Headlines

3 years ago

Lightbox Photos now available in the Android Market

18


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Back during Google IO we were able to score the above video demo of Lightbox for Android, and it was pretty awesome. Moving forward to today, the app is now available in the Android Market for all download.

Similar to Color that was released not to long ago, LightBox for Android pulls in photos from all your social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare and synchronizes them with your device. It also allows you to share any images you have taken to those same social networks.

In addition to the synchronization options built-in, you also get a photo editor which allows you to select from different photo filters and adjust your images before sharing. Lightbox is available for both Android phones and tablets -- give it a run through and let us know what you all think in the comments. Download link can be found past the break.

Thanks, Taylor, for the tip!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Verizon: No specific date for ThunderBolt update

17

We've said it before, and apparently we need to say it again: Updates happen when they happen. We know you've been sitting at home, hitting the "Check new" button on your HTC ThunderBolt's Software Update menu, waiting for that upgrade that's hopefully going to end the blasted reboots (and fix a few other things, too). We're waiting for it, too. But despite what you might have heard, Verizon in its community forums says that there's no specific date set for the update to be pushed. Specifically, we're told:

I know that you are eager to take advantage of a software update to resolve the reboot issue. At this time we do not have a specific date an update will be available. Please rest assure we will communicate with our customers as soon as an update is available.

It's coming, folks. Might not be today, but it's certainly coming. And Verizon's actually been pretty good of giving us a heads up when updates are on the way.

Source: Verizon Community Forums; via Android Central Forums

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

HTC Sensation, Salsa and ChaCha headed to O2 UK this month

0

 

O2 UK will be launching the HTC Sensation, ChaCha and Salsa on its network later this month, according to an update to the network's "coming soon" page. The Sensation is currently exclusive to Vodafone in the UK, but that's about to change, with the phone arriving on many other carriers, including O2, this month. Alongside the Sensation, O2 has both of HTC's Facebook phones slated for release in June -- the ChaCha, with its full QWERTY keyboard, and the Salsa, which sticks to a more standard smartphone form factor.

O2 isn't revealing any pricing information yet, but other carriers offer free Sensations on contracts of around £35 per month, so we can probably expect something around this level. If you're thinking of picking up an O2-branded Sensation, be sure to check our full review to find out more.

Source: O2 UK

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

T-Mobile's mid-range Exhibit 4G and Gravity Smart slated for June 22 release

2

 

T-Mobile announced via Twitter today that their upcoming mid-range Android devices—Samsung’s Exhibit 4G (left) and Gravity Smart (right)—will be released on Wednesday, June 22. For those who don’t recall, the Exhibit 4G’s got a 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, front and rear cameras, and an HSPA+ radio, all packed into your choice of a violet or black exterior. The Gravity Smart has a slide-out keyboard, a 3MP rear camera, and Android 2.2 Froyo, and comes in your choice of Berry Red, Sapphire Blue, and Lunar Grey hues. The Exhibit 4G and the Gravity Smart are priced at a cool $80 and $70 respectively, while the Smart’s Lunar Grey variety is pegged at an even cooler $30. Hit the source link for big T’s official tweet.

Source: @TMobile

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Sony Network Entertainment brings Qriocity to Android

16

Add another cloud-based music service to that list of yours. Sony Network Entertainment announced that they have brought their Qriocity (pronounced as curiosity) music service to Android. The service was launched back in April of 2010. Since then, Sony customers have been able to stream unlimited music to their PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, internet browsers, BRAVIA HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc players and Blu-ray Disc Home Theater systems.

Last month, Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity services were a victim of a large scale security breach. Sony admitted to its users that millions of users account information was stolen. Sony has since apologized for the incident and has offered a Welcome Back program for customers affected by last month's breach.

The app is available in the Android Market for free, but the service is $3.99/month for a Basic subscription plan and $9.99/month for a Premium plan. As for anyone that owns a PlayStation 3, you can get a free 180 day trial of the Basic subscription plan. Market link and video after the break.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

How's the Droid Charge EE4 update treating you?

