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4 years ago

Quick App: AIM for Android

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AOL Mobile has just released their very own AIM instant messaging client into the Android Market. If you been trying other IM clients in the market and have not been satisfied, this may be just the app you've been in search for as it is packed with a ton of great features.

  • Send and receive messages with your buddies instantly
  • Real time updates of your buddies' status and availability
  • Fling support for switching between conversations
  • Update your status, post to your Lifestream and also cross post to any synced Facebook or Twitter accounts
  • Facebook chat support so you can chat with your Facebook friends
  • Portrait and Landscape support
  • Supports 1.5, 1.6. 2.0, 2.1 Android OS

The app seems pretty well polished and possibly is the best AIM client available in the market. It is free, so you have nothing to lose. Give it a try and let us know how it's working for you! Scan the QR code above, or click on it in your Android browser, to download.

You can also participate in this thread in the Android Central forums dedicated to AOL's AIM app.

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4 years ago

(Update) Motorola details exactly what you're getting in the Droid 2.1 update

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Motorola Droid

Update: Interesting. Motorola took the page down. But the bullet points likely still stand. Stay tuned, folks.

OK, let's put an end to the speculation and confusion as to what Motorola Droid owners can expect when they update this week to Android 2.1. This is straight from Motorola:

  • Voice recognition for virtual keyboard. Anywhere you can type, you can dictate. Swipe your finger across the keyboard (or press the microphone button) to activate. Same as on the Nexus One.
  • Virtual (on-screen) keyboard enhancements.
  • 3D Gallery: Should be the same as the new gallery that's on the Nexus One, and that's been ported to the Droid.
  • Pinch to zoom: Already on board for Google Maps, now you'll have it in the browser and gallery.
  • News and weather widget/app. That's the widget from the Nexus One that we get questions about in our videos.
  • Previously published Google Maps 4.0 improvements.
  • Enhanced Music application. New tabs at the top for easier access an navigation to artists, songs, albums and playlists.
  • Google Goggles: Now built into Android 2.1. No separate downloads.
  • Fixes the security lock bypass.
  • Yahoo e-mail now has setup optimization.
  • Battery life improved.

So that's it. Folks. While you're waiting for the update to be pushed out, be sure to join the discussion in our forums. [Motorola] Thanks, Alex!

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4 years ago

Google getting into the ISP game

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We kind of knew this day would come. Google has just announced that it's building and testing a 1-gigabit-per-second network in "a small number of locations across the United States." They're talking straight fiber to the home (hello, FiOS) for at least 50,000 people up front, and building up to as many as 500,000. We'll let Google tell its story:

We're planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We'll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

Our goal is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone. Here are some specific things that we have in mind:

  • Next generation apps: We want to see what developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds, whether it's creating new bandwidth-intensive "killer apps" and services, or other uses we can't yet imagine.

  • New deployment techniques: We'll test new ways to build fiber networks, and to help inform and support deployments elsewhere, we'll share key lessons learned with the world.

  • Openness and choice: We'll operate an "open access" network, giving users the choice of multiple service providers. And consistent with our past advocacy, we'll manage our network in an open, non-discriminatory and transparent way.

This is still in the early planning stages, and Google's asking for you to nominate your neighborhood as a test site. You can do so here. [Google]

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4 years ago

Droid getting 2.1, Verizon Nexus One, Google Buzz, Gingerbread

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From the Forums is a great way for you, our readers, to see the hottest topics being discussed. But you must be a registered member and becoming a member is a simple process. So if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now!

See you on the forums!

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4 years ago

Opera Mobile for Android to be shown at Mobile World Congress

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We've known for a while that Opera was planning on bringing a version of its Opera Mobile browser to Android. And now we're going to get a look at it. Opera announced in a news release that it will unveil Opera Mobile 10 for Android at Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona. And if it's anything like the version Windows Mobile users have been enjoying, it's definitely something you're going to want to check out. [Opera]

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4 years ago

HTC Scorpion is a Monster, Runs Android 2.2 on a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon Processor

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If you're a person who demands the best out of your smartphone, we think we just found your next device: the HTC Scorpion. AndroidSPIN has received a leaked build file that details this device and it's a doozy: the Scorpion runs Android 2.2 on a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon Processor with support for WiMAX. That means it pretty much outspecs every device currently on the market and sets a new standard while at it. Yeah, we can't stop drooling either.

But then again, we're not even absolutely certain that this device is real (we hope so), if this is even close to releasing (we don't think so) and what it'll look like (with the beauty it has on the inside, does it matter?). For all we know, this could be a glorified text file that some kid drew up and sent around town. A pipe dream, if you will. But where would the fun be in that? Here's what we know for sure: HTC can make devices that set the bar in this industry, if anyone can create this ridiculously spec'd device, it's HTC.

So, Nexus One, are you ready to hand over the Android throne yet?

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4 years ago

Motorola CLIQ Getting Android 2.1 in March ?

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BGR is hearing that the Motorola Cliq will receive an update to Android 2.1 in March. Yep, you'll be able to enjoy the beauty of Android 2.1 next month! This follows the news that the Droid will be receiving the 2.1 update sometime this week, so it looks like Motorola is getting all their devices on to the same Android version. The Motorola Devour, which is supposed to launch with Android 1.6, should also be able to update quickly to 2.1 since it runs the same Motoblur UI as the Cliq. Here's to hoping it all works out!

