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3 years ago

Late-night poll: What desktop OS do you use?

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There's been a lot of talk about Ubuntu since they let it out that they're working on some goodies for Android devices, and it got us to thinking. In the real world (you know, that one that exists outside the Internet we hear so much about) Linux holds a tiny sliver of consumer market share, forecasted at less that two percent for 2012 according to Gartner by way of Wikipedia. Compare that to the five percent of the market that Apple holds, and the whopping 93 percent that is the Microsoft juggernaut. But based on the chatter the past couple of days, I'm thinking that people who read Android Central don't really fit those numbers. That means I gotta ask, or I'll never know. Cue our late-night poll for the evening:

 

What OS do you use on your desktop?

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3 years ago

LG unveils the Optimus 4X HD ahead of Mobile World Congress

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LG has just announced the Optimus 4X HD, its fourth fifth sixth seventh eighth new Android phone to be announced in recent days. (Previously announced: the Optimus 3D MAX, Optimus 3D Cube, Optimus L3, L5 and L7, Optimus Vu and the Optimus LTE Tag.) This one looks to be the cream of the crop, and based on hardware it looks like a stunner.  Combine awesome specs with Ice Cream Sandwich and you have our attention. Speaking of specs:

  • 1.5GHz 4-PLUS-1 Tegra3 processor
  • 4.7-inch "True HD" IPS display (720p resolution)
  • 16 GB Internal storage
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 8MP rear camera with flash; 1.3MP front camera
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

We'll see this one soon in Barcelona, and you can bet that we'll get our greasy hands on it for some camera time. 

On thing to note, while this all lines up well with the rumors about the O4XHD, LG and T-Mobile are still mum about any G4X version that may be in the works. We'll poke around and see if anyone has anything to say about that one as well. Just a couple more days, folks.

Source: LG Korea (Korean)

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3 years ago

NVIDIA dubs its Tegra 3 architecture 4-PLUS-1, hints at a big MWC presence

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Formerly known as a quad-core system with a fifth low power companion core, or vSMP, NVIDIA has just put out the word that its new Tegra 3 architecture will be known as "4-PLUS-1". (We were kind of partial to Ninja Core ourselves.)

It's the same four-core Cortex A9 system on chip that we talked about a while ago, it's still just as fast, and still goes easy on your battery. It just has a hip new name that's nice and easy to say while being descriptive about what's going on under the hood. We love hardware vendors who make things easier on us. NVIDIA, which is trademarking the 4-PLUS-1 moniker, says it needed a user-friendly name after getting some customer feedback. Makes sense, and 4-PLUS-1 will certainly look good on a box that holds the next hot tablet we all lust after.

The Tegra 3 chip uses the fifth core in a unique way -- it's active when not a lot of CPU power is needed, and handles things in the background like checking for new mail and watching video. This leaves the other four high-performance cores ready to kick in when needed, and uses much less juice from your battery while they are idle. It's unique, and it's great to see anyone doing things that give us a longer time between charges. One thing we're sure of, is that when all four of the high-speed cores are going, that sucker is fast. They're updated their white paper about the Tegra 3, and you can find it right here.

Also of interest, they also let us know that we'll be hearing the 4-PLUS-1 name quite a bit at Mobile World Congress next week. We've heard rumors of devices from HTC and others using the Tegra 3 platform, and we're sure that we'll see more starting Sunday in Barcelona. Phil and Alex will be spending the week there, so we'll keep you guys on top of everything 4-PLUS-1 related, as well as all the other news.

Source: NVIDIA

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3 years ago

Quest for Stars' latest endeavor will once again launch Motorola hardware into space

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Quest for Stars, the 501(c)3 that engages students in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology studies, will harness the power of Android once again for its latest endeavor. Stratoshuttle, the latest Student Shuttle Program, is challenging students around the country to design a shuttle that will withstand a launch into the stratosphere and return home in one piece. The winning design will ultimately be outfitted with a Motorola tablet or smartphone that will act as data aquisition and navigation for the aircraft. Quest for Stars' partnership with the Motorola Mobililty Foundation gave way to an OG Droid being sent into the stratosphere for photos and GPS tracking, a task later adopted by a couple of Droid Xs.

Launch date and location will be announced at next week's Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers' Conference in Palo Alto, as will details on how to enter your hand crafted spaceship into the running. We'll keep our eyes to the skies for the launch, and we'll pass along the Motorola-snapped photos as soon as they return to Earth.

