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3 years ago

Android 101: How to set screen brightness

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As we all know, battery life is something that we all keep an eye on with Android devices, and one of the biggest offenders in this is the brightness of the display.

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3 years ago

How to force the new Facebook layout onto your Android device

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Facebook is silently rolling around a behind-the-scenes update that brings a slightly revamped interface to the application. While this update is not a market update, it is something that users have been able to force onto their device before they got it officially. To force this update to your device follow a few simple steps and you should be all set.

  1. Launch the application
  2. Press lots of buttons inside the application, while hitting back quickly to back out of it until the application Force Closes
  3. Accept the Force Close and then relaunch the application
  4. Enjoy your new interface

OK, that's kind of the hard way, right? The trick is to make the app check in with Facebook to get the updated UI. (Complete with the little spinning categories thing.) Sure you could sit around and wait for the update, but where is the fun in that? Get to pressing and hoping for that force close, and be sure to let us know if it worked for you!

Thanks, Tobias!

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: GateGuru

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GateGuru has made its way onto Android, bringing with it a sort of mashup of Foursquare and travel apps such as Tripit and FlightTrack.

When you first launch GateGuru, you'll get a long list of airports, with their three-letter abbreviation. You can flick through the list, or type to drill down through it. The list is long, but not complete. Your airport might not be listed. The GateGuru folks say they're adding airports all the time.

Airports that are on the list have pretty comprehensive guides, however. For example: Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has five concourses. And GateGuru's got a map of the entire complex, checkpoint wait times, and breakdowns of the shops, restaurants and services that are available there -- plus photos.

For the social aspect, you can check in at various airport locations, leave tips and reviews, and ear points for doing so.

GateGuru also serves as a decent travel planner, too. It can tie into your Tripit account and import itineraries. It's not quite as in-depth as we'd like to see (in-flight information and other flight info would be a worthwhile addition).

So is it the perfect travel app? Not just yet. But GateGuru is an interesting mix between being an all business travel app and more of a social check-in app. And that it's free makes it painless to try out. Check out our hands-on video and find download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread update for the Sprint Galaxy Tab coming July 5

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Having only recently picked up an original Samsung Galaxy Tab for myself, I can relate to the many users out there that have one and are not currently running Gingerbread on it. Fortunately I was able load Gingerbread on mine after having rooted it but for some -- that's not really an option. Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab owners though will soon be feeling the love, according to the info above a Gingerbread update is ready to to roll out on July 5 and will bring along Bluetooth HID for the ride.

In other news, the Samsung Transform has an update coming as well that will correct errors users were seeing when updating their PRL. That update is set for the same timeframe.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: OfficeSuite Pro

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If you're not one for aesthetics or Apple-like gloss but still find yourself needing to edit documents from your Android device, OfficeSuite Pro might be the app for you.

OfficeSuite Pro tries to stand against the stalwarts of mobile document editing, Quickoffice Pro and DocumentsToGo, and while it offers the same basic abilities of editing and creating files, it otherwise borders on being so basic, you'll wonder why you settled on this instead of the aforementioned Goliaths of the Market.

As I've already mentioned, there are no bells and whistles on this baby. What you see is what you get, and that picture up top is your main menu. When I opened the app I thought, "Surely this isn't all of it?" Oh, but it is. It's plain, which might strike some folk's fancy, but a little bit cleaner UI wouldn't do any harm.

By default, you're presented with all the places you can pull files from. Internal storage, your SD card, or your Google Docs account are your three options. I know that it says "Add remote account" with a cute little cloud icon next to it, but your only option on that screen is to add a Google account, so if you're looking for SugarSync, Dropbox, Box.net, MobileMe, or any of the other options that might be out there, I suggest you look elsewhere.

Actually finding and opening files isn't terrible, but OfficeSuite Pro doesn't even organize your files by type, so when I went into my Google Docs list, it's got Word files bumping up against Excel files. For me, not having too many files, that's not a problem. If you're someone who does a fair bit of editing from your phone, though, you're probably going to want to keep your files separated, something this app does not.

Actually editing a file is fairly in line with it's competitors. Move your cursor to where you want to type in a Word file, choose your cell on an Excel file, type, profit. Fortunately, OfficeSuite Pro contains the requisite formatting options that we've come to expect across the board, so you won't be without those if you choose this as your editing route.

Honestly though, if you're looking to create or edit documents on your Android device, I'd go with either Quickoffice Pro or DocumentsToGo. For the same price ($14.99), DocsToGo at least gives you a more usable UI coupled with Dataviz's desktop syncing option. For five dollars less, you can get an equally stunning UI with Quickoffice Pro as well as Quickoffice's multiple cloud syncing options. If you like what you see, by all means, go the OfficeSuite Pro route, but for your money, I think there's better options available.

More pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Chrome OS and Chromebooks explained

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A little while back at Google I/O Google introduced the world to Chromebooks.  Svelte machines that run Google's own OS, Chrome OS.  Chrome OS is unlike any other OS that's hit the shelves.  It's fast, lean, and easy to use.  Chromebooks look to continue that theme.  They are fast (relatively), lean, and easy to use.

Chromebooks aren't mean to be primary machines.  Google has said as much.  They are meant to be secondary or complimentary to a main computer running a full blown OS like Windows, Mac, or Linux.  Does this sound familiar?  It should.  It's the same thing that's been said about netbooks since they were introduced.  Head past the break to find out why you would want one.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt case review: Qmadix Snap-On Cover with Holster

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The Qmadix Snap-On cover for the HTC Thunderbolt is durable, slim, and easy to install case ideal for a basic level of protection. Qmadix leaves much of the Thunderbolt revealed while protecting the corners, back, and sides. It's easy-on/easy-off, with no snapping, pulling, jamming or contorting necessary.

It's ribbed surface gives you some confidence when you're pulling it out of your pocket-- one thing you can't call this case is slippery. One thing about the ridges, though, is a bit of bulk: you'll notice a thickness that the Barely There case lacks, but by no means is the Qmadix a porker. The case has a nice rubberized finished that makes it feel pretty great in hand.

The Qmadix cover comes with a holster that also looked and felt really nice. It too has ridges to match the cover, as well as a super-soft inner surface that's oh-so-gentle on your Thunderbolt's screen.

The Qmadix cover isn't going to cut it for the super clumsy, and the platicky holster isn't designed for mega impact. But if you're looking for a stylish cover that doesn't add much bulk and will protect your Bolt from the perils of your pocket, you'd be hard pressed to complain about Qmadix. Hit the break for a few more pics.

The Qmadix Snap-On Cover with Holster for the HTC Thunderbolt is on sale now in the Android Central store for $24.95.

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3 years ago

Pocket Legends optimized for Xperia Play and In-App Billing

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Spacetime Studios has released an update for its popular MMO, Pocket Legends. The new update turns Pocket Legends into an Xperia Play enhanced game, and makes Google's In-App Billing a choice for all you Archers and Warriors out there. 

Today, Pocket Legends has been updated over 200 times and has been played in 200 countries around the world. But the most surprising number to date is the amount of people that have played Pocket Legends. The MMO has also been played by four million people. Granted, this number includes Pocket Legends iOS players, but still -- that's a lot of people playing a portable MMO. Anyone here playing this game? Commercial after the break.

Source: Pocket Legends

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3 years ago

Logitech Revue gets security update

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If you've noticed a software update hitting your Logitech Revue over the past day or so, it's nothing more major than a little security update, Logitech says. Nothing more, nothing less.

We're still on the lookout for Android 3.1 to hit Google TV devices, bringing a whole lot of Android awesomesauce that should put a good bit more functionality into these little set top box wonders that so far have largely underwhelmed.

Source: Logitech

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3 years ago

Opera Mobile 11.1 brings better text support, faster page rendering, Flash on Honeycomb

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Opera has released Opera Mobile 11.1. The big strokes are that Google text and autocomplete are improved, the rendering engine should be faster, and there's now experimental support for Adobe Flash on Honeycomb tablets. Here's the full breakdown:

Improvements include:

  • Added support for Google AutoComplete
  • Added ability to search directly from the address bar
  • Added intelligent domain suggest which suggests your most used domain endings
  • Added support for country domain auto-complete such as .ru or .id
  • Added user agent setting
  • Improved CSS, HTML5 standards support
  • Improved text selection
  • A dded support for Google voice search
  • Added exit button option
  • Added support for external keyboard in Honeycomb
  • Added experimental support for Flash in Honeycomb
  • Added support for downloading multimedia files
  • Cache is now stored in Android cache directory
  • Web Search intent support
  • Fix for LTE network speed limit
  • Fix for force close related to volume keys
  • Fix for Opera locking in landscape mode
  • Fix so that 7" 800x480 tablets will get tablet UI
  • Fix for problems with colors on ZT-180 devices
  • Fix for several crash bugs (including crash at startup)
  • Permissions: See bit.ly/opera_permissions
  • General bug fixes and improvements

Check out Opera's video walkthrough after the break.

More: Opera; Thanks, Stephenn!

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