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10 years of Android: Ten of the most important handsets from the last decade

Ten years ago this week, the first Android phone was announced - the T-Mobile G1. No one could have predicted the massive success that Android would eventually become; the OS now has over two billion active users worldwide.

In honor of Android's 10th birthday, we're taking a look at the most important and influential Google-powered phones of the past decade. Every one of these devices redefined Android in some way, by pushing the OS further into the mainstream, introducing design trends, or signaling the start/end of an era.

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LineageOS 14.1 builds now available for the HTC 10, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014, Wileyfox Storm, and more

LineageOS, the successor to the ill-fated CyanogenMod, is off to a great start. The ROM has already passed 600,000 active installs, and has steadily added support for more devices since launch. Now official LineageOS builds have expanded to several more phones and tablets.

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[Update: Winners] Giveaway: Win One Of Ten Rokbed v3 Case/Mount Combos For The Samsung Galaxy S III From Android Police And RokForm

For many people, cases and mounts are a part of life with a mobile device. The problem is, however, that many users aren't willing to sacrifice style for functionality. What if you could have both, though? Thanks to a new product from Rokform for the Galaxy S III, that's more possible than ever.

The Rokbed for the GSIII is Rokform's first endeavor outside the iOS world, and it looks like they hit it out of the part. The case itself features an edgy-yet-sophisticated design, as well as a bit of additional functionality: a magnet that allows the case to attach to other available accessories.

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[Updated] Incremental Gingerbread Update (Build T989UVLDE) Now Rolling Out To The Samsung Galaxy S II On T-Mobile

T-Mobile just updated its support page for the Samsung Galaxy S II with details of an OTA update that should be rolling out right now. Before you get your hopes up, though, there's some bad news: it's not ICS. It's just an incremental Gingerbread update that brings a handful of enhancements and improvements:

Android version 2.3.6 / Software version T989UVLDE

  • Version
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Software version T989UVLDE
    • Over-The-Air Update (32.3 MB)
    • Approved 5/21/12
  • Improvements:
    • Random reboot/power off fixed 
    • Device stability improvements 
    • Qualcomm chip patch 
    • Google Security fixes
  • Prerequisites
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Software version T989UVKL1 update
    • At least 50% battery life

The update should be available right now and will complete its rollout on June 22.

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S IIs Now Receiving Ice Cream Sandwich In The U.S.

Here's a bit of good news for all of you who have an unlocked (global) Samsung Galaxy S II here in the U.S.: Ice Cream Sandwich is being pushed to your device right now. This makes the global GSII the first of the GSII family to officially get Ice Cream Sandwich in the U.S., as none of the three American carriers that offer the phone have begun sending the update yet.

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To see if the 217MB update is available on your device, hit Settings > About phone > Software update.

Enjoy.

[Engadget]

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Ice Cream Sandwich Leaks For AT&T's Original Galaxy S II, Available To Download Now

Some owners of the original AT&T Galaxy S II may have been left feeling unwanted when Ice Cream Sandwich leaked for the GSII Skyrocket a couple of days ago, but now they have their very own version to download and play around with.

This morning, RootzWiki posted a leaked built of Ice Cream Sandwich for the original Galaxy S II, and looking at the build.prop file alongside the screenshots of the build, it seems to be the real deal from Samsung, just like the leak for the Skyrocket.

ro.build.description=SGH-I777-user 4.0.3 IML74K 117 release-keys
ro.build.fingerprint=samsung/SGH-I777/SGH-I777:4.0.3/IML74K/117:user/release-keys
att-sgs2-ics att-sgs2-ics-longhold-home att-sgs2-ics-settings

If you're running Windows and have a copy of Odin on your PC, then you will be able to go ahead and use the one-click installation file available at the source.

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[Updated] T-Mobile Brings Battery And Wi-Fi Calling Enhancements To Samsung Galaxy S II Today, Dec 14 With Android 2.3.5 (KL1) Update

If you're currently using a Samsung Galaxy S II on T-Mobile's network, keep an eye out for a software update KL1 with Android 2.3.5 that will be heading your way starting today, December 14th.

The update brings caller ID, battery, and Wi-Fi calling enhancements and will arrive over-the-air, although you Kies Mini may also be used for installation (starting December 15th). T-Mobile says that it is being rolled out over the coming weeks, so you may have to be patient or wait for it to be available via Kies Mini.

Beginning December 14, a software update will be available for  the Samsung Galaxy S II.

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Samsung Releases Kernel Source Code For T-Mobile's Galaxy S II

We've already seen the source for the AT&T Galaxy S II, the Epic 4G Touch, and a handful of other new devices, so why not throw T-Mo's Galaxy S II into the mix? Sammy dropped the code earlier today -- hit the link below to download it. Let's see how fast that Snapdragon will actually run, gents.

Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile) Source Code

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iPhone 4S Vs. Samsung Galaxy S II Drop Test - And The [Clear] Winner Is...

So, do you want to see how the Galaxy S II compares to the iPhone 4S when dropped directly onto concrete? Yeah, we thought you might -- and you you may actually be surprised at the results. Before you watch the video, though, I must warn you: watching these electronics plummet to their (presumed) demise can be a bit cringe inducing, even to not-so-squeamish among us. With that caveat out of the way, have a look at the video:

Pretty impressive, no? While the iPhone 4S was rendered basically unusable after a couple of drops, the Galaxy S II's Gorilla Glass kept it safe, secure, and intact.

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AT&T Galaxy S II Kernel Source Code Released On Samsung's Open Source Release Center

While Samsung may have promptly released the kernel source code for Sprint's Epic 4G Touch on release day, it has gone one step further with AT&T's variant and already uploaded the code to its Open Source Release Center. AT&T just announced the launch date of October 2nd this morning, so this makes the code available nearly two weeks before the phone.

Hit the link below to download.

Samsung Galaxy S II (AT&T) Kernel Source Code

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