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6 years ago

Contest Winners - DroidX dock, Evo 4G and Droid2 Case, and Carbonite subscribtions


Android Central contest winners

Why should you register with us here at Android Central?  For the free stuff, of course! We run contests all the time. But to enter, you're going to need to be registered. (How else will we know where to send the stuff?)  And if you're a winner, you'll be famous for all eternity. Here's who won the contests from the past week, and if you weren't one of the lucky winners this week be sure to keep an eye on the contest forum for future fun. Congrats to all the winners from this week!

Name Android Central's mascot

  • dgalanter
  • EvoPaul30

Carbonite Backup 1-year subscriptions

  • Madduxfanbrian
  • hossiam

Droid X multimedia dock

  • mapexj

Evo 4G Seidio Rugged case and holster

  • alexander_ekin

Droid 2 Bodyglove snap on case

  • Kruby

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6 years ago

AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Tab available Nov. 21 for $649; data starts at $15 a month


AT&T Samsung Galaxy Tab

True to the leak, the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available Nov. 21 for $649.99. That means you're not locked into a contract. And accordingly, data use is "pay as you go," with 250MB going for $14.99 a month, and 2GB at $25 a month. AT&T's also throwing in a $50 Media Hub movie rental credit (rental only? boooo) for a limited time.

On top of that, you get access to AT&T's national Wifi network, if you choose to go sans data plan. What remains to be seen is if the Tab will be locked into the Android Market like AT&T's smartphones -- but no matter, we've got the Android Sideload Wonder Machine to fix that. Full presser's after the break. [Samsung]

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6 years ago

Evo 4G accessory review: Seidio Innotraveler car kit


Seidio Innotraveler car mount

We all love using Google Maps' turn-by-turn navigation on our Android phones, but it's so much better with the right car dock.  Enter the Seidio Innotraveler car kit for the Evo 4G. The dock is easy to use, infinitely adjustable, and is designed to work with two of Seidio's other very popular accessories -- the Seidio Innocase II, and the 3500 mAh extended battery.

The dock comes with a mini USB DC car adapter, and has a separate DC out for charging other accessories while driving.  It's very well built, has a huge suction cup, and will keep your Evo 4G safe and at your fingertips.  You can get the Seidio Innotraveler car kit in the Android Central store for $49.95.  Check out the features, and the pictures after the break. 

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6 years ago

White Evo 4G available everywhere


 White HTC Evo 4G

The white Evo 4G, which has previously been a Best Buy exclusive, is now available on Sprint's website and at retail locations and other "national retail partners." The phone will cost the same as its black-backed brother at $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate under a new or upgrade two-year contract. Anyone pumped? [Sprint]

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6 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro benchmarks [video]


Motorola Droid Pro benchmarks

Motorola Droid Pro benchmarks? We got 'em. And when you take a 1GHz processor and strap it to a 3.1-inch touchscreen with a mid-level resolution of 320x480, the results are going to be darned impressive.

That's not to say that benchmarks are everything, of course. Unless all you do is sit around naked in a bean bag chair eating Cheetos* and running Quadrant, well, speed ain't nothing but a number.

But it runs the included Need for Speed: Shift without blinking. And, yes, Angry Birds is just fine, even on the smallish screen. If you want the numbers pr0n, check out the video after the break.

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6 years ago

T-Mobile Garminfone 2.1 update available for download (fwiw)


 T-Mobile Garminfone

We haven't heard much about the T-Mobile Garminfone since its launch back in June, but word has come that the Android 2.1 update for the phone has been released into the wild. No OTA to be found here, though, as users will have to manually download the update file and transfer it over to the phone. Full instructions and a link to the download location can be found past the link for those interested. Be sure to sound off in the Android Central Forums with your impressions of the update! [T-Mobile Forums] Thanks to Charlie for the tip!

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6 years ago

Froyo hitting HTC Legends on Vodafone


While most people are anxious and can't wait for Gingerbread, some people are just getting Froyo now. HTC's Facebook Fan Page is all a buzz -- folks in the Europe are confirming that the HTC Legend on Vodafone is finally getting Froyo. If you're overseas, and haven't receieved a notification yet -- be patient, you'll get it soon. [Facebook via Pocket-lintThanks, Sven S!

