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2 years ago

Google Shopper 2.0 keeps you updated with cheap Google Offers

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Google has updated Google Shopper to version 2.0 to coincide with the launch of its new service Google Offers. The newly updated app ushers in a new design and makes it easier to find cheap on the go. Here is what the update includes:

  • Today’s Offer: part of the Google Offers beta program, this tab displays a single offer for discounted goods or services in your area. Today's Offer is currently available in Portland, Oregon, the San Francisco Bay Area and New York, with other cities to follow.
  • Nearby Offers: when you click this tab, you'll see offers in the 'Eat' and 'Play' categories which nearby businesses have submitted through Google Places.
  • My Offers: for those of us who occasionally misplace coupons or gloss over expiration dates, Google Shopper makes it easy to stay organized. When you come across an offer you like you can save it for later. Your saved and purchased offers appear on this tab and you can see which offers are close to expiring. To take advantage of an offer, just navigate to ‘My Offers,’ select the one you’d like, and click ‘Redeem’. In the future you’ll also be able to access and redeem your saved offers using Google Wallet.

And as always, hit that jump button for a download link.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid 3 available in store today

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Just last week Verizon made the Motorola Droid 3 official, and a few days after that we started to see some devices arriving at the homes of people who placed their orders early, and today it is available for anyone who wants to walk in and grab one. If you have been waiting for this 4inch, Gingerbread running, 1GHz powered big brother to the Droid 2, your time has finally arrived. Be sure to head into your local Verizon store today, and pick one up for yourself. And hey, if you do, be sure to let us know what you think about it in our forums, will ya?

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2 years ago

Spotify now live in the United States

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Take just about every feature from every streaming music service available, and you you get Spotify. But until today, those of us in the United States were left on the sidelines. No more. Spotify's now live. Create playlists, share music, search from millions of songs, play offline. And, most important, play on your Android phone.

Free invites are going out fast and furious this morning, and there are deals that can get you bumped up to the premium levels pretty quickly. Or if you don't mind paying monthly, $4.99 a month gets you the basic service, sans advertising. For $9.99 a month "premium" (and this is the one most of you will be shooting for), you gain full Spotify access on your Android smartphone, offline mode, and better streaming quality.

We're right in the middle of deep-diving this thing, but so far, Spotify's living up to its expectations.

More: Spotify

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2 years ago

Swiftkey X comes out of beta for Android smartphones and tablets

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Swiftkey X -- the latest generation in what has proven to be an excellent predictive-type keyboard for Android -- exits public beta status this morning and enters the Android Market as a full-fledged paid app.

Available for 48 hours at $1.99 (it'll increase to $3.99 thereafter), Swiftkey X is the phone version of TouchType's venerable keyboard app. It combines the two major facets of an on-screen keyboard -- predictive typing and the skinning of the keys themselves -- for what has quickly become (yet again) one of our favorite third-party Android keyboards.

Also available today is Swiftkey Tablet X, designed for Honeycomb tablets and their larger screens. It's available for 48 hours for $1.99 as well, and increases to $4.99 thereafter. With Swiftkey Tablet X, you have the option to type in a typical keyboard design, or you can switch to the thumb layout (seen above).

If you've previously purchased Swiftkey, you'll be upgraded to the full version of Swiftkey X for free.

We've been using Swiftkey X in its various beta builds for the past several months. The key to its success lies in its Fluency 2.0 engine, which learns the way you type and adapts to better predict your next word. You also have the option (it's opt-in) to connect Swiftkey X to your Facebook, Gmail and Twitter accounts, where it can better learn your typing habits. Are you particular in your hunting and pecking? Or do you just kind of go for it, and rely on autocorrect to get your message across? Swiftkey X can work with both.

Other features: Swiftkey X now supports 22 languages and can interpret as many as three simultaneous for you tri-lingual typers out there. Look and feel are also greatly improved, and the long-press timing is as good as we've seen. And Swiftkey X now has three themes from which to choose -- dark, light and neon.

