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5 years ago

Gears of War theme for the Epic 4G [from the forums]


Want a badass theme for a badass phone?  Then you'll want to have a look at the Gears of War theme for the Samsung Epic 4G.  It's based on the EC05 Froyo build, and turns your Epic into something the Delta Squad would approve.  It's all done up -- icons, notifications, dialer, and you even have your choice to drop in a nifty GoW boot animation.

And as with any modification, the most important part is the support.  Android Central adviser Paul627g will have that covered, because that's how he rolls -- helping users and spreading the Epic 4G love from coast to coast.  If you've rooted and Rom'd your Epic 4G, you'll want to take a look at this one.

Source: Android Central forumsThanks, Paul!

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5 years ago

EVO 3D dock up for preorder at Best Buy



Remember HTC's EVO 3D desktop docking station that first appeared on Best Buy's website earlier this month? You know, the one powers your  EVO 3D while propping it up for ideal multimedia playback? Well, it is now officially on sale, though at the moment it appears to be a bit backordered. You'll have to shell out $49.99, and you'll have to wait 1 to 2 weeks for availability, but if you're looking for that perfect dock to compliment your shiny new smartphone, hit the source link to order yours today.

Source: Best Buy; Thanks, jeallen1, for the tip!

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5 years ago

LulzSec's latest (and final) leak drops off dozens of files detailing AT&T's LTE plans


LulzSec, the anti-sec group that quickly rose to Internet infamy over the past month or so, has just as quickly disbanded and disappeared back into the ether -- but not without one last data dump. And buried inside the 450-or-so megabytes is a folder labeled "AT&T internal data." And inside that folder is a massive dump of AT&T's plans, memos, timelines and other sundries regarding its LTE rollout.

Most of the documents are highly technical and are obviously pointed at engineers, talking about the back-end stuff that we never see -- and that most of us have no chance of actually understanding. And the documents themselves are pretty old in the scheme of things, from late 2010 to early 2011. So keep in mind that anything you read in there likely isn't up to date, was never intended for public consumption, and is very likely to change.

But one interesting tidbit is AT&T's apparent plan to market LTE data with various speed tiers, which it's calling "Speed Based Pricing." Verizon's about to switch to tiered pricing for its data plans (3G and 4G), but that's based on total consumption, not speed. The basic idea would be pay more, and you get faster LTE speeds. Not exactly a new premise -- cable companies have been doing this for Internet access for a while now, but it'd be an interesting change in the mobile space.

And then there's "Session Based Pricing," or the option for faster data speeds when you need them (that's the "per session"), even if you're a slower plan. Interesting stuff, actually.

Now, all that said: Something we haven't seen in the leaks are any specific smartphone plans. Nor are there any juicy pictures of upcoming phones and anything. In fact, it could well be that the speed-based pricing will be geared toward laptop-type data and not for smartphones. Will there be a difference between that and smartphones? Dunno. Point is, we're looking at this as an interesting look into what we might eventually see if and when AT&T's LTE network is up and running -- and not as anything written in stone.

Source: LulzSec

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5 years ago

LG Optimus One receives official Gingerbread update in Romania


If you have an LG Optimus One, and have been waiting for that long rumored Gingerbread update to finally become a reality it appears as though your time has come. Reports are rolling in of official Gingerbread updates rolling through for the device, the first was for the V20G version in Romania which started receiving the roll out yesterday, and other carriers are confirming it to be coming in the next few months as well. So, fear not, you are not left behind, it is just a matter of timing at this point!

Source: Facebook: Thanks, Kiraly!

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II review (Vodafone network)


Wow. Even if you've used a dual-core smartphone before, it's difficult not to be blown away by the sheer speed of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Whatever we threw at it during our couple of weeks of testing, it just kept on going, stubbornly refusing to show even the slightest sign of slowdown. The combination of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and Samsung's dual-core Exynos processor makes the Galaxy S II one of the fastest Android phones we've tested. And the thin and light chassis means you don't have to sacrifice portability to get this level of performance. Couple that with a large SuperAMOLED+ display, and you've got yourself a seriously advanced smartphone.

We tested the Vodafone UK-branded version of the Galaxy S II, which the network is offering for free on contracts of £30 or more per month. Join us after the break to find out what impressed us so much about Samsung's latest and greatest, and also where there's some room for improvement in this flagship product.

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5 years ago

Must-read EVO 3D threads


Got a brand-new Sprint EVO 3D? You're hardly alone. Our forums are the best place to find all the tips and tricks -- from readers like you! Here are but a few you should check out.

And many, many more. Check 'em out in the EVO 3D forums!

