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3 years ago

A quick look at the Android 3.0 SDK animations demo

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As many developers are still making their way through the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) SDK, many are finding, testing and making use of the many new API's found within. One such API being played around with is the animations API. The above video while rather simple in nature, shows off how fluid animations can be when put to use. In the end this will translate to some pretty awesome graphics, something that we already know but we can never get enough eye candy around here. If you really want to get the full effect, click on over to the 720p link. [Curious-Creature via Twitter]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play turns up in Verizon's inventory

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The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has now turned up in the Verizon inventory system only shortly after having been announced at MWC2011. Although no launch details (Spring is not a date) or pricing are to be found in the information revealed today, the fact it is even there leads us to believe that launch cannot be that far off. Hopefully we'll get some pricing and release dates soon but if you want to get a better look at the device, check out our hands-on from MWC2011. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

UberMedia responds to Twidroyd's suspension

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UberMedia has responded to inquiries about today's snafu between them and Twitter, which resulted in Twidroyd being suspended from using the Twitter APIs.  While it was an embarrassing situation, it looks like it was fixed relatively easy, and just as they earlier tweeted, a working Twidroyd should be back in the Android Market soon.  See their response in full, after the break. Thanks Steve!

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3 years ago

New HTC devices listed by Amazon in Germany and UK

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Amazon.co.uk is currently listing the new HTC Desire S for pre-order for £419.99 (~$650) with a release date of April 18. Pre-release info from retailers should always be taken with a pinch of salt, as they have a habit of setting wildly-inaccurate pre-sale prices which are then changed once the official pricing is known. That said, £419 is a believable figure for the Desire S -- its predecessor sold for almost exactly this price at launch, and the Desire HD currently retails for a similar amount in the UK. It's impossible to verify the release date, although obviously it falls with the Q2 2011 launch window given by HTC.

Elsewhere, Amazon Germany lists the HTC Flyer tablet for pre-order with a price of €669 (~$900). Yep, that's a lot of money for 7-inch tablet, and it's a figure we're fully expecting to change closer to release. No release date was listed for the Flyer, but it too is slated for Q2 2011.

Amazon Germany is also listing the Incredible S for €519, the Wildfire S for €299 and the Desire S for €499. Again, these are believable prices for these phones, but there's no way of verifying them at this early stage.

Find out more about HTC's new devices by checking out our hands-on coverage of the Incredible S, Wildfire S and Flyer. [Amazon.co.ukAmazon.de]

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3 years ago

Twitter suspends Twidroyd and other UberMedia Twitter clients [updated]

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If you've noticed you're no longer able to access Twitter using Twidroyd, don't feel like you're the only one. Twitter has posted and fired off emails stating that Twidroyd (and ÜberTwitter for BlackBerry) has been suspended from Twitter use. Anyone using the app in the mean time is suggested to utilize one of the various many other Twitter applications available. While Twitter did not directly state the reason instead opting to inform it was due to violation of Twitter policies. We'll keep you all updated as we find out more info. [Twitter] Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

Update: Twitter got in touch with TechCrunch and had quite the response.  The meat of the situation is:

"Today we suspended several applications, including UberTwitter, twidroyd and UberCurrent, which have violated Twitter policies and trademarks in a variety of ways. These violations include, but aren’t limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money."

Yowsa.  We've reached out to UberMedia (Twidroyd's parent company) and will be sure to keep you up to date with any further news.  [TechCrunch]

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3 years ago

Can my device use Flash?

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Flash was included as a feature by default in Android 2.2 Froyo, but there are some phones that don't or can't support Flash. As a general rule of thumb anything that is "low-end" won't be able to run Adobe's flagship software, but there are a couple others that can't as well. Here's the list of Android devices certified to run Flash:

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3 years ago

Sprint officially announces Epic 4G Froyo update to begin Feb 21

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And now we have Sprint getting into the mix, officially announcing that Froyo will begin rolling out to the Epic 4G on Feb 21, just like we reported

We have source code.  We have an official date.  And we have forums -- hit them up and discuss!.  [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Samsung releases Vibrant Froyo source

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Samsng is in a giving mood today -- not only have they provided the source code for the impending Epic 4G Froyo update, they have placed the code for the Vibrant's Froyo update online as well.  Once again, this isn't something for the average user to download and flash, it's for developers to use and enhance the existing Vibrant software, or to use in their own flavor of Android for the Samsung Vibrant -- like stock Android flavors. 

Even if you don't have a clue what to do with these files, it's nice to see Samsung affirming their commitment to Android and the open source community.  To get the goods, head to the source link and search for SGH-T959 in the search bar.  Now get ready for the custom ROMs!  [Samsung's Open Source Release CenterThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Samsung releases source for Epic 4G EB13 Froyo update

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Samsung has placed the open source portions of the rumored EB13 Froyo update for the Epic 4G live on their open source page.  While this isn't something you can jump in and flash, it makes it pretty certain that rooted users will see the "official" Froyo before Sprint gets it out, supposedly on Feb 21.

It also gives developers a solid base to begin work for custom ROMs that needed newer code and drivers, and should really help with the creation of an AOSP style Froyo, and possibly Gingerbread ROM for the Epic 4G.  If you're a developer, or just want to have a look, point your web browser to the source link, choose the Mobile phone section, and search for D700 in the search bar.  Big thanks to Samsung for getting this out pre-release and honoring the GPL.  [Samsung's Open Source Release CenterThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Wired magazine for Android

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Youtube video for mobile viewing

We've already seen Android tablet apps for Sports Illustrated and a few other magazines. And another shining example of how print can and should publish in the digital mobile space is Wired magazine.

It's dynamic, it's colorful, it's animated (but not overly so) -- and it's the future of what periodicals can and should look like. We caught up with publisher Conde Nast at the Android Booth at Mobile World Congress. Check it out.

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