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5 years ago

What's up with Facebook and Sense?


Facebook sync on Sense

Facebook sync has been borked for a few days now. That's not news to a good many of you, judging by our inbox and a slew of posts in our forums. We're still waiting to hear back from Facebook, but HTC absolutely is on the case, and while they're tracking down exactly what's going on, they've given us a possible workaround:

  • Try adding a city and state to your current job in Facebook.
  • Try deleting your current company in Facebook.

We'll update you with more just as soon as we get it. But hang in there, everybody. They're working on it.

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5 years ago

You can now root your phone without fear of hassle from the man



The Library of Congress has seen fit to specifically exempt rooting and jailbreaking (for the iPhone) from the DMCA. This means that it is now 100 percent legal to root to your heart's content without fear of legal action taken against you. Check out the exact wording:

"Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications, when they have been lawfully obtained, with computer programs on the telephone handset."

This does not mean that HTC, Motorola, and other manufactures can't (or won't) continue to try to keep their devices locked down; it just means they can't sic the lawyers on you if you do choose to root. 

So, why not head into the Android Central forums and get your hack on? Check out the full legal wording after the break. [ via Engadget, NPR]

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5 years ago

BlindType for Android will solve all typing problems for humanity (maybe)


 BlindType for Android will solve all typing problems for humanity

In what just may be the coolest bit of programming I've ever seen on any platform, the developers of BlindType have uploaded a video showing off their keyboard designed for anyone. This isn't out yet, so it definitely didn't make it into the Android Central keyboard roundup, but this would definitely be right at the top of the list if it had been. The keyboard is designed to be extremely fault-tolerant, which is great if you want to type without looking at your phone or if you can't be bothered by pesky things like accuracy or spelling. It also adjusts the size of the keyboard based on the way you're typing and resizes itself on the fly, and can be used with the keyboard visible or not. In the video it's shown running on an iPhone and an iPad, but an Android is promised right on the developer homepage. Check the video after the break. [via Engadget]

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5 years ago

Delete a bookmark


Delete a bookmarkChange you mind about keeping a website in your browser's favorites?  Or maybe you want to delete the stock bookmarks and replace them with something that fits you better. It's a piece of cake.

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5 years ago

Galaxy Q specs leaked


Last month we ran a story about the front-QWERTY keyboard Galaxy Q phone that Samsung reportedly plans to add to their Galaxy line. More specs have now leaked out about the likely BlackBerry competitor. 

The Samsung Galaxy Q will have:

  • 3-inch Super AMOLED screen (720x480)
  • 1 GHz Hummingbird processor 
  • 8MP camera with LED flash
  • 1.3 mp front-facing camera
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Android 2.2
  • 16GB internal memory (Micro SD expandable to 32GB)

Since it is being touted as a BlackBerry competitor, it will most likely have the screen up top with the keyboard directly below. It sounds like a very intriguing phone, and it will be interesting to see how many BlackBerry users may be swayed by the Galaxy Q. [MobileCrunch]

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5 years ago

GitHub reaches 1 million code repositories


GitHub hits 1 million mark

On July 24, the online code hosting and storage site GitHub hit a huge milestone -- 1 million projects hosted.  That's a whole lotta source code!  GitHub is important to Android, as many of our developers host code there (including Android favorite CyanogenMod), and the Linux kernel itself is hosted there.  It's great seeing open source flourish in today's competitive market.

GitHub is a free service, and they stay afloat by offering private code repositories to large corporations and software companies.  Anyone thinking of starting an open-source project would be wise to consider using their services.  [Github via TechCrunch]

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5 years ago

Review: Mobi Products skin case for the Sprint Evo 4G


Mobi producte skin case for the Evo 4G

The Mobi Products skin case for the Sprint Evo 4G protects your Evo from bumps and scratches and feels great in the hand while doing it.  Made of some secret variety of rubber, it feels like silicon without the slipperiness.  It wraps your phone completely, leaving only the touchscreen, capacitive buttons, and the speaker grille (including LED and prox/light sensors) uncovered for ease of use and maximum protection.  The skin has cutouts for all the ports and microphone, as well as the kickstand, camera/flash and rear speaker.  Most importantly for the Evo 4G, the skin is thick enough so that laying the phone on it's back still keep the camera lens from making contact with whatever surface it's laying on.  This alone makes the Mobi skin a perfect case for your Evo.

