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2 years ago

NFL releases official app for Honeycomb tablets

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The NFL season finally starts tonight (see our Essential Apps for the 2011 season), and the league has released a Honeycomb version of its official app, NFL'11.

With the app, you can access video on demand from the NFL Network, read news from around the league or filtered by team, follow live games and check stats. Gamecenter looks particularly good on the larger screen and will be essential for fans who can't watch or want to follow multiple games at once.

So if you're an NFL fan who has been waiting for official Honeycomb support, see links to the app after the break.

Thanks, Mel!

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2 years ago

One click root for Motorola Droid Bionic and other Moto phones running Android 2.3.4

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Just picked up your Motorola Droid Bionic, eh?  After you've got it charged and ready to roll, for many the next step will be to root it and strip out the loads of carrier bloat Verizon so kindly supplies.  That will be a simple affair thanks to Pete Souza and his one-click Motorola Root Tools. The Bionic and any other Motorola phone running the 2.3.4 version of Gingerbread (like the Droid 3 and the Droid X2) can be rooted with a minimum of fuss, needing only a correctly set-up USB driver and the cable that came with your phone. Pete has things set up with easy to follow instructions for Windows, Mac, and Linux so you'll be rock and rolling in no time.

Now for the big fat warnings -- currently, there is no way to roll back the Bionic to the factory state.  Once done, consider this permanent until further notice.  Also, word is that Motorola is well aware and will be patching this method shortly, so mind those OTA updates if you're considering the root road.  Any HTC EVO 4G user can tell you tales of woe and waiting once an update was accepted.  If you're clear on all this, and ready to go forward, hit the source link and have a go.

Source: Pete's Motorola Root Tools; More: Droid Bionic Forums

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2 years ago

Google Maps updated, lets you see places you've rated 4 and 5 star and attach photos to your reviews

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Big G has updated Google Maps to version 5.10.0, and with the update comes two features that users might just love -- the ability to see places you've rated 4 or 5 stars right on your map view, and the ability to attach a photo to a place review.

Some of us just use maps for the awesome turn-by-turn navigation, or to find that little seafood place your brother-in-law told you about with the great clam chowder, but places and check-ins are another great feature we rarely mention.  With today's update, they get pushed a little closer to the front of the action, with places you like showing up right on your map so you don't forget about them.  Could be awful handy for the business traveler, deadhead, or anyone who often finds themselves jaunting across the country in a different bed each night.  And to help others know about those great places you visit, you can attach a photo to your review.

OK, so it's not the biggest update in the world, but it does offer a nice bump for the folks who use the places features, and is a good way to get more of us to use them.  It will be interesting just how Google works places and reviews from Maps into things now that they've bought out Zagat.  Grab the update from the Android Market, or we've got a handy link after the break.

Thanks, Jason! 

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G arrives on Rogers and TELUS in Canada

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Both Rogers and TELUS have brought the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Canada, with the device now being available across retail locations today. Much like the US launch -- the WiFi only equipped Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been available for a while but the carrier released versions are touting that HSPA+ goodness some users simply must have in their Android tablets.

When it comes to purchasing options you have a few choices -- Rogers will gladly sell you the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on a three-year contract for $350 or $680 with no commitment. TELUS though isn't looking to tie you into a contract. Instead, they'll just offer you the tablet for $650 and hope that you opt to go with a tablet data plan of theirs. Need some more info about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 before deciding? Check out full review here.

Source: Rogers, TELUS

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2 years ago

Win two nights at the Staybridge Suites hotel for the Big Android BBQ in Austin, Texas

If you're planning on heading to Austin for the Big Android BBQ this year (we'll be there!) this one's for you -- we're giving away two nights at the Staybridge Suites hotel for a comfy place to crash after spending the day with a bunch of Android fans.  Check the details:

  • You're entering to win one room for two nights
  • The nights can be Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday Oct.1, or Saturday Oct.1 and Sunday Oct. 2
  • You're responsible for your own tickets to the event, and transportation
  • Having fun is mandatory

You'll want to be sure to check out all the details about the BBQ, and you can do that right here.  It looks to be a load of fun with a bunch of like-minded people, with good food and plenty of Android talk and tips.  You don't want to miss it.  To enter, hit the forums and drop a line in the contest thread. We'll see ya there!

