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4 years ago

Froyo pushing out to Galaxy S phones in the UK right about ... now!

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Samsung UK Twitter account

As our friends across the pond settle in for the night, Samsung UK has announced that the Froyo update for the Galaxy S has started to be pushed to devices.  As you can see above, they hope to have everyone in the UK with a Galaxy S running Froyo by the end of the month.

What exactly does this mean to those of us in North America?  It means that things are pretty much on schedule (Froyo was to be pushed in the UK in September), so keep Kies up to date and be on the lookout.  [@samsungukmobile]

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4 years ago

Firefox 4 steps up to Beta 2

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Firefox 4 Beta 2

As somebody who hasn't switched from Firefox to Chrome for their desktop browsing needs, I'm very excited about how nicely Firefox 4 for mobile is shaping up.  I'm sure my excitement isn't lost on the rest of the Android community either.  One of the best aspects of Android is the seemingly endless amount of options and alternatives we have to its stock apps.  Could you imagine using a device that didn't let you install a third-party browser?

Quite a few improvements have been made to Firefox 4 for Android, and we know you love software updates as much as we do.  So join me after the break for more info, some screenshots, and most importantly, a download link. [Mozilla]

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4 years ago

Google Voice and gmail problems, 8pen keyboard, PowerAmp [From the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but somebody's gotta do it. Today we lead off with a couple of not-so-good situations we're all dealing with:

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4 years ago

Twicca twitter client updated to v0.8.8

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Fans of Twicca will be pleased to know the latest update is now available in the Android market. While the change log isn't exactly huge, it's nice to see that Twicca is still being improved. The update, which puts Twicca at v0.8.8 fixes a local trends bug as well as some url adjustments for new Twitter and Twitter.jp. If you're a fan of Twicca be sure to update and if you're interested in learning more, check out our quick-app review.

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4 years ago

Preparation for the Dalightly Saving Time switch

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Date and time settingsAs North America prepares to "fall back" from Daylight Saving Time (and that's the correct name for it, by the way) at 2 a.m. local time Sunday morning, we need to make sure everything is ready to go -- including our Android phones.

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4 years ago

Gmail not syncing? You're not alone

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Gmail Sync

We were kicking this around last night, but it's not going away. A number of you -- and us -- are having problems with getting gmail to properly sync with our phones. Obviously, that's bad. The good news is that Google's on the case, saying "We're currently looking into this issue, and I'll report back here with any findings."

"Here" would be the Google support forums, and the thread in question is three pages long as of this writing. What about you guys? Still seeing issues? [Google]

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4 years ago

Sharp bringing glasses-free 3D 'Galapagos' phone to Japan

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 Sharp Galapagos

One of the greatest limitations with current 3D technology is the requirement of glasses to make the effect work. The Nintendo 3DS was a smash hit at E3 this year, and now Sharp is looking to bring the same basic technology to the smartphone. The Sharp Galapagos comes packed with Android 2.2, 512 MB of RAM, and a 3.8-inch screen capable of displaying 3D images and video sans glasses.

The lineup of seven launch games includes the likes of Resident Evil: Degeneration, Mega Man, and Ghosts n' Goblins. The phone will also be able to play 3D movies, which may be the bigger selling point. The phone does not yet have a release date, but we do know it will be launching on carrier Softbank Japan. [Softbank Japan (in Japanese) via Kotaku] Thanks, David!

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4 years ago

Mobile Nanny monitoring software now available in the Android Market

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These days being a parent isn’t always easy. Sometimes, parents need a little help with monitoring the actions of their children be it to keep them safe or just to keep a better watch on their daily activities. A new application, Mobile Nanny from Retina X Studios, is looking for help parents out in such cases by offering a complete monitoring, filtering and restriction solution for Android.

With Mobile Nanny installed, parents can now login to an online interface which gives direct access to any given device in which the application is installed. Parents can then effectively monitor and review such things as text messages, calls, web sites visited and even pictures taken with the device and even set up time based calling, app usage schedules. Mobile Nanny is available now in the Android Market but it does have a subscription-based price attached to it. For one year's worth of service, you'll be looking at $49.97. You can read the full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X spotted on 'How I Met your Mother'

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Anyone happen to watch How I Met Your Mother the other night? Of course you did, it's a great show. If you somehow missed it though, then you also missed the showing of the Motorola Droid X.  Seems like these days you really can't turn on the TV without catching a glimpse of one Android device or another in a show. It's a beautiful thing to see. Have you spotted any Android devices on any shows you are watching? If so, drop us a line and let us know which show. Thanks to Bob from Cleveland!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus S available Sunday on Sprint

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 LG Optimus S

The LG Optimus S, a solid, entry-level offering from Sprint, will be available on Sunday.

