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6 years ago

HTC Desire available today on Telus


HTC Desire on Telus

Back in the middle of July, we got word that the HTC Desire was officially coming to Canada on Telus. We just didn't know when it was going to happen. Well, it just so happens to be coming out, let's say - today! If you live in Canada and want something similar to the Nexus One, even though it kind of died, the HTC Desire is the way to go. [Telus]

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6 years ago

Another leak updates Evo 4G to official version [#Froyogeddon]


RUU leak 

If you're adventurous, there's no need to wait for HTC to get you "back on track" with the official Froyo, as the RUU has been leaked out.  A RUU is a Windows program that's usually used by technicians to restore or upgrade an Android phone to the latest version.  Using one is easy:

  • Charge your Evo's battery to at least 75 percent
  • Make sure HTC Sync is installed on your PC
  • Turn on USB debugging on your phone
  • Connect to your computer, and use the charge only USB profile
  • Double click the RUU and follow the prompts

Warning -- this will erase all your data, as well as break any and all known root methods.  And we'll remind you of a long talk we had during last night's podcast (and which was reiterated by HTC). In fact, we'll just quote HTC"When official (software) updates are ready, HTC or your carrier will notify you. Unofficial software can create future issues." Words to live by.

All that said, See the source link for the download link. [xda-developers] Thanks salomy!

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6 years ago

Facebook confirms battery drain in latest Android build [update: Fix is out!]


Facebook for Android

Update: Version 1.3.1 is out, and Facebook says it should fix the battery issues. What's everybody seeing?

Original: The bad news: Facebook's recent update for Android indeed is beating the crap out of your battery, as many of you have pointed out in our forums. The good news: They're aware of it, and a fix is in the works. Responding on its official Facebook for Android page, erm, Facebook says:

Hi folks, a number of you have commented on seeing a battery drain on your device since installing the new Facebook for Android app. We have identified the bug that is causing this battery drain and are working on a fix now. As soon as the patch is ready, we will push out an update. Thanks for the quick feedback and for your patience as we get this fixed!

Until then, you might have to uninstall. Hang in there, folks. [Facebook for Android] Thanks, Junior!

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6 years ago

PayPal launches updated PayPal Mobile application



A few months ago we caught wind of the iPhone style "bump" pay method coming to Android, and today it's officially been released. Along with the bump payment, where users can bump devices to transfer the money, the application also includes a new feature called "split the bill." This feature allows users who may be out to dinner with a group of friends or coworkers to calculate everyone's portion of the bill, including tax and tip, and request the money from them right through the application. In addition to these new features the PayPal application will also allow you to check your balance, withdraw funds and set reminders so you don't miss anymore of those pesky monthly bills. Hit the jump for all the download information!

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6 years ago

Droid X now getting Froyo by 'early September' [#Froyogeddon]


When enough people complain about a valid issue plaguing many user's Motorola Droid Xs, Motorola should respond, right? Well, they've done just that. Those who have been using Exchange 2003 email on their X's have been experiencing a few unwanted problems. 

While answering these issues on the support forums, Motorola has nonchalantly given us an update as to when we can expect Froyo on the Droid X. "A fix for this will be included in the upgrade to Android 2.2 scheduled for deployment by early September," said Matt, a Motorola employee on the forums. Of course, that doesn't really progress us much from the previous time frame of "later this summer," does it? [Motorola via Engadget]

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6 years ago

Droid 2 shows up at Best Buy -- dummy phones, that is...


Droid 2 dummy phones

Sick of hearing and seeing leaked information and photos of the Motorola Droid 2? Well, here are some very exciting new pictures of the Verizon phone that everybody and their mother knows (knows!) is coming in a week.

Oh, those are just dummy phones? Oh, bother. [Engadget]

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6 years ago

Maybe the Epic 4G is coming Aug. 11, and maybe it isn't


Sprint Epic 4G launch?

Sprint playbook blankSo we've all been sitting around, not-so-patiently waiting on the launch of the Sprint Epic 4G -- its version of the Samsung Galaxy S, with a keyboard tacked on. (See our hands-on with the Epic 4G.) And lo and behold, the Sprint playbook shows Aug. 11 as "Epic Launch Day." Only, we've been told that the playbook's been edited and no longer has anything "Epic" going on on Aug. 11.

So maybe the Epic 4G isn't actually launching next Wednesday. Or maybe it is, and Sprint's just trying to throw us off its tail. But one thing's for certain: Nobody canceled National Underwear Day today, and we're got our own Epic celebration planned for later tonight. Thanks to you know who!

Update: Added the edited playbook.

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6 years ago

Want to get your hands on unreleased Android phones? Check Craigslist


HTC Paradise

The HTC Paradise and Fiesta aren't on the tip of anyone's tongues, because they haven't been released or even rumored to be released yet.  That didn't stop someone from placing them both on Craigslist as "AT&T sample" phones, and thankfully someone with a camera and internet access scooped them right up.  The Paradise (pictured above) sounds much like the PC70110, an HTC slider that passed through the FCC back in April.  The Fiesta has little to no resemblance to anything we've heard of, and it's not even listed in the codename leaks we saw from a ROM back in December.  Based on looks and form factor alone, it appears to be an early version of the Aria, but thats pure speculation on my part.

After all is said and done, it's a great score for the fellow that got them, and AT&T could certainly use a qwerty Android phone besides the Backflip.  Just lose the blue, please.  You can check out a pic of the Fiesta after the jump. [CellPassion via Engadget]

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6 years ago

Case Review: Mobi Products Clip Pouch for the Motorola Droid X


Mobi Products Clip Pouch for Droid X

The Mobi Products Clip Pouch is a no-frills way to protect your Droid X. The pouch is made out of a soft nylon that's stitched together and fits the biggest of Android smartphones. There's a Velcro latch on the front that keeps the phone securely inside.

