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6 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks - lazy holiday edition



Better late than never, it's our "Hey, it's the holidays, cut us some slack" edition of our weekly apps roundup. Many of you may be getting your first Android device, and we are sure you are extremely happy about it. The Android market is loaded with many great applications, but let us take you through some of our favorites of this week, and be sure to check out all of our other suggestions here.

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6 years ago

Verizon drops Samsung Galaxy Tab pricing to $499, offers previous buyers $100 refunds


Get a shiny new Samsung Galaxy Tab in the last 14 days from Verizon? If so, you'll wanna reach out to the store where you purchased the device from and see about getting $100 back in your pocket. Verizon it seems is now under the impression the Samsung Galaxy Tab was priced a little on the high side and have now dropped it to $499.99. Something Best Buy already knew anyways.  But that's not all. You'll also get yourself set up with $60 worth of Blockbuster or Media Hub rentals to go along with it. Anyone stepping up to get one at $499.99 that wasn't will to at $599.99? [Droid Life]

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6 years ago

Samsung Nexus S review


Google's latest developer phone brings Android 2.3 Gingerbread and new hardware, but is it the right choice for the average consumer?

Nexus S review shot

One of the biggest gripes many of us have about Android is the way manufacturers and carriers change the software.  Whether it's an OEM skin in place of the stock launcher and desktop, or value added extras like Sprint TV or V-cast, or even the removal of core Google services like search and maps -- the first thing many new phone owners want to do it remove the "bloatware."  Enter the "Pure Google" phones.  The name Nexus gets us plenty excited because we know we're in for a pure Google experience, and the Samsung Nexus S is no different.

But is it a good choice for the average Joe?  Join us after the break, and follow along as we have a look at the latest additive-free Android phone.

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6 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung SCH-i520 LTE phone show up in Verizon's system


HTC Thunderbolt in Verizon systemSamsung SCH-I520 LTE device

Verizon's New Year's resolution? Android LTE phones. And lookie at what just popped into its system -- SKUs for the HTC Thunderbolt (aka ADR6400) and that Samsung SCH-i520 LTE device, and dummy units to go along with them. The former basically is the Desire HD with a cool kickstand and speaker underneath, with Verizon's new 4G data. The Sammy device? We'll just have to see what gets unearthed at CES next week, won't we? Thanks, lk!

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6 years ago

Amazon puts unannounced, unofficial Evo Shift 4G up for preorder for $199.99


HTC Evo Shift 4G Amazon preorder

It's not that we don't expect the HTC Evo Shift 4G to be announced in the coming days (Hint: Jan. 4 and Jan. 9 are sounding like good days) -- it's almost certainly on its way. But for any retailer to offer preorders on an unannounced and unofficial phone is just a bit much for our taste.

This certainly isn't the first or last time we've seen this -- the latest example is Amazon, which has the Evo Shift 4G available for preorder for $199.99. Never mind that some of the details are wrong ("released in June, 2010"?), and it's possible some of the other specs could be gleaned from the manufacturers of the various cases that already have been making the rounds.

But before handing over your hard-earned cash for a phone, said device should at least be announced by the manufacturer or carrier.  How would you feel if you'd preordered an HTC Merge? [Amazon via Android Central Forums]

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6 years ago

Happy New Year, everybody!


Welcome to 2011, everybody! Thanks for making us the biggest and best Android blog of 2010 -- and things are only going to get better in the new year, starting with some major Android news coming out of CES next week. We'll be there, of course, and it's just a start of things to come. Salud, everyone, and welcome to 2011! -- Phil and the gang

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6 years ago

Unrevoked 3 updated to support new EVO 4G hardware and SLCD Incredibles


A late Christmas present from team Unrevoked is now available for download. Yes, all you people who have HTC Evo 4Gs with the new hardware, or a Droid Incredible with an SLCD screen, can now get to rooting and flashing your devices. As announced via their Twitter account you can grab the download direct from the unrevoked website. Be sure to let us know how it's working for you all after you try it out. [Unrevoked via Twitter]

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6 years ago

DLNA issues, unbootable devices and Nexus S Android Market apps [from the forums]


Android Forums at Android Central

Out with the old, in with the new. It's new years eve and time to say good bye to 2010. As we all look forward to 2011, we just want to wish everyone a safe and happy new years. If you're not one for parties well, kick back and join some others in the forums while we wait for the ball to drop.

