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6 years ago

HTC Desire S and Wildfire S going down under, exclusive to Telstra


Exciting times for Android lovers down under. The HTC Desire S is going on sale on May 31 and the HTC Wildfire S is going on sale July 19, exclusively on Telstra. Says Ben Hodgson, Country Manager for HTC Australia and New Zealand:

Australians are displaying an incredible appetite for adopting smartphones. HTC is committed to offering strong alternatives to Australian consumers looking for a smartphone to suit their individual lifestyles. The HTC Desire S hits the sweet spot for people who want a premium Android smartphone experience. The HTC Wildfire S is affordable and compact without compromising the quality consumers have come to expect from HTC.

Full PR is after the break.

Source: HTC

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6 years ago

Keeper of leaked HTC ROMs disappears into the ether


Can't say we didn't see this coming. Word around the campfire was that the infamous 911HTC (née 911Sniper) blog that scored leaked HTC ROM after leaked HTC ROM had itself become the target, and tonight it's gone dead. The site itself redirects to Google.com, and its pages to Google 404s, though the ROMs still live on on their external hosting pages.

A shame, since we do love leaks around here. But at the same time, not surprising -- HTC takes its intellectual property seriously (as well it should). And the flip side of that is that leaked test ROMs can be fraught with danger, as evidenced by the recent bricking of HTC ThunderBolt's running one of these unofficial radios.

Oh, well. The game goes on, folks.

Via @LordG33k

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6 years ago

Sprint EVO 3D aiming for the fourth week of June?


We just ran across the latest edition of the Sprint Playbook, and not surprisingly, the highly anticipated HTC EVO 3D makes an appearance. But along with all the specs and talking points -- which we've definitely seen before -- is the header, which points to the fourth week of June as a targeted release date.

We will, however, couch that by saying nothing's official yet, and we all know how release dates are subject to change. (And this seems to go against Radio Shack's "rough launch date" of June 4-ish, which we weren't all that confident in anyway.)

Anyhoo, it's coming, and we might now have a more solid target window, folks.

More: EVO 3D forums; Thanks, anon!

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6 years ago

Best Buy preps for Galaxy Tab 10.1's arrival


Read our Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

We're a little more than a week away from the June 8 launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and the 8.9-inch version as well), and that means it's just about time for retailers to get their acts together. First out of the gate is Best Buy, which has just listed the Android 3.1 (guess it's going to launch with the update) tablet on its website as "coming soon" -- which, as we all know, it is.

Best Buy doesn't list pricing, but we figure it should be in line with the $499/$599 16- and 32-gigabyte versions mentioned back at CTIA in March. Just a few more days, folks.

Source: Best Buy; More: Galaxy Tab forumsThanks, Adam!

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6 years ago

OpenFeint on Android continues to grow, 16 new games announced


OpenFeint gaming on Android has hit some more milestones this month. What started off as a rather small showing in the Android Market, OpenFeint is now adding is now adding over 3 million new Android users a month and have increased their gaming catalog 46 percent in just two months, making the grand total of available games 460 and growing. With that many users, keeping games fresh and new is always something OpenFeint is working on. With that noted, 16 new games have been added to the Android Market as listed below:

  • Abyss Attack, Deep Byte Studios
  • Angry Viking, Zaxis Games
  • Big Time Gangsta, Glu
  • Contract Killer, Glu
  • Dead Runner, Distinctive Games
  • Dogfight, Joaquin Grech
  • Froggy Jump, Invictus
  • Happy Vikings, HandyGames
  • Lyric Legend 1, TuneWiki
  • Nano Panda, Unit9
  • Riptide GP, Vector Unit
  • Robot Unicorn Attack, [Adult Swim]
  • ShakyTower, HyperBees
  • Stardunk, Godzilab
  • Wisp, Triolith
  • Woof the Dog, Fishing Cactus

Needless to say, Android game developers are making use of the OpenFeint development tools and doing so on a large scale. That makes for great gaming on the Android platform as a whole and, we're suckers for great games so kudos to OpenFeint. Head on past the break for the full press release announcement if you're looking for further details.

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6 years ago

HTC Sensation hands-on video and initial review


Since its announcement in April, the HTC Sensation has become one of the most anticipated phones of 2011 so far. Combining a sleek unibody design with a dual-core CPU and the shiny new HTC Sense 3.0, the Sensation emerged as a seriously desirable piece of hardware. But it isn't the only dual-core Android contender, and competition is tough among high-end smartphones, so the Sensation's success is not a foregone conclusion.

We've spent the past couple of days getting acquainted with HTC's next big thing, and you can check out our initial thoughts and hands-on video after the jump.

