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2 years ago

Opera browser becomes browser of choice for teXet

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When it comes to mobile browsers there are quite a few options and one of the rather popular, and constantly expanding ones is Opera. When it comes to the mobile space Opera is no stranger, they have been around for a while and the browser is available on several platforms. Opera is proud to announce that teXet, one of the fastest growing electronics brands in Russia, has decided to use the Opera browser on their mobile devices. Having just recently unveiled Opera Mini Next and Opera Mobile 12 at MWC, it is obvious that Opera takes the web browsing experience seriously, and teXet is very excited to partner with them. 

“The browser has become one of the main differentiators on the competitive market of Android phones,” said Dmitry Sitnikov, Software Manager, Electronic Systems Alkotel, Ltd. “With our latest line of advanced handsets powered by super-fast Opera technology, we’re entering the world of mobile in a big way, giving our consumers the best web experience for a reasonable price.”

Could this be the start of good things to come? Will we see more manufacturers partnering with third party browser companies to ensure they are delivering the best browsing experience on their Android devices? Let us know in the comments if you would prefer this, or if you would rather the stock Android browser.

Source: Opera

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2 years ago

Verizon announces new LTE cities, expansions

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Verizon today announced eight new locations that will be receiving its 4G LTE service starting March 15. They are:

  • Dothan and Enterprise, Ala.
  • Naples, Fla.
  • Greenville, N.C.
  • Altus and Durant, Okla.
  • Longview/Marshall, Texas. 

Additionally, LTE service will be expanding in:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Elkhart, Ind.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Columbus, Miss.
  • Northern N.J.
  • Wilmington, N.C.
  • Duncan, Okla.
  • Allentown/Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Pa.
  • Hilton Head, S.C.
  • Cleveland, Tenn.
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
  • Kenosha, Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.

Verizon also said it'll have more than 400 LTE markets online by the end of the year.

Source: Verizon

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2 years ago

Exoplanet Explorer [Android App Review]

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

With all the talk of building a base on the moon, I started thinking about space travel, other planets, and eventually retiring on Mars. I understand that Mars will probably be a hot commodity in the future, so I'm willing to settle on a distant exoplanet, if need be. Picking the right one looked to be a real challenge, but then I discovered Exoplanet Explorer, by the same gent who made Solar System Explorer.

Let me tell ya, if you're looking to know about every exoplanet we've discovered since we started discovering them, this is the app to have. Exoplanet Explorer uses the same gorgeous 3D models that Solar System Explorer uses, the same tranquil, ambient background music, and the same overall layout, but because we're talking exoplanets and not just the solar system, things are much, much larger.

For starters, Exoplanet Explorer gives you all sorts of cool buttons to toggle on and off when you're checking out one of those far, far away exoplanets. You can overlay our own solar system's planets and their orbits, what would be considered a habitable zone (based on where our own Earth is), and compare the size of your exoplanet of choice against all of the planets in our solar system.

Aside from all of those visual goodies, there's also some fairly in-depth search options. You can use a standard search filter to find what you're looking for or pull up a grid loaded with different categories (or classifications) of exoplanets. Want to see only the warm terran exoplanets we've discovered? Too bad! There are none! Cold Jovian, you say? We've got 157 to oogle. Hot Neptunian? Well, you get the idea.

I'm telling you, the deep space retirement bidding war is only going to intensify as time moves on, and the only way to make a smart decision is to be well informed. With Exoplanet Explorer, there's no way you won't be. Do it for yourself. Do it for your family. Most of all, do it for the future.

Exoplanet Explorer is $2.99 in the Google Play Store. We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC reminds us what's getting Ice Cream Sandwich and when they might get it

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HTC on its blog has reiterated which current phones are slated for an update to Android 4.0. It's not a new list -- we've seen all of these phones announced previously (here, here, here and here) -- but it's good to see it all in one place. In alphabetical order, they are:

  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Vivid

As we've already reported, the Sensation and Sensation XE are getting their updates now. The Sensation 4G (that's T-Mobile's version) and the Sensation XL are next, though no time frame was given.

So maybe the HTC One line (that's the HTC One X above) isn't in the cards for you. Maybe you have to hold out for Ice Cream Sandwich on your current device. We hear ya. We've got phones that are languishing with Gingerbread, too.

​Source: HTC blog

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2 years ago

Sony explains Xperia Sola's 'floating touch' technology

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When Sony unveiled the Xperia Sola yesterday, it was keen to tout its new "floating touch" technology as a major selling point. Unlike other touchscreen phones, the Sola can detect when a finger is hovering over the screen, not just when it's made contact. This, potentially, could present some interesting new ways of interacting with touchscreens -- for example, the Sola's browser will allow users to hover their finger over the screen like a cursor when selecting links.

