Happy 15th birthday to Internet Explorer and AT&T says Net neutrality is indeed onerous and it's all for Verizon and Google's proposal (um, duh). The Facebook "dislike" button finally launches, but it's a scam; WiFi-sniffing aerial drones are the new black, and we celebrate 50 years of broadcasting to the world the following: "looking for a good planet to plunder? Call Earth."Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Out of all the Samsung Galaxy S series of handsets, the one that seems to have the most features is the Samsung Epic 4G. While all of the Galaxy S phones have a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, the new Samsung TouchWiz 3.0 interface, a 1GHz Hummingbird Cortex A8 processor, and access to Samsung's upcoming Media Hub store, the Epic 4G has a few more things going for it. It is the only Galaxy S phone to have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, an LED flash, a front-facing camera, and most intriguing of all, support for Sprint's 4G WiMax … Read more
Google releases an expanded voice control app for Froyo, A PSP/Android hybrid gaming device, and the first Android Trojan (if you live in Russia). Plus Justin reviews SwiftKey, and we cover all of the Voice commands achievable with the new Google app.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 11News Google unveils Android apps for voice, desktop sync Droid 2 launches Thursday with Froyo, Flash Froyo update hits Motorola Droid First Trojan for Android Phones Goes Wild Examining the Android Trojan Google pulls 'Easy Root' from Android Market. Have they turned evil? Easy Root is available from the developer's website Lots of Android on Verizon's leaked roadmap Exclusive: Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming platform and PSP Go-like smartphone Fix coming for Froyo audio issues Epic Brings 4G to Samsung Galaxy S Smartphones … Read more
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The wait for the Samsung Epic 4G is almost over. Sprint announced late Wednesday evening that its second 4G smartphone will be available on August 31 for $249.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
The carrier will take preorders starting August 13 through an online reservation process. On Friday, you can head over to Sprint's dedicated Epic 4G page to reserve a phone for purchase, while supplies last. Customers can then pick up their phones on August 31 and must complete their purchase … Read more
On Call runs every two weeks, alternating between answering reader questions and discussing hot topics in the cell phone world.
After last week's brief review of the Froyo experience on the HTC Evo 4G, CNET readers responded in force. Many were ecstatic about Froyo's new features, others were frustrated that the download still had not yet hit their phone, and others were troubled at some of the update's "hidden" changes. That's why I'm dedicating this edition of On Call to your questions about the good, the bad, and the ugly of Froyo.
Q: I noticed that since I updated to 2.2, there are so many open apps. Before Froyo, I only had a few apps running when I turned on my phone, but now it's like 14 to 19. I kill them using the Android Advanced Task Killer, but less than five minutes later they're running again. It's kind of annoying, even if I love the Evo. - Silva
A: I've heard about this problem from quite a few people. And when I tried to replicate the issue on CNET's Evo, I noticed that I also had 19 apps running after turning on the handset. What's more, I hadn't used some of the running titles in weeks. Like Silva, I tried killing the extra apps, but they were back a few minutes later.
Though Android fans will argue that you shouldn't even use a task killer, I'm not inclined to agree. The Froyo issue is very real and most of the Android-focused blogs are reporting that the update has affected most task-killer apps.
When I checked with Sprint, a spokeswoman confirmed that news. The carrier's engineers currently are testing the Froyo compatibility of Android Advanced Task Killer, and when they get back to me I'll let you know. I'm also checking with the App's developer, but the company hasn't responded yet. I'll report back when it does. In the meantime, you can kill apps in the Settings menu (go to "Applications" and choose "Manage Applications), but that's a pretty clunky experience.
Another point to consider is that apps like Sprint Football Live, Sprint Navigation, Sprint Zone, Nascar, Footprints, Amazon MP3, and Stocks are preloaded into the Evo's ROM. That means they'll be there each time you turn on your device. … Read more
Boy Genius offered a load of dish Monday on Verizon Wireless' roadmap through 2010 and 2011. Some of the rumored devices we've heard about already, but not everything has been discussed before. According to the tipster, Verizon will have a Motorola Droid Pro global phone by November, two other global handsets from Samsung and HTC, a Moto Android device that will resemble the company's long-departed Q smartphone, and Android-powered tablets from Motorola and Verizon. And on the 4G front, Boy Genius predicts that Verizon will have LTE service across 75 percent of the country by April 2012 and … Read more
The tech boy has cried "Verizon iPhone" so many times that this villager hardly listens anymore. Indeed, it wouldn't be a day if a new rumor didn't pop up, but just wanting a Verizon iPhone to cure the AT&T woes isn't going to make it happen.
The latest tidbit comes via TechCrunch, which reported Sunday that Apple has placed orders for millions of CDMA chips that will be used in a Verizon iPhone due next January. TechCrunch used an unnamed source so we don't get any details, but that rumor, plus a … Read more
Earlier this week when I told you about the new Froyo features on the HTC Evo 4G, I also invited you to share the undiscovered goodies that weren't on Sprint's official list. Whether from Android or Apple, most operating system upgrades have some secret "Easter egg" features that aren't apparent right away. With a little effort, and a little patience, you can find them. Let me share with you the tips I've received so far, along with the name of the CNET reader who sent it in. As you send me more, I'll … Read more
Clearwire announced plans Thursday to start trial testing 4G LTE technology this fall. The move will not only allow the company to showcase the capabilities of the technology but also allow it to "examine a variety of potential future technology combinations."
The tests will be conducted through early 2011 in the Phoenix area.
With this move, Clearwire is shooting to be a major player in 4G technology--specifically both WiMax and LTE. Until recently, Clearwire had been restricted, via a deal with Intel, from using any 4G technology other than WiMax. But that deal is dead and Clearwire, with … Read more
Believe it or not, we manage to make it through a whole podcast without barely mentioning the iPhone! Sure, it comes up just for a second, but we spend the majority of the time discussing desserts that begin with the letter "H". If anyone at Google is listening, we're down to "Honeycake" or "Hamantash" for the next Android update beyond the forthcoming "Gingerbread" release.
Speaking of Android, we spend time in this episode talking about how Froyo looks on the HTC Evo 4G. Kent thinks it looks great, but no one … Read more