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5 years ago

LG Optimus on T-Mobile to allow Wifi calling?


LG Optimus for T-Mobile

LG introduced two new devices to its Optimus lineup last week, the Optimus One and the Optimus Chic. They are both international devices that left those of us living in the United States feeling  a little left out. However, a phone simply called the Optimus seems to be headed to T-Mobile. 

The picture resembles the Optimus One very closely. The specs aren't that far off either, but are adjusted just enough to make them separate. 

Here are the rumored specs:

  • 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • 3.2 MP camera
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Portable hotspot
  • Ability to make calls using Wi-Fi

Huh what? We were just complaining about how T-Mobile hasn't brought UMA support to Android, and with the Optimus it looks like they have answered our cries. Maybe We've seen specs like this fall apart before.

But overall, an intriging device, especially if it is priced low upon release. [Tmonews]

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5 years ago

Droid Incredible boots in seconds on custom ROM [video]


Droid Incredible boot

Don't have time to wait 45 seconds for your Droid Incredible to boot up?  Then you'll love this -- a video of the IncDoes ROM booting up on the Incredible.  Careful you don't blink, you just might miss it.  Here we all thought the Desire HD had exclusivity in the quick booting department.  Show 'em what you're made of, Dinc!  Thanks for the video, Bret!

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G2 pre-order page online


T-Mobile G2

Ready to preorder your T-Mobile G2?  You now can, online at T-Mobile's G2 page.  T-Mobile says the device will launch on October 6th as suspected, and will cost you $249.99 after before rebate and on contract, and $499.99 outright.  That's a little higher than anyone expected, and is sure to be a source of contention across the tubes. 

Another major source of the same contention, is that many folks aren't able to preorder the G2 through their T-Mobile account, while others are reporting no problems and getting delivery dates as early as the end of next week.  Unfortunately, I fall in the former, so I'll have to dust off the phone icon and actually make a phone call in the AM.  In their defense, T-Mobile did take the time to inform everyone that there were problems, and that they're working on it.  Remember to save at least one for me in the morning.

Update: The T-Mobile order page is online and running, That $249.99 quoted above is before a $50.00 rebate, with the off-contract price unchanged at $499.99.  Just about what everyone expected.  [T-Mobile]

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5 years ago

Nexus One update pushing out now - Android 2.2.1 and Build FRG83


Nexus One Android 2.2.1 update

There have been so many updates in the past week that it seems like every Android device is deciding to receive an OTA just to not feel left out. 

This time, Google's own flagship device, the Nexus One, receives an update to its OS. Here is the information on the update, courtesy of Devastatin from the XDA forums:

  • Android version: 2.2.1 (!!!!)
  • Baseband version:
  • Kernel version:
  • Android-build@apa26 #1
  • Build number: frg83

Update instructions after the break. Thanks, Anthony!

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5 years ago

Mozilla's Seabird smartphone concept -- community-driven awesomesauce


Mozilla Seabird

We joke in the podcast chatroom that myself, or someone like me should invent and design the next Android phone.  Imagine the Homer if you will.  Thankfully, someone better qualified and smarter has taken the task to heart, and the Mozilla Labs Seabird concept is born.  Note the word concept -- this is just a pipe dream so far, but it's such a damn nice pipe dream we had to share.  Imagine a phone running Android, with all software completely open-source (are you listening carriers?) and amenities like:

  • 8 MP Camera
  • Dual Pico projectors
  • embedded BT dongle/headset/presentation style mouse contraption
  • wireless charging
  • IR receiver/transmitter
  • A dock projects the screen and a virtual keyboard, along with a projected IR touchpad

Yes, prepare the smelling salts before you watch the concept video (after the break).  I can only see two three issues here -- all development on existing Android devices would grind to a screaming halt, carriers and open source aren't likely to mix very well, and I don't have one yet.  Hit the break to check out the videos, yes plural -- there's a 3D version too! [Mozilla Labs]

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5 years ago

Box.net now available for Android



Box.net, the popular cloud document management application, is now available to Android users. The developers just released it to the Market and are expecting a welcomed reception from experienced users as well as first-timers. 

