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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 39

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Audio-only stream below

We can taste Gingerbread, we've got our hands on the Motorola Droid Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab, plus a slew of you voicemails. Listen in!

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4 years ago

New Snapdragon processors on the way -- snappier speeds lower power use

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These days, folks scoff at the thought of running anything less then a 1GHz processor on their devices. However uncalled for that scoffing may be, those that do will be glad to know the next generation of processors are already in the pipeline and are promising blazing speeds. Qualcomm, provider of chipsets to many of our beloved Android device manufacturers claim that its upcoming Snapdragon chipset, the MSM8960, will outperform their first set of snapdragon chips by nearly five times.

Clocking in at 1.2GHz, Qualcomm states their upcoming chipset will use 75 percent less power, thanks to a 28-nanometer processor that's new to mobile devices and will have support for LTE (Long Term Evolution) onboard, making your device 4G-compatible even if you're not on a carrier which offers 4G services. To us, that sounds like Qualcomm wants to push manufacturers and carriers to 4G. Fine by us, that's for sure. Come 2011 when the chips are expected to arrive, we'll be more then ready to make use of them. Heck, we've been ready for a while now. We're just stuck waiting for someone to put this tech to work. [PCWorld]

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4 years ago

Cox Wireless launches with a pair of Android phones in its arsenal

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Cox HTC Hero Android PhoneCox HTC Hero Android phone

When we brought your the first pictures of a Cox HTC Hero back in May, we were expecting it to only be a test device -- it's not a young phone, after all. But Cox has just launched its wireless service in a trio of markets -- in Orange County, Calif., Omaha, Neb., and Hampton Roads, Va. -- and the Hero the HTC Desire are among the new carrier's ranks.

The Desire's going for $69.99 after two-year contract and $100 rebate, and the Hero's just $49.99 after contract and rebate. Voice plans will start at $39.99, and, and unlimited data runs $30 a month. [Cox via Bloomberg]

 

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4 years ago

Verizon to offer free streaming of NFL games this weekend

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 Free NFL Mobile

Verizon has featured the NFL Mobile app for some time, which allows users to view live streams of NFL games from the NFL Network. The service will run you $10 per month (on top of data), which is probably a barrier to entry for many. As such, Verizon will be allowing smartphone users to try the app for this weekend. Starting Monday, Nov. 22, you will have to pony up that $10 to continue getting the games. Verizon customers should be able to find the app under the "Verizon" tab of the Market, or you can enter your number on the promo site and you will get install instructions. Click past the link to see full details and features. [Verizon]

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4 years ago

Acer Liquid E Froyo update available

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acer liquid e

The Froyo update for the Acer Liquid E is now available for customers of both Rogers and Fido.  It's not an OTA update, so you'll have to download it and install manually.  That's OK, because Acer has included a great set of instructions in the zip file you download, making the whole thing pretty foolproof.  Having said it's pretty foolproof, now is a good time to mention that there's at least one report of a fouled upgrade.  But this is official, from Acer, and endorsed by the carriers so hopefully that's just a fluke.

Head to Acer Canada and visit the download center to grab your copy and give Froyo a whirl.  Thanks for the tip, John!

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4 years ago

US Cellular customers get weeklong Android Black Friday specials

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U.S. Cellular 

If you are a US Cellular customer, and have been holding out on grabbing an Android device, the time to buy is about to hit. US Cellular has decided that instead of trying to cram all the fun into just one day that they are going to have a week long sale on many of their Android devices.

U.S. Cellular is offering door-busting deals on its entire lineup of Android-powered phones, including the Samsung Mesmerize (a Galaxy S phone) for just $99 and the HTC Desire for $49 after an $80 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract. The LG Apex and Samsung Acclaim will be free after an $80 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract. With U.S. Cellular's “no contract after the first” from The Belief Project, customers who opt for a contract never have to sign another one.

So if you have teased yourself with the review of the Samsung Mesmerize, or the review of the HTC Desire, your wait is almost over. Be sure to check out your local US Cellular store next week for all the great deals!

Note: Current U.S. Cellular customers who switched to one of U.S. Cellular's new Belief Plans and are eligible for a phone upgrade can get those sale prices without signing a new contract. New customers who sign up for a Belief Plan will get those sale prices and never sign another contract with "no contract after the first." It's one of the benefits of The Belief Project from U.S. Cellular.

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4 years ago

Nexus One gets an update to FRG83D (no, it's still not Gingerbread)

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Nexus One FRG83D update

The Google Nexus One just got itself a little update. It's still Android 2.2.1 -- no Gingerbread yet, folks -- and the 1.3MB download looks to be a bunch of patches and bugfixes. We've poked around it for a few minutes, and here's what we see:

The Froyo framework has been patched, as has the applications debugger. When we look at the system applications, each has a small patch, but Vending (the Android Market, which is now at Version 2.12), the Google services framework, and the GoogleEmail application (not Gmail) has a larger patch in place. There's also a small patch to the stock recovery.