The material is also coated in a special anti-dust and anti-slip coating, and this is one time that a product lives up to it's billing.  I live on a dirt road, and everything in the office collects dust -- everything but this case that is.  It will grab a little pocket lint, but a quick shake (after taking your phone out of course!) and a flick of the finger will send that lint straight to oblivion.

The fit is great, tight enough to stay on while slipping in and out of your pocket, but easy to put on by stretching it around the four corners of your phone.  The sides wrap completely around the bezel, and should offer great protection from an occasional bump on the corners.  The Mobi Products skin case is available in several colors at the Android Central Store for $9.95.  There's a slew of other pics after the break, check em out.

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5 years ago

HTC adds SLCD displays to its Desire, Nexus One lines


HTC Desire

HTC has announced it will introduce SLCD screens to its manufacturing of the Nexus One and Desire later this summer.

The Desire and Nexus One originally have been manufactured with AMOLED screens, which have been in short supply of late, leading to a pretty major backorder on the Droid Incredible on Verizon. HTC previously said it was augmenting Droid Incredible production with SLCD screens.

That said, the Nexus One remains unavailable for purchase in the United States but is still for sale in Europe, so those of you stateside shouldn't get your hopes up over that. Full presser after the break.

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5 years ago

BIOS-style boot animation for your Android phone



Who doesn't like for their Android smartphone to boot up in style? While many people are going after the ultra flashy, image filled boot animations some folks over at XDA Developers have been hard at work at quite the opposite. They have brought back the old-school BIOS look in their custom boot animation. This has been available for a while to some devices, but they have gone ahead and ported to just about every main device available, so check it out for yourself! [via XDA]

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5 years ago

HTC Vision pops up with T-Mobile branding, may be called the G1 Blaze


HTC Vision - or T-Mobile G1 Blaze

This isn't the first time we've seen the fabled (and unannounced) HTC Vision, but this one looks a little more finished, and with T-Mobile branding to boot, and the tipster who sent it to Engadget notes that it may well be called the G1 Blaze when all is said and done. One big question still hanging over the phone's head is whether we're talking T-Mobile Europe or T-Mobile U.S. (And if it's the latter, will this be the rumored HSPA+ device?) Rumored specs are largely what you'd expected -- 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen and 1GHz processor. And with that, we wait. [Engadget]

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5 years ago

PlayStation emulator released onto Android Market


Being a former N64 fanboy, this may not excite me as much as some PS1 die-hards out there, but the PlayStation has just been added to Android's already-impressive list of game console emulators. The app that makes this all possible is called "psx4droid" and will run you $5.99. 

Here is a quick rundown of the app's features:

  • WiiMote support
  • Multiple save states
  • Support for several different file types
  • Trackball used as d-pad

This is still version 1.0 software, so there seems to be a couple bugs that users on AppBrain have mentioned. However, no doubt the developer will be releasing patches to address those issues. Still, this app looks to be the easiest way to play those PS1 classics on the go. Just remember it is illegal to download a ROM for a game you don't already own, ok?

For now, it seems this app might require Android 2.x, but if someone gets it working on 1.5 or 1.6 let us know! As always, links and a QR code are after the break. Thanks to James for the tip! 

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5 years ago

aHome beta 4 for Android leaked


aHome beta leaked 1

You know both your smartphone platform and its applications have hit the big time when you start seeing leaks of beta versions -- enter aHome 4 for Android.  With the onslaught of new home replacements, some of the old standbys have been all but forgotten.  The folks over at mAPPn are about to charge back in a very big way with aHome 4.  It's chock full o' features, and takes eye candy to the next level, and if you jump past the break you can have a look, we have a handful of pics.  No word on when aHome 4 will be available, but keep an eye out for it.  Thanks J!

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5 years ago

Sprint Motorola i1 PTT Android phone now available


Sprint Motorola i1

The Motorola i1 -- the first Android smartphone with Nextel's Direct Connect (aka push-to-talk) service -- is now available at Sprint for $149.99 after two-year contract and $50 rebate. [Watch our hands-on demo.] It's available online, business sales and telesales only for now, and it'll be available in stores come Aug. 8.

What do you get? A fairly rugged smartphone sporting Android 1.5, a 5-megapixel camera, the Xora Time Track system which includes barcode scanning and signature capture, TeleNavTrack, which uses barcode scanning to track inventory, and Sprint Mobile locator, which can help track workers. [Sprint]

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