The rear of the phone sports a belt loop and plastic clip, so you can attach it to a backpack, purse or bag. Inside the case is a small pocket that's just big enough for a full-size SD card or a bit of loose change.

If you face the phone toward the rear of the pouch, you'll have access to the 3.5mm headphone jack (so you can listen to music while it's in the case), the power button and the volume buttons.

All in all, it's a very basic pouch that does its job well without adding much bulk to the phone. The Mobi Products Clip Pouch for the Droid X is available for $9.95 from the Android Central Store. Check out more pics after the break.

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6 years ago

Adding numbers to speed dial

6 years ago

Mixed bag for T-Mobile's Q2 numbers



T-Mobile released its second-quarter earnings report today. Check out these numbers:

  • Revenue is up to $4.7 billion this quarter, and increase from $4.63 billion in Q1, but a decrease from Q2 2009's $4.77 billion
  • 6.5 million users have 3G phones, up 25% from Q1 2010
  • T-Mobile's HSPA+ service covers 85 million Americans with 4G-like speeds
  • There was a decline of 93,000 in the number of total subscribers, compared to a gain of 325,000 in Q2 2009
  • Total customer numbers now stand at 33.6 million
  • About 200,000 prepaid customers were lost in Q2, while just over 100,000 contract customers were added

So, a mix of good and bad for America's No. 4 wireless provider. As contract customers have (on average) higher monthly bills, the net loss of those prepaid customers isn't quite so bad. Also, these numbers don't reflect the launch of the Samsung Vibrant, which by all indications has sold quite well for T-Mobile. Plus, TMO is supposed to be announcing their first fully HSPA+ compliant device soon and a rumored dual-core Snapdragon phone might be coming, both of which should give them something to brag about. Full presser after the break.

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6 years ago

Pantech is the latest manufacturer to switch from AMOLED to LCD


AMOLED screens

The limited quantity of AMOLED screen technology is no secret and it is causing manufacturers to change their production strategy; HTC recently announced its addition of  S LCD to its AMOLED phones.

Now Pantech, Korea's third largest manufacturer, has done the same. An executive from Pantech said that Samsung Mobile Display, which is  the only supplier of AMOLED screens, is having trouble keeping up with demand from Samsung's products, which are first in line for the technology.

Samsung's recent Galaxy S is being prioritized as they want to sell more than 10 million of them. Pantech said that they would consider AMOLED again in the future, but not until supply issues are resolved. [OLED Display]

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6 years ago

Nexus One now officially a dev phone


Nexus One dev phone

We're still trying to get over the death of the Nexus One as a consumer phone, but at least Google planned on continuing to make it available to developers. And now it's official, available to devs for $529. You'll need to be a registered developer to get one (actually, you can buy up to 10), but at least the N1 will continue to live on. [Google Dev Blog]

Update: Yeah, you'll be buying the one with T-Mobile 3G.

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6 years ago

Rogers announces the Captivate as 'coming soon'; Flipout available now


Rogers' new Android phones

Rogers has announced the you'll soon be able to get your mitts on the Samsung Captivate (see our hands on HERE), and if you're into tiny flippy things the Motorola Flipout is available for purchase now.  Rogers' RedBoard blog says that the Captivate will be available in the coming weeks (no specific date just yet) and they seem to be excited about having a top-of-the-line Android phone available north of the border.  So are we!

The Flipout, on the other hand, is available now from Rogers for $29.99 (CDN) on contract, or just $345.00 (CDN) if bought outright.  The Flipout is one of those oddballs that we would love to play with for a while -- the design could be the greatest thing since sliced bread, or a total wash.  We have to reserve judgment until we get to fondle one for a bit.  Anyone out there excited for either of these?  Holler out in the comments and in the forums! [Rogers via Twitter and RedBoard]

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6 years ago

Popular wallpaper apps deemed safe, Google says


Bad wallpaper appBad Wallpaper App

The developer of a series of Android wallpaper apps whose work was called into question last week over security concerns has been cleared by Google and is back in the Android Market.

We're only a week removed from the Android security saga that began at the Black Hat conference, and it looks like we have resolution that should put some of your fears at ease. It all started when Kevin MaHaffey, CTO of security firm Lookout, singled out Android wallpaper app developer "jackeey,wallpaper" and called it "a questionable Android mobile wallpaper app that collects your personal data and sends it to a mysterious site in China, (and) has been downloaded millions of times." VentureBeat was there and ran with the story, under the scary headline "Android wallpaper app that takes your data was downloaded by millions."

Later that day, Lookout amended its initial concerns, saying "there is no evidence of malicious behavior," though the data the apps were collected remained "suspicious." VentureBeat updated its story, which by this time was spreading like wildfire.

We contacted the developer, who explained that the data was collected "so I use the these to identify the device, so they can favorite the wallpapers more conveniently, and resume his favorites after system resetting or changing the phone." In other words, to remember user preferences. We published the developer's response in its entirety last Thursday.

That brings us to today. Google stepped in and took a look at things. And it found that indeed the apps weren't malicious or a threat to security, telling Computer World's JR Raphael "The developer's applications have been reviewed and the suspension has been lifted." The Android team did, however, point out to the developer that the method in which it was storing user preferences was unnecessary.

So in the end, this was a case of bad coding, not malicious intent. What can be done about this in the future? It'd be great if there were some sort of system to inspect apps before they hit the Market. Maybe not with walls as high as the app store, but something to check basic security and functionality up front. We're all about the Android Market being open to all. But with Android and the Android Market growing as quickly as they are, caveat emptor may not be the best policy any more. [Venture Beat, Computer World]

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