3 years ago

Late-nite poll: Is no Flash on Chrome a non-starter?


So we've finally got a Chrome browser on Android. Huzzah. But it's missing Adobe Flash support. Uh, not huzzah. That is, for some. While Flash is going the way of the dinosaur -- an extremely slow-moving, refuses-to-die dinosaur -- being phased out it is. And for that reason, says Adobe, the new Chrome browser for Android doesn't support it. (And let's face it -- while Flash may have an expiration date, nobody actually knows what it is.)

So is that a deal-breaker for you? Will you stick with the (current) stock Android browser, or a third-party browser, to get you through the interim? 

Is a lack of Flash on the Chrome mobile browser a deal-breaker?

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3 years ago

Microsoft's OneNote now available on Android



OneNote, Microsoft's popular Office-bundled software, is now available in app form on the Android Market. OneNote allows users to take notes on the go, complete with photos, bullets, and to-do lists. Notes will sync with OneNote on your computer, and will also be available to view and edit online using the OneNote Web app at www.skydrive.com

OneNote began shipping with Micrsoft's Office Suite in 2010 and has since landed on iOS, Windows Phone 7, and now finally Android. The free app lets you create and edit up to 500 notes, with unlimited views and syncing. You'll need a Windows Live ID and Android 2.3 or higher to use the OneNote app, and to sync with your computer, you'll need OneNote from Microsoft Office 2010. Give us some quality time with OneNote for some deeper thoughts, and hit the break for the Market download link.

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3 years ago

Minus for Android - Updated with bug fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations


Minus has rolled out its latest release for Android users, bumping the app up to v3.0.17. If you're currently using Minus on your device for your file sharing needs you'll want to make sure you grab this update as it brings some much needed changes:

  • Basic searching for users/folders
  • Upload multiple files at once with new built-in picker
  • Upload faster and more stable than before
  • User profile added, with folder lists and avatars
  • Copy Link button returns, now with options!
  • Updated Image Editor to use new Aviary Feather 2.0
  • Invite and follow friends on Minus for Android
  • View all of your folders, and all files in a folder
  • Context Menu in Folder View
  • Clearer error messages
  • View captions and other file info
  • SSL connections added for more security
  • Many other stability and bug fixes

As a reminder, Minus will give you to 50Gb in storage for your hosting needs and files as large as 2GB can be uploaded to your account, although you'll likely want to use their desktop solutions if you're moving that much content. The updated release can be found past the break for you all.

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3 years ago

DroidDoodle - Still a Nexus -- really

3 years ago

What is a widget? [Android A to Z]


What is a widget?  In Android, the word widget is a generic term for a bit of self-contained code that displays a program, or a piece of a program, that is also (usually) a shortcut to a larger application. We see them every day on web pages, on our computer desktop and on our smartphones, but we never give too much thought into how great they are. Widgets first appeared in Android in version 1.5, and really gained traction thanks to HTC's Sense-flavored version of the operating system. Prior to the release of the HTC Hero and our first taste of Sense, widgets were functional, but pretty bland in appearance. Since then, OEMs and independent developers alike have done some marvelous things with widgets, and it's hard to imagine using Android without them.

Android widgets come in all shapes and sizes and range from the utilitarian 1-by-1 shortcut style to full-page widgets that blow us away with the eye-candy.  Both types are very useful, and it's pretty common to see a widget or two on the home screen of any Android phone. A full-page widget, like HTC's weather widget for late-model Android phones, tells you everything you need to know about the current conditions, and is also a quick gateway to the weather application where you can see things like forecasts and weather data for other cities.  At the other end of the spectrum, the Google Reader 1x1 widget watches a folder in your Google Reader account and tells you how many unread items there are, and opens the full application when pressed.  Both are very handy, and add a lot to the Android experience.  

Most Android phones come with a handful of built-in widgets.  Some manufacturer versions of Android offer more than others, but the basics like a clock, calendar, or bookmarks widget are usually well represented.  This is just the tip of the iceberg though.  A quick trip into the Android Market will dazzle you with the huge catalog of third-party widgets available, with something that suits almost every taste.  With Ice Cream Sandwich supporting things like higher resolution screens and re-sizable widgets, it's going to be an exciting year seeing what developers can come up with.