Source: Quest for Stars

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3 years ago

MOTOACTV taken to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, survives the journey

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While we've been getting in shape during Mobile Nations Fitness Month and sharing our tips and tricks with you all, we came across a pretty awesome use for the MOTOACTV recently. Highlighted on the Motorola blog is Christine Rolf, who has taken her MOTOACTV to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and back for a good cause:

After hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu I wanted a bigger challenge. Kilimanjaro was it: the summit is 5895 meters/19,340 feet high. I hiked 62 kilometers in 7 days – first a 4,405 meter ascent followed by a 3,915 meter descent, through a total of 5 climate zones. I also wanted to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation where I’ve volunteered for over 10 years. The donations totaled over $2,500!

Amazing to say the least. Christine noted the MOTOACTV was a great tool to have in her arsenal for the climb and while we won't be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro any time soon - we're not going to disagree.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Excessive Data usage, Transformer Prime unlock [From the Forums]

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With this morning starting off rough for Verizon 4G LTE users, we're rolling into the evening on a some better notes. There was quite few app updates coming from various places today and announcements coming from all corners. So if you missed out on anything, get yourself caught up. Once done there, hit up the Android Central Forums, you dig?

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

US Cellular's Galaxy S II may drop March 1

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US Cellular's Samsung Galaxy S II may hit stores on March 1, according to an internal document sent to Android Central. The memo, titled "Samsung Galaxy S II Equipment Launch Announcement" is dated Feb. 20 -- the day before the regional carrier actually announced the device. The memo reads as follows:

The Device Launch Management team is pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II on March 1, 2012.

Samsung and US Cellular are proud to launch the Samsung Galaxy S II a high end 3G Android-powered device. Based upon the success of the Samsung Mesmerize, we have worked with Samsung and [are] now able to offer our customers another great 3G Samsung Galaxy product. Maintaining a strong 3G portfolio is critical to our device line-up and the Samsung Galaxy S II is a perfect fit.

All stores are expected to have the Galaxy S II by March 1, according to the memo, but it also sounds like some may see it sooner. As always, nothing's official until it's official -- we've seen these sorts of things change before. And there's no still mention of an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. 

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Toshiba aiming for Spring release of ICS for the Toshiba Thrive 10-Inch

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A fine bit of news for those of you out there who happen to have a Toshiba Thrive 10-Inch. When questioned on Twitter when a release of Ice Cream Sandwich would be available, Toshiba USA surprisingly replied stating they were targeting a Spring release for ICS. No mention was made of the Toshiba Thrive 7-Inch but alas, maybe Toshiba will clairfy further now that this information is out there. Anyone been waiting on this news?

Source: @ToshibaUSA

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3 years ago

Why Ubuntu for Android can succeed where others failed

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You probably heard the big news about Canonical's plans to build Ubuntu for Android devices. It's something I'm extremely excited about and have been tinkering with myself since the days of the Nexus One. This latest -- and finally official -- iteration resembles (and is being compared to) something we've seen before from Motorola -- Webtop. We got to sit down and talk to the folks at Canonical for more information about Ubuntu for Android this week, and I'm here to tell you, chances are this won't be like Webtop at all.

It won't suck. And here's why:

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3 years ago

Google Books app update sneaks into the Market

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While it may not be the most popular application among the Android faithful, Google Books is still a pretty solid e-reading app. A small update has sneaked out into the Market today, although at present it doesn't seem to be showing up in your my apps -- kind of like how YouTube went un-noticed. 

The version numbers vary across devices, but has been bumped on the Gingerbread and below version, and the Honeycomb and above versions. What's confusing is to exactly what this update is for. 

The changelog on the Honeycomb upwards version -- and indeed the web market -- touts accessibility support/TTS, ability to remove a downloaded book from your device (pretty sure we already could?) and improved stability.

Over in the Gingerbread and below camp, the changelog reads very differently. Here we get fixes for download error messages. In both cases the version numbers are bumped only very slightly, so we'll go out on a limb and say its a bug fix update. Either way, you'll find download links after the break. 