21

Read our Droid Charge Review


So you bit the OTA bait and downloaded the EE4 update for your Samsung Droid Charge released late last week. You were promised a slew of bug fixes and overall improvements, but let’s get real: is your Charge better off post-update? Owners are commiserating in the forums, citing issues such as slower LTE speeds, data connection issues, and app incompatibility, just to name a few. Every rose has its thorns, am I right? So what have everyone else’s experiences been like-- happy with the update or having issues of your own? Sound off below on the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.

More: Droid Charge Forums

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Android Accessory Review: Body Glove Snap-On Case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab

1

If you’re a Samsung Galaxy Tab owner (of the 7-inch variety -- the Tab, of course) who has been looking for a good case that’s doesn’t add a ton of bulk, the Body Glove Snap-On Case may be for you.

I’m often skeptical when it comes to snap-on cases because I’ve had experiences where they haven't been as durable as the alternatives, snapping apart in the first couple days of use. Thus far, however, this case has performed extremely well. It actually took a fair amount of prying to get it off, which is a good sign.

The hard shell feels very solid and comfortable in the hand, particularly when compared to some cases that are all plastic and feel a little "cheap."

I’ve also had experiences where some very nice cases were unusable because they covered up some of the ports or cameras; this case leaves everything open.

Since the case fits right around the Tab, it really doesn’t add that much bulk to it. It adds a bit of thickness that is actually welcomed by me because of the protective layering that it adds.

The only thing I miss from this case is the ability to prop it up when playing games or watching movies. I originally thought it was going to be a deal breaker for me but I have yet to switch back because of how unobtrusive this case is turning out to be.

If you're interested in the Body Glove Snap-On case, you can get one for $29.95 from the Android Central Store. More pictures of the case after the break.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Winner of the Rebtel HTC ThunderBolt giveaway

3

Things like this just make us feel all warm and fuzzy. Thanks to Rebtel for sponsoring the contest, and congrats to jcg1 for winning!

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

UK will get Motorola Pro, but not Milestone 3, says retailer

1

Motorola will not be releasing the international version of the Droid 3, the Milestone 3, in the UK, according to a recent blog post by British online retailer Clove. However, Brits will be able to get their hands on the Motorola Pro, a smaller Froyo-powered phone with a QWERTY keyboard below its screen. The Pro was originally expected to miss out on a UK release too, but Clove is now listing the business-oriented phone for pre-order with an equally businessy price tag of £420 (~$680).

It's disappointing not to see any high-end Android sliders launching in the UK, but if you've got your heart set on this sort of phone, then may want to consider the HTC Desire Z or Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro.

Source: Clove Blog; via: Eurodroid

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

HTC Sensation 4G now available from T-Mobile stores

22

The HTC Sensation 4G (read our review) is available for purchase today from T-Mobile stores.  The highly anticipated device could be bought from select Walmart stores a few days ago, but can now be officially purchased from the carrier.

The Sensation 4G is the latest flagship device for T-Mobile and sports:

  • 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD display
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 8MP camera
  • 1080p video recording
  • HTC Sense 3.0

If you've been waiting anxiously for the Sensation to hit shelves, it's widely available now and can be bought for $199 with a 2-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.

So who's picking one up? And for those who have, what do you think thus far?

More: HTC Sensation 4G Forum

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D desktop docking station shows up on Best Buy's website

19

The HTC EVO 3D (see our hands-on) will be available to the masses on June 24 (check out everywhere you can get one and for how much). The anticipated successor the EVO 4G is likely going to have a large user base who all want to use the hot new device in a variety of ways.

One accessory, the Micro USB Desktop Docking Station, made by HTC, has appeared on Best Buy's website already, is sure to entice future EVO 3D owners.

The docking station is Micro USB and is intended to be used when hooked up to your PC or Mac to keep the phone charged.

The accessory will cost $49.99 from Best Buy and is currently listed as "coming soon."

Source: Best Buy

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

HTC now says the Desire will get Gingerbread after all

34

What a difference a day makes. Just 24 hours after disappointing a smartphone owner or two, HTC on its UK Facebook Page says the Desire will get Gingerbread after all.

