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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Madden NFL 2011

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EA Sports' series of Madden NFL football video games is easily one of the most popular sports video game franchises. So it's easy to see why we'd be excited to see it on Android. But Madden NFL 2011 on Android -- and the Motorola Droid X, specifically -- has gotten off to an inauspicious start. Read on to find out why.

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3 years ago

Android activations now number over 300,000 daily, Andy Rubin tweets

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Andy Rubin, the person at the top of the Android project, just tweeted that there are over 300,000 activations of Android phones per day, up a full 100k per day since Aug 2010.  Let's have a look at that number, shall we?

  • That's 2,100,000 weekly
  • Or 9,000,000 monthly
  • Or 109,500,000 yearly

That's a lot of phones, and we like it a whole lot.  Go Android! [@arubin

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3 years ago

How to manually apply Android 2.2.1 for the Droid X

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That update to the Droid X that we told you about last week has been pushed out to a few people today. For everybody left waiting, you can download a copy of the update form our forums, thanks to Joe92t.

Flashing is simple. Download the file from the Android Central Forums and copy it to your SD card. Then turn your phone off. Wait a second. Hold the power and home buttons until you see the exclamation point. Let go, and then press the search button. Then choose "apply sdcard:update.zip" to apply the update. Reboot, and you're good to go!

No, it's not Gingerbread -- though we fully expect the Droid X to get Gingerbread. What things update brings is a slew of fixes and improvements. Here are the big strokes:

  • Preloaded Madden NFL football game.
  • Preloaded Adobe Flash Player 10.1.
  • Preloaded MyVerizon application (v5).
  • Added Data Widget to home panel.
  • Improved Android OS Froyo stability
  • Fixes to Exchange Activesync
  • Fixes to Visual Voicemail

The EAS fixes actually are the biggest things, we think, in Version 2.3.340.MB810.Verizon.en.USIBP_C_01.09.07P. There are a slew of other fixes as well; you can find them all in this PDF. And once you've updated, be sure to join the discussion about the update in this forum thread. Thanks, Joe92t!

Note: Yes, you must have a stock Droid X to manually update like this.

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3 years ago

Bell Mobility rolling out Froyo to its Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant users

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We've been expecting the rollout of Android 2.2 Froyo for Canadian Samsung Galaxy S users since the previous acknowledgment from Samsung.  Now, we've been getting a ton of emails saying that it's currently available to Bell Mobility users but seemingly not all as folks are getting mixed result when checking for updates. Worst case, you'll have to wait a few more days to get it. Best case of course, being that it'll be available and you can get your Froyo on. You'll need to to visit here and download Keis to load up Android 2.2 but that's minor. Screenshot of Keis running the update can be found after the break. Thanks, Pej, for the pics and everyone else for letting us know!

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3 years ago

YouTube, Voice Search apps updated

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 The YouTube for Android and Google Voice Search applications have been updated (no it's not Gingerbread! :p ) with some welcome improvements and the obligatory bug-fixes.  With the YouTube app update comes what everyone has been wanting, commenting from within the app itself.  You also can now see videos you subscribe to on the main screen, and an "All" category has been added to the browse screen.  Add in some bug-fixes and the app really gets better, even if all we care about is commenting.

The Voice Search app also brings some very nice improvements, namely "improved connectivity" to squash some of those connection errors many now see, and better name recognition when using Voice-Actions.  We all welcome those kind of changes.  Of course, the bug-fixes are there, too. You can update right from the market, or hit the download links after the break. [Android Central Forums]

Update: Google has posted the full changelog, which you can find here.  Also worth mentioning -- "Please note that the new YouTube app only works on devices running Android 2.2. To install it, search for 'YouTube' in Android Market. It also comes pre-installed on many upcoming Android 2.3 devices, such as the Nexus S."

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3 years ago

New round of Swype invites goes out

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Judging from all the e-mails we just got -- including one from Swype that says we were accepted into the beta program -- it looks like a new round of Swype invites has gone out. Trust us, folks, it's a much better track to be on than having to deal with the hacked (and pirated) versions out there. So congrats, everyone! [via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum victim to another Verizon Photoshop fail

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We're starting to think Verizon's advertising team has been dipping into the holiday cheer a little too early. The latest edition to their Photoshop fail collection has the Samsung Continuum showing up online with some vital pieces missing. Namely, the ticker at the bottom appears to not exist, along with the capacitive buttons. And that comes hot on the heels of the Droid X running iOS. The good news is that this (mostly) was fixed pretty quickly. (There's still a tiny bad thumbnail on VZW's site.) [Verizon via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Is the Nexus S an upgrade? Samsung W899 info and Gingerbread keyboards [from the forums]

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As we hit mid week, the forums are still hot from all the Android 2.3 news with a lot of folks waiting on the many Android developers out there to bring us goodies from the now released SDK. We've seen keyboards, icons and soon plenty more ROMs as well. Join us in the forums as we discuss it all.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Twidroyd now has OTA themeing

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If you're using Twidroyd (4.3 or higher) to get your Twitter on, there's a new goodie for you -- OTA themeing. Just fire up the browser on your phone and head to the Twidroyd Factory  ( twidroydfactory.appspot.com ) to check 'em out and download one. Or two.

If you're feeling a bit artistic, the engine to create your own themes is up and running, too -- hit the same URL from a computer and crank out something wonderful. There's a couple of pics of the "Sunset L.A." theme after the break. [Twidroyd Factory via @twidroyd]

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3 years ago

Case review: HellBent horizontal pouch (Mike Lavallee edition)

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When it comes to cases for your Android smartphone, there's style, and then there's style. What you see before you here is the Mike Lavallee edition of the HellBent Horizontal Pouch Case. Lavallee, of course, is the name behind Killer Paint Inc., and you've seen his work on such shows as TLC's "Overhaulin'," "Miami Ink," and "Rides," as well as Discovery's "Monster Garage."  And now you can have his work protect your phone.

The patented process used to transfer the artwork to the case is done without changing the look or feel of the leather, and it's highly resistant to household chemicals, perfumes and cosmetics. Because the artwork impregnates the leather, it can't fade or separate from the case.

As for the case itself, it's your basic horizontal pouch with belt clip on the rear. The phone slips inside -- face in or out, it's up to you -- and the flap is held in place with a magnet. One down side is that depending on where the 3.5mm headphone jack is on your phone, you might not have access to it while the phone's in the case. But otherwise, the phone sits securely inside.

The Mike Lavalee edition of the HellBent Horizontal case fits a number of Android smartphones. (Be sure to use the device selector to make sure yours fits.) It's available now in the Android Central Store for $49.95. We've got more pictures after the break.

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