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Samsung Epic 4G Receives Update, 3G Gets Faster, 4G Gets More Capable, We Wish It Were FroYo

To offset the not so successful news of the Samsung Vibrant's supposedly (but not actually) GPS-fixing update, Samsung has just rolled out software version S:D700.0.5S.DI18 for the king of the Galaxy S ring, the Epic 4G for Sprint. It isn't FroYo, but it does introduce a number of important fixes, including:

  • an issue where the battery would drain as a result of the cell modem continuously searching for available networks while on standby
  • an issue with 3G upload speeds
  • an issue with Amazon not being able to download music over 4G
  • an issue where large emails would be slow to upload

The update will be rolling out over the next few days and will be available in typical over-the-air fashion, with Sprint citing download times of around seven to eight minutes.

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Verizon Device Roadmap Leaked: An LTE Tablet, And Global Radios Aplenty

Having one device leaked is so last fiscal year, man. Verizon is hip to the new trend of leaking out details of all of your devices and giving people a heads-up to not buy phones that are out right now since they're just gonna get replaced anyway.

Androids aren't the only things on show, but forgive us for omitting those not relevant to the droid-heads (check BerryPolice.com, great site).

Motorola's got the lion's share of the devices.

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FCC Approves Motorola's New i866 Android Handset... Without A Touchscreen

Motorola may have brought us the original Droid - one of the most game-changing Android devices ever - but with phones like the Backflip, the Cliq XT, and the Charm, it looks like they want to back down into the days of the Razr once more.

According to a recent FCC filing, Motorola will soon introduce a device with the model number i866, which will feature:

  • a dual keypad design with a numeric keypad on the front as well as a full QWERTY keyboard when slid open
  • iDEN technology, meaning PTT support (Push To Talk)
  • Android (we've confirmed it by looking at what you can see in the 2nd screenshot from the filing)

What it won't feature: a touchscreen.

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Paid Android Market Support Comes To 20 New Countries

A guest post by Eric Chu just went live over at the Android Developers blog, officially announcing the expansion of the Android market to 20 new countries. While we can't exactly say we didn't see this coming (and have an idea what countries it was coming to), it's nice to see nonetheless. It looks like Distimo's estimation was pretty dead-on, too: 11 of the 13 countries they listed are confirmed by Mr.

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Front-Facing Camera Hacked Into T-Mobile Vibrant

All of Samsung's Galaxy S family have the same 4.0" Super-AMOLED screen, share a common iPhone-esque UI, and ... well, that's about it. The disparity between features in the SGS line has certainly caused some frustration with users; two have a flash, one has a keyboard and 4G, one has Bing (not really a feature worth crowing about), and two have front-facing cameras. Those two are the appropriately-named Epic 4G and the mothership, the Galaxy S i9000, which is mainly sold in Europe and Korea.

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Motorola Begonia, The Successor To The Cliq, Rumored To Launch On November 1, Feature WiFi Calling

Those rumors about T-Mobile bringing WiFi calling capabilities to future Android devices are looking less like rumors and more like reality every day now; according to Engadget, a future Motorola Android device codenamed the "Begonia" will feature that capability as well as:

  • Android 2.2 FroYo (with MotoBlur)
  • an "interesting" keyboard design
  • 3G hotspot capabilities
  • a November 1 release date

Engadget's tipster also noted that the Begonia will succeed the original Motorola Cliq, which was already long in the tooth at the beginning of this year and which won't be seeing an update to Android 2.1 until Q4.

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Samsung Vibrant GPS Fix Through Kies Has Known Issues, T-Mobile Urges Customers To Avoid It

 

If you just can't wait one more day for a GPS fix for your Samsung Vibrant... you're out of luck, because the recent update through Samsung's sync app Kies, which was supposed to fix all GPS issues, is raising problems of its own, according to T-Mobile.

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No word on what the new issues actually are, but hopefully T-Mobile delivers an OTA update "soon" like they've promised. Of course, if they don't, there's always the simpler solution of hacking.

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[Android How-To] Make Your Own Ringtones, Notifications, And Alarms From Media Files

Have you ever wanted to make custom ringtones, alarms, or notification sounds in Android but had no clue how to do it, even if you already put a media file onto your device? I can't blame you - Android is absolutely terrible about letting you do anything but pick one of the existing system sounds and offers no way of adding your own.

Enter Ringdroid. Ringdroid's sole purpose is to let you take an existing music file, crop it exactly how you want it, and then save it as either a ringtone, an alarm, or a notification.

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Pictures Of Samsung Continuum Leak - Verizon Branding, Dual Screens, Slick Theme

The Fascinate hasn't even been on Verizon's shelves for a month yet, and it looks like they're already planning on adding another variant of the Galaxy S to their lineup: the Continuum (SCH-i400). Technical details on the phone are light at the moment, but we can see in the images that it's rocking two displays - the main one (up top), as well as a small screen below the capacitive touch buttons.

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PC World Conducts "Battle Of The Android Browsers", Finds Stock Browser Isn't Best

Well, the title says most of it, and what it doesn't is pretty easily expressed in a chart: the stock browser - even in Froyo - isn't the best option available. In fact, it's not even close, especially for sites that haven't been saved alread:Skyfire 2.0 is faster by 3.3 seconds. The gap for saved sites is less significant, with Opera Mini faster by 1.4 seconds.

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Surprisingly, Mozilla's Fennec comes in last in both categories; then again, Fennec is still considered alpha, and it's a fairly safe bet that times will drop as development progresses.

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