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4 years ago

Getting Started with Android guide [From the forums]

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From the Android Central Forums 

Android Central Forums user milomindbender has posted one of the most complete and detailed guides I have ever seen for introduction new Android users to the features and functions of their phone. The guide features everything from a basic overview of the OS to a list of the most popular and useful apps in a number of categories, all with great pictures and diagrams to illustrate the topics being covered.

Any readers that are new to Android or thinking about switching to it should head on over right now, and probably bookmark the thread as well. Even if you are a longtime user of Android, head on past the link to appreciate the quality and effort that went into this guide -- who knows, you might actually learn something new, too! [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for October 21, 2010

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apps

For many of us the hunt for a new application is on that is done nearly every day, and some times there is gold to be found, and others we come up empty. For those that have hit a dry spell, or those just simply looking for a new application to try without having to search for hours, check out what we use on a daily basis on our devices!

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4 years ago

What the hell is this running on an HTC Touch Dual?

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Is this Gingerbread?

Whilst wandering through some comments on Gizmodo, we came a link to purported Gingerbread video from Mother Russia.  I don't speak Russian, and I don't read Cyrillic, so we found someone who does. His rough translation is after the break.

I do know that hackers have had Android running on the HTC Touch Dual for quite a while -- videos go back far longer than a year ago -- but this is the first time we've heard (or even thought) the word Gingerbread associated with one, or any phone other than the Nexus One for that matter.

Is it Gingerbread?  Hell, I don't know.  I doubt it.  And the translation makes that all the more clear when the phone in question is referred to as the Nexus 2. But it's certainly not running stock Froyo; you can see when he swipes the launcher bar to enter "helicopter" view.  But it runs so well on such old hardware I figure it's worth sharing.  Have a look at the video after the break, and let the rumor mill begin. [Gizmodo] Thanks, Anton!

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4 years ago

Charleston, WVa., will be one of the first areas to get LTE

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West Virginia

Some of us think it's "almost heaven," and thanks to Verizon it just got a little more heavenly with the announcement that Charleston, WVa., will be among the first metro areas to launch LTE.  (It's interesting that it wasn't a part of Verizon's LTE announcement at CTIA.) In addition, nine other West Virginia cities will also be part of Verizon's LTE network.  If one of those cities happens to be Martinsburg, listen for big 'ol YEE-HAW from someone who never thought he would see 4G in any shape or form in his neck of the woods.  Look for a full announcement Oct 27. from Verizon and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin.

And I'm not even going to go into the politics, why's, or how's, except to say that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) happens to be the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology.  [Verizon, list of launch cities] Thanks to everyone who sent this one in!

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4 years ago

Logitech shows off video calling for Google TV -- big smiles not included

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The Logitech Revue Google TV box should start reaching doorsteps any time now (or you can snag one today at Best Buy) doing more than just making TV content easier to access. It is also letting you connect with your family and friends through video conferencing. It's crazy to think that you can peak into your friends house while being across the globe. Even though video calling has been around for quite some time now, it is another additional feature for those who want to shell out more money for the Logitech TV Cam. Check after the break to see the camera in action. Oh yeah -- big smiles not guaranteed. [Logitech]

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4 years ago

Google Voice Search adds Russian, Polish, Czech, Turkish

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Google Voice Search

Good news for those of you who speak Russian, Polish, Czech or Turkish -- Google Voice Search now supports you, too. You can now get your search on in your native tongue. Just another reminder of how widespread Android is. Congrats! [via Google]

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4 years ago

Introducing our 'Member Favorites' forum

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Android Central forums Member Favorites

For most of us, the best part about having a smartphone is the applications.  From its humble beginnings a year and a half ago, to today's 90,000-odd apps in more than 30 countries, the Android Market is filled with apps that offer just about anything you or I will ever think of.  Sorting through them all looking for the hidden gems can be a daunting task for even the seasoned smartphone vetran.

Sure, tools like AppBrain and our weekly editor picks help, but now we're going one step further with our Member Favorites forum.  It's chock full of polls and posts that feature what you guys think is the cream of the crop in almost every category, and we're counting on you to make it the first stop on the 'net to see what people like ourselves think about apps, which ones are favorites, and why.  Check out the Member Favorites forum, and let the world know what you think today!

