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5 years ago

Motorola Atrix Bootloader Unlocked


Itching to unlock your bootloader ahead of the official unlock supposedly coming with the Gingerbread update?  The2dcour over at the XDA forums has posted a method that will allow you to unlock the bootloader. This isn't a one-click root method, and it will wipe your phone's data, but it's amazing that a developer figured out how to do this before Motorola officially offered the option.

As always, make sure you read and understand the directions before you try anything that voids your warranty.

Source: XDA

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5 years ago

HTC EVO 3D in stock at Sam's Club -- expect double digit inventory


Sam's Club seems to be ready for tomorrow's big launch of the HTC EVO 3D, as a tipster sent us in a couple of pictures and let us know that you should expect "double digit" inventory of EVO 3Ds at your local Sam's Club.  No word on any pricing, but there's a very good chance it will be a few dollars (or more) cheaper than the rest.  Let's hope every retailer is ready for the demand, and that last years crush of Sprint's activation system from the sheer numbers of EVO 4G's getting activated doesn't repeat itself.  Because one is never enough, there's another picture after the break.

Via the Android Central app

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5 years ago

ngmoco and NimbleBit are bringing Pocket Frogs to Android


Add another iOS hit to the Android library of games, NimbleBit is porting Pocket Frogs our favorite mobile platform. The addicting game has been downloaded over 7.5 million times from the iTunes App Store. The froggy game lets gamers "collect, breed and share more than 15,000 types of unique, stylized frogs. Players can also customize their frog’s habitats and explore their pond to find rewards and discover rare items before visiting their friend’s ponds.

The game is being ported over to the Android platform using ngmoco's Mobage development services. The development engine is an SDK that allows quick Java Script-based development for developers wanting to bring games to Android. 

Unfotunately the press release leaves us without a date. We're hoping sooner than later. Full press release after the break.

Now, who's ready for some frogs your favorite jeans? 

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5 years ago

Android haterade, Slow charging [From the Forums]


Yup! As Phil mentioned, it's Thursday again and we're getting charged up for the Android Central podcast later tonight and we're hoping you are as well. While we're getting ready here why don't you all check out some of the forum threads below and jump in wherever you see fit.

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

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5 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A500 getting Android 3.1 on July 5 in Germany


Acer Iconia Tab A500 owners are now getting an idea of when to expect Android 3.1. According to Acers German Facebook page the update will roll out in Germany on July 5. Sadly, no other regions dates have been announced but we take the German roll out to be a good sign that the update will come to other regions soon, rather than later.

Source: Facebook; Via Electronista

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5 years ago

Kies for Mac Beta now supports the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1


Mac owners who have been longing to gain access to the internal storage on their Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's now have a means of doing so that doesn't involve any hackery. Samsung has now gone ahead and updated Kies for Mac to include support for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Firmware updates still isn't available with this latest update but it's a start and much better then having to mess around with things. If you're a Mac user and need this update (ver., you'll find the direct download below.

Download: Kies For Mac; Source: Samsung Hub

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5 years ago

Animated weather widget, clock gives you touch of Sense 3.0


Living where I do -- in Halifax, Nova Scotia, nice sunny days are kind of a rare thing now, and knowing when they are coming so that I can plan ahead to enjoy them is a good thing. Right now there is a multitude of weather apps in the Android Market to choose from, some better then others but today I decided to give Animated Weather Widget, Clock by Mobilityflow Arts a shot to see how I like it. It has plenty of features included and the animations thus far look great on my Desire HD:

  • Desktop widgets with digital clock
  • Animated daily weather forecast
  • Realistic Video effects of cloudiness, rain and snow
  • Multiple scene landacapes
  • Custom (user-defined) backgrounds
  • Global world weather
  • 50000+ locations worldwide
  • Auto update forecast
  • Data in Metric/Imperial
  • Geolocation (GPS Search)

The app is offered in both a free and paid version, the free version does lack some of the features such as the ability to view a full forecast and has an upgrade ad right at the top but for my purposes I really don't mind the ad. Read on past the break for more info and screenshots.

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5 years ago

HTC EVO 3D gets an update to HTC Watch


And ... we've got another software update for the HTC EVO 3D. This one specifically targets the HTC Watch app. According to mikephenix in the Android Central Forums, it corrects a little issue the EVO 3D had with syncing, as well as a wake issue.

Just go to Settings>System updates>HTC software update and let it do its thing. It won't require a restart or wipe any data.

More: EVO 3D forums

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5 years ago

B&N doubles number of apps in Nook app market


Barnes and Noble, in a press release issued today, announced it has doubled the number of apps available to users in the Nook app catalog.  Popular cross-platforms applications like Evernote, Seesmic and Fandango are part of the new editions, and have been well received by Nook Color users.  In addition to the new applications, 15 of the first ever interactive Disney titles and over 50 of the popular "I Can Read" series titles have been added to the tablet/eReader's store, as well as full color versions of New York magazine and Motor Trend.

They also clue us in on an interesting bit of their market data.  The top five paid applications downloaded from the Nook app store are: Angry Birds, Astraware Mahjong, Quickoffice Pro, Drawing Pad and Aces Jewel Hunt.  The top free apps are: Fliq Calendar, Fliq Notes, Pulse News, NOOK Word of the Day and Fliq Tasks.  Approximately half of NOOK Apps are $2.99 or less and the vast majority are priced at $5.99 or less.

