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3 years ago

Angry Birds Day -- Saturday, Dec 11 2010

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 Angry Birds Day -- December 11th 2010.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Saturday Dec 11, 2010 is Angry Birds Day.  It's time to put your Angry Birds fandom to the test, and get out there to celebrate the 2nd most popular cellphone game of all time (I don't think anything will ever beat Snake).  Try to put your mobile OS loyalty aside, as I'm sure you're bound to meet some iOS users out there, but hey, it's the birds that bond us.  We want those stolen eggs back, and demand swift justice brought to the thieving green pigs that stole them.

Everybody get out there and rep the birds!  Check the link above and look for an Angry Birds meetup in your area.  [Meetup, Rovio]

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3 years ago

Dell Streak recovery tool now available

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Any Dell Streak owners out there interested in a custom recovery tool? If so, one has now been made available for your device courtesy of mistadman, over at XDA Developers. Based off of Clockwork Recovery by Koush the Dell Streak recovery tool supports some pretty awesome features built right into it. The list is as follows:

  • Landscape
  • Capacitve buttons
  • First stage of the two stage camera button working
  • Signature verification setting survives reboot

The source also remains open, so if you're looking to improve upon it you can indeed do so by grabbing it off of the Github servers. You can find the download and full instructions over at XDA. [XDA Developers]

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3 years ago

Google Books vs. Amazon Kindle

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Can Amazon's bookstore stand up to the might that is Google?

Google eBooksAmazon Kindle app

Google Books, or Amazon Kindle. That's the question du jour. Google this week released its online bookstore -- Google Books, or eBooks. It's not a new premise, you go online and buy books, and then read them on your laptop or PC, or on a mobile device. And you have plenty of options in the mobile space. You can purchase and read books on Android devices, of course, as well as the iPad, iPhone, Sony eReader and the Barnes & Noble Nook.

But is Google Books better than Amazon Kindle, the big daddy in the space? Will you need both platforms? Join us after the break as we take a look at Google Books versus Amazon Kindle?

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3 years ago

TI announces OMAP4440 processor with dual Cortex-A9 cores

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TI has finally put out an announcement for their OMAP4440 processors despite them having been shown off on the TI website for quite some time now. The freshly upgraded chip will feature two Cortex-A9 cores and when running at full capacity can pump out a total of 1.5GHz per cpu core. As noted in the press release, when compared to the OMAP4430 series that tops out at 1GHz you get the following performance enhancements:

a 1.25x increase in graphics performance, a 30 percent decrease in webpage load time, a 2x increase in 1080p video playback performance

You'll want to check out the full press release for the full details bu, in the meantime feel free to imagine your current devices running that. Wouldn't it be awesome? Sadly, we'll still have to wait until the new year before any devices roll out with it loaded. [TI]

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3 years ago

Xmarks releases Android app -- will cost you $12 per year

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 Xmarks for Android.

Xmarks -- formerly known as Foxmarks -- has brought their cross-platform bookmarks and open tab syncing service to Android.  For a small fee of $12 a year, Xmarks users will now be able to access their bookmarks and open tabs via their Android device.  Although Firefox for Android already offers this very same service for free -- and there are other free options, too --  it's nice to see some bookmarks syncing for the stock Android browser, which also happens to be the one I still use every single day.  We've covered other bookmarks syncing apps for Android, but like I always say, the more options, the better.

Personally, I've been using Xmarks for close to three years now to sync my desktop bookmarks, and I've found it to be an invaluable service.  Having access to the same bookmarks on my laptop and desktop PC is very handy, but part of me wonders if I would ever feel the need to shell out $12 for access to these same bookmarks on my mobile device.  The pages I browse from my phone are not the same pages I browse from my desktop computer.  In addition, I've already got my Android browser bookmarks setup perfectly to my liking.  I use Titanium Backup to backup/restore my bookmarks when loading a new ROM, so I don't really need a premium sync service.  Plus, a quick search at AppBrain will reveal how many free bookmarks syncing apps exist for Android.

Xmarks for Android may only appeal to the hardcore Xmarks users.  Somebody who is constantly adding/removing/updating bookmarks and needs access to them on the go 24/7.  Open tab sync is a nice feature, but not one I would pay for when Firefox already does it for free.  If Xmarks also offered access to browser history, that would be the icing on the cake that I would finally pay $12/year for.  However, part of me wonders if Google has any plans to include this type of browser bookmarks/history synchronization into Android.

Xmarks is giving Android users a two-week free trial, so what have you got to lose?  Check it out and see if you like it.  [Xmarks blog]

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3 years ago

Samsung to bring out the W899, a traditional Android flip phone

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China Telecom and Samsung have announced the Samsung W899. Instead of the traditional flat design, Sammy is offering a flip Android smartphone. 