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6 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for May 28, 2011


Apps on apps on apps on apps. Just can't ever seem to get enough of great applications on your device can you? Well us either, and that is why we love to share with you, our favorite readers, some of our very own favorite applications. Hit the break and let's take a look at what we've got this week.

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6 years ago

Rumored Ice Cream Sandwich test device surfaces


Update 2: Yeah. Fake. Move along, folks.

Update: Tech Hog has pulled the post and picture. That proof it's real? Proof it's fake? News at 11.

ZOMG, might this be Google's next Nexus device? Could be. According to Tech Hog (yeah ...) what you see here indeed is testing platform for Ice Cream Sandwich  -- ICS. And if you had any doubts about how Honeycomb features were going to be merged into the smartphone platform, you need only count the number of buttons you can see on the front of this thing. While it's possible they could be the kind of magical disappearing capacitive buttons you see on a few phones now, we're more than willing to bet the home-back-menu-search functions will be moving to software, just like in Android's tablet OS.

Anyhoo, two manufacturers said to be in the running for the next Nexus device are HTC (natch) and LG. The device is said to be in testing with HSPA+ and Sprint's CDMA. No real surprise there. As for when we'll see release? We'd figure later in the year, much as we know you guys would like it out ... yesterday.

Source: Techhog 1, 2; Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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6 years ago

Droid X Gingerbread update pushing out in 'soak test'


Hey, look at that. It's none other than the about screen from the Droid X Gingerbread "soak test" that's pushing out this morning. Same Android 2.3.3 as the previous leaked Gingerbread ROM, but we're up to a higher build number. No surprise there, right?

Anyhoo, figure the soak test should last through the weekend, but it's always possible that Moto could decide to pull the trigger sooner rather than later. And this being a Blur phone, you can actually manually pull down updates, if one's available. Go to Settings>About>System Updates to give it a shot.

And don't worry: Root's already been obtained. :p

Android Central Forums 1, 2; Thanks, C!

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6 years ago

Amazon Appstore receives minor update -- compatibility fixes, two step purchasing


The Amazon Appstore is pushing out a minor update this evening, brining it to version 1.14.  Besides a few compatibility fixes and the ever-present "stability improvements," they have implemented a new system to help prevent accidental app buying.  Now to purchase an application users will have to verify their choice, instead of the application purchase and download happening immediately after a mis-click.  This should cut down the number of accidental purchases -- all those $0.99 apps really do add up.  I've done this myself, so I welcome the change.

If you don't get the push notification about the update, you can manually initiate it by pressing the menu button, then opening the Amazon Appstore settings, where you're given the option to manually check.  It's clicktastic!

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6 years ago

Rooting the LG Revolution, Droid Charge ROM [from the forums]


Another week over and now a long, Memorial day weekend is upon us. Whether you have plans this weekend or not make sure at some point you stop by the Android Central forums to check out some of the threads below. Plus, in case you missed it last night, the Android Central podcast is now available for download. You can take us on a road trip with you, we won't mind at 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

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play hands-on and initial review



The long-awaited Xperia Play from Sony Ericsson -- often referred to as the "PlayStation Phone" -- is finally hitting store shelves and some mailboxes, too. This phone has been rumored by the gaming community for the past few years, but really started getting some buzz Fall of 2010. From rumors, to leaks, devices in the wild, and weird Super Bowl commercials, this guy has been on a wild trip. But after all the hype and buzz around this gaming-phone, does it all finally come together and make the ultimate portable gaming-phone? You'll have to find out in our full review, but for now, hit the jump to read some initial hands-on impressions.

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6 years ago

Motorola offers a fix for broken banking apps on the Atrix


Although it took a little longer then what I'm sure most of us would have preferred, Motorola has now issued a fix for anyone who has been experiencing banking applications not working on their Motorola Atrix. The issue arose shortly after the 4.1.83 update was released and while it didn't affect all banking applications, it did affect quite a few. 

In order to get things up and running again, you can now grab the Atrix Certificate Updater from the Android Market. Keep in mind though, the updater only works of you're on software version 4.1.83 but that shouldn't be a problem considering anyone having the issue would have had to of installed that update. Jump on past the break for the download link.

Source: Motorola Owners Forums; via Droid Matters Thanks, Zack!

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6 years ago

Bootloaders: More than you ever wanted to know


We're all pleased as punch that HTC has decided to shake things up a bit and stop locking the bootloader on its Android devices.  Cheers to the manufacturer for listening to the vocal minority, and for realizing the value that this will bring to its brand.  We'll get the full details, as well as answers to questions like when this policy goes into effect, as soon as we can.  In the meantime, there's a lot of questions about exactly what all this bootloader noise means. 

We're going to try to answer those questions, in as non-geeky a way as possible.  Hit the break, and have a read.

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