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3 years ago

Shazam Android client to move to 'freemium' version -- Shazam Encore

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Shazam has moved to a "freemium" model, which basically means that Android users will have a choice between a more feature rich version called Shazam Encore, or can use the limited free version instead.  This is what they have done on other platforms, so it comes as no big surprise.  Shazam Encore will include goodies like unlimited tagging, song lyrics, ticket information, and a hook into Pandora so stations can be created based on your tagged music.  New users of the free application will be able to upgrade to Encore, or have 5 tags a month for free.  Put the tar and feathers away, they also note that "existing Shazam users on Android will be grandfathered and not required to pay for the upgrade to Encore in order to retain unlimited tagging. " Crisis averted.

Looks like, if you're currently using Shazam and are happy with it, nothing need be done.  If you would enjoy some of the premium features, you can upgrade to Shazam Encore for 2.99 GBP (about $4.99 US).  The full press release follows the break.

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3 years ago

Droid X software update arrives; also, some reports of screen problems

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First the good: The 1.13.604 software update for the Motorola Droid X finally started downloading last night, which means we can finally stop running this picture. Check out the official update thread in our forums.

Now, the not as good: There are a few reports (AC Forums, Engadget, Motorola, DroidForums, et al) of Droid X screens going wonky. Some report that a reset cleared things up, which doesn't really point to a hardware problem, does it? Others are flat-out returning the phone. There's always going to be some rate of failure. Welcome to the tech world. It's hard to tell just yet how widespread any problem may be (though it does not appear to have anything to do with the update). Sound off if you've had an issue.

And we'd been hoping to avoid this, but apparently some of you are a little confused as to how to remove the Droid X's battery. We've got you covered after the break.

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3 years ago

Vodafone Nexus One getting its official Froyo update over the next week

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Those of you in the U.K. looking longingly at us here in the U.S. with our fancy Froyo-laden Nexus Ones may soon have something to boast about as well. An e-mail from Vodafone confirms that "the roll out will be phased and will be available to all Vodafone customers who have purchased the handset from us."

A couple of things have been tweaked, as well:

  • The Amazon MP3 store and Google Goggles have been stripped from the ROM but are available in the Android Market.
  • Vodafone notes that security on the wireless hotspot app is set to "open" by default.

So, that's two phones that officially have Froyo. Who's next? (Check out the full text of Vodafone's communique after the break. Thanks, D!

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3 years ago

MyVerizon app receives an update, brings data counter widget with it

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The aptly-named MyVerizon application for Android always has been a pretty helpful way to keep an eye on your Verizion account. Whether checking data usage, monitoring text messages or keeping track of how many minutes had been used this billing cycle, the information has always been presented very easily. The application has been updated, giving it a UI overhaul along with bringing a data counter widget. Sure, we may have unlimited data for now, but who knows when they may follow suit of AT&T and roll out some new data options. Thanks 0mie.

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3 years ago

First Ari, now 'Entourage's' Johnny Drama spotted using a Nexus One!

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The season premier of Entourage showed us the lovable Ari Gold using a Nexus One. It turns out that he's not the only one of the group who has decided to use Google's (soon-to-be-retired) phone. Johnny Drama was spotted using the device in the third episode this past weekend.

The screenshot above is from the episode and a Nexus One can clearly be seen. It's exciting to see high-end Android devices making their way onto TV shows and movies. I'm sure its only a matter of time before we see Droid Xs and Evos on the silver screen.

Keep your eye out for more Androids on TV and if you see one, let us know! (Thanks, GonzoGuy24!)

