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3 years ago

HTC Sync update for Aria brings mobile network sharing, app sideloading [Update]

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HTC has released an update to its HTC Sync software for the HTC Aria, and along with it comes the ability to install third-party applications and enable mobile network sharing.  Hallelujah! While this isn't nearly as handy as installing the applications directly from the phone, it's a huge step in the right direction.  The addition of mobile network sharing is a huge boon as well, just remember to keep an eye on your data usage if you've switched to one of AT&T's new plans

HTC Sync is also a great way to sync calendar events and contacts with Outlook (or Outlook Express/Windows Live Mail) on your Windows PC.  Sorry, Mac users, you can sit over here with us Linux guys and grumble.  Hit the source link to check out the requirements and download the software -- you'll need your device serial number, click and enlarge the pic to the left for help finding it. [HTC Aria Product Support] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Update: As Spary points out in the comments below, there was an apparent SNAFU at HTC and this update does not enable sideloading, nor does it change any settings on the device itself.  HTC has reached out to Engadget and apologized for any confusion, and says their website will be updated with the correct information Monday.  Felt good for a couple hours though!

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3 years ago

Bootloader on the Droid X = Locked!

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There has been some chatter lingering around in regards to the Droid X and its bootloader, and sadly it appears as though they have locked this one down. So, what does that mean for the average consumer, well nothing really. Those who will be affected by this information are those interested in the extra tweaks, along with the ability to create and flash custom ROM's. Root access should still be obtainable so you will be able to use all those fun applications that require it, which is a big plus to many. Hopefully the Droid X isn't as hard to crack as the Motorola Milestone -- for which they are still trying to figure out a good solution. Now all you Droid owners who were looking for an upgrade, still interested? [via Droid Life]

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3 years ago

Google releases Open Spot for Android -- Find and share parking

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Finding a parking spot just got a little easier, thanks to Google's new Open Spot app for Android.  The concept is simple enough, fire up the app to see what spots are near (.9 mile radius) you, and the color of the pin tells you how long it's been since someone marked it.  Red means 'freshly-marked', orange pins mean the spot was marked 5 minutes ago, and the yellow spots are older than 10 minutes -- after 20 minutes they disappear. 

Speaking of marking the spot, the application is driven by the idea that you mark open spots you find, and lady karma rolls back around to help you find one when you need it.  And before you let those devious ideas loose, Google claims to have their own method of dealing with 'greifers' -- people who mark spots when there are none.  As of now, this app is Android only; no word on a web version or cross platform availability, but I imagine that this won't stay exclusive for too long.  Hit the jump for the download links.  [Google OpenSpot via TechCrunch]

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3 years ago

Fring fraks Skype access, iPhone blamed

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Yeah, so by now Fring users likely have noticed that Skype access has been pulled. And, you guessed it, we have the iPhone to blame. Fring recently updated its iPhone version, which allows cross-platform chatting (see our demo with Rene from TiPB) and sure enough, the gathering horde borked it for the rest of us. Here's Fring's official response, from its forums:

This is absolutely amazing. Since the release of our latest iPhone version yesterday we have seen a huge jump in fring video calling.

So, to free up some room for more fring-to-fring video calling, we are temporarily reducing support to Skype. Be patient, we'll have some more updates soon.

These things happen, but surely just about everybody saw it coming. Anyhoo, hang tight, folks, and hopefully Fring will have things up and running soon enough. [Fring via Android Central Forums] Thanks to everybody who sent this in.

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3 years ago

NTP sues Google, HTC, Motorola, and everyone else in latest infringment suit

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NTP is once again suing over patents they hold for the wireless collection of e-mail data, charging Google, Motorola, HTC, LG, Microsoft and Apple with infringement.  (Seems they forgot carrier pigeon breeders and pilots who fly banner ads).  Many of you will remember the drawn out affair between NTP and RIM, which ended in 2006 with a mega-million dollar judgment in NTP's favor, or their subsequent fight with Palm that quietly disappeared for unknown reasons a year later.

The late Tom Campana, NTP's founder and the 'inventor' of e-mail certainly does hold several valid patents showing the technology is his, but it will be up to the courts (with millions of our tax dollars) to determine the validity of the newest claims.  Can I haz patent reform plz?  The full press release is after the break. [PRNewswire]

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3 years ago

Friday free-for-all: Comment at will!

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Stop and think for a minute. We've seen seven Android phones announced for U.S. carriers in a little more than two weeks. That's just insane. The Droid X. The four phones of the Galaxy S line (hell, toss in two more if you want to count U.S. Cellular and Cellular South). The Motorola Charm. The Samsung Intercept. It's been quite the week, and that's just the hardware side.

So let's end the week right. Bar's open, and so are the comments.

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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant confirmed for July 15

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For all the naysayers who didn't think T-Mobile would really sell the Samsung Vibrant a week early, well, how do we say this nicely? We told you so! Today T-Mobile made an announcement on its official twitter page stating that the device will be ready for sale on July 15, a week earlier then previously announced. This 4-inch screen powered by a 1GHz processor and equipped with Bluetooth 3.0 will run $199.99 upon release, so if you were holding out on the Nexus One in hopes of something bigger coming along, it's here! [T-Mobile Twitter via MobileBurn]

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3 years ago

Ubuntu squeezed onto Nexus One and Sprint HTC Evo 4G [Update -- Droid too!]

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If Windows 3.1 on your Droid isn't good enough for you, how about a modern desktop OS running on your Nexus One or Sprint Evo 4G? Braniac Max from NexusOneHacks.net managed to shoehorn Ubuntu onto his Nexus One over the Independence Day weekend. Not to be outdone, a few days later it was modified to run on the Evo 4G. More details after the break. [via NexusOneHacks and GoodAndEvo]

Update: Matt wrote in to let us know that Ubuntu is running on the Droid as well.  Added a video for your perusal after the break.  Thanks for the tip Matt!

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3 years ago

Credo Mobile to carry the HTC Hero

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It's always great to see Android spreading it's robo-love to the smaller guys, and starting today Credo Mobile is carrying the HTC Hero (CDMA).  The Hero, running Android 2.1,  will be offered at $79.99 with a two year agreement, and plans (voice only) start at $59.99 monthly.  Credo Mobile is a small nationwide carrier that uses the Sprint network for voice and data.  They pride themselves on their social conscience, and in 2009 the company donated $2,680,211 to nonprofit groups from it's revenue.  You can read more about Credo Mobile at the source link, and you can find out everything there is to know about the HTC Hero in our forums. [Credo Mobile] Thanks Nick!

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3 years ago

US Cellular to include TeleNav on Samsung Acclaim [video]

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Today is the launch of the Samsung Acclaim on US Cellular, and the nation's sixth-largest carrier has a treat for everyone coming in to pick one up -- the Acclaim (as well as other select handsets), will include Your Navigator Deluxe.  Your Navigator Deluxe is a TeleNav powered turn-by-turn navigation system (very much like SprintNavigator for Sprint smartphones) that includes enhancements like comprehensive business listings and weather conditions.  Many (this author included) prefer TeleNav products over the standard Google navigation because of the small extras like a personal launch page and details about your destination.  In any case, more options is never a bad thing. 

Check out a video overview of Your Navigator Deluxe and the full press release after the break. [TeleNav Blog]

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