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6 years ago

Evo 4G accessory review: Mobi Products charging cradle with spare charger


Mobi Products - HTC Evo 4G Charging Cradle with spare battery charger.

If you're currently thinking about buying an external wall charger for your spare Evo battery, an extra USB charging/sync cable, or some sort of charging/media dock for your Evo 4G, then the Mobi Products Charging Cradle with Spare Battery Charger might be a better investment, simply because you get all three of these in one unit.

If you're anything like me, the last surface you want to rest your shiny new smartphone on is a hard, unforgiving desktop; peppered with scratch-happy microscopic dirt and debris that are going to do nothing but reak havoc on your device's nice clean finish. I avoid setting my Evo down on tables and countertops at all cost. If I've got to, I make sure to give it a good once over with my hand, and then set it down very gently. Although the Evo comes with a built-in kickstand, it's not quite sturdy enough for my liking, but that's not to say I don't use it, because I do, and rather frequently. But for my money, nothing beats a nice sturdy charging cradle, complete with USB sync capabilities, and a spare battery charging slot.

Check out some more pictures and get my thoughts on this unit after the break.

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6 years ago

New Winamp for Android build includes SHOUTcast integration


Winamp for Android adds SHOUTcast support.

It was only a few weeks ago when Nullsoft's Winamp exploded onto the Android market. And despite being in beta, we were quite surprised by how usable and polished it was.  Its WiFi syncing alone is reason enough to have it installed on your Android phone, even if you use a different music player.

Fans of streaming radio will appreciate one of Winamp for Android's latest additions, as Nullsoft has focused on implementing support for SHOUTcast -- their proprietary internet radio software.  Functionality may be limited, but this test build allows you to browse top stations, genres, and search terms.  Users can stations to their favorites, and even browse recently listened-to stations.

"Yeah, but Jesse, I already use Slacker/Pandora for my internet radio.  Why should I care about this?"

Well, I'll tell you why, dear pessimistic Android Central reader.  As I type this, there are 44,287 free SHOUTcast radio stations, and Winamp can tune in to any of those, from anywhere in the world (so long as you're connected to the internet of course).

No ETA has been given as to when we'll see this update live in the market.  [Download Squad]

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6 years ago

Pinch to zoom still in the works for Sony Ericsson X10 family (really?)


Sony Ericsson to receive multi touch update.

Prior to the release of the Xperia X10, Sony Ericsson made it clear to potential buyers that their premiere Android phone would not receive any multitouch love.  However, in a recent post on their product blog, Sony Ericsson appears to be going back on their word. And that's a good thing. According to this post, some of their hardworking engineers were able to dig a little deeper into the driver and firmware for the touch digitizer, and enhanced (or enabled) its multi touch tracking.

They also mention that the X10's digitizer is not perfect when it comes to multitouch, so multitouch functionality will be very limited.  How limited, you ask?  Right now they plan on enabling pinch to zoom for just the browser and Google Maps.  It might not sound like much, but when I stop and think about it, most of my pinching and zooming is done within those two apps.  SE also noted that third party applications will also support multitouch/pinch to zoom on the X10, but the experience may be a bit buggy.

SE hasn't given an exact date as to when you can start using two fingers on your X10, but they're aiming to have this pushed out via OTA in Q1 of next year.  [Sony Ericsson]

Join in on the Xperia X10 discussion in our X10 forum 

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6 years ago

Finally: Edit Google Docs in your browser


Google Docs Mobile

It's taken half of forever, but we finally can edit Google Docs -- word files, that is -- in our Android browsers. (Spreadsheets have been editable for a while now.) Google just flipped the switch as says it should be active for those of us on Froyo over the coming days.

All you'll have to do is go to from your browser and choose the document you want to edit. Then hit the "edit" button to change over to the mobile editor. Finally. (And let's see how it handles multiple accounts.) There's video of it in action after the break. [Google Docs]

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6 years ago

Will the world phone Droid Pro work on AT&T or T-Mobile in the United States?


