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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 spotted in AT&T store a bit early

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The Motorola Atrix 2 should be hitting AT&T store shelves Sunday Oct. 16, but in at least one location they are already sitting pretty and ready for fondling.  A reader sent these pics in, saying that the manager of his local AT&T store has already put them out "by mistake".  He goes on to tell us two pretty interesting things -- the H+ icon in the status bar has been replaced with a "4G" logo, and the screen on the new models is good enough that he doesn't think it's a pentile matrix display.  While the network icon is pretty lulzworthy, the news about an improved screen is good to hear.  Maybe this is a worthy refresh after all?  hit the break for another pic, and check out our hands-on.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Dear Molly Rants: Let's talk about Android 'fragmentation' ...

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Dear, Molly Wood. How's it going? Couldn't help but notice your latest rant about Android. (We've had a few ourselves.) And while we, being the biggest and best Android community, well, anywhere, think it's swell you've been giving Android a go (especially as other platforms have been wooing you), we need to clear a few things up here, particularly regarding this whole "fragmentation" thing that's got you down.

Let's everybody hold hands and hit that little "Read more" link below, shall we?

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2 years ago

X10 AirPad mini-review

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We don't normally worry about the really low-end Android tablets floating around out there, because they always seem to disappoint.  We had to make an exception when we heard about the X10 AirPad, though.  X10 is a company many of us know -- they've been around forever since 1978 and have sold many a gadget to many a gadget-lover.  And since the AirPad checks in at under $200, we figured it might be the one.

Gingerbread and a 7-inch form factor doesn't get enough love anyway -- right?  hit the break, and have a look at a video review, some pics, and all the details.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Dexter

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If you’re a fan of the show Dexter on Showtime, then you’ll want to check out the official Android app. Showtime is doing some cool things with complimentary apps for its shows, including the popular series Weeds and the aforementioned Dexter.

When you open the app, you’ll be presented with the home screen, which displays four tabs up top as well as six main features rotating on the main screen. These include guest stars for the upcoming season, behind the scenes looks, a glance at the widget and even an opportunity to watch the season premiere on your device. The four tabs that can be found up top are: Home, The Show, Videos and Photobooth.

  • Home: includes all of the options listed above
  • The Show: this tab contains 5 subtabs called About, Episodes, Airtimes, Cast, and Extras. About provides a premise for the show including the new season. Episodes allows you to sort through past shows, read recaps and watch video clips. Airtime lists all of the upcoming Dexter episodes available on various networks.  Cast provides bios and pictures of the main cast members and Extras includes wallpapers and the official Twitter account for the show
  • Videos: The Videos tab includes a full episode available for free as well as behind the scenes clips for the fans that love extras
  • Photobooth: Photobooth allows you to to put a picture of yourself inside a theme based on Dexter. Themes include Dark Angel, Kill Wall, Kill Suit, Miami Badge and Suspect File

Dexter is a fantastic app for anyone who is a fan of the popular Showtime series. It is a perfect compliment to the TV show. It's a free app available from the Android Market, we've got links after the break.

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2 years ago

Hot SGS II, Explain ICS [From the Forums]

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The weekend is upon us and that means you'll have some to catch up on all the latest Android news you may have missed from this week -- there was plenty to go around. You can jump back a few pages or check out the Android Central forums for more Android talk.

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

Google Voice slowly gaining MMS support

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Some great news for Google Voice users has arrived today. MMS support has now become a priority and is slowly rolling out to users accounts. As noted on the Google Voice Blog:

MMS has been one of the constant feature requests since we launched Google Voice and we’ve been hard at work trying to make this happen.

Today, we're happy to announce that we've made the first step in our efforts to bring this feature to our users. Google Voice users are now able to receive pictures and other multimedia messages from Sprint subscribers. The multimedia attachments will display on their mobile forwarding phone and in their email inbox when they enable text to email forwarding in their Google Voice settings. We are also planning on making them display in the Google Voice inbox.

