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6 years ago

How to manually apply Android 2.2.1 for the Droid X


Droid X update

That update to the Droid X that we told you about last week has been pushed out to a few people today. For everybody left waiting, you can download a copy of the update form our forums, thanks to Joe92t.

Flashing is simple. Download the file from the Android Central Forums and copy it to your SD card. Then turn your phone off. Wait a second. Hold the power and home buttons until you see the exclamation point. Let go, and then press the search button. Then choose "apply" to apply the update. Reboot, and you're good to go!

No, it's not Gingerbread -- though we fully expect the Droid X to get Gingerbread. What things update brings is a slew of fixes and improvements. Here are the big strokes:

  • Preloaded Madden NFL football game.
  • Preloaded Adobe Flash Player 10.1.
  • Preloaded MyVerizon application (v5).
  • Added Data Widget to home panel.
  • Improved Android OS Froyo stability
  • Fixes to Exchange Activesync
  • Fixes to Visual Voicemail

The EAS fixes actually are the biggest things, we think, in Version 2.3.340.MB810.Verizon.en.USIBP_C_01.09.07P. There are a slew of other fixes as well; you can find them all in this PDF. And once you've updated, be sure to join the discussion about the update in this forum thread. Thanks, Joe92t!

Note: Yes, you must have a stock Droid X to manually update like this.

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6 years ago

Bell Mobility rolling out Froyo to its Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant users


We've been expecting the rollout of Android 2.2 Froyo for Canadian Samsung Galaxy S users since the previous acknowledgment from Samsung.  Now, we've been getting a ton of emails saying that it's currently available to Bell Mobility users but seemingly not all as folks are getting mixed result when checking for updates. Worst case, you'll have to wait a few more days to get it. Best case of course, being that it'll be available and you can get your Froyo on. You'll need to to visit here and download Keis to load up Android 2.2 but that's minor. Screenshot of Keis running the update can be found after the break. Thanks, Pej, for the pics and everyone else for letting us know!

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6 years ago

YouTube, Voice Search apps updated


YouTube app updateVoice sreach app updated

 The YouTube for Android and Google Voice Search applications have been updated (no it's not Gingerbread! :p ) with some welcome improvements and the obligatory bug-fixes.  With the YouTube app update comes what everyone has been wanting, commenting from within the app itself.  You also can now see videos you subscribe to on the main screen, and an "All" category has been added to the browse screen.  Add in some bug-fixes and the app really gets better, even if all we care about is commenting.

The Voice Search app also brings some very nice improvements, namely "improved connectivity" to squash some of those connection errors many now see, and better name recognition when using Voice-Actions.  We all welcome those kind of changes.  Of course, the bug-fixes are there, too. You can update right from the market, or hit the download links after the break. [Android Central Forums]

Update: Google has posted the full changelog, which you can find here.  Also worth mentioning -- "Please note that the new YouTube app only works on devices running Android 2.2. To install it, search for 'YouTube' in Android Market. It also comes pre-installed on many upcoming Android 2.3 devices, such as the Nexus S."

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6 years ago

New round of Swype invites goes out


Swype for Android

Judging from all the e-mails we just got -- including one from Swype that says we were accepted into the beta program -- it looks like a new round of Swype invites has gone out. Trust us, folks, it's a much better track to be on than having to deal with the hacked (and pirated) versions out there. So congrats, everyone! [via Android Central Forums]

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6 years ago

Samsung Continuum victim to another Verizon Photoshop fail


We're starting to think Verizon's advertising team has been dipping into the holiday cheer a little too early. The latest edition to their Photoshop fail collection has the Samsung Continuum showing up online with some vital pieces missing. Namely, the ticker at the bottom appears to not exist, along with the capacitive buttons. And that comes hot on the heels of the Droid X running iOS. The good news is that this (mostly) was fixed pretty quickly. (There's still a tiny bad thumbnail on VZW's site.) [Verizon via Engadget]

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6 years ago

Is the Nexus S an upgrade? Samsung W899 info and Gingerbread keyboards [from the forums]


Android Forums at Android Central

As we hit mid week, the forums are still hot from all the Android 2.3 news with a lot of folks waiting on the many Android developers out there to bring us goodies from the now released SDK. We've seen keyboards, icons and soon plenty more ROMs as well. Join us in the forums as we discuss it all.