Users of this app will be able to: 

  • Browse files and folders on Box
  • View documents, media and other files
  • Share links to files and folders
  • Upload files from a device
  • Search through files

If you're not familiar with Box, it's a service that allows secure and easy cloud management of your files. It's also a popular add-on application on Linkedin that allows users to keep their resume public and searchable. It's free and definitely worth a try! [Box.net]

More from Box.net in our developer forums

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5 years ago

It all makes sense now [the competition]


We know a lot of you came to Android from BlackBerry. And now we know why. [via CrackBerry]

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5 years ago

Browser-based uploads now available for Flickr on Android devices



Many of us use Flickr to share our pictures with family and friends, and until just recently there was no easy way to upload these from your Android phone directly, other than e-mailing them. But Flickr just announced devices running Android 2.2 can upload from the browser, and while it is not a full standalone application with proper gallery integration, it sure beats having to transfer them to the computer to upload them, or emailing them all. We continue to hope for a standalone application to make this process even better then it has become, but we will be thankful for what we have now! [Flickr Blog via Android Central Forums]

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5 years ago

Desire HD ROM ported to Droid Incredible and Desire [video]


Desire HD port

Want to fool around with the new Sense that's coming with the Desire HD on your Droid Incredible or HTC Desire?  Thanks to some hackery and the Desire HD system dump, now you can.  The folks who brought you the IncDoes ROM have ported it over for the Dinc, and a neophyte (seriously, NeoPhyTe.x360) has wiggled it onto the Desire.  Granted, neither are what you would call "production-ready" and there are plenty of bugs, but everyone knows it's cool to play with new leaks and dumps if only for a little while.  That's what Nandroid backups are for, right?

Hit the source links for details, change logs, and downloads; and check the video after the break.  [XDA-Developers (Incredible -- Desire) via Engadget]

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5 years ago

ROM Manager brings a new feature -- Web Connect


ROM Manager Web Connect

Koushik Dutta (AKA Koush) has incorporated an awesome new feature into his already indispensable application ROM Manager, called Web Connect.  The screen shot says it all -- You can send a ROM, or kernel, or update right to the ROM Manager application on your phone from a web page, as long as the ROM developer supports it in their ROM and support forum thread. From there, it's business as usual and ROM Manager will back up your current system, wipe any parts of the system that may need be wiped, and install.  All without user intervention.  Koush, I love you, man. 

Now all that's left is for ROM developers to get on board.  Shout out to your favorite chef and tell him to have a look, and point them to Android Central's forums where they can get their ROM threads set up.  [My Brain Hurts (Koush's blog)]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile G2 available Oct. 6, preorders start Sept. 24


T-Mobile’s highly anticipated G2 is going to be available for pre-order starting at midnight and will officially launch Oct. 6. Are you going to reserve your G2 the second the clock strikes 12 tonight? It will definitely save you from the nightmares of finding it out of stock come launch day. Drop a line in the comments or in the forums if you snag yours! Or if you live under a rock and know absolutely nothing about the G2, you can check out the spec sheet here and you can pre-order it g2.tmobile.com at midnight. [via TmoNews]

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5 years ago

Samsung Moment receives small maintenance update


Samsung Moment

The Samsung Moment is set to receive a minor OTA maintenance update that actually started yesterday and will be rolled out over the coming weeks. 

The update will bring three improvements:

  • Fixes the airplane mode issues
  • Fixes the Skyfire browser power cycle issue
  • Adds a Select All option to Bulk Bluetooth contact push

So be on the lookout for the OTA, Moment users. Here is the newest version you should have once the update is complete: S:M900.8.OS.DI06. [Sprint] Thanks, Kyle!

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5 years ago

Sprint SERO plans reopening to high-end Android devices



If you've ever had a Sprint SERO plan, you know how damn hard it is to let it go. The old Sprint Employee Referral Offer was pretty easy to come by back in the day and brought super-low-price contract plans. But as higher-end (and more data-hungry) device launched, Sprint began to move people off of SERO.

Looks as though these cries have been heard, and Sprint has decided that as of Oct. 1 it will include the Samsung Moment, HTC Hero, HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic 4G in the SERO Premium plan. There is one catch -- users will have to be on an existing SERO plan before Oct. 1 to qualify for the SERO Premium plan. [SprintThanks, Malatesta!

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5 years ago

Review: Verizon Shell/Holster Combo for the Droid Incredible


 Holster Combo for Droid Incredible

Verizon's Shell/Holster Combo for the Droid Incredible packs a one-two punch of a minimalist case along with a waist holster, complete with clip. The case itself is black, but not the matte black you will find along the front of your Incredible. Rather, it is the same shade as the rear plastic cover on the DInc. It is held in place by a pair of gripping sides the run the length of the phone on either side. Check past the break for the rest of the review, along with tons of pictures.

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5 years ago

LG Vortex surfaces again, fully Bing'd out



Earlier this week we saw the first shots of the LG Vortex, which appears headed to Verizon and looks a whole heck of a lot like the Optimus One that was just announced. Here's another shot, and, would you look at that. There's Bing, instead of Google, much as Verizon did on the Fascinate and the upcoming HTC Merge. This device will not have an FM Radio, to the dismay of more than a few of you, we know. Additionally, it will ship with Android 2.2 (Froyo) which is definitely a plus for an entry-level device. [via Engadget Mobile]

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