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3 years ago

Nationwide launches official Android app

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Nationwide Insurance has finally ported its mobile claims app to Android phones. The app has been available on iOS for some time and allows Nationwide customers to use their phone to submit a claim after being in a car accident. Users enter their login info into the app and can then submit a claim, get contact info for their agent, and even check up on the progress of an ongoing claim. Full download links are just past the break. [BusinessWire]

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3 years ago

Nuance Mobile Developer Program helps devs create-voice enabled apps

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Nuance maker of the awesome Dragon Dictation speech recognition suite of applications has opened the doors to their software for developers. Through their Nuance Mobile Developer Program they are now offering access to the Dragon SDK. This given access will allow developers to put the same core functions into their apps that are found within the Dragon Dictation speech and search software. This is big news for developers who are looking for a better way to implement speech to text within their apps. Full press release can be found after the break. [Nuance]

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3 years ago

Location Labs launches DriveSmart and FamilyWhere services on T-Mobile

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Location Labs has announced today, two new services developed in partnership with T-Mobile. FamilyWhere and DriveSmart are both now available from T-Mobile. FamilyWhere is location-sharing application designed for parents so that they may be able to track family members at any given time.

  • Provides parents with a Web and mobile safety net that provides real-time location information and the option to receive location alerts via the Web, text message or e-mail.
  • Allows parents to create scheduled alerts to help ensure a loved one is at home by curfew or arrives at school or other predefined location on time.
  • Provides parents with a history of locations visited and other customizable alerts with a real-time Family Feed.
  • Helps ensures parents are prepared in the event of an emergency; profile pages allow parents to store critical information about their children including physical description and photo, allergies, family member contact details, child care or school location and contact details, all within the FamilyWhere environment.

The other application made available is DriveSmart, an opt-in service that automatically detects when a handset user is driving and sets the phone into a 'Driving Mode'.  Once this service is activated, it disables most texting and calling features to the handset while the car is in motion, ultimately decreasing the possibility of unsafe, distracted driving.

Both of the applications are available to T-Mobile customers through the My T-Mobile portal with FamilyWhere also being available in the Android Market. If you're looking for more information you can check out the linked press releases. [DriveSmart / FamilyWhere]

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3 years ago

O2 UK offering cheap Xperia X8 and LG Optimus in January sale

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British network O2 is offering two entry-level Android phones for peanuts in its January sale. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 and LG Optimus GT540 are both available for free on any of O2's contracts, which start at £10.21 per month. To sweeten the deal, the carrier is also offering a £50 gift certificate, redeemable at a UK retailer of your choice.

Both phones offer fairly similar specs -- a 600MHz CPU, 3-inch HVGA screen and Android 1.6 (upgradeable to 2.1). The Optimus, however, boasts 256MB of RAM versus the X8's 128MB. In terms of software, the Optimus has been promised an upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo at some point, though this has yet to appear. The X8, however, will be forever stuck on Eclair, as Sony Ericsson recently announced that it would not be upgrading the device to Android 2.2. [O2 UK]

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3 years ago

Motorola Cliq 2 available today for $99

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The Motorola Cliq 2, which was announced at CES (check out our hands-on), is available from T-Mobile today. The next version of the Cliq has a 1GHz processor, 3.7-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2, 5MP camera with dual LED flash and a 2GB memory card.

Customers can buy the Cliq 2 for $99.99 with a 2-year contract. Those who have been anticipating the Cliq 2, the wait is over. [T-Mobile]

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3 years ago

Let's talk about the Samsung Froyo update on this week's podcast

Some of you think we haven't given enough attention to the plight of the Samsung Galaxy S users in the United States who are still waiting on an update to Android 2.2 Froyo.

We say there's been too much unfounded speculation, rumor and miscommunication.

We're probably both right.

So let's just get it all out, shall we? On this Thursday's Android Central Podcast, we'll spend a bunch of time talking about it. About the rumors. About the speculation. About what we know is true, and what we think.

And we'll read your thoughts, too, live on the podcast. Visit this thread in the Android Central Forums and let us know what you think. We'll pick and choose (hint: the more intelligent your post, the better chance you have of it being read) the best and have us a good ol' time. We look forward to reading your thoughts and having a lively discussion. See you Thursday!

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt compared

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Hey, look at that. Someone's comparing the HTC ThunderBolt against the Evo 4G, iPhone 4 and myTouch 4G. Not a whole lot here we didn't already know -- yes, you get simultaneous voice and data on the ThunderBolt when using LTE or Wifi -- and there's the new Skype mobile listed again. Don't think it'll ship with a 32GB microSD card, that's the maximum available listed there. (Whoopsie: 32GB card it is!)

Still no word on a release date. Rumors are floating around about the first week of February, or the last week of February. So we'll see.

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3 years ago

ATM Hunter by Mastercard now available in the Android Market

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Mastercard announced this morning the availability of their app ATM Hunter in the Android Market. The app allows users to search and find ATMs based on a variety of criteria.

Some of these options include closest to current location, specific banks, no-fee ATMS, 24-hour access and handicap accessible. The app also encourages users to submit feedback to Mastercard about false or outdated information. Crowd sourcing can be a powerful tool, particularly for an app like ATM Hunter. 

The app can now be found in the Market; if you're interested, see the links after the break as well as the full press release. 

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3 years ago

Kongregate Arcade mysteriously pulled from the Android Market

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Here is a little tidbit of interesting albeit disappointing news. Seems as though Google has mysteriously pulled the recently launched Kongregate Arcade from the Android Market. According to an email sent to JoyStiq, Kongregate is working with Google to get the situation sorted out as soon as possible:

As reported earlier today, the Kongregate Arcade app was launched on the Android Market and was enthusiastically received by the gaming community, receiving 4.5 out of 5 stars. Tens of thousands of users successfully downloaded the new app but, due to unknown reasons, Google has pulled it from the Market. Gamers wishing to experience Kongregate Arcade will be happy to learn it is now available for download at http://kongregate.com/android.

A rather weird situation, that's for sure. Apparently it happened because the Kongregate app is used to download other apps, and that violates the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement. Whoops. [JoyStiq]

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3 years ago

Google TV for EDU announced, education through web and TV

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The Google TV team has announced on its blog that it will be partnering up with colleges around the country to bring Google TV to campuses. The program is called Google TV for EDU. The new program is designed to promote research through web and TV.

The big G is no stranger to research and creation. The company encourages their own Googlers to be creative as possible at work. So, to bring one of their new products to the academic world is nothing surprising.

Google is asking college researchers these questions : How can education change the world of the Web the TV for the classroom. Specifically, we’re asking faculty how their research could:

  • Generate new interest in television engineering
  • Make computer science tangible for students
  • Help in the development of smart TV curricula and new educational tools
  • Contribute to in-classroom and distance learning over television
  • Reach a wide audience

According to Google, "select" faculty have received Logitech Revue boxes. What "select" schools or faculty were not listed. [Google TV Blog]

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