

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4 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime bootloader unlock now available

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As promised, the bootloader unlock tool for the ASUS Transformer Prime is now available for download from ASUS directly. It's a simple little .apk that you'll download, move to your tablet and install, and it will set in motion the ability to rock custom ROMs and basically mod to you heart's content. Note that you'll need to have the Ice Cream Sandwich update installed, but you've already done that, we hope.

The flip side is by doing so, you're basically absolving ASUS of any responsibility should you break something. Or, as ASUS puts it, "You also acknowledge ASUS does not guarantee service satisfaction to any Revised Product." We love it when you talk all sexy-like, ASUS.

Hit up the download link below to get going.

Download: Transformer Prime bootloader unlock (look in the Utilities section)
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

LG announces the Optimus 3D MAX - 3D in a slimmed-down package

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Having already taken the wraps off the Optimus Vu and Optimus L-style series, LG has today taken the wraps off another rumored device -- the Optimus 3D MAX. Headed to Korea in March, then Europe and elsewhere later, the Optimus 3D MAX (spelled the old-fashioned way, with just one X) takes the original Optimus 3D's hardware and makes some modest improvements, before packing it into a slimmer, lighter chassis. We're waiting on official confirmation, but it looks like this is an variant of the Optimus 3D Cube, which was announced for SK Telecom a few hours ago.

The MAX's specs will be familiar to anyone who's used last year's Optimus 3D -- there's a 4.3-inch WVGA 3D  IPS display, dual 5MP rear cameras, 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of app storage and HSPA+ support up to 21Mbps. The CPU's even the same model -- an TI OMAP 4430 -- though it's been bumped from 1GHz up to 1.2GHz. The device ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread (yeah, we know), with an ICS upgrade coming "shortly after release". Judging by the screenshots, though, LG's rolling out a new version of its Optimus UI in this, and other 2012 devices, so at least there'll be a bit of a visual refresh.

We'll be sure to grab some hands-on time with the Optimus 3D MAX when we arrive at Mobile World Congress in a few days time. In the meantime, you can find more photos, along with the full press release and spec list after the jump.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G moves from 'later this year' to 'in late March,' gets $149 price tag

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When the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G was announced at CES last month, it was done so without a hard release date. Not surprising -- that's how it's done. We still don't have a firm date, but Samsung and T-Mobile tonight in a new release have dropped "late March" on us. We've also got on-contract pricing to go along with it -- $149.99 after $50 mail-in rebate.

The Galaxy S Blaze 4G, in addition to being a mouthful, is one of T-Mobile's newer 42Mbps devices. That is, it can pull down data really fast. Other specs include:

  • 3.97-inch Super AMOLED display
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Dual-core qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor at 1.5 GHz
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera

Stay tuned for our next installment, when we might actually get a release date.

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4 years ago

LG Optimus 3D Cube coming to SK Telecom in early March

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LG today announced the Optimus 3D Cube, brining the "next-generation 3D" exclusively to Korean carrier SK Telecom. The phone sports a 4.3-inch IPS LCD display with dual 5-megapixel cameras on the back to handle the 3D action, and a .3MP shooter up front. It's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a 1520 mAh battery.

The Optimus 3D cube has on-board 3D editing -- a first -- and it comes with NFC tags so you can set up your own profiles just by tapping the phone.

Source: LG Korea (translated)

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus gets a bugfix update

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus Android tablet has a small bugfix update available. No real idea of what's new, other than "software and stability improvements," but the update takes half of forever to apply, which is a little surprising given that it's only a 19.38-megabyte download. We'll keep an ear out for any real deets on this one. Otherwise, head into the settings and get your update on.

More: Galaxy Tab 7 Plus forumsThanks, jmbburg, for the tip!

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4 years ago

Google's special 'HUD' glasses to come sometime, cost something, says NYT

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Google apparently is still planning on selling some sort of special Android-powered "head-up-display" type glasses, according to The New York Times' Bits blog. The latest unnamed sources say it'll come sometime this year, and cost roughly the same as a current smartphone, which the NYT pegs as between $250 and $600. Navigation and cellular data would be included.

So, let's recap: There's a 10-month window, and a $450 swing in price -- never mind that a $250 smartphone is subsidized by a carrier. Gotcha. Thank you, drive through.

Gimmicky glasses have been around for some time -- including Android-powered visual displays in the likes of the Epson Moverio. This sounds different, however, so I'm going to do something I rarely do when anonymous sources are involved -- hold out hope that this could actually be pretty cool. But while folks are practically wetting themselves over the possibilty of some sci-fi Termintator type specs, consider the type of market a first-generation product like this might be targeting. Chances are it won't be the typical consumer.

And chances are it'll come in at the high end of that price range for the hardware. And that's not counting whatever the supposed cellular data will run.

Source: NYT; More: 9 to 5 Google
Goggles image via Shutterstock

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations Fitness Month: Old habits die hard

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Well, that was quicker than I expected. Here we are, mostly through February -- Mobile Nations Fitness Month -- and what started as two weeks of solid daily walking as slipped back into 16-hour days at a desk.

