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2 years ago

Prime reset options, hot device concerns [From the Forums]

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A new week, and a new year -- time to get things happening in 2012. For the most part of this week we're expecting to hear quite a bit about CES as things tend to leak out beforehand. Have any expectations for CES? If so, let us know in 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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2 years ago

Android A to Z: What is ADB?

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Welcome to our our latest feature here at Android Central. This one's geared more for you folks who are just getting started with Android, but it's a great refresher for you veterans as well.

Tucked away at AndroidCentral.com/dictionary is -- you guessed it -- a glossary full of Android-type terms that we use every day. Don't know what we're talking about? Chances are a quick look with explain things for you. We're constantaly updating the dictionary. So if something's missing, chances are we're getting to it. (Feel free to yell at us in the meantime, if you want.)

So let's kick things off with an easy one.

  • ADB: Stands for Android Debug Bridge. A tool used to connect and sends commands to your Android phone from a command line on a desktop or laptop computer.

Find more definitions in the Android Dictionary

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2 years ago

Five apps to help you keep your New Year's resolution

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Looking for some help this year on holding true to your New Year's resolution? Odds are there is an Android app to help you keep up with -- and stick to your resolution. Hit the break to see a few we picked up.

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2 years ago

Google wants to know where your Android has been

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We aren't saying that Google got the idea on this one from our picture contest to win the Verizon HTC Merge, but it is pretty similar, except for the fact that it's lacking the sweet prize we gave away.

Anywho, Google took to its +Android account on Google + asking the coolest place you have taken your Android. Think you have taken your Android to the coolest place? Does the coolest place even exist outside your mind? And know that they are talking about the little green guy here, not your phone or anything, so if you don't already have one they have provided one you can download and cut out to get you on your way. So, get to showing them off, will ya?

Source: +Android

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2 years ago

Wifi-only Motorola Xoom getting prepped for another 'project'

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It's project time again for the Motorola Xoom, according to a few tips worming their way into our inbox. The one the Verizon Xoom got at the end of November wasn't the Ice Cream Sandwich update everybody's on pins and needles for. Will this one finally be the Android 4.0 upgrade? We'll see. Here's the e-mail that's going out from Moto:

Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are preparing a project
for owners of the "Google Experience Device" version of the WiFi-only
Motorola Xoom. (This is the U.S. version only.) If you own this particular
model, we would like to invite you to participate.

Click this link to take a short enrollment survey for this project. Please
note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners'
Forums to take part. We have recently moved our forums communities to a new
site, and YOU MUST RE-REGISTER to be considered a member. Please visit our
new site and complete your registration update if you have not done so
already. Be sure to fill out the MFN opt-in information on the new site.
This is a confidential project under the terms of the Motorola Feedback
Network. Do not post any details or information about this project on any
public sites.

Thanks -- please understand that project start times are always fluid. We ask
for your patience if you register but don't hear from us right away.

- Matt
Motorola Owners' Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Pins and needles, folks. Pins and needles!

More: Motorola Xoom forums; thanks, C and jediman, for the tips!

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2 years ago

Going to CES? Don't forget the CES Android app

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We're about a week away from the insanity that is the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas. That's the little show with 120,000 or so of our closest friends in the desert oasis. Like we said -- insanity. And even for the most seasoned attendee, finding your way through the Las Vegas Convention Center can be a bit daunting. (We never did find last year's intern.)

That's where the official CES Android app comes in. Its usefulness as far as scheduling is debatable, and the app itself isn't all that great. But where we've found it invaluable is in its ability to look up a booth's location in the LVCC, or at the Venetian, or any of the other little corners we'll find ourselves tucked into over the course of the show.

One thing it won't help you with is the lack of sleep. But if you need a little help finding your way around, start with this app. We've got download links after the break. And if you're in Vegas, be sure to say hi!

