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3 years ago

Custom ROM brings Gingerbread and Sense 2.1 to HTC Desire Z and T-Mo G2

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Development team VillainROM has released a new Gingerbread-based custom ROM for "HTC Vision" devices -- that's the T-Mobile G2 in the U.S. and the HTC Desire Z pretty much everywhere else. SenseGinger 1.0 is based on the recently-leaked Wildfire S ROM, meaning that in addition to Android 2.3.2 it also sports the new version 2.1 of HTC's Sense UI. As far as we can tell, this is the first custom ROM to appear based on the new Sense 2.1.

It's also a 1.0 release, and there's a list of known issues that you should be aware of before flashing, so if you're expecting a polished ROM with full functionality then this might not be for you. However, if you're a G2 owner with bad case of Sense (and Gingerbread) envy, or a Desire Z user who can't wait until summer for the official update, then you may want to take a closer look. [VillainROM]

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3 years ago

OpenFeint & The9 throw $100 million on table to lure iOS developers to Android

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Over the past couple of months Android has certainly seen an increase in quality games coming to the platform, but OpenFeint is just not 100 percent satisfied with the comparison of iOS games to Android games. Taking matters into their own hands, OpenFeint has partnered with The9 in order to build up a $100 million fund that will help developers make the transition from iOS to Android.

We launched on Android to bring gamers great content. We’ve already helped launch 250 great games, but there’s still work to do,” said Eros Resmini, VP of Marketing at OpenFeint. “There’s a treasure trove of great games on iOS waiting for the rest of the world to discover. This fund will help make that possible for indie game developers.

We can sure hope that developers will begin to take advantage of these funds, and bring their favorite games to the Android platform. For more information about the partnership and the funding, check out the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Leaked HTC Desire S ROM appears online

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HTC's Desire S is still over a month away from release, but a leaked test ROM from the upcoming phone has already made its way online, courtesy of MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien. The ROM joins a growing list of leaked Gingerbread-based ROMs from HTC, including a test build from the Wildfire S and leaked Gingerbread update for the Desire HD.

ROM chefs over on XDA are already hard at work porting this leaked firmware over to the original Desire, just as they've previously done with Sense 2.0-powered ROMs from the Desire HD and Desire Z.

The Desire S will launch in Europe next month. Official Gingerbread updates for the Desire, Desire HD, Desire Z and Incredible S are expected shortly thereafter. [MoDaCo via XDA]

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3 years ago

Motorola Charm about to get an update, but it still won't be Froyo

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Manufacturer's looking for 500 beta testers this week

Just because the Motorola Charm isn't going to be updated to Android 2.2. Froyo doesn't mean it's going to be left to die. Motorola's actually prepping an update that's expected to start pushing soon. Here's what you can expect:

  • Added Wifi calling
  • Added SlackerRadio and NAB
  • Improved phone stability
  • Calendar bugfixes
  • Improved calendar performance
  • Added Google security patches
  • Songs purchased from Amazon MP3 store now visible in Connected Music Player
  • Improved touchscreen response
  • Last text message now shown instead of the first
  • Improved audio quality through speaker

And Motorola's looking for 500 testers before the update's pushing out to the masses. You have to take a short survey (by 10 p.m. EST March 10), and that's it. Can't be too big a pool to pull from, right? [Best test survey, Motorola via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Foursquare 3.0 brings a world of new check-ins for customers, businesses

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After two years, 7.5 million members and some 500 million check-ins, Foursquare is turning 3. Version 3.0 that is, and it brings new features for users and merchants. For those of us doing the checking-in, there's a new way to discover venues using the "Explore" and "Me" tabs. For businesses, there are new analytics, and new ways to reward customers for their check-in loyalty. And Foursquare says there's more in store. Check it all out in their most recent blog posts, and we've got download links after the break. [Foursquare, 2]

 

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3 years ago

Samsung's new tablet a thin little thing

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So it's pretty much a forgone conclusion that Samsung's going to drop an 8.9-inch tablet on us at CTIA in a couple weeks. And judging by this new teaser picture posted on Facebook, it's going to slim. As in, even slimmer than the Galaxy S II, which is only 8.49 mm. Take a look at that picture again, and note the 3.5mm headphone jack. There's a reason it's called a 3.5mm headphone jack, right? So, this thing's gonna be thin. And it's going to be here in 13 days. [Facebook]

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3 years ago

Android shipments grow 1580%, now 'king of the hill' in Europe

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If there was any doubt that 2010 was the year of Android, then the latest set of European smartphone shipment data compiled by analysis firm IDC should pretty much seal the deal. According to IDC's latest Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the Android platform saw massive year-on-year growth of 1,580 percent in Europe between Q4 2009 and Q4 2010.

