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3 years ago

Verizon in the midst of yet another major data outage

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Update: Looks like data's starting to come back for some of us. Still no word from Verizon yet.

Well, that's no good. Verizon Wireless is dead in the water this morning for what appears to be, well, most everybody this morning. 3G data ... dead. 4G data ... dead. Pick a 3G/4G LTE phone. It's dead. Phone calls can still be made, which means we're not overly worried about public safety. But it's yet another outage for Verizon, which already is the subject of much signal scrutiny these days.

More on the Next Great Data Outage of 2011 as we get it.

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3 years ago

Google Currents update hitting the Market, improving data sync performance

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Google Currents has received its first update, with no new features to report but a couple of important fixes. 

In the changelog we get stability improvements, and performance improvements in data sync. The second of these in particular will be welcome, with sync initially proving to be quite slow in some cases. 

Download link below, although remember folks officially the app is still only available in the US. And if you haven't already, why not subscribe to the Android Central Edition on Google Currents while you're at it. 

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3 years ago

Kindle Fire Version 6.2.1 brings performance boosts, more options

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Amazon has just posted release notes for the Amazon Kindle Fire Version 6.2.1 software update (Version 6.2 dropped just a few weeks ago), which has promised to address a number of nagging issues. Included in the update are:

  • Enhancement for fluidity and performance
  • Improved touch navigation response
  • Adds the option to choose which items display on carousel
  • Adds ability to add password lock on Wifi access

In a few quick minutes of testing, the touchscreen definitely is more responsive, and the UI does seem to be more fluid. 

You can sit back and wait on the update to push out to your Kindle Fire if you want. Or you can update manually. We've got instructions for that after the break.

Source: Amazon

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3 years ago

More than 700,000 Android devices activated daily

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Google's Andy Rubin tonight on Google+ announced that more than 700,000 Android devices are being activated every day. That's 29,166 devices (more or less) activated every hour. Or 486 devices every minute, or by the time you finish reading this post. 

Rubin also explained what counts as an "activation," saying:

"We count each device only once (ie, we don't count re-sold devices), and "activations" means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service."

That's up just a skosh from the 500,000 devices Rubin announced in June. Dang.

Source: Google+

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3 years ago

Microsoft wins initial ruling on one patent in their fight with Motorola, loses on six others

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Microsoft has won a partial victory in their dispute with Motorola over patents, but it's far from the outcome they would have liked.  The International Trade Commission has ruled that some Motorola products infringe on one of Microsoft’s patents. The same judge found no infringement of the six other Microsoft patents.  This is just like the outcome of the Apple v. HTC mess that was decided just yesterday, and while on the surface it looks bad for Moto, in reality it invalidates 6 of Microsoft's patent claims.  Claims that others, such as Samsung, are currently licensing for their products to avoid.  This initial ruling is still subject to the final determination by the ITC, expected to happen before April 20, 2012.

In their press release, which you'll find after the break, Motorola makes it clear that they still plan to pursue their claims against Microsoft:

Microsoft continues to infringe Motorola Mobility’s substantial patent portfolio and Motorola Mobility has active patent infringement litigation and proceedings against Microsoft in a number of jurisdictions, including the ITC. Motorola Mobility remains confident in its position and will continue to move forward with its complaints.

Like all the other legal battles, in the end it's just a matter of money changing hands.  Starting with more from your hand as devices get more expensive. 

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3 years ago

Kindle Fire update, Verizon acting weird [From the Forums]

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We're getting ever so close to the holidays now but that hasn't had much of an impact on the Android news happening around the world seemingly. With the Galaxy Nexus and ICS still making their way into consumers hands it's generated a lot of buzz here on the blogs and in the forums -- if you're looking for more discussion, check out some threads below.

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

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3 years ago

Myriad planning to bring Android apps to your TV by way of the Myriad Alien Vue

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Looks like the folks from Myriad are cooking something up to show off fully at CES. The makers of the Myriad Dalvik Cache that allows Android apps to run such things a iOS and MeeGo have now taken the covers off their next venture.

The Myriad Alien Vue is a system that allows TV and set-top box manufacturers to bring Android and HTML5 apps to their existing products with no decrease in performance. By offering OEMS this functionality along with a branded app store, Myriad is hoping manufactuers will be enticed to integrate their services to offer end users a better overall experience. The concept is interesting and it looks rather nice but adoption is a key thing here -- if manufactuers don't adopt the technology then it really isn't all that useful to anyone.

Either way, we're not really seeing a slow down in the efforts of folks looking to win the war of the living room but it's a fun battle to watch and we'll be keeping our eye on all the action. Jump on past the break for a quick look at Myriad Alien Vue in action and expect more when CES kicks off.