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

Twidroyd now has OTA themeing


Twidroyd OTA themes

If you're using Twidroyd (4.3 or higher) to get your Twitter on, there's a new goodie for you -- OTA themeing. Just fire up the browser on your phone and head to the Twidroyd Factory  ( ) to check 'em out and download one. Or two.

If you're feeling a bit artistic, the engine to create your own themes is up and running, too -- hit the same URL from a computer and crank out something wonderful. There's a couple of pics of the "Sunset L.A." theme after the break. [Twidroyd Factory via @twidroyd]

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6 years ago

Case review: HellBent horizontal pouch (Mike Lavallee edition)


Mike Lavalee edition Hellbent horizontal pouch case

When it comes to cases for your Android smartphone, there's style, and then there's style. What you see before you here is the Mike Lavallee edition of the HellBent Horizontal Pouch Case. Lavallee, of course, is the name behind Killer Paint Inc., and you've seen his work on such shows as TLC's "Overhaulin'," "Miami Ink," and "Rides," as well as Discovery's "Monster Garage."  And now you can have his work protect your phone.

The patented process used to transfer the artwork to the case is done without changing the look or feel of the leather, and it's highly resistant to household chemicals, perfumes and cosmetics. Because the artwork impregnates the leather, it can't fade or separate from the case.

As for the case itself, it's your basic horizontal pouch with belt clip on the rear. The phone slips inside -- face in or out, it's up to you -- and the flap is held in place with a magnet. One down side is that depending on where the 3.5mm headphone jack is on your phone, you might not have access to it while the phone's in the case. But otherwise, the phone sits securely inside.

The Mike Lavalee edition of the HellBent Horizontal case fits a number of Android smartphones. (Be sure to use the device selector to make sure yours fits.) It's available now in the Android Central Store for $49.95. We've got more pictures after the break.

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6 years ago

HTC Speedy cases appear, no phones to use them with yet


HTC Speedy

We're still waiting for word from Sprint about the HTC Speedy (or Knight, or whatever it ends up being named), we've peeked at the software, and some cases, a holster and an OEM battery have appeared over at's webstore, along with some decent pictures.  I'm sure HTC has a better idea when the Speedy will be released than we do, but don't get too excited.  We're still waiting on the HTC Merge, and we've had accessories for that one for about a month now. [HTCpedia]

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6 years ago

Angry Birds Day -- Saturday, Dec 11 2010


 Angry Birds Day -- December 11th 2010.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Saturday Dec 11, 2010 is Angry Birds Day.  It's time to put your Angry Birds fandom to the test, and get out there to celebrate the 2nd most popular cellphone game of all time (I don't think anything will ever beat Snake).  Try to put your mobile OS loyalty aside, as I'm sure you're bound to meet some iOS users out there, but hey, it's the birds that bond us.  We want those stolen eggs back, and demand swift justice brought to the thieving green pigs that stole them.

Everybody get out there and rep the birds!  Check the link above and look for an Angry Birds meetup in your area.  [Meetup, Rovio]

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6 years ago

Dell Streak recovery tool now available


Any Dell Streak owners out there interested in a custom recovery tool? If so, one has now been made available for your device courtesy of mistadman, over at XDA Developers. Based off of Clockwork Recovery by Koush the Dell Streak recovery tool supports some pretty awesome features built right into it. The list is as follows:

  • Landscape
  • Capacitve buttons
  • First stage of the two stage camera button working
  • Signature verification setting survives reboot

The source also remains open, so if you're looking to improve upon it you can indeed do so by grabbing it off of the Github servers. You can find the download and full instructions over at XDA. [XDA Developers]

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6 years ago

Google Books vs. Amazon Kindle


Can Amazon's bookstore stand up to the might that is Google?