So, no Gingerbread yet, but this this likely is an update to get us ready for it. For the direct download link and more discussion, check out this thread. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

HTC Merge 360-degree view appears, quickly disappears from Verizon's site

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HTC Merge

Need another sign that the HTC Merge is nearing release? How about a 360-degree look to go along with our previous hands-on and video preview. It popped up on Verizon's website today and was quickly pulled, but that's just not how we do things around here. Check it out, after the break. [Via bigdav1178 in the Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Adobe Reader updated

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Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader -- Adobe's official pdf reader -- got itself a little update recently. Here's what's new: 

  • Tablet support
  • Open PDF Portfolios & Password protected PDF files
  • Text search
  • View mode – Fit Screen & Continuous scroll
  • Go to page
  • Improved navigation Performance
  • Support for English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese , Swedish, Russian, Czech, Polish & Turkish

You can update yours now in the Android Market, or we have download links after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Android device traffic -- Moto Droid No.1 , 4G-enabled phones at 16%

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android device traffic

Chitika Research has compiled some statistics that break down Android specific device traffic, and the Motorola Droid still comes out on top with 19 percent of the total.  The breakdown really isn't surprising, Verizon and Sprint hold the top two spots with the Sprint Evo 4G coming in right behind the Droid at 12 percent.  The Samsung Vibrant comes in at number five, with a five percent share as the first GSM device on the list.

We don't have a fancy pie chart to show it, but according to Chikita, 4G Android phones (The Evo 4G, The Epic 4G, the T-Mobile G2, and the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G) claim 16 percent of all Android traffic in their study.  Something tells me that number will be a bit different come Q2 2011, when Verizon gets into the mix. [Chitika Research]

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4 years ago

Win 1 of 50 unlock codes for your GSM HTC device courtesy of CellUnlock!

In celebration of our new unlocking help forums opening up today, we have a contest for anyone out there who has an HTC GSM device and would like to no longer have it locked to any specific carrier. Courtesy of folks over at CellUnlock.net we'll be giving away 50 codes in total. Let's make entry a little interesting though, leave a comment in the contest forums letting us know what about Android it is that you love and you'll be entered to win. Good luck to all! And of course, thanks to CellUnlock for the codes!

Click here to enter for your chance to win 1 of 50 unlock codes

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4 years ago

Verizon axes $10 add-a-line cost for new smartphones on family plans

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Verizon has just announced a new promotion that will provide a bit of extra incentive for users in family plans to upgrade to a smartphone this Christmas season. The offer gets rid of the $9.99 per month charge for adding lines as long as those lines are smartphones and paying the $29.99 per month charge for unlimited data. The rebate actually lasts the entire length of your contract, so assuming you stick with it for the full two years, each added smartphone line would save $240 ($10 per month for 24 months) over the life of the contract.

Verizon will start the discount pricing Nov. 19, and it will run until Jan. 7, 2011. Verizon is aiming specifically to get owners of family plans an incentive to upgrade their spouse or children to smartphones, which I am sure many will do. Family plans currently start at $69.99 and you can add up to five additional lines to the base plan. Click past the break to see some more slides we have ninja'd from Big Red that will tell you all you need to know about eligibility and pricing. [Verizon Wireless]

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4 years ago

Steve Wozniak talks Android's future (hint: he thinks it's got one)

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The Wonderful Wizard of Woz, or simply, Steve Wozniak -- is at it again. This time only, he's talking Android and iOS. The co-founder of Apple was recently interviewed by De Telegraaf, a newspaper in the Netherlands, on what he thoughts were on the Android platform and some deets on a unreleased Apple manufactured smartphone back in 2004.

The computer genius drew some comparisons between the early Windows platform and today's Android, claiming that quality and user satisfaction could be better, but ultimately it will become the dominant smartphone in the market, much like how Windows has taken over today. 

Wozniak also disclosed some info about a smartphone they were developing back in 2004 with a Japanese electronics company. The smartphone was never released publicly because Apple felt that the device was not quite all there, and they wanted a device that would be "breakthrough." Anyone remember the Apple Pippin? Anyone? [De Telegraaf via Engadget, TiPB]

Update: Well, it didn't take long for Steve to point out his was misquoted on a few things here. Woz has since clarified some of the misquotes that have been reported, by stating that he'd never say that Android was better than iOS, and that "Almost every app I have is better on the iPhone." It appears, something here was lost in translation. Best to listen to the audio so that you get the full effect of what Woz was stating. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

Google Sky Map gets updated with time travel, multitouch

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This one's for all you astronomers out there. Google has just updated Google Sky Map to version 1.6. You were keeping count, right? The update brings two new features to the app:

  • Time Travel: Travel through time to view the sky as it looked in the past or as it will look in the future. You can also speed up time to watch events
    like eclipses and conjunctions
  • MultiTouch: Easily zoom in & out or rotate display using just two fingers
    on devices that support multi-touch input

Very, very cool. Download links are after the break. [Google] Thanks, El Jefe!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus One review

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Redefining entry-level Android phones, one carrier at a time

LG Optimus One

Let's not mince words: The LG Optimus One is not a top-end phone, nor was it designed to be.  If you're expecting some sort of dual-core wünderphone, look elsewhere.

But -- if you're looking for a very pocketable, well built, speedy communications device you've found the right place.  Hit the break and check out how LG is changing the way we think of low end Android phones.

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