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3 years ago

Google's Chrome to Phone feature comes out of the shadows

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Google held a small event today to highlight some improved features in Android. One of these features was the Chrome-to-Phone extension/application. We brought you one of the first public demos of it way back in May and have been using it since it was first announced as a part of Android 2.2. 

Chrome-to-Phone is a nifty application that allows you to send data from your browser directly to your mobile phone. It was developed by a Google engineer with his 20 percent time (where employees are on the clock but free to work on whatever they want). Check out his demo-video after the break.

It is available for 2.2 (Froyo) and higher only and is now available in the Market as well as in the Chrome Extensions Gallery (check our links after the video) [Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid 2 camera test

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The Motorola Droid 2 camera is a 5-megapixel monster. OK, maybe not a monster. It's not the whopping 8MP we're seeing on other phones. But we're OK with that, as it shoots from the hip pretty well, features Motorola's camera software (which we like) and records video in 480p resolution. Let's see some more examples after the break. (Warning: All example photos open in a new window in  full resolution.)

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3 years ago

Tweetdeck for Android now in open beta

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We've already played around with an early leaked build of the Tweetdeck Twitter client for Android, but now the beta period is in full swing, and we can all get our Twitter/Facebook/Buzz/Foursquare thing on. You're going to have to register with Tweetdeck and wait for them to send you the app (took about 5 minutes for me), and then you can get your beta on. Tell 'em Android Central sent 'cha. [Tweetdeck]

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3 years ago

Google ups the ante on voice search with all new Voice Actions

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Google has led the way with native voice search capabilities on Android, and it's take a giant leap ahead with the new Voice Actions, just announced at that event today in Mountain View, Calif. It's about as easy as it gets. Speak it, and it happens. Here's what you can say:

  • send text to [contact] [message]
  • listen to [artist/song/album]
  • call [business]
  • call [contact]
  • send email to [contact] [message]
  • go to [website]
  • note to self [note]
  • navigate to [location/business name]
  • directions to [location/business name]
  • map of [location]

We're going to have to play with this and see how well it handles multiple e-mail accounts and the like. But judging by the demo (which you can watch after the break, it's quickly leaped to the top of the voice ladder. [Google]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Crush the Castle

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Who doesn't love a good trebuchet? Who doesn't love castles? And who doesn't love using a trebuchet to knock down a castle? That brings us to Namco's Crush the Castle, an Android game that will undoubtedly bring to mind another game about surly avian creatures.

But what we have here is a simple premise. There's a trebuchet, and there's a castle, and one of 'em is gonna leave on the ground. There's a bit of a map element to it, so you move from castle to castle. To actually do the deed, you tap the screen once, starting the boulder on its way. Tap the screen again to send the large rock flying toward the castle and the inhabitants thereof. Knock 'em all down (and bloody them in the process), and you move on. The fewer the throws, the better your score (and reward from the king).

But a warning: Gameplay is quick. Very quick. It's pretty tough, actually. I'm not sure yet if that's going to keep me from playing the game, or infuriate me into playing it more.

Balancing that is the ability to actually create your own castles. There's something you don't see every day in an Android app -- you can build your own levels. Very, very cool.

And to top it all off, Crush the Castle is available for 99 cents. More screen shots and download info after the break.

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3 years ago

Hey, new Droid 2 owners: Welcome to Android!

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Did you just buy a Motorola Droid 2? Are you new to Android? Welcome, and namaste. You've entered the fastest-growing smartphone platform there is, with the coolest phones, the best apps, and you're now a part of the greatest user community around.

But Android can be a little daunting, we know. But we've got your covered. Here are some links that will help you on your way:

  • Join in!: To start with, make sure you're registered on the site. Once you're registered, you'll be able to comment on blog posts, and you'll automatically be registered for the forums.
  • The forums: Speaking of the forums, they're the best and quickest way to ask a question about your new Droid 2, or to find an answer. You can find the Droid 2 forums here.
  • Must-have apps: Your next stop should be our Apps section, where you'll find the reviews on all kinds of Android apps. Games, productivity -- everything you can think of.
  • Tips and Tricks: For basic how-to information, check out our Tips & Tricks section.
  • And you've lucked out. The Droid 2 launched on a Thursday, which is also when we do our live podcast. Join us tonight at 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT as we talk about the Droid 2 and all the latest news in the Android world.

Congrats on your new phone, and welcome to Android Central!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Droid 2

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We're knee deep in the Motorola Droid 2, and it's time for the initial video hands-on. In a nutshell, it's a softer, more gentle version of the original Droid, with the same screen, an improved keyboard, beefed up internal specs and Android 2.2 with Motorola's new user interface. But you knew that already, right? Hands-on after the break. And more to come soon.

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3 years ago

Sprint Premier members can now reserve Epic 4G first

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Check your inboxes if you're a Sprint Premier member. You should have received an email inviting you to reserve the Epic 4G before any of those non-special Sprint customers can. 

The Samsung Epic 4G is a Galaxy S phone and will be available on August 31, for $249 with a new two-year agreement. Check out our hands-on here. Thanks Jeff.

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3 years ago

Dell Streak now available (if you pre-ordered)

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Finally, The Dell Streak has been unleashed to those who had the foresight to register for pre-order.  For those who didn't pre-order, well y'all have to wait until Friday August 13 -- tomorrow. The Streak is $299.99 on a two year AT&T contract, $549.99 when bought outright.  Oddly, even the off contract phones will not be carrier unlocked -- but that's something a few dollars more can fix for you. 

Enough listening to me prattle on, head over and order your Streak, and be sure to tell us your impressions in the forums!

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3 years ago

Google updates Gesture Search app, now with flipping action

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If you're running Android 1.6 and above right now (which should be most of you), you can now download the latest update to Gesture Search from Google Labs. For those not familiar with the app, Google has created an app that allows you to search everything on your Android device by simply drawing out symbols or letters on your device's screen. 

The new update brings the abilty to literally face the phone away from you and doing a "double flip," resulting in the app starting up to begin your search. This is a step forward, as the app once required you to exit to the home screen and select the widget to run the app.

Video demo from Google after the break. [Google Mobile Blog]

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