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3 years ago

Lloyd crashes Best Buy's PlayBook party

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Really, we have no idea how these things happen. But we like it when they do. One more pic of Lloyd spoiling Best Buy's PlayBook party after the break.

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3 years ago

ROM Manager gets a sprucing up

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If you've ever put a custom ROM on your Android phone (or are looking to do so), chances are you've used ROM Manager. And it's getting spruced up in its latest version. Things are a little prettier, a little more friendly. And that sort of touch makes the easiest way to install custom ROMs even easier. Download links are after the break. And remember that you've gotta be rooted for any of this.

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3 years ago

Review: Otterbox Commuter for the Motorola Droid 2

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Otterbox has always been one of my favorite cases, regardless of which device I am using at the time, and when I get a new device it is usually one of the first things I purchase. When I got my Droid 2, it was no different, I headed right to the Android Central store and picked up an Otterbox Commuter for the Droid 2 to ensure that my device was safe.

The standard Otterbox packaging has the case, a screen cleaner, and a screen protector. I ripped it open, and put it right on, because I had a couple of concerns of how it would fit, and affect the feel of the device as a whole. After installing the case initially I knew it would take a little bit of getting used to, with the added size and the different feel.

The Droid 2, even with the slide-out keyboard, maintains a rather slim profile, which was one of the main appeals of the device to me. Though I enjoyed the slim profile of the device, protection is always more important for me, and I am more then willing to sacrifice a little bit of size in order to add protection. While I try to be careful with the device, no one is perfect, and having a 4 year old at home who likes to play with everything, it is essential.

The case fits very snug to the device, which helps optimize the amount of protection. There are cutouts for the headphone jack and USB port of the device, and the volume rocker is raised making it easy to use. The 2 piece design allows for the device to slide easily, and not get in the way. One thing that made me nervous was if the top half of the case would affect use of the top keyboard row when the device is slid open, but luckily that was not the case.

The commuter series from Otterbox has always been the one that has felt the best, with the hard plastic, and gel combination, allowing for optimal grip and protection. The inside of the case is a thin gel, which is wrapped with a hard plastic, and the back has a brushed metal look to it. The front piece is just a single solid plastic piece, which is designed well, and even follows the curve at the bottom of the screen very well.

Overall, if you are looking for a great case and are willing to sacrifice a little bit of size to gain protection the Otterbox Commuter is a great choice for your Droid 2. Don't delay, pick up your Otterbox Commuter from the Android Central Store now for only $32.95 while it is on sale. More pictures available after the break!

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3 years ago

Xperia Play bugs 'fixed', phone 'nearly ready for release', says O2 UK

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play missed its planned Apr. 1 launch date on O2 UK because of software issues found during testing, but now it seems these bugs have been successfully squished and the phone is almost ready to launch on O2's network. Posting on the carrier's official blog, Stuart Hibbard, O2's head of testing, said the arrival of fixed firmware from Sony Ericsson is an "important milestone" and that the Xperia Play is now "nearly ready for release".

No specific release date has been announced, but O2's product page for the Xperia Play has a link where prospective customers can sign up for updates on the phone's availability. [O2 Blog, Xperia Play on O2]

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation coming to O2, T-Mobile, Orange and Three in the UK

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The HTC Sensation may be launching first on Vodafone UK next month, but that's not stopping other British carriers from getting in on the action once the month-long exclusivity deal is up. Today the four other major networks have confirmed that they'll be carrying the Sensation, though not all have committed to any particular release window.

T-Mobile and Orange will be next in line to get HTC's new flagship device, with both networks planning a June release. Three expects to launch the phone "this summer", while O2 has confirmed it'll be carrying the Sensation, but offers no further information. [@TMobileOfficial, @conrofromorange, @O2, Three Media Center]

HTC Sensation specs | HTC Sensation Images | HTC Sensation Forums

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson bootloader unlock site is live, old phones need not apply

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Good news, everyone! Remember how Sony Ericsson promised it would have a website set up to help unlock its bootloaders "in the upcoming weeks"? Well, we're there. With a few caveats, of course.

First off, only four phones are currently supported, and chances are you don't have any of them. Supported are the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro and Xperia Neo. Yeah. We don't have those yet, either. The site also notes that your phone needs to be SIM unlocked if you want to unlock the bootloader. Again, not something you see very often here in the states.

And then there's the process of actually unlocking the bootloader. Don't have the Android SDK? Well, get to downloadin', son. (Actually. if you don't already have the SDK, chances are you have no business unlocking a bootloader in the first place.) Then you'll need to do a little bit of fastboot trickery (aka copying and pasting a few commands). Again, nothing you shouldn't be able to do if you know what a bootloader is, and why you'd want to unlock it.

So for n00bs, this is not. But kudos to Sony Ericsson for making good on its promise. Hit the source link if you want to get to unlocking. And let's just hope we see more phones supported in the future. [Sony Ericsson via xperiablog.net] Thanks, Rick!

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3 years ago

HTC releases Sensation launch event videos

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HTC has released video footage of yesterday's HTC Sensation launch event in London. Hosted by Florian Seiche, President of HTC Europe and Philip Blair, VP of Products and Services, the presentation offers a reflection on HTC's current European line-up, as well as a showcase of the Sensation's main features.

The video is available in two flavors -- a 13-minute "highlights" reel which we've embedded above, and a full 23-minute version which you can find after the jump. [HTC on YouTube]

HTC Sensation specs | HTC Sensation Images | HTC Sensation Forums

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3 years ago

Sprint Nexus S 4G up for pre-order from Best Buy

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Best Buy has gone ahead and put up its pre-order page for the WiMax-enabled Sprint Nexus S 4G. The phone will run you $199.99 on new or upgrade two-year contract. We still only have the ever-vague "coming soon" as a launch date, but shipping dates are showing as early as April 14. They aren't yet offering off-contract pricing but hopefully that option will be available once the phone launches. Also worth noting is that you can pick up the original Nexus S on T-Mobile for $99.99 with new or upgrade 2-year contract. [Best Buy] Thanks to DeadlyBatman for the tip!

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 marketing materials land, hopefully pointing toward an imminent launch

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Can you taste the Droid Incredible 2 just yet? Cause it's getting ever so close. Nick1020 in the Android Central Forums slipped in a few pics of marketing materials that are being unwrapped today. Still no word on when the phone will actually be released -- or even announced -- but it's definitely getting closer.

Oh, and note that we've got even more confirmation now on the DInc 2 being a world phone, eh? [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Regina homescreen and launcher replacement

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We're starting to see homescreen and launcher replacements settle into a groove. Nice UIs, smooth transitions, and the Regina launcher fits nicely in that space. It's the same basic principle: You have five home screens on which to flip around and place apps, widgets, shortcuts, folders, etc.

The main homescreen features a slick flip clock (hello, HTC!) and weather widget. The bad news is that the weather widget might not include your town (yes, really) and to add it manually you need to know some sort of region code. Which I don't know. And I'm not going to bother looking up. And it gets a little worse -- to use the weather feature at all, you have to install the Regina Weather and Regina Weather Server apps in addition to the launcher. And then I still have to look up my region code? No, thanks.

But the launcher and homescreens (they're called workspaces here) are pretty nice. And you have secret workspaces that you can password protect and access from the corners of the home screens. That's not all that intuitive, as you'll see me scratch my head in the video after the break.

Transitions are smooth, if a tad slow for our taste, and look sophisticated enough. The launcher only scrolls horizontally -- we'd love to have the option to go vertical. Removing items from the home screen (or uninstalling them altogether) is helped along with some handy graphical reminders.

Check out our video of the Regina launcher and find downlinks after the break.

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