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3 years ago

Xperia Arc shown off in lengthy video

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Sony announced the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc at this year's CES 2011. And while we were there to cover it all live, we even managed to spend some time with the Arc. You can watch our hands-on video here. But if you were hankering for some more Arc beauty, the folks from HDBlog.it managed to shoot a ridiculous amount of footage of this Android up-close. They were even cool enough to make an English version for us less bilingual people. Videos after the break. [HDBlog.it]

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3 years ago

IRS launches the IRS2Go app for Android; check refunds, tax information and more

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No one likes filing their taxes. Sure, if you're getting a big refund check then you might enjoy some of the process. ie: Cashing your check. But in general, no one really likes to do them, we just have to do them. The IRS knows that and as such has created a new app that is now available to make the whole situation a little bit better for everyone.

About 70 percent of the 142 million individual tax returns were filed electronically last year, so an app to help only makes sense. The IRS2Go app allows you to get up-to-date tax information and even track your refund check status all from right inside the app. If you're looking for more info, the press release and download are available after the break. [IRS]

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3 years ago

Google 'not happy' with app sales; in-app payments, other billing coming

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Android platform group manager Eric Chu, speaking Tuesday at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco, said that Google is "not happy" with the number of paid applications being downloaded through the Android Market, especially given that 300,000 devices are being activated every day. He also today that in-app payments were coming to the Android Maket and that developers should "stay tuned" for more information. It seems that Google will be giving developers several different payment options including carrier billing and the standard Google Checkout. He also mentioned that other payment services were being looked into, so don't be surprised if PayPal gets support as well. 

Chu also assured the fears of users on older versions of Android by saying that majority of current devices would be compatible. About 85 percent of devices are on Android 2.x right now, so it seems likely that any user with Android 2.1 Eclair or above will be good to go. Google had originally wanted to get in-app payments deployed last year, but developers were too "busy with their Christmas applications" to give Google enough feedback.

In-app payments offer an alternative for developers looking to make money from their apps rather than having to charge for the initial download or rely on ad revenue. This should help attract more developers to the Android platform and ensure that we see even more high-quality apps -- especially games -- land in the Market. [SF Gate, TechCrunch

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3 years ago

Samsung announces four new phones - Galaxy Ace, Fit, Gio, Mini

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From left, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Gio, Galaxy Mini

Samsung today unveiled four new phones to its international Galaxy line. None of the phones is currently slated for a U.S. release, but they will be showed at Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona. The phones are:

  • Galaxy Ace:  The Ace sports a 3.5-inch HVGA screen (320x480) running Android 2.2 with an 800MHz processor and 5MP camera with flash. It's available in Russia now, and later in Europe, India and China.
  • Galaxy Fit: The fit has a 3.31-inch QVGA (240x320) screen with Android 2.2, a 5MP camera, 600MHz processor. It's available in February in Russia, with India, Europe and South America coming later.
  • Galaxy Gio: The Gio rocks a 3.2-inch HVGA (320x480) screen with Android 2.2, a 3MP camera and an 800MHz processor. Coming to Russia, Europe, India and China.
  • Galaxy Mini: The Mini has a svelte 3.14-inch QVGA (320x240) touchscreen with a 600MHz processor, 3MP camera and Android 2.2. Available in Russia, coming to Europe, China and India.

So what you have are some mid-level phones here, and that's actually a market Samsung's largely ignored over the past year with the rollout of the Galaxy S line. We'll get our hands on these guys in a few weeks at MWC, so stay tuned. [Korea IT Times]

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3 years ago

Kongregate Arcade returns to the Android Market after minor changes

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After Kongregate Arcade was removed from the Android Market many had wondered if and when we'd ever see the app return. Given that Google felt like it was more of an app store within an app store, something that violates the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement we knew Kongregate was going to have to give a little in order for them to be able to return.

As it turns out the removal of the ability to dump Flash games to the SD storage was what Google wanted to see removed. Kongregate is now back in the Android Marketplace and has begun using a different means of storing games on your device. It is now using your browser cache as an alternative to the previously used SD storage. No telling if that will sit well with Google as of yet but just in case, grab the download link after the break. [JoyStiq]

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3 years ago

LG Optimus V for Virgin Mobile USA turning up online and in stores

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The LG Optimus V has now hit Virgin Mobile USA one way or another. We've spoken of its arrival before and even locked down some pricing for you but now it's turning up on Twitter, Facebook and in some store locations. Virgin Mobile users can pick up an LG Optimus V (based on the Optimus One) for only $149.99, and it's pretty much identical to any other variation of the device with the exception it is now Virgin Mobile-branded. You can check out our full review of the Optimus One or just skip on past the break and see the LG Optimus V in action. [@getitbackup, Facebook via Engadget]

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3 years ago

More pics of the Samsung Vibrant 4G

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We just got slipped a slew pics of the upcoming Samsung Vibrant 4G, the follow-up to T-Mobile's Galaxy S-class Android smartphone. As in the other leaks we've seen, it looks rather (and unremarkably) unchanged from its predecessor, save for a more silvery look and a front-facing camera. We also get our first look at the side of the device and -- you guessed it -- just like the original Vibrant. We're also told it's still running Froyo, and we're really not expecting it to launch with Froyo -- which at this point is still unofficially set for Feb. 23.

Check out the other pics after the break. Thanks to you know who.

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3 years ago

Samsung Fascinate Froyo leak reportedly in the hands of a few lucky devs

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Normally we wouldn't post such a tease, since there's no payoff at the end of this rainbow. But when we're able to use the words "Samsung," "Fascinate" and "Froyo" in the same sentence, we're going to do it, dammit. An official Android 2.2 build for the Samsung Fascinate apparently has slipped into the hands of some devs who can do some good with it. And now the race is on -- will we see an official release first, or one from the community? News at 11, folks. [Twitter via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Life after the OG Droid; why carriers can lock the OS [from the forums]

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As I mentioned yesterday, our YouMail contest (among others) is now live in the forums. Be sure to check that out if you're looking to win a premium subscription. While you're entering the contest be sure to hit up some of the other posts as well or create your own. We love seeing new threads in the forums so if you have anything to share, questions that need answered or are just looking to talk Android you know where to go.

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3 years ago

UK scientists to launch Android into space

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Sure, taking a Nexus S into near-orbit is great and all, but it's not really outer space, is it? Well, some researchers from England have decided to toss an unnamed Android phone into a rocket and blast it into the final frontier later this year in the name of science. The purpose of the experiment -- other than simply being awesome -- is to test how well the phone and its internal components withstand the extreme conditions of space. 

The end goal of the team is to adapt the compact and powerful design of modern smartphones to power low-cost satellites of the future as they note that the phone cost "less than £300" and that the entire satellite ran the team "less than a family car." Another benefit would be that the free and open nature of Android lends itself well to allowing developers to "feasibly develop apps for satellites." [TG Daily]

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