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3 years ago

Prime time, Skype video calls [From the Forums]

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We've finally reached the weekend and for those of you not headed out to Texas for the Big Android BBQ, we've got plenty of content for you to catch up on both here and in the Android Central forums.

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

Google Goggles update - Now works with the built-in camera app

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The last Google Goggles update brought the ability to scan images and search for things within those images on Google -  the problem though, was the fact it only worked within Google Googles application and not the built-in camera app. The latest update rolled out today changes that and adds barcode services as well so that when you scan a barcode, the appropriate action is taken -- such as opening a url or sending a text message. Minor update overall but an update nonetheless. You'll find the download link past the break for you all.

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3 years ago

Google releases OnTheFly for Android, hopes to make Phil's travel planning a bit easier

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Whether someone who is always flying around the country, like our very own Phil Nickinson, or just a casual traveler, we all know the pain that is had when searching for and comparing flights. Google hopes to make things easier for us with their latest application OnTheFly. The application allows users to compare flight costs, view an intuitive calendar which compares pricing for 30 days around your trip, and you can also view previous searches so you can keep an eye on pricing. While it does not allow you to book a trip through the application currently, you can price shop, and easily determine which deal is the best. Download links available after the break.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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3 years ago

HTC Amaze 4G shows off for the camera, shows us how quick the browser is, and some benchmarks

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Looking for your next fix of HTC Amaze 4G information to hold you over until you can place your preorder on Oct. 10? The folks over at TMoNews have obtained a few new videos showing off some of the benchmarks and the browser of the device, along with a whole bunch of new images. While it appears as though the device will have a proprietary charger, the configuration is for the MHL equipped USB port, so a standard micro-USB cable will work just fine. Hit the break for some more images along with the videos.

Source: TMoNews (1) (2)

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3 years ago

500,000-member contest final day: Win an IOU for the next Nexus!

This is it, folks. The whole enchilada. We've been celebrating you all week -- the half-million-plus members of Android Central. And you are truly what make us the best damn Android community on the planet. And it's time to reward you.

We don't yet officially know what the next Nexus device will be called, but we're pretty sure we're going to see it in another week or so at CTIA. So hit the link below to dive into the Android Central Forums and enter to win. And, yes, our international fans can take part in this one, too. We've gotcha covered. We'll leave this one open Friday and Saturday, so you've got two days to get your entry in. We'll announce the winners from our week's worth of contests on Sunday.

Thanks again, and good luck!

Enter to win an IOU for the next Nexus device

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3 years ago

Major security flaw found in AT&T's upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II device [updated]

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We love to think that once we set a pattern lock -- or any sort of lock -- on our beloved Android device that our information is safe, right? Well, the guys at BGR noticed that the information on the upcoming AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II isn't so safe behind a once trusted pattern lock, and that it can quite simply be bypassed.

All you have to do to get around this is wake the device using the lock key, then let the screen time out, then wake it again with the lock key and you can access all the data. We have seen similar issues with Samsung in the past on the Fascinate, so maybe it is time they take a step back from all the added customizations. We can confirm that it happens on our review unit of the AT&T version, but the Sprint version does not suffer from the same issue.

Note that this indeed is a problem with all of the included locking mechanisms -- pattern, pin and password.

Hit the break check out a quick video of it in action and the official response from Samsung

Source: BGR

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3 years ago

Untappd now available as a native Android app -- beer drinkers unite!

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There's two things we love around these parts -- Android, and good beer.  Untappd just minced the two together with a native Android app for their popular social drinking platform.  With the native app, you'll be able to share photos with your check-ins, use the notification center to keep track of what and where your friends are drinking, and it's all done in an easy to navigate way.

While we don't condone doing anything silly while drinking a few beers, we do like to have fun while doing it.  If you feel the same way, you can grab Untappd for free from the Android Market (link after the break, works with ALL versions of Android) and look for us there. 

Source: Untappd

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile announces the HTC Wildfire S, available Oct 23 for $199

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We have seen the HTC Wildfire S a time or two, and it has landed its way on some major carriers, and today Virgin Mobile has announced that they are bringing this device to those of us who may not be so fond of contracts. Virgin Mobile will start carrying the HTC Wildfire S, in both an exclusive silver color which will be found at Best Buy locations along with a white variant to be found at Radio Shack. At a price point of only $199 for users it is quite a deal for the 3.2-inch Gingerbread machine powered by a 600MHz processor and many other great features. Looking for a new device to play around with, or replace your boring old device? Be sure to check this one out!

Source: Virgin Mobile

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia Ray for the US; unlocked phones available for $425

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Sony Ericsson has just announced that the Xperia Ray (see our hands-on) will now be available for US customers as unlocked, contract-free devices.  Checking in at $425, it's quite a nice package -- 3.3-inch screen, 8.1MP camera (Alex says the new S.E. camera's are top notch), front facing camera for video chat, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 512MB RAM, and all wrapped up in a stylish aluminum body.  Not the highest specs we've seen, but the Ray should be more than capable.