Enter to win in the Android Central contest forums

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2 years ago

US Airways now offering mobile boarding passes

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If you're a frequent flyer on US Airways, they've announced some great news for you today that will help you out when traveling. US Airways passengers are now able to make use of their smartphones as mobile boarding passes in 14 U.S. airports with more planned as 2011 continues. As listed on the US Airways site:

  • Atlanta
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Jacksonville
  • Minneapolis
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Boston
  • New York LaGuardia
  • Orange County/Santa Ana
  • Washington DC (DCA)

We've taken a look at some of the top Android airline apps in the past, as well we have a great list of Android travel tips accumulated from our many ventures in the air. If you're going to be traveling, be it on business or vacation we've got the guides to help make things easier. Full press release from US Airways can be found past the break and if you need more info -- check out the US Airways website link below.

Source: Business Wire; More Info: US Airways

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic extended battery

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We're knee-deep into our Motorola Droid Bionic review (update: Read our comprehensive Droid Bionic Review!) but wanted to take a quick second to talk about the battery. Specifically, let's talk about the Droid Bionic's extended battery.

We're all in the midst of testing this dual-core LTE phone, hopefully will see better battery life than some of its predecessors. But an extended battery is definitely still an option, and this one bumps you up to 2760 mAh, from the stock 1735 mAh.

And the DB's extended battery doesn't add as much heft or girth to the phone as we'd feared. It does require an bigger batter cover, but it's nicely designed and while it makes the phone thicker, it does so in a pretty stylish manner and still feels pretty good in the hand. The larger battery door is nicely contoured and doesn't have nearly the same sharp lines as the extended battery door on the HTC ThunderBolt.

We've got more pics and hands-on video after the break if you're still on the fence. Check it out.

Motorola Droid Bionic Extended Battery | All Motorola Droid Bionic Batteries

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

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The Walkman brand might not be as synonymous with portable music as it once was, but it's continued to live on in Sony Ericsson's Walkman line of phones. In the past, these have typically been mid-to-low-end devices as opposed to anything with true smartphone functionality. That changes with the launch of the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, though, which is the first Android-powered Walkman device. Despite its budget leanings, the Live is no slouch, with a 1GHz second-gen Snapdragon and Android 2.3.4 on-board.

We got an early look at the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman at the Xperia Party in London last night, and you can check out our first video walkthrough of the device after the jump.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

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The Xperia Arc is one of our favorite phones of 2011. Sony Ericsson really knocked it out of the park earlier this year, bringing to market a device with stunning aesthetics, solid specs and the best camera on any Android smartphone. So when they announced the Xperia Arc S -- a beefed-up Arc with a faster 1.4GHz CPU and updated software -- we were eager to put it through its paces. And that's exactly what we did yesterday, at the manufacturer's Xperia Party event in London.

Join us after the break to find out what we thought...

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2 years ago

Google acquires Zagat to help with local search offerings

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If you thought Google was done with their acquisitions for now, today's announcement of them acquiring Zagat may come as a surprise. However, Zagat in the past has put themselves up for sale and considering what Zagat can offer Google, when you think about it -- it's not really all that surprising. So where will Zagat fit into the Google ecosystem? As outlined on the Google blog:

Zagat will be a cornerstone of our local offering—delighting people with their impressive array of reviews, ratings and insights, while enabling people everywhere to find extraordinary (and ordinary) experiences around the corner and around the world.

With Zagat, we gain a world-class team that has more experience in consumer based-surveys, recommendations and reviews than anyone else in the industry. Founded by Tim and Nina Zagat more than 32 years ago, Zagat has established a trusted and well-loved brand the world over, operating in 13 categories and more than 100 cities.

Google will take the user-generated content gathered from Zagat and presumably insert it into things such as Hotpot, Places and Maps. That in turn will allow Google to provide its users with reviews and recommendations for restaurants around the world. Right now, the details of the deal haven't been disclosed but previously when Zagat was up for sale, the asking price was estimated to be around $200 million.

Source: Google, Zagat

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