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6 years ago

Froyo for the Epic 4G and Sanyo Zio to come Feb 21, says internal Sprint doc


Finally Froyo

We just received a tip with information from Sprint's internal system about the Froyo update for the Epic 4g, and get this, the Sanyo Zio.  We can't verify ourselves (hence the rumor tag), in part because Sprint would never let any of us within 100 meters of their computers.  I think that's a law somewhere.  But we can listen to our readers who are allowed to be close to them, and we're hearing this:

Software Updates: Samsung Epic (EB13, Froyo) & Sanyo Zio (2.200SP, Froyo)
Effective 2/21/11, software updates will be available for both devices
Over-the-Air (OTA). Both updates will be pushed over a period of days, so
customers will receive them based on their status on the Google servers.

Samsung Epic
Update will be pushed over a 4-day period
After the update completes, verify the new software version (Menu > Settings
> About Phone)
Baseband Version = S: D700.0.5S.EB13
Build Number = FROYO.EB13

Enhancements/fixes: upgrade to Froyo 2.2, improved bluetooth device support,
bluetooth voice dialing, Flash Player 10.1, GPS enhancements, improved OS
performance, ability to install applications to external storage

Sanyo Zio
Updates will be pushed over a 5-day period
Customers are required to download (accept) three portions of the update to
receive Froyo 2.2
Customers should use WiFi if possible to complete the update
After the updates complete, verify the new software version (Menu > Settings
> About Phone)
Baseband Version = S.M910.04.5.DF05
Build Number = Samsung ÉCLAIR.DF05
Enhancements/fixes: upgrade to Froyo 2.2, addition of Swype, Sprint Zone
2.5.5, Sprint ID activation improvements, better battery life

This lines up perfectly with what we've already heard here, as well as what was seen just a few days ago.  We're not making any promises, but if you're looking for Froyo on your Epic 4G or Zio, things look pretty promising.  Thanks anon!

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6 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G confirmed coming to AT&T February 22


We posted the rumor last night that the Motorola Atrix 4G was coming on February 22. This morning, we awoke to tons of emails from AT&T customers confirming it as AT&T had emailed them the details. The confirmation even popped up in our forums as well but nothing beats a straight up and direct confirmation from Motorola themselves. Yes, the Motorola Atrix 4G will hit AT&T stores on February 22. [Twitter]

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6 years ago

Fun at the Google Android Booth at Mobile World Congress 2011


Android booth at Mobile World Congress

There's really only one way to describe Google's Android booth -- and even "booth" doesn't do it justice, it's more like half a hall at Fira de Barcelona.

It's epic.

First off, to borrow the infamous line from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer -- developers, developers, developers. Google had a couple dozen or so developers on hand to show off their apps -- a good many on the Motorola Xoom with Honeycomb. Some we saw at the Honeycomb event a couple weeks ago, others were new.

Dominating the joint was a giant Android robot, with a slide -- yeah, a slide -- snaking around it. More on that in a minute.

There were a couple of spots for passers-by to be Androidified -- that app that came out this week that turns your picture into an Android-type avatar.

And the smoothie bar -- yeah, there is a smoothie bar -- ¡Muy bien! You could get Cupcake, Donut, Froyo or Honeycomb flavors.

No, not done yet. Remember the showcase of Android phones back at Google IO in May 2010? It's now a train that stretches probably a good 50 feet or so, with just about any Android device you can think of on board. Stuff we've never seen, even.

Talk is cheap, though. Check out the photo gallery -- and more on that slide -- after the break.

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6 years ago

Sprint partners with Good Technology to provide Android based business solutions


Sprint business solutions

Let's be honest with ourselves -- enterprise level security and Android don't go hand-in-hand.  The Exchange policy implementation is getting better, and we understand that Honeycomb brings even more support to the table, but that doesn't help the device you can buy today, or already own, like the Evo 4G or the Galaxy Tab.