Google eBooksAmazon Kindle app

Google Books, or Amazon Kindle. That's the question du jour. Google this week released its online bookstore -- Google Books, or eBooks. It's not a new premise, you go online and buy books, and then read them on your laptop or PC, or on a mobile device. And you have plenty of options in the mobile space. You can purchase and read books on Android devices, of course, as well as the iPad, iPhone, Sony eReader and the Barnes & Noble Nook.

But is Google Books better than Amazon Kindle, the big daddy in the space? Will you need both platforms? Join us after the break as we take a look at Google Books versus Amazon Kindle?

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6 years ago

TI announces OMAP4440 processor with dual Cortex-A9 cores


TI has finally put out an announcement for their OMAP4440 processors despite them having been shown off on the TI website for quite some time now. The freshly upgraded chip will feature two Cortex-A9 cores and when running at full capacity can pump out a total of 1.5GHz per cpu core. As noted in the press release, when compared to the OMAP4430 series that tops out at 1GHz you get the following performance enhancements:

a 1.25x increase in graphics performance, a 30 percent decrease in webpage load time, a 2x increase in 1080p video playback performance

You'll want to check out the full press release for the full details bu, in the meantime feel free to imagine your current devices running that. Wouldn't it be awesome? Sadly, we'll still have to wait until the new year before any devices roll out with it loaded. [TI]

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6 years ago

Xmarks releases Android app -- will cost you $12 per year


 Xmarks for Android.

Xmarks -- formerly known as Foxmarks -- has brought their cross-platform bookmarks and open tab syncing service to Android.  For a small fee of $12 a year, Xmarks users will now be able to access their bookmarks and open tabs via their Android device.  Although Firefox for Android already offers this very same service for free -- and there are other free options, too --  it's nice to see some bookmarks syncing for the stock Android browser, which also happens to be the one I still use every single day.  We've covered other bookmarks syncing apps for Android, but like I always say, the more options, the better.

Personally, I've been using Xmarks for close to three years now to sync my desktop bookmarks, and I've found it to be an invaluable service.  Having access to the same bookmarks on my laptop and desktop PC is very handy, but part of me wonders if I would ever feel the need to shell out $12 for access to these same bookmarks on my mobile device.  The pages I browse from my phone are not the same pages I browse from my desktop computer.  In addition, I've already got my Android browser bookmarks setup perfectly to my liking.  I use Titanium Backup to backup/restore my bookmarks when loading a new ROM, so I don't really need a premium sync service.  Plus, a quick search at AppBrain will reveal how many free bookmarks syncing apps exist for Android.

Xmarks for Android may only appeal to the hardcore Xmarks users.  Somebody who is constantly adding/removing/updating bookmarks and needs access to them on the go 24/7.  Open tab sync is a nice feature, but not one I would pay for when Firefox already does it for free.  If Xmarks also offered access to browser history, that would be the icing on the cake that I would finally pay $12/year for.  However, part of me wonders if Google has any plans to include this type of browser bookmarks/history synchronization into Android.

Xmarks is giving Android users a two-week free trial, so what have you got to lose?  Check it out and see if you like it.  [Xmarks blog]

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6 years ago

Samsung to bring out the W899, a traditional Android flip phone


China Telecom and Samsung have announced the Samsung W899. Instead of the traditional flat design, Sammy is offering a flip Android smartphone. 

You're probably thinking "this is just a flip phone, it's probably an entry level Android phone." Well ... not really. Take a look at the specs:

  • Two 3.3-inch AMOLED touch screens
  • Multi-touch support
  • Android 2.2
  • 5MP rear camera
  • Front facing VGA camera
  • 1Ghz processor
  • 512 MB internal memory

This guy is pretty powerful. Enough for it to compete with some of the higher end devices today. One more picture and video after the break. [Android Mobile ReviewThanks, Tim!

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