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4 years ago

Big things ahead for Launcher Pro

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 Launcher ProLauncher Pro

Launcher Pro and Launcher Pro Plus are easily some of the most popular alternative launchers for Android. The developer has been iterating at a fast pace and has integrated some awesome features into the product. A big announcement from him today hints at big changes in the future.

The developer, if you aren't familiar, is Federico Carnales, who is very accessible and has been working extremely hard at Launcher Pro. 

To sum it up, here is what he said:

  • Launcher Pro is based on the stock Android 2.0 launcher
  • The stock launcher was not developed to support some of the iterations that Launcher Pro has introduced, such as the ability to have seven home-screens
  • Due to this, he has decided to throw out the current version and develop Launcher Pro from scratch

This will allow him to have more control over the app and have an easier time implementing some of the features he has his mind on. According to the announcement, this change will result in:

  • Improved speed
  • Reduced memory usage
  • Increased flexibility (adapting to other devices, like tablets)
  • Cleaner code to allow more features
  • The bug fixes that haven't been addressed yet

Those of us who have purchased Launcher Pro Plus will not have to pay for the app again. The new version will simply replace it. No date has been set, but don't expect anything too soon, it's a huge job. Nevertheless, Launcher Pro users should be excited at this announcement, as it will only result in a more functional app. [LauncherPro]

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4 years ago

Kyocera Zio dummy units appear at Radio Shack

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Our super secret spies have uncovered some Kyocera Zio dummy units at Radio Shack. The 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen, with a Qualcomm MSM7627 processor, was first seen sporting Android 1.6 (Donut). Sanyo/Kyocera has stated that when the device hits retail, it will come shipped with Android 2.1 (Eclair). No word on if Froyo will be supported on the phone. Click on after the break to see another shot of the unit and full video of our hands-on.

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4 years ago

SwiftKey updated -- bug fixes and more language dictation support

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Swiftkey

SwiftKey, the software keyboard that can read minds, has been updated to version 1.0.8 in the Android Market.  Not a big change log, but what is there is nice to see.  Makes us all feel like we aren't being forgotten after we've spent our money.  The two big changes, at least in my opinion, are the new languages supported for dictation (English, Spanish, French, German and Italian) and contractions now include apostrophes in the auto correct area.  Now I can't blame my typos on the keyboard any longer!  The short version of the change log:

  • Fixed issue with contractions/apostrophization auto-correction issue
  • Fixed prediction/voice dictation bug in fields with drop-down suggestion text fields.

The Market entry has also been adjusted so the price is in U.S. dollars instead of British Sterling, as some banks have issue accepting charges in foreign currency through Google Checkout.  One last thing to mention -- the sale price of 99 cents goes away on Sept. 30, and the price goes up to $3.99, so don't say we didn't warn you.  Now go update, and put it through the paces.  If you haven't tried SwiftKey yet, download links are after the break. [SwiftKey]

Find more in the Swiftkey Developer Forums

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4 years ago

Beejive for Android now available

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Beejive IM

Beejive IM is finally out of beta, and is now available on the Android Market.  Beejive is a very popular, cross platform multiple service IM client that's safe (128-bit encryption on all over-the-air data), easy to use, and uses Google's new push services (see our Chrome to Phone demo about them) to stay easy on the battery.  It also integrates seamlessly with all of the popular chat clients, with group chat support for AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Gtalk, and Jabber.  Possibly the best feature -- file transfers between users is supported, something many of us have been waiting for.

It's good that Beejive is so feature rich, because it's going to cost you $10.  That's not really surprising, as Beejive is an expensive app on other platforms as well.  What I found most dissapointing, is that while Beejive offers license transfer between BlackBerry devices, I see no method to transfer my license from BlackBerry to my Android device, nor any method to transfer license between Android phones.  And it appears that each installation is tied to the device it was purchased from, using a unique device identifier, so Beejive will have to facilitate the transfer.  Hopefully all this is an oversight or in the works -- I've reached out to Beejive for some more clarification.

But if you've been longing for Beejive, or just need a good (and it's very good, I've been participating in the beta as well) cross platform, multi-client chat application go for it -- you won't be disappointed in anything other than the price and/or licensing scheme.  Download link and some more screen shots are after the break.

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4 years ago

White HTC Desire and Silver HTC Wildfire now available for pre-order in the UK

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White HTC DesireSilver HTC Wildfire

The HTC Desire and HTC Wildfire are now available for pre-order in white and silver, respectively. Everyone wants their device to have a unique look or feel to it and HTC is trying to give customers that choice with these new options. Both phones can be had for free with a contract. If you don't want to pay the monthly fee that comes with the free versions, there are numerous options that will surely fit your needs. If you have been holding out for a different colored Desire or Wildfire, the wait is over. Follow the links to see pricing and contract info for the specific devices. [White Desire | White Wildfire via phonearena]

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4 years ago

Best Buy Mobile's 'Free Phone Fridays' with Samsung Fascinate, HTC Aria

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 Best Buy Mobile

Best Buy has announced a new promotion that will occur every Friday in October that will have a phone on each major U.S. carrier (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) on sale for the low, low price of free. Taking advantage of "Free Phone Fridays"requires a "new, upgrade, or add-a-line activation with two-year agreement." The promise is for at least one "high-end, in-demand" smartphone per week, but things will kick off this Friday with a dual helping of the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon and the HTC Aria on AT&T.  Hit the read link for more details, as well as the phones for Sprint and T-Mobile. [Best Buy Mobile]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Apollo available in Canada on Telus

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Samsung Galaxy Apollo

Samsung's Galaxy Apollo, a mid-range Android offering, is now available to Canadians on Telus. 