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3 years ago

Verizon all but confirms Droid Incredible's getting Froyo soon

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Verizon tech reps on Twitter all but confirmed a BGR source who leaked an e-mail sent out by HTC. The e-mail gave details on when Droid Incredible owners could expect their 2.2 ("Froyo") update (late July/early August), plus all the goodies that were rumored to have been sent out as an OTA update this past weekend. Here's Big Red's Tweet in question, referencing the BGR post:

"Told ya :) RT @BGR HTC DROID Incredible to be updated to 
Froyo end of July, early August http://goo.gl/fb/dSyGv"

HTC and Verizon seem to have decided to roll the 720p video and Froyo updates into one big ball of love to DI owners, which is fine by me. The features include: Froyo (duh), 802.11n Wifi, Verizon's 3G Wifi hotspot, 720p video recording, Amazon's MP3 store (Finally!) and a number of other app and widget goodies. Read past the break for a bit more analysis. [@VZWTechSupport and BGR]

Update: The folks behind the Twitter account have explained who they are in another tweet. "Officially unofficial. We are official technical reps but are not endorsed directly by corporate. Which may be a good thing? :)"

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3 years ago

LauncherPro+ announced at introductory fee along with great enhancements

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LauncherPro beta has come out of the beta stages and has entered the world of paid applications. Born from the testing is LauncherPro+, which is being offered for an introductory price of $3. C'mon folks, its $3, just skip your cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee tomorrow -- your scrollable widgets will thank you. Yes, you read that correctly, one of the big features they have implemented into this launcher that has yet to be seen outside the real of HTC Sense is scrollable widgets. Currently there is only a contact widget, which is pretty dang sweet, but they are still working on more scrolling widgets to bring to the table. Currently you won't find the paid version of this application in the market because the developer lives in an area that is not yet supported (let's go, Google!) but head over to their site and you can PayPal the funds to get your hands on the application now. [Launcher Pro]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant hands-on

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The T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant was the first of the Galaxy S line of Android smartphones to be released in the United States, and it's quickly becoming one of our favorites of the year. Its 4-inch screen is just about the perfect size. Not too large, and far from small. It sports a rounded design (as opposed to its more gangly cousin, the AT&T Captivate), and so it's easy to hold. It has the newfangled Super AMOLED touchscreen, which in addition to having some pretty darn good colors, is also pretty visible outdoors and might or might not produce a small puppy on command.

After the break, we take a walk around the block with the T-Mobile Vibrant, do a few side-by-sides with some of the other hot Android smartphones available today, and basically have ourselves a nice little lovefest. Let's go!

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3 years ago

Goby makes its way to Android

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Goby, a popular iPhone and iPod Touch application, has released an Android version of its  application. For those who are unfamiliar with Goby and what it has to offer, it is basically a location based search engine that gives users ideas of things to do to fill their spare time. Currently they have more then four million geo-tagged locations that are easily searchable, so the odds of finding something that interests you is pretty high. The application offers users some great features in their initial release, including but not limited to:

  • Coverage of 350 categories of things to do, from hiking and caving to restaurants and galleries
  • Coverage of every city, town and region in the United States
  • User geo-location at start
  • Result lists complete with photos
  • Maps and phone numbers to connect users to activities and places
  • Ability to share things to do through Twitter, Facebook and email

Be sure to give it a shot and give us a shout in the forums if you are able to cure some weekend boredom. Download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Blurrycam pics emerge of a Motorola portrait slider on Verizon

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Well, what do we have here? It seems like Motorola wants to keep pushing hard on the mid-range Android market with this portrait slider, which looks like it will get Verizon's "Droid" branding (or at least the red eye). This could point to some serious hardware, as Verizon has only given it's high-end Android devices the Droid name, while leaving the mid-range phones to fend for themselves (see: Moto Devour, LG Ally). 

The device remains unnamed and unannounced, and has a form factor similar to the Palm Pre. It also looks like it will come with a full QWERTY keyboard, which should provide physical keyboard fans with an alternative to the Droid 2 or Sprint's Epic 4G. It would be no surprise if Moto was gunning for Verizon's legions of BlackBerry users who might be looking for a change from their Bold or Curve.

Check a short and very blurry walkthrough of the device after the break. [via Android and Me]

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