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3 years ago

Bionic early upgrade, Thunderbolt just a Verizon EVO and what does rooted even mean? [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Hey, folks, hope you all had a great weekend. Another fun filled week of Android goodness is already off to a great start. Plenty of things happening in the forums right now. Also, if you're just starting out with Android and have some general questions and concerns remember our Help and How To forums is a great place to start. Don't be afraid to post whatever questions or concerns you may have, we're here to help.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account and start making some posts today!

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3 years ago

Google Listen app not auto-updating?

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Google Listen

Those of us who use Google Listen to (erm) listen to podcasts have been scratching our heads the past few days, as the app suddenly no longer wants to automatically update with new episodes. You can go through and do it manually for each podcast, but that kind of defeats the purpose. Hopefully we'll see a fix for that soon.

And then there's that other problem with Google Listen -- the World's Greatest Android Podcast still isn't in Listen's listings. No minor oversight, to be sure. :p [Google Listen Group] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Mr. Android goes missing in Ohio! [BOLO]

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Cricket Android Costume

Not quite sure how you could lose a 6-foot giant Android costume, but apparently that's what's happened with a Cricket Wireless retailer in Cincinnati. Yes, the "Mr. Android Costume" apparently fell off the back of a pickup truck "somewhere on Interstate 75 or 71 between Florence and Mason."

Cricket's offering a $1,000 reward if you find and/or return (hey, we know how weird some of you people are) the $4,500 Mr. Android. We're hopping on the first plane to Ohio to join in the search. [WLWT via Android Central Forums] Thanks, Derek!

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3 years ago

Dell Streak 7 launching February 2nd?

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For those of you waiting on the Dell Streak 7, it looks like you won't be waiting much longer. It's incredibly hard to see, but TmoNews got a hold of this picture listing the release date of the Streak 7 as Feb. 2. That's only a couple short weeks away, and it's a great successor to it's little brother the original Dell Streak. Will any of you be picking this up? Sound off in the forums! [TmoNews]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: FishNotes by Jimmy Houston

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FishNotes

Even hardcore Android geeks need a break from the shell and their code editor every now and then, and I like to spend some time getting a line wet at one of the many creeks and streams around my area.  I'm not the best fisherman around, and I'm certainly not at the level of expertise you see from fishing professionals (what a job, eh?), but like everyone else who shares my passion for angling, I'd love to catch more, and bigger, fish.  The secret to doing this, according to the experts, is to keep track of the when, where, and how you catch them so you can repeat what's successful, and have a plan for any conditions.

What if you had an application for your Android phone (any version of Android is supported) that could help, and even fill in many of the important details for you?  You would have the records and locations, and know what to look for the next time your out.  Well we have such an app, FishNotes by Jimmy Houston.  It's not cheap -- it checks in at a whopping $12.99, so I think it's pretty important to give this one a close look so you can decide if it's for you.  We cover it all, with a mess of screenshots and the download link, after the break.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson committed to Android

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Sony Ericsson logo

Sony Ericsson has confirmed what should be obvious to anyone taking a casual glance over their current product lineup -- the manufacturer is committed to the Android platform, at least for the moment. In an interview with Pocket-Lint, the company's acting head of global marketing, Steven Walker, explains why Sony Ericsson is lining up behind Android.

“We do think it’s important at this moment in time to focus our external messaging on Android based products. We see the need as an industry to galvanise behind the Android ecosystem to create a strong ecosystem for consumers.”

Despite the large number of Sony Ericsson Android devices currently shipping, and news of more to come, Walker says that they're keeping an "open mind towards Windows Phone 7." However, he notes that "there is clearly a galvanizing within the industry around Android as a creditable alternative to what’s out there, and we think that’s a good thing."

When asked about the problem of rolling out new versions of Android to its handsets, Walker said he believed that this wasn't an important issue for most consumers, but recognized that it was a concern for more "spec savvy" customers.

"We are launching a product in Q1 of this year running 2.3, we have recognised the need to have our products on the latest release. Last year we didn’t anticipate the strength of feeling that consumers would have towards the Android release. And again that was a learning experience of the first year of mass market Android smartphones.”

Sony Ericsson has previously promised "timely updates" for its upcoming Xperia Arc. Let's hope they can keep up with Google's rapid Android release schedule. [Pocket-Lint]

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3 years ago

For uploading Android applications, Amazon's Appstore UI wins out

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Android Market developer pageAmazon Appstore developer page

It's still way too early to tell how much traction Amazon's Android Appstore will gain. But we know developers have been testing the waters. And it makes sense. Registration is currently free (they've waived the $99 fee), Amazon has tens of millions of customers, and the more places your app is available, the more likely people will be to buy it.

Something that shouldn't be taken for granted is the actual experience of uploading applications to the respective markets. Amazon and Google are pretty even in what's they're doing. You upload an .apk, give it some metadata (keywords and the like), add some screen shots, and away you go.