Good Technology is going to do their best to address this for customers on Sprint with Good for Enterprise -- Android.  It consists of two key parts:

  • Good Mobile Control provides comprehensive mobile security and device management with over-the-air and on-device encryption of enterprise data, remote application password policies, and remote wipe of enterprise data.
  • Good Mobile Messaging delivers enterprise-class mobile e-mail and personal information management, including Calendar and Contacts.

It looks like a very promising solution that would allow your IT department to let you keep the phone you like to use, and secure a part of it for solid, safe business use.  Good Technology has a short video overview of it you can watch right here, and the full press release is after the break. [PRNewswire]

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6 years ago

Samsung Indulge hands-on


Samsung Indulge

The Samsung Indulge is the first LTE Android phone, running on metroPCS' dual CDMA/LTE network.  It also checks in at a very affordable $399 price point -- and that's on a no-contract metroPCS plan.  With that in mind, we're going to have a good long look at this one, because it's attractive in a way some other new phones aren't.

It's no powerhouse, but it's also no slouch.  Here's the short list of specs:

  • Android 2.2.1
  • 1 GHz Hummingbird CPU
  • 3.5 inch TFT display, at 320 x 480
  • 3.2 MP camera that captures 480p video
  • RAM: 384 MB (unverified).  At boot, there is 295 MB available for the user.  Since a portion of RAM is set aside for other services, my calculations place it at 384 total.
  • Horizontal sliding 4 row QWERTY

The software is pure Samsung.  It's Touchwiz, and basically the same Touchwiz we're all used to.  We'll be sure to look for the minor differences while we use the Indulge and wrap all that up at the end.  For now though, the first thing I did was fire up the camera so you could see my first impressions of this one, check it out after the break.

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6 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 port now up and running on the Samsung Fascinate -- sort of


 Samsung Fascinate

When it comes to CyanogenMod, Samsung Galaxy S owners have been mostly left in the dark. Fortunately, those days may be coming to end. Some very dedicated developers over at XDA have been hard at work and have gotten a semi-working port of CyanogenMod 7 (that's Gingerbread) up and running on the Samsung Fascinate. Trust us when we say it's still a work in progress, but progress is being made nonetheless.

There are still a lot of things not working properly. Lights, camera, Bluetooth, most of the sensors, GPS, WiFi, MMS and a lot of the hardware are not functional yet, so this is probably not something you'll want to be using other than for test purposes. So, if you're daring, hit up the source link for the full download. [XDA Developers]

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6 years ago

Game Gripper working on a Bluetooth model, hopefully coming soon


We've mentioned Game Gripper a few times here on the blogs and now they are working on their latest version for all you Android gamers out there. Well, that is -- they are trying to. In order to get things rolling on the Bluetooth gaming pad many folks have been asking for they've put up a page on Kick Starter in hopes to generate enough pre-orders to obtain the funding needed to get things into production. You can hit the break to see the Bluetooth version in action and of course, if you're interested in seeing a release be sure to check out their page via the source link. [Kick Starter]

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6 years ago

Motorola posts full Xoom specs, GSM and WiFi-only versions confirmed


 Motorola Xoom specs

With the Xoom's impending launch, Motorola has seen fit to post full technical specs up for the world to see. There aren't really any surprises here other than confirmation of a GSM version but no word on where or when we might see it. And yes, the WiFi-only and GSM versions are exactly the same as the CDMA one except for the radio. If you have a pressing need to find out just how many OpenGL extensions the Xoom supports (no, we aren't kidding), head on past the read link. [Motorola via Engadget, Motodev Forums]

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6 years ago

Motorola announces European Xoom retail plans


 Motorola Xoom

Motorola Mobility has announced its European retail arrangements for the upcoming Xoom tablet.

According to Moto's press release, the Xoom will arrive on European shores in the second quarter of 2011. In the UK, the Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy will stock the 3G/WiFi version, while the WiFi-only Xoom will be available at PC World and Currys. Elsewhere, Motorola says that T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom will introduce the Xoom in "selected markets".

