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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Norton Smartphone Security

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The hot app of the year appears to be one that will lock and/or wipe your phone. And as such, Norton -- the longtime virus-cleaner (among other things) -- has the Norton Security app in beta in the Android Market. We're not anywhere close to declaring that we need to worry about spyware, malware and viruses on Android, and Norton's app does well to go beyond that. Features include:

  • Remote lock/wipe
  • Anti-malware scan.
  • Call blocking
  • LiveUpdate

It seems to be fairly lightweight, though the lock/wipe feature will be built into Android 2.2, so it'll have to fight that off somehow. More screenies after the break. [Norton]

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3 years ago

Google Maps Navigation adds 11 nations

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Today, Google expanded its Google Maps Navigation system to cover 11 more countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland for Android devices running Donut (Android 1.6) and higher. The turn-by-turn directions can be read in the language of your choice and the voice destination search works with the accuracy that we’ve come to expect from Google in French, German, Italian and Spanish for Éclair (Android 2.0/2.1) and up. All of the Google Maps features are enabled in the supported countries, street view, POI search, gas stations, etc. Although Google Maps and Navigation is always a free service, it’s important to remember if you’re traveling, although the Map and Navigation service may be free, the data connection used to run it most certainly is not. [via Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Garminfone available today

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If you've got an extra $199 burning a hole in your pocket and are desperately in need of some serious Garmin action on your phone, you can now go out and get the T-Mobile Garminfone. It's the first release in the U.S. from the Garmin-Asus marriage, and it comes based on Android 1.6. Anybody out there getting this guy? [T-Mobile]

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3 years ago

Evo 4G back in stock on Sprint's website

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Since everybody got all excited yesterday when the Evo 4G was listed as being out of stock on Sprint's website, we feel we should at least give a half-hearted "Woo hoo!" now that's back. And so ... "Woo hoo!" [Sprint] Thanks, Derek!

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3 years ago

Samsung Acclaim outed ... by Samsung

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For those of you waiting for the Samsung Acclaim ... well, here it is, outed by none other than Samsung itself. There's been little doubt that it'd be an Android phone, and this seals the deal. You've also got a pretty basic four-row sliding QWERTY keyboard, along with what appears to be an optical trackpad on the front. And U.S. Cellular definitely is the carrier of choice, not that there was much doubt. [Samsung via Engadget]

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3 years ago

How-To: Remove unwanted applications on your new HTC Evo 4G

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Not everyone with a new Evo 4G is just enjoying the beast.  Some of us are hard at work applying everything we know about hacking Android to our new toy.  My eyes are getting blurry, and it's time for a break from the terminal so let's have a look at how you can cull some of the bloat on your Evo.

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3 years ago

Google gives slight non-update update on Froyo for the Nexus One

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For everybody who's asking us when the Nexus One will get its official update to Froyo, well, we still don't know. But Google employee passion-ate does give us an Android 2.2 update update (see what we just did there?). Anyhoo, here goes:

Apologies for keeping everybody waiting. We are not intentionally holding back on Froyo, just improving the overall experience and quality.

I don't have an exact date to share yet, but we are striving hard to OTA it ASAP. Stay tuned!

OK, so we don't really know any more than we did before this post. But you'll take what we give you, and you'll like it. And in the meantime, you can check out all of our Froyo feature posts here [Nexus One support forums] Thanks, jaeisber, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Sprint revises its Evo launch sales numbers -- sold a lot, but not that many

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Yeah. Apparently Sprint goofed pretty big when it reported first-day sales numbers for the Evo 4G. When it said this:

"The total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was three times the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined."

What it actually meant was this (emphasis ours):

"The total number of HTC EVO 4G devices sold on launch day was in line with the number of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre devices sold over their first three days on the market combined."

Whoopsie, indeed. Sprint does still contend that "Launch day sales of HTC EVO 4G were six times greater than launch day sales of Samsung Instinct and nearly twice the launch day sales for Palm Pre. We continue to see sales of EVO 4G outpace sales of Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre." [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Google search by voice gains new languages

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Good news for those of you who prefer to do your Google searches via voice input -- and in French, German, Italian or Spanish -- you can now do so in your native tongue. You'll need to have at least Android 2.1 on your phone if you want to use the standard microphone button, or you'll need the Search by voice app on 1.6 and up. Also note that it's designed to work with accents from Spain, France, Italy and Germany. So if your accent is from another country -- say, Mexico for Spanish -- then you might have a little trouble. [Google Mobile blog]

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3 years ago

Nexus One unofficially gets 720p video recording enabled (updated)

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While it may seem that everybody and their brother are busy poking around the innards of the HTC Evo 4G, developers are still hard at work on other Android phones as well.  Late last night I was flipping through my Twitter timeline and came across this nice piece of work:

its official get it here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=6744172#post6744172 720p for nexus

You'll have to be running the latest CyanogenMod test version, and be sure to realize that this is by no means an official update.  I think this is the last straw for me and I'm rolling back from Froyo soonest.  (Just kidding. Maybe.)  A Froyo version will follow soon according to the developer charnsingh online.

If you try this out, by all means post some videos up in the forums. [xda-developers via Twitter]

Update: Check out a video test after the break.

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