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5 years ago

Gingerbread 2.3.3 leaked for the Samsung Galaxy S 4G


A very nice phone that doesn't get near enough spotlight, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G (check out our hands-on) has a new Gingerbread leak floating around.  The 2.3.3 build has been rooted, and it looks like the battery life got even better -- one user reports about 50 percent better battery life after updating, rooting, and removing pre-installed applications.  If you're inclined, you can find all the instruction and download links at the source link. 

Remember, there's always a risk involved if you jump into this sort of thing.  For many, the rewards outweigh that risk.  Be sure you're informed and pay attention to the instructions.

Source: XDA-Developers

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5 years ago

SaskTel says Samsung Galaxy S II will arrive next month in Canada


We made note last week that Samsung Canada was ramping up for a release of the Samsung Galaxy S II having posted it up on their coming soon pages. At the time, it was speculated that Bell would be one of the first carriers to have the device available and the news today fits in with that quite nicely. Regional carrier, SaskTel which offers service in Saskatchewan and has tower sharing agreements with Bell has posted the following to their Twitter account:

We will be launching the Samsung Galaxy S II device in the next month that has the dual core. ^KK

We're hoping it's not another case of miscommunication and that they will indeed have it next month but to play on the safe side of things -- we'll wait for the full press release before we get overly excited. In the meantime, if you're looking to learn more about the Samsung Galaxy S II go ahead and check out our previous hands-on.

Source: @SaskTel Thanks, Brendonsled!

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5 years ago

Motorola Milestone 3 released in China


Well, I guess we now know why the Milestone 3 got such a thorough review previously. Motorola Mobility and China Telecom have teamed up to launch the device in China. Still no word on the inevitable Droid 3 launch for U.S. But if we had to take a wild guess, we'd say it'll be there for Verizon's back-to-school promotions. (That and the Droid 2 isn't even a year old yet.) You can find the full press release after the break.

Source: Motorola

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5 years ago

Google movie rental rolling out for the wifi Motorola Xoom


We'd been hearing some reports of Motorola Xoom wifi only tablet owners seeing the Google Videos app in the Android Market, but now we're also hearing that the actual market tab for movie rentals has been enabled after an Android Market update.  We're not sure just why the service wasn't made available for the wifi only model along with the 3.1 update, but we have to assume it was licensing and DRM issues at play once again.

Anyhoo, it seems like that's all sorted out and if you haven't already got the app and the Market update, you should soon.  We can't rush the latter, but we can give an easy download link for the app -- find it after the break.

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

Update issues, Galaxy Tab 10.1 pre-orders going out [From the forums]


We're settling in for another sexy edition of the Android Central Podcast where we'll be talking all sorts of Android news. If you're not up-to-date, now would be a great time to click back a few pages and catch up on some articles you may have missed. Otherwise, jump on into the Android Central forums until we get this party started!

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5 years ago

LG officially launches Optimus 3D


We've known it was coming for a while, we've even had some hands-on with one of our own (yes, I owe you guys a great review), and today LG launched the Optimus 3D, the world's first "Tri-Dual" architecture smartphone.  Tri-Dual can be translated into dual core CPU, dual channel RAM, and a dual-channel board configuration.  Take that and translate it into English and it means that data can be transferred internally faster, and more of it at once.  Without spoiling my promised review, I'll tell you it's fast.  It's the future of smartphones, and I can't wait to see it go mainstream and get even better.  Add in other niceties like DLNA, HDMI out, and a 4.3 inch display and there's a lot to like here.

One more thing -- 3D.  By a scant seven days LG beat HTC to the punch to release the first 3D Android phone.  It's stereoscopic (no glasses) and pictures and video can be captured in 3D as well.  Like the EVO 3D, you don't have to use it so all is good.  It's coming to Europe first, and should be available in 60 or so more markets in a few weeks.  We'll see it in the states as the LG Thrill 4G on AT&T.  You can read the full press release after the break.

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5 years ago

Radio Shack throwing an EVO 3D launch party in Los Angeles


Mark it, Dude. Radio Shack and HTC are throwing a little party next Thursday night in Los Angeles for the launch of the HTC EVO 3D. And of course we're be there. (It ain't a party without us, right?) Android Central, Kato and some sweet smartphone action. Gotta love it.

Update: If you're looking for something more public (the invite above is for a private event), hit up the pop-up store at 8747 Beverly Blvd. in West Hollywood in on Friday.

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5 years ago

Sprint revises EVO 3D video capture specs to 720p


There's been a bit of question about the video capture specifications for the HTC EVO 3D.  Sprint's spec sheet said that 1080p video capture was supported in 2D. But like some of the other early reviewers, we don't have that option in the camera settings.  We reached out to Sprint, and this is what they had to say:

Our apologies, but there was a typo in the spec sheet for EVO 3D. The correct feature should read: capture video up to 720p and playback up to 1080p on both 2D and 3D.

