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4 years ago

New BlueAnt apps for Android provide message reading assist

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BlueAnt, the maker of innovative Bluetooth peripheral devices, has just announced the availability of new Android apps that work with the S4 True Handsfree Car Speakerphone and the T1 Rugged Bluetooth Headset -- enabling users to hear incoming text messages read aloud automatically.

BlueAnt already considers T1 and S4 to be groundbreaking devices. The T1 provides the excellent wind noise reduction, delivering clear audio in wind speeds up to 22 mph, and the S4 is the world’s first true handsfree car speakerphone, allowing drivers to communicate on the road using just their voice AND without needing to touch their phone or car speakerphone at all. 

Key features of both applications:

  • Listen to your text messages – When you receive a text message your BlueAnt device will automatically read out the full message using Text To Speech technology.
  • Help and Support – The BlueAnt Android apps provide a direct connection to BlueAnt’s customer service center to help users with any product need.
  • User Manual – Both apps also feature a user-friendly searchable manual that has been customized and formatted to fit the phone’s screen.

The apps work with any Android handset running Android OS 2.0 or above, and are available as a free download for all S4 and T1 owners.  Users can download them from the Android Market.   For more information about all BlueAnt’s hands-free device, see www.blueantwireless.com.

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4 years ago

Review: Smartphone Experts Desktop Stand

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Looking for a convenient way to prop up your Droid Incredible? Let's take a quick look at the Smartphone Experts Desktop Stand.

Made of genuine leather, black with contrasting stitching, it provides a convenient way to prop up your Droid smartphone on your desk. Small and lightweight, it can lay flat for transportation (i.e. taking it to and from the office).

The video after the break will give you an idea of how it looks and how to assemble -- a simple process that involves bending the leather stand and tucking a tab into one of two holes, which sets the prop angle.

This stand is simple but does its job well. You can get the Smartphone Experts Desktop Stand for $14.95 in the AndroidCentral Store.  Also, note that it will work with most other Android smartphones.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X accessories hands-on

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Motorola Droid X car dockMotorola Droid X desktop dock

Motorola Droid X Desktop dockMotorola Droid X Desktop Dock

What's a new phone without a few new accessories to go with it, eh? The Motorola Droid X will have desktop and car docks available at launch, for $49.99 and $39.99, respectively. And the desktop dock also will serve to stream media to your TV over HDMI our DLNA, so it's got that going for it, too, which is nice. Rest assured our own Android Central Store will have accessories, too, and you can check out what else Verizon will be pimping here. (pdf link)

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4 years ago

Google Maps adds ratings, public transit schedules, Latitude improvements

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Googleg Maps 4.3Google Maps 4.3

Hot on the heels of Google Voice opening up, here comes an update to Google Maps for Android. Version 4.3 brings the following improvements:

  • Location ratings: Service suck? You'll find out here. The atmosphere less than romantic? You'll know in advance.
  • Public transit schedules: Knowing how to get to the station is important. And now you can get there in time to catch a ride.
  • Latitude friends: You can more easily share your location, and friends are now suggested by Latitude.

Head on over to the Android Market and update your Google Maps now. [Google Mobile blog]

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4 years ago

Shapewriter being pulled from Market; get it while you still can

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Shapewriter

We're a tad behind on this, but better late than never: If you're a fan of the Shapewriter keyboard, it's being pulled from the Android Market on June 20 -- that's tomorrow. Here's the notice from Shapewwriter:

Please note: We plan to take ShapeWriter off the Android Market on
June 20, 2010 for an indefinite period of time, If you have purchased
or downloaded ShapeWriter Keyboard on your Android device, please
update it to the latest Version 3.0.9 which will not expire as the
previous versions do. We thank you for your interest and support.

Looks like this is all part of Shapewriter being acquired by Nuance, which should be another name you know, namely for its Dragon line of software. We've reached out for more information and will update if and when we know more. [Shapewriter via Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Evo 4G case review: The Seidio Innocase II Surface

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Seidio Innocase II Surface

If you're looking for an Evo 4G case that offers big protection with little fuss, the Seidio Innocase II Surface fits the bill. It'll keep your Evo's case as fresh as the day you brought it home, while still allowing access to all the buttons and ports, plus keeping the 4.3-inch screen at the ready. Check it out, after the break.