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5 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 25, 2011


Apps are fun. They are what keep our devices in our hands far longer then they should be, and allow us to do lots of different things while on the go. Unfortunately finding the perfect app is not always easy, but that's where we step in and help you all out. So, let's hit the break and take a look at some of our favorites from this week.

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5 years ago

Android Market adds user review breakdowns



If any of you have been on the Android Market as of late, you might have noticed another helpful addition right beneath the screenshots. For your viewing pleasure, it looks like Google has rolled out a total rating breakdown, as well as a more accurate average rating.

This is a much welcome and helpful feature, especially if you just need to know if that 4.5 star rating is really a 4.5. More transparency is always good, especially when you're trying to judge the quality of an app prior to installation.

I think we can all agree, though, that the most useful feature is finally getting to see how many people 1-star rated something. And we all know the name for those folk: trolls.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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5 years ago

AC on TV: Verizon's tiered data pricing leak


Not sure where they got that Verizon's actually announced anything (our leak was just that -- a leak), but at least they spelled our name right.

Source: WCPO in Cincinnati; Thanks, Jeremy!

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5 years ago

BAMF GingerBolt Sense 3.0 stripped ROM for the HTC Thunderbolt [From the Forums]



While some folks swoon over HTC Sense, there is a good amount of people out there who just simply do not like it. This is yet another one of those great things about the Android platform -- if you don't like something, chances are someone will make a build of it that you will like. Such is the case for the HTC Thunderbolt this time around.

Das BAMF being one of the most popular ROMs for the Thunderbolt has now been stripped of most of its HTC Sense components and we're left with BAMF GingerBolt Sense 3.0 stripped that makes use of the MR2.5 Gingerbread radio and other nice things such as the Das Bamf Toolkit. The developer behind this, TMZ_Andrew, has posted the nitty gritty details in the Android Central forums so if you're looking to go senseless on your Thunderbolt you'll certainly want to check it out and be sure to leave some feedback -- it is a beta though so keep that in mind.

BAMF GingerBolt Sense 3.0 in the Android Central Forums

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5 years ago

Mobile Nations Podcast Episode 1: Where the Magic Happens


Mobile Nations is our brand new podcast, bringing together the heads of state from Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Phone for full on round-table action. This week Phil, Kevin, Dan and Rene discuss Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, the new Verizon data caps, and the state of the BlackBerry. This is Mobile Nations!

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5 years ago

Facebook update bumps it to version 1.6.0


Zing! And just like that, Facebook for Android just got an update that bumps it up to version 1.6.0. The changelog on Market reads:

  • Added Pages
  • News Feed improvements
  • Added the ability to upload videos

Oh yeah, and while you're at it. Instead of accepting that friend request from your old stalker relationship from high school, why don't you go ahead and "Like" Android Central on Facebook.

Android Market Link: Facebook Thanks, LGiusti84!

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5 years ago

4G Speeds, slow Thunderbolt updates [From the Forums]


We've blasted through a ton of stuff this week and now we're creeping up on the weekend. If you missed anything from this week, now is a great time to catch up on the week past. While you're at it -- hit some of the forum threads below or feel free to start up your threads.

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

Radio Shack EVO 3D launch party


Read our HTC EVO 3D initial review

Youtube link for mobile viewing

Hi everyone, I'm Ashley Esqueda; you might know me from Twitter (@androidashley) or my show Techfoolery. In a stroke of awesome luck, Phil and the guys here at Android Central asked me to cover the Radio Shack launch party for the HTC EVO 3D in Hollywood, Calif. I'm a huge EVO fan, so I packed up my video equipment, put on a hip outfit, and headed to the green carpet!

It was a star-studded event, with celebs like "Chuck" actor Zachary Levi and socialite Paris Hilton making appearances, so it made for a fun night of merriment and technology. Black Beauty (the sweet ride featured in the Green Hornet) made an appearance to promote the 3D version of the movie and its availability on the EVO 3D, and club favorite LMFAO performed for attendees.

Overall, it was a pretty sweet event. Check it out!

EVO 3D SpecsEVO 3D ForumsEVO 3D Accessories

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5 years ago

Best Buy inventory screen shows Droid 3 on July 13 -- we've been here before, people


It's entirely possible that this Best Buy inventory screen indeed means that the as-yet unannounced Motorola Droid 3 will be in stock July 13, with a possible July 14 release. Yes, it could be true.

Of course, this is Verizon we're talking about, and ain't nothing official until it's official, ya dig? In fact, we've seen this sort of thing before. Anybody remember when the HTC ThunderBolt was slated to be "in-stock" at Best Buy on Feb. 14? And that obviously didn't happen, with release finally coming a month or so later.

So here we go again, folks.

Source: Droid Attic

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