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3 years ago

The already-struggling Google TV just found itself in a deeper hole

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Microsoft announces wealth of new Xbox 360 content partners

Google TV's pretty much been a non-starter since it was announced at Google IO in 2010. Trouble with networks and other content providers has kept any sort of mainstream adoption at bay, and we're still waiting on the long-promised update to Honeycomb that will bring more apps and features.

Microsoft might have just made any update moot with the announcement of a major update to the Xbox 360 and the announcement of  slew of new content partners worldwide. Movies. Games. Sports. News. Worldwide. Coming around the holiday season. Ouch.

Here's the list of the new partners:

  • ABC iView – Australia
  • AlloCiné – France, Germany, Spain, U.K.
  • Antena 3 – Spain
  • Astral Media’s Disney XD – Canada
  • BBC – U.K.
  • blinkbox – U.K.
  • Bravo – U.S.
  • Canal+ - France, Spain
  • Channel 4 – U.K.
  • Channel 5 – U.K.
  • CinemaNow (Best Buy) – U.S.
  • Comcast – U.S.
  • Crackle – Australia, Canada, U.K., U.S.
  • Dailymotion – Available in 32 markets
  • EPIX – U.S.
  • GolTV – Spain
  • HBO GO – U.S.
  • Hulu – Japan
  • iHeartRadio (Clear Channel) – U.S.
  • LOVEFiLM – Germany, U.K.
  • Manga Entertainment – U.S.
  • Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment/Real Sports – Canada
  • MediaSet – Italy
  • MSN with MSNBC.com – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, U.K.
  • MUZU.TV – France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K.
  • Rogers On Demand Online (RODO) – Canada
  • RTVE – Spain
  • SBS On Demand – Australia
  • Syfy – U.S.
  • Telefonica – Spain
  • Televisa – Mexico
  • “The Today Show” – U.S.
  • TMZ – U.S.
  • UFC – Canada, U.S.
  • Verizon – U.S.
  • VEVO – Canada, U.K., U.S.
  • YouTube – Available in 22 markets
  • ZDF – Germany

Read over that list again. Those are just the new additions, folks. And YouTube -- probably the biggest draw on Google TV next to Pandora and Amazon -- is among them. This is going to be an uphill battle now, that's for sure.

Maybe Google's got something up its sleeve for Google TV. But a shovel might well need to be one of the tricks.

Source: Microsoft

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3 years ago

Samsung bringing contact charging back to the Nexus?

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We're getting a little too excited over this little feature, but it's one we're happy to see on another phone. See those three dots we're circled in Samsung's teaser of what's to come next week at CTIA? Those point to probably contact charging.

That's a feature that never quite took off like we'd hoped. We first saw it on the Nexus One with the desktop dock and car dock, and later on the myTouch 4G, and it's back on the HTC Rhyme. There's no fiddling with plugs when seating the phone in a dock. Just place and go. Sure, you have to plug the dock into a power source. But chances are your dock is pretty stationary.

Put it this way. Once you go plugless, you're going to have a hard time going back. Check out what we're talking about after the break.

More in the Nexus Prime forums

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G case review: Seidio ACTIVE case

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Looking for the right case for your Android smartphone is not always as easy as it should be, especially when shopping online.  Getting to feel a case and seeing how it fits on your device is always an advantage when buying cases at a local store, so we'll be taking an in-depth look at the Seidio ACTIVE case for the Motorola Atrix 4G and how it holds up in terms of protection, functionality and overall comfort.  

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic Multimedia docks

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Just off the truck and into the Android Central Store are the HD docks for the Motorola Droid Bionic. You've got two to choose from -- here's the lowdown.

The more basic of the two is the Motorola Standard Dock, seen above and after the break. It's your standard dock, with a 3.5mm headphone jack in the back, along with a microUSB plug for charging. It also comes with the remote control you see here, so you can work the phone without having to touch it. That means slideshows, music and the like.

Then there's the HD Multimedia Dock. It's the same look, but it's got a microHDMI-out port and three full-size USB ports to go along with the 3.5mm headphone jack. This is the one you want if you're going to be doing any Webtop work.

The big point here is to make sure you get the right dock for the right job.