In the fourth quarter of 2010 Europeans snapped up 7.9 million Android-powered phones, compared to 470,000 during the final quarter of 2009. This places Android comfortably ahead of both Apple and RIM, who shipped 5.2 million and 4.8 million phones respectively.

IDC research manager Francisco Jeronimo predicts that Android will continue to go from strength to strength and maintain its position as the European market leader.

"The last quarter of 2010 clearly shows the trends for the coming years in Western Europe. The Western European mobile phone market will be dominated by smartphones, and Android will be the king of the hill, Android surged from 4% to 31% market share in less than a year to become the market leader in 4Q10 and the fastest growing operating system ever."

Jeronimo also expects Android growth to continue to outpace that of iOS and other platforms over the next four years, as more and more Europeans turn towards smartphones as opposed to cheaper feature phones. [IDC]

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3 years ago

Last call for Google I/O -- win one of 100 tickets

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If you weren't lucky enough (and able to survive the server crush) to register for Google I/O 2011 before all the tickets sold out, Google VP of engineering Vic Gundotra has announced that Google will be handing out 100 free tickets to winners of a mini-developers challenge.  The contest starts March 16, spans 10 days, and 10 winners will be selected each day.  Sure sounds better than eBay auctions.  Here aer the gritty details:

"We will announce a new challenge on the contest site on select dates at either 9am or 4pm PDT, that will last for 24 hours each. There will be 10 days of challenges with 10 winners on each day, spanning the following developer products:
  • March 16 - Android, 9:00 am
  • March 17 - Chrome, 9:00 am
  • March 18 - App Engine, 9:00 am
  • March 21 - YouTube APIs, 9:00 am
  • March 22 - Game Developers, 9:00 am
  • March 23 - Google Maps / Geo, 4:00 pm
  • March 24 - Commerce, 9:00 am
  • March 25 - Developer Tools / GWT, 9:00 am
  • March 28 - Accessibility, 4:00 pm
  • March 29 - Google Apps / Enterprise, 4:00 pm
Each of the challenges will focus on one of our developer products and has two rounds. Plan to be in front of your computers for the first half-hour that the challenge starts to complete a series of questions for Round I, which will qualify you for the main coding challenge in Round II. You will have a little over 20hrs to complete Round II. "
The contest is valid to residents of all 50 United States, and the District of Columbia.  Winners will be announced April 4.  Check the source link for more information and links. [Google Code blog]

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3 years ago

ACE ROM for the Sprint Epic 4G

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Again and again we see Android modders and hackers take a good thing and make it better -- this time around it's the Sprint Epic 4G. We're not surprised by the amount of love the Samsung Galaxy S phones get from Android developers.  They have great hardware, but often the software leaves a bit to be desired, so they are just begging for the custom ROM treatment.  Android Central forums adviser Paul627g has done just that with the leaked, then official, then removed EB13 Froyo build for the Epic 4G.  With tricks like a deodexed system, bloat removed, and full ext4 compliance this one looks like a real treat, and the fellas seem to have fixed any random issues that were present in the official version.  And we're a sucker for the custom wallpapers by Android Central forums member scodoublet (check out some of his other wallpapers here.  They're fantastic.)

To top things off there's also a huge list of mods, tweaks, a kernel, and other add-ons to be used with the ACE ROM.  If you're rocking the Epic and have went down the path of root, you really need to have a look.  [Android Central forums] Thanks for the heads-up Casey!

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3 years ago

Keeping emails on the server, Returned my Atrix [from the forums]

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One of the joys of being an Android user is the multitude of devices available to choose from. One question that often comes up is "What device should I get?" There is no right or wrong answer for that. (OK, there might be a couple wrong ones.) No one can really pick out a device for you based on their usage-- others can only share their opinions on the devices they have used. If you've tried a device that didn't meet your needs but found another that did, let us know in the forums.

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

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