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6 years ago

Android Central reader's Evo 4G redux


Evo 4G Hands-On

Here we go again. PanzyDog in our forums has managed to snag another Sprint HTC Evo 4G and is opening the floor (erm, forums) once for questions. Here's ours: Where are you getting these wonder toys, and can we play? [Android Central Forums]

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6 years ago

SlingPlayer for Android is in private beta



Looks like SlingPlayer for Android is sticking to its original "release in summer 2010" goal. At least that's what the latest rumor suggests. Phandroid received an email tip that said SlingPlayer for Android has entered private beta. To quote the user e-mail:

The wait is finally over! A new private beta is available for the SlingPlayer Mobile for Android. Since your beta profile is a good match for testing, you have the opportunity to join the new beta program.

If you're not familiar with Sling, it basically digitally "brings" your living room TV with you wherever you go. You access it through a web interface on a laptop or a mobile app on your phone and you have full access to your remote, recorded shows, and can even watch live tv. It's ridiculously awesome and we don't even know how something that cool can exist without being illegal or magical. If you still don't understand, watch the video to see it in action! Who's excited for SlingPlayer for Android?

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6 years ago

And the Nexus One winners are ...


It's finally time. Our grand plan to announce the winners of my and Dieter's Nexus Ones may have been dashed, but we shall soldier on. And so. After a month of entries, 15 finalists and several days of voting by you, the readers, the winners are ... (after the break)

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6 years ago

A sneak peek at the Shack's HTC EVO 4G sales sheets from our friend Rob


Introducing the HTC EVO 4G at the Shack

A guy walks into a bar and there's this unreleased cell phone. .....wait, wrong story.  But this one's just as good :)  A self-admitted huge Precentral follower (bnceo on the PreCentral forums) happened to be looking for some Palm accessories at his local Radio Shack and stumbled across these on the counter.  As he started grabbing pictures with his phone and asking the salesman about them.  The salesman had this to say -- Release is early June (around June 6), cost on contract is $200.00, out of contract will be $600.00, and no planned changes to your Sprint plan.  The Shack employee had no info about any cost for the mobile hot spot feature.

Then he handed them over to to our man bnceo and said to take 'em, he can get more copies.  The sheets don't tell us anything we already didn't know from our hands on with the EVO 4G, but man-oh-man does it feel good to see them in cyberprint.  From the looks of things it's a four week promo event and with a rumored June 6 release, we should start seeing these any time now.

You know you want to follow after the break and check out the high res scans yourself.  Thanks a ton Rob!

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6 years ago

Watch Hulu on Android? You can do it with Skyfire (but likely not for long)


Hulu on Skyfire

So here's the thing about watching Hulu on the Android Skyfire 2.0 browser: You can do it at the moment, but don't count on it for long. We've been down this road before with Skyfire on Windows Mobile. One minute Hulu would work (with Skyfire's servers taking care of the Flash playback), and the next minute it'd be gone. And we've discussed the reason for this at WMExperts: "The answer is simple: Hulu has decided to block you from watching Hulu videos in the Skyfire browser, as part of blocking all mobile access to Hulu, as well as TV access such as with Boxee and PlayStation."

Fast forward to today: Skyfire's been playing Hulu just fine. But don't expect it to last. Skyfire says so far as they know, Hulu hasn't changed its mind about mobile playback yet. Spokesman Kevin Jordan told us the following:

"Sometimes Skyfire works on Hulu while Skyfire does routine updates on its servers. Typically, though, it's intermittent before Hulu re-blocks us. 

"Chances are that process is going on again. From our standpoint, we haven't learned of Hulu intentionally allowing Skyfire to work."

So there you go. Maybe we'll get lucky. Who knows. If you're dying to know what Skyfire looks like on Android, check out our video after the break.

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6 years ago

Motorola Droid OTA update - the sky is not falling


Motorola Droid bootloader 2.1 update in process 

A lot of folks have been speculating about the new Droid OTA update and its effect on rooted phones. Looks like we can all relax, Motorola and Verizon don't have a sinister plot to lock down the Motorola Droid. Honestly, I don't think they ever will.  The Droid is a development phone whether Motorola wants it to be or not.  Even Google thinks so.

Nobody's 100 percent sure exactly why the update is rolling around, but reports over at have come in that it doesn't break root or render your phone un-rootable. Those that want to go for it and manually install can grab the OTA file HERE.

This is a good time to remember that rooting your phone gives you more than access to cool stuff you couldnt normally do -- it also has some responsibility attached to it.  Waiting for word about the update before you accepted it IS the right thing to do, and you can be sure your favorite ROM cooker will follow soon with anything worthy of an update. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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6 years ago

Hands-on with Log Me In Ignition VNC beta for Android smartphones


Log Me In beta for Android

From time to time, it's pretty darn handy to be able to access -- and control -- a desktop computer from your phone. Maybe you're the IT-type, maybe it's a family member who swears they don't know where all those racy pop-ups are coming from. Either way, a good VNC client can sure come in handy. And Log Me In Ignition is now in beta, and we took it for a test drive. Check it out after the break.