The Ray is sold unlocked and will work on any GSM carrier worldwide, but here in the states if you want 3G connectivity, you'll need to use AT&T, as the Ray lacks the T-Mobile 1700MHz AWS frequency band.  You can grab one at online retailers (like Amazon or Newegg) soon, and they will be available in gold, black, white, and pink.  Sounds like a great option for those who aren't interested in a contract, and Sony Ericsson knows how to treat Android developers right.

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3 years ago

Best Buy cuts price of HTC Flyer to $299 starting Oct 1 - things just got interesting

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Best buy has released a statement saying that as of Oct.1, the price of the HTC Flyer (read our review) will drop from $499 to $299.  This is hot on the heels of a similar announcement about the BlackBerry Playbook, which also saw a $200 price drop to $299.  After seeing products sit on the shelves, and fire sales, and cheap competitors, it looks like retailers (and likely OEM's -- Best Buy isn't eating the entire loss I'm sure) have realized that there are a lot of people who want a tablet device, but don't want to spend $500-$800 on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 or an iPad. 

Now this is the part where things get interesting.  The Kindle Fire looks to be a huge hit with Android fans who want a stock tablet experience hacked in place for a couple Benjamins.  For $100 more, you get twice the storage, cameras, and the coveted SDcard slot.  The Flyer is already bootloader unlocked, and at this price development should take off like a rocket.  And for those that don't feel like rooting and fiddling with things, we already know that Honeycomb (and we assume Ice Cream Sandwich) is coming for the Flyer.  That decision just got tougher.

Source: Best Buy

Thanks, s2h2golf!

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3 years ago

Poll: Did you preorder an Amazon Kindle Fire?

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Now that a couple days have passed, and you have had ample time to read about the Amazon Kindle Fire, talk it over with all your "knowledgeable" friends, and make a decision, we are dying to know. Did you pull the trigger and preorder one of these, or are you waiting for another device? Is the ability to sideload Android applications enough for you, or are you looking for the full Android experience? Be sure to let us know, and if you haven't gone ahead with a preorder, will you be in the near future?

Did you preorder an Amazon Kindle Fire?

Preorder the Amazon Kindle Fire

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3 years ago

Android App Review: CyanogenMod/ClockworkMod BBQ

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Alrighty, members of the Android nation. It's Friday, and that can mean only one thing: Big Android BBQ time in Austin, Texas. If you're making the trek to the great state of Texas (or are lucky enough to live here like me!), you must get this app.

What does it do? I'm not sure exactly. It promises free bacon, and I know I'm not the only member of the Android loyal who doesn't want to miss out on some free bacon. The kicker? It only works at the BBQ!

But hey, it's free and it promises you the opportunity of winning free stuff. Plus, look at the funny icon! It's a combination of the Cyanogen and ClockworkMod logo, and the Android is wearing a funny little chef hat! Priceless.

If you're getting your BBQ on this weekend (look for Phil and myself!), we've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 72

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry, Cory and Rene brave the wilds of their first video podcast to tackle the Amazon Kindle Fire, the latest Ice Cream Sandwich/Nexus news, plus more of your questions. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile announces the LG Optimus Slider, coming Oct. 17 for $199

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Following up on their rather successful LG Optimus V, Virgin Mobile has announced it will be bringing a full QWERTY slider, the LG Optimus Slider to customers starting Oct. 17 on their website, and Oct. 31 in retail locations. The Optimus Slider will offer a 3.2-inch touchscreen, along with Android 2.3, Gingerbread. The device will come preloaded with Virgin Mobile Live 2.0, their own social media type application, along with all the other goodies of Android 2.3. At a price point of $199, it is set to draw some attention for those who aren't fans of contracts and are looking for a new device.

Source: Virgin Mobile

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3 years ago

SwiftKey X update brings heat map, stat panel and more

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One of the many great things about the Android platform is that there is such a wide variety of keyboards to chose from, and many great developers behind them. The folks at SwiftKey X have been known for some amazing updates, and they have hit it out of the park, yet again. Their latest update brings a slew of new features, such as:

  • Blog and RSS learning, so you can personalize based on your previous posts;
  • A heatmap that shows how accurately you type on your keyboard (these insights are used by SwiftKey to make predictions more accurate);
  • A new stats panel that gives great insights into what SwiftKey is doing for you, which you can share with your friends;
  • Language layout switching for users who use different keyboard layouts (e.g. English/Russian users);
  • The reintroduction of the autocaps toggle for those who wish to always write in lower case.

In addition to all these new features, they have made many "improvements" better error reporting, instant language updates, and several others. They have also addressed some bugs that affected various users, greatly improving the overall experience. If you are a current SwiftKey X user be sure to grab the update, and if you don't currently use it now would be a great time to check it out. Download links after the break.

Update - Swiftkey is rolling this update out over the next day or two apparently, so keep your eye out for the update!

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