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4 years ago

Another shot of the HTC Legend, plus specs, to boot

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HTC Legend

Yep, there it is. Another look at the HTC Legend, which appears destined to replace the venerable Hero. And with a new picture comes new specs: A 3.2-inch AMOLED screen at half-VGA, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, a Qualcomm MSM7227 processor at 600MHz, and the other usual bells and whistles.

The processor keeps it from being in the top tier of Android phones, but it's certainly still up there, and an AMOLED screen can make up for a lot. No word, however, on availability or pricing. [Twitter via AndroidCommunity]

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4 years ago

myTouch 3G 1.2 looks strangely familiar

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myTouch 3G version 1.2

Now that the myTouch 3G 1.2 has been manhandled, really the only thing left to do is for T-Mobile to release the darn thing. And judging by the pictorial, the only real difference we're going to be seeing will be under the hood -- there's now 256MB of RAM -- and the addition of the 3.5mm headphone jack. It also comes with an 8GB microSD card.

Look for the myTouch 3G 1.2 starting tomorrow for $149.99 after contract. [TMoNews]

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4 years ago

Google Maps updated to Version 4.0

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Google Maps Version 4.0

We mentioned it in the Google Buzz launch post, but it bears repeating: Google Maps has been updated to Version 4.0. With it you get support for the Buzz layers, along with the previously mentioned night mode and synchronized starred items. Update Google Maps here. More pics after the break.

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4 years ago

Quick App: Urbanspoon

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Urbanspoon

For Motorola Droid and Nexus One: If you're looking for a quick way to figure out what's for dinner, there's Urbanspoon. Now in Version 1.0 (and free!) for Android, it's a simple dial-a-meal that lets you choose location, ethnicity and price. Or you can choose "shake" for a random selection.

Vote on your favorites, read and write reviews, find addresses and telephone numbers, all in one simple app. It even works with Android 2.0's voice features. It's a must-have for anyone who has to eat.

Scan the QR code here (or click on it in your Android browser) to download Urbanspoon.

More pics after the break.

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4 years ago

Contest reminders: Developers survey, Round Robin

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A couple of contest deadlines are hanging over your (and ours, too) heads. A refresher:

  • The Interpret developer survey is still live, but it ends this weekend. They're putting together a data set about mobile app development and need your help to do so. For your troubles, you may be entered to win a Nexus One.
  • Then there's the third annual Smartphone Round Robin contest, which ends Thursday. All you have to do is post in any of our official Round Robin threads, and you're entered to win an Android phone of your choosing. And be sure to check back Friday, when we'll announce the winners.

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4 years ago

Google launches Buzz - it's like FaceTwitterSquare ... with gmail

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Google Buzz

Google today announced Buzz, which is kind of an uber-mashup of Twitter, Facebook, Four Square and just about any other social network you can think of. Share photos, locations -- whatever -- all in real time. It's built in to gmail (some people are already seeing it live), and also plays a big part in the mobile space (natch).

Google BuzzFor starters, go to buzz.google.com, and you'll be taken to a Web app that lets you see and create Buzz messages. You can see messages from people you "follow" or interact with often, or you can see messages from people nearby.

It's also tied into Google Maps. There will be (I don't see it yet -- anybody else?) a Buzz layer that will let you see Buzz messages anywhere on the map. And then there's a voice shortcut for Android phones that support the feature. Just say  "Post buzz" and then say your peace.

It looks like Buzz may take a little getting used to. Or it might remain as vague as Wave. We'll see. In the meantime, check out a couple of videos detailing Buzz after the break. [Google]

Update: As Skritt points out in the comments, check for an update to Google Maps (We're now at Version 4.0, people) and you'll now see the Buzz layer.

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4 years ago

Next (next) Android version is Gingerbread?

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Gingerbread

It seems like it's a bit early to start hearing rumblings of the "H" nickname for Android. After all, it was just a few short weeks ago that we learned "F" was for Froyo -- frozen yougurt -- which follows Eclair, Donut and Cupcake.

But that didn't stop Google's Brian Swetland, who works on the Linux kernel for the Big G, from just dropping the following on the LWN.net boards:

We maintain a set of patches on top of Linux, which we periodically rebase to the latest released Linux kernel. We've been doing this roughly every other kernel release since about 2.6.14. This week we're finalizing our move to 2.6.32 for the Android "Froyo" release, and we'll likely be on .33 or .34 for "Gingerbread".

That said, Froyo's not even available on phones yet, so "Gingerbread" may just be an internal nickname at this point. A nickname for a nickname, if you will. [LWN.net via AndroidAndMe]

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4 years ago

How's your Nexus One 3G reception now?

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By now everyone should have seen the Google Nexus One update (called 2.1-update1) pushed out to their phones. (If not, you can always update manually.) Aside from pinch-to-zoom being turned on in a handful of apps, the update contained a fix for the apparent problems the phone was having keeping a 3G connection on T-Mobile.

However, our pals at JKOnTheRun still saw issue after the update, and there are other reports, as well. And so we put it to you, gentle folk. How's your T-Mobile 3G reception after last week's update?

How's your Nexus One T-Mobile 3G reception?(surveys)

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