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5 years ago

Google kills off Google Tags


Google kills off Google Tags, making way for NFC maybe?

While it may not really seem all that interesting at first glance, today's announcement from Google regarding the discontinuation of Google Tags could potentially mean quite a bit to businesses who jumped on board to support the program. The trial, which began last year, has come to a close and despite the claim tens of thousands of businesses have used Tags Google has decided to shut it down, leaving those businesses with the task of finding alternative ways to promote themselves.

Google Tags may not have had widespread usage throughout mobile usage and Android; one has to wonder why Google just decided to shut Tags down as they did. If we had to guess, based solely on speculation -- they're likely (or at least hopefully) making way for NFC usage, which is bound to be more widespread in the coming months if Google has anything to say about it. [Google Lattlong blog]

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5 years ago

New LauncherPro beta released with widget skinning support


 LauncherPro with skins

LauncherPro developer Federico Carnales has released a new beta version of his popular Android homescreen replacement, which brings skinnable widget support for the first time. The beta is intended to help skin creators get content created in time for the next version of LauncherPro, which some have already started to do.

Fede also notes that this isn't the completely re-written version version of LauncherPro that was promised a few months ago -- instead it's based on the current version 0.8.4. Hit the source link for more information and the files themselves. [LauncherPro]

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5 years ago

Sprint announces the Green Sprint ID pack


Green ID pack

To go along with the eco-friendly Samsung Replenish, Sprint has announced the availability of the Green Sprint ID pack.  This will give access to applications and mobile content to help you "live a greener lifestyle" through your Android smartphone.  Included in the Green ID pack are:

  • Live Green widget with access to a carbon footprint calculator
  • Green Now widget, with content from TreeHugger, Earth911, and GreenBiz
  • ShopGreen widget full of eco-friendly daily deals
  • iRecycle to help locate the right recycling center
  •'s Android application
  • Light Bulb Finder to help make the Green choice when replacing your light bulbs
  • Seasonal Harvest Lite to help find locally grown produce
  • eBay Green to find those Green gadgets and sustainable home products

Before any of us scoff at this, it's important to try to keep our planet from going any further into decline.  I'm not sure is using a smartphone to do it is going to be very effective, but it certainly can't hurt.  And to many this will hold real appeal.  If you're interested, you can grab the Green ID pack for free using any of the Sprint devices that have Sprint ID enabled. 

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5 years ago

Sprint announces the eco-friendly Samsung Replenish


Samsung Replenish

Sprint has announced what they are calling the world's first "green" Android phone, the Samsung Replenish.  The Android 2.2 phone is partially built with recycled plastic and uses recycled materials for the packaging, uses less harmful materials, and has an energy efficient charger.  Add in a unique solar charging battery cover, and this should appeal to all of us who are concerned about the environment. 

While I'm concerned about my planet, I'm just as interested in the specs of the Replenberry Replenish:

  • 2.8-inch QVGA TFT display
  • Android 2.2 with Sprint ID
  • full QWERTY portrait keyboard
  • 2 MP camera
  • Qualcomm MSM7627-2 CPU clocked at 600 MHz
  • 256 MB of RAM, and 512 MB ROM space
  • 1160 mAh battery

So it's not going to blow your hair back in the specs department, but that's OK -- some folks aren't interested in that.  The thing should be a champ in the battery life department with it's smallish screen and solar-powered battery charging backplate.  The full press release is after the break.

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5 years ago

Leaked HTC Pyramid ROM ported to Desire HD, we go hands on!


 Sense 3.0 on Desire HD

Well that didn't take long. The HTC Pyramid (Sensation) ROM that leaked yesterday has already been hastily ported to the Desire HD, thanks to XDA member capychimp. As you'd expect for a port of a leaked ROM less than 24 hours old, there are some pretty serious bugs to be found, and needless to say you won't be using this as your daily driver anytime soon.

Nevertheless, what it will let you do is try out some of the shiny new 3D features of the Sensation's Sense 3.0 UI on current-generation hardware. A few more screenshots can be found at the source link. Quick video of the ROM in action can be found after the break. [XDA] Thanks for the tip, Kristopher!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G hands-on


Sidekick Main

The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, an upcoming device from Samsung, brings both style and innovation and meshes it perfectly with an awesome Android experience. Whether you are a previous Sidekick user or just simply a T-Mobile user who is in need of a device with a physical QWERTY that will allow for excellent messaging, this device is definitely one you will want to check out.

We have spent the past few hours getting to know the device quite well, checking out all the various options, and playing with the applications, so join us after the break to take a deeper look into this device.

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5 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 56


Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry and Cory tackle all the Gingerbread leaks, the lack of Froyo on the Fascinate, and whether you really should be thinking about rooting your phone. Listen in!

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5 years ago

Verizon Droid Charge specs compared


Droid Charge mobile hotspot supports 10 devices

Droid Charge specs

How do the upcoming Droid Charge specs stack up against the rest of Verizon's inventory? Well, Big Red's sending out word, at least internally. And when you put it up against the likes of the HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Fascinate, Droid 2 Global and iPhone 4, well, it does quite nicely.

We'd like to have seen a little more on-board storage, but note that the Wifi hotspot can serve as many as 10 devices. And that's 10 devices being fed through an LTE connection, which you can't do on the Fascinate, Droid 2 Global or iPhone 4G.