No prices were mentioned, but the Xoom was recently given a price of $799 for 3G/WiFi and $600 for WiFi-only in the US. Inflated European prices are pretty much par for the course when it comes to consumer electronics though, so we'd expect the Xoom to retail for more than exchange rates would suggest. [Motorola Media Center]

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6 years ago

Kittehface does live wallpapers right


Youtube link for mobile viewing

You gotta love a nice live wallpaper on Android, and developer Kittehface Software has quite a handful. From holiday themes to patriotism to fish, there are myriad options available. We caught up with Kittehface at Android's booth at Mobile World Congress to take a look. Enjoy.

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6 years ago

More phones get CyanogenMod 7 RC1



Following the initial handful of phones we reported had received CyanogenMod 7 release candidate 1 yesterday, a bunch more devices have now been graced with official RC1 builds of the Gingerbread-based custom ROM.

At the time of writing, CyanogenMod 7 release candidate 1 is available for the HTC EVO 4G, MyTouch 4G, Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Aria, HTC Desire (GSM/CDMA), HTC Slide, HTC Desire Z, T-Mobile G2, HTC Desire HD, HTC Legend and HTC Droid Incredible.

Even if your phone isn't listed above, you should check out the CyanogenMod experimental builds page, as builds for other phones are being added all the time. [CyanogenMod Experimental Builds]

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6 years ago

Android 2.2 coming to the Virgin Mobile USA Samsung Intercept next month


Following up on their statement that Android 2.2 would be coming to the Samsung Intercept in Spring, Virgin Mobile USA has now pinned it down to a more finer date. March 25, or around there is when it is expected to roll out to Virgin Mobile U.S. users. The wait is almost over now, delays be damned! [Twitter] Thanks, Travis!

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6 years ago

Atrix 4G release date pushed up to Feb 22 [confirmed]


Atrix 4G

We have to file this as a rumor, but we just got word from a tipster (who also provided us the image you see) that the Motorola Atrix 4G's release date is confirmed for Feb 22.  We previously reported that it would be available on March 6 or earlier, and we're glad to see it turned out to be earlier this time :)

Nothing price related was reported as changed, so expect to fork over $199 after rebates and contracts.  If you're still on the fence, check out our hands-on with what may just be Android's new king of the hill.  Thanks anon!

Update - Confirmed, AT&T will have pre-ordered devices shipped on Feb 21 while everyone else can grab one on Feb 22. See a copy of the emails AT&T has been sending out after the break.

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6 years ago

Official Google Reader app updated, adds widgets


 Google Reader

Google has updated the official Google Reader app to version 0.9.2, adding two new homescreen widgets, a "mark previous as read" button and Russian translations.

The new button on the reading list allows you to mark anything above the current screen as read, saving precious time, energy and finger strain. The "news ticker" widget allows you to bring a selection of items to your home screen in a similar way to the stock News and Weather app, while the "unread items" widget creates a shortcut to a particular feed, label or person with the number of unread items shown next to it.

Market links and a QR code can be found after the jump. [Google Mobile blog]

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6 years ago

Plex Media Center app now available in the Android Market


Previously only available to iOS devices, the popular media server application Plex is now coming to Android as noted in a press release from Plex today.  As it is now, a lot of Plex remote control apps already exist in the Android Market but having a dedicated app built by the originators is almost always going to be better in most cases. However, this isn't one of those cases. While the Plex app will allow you to stream items from your Mac or PC to your device over WiFi, or 3G it does not allow for you to remotely control those said files. Plex is building it into the next release but it's not there as of yet.

One other component missing from this release is the optimization for Tablets but that will come in due time. One awesome thing about Plex is their plug-in support as well. As the Android app gains popularity, we'll begin to see plug-ins created for a number of services. For example as it is now, the Mac and PC versions can tap into Netflix, Hulu and even direct web content to offer it all to you on your mobile device. Keep in mind though, Plex does cost $4.99 in the Android Market, which might be a turn off for some. You can hit the break for the download or head on over to the source link for more details. [Plex]

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