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3 years ago

Evernote launches Evernote Food on Android, helps you remember all your good eats

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Evernote has been on a roll as of late rolling out updates to already existing apps and adding new ones to the mix. The latest to land on Android is Evernote Food. If you're a food lover, it's something you might want to take a look at. It's based on the same concept as Evernote itself but as the name implies it revolves around food that you've enjoyed.

Out at a great restaurant and want to share it with others? Snap a pic and have it uploaded to Evernote food and share the details with others with the included function of adding titles, tags and even location as it has Foursquare integration built right in. The app itself looks great especially after you start adding your own items to the mix.

Evernote Food is available on the Google Play Store right now but if you're looking to get a better look at the app in action or see how it can fit into your daily use, there is video below of the app in action for you all to check out.

Source: Evernote Blog

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3 years ago

Pro tip: Avoid unsightly contextless crotch shots on the Google+ app with better descriptions

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No, Google+ app. Not "this." Because "this," being a comic-drawn crotch shot, is not what I wanted folks to focus their attention on when I linked to Peter Ha's TechCrunch piece debunking the Bloomberg story that Microsoft had "shut out" HTC from manufacturing Windows 8 devices. My only comment -- "This."

(BTW, Bloomberg's is a fairly ridiculous story, led by the all-too-familiar "people with knowledge of the matter." If you didn't bite on it, kudos.)

But if you'd seen my post from the Google+ app, all you'd know is that apparently I like cartoon pr0n. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, I suppose.)

This all stems, of course, from Google's recent redesign of the Google+ app. And for the most part, it's a beautiful redesign. Images are large. Posts are easy to follow -- so long as you don't actually link to anything. It's something I noted at the outset but apparently forgot because I'm using G+ on the desktop side most of the time. It's also a step backward. The app used to have this problem, then it got fixed in April. Now? It's gone again, at least in the stream view.  (Tap into the post and things look better, with headlines and summaries.)

I've learned my lesson. This'll put an end to the one-liners. I'll use 20 words when only one is needed. Or Google could just add back a little beta of metadata.

Regardless, learn from my mistake. Only you can prevent inadvertent contextless Google+ crotch shots.

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3 years ago

Android Central 98: Coming to America (the Galaxy S III is), Google buys some stuff, CrackBerry Kevin visits

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Audio-only stream below

Look, we can't help it. We had to talk about the Samsung Galaxy S III. We mean, it is​ coming to four major U.S. carriers and one regional carrier. We just couldn't avoid it. Plus, CrackBerry Kevin stops by to talk about his visit to Android on his World Tour. Also, Google buys some stuff, and we handle some more of your e-mails and voicemails. Join us!

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3 years ago

Facebook for Android updated with fixes for crashes and login issues

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Been having issues with Facebook for Android logging you out or just outright crashing seemingly for no reason? If so, time to grab the latest version that is now appearing in the Google Play Store. As noted in the change log, this one should solve those issues, though we're not going to make any promises. You'll find the update in your apps list or you can just grab it from here.

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3 years ago

Late-night poll: Do you run a live wallpaper?

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JD, a member of the weekly after-podcast hangout club, asks this one. We all were excited about live wallpapers when they came with along with 2.1, and have become pretty synonymous with Android. There's thousands to choose from, more than a few good ones come pre-installed on most phones, and it's always one of the first things hackers try to rip from leaked ROMs and new phones. 

On the other hand, they can be rough on performance and battery, so a good many folks don't bother. Which are you? Let us know in tonight's poll!

Do you use a live wallpaper on your Android phone?

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3 years ago

Splashtop brings Win8 Metro Testbed to Android tablets

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I'm not entirely sure the level of interest among Android users out there wishing to run Windows 8 on their tablets but according to Splashtop developer interest is high. As such, they've gone ahead and released Win8 Metro Testbed, which will allow you to simulate a Windows 8 environment on compatible Android tablets.

“In response to the high demand from Splashtop fans and the developer community, we have provided a Windows 8 development platform for Android tablet owners,” noted Mark Lee, Splashtop CEO and co-founder. “With Windows 8 Metro both iPad and Android developers can now turn their tablets into a development testbed to evaluate touch gestures and functionality of their app in a Windows 8 environment.”

