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3 years ago

New Evo 4G update leaks out, is rooted

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We stumbled across a minor update release for the Evo 4G, in RUU form.  In an attempt to find out which files have been modified in the update, the XDA faithful have already cracked it open, rooted it, and are in the process of further exploration.  Expect to see some new ROMs built on this update over the coming days.

According to XDA member joeykrim, this update brings changes to the kernel, Recovery.img, hboot, and many .jar files within the framework. 

If you're rooted, it might be a good idea to hold off for a few days in case there are any surprises waiting in this update.  But if you're feeling adventurous, go ahead and grab the rooted update and start flashing (your ROM).  [via XDA, rooted version]

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3 years ago

NOOKcolor revealed, brings 7-inch e-reader/tablet Android hybrid

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Barnes and Noble unveiled its new e-reader/tablet today, deemed the NOOKcolor. The Nook has previously been mostly an e-reader that enjoyed 20 percent market share, deferring to Amazon's Kindle. Their strategy has shifted it appears, as the new Nook is more of a hybrid device.

Here are some specs about the new Nook:

  • 7-inch color display
  • Android OS
  • 1024x600
  • 8GB internal memory
  • Micro-SD slot expandable to 32GB
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Pandora built-in
  • Chess and Sudoko
  • Facebook support
  • Conde Nast and Hearst are partners
  • $249

It's a risky strategy for Barnes and Noble to take, given that e-readers have been selling mainly due to their superior e-ink technology. Now that it is in color and offering similar services to tablets such as the iPad and Galaxy Tab, it may have a difficult time finding an audience. Then again, maybe it won't. What do you think of the new Nook Color? [Barnes and Noble]

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3 years ago

Maybe this one's Gingerbread?

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We can't vouch for the validity of this about screen, but GizmoFusion swears it's Android 2.3 Gingerbread. And maybe it is. Or maybe it's someone with a text editor and about 45 seconds of free time. Could be either one. And regardless, we know darn well that Gingerbread is coming, thanks to the Gingerbread statue arriving at Google last week. So, yeah. [GizmoFusion via Android Community]

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3 years ago

A second Google phone out before Christmas?

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A report today suggests that a second Google phone is not only real, but is due out by the end of the year. If true, this device would be the follow-up to the very popular but now developer-only (in the U.S.) Nexus One

The report says that Google has made a deal with Carphone Warehouse to sell the phones overseas. Google is looking to avoid direct selling from carriers this time around and is looking for a partner that is already in the business of selling unlocked phones. 

The story also states that this phone will run the next iteration of Android, Gingerbread, which could have been expected. This is very interesting news and it definitely has us excited at the possibility of another Google phone. Hopefully U.S. customers will be able to buy the phone easily through Best Buy, since it is a subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse. We'll keep you updated. [CityAM via Eurodroid]

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3 years ago

Adobe gives free Motorola Droid 2, Logitech Revue to Adobe MAX attendees

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Say what you will about Adobe, it knows how to throw a conference. (That's Adobe's Ben Forta during this morning's keynote, if that's any indication.) And, more important, it knows how to woo developers -- especially for Android platforms. On Day 1 of the Adobe MAX conference in Las Angeles, attendees all received a new Motorola Droid 2. Today, it was announced they'll all get a Logitech Revue -- the Android-based Google TV device.

Giving away Android devices is nothing new -- at Google IO, everybody received a Motorola Droid and an HTC Evo 4G. But it's pretty obvious just how important Android is to Adobe. [Adobe]

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3 years ago

Things Verizon wants you to know about the Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Verizon is excited to launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab, if for no other reason than to offer a second option to the 3G iPad (the WiFi-only version of which they are set to begin selling) on AT&T. They have created a "Top Things to Know" sheet to inform their retail sales people, and it was caught on camera by a tipster using nothing other than the official Android Central app. Verizon lists many of the features that would be common knowledge to our readers, but might not be obvious to the average tablet buyer. These include Flash, the thin and light design, Android 2.2, syncing with Verizon's V CAST Media Manager, and high-resolution screen. 

Verizon dedicates the final point to comparing the Galaxy Tab directly to the iPad, noting multitasking, front/rear camera, full Flash 10.1 support, and the zippy Android 2.2 OS as key advantages. They also say that the Galaxy Tab is able to be used in one hand, a slight dig at the larger and heaver iPad. Anyone interested in getting a Galaxy Tab should head over to the Android Central Forums for the latest information and discussion as we wait for the November launch date. 

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3 years ago

3D graphics on Android? Done, thanks to HTML5 and the Fennec browser

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WebGL, HTML5, a Samsung Galaxy S, the Firefox browser for Android, and anagraphic glasses. What does it all mean? How about 3D graphics on your Android phone. Check it out, after the break. [TheHyperGates via @mozhacks]

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3 years ago

HTC Droid Incredible HD rumored to be coming Nov. 23

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Remember that Evo-esque device uncovered about a month ago? It's looking increasingly likely that this guy will be the Incredible HD (or maybe the Droid Incredible HD?) on Verizon. And leaker extraordinaire Miami1683 says we should expect it the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, which would be Nov. 23. To say that we'd love to get a bigger, more powerful Incredible in our hands would be the understatement of the year, and we know you guys are longing for it, too. So put your jaw back together, and let's all start thinking happy thoughts. [DroidForums via Limitless Droid]

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3 years ago

Google shutting down Nexus One forum, but ours is still here to help!

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The bad news: Google is shutting down its Nexus One help forums, moving things to a read-only status starting Nov. 1. [via Android Guys] The good news: Our Nexus One forums aren't going anywhere, and we have a plethora of people ready to help you with any questions or hacks. That said, we're more than a little sad because the Nexus One obviously is being shown the door by Google. Not unexpected, but sad nonetheless. So long, little guy.

More on the Nexus One in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Android 2.1 update for Telus HTC Hero available now

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Good news for HTC Hero owners in Canada, as the 2.1 (Eclair) update for the TELUS version is now available for download. The Hero is not even available to buy new, but owners who have been devout to their device can rejoice as they can now enjoy a major upgrade. 

Here are some of the improvements:

  • Flash support 4.0
  • Google Maps Navigation
  • Voice-dialer
  • Multi-touch navigation
  • People Group Widgets

If you want the update, you need to go to HTC's website. Sorry, Sprint Hero users, this update does not apply to your device. [HTC via Mobile Syrup]

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