4 years ago

MiniSquadron Special edition is here!


MiniSquadron Special Edition

MiniSquadron, one of our favorite games of 2010, is back in 2011 with a 99-cent special edition. New planes (and helicopters), new levels, and hours and hours of my workday spent "testing" the updated app. The game's on sale through Jan. 17. Download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

Sony dismisses reports of Android 2.4 on Xperia Arc, promises 'timely' updates


A post by Sony Ericsson's Rikard Skogberg on the company's Product Blog contains some interesting news about the upcoming Xperia Arc. Firstly, Skogberg pours cold water on reports that some of the Arc devices shown at CES were running "Android 2.4," saying that it was the result of a "misconfiguration," and "nothing to get too excited about." (As we all know it takes about 30 seconds to change the Android version number on a rooted phone, we're inclined to believe him.)

He also addresses concerns about future updates for the Arc, as this is one area where Sony Ericsson has lagged behind other manufacturers.

"It’s too early to officially give detailed comments around specific later Android versions for XperiaTM arc during its lifecycle but the changes we have made to our way of working with Android puts us in a good position to make sure that Xperia arc will get later versions in a timely manner."

It's good to see Sony Ericsson finally addressing something that's been a serious thorn in their side with their previous generation of Android phones, though this will be of little comfort to Froyo-less Xperia X10 owners.

You can find more Xperia Arc details from this latest posting, including specs and a video tour of the phone's home screen after the jump. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

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4 years ago

Get the Samsung Fascinate update with no waiting [from the forums]


Samsung Fascinate

 Want to get the update Verizon has put out for the Samsung Fascinate, but don't feel like waiting for it to push to you?  Android Central forums Adviser Adrynalyne has the fully updated package all ready to download and flash.

It's the stock, non-rooted version that a Verizon employee would use if he or she needed to reflash your phone, including all the Bing and bloatware you can eat. 

Be warned that while you don't need to be rooted to run this update, you will need to use some advanced tools and methods.  That's the kind of help you can find in the Android Central Fascinate forums, so don't be afraid to dive in there and find the help you might need.

Fire up your computer, grab your USB cable, and get cracking!

[Android Central forumsThanks Adynalyne!

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4 years ago

Sprint cuts Samsung Epic 4G price


 Epic 4G

In response to the recent launch of the HTC EVO Shift 4G at $149.99, Sprint has reduced the cost of the similar Samsung-made Epic 4G to $199.99 on a two-year contract, down $50 from the previous price. Both phones feature 4G connectivity and a slide-out keyboard, though the Epic boasts a larger 4-inch SuperAMOLED screen, compared with the EVO Shift's 3.6-inch LCD.

In terms of software, the Epic is stuck with Android 2.1 for the moment, while the EVO Shift ships with 2.2.

Ordering your Epic 4G through Amazon will save you another $100, making the phone yours for just $99.99. If you're in the market for a 4G phone with a slide-out keyboard on Sprint, then both the Epic and the EVO Shift should serve you well. You can find out more about the Epic 4G and the EVO Shift 4G in our Android devices section. [Sprint on Twitter]

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4 years ago

Samsung Fascinate MR update released


Samsung Fascinate update

Verizon has released the scheduled maintenance release update for the Samsung Fascinate, and it's not Froyo.  Prepare your rotten tomatoes and pitchforks, because yes, I did say it could be Froyo a few days back when we got tipped about the update.  Unfortunately, it's just the DL09 update that many said wouldn't pass Verizon's quality control.  Looks like it did :)

The good news is that it supposedly fixes the GPS (though many say differently) and offers a slew of other bug fixes and enhancements, and updates all those apps everyone wants to uninstall.  For more info and instructions, hit the source link. [Verizon via Android Central forumsThanks everyone who sent this in!

Want to discuss the good and bad about the update?  Check out the Fascinate forums while I slink off and hide my head in shame.

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4 years ago

Samsung SCH-R910 -- MetroPCS' first Android LTE phone?


Samsung SCH-R910

A tipster has has provided the above image to BGR, showing the Samsung SCH-R910 -- a Samsung LTE enabled Android phone, with MetroPCS branding.  While we have to file it under the "rumor" category for now, the image pretty much says it all.

According to BGR's source, the Hummingbird CPU is on board, as well as a five MP camera and removable SD card, and MetroPCS subscribers should find it for sale sometime soon.  MetroPCS was first in the states to offer LTE devices, are they trying to be first with an Android LTE phone as well? [BGR]

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4 years ago

EVO Shift 4G issues, Bionic RAM and is the Inspire uninspiring? [from the forums]


Android Forums at Android Central

Now that CES has come to a close we're looking forward to all the new devices set to be released. Although it's always fun to see what pops up in the meantime while we wait. Was there something you expected at CES but didn't get to see? If so let us know in the forums. Mobile World Congress isn't that far away, so maybe some goodies will be shown off there. Unless of course you're a Sprint user in which case CTIA is where you will shine.

