5 years ago

HTC Wildfire -- a smaller Desire -- announced in the U.K.


HTC Wildfire

HTC today announced the Wildfire (you might remember that name from a contest HTC ran), essentially the Desire squeezed down into a 3.2-inch screen, with a lower price the end result. (That's also known as "entry level" these days.)

The screen itself is QVGA, so it's not as high-resolution as you get on the Desire, Nexus One and the like. But it does have a 5-megapixel camera the new HTC Sense, WiFi, Bluetooth, aGPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD card and Europe's 3G bands. It also features the same trackpad found on the Desire and Legend.

The Wildfire also features a new widget that lets you recommend an application by e-mail.

Pricing was not announced, but the Wildfire should be available in Europe and Asia in the third quarter. Full presser after the break.

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5 years ago

Spruce up your Android phone with wallpapers, ringtones


Hey everybody!  Welcome to another week of Inside Android.  This week we're gonna look at the things most everybody will change on their phones -- wallpaper and ringtones.  There might even be a little something extra thrown in for people using stock Android as well.  Place your tray in the upright position, fasten your seatbelts and continue past the break.

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5 years ago

The week in Android news


It's been a busy, busy week of Android news, with tons of information coming from every angle from leaks, to official releases and tons of Sprint Evo 4G coverage. Some new devices appear to be on their way in, and a few big-hitters from Google appear to be on their way out. Sprint Nexus One dreams are crushed, statues and screenshots of Froyo appear, and plenty of new applications have been reviewed. It was fast an furious, but don't worry, all you have to do is check below for links to the coverage.



In addition to all happening on the front page, be sure to check out the forums, for lots of great information, and any help you may be in need of!

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5 years ago

From the forums: Evo, Evo everywhere ...


Sprint Evo 4G

To say everybody's excited about the Sprint Evo 4G is a bit of an understatement, at best. You're blowing up our forums (and inboxes) with pictures, videos and questions. Here's what's at the tip of your tongues:

And there's plenty more discussion going on in our Evo 4G forums. Be sure you're registered, then join in!

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5 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for May 15, 2010


Best Android Apps

With more than 50,000 applications in the Android Market, it can be tricky finding something that stands out. But we've got your back. After the break are just a few of the apps that we here at Android Central use on a daily basis. Bon appetite!

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5 years ago

Turn off Sense on the Sprint Evo 4G


Sprint Evo 4G with Sense turned off

This one's going to make a lot of you Android purists happy: Unlike on the Droid Incredible, you can run the stock Android 2.1 home screen on the Sprint Evo 4G, as our pal Andrew from Androinica showed us the other night at the launch party in New York. Switch off Sense (again, just the home screen -- the other HTC tweaks should remain) through the same method as on the HTC Desire and you get the stock launcher, the usual home screens and the stinkeye from any HTC people who might be lurking about. Check out the video after the break. [via Androinica]

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5 years ago

Droid Eris Android 2.1 update -- the good, the bad, and the ugly


Droid Eris update

By now everyone knows the Verizon has started slowly rolling out the Android 2.1 update for the HTC Droid Eris.  Just like the Motorola Droid 2.1 update, you can wait for the OTA notification or dive in and grab the file yourself if you're like me and have no patience (and don't mind wiping your phone).  It's not all good news though.  There seems to be some discrepancy between the proposed Verizon change log and what users are seeing after they have updated.  Follow through the break for the skinny.

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5 years ago

Sprint Evo 4G retail boxed is unveiled; 8GB microSD card confirmed


Sprint Evo 4G retail box

At this point, the Sprint Evo 4G has been handled every which way to Sunday -- not that it's some big secret or something. But there still are a few odds and ends to clean up. One of them is the retail box, which we see above. Also confirmed is that the Evo's shipping with an 8GB microSD card, which is darn nice of Sprint. Handful of more pics after the break.

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5 years ago

Sprint HTC Hero Android 2.1 software leaked


Sprint Hero 2.1 leak

When it rains, it pours.  Just got word of a new leak for the HTC Sprint Hero.  No way of knowing if this is the final 2.1 version, but this one is signed with release keys so you will lose your root for sure if you're into that sort of thing.  Anyone who feels brave and wants to try for themselves you can find it here.

Remember, this is not official software from any carrier.  Using this is at your own risk, and nobody here at Android Central is suggesting you try it, though we're more than happy to show you where it is. :p Thanks Beezy420!

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5 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 12


Audio-only stream below

We're back from the Sprint Evo 4G launch party in New York City, and Phil and Mickey brought Jerry Hildenbrand along for the podcast ride. Oh, and we did it all live with hundreds of you listening and in the chat room. It was a sight, to say the least.

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5 years ago

Nexus One coming to retail stores as Google admits web strategy didn't work



Let's cut to the chase. Google is going to offer the Nexus One in traditional retail outlets. While they were trying to be innovative in offering the phone exclusively through their google.com/phone website, Andy Rubin (VP of engineering for Android) himself writes today that sales have been less than stellar and that users want to play with a phone before they buy it.

As with every innovation, some parts worked better than others. While the global adoption of the Android platform has exceeded our expectations, the web store has not. It’s remained a niche channel for early adopters, but it’s clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from.

So today we’re announcing the following changes:

More retail availability. As we make Nexus One available in more countries we’ll follow the same model we’ve adopted in Europe, where we're working with partners to offer Nexus One to consumers through existing retail channels. We’ll shift to a similar model globally.

From retail to viewing. Once we have increased the availability of Nexus One devices in stores, we'll stop selling handsets via the web store, and will instead use it as an online store window to showcase a variety of Android phones available globally.

Innovation requires constant iteration. We believe that the changes we're announcing today will help get more phones to more people quicker, which is good for the entire Android ecosystem: users, partners and also Google.

No word yet on availability. [the Official Google Blog]

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5 years ago

Google giving Google Voice invites to students with .edu e-mails

Google Voice invites for students

Great news out of Mountain View for students today. Google is prioritizing Google Voice invites for college students to help with keeping in touch on a college budget. Now parents everywhere will be able to keep in touch with (read: harrass) their children without long distance phone charges (do people even still pay those?), and students will have free text messaging, plus voicemail transcripts and all the other bells and whistles.

All you need is an email address ending in ".edu," and you will have your invite within 24 hours. Go to google.com/voice/students to get your invite. [Google Voice Blog]

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5 years ago

Android 2.1 update is officially live for the Sprint Samsung Moment


Samsung Moment

We pretty much spilled all the beans yesterday, but the Samsung Moment's Android 2.1 update is officially official today, right now, as in currently, and you can go get it here and be rid of that old OS you see above. And when you're done with that, head into the forums to get all the ins and outs on your renewed device. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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5 years ago

Is this U.S. Cellular's Samsung Acclaim?



When we heard that U.S. Cellular would exclusively carry the Samsung Acclaim, we wondered like you guys, what's a Samsung Acclaim? Luckily, it looks like the Acclaim has been outed and it looks like a solid effort for the small regional carrier. The Acclaim packs a 3.2-inch HVGA screen with a physical QWERTY keyboard and some confusing but slick looking hardware buttons. Even better than the hardware is that when the Acclaim launches in July it'll be rocking Android 2.1. The Acclaim is certainly shaping up to be a great device to add to U.S. Cellular's burgeoning Android lineup. Score one for the little guy. [via Engadget Mobile]

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