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3 years ago

Samsung releases Captivate and Vibrant source code to developers

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Samsung loves open source -- today they have sent out an e-mail to interested developers with a download link to the open portions of the Captivate and Vibrant source code. (see our Captivate review here, and our Vibrant review here) Rather than trying to stifle third-party development, it looks like Samsung is embracing it, and we couldn't be happier.

To most people, this won't mean much. But to developers and ROM cookers this is a huge step and should really get the ball rolling for some amazing stuff.  There's already talk of a change that will drive the benchmark scores up through the roof.  Bring it, I say! [Samsung via [BriefMobile] Thanks Scepterr for the update on the Vibrant

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3 years ago

EVO's Froyo update to bring a Flashlight app and other new goodies

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Patience is a virtue. Remember that! With all the Froyo news around the web, it's a little hard to be patient though. But hey - we can't blame you. We can't wait to get our grubby paws on the Evo 4G's new Android 2.2 update. But until Aug. 3, we all need to sit tight.

In the meantime, Engadget scored some screenshots of a few little apps and features that the EVO will be getting next Tuesday. For all of you folks out there who struggle finding the right key in the dark, HTC now has you covered. It looks like the update will bring a new Flashlight app to owners of the phone. Finding that key was never easier. 

In addition, it looks like HTC will allow you sync all of your Facebook events and birthdays to your calendar. Finally, if that wasn't enough, app sharing will also be made available. That is, only if the developer has not made the app copy protected. Remember what your mother said when you were young, "Remember to share Johnny." To view the rest of the screenshots, hit the source link. [Engadget]
 

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3 years ago

What can I ask Android?

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Here's a follow up to yesterday's tip, in which we learned to hold down the search button to launch Google's voice search. But what, exactly, can you ask it? Here it is, from the horse's mouth:

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 23

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Audio-only stream below

Froyo for the Evo 4G, app security, more Galaxy S and a bunch of your e-mails and voicemails. It's another Android Central podcast!

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3 years ago

HTC: European Desire getting Froyo OTA update this weekend

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And thus, it begins. Engadget has official word from HTC that unlocked European Desires will be getting an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 2.2 ("Froyo") this weekend. This comes hot off the heels of Sprint announcing that the Evo will see Froyo early next week, so it surely looks like HTC has gotten Sense working just fine on their current line of high-end phones. Users should be automatically notified that there is an update available. 

HTC is going all out, promising several features not in stock 2.2:

  • 720p video recording
  • iTunes syncing via HTC's Sync software (what?!?)
  • The "AppShare" widget that came on the Wildfire
  • Smart CallerID

In addition, HTC is saying that users with carrier-locked Desires will see the update in "several weeks' time." Just as a friendly reminder, they also told users that the update will not delete any existing user data, which is always a great thing. 

It looks like there is going to be a ton of 2.2 update news coming in the next few weeks for HTC phones, so if you aren't a Desire or Evo owner, keep your eyes peeled. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Beautiful Widgets gets updated, brings AccuWeather and more

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Beautiful Widgets, the application that is known for bringing a Sense like style to any device, received a nice update today. The update changed the weather service to AccuWeather, which we hope can be just a little more accurate. The menus of the application also have been updated making the application way easier to navigate. In the past, the menus were not the easiest thing to look through, they now allow users to easily set and change the many features of the application. In addition, one of the other great new features is the unlock animations, which brings some brief animations of the current condition to your homescreen after unlocking the device. If you have not checked the update out, be sure to do so. Market links after the jump.

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3 years ago

Is this a prototype of the Samsung tablet?

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Feast your eyes on the photo above, in what purportedly is a prototype of an Android tablet device from Samsung. Posted on Twitpic, the only info given is that it's seven inches, and that looks about right. There's no way of knowing how recent the picture is, and you really can't see much more than the black slab. But the translated tweets from @metabaron appear to say it's not the final design, will have a phone radio and camera, no physical buttons and will be released this year. [Twitter via notebookitalia.it and GadgetMix]

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3 years ago

It's official -- Evo to get Froyo starting Tuesday, August 3

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Sprint has just announced what we all were hoping for -- the Evo 4G will be getting Froyo starting August 3, making Sprint the first carrier to upgrade their devices to Android 2.2.  Hit our story HERE to see what's included with the update.  Sprint says that the OTA will roll out in stages, but they will be providing a manual download link for those of us who just can't wait.  (That's you and I )  Yes, we'll have a nice set of simplified instructions to make it as easy as possible, just as soon as we get the link and the method.  Check out the source link to see Sprint's official announcement.  [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Security firm details privacy concerns; developer tells us its side of the story

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Let's recap: Late Wednesday night (or early Thursday morning), we reported on a story published at Mobile Beat that came out of the Black Hat online security conference. At the conference, Kevin MaHaffey, CTO at mobile security firm Lookout, told of an app from developer "jackeey,wallpaper," which basically is a portal for downloading wallpapers for your Android phone. The story told the tale of "a questionable Android mobile wallpaper app that collects your personal data and sends it to a mysterious site in China, (and) has been downloaded millions of times."

We've been in contact with Lookout -- which reiterates that the apps, while suspect, aren't necessarily malicious. We've also have a response from the developer in question. Updates from both, after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for July 29, 2010

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Applications -- they make the world go 'round. OK, maybe not exactly, but there sure are a ton of great ones in the Android Market, and finding the right one can be a bit difficult. Take a look after the jump, as we bring you another edition of our weekly selections.

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