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

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4 years ago

Android 2.2 update now available to Rogers Captivate owners


All across Canadian carriers, Samsung Galaxy S series devices have been starting to get there Froyo updates, and the Rogers Samsung Captivate is no exception to that. Available now, Rogers Captivate owners can to download Kies and begin getting their Froyo on. You can also hit up the Rogers website for the full .pdf instructions if you should need them. Of course, you can always hit up the Android Central forums if you run into issues as well. Thanks, Colin! [Rogers Forums]

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4 years ago

Watch Motorola Mobility's CES announcements (video)


 Motorola CES

Miss Motorola's announcements at CES? Want to watch the entire event that introduced the Atrix 4G, Cliq 2, Droid Bionic and Xoom? The video is now available and is about 35 minutes long. Motorola's event was arguably the most exciting from an Android point of view so this would be a good one to see. Sit back and enjoy all of the Android goodness that's going to hit the market soon.

Oh, and don't blame us for the video quality. Phil says it looked pretty damn cool in person, though. And if you look closely, you might even be able to spot him in the crowd.

For more on these new phones, check out our Motorola Forums

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4 years ago

MeeGo and Ubuntu ported to the Samsung Nexus S


We've seen this happen in the past on many devices, but this is a first for the Samsung Nexus S. Yes, the beautiful Samsung Nexus S that runs Gingerbread out of the box has now been persuaded to run MeeGo and Ubuntu. If you're going to be trying this out, it's only fair to warn you it's not something for a new user as it could potentially kill off your device and make it a paperweight. You can grab the full details from the source link if you simply must know how it can be done. You'll also find a quick video after the break. Thanks Liam! [High Caffeine via Redmond Pie]

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4 years ago

Google confirms Nexus S reboot bug


Are you a Samsung Nexus S owner who has been experiencing random reboots during calls? If so, you'll be pleased to know that Google has now been able to replicate the issue and is working with Samsung to address it. Although reported a while back, this bug has a history of being noted and then quickly being declined based on the fact Google never felt it was an issue with Gingerbread but rather a manufacturer related issue.

We're guessing the attention given to the SMS bug lately has caused Google to start looking at the communities bug tracking efforts just a little bit harder. At this time, no fix has been issued but hopefully we can expect one very soon now that the reboot issue has been acknowledged. Thanks Andrew! [Google via XDA]

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4 years ago

Google Goggles gets faster, does Sudoku


Google GogglesGoogle Goggles

Google Goggles is pretty damn cool, being able to nearly instantly recognize just about anything you can take a picture of. And in Version 1.3, it's gotten faster -- and smarter.

First off, scanning barcodes is much faster. Takes about a second now. Then there's the print ad feature -- scan the ad and it'll find search results about the product. And what's really cool is that you can scan a Sudoku puzzle and have the puzzle solved for your lazy butt get a little help. It's pretty damn cool. Video of it in action and download links are after the break. [Google]

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4 years ago

Froyo update for MyTouch 3G Slide delayed


 MyTouch 3G Slide

T-Mobile-centric news site TmoNews has gotten word from someone on the inside that a pair of issues have been discovered in the Froyo update package for the MyTouch 3G Slide. The first seems to be a glitch in the WiFi calling feature that prevents it from working correctly. The second is much more serious as the update file is being directed towards a partition on the phone that is not large enough to hold it. Their source also claims that HTC is aware of the issues and is already working on getting them ironed out so hopefully the wait won't be too long until the update is ready for general release. [TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Xoom to have built in barometer -- now let's talk about the weather



The new Xoom tablet sure does love the news. According to Motorola's MotoDev page for the Xoom shows that it is fully equipped with an internal Barometer sensor, and Motorola confirmed this on their Facebook page. This will enable the Xoom to provide more accurate predictions and reports of your current weather conditions, and will also be able to detect current altitude -- a great feature for you hikers out there. What else did we not see at CES that the Xoom can do? You can bet we'll be digging to find out! [Motorola via Phone Arena]

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4 years ago

CES brought dual-core, LTE but no NFC


CES ushered in a new era of smartphones and tablets. Dual-core Tegra 2 processors. LTE broadband data connections. Honeycomb on tablets (for starters). Laptop companions. Docks that turn your smartphone into a mini computer. Creme brulee-coated smartphones drowning in syrup and melted butter. Wait. That was breakfast.

But one thing that was nowhere to be found in the major smartphone releases? Near-field communication. The feature trumpeted in Android 2.3 Gingerbread (see our hands-on with NFC on the Nexus S) was nary to be seen in any of the smartphones announced at CES. Not in the Motorola Atrix. Not in the Droid Bionic. Not in the LG Revolution. Not in the HTC Thunderbolt. Or the Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone (we just love typing that, by the way) or any of the others.

That's not to say we won't see new phones with NFC in the coming months. Mobile World Congress is a month away. CTIA is a month after that. And carriers can release phones any damn time they want. So NFC isn't DOA, it was just MIA at CES. OK?

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