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3 years ago

Guitar Pro now available on the Android Market

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If you're a guitar player, then chances are you're already making use of your Android device in some way to help you with your music. Be it as an instant guitar tuner, to downloading tabs or even recording quick little jam sessions here and there - now you can expand on that usage with the release of Guitar Pro Tab Player to the Android market. This a mobile version of the Guitar Pro tab editing program available for Android devices 2.2 and up, and it's pretty feature packed:

  • Supporting GP3/4/5 and GPX (Guitar Pro 6) formats,

  • File import through web server and file browser,
  • Integrated library with search, filter, and favorite,
  • Multitrack playback with soundboard: volume, solo-mute, soundbanks,
  • Metronome and visual countdown,

  • 3 levels of zoom,

  • Guitar or bass fretboard (for right- and left-handers), and virtual keyboard.

Now, you can view, hear, and learn guitar, bass, or drum scores wherever you go and even share your files with others if you wish. The app is available in the Android Market right now as a paid app, you'll find the download past the break. Maybe you can get as good as this guy?

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3 years ago

Seidio ACTIVE for HTC EVO 3D [Android Case Review]

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With our very own Mobile Nations Fitness Month almost at a close, we'd be remiss if we didn't bring you some of the hottest accessories made for the walking, jogging, calorie-burning, Android-loving health junkie. For those of you sporting an HTC EVO 3D, you'll definitely want to take a look at the Seidio ACTIVE Case for the HTC EVO 3D.

Combining the rubberized, gripping skin we've all come to know and love with a six-prong, hard plastic skeleton, the Seidio ACTIVE gives your phone the loving embrace it needs to stay safe without adding too much bulk.

 

On the top bezel, you're looking at the typical uncovered 3.5mm headphone jack, but otherwise, everything is all nice and covered up. That makes sense, since your phone's first line of defense is an all-inclusive rubber skin, but be aware if you're going to be getting sweat, dirt, or dust anywhere, it's going to be in the headphone jack.

Moving to the volume rocker bezel, expect the same protective treatment; if it doesn't need to be uncovered, it won't be. As a matter of fact, the only thing that isn't covered is the 2D/3D slider, so don't worry about your volume rocker or dedicated camera button.

On the opposite bezel, the microUSB port is open, which one the one hand means easy access to charging, but on the other hand means the potential for gunk to get in there. It's a tough compromise, but considering this isn't the full protection Seidio case, I'd say it's still doing pretty well.

The six-prong plastic skeleton fits nicely in the back of the rubber skin, so much so that you can't even tell it's a separate piece sometimes. It sits so nicely flush against the skin and the phone, you'll instantly recognize it's quality.

More pictures are after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Docs app updated with rich text options, collaborative editing

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The Google Docs app for Android has received a substantial update today, adding some significant new features which to bring the phone and tablet app in line with the full desktop version.

First up is collaborative editing, which allows multiple people to work on the same document in real time -- this has long been possible on the desktop, but has been lacking in the mobile app. And it's also possible to set document permissions and invite others in your address book to work on a document alongside you.

In addition, rich text controls are included for documents, and pinch-to-zoom now fully functional too, making possible to manipulate text, undo and redo just like in the desktop version. Unfortunately these new features only work in documents, not spreadsheets, but regardless, it's a big step forward for the mobile version of Docs.

We've got Android Market links, and an official introductory video, after the jump.

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3 years ago

Motorola gives special Red Carpet edition Droid RAZR MAXX to Academy Award nominees

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The Academy Awards are this Sunday, and the nominees and select presenters will be sporting a special Red Carpet edition of the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX. It's the same phone we reviewed a couple weeks ago, only it's red. And it'll be held in far more beautiful hands than ours. The men get high-end shaving kits along with the phone, while the women get a gold sequined pouch.

For those of you who aren't up for an Oscar this year, you'll have a chance to win one of theses special editions on Feb. 23 (that's tomorrow) on Motorola's Twitter account. 

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Galaxy Note LTE rumored for NTT Docomo in Japan

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Japan may be the among the next countries to get the LTE verison of Samsung's Galaxy Note, according to the latest rumors from Japanese tech blog Gpad. The site's notes that a device carrying the model number "SC-05D" recently received Bluetooth certification, and later appeared in a leaked Modaco product catalog alongside the name "Galaxy Note".

The reported spec list would place the Japanese version on equal footing with the Canadian and AT&T LTE models, with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 CPU, 1GB of RAM. Scoring the Galaxy Note would be a big win for Japan's largest carrier, which already has its own version of the Galaxy Nexus, and many other leading Android handsets.

We'll have our review the AT&T Galaxy Note up soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out our write-up of the international version from last year.

Source: Gpad.tv

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