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Radio Shack Sweetens The Deal For T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant Pre-Orders With A $50 Gift Card

If you’re already planning to pick up T-Mobile’s first high-end Android offering, the Samsung Vibrant, then you’ll probably want to think about getting your pre-order at RadioShack instead of from T-Mobile directly.

RadioShack is offering the phone at the same $199.99 price as T-Mobile (when opening a new account or upgrading your line), but without the pesky mail-in rebate.

That isn’t enough to sway you? Well, then you’ll want to get your pre-order in before July 18 – in addition to free shipping, everyone who does gets a no-strings-attached $50 RadioShack gift card.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 To Receive OTA Update… That Isn’t Eclair Or Froyo

News for our European readers, this morning: Sony has announced that the Xperia X10 will receive a software update over-the-air (OTA) soon. To quote:

This update focuses on improving the general performance, speed and responsiveness of Xperia X10. For example, there are speed improvements in messaging tasks and camera UI. In addition we add a free back up and restore application so you’ll never lose your settings and information. In selected markets, PlayNow™ with premium apps and games will also be added.

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Latest Breakdowns: Top 10 Android Devices, Operating System Share, Satisfaction Levels, And Other Stats

Today we're having a look at AdMob's latest monthly mobile metrics report which includes some information that may be of interest to the Android community, especially developers.

Top 10 Android Devices

One particularly interesting piece of information is their ranking of the top ten Android smartphones in terms of market share, based on data collected by AdMob in May of this year. You can view the list and each handset maker’s own market share below.

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Yahoo Mail, Messenger, And Search Hit The Android Market

Though it took a little while, Yahoo has just launched Android apps for their Mail and Messenger services, and most interestingly, their Search service.

The Mail and Messenger apps don’t really hold many surprises. They are fairly polished and include all the functions you would expect; for e-mail, this means checking, organizing, sending e-mails, and downloading attachments.

For Messenger, you are able to chat with your Yahoo friends and keep the app running in the background.

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CyanogenMod 6 Hands-On: First Impressions

Yesterday, we broke the news that CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 1 was released to the public. Having successfully installed it on an AT&T Nexus One, we can now give you the lowdown on what this release (so far) contains.

User Interface

Essentially, users can expect an experience that will not stray too far from what CyanogenMod 5.08 changed in terms of the UI. An updated version of ADW Launcher does provide a few enhancements, though.

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Bricked Your EVO 4G During The Last Sprint OTA Fail? Here Is What You Do To Revive It

HTC and Sprint are working together to accommodate EVO 4G owners whose phones were bricked after this week’s initial update. Without adding very much detail, HTC stated that Sprint Corporate stores can be of service. You can find the closest store using this tool.

If You Don’t Know What To Do With Your Bricked EVO 4G, Take It To A Sprint Corporate Store

If you have already updated successfully and your phone boots up fine, you don't have to do anything. If you haven't applied the OTA update yet, you can now safely do so, as the bricking issue has been fixed.

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Canadians Get In On The Galaxy S Action With Bell's Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant

Samsung’s plan for world smartphone domination seems to be going smoothly. After the news that their Galaxy S would be launching on all major US carriers (as well as US Cellular), it has just been announced that the phone will also be launching on Bell, Canada’s second-largest cell phone carrier, as the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant (just Samsung Vibrant wasn't enough, eh buddies?).

 Canadians Get In On The Galaxy S Action With Bell's Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant

The specs are, of course, similar to the Galaxy S models that have already been announced for US carriers:

  • 4.0” Super AMOLED screen
  • 1 GHz Hummingbird processor
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • and Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
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CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 1 For Nexus One Now Available For Download

It’s probably going to be a little messy, and it certainly isn’t going to be perfect. That said, CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 1 is available for Nexus One users now. Download it below…

Disclaimer: This is an ALPHA release (PRE-Experimental Release) and will likely have numerous glitches, app compatibility issues, and all sorts of fun quirks that haven’t been ironed out by the CyanogenMod team yet.

CyanogenMod 6 Alpha 1

FRF85B Google Apps Package (Needed for proper install, flash this FIRST)

If you are on 2.1 or a version of CyanogenMod PRIOR to 5.08, you will need to flash your radio to FRF50 before either of the following.

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IMDB App For Android Released Today: Now You Can Find Out Who Guest Starred In That One Episode Of SVU That One Time

TV and movie geeks alike are bound to be giddy with joy today as IMDB has released their official (and free) Android app to the Android Market. We’ve provided a few screens for you take a look at below.

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Overall, the app appears fully functional, and actually quite useful. You’re able to look up TV recaps, schedules, box office results, local showtimes, and movie reviews. Pressing your phone’s search button will bring up the search bar set for IMDB, eliciting results just like IMDB.com’s web-based search.

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Rumor: Minimum Specs For Android 3.0 Gingerbread; Aims For Complete Break From Android 2.1/2.2

A leak provided by Mobile-review’s Eldar Murtazin has confirmed some concrete system requirements for Android 3.0 Gingerbread. His information confirms what has been expected; Gingerbread is going to be a major release for the Android platform. Here’s the summary, translated from Murtazin’s podcast “Digestiv” by unwiredview.com’s Staska…

  • Android 3.0 Gingerbread will be released in mid- October (around 15 -16th), 2010. First handsets shipping in November/December – for the Holiday Season.
  • Minimum hardware requirements for Android 3.0 devices are: 1GHZ CPU, 512MB of RAM, displays from 3.5” and higher.  (We all, of course, heard that Android handsets with 2GHz CPU’s are coming)
  • New 1280×760 resolution available for the devices with displays of 4” and higher.
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