We are working with other mobile operators to make this work across all mobile phones and will update our users as more and more operators offer support for this.

Posted by Ilya Frank, Senior Software Engineer

For now, only Sprint customers can make use of the MMS features but as noted -- Google is working with other carriers to have it implemented as soon as possible. Anyone been waiting on this?

Source: Google Voice Blog

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2 years ago

Google lightens their load - Buzz, Code Search and Jaiku laid to rest

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It had to happen at some point considering it was noted during Google Q3 earnings call on Thursday. Google Buzz, the short-lived social service that was never widely used and flawed from the start has been put to rest. Along with it, Code Search and Jaiku will soon be wiped from the interwebs. As noted on the Google Blog:

  • Code Search, which was designed to help people search for open source code all over the web, will be shut down along with the Code Search API on January 15, 2012.
  • In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won't be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.
  • Jaiku, a product we acquired in 2007 that let users send updates to friends, will shut down on January 15, 2012. We’ll be working to enable users to export their data from Jaiku.
  • Several years ago, we gave people the ability to interact socially on iGoogle. With our new focus on Google+, we will remove iGoogle's social features on January 15, 2012. iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle applications, will stay as they are.
  • The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to our search results for a small number of approved academic researchers, will close on January 15, 2012.

While we doubt anyone will miss Buzz all that much since Google+ is what they should have done from the beginning. Code Search though was something I used often so that will be missed. Also on its way out is the Google Labs website where things will be replaced by Product Search.

Source: Google Blog

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2 years ago

Grab the Motorola Atrix 2 or Samsung Stratosphere from Costco next week

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If you're eyeing the Motorola Atrix 2 (releasing on Oct. 16), or the Samsung Stratosphere (released Oct. 13), and are a member at Costco, you may want to hold off until next week, when both are available at the warehouse giant.  A lot of little perks come with buying a phone from Costco, the best of which is their generous return policy, and whatever news comes on Oct. 19 from Hong Kong from the Ice Cream Sandwich event may just make you want to take advantage of it.  Costco isn't firm on the exact dates in this memo, and we don't know exactly how much you'll save buying it from them versus the carriers storefront, but a little patience may just pay off.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Site that sells phones gets early SEO love by posting unannounced device at a higher price than you'll likely actually pay

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Make sense?

This happens a lot, folks, so let's explain it again: A website that sells phones -- a third-party retailer, if you will -- knows just as well as you or I that the Galaxy Nexus (aka the Nexus Prime, aka the Samsung GT-i9250) is going to be announced next week. So it takes a leaked picture and slaps it up on its site, and gets us all to write about it. It's an SEO play. Oh, and that $749 asking price and $949 retail price? We'd be shocked if that's really what an unlocked Galaxy Nexus costs.

In fact, we're not even going to list the website that's listed the Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus is coming. It'll be announced Wednesday in Hong Kong. (That's Tuesday evening in the States.) We'd wait until then before plopping down any money.

But in the meantime, you can visit our Galaxy Nexus forums, which we absolutlely have had live long before the phone is announced in hopes that you'll click on it and give us better SEO. But then again, we're not selling it to you for $749.

(And in other news, yes, the phone we first told you will be coming to Verizon is showing up in Verizon's inventory systems. Whodathunkit?)

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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2 years ago

Samsung ChatON Mobile Messenger now available

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Back when it was announced in August, Samsung had no official launch date for their ChatON messaging service so many were left to wonder what, exactly it would arrive. As it turns out, it's available now in the Android Market. For now, it's available for Android and Bada phones but iOS and BlackBerry support is coming, making it a complete cross-platform messaging service with plenty of features:

  • Group Chat
  • Image Sharing
  • Video Sharing
  • Music Sharing
  • Location Sharing

In order to use the service you'll need a device running Android 2.2 or higher, which shouldn't be a problem for most folks. You can find the download link past the break, however -- at the moment it seems as though a lot of people are jumping on to get activated and servers are a little bogged down.

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