Anyhoo, check out the whole list after the break, and let us know what you think of the Droid Charge specs. Thanks, anon!

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5 years ago

Verizon's Droid Charge training begins -- bring on the phone!


Droid Charge training

Hey, look at that .Verizon's starting to train up peeps on the upcoming Samsung Droid Charge. Nothing here we didn't know before, thanks to our look at the phone three months ago at CES, but it's good to see things are progressing nicely. Thanks, anon!

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5 years ago

Samsung Vibrant gets some bugfixes; load KB5 via Kies Mini


Samsung Vibrant update

Slipped in under the radar this week has been an update to the T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant. This update -- aka T959UVKB5 (or KB5, for short) is just some bugfixes, and T-Mobile's not saying exactly what bugs are being fixed. (No, it's not Gingerbread.)

And now, the bad part: The update's not being pushed out over the air. Instead, you have to use the Samsung Kies Mini software. It's not the worst thing in the world, but it's also a bit ridiculous that you have to plug in your phone to update it when Android has such an excellent OTA upgrade system. Le sigh.

Anyhoo, charge up, plug in and wash them bugs right out of your hair, if you're so inclined. [T-Mobile via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Slackerjack!

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5 years ago

Samsung releases Froyo source code for the ... wait for it ... Fascinate


Froyo for the Samsung Fascinate

OK, folks, now this could turn into a thing. Because tucked into Samsung's Open Source Resource Center this morning is ... Froyo source code ... for the Samsung Fascniate.

We'll let that sink in for a minute.

So what we've got is version ED01, with Android 2.2.1. Now, what can you do with it? If you're a normal Android user, you can sit back and wait for ROM developers to crank new stuff out -- this isn't something you can directly flash to your phone. No, that'll still have to come through Verizon, and hopefully this is an indication that we'll finally see something soon.

If you do want to check it out, head over to the source link and search for SCH-I500. Thanks, Daniel! More in the Samsung Fascinate Forums

Samsung Froyo update

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G2X now available via the T-Mobile website


T-Mobile G2X

T-Mobile has officially launched the T-Mobile G2X, their version of the LG Optimus 2X. Right now if you head on over to the T-Mobile website you'll find the device listed for $199.99 with a new 2-year contract or if you prefer -- $499.99 with no contract at all. As a reminder of what, exactly you get for that money the specs are:

  • 4-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Dual core Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1GHz
  • 8 MP rear camera / 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • HSPA+ compatible
  • Video recording at 1080p
  • 8GB internal memory

Be sure to check out our previous hands-on with the LG Optimus 2X if you're still on the fence. Of course, if you wanna skip all that and get your order in as soon as possible hit up the T-Mobile website. Remember, stores won't be stocking it until April 20. [T-Mobile via TMoNews]

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5 years ago

AT&T LG Thrive hands-on


AT&T LG Thrive

Well look what just dropped into our inbox. A happy Android Central reader just sent us a slew of pics of the LG Thrive -- the prepaid version of the LG Phoenix, both of which are AT&T's version of the venerable LG Optimus One (see our full review). The Thrive is a "Go Phone" -- you pay for service in advance -- and it's a mere $179.

You can pick one up on Sunday (the Phoenix will run you $49 with a two-year contract). Or, you can head on past the break and check out a whole mess 'o pics. Thanks, anon!

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5 years ago

HTC Pyramid ROM leaked with the new Sense 3.0


HTC Sensation

Hide your Droid X, hide your Evo, hide your Desire, 'cause they leaking everything up in here -- and that includes the ROM dump for the HTC Pyramid (which should be the HTC Sensation).  It's leaked out in all it's Sense 3.0 glory and ROM developers are already scratching their heads and figuring out how to squeeze any of it on to earlier devices.

It's a dump from an Asian model, so it's chock full of things you'll not understand or ever want to use.  We did take a few minutes and pull a bunch of new wallpapers out of it -- you can find them posted here in the forums, so give those a look for sure.  Another interesting little tidbit -- the dump is full of widgets with 3D in the name.  Don't read too much into this, but it's worth a mention.  If you feel the need to fool around with the ROM files themselves, hit the source link.  [911HTC]

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5 years ago

Last Chance: Win a Tablet of your choice from TouchType!


Win a Tablet of your Choice

OK, folks. Last chance to win! To celebrate 1 million downloads of their SwiftKey keyboard app, TouchType is giving away a tablet each to THREE lucky winners! Which tablets? Whichever the winner chooses so long as they're available for purchase for up to $800 where he or she lives. iPad 2, PlayBook, Xoom, Galaxy Tab are all on the table.

How do you enter? TouchType has put together a small survey which shouldn't take more than five or ten minutes to complete. That's it - well, that and a quick perusal of the official entry rules just to make sure you're eligible (sorry minors and SPE employees). The contest is open to readers of Android Central,, TiPb, and WPCentral and ends at midnight tonight April 14.

Not familiar with TouchType? You may have also seen that TouchType made a splash at this year's CTIA with their tablet keyboard for Honeycomb - that's coming soon, but SwiftKey is available now for Android devices. 

So get cracking on the survey, folks - these tablets aren't going to give themselves away.

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