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2 years ago

Bionic is coming, Internal reset method [From the Forums]

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Eric Schmidt not big on Ice Cream Sandwich name, HTC is suing App again and the Droid Bionic is officially official - goes without saying it has been an interesting day on the blogs. If you're looking for more news, android discussion or even some help with your Android device make sure you check in to the Android Central forums:

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2 years ago

Eric Schmidt not big on Ice Cream Sandwich name, says it's coming Oct./Nov.

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Youtube link for mobile viewing (fwd to 30:25)

The best part about Eric Schmidt's brief -- and we do mean brief ... almost in passing -- mention of Ice Cream Sandwich at the Salesforce Dreamforce 2011 keynote isn't that he says it'll be out sometime in October/November.  That's a time frame that should surprise no one, and really doesn't divulge anything, no matter how many times you parse it. Instead, it's the disdain Papa Schmidt has for the ICS nickname that's the real juicy nugget, albeit a minor real juicy nugget. Check it out in the video above. The transcript doesn't do it justice. You can hear him rolling his eyes.

We pretty much feel the same way, though. Froyo was gold for a headline writer. Gingerbread, eh, we can live with it. Ice Cream Sandwich is somebody getting back at us. Yeah, we're taking it personally.

Anyhoo, here's what Schmidt had to say:

"We have a new operating system, internally known as 'Ice Cream Sandwich' for some reason, which is being released in October-November, which everybody is very excited about."

So it's coming sometime in October or November. Maybe late October. Or maybe early October. Or maybe early November. Or maybe late November. Possibly in the middle of one month, or in the middle of the other. Parse it all you want. Dude said "October-November." And with that, we're going to have a cheeseburger.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in

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2 years ago

HTC sues Apple again, this time with patents acquired from Google

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Last month HTC sued Apple for patent infringement, which was one lawsuit among many in the tech world these days. HTC has now filed another lawsuit, but this time it's directly related to patents that the Taiwanese manufacturer acquired from Google recently.

HTC received nine patents from Google last year, many of which are now being used in the courts.

Three of the patents originally belonged to Openwave and are being used in a complaint with the International Trade Commission. Four were Motorola's before and are now being used by HTC in a suit in the federal court in Delaware. All of these are being directed at one company: Apple. This is most likely due to Apple being the first to shoot.

This is just another chapter in the ongoing patent war. Get comfy, because it's going to be a lengthy dispute. Stay tuned.

Source: Bloomberg

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2 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Digital Hive Live Wallpaper

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I'm a huge fan of Honeycomb. I think Google developed something really cool with the TRON-like aesthetic, plus all of the bee-related imagery appeals to me. By default, I use the included hive wallpaper that's built into Honeycomb. Since I stumbled upon the Digital Hive Live Wallpaper, though, I'm not sure if I can ever go back.

Digital Hive Live Wallpaper looks just like the standard hive wallpaper, except now the hexagons hover in the air and sort of pulse up and down. If you touch one of the hexagons, it will respond to your touch and move accordingly. It's totally pointless, but a cool touch nonetheless.

On the wallpaper settings menu, you've got a number of settings to mess with and perfect your digital hive experience. The first setting is line quality, with two settings. If you're on a tablet or a high-end phone, you'll probably want to opt for the high quality. Otherwise, there's the standard quality.

Next are all of the color options. You're able to save three colors of your choosing, and then you can pick one of them to be the color source (the actual color of the shapes on the wallpaper). Choosing a color is easy as can be. All you do is pick the color spectrum you want to be in, then drag the little circle to your preferred shade.

There's also a "battery level" option for the color. If you pick this, your wallpaper will change colors depending on if your battery is full, at 50% (or less), or about to die. If you leave it alone, they'll be green, yellow, and red, respectively, but you can mess with those, too.

There's also options for motion (pulsing and whatnot), enabling touch response, and amplifying motion (which looks great on a tablet's full screen).

Performance-wise, I'd say there might be just the slightest bit of hang when moving from screen to screen, but that might just be my own paranoia about having a live wallpaper slow down my screen swiping. Overall, speed is mostly there, so I'm not sure if it's a combination of the floating shapes and the orientation moving along with each screen, but be aware.

Digital Hive Live Wallpaper goes for 99 cents in the Android Market. If you're as big a fan of the Honeycomb design as I am, it's something I'd definitely check out.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Legal filing lends credence to claims of Google showing preferential treatment

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Carriers, manufacturers who play nice get 'non-contractual time to market advantage'

Can't say this surprises us much. Think back to mid-May, when This is my Next's Nilay Patel did a bang-up job explaining that whole Google-Skyhook brouhaha and the alleged strong-arming of carriers and manufacturers to conform to Google's way of thinking (developing, really) when it comes to Android.

Fast forward to now. FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller has been dissecting documents just filed in the Oracle v. Google case (which involves the Java code used in Android), and tucked in there is the bit of a bombshell you see highlighted above. Let's take a look.

"Do not develop in the open. Instead, make source code available after innovation is complete."