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

The Android SMS bug -- what it is, and what you need to do


SMS bug

If you're awake and have looked at the Internet today, you've likely seen the end of the world as we know it played out in blog after blog because of a bug in the Android SMS application.  It's the same bug some of you have been dealing with -- messages end up going to the wrong contact when using the stock messaging application on your Android phone.  First things first -- it doesn't do other evil things like make your alarm not work, or delete your pictures, or brick your phone -- it only causes SMS messages to go to the wrong party, which is bad enough.  So you can safely ignore all the other scary things you've heard may happen, because they wont.  There's two issues here that need addressed, and an easy fix.  Follow the break to read more. [Google Code via Engadget]

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6 years ago

MiniSquadron sequel is coming Jan. 11


YouTube link for mobile viewing

I've spent many an hour the last couple of months playing Mini Squadron. And come Jan. 11, I'm going to do it all over again with MiniSquadron Special Edition. The sequel features:

  • 8 brand new levels, beautifully drawn and each accompanied with a track by more Dead Composers,
  • Helicopters which hover - providing new gameplay opportunities,
  • Over 50 more planes to unlock,
  • 2 new pickups: "Rapid Fire" and "Freeze"
  • A new weapon - Fireballs!
  • More animals to shoot down - including Jellyfish, Vampires and Hamsters!
  • Openfeint Achievements!

The game's in final testing now. Can't wait for this one to drop.

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6 years ago

Run Keeper Pro now free until the end of January


It's that time of year where folks start making new years resolutions. One of the top new years resolutions is typically to be more fit or physically active. Some stick to that and follow through while if you're like me you'll likely forget about it in a week. In an effort to help you keep that resolution afloat the developers of Run Keeper have made their fitness tracking and measuring app available for free until the end of January. If you're looking to share your stats, stay in shape and track it all at the same time you can't beat the price here. Hit the download after the break. [Run Keeper]

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6 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 45


Audio-only stream below

We take a look back at 2010, a look forward at 2011 and preview the upcoming CES show. Plus, your e-mails and voicemails.

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6 years ago

More details on the Android Asus Eee Pad revealed



A few days ago, we reported on a new line of Android-based Asus Eee tablets expected to be released in 2011. Asus may be getting a little too impatient for CES to arrive because more information has now been revealed about these tablets, coming straight from the horses mouth. The Asus Eee EP102 and EP101 appear to be those exact tablets, sporting a 10-inch screen (hopefully) running the much more tablet-friendly Honeycomb.

As some of you predicted in the comments, at least one of these tablets, purportedly the EP101, will have a detachable keyboard as shown in that chalkboard demo. The EP102 on the other hand appears to be some sort of slider tablet. As if my anticipation for CES couldn't get any higher, Asus swoops in and teases us just a little bit more. Hit the break for two more pictures! [ via CrunchGear]

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6 years ago

[Rumor] HTC Thunderbolt specs? Or just a dream made of unicorn blood?


Thunderbolt specs?

Stop what you're doing, take a second and click the picture you see above.  If you're reading on your phone, run to a computer -- you want to see this.  Supposedly these are the specs for the European version of the HTC Thunderbolt, and they are amazing.  Almost too amazing.  According to (a German HTC blog and fansite), the Thunderbolt will be released with the Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, Gingerbread, an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera, and support for 128GB SDXC cards.

Is it real? Heck, we don't know, and honestly, none of us thinks these specs are right.  But we offer it as-is, for you guys to dissect in the Thunderbolt forums.  Just don't go blaming us if your heart gets broken. [ (German) via Pocketnow]

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6 years ago

OK ... which one of you perverts returned this Coby Kyros tablet


Coby Kyros porn

We love these stories. A 12-year-old girl awakes on Christmas Day to find her prized present beneath the tree -- an Android tablet. And, look, Santa! It's already got porn apps installed on it! So instead of a white Christmas, they got a blue Christmas.

When confronted by the girl's father on Monday, Coby senior product manager Michael Paladino said, "There is nothing preprogramed from Coby. LIke any other internet device with an open platform, a wide range of content is available which may require parental oversight." That's true, parents should keep (erm) abreast of their kids' online habits. I know I do.

But there actually are a few crimes here:

  1. Coby should have (ahem) bent over backwards to apologize and exchange the devices. That's just good customer service. It's doubtful the girl downloaded "Boobs! Butts! Babes!" and "Undress Me" on her own.
  2. The newscaster at WSIL-TV calls the Coby Kyros "similar to the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle." Mmmmmm'kay.

Regardless, if you're going to return a crappy tablet after (cough) using it, do the world a favor and follow our how-to for cleaning porn off the device. Little Suzie and her family will thank you. [WSIL-TV]

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