It's not the end of the world, and good 720p video capture is much better than jittery 1080p video by a country mile.  For most, the 1080p decoding was the important bit, and that part was correct.  Will this affect your decision to purchase the EVO 3D, or is it one spec you can overlook, considering the awesomesauce of all the others? 

More: Ask Phil about the EVO 3D 

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5 years ago

Samsung releases official video for Wifi Galaxy Tab 10.1, Touchwiz included


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Samsung released their official promotional video for the Galaxy 10.1 today with several Touchwiz elements in tow, notably several widgets and icon skins.  But this is what we expected would happen.

Remember, even though the Tab shipping now is stock honeycomb, Samsung plans on shipping future devices with their Touchwiz UI, as well as offering it to existing customers via an optional over the air download at a future date. Since this is a promotional video for the "final" product, featuring Touchwiz made the most sense because it meant they only had to make one film instead of two.  In fact, the description from the video's YouTube page says as much:

The official info clip for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi. The tab used in this video is 3G version and may differ from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sold in the U.S., and some of the features and services highlighted in the video will be available through software upgrade in the U.S.

We've received no word from Samsung that Touchwiz was being pushed out to tablets yet, and devices purchased in NYC last week are still running the stock honeycomb they were shipped with.

Be sure to keep an eye on our forums as Android Central readers nationwide pick up their pre-orders and start posting feedback.  In the meantime, crank your speakers to 11 and enjoy the video.

Source: Youtube Thanks Stefan!

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5 years ago

Angry Birds updated to v1.6.0, includes 15 new levels


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Angry Birds has just gotten an update, which among other things, brings 15 new levels to your favorite addictive game. If you've had all of the levels beat for months and have been pining for more, you best run to the Market to get this update.

The new theme is "Mine and Dine," which takes your birds and pigs and places them in a series of caves. On the levels you'll find stalactites hanging from the rocks, which you'll be able to strategically target in order to hit the pigs.

Here is the full changelog:

  • Mine and Dine: a new cave themed episode begins with 15 new levels!
  • Find all the collectible jewels
  • Use hanging stalactites to pop those pesky burrowing piggies!
  • Any particular levels stonewalling your progress? We tweaked a couple of them to spare you a few gray hairs!

If you've somehow never played Angry Birds, find the link after the break.

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5 years ago

How to customize the Sense 3.0 lockscreen

5 years ago

Semi-official Gingerbread 2.3.3 for Samsung Captivate leaks out



For Samsung Captivate owners it was a struggle just to even get Froyo, let alone Gingerbread but thanks to some leaks -- there is now a pair of official-looking Gingerbread 2.3.3 leaks available. Both have different build dates with the later build addressing minor fixes over the older build.

  • I897UCKE3 - Build date of May 26, 2011
  • I897UCKF1 - Build date of June 8, 2011

As folks have been ripping through them to find changes, it's been noted that AT&T bloatware is present in each in one and both appear to be making use of a new bootloader similar to that of the i9000. As with all leaks -- you'll have to exercise some caution should you go messing with these, they're not meant for everyone and just because they are labeled "official" does not mean they're ready for prime time. Until released by an official carrier -- they're still just leaks.

That said; if you're into dealing with the nitty gritty details and comfortable going hands-on with Odin in order to get either one of these files loaded up you can hit the source links for more details.

Source: SamFirmware; via: XDA Thanks, to all who sent this in!

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5 years ago

HTC EVO View 4G will include the scribe, according to Sprint playbook


The HTC EVO View 4G, Sprint's branded version of the HTC Flyer (check our review), will include the HTC Scribe stylus, according to this leaked screen from Sprint's Playbook.  Like many of you guys, I was a bit put off about the Wifi version not including the pen here in the US (Phil had to talk me down more than once), because it's probably the best feature of the Flyer/View -- at least for me.  Apparently someone at Sprint agrees that the pen is a very important piece of the EVO View experience, and they're tossing it in.  Good for you, Sprint.  

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5 years ago

Google Maps updates to v5.6.0


Another quick update for Google Maps has rolled out today putting it at v5.6.0. The latest update just simply adds the option to rate a restaurant as "Best ever" plus, adds restaurant awards to their Places page if they have one set up. Nothing major -- but least now if you really dig that burger joint down the road you can proudly proclaim it as the best ever! Download link after the break, folks.

Thanks, Shayne!

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5 years ago

LG dual-screen slider with T-Mobile branding caught at Kineto Wireless event


Ever want a split-keyboard, dual screen slider phone that runs Android?  You're in luck, because it looks like LG is making one and it is headed to T-Mobile.  There's not a lot known just yet, other than it's thick, and two of the eight "shortcut" icons in the secondary display are user programmable.  The fact that Kineto, the people behind wifi calling for Android, were showing it off makes us think that feature will be included as well. 

I'll be honest -- I'm kind of digging it.  I like physical keyboards, and something tells me I could adapt to the split model pretty easily.  I'm sure more info will start to trickle out about this one, but in the meantime be sure to visit the source link and check out the pictures. 

Source: Pocket-lint

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