Contrary to what we said earlier, we are going to bring Gingerbread to HTC Desire.

Of course, you can always still go the custom route, if that's your thing.

Source: HTC UK Facebook

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Lookout updates premium service with 'Safe Browsing' feature, announces partnership with Sprint

12

Lookout has announced a new feature to their premium service, called Safe Browsing.  What it does is spread protection from malware beyond installed applications, and into your browser.  If you've ever used the Chrome browser, and spent any time on the Internet, you've surely seen sites blocked because of malware or phishing -- that's what the new Safe Browsing feature does.  I spent some time talking with Lookout's Marketing Director Alicia diVittorio, and Senior Software Engineer Anbu Anbalagapandian and got a little explanation of what to expect, and then spent a little time going through the paces and testing it out. 

First the technical details.  Safe Browsing sits idle in the background, listening for the "intent" (think of that as a command) to open a web URL through the browser.  It checks that URL, and if it comes back clean, it goes back to sleep.  If not, you get a message pop-up with a warning.  This means it works with website addresses from any source, including Twitter and Facebook.  Since the necessary evil of URL shorteners is now pretty commonplace, this is a pretty nice way to be sure you're going where you think your going.  In the usage department, it's simple.  Open Lookout, go into the settings, and turn it on.  If you stumble across a website that's acting a little suspicious, it tells you.  If not, it sits quietly out of the way.  Anbu told me they tested the battery life and performance impact, and found no issues at all.  While one day is hardly a perfect use case, I didn't notice any more wear and tear on the battery than normal, and saw no change in the way my phone performed, so my short test agrees. 

In addition to the new Safe Browsing feature, Lookout also announced that they are partnering with Sprint, making Lookout available directly from the Sprint Zone, and the Sprint tab in your phone's Android Market page.  This should make it much easier to find for those new to Android, and especially those new to smartphones and the most susceptible to the dirty tricks out there in the wilds of the web.

Safe Browsing is a premium feature.  We've went over the other premium features pretty well when they were released.  You need to look at what's offered, then decide if you need to go premium.  If you do need the pay services, it will cost you $2.99 per month, or $29.99 a year.  To celebrate the launch of Safe Browsing, Lookout is offering $5.00 off the price of the subscription for the next seven days.  Just use the code BESAFEAC when you purchase your subscription via the app and you'll save enough money for lunch.  You'll also wanna jump past the break and read the press release, watch a short video of Safe Browsing in action, and find the download link. 

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Ask AC: Why was the HTC Desire Gingerbread update canceled, and what can you do now?

22

 

Update: ... And apparently HTC has changed its mind and decided to update to Gingerbread after all. Go figure.

So you woke yesterday morning to the news that your trusty HTC Desire will be left without an official upgrade path to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and now the world seems a cold and uncaring place. Fear not -- we’ve got the complete lowdown on what today’s news means for Desire owners, along with a details of some leading Gingerbread-based custom ROMs that can bring you right up to date with the latest version of Android.

Let’s begin by revisiting exactly what was announced today, and what it means for Desire owners.

Read more and comment

 
3 years ago

Starbucks for Android now serving in the Android Market

35

Sweet mother of all things caffeinated -- the Starbucks Android app is finally in the Android Market. And it's everything our jittery hands could have dreamed of.

When you first launch the app, you'll be asked if you want to log in, sign up for an account, or continue without an account. We logged in (as any good over-paying coffee drinking would do) and then were greeted with the option to enter any Starbucks cards. Your phone will then display the card's barcode, which you can have scanned in a store to pay for your coffee. (Who needs NFC?)

You can also check your balance, add your credit card information and refill your Starbucks card that way, check your transaction history, find a store on Google Maps, track your Stars in the My Starbucks Rewards program, and basically do everything you'd expect to be able to do with a proper Starbucks Android app.

A couple of caveats: U.S. only, for now. And you can only have a card on one phone at a time. If you want to reload someone else's card, you'll need to do it from a proper browser.

That's it, folks. We're off for a triple vanilla latte (and maybe a cinnamon twist, if we're feeling saucy). Download links and screen shots are after the break!

Thanks, @ahdelo!

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages