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3 years ago

Android 2.3.3 pushing out for European Xperia Play, Xperia Arc

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Good news for those of you in Europe with Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play and Xperia Arc -- an Android 2.3.3 update has started to roll out. The list of improvements, in handy bullet form, includes:

  • Battery performance
  • General software stability
  • Wi-Fi stability
  • HD Video recording performance (Xperia arc)
  • Touch responsiveness

All that, plus Sony Ericsson's "Facebook Inside Xperia" feature. (More on that after the break.) Remember that this update is for the non-U.S. version of the Xperia Play (which just launched today on Verizon).

Source: Sony Ericsson

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3 years ago

mSpot Radio Spotter rolls out -- stream free radio based on cloud locker suggestions

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Today mSpot released the latest in their suite of products, mSpot Radio Spotter. mSpot Radio Spotter is a free part of the mSpot music app and broadens your access to not only your own music stored in the cloud, but also streaming radio finely tuned to your listening habits.

What helps to set mSpot apart from the other music solutions out in the Market is that mSpot combines a full cloud storage locker with a personalized radio station or stations that match the style or genre or whatever song you're listening to or the kinds of music you listen to most often.

The mSpot Radio Spotter Discovery Feature is easy to use, as you just click the radio icon when you're listening to a song, and mSpot will populate a list of songs similar in taste to what you're listening to. mSpot has also partnered with more than 80 commercial-free online radio stations and live, local radio stations to stream their content to you from the 'Radio' section of the app.

mSpot Radio will also generate a list of suggested stations for your use based on what you listen to the most from your cloud storage locker, so the more you use the cloud service, the more fine-tuned your suggestions are.

This is a pretty big step forward in uniting cloud storage and streaming radio into a single entity, and it works rather well. Now, we can only wait to see if any other products come up to challenge.

Full PR and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

US Cellular's HTC Merge officially launches May 31

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Updated Sense UI has remote-wipe capability

That the US Cellular HTC Merge will be launched on May 31 should come as no surprise -- we first brought you that date four days ago (along with an early look at the regional carrier's dummy units). But USCC's gone and made it all official on Facebook, saying:

The Android-powered HTC Merge is officially launching on May 31! UPS trucks will start arriving at stores starting tomorrow so call your local U.S. Cellular location for availability.

And USCC's sweetened the deal (the phone's only $149 after contract and rebate) with a tweaked Sense UI that allows for remote wiping, should you lose the exceptional horizontal slider. Nice!

Source: Facebook; via Engadget
More: US Cellular

HTC Merge Specs | HTC Merge Forums | HTC Merge Accessories

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3 years ago

Droid Charge sees its first custom ROM [from the forums]

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Besides that SAMOLED plus display and LTE radio, the Samsung Droid Charge has another thing going for it that's important to many of you guys -- no bootloader monkey business.  All you hackery types know what that means; easy custom ROMs and kernels.  Lo and behold, we have both for the Charge in a very advanced stage of testing and ready for the public to download and try.  Android Central forums adviser DroidXcon is spearheading the Altered Beast project, and he and his fellow developers have things looking and working quite nicely.  Having said that, keep in mind this is still a testing release.  If you can't handle ferreting out a few bugs now and then, you may want to take a wait-and-see approach. 

The ROM is completely deodexed, most of the bloat is removed, working Clockwork recovery built in, and has a custom VooDoo kernel to really speed things up.  Best of all, it has great instructions and support.  If you're rocking the Charge and hankerin' for some custom ROM love, now's your chance.  Two more pictures after the break, you know where to click.

Source: Android Central forums. Thanks DroidXcon and jt1134!

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3 years ago

Sprint Navigation now available for the Nexus S 4G

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We all love the fact that the Nexus S 4G came free of carrier bloatware and foolery, but there are a great many of you who prefer Sprint's branded version of Telenav to Google's navigation.  And you're in luck -- Telenav and Sprint have released Sprint Navigation for the Nexus S 4G, and dropped it in the Android Market to make it easy to install.  Just hit the "Sprint" tab in the Market app on your phone, and you'll see it in the list.  We wish there was a place where all carrier apps were done this way, but even Sprint Navigation can't find one.

Thanks, Richard1864!

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3 years ago

Preparing for Gingerbread, notification bar spam [from the forums]

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Wednesday.. is everyone making it through the week ok? We hope so -- we've still got a ton of news to cover for the rest of this week and into the weekend. So if you're not feeling the best maybe you should just relax and take it easy with us tonight in the Android Central forums. Some threads below to get you started:

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

Motorola XPRT hits training status at Sprint

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In a day and age when release dates sometimes merely seem like suggestions, it's nice to see a phone marching steadily toward the public. And Sprint's upcoming Motorola XPRT appears to be on course, with training under way ahead of the June 6 release. The XPRT (pronounced "expert," natch) essentially is Sprint's version of the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon, with that same 3.1-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2 and a 1GHz processor -- and the same dual GSM/CDMA capability. Nice.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

Madfinger Games announces Shadowgun for Tegra 2 and upcoming quad-core Kal-El devices

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For anyone who has played Samurai II: Vengeance the name Madfinger Games may sound familiar. If it doesn't, we've got a sneaking suspicion you'll be hearing a lot more about them and their newly announced game -- Shadowgun. Having just dropped the details today, we now know that Shawdowgun will be available for Tegra 2 powered Android phones and tablets.

In addition to the Tegra 2 support, Madfinger is also optimizing the game to support NVIDIA’s Project Kal-El, the next-generation Tegra quad-core processor. Needless to say, we're pretty stoked to see how this game turns out and even more stoked for Project Kal-El. Hit the break for the press release, if you're looking for more background info on Mindfinger games and Shadowgun.

Source: Mindfinger Games

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3 years ago

Samsung Replenish updated for Exchange, security enhancements

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Let us not forget about the little guys. The Samsung Replenish (read our initial review) has received a little (4.6-megabyte) update that "includes Exchange Active Sync and security enhancements." Hey, not the most exciting update in the world. But if you've got a Replenish and are into the corporate e-mail thing (and there's a good chance that's the case if indeed you do have Sprint's eco-friendly Android phone), be sure to snag this one.

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3 years ago

Google Maps updates to v5.5.0

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A new Google Maps update is now available. This version -- v5.5.0 has only three changes listed in the changelog but it brings some stuff that users have been asking for all while addressing some privacy concerns within Latitude. The full changelog is as follows:

  • Check in and out directly from Place Pages
  • Change Latitude work and home addresses
  • Redesigned transit station pages

If any of those items pique your interest, you can jump on past the break for the Android Market download link or just simply fire up the Android Market on your device and install from there.

Source: Google Lat-Long Blog; Thanks, isaiah32!

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3 years ago

HTC Panache 4G unboxed -- the Glacier comes to Canada

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Heads-up to our readers who are Mobilicity subscribers -- you no longer have to pay full price and have a MyTouch 4G shipped from the states to get your hands on an HTC Glacier.  Mobilicity has scored an exclusive for the HTC Panache, complete with Gingerbread on board.  The specs haven't changed, though -- you still have the second generation 1GHz Snapdragon, 768 MB of RAM, 3.8 inch display, and 21 mbs 4G speeds.

Mobilicity is selling the Panache for $499.99 off contract, and it is available for use on the $25 monthly unlimited plan (CAD).  It's still a hell of a phone even when compared to today's dual core beasts, and we're glad to see it's made it's way up North.  The unboxing, and Mobilicity's press release is after the break.

Source: Mobilicity; YoutubeThanks, Eric!

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3 years ago

BlueStacks brings Android apps to your Windows PC

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BlueStacks has announced today that it will be expanding its small stealth development of a program that allows users with an x86 PC to run Android applications.  Rosen Sharma, BlueStacks CEO, explains it a little further: 

Our vision is for an entirely new type of experience that supports the consumer interest in Android and also allows them to access some of the most valuable enterprise applications, enabling them to use their device of choice for work and play

Arriving as soon as Q3 of this year, BlueStacks will work with any x86 desktop, notebook, or tablet running Microsoft Windows.  The last bit there is interesting, as on their website BlueStacks claims the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 pro (a Windows 7/Android device coming soon) will be powered by their technology.  BlueStacks business model is much like Swype's -- they aim to be bundled by OEM into new products rather than sell their software stand-alone.

Android emulation on Windows is nothing new.  We're even seeing it from RIM on the Playbook.  If BlueStacks can pull it off as seamless and lag-free as they claim, that will be the real trick.  We've signed up to get on their initial list of testers, and until then the jury is still out.  In the meantime, their full press release is after the break.

More information: BlueStacks.com

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mini mini review

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We spend a lot of time here on Android Central obsessing over the latest high-end, high-spec, high-price handsets -- devices aimed at nerds like us who crave shiny new toys every few months. But in the real world, not everyone likes to blow hundreds of their local currency on a cell phone, even if they’re looking to dip their toe into the enticing world of smartphones. This means that competition among budget devices can be just as fierce as it is between the latest dual-core superphones.

The Galaxy Mini is Samsung’s contender in the budget arena -- it’s a low-cost device for folks making the switch from a feature phone, and as such, you can pick one up without breaking the bank. We tested the Three UK-branded version of the Galaxy Mini, which is available for £99 on Three’s Pay As You Go service with “all you can eat” data, or for free on-contract.

Join us after the jump to find out how the phone measures up.

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3 years ago

Audiogalaxy 2.0 hits the Android Market with new features in tow

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With music streaming apps becoming more and more popular, developers are finding stiff competition from some really solid services. (Google Music, anyone?) Audiogalaxy, one of the better streamers on the Market today, has released its Version 2.0 update, upping the ante in both simplicity and usability.

Audiogalaxy is known for its easy-to-use interface: simply set up an account on your computer, and the app will do most of the work for you. Once set up, you can stream your music collection over your 4G, 3G, EDGE, or Wifi connection. Version 2.0 brings some welcome new features including the ability to add songs to existing playlists straight from your phone and to promote/delete upcoming songs in Genie mode. Social networking has been added, too, with the ability to see what your friends are listening to at any given moment.  Version 2.0 is currently available on Android only and can be downloaded from the Market after the break.

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3 years ago

Sprint and Motorola cooking up something over lunch on June 9

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We like Sprint. We like Motorola. And, most important, we like lunch. So when Sprint and Moto announce an invite-only luncheon in New York City, you bet your bottom dollar we'll be there with bells on -- and forks in hand.

What's that? They'll be showing off some new devices? Hey, that's great, too!

More: Android Central's upcoming events

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