Previously on Android A to Z: What  is USB?; Find more in the Android Dictionary

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3 years ago

Telus launches on-demand TV streaming app for smartphones and tablets


TELUS has just launched a new app that ties in with their Optik TV service. Canadian customers can now watch a bunch of their subscribed channels streamed wirelessly to Android or iOS tablets and smartphones. Unfortunately, the channel selection is a little limited for the time being; through the app, you'll be able to access YTV, HBO, two Disney channels, and a few others. You'll also be able to access those channels on a laptop or other web-enabled device through their online portal. On top of that, if you've got an Xbox 360 with Kinect, you can now use the game console to control everything with gestures and voice. 

This is a fine companion to the existing remote recording app TELUS offers Optik TV subscribers, and it's good to see there's a wide array of device support. TELUS LTE is right around the corner, likely coming out on February 14 with the Galaxy Note, which will no doubt be a great host of streaming mobile TV. It's worth noting that while Android devices with Optik TV will be able to benefit from LTE (with the usual data charges applicable), the iPhone and iPad versions are relegated to Wi-Fi networks. 

If you're a TELUS customer and want to give this a shot, head on over here for instructions, or download the tablet app at the link after the jump. There's a video demo down there, too. 

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3 years ago

T-Mobile celebrates Valentine's Day with free 4G devices


T-Mobile announced today that it will be celebrating Valentine's Day with a blow-out sale on all of its 4G smartphones. On Saturday, February 11, a respectable lot of devices will be free after mail-in rebate both in stores and online. Below is the list in its entirety, which includes some heavyweights such as the Galaxy S II, the Amaze 4G, and T-Mobile's Springboard tablet:

If you've got a sweetie that's still carrying around a G1, now might be the time to show him or her how much you love them. Hit the source link for the sale page, and remember, phones are the new box of chocolates.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Chrome Beta, Galaxy Note pre-orders [From the Forums]


It's been a pretty busy day with all the udpates coming from Google and of course their release of Chrome beta. If you missed out on anything thus far, get yourself caught up and once you're done -- hit up the Android Central forums:

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

New browser (Chrome) doesn't support dying plug-in (Flash)


Everybody's all in a tizzy over the new Chrome for Android browser -- and rightfully so. It's likely the future of default browsing on Android going forward. But, guess what: It doesn't support Adobe Flash Player.

And that should not come as a surprise to anyone.

Adobe in November announced that Flash Player would be taken off life support, insofar as mobile browsing is concerned, and that the company would focus on AIR instead for cross-platform applications. And, so, Adobe Flash Player isn't supported in the new Chrome mobile browser. And that's a good thing. It's time we all -- from end-users to developers to OS-makers -- start weening ourselves off Flash for browsing

And Adobe said exactly as much in a blog post today.

Adobe is no longer developing Flash Player for mobile browsers, and thus Chrome for Android Beta does not support Flash content. Flash Player continues to be supported within the current Android browser.

Makes perfect sense, folks. If your favorite website's not yet moving toward HTML5, it's time to warm up your e-mail-writing fingers.

Source: Adobe

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3 years ago

Google Authenticator updates with 'UI improvements', looks the same to us


There's only so much you can do to improve the appearance of an app that's essentially a black screen with a six-digit number on it. But that's exactly what Google's done with the latest version of its Google Authenticator app, which has just been pushed out on the Android Market. The official changelog for version 0.87 notes "UI improvements" as the only new feature in this version. We'll have to take Google's word for it -- to us, it's still just a blank screen with a number on it.

In any case, Google Authenticator is an important app for those using two-step authentication for their Google account, so it's always best to keep things up to date. We've got the Android Market link for you after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola teases Mar. 7 MOTOACTV update


Motorola is preparing to roll out a new software update for the MOTOACTV, it's Android-based fitness tracker. The new firmware, which Moto says will land "around the world" from Mar. 7, will enable owners to track new types of activity including yoga, Pilates, dancing and martial arts.

The manufacturer's also promising the ability to activate the MOTOACTV with a flick of the wrist, and set up Wifi connectivity directly on the device. The most interesting new feature, however, is the competitions feature in the MOTOACTV Training Portal, which will allow you to (virtually) square off against MOTOACTV-owning friends at various activities.

Motorola says it'll unveil more features of this new software update as the release date approaches.