Check out videos of Swiftkey in action after the break.

Download: Swiftkey X (phones); Swiftkey Tablet X

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2 years ago

HTC Desire Z to receive Gingerbread 'in the coming weeks'

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Owners of the HTC Desire Z will soon be basking in the love of Gingerbread, according to HTC UK's official Facebook page. HTC says that they have entered final testing and will be rolling Android 2.3 out to the global device “in the coming weeks.” with everyone set to receive the update “by the end of the month.” If you've got a Desire Z hanging around, be sure to check for that OTA update, and keep us posted here when it arrives.

Source: HTC UK

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2 years ago

Hulu Plus now available on four more devices

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Hulu Plus is now available on four more Android smartphones, bringing the total number of supported devices up to 10. The HTC Thunderbolt, EVO 4G, MyTouch 4G, and G2 are now Hulu Plus enabled, joining the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, and the Motorola Droid 2, Droid X, and Atrix 4G. Hulu says that they will continue to add to the list of supported devices in the coming months. If you own one of these devices, you can grab Hulu Plus after the break from the Android Market; the service costs $7.99 a month, though be sure to visit Hulu.com/plus to sign up for a free one week trial (or a full month if you've got a .edu email address.)

Source: Hulu Blog 

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2 years ago

Cricket launches the Huawei Ascend II

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Following up on their successful launch of the Original Huawei Ascend, Cricket has announced the availability of the Huawei Ascend II, which also is slated to hit US Cellular in the fall. This time around there is no trackball to be found on the device and it comes pre-loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

This value-priced Android comes with a 3.5" HVGA touch-screen with virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi capability and 3G Real Web Browsing. The Ascend II has lots of great smartphone features packed into an affordable package. Cricket's fifth Android smartphone also includes great features like a 5 MP camera/camcorder and a MP3 player/microSD slot. The Ascend II features the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and a 600 MHz processor.

That value-price equates to $179.99 at Cricket retailers but you'll also nee to sign on for Cricket's all-inclusive $55 Android plan, which provides users with unlimited talk, text, 411 information, international text, unlimited and video picture messages with unlimited data included.

Source: Leap Wireless

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2 years ago

Samsung Replenish to get EF27 update on July 18

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Another thing we found while digging through the leaked Sprint playbook was a maintenance release update for the Samsung Replenish, scheduled to hit July 18.  With it will come enhancements to the LED, a fix that sounds the roaming alert before roaming is activated, and a fix for the issue of the ##RTN# attribute resetting to all zeros that was introduced with ED23.

While it's not a major OS update to Gingerbread, it's refreshing to see issues and bugs get quickly fixed.  If you're using a Replenish, you'll be notified when the update is sent to your phone, and given installation instructions at that time.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Latest Sprint Playbook foretells return of the mail-in rebate, TEP increase, takes shot at Verizon

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Thanks to an anonymous friend, we have our hands on the latest edition of the Sprint Playbook, and this time it's chock full of news about everything from rebates to device launches.  Some of it confirms what we already knew, some reinforces some rumors floating around, and some is stuff we've not thought of yet.  Hit the break and have a look.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Motorola Electrify (aka Photon), LG Optimus Black top US Cellular's Q3 roadmap

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Way, way back in early June, US Cellular teased seven Android phones and tablets to be released by the end of the year. The breakdown went thusly:

  • Three HTC devices -- two smartphones and a tablet (which we presumed would be the Flyer
  • A 4.3-inch Motorola device with a dual-core 1GHz processor and world phone radio
  • An LG device with a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch touchscreen and "ultra-bright LCD display that is easy to view in sunlight." We figured that to be the LG Optimus Black
  • Plus, entry-level phones from Samsung and Huawei.

We've since seen the HTC Desire II and Wildfire S show up in USCC's inventory. So put a check to them.

As for the other devices? We've got US Cellular's entire third-quarter roster after the break, if you're into that sort of thing.

Thanks, Anon!

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