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4 years ago

Docs to Go 3.0 for Android now available

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Documents to Go 3.0

Weren't we just talking about Docs to Go 3.0? And sure enough, it's now available in the Android Market. Version 3.001 will run you $14.99. But judging by the number of e-mails we've already gotten, that likely won't be that big a deal for many of you. Download link after the break, folks. Thanks to everybody who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Blurry Gingerbread pic now a blurry video, shows blinking power-off

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Android Gingerbread

Remember that really blurry picture that reportedly shows Gingerbread? It hasn't gotten any clearer, but now it's moving. Phandroid has the video it apparently was ripped from, and it shows a pretty cool old-school TV-like blinking of the screen when you press the power button. Check it out after the break. [Phandroid]

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4 years ago

Epic 4G modded to charge on Palm Touchstone

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I think we can admit that we're all just a bit jealous of Palm's Touchstone charging station. The act of simply plugging your phone into its charger doesn't pose any real challenge, and it's nothing new in the world of electronic devices. But there's no cool factor there, and fumbling around for your charger in the dark is no fun.

Perhaps that's what drove forum member d94 to sacrifice his warranty, time, and potentially his Epic 4G to bring us this impressive mod. In the nine pictures posted in his thread, it almost looks like an easy mod with minimal soldering and "Oh god I hope I don't break this" moments. Perhaps an easy task for the seasoned modder.

According to d94, not a single one of the Epic's basic functions had to be sacrificed for this mod either. The charging LED still behaves the same way, and when mounted in his car, GPS is fully functional.

So if your Epic 4G has had to sit on the sidelines while the Evo 4G got comfy on the Touchstone, here is your chance! Get into his thread and get to work. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Hands-on with Winamp for Android: Great music app, easy wireless syncing

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Winamp for Android

I've never really gotten into playing music on my phone, for one reason or another. That ends today, with Nullsoft's Winamp hitting the Android Market in a beta version. That's right, the same Winamp that was my very first desktop player some 13 years ago (back when a 6-megabyte music file didn't seem to make any sense).

So what do we get here? A simple but powerful multimedia player, complete with widget and homescreen music controls. And, best of all, is the ability to add music to your phone over Wifi. Syncing music (or anything, for that matter) has never been terribly easy on Android. With Winamp, it's just a few clicks.

You really have to see this in action. Full video review of Winamp and Wifi sync is after the break, folks, along with download links.

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4 years ago

Select users testing Android 2.1 on Cliq

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Motorola Cliq testing

The wait for Android 2.1 on the Motorola Cliq continues, but we've gotten word that field trials are about to get under way, with a couple of thousand users asked to give Eclair a go. We've already seen Eclair leaked and running on the Cliq, and Moto's own update list still says it's slated for the new software in late Q3/early Q4, so we should be seeing it any time now, hopefully. Couple of more shots after the break, and you can try to get in on the testing here.

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4 years ago

HTC Bee and Desire dummy units arive at Alltel locations

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htcbee/desire

What have we here now? Looks like that HTC Bee leak that we saw with Alltel branding that just surfaced should have been a clear sign that it was coming, but we wouldn't have realized it would be just this soon! Shots were sent in from an Alltel location showing off the HTC Bee and the Desire dummy units, which is great for everyone still on Alltel waiting for some new Android choices. [via Droid-Life]

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4 years ago

Galaxy S Froyo updates will return sometime in November, Samsung says

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Samsung Galaxy S Froyo

Remember how the source code for the Samsung Galaxy S' Froyo update was released a few days ago? It actually was pulled pretty quickly, and now Samsung UK says it'll be back "from early November" and that "all operator versions to be available by the end of November." Chances are they mean European operators, but that's OK. Because November's just a week and a half away, and any release of source code puts us all a few steps closer to official updates. [Twitter via BGR]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile to introduce tiered data pricing

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 New T-Mobile data pricing structure

Earlier this month, T-Mobile reduced its "unlimited" data cap to 5GB, but took the unusual (and welcome!) step of merely throttling users that go over this limit, rather than charging them fines. It seems that change was in preparation for a whole slew of bigger ones at America's number four carrier -- tiered data is in. Phones will now be put into one of three categories with the following data plans:

  • Feature phones: (nothing running Android will fall under this category) no data plan required, 200MB or 5GB optional
  • Standard smartphones: (think Motorola Charm) 200MB plan minimum, 5GB plan optional
  • Premium smartphones: - (G2, myTouch 4G, etc) 5GB "unlimited" plan required

As for pricing, the 200MB plan will run you just $10 per month for both Even More and Even More Plus plan holders. For the 5GB plan, Even More users will fork over $30 per month, while Even More Plus owners will get a slight discount at $25 per month. [TmoNews]

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