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3 years ago

LG Ally about to get Froyo update

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LG Ally Froyo

Waiting for the LG Ally to get Froyo? Looks like your wait's about up, as Verizon's prepping the Android 2.2 update in short order. The update (VS740ZVD) will bring you the various improvements we've covered in our Froyo Features series, so check them out for the whole nitty gritty. And try not to look your friends with Fascinates in the eye. They're a little twitchy right now.

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3 years ago

Is the Nook Color the Android Tablet for you?

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By now, you've probably heard about all the Android mad scientists hacking their Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor's into full-fledged Android tablets. If you haven't donned the Einstein wig yourself and are curious whether this hack-job is for you, read on ...

People often ask why they should go the Nook modding route when there are devices out there that are--you know--actually meant to be tablets?

As the current Android Central Nook Color Adviser, my official answer is:

"Buy the Nook! Buy the Nook!! Then come to Android Central for all your NOOKcolor modding questions!!! Be sure to tell your friends, too!!!!"

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3 years ago

GameBox Android console announced

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Gamebox

Gaming firm Envizions has announced the Android-based GameBox console, which promises to deliver a cloud-supported home console experience on the Android platform. Similar to Envizions' cross-platform GameBox service, the new console will allow gamers to play native and cloud-based games, saving their progress to the cloud as they go and letting them resume from any supported device.

"Gamebox provides a cross-device environment that benefits players and developers. It supports both application-based games designed for high-definition televisions and networked-based games that are streamed over the cloud. Initially, developers worldwide will be able to distribute games via the system. In the near future, they will be able to stream games to users by system update."

Other promised features include social networking integration and gesture-controlled input. Specific information on the new console is sketchy at the moment, though. Specifications and release dates have yet to be revealed, though Envizions is already on the lookout for developers. In the near future, developers interested in working with the GameBox console will be able to pay $9.95 per month for access to storage, support, SDK's and distribution tools. [GameBox]

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3 years ago

Sprint notices you're using data, is adding $10/month fee to all smartphones

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When the HTC EVO 4G was announced last summer (and later with the Epic 4G and Shift 4G), along with it came an extra $10 fee that Sprint swore up and down wasn't a 4G tax. It wasn't, and it still isn't, and starting Jan. 30, everyone with a smartphone will be subject to the "$10 per month Premium Data add-on charge."

Note that if you're not currently using the EVO 4G, Epic 4G or Shift, but are using another smartphone (defined as "devices with robust operating systems bringing the full function of mobile applications and programs to life including Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, Palm, and the Instinct family of devices"), you're not going to be paying the extra $10 until you upgrade or activate another smartphone. In other words, you're grandfathered in.

In the press release announcing the change, Sprint says that its smartphone customers use, on average, 10 times more data than users of feature phones. (As well they should.)  [Sprint, 2]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Vibrant 4G shows itself

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T-Mobile Vibrant 4G

Behold, the T-Mobile Vibrant 4G, apparently. It largely looks like the original Vibrant, though it appears to be sporting a front-facing camera and is supposed to hook into TMo's HSPA+ "4G" network. Oh, and it's rumored to launch with Android 2.3, once Touchwiz is ported to it (which BGR explains is the reason it's unskinned in the pic above). Otherwise, same 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, and we'll wager it has the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor (though a slight speed boost wouldn't be out of the question). It's still rumored to be headed our way Feb. 23. [BGR]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile G2 free through Jan. 20

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T-Mobile G2

If you're looking to snag a T-Mobile G2 (check out our review) on the cheap, it's now available for the low, low price of free through Jan. 20. With it you get great keyboard, fast processor and that crazy locked-down hardware that took way too much time and effort to crack. (But cracked it was. Huzzah!) Anyhoo, you've got a couple days left to pull the trigger. Get it at the source link. [T-Mobile]

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3 years ago

Dance a jig with a robot in this new live wallpaper [video]

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The Android Market is filled with some pretty terrible live wallpapers. Most of them cause your device's battery to die faster or cause it to crash, constantly. But every once in awhile, we share one we think you guys might like. This particular live wallpaper is one of those. It's fairly simple in design and concept. It's a robot dancing the jigg -- you can't beat that! Developer Scipher Technologies has two versions available: free and donation ($0.99). Search for JiggBot Live in the Android Market. QR code and video after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant 4G launching Feb. 23?

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The Samsung Vibrant 4G, Samsung's latest upgrade from the original Samsung Vibrant is expected to launch on Feb 23, according to this leaked image. This release date may come as a bit of a shock to many, considering that the original Vibrant owners are still awaiting an update for their device to Android 2.2. Then again, we don't really know what the Vibrant 4G is, or what it's rocking, now do we? [via TmoNews]

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3 years ago

Bionic early upgrade, Thunderbolt just a Verizon EVO and what does rooted even mean? [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Hey, folks, hope you all had a great weekend. Another fun filled week of Android goodness is already off to a great start. Plenty of things happening in the forums right now. Also, if you're just starting out with Android and have some general questions and concerns remember our Help and How To forums is a great place to start. Don't be afraid to post whatever questions or concerns you may have, we're here to help.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account and start making some posts today!

