PSA: DROID Charge Built-in Screen Capture [DEMO]

For those of you starving for a way to take a screenshot on your Android device, have no fear! Your call has been heard by multiple manufacturers and it's being implemented all over the place! Today's example is the DROID Charge, a phone that we've got on hand and have just reviewed fully a few days ago. Have a look at that, then marvel at the ease with which you're going to be shooting your screen over and over and over again!

FCC wants your input on the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

With the upcoming $39 Billion AT&T/T-Mobile USA merger, it's quite understandable that users of both networks are concerned how it will affect them. The FCC is concerned as well and has started a new commentary portal for users concerned with the mega merger. Users can go to the FCC ECFS Site here, and look for proceeding number 11-65 with the title “In the Matter of applications of AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG for consent to assign or Transfer Control of licenses and Authorizations. ” Then you can fill out the form and follow the prompts to have your voice heard.

DROID Charge Anomaly Tracked in Five Cities and Counting [Video]

If you've been following @DroidLanding on Twitter, you know that there's a contest going on where you are able to win a DROID Charge by tracking down a hidden marker in cities across the United States. What's been released tonight is several videos documenting the winners in five cities including my place of residence, Minneapolis Minnesota, the prize found in no less than the famous First Avenue Danceteria, downtown MPLS - usually there's a few hundred hipsters chopping it up on the floor - just Verizon during the day apparently!

TuneIn Radio Pro adds stream recording

Who knows how long this will last, but RadioTime has released an update to it's popular TuneIn Radio Pro for Android app which allows for recording of radio streams. Users can simply tap on the red record button and the app saves the stream as an .m4a file. There's also a DVR function that allows users to pause and backup. Users can then play back the file through the TuneIn Radio app, upload it to DropBox, or even email it to a friend.

Wuala takes Android safely to the cloud

Android users looking for a safe and secure cloud storage option may want to check out Wuala. This online storage service uses an encryption method where the files on your Android handset are encrypted. Then when users upload them to the cloud, not even Wuala knows what they are. Users can also use Wuala to sync across multiple platforms and computers, so files are up to date everywhere.

