22
Apr
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So this one came as a shocker to me: according to PocketNow, an official Gingerbread 2.3.3 ROM has been leaked for the Samsung Galaxy Ace. For those unfamiliar with the Galaxy Ace, it is a budget smartphone that's available primarily in the European market as part of a quartet of devices, including the Galaxy Gio, Galaxy Mini, and Galaxy Fit.

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The update is probably not final and could contain bugs, so download it at your own risk.

22
Apr
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Keeping up with its newfound timeliness as of late, Samsung has dropped the source code for the recently released Sidekick 4G. Considering the Sidekick seems to be easily rootable using the SuperOneClick method, it probably won't be too long before we are knee deep in all of the custom ROM goodness that we can handle.

Head over the the Open Source Developers Center and search for "SGH-T839_Opensource.zip" to snag the download.

22
Apr
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Remember the massive-screened Samsung Infuse 4G that was announced back in January? If not, that doesn't come as much of a surprise, as this phone has found a way to stay out of the rumor mill since then. It couldn't stay silent forever, though, and now it has finally surfaced in a Walmart circular, accompanied by a $178.88 price tag (presumably with a new two-year agreement on AT&T). Unfortunately, there isn't an exact launch date listed, only that it's "available May 2011."

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I'm sure a quick spec rundown is in order, so here you go:

  • 4.5 Inch Super AMOLED Plus screen
  • 1.2GHz Hummingbird Processor
  • 16GB Internal storage, SD Card slot
  • 8MP Rear camera with 1080P video capture, 1.3MP front camera
  • Android 2.2

As you can tell, this phone is nothing to turn your nose up at.

22
Apr
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Last Updated: April 24th, 2011

It looks like Facebook is continuing the juggling act with their Android app, as they have fixed a few bugs and added a few new features with the latest update. Here, I've got the short list for you:

New in v1.5.3:
* Added the ability to tag friends in status updates
* Added Find Friends feature
* Added the ability to add your phone number to your profile
* Various bug fixes

Not listed: the force close feature that kicks in all the damn time.

21
Apr
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We've talked a lot about games designed specifically for Tegra2 tablets lately - but none quite like HISTORY Great Battles Medieval by Slitherine. In this strategy-action-RPG sponsored by the History Channel, you are the General of the English or French forces during the Hundred Years War, controlling up to 20 squads under your command. You can completely customize your army, selecting their armor, fighting styles, weapons - the whole shebang. The more you fight, the more you level up, and the better your skillset becomes.

21
Apr
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Verizon released the first subscriber figures for its rapidly expanding 4G network today - presumably to highlight strong sales of the carrier's first 4G handset, the HTC Thunderbolt.

Of the 565,000 (500,000 is the number Verizon added to its subscriber base in Q1) 4G users, about 260,000 are utilizing Verizon's LTE service via an HTC Thunderbolt. This means that since the launch of the Thunderbolt on March 17, Verizon has been gaining over 100,000 new LTE subscribers a week.

21
Apr
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Continuing with the trend of high-end Android devices getting speculative release dates, LG's 3D smartphone, the Optimus 3D, has been given a release date of June 6 by online UK retailer Clove. They say that the device should be on their shelves by that date, but gives the caveat that this information is "subject to change - but accurate at this time."

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With a 1GHz dual core processor, 4.3-inch WVGA display and a 5MP dual-lens camera to capture glasses-free 3D content, this is going to be a worthy opponent to the HTC Sensation, which has been rumored to have a June 8th release date.

21
Apr
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Motorola DEFY owners, you are second-class citizens no more, as T-Mobile's latest OTA software update will infuse your devices with a fresh Froyo taste. Unfortunately, the 112MB upgrade won't free you from the shackles of MOTOBLUR, but it will bring some staple 2.2 features - including Adobe Flash compatibility, WiFi hotspot capabilities, and faster performance - as well as some Motorola additions, such as a task manager and LinkedIn integration.

As the topping on the cake, it appears that all DEFY owners are now able to get the update, not just those lucky enough to have been included in the first "stage" of the roll-out.

21
Apr
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We just got word from Amazon that there is a new version of the Kindle app for Android available that brings numerous optimizations for tablets running Honeycomb, effectively making a Kindle out of your non-Kindle tablet. Here's the full press release:

SEATTLE, April 21, 2011 – (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Today Amazon announced an update to Kindle for Android that brings new features and adds support for tablet computers running Android’s Honeycomb, including the Motorola Xoom.

21
Apr
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As of today, Verizon Wireless has announced plans to expand its 4G LTE market to 6 more cities, including Clarksville, TN; Hopkinsville, KY; Cleveland, TN; Columbia and Hilton Head, SC; Wilmington, NC; and the Greater Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. These new additions will bring the total list of 4G covered areas to 47:

· Phoenix, Ariz.

· Los Angeles, Calif.

· Oakland, Calif.

· San Diego, Calif.

· San Francisco, Calif.