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6 years ago

Samsung responds: 'Not charging carriers for Froyo updates'



The number of anonymous and unconfirmed "reasons" for the amount of time it's taking the U.S. Galaxy S phones to get their upgrades to Android 2.2 seems to grow every day. And the leading theory thus far has been from a post at XDA that claims Samsung is charging carriers more for the upgrade than they're willing to pay. (There's also that crackpot tip that Samsung was holding Froyo "hostage" as to not cannibalize sales of the unannounced Vibrant 4G. Yes, we've seen them all.)

But tonight, Samsung responded to Phonescoop, saying unequivocally:

"No. Samsung is not charging carriers for Froyo updates to Galaxy S. We hope to have more detail on status shortly. Promise!"

So it's time to put the tinfoil hats back on and bombard our inboxes once again with the latest unsourced, anonymous theory. But we'll throw this out and see if it floats: Perhaps it's just taken Samsung and the U.S. carriers that long to get their ducks in a row to make sure everything works, and everybody will shut up and smile once the updates hit, and start bitching about Gingerbread instead.  [Phonescoop]

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6 years ago

Apple's Tim Cook calls Android tablets 'bizarre' and 'vapor'



It's no secret that Apple has its reservations towards Android, and that's a feeling shared mutually. During Apple's Q1 2011 conference call today, Apple COO Tim Cook regarded current Android tablets as "bizarre" and that future models are "vapor" to Apple. 

Cook used the Samsung Galaxy Tab as one of his prime examples. He said that the Galaxy Tab is running a version of Android that Google has said was never designed to be run on tablets, and have a more phone-like experience. He said that to himself and Apple, that's a "bizarre product" and that making the comparison, consumers will ultimately choose the iPad. Pretty odd considering the iPad is generally referred to as an over-sized iPod, yes?

We'd like to kindly remind Apple and Cook that the 10-inch Viewsonic gTablet kindly falls into that "current" category. However, with it being lighter, sporting a much more powerful (and capable) CPU, a full USB port, and all of that Android openness (or "fragmentation" if your name is Steve Jobs) that we know and love, we'd hardly call that bizarre.

He went on to say that he can't speak for future Android tablets because we don't know much about them, but said that they are "just vapor" to Apple. We'd like to think that's short for "concerned," but we all know that the word concerned doesn't exist in Apple's very limited dictionary. Who knows, maybe we will be seeing some of that "vapor" make it's way into the iPad 2, but it certainly seems that Apple is giving a lot of attention to something they claim they're not concerned much about, yes?

Now excuse us, we have some more bizarre vapor -- which also has sold millions of units -- to cover. 

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6 years ago

Samung Mobile promising 'the next evolution' at Mobile World Congress


Samsung Unpacked

The theme of Samsung's press event at CTIA last March was "Unpacked." That's where we got the Galaxy S phones. And a few sneaky readers have hit up recently and noticed that it's been updated for a Feb. 13 event at Mobile World Congress, where we'll see that "Something big is coming," "discover the next evolution in Samsung Mobile" and "Evolution is FATE."

What is it? Heck if we know. Place your bets now, folks. We'll find out in a few weeks. [SamsungUnpacked] Thanks, Cesar!

Update: Sammy tells us there will be another event at MWC that will have some sort of U.S. focus. Stay tuned!

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6 years ago

ROMS, ROM developers and ROM users [from the forums]


Android Forums at Android Central

Customization options really are one of the finer, loved points of Android. Being an Android user allows for a wide variation of customization options. Some like the multitude of different applications which change the look and feel of your device while others like to dig deeper and change everything by loading up custom ROMS. Since many folks here love ROMS, hop on into the forums and check out some of what users have been posting. If you're a ROM developer, set up shop and share your goods. 

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

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6 years ago

Droid does trigonometry with a slew of TI calculator emulators


ti86 1  ti 86 2

If the stock Android calculator isn't quite enough to fit you needs, have no fear.  App developer Doug Melton has ported the AlmostReal TI-83, TI-85, and TI-86 emulators to Android.  I've been monkeying with the TI-86 version for a few days, and have to say the job is very well done.  Support for TI-Basic is included, so hours of geek fun can be had writing those small programs many of us love to tinker with.  It even works as a calculator, too!

You can grab the TI-86 version (my personal choice) after the break, or visit Doug's AppBrain page to see the other choices, as well as a few other apps he's written.  Thanks Doug for the beta copy, and thanks everyone for sending this one in!

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6 years ago

Yes, Verizon's New Every 2 is finished ...


Verizon NE2

Verizon today confirmed the WSJ story that confirmed the news we broke to you two weeks ago in the first place -- the New Any 2 upgrade program is no more. Still don't believe us?

New Every Two was a marketing program available to customers who signed up for a two-year plan of at least $34.99 per month. Enrolled customers were eligible for a $30 or $50 credit toward a new phone depending on their monthly access tier.

New lines of service will no longer be enrolled in the New Every Two program. If you are currently enrolled, you may redeem your New Every Two benefit one more time for up to six months after fulfilling 20 months of your two-year term.

So there you have it. Let's all move on now, shall we? [Verizon]

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6 years ago

Permanent root or temporary -- Which is for you?



