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3 years ago

Vlingo introduces ActionBar and integrates with KAYAK, Fandango and Open Table

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We're no strangers to the many uses of Vlingo around here and we love it when they email us lettings us know about all the new stuff they been working on. As described from within their press release, they've introduced a new feature with their latest release called Actionbar:

Vlingo will introduce a new feature called the “ActionBar,” that enables Android users to type or speak commands to do all of the things they would normally do with Vlingo.  Vlingo brings the same adaptation and predictive intelligence used for voice recognition to typed commands with the ActionBar, allowing users to initiate actions when it’s not as convenient speak to their phones – like on a noisy bus or quiet conference room.   In this release, Vlingo also has integrated with several consumer companies that will allow them to find available hotels, buy movie tickets and make dinner reservations - quickly, easily and safely.

Those companies referred to are KAYAK, Fandango and Open Table to be precise. The latest Vlingo Assistant is now available in the Android Market for devices 2.0 and above. Download and a video of the new offers is after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus S rooted (to nobody's surprise)

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It's of little surprise that the Nexus S has been rooted and already has Clockworkmod recovery installed, which is what you see above. Just as we predicted, custom ROMs are right around the corner, folks. If you need help getting started, we've got bootloader and fastboot info in our Nexus S forums. [@Clockworkmod, Nexus S Forums]

Update: Rooting instructions can be found here.

Update #2: If you're having an issue with those instructions (many are) have a look here for the old fashioned way to get rooted

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3 years ago

comiXology announces beta release of Android app -- Get comics on the go!

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For some of us, the days of actually heading on down to the comic store and grabbing the latest edition of Spider-Man are long over. But, that doesn't really mean you have to stop reading comics by any means. Luckily for those of you out there who still enjoy reading comics, they've kept pace with the technology of today. A new app to the Android Market makes it easier then ever to get your comics on the go and read them whenever you do so wish.

Comics by comiXology has been available for quite some time on other platforms but, this is the first time its been made available on Android. The online store offers a wide variety of comic vendors to purchase from including Archie Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, DC.  So yes, Spiderman, Transformers, Star Wars and more are all covered. Also, any comics you purchase through the app are available for online reading as well. Be sure to check the app out if you're a comic fan. Download link can be found after the break. [comiXology]

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3 years ago

How to unlock the Nexus S bootloader

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Excellent news, folks. The bootloader on the Samsung Nexus S (watch our hands-on video) can be unlocked just as the Nexus One's was. Gandalf44 in the Android Central Forums reminds us of the instructions:

  1. Shutdown the phone
  2. Hold down volume up + power
  3. Now you are in the standard recovery mode
  4. Assuming you have 2.3 SDK installed with fastboot (Google around for that info..), now on terminal/windows or Windows cmd depending on OS type "fastboot devices" to check your device can be seem via USB
  5. Assuming you device is seen via fastboot devices, now type "fastboot oem unlock"
  6. Accept ... and new bootloader is unlocked...

Why would you want to unlock the bootloader? You need access to install a custom recovery. And you need a custom recovery to install custom ROMs. And you need custom ROMs because, well, you just do. Trust us. So this is very good news indeed. If we don't see custom ROMs by the end of the day, somebody's slacking. :p More in the Nexus S forums!

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3 years ago

The Official PlayStation app, coming soon to Android

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Sony has just announced on its blog that the Official PlayStation app is soon to arrive on Android and iOS devices. Although this doesn't appear to be the app we've seen running on the Sony PlayStation Phone, it's still a pretty awesome announcement. As noted on the Sony blog, key features for the app include:

  • Check out your PlayStation Network trophies and keep up to date with your friends’ games and online status.
  • Discover all the latest games, news and hardware for your PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation 2.
  • Read all the announcements on the European PlayStation.Blog and comment.
  • Share your favorite products or news with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail.

All isn't rosy here though with the announcement. Sadly, the app will only be available in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and The Netherlands. Although, Sony has stated that other countries are already in the works for the next version. [PlayStation EU blog]

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3 years ago

Google Maps updated with 3D tilt feature, vector graphics

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Google Maps 5.0 -- that awesome version Andy Rubin showed off a week or so ago -- has been released to the Android Market. With the latest version of Google Maps, you get that very cool 3D tilt feature, plus vector graphics for less tiling (there's still some lag, but it's definitely better), compass mode, improved caching and offline navigation rerouting so that you can still find your way even if you lose your connection.

We'll have to check this out on as many phones as possible. There was talk about the 3D feature not working on the Nexus One, but it seems to be OK for us. (Update: More on that after the break.) Sound out in the comments if you see otherwise. Thanks to everyone who sent this in! [Google Lat-Long Blog]

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3 years ago

Samsung Intercept's Froyo update may come starting Dec. 17

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Have a Sprint Samsung Intercept and are still waiting on Android 2.2? Looks like it's just about here. In addition to the second-newest Android operating system (sorry, but we're all going to have to get used to that), you get a few bugfixes, including one for dropped calls, force closes on messages, inability to access google.com (really!?!?), phone contacts, and TeleNav GPS has been added. And because it's Froyo, wireless tethering is available -- for an extra $29.99 a month. If the date in the Sprint Playbook is to believed, we should start seeing updates in the next day or so.

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3 years ago

Nexus S Hands-on Photo Gallery; Update: Video

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Happy Nexus S day, gents and ladies. We high-tailed it over to our local Best Buy Mobile and picked one up to put it through its paces. 

The screen is curved, yes, but not enough to elicit wows from anybody. The overall feel is very Galaxy - which is to say lighter than you might expect but also, sadly, a little cheaper-feeling in the materials than we'd like. The Super Amoled screen is darn pretty and actually performs quite nicely in direct sunlight. Unlike the Nexus One, the capacitive buttons on the bottom are blissfully distant from the main screen and so mis-taps are unlikely to be an issue. What is an issue is that like all Samsung Galaxy phones, those buttons disappear when the screen is off and they're darned-tough to see in sunlight, so better get used to that new button order quickly.

Who are we kidding, the niggles pale in comparison to the speed, which comes partly from that 1GHz hummingbird processor but mostly from Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

In the box you'll find the standard fare: charger, USB cable, and a set of not-horrendous headphones. It's Google-branded, that box, though ours at least had a T-Mobile SIM in there, courtesy of Best Buy.

Obviously expect a full review of the device and a look at its performance, but in the meantime gather round for a quick photo gallery (update: and video!) of this week's "Best Android Phone Ever."

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 6.1.1 now available for the Evo 4G, Nexus One, G2, myTouch 3G

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Although the above tweet, I'm sure, speaks for itself, we figured we better make mention of it before you all flood our tips inbox (not that we don't appreciate it) but better to be one step ahead. Cyanogen Mod 6.1.1 is now live on the CyanogenMod website, and in Rom Manager.  The full change log can be viewed via the CyanogenMod Github site. We're still digging through it all at this point but feel free to share thoughts in the comments or in our forums. [Cyanogen]

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3 years ago

The Nexus Ninjas return!

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Remember the ninjas who unboxed the original Nexus One? They're back for the Nexus S, and they're breaking out of YouTube box and doing their ninja thing all over your browser. It's not your typical YouTube video and we can't embed it here, so hit up the link for some slicing and dicing.

Oh, when it's done, don't forget to scroll down the page for some nunchuck action! [Ninja unboxing]

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