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4 years ago

Flash 10.1 enters beta 3, but when will we see it (and Froyo) officially?

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Adobe Flash Beta

Those of you rocking Android 2.2 already should know that Adobe Flash 10.1 has entered beta 3, so you'll want to update it (if you're not having it update automatically).  Not sure if anything of substance has changed, so sing out in the comments if you spot something. [Adobe] Thanks, @iRyanM!

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4 years ago

New Foursquare update lets you flag venue info on the fly

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Foursquare changelogFoursquare

An update to Foursquare just came down the pike, and this one's a goody if you're anal about your check-ins. (Wonder which side of the fence we're about to be on?) You now have the ability to fix those blasted incorrect, inaccurate or otherwise just plain wrong locations.

Now your old friend Jeremy, who fled his beloved hometown for the Midwest, can't become mayor of his forsaken airport merely because he misspelled it and you were too squinty-eyed for your 6:30 a.m. flight to notice and check in at the proper location.  (Hey, warned you about our anal-check-in thing.)

Anyhoo, you can now tell Foursquare of your buddy's transgressions and suggest that the venue info be flagged, market it as closed, as in incorrect address or as a duplicate. [Market linkApp Brain]

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4 years ago

Evo 4G case review: Golla Grape Pouch

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Evo 4G Golla Grape Pouch

The Evo 4G is a big phone, with a big, bright screen. And it needs to be protected. The Golla Grape Pouch offers soft and stylish protection while adding a bit of storage. Let's take a look, after the break.

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4 years ago

Qik video chat demo on the Evo 4G

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Qik video chat on the Evo 4G

We've already taken a walk through the basic functions of the updated Qik video chat app for the Evo 4G -- now let's take a look at video chat in action. Check it out after the break as Jerry and I give things a go, with both of us connected over WiFi, though even that couldn't make up for the server crush everybody's putting on Qik.

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4 years ago

Review: Game Gripper game pad for the Motorola Droid

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Motorola Droid and Game Gripper game pad

We've got more than enough power in our hands to run a game emulator. Problem is, we've been lacking proper game pads to really get our game on. Enter the Game Gripper for the Motorola Droid. It's a pretty simple accessory -- a rubber mount with a standard directional pad and eight buttons that you can customize within the emulator to serve as whatever key you need. Let's check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Review: Otterbox Commuter Series case for the Motorola Droid

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Otterbox Commuter Series case for Motorola Droid

The Motorola Droid is a beast of a phone, no two ways about it. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider a case to help protect it. After the break, we take a look at the Otterbox Commuter Series case.

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4 years ago

Review: Seidio 3200mAh extended battery for the Google Nexus One

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Google Nexus One with extended battery

I love the Google Nexus One. I don't love its battery life. Sure, its 1400mAh battery (officially rated at 10 hours' talk time on EDGE and 7 hours on 3G) can get me through most of a day, but just barely. And I get a little skittish when I get down to 30 percent or so. The Seidio Innocell 3200mAh extended battery ($69.95 in the Android Central Store) takes care of any fears while adding minimum bulk. Check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Review: Nexus One car dock

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Nexus One car dock

The Nexus One car dock has arrived, and we've mounted it in our venerable Honda Accord for a quick spin around the block, and for a few photos in the garage. (More on that in a bit.) Join us after the break as we see what all the hubbub's about, and whether the Nexus One car dock is worth the $55 you'll have to shell out for it.

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4 years ago

Review: Motorola Endeavor HX1 Bluetooth headset

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Motorola Endeavor HX1 Bluetooth headset

Let's talk Bluetooth headsets for a second, shall we? They're not exactly everybody's favorite thing to use, but they're a must-have in the car if you want to stay safe and legal. After the break, we take a look at the Motorola Endeavor HX1 Bluetooth headset.

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