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Best Buy Pre-Order Of T-Mobile G2 Starts Tomorrow: $200 With Contract, Available October 6

This morning, T-Mobile sent out the press release officially announcing the T-Mobile G2. The release mentioned that the phone would be available for pre-order in limited quantites for existing T-Mobile customers later this month - but that doesn't quite jibe with the fact that Best Buy's pre-sale begins tomorrow for a very reasonable $200 (with 2 year contract, obviously). They even mention an official release date: October 6.

G2

The specs are in the announcement link and picture above, but in case you're too lazy to read, here's a brief rehash:

  • 800 MHz CPU (new Snapdragon architecture)
  • 3.7" 480x800 screen
  • Slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard
  • HSPA+

Personally, I'm just waiting to see how that new Snapdragon CPU stacks up to its higher-clocked siblings, and how well it overclocks.

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Google Voice Widgets Break Out Of G2's Deathgrip, Now Available In The Market

To nobody's surprise, the G2, announced this morning, features a Google Voice widget.

What may be surprising is that there are not one, but two of these widgets: a widget that shows the messages you have in your inbox:

as well as the same widget for managing your Voice settings that was leaked a few weeks ago:

What may be an even bigger surprise is that Google has now made both of these widgets available to non-G2 devices through the Android Market. The widgets are available today via an update to the existing Google Voice app and allow users to:

  • See messages in their inbox (Inbox Widget)
  • Open the full Google Voice app by clicking the Google Voice icon (both widgets)
  • Compose and send text messages (Settings Widget)
  • Change dialing preferences (Settings)
  • Enter "Do Not Disturb" mode to send calls straight to Voicemail (Settings)
  • See credit balance (Settings)

Google Voice has always been a great service (and certainly one that I and other members of the Android Police team use on a daily basis), and it looks like it just got quite a bit better for owners of just about any Android device.

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T-Mobile Officially Announces G2, Available First To Existing Customers

T-Mobile sent out a press release this morning to officially announce the G2. We've been hearing about (and seeing) the G2 for some time now, especially in the past few weeks. Now, however, we have the official word - and it seems to confirm most of what we've heard.

  • MSM7230 CPU @ 800 MHz
  • 3.7" screen
  • HSPA+
  • Slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard
  • 720p video recording (with automatic upload to Photobucket - nifty)
  • 5 MP Camera with LED flash and autofocus
  • 8 GB mSD card pre-installed (support for up to 32 GB cards)
  • 4 GB ROM
  • Swype

Interestingly, T-Mobile says existing customers will have first dibs at the device - an interesting move considering how many customers a new high-end phone can bring in, but understandable for customer loyalty.

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The Latest In The World Of Android Hacks: Jailbreaking A PS3 With A Nexus One

Update: All good things must one day come to an end, and alas, it looks like Sony's just decided to issue a mandatory update to all PS3s that breaks this jailbreak method. Heartbreaking, I know.

If Sony's PS3 gaming system took a step backward in functionality when Sony disabled its ability to install Linux, it's just taken two steps forward again.

t4nav, a Senior Member of xda-developers, has just discovered a method to hack the PS3 using a Nexus One or a Desire! All you have to do is:

Download this
http://www.mediafire.com/?cgst1aw26i26b60

and place it's contents onto the root of your SD-card.

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US Cellular HTC Desire Review: A Phone That's Passed The Test Of Time

Introduction

Well, well, well. I never thought the day would come: the HTC Desire, first announced at Mobile World Congress in February, has finally landed in the States! Of course, six months is a long time in the world of technology, so when I first started reviewing the Desire, my expectations weren't nearly as high as those of, say, my colleague Ian Douglas when he began reviewing the Samsung Epic 4G.

Nonetheless, the carrier HTC decided to bless - US Cellular - was in desperate need of a decent Android phone, and, if nothing else, the Desire absolutely beats the pants off its only other Android offering - the Samsung Acclaim.

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Unrevoked 3.2 Is Out - Brings 1-Click Froyo Root To EVO 4G, Incredible, Desire, Aria, Eris, Wildfire; NAND Unlock/S-OFF To EVO 4G, Incredible, Desire

This is seriously impressive stuff - the guys from the unrevoked team did it again, and this version 3.2 is definitely their best release yet. Most of the credit, outside of the core unrevoked team, belongs to Sebastian Krahmer for discovering the exploit that works on all supported phones.

This article mentions rooting, Nandroid, and flashing of custom ROMs. If you’re unfamiliar with some of the terms, hit up our primers here:
  1. Rooting Explained + Top 5 Benefits Of Rooting
  2. Custom ROMs Explained And Why You Want Them
  3. How To Fully Back Up And Restore Your Android Phone Using Nandroid Backup

Unrevoked 3.2 Features

  1. One-click root without reinstalling/reflashing/wiping your existing stock Android OS.
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FroYo Update For HTC Desire On O2 Goes Live Before Dying A Sad, Sad Death

Well it's not the first phone to get FroYo, or even the first phone with HTC's Sense UI to receive the delicious update, but Froyo is coming to UK carrier O2's HTC Desire. The update hit the air - before being pulled almost immediately!

According to O2's full statement posted on their forums,

Hi all
As some of you will have noticed the Android 2.2 Froyo update for HTC Desire on O2 went live this morning. While we’re pleased that so many of you have been able to download it successfully and are enjoying the benefits of 2.2, we have seen that a small number of people are having problems installing the update.

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Dual-Mode Android HTC Slider Coming To Verizon

Thanks to the FCC, we now have pictures and details on a new dual-band Android device for Verizon. It looks pretty similarly-proportioned to Samsung's Epic 4G, and that may not necessarily be a bad thing. The details we have at the moment:

  • 4" Screen
  • Both CDMA and GSM radios on-board (EV-DO Rev. A, also)
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • Slide-out four row QWERTY keyboard
  • Dark silver body, keyboard backing is bright red with black keys

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The device (the "PD42100" - catchy) is also rumored to have a 1.2 GHz CPU. Thus far nobody has been able to confirm or deny that though, so take it with a grain of salt.

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HTC Peep And Friend Stream Get Their Groove Back

According to HTC's official Twitter account, Twitter and the manufacturer have ironed out the bugs that were created when Twitter changed its authorization system a few days ago and broke both Peep and Friend Stream logins:

HTCtwittersave

I have tested it on my EVO and can confirm that it is working properly. I'm not sure how such a major screwup could have fallen through the cracks at HTC, but let's hope it won't happen again.

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