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2 years ago

ClockworkMod Tether to bring a no-root tethering solution to Windows, Mac, and Linux

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ClockworkMod, aka Koushik Dutta, a favorite among the modding and hacker crowd because of great apps like ROM Manager, has released a very alpha version of Clockwork Mod Tether, and no-root required application for Android that will bring USB tethering to Windows, Mac and Linux.  Koush seems pretty confident that he has worked out a solution that will be invisible to your carrier by using a virtual network interface on your computer that acts as a network proxy.  It's worth mentioning that your network data caps and speeds will still apply, you'll just be able to use that data on a computer as well as on your phone or tablet, without the carrier knowing that's what you're doing. Dumb pipes FTW.

This is a very early preview, and may very well have some issues -- which is why Koush is soliciting alpha testing -- and there's no support or instructions for use yet.  If you feel like having an early look, and are willing to help in the development, watch +Koushik Dutta for details.

Source: +Koushik Dutta

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2 years ago

Android Resolutions: Resolve to be hands-free in the car

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You're going to be using your smartphone more in 2012 than you did in 2011. And likely more the year after that, and the year after that. It's just the way of the world, folks. That makes this resolution all the more important. And while we're all guilty of breaking it, there's just no excuse.

Resolve to be hands-free in the car

It's that simple. We know, we know. We're all important. We've all got calls coming in. We've got text messages to read. But we've got to be safer in the car. And it's actually pretty easy to do.

  • If you have built-in Bluetooth, use it. Car manufacturers are offering more and more trim packages with built-in Bluetooth connectivity, and it's about the easiest and safest way to use your phone in spurts while keeping your eyes on the road on your hands-on the wheel. My wife bought a car in 2011, and I sold her on a higher trim package than she initially wanted because it had Bluetooth. (Should have gotten a commission on that.) "It's really a safety feature," I told her. And it is pretty simple. Not perfect -- dialing is a pain -- but it's absolutely better than having to reach into a purse or pocket to grab the phone. 
  • If you don't have built-in Bluetooth, get it. Even if you don't have Bluetooth built into your car, there some great aftermarket options. I've been using a speakerphone for years (which also streams audio into my car stereo over FM), and there are a number of great speakerphone choices. Another new one is OnStar FMV. For $300 (available from Best Buy), you get a replacement rear-view mirror that in addition to serving as a Bluetooth speakerphone also ties you into the OnStar service. Or if you have to, suck it up and use a Bluetooth headset.
  • Apps can help. Voice-to-text has been built into Android for some time now, and there are a number of apps that will read incoming text messages aloud, and send them for you as well, so you don't have to be holding your phone or, worse, typing. And if you really have a problem putting the phone down (or know of a new driver who does), there are apps that will effectively shut the phone down while the vehicle's in motion. It's not a perfect system, but it's an option. Safer driving has been a big initiative for Sprint, and the U.S. carrier has compiled a list of apps like Vlingo, ZoomSafer and its own Sprint Drive First app that can get you started.
  • Just put the phone down. This is the best thing you can do. Wait till you're out of the car, then get back to work.

We don't mean to get too preachy about this one. But smartphones aren't going anywhere. We're going to be using them more in our daily lives, not less. And with music streaming and navigation getting better all the time, it only makes sense that we'll be using our phones in our cars more and more. But we all have a duty to keep ourselves, our loved ones -- and each other -- safe on the roads.

Previous: Resolve to leave better comments in the Android Market

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2 years ago

Girls Gone Gadgets 03: Chewing through the restraints [NSFW-L]

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Ashley, Georgia, and special guest Kim talk RIM execs on a plane, Penny Arcade vs. bad marketers, the dangers of sex chat gone public, and games and accessories for iPad. This is Girls Gone Gadgets!

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2 years ago

ASUS Transformer Prime getting a speed boost with latest update

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Ye olde inbox this morning is alerting us to an update headed into the ASUS Tranformer Prime. The quad-core tablet, which is still awaiting its promised Ice Cream Sandwich Update, is now at software version 8.8.3.33-20111223. And in addition to some overall increased snappiness, we're hearing that the camera's launching much faster as well. Seeing any other improvements? Let's hear 'em!

More: Transformer Prime forums; thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Also: Read our Transformer Prime Review

 

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