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3 years ago

Google Listen app not auto-updating?

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Google Listen

Those of us who use Google Listen to (erm) listen to podcasts have been scratching our heads the past few days, as the app suddenly no longer wants to automatically update with new episodes. You can go through and do it manually for each podcast, but that kind of defeats the purpose. Hopefully we'll see a fix for that soon.

And then there's that other problem with Google Listen -- the World's Greatest Android Podcast still isn't in Listen's listings. No minor oversight, to be sure. :p [Google Listen Group] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Mr. Android goes missing in Ohio! [BOLO]

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Cricket Android Costume

Not quite sure how you could lose a 6-foot giant Android costume, but apparently that's what's happened with a Cricket Wireless retailer in Cincinnati. Yes, the "Mr. Android Costume" apparently fell off the back of a pickup truck "somewhere on Interstate 75 or 71 between Florence and Mason."

Cricket's offering a $1,000 reward if you find and/or return (hey, we know how weird some of you people are) the $4,500 Mr. Android. We're hopping on the first plane to Ohio to join in the search. [WLWT via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Derek!

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3 years ago

Dell Streak 7 launching February 2nd?

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For those of you waiting on the Dell Streak 7, it looks like you won't be waiting much longer. It's incredibly hard to see, but TmoNews got a hold of this picture listing the release date of the Streak 7 as Feb. 2. That's only a couple short weeks away, and it's a great successor to it's little brother the original Dell Streak. Will any of you be picking this up? Sound off in the forums! [TmoNews]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: FishNotes by Jimmy Houston

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FishNotes

Even hardcore Android geeks need a break from the shell and their code editor every now and then, and I like to spend some time getting a line wet at one of the many creeks and streams around my area.  I'm not the best fisherman around, and I'm certainly not at the level of expertise you see from fishing professionals (what a job, eh?), but like everyone else who shares my passion for angling, I'd love to catch more, and bigger, fish.  The secret to doing this, according to the experts, is to keep track of the when, where, and how you catch them so you can repeat what's successful, and have a plan for any conditions.

What if you had an application for your Android phone (any version of Android is supported) that could help, and even fill in many of the important details for you?  You would have the records and locations, and know what to look for the next time your out.  Well we have such an app, FishNotes by Jimmy Houston.  It's not cheap -- it checks in at a whopping $12.99, so I think it's pretty important to give this one a close look so you can decide if it's for you.  We cover it all, with a mess of screenshots and the download link, after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson committed to Android

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Sony Ericsson has confirmed what should be obvious to anyone taking a casual glance over their current product lineup -- the manufacturer is committed to the Android platform, at least for the moment. In an interview with Pocket-Lint, the company's acting head of global marketing, Steven Walker, explains why Sony Ericsson is lining up behind Android.

“We do think it’s important at this moment in time to focus our external messaging on Android based products. We see the need as an industry to galvanise behind the Android ecosystem to create a strong ecosystem for consumers.”

Despite the large number of Sony Ericsson Android devices currently shipping, and news of more to come, Walker says that they're keeping an "open mind towards Windows Phone 7." However, he notes that "there is clearly a galvanizing within the industry around Android as a creditable alternative to what’s out there, and we think that’s a good thing."

When asked about the problem of rolling out new versions of Android to its handsets, Walker said he believed that this wasn't an important issue for most consumers, but recognized that it was a concern for more "spec savvy" customers.

"We are launching a product in Q1 of this year running 2.3, we have recognised the need to have our products on the latest release. Last year we didn’t anticipate the strength of feeling that consumers would have towards the Android release. And again that was a learning experience of the first year of mass market Android smartphones.”

Sony Ericsson has previously promised "timely updates" for its upcoming Xperia Arc. Let's hope they can keep up with Google's rapid Android release schedule. [Pocket-Lint]

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3 years ago

For uploading Android applications, Amazon's Appstore UI wins out

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Android Market developer pageAmazon Appstore developer page

It's still way too early to tell how much traction Amazon's Android Appstore will gain. But we know developers have been testing the waters. And it makes sense. Registration is currently free (they've waived the $99 fee), Amazon has tens of millions of customers, and the more places your app is available, the more likely people will be to buy it.

Something that shouldn't be taken for granted is the actual experience of uploading applications to the respective markets. Amazon and Google are pretty even in what's they're doing. You upload an .apk, give it some metadata (keywords and the like), add some screen shots, and away you go.

Amazon's Appstore has a couple of additional features that are unique to it because Google (still, sigh) doesn't have a proper web portal. You can set the date that the app page will become visible to cusotmers, when you want to start preorders, when you want the app to be available for download, and when you want to discontinue sales of the app.

And beyond that, the developer portal UI is just much, much cleaner on Amazon's side. It's unlikely that'll matter too much to the developers -- after doing all that coding, a sparse (but utilitarian) uploading UI is probably the least of your concerns. But it's nice that Amazon put a little thought into it. We've got larger screenies after the break.

Do developers are pumping apps into the Amazon Appstore. At what rate? Unknown. It's only been open a couple of weeks now And we still don't know when it will open to customers. Stay tuned, folks.

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