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend P1 S reportedly coming to China in late March


It looks like Chinese consumers might not have long to wait before they can pick up Huawei's new Ascend P1 S. Huawei SVP Yu Chengdong has been dropping a few hints on social networks about when the super-thin smartphone will be arriving, Chinese site Tech.Sina reports. According to one of these messages, he says that Chinese buyers will be able to get hold of the P1 S in end-of-March sales, suggesting a launch is just weeks away.

Given the timing of previous Huawei launches, we'd expect to see the Ascend P1 S launching in Europe and the US in the months following its Chinese debut. This would fit with what we heard at the phones CES unveiling, where we saw it alongside its big brother, the P1.

The P1 S is expected to be one of the first non-Nexus phones to launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a relatively untouched version of ICS at that. As we saw in Las Vegas last month, it packs some pretty impressive hardware inside its thin chassis, including a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, a 4.3-inch qHD SuperAMOLED display and an 8MP camera. For more on the device, check out our hands-on report.

Source: Tech.Sina; via: AndroidCommunity

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3 years ago

Google may be working on Android-powered augmented reality glasses


Rumor has it Google Goggles may become more than just an image recognition app for your smartphone. An anonymous source claims to have seen a pair of glasses being prototyped at Google that will run Android and connect to the cloud either through local Wi-Fi or when tethered to the internet over Bluetooth to your smartphone. Outward-facing cameras would capture the world, and overlay the image with contextual location data, like most augmented reality apps. That final image would then be displayed on a tiny screen over one of the two eyes. Apparently you'll be able to navigate the user interface with head tilting, which will no doubt get you some weird looks in public.

The glasses will supposedly have a decent amount of horsepower, currently running with hardware roughly one generation behind the current smartphones. Of course, whatever the source may have seen was just some crazy skunkworks concept that never sees the light of day; for now, Google is supposedly unsure if it will fly, and will at best be launching a Chromebook-style private beta program to test the waters. 

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3 years ago

Google Chrome Beta now available for Android 4.0 devices


It's been rumored for some time, but now it's finally here -- Google Chrome has landed on Android. Android 4.0 phone and tablet owners in selected countries can now grab a beta version of Chrome from the Android Market.

Chrome for Android expands on the stock ICS browser with faster performance and speed-boosting features like the ability to pre-load web pages, and a brand new tabbing interface. Tabs are now handled through a card-like interface, allowing you to flip between open pages, seeing more of the sites you've got open. Familiar features from the ICS browser, including incognito mode, and bookmark sync, have made it across to Chrome for Android too.

There's also a big focus on maintaining a consistent browsing experience across multiple devices, so you can send pages between desktop Chrome and mobile Chrome right from the menu button. We'll be diving further into Chrome for Android in a our hands-on feature. In the meantime, we've got screenshots, an official Google video and the Market link after the break. Note that you'll need an Ice Cream Sandwich phone or tablet, and live in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Argentina or Brazil to use it.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 team aims for balance between tweakability and user experience


Exynos, Snapdragon S2 & S3 support on the way; Nexus One still uncertain


Work on CyanogenMod 9 has been underway since Google dropped the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich code back in late November. Today, lead developer Steve "Cyanogen" Kondik has given fans of the popular custom firmware a quick update on development of CM9, in a post on the official CM blog.

Steve says that third-party drivers remain the biggest issue for CM9 on many devices, particularly when it comes to camera support and graphics acceleration. Right now, CM9 can be compiled on current Google Experience devices (Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom), as well as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and HP Touchpad. Steve expects Samsung Exynos devices (that's your Galaxy S II-class phones) to be next in line for support, with Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 and S3 (MSM8660 and 7×30) devices following shortly after. As far as Nexus One and similar devices (HTC EVO 4G, HTC Desire and the like) are concerned, support is still "unclear", though the developer is optimistic.

Steve also reminds us that the team has started with a clean slate in CM9, building on top of Google's latest Android platform, and in doing so, the the team has had a chance to carefully choose which CM7 features to bring forward into CM9. This, he says, should give users a "balance between tweakability and a great out-of-the-box experience."

We're sure we're not the only ones eagerly awaiting the arrival of CM9 on our devices, and we're sure many of you will be jumping on the first nightlies as soon as they're available.

Source: CyanogenMod.com

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