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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix HD becomes official - HD display, LTE and 'Kevlar strong'

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We all saw the leaks of a new Motorola smartphone apparently heading the way of AT&T, codename Dinara, and now the leaks have become an official device. Behold, the Motorola Atrix HD. And, it's a pretty handsome looking thing too, being available in two colors, titanium and modern white.

Once again from Motorola too, we've got a healthy dose of Kevlar in the construction. But, perhaps more impressive design wise, is the on-screen Android 4.x buttons. And, if the render shown here is anything to go by, they seem to blend into the homescreen pretty well, not like the solid black band we see on the Galaxy Nexus.

So, specs, what are we looking at? Quite a bit in truth, but we'll focus on the ones you're likely more interested in:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.5-inch 1280x720 HD Colorboost display
  • Gorilla Glass
  • 8GB on-board storage, with expandable microSD card slot
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 1780mAh battery
  • 1GB RAM
  • LTE

All in all, not too shabby. Nothing groundbreaking, but simply having expandable storage alone will be enough to sway many into purchasing the Atrix HD. Motorola also seems to be pushing this as a potential business purchase, by proudly declaring it as "business ready." The "Government grade encryption" promises to keep your data safe, while the VPN will keep you connected to the office whilst out on the road. 

As one would expect from Motorola, Webtop is also along for the ride. As too, is the usual array of OEM accessories. Theres a HD dock, a travel VGA adaptor, and a smart controller that gives you complete control of the phone remotely while it is connected to an external display. 

There's no word as yet on when the Atrix HD will be going on sale, but the AT&T branding seen here in the official render at least gives us a pretty hefty clue on where it will be going on sale. For now, interested potential buyers can head over to the official product page at Motorola, and sign up now. 

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Lloyd announces the winners of his Galaxy S III adventure contest!

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Well, folks, this is it. Lloyd has returned from all of his exhilarating adventures and has lived to tell the tales. You guys took him everywhere and he told me he had the best time of his life! Adventures included multiple theme parks, hiking some of the coolest places on earth like islands and volcanoes, spelunking in caves, swimming in lakes and oceans, frolicking on the beach, visiting long lost family members, and seeing a ton of far off places on all continents of the globe. Lloyd was treated to soccer and baseball games, concerts, and visits to the doctor and dentist. He even took rides on planes, trains, automobiles, boats, weather balloons, motorcycles ... you name it, Lloyd was on it.

With just under 300 entries, it was super hard for Lloyd to narrow down his favorites. He wanted to give everyone a prize, but unfortunately that's not possible. We did decide to add prizes for runners up so on top of the four grand prize winners who will each get a Samsung Galaxy S III, we have 12 runners-up who will each receive a $25 gift certificate to  ShopAndroid.com. So, without further ado, let's announce the winners!

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2 years ago

Voicemail Box limits, Nexus this, Nexus that [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

iFixit's bible of repair available in one handy, and open-source, Android application

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If you really want to see what lies inside many of the popular Android devices -- without of course hacking your own to pieces -- there are few better places than iFixit. The popular, home repair manual is now available in a new Android application, which also boasts support for Jelly Bean. Oh, and did we mention that it's open-source?

The code has been posted over at Github, and users are encouraged to "improve or fork it." But, as it stands in its released condition, it's a pretty nice app. The ability to have the knowledge provided by iFixit, but in your pocket is really handy -- I, for one, never like having to sit next to the PC to follow instructions while I'm 'repairing.' 

It isn't a watered down for mobile version either. Contained within is the full instructions for a variety of devices complete with all the necessary images. The app is designed for Android 4.x, but works all the way back to devices running Froyo. It's simplicity is one of its most endearing factors. Finding the guides you want is incredibly easy, and the text, and images, is clear and well laid out. 

Sounds good right? Hit the links below to either download a copy of the app from Google Play, or to head to the the iFixit Github page if dabbling with the code is more your thing. 

Download: iFixit; More: iFixit Github

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2 years ago

Steve Kondik talks CyanogenMod at SF Android User Group

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The day before Google I/O kicked off, Steve "Cyanogen" Kondik of CyanogenMod fame visited the San Francisco Android User Group, were he gave a complete rundown of everything relating to the popular custom firmware. From its roots on the T-Mobile G1, right up to its current status as the leading custom ROM for Android, supported across dozens of devices.

The SF Android User Group's founding company Marakana has published a full video of the CM lead's hour-long presentation. There's a lot of detail, and it's definitely worth your time if you're the slightest bit interested in learning how the CM team takes the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code and transforms it into something that'll run on a slew of recent -- and not-so-recent -- Android phones and tablets.

