Android Central app picks

If you’re anything like we are here at Android Central, you love suggestions about must-have apps. Nothing brightens our day more than finding that new essential app that makes you wonder what life was like before it. Here are some of our favorites from the past week for your downloading pleasure.

Android Central Editors' app picks for April 30, 2011 posted originally by Android Central

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All that data

If you’ve rooted your Android phone, you probably have flashed a ROM or two.  Or 20.  If you haven’t, you will.  That’s how it works; you get sucked in and its too much fun to quit.  While Nandroid backups from a custom recovery are great for a full system restore, what about the equally important things like migrating text messages over to a new ROM?  Or all those bookmarks you’ve collected?  Or God forbid you lose your Angry Birds save with all gold eggs and three stars!

Android Central forums member PvilleComp has you covered.  He’s laid out a very nice post that explains all the whats and hows of backing up your data, including whats safe to re-use and what isn’t.  If you’re new to the whole custom ROM game, or just were never sure what is safe to do and what isn’t, this one is for you.  And you seasoned experts out there — don’t be shy — you can jump on in and lend a hand if needed.  We’re one big happy family.

Hit the source link below for the great tutorial.

Source: Android Central forums

Backup and restore of your data when switching ROMs – a primer [from the forums] posted originally by Android Central

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HTC Desire HD Gingerbread

Desire HD owners have had their hands on some previously leaked versions of Gingerbread, and the final shipping version of Gingerbread for the device has now appeared. It’s unbranded so you need not worry about any carrier bloat added and all apps thus far are up and running perfectly fine for me.

If you’re a Desire HD owner and looking to get in on Gingerbread, this is a pretty good build to start off with. A few caveats to remember, if you’re rooted, you will lose it but it is easily regained by installing Gingerbreak. You will of course also want to back up your data depending on how you decide to flash the ROM but realistically, you should be back up your data anyway.

The download is available in RUU form or if you prefer, just grab the PD98IMG.zip file and load it through the boot loader method. This will work for all Desire HD devices as you do not need to be rooted in order to load it up, nor do you need S-OFF. If you’re not down with doing all of that, sit tight — I’m sure a lot of custom ROMS for this will be along soon in addition to an official release.

Source: 911 Sniper via XDA

Final shipping version of Gingerbread leaks out for the Desire HD posted originally by Android Central

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Read our Droid Charge initial review

Droid Charge launch date

The question on everyone’s mind this week following the crash of Verizon’s LTE network and the delay of the Samsung Droid Charge is "When will the phone finally go on sale?" If the above screen shot is any indication, Tuesday may be the day.

It looks like Costco is expecting to start getting the Droid Charge on Monday (it’ll either get a "Go" or a revised launch date on Monday, too), with a hard "do not sell" order until Tuesday. And all locations should be stocked by the end of the day on Wednesday.

So it’s not asking too much to read into this that the Droid Charge could be available to the general public — and not just at Costco — on Tuesday. We’ve certainly got our fingers crossed. While you wait, be sure to check out our initial review. And we’ve got one more pic after the break.

Thanks, Anon!

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 Android Central Xperia arc review

With its 2011 Xperia lineup, Sony Ericsson is looking to retain its position as one of the major players in the Android ecosystem. While last year’s (depending on your locale) Xperia X8 and X10 sold well, they were criticized by some for shipping with an outdated version of Android, as well as a variety of software issues.

The Xperia Arc is Sony Ericsson’s new flagship phone, representing the manufacturer’s next step in its quest for Android dominance. It’s a faster, sleeker, lighter device that’s running the latest version of Android out of the box (well, give or take a minor point release). And some interesting multimedia inclusions from Sony give it strong entertainment credentials.

But has Sony Ericsson done enough to compete with recent offerings from the likes of Samsung and HTC? Read on to find out, as we take a closer look at the Xperia Arc.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc review posted originally by Android Central

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Wireless technology has totally changed our lifestyle. With the arrival of mobile phones, our lives have become much more easy and convenient. Since their inception, these tiny yet highly useful gadgets have witnessed many technological evolutions and improvements. The current age mobile handsets do not just serve the purpose of effective communication, but also prove to be an essential style statement.


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It’s been just 10 days since HBO teased that its HBO Go streaming service would be coming to Android — and today’s the day.

It’s a simple premise: If you’re an HBO subscriber, you sign in (I used my Cox Cable log-in) and have access to movies, series — all the content HBO has to offer, really — and it’s served up to your Android phone. Hopefully we’ll see it on Honeycomb tablets in the near future. But for now, that’s not an option.

The user interface is simple enough. Browse programs and watch them. You can dive through the extensive list of movies, series, comedy, sports, documentaries and (of course), late-night.

The streaming quality was pretty good, though you’re a bit let down because the preview images on the app are nicer than what you’ll actually be watching. It’ll work on either 3G or Wifi. And if the buffering drops off, the stream will revert to audio-only while it catches up.

Anyhoo, if you’re looking to get your HBO fix while you’re on the go, the aptly named HBO will get it done.

We’ve got video of it in action, as well as download links, after the break.

HBO Go for Android is here; we go hands-on! posted originally by Android Central

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Case-Mate POP! For HTC ThunderBolt

So you want a case that’s sturdy, but doesn’t feel like a hard case? The Case-Mate POP! for the HTC ThunderBolt is a good middle ground. It’s molded out of a hard plastic for strength and rigidity, plus a soft rubber for a more friendly touch.

The bulk of the case — which comes in black, pink or white — is made of a glassy plastic, with the Case-Mate logo plenty visible. But on the sides are a textured rubber, which really softens the feel of the case and gives you good grip when you pick it up. There are cutouts for the antenna, camera and flashes, microphones, microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack, and the volume and power buttons are of the same rubber as the sides and interior of the case.

You’ve got a little extra thickness that helps protect the screen from touching when it’s left face-down, and the camera lens is kept well clear of any flat surfaces, too.

It’s not a minimal case — you’ll definitely know it’s on there. But it’s a nice middle ground between a skin case and something more rugged. It’s a one-piece unit, so the ThunderBolt just slips in and out. But it’s a snug fit, and the phone shouldn’t be going anywhere once it’s in.

The Case-Mate POP! for the HTC ThunderBolt is available for $27.95 in the Android Central Store. We’ve got more pics of it after the break.

ThunderBolt case review: Case-Mate POP! posted originally by Android Central

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You can’t say much about image leaks like these, except that you can tell by the size and shape a little bit about the phones. Both of these phones appeared in blurry camera shots on 911HTC. The blog is known for distributing ROMs for HTC devices, and is usually fairly well ahead of the crowd [...]





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Nexus S 4G swag

I don’t even try to deny it any longer — I’m a total Nexus S fanboy.  besides getting a T-Mobile version in white, there’s not much I’d change about the thing.  And man-oh-man would I love to get some Nexus S 4G swag like the lucky anonymous fellow who sent this picture to Android Central forums Moderator KSmithInNY has.  No idea about what you’ll have to do to get any of this, and word is there may be more than playing cards floating around out there. Like KSmithInNY says — it’s certainly worth asking if you pick up a Nexus S 4G come May 8

Source: Android Central forums. Thanks, Anon and KSmithInNY!

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Nexus S 4G swag [from the forums] posted originally by Android Central

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