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6 years ago

Verizon announces the LG Vortex


LG Vortex on Verizon

Verizon this morning announced the LG Vortex -- a mid-level Android smartphone available online and in stores on Nov. 18. The Android 2.2 device will sell for $79.99 after contract and $100 rebate. It sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen at the low, low resolution of 320x240, a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, will serve as a Wifi hotspot and has Bing Search and Bing Maps in lieu of the usual Google Products. It'll come in two colors -- black or violet. Press release is after the break.

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6 years ago

Sprint flips the switch -- 4G now available in Sacramento


Add another one up on the board, Sprint 4G is now in 62 cities across the U.S. Sprint announced today that the capital of Califonia, Sacramento, can now enjoy the wonders of 4G speeds. So if you live in the Sacramento area and you own a Epic 4G or EVO 4G, be sure to hit that 4G toggle button.

If your city isn't one of the 62 yet, don't feel sad. Sprint has also said that they are planning to bring WiMAX to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Denver and Washington, D.C. by the end of the year. Now where's that Speed Test app, hmm? [Sprint]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile G2 is overclocked past 100%; Doc Brown approves


G2 goes jiggawatt

The T-Mobile G2 has been overclocked to an astonishing 1.9 GHz.  Read it slowly, it's not a typo -- I read it two or three times myself to be sure of what I was seeing.  Now to be clear, if you are a normal, well-balanced person who likes your G2 and uses it every day you probably won't want to do this one.  On the other hand, if you're like us, and you smile when the magic blue smoke comes out the back of a phone (then cry when you have to tell your wife what you did), hit the source link and give it a try.  Anyone still think the G2's CPU is slow?

And for the love of all things holy, share some screenshots in the forums.  [XDA-Developers via Android Police]

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6 years ago

And we shall call him ... Lloyd


Meet Lloyd

World, meet Lloyd. Lloyd, meet the world. After a long, long search -- and hundreds of great entries from you fine folks, our new mascot has a name. And in a random act of randomness (and redundancy) not seen since the Great Random Access Act of 1978, we actually had two forum members suggest the name at the exact same time. So to dgalanter and EvoPaul30, we say congratulations, and we've got some freebies on the way.

And to everyone else, give Lloyd a rousing hello. You'll be seeing a lot more of him in due time. (And you can download those kick-arse wallpapers here.)

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6 years ago

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6 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab source code released


Galaxy Tab

Samsung has released the open source portions of the Galaxy Tab operating system and made them available for download.  Of course, much of their software isn't open source, so don't expect to see everything in the code.  It is very refreshing to see manufacturers quick to comply with the license agreements, and my hat's off to Samsung for this.

For the average user, this doesn't mean a lot.  Don't assume you can download and install anything listed here on your Tab.  But third party developers can and will have a field day with this, so look for assorted enhancements, kernels, and hacks soon.  The downloads can all be found at Samsung's open source page, here's what you're looking for:

  • S.E. Asian versions --
  • Hong Kong/Taiwan --
  • Brazil --
  • USA (T-Mobile) --
  • USA (Sprint) -- and
  • USA (Verizon) --

AT&T has not announced the model number for their version of the Tab, so while the code may have been released we're not yet sure which one to download.  Can't wait to see what gets done with this! [Samsung via Android Central forums]

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6 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Tab available today -- $399 on contract, data starts at $29


Sprint Galaxy Tab

As we reported a few weeks ago, today marks the day of Sprint's Galaxy Tab launch.  It will cost you $399 on a two-year contract, and the data plans will run you $29.99 per month for 2GB of data, or $59.99 per month for 5GB of data and unlimited messaging.

During your next two trips around the sun, the 2GB data plan will cost you a little more than $700, and the 5GB/unlimited messaging plan will lighten your nest egg by $1,400 or so -- and that's before any additional taxes and surcharges.  So I ask you this, dear hardworking, penny-pinching Android Central reader: is it worth it?

Ask your questions, share your opinions, and above all else, vent your joy and frustrations in our own Galaxy Tab forums.  Haven't got a clue what this Samsung Galaxy Tab doohickey is?  Oh, and check out our hands on video.

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