Why am I not surprised.

I know I'm not alone there -- we've all started some sort of exercise regimen only to let life, work, school -- the old routine -- sneak back in. And you know what? All the gadgets in the world can't keep it from happening. (Or, in my case, all the gadgets in the world are the direct cause.) That one's totally on me.

But, wait. No it's not. Frankly, I'm very disappointed in all of you. Two weeks away, and not one "What happened to Phil?!?!?!" thread in our our Health and Fitness forums. Fine. I get it. I'm on my own here. Thanks for nothing.

So we've got a week to go in Mobile Nations Fitness Month. And this ain't gonna be easy -- I head to Mobile World Congress on Friday. Here's what we're going to do:

  • I'm strapping the Fitbit back on. Let's see how far one walks at MWC, shall we? And perhaps there will be a contest around it.
  • From now through Feb. 29 (it's a leap year, yo!), anyone who posts in the Health and Fitness forums is entered to win an Acer Iconia Tab A200. (Anyone who posts "I'm only posting to enter to win!" is lame and will not win.)
  • If you see me sitting down somewhere, kick me in the rear and tell me to get my fat butt moving. Time's a wastin'.

So Mobile Nations Fitness Month isn't yet a bust. We've still got some time left. And perhaps we've all learned an important lesson. ... ... ... Ah, right. The tech is fun, but it's not going to put in the miles for you.

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4 years ago

The Simpsons are (eventually) coming!

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The Simpsons are coming! EA announced today that it is hard at work on a new premium title its calling "The Simpsons: Tapped Out." It'll be available on iOS in the coming weeks, and on Android "a few months" after that (doh!), though EA says that it is working on beginning to release titles across multiple platforms simultaneously. The iOS version will be free to download and play, as will the Android version will likely be, though EA is hoping to make some scratch through in-app purchases that will help you conquer the game faster and more efficiently. EA is hoping the "freemium" model will attract both users who don't want a free game, and those who are willing to make a number of smaller, in-app purchases.

EA has made it clear that it's putting its collective heart and soul into the title, which will feature dialogue and gameplay with input from the show's writers and cast. "Tapped Out" revolves around Springfield rebuilding itself after Homer gets the town into some hot water. 

While you're patiently waiting for the game to hit the Android Market, we promise to keep our eyes and ears peeled for any Simpsons-related news. Or just the Simpsons on TV. 

Source: CNET

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4 years ago

HTC Ville headed to T-Mobile?

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Sure looks that way according to a new T-Mobile accessory document that has turned up. We've heard quite a bit about the HTC Ville device itself -- even caught some images and video of it in action but until now there has been no mention of possible carriers for the device. Also noted in the document is the Huawei Prism and the Samsung T769 though, overall the information is lacking aside from the names being called to the front. Either way, it'll be interesting to see where the HTC Ville ends up given its rise to fame thus far.

Source: T-MoNews

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4 years ago

DroidDoodle: How big did you say that thing was?

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Cause that's pretty freakin' huge.

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4 years ago

Twitter for Android gets some ICS love, support for the Kindle Fire, Nook Color and Nook Tablet

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In case you've been wondering when exactly Twitter would get around to optimizing Twitter for Android on ICS devices, we now have an answer for you -- and that is right now! In fact, as noted on the Twitter blog earlier the optimized version of Twitter for Android is now available in the Android Market.

In addition to the optimizations, Twitter has also announced support immediately for the Amazon Kindle Fire as well as forth coming support for the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet. Also of import is that you can swipe a tweet to reply, retweet, share or view profiles.

Twitter is available now for the Kindle Fire while owners of the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet will have to wait until Feb. 23 for the apps to show up in the Barnes and Nobile Nook Store.

Source: Twitter Blog

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4 years ago

What's coming at Mobile World Congress? Quite a lot, actually

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Mobile World Congress, one of the biggest mobile tech shows in the world, begins in just a few short days in Barcelona, Spain. We’ll be there to bring you all the Android-related developments from the show floor, starting this Sunday, Feb. 26.

As is always the case with such a big show, early details of product announcements often leak out ahead of time, and some companies even take to making announcements a few days before the event begins. We’ve covered all kinds of crazy developments leading up to this year’s MWC, and today we’ve condensed everything we’re expecting to see into one handy article.

Read on for a complete picture of what the major Android players are likely to be bringing to Barcelona. (And check back in case of updates!)

Updated Feb. 22: Fujitsu, LG Optimus 3D MAX, 4X HD and Tmo HTC Ville information.

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4 years ago

Syncing iTunes, Normal battery life [From the Forums]

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With all the Android world abuzz over Mobile World Congress, we took a look at what you all can expect from Barcelona today. A must read if you've been keeping yourself up-to-date on all the latest rumors. Give it a read and make sure you also stop by the Android Central forums for some further discussion:

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