Droid Pro on AT&T

The Motorola Droid Pro is a "global" device or "world phone," meaning it has a SIM card slot and can work on GSM networks. But will the Motorola Droid Pro work on AT&T or T-Mobile in the United States? That's one of the burning questions as we get our first look at the new Android smartphone on Verizon. According to Motorola's specs, the Droid Pro supports the 850MHz and 1900MHz GSM frequencies, which is what AT&T uses for much of its network.

We've got an e-mail in to Verizon to see what the official policy is regarding unlocking the device to work on U.S. GSM networks. But in the meantime, join us after the break as we see whether you can you the Droid Pro on a GSM network in the United States. And if you have any insight into opening up this bad boy, let us know in this forum thread.

More info and video of the progress is after the break.

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6 years ago

Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S officially announced


Giorgio Armani Galaxy S

While it may not be at the top of most peoples shopping list given the €700 price tag it will carry, it's certainly going to be made available to those who can afford it. The Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S was officially announced this week. The spec sheet for the device looks -- well, it looks like any other GSM variation of the Galaxy S except you get a fancy Giorgio Armani GUI to go along with it. The Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S will be available starting in December with Italy then Netherlands, UK and Russia. Full press release from Samsung is available after the break.

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6 years ago

LG Apex available from US Cellular on Friday


 LG Apex

The LG Apex will be available Friday from US Cellular. The Apex will sport a 3.2-inch screen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3MP camera with auto-focus and Android 2.1 (Eclair).

It will be the fourth Android device on US Cellular, joining the HTC Desire, Samsung Mesmerize and Samsung Acclaim. The Apex will represent a solid, affordable option for consumers not wanting to spring for the high-end phones.

The Apex will cost $79.99 after an $80 mail-in rebate and with a 2-year service contract. Full press release after the break. Discuss this phone in our LG Apex forums

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6 years ago

Dell Streak with white back available from and exclusive to Best Buy


Dell Streak with white back

The Dell Streak now comes in white, at least on the back. An exclusive version of the device sporting the black and white look will only be available from Best Buy for $300. In-store pickup is the only way to get one of these at the moment, though we're hoping online purchasing will soon open up.

The white back looks sharp, and more consumer choice is always better. (Oh, and where's that white iPhone? Zing!) Now the Dell Streak can be had in black, red and white. For more pictures hit the source link. [Streak Smart]

For more head to our Dell Streak Forum

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6 years ago

Android Market obviously getting revamp with addition of new graphics


Android Market changes

Reader Jeff e-mailed us this morning to point out some fairly big changes to the Android Market developer's console (that's the place where you actually upload apps). There are now options for high-resolution app icons (high res being 512x512), plus "featured graphics" at 1024x500, and a space for a YouTube promotional video.

We're not the only ones seeing it (Android Police has pointed it out, too), and the change undoubtedly goes hand-in-hand with some of the new features Google showed off at its IO conference in May, the upcoming releases of Android 2.3 Gingerbread -- and Honeycomb on the horizon -- and the down time that the Market developer's console will see Thursday night. Good things are on the way, folks! Thanks, Jeff!

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6 years ago

Sony Ericsson Anzu X12 gets handled and has its specs revealed


While we've been discussing the Sony Ericsson Anzu (X12) for quite some time now, it was Eldar Murtazin's Tweets that really shed some light on the upcoming device. Now that it's stepped into the light, we get to have a look at some of the details and specs that will actually power this device. The 4.3-inch LCD display with 854 x 480 resolution will be running the same 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 processor that is found in the T-Mobile G2 / Desire Z. When it comes to taking pictures and video the Anzu will certainly not be lagging there. Built into to the device is a 12MP camera, which is totally capable of capturing 720p video as well.

The saddening part, at least for now? It's currently running on Android 2.1 and apparently launching in 2011 with Android 2.2. But, the good news is Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is suggested as coming in the summer. We'd still rather see it at launch but, what can you do. You can hit the full review via the source link, let us know in the forums and in the comments what you think about the device now. [Mobile Review via Engadget]

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6 years ago

[Rumor] HTC Knight to be called the EVO Shift 4g, lacks video calling?


 HTC Knight Image from XDA Developers.

Like we previously reported, the Knight is a unannounced HTC slider Android handset heading to Sprint.  While the version of Android it will ship with is still up in the air (as is the launch date).  An undisclosed source has tipped a bit of extra information about this mythical unicorn of a device to Engadget.