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3 years ago

LG Esteem extended battery for MetroPCS

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If you're a MetroPCS fan and are eyeing the LG Esteem that we first showed you yesterday, here's a quick look at the extended battery cover that will be available at launch. No word on the exact capacity of the battery, but that hump is reminiscient of the HTC ThunderBolt's extended battery, and we'd reckon it's probably in the 2500 mAh range (at least).

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Tegra Madness giveaways!

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It sure was a big week for contests!  We gave away a bounty of great Tegra 2 powered Android devices of all shapes and sizes, and now it's time to announce the winners.  Thanks everyone for entering, and be on the lookout for more awesome contests here at AndroidCentral.  And now, without further ado, the winners:

A hearty congratulations to each of you, and we'll be getting your prizes out in the next day or two.  We hope you enjoy (and know you will!) the cool Android devices headed your way, and would love to see a picture or two once you get them and have them all set up!  We also want to thank the good folks at Nvidia for making the whole week of Tegra Madness possible.  Shout out your own congratulations in the comments.

 

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3 years ago

Reminder: win the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 grand prize pack from Nvidia and Android Central

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It's been a week packed full of great prizes in the Tegra Madness giveaway, and we're closing it out with a bang -- a grand prize pack made up of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, a Jambox Bluetooth speaker, a Samsung Galaxy Tab keyboard dock, a Samsung Galaxy Tab desktop dock, and a $25 AmEx gift card!  Not only is the Tab 10.1 the thinnest and lightest 10 inch tablet on the market, it also chews through video and games like nobody's business, thanks to the Tegra 2 chip it's rocking.  This one's more than just a great tablet, the accessories are killer as well.  With the keyboard dock, the desktop dock, and the Jambox Bluetooth speaker you'll have the complete package for work and play.  To round it all out, you'll be getting a $25 AmEx gift card you can use to buy all the awesome games from the Tegra Zone!  You don't want to miss your chance on this one.

It's easy, just hit the forums and drop a note in the contest thread, and you're entered.  Each contest runs for 24 hours (midnight to midnight, Eastern Time), and we'll pick the winner at random, then announce them all in one big blog post Sunday (Sep. 18).  Good luck to all, and be sure to enter!

Win the Galaxy Tab 10.1 grand prize pack

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3 years ago

Otterbox Defender case for the Droid Bionic

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Read our Droid Bionic review

 

We picked up the Otterbox Defender case for the Motorola Droid Bionic recently, and let's give it the what-for. If you've never tried an Otterbox case, think of it as one of those nuclear waste disposal containers, only for smartphones. OK, maybe not quite that impenetrable, but you'll be hard-pressed to find anything that protects your phone better.

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3 years ago

Android Accessory Review: Body Glove Snap-On Case for Casio GzOne Commando

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When you think of the Casio GzOne Commando you most likely think of a rather rugged phone that could withstand just about any type of punishment you can put it through, and while yes that is pretty accurate that doesn't mean it couldn't use some added protection.

 

For me, having a scratch on the device, or seeing the paint chipping is something that bothers me big time, so I tend to put just about every device that I own in a case, and this was no exception. One case that I have known for a long time, and have grown fond of on previous devices is the Body Glove Snap-On case, so I figured to give it a shot on this device even though the added protection was not 100 percent needed, I wanted it. Let's hit the break together and check out some thoughts on this case.

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3 years ago

50cent's Uber50 theme for UberSocial now available on Android

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Odds are that you have at some point in time heard of UberSocial, a rather large cross-platform Twitter client that is extremely popular amongst the celebrity variety. And if you know anything about the application, it is probably that 50cent is a huge supporter. With an existing theme available for the BlackBerry and iOS versions of UberSocial, today they announced that Android users can download the theme for their devices The theme is available in a free and paid variety, the paid version of the app (which you once knew as Twidroyd) being $1.99 and brings you additional features inside, and both can be downloaded immediately. Full information after the break.

Download the themes here.

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation Accessories Roundup

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The best accessories for your HTC Sensation

Upon getting your HTC Sensation you might wonder what additional accessories may be beneficial for you and your device. What style case? Replacement or extended battery? Car charger or wall charger?  These are all pretty common questions, and we're here to help you make those decisions on accessories for the HTC Sensation a breeze.