Of course, more than a few of you reading this have done a little wizardry and have the Android Market on your Nook Color, but seeing the growth of the native applications and the B&N market is great news.  It doesn't look like the Nook is losing steam any time soon.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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5 years ago

Android 2.3 Gingerbread now available for the Telus HTC Desire HD


A pleasant surprise has just popped up on my Telus HTC Desire HD -- Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The update itself comes in at 99.68MB and while it's not going to bring Sense 3.0 to the Desire HD it's still nice to see HTC keep their word and roll it out to customers. If you're rooted, or running a custom ROM you may need to return back to stock in order to get it up running but after that it's as simple as just checking for system updates under your settings menu. If you're looking for the manual download link, look below.

Download: Gingerbread for Telus Desire HD;
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

Archos announces Android-based Home Smart Phone, Home Connect


Internet radio/video device, DECT phone hit in September

In addition to its new Android tablets, Archos today announced two new Android devices for home use -- the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone, and the Archos 35 Home Connect web radio.

The Archos 35 Home Connect basically is an Android device for streaming music wirelessly anywhere. It sports an alarm clock, weather, traffic and news, Android applications, video calling and has access to more than 50,000 streaming radio stations.

The Archos 35 Smart Phone Phone combines a DECT phone and smartphone. Using any ADSL box or phone line and using standard DECT (think VOIP) protocols, it brings the power of an Android smartphone into your phone -- including full Web support.

The Archos 35 Home Connect is expected to be available in September for $149; the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone is expected in September as well for $149.

More: Press release

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5 years ago

Archos announces pair of G9 Android Honeycomb tablets


8-inch costs just $279; 10.1-incher is $349 


Archos today announced a pair of new (and relatively affordable) Honeycomb tablets -- the Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9. Both feature Android 3.1, a dual-core OMAP 4 processor running at 1.5GHz, and a 250GB Seagate hard drive.

The Archos 80 G9 -- which runs just $279 -- is an 8-inch device with a 1024x768 resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio. The Archos 101 G9 -- $retailing at just $349 -- sports a 10.1-inch screen and a 1280x800 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio.

In addition, both tablets can take advantage of Archos' new 3G stick -- a USB stick that, for an extra $49 turns the Wifi tablets into pay-as-you-go 3G devices.

The Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9 will be available at the end of September and will be featured at the IFA conference earlier in the month in Berlin.

More: Press release

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5 years ago

Don't want that bloatware on your EVO 3D? Simply uninstall them, no root required


Shocking, we know, but it appears as though Sprint and/or HTC have gone a step above with the EVO 3D and made it really easy to remove extra -- without requiring the device to be rooted.

Folks are reporting in our forums that all you have to do is go to your application list, (settings then applications) and then simply uninstall it as you would any other application that you downloaded or installed. The only application you're not able to delete is Sprint ID. But, hey, compared to being stuck with all the rest, that isn't so bad. So, what are you waiting for, get to removing, and let us know how it goes in the forums!

Source: Android Central Forums

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5 years ago

Android Quick App: Exchange Rates


Summer means travel, and for some you, that means crossing borders (or oceans!) to new and exotic lands. One of the things you're going to want to have in order before you leave (besides hoping you don't get picked for the special search at the airport) is how your native currency stacks up against wherever you're going. That's where Exchange Rates comes in.

Exchange Rates, at its core, is a simple currency conversion calculator. You choose what your native or main currency is, and by tapping on it, can choose what amount you want to see exchange rates for. By default, it's set to USD and $100, but changing either of those isn't an issue.

You can also add other country's currencies to your hotlist by choosing "Add Currency" from the app's menu. Doing so brings up a list of, what I assume, is every country in the world (and their respective currency). Simply tap on the country you want and it gets added to the bottom of your list.

If the order on your list isn't to your liking, long-pressing brings up another menu that has the options to move the item higher or lower on your list. This menu is also where you're given the option to choose something else as your base currency, enter an amount on the selected rate, or view a chart of how it compares to your base currency.

If you're a fact nut, the same long-press menu also can direct you to a Wikipedia article all about the currency you're looking at.

Exchange Rates is a really stellar app, regardless if you're a frequent international traveler or only cross borders infrequently. It's free to download, but despite that, it isn't cluttered up with ads. There is a donate version available on the Market, if you want to support the developer, but fortunately you're not obligated to just to unleash the full power of this app.

Download links and screenshots are after the break.

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5 years ago

HTC ChaCha rumored to hit AT&T as the 'Status'


According to unnamed sources, the HTC ChaCha may land on AT&T as the "Status." You know, like your Facebook status, seeing as how this is a "Facebook phone." Here's how we see that playing out:

Operator: "Thank you for calling AT&T. How may I help you?"

Customer: "Hi. I wanted to check on the status of my HTC Status order." 

Operator: "Sure. I'll be happy to help you. Which HTC phone are you asking about?"

Customer: "The Status. The HTC Status."

Operator: "Sir, I'll need to know which HTC phone you want to know the status on. There are a lot of them."

Customer: "The phone's called the 'Status.' "

Operator: "Oh, you want to know the phone's call status? That's easy. Open the dialer and ..."

Yep. That's definitely better than ChaCha.

Source: BGR

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