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Sprint said it was coming, and lo and behold, the carrier has proven to be true to its word. Here on the final day of September, the year 2010, Sprint has issued a highly anticipated firmware update for the Epic 4G. We’re told that it’ll be pushed automatically to phones, bringing along four major fixes: WiFi standby battery drain, Amazon MP3 cannot download in 4G, large emails lag in upload speeds and increased 3G upload speeds. The new version is S:D700.0.5S.DI18, should take seven or eight minutes to download and will be beamed across The Now Network over the course of the next few days. Is that a congregation celebrating off in the middle distance? Sure is.

When we first caught wind of Fring a while back, Skype compatibility was the draw, but as the years progressed and Fring grew some, the VoIP services didn’t exactly get along. Today, the company’s taking matters into its own hands with the not-so-subtly named FringOut, which appears to provide even cheaper calls to landlines and mobile phones than its powerful namesake. Starting on Nokia’s S60 platform and “coming soon” to Android and iPhone, FringOut’s promising as-low-as one-cent-a-minute calls

AppBrain main screen

After launching a new version of its website recently, AppBrain has brought many of the new sorting features to its Android app. In addition, AppBrain now has a social element so you can follow other users to quickly browse what apps they have installed. You can log in to Facebook to see if your friends use AppBrain (they should!) or browse by popular users. Also, you can share a link to your profile quickly via email, Twitter, SMS, and just about every other mode of communication on your phone. The free update is on the Market now.

“†On approved credit. $125 down payment, plus 3 monthly payments of $125, required. 0% APR. Taxes & fees additional. Available only at T-Mobile-owned retail stores.”

The Droid Incredible by HTC is, well — nothing short of incredible (sorry, I just had to). What’s not incredible is the meager battery life, with the stock 1300mAh power plant. That’s where the 2150 mAh extended battery for the Droid Incredible comes in, getting you through the day — and then some. Full review and pictures after the break.

The first question everyone always ask about these extended batteries goes a little like this: “Is it really that much bigger, and if so, does it make it ugly.” The answer to that first part of the question is yes — it does make it feel slightly bulkier. The answer to that second part of the question is no — it does not make it ugly per se.

Being that the battery is a bit thicker than the stock 1300mAh, it requires a new door for the back. HTC keeps the same presentation and manufacturing quality as the smaller backing. It still sports the contours and grooves that Verizon says was designed in line with a “sports car” look and feel; all while the door snaps into place with ease. The door also still provides that soft-touch feel that comes stock on all Incredible phones.

Moving on to the numbers. After the aesthics question is answered, the next question usually goes a little like this: “How long does the battery last?” Good question! When reviewing this battery, I really wanted to push it to the max. I wanted to see how long, quantitatively speaking, HTC’s battery could go. The average life before I needed to charge this battery was 19 hours after heavy usage. Before, with the stock battery, I was only getting about 8 hours of heavy use. Heavy usage includes: GPS enabled Foursquare check-ins, constant Gmail and Yahoo! Mail exchange, web browsing, SMS, MMS, an addiction to Asphalt 4, frequent auto-sync to Twitter and Facebook, always on 3G, and the brightness turned on a bit higher than the medium setting.

I could sit here and list all all the other pointless things I do on my phone on a daily basis, but all you need to know is that if you don’t mind a little extra weight — this battery gives you the best experience on the Droid Incredible. It may even give you two days worth, depending how hard you’re pushing your Incredible.

The battery is available in the Android Central Store for $64.95. Scoop it up!

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Microsoft unveiled its Bing search app for Android today. But if you want to get in on the action, you’re going to have to have a Verizon phone, as it’s exclusive to the carrier’s section of the Android Market. (Place your bets  on how quickly it leaks out, though.)

The app features a daily featured image, just like Bing on the desktop. And you can swipe through seven days’ worth of images. There’s an endless scrolling search, and you can swipe through image previews straight to the host site. Microsoft’s own voice search works with Android’s speech-to-text function, and you can use Bing Maps to find your way around, too.

Is the app a threat to Google’s native services on Android? We’ll have to see, though it’s doubtful, just because of the integration factor. and then there’s the issue of it only being available on Verizon, for now, anyway. [Bing]

I will just come out and say it : I love Google Calendar (and all of Google’s online apps for that matter). Using the “tasks” feature in Gmail and Google Calendar makes sure I never miss a due date to bad memory. That being said, you cannot access these tasks from within your calendar app on the phone. So, how is one to check paper due dates on the go?

The method I have gotten into using is not quite as elegant as I would like, but it works.

  1. Create a task in Gmail or Google Calendar using your computer’s browser
  2. Open up your phone’s browser and point it togmail.com/tasks (only works in mobile browsers)
  3. You may have to enter your login information. Make sure to check “remember me”
  4. You should now see your task(s)
  5. Bookmark the site; I named it “tasks”
  6. Put the bookmark onto your home screen of choice (can be done by long-pressing on the bookmark from within the browser or long-pressing on your home screen and going through the menus)

You should now have a quick and easy way to view and edit your tasks. Now, if only Google would integrate tasks into the calendar app on the phone…

It’s only been three days since Froyo for the Droid X leaked and now Motorola is pressuring sites to remove the download. The reasoning for this hasn’t been made clear but if you were hoping to get an early helping of Froyo on your Droid X you better get to work now, finding the leak will only get harder from here on out.

[via Engadget]

The not so secret Droid Pro now is said to be a Droid 2 with GSM and CDMA radios inside — aka a “World Phone,” according to an Engadget tipster. No word on a price point yet, though, it is safe to presume that a similar device with global capabilities will probably cost you a little more than $200 with a two year contract (plus whatever happens on the data side). In terms of release, Engadget’s source is claiming that we should see it within the next few weeks.

If one inside tip wasn’t enough, there is also word of LG releasing a successor to the popular LG enV Touch; named, well — you probably already guessed it — the LG enV Touch 2. Quite a mouthful, eh? Unlike its orginal make, this enV will be preloaded with Android 2.1 and will rock two touch screens — with full QWERTY keyboard. And if one global Android device wasn’t enough this holiday, the enV Touch 2 is also to be a global device. [Engadget]

It’s called the G2, it’ll run Android, and it’s T-Mobile’s first phone to ride those wannabe-4G HSPA+airwaves. Those are the facts we have. As to the speculation, a previous roadmap leak and T-Mobile’s own reps indicate it’ll be a HTC-built handset set for a September release, while a careful eyeballing of that silhouette leads us to thinking it’s the same device as the purported myTouch HD we’ve been seeingaround here lately. Whatever it is, it’s coming soon!