There is a few constraints with the app you'll need to be aware of though. First, you'll need a copy of Windows 8 installed on a PC or Mac to make use of but you can get that from Microsoft for free right now. Then, you'll need the Win8 streamer app installed available from Splashtop. Finally, you'll need to hand over $25 for the Win8 Metro Testbed app available on the Google Play Store.

Sounds all rather complicated but it's really not if you're already checking out Windows 8. Splashtop did do up a great video showing how to use the app so go ahead, have a look at Win8 Metro Testbed in action below.

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3 years ago

GPS on the Galaxy S III, Device Wallpapers [From the Forums]

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Missed out on some of the best Android news today? You can easily go ahead and get yourself caught up here on the Android Central blogs or in the Android Central forums. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

Verizon announces new LTE markets set to go live June 21, expansions continue

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If you're on Verizon and have yet to see 4G LTE go live in your area then you'll want to check out the latest list of locations Verizon has now announced. As of June 21, a whole slew of what could be considered smaller areas are set to get some 4G LTE love:

  • The Triangle, North Carolina - Expansion
  • Bedford, Pennsylvania
  • Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • Burlington, North Carolina
  • Jacksonville And New Bern, North Carolina
  • Idaho; Eastern Oregon

In addition to the areas listed, Verizon has noted their roll out of 4G LTE is rapidly happening throughout Florida including Panama City and more than 40 communities throughout Palm Beach, Alachua, Volusia and Flagler counties.

Source: Verizon

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3 years ago

Vodafone UK pebble blue Galaxy S III now shipping

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Looks like the somewhat tardy "pebble blue" Galaxy S III is finally starting to see broader availability, after the first stock began arriving in Europe and Australia a couple of days ago. Today Vodafone UK has notified its pre-order customers that it's now fulfilling orders for the 16GB version of the delayed device. The network adds customers who pre-ordered before 7pm on May 29 will start receiving their phones from tomorrow, June 8. Unfortunately, the news on the 32GB version, which in the UK is exclusive to Vodafone, isn't quite so rosy --

We have now received stock of the pebble blue 16GB Samsung Galaxy SIII, all customers who pre-ordered this device before 7pm on Tuesday 29 May will start to receive their phones from tomorrow (8 June).

We’re continuing to work closely with Samsung to secure stock of the 32GB pebble blue Samsung Galaxy SIII as soon as possible, and will update this thread as soon as we have more information.

Nevertheless, some movement on a delayed product is better than none. If you've got a pebble blue S III on pre-order, be sure to hit the comments and let us know how you've been getting on.

Source: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Android A to Z: What is an IMEI?

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The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number is a unique set of 15 digits used on GSM phones to identify them. Because the SIM card is associated with the user and can  be swapped from phone to phone, a method is needed to keep track of the hardware itself, and that's why the IMEI was developed. Math nerds will enjoy the way they are calculated -- the first 14 digits are decided by the GSM association, and the final check digit is computed using what's called the Luhn Formula -- crazy base-8 math that mere mortals like most of us don't understand, nor want to understand. You can see the IMEI of your Android phone by looking in settings > About phone if you're curious. (Or on the box if you still have it. Or under the battery or on the phone itself.

What is this number used for? That's the real question, isn't it. Like the MEID number on CDMA phones (think Sprint and Verizon), the IMEI is used for network control. It's not very common, but your mobile operator can block a phone based on it's IMEI in cases where it's been reported stolen or someone didn't pay the bill. Because it's not easy to change the IMEI of your phone (and maybe even illegal -- check your local laws) it's also used to keep track of phones that were involved in criminal activity, and the UK in particular has a handy database of phones used for these purposes. The IMEI number is also used to specify a phone for wiretapping by federal governments worldwide.

