Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

23
Jul
android gaming challenge

Gaming has progressed a long way since the first consoles were introduced in the 80's. Since then, PC and console gaming has grown to the point where televised tournaments are held for huge prizes and, for some [lucky] people, it can even be a full-time job! Now mobile gamers can join in on the fun, as Droid Gamers have announced the first ever Android Gaming Challenge.

The Android Gaming Challenge (or AGC1 for short) will put players against each other in the first ever Android gaming tournament and quite possibly the first ever mobile gaming tournament.

21
Jul
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In today's Android-enabled world, QR codes play quite an important role because, face it, who wants to type that long, pesky URL on your phone's keyboard when you can just quickly scan an image and have the URL decoded in a split second?

Why do I say with such confidence that QR codes are now a commodity? Have a look at this awesome chart AppBrain posted yesterday. See Barcode Scanner, whose primary purpose is to scan QR codes?

21
Jul
HTC EVO 4G Owners, Here's A Battery Tip For You: 2 Extra 1500mAh Batteries + Battery Charger For $10, AndroidPolice Tested And Approved
Last Updated: July 23rd, 2010

EVO 4G is notorious for its battery problems - they've been plaguing the phone since before it even came out. I personally don't think the battery life is too drastically different from the Hero, for instance, but it's still pretty bad. Chances are that if you want to last through the day, you won't.

Update #1: These fit the HTC Hero too! (Thanks to @xMPoly for the tip)

Update #2: Fit the Droid Incredible perfectly as well!

20
Jul
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A rumor is going around, supposedly confirmed by multiple sources within Sprint, that the Sprint's infamous SERO employee referral plan is going to start accepting Android and WebOS phones come October 1st. It is currently not possible to use these devices if you belong to SERO; this has been a long-standing woe of many SERO users wanting a piece of the Android action.

For those who have never heard of SERO, in short, it's a discounted plan, available via an employee referral but widely available to anyone able to google, read, and browse through a few pages of a an online forum.

19
Jul
AT&T Samsung Captivate Deal: $0. That's Right - Free, As LetsTalk.com Beats Out All Competition Yet Again

LetsTalk.com, an A+ BBB accredited online mobile phone store, killed it earlier this month when they announced their prices on T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant and Motorola Droid X, beating out all competition.

With AT&T's newly released Samsung Captivate (Vibrant's 3-day younger brother), LetsTalk.com has outdone everyone else yet again - this is the best deal on Captivate you'll be able to find anywhere, offline or online:

  • free (as in $0), for both new accounts and upgrades, after $200 in instant discounts
  • free shipping
  • 2 year activation required, as usual

AT&T Samsung Captivate Deal: $0. That's Right - Free, As LetsTalk.com Beats Out All Competition Yet Again

Other Deals Compared

Hard to beat this deal, really:

Specs

For those looking for quick specs, here's a recap:

  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • a gorgeous 4" Super AMOLED
  • a 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording
  • 16GB internal storage
  • DLNA certified
  • comes with the Swype keyboard pre-installed
  • Android 2.1 Eclair
  • 4.5oz
  • 9.9mm
  • 1500mAh battery

So now, who's up for a free Captivate?

18
Jul
AT&T Samsung Captivate Galaxy S Series Phone Now Available For $199.99

Today, right on schedule, AT&T has launched Samsung Captivate - a 2nd Galaxy S series phone incarnation in the US, 3 days after T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant. The phone is available for $199.99 on a contract and $499.99 without.

Specs

Let's recap Captivate's specs:

  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • a gorgeous 4" Super AMOLED
  • a 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording
  • 16GB internal storage
  • DLNA certified
  • comes with the Swype keyboard pre-installed
  • Android 2.1 Eclair
  • 4.5oz
  • 9.9mm
  • 1500mAh battery

Our Captivate Preview

Samsung was kind enough to send us a Captivate early - check out our AT&T’s Samsung Captivate Unboxing And Initial Hands-On!

18
Jul
Amazon.com Drops T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant Price To $99.99 From $149.99

On Thursday, Samsung Vibrant's launch day, Amazon.com one-upped T-Mobile's own store by offering an extra $50 discount off the phone's $199.99 price.

However, after seeing LetsTalk.com launch their offer of $99.99, Amazon.com didn't want to get left behind and now promptly followed suit, also dropping the price to $99.99 for new accounts.

If you are looking for information on the Vibrant, you can see our unboxing pictures and comparison to the AT&T's Samsung Captivate here.

16
Jul
Unrevoked 3

Unrevoked, a tool that brought the ability to run applications that require root and originally developed for the HTC EVO 4G and HTC Hero, was just updated to version 3.

Unrevoked 3

With this new version 3, Unrevoked finally brings a 1-click root solution to the HTC Droid Incredible that also allows you to flash a custom ClockworkMod recovery, custom ROMs, and take backups of your phone with Nandroid Backup.

15
Jul
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Wow, we knew Wirefly and Amazon were trying hard to compete and offered excellent prices on both the Verizon's Motorola Droid X and the T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant that came out today. And kudos to them.

However, this deal that LetsTalk.com, another large A+ BBB rated phone retailer, just posted up beats out all competition hands down.

  • Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile: $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate shipped free OVERNIGHT, with a free car charger thrown in
  • Motorola Droid X for Verizon: $149.99 after an instant $50 discount, shipped free (though not overnight)

For comparison, both phones are being sold by the respective retailers for $200.

15
Jul
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Samsung Vibrant - the Galaxy S series representative on T-Mobile - is going live today, July 15th, and T-Mo already made it available in their online store for $250-$50 rebate.

A few days ago, we also pointed out that the phone is also available from Wirefly for $50 cheaper than T-Mo - $149.99.

Well, it looks like today Amazon.com followed suit and is now offering the Vibrant at the same cool $149.99 delivered for free in 2 days.

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