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2 years ago

Starbucks for Android - the video

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We broke the news last night with a flurry of screen shots that underscored just how much coffee we drink on a daily basis. Now here's the Starbucks Android official video, which shows how you can pay for your beverages via a handy barcode and your Starbucks Cards. Doesn't get much easier than that.

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2 years ago

Google Voice updated to improve battery life

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Google Voice just got a small update in the Android Market.  The changelog is short and sweet, telling us the update will improve battery usage, and keep the screen on while playing back voicemails.  Anytime we see the words improvement and battery in the same sentence we pay attention. And since Google Voice is probably the app we depend on most around here, we're glad to see it.  Keeping the screen on during voicemail playback is a handy fix as well, especially if you use a PIN, password, or pattern on your lock screen.

We'll have to see about these battery improvements, and there's only one way to tell.  Grab the update from the Android Market on your handset.

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2 years ago

Summer vacation: Top 5 apps to have

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The days are hot, the sun is high in the sky, and that can only mean one thing: summer is right around the corner. But summer also means road trips, vacations, and all sorts of other unwinding from the tedium of non-summer life. Wondering about the best apps to arm yourself with? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

Join me after the break to see the five essential apps for any summer vacation.

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2 years ago

HTC Evo 3D review roundup

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Read our HTC EVO 3D review


With the release of the HTC EVO 3D just a few days away, we're finally starting to see some reviews pop up. (Don't worry, ours is coming. You've got our permission to read others in the meantime.)

The EVO 3D's shaping up to be one of the hottest phones of the year, no doubt. Following up on last year's blockbuster EVO 4G, the sequel continues the trend of large screens, fast processors and brings along some of HTC's stellar customizations.

Consider the specs:

  • 4.3-inch 3D qHD capacitive 960 x 540 px display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 4GB of internal memory
  • 8GB microSD card pre-installed (expandable up to 32GB)
  • 1730 mAh battery
  • 1GB RAM
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Dual 5 MP rear cameras
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 2D video recording at 1080p
  • 3D video recording at 720p

That's nothing to be trifled with. But probably the biggest question about the EVO 3D we're asked is "Is it a good 2D phone?" If the latest reviews and our own hands-on with the EVO 3D back at CTIA are any indication, Sprint and HTC likely have another winner our their hands.

More: HTC EVO 3D Forums

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2 years ago

HTC ChaCha with AT&T 3G goes through FCC testing

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Aside from the HTC ChaCha landing on O2 in the UK, it has now also popped up at the FCC in the U.S. wearing AT&T 3G bands. That doesn't necessarily mean it'll arrive on AT&T but it has the capability to run on their network should it be offered up to them by HTC. If you're into full QWERTY keyboards and fun little dedicated Facebook buttons then this is the device you'll want to be adding to your collection. If not, well -- you'll want to be moving on then now, won't you?

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

Netflix arrives for the Droid X, Removing Bing [From the forums]

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The news keeps rolling out today -- and we'll keep on posting it up for you all but if you're looking to discuss things a little bit further then what the blog comments allow for, you'll want to jump on into the Android Central forums. Feel free to fire up some new threads and get things rolling or choose from some of the highlighted ones below:

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

Google gives developers another small tool -- 'Available in Android Market' logo

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It's nice to see Google focusing on supporting developers as best they can.  We noticed a shift towards this at Google I/O, and they have released major updates to make app development easier, and better.  Now they released a small tool that helps every bit as much in a different way.

On the Android Branding pages, developers can now download a graphic to promote their Android Market applications.  Full usage terms are available as well, to keep you within the rules.  There's several different versions to choose from, including an .eps file for use in vector graphics applications.  To grab one, and read the terms of use, hit the source link.

Source: Android.com via @AndroidDev

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2 years ago

Rumored 'Nexus 4G' specs are juicy -- but will they hold up?

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz processor. 720p "monster-sized" display. 1GB of RAM. 1080p playback. A 5MP rear camera with souped up sensor. LTE data. Possibly with some sort of low power-consumption 28nm Snapdragon chip, or a TI OMAP 4460. In a thin, light body.

Sure sounds like a specs party, doesn't it? That's the rumored "Nexus 4G" -- not to be confused with the Nexus S 4G, which actually exists on Sprint -- as reportedly described by an unnamed source to BGR.

We've seen a lot of straw-grasping lately in regards to the next "Pure Google" phone. There's the now-debunked fake Nexus 3, and the rehashing of an old LG promo graphic that was so wrong we didn't even bother with it. And now we have the "Nexus 4G."

Google's certainly going to make another Nexus device, no doubt about it, if only to serve as a developer phone. And they've been making some damn good ones, starting with the Nexus One in January 2010, and following that in November with the Samsung Nexus S.

As for the rumored specs of the "Nexus 4G?" It doesn't take much imagination to dig up that a new phone will be faster than an old phone. That's pretty much a given, right? Either a TI OMAP or new Snapdragon processor, and not the NVIDIA quad-core Kal-El, which we've actually only seen in tablets so far anyway. As for the huge, high-def screen? Sure. Why not. Let's just hope whomever the manufacturer is (BGR's source says LG or HTC are in the running), let's just hope they can make enough of them.

But it's the possibility of it being an LTE device that gets a little more interesting. On the one hand, it makes no sense. The Nexus One was released as an unlocked GSM device. (OK, it first was released as a T-Mobile 3G-compatible phone; an AT&T 3G version came a couple months later.) Same goes for the Nexus S, which first saw life as a T-Mobile 3G-compatible device. The Nexus S 4G on Sprint came later. (You can import an AT&T 3G-compatible version, but one has not been officially released in the United States.) So a developer phone with LTE? Right now, only Verizon has an LTE network in the United States, and the rest of the world is just getting started with it. We know how much you Verizon fans would love a Nexus phone. (Remember how the Nexus One was supposed to come to Verizon?)Might one finally be on the way?

"But, Phil!" you say. "AT&T will have an LTE network! They say so in 2011!" Yes, they do. They say they'll have five cities (Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio) up this summer, with 10 or more markets by the end of the year. That'll cover 70 million people, AT&T says. Might we see AT&T and Google team up for the launch? That could get interesting.

Point is, this is all unconfirmed and unofficial -- and while we're practically drooling over some of the specs, we're still a ways away from seeing anything. The fact that the unnamed source gives a veritable multiple choice of specs should tell you something about how unofficial all this remains.

That mean we wouldn't wanna see any of this happen? Hell, no. We, and our credit cards, welcome it.

Source: BGR

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2 years ago

Samsung Dart now available for free on contract from T-Mobile

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The Samsung Dart is available today from T-Mobile, providing an affordable alternative to the other device released today, the HTC Sensation 4G.

The Dart features:

  • 3.14-inch touchscreen
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 3.8 ounces in weight
  • Swype pre-installed

The Dart can be had for free with a new 2-year contract or $199.99 full retail price.

For consumers who either don't want to spend a lot or have to deal with a big screen, this is a perfect option. The small screen should allow the processor to work very well and efficient and it's incredibly light.

T-Mobile's Android lineup keeps growing, which one's your choice?

Source: Samsung via Phonescoop

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2 years ago

Flash Player receives a minor update

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Adobe pushed out a new update to its Android Flash Player today. In addition to a host of bugfixes, the new version also features several important security updates.  Nothing major is listed, but security updates and bug fixes are always a good thing.  If you have flash installed on your android, be sure to grab this ASAP.

Source: Adobe Thanks, zacharyzblewski!

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