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This article mentions flashing of custom ROMs. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, hit up our primer here:

CyanogenMod 6, a very popular custom Froyo ROM for a whole slew of Android phones, has given thousands of Android users something device manufacturers tried to take away - absolute freedom in customizing your Android experience. One glaring omission from the bunch is the Motorola Milestone, which Motorola decided to lock down way harder than its US counterpart, the original Droid.

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Sep
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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Apart from SlideScreen, it seems like pretty much every alternative Android launcher out there is a slightly different version of the same thing; namely, the stock Android launcher. Well, SlideScreen is no longer alone. With Zune Home, we have something rather familiar but entirely different to what we’ve seen before on Android.

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As the name would suggest, Zune Home is an homage to the laudably sleek interface found on Microsoft’s Zune HD portable media player.

18
Sep
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A couple of weeks back, Boy Genius Report got their hands on some photos of a very svelte looking, EVO-esque HTC phone that is supposedly coming to Verizon.

Now they have a suspicion that it is in fact Verizon’s model of the Desire HD, announced a few days ago in London.

There are one or two things to say about this - firstly, the handset they obtained images of has a kickstand, a feature notably absent in the super-slim Desire HD.

17
Sep
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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Introduction

Ladies and gentlemen, what we have here is a giveaway featuring not one, but ten cases from these 2 quality manufacturers: Gizmo Dorks and Amzer! They are:

  • 2x for the Droid Incredible
  • 2x for the EVO 4G
  • 2x for the Droid X
  • 2x for the Droid 2
  • 2x for the original Droid

Each Amzer case is worth about $13 on average, while the Gizmo Dorks is usually $10 but currently on sale for $3.

17
Sep
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Looks like Verizon is pushing Android for enterprise pretty hard: they've inked a deal with Good Technology and are bringing some pretty major enterprise features to Android. Specifically, the company provides encrypted and high security email, messaging, and mobile access, as well as features such as remote wipe.

Good is a fairly major player in the enterprise space: in the first half of 2010 alone, they added 1,500 enterprise clients.

17
Sep
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Acer has partnered with Ferrari to release a special edition of their Liquid E smartphone. The internals are the same as the regular Liquid E, albeit with the processor stock clocked a bit higher:

  • 1 GHz Snapdragon 8250 (45nm process - check out this article for details on why that's a good thing)
  • 5 MP Camera
  • 3.5" screen
  • Android 2.1

The only real customizations are that it's apparently been custom designed by Ferrari to be light weight, and checks in at 135g.

17
Sep
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Samsung has released the source for the Fascinate, roughly a week after the phone was released. As usual, any bits that are special to Sammy aren't included in the release, but there should still be enough material in there to get tinkering. As I've said before, the layperson doesn't really benefit from the release, but modders can get down and dirty with the code to tweak things just the way they'd like - and hopefully, make those changes public so that others can get in on the action as well.

17
Sep
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Yesterday, Samsung released a fairly minor update for the Epic 4G. There are only a handful of changes, including some light optimizations and a few small bug fixes - but more importantly, it adds Media Hub functionality. Media Hub is a new service that was introduced last night by Samsung, and provides access to movies and TV shows from most of the big dogs - not too shabby.

Full list of changes:

DI07 Update Details

Please see the list below for details of some changes found in the DI07 update.

16
Sep

As promised, Samsung is holding their event in New York City right now, and at that very event, they've just announced that their smoking hot Galaxy Tab will be hitting all four major carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) sometime during October or November. Unfortunately, they've decided to leave the exact release dates up to the carriers.

Pricing is a similar story: the carriers get to decide. On a related note, however, Samsung has announced that the keyboard dock for the Tab (the one that essentially looks like a carbon copy of another popular tablet made by a company whose name is also a fruit) will retail for $100 and the desktop dock (again, reminiscent of a strangely similar dock for the iPad) will sell for $50.

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Sep
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The planets have aligned: MeeGo, the latest operating system that will power phones and tablets and which you've probably never heard of, has just collided with Android, a mobile operating system made by... oh, you all know what Android is. Right?

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Anyhow, the WeTab, which does indeed run the former of those two operating systems, will also be able to run applications designed for the latter, ie Android! It isn't clear whether this means that it will offer access to the Android Market or merely be able to run Android apps downloaded off the Internet, though the tablet will ship with an app store called the "Meta Store".

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