Amazon's Appstore has a couple of additional features that are unique to it because Google (still, sigh) doesn't have a proper web portal. You can set the date that the app page will become visible to cusotmers, when you want to start preorders, when you want the app to be available for download, and when you want to discontinue sales of the app.

And beyond that, the developer portal UI is just much, much cleaner on Amazon's side. It's unlikely that'll matter too much to the developers -- after doing all that coding, a sparse (but utilitarian) uploading UI is probably the least of your concerns. But it's nice that Amazon put a little thought into it. We've got larger screenies after the break.

Do developers are pumping apps into the Amazon Appstore. At what rate? Unknown. It's only been open a couple of weeks now And we still don't know when it will open to customers. Stay tuned, folks.

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3 years ago

Flashing the new CM7 Gapps

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CM7 Gapps

If you went ahead and tried out any of the CyanogenMod 7 nightly builds, you've surely noticed the new Gapps builds.  This is something that the fellows on the CM team has been working on as well, and it's a pretty big change from what everyone is used to. 

Whenever things change, we try to get on top of it all and keep you guys informed.  Hit the break for the skinny, and if this is all old-hat to you, jump in the forums and help those who need it! [CyanogenMod Forums]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace picture arises, much still unknown about it

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Ace

The Samsung S5830, or the Ace, has been spotted in a product shot. The Ace is an offshoot of the Galaxy S series and even has a very similar look. All we know about the device is that it will ship with Android 2.2. No leaks about screen size, cameras or processors, but we'll of course be on the lookout. Enjoy the leaked pic in the meantime. [Eurodroid]

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3 years ago

Google seeking a Tech Account Manager with NFC experience

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NFC settings on the Nexus S

Google has posted a job opening for a Technical Account Manager, and part of the qualifications call for experience with NFC/RFID technology.  The job description states the person hired will be responsible for the success of Google's "largest partnerships in the Mobile Commerce space."  We've already heard about plans for global domination a partnership with PayPal that would use NFC for payment options in the second half of 2011, and PayPal would certainly qualify as a large partner in Google's mobile commerce space if and when it happens.

Currently the only mainstream smartphone in the US with NFC capability is the Nexus S (see our hands on with NFC here), but we've heard rumors that soon Apple and RIM will join the party, making NFC a popular option once it's in more hands.  As Phil pointed out last week, none of the phones announced at CES 2011 have NFC built in, so we have wait for Mobile World Congress and CTIA to see what manufacturers have planned to keep up with the fast pace of smartphone tech. [Google via Androidos.in]

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 Gingerbread nightlies pushing now!

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CyanogenMod 7 - Gingerbread

For those of you waiting to get your hands on CyanogenMod 7 (aka Gingerbread), nightly builds have finally (we say that with a smile) started up for the phones supported by the community project. Builds are ... erm ... building as we speak, and we've already got it up and running on our Nexus One.

As is case with these nightly builds, bugs are inevitable. So no complaining about that to the folks in charge, eh? Get your download on in Rom Manager or at the Cyanogen forums, and you'll need to flash new gapps (99 percent of us will want the Universal DPI: Tiny version) with this nightly. Enjoy! [Cyanogen, gapps]

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3 years ago

'B---- I got an Android' [Very NSFW]

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B---- I got an Android

Uh oh. A blurry stack of Andrew Jacksons and a Samsung Captivate. You know what that means. BAD ANDROID RAP VIDEO TIME!

Let's be clear: This is is highly not safe for work/home/play/children/iPhone lovers/small pets/elderly/lactose intolerant/lefties/music lovers/videophiles. There's some rather course language, so no complaining that we didn't warn you. But the Galaxy S roll call is classic. Check it after the break. [via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 6 port for the Motorola Milestone now stable

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Motorola Milestone

After an amazing amount of hard work, hard working hackers have built a stable Froyo custom ROM for the Motorola Milestone.  It's a port of CyanogenMod 6, and thanks to the new kernel ripped out of a ROM leaked from Brazilian carrier Vivo, there are no issues with wake time or signal.  I salute everyone involved in this work, and while not a Milestone user myself, I tip my hat and my glass to you all.  For any Milestone users looking for more information, see the source link, and enjoy.

I'm sure many are asking, "Why is this such big news, and why did it take so long?"  The Milestone was Motorola's first foray into the horrible and unfriendly practice of encrypting the bootloader, making third party ROMs dependent on software from Motorola.  The fact that a small group of users was able to circumvent the protection scheme tells us that it was a pretty damn silly idea to begin with.  If the front door is locked, people will find a way to use the window.  Developers who stuck with the Milestone through all this nonsense deserve our admiration and respect. [DoShaska.net] Thanks, Bassem!

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