HTC Thunderbolt Best Buy

So about that HTC ThunderBolt release date … We don’t know when the hell it’s finally going to be released. And at this point, we’re not entirely sure who does. The Feb. 14 in-stock date at Best Buy didn’t happen. And obviously that rumored Feb. 24 date has come and gone. We’re still confident in the sources that brought us those bits of news. But you know what? Things change.

Now there’s this image that appears in the Android Central Forums (among other places) that shows a March 10 launch. No telling how old it is, though, but at least it’s something. And  that we’ve seen it distributed to a half-dozen sources at this point is making it smell like a coordinated effort, so maybe this one’s the real deal, folks. [Android Central Forums]

By the way: That Best Buy store in Roseville, Calif., that tweeted a March 4 date has since killed said tweet. Maybe that means it’s real — maybe that means a single store doesn’t know what it’s talking about and doesn’t speak for an entire launch. You decide.

Latest leak shows possible March 10 launch for the HTC Thunderbolt posted originally by Android Central

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If you were a recipient of the Android 2.3.3 OTA that went out to the Nexus S, or went ahead and did it manually, you may have noticed that Facebook contact syncing is suddenly missing. That’s because Google has purposely removed the feature from the Nexus S and all future "googlephones" because users can’t pull those synced Facebook contacts off the phone, and if you decide to remove your Facebook account, those contacts will suddenly go missing. Google’s official statement on the matter is as follows:

“We believe it is very important that users are able to control their data. So in the over-the-air update for Nexus S, we have a small change to how Facebook contacts appear on the device. For Nexus S users who downloaded the Facebook app from Android Market, Facebook contacts will no longer appear to be integrated with the Android Contacts app. Since Facebook contacts cannot be exported from the device, the appearance of integration created a false sense of data portability. Facebook contact data will continue to appear within the Facebook app. Like all developers on Android, Facebook is free to use the Android contacts API to truly integrate contacts on the device, which would allow users to have more control over their data. We are removing the special-case handling of Facebook contacts on Nexus S and future lead devices. We continue to believe that reciprocity (the expectation that if information can be imported into a service it should be able to be exported) is an important step toward creating a world of true data liberation — and encourage other websites and app developers to allow users to export their contacts as well.”

Interestingly enough, this won’t be affecting Nexus One owners who also updated today because the Facebook app for the Nexus One was baked in to the stock software. Google says they don’t want to remove a feature that users were already expecting to be available. With all of that in mind, do remember that OEMs like Motorola and HTC can re-enable this feature relatively easily. Both HTC and Motorola already use their own Facebook sync, so this may be a non-issue for many. [TechCrunch]

Google removes Facebook contact syncing on Nexus S, leaves it as is on Nexus One posted originally by Android Central

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According to Dialtosave, HTC ChaCha and Salsa, HTC’s Facebook Android Phones, will land in UK on June 17th. Both phones has a special Fackbook button at the bottom. You can keep in touch with your friends easily with it. HTC ChaCha Facebook Android Phone Specifications: Android 2.3 OS a 600MHz processor 512MB of internal memory [...]


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Sprint Epic 4G

Rut ro. If you’ve been wondering why your Sprint Epic 4G hasn’t yet received the over-the-air update to Froyo, it’s because Sprint and Samsung have yanked it from the servers. Apparently a number of folks were having problems with data connectivity, or with the SD card — or both. And while a hard-reset seemed to fix it, nobody wants to do that (Hi, mom!).

So, they pulled the update. Here’s the official word:

There have been an increased number of calls into Care regarding issues with the Epic following the upgrade. As a result, the upgrade will not be pushed to more devices until a resolution for these issues is in place. The OTW update on the Samsung website will also be taken down.

Sprint and Samsung are actively working to correct these problems and release the update to all devices.

The issues being reported are related to data connectivity following the upgrade and SD card issues when attempting to access photos, music, etc. If you are experiencing these issues, a hard reset has been reported to resolve the problems. A hard reset will wipe out all the data on your device, so a backup should be done first.