HTC recently applied to Trademark the name "EVO Shift 4G," and according to Engadget, this will be the official name for the HTC Knight once it launched.  The device will supposedly have a 3.7 inch screen instead of the previously rumored 4.3 inch Evo-style display. The device also apparently lacks a front-facing camera. 

The screen size could be forgivable considering the addition of a keyboard, but it doesn't seem like Sprint would launch this device without a camera when the Epic, Evo, and Transform all offer this.  Let's hope video calling makes it back onto the device before launch.  Via [Engadget] and [XDA-Developers]

If you can't get enough discussion on upcoming devices, be sure to check out our official rumored devices forums.

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6 years ago

Dickie V loves his Droid X, baby!


Dick Vitale Droid X

Spotted at tonight's Louisville-Butler college basketball game: Dick Vitale and his Motorola Droid X. (The unranked Cardinals upset the No. 18 Bulldogs 88-73.) Thanks, Lane!

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6 years ago

Dropbox for Android beta updated to v1.0.1.4


If you're a hardcore Dropbox user like most of us here at Android Central, then you should already have this update. But just in case you're not yet on board the Dropbox train, now is as good a time as any to get started. The latest beta version ( has been released via the Dropbox user forums and is now available for all to download. We've got the change log below for any folks out there wondering was is new:

  • Better error logging
  • If system clock is wrong, lets user know the reason for not being able to log in.
  • Bug and stability fixes. - Edited files were re-uploading every time their directory was browsed. (Though may still show up a single time for each file, when you first use the app)

  • Visual & Manifest changes to support low-end small-screen phones such as the Motorola Charm, as well as tablets.
  • Added more logging, and a button to e-mail a log to Dropbox, for debugging
  • Check to make sure that uploads aren't larger than 300MB (server-side API limit)
  • Proper handling & escaping of all special characters in file names
  • Offline viewing of downloaded files should work again.
  • Various stability improvements.

If you're feeling like taking a walk on the wild side and running the beta version you can find the download link in the Dropbox forums. If you need to know more about Dropbox first, be sure to check out their website for more details. [Dropbox]

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6 years ago

Android Market developer console down for scheduled maintenance [updated]


Android Market

Google has sent out an email to Android developers with a warning that the developer console will be down for planned maintenance this Thursday:

We plan to perform maintenance on the Android Market Developer Console on Thursday 18 November 2010 from 10AM to 4PM Pacific Standard Time. During this time, there will be view-only access to the Developer Console at You will be able to view your list of applications and error reports; however, you will not be able to upload new apps or make updates to existing apps. The publish status of your applications and use of the Android Market app on phones should not be impacted.

Thanks, and we appreciate your patience while we work to improve Android Market.

No word on what the improvements will be, but we all were told last week changes were in the works.  It's also worth noting again that the customer side of the Market should be unaffected.  Is this the first step to Gingerbread?

Update:  Google has sent out an updated email that has a bit different time frame:

We plan to perform maintenance on the Android Market Developer Console starting at 10PM on THURSDAY 18 November and ending by 4AM FRIDAY 19 November 2010, Pacific Standard Time.

Looks like the crew at Mountain View are pulling an all-nighter.  Bring extra coffee fellows, and feel free to call me if you need someone to hold a flashlight.

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6 years ago

Update for Sprint Galaxy Tab now official, and hopefully successful


Sprint Galaxy Tab update

Samsung has announced that the DJ30 update for the Sprint Galaxy Tab is now live and being rolled-out OTA for all customers still on the DJ14 firmware.  Samsung lists the changes as:

  • SMS Short Code text messages
  • Microsoft Exchange IT Admin policy compliance
  • Text messages sent using Wi-Fi
  • Qik video chat
  • Sprint Zone as trusted source
  • Start up and shut down screens

Hopefully this will address the issues some were having where they were presented with an OTA which ended up failing.  Remember, each of the versions of the Tab have slight differences (thanks for that, carriers) so only expect this update if you have a Sprint Tab running version DJ14 of the OS.  For details, including a walkthrough of accepting an OTA update for those new to the concept is at the source. [Samsung]

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