Before we begin, let's look at the top four best selling HTC Sensation accessories:

Check past the break for our full roundup on the hottest HTC Sensation accessories.

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic extended battery

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We're knee-deep into our Motorola Droid Bionic review (update: Read our comprehensive Droid Bionic Review!) but wanted to take a quick second to talk about the battery. Specifically, let's talk about the Droid Bionic's extended battery.

We're all in the midst of testing this dual-core LTE phone, hopefully will see better battery life than some of its predecessors. But an extended battery is definitely still an option, and this one bumps you up to 2760 mAh, from the stock 1735 mAh.

And the DB's extended battery doesn't add as much heft or girth to the phone as we'd feared. It does require an bigger batter cover, but it's nicely designed and while it makes the phone thicker, it does so in a pretty stylish manner and still feels pretty good in the hand. The larger battery door is nicely contoured and doesn't have nearly the same sharp lines as the extended battery door on the HTC ThunderBolt.

We've got more pics and hands-on video after the break if you're still on the fence. Check it out.

Motorola Droid Bionic Extended Battery | All Motorola Droid Bionic Batteries

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Live Dock

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It wasn't just phones on show at last night's Xperia Party in London. Sony Ericsson was also keen to show off the latest accessory for its 2011 Xperia smartphones -- the Live Dock. This is a brand new smartphone dock which serves not only as a charging station, but allows you to connect USB peripherals like keyboards and mice, and control your phone using good old-fashioned button-based devices.

And if you've got a HDMI-enabled Xperia, like the Arc or Arc S? Well, that's where things start to get really cool -- in that case, you can browse the web and play Angry Birds on your TV, using any standard USB wireless keyboard and mouse. Proof of this, in video form, is after the jump.

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D case review: Otterbox Commuter

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New phone needs a new case. It has been this way since the dawn of the smartphone era, and so it shall be until its end. Your HTC EVO 3D is no exception, and for those interested in maximum protection while still maintaining a relatively slim profile, there's nothing like the Otterbox Commuter for HTC EVO 3D.

 

In typical Commuter fashion, you're looking at two pieces: the flexible, rubbery skin and the hard plastic shell. The rubberized skin fits nice and snug, and the hard shell keeps everything from sliding around.

As far as ports go, the top and bottom bezels on the phone have openings for the microphone and 3.5mm headphone jack, but the left and right bezels are covered up with the rubber skin. The micro-USB port has a removable flap (as it should), but the volume rocker and power button are totally dominated by the rubber skin. The camera shutter button is also protected but the 2D/3D slider is left bare.

As is typical with all EVO 3D cases, the camera lenses are now recessed inside the thickness of the case, so you can lay your phone on its back all you want without worrying about damaging your precious gimmick hardware.

More pictures are after the break.

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3 years ago

Time to Tab my way: portable media center

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When the weather permits I'm the kind of fella who likes to sit outside and enjoy a bit of fresh air.  That doesn't mean I like to sit quietly and enjoy nature though -- I need to take my toys out with me.  That means a laptop to do a little work with, and now my Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the multimedia dock and a set of desktop speakers from my local big box store. 

 

For watching video, listening to music, or kicking back in the Android Central Turntable.fm room listening to the jams, this setup rocks.  It lets me keep my laptop free for working, no pausing video and switching tabs and windows every five minutes, and the viewing angle is just perfect while my Tab is in the dock.  Plus you can plug the dock in to AC power to keep things charged, or use the 30 pin passthrough connector with the Samsung dongle for HDMI access.  The built in speakers on the Tab work while it's docked, but there's also a 3.5mm audio jack on the multimedia dock to connect a set of speakers to if you need a bit more volume -- handy to drown out the chorus of mockingbirds that seems to start right around dusk here at the homestead.

The best part?  Everything is portable.  When it's raining or cold, and I'm forced to stay indoors the dock and speakers can sit right on my desk or coffee table and still let me enjoy a little video or audio from my Tab, and the whole set-up makes for a hell of a bedside clock if you set it up on your nightstand.  If you like to use your Galaxy Tab as a media consumption device, you ought to check one of these out.  I've tossed a couple pictures of the dock itself after the break.

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