HTC Thunderbolt VZNavigator

Here comes your daily HTC Thunderbolt teaser. (Don’t look at us like that — it’s tomorrow in Europe already. Or something like that.) VZ Navigator — Verizon’s own maps powered by NAVTEQ — will run you $2.99 a day, $4.99 a week or $9.99 a month. But it also has Bing built into it, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Anyway, the app’s here for the Thunderbolt, the phone’s not (and this isn’t the first time we’ve seen VZNav show up before its intended device), and we’re all just going to have to hold out hope for yet another day. [Android Market] Thanks, David, for the tip!

VZ Navigator for the HTC Thunderbolt now in the Android Market, sans phone posted originally by Android Central

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Now that we have a clear picture of HTC’s lineup for the first half of the year, most of you are probably wondering when any of the new handsets are expected to launch in the U.S. market. The good news is that the HTC Incredible S may be heading to Verizon as the HTC Incredible [...]





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Simon Walker tweet

Simon Walker, developer program head at Sony Ericsson, has made an interesting series of tweets suggesting the manufacturer may be about to change its stance on rooting and custom ROM development. Just as Motorola is looking at compromises on the issue of locked bootloaders, Sony Ericsson’s developer boss says he’s "actually in favor" of rooting "if we do it right."

One possible example of this might be the introduction of Xoom/Nexus S-style unlockable/relockable bootloaders, though Walker didn’t mention any specifics, instead saying he needs to take the discussion inside Sony Ericsson before anything is decided. Still, it’s promising that someone at a senior position at SE has come out in support of rooting. Hopefully he’ll be able to convince his colleagues to see the light. [@simon_a_walker]

Sony Ericsson head developer 'in favor of rooting if we do it right' posted originally by Android Central

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 Xperia Arc

One enterprising XDA forum member has managed to snag a copy of the still unreleased Xperia Arc’s /system partition via ADB, and has posted the resulting files online. The /system partition typically contains the core applications and files at the heart of any ROM.

As the Arc is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, this system dump may help developers working on custom ROMs for the Xperia X8 and X10, both of which are stuck on Android 2.1 with no prospect of an official bump to Froyo or Gingerbread. For everyone else, there’s always the prospect of grabbing a few cool wallpapers or ringtones. [XDA]

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc system dump appears online posted originally by Android Central

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It’s nothing we haven’t heard before, the BlackBerry PlayBook is said to be able to run Android applications. But up until now we have never really had documented proof of this. During Mobile World Congress this month, during a hands on with the device one of the employees seemed to have slipped up and stated "we’ll also support Android apps," which is pretty big. (Or they read the blog rumors, we gather.) Interesting none the less to see some cross platform Android applications, would certainly open the doors to plenty of new developers and ultimately can help strengthen the Android platform even further. [via CrackBerry]

Further proof that Android apps are slated to run on the BlackBerry PlayBook posted originally by Android Central

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 27 Feb 2011 posted originally by Android Central

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Droid Incredible ROM review: CM7 RC1

This week’s ROM Review brings two Android staples together — the HTC Droid Incredible and CyanogenMod.  These two go together like peanut butter and jelly — each makes a good thing better.  And it’s a great way to get some Gingerbread on your DInc.

Android Central forums’ super moderator and self-proclaimed VP of Entertainment Brett took the time to give us the run-down this time around, and you can read his review after the break. Thanks Brett!

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Android Central ROM review: CyanogenMod 7 RC1 for the Droid Incredible posted originally by Android Central

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HTC Desire

HTC has confirmed that Gingerbread will be making its way to the Desire, Desire HD and Desire Z during the second quarter of the year, according to reports from SlashGear, which sources an HTC spokesperson. HTC also re-confirmed the Incredible S Gingerbread update, though this has been known since the phone was announced.

This is the first confirmation of a Gingerbread update for the Desire HD and Desire Z — good news for owners of those phones, which are still under six months old.  Reports started to surface last week suggesting a Gingerbread update for the original Desire, which is now approaching its first birthday.

The Q2 2011 release window for these Gingerbread updates will coincide with the launch of HTC’s new Desire S and Wildfire S, both of which run Gingerbread out of the box. [SlashGear]

HTC Desire, Desire HD and Desire Z 'getting Gingerbread in Q2' posted originally by Android Central

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Mobiles.co.uk and parent company The Carphone Warehouse are now shipping HTC’s new Incredible S in the UK. SIM-free, the Incredible S can be yours for £499.95 (~$800), while on-contract prices range from free to £319.99 (~$510). Right now the Incredible S is only being offered on contract with O2 and Vodafone, and the cheapest way to get the phone for free is on a £25 per month contract with O2.

The Incredible S is the first of HTC’s new European phones to ship, and it’ll be joined by the Wildfire S and Desire S during the second quarter of the year. Check out our hands-on feature for more Incredible S goodness. [Mobiles.co.uk, Carphone Warehouse]

HTC Incredible S now available in the UK posted originally by Android Central

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