Source: Myriad

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3 years ago

Supposed Ice Cream Sandwich battery bug seems hit or miss, but something is up

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By now you've heard a lot of scuttlebutt about the Ice Cream Sandwich battery bug, and how it's affected the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus.  Or not.  Either way, we've heard it, too.  Since we happen to have several of each phones possibly affected, I decided to do a little independent research of my own.  Tested were:

  • 1 Samsung Nexus S (T-Mobile) with the official 4.0.3 update
  • 1 Samsung Nexus S (T-Mobile) with Android 4.0.3_r1 built from source
  • 1 Samsung Nexus S 4G with the official GSM update ported over
  • 1 GSM Galaxy Nexus
  • 2 Verizon LTE Galaxy Nexii

Hit the break for an explanation of what the bug is supposed to be, and the results of our testing.

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3 years ago

HTC releases kernel sources for a slew of devices

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HTC has released the kernel sources for a list of devices (one that's too long to fit in a blog post title even):

If you're rocking and rolling one of these phones, devs now have some source to build new kick-ass goodies.  Be on the lookout for them, and show them some love when it happens -- this sort of thing can be pretty rough on the nerves to do!  If you're one of those developers and itching to get at it, hit the link to HTC-Dev and grab what you need.

Source: HTC Developer; via @HTCDev

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic gets a mysterious OS update

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We love updates. That is, we love updates when we know what they are and what they do. Such is not the case with the Motorola Droid Bionic, which is in the midst of getting an update to system version 5.9.901. Verizon's yet to post a changelog, and the OS version is still Android 2.3.4. Though AC reader Jim does note that there appears to be a new "Emergency Alerts" app, which might or might not be a part of that emergency alert system Verizon accidentally cookied off early a few weeks ago.

We've hit up Big Red in hopes of unraveling this one, and we've got more pics after the break. In the meantime, hit the forum link below to see what everyone else is seeing.

More: Droid Bionic forumsThanks, Jim!

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3 years ago

Dropbox update preview showing off its ICS optimization

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The guys over at Dropbox have slipped a preview of a forthcoming update to their Android application out into their forums, complete with optimization for Ice Cream Sandwich

Besides looking pretty sweet on ICS, there are also a couple of other nice additions that are forthcoming with this release. These include single tap access to all file and folder actions, ability to favourite files for quick offline access, and bulk upload for photos and videos. 

This release isn't yet available in the Android Market, so if you want to try it out, the download and full changelog can be found by hitting the source link. 

Source: Dropbox

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Active review

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The idea of tougher, water-resistant electronics is nothing new, but this year we’ve seen rugged smartphones becoming increasingly more mainstream. Motorola has had a go at this type of product with its DEFY line, while Casio gave us the ridiculous G’zOne Commando, a phone you could probably drive a tank over. The Xperia Active sees Sony Ericsson enter this arena with a water-resistant, aluminum-framed device, aiming to strike a balance between ruggedness, aesthetics and pocketability.

We’ve been getting to grips with the Xperia Active over the past couple of weeks, so read on to find out what we thought ...


A well-built and good-looking device with speedy internals and a bright, clear screen. Water resistance works as advertised. Lots of bundled accessories.


Will be too small and too bulky for many. Paltry internal storage and tiny SD card.



It's not the phone for everyone, but the Xperia Active is well-suited to the particular niche it's aiming for. It's a thoughtfully-designed smartphone that will appeal to anyone after something a little tougher, or smaller, than what's offered by mainstream devices.
 

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3 years ago

Naughty by Nature down with Android app

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Naughty by Nature has been around for 20 years. We'll let that sink in for a minute. But they're also cooler than you in that they've got their own Android app. Photos, music videos, behind-the-scenes videos and social networking -- the holy trinity of any app -- are all there. And photo captions are narrated by Vin Rock. (And dude's pretty excited about that.)

Check out the video review above, and we've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Adobe AIR receives its own update, now supporting ICS

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Hot on the heels of Flash Player 11, Adobe have today updated AIR to include support for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich. More good news for those of you with a shiny new Galaxy Nexus but even more so now that we're starting to see ICS roll out to other devices. Hit up the source link for the full changelog, and the download links below to grab it in the Market. 

Source: Adobe

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3 years ago

SB Nation app finally comes to Android

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SB Nation, a popular sports site has finally released an Andriod app. It's been on iOS for quite some time, so it's nice to see some Android love.

With the app, you can:

  • Access the Newsfeed, which aggregates all of the latest news for a variety of sports
  • Follow certain stories that you're interested in in order to know when they're updated
  • Choose your favorite teams to see a customized newsfeed that's centered around your interests
  • Join communities to discuss the latest sports topics with other fans

SN Nation is available for free from the Android Market. Please follow the links after the break for the app.

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