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2 years ago

Amazon Mobile updated to v1.4, includes compatibility fixes for Ice Cream Sandwich

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We've been seeing a lot of apps get updated for Ice Cream Sandwich and now we can add Amazon Mobile to that list. v1.4 is available in the Android Market for all you Amazon shoppers and you'll find not only fixes for Ice Cream Sandwich but also the Galaxy Nexus in general:

  • Now compatible with Android 4.0
  • We hate bugs as much as you do, so we fixed a few (including "New & Used crash issue on the Galaxy Nexus)

Bug fixes are nice and OS compatibility is great. Now you can shop Amazon on the go with less crashiness hopefully. Android Market link is past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Android 2.3.5 update now available for TELUS Desire HD

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Canadian carrier TELUS is currently rolling out an OTA update for the HTC Desire HD, bringing the device up to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. They've posted the details up on their site with a list of changes, which are as follows:

The release of Android® Gingerbread 2.3.5 provides the following benefits and enhancements for your smartphone:

  • HTC Sense 3.0 (improved Calendar, Messages, Camera, Gallery, Music, Weather, Lock screen, Reader and more)
  • HTC Watch – Rent or buy the latest movies and or shows
  • Google Video Chat
  • Improved stability

No surprises with the update really but we'll take it. If you've not got the notification to update yet, go ahead and check for system updates through your menu. You may find it there waiting for you but if not -- it should be along shortly.

Source: TELUS; via: Mobile Syrup

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2 years ago

First Look: Verizon Galaxy Nexus Seidio Innocell 3800mAh Super Extended Battery

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For all you heavy Verizon Galaxy Nexus users out there, your days of rapidly depleting battery life thanks to that power-hungry 4G LTE radio are finally over thanks to the new Seidio Innocell 3800mAh Super Extended Battery -- and, yeah -- this thing's a beast.  Check past the break for a brief look at the battery and its features.

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2 years ago

System updates, Rezound ICS ROM's [From the Forums]

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Now that everyone is all rested up from CES, it's time to bring back the Android Central podcast and have some fun. While we get geared up for the event happening later tonight -- you all can check out some of the forums threads below:

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2 years ago

Google: We will continue to invest in Google Wallet

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A giant question mark hanging fairly quietly over the head of Android (and maybe moreso Google) has been Google Wallet. That's the service that lets you pay for things with a credit card account simply by tapping your phone on a payment terminal.

But Google Wallet remains a Sprint (and Citi Mastercard) exclusive, only on the Sprint Nexus S 4G. It's not officially on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It's not officially on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That's not to say we don't have it on other devices -- it's just not official. And that's furrowed a lot of brows.

Google gave a brief non-update today in the Q&A portion of its Q4 earnings call. Google senior vice president Susan Wojcicki gave us the following: 

"We want to focus on products that people use every day -- products at our core. And all of us use our wallet every day. And we think it's a big opportunity for us. We are continuing to invest in our wallet business. And we see a lot of opportunity. For example, there might be opportunitites in the future how online and offline are linked together. And better opportunities with the way different parts of our business wind up working.

"So we are very excited about Wallet, and we will continue to invest in it."

Good to hear, but tell that to everybody not on the Sprint Nexus S 4G.

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2 years ago

Google: Quarter-billion Android devices worldwide, 11 billion downloads

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Google today announced its Q4 2011 earnings. Money-wise, Google say $2.71 billion in profit on $8.13 billion in revenue. 

For our purposes, the news is that El Goog announced that some 250 million devices -- that's a quarter-billion devices, or 250,000,000 if you're into numbers -- have been activated, up 50 million from Q3 2011. Or, 555,000 or so activated every day. (Remember that Android is now up to 700,000 activations.) Of those 50 million devices activated for the final three months of the year, 3.7 million came over the holidays, a number Google had already announced.

Google also announced that the Android Market has seen 11 billion downloads. That's 1 billion more than when Google had its 10 billion-download celebration a month ago.

Google's in the middle of its earnings call. We'll update with any new developments.

Source: Google

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2 years ago

Archos Smart Home Phone now available -- get Android on your landline

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It was way back in June 2011 that we first saw Archos' Android based Smart Home Phone. Flip forward to January 2012 and the device is finally available to purchase, coming in at £130 over here in the UK.

Archos promises that this is a fully featured Android smartphone, with a wide range of communication applications installed as stock. As with several Archos products, the Smart Home Phone does lack official Android Market access. Applications are taken care of via their Appslib service. 

Aside from apps, the phone is WiFi-enabled, comes with a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 8GB of internal storage and even a front facing camera, possibly a little excessive for a home phone. But, hey, it's running Android. Thats never a bad thing.

Source: Archos
More: Archos 35 Smart Home Phone spec sheet

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2 years ago

New Review Pages are here! We need your help!

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A while back we asked you to give us feedback on the new Phone Compare pages we were working on -- this went so well we’re now putting out a sneak peek of the Review Pages, too.

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2 years ago

Sprint rolling out OTA updates for EVO 4G, Epic 4G, EVO Design 4G

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Sprint has over-the-air updates scheduled to roll out beginning today for the HTC EVO 4G, the Samsung Epic 4G, and the EVO Design 4G.  Using the opportunity presented by removing Carrier IQ, Sprint has bundled up a few other fixes for these handsets and the OTA updates, beginning today, should be 100 percent complete in 10 days.  The update information is as follows:

EVO 4G

  • Update to version 2.12.651.5
  • Security Update
  • Updated Peep client (to align with Twitter)
  • Updated Sprint Zone client
  • Battery life improvements
  • 3LM Enterprise Tool Access (no user interface changes)

Epic 4G

  • Update to version S:D700.0.5S.EL30
  • Security update
  • Speaker feedback fix
  • The QIK and Asphalt 5 applications are no longer preloaded.  When opening the applications using the application icon, you will be redirected to the Android market to download and install the full application.
  • After the QIK install, you will need to login using your original account information or create a new account.  All contacts should remain intact
  • After the Asphalt 5 install, previous game play data (eg. levels) will not be retained.