Sounds horrible, doesn't it? But that's actually the way Google's been doing things all along. It all goes back to your definition of Android being "open." Or, as our iPhone-loving pal Rene likes to call it, "Openy." Yes, Android is "Open source" in that the code is eventually made public. (At least it was until we got to Android 3.x, which is still locked up tight.) But Android's never really been developed in public view. For that, look to my favorite example, Mozilla. You get nightly builds. Changes to the source code are immediately made public. Same goes for the CyanogenMod project. While it's based off the released Android Open Source project code, from that point out it's a community endeavor.

No, it's the second bullet point that's more damning.

"Give early access to the software to partners who build and distribute devices to our specification (ie, Motorola and Verizon). They get a non-contractual time to market advantage and in return they align to our standard."

That's really not a surprise either, but it's more evidence that in the land of Android hardware development, it's not exactly a level playing field. (We're also wondering just where Verizon putting Bing on a number of phones fits into aligning to Google's standard.)

This, of course, is all the more important since Google purchased Motorola. While Andy Rubin said that Motorola will remain independent and that it won't become the de facto manufacturer for the Nexus line, documents like this aren't exactly giving us warm, fuzzy feelings.

Source: FOSS Patents

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2 years ago

Citrix GoToMeeting now available for more devices, comes preloaded on the Droid Bionic

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Back when the Motorola Droid 3 launched, one of the pre-loaded applications on the device was Citrix GoToMeeting along with Citrix Receiver. Now, Citrix has released the app to more Android devices in addition to their announcement of it also being pre-loaded on the upcoming Droid Bionic. (Just as it did on the Droid 3.)

These days, more people are leaving the confines of their offices and handling business on the go from their mobile devices. Citrix GoToMeeting allows you to attend those important meetings no matter where you are.

  • Quick session entry: Join meetings in seconds by clicking a link in an email or clicking the GoToMeeting icon and entering the meeting ID.
  • VoIP integrated audio: Quickly connect to audio through the Internet using the built-in mic and speakers.
  • Audio controls: Mute yourself to eliminate background noise while on the go.
  • Zoom in on meeting content: Zoom meeting content up to 200% by pinching the screen.
  • Portrait or landscape view: Flip your Android device to adjust your view of meeting content.
  • See who’s attending: View a list of meeting attendees.

The app is available now in the Android Market as a free download. You'll find the full press release and download link past the break should you need more info.

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to forward or reply all in gmail

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2 years ago

RIM sponsoring 50 meetups nationwide to woo Android devs to BlackBerry Playbook

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What's all this, then? Research in Motion -- aka BlackBerry-maker RIM -- is sponsoring 50 meetups nationwide to help woo Android developers in to making their apps available on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The PlayBook, as you'll recall, has some sort of witchery that allows Android apps to run sandboxed within the QNX OS.

Going to developers directly is a must for RIM in this case. While everybody crows that the PlayBook runs Android apps, it's not as if it has access to the Android Market and its hundreds of thousands of applications. So each dev will have to be won independently.

Will this work in any real numbers? We'll just have to see.

Source: Meetup; via BerryReview, CrackBerry

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2 years ago

Are you ready for some football? Essential apps for the 2011 season

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Whether you’re a college fan, a pro fan or both, football season is finally just around the corner. That means you’ll be wanting to know what Android apps can accompany you to keep you updated during the season. This list should help you whether you want to manage your fantasy teams or just want live scoring updates from your favorite team. Let’s get started:

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Destroy Gunners F

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Giant mechs have always held a special place in my heart. Be it the Megazord from Power Rangers (only the Mighty Morphin' variety), Xenogears, or even Gundam, giant robots have always been awesome. For us Android lovers, Destroy Gunners F looks to fill the mech-themed void on our platform with an imaginative and well designed game.

Destroy Gunners F thrusts you straight into battle, via the Score Attack or Extra Play options. There's no robot customization, no picking your decals, nothing. Pick a gameplay mode and you're put in the game's one robot model, outfitted with a number of weapon and an even larger number of adversaries that're trying to take you down.

Movement is controlled via the virtual joystick on the left side of the screen and firing is actually controlled by moving your finger on the screen. For example, if you want to lock on some missiles, drag the targeting circle over the bad guys, let it lock, and release to fire. The same is true with the other weapons, sans the locking on. Also, be aware you can't move and fire the cannon!

The left and right arrows on the right side of the screen are used to pan the camera around, so you can move the camera without using up vital ammunition. Tapping on the weapon button changes your equipped weapon, so you can always pick the right tool for the job. If it sounds like a bit much, don't worry. Everything flows really well, and being able to strafe so effectively while firing is implemented really well. To top it all off, you've also just a jet (jump) button, but it's placement seemed so awkward to me, I never really used it.

Because Destroy Gunners F only gives you the one robot, you're only really competing for the highest score. Score is affected by enemies destroyed, life remaining, time, etc. If you get bored trying to beat your own scores, Destroy Gunners F is OpenFeint enabled, so you can try and best other people's scores, too. As a matter of fact, there's a marquee at the bottom of the screen giving you someone's "score to beat" in each of the game modes.

Destroy Gunners F definitely has an Armored Core feel to it, for those who played that series back on the Playstation. The graphics are well done, the mech fighting and controls are tight, and the weapons palette is fairly varied, considering you can't customize anything. Best of all, it's free, so if you want to relive your mech-loving days, Destroy Gunners F is definitely worth checking out.

Download links are after the break.

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