Today, Sony has gone into more detail about exactly how this "magical" new technology works, debunking our theory of millions of tiny wizards living under the screen. On the company's mobile developer blog, engineer Erik Hellman explains exactly what's involved. Essentially, the Xperia Sola contains two types of capacitive sensor. There's a mutual-capacitive sensor, used for multi-touch, and a self-capacitive sensor, which generates a stronger signal, allowing it to detect conductive objects (like your greasy paws) from further away. Self-capacitive sensors aren't multi-touch capable, and mutual-capacitive sensors aren't strong enough to detect objects at a distance, but if you combine both in a single screen, you get the best of both worlds -- multi-touch when you're touching the screen, and floating touch when you're not.

We're definitely interested to see what third-party devs can do when they get hold of this tech. In the meantime, more technical details can be had over at the source link.

Source: Sony Developer Blog

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2 years ago

Nokia Maps web app on Android now provides voice navigation, but only if you're walking

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Nokia have been trying to perfect their maps web app for some time now. They've just flicked the switch on the latest addition to the service, which Android 2.3 and above users can take advantage of. Voice guided turn-by-turn navigation is now included, but only for walking routes. 

Taking advantage of voice guided navigation requires downloading a 2MB data file before you're good to go. Nokia say that this feature is only available on walking routes, as the web app itself is targeted at urban use. Live traffic and public transport map views are two other features that put themselves into this category. 

A couple of questions do come to mind. Firstly, how good is it? But secondly, and perhaps more importantly, why would an Android user choose this over the native Google Maps application? 

In answer to the first question, it's very good. Nokia -- once Ovi -- maps have long been a killer piece of map software. I tried the voice guided navigation this morning as I took a walk around a town I don't know very well. It didn't miss a beat once, and with a headset plugged in there's no chance of missing that vital "turn left" notification. 

The answer to the second question is much tougher. On the face of it, Android comes with Google Maps and the excellent Google Maps Navigation -- which of course you can use in the car. Google Maps is pretty much the industry standard. And of course, it isn't a web app. 

If Nokia were to release this as a native Android application -- and brought their excellent Nokia Drive satellite navigation with it -- then it would definitely be a serious contender to Google Maps. As it stands though, it's very good, but it's not quite enough. To try it out for yourselves head on over to m.maps.nokia.com from your device. 

Source: Nokia Blog

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2 years ago

Super Monkey Ball 2 for Android delivers primates, transparent spheroids

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Building on its ever-growing back-catalog, SEGA has just released primate-based puzzler Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition for Android. Monkey Ball, which rolled its way onto iOS months ago, joins SEGA classics like ChuChu Rocket and Sonic CD on the Android Market Google Play from today.

So here's the deal with Super Monkey Ball -- you've got a monkey, which is sealed inside a ball. You've got to roll around eating bananas, because that's what monkeys do, and being encased within a hurtling transparent spheroid isn't going to change that. Like on iOS, controls are primarily tilt-based, as you guide your chimp of choice to the end of the stage with as many bananas as possible. Yeah, we're not exactly dispelling any monkey stereotypes here.

Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition is out now for devices running Android 2.1 and above, promising 125 levels of ape-based antics. The current price is just $0.99, which SEGA says is a special introductory offer. We've got the usual Google Play links after the break.

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: Do you use a security application?

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You might have noticed that we're going to talk a little extra about security and privacy this week here at Android Central. It's a discussion worth having. We've asked a few security and/or privacy related questions in polls past, things like lockscreen security (use it), app permissions, and Google's privacy policy, but we haven't hit this basic one just yet. Tonight, let's change that.

Do you use a security application?

One of any type -- a malware scanner, a remote lock and wipe tool, a "find my phone" tool, or even a net nanny app for the kids. If you use one, let us know!

 

Do you use a "security" app?

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2 years ago

HTC shows off the 'Micro Arc Oxidation' process used on the One S

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

HTC is mighty proud of the Micro Arc Oxidation process they use on the upcoming HTC One S. Based on what we've seen from hands-on time with the S, we think they have good reason. The process turns the aircraft-grade aluminum into something that looks and feels like ceramic, and gives the S a new sleek look that gets more than a few of us interested. They showed a bit of how it works during their Mobile World Congress presentation, and now they have given us a 98 second look at the process and some behind the scenes info. Have a look, the "awesome lightning striking the phone" is pretty cool to watch. We'll be able to see how nice the finish is ourselves soon enough, as the One S will be hitting the shelves in Europe and the U.S. this spring.

Source: Youtube

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2 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer TF101 bug fix update now rolling out via OTA

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The introduction of Android 4.0 on the ASUS Transformer TF101 looks like it didn't go as smoothly as what ASUS had hoped. Some folks in the Android Central forums had issues after installing the update, unstable WiFi, random reboots among other things were reported. ASUS however, is now rolling out a new update for the device labeled 9.2.1.17-20123012 and while the verdict still seems to be out on what, if anything the update fixes -- it's an update.

Did your device get the update yet? If not, go ahead and check for updates. If you find it there waiting for you -- give it a go. Once your done giving it run through, drop into the forums and let us know how it's working out for you.

More: ASUS Transformer Forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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