EVO Design 4G

  • Update to version 4.67.651.3
  • Security Update
  • Updated Peep client ( to align with Twitter)
  • Battery life improvements

While these don't sound like major updates, it's always advisable to keep your phone current.  For more information and discussion, be sure to hit the EVO 4G forums, the Epic 4G forums, or the Design 4G forums!

Source: Sprint (1), (2), (3) ;   via Android Police

Thanks, @Dronak!

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2 years ago

T-Mobile prepping limited-time 5 GB and 10 GB plans

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AT&T's new plans are only really decent choices for moderate data users, but T-Mobile will be offering a few that are geared for more hardcore smartphone owners. A leaked internal memo is detailing two new plans that will be available for a limited time starting January 25. The Unlimited-Premium 5 GB and Unlimited-Ultra 10 GB plans will both toss in mobile hotspot and cloud storage for photos as free additions (normally costing $20/month combined). 

Although specific price points are shared in the memo, the prommo will be available to both new and existing customers. You might have to ply your sales rep to get this offer, though; the memo instructs employees to "not proactively offer the bundled features to customers already on a 5 GB data feature who do not want additional data" in order "to protect T-Mobile revenue". 

I'm curious to see how well these promo plans are priced. Anyone on T-Mobile with a particularly sweet grandfathered plan? 

Source: TmoNews

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2 years ago

Android A to Z: What's an IPS display?

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What is an IPS display? IPS stands for In-Plane Switching. It's commonly found in high-end monitors -- gaining mainstream notoriety in Apple's displays -- and has also found its way into tablets. The iPad uses IPS displays. ASUS has an IPS display in its Transformer Prime tablet. And Samsung has its own flavor of IPS in the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is it calls Super PLS (Plane-Line Switching).

The long and short of it is that you get better color representation -- that is, whites are white, blacks and back, reds are red, etc. -- and better viewing angles. That's perhaps less of an issue with tablets than larger displays, because you're more likely to be using it directly in front of your face. But wider viewing angles are always better than not. (And we've seen some pretty horrid tablet displays in our day.)

There's not a lot of arguing against that, technically speaking, an IPS display is just "better" than a non-IPS display. If you have the option between an IPS or non-IPS display, we'd go with the former.

Previously on Android A to Z: H is for Hacking; Find more in the Android Dictionary

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2 years ago

Calling all Developers: Want to create the next generation of the Android Central App?

Exciting times are ahead, folks. We're starting to work on the next generation of the Android Central App to complement this little website here and our Google Currents Edition, and we're going to open it up to the developer community at large.

If you've got the chops to keep up with the best and fastest growing Android community around and help present our stories, forums, galleries and more to millions of readers a month -- plus more than 123,000 on Twitter, 45,000 on Facebook and 26,000 on Google+ -- now's your chance.

If you're a serious developer and interested in working on the next generation of the Android Central App, drop us a line here, and we'll go into detail on requirements and, of course, compensation. Look forward to hearing from you!

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson takes a loss in Q4 2011 results

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Sony Ericsson's financials for Q4 2011 were announced today, and they look pretty rough. They lost 207 million Euros in the quarter (roughly $270 million), and 247 million Euros for the full year. They attribute the loss to "intense competition, price erosion and restructuring charges," or in other words, moving everything into Sony's offices as part of the acquisition. Apparently a natural disaster in Thailand also screwed up their manufacturing processes last quarter. On the plus side, SE's shift from feature phones to smartphones has yielded a 65 percent increase in Xperia sales since last year. Of course, since they're only doing smartphones now, they've shipped 20 percent fewer phones overall since last year.

Sony Ericsson had some nice gear to show off at CES, and with Sony controlling everything from here on in, maybe the production process will be a bit more streamlined. The original Xperia X10 was a bit of a bumpy start for Sony Ericsson's Android foray, and since then they've been slightly behind the curve on specs, but I've been a big fan of most of their software customizations, and some of their hardware has some really distinctive style in a sea of samey smartphones. Here's hoping Sony can hold onto that and make the Xperia family properly competitive. 

Source: Sony Ericsson

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2 years ago

Free Android Wallpaper of the day - Wind Turbines

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Our Jan. 19 Free Android wallpaper of the day comes from member dcreed, who brings us a nice shot of wind turbines near Judith Gap, Mont. He says he used a long exposure (that's where you get the blurry blades from) plus an ND filter.

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2 years ago

Roller Ball for Android lets you bring the skee ball table on the go

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Oh, how I miss the arcade. One of my personal favorite games was always skee ball -- there was just some sort of weird joy about trying to beat the previous high score, and then seeing the tickets spew out at the end was always great. Fortunately those memories can be relived while on the go with Roller Ball, an Android game that puts the skee ball table on your device. 

Gameplay is quite simple, line up the ball, flick your finger and then tilt the device to add spin if you wish, the more points you score the more tickets you will win. With six machine types, and tons of prizes who wouldn't want to sit down for a couple of minutes to rekindle some of their youth. The game play is a bit on the easy side which does allow kids to also take part, so whether looking for something for yourself or a young one to do, be sure to hit the break and pick up this free game.

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