On a lighter note, Android apps can also use your IMEI number. The app will declare that it has access to your personal information, and the IMEI can be used to keep track of the device in a remote database. This sounds pretty scary, but it's an easy way (though not necessarily the best way) for app developers to keep a settings database online for your phone, in their app. Let's say you mark a bunch of favorites in a wallpaper app. Those favorites are kept in a small database file online, and when you reconnect to the app it reads your IMEI number to find your preferences. Not an ideal method, but it's easy.

One last thing -- now that we know a little more about IMEI numbers, they will soon be changing to IMEISV numbers. The use-case scenarios are the same, but the data structure and method of calculation is different. An IMEISV gets rid of the check digit (and its complicated Luhn formulated calculation) in favor of two digits used for software version numbering. Like everything else in the mobile space, network identification changes rapidly.

Check out the complete Android Dictionary

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3 years ago

CrackBerry Kevin is on a Mobile Nations World Tour and going Android this month

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Hello Android Central! In case you don't recognize the name, allow me to introduce myself. I'm Kevin Michaluk, aka CrackBerry Kevin, Founder and Editor in Chief of Android Central's sibling site, CrackBerry.com. Yes, I love BlackBerrys.

If you follow all the mobile news you'll know us BlackBerry fans are going through a bit of a dry spell right now, as we wait for BlackBerry 10 phones to hit the market later this year. In the meantime, I've decided to make productive use of this downtime by going on the first-ever Mobile Nations World Tour.

The premise? I'm going to visit all of the sites in our Mobile Nations network over the next few months and get close and personal with each mobile platform. Android. iOS. Windows Phone. Heck, even webOS for good measure. By the time this is over I hope to be an expert on each.

My first stop is Android Central and I've armed myself with an HTC One X (in white!). I've spent a few days now getting up and running with it -- my apologies to Phil for the onslaught of newbie questions -- and over the month of June I plan to really accelerate my learning. I'll need your help. Expect to see me in the forums, on Google+ and on twitter asking questions. If you have tips and suggestions for me, don't hold back!

Assuming Phil lets me, you may even see me write an article or two or make an appearance on an Android Central podcast. Oh what's that Phil? I can come on the show tonight? Well I guess we'll see you there!

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3 years ago

Stay hippie-free this weekend by streaming Bonnaroo on YouTube

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I love music. I love live music. I love listening to live music outdoors. For Bonnaroo, however, I'll make an exception. Something about camping in BFE, Tenn., that just doesn't seem like a fun time to me anymore. The good news is that just like Coachella, YouTube's got us covered. Starting this Friday at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT), you can hit up three days of rock and rap and funk without the sweat and sleeplessness and funk, all from the comfort of your computer, smartphone or even your Google TV. This, folks, is how us old people rock these days. All you have to do is hit up youtube.com/bonnaroo to get your groove on. We'll see you there.

Oh, and stay away from the brown acid.

Source: Youtube Blog

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic now receiving small OTA maintenance update

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Motorola Droid Bionic owners are beginning to receive an official OTA update from Verizon, said to improve Bluetooth volume, Visual Voice Mail, and LTE connectivity. Version 5.9.905 doesn’t bring with it any drastic changes, but maintenance updates are never anything to scoff at. The forums are lighting up with folks who are already seeing the update push to their devices, though as always, it may take longer for some than others. Sit tight and be sure to yell out below when you get your spoonful.  

Source: Verizon Wireless

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3 years ago

Google Schemer gains photo and landscape support with latest update

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Although it remains a niche app of sorts, Google hasn't forgotten about Schemer in their run of latest Android app updates. A new update is currently showing as available in the Google Play Store with some notable changes included. Landscape support is now baked into the app as well as support for photos on posts. If you're into scheming, you can grab the download right now at the link after the break.

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Space Utopia update brings 10 delectable new levels

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Been waiting for the latest Angry Birds Space update to roll out on Android? Of course you have. You already beat all the levels and have been playing through them repeatedly while you wait for the Utopia update to arrive. Now is your time to shine though, you can now update and get yourself 10 new levels to plow through courtesy of the folks at Rovio. Make sure you gather up some snacks for when you are playing though, Utopia is a junk food inspired level so you may get kind of hungry while bouncing birds off of jelly trampolines.

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