What's arguably most interesting is the section on the challenges facing the CM team when a new version of Android drops, or when a manufacturer releases kernel source code, as well as the headaches posed by the proprietary code used in graphics drivers and camera firmware.

We've got the video embedded after the break, and we challenge you to watch it and not develop a newfound respect for the talented folks who bring custom ROMs to life.

Source: Marakana; via: +CyanogenMod

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2 years ago

Galaxy Tab 7.7 ICS update reportedly hitting parts of Europe

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After what seems like an eternity, Samsung's original Galaxy Tab line-up is finally starting to see Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. According to SamMobile​ and corroborated by forum reports, European Galaxy Tab 7.7 devices are first to get their upgrade. Specifically, Tab 7.7 owners in Germany and Austria have confirmed that they've received the over-the-air update package.

It looks like the ICS firmware for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is fairly recent, having been built on June 21, and based upon Android 4.0.4. In addition to all the usual ICS goodies like the Roboto font, improved Google apps and Google Chrome compatibility, the TouchWiz tablet UI has been upgraded to more closely resemble the interface on the Galaxy Tab 2 range.

So it's a promising first step, and hopefully one that signals the imminent arrival of ICS for other Tabs, including the 8.9 and 10.1. There's still no word on when to expect this update on Verizon's Tab 7.7 in the U.S., but you'd probably be best advised to not hold your breath.

Source: SamMobile; XDA

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2 years ago

Want early access to the new Google Play developer console? Sign up to request early access now

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During the first day of Google I/O, one of the post-keynote developer sessions was dedicated to Android Apps in Google Play. While the buzz was all about the newly announced Jelly Bean update, and the Nexus 7 tablet, the real meat of Google I/O was going on in the developer sessions. 

Google Play is an ever increasingly important part of the Android ecosystem, but still remains the best way to distribute, and consume Android applications. After all, before Google Play, it all started with just apps in the Android Market. 

One of the new developer features announced at the conference, is a new Google Play developer console. The emphasis is on being faster, and easier to use. It isn't ready for general use just yet, but, if you're a developer that fancies taking it for a "test drive," Google is accepting registrations for early access now. Just hit the source link below, and head on over and enter your details. 

For a more in depth look though, you'll find the entire I/O session embedded after the break. 

Source: Google Play

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2 years ago

Sky Go for Android gets fresh on-demand content, ICS support inbound

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British broadcaster Sky has announced some major updates to its Sky Go streaming application for Android. The update adds on-demand streaming of Sky Movies content, and "popular entertainment channels" including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts 1. The new channel listing brings the Sky Go Android app up to par with its iOS cousin. There are also additional account controls built into the new app, which allow customers to view their Sky package and monthly bills.

Compatibility is still an issue, as Sky's been slow to test and certify new devices (likely due to licensing restrictions rather than the broadcaster's own intransigence.) Right now official support is only available for the HTC Desire, Desire S, Desire HD, Incredible, Sensation, Sensation XE, as well as Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy S II. And they're only supported on Android 2.2 and 2.3, so you're SOL once you get that long-awaited ICS update.

In any case, Sky says a future update, due by the end of July, will add support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note. There's no word on Jelly Bean support, though right now the app refuses to install on our Nexus 7 and I/O edition Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Note, it seems, is currently supported, according to the Google Play Store listing.

If you're a Sky subscriber, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on with the new version. We've got Sky's press release after the break.

Download: Sky Go

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2 years ago

White EVO 4G LTE coming to Sprint on July 15?

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Are you hankering after a HTC EVO 4G LTE, but just wish that it came in white? According to an internal document obtained by the guys over at TechnoBuffalo, your wishes may come true from July 15. LTE issues aside, the EVO 4G LTE is a fine phone, and it seems to look darn fine in white too. If you're torn, don't forget to check out our comprehensive review to help you decide. 

The same screenshot also seems to show a forthcoming buy-one-get-one offer for the Epic 4G Touch. While it may be a 2011 device, for families this could be a steal. 

Source: TechnoBuffalo

 

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2 years ago

Remote controlled, inflatable Android going on sale in September, if you work at Google that is

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See this, looks pretty sweet doesn't it? Would look great rolling around the office, or even at home wouldn't it? Well, from September, and if you work at Google, you could be in luck. 