Droid Incredible 2 Review

Last April, when we reviewed the original Droid Incredible, we said, "the Droid Incredible is HTC’s best-specified Android handset on the market". At that time, it was a flagship. The Incredible 2, while a very nice phone, is now more of a mid-level device. It has a great camera, takes decent video, and a nice size 4 inch screen. It also has very good battery life, lasting all day with some to spare. Keep reading for all the details, speed tests and benchmarks. The shape and size of the Incredible 2 is similar to the HTC Incredible S, now on sale in Europe. It has the same molded plastic chassis as the Incredible S, and the original Incredible. The construction feels solid and high quality, the display looks lovely and bright. This Droid also has a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, though it is the newer MSM8255 model. It has 1GB of ROM space, and RAM is 768MB. The GPU is the Adreno 205. The four inch touchscreen is a WVGA, Super LCD. The main camera is 8 megapixels with dual-LED flash and autofocus, along with 720p HD video recording capability. There is also a front-facing camera for video chat, but it is only 1.3 megapixels and is fixed-focus. It will do the job it's intended to do, but not more. This phone is labelled a World Phone, with both CDMA and EVDO Rev.A connectivity for North America, and HSPA connectivity for use abroad. This phone does not have the optical joystick seen on the Incredible, here you're relying on all touch-screen controls and the four Android capacitive buttons below the display. The standard four buttons are HTC's trick rotating buttons, which turn 90-degrees when the phone is turned - a cool feature. The tapered sides on the phone make it feel a bit thinner than it actually is, and in my opinion anyway, make it very comfortable to hold. Software and Performance We really would have liked to see Gingerbread on this phone, but as of now we are looking at Froyo out of the box. However, there is likely to be a software update coming down the pike. HTC Sense keeps things running nicely, feeling fresh, and keeps us from being too disappointed. The single-core Snapdragon processor means this phone is not a dual-core beast like the Motorola Atrix or LG G2X, but it does well enough. Unless you are planning to run dual-core intensive apps or games, the Snapdragon will keep things cooking along nicely. Included also is 3G Mobile Hotspot functionality, Flash Player 10.2 support, and SRS WOWHD pseudo-surround sound processing, which adds some extra depth to audio, but isn't exactly Dolby. Benchmarks and Speed Tests Benchmark-wise, in Quadrant the Incredible 2 scored 1509. SunSpider – the test of JavaScript performance in the browser – came in at 5982.5ms. Camera The DROID Incredible 2′s main 8mp camera is quite solid. Stills are clear and crisp, at least in daylight conditions. There are also some cool features in HTC's camera UI, like Distortion, Vignette (focuses on the foreground), Vintage, Grayscale, Sepia, Solarize, and Posterize. Below are some examples taken with the phone: [caption id="attachment_31664" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Regular camera, no effects"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_31666" align="alignnone" width="322" caption="Vignette"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_31667" align="alignnone" width="322" caption="Posterize"][/caption] The color accuracy is good, and the flash is strong, giving a decent picture even in low light. The front facing camera is just adequate, but it does the job it's intended to do. Here's a quick shot taken with it, you can see the quality difference: The 720p HD video looks good, adjusting well in low-light situations and looking smooth and jag-free (unless you pan quickly, then you get blur and tearing). 1080p would be nice, but that isn't realistic with the single core Snapdragon. Here is a quick video taken with the camera, my daughter filling you in on the important subject of "skunk safety". She is an excellent test subject, because she never stands still. [youtube GvdqwT7WQf8] Phone and Battery Call quality was good, I didn't have any problems hearing callers or vice versa, even in windy conditions. No doubt the integrated noise-cancellation system helped. Of course, you do not have the 4G LTE connectivity that you would get with the HTC Thunderbolt and the DROID Charge. The DROID Incredible 2 gives you a full day's use on a single charge. That’s pretty much average for a current-gen smartphone, and of course you can extend runtimes by turning off some of the social networking integration or cutting back on how frequently they check for updates. Wrap-Up Priced from $99 (on Amazon) for a new, two-year agreement, and going up to $199 (for exisiting customers on contract), the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC is a cheaper option than Verizon's 4G LTE smartphone collection thus far. The technology it's based on, a single-core processor with 3G along with Froyo, is on the way out, so this phone may begin to feel dated fairly quickly - especially as devices like the Samsung Galaxy S II come out and demonstrate that a dual-core processor doesn't mean you have to sacrifice battery life. As a mid-range handset, the Droid Incredible 2 is a solid choice. HTC Sense running on top of Android 2.2 Froyo makes the OS feel fresh regardless of the fact that it's not the most current look at Android. The Incredible 2 may no longer be the flagship phone the original Incredible was, but for the price it is a good, mainstream handset with a fast-enough processor and decent battery life. The 8mp camera is a major plus as well. Overall, this phone will have everything you're looking for in a mid-range smartphone. If that is what you are looking for, the Droid Incredible will not disappoint.

Samsung Galaxy S II Rooted by Chainfire

All you've gotta do is flash this thing down here and run SuperOneClick, and poof! It's a root! Chainfire is a developer from over at XDA Developer Forums who's about to go on a death-defying 10 day fast from dev work. Why, I do not know. What I do know is that before he left, he granted the world a lovely Kernel so that they may feast upon a rooted Galaxy S II. You'll have to be one of the few lucky enough to already have one of these devices in your hands of course to have all the fun, but it's nice to know it'll be there for you once you're part of the bigtime Samsung Galaxy S II party - and what a party it's going to be!

Fring Mobile Group Video out of beta

Earlier this month, we reported that Fring was beta testing a group video app which would allow users to make video chat calls. At the time, the App was available by invitation only. Now, as of today, Fring's group video chat is now out of beta and is available for download. The Group video calling feature users to hold a group video chat with 3 other friends, even over 3G.
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