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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 The app also encourages users to submit feedback to Mastercard about false or outdated information.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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3 years ago

Froyo ROM on Nook Color overclocked to 950MHz

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While the stock Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor ROM has had a custom kernel capable of overclocking the 800MHz processor for over a week now, only now has SD-card-run Nookie Froyo gotten in on the action.  Quickie "Screamer" 0.1 for Froyo cranks the CPU up to 950MHz.

In our tests, performance was noticeably improved, and was reflected in our Quadrant benchmarking tests--which blew away any other Quadrant score we've seen on NOOKcolor's Froyo.

The kernel is easily installed, by simply replacing Nookie Froyo's uImage boot file (backup first!) with this file of the same name.  In Windows, you can simply drag and drop it onto your Nook's mounted SD drive, and reboot.  Voila: you now have a faster Nook.

The custom kernel is Divine_Madcat's port of the original "Quickie" for B&N's ROM (which was developed by Geniusdog254).

The development community just keeps racking them up for NOOKcolor owners! [XDA Developers]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Ubuntu One music player

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The Ubuntu One service is a pretty cool thing.  Think of it a Dropbox, but written by the open source people at Canonical.  Maybe one of it's coolest, yet least known features is the ability to stream the music you save in the cloud to your Android phone.  It's really easy -- install the client on your phone and sign in, and you're ready to go.  Really, that's it.  The app finds all the music in your personal Ubuntu One cloud, and sorts it automagically.  Because of the way it caches data to your SD card or internal storage, it works great even on slow connections.

We love the app because it does what it should very well, and it's as simple as possible, but what about the Ubuntu One service?  It's a personal cloud site, that gives you two GB of storage for free.  Need more than two GB?  20 extra GB of storage is only $2.99 per month.  The streaming service itself will cost you $3.99 per month, or $39.99 per year.  The best part is the fees go back to the people behind the Ubuntu project, and helps further open source development.  If you need a big personal cloud, or the ability to stream your own music it's not a bad deal at all.  We've got a video of the player in action, a few screen shots of the Linux and Windows client, and all the links you need to get started after the break.

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3 years ago

Line2 Android VOIP app now available (Plus: Video with Line2 at CES)

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If you've been looking for a new VOIP app for Android, you need to take a look at Line2. Forged form the bowels of Toktumi, Line2 is in the same vein as Google Voice in that you get a new phone number. But unlike Google Voice, it will place calls over Wifi or 3G/4G data when available, or over the regular network when it's not.

You get a 30-day trial, and it's $9.95 a month after that for unlimited calling and texting in the U.S. and Canada. It's still a little green, certified only for the Droid, Droid 2 and Droid Incredible, and it's a no-go on Galaxy S phones running Android 2.1 (that's all of us here in the States), and glitchy on the Evo 4G. But with the free 30-day trial, we'll give it a go.

Download link and video with Line2 from CES are after the break. Thanks, Ryan!

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3 years ago

China Telecom launching Droid X with 1.2GHz processor

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Another high end Android device is headed to the Chinese market as China Telecom is soon launching a version of the Motorola Droid X

While the Droid X was released last year, its Chinese version is being pumped up to include a 1.2GHz processor. Everything else remains the same, including releasing with Android 2.2 (Froyo), which makes it a compelling option for those looking for a high end phone. [ccidnet via Capital Vue]

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3 years ago

Did the Samsung Vibrant 4G make its way through the FCC?

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While we can never be 100 percent sure with these things, what looks like the Samsung Vibrant 4G has just passed through the FCC, ready to hit T-Mobile store shelves soon.  We can be sure it's a Samsung phone, with the correct radio to work on T-Mobile's 3G and 4G networks, so all signs point to it being the Vibrant 4G that we've been talking about for the past week.  With Mobile World Congress coming up soon, and Samsung set to make a big announcement, even I can put a few pieces together.  If all the rumors and leaks are true, we could be seeing it come Feb. 23.  [FCC via Engadget]

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