You're probably thinking "this is just a flip phone, it's probably an entry level Android phone." Well ... not really. Take a look at the specs:

  • Two 3.3-inch AMOLED touch screens
  • Multi-touch support
  • Android 2.2
  • 5MP rear camera
  • Front facing VGA camera
  • 1Ghz processor
  • 512 MB internal memory

This guy is pretty powerful. Enough for it to compete with some of the higher end devices today. One more picture and video after the break. [Android Mobile ReviewThanks, Tim!

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3 years ago

Google and NXP integrate NFC in Android 2.3, starting with the Nexus S

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Hot on the heels of the Android 2.3 SDK announcement along with the unveiling of the Samsung Nexus S, NXP talked more about its work with Google and Samsung to be the provider of the on board NFC (Near Field Communications) components for the Nexus S. In fact, their whole open software stack has been fully integrated into Gingerbread.

Just as the Nexus One was a device meant to lead the way for Android, the Nexus S is hoping to continue that fostering of growth by introducing NFC to the masses. NXP is the co-inventor of the technology and has been working with industry leaders since 2002 to bring NFC enabled devices to the market. Hit the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Touiteur Twitter client turns 2.0, brings a slew of new features, fixes

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Toiteur for AndroidToiteur for Android

The Touiteur Twitter client -easily among the top Twitter apps for Android -was just updated to Version 2.0. And with the upgrade comes a whole bunch of improvements. Scrollable widgets? Check. Mute users? Check. Ready for Gingerbread? Yep. The list is massive, and it's after the break, along with download links. And while you're at it, swing by Level Up's developer forum in the Android Central Forums and let 'em know what you think. [Level Up Studio]

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3 years ago

eBay's RedLaser app now gives local results

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RedLaser

Ebay's recently launched barcode app, RedLaser, now provides local shopping results. Partnering with Milo, when users scan a product, they will be now able to find out which nearby retailers have it in stock and who has the best price. This app can be very useful around the holiday season when searching for better prices.

Find links to download the app after the break. [Business Wire]

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3 years ago

Nexus S and Gingerbread video gallery

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With the official announcement of the Google Nexus S and Gingerbread (Android 2.3), the fine people over at Google decided to bombard the internet with new videos of Android goodness. Hey, we at Android Central aren't complaining. In fact, we love these videos so much, we decided to compile all the videos together -- just for you! And if the videos aren't enough to feed that gingerbread appetite, head into the forums to see what people are talking about: Gingerbread and Nexus S.

Videos after the jump.

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3 years ago

He loves his Evo [video]

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loves his Evo

This man loves his Evo, and isn't afraid to show it.  See for yourself after the break. [demotherboyz via MiKandi (Adult)]

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3 years ago

Minimum CPU speed for Gingerbread? Googlers say no

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Googlers love Twitter

It's that time again, when a new Android version is due and the rumors, speculation, and poetic ramblings inevitably start.  An old rumor that has been hashed over far too much is on the rise again -- Gingerbread will require a minimum 1GHz CPU.  That's one you can safely ignore, and feel free to enable vaporize mode on your fast-as-hell 800 MHz G2 at the next person who says it. [via @romainguy]

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3 years ago

Nexus S, Gingerbread and now Honeycomb [From the forums]

Android Forums at Android Central

While we were all still giddy from the Nexus S, Gingerbread news last night, Andy Rubin decided to drop a little bit more information on us and send us Android fans over the edge. Yes, Honeycomb is now a focus for many and while it's still a way off yet that shouldn't stifle our conversations about it. Join us in the forums to get started and learn more.

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

HTC Knight/Speedy/Shift 4G ROM leaks out in handy RUU form

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HTC Speedy

We're slowly learning more about the rumored HTC Knight, which may also be called the Speedy or the Shift 4G and appears headed to Sprint at some point, and it sure looks like a slightly smaller Evo 4G. But today we do know that the ROM has leaked out in handy RUU form, and we get a good look at it in render form, which you see above. It's being ripped apart as we speak, so keep an eye out for updates. [XDA Developers via the Android Central Forums] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Update: As mentioned in the comments below, credit for the RUU (like many leaked RUU files) goes to Football.  Also, we're seeing a few things of interest. It's a mixture of old and new, but unfortunately it's not the new HTC Sense build like the one in the Desire Z or MyTouch 4G.  For all intents and purposes, this is the HTC Vision (G2, Desire Z, Merge) for Sprint.  And that's a good thing, indeed.

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3 years ago

'Will my phone get Gingerbread?' Here's our official unofficial upgrade list

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It's the thought at the front of everyone's minds -- "will my phone get Gingerbread?"  Just like last time, and just like next time, we all want to know if our phone can expect an upgrade to Android 2.3, and when.  I don't claim to know any official answers, and I really don't think there are any just yet for most of the phones released this year.  But I can't let a little thing like that stop me.  Hit the break, and check out the list!

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