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2 years ago

Google Search receives update for devices running 2.2 or 2.3

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Google has released an update for their Google Search app for devices running Android 2.2 and Android 2.3.

The update brings several enhancements, including:

  • Faster, smoother performance with an updated UI
  • Suggestions for your search grouped by type
  • Country-specific suggestions and search results for all countries
  • Long press to remove history items

If you don't have the updated Search app, please follow the links after the break to get it. If you don't have a device running 2.2 or 2.3, don't worry, there will be an update later on for more versions.

Source: Google+

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2 years ago

Official Vimeo app finally comes to Android

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Vimeo, the popular video sharing site, has finally launched an Android app. The app brings a nice experience that allows you experience the best of Vimeo on your mobile device.

Here are the features:

  • Watch and manage all your existing Vimeo videos and download them to your camera roll
  • Quickly search for videos on vimeo.com
  • Easily upload your raw footage in HD
  • Pause and resume uploads
  • Replace existing videos
  • Edit title, description, tags, privacy and credits
  • Share with Facebook, Twitter, Email or SMS
  • Add your clips to your Groups, Channels and Albums
  • Stats on daily plays, likes and comments

The official Vimeo app requires Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is also compatible with tablets. The free app is available in the Android Market. Please follow the links after the break if you're interested.

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2 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Nexus has 32GB of internal storage

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An early Sprint LTE landing page listed the Sprint Galaxy Nexus as having 16GB of internal storage, compared to the 32GB offered by the Verizion version. Sprint got in touch with us today, however, to confirm that its version of the Galaxy Nexus will ship with a full 32GB, just like Verizon's. So that's that.

We got to play with the Sprint Galaxy Nexus at a CES gathering last night. Check out our hands-on coverage for more info (spoiler alert: it's a Galaxy Nexus, on Sprint).

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson MWC invite suggests more Xperia phones to come next month

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After CES, the next big event in the smartphone and tablet world is Mobile World Congress, which runs during the last week of February in Barcelona. Today Sony Ericsson began sending out invites for its MWC 2012 press conference. The invite says that SE will reveal more about its Xperia "portfolio and strategy" at its press conference, suggesting that we'll likely see more of its 2012 line-up. We'll be there, of course, bringing you full coverage of whatever's on show.

In related news, a Tweet from Orange UK's Conor Maples confirms that the network will carry Sony's new flagship phone the Xperia S. Rival networks O2 and Three have already declared their intention to offer the device, as we reported yesterday.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1 receive FIPS security certification

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In the business sector, security has always been a concern but even more so now as businesses are allowing their employees to bring their own devices to work. Samsung who previously announced the Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 as being SAFE compatible, now have the pleasure of being able to say those devices are also FIPS certified.

“Earlier this year, Samsung took a huge step forward in setting a high security standard for smartphones and tablets by launching SAFE. The FIPS certification takes Samsung’s B2B-readiness to an even higher level and ensures our devices are now equipped for use in U.S. government agencies and other regulated industries,” said Tim Wagner, Vice President and General Manager of B2B Sales for Samsung Mobile.

FIPS is a federally issued, U.S. information security standard certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In order for a device to be FIPS certified, it has to meet some pretty hefty guidelines so Samsung getting these devices certified means government agencies and regulated industries, such as financial and health-care institutions can make use of them.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Circuitry Live Wallpaper

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I'm not usually a big fan of live wallpapers, and it takes a pretty good one to make me want to use it.  It has to be subtle so I can still see the icons, shortcuts and widgets on my homescreen at a glance, easy on the battery, and not make my phone slow down.  Circuitry Live Wallpaper fits that bill.  I've got it in blue above for a better picture, but you have a choice of six different color schemes (including light grey on dark grey, greyscale FTW), and each is rendered pixel by pixel to be crisp on your screen and the whole thing has been optimized in a way that keeps my phone feeling snappy and lag-free.  The jury is still out on battery life, as I've only been using it for a day, but so far so good.  Add in the geek factor of circuitry coming to life on my homescreen, and I think I'll use this one for a while.  Circuitry Live Wallpaper is 99 cents in the Market, and your phone will need to be running Android 2.1 (and have Live Wallpapers enabled) to use it.  Hit the break for a video, download link and some screen shots.

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2 years ago

Square Card Case moves into v1.1 with directory improvements and Twitter integration

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The latest Square Card Case update has now made its way to the Android Market and is sitting pretty at v1.1. The latest release adds onto Twitter integration, has an improved directory and also includes the ability to move and delete cards from with the app.

If you've not yet made yourself familiar with Card Case -- it allows you to browse daily retaurant menus, keep digital receipts and pay by saying your name at the counter where merchants support it. Check out the video past the break, if you're wanting to see the app in action.

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2 years ago

Android around the world, as pictured on Google+

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Last week the official Google+ Android account asked us all to share pictures of where our Androids have been, and the folks in Mountain View have picked a top five to display in their Google Photos album.  In addition, the people in charge have promised "a small token of our Android appreciation" to the top five.  We've no idea what the small token will be, only that it's bound to be something cool considering the source.  Hit the break to see the winners list and their wonderful pictures.

Source: +Android

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2 years ago

Huawei MediaPad to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, and introduces a new MediaPad Color series

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Huawei has announced that their 7-inch MediaPad will be one of the first Android tablets to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, and the availability of the new MediaPad Color series in shadow black, classic brown, and passion pink.  The 7-inch MediaPad was the first tablet to ship with Honeycomb 3.2, so Huawei is no stranger to getting things updated in a timely fashion.  Both the MediaPad and MediaPad Color come with a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2GHz processor and a 1280 x 800 pixels 217 PPI screen supporting 1080P Full HD video playback.  Battery life is estimated at six hours or longer.

Expect the MediaPad with Ice Cream Sandwich, and the MediaPad Color (with Android 3.2) to arrive in select markets in the first quarter of this year, and existing MediaPad owners should also get an OTA update to Android 4.0 in Q1.  The full press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Android-powered SiriusXM Lynx

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If CES has taught me anything, it's that Android can pop up where you least expect it. Case in point: the SiriusXM booth, where the satellite radio giant is introducing its Lynx portable radio system.

Announced late last month, the Lynx is a three-in-one device that can dock in your car, in your home, or act as a regular in-pocket player. It's WiFi-connected for updates and syncing -- and for content. When docked, it'll pull in all the SiriusXM channels, shows and music that you get from the SiriusXM Internet service. And it features some pretty cool features including "Tune Start", which restarts the song if you've tuned in halfway through.

And did we mention that Android is lurking beneath? You wouldn't necessarily know it, as the Lynx has a UI that's pure SiriusXM, but it's there (check out the "caution" warning below-- recognize that?). The Lynx will be hitting retailers soon for a cool $250, and the friendly reps at the booth were nice enough to walk us through exactly what the Lynx is capable of, and how Android makes it all possible. Hit the break for the video and some photos.

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