That’s no good, and let’s hope Sprint and Sammy get their ducks in a row and get the update back up, pronto. [Sprint, via] More on the update in the Android Central Forums

Sprint halts Epic 4G's Froyo update due to data, SD card issues posted originally by Android Central

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Xoom upgrade

The Motorola Xoom is available from Verizon today, at a cost of $599 with a contract and $799 without. At launch, the Xoom will only be compatible with Verizon’s 3G network, but will eligible for a free 4G LTE upgrade in the coming months. 

If you have a Xoom, are planning to get one, or want to wait for when the 4G upgrade is available, sign up on Verizon’s site to receive a notification e-mail, and you’ll be among the first to know. [Verizon]

Sign up to find out when the Xoom 4G LTE upgrade is available posted originally by Android Central

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Motorola Xoom at Verizon

Kinda goes without saying at this point, but you can now officially buy the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet at Verizon. A mere $599 gets you 10.1 inches of Android 3.0 goodness with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. And that sort of thing makes us happy. But do note that little asterisk next to the "Fully Flash-enabled" line — it’ll be getting Flash in a few weeks, but it’s not there yet. [Verizon]

Motorola Xoom available now at Verizon posted originally by Android Central

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LG Optimus Pad

LG Electronics has issued a press release announcing that pre-sales for the Optimus Pad (check out our hands-on) will begin on March 15 for NTT DOCOMO customers in Japan.  The tablet has been customized for the Japanese market, with applications like BeeTV for mobile video entertainment and the 2Dfacto app for viewing eBooks and comics. 

Japanese consumers have long been known as early adopters of electronics, and it makes sense to offer the Optimus Pad on NTT DOCOMO right away.  It will be an excellent opportunity to evaluate the demand for the tablet’s 3D camera, as well as the more "normal" hardware that we will be seeing on more tablets this year.  The press release offers no insight on pricing or an availability date, and we’re not about to guess any further than expensive, and soon after.  Hopefully the T-Mobile G-Slate version won’t be far behind.  You can read the full press release after the break. 

LG Optimus Pad presales start March 15 in Japan posted originally by Android Central

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A Look At The HTC Desire S

23 February 2011

To zoom in on any subject on screen, you can use the pinch and zoom method thanks to the screen supporting multi touch technology. A proximity sensor and a light sensor join the capacitive screen, which is very responsive, resulting in a great user experience.


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Although QR codes have been used for a few years in other countries, in the U.S. we’re still learning how to put them to work for us. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking them to the streets and buildings of his city. Soon, QR codes will be on all Department of Buildings permits.

New Yorkers expect to be able to gather information instantly, and the use of QR codes will allow them to get all information about construction work while standing on the sidewalk,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The QR codes will provide more efficient access to government data, help the public know what’s being built in their neighborhoods, and it will allow people to make more informed decisions about things from renting an apartment to making a complaint. This is another example of how we are using the latest advances in technology to increase accountability and provide more information to the public.

After scanning the codes Mayor Bloomberg is putting in place, New Yorkers will have access to the building permit history of whomever is attached to the permit. Pretty cool to see such a use case for QR codes being put to work. [Mike Bloomberg]

NYC to put QR codes on building permits posted originally by Android Central

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Froyo for Captivate

Here it comes, Samsung Captivate fans! Android 2.2 Froyo officially is headed your way on Feb. 24. On its Facebook page today, AT&T says it’s coming "tomorrow." Here’s the full skinny:

Great news for Samsung Captivate owners! The Android 2.2 upgrade is coming tomorrow! We’ll post a link here to the Samsung site with instructions to install the upgrade tomorrow.

The official update comes on the heals of that leaked KB1 update, which we showed you mere hours ago. And chances are it’ll be the same as what gets pushed out. Stay tuned this week for complete install instructions.

And now, Verizon, it’s your turn. Thanks, Greg!

Froyo for the Samsung Captivate officially pushing Feb. 24, says AT&T! posted originally by Android Central

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