Here are the specs: 

  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • 3.2-inch screen
  • Swype
  • 3 MP camera
  • Internal memory: 150MB
  • External memory: up to 16GB

As far as pricing, Telus presents a few options for customers:

  • No contract ($249.99)
  • 1-year contract ($199.99)
  • 2-year contract ($149.99)
  • 3-year contract ($49.99)

The Galaxy Apollo presents users with a good, mid-range device if they don't want to pay the fees for the Galaxy S. [Tulus via unwiredview]

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4 years ago

Five Free Slacker Radio Plus subscriptions

Austin City LimitsAustin City Limits

The Austin City Limits music festival is right around the corner, and the festival's official app (ACL Festival) has teamed up with Slacker Radio.

And to sweeten the deal, they're giving us five annual Slacker Plus subscriptions to give away to you folks. To win, all you have to do is leave a post in this thread by midnight Eastern tonight. We'll pick five winners at random.

That's it, folks, and hit the links after the break if you want to check out the Austin City Limits app.

Five free Slacker Radio Plus Subscriptions

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4 years ago

T-Mobile G2 spotted in the wild, unboxed

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T-Mobile G2

We're about a week away from the T-Mobile G2 being available in stores, and that means it's time for the leaks to begin. TMo News has a plethora of shots of the latest HTC slider, and it's definitely whetting our appetite. You're looking at a 3.7-inch screen (seen here next to the Nexus One's 3.7-inch Samsung Vibrant's 4-inch Super AMOLED screen), track pad and four-row keyboard. We've got one more shot after the break, and check out a bunch more at the source. [TMo News]

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4 years ago

Android ad impressions have grown 996 percent on year, Millennial says

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 Motorola Droid

The sales numbers keep pouring in, and it is nothing but good news for Android. Backing that up are ad impression statistics from mobile ad firms, and Millennial Media is reporting huge growth for Android. Overall, Android devices accounted for 26 percent of all devices that viewed ads, and increase of seven percent month-over-month. As for ad impressions, Android saw a 39 percent jump month-over-month, which would indicate that people are using their phones to browse the web more than ever. The most striking number is that Android ad impressions have exploded by a whopping 996 percent since the beginning of the year.

In addition, the Motorola became the third largest manufacturer and the venerable Droid became the phone with the second highest mobile impressions with nine percent, presumably losing the top spot to the iPhone. Any way you cut it, these numbers are great and show the strength of the Android browsing experience across all the carriers. Also, it reinforces just how vital the Droid and Verizon's marketing push have been to Android's successes as a platform. Click past the link for some additional bits of information. [Millennial Media]

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4 years ago

Change clock to 24-hour time

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24-hour clockIf you're used to getting up at O'dark-thirty and go to bed sometime around 2100, you might want to switch your clock over to 24-hour time.

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4 years ago

Second status indicator on the HTC Evo 4G? [From the forums]

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Having come from a BlackBerry device where I was able to customize the LED indicator color for each type of message, coming to an Android device that only had the standard red for all of the messages was a bit of a change. While browsing our forums I noticed I was not the only one to dream of an application for this type of functionality, and while some third party developers have incorporated this, one post stood out above the rest. It appears as though the HTC Evo 4G has a second LED indicator that can be used with other colors besides the standard red, therefore giving users the option to set that in addition to the standard red indicator.  If you own an HTC Evo 4G you will want to check this thread out, and let us know what you think of it!

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4 years ago

Android Quick-App: Brookings

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Brookings frontBrookings home

The Brookings Institute released an application recently that you should check out if you enjoy politics, international relations, or economics (or all of them!). The Brookings Institute is a think-tank in Washington, D.C., that has roots dating back to 1916. It provides in-depth articles and analysis on issues relating to economics and politics. Let's look at it further, after the break.

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4 years ago

Epic 4G -- Hidden DRM service may cause battery issues [From the Forums]

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DRM service

The Epic 4G update seems to have caused a lot of issues with battery life, and it looks like flynlow from the Android Central forums may have found the answer why.  After various attempts to fix the problems, both by Sprint and flynlow himself, he stumbled across a very interesting and pretty relevant issue -- The Media Hub update brought a DRM content service along with it, and that service is keeping his Epic 4G from sleeping properly. To be clear -- I'm not knocking Samsung for the DRM service, they do need to protect their assets.  And the fact that it took some digging to see the issue means the DRM is pretty seamless to the end user.  It does appear that some bug fixes need added to the list though.

Having been a HTC Hero early adopter, I know exactly what a process that wake-locks the phone can do.  If you're having issues with your battery after the update, do yourself a favor and check out the thread and try it for yourself.  [Android Central forums] Nice work flynlow!

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4 years ago

HTC Aria makes its way to Australia

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HTC Aria

The HTC Aria is now available in Australia, supported by the carrier Optus. The Aria features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, Android 2.1, 5MP camera and HTC Sense. It is an attractive phone, especially if you don't want to spend top dollar on one of the high-end devices. The Aria will be available mid-October free with a two-year contact on on the Optus if users choose the Optus Cap plan or the Business Complete Advantage plan.

“The HTC Aria’s unique combination of compact size and beautiful design instantly separates HTC Aria from other devices on the market,” said Anthony Petts, Sales and Marketing Director ANZ, HTC Corporation.

For the full announcement, see the source link. If you're in Australia and have been looking for a cost-efficient, but powerful device, consider the Aria. [HTC]

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