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2 years ago

Microsoft releases API and tools to connect Messenger, SkyDrive, and Hotmail data to mobile apps

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Microsoft has released a set of tools and samples that now makes it a good bit easier to get users Windows Live data from Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger for smartphone applications, including Android apps.  Developers will only need to enter the application name and language used, and then they will receive a client ID and secret token.  These are then used in your application to allow the user to sign in via the web, with no back-end needed for this from the developers.  Microsoft provides a working sample to view a user's SkyDrive photos, with more examples to follow.

Microsoft, as much as anyone, understands the open platform model.  It's been good to them over the years, and it's nice to see simple and effective methods to access user account data across mobile platforms. I hope some developers out there with the "next great idea" for a Windows Live app takes advantage of them.  Drop us a line if that sounds like you!

Source: Windows Live team blog

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic ... 'Coming soon'

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At this point it's just a matter of time before the Motorola Droid Bionic turns up for sale and available to all -- however, Verizon still appears to be swaying on the side of caution and maintaining as much secrecy as humanly possible. What you see above is a new Verizon display unit that is clearly missing a unit. That space, looks like a like it could house a device with a 4.3-inch display much like the Droid Bionic has doesn't it? In any event, we're still stuck in "wait and see mode" here.

Source Droid Forums; via: Android Central Forums; Thanks, Anthony!

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2 years ago

Costco pulling the Motorola Atrix for 'new handset coming soon'?

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Now this is a wee bit interesting. We've gotten word that the Motorola Atrix 4G soon will be off Costco's shelves as some sort of "inventory pullback," and that "a new handset (is) coming soon." And that "coming soon" date appears to be as early as Sunday, July 24. What might that new handset be? An Atrix inventory replenishment? Some sort of tweaked Atrix? Something completely different? News at 11.

Thanks, ninjroid!

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2 years ago

Three customers getting unbranded HTC Desire Gingerbread update

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Good news for HTC Desire owners on British network Three -- the carrier has confirmed today that it'll be pushing out the official Gingerbread update for the popular handset as soon as it's made available by HTC. No waiting around for network testing or the addition of carrier-mandated bloatware, instead Three-branded Desires will get the update at the same time as unbranded phones. In a post on its official Twitter account, a Three rep said --

Three customers will get this update as soon as HTC release it, there is not a Three version

The Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire is currently in the final stages of testing at HTC, and is expected by the end of the month.

Source: @ThreeUK

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2 years ago

Bionic inches near, Lost music files [From the Forums]

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Another Thursday night is here and we're gearing up for another epic Android Central podcast this evening. While we get ready, you all can mingle amongst yourselves in the Android Central forums. Some of the threads below should keep you busy, just make sure you come back in time for the podcast:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble Nook Touch review

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The all-new Nook (aka the Nook Touch) is Barnes & Noble’s follow-up to its successful e-reader of the same name, which for months served as the Kindle’s primary competitor. Barnes & Noble also has the Nook Color, an intriguing e-reader/tablet hybrid running Android that is universally accepted as one of the most affordable tablets on the market. The newly released Nook Touch should be seen as a competitor to the original Nook, not the Nook Color because it is designed to perform one function well: to serve as an e-reader. It runs Android, but will you get a full Android tablet experience on it? Read on to find out.

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2 years ago

Android Market now gives developers option for multiple APKs per app listing

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Here's an interesting little addition to the Android Market for developers: You can now upload multiple APK files for a single listing. That is, you can have one app name (and one package name), with multiple versions of the app file. Why do that? A dev could have one APK for tablets, and another for smartphones. Or one for one screen size, and one for another screen size. The Market keeps all of the same listing information -- screen shots, description, comments, etc. -- and aggregates stats and billing.

For most of you out there, you shouldn't notice a thing. But it's a nice addition for the folks working behind the scenes.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 delayed in Canada, will now ship Aug. 19

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Back in June, we reported that both Best Buy and Future Shop were taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1; those orders were originally supposed to ship July 22. According to their websites now, however, the device isn't listed to arrive until Aug. 19. This news is probably disappointing to our Canadian friends, who have been excited to finally be able to get the Tab 10.1 starting tomorrow. Either due to Samsung, Best Buy or Future Shop, you'll have to wait another month.

Source: Best Buy; Future Shop

Thanks JSKershaw!

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2 years ago

Grab your overalls, Green Farm is now available in the Android Market

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If you're a fan of farming games, you'll be glad to hear that Green Farm by Gameloft is now available in the Android Market. That's right, you can raise crops, trees, and livestock, earn coins to buy seeds, animals, and buildings and even learn to make cheese or become a carpenter, all without getting your hands dirty. (Note to Green Farm online players: This farm doesn’t connect to your online farm, but you can build a new one on your mobile device.) You can grab Green Farm free in the Android Market, download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Zombie bugdroids spotted at Comic-Con

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If you're headed to the San Diego Comic-Con you'll want to be on the look out for these awesome little fellas. Customized from the Android collectible series these bugdroids are just hanging out waiting to be scooped up and brought home -- although, you'd have to be pretty hard core to lay down $100 for one, but I have no room to talk on that matter since I have quite a few of the originals around my place.

Source: +Eileen Rivera (from our pals at All About Android)

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