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6 years ago

PSA: Dell Streak still locked to AT&T when you purchase it off contract


Dell Streak still locked to AT&T when you purchase it off contract

The Dell Streak, the new not-quite-a-phone-but-not-quite-a-tablet-either from AT&T is finally here. We've already detailed the pricing and some of the features and specs of this odd little device, but there's a little point worth remembering. Even if you purchase the Streak off contract, it's still going to be locked to AT&T. You'll be buying it unsubsidized, not unlocked. And that's true of any other phone on AT&T -- or any other carrier, for that matter. 

Google tried to do something about this with the Nexus One, starting it out available off or on contract with T-Mobile 3G bands, and later releasing one compatible with AT&T 3G. Of course, Google's web store is no more, so that put a stop to that.

The Streak has enough problems without being tied to a single carrier for wireless service. The thing is too big to be a phone, too small to be an effective tablet, and it's running Android 1.6. When it does finally get Android 2.2, it's very possible that Gingerbread will be out

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6 years ago

Coming today: The Adobe Flash Summit


Adobe Flash SummitA quick programming note: We're in San Francisco today with a bunch of other bloggers (hi, guys and gals!) for the Adobe Flash Summit.

We're expecting a healthy dose of Flash, AIR, gaming and even Google TV, plus a whole lot of lively discussion between the Adobe folks and those of us who type for a living. Should make for an interesting meet-up, and we'll share what we can throughout the day.

(Full disclosure: We're here on Adobe's dime. That means we're definitely raiding the min-bar when we're not downing a healthy dose of Flash.)

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6 years ago

U.S. Dell Streak may skip Eclair, go straight to Froyo


 Dell Streak

The bad news: The U.S. version of the Dell Streak launched with Android 1.6. The good news: It might skip Android 2.1 altogether and go straight to Android 2.2. Normally I'd never pass up a perfectly good Eclair (to which my waistline would sadly nod its head in agreement), but in this case I'll make an exception. A leap to Froyo would make sense, and let's hope we start seeing a few other phones (cough, Xperia X10) follow suit. [@LionelAtDell via Engadget]

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6 years ago

HTC Bee and Lexikon specs begin to leak out


HTC Bee and Lexikon specs

Specifications for the upcoming HTC Bee and Lexikon have partially leaked out, and from what we see here, both are something to look forward too.  The Bee, which we've talked about before, is rumored to be heading to Verizon and Cellular South and looks to be a great entry-level device.  Froyo, Sense UI, and a small (3.2-inch) screen should make for a snappy little phone, even with a dated 528 MHz processor. 

The Lexikon, with a larger (3.8-inch) display, a QWERTY keyboard, and a factory-underclocked MSM7630 Snapdragon processor sounds a whole lot like the HTC Vision/G1 Blaze supposedly headed for T-Mobile, which may or may not be the first HSPA+ Android phone.  Yeah, there are a whole lot of ifs and maybes, but that's what happens when you're dealing with leaks and rumors.  We're not complaining --  we love getting them.  [911sniperBlog] Thanks Tommy!

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6 years ago

CyanogenMod RC3 hits for Nexus One


CyanogenModChances are if you have a Nexus One you don't mind a little hackery. And chances are you're already a devout follower of the way of Cyanogen. And with that, a third release candidate the CM6 ROM has been released, bringing more (and better) custom Froyo to the N1.

As always, we recommend backing up all your apps and data first, just in case. Then get to downloading (either at the source link, XDA or Rom Manager), and have at it! [CyanogenMod]

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6 years ago

HTC USA now selling official Nexus One accessories


Nexus one official accessories

HTC's ShopAmerica website now has official Nexus One accessories available for order, including the official desktop dock (see our review), and the car dock (review).  If you just never got around to buying a dock for your Nexus One, then shook your fist in vain when Google stopped selling the Nexus and its accessories, this is great news.  Do note that both docks are on backorder, so "now available" really means "order now," and wait until at least August 17 for shipping.  I've ordered mine -- anyone else jumping on these so they aren't left in the cold if they disappear again? [HTC America] Thanks Tom!

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6 years ago

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6 years ago

Homegrown Droid Incredible commercials show it really is incredible

 Droid Incredible is Incredible!

How incredible is the HTC Droid Incredible? A couple of homegrown commercials posted in our forums have completely nailed what would make my perfect smartphone. And I'm hoping a future installment will make me a drink. Ease on past the break to see what we're talking about. [Android Central Forums]

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6 years ago

From the Forums -- Show off your Droid X screens


Droid X screen

Blur gets a lot of undeserved hate.  Sure it may not be as pretty out-of-the-box as Sense, or as sleek and lean as stock Android, but PhilBlur can look great if you take the time.  Check out some of the great looks members have going on in the Droid X forums! [Android Central forums] Pic courtesy of terpitude71!

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6 years ago

Adding pauses into contacts for dialing extensions


Let's face it: we all have to deal with those automated call systems from time to time. They can be particularly annoying if they block you from connecting directly to the person you are tying to get by entering an extension number.

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6 years ago

Oh Augen tablet, where art thou?


Can't surf with a raincheck

 A long time ago, in a Kmart far, far away

Looks like my quest for an Augen Gentouch 78 tablet will end in failure.  Word is that Kmart has halted sales of this jewel mediocre tablet, possibly because of the big ugly Android Market SNAFU,  or the huge number of returns, or maybe because there's a global Kmart plot to keep one out of my hands.  Anyhoo, reports are in from those who ordered online that the orders are canceled, and after endlessly bothering my local Kmart, I was told that all orders for the tablet are to be filled with either an even lower spec Augen Android netbook, or the Augen 7" eReader running some ARM variant of Linux.  I guess it just wasn't meant to be, and I'll have to wait for the next mythical Android tablet.  []

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6 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Aug. 13, 2010



What fun is an Android device when it isn't loaded up with some of the most amazing applications that exist? Granted, finding them can be a daunting task to some, but here at Android Central we love to make your live easy. Hit the break to check out what some of your trusted staff recommends to you this week.

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6 years ago

Epic 4G launch accessories to include chargers, cases, leaked playbook states


Epic 4G accessories

Itching to know what Epic 4G accessories will be available at launch? A look at the latest Sprint Playbook (that internal document that might as well be posted on its website) gives us a pretty good look. Screen protectors, a smattering of cases, media dock and battery chargers should all be on hand. Standard fare, to be sure, but it's nice to see that some of the official Samsung accessories announced the other day will be on hand.

We get another look at pricing -- $499 outright (which actually isn't bad at all), and $249 after contract and rebate. We already knew that, but it's nice to reiterate that you'll actually be spending $350 up front. Also interesting in the Playbook is that apparently you'll be forced to activate the phone when it's purchased, even if you buy it at the full unsubsidized price. No "cold phone purchases," it says. (Is that SOP?)

You can check out the whole thing at the source link. [SDX Developers] Thanks, Numus.

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6 years ago

Droid Incredible rumored to get Froyo on Aug. 18


HTC Droid Incredible

Probably the No. 1 question we get day after day is "When will the Droid Incredible get Android 2.2." (The No. 2 question, strangely, is "What should I have for lunch?") Mashable says it has it on good authority that Verizon peeps already are walking around with Froyo on their phones (and if you do, you know where to send those pics, right?) and that the update will push out beginning Aug. 18.

Now, we certainly hope that's the case. But so far, Froyo OTAs haven't exactly had the best track record. (Exhibits A, B). And if this one ends up falling through, we'll likely line up outside the Mashable offices with you, pitchforks in hand. [Mashable] Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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