This remote controlled, inflatable Android mascot is the work of Bladez Toys, and is awaiting the approval of the mighty Google. It will go on sale initially only to Google staff, as a kind of trial run to gage the items popularity before any possible release to joe public. 

The unit sits at 65cm tall, will go forwards and backwards, and can spin through 360-degrees left or right. There's also the ability to control upto three at any one time. Your own personal, little Android army. Expected price is around £45/$70, but you know what, that doesn't matter. I'd love one of these to roll around my house, how about you guys? 

Source: Pocket-lint

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2 years ago

AirDroid gives your Android device its very own webtop [App Review]

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After poking through some of Josh and Jerry's favorite apps of last year, one that kept coming up in the comments when talking about file management over PC was AirDroid. After playing around with it for awhile, I can see why readers were eager to suggest this handy little remote access app.

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2 years ago

Google: No Play Music, TV or Magazines for UK Nexus 7 at launch

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It's something that shouldn't come as a surprise, and something we commented on yesterday, but now we have official word from Google that the UK won't be getting Play Music, Magazines or TV shows in time for its Nexus 7 launch. Old Blighty, which has Play Books, Apps and Movies, has long been without streaming Music support (without proxy-based black magic, at least), and wasn't included in Google's initial roll-out of TV and Magazine services.

A Google spokesperson told The Inquirer, "The UK version will feature all of the options currently available in the UK Play store." That'll be apps, books and movies only, then.

Though we recently bemoaned the lack of certain Google Play services internationally, we were holding out hope that a last minute switch-on might coincide with the Nexus 7 launch, so it's disappointing that that's not the case. Nevertheless, the Nexus 7 is still great value at its £159 price point. If you're considering picking one up, let us know if the lack of some Google Play services has you thinking twice.

More: Nexus 7: The internationally challenged tablet

Source: The Inquirer

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2 years ago

Google Now ported to Android 4.0 devices running an AOSP ROM

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Back during Google I/O 2012, we saw the unveiling of Google Now for Jelly Bean devices. Sadly, Google never released it as a stand-alone app so any device running Ice Cream Sandwich now essentially needs to be upgraded to Jelly Bean in order to make use of it. I say essentially because the fine folks in the Android community have now found a way to make it work on any Android 4.0 device running an AOSP ROM though there is one lingering issue with it. You can't use voice. Sure, the no voice thing is a bit of a bummer but for those who are interested in loading it up, you can do so with only a few steps required:

  • Rename the APK to GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk
  • Go to System/App and rename the original GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk to 3, something else (Or delete it)
  • Copy in the GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk the one you renamed from (Velvet-theos0o.apk)
  • Set the permissions, to the /System/App/GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk to RW-R--R--
  • Reboot and it should work

As you can tell by looking at the instructions, it's not going to be for everyone. However, if you're willing to give it a shot you can find the download over at XDA Developers to get started. Just remember, you must be on an AOSP ROM in order for it to work.

Source: XDA

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2 years ago

LG Prada 3.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update now available in Germany and Italy

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If you happen to own the awkwardly named LG Prada 3.0, you can now take some joy in knowing that Android 4.0 is now available for download provided you're in Germany or Italy and have a non-carrier branded version.

Having launched with Android 2.3.7, the upgrade to ICS can be found by plugging your device into your computer and then using the LG Mobile Phone Support tool that is available for Windows PC's. If you're on a Mac, you'll have to find a Windows machine.

According to the documentation, the update should only take a few minutes and leave your device info intact though, a back up is suggested.

Source: LG Germany, LG Italy via: The Verge

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2 years ago

Orange San Diego review

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Intel finally arrives on Android, but is it everything we were hoping for?

The Android/Intel love affair kicked off officially in January back at CES in Las Vegas. Back then, the computing giant took to the stage to show off their new, prototype hardware running on its Medfield chipset. The demonstration was impressive, boasting incredible performance from a single-core processor running under a customized version of Gingerbread.

Almost six months on, and in the UK at least, the first Intel-powered Android smartphone has made it to market. Launched in partnership with UK carrier Orange, the San Diego is the first of what Intel's hoping will be a host of devices from Intel. The launch event in London made it clear the phone would be aggressively marketed, and indeed this marketing has already begun. This is the first own-brand smartphone that Orange has ever pushed TV advertising for. And those ads focus on one thing -- speed.

Promising performance on par with dual-core phones at an affordable price, the San Diego, on paper at least, is an enticing prospect. That's all well and good, but how does it measure up in real life? Find out after the break, as we walk you through the Orange San Diego.

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