The Optimus S sports:

  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 3.2-inch screen
  • 3.2MP camera
  • microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Mobile hotspot capability

It will only be available in Charcoal on Sunday; if you want the Purple version you'll have to wait until November 21st. The Optimus S is a low-end offering that is aimed at consumers transitioning to their first smartphone. Here is a quote from LG:

“LG partnered with Sprint to deliver a handset that would empower first-time smartphone users to discover the changing mobile phone marketplace.”

The phone will be $49.99 with a 2-year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate). If you've been waiting for the Optimus S, the wait is over on Sunday. [Sprint]

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro pricing: $179 with contract, rebate

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Motorola Droid Pro pricing

Remember how we brought you the Motorola Droid Pro launch date but were left wondering what it would cost? Wonder no more. Your cost, after two-year contract and $100 rebate, will be $179.99. A one-year deal will be $249.99 when all is said and done, and off-contract will be $479.99. All in all, not bad for a phone with a 1GHz processor, full QWERTY keyboard and the ability to work overseas.

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4 years ago

Vox brings its VoIP services to Android via Nimbuzz

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 Nimbuzz and Vox Bring Cheap Unlimited Calling to Android

VoX Communications is partnering with Nimbuzz to bring their popular cloud-based VoIP network to Android devices in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.

 For a monthly fee, VoX will provide you with a calling plan as well as a real U.S., Canadian, or Puerto Rican phone number with no contract required.  This phone number would allow you to call anyone in the US, Canada or Puerto Rico over your WiFi or 3G connection by using the free Nimbuzz VoIP applications without paying your carrier any international long distance rates or a costly unlimited plan.

VoX offers three "Domestic" plans:

  • Pay as you go: $4.95/Month @ $.05/Min
  • Mobile Out 500: $9.95/Month  @ 500 included minutes, $.05/Min overage
  • Mobile Out Unlimited: $24.95/Month
  • International pricing is also available here.

 If you're interested in signing up for an account, and want to know how to link it to your Nimbuzz application, check out the official VoX website.

And because this application works entirely over data, it will work on any Android device with the Nimbuzz app installed, like a tablet.  Throw in some Google Voice for texting, and you can have that 7 inch smartphone you always wanted.  Via [IntoMobile]

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4 years ago

Flysmart, the airport terminal directory application, lands on Android

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 Clear and Geodelic Bring Flysmart to Android

Stuck in a strange airport on layover and have a sudden craving for coffee that doesn't come from a dispenser?  Clear Channel partnered with Geodelic to bring their free FlySmart application to Android devices.

The application, which currently works in more than 20 airports, will give you at a glance information about terminal exits, restrooms, and shops within your terminal.  If you're waiting for a flight, you can use the built in Flight Tracker to see departing and arriving flight times directly on your device. 

Once you leave the airport, the application will tie into Geodelic's location discovery guide, which will give you ideas on what to do in whatever city you find yourself in. 

Hit the Read More link to see a list of currently supported airports as well as a link to grab the free application for yourself. [FLYsmart via Business Wire]

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible maintenance update reportedly starting Nov. 8

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Droid Incredible update

We just got word that an update is on the way for the HTC Droid Incredible on Verizon -- and we can expect it to start pushing out on our about Nov. 8. (And remember, kids, that doesn't necessarily mean everyone will get it that day. But once we have the manual update location, it's all good.) Here's what's coming in Software version 3.26.605.1:

  • Updated Flash Player with security enhancements
  • Visual Voice Mail Wifi improvements and removal of incorrect service messages and post-call notifications
  • Better support for Yahoo IMAP e-mail
  • Update to Slacker Radio app
  • You can attach files larger than 5MB
  • Updated Cox POP3 e-mail settings
  • Updated Comcast POP3 e-mail settings
  • Play YouTube videos in the YouTube app (that's new?)
  • Seamlessly switch between portrait/landscape in Google Maps
  • Search key and other buttons displayed in the correct order (what's the wrong order?)
  • VCAST app lets you bill apps to your Verizon account

That's no small list, but nothing earth-shattering either. Regardless, any update is good to see. Thanks, Mystery Man!

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4 years ago

HTC and SoundHound team up in Europe

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HTC and SoundHound have laid out some Global plans that will initially start in Europe. In a press released issued this week, HTC and SoundHound outlined the details which will have SoundHound embedded into all HTC device releases in the coming future.

 “Partnering with HTC to make SoundHound available on HTC’s Android handsets is a great win for both companies,” said Amir Arbabi, vice president, business development, SoundHound Inc. “SoundHound makes music search and discovery on mobile devices fast, accurate and delightful. Working with a global innovator like HTC extends our leadership as we continue to expand the adoption of our technologies and services around the world.”

“HTC is focused on improving the mobile experience for our customers and a key part of that is with music,” said John Wang, chief marketing officer, HTC Corporation. “We are excited to be working with SoundHound, a leader in music search and discovery to raise the bar for the search and discovery of music on HTC phones.”

The first devices to get the official SoundHound treatment will be the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Desire Z with addition others added in the near future. [via Businesswire]

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