Android Central forums member ItsAllAndroid brings up some really good questions -- which root method (temporary or permanent) is easier, and what are the advantages of permanently rooting your phone?  For some of us, the obvious answer is to perma-root and go, but not everyone is comfortable with the methods, or potentially canceling the warranty on their $500.00 Android phone.  Let's take a look at each method, and maybe it will help you make your decision, after the break.

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6 years ago

Mr. Android recovered! [Cancel BOLO]


After yesterday's BOLO was issued for the missing Mr. Android, Amber Conky from Covington saw the news coverage and called to report that she had indeed found Mr. Android outside of her apartment, just sitting right there next to a dumpster. Although Mr. Android was a little roughed up he was otherwise, unharmed. Staying true to the reward offering, Amber will receive the promised $1,000 for finding Mr. Android. [WLWT]

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6 years ago

Notion Ink Adam will ship, they have the pictures to prove it


Notion Ink -- the company many felt was never going to be able to produce that tablet that it had been promising for a a year now -- has seemingly laid some of the rumors to rest. Having now received blessing from the FCC, Notion Ink is ready to ship their first batch of Adam tablets and they have posted up the pictures of their fully stocked warehouse to prove it. As noted on their blog, Notion Ink previously advised February simply because they were unsure of how long the FCC would take to approve Adam. Having made its way through the process quickly, Adam will now ship at the end of January. [Notion Ink]

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6 years ago

Kongregate Arcade brings more than 300 games to Android


What happens when you take some of the hottest flash based games off the web and jam them into a storefront like experience? You end up with the newly released Kongregate Arcade app for Android. Available now in the Android Market, Kongregate Arcade looks to be a "one stop shop" for your gaming needs. As noted in their press release:

"In creating the Kongregate Arcade, we wanted to solve the game discovery problem that all Android owners have shared," said Jim Greer, CEO of Kongregate. "It was important to reinforce our mission to provide gamers with great free games anytime, anywhere, and to broaden the reach of the Kongregate community across multiple platforms. The arrival of Kongregate Arcade is the perfect next step in that strategy."

Over 300 games are already loaded into Kongregate Arcade with more on the way each week. Kongregate Arcade is something to check out for sure if gaming is your thing. Keep in mind though, you will need to be running Android 2.2 or higher and you will need to have Flash 10.1 installed as well as have an internet connection available. Full press release and download is after the break for you all. Thanks I_Am_Incredible. [JoyStiq]

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6 years ago

Disney to launch Android smartphone in Japan


 Disney Android Smartphone

A head-on collision between Android, Disney and Japan was always going to produce something a little out-of-the-ordinary. Disney Mobile has announced the succinctly-named Disney Mobile smartphone, Disney-branded Android device which seems to be based on the Sharp Galapogos 003SH. The phone, which for the moment is exclusive to Japan, runs Android 2.2 Froyo and sports a "large" 3D LCD screen alongside a 9.6-megapixel camera. Disney is even offering a choice of choice of "cool and cute" branded cases alongside the mouse-themed device. Just what I always wanted!

The chances of this phone ever seeing the light of day in the West are pretty slim, but at the very least we can hope that someone manages to port that awesome home-screen clock widget across to other devices. In the ridiculously unlikely event that you're reading this from Japan and are actually in the market for such a phone, you'll be able to pick up the Disney Mobile smartphone this February. [Disney Mobile via Google Translate]

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6 years ago

Verizon employees getting training on the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt


Verizon HTC Thunderbolt training

The bad news: We still don't know when the HTC Thunderbolt will be available on Verizon. The good news: If the above pic is any indication, it looks like training has begun. So it likely won't be too long now before you'll be able to get your hands on that hunk-a-hunk-a-burning LTE goodness. In the meantime, you'll have to make do with our hands-on.

Update: Yes, it's noted that the TB will rock simultaneous voice and data on LTE. Pretty cool, eh?

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6 years ago

Xperia Arc camera improvements showcased


In its latest product blog post, Sony Ericsson shows off some of the new camera features to be found in its upcoming Xperia Arc. Sony's Rikard Skogberg gives a video walkthrough of the camera app in the Gingerbread-powered phone, introducing its new Exmor R back-illuminated sensor technology. This, together with the Arc's f/2.4 aperture value, is designed to improve the quality of pictures taken in low-light environments.

Later, in a final Inception-like twist, Skogberg reveals that the video itself is being recorded on a second Xperia Arc, showcasing the device's HD video recording capabilities. Check out the video for yourself after the jump. [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]

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6 years ago

LG Ally about to get Froyo update


LG Ally Froyo

Waiting for the LG Ally to get Froyo? Looks like your wait's about up, as Verizon's prepping the Android 2.2 update in short order. The update (VS740ZVD) will bring you the various improvements we've covered in our Froyo Features series, so check them out for the whole nitty gritty. And try not to look your friends with Fascinates in the eye. They're a little twitchy right now.

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6 years ago

Is the Nook Color the Android Tablet for you?


By now, you've probably heard about all the Android mad scientists hacking their Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor's into full-fledged Android tablets. If you haven't donned the Einstein wig yourself and are curious whether this hack-job is for you, read on ...

People often ask why they should go the Nook modding route when there are devices out there that are--you know--actually meant to be tablets?

As the current Android Central Nook Color Adviser, my official answer is:

"Buy the Nook! Buy the Nook!! Then come to Android Central for all your NOOKcolor modding questions!!! Be sure to tell your friends, too!!!!"

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