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6 years ago

About that HTC Droid Incredible update


HTC Droid Incredible Exchange update

Attention, everyone with an HTC Droid Incredible who recently received an OTA updateAs we've previously said, it's a quick fix for problems with Microsoft Exchange e-mail. (See the giant official-looking picture above.) Yes, you might not actually use Exchange, but it's just quicker and easier to fix it for everybody. Besides you wouldn't want a broken phone, would you? [via Verizon]

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6 years ago

2.1 update for Sprint Hero not coming Friday after all?


Sprint Hero 2.1 update delayed again? 

Remember that little update thing all us Sprint Hero users were waiting for on May 7 -- Tomorrow?  According to the admin at Sprint's official forums, it ain't coming.  No details of any kind, just what you're seeing in the screen grab above.  As infuriating as it may be, we have to remember that Sprint needs to weigh the need for an update against the end user experience, and only wants to release a product as free of bugs as possible. Ask a Motorola Droid user, they know all about it.

I have confirmed with someone at Best Buy Mobile that the screen shot of the internal memo about the upgrade was legit, so now all we can do is sit back and speculate as to what happened.  My guess is Godzilla attacks.  Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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6 years ago

Google Goggles updated, brings update language translation with it


Google Goggles

Android 1.6+ We were there in February in Barcelona when Google first demonstrated the language translation power of Google Goggles. [Market link] Today, it's gotten even better. Version 1.1 brings translation for English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, and that's just the start. There's also better bar code recognition, more artwork and logos are in the database, the app's user interface has been improved, and you can search using images already in your phone's gallery. [Google Mobile blog]

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6 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide teased in video


myTouch 3G Slide

Not a whole lot going on in this video of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide other than the Android phone simply being used, but we do get another look at the new "Espresso" user interface in action. Check it out after the break. [InfoSync World via TMoNews]

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6 years ago

Samsung Galaxy A now available in South Korea


The Samsung Galaxy A, not to be confused with the Samsung Galaxy S, is now available in South Korea. The Galaxy A runs Android 2.1 and features a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED screen, 720 MHz processor, and DivX support. It also packs a front-facing camera for video calls, 5-megapixel back facing camera for pictures, and support for T-DMB, which is basically Mobile TV. Surprisingly, given that Samsung is a Korean company, the Samsung Galaxy A is Samsung's first Android device in Korea

Apps will be available for download in the Android Market, SK Telecom T-store, and Samsung's own app store Samsung Apps. In all, it sounds like an awesome phone. It's incredibly cool to see Android tweaked and tailored to fit a country's needs. Thank you versatility. [samsung via samsunghub]

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6 years ago

Motorola Milestone getting its Android 2.1 update -- and nine home screens


Motorola Milestone Android 2.1

Remember how the Motorola Milestone's Android 2.1 update was delayed? No more, as Moto's broken the good news on its Facebook page. And not only is it available right now, it's bringing nine (NINE!) freaking home screens along with it. (Actually, you can choose how many home screens you want, which is even cooler.) Another major fix: You can now voice dial over Bluetooth. Nice. The upgrade is desktop only for now, but an OTA version is said to be in the works. Full details here (pdf), and you can get the download here. Thanks to everyone, and we do mean everyone, who sent this in.

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6 years ago

Google returning sales tax to some Nexus One owners


Google Nexus One Tax refund

If you own a Google Nexus One, check your inboxes, folks. We're getting reports in the forums about Google sending out e-mails alerting that too much tax was paid, and a refund is on the way. FWIW: Looks like I was charged the proper 7.5 percent sales tax on both of the Nexus Ones I've purchased, but our pal Philip Berne from PhoneScoop (in addition to our esteemed forum members) got an e-mail, too. Anybody else out there have a refund on the way? Sound off in the forums and be sure to mention what state you live in. (Euphoria, paranoia or one of the lower 48.) Full text of the e-mail is after the break. [Android Central forums]

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6 years ago

Clear outs two new Android 4G handsets -- one HTC, one Samsung


 Clear launching 2 Android 4G handsets by the end of 2010.

Here's something I thought a few of you out there in Android Central land just might be a little bit interested in. Clear has posted exception first quarter results for 2010! Oh, and by the way, the company expects to see two new Android 4G handsets on its 4G WiMax network by the end of the year. The company says a device is on the way from Samsung as well as from HTC. Both phones will be 3G/4G with WiFi support. They're keeping their lips sealed, for now, about the details, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Evo 4G on Sprint as the offering from HTC. There's plenty of info at the source link, for the dull accounting types among us. [BusinessWire]

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