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3 years ago

Google TV 2.0 is announced; updates start next week, new hardware in coming months

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Google has finally taken the lid off the next generation of Google TV. Announced this morning on the Google TV Blog, el Goog reminds us that "these are still early days." But things are improving. And this major update will focus on four areas:

  • A simpler user interface, with a customizable home screen.
  • Finding content becomes easier. TV and movies get their own search, whether they're on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, cable, satellite, etc.
  • Improved YouTube experience. Leanback was just the beginning. It's now been integrated even deeper.
  • Apps. Finally, the Android Market comes to Google TV. You won't initally have the full breadth of the market on Google TV -- apps that require a touchscreen, GPS or telephony won't show, so that pares things down quite a bit -- but Google says it has 50 developers already lined up.

So, when will we see updates? If you've got one of the Sony boxes or TVs, you should start seeing updates early next week. The Logitech Revue will come later. Google says new devices from multiple manufacturers will arrive in the coming months.

Check out the preview video after the break.

Source: Google TV Blog
More: Google.com/tv

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3 years ago

Sprint OTA update for all current HTC Android phones now available, fixes data storage privacy issue

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Sprint has announced that an OTA (over the air) update is now available for all current HTC Android phones on their network, specifically the HTC EVO 4G, the HTC EVO Shift 4G, the HTC View 4G, the HTC EVO 3D, the  HTC EVO Design 4G, and the HTC Wildfire S.  They say they worked closely with HTC after news of the data mishandling by HTC phones was brought to light, and now offer a solution for all affected phones.  Like every OTA, they will be going out in waves -- if you don't get it today, you will shortly.  To manually check for the update, go to Settings >System updates > HTC software update > Check Now, and if the update is available for you it will begin the download and installation process. 

We still want to remind you to always watch what applications you install.  When your smartphone is as powerful as the desktop PC's we used 5 years ago, they are susceptible to the same security issues.  Be safe, not sorry.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Motorola announces the MOTOACTV Android-based fitness tracker/MP3 player

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We're live at Motorola's event in New York, where Sanjay Jha just announced a pretty broad leap into the fitness space with MOTOACTV.

It's a 46mm square Android-powered device that in addition to tracking your fitness regiment with its own website also serves as an MP3 player. The big plus, though, is that it's entirely wireless. Headphones, heart-rate tracker. No wires.

And, yes, it looks like an iPod Nano with buttons.

Developing. ...

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic Accessories Roundup

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The most popular accessories for your Motorola Droid Bionic

We know searching for the best accessories for the Motorola Droid Bionic can sometimes be confusing with all the choices available out there.  Whether you're looking for a case to protect against drops, an extended battery to keep your Bionic powered up all day or even bluetooth speakers so you can enjoy your music anywhere you wish-- here at Android Central we carry the best assortment of accessories for your new Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone.

Let's dive into this edition of Accessories Roundup by checking out the top five most popular accessories for the Droid Bionic:

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom Family Edition outed once again ahead of announcement

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A couple of days ago we got a look at was dubbed the Motorola Xoom Family Edition and now, we're starting to see some accessories for this device pop up that confirm what was sent off to bix box retailers. Still no word from Motorola confirming the device, release date or price but we're expecting to here something come Monday when Motorola shows off their goods.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Participating Subway restaurants will accept Google Wallet

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Fans of footlongs and 4G will soon be able to pay for their sandwiches using Google Wallet. The restaurant chain has announced (and we've also been tipped with an internal Subway e-mail -- there's a first) its intention to full support NFC purchases with Google Wallet at more than 7,000 restaurants by April 2012. Also in 2012, expect full support for Subway Cards.

Restaurants in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, among others, have already been receiving the NFC hardware, and the rest should get them by the end of the year.

Hit the break for the internal Subway e-mail, or find the official press release here.

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3 years ago

Motorola announces the new Motorola Lapdock 100 - Coming soon to Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and AT&T

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Motorola made us all fully aware of the fact they were going to be bringing top notch accessories to their higher-end devices in the future. What started with the Motorola Atrix 4G, webtop has now expanded into Motorola's latest accessory announcement being the Motorola Lapdock 100.

Equipped with a bright 10.1 inch high resolution screen, high quality audio, large ergonomically-slanted keyboard with dedicated Android™ keys, touch-pad, multi-tasking capabilities, and desktop-class tabbed web browsing using Wi-Fi or the smartphone’s data plan, the innovative companion device is now more affordable, lightweight, and intuitive.

Motorola LAPDOCK 100 supports full multi-tasking - making it easy to respond to an incoming text or take a call while browsing the web, using any one of the thousands of Android™ apps available, viewing pictures, or listening to music.

At a mere 2.2lbs (less than 1Kg), Motorola LAPDOCK 100 is designed to be as mobile as its owners’ lives. Compact enough to carry in a back-pack or briefcase, use in the office, in the classroom, at a café or on the couch at home, the device’s up to five hour* battery charges the phone so a user never loses their freedom to be mobile.

Motorola LAPDOCK 100 is compatible with multiple Motorola smartphones, including Motorola ATRIX™ 2, PHOTON™ 4G, and DROID BIONIC by Motorola.** It will also be compatible with future Motorola webtop-enabled devices.

So when will it be available? The Motorola Lapdock 100 will be available online at AT&T on 10/17. It will also be available through Verizon Wireless and Sprint later this quarter. No pricing was announced as of yet either but you better believe we'll keep you all up to date on that.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

AT&T Toggle - go ahead, bring your own device to work

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AT&T has announced their latest offering for users looking to bring their own devices to their work environment. AT&T Toggle, as it is called allows your device to contain two worlds essentially -- your work world and your home world all while keeping both worlds safe and secure and making it easy for IT admins to implement:

  • Personal mode: When not working, send text messages to friends, watch TV shows and movies, and play games on your mobile device as you otherwise would. Personal activities remain segregated.
  • Work mode: If it’s time to buckle down and focus on business, employees can enter their work environment. In this mode, users can access corporate email, applications, calendars and more, just as they would on a company-provided device.

The service will allow IT admins to control the corporate side of the device with the capability to update applications, remote wipe and manage company access while the personal side of your device remains unaffected.

The long and short of it, you get to use the device you love to use and businesses save money and know that their data is both compliant to security standards and secure on whatever device it is that you are using. AT&T Toggle can be used on devices running Android 2.2 and higher, and with any service provider. Full press release can be found after the break.

Source: AT&T

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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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