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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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4 years ago

Samsung's Galaxy S becomes first smartphone to be Wi-Fi Direct certified

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Samsung Galaxy S

The news of Wi-Fi Direct recently gave everyone hope that their device will be able to connect with others simply via a Wi-Fi connection. While the news was exciting, we didn't receive dates or specific device lists in order to estimate a time frame. 

Samsung's Galaxy S was caught on the Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi Direct certification listing; it is the first smartphone to receive the certification. 

No news on when this would be available to consumers, but this is a sign that we should see Wi-Fi Direct in action in the near future. Galaxy S users, you may be the lucky ones to try it first. [Wi-Fi Alliance via Engadget]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch 4G already getting an OTA update

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Have you picked up your fancy new myTouch 4G yet? If so, you might have noticed that T-Mobile is already pushing out an OTA update for it. As posted in our forums, the snapshot above is that of the update which was sent out to a brand new myTouch 4G. We're still digging through what all the update addresses but for now, most folks have noticed that it fixes some of the display issues with the web browser address bar. If you all spot any other changes, be sure to let us know.

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4 years ago

Motorola Backflip to Android 2.1 upgrade instructions, release notes

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Motorola Backflip Eclair update

Motorola has sent out the test version of the 2.1 update for the Backflip to a limited group of people.  If you're not one of them, no worries -- the download is out there for the taking -- or at least until it's taken down. Here's what to do:

  • Charge your phone fully.  This could take up to 40 minutes according to AT&T, but our tipster says about 15 minutes.
  • Grab the file right here.
  • Copy it to the root of your SD card (not inside another folder), and make sure it stays named "Blur_Version.3.0.1390.MB300.ATT.en.US.zip."  Sometimes Windows likes to add to the file type extension, so double check.
  • Tap the menu key > Settings > About Phone > System Updates and look for the update. Your Backflip should find it, install it, and reboot.

When you restart (this process may take a while!) you should be running Android 2.1.  Our friend also says that you may experience apps force closing, this can be fixed by uninstalling, then reinstalling.  Good Luck!  Thanks anonymous friends!

Update: Actually, it looks like Moto's ready to go with this update as soon as testing's over. You can find the entire Backflip Eclair update page here, and the release notes here. (pdf)

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4 years ago

Qik for myTouch 4G ties into contacts to show who's available

T-Mobile myTouch 4G

Now that the myTouch 4G is up for grabs for all, T-Mobile and Qik wasted no time in letting folks know that Qik will be powering the T-Mobile video chat service. Of course, that's not really the news there. The news is that T-Mobile video chat will be the first to actually integrate with the native Android address book. As noted in the press release:

The integrated T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik will be the first to offer integration into the native Android™ address book with the benefit of indicating live presence allowing customers to connect with friends and family through live video conversations and video messaging over T-Mobile’s network and Wi-Fi.

Pretty interesting. Not sure it's quite the greatest selling feature but it's a new feature nonetheless and we like new features around here, a lot. You can hit the full press release after the break [via PRNewswire] Thanks, Dieter!

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Cows Don't Fly [video]

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Cows Don't Fly by HyperBees.

HyperBees -- the brains behind titles such as JellyBalls and the Impossible Level Game -- brings us a new game today called Cows Don't Fly.  Simple in design, but also providing a decent level of depth, Cows Don't Fly should appeal to anybody that enjoys fun puzzle & skill games.

Throughout Cows Don't Fly's 15 increasingly difficult levels, your goal is to collect all the stars in each world by jumping to and from the circular bongos, all while avoiding obstacles and enemies.  To guide yourself around each level, you tilt your phone left or right to rotate around each circular bongo.  Once you've positioned yourself correctly, tap the screen to jump from bongo to bongo, or leave your finger on the screen to fly.

Cows Don't Fly also supports Open Feint, so all you achievement-hungry players out there have another game to get started on.

If you've got any comments or questions for HyperBees -- the developer of this title -- sound off in their developer forum.

I tried to explain this game as best I possibly could, but this is one of those titles you'll just have to see in action.  So join me after the break as I show you some of what Cows Don't Fly has to offer.

Cows Don't Fly is readily available in the market for $2.35

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4 years ago

Twitter for Android updated with whole bunch of improvements

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Twitter for Android

Android's official Twitter client -- Twitter for Android -- just got itself a nice big update to version 1.0.5. We've got a slew of bugfixes and improvements. Here's what's on tap:

  • Promoted tweets in search. Searching for a topic will return promoted tweets if there are any.
  • Speed improvement for Timeline/lists. Scrolling Tweets is lot smoother now.
  • About, Privacy & Terms added to Settings. Go to Home -> Settings -> About to see what version of Twitter for Android you are running.
  • Quote/Retweet confirmation dialog. The user has the option to either Retweet, Quote, or cancel when tapping on the retweet icon.
  • Cleaner timeline
  • Tweet details. Tap a tweet to view its details.
  • Tweet actions in search results (retweet, favorite, share, reply)
  • Pull-to-refresh. From the top of a list, pull down and release to refresh the list.
  • Swipe to reveal. From your timeline, fling a Tweet left or right to reveal actions underneath.
  • Inline maps. Open a tweet with a geolocation to view a map inline with its content.
  • Search results now contain top tweets
  • Page break. If you haven't refreshed in a while, you may see a page break in your timeline. Tap the page break to load tweets.

Like we said, a bunch of stuff. It's still not our favorite Twitter client out there, but it's taking a big step in the right direction. Update now in the Android Market, or hit the links after the break. [Twitter] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro presale starts Nov. 9, launch day is Nov. 18

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Motorola Droid Pro presale

Have a hankering for the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon? It'll be available for presale on Nov. 9. Order between next Tuesday and Nov. 17, and you'll get your Droid Pro before launch day (they'll ship starting Nov. 10 and 11). And launch day, since you're asking, will be Nov. 18.

As for pricing? Eh, we're still waiting on that one, but chances are it'll be around the $199 point, right? We've got a little more detail about the presale after the break.

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4 years ago

What is rooting?

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Root your PhoneProbably the top three questions on your mind when it comes to your Android phone are the following:

  1. What is "rooting?"
  2. Why would I want to root my phone?
  3. And now that I've decided to do it, how do I root my phone?

It's a little scary, we know. But we've got you covered.

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4 years ago

Western Digital launches 'WD Photos' streaming app

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 WD Photos

Western Digital, one of the largest hard drive manufactures, has announced the release of its "WD Photos" app for the Android Market. The app, which has been on the iPhone for some time, allows users of WD's "home network" drives to access photos stored on those drives directly from within the app as long as your phone has a connection to the Internet. The app itself requires Android 2.1 or later, but we are sure that won't be a problem for the majority of our readers. This should a a great feature for users who love having their entire photo library at their fingertips, but this app would really be amazing for devices like the Galaxy Tab. Check out the full press release after the break along with usual application links. 

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4 years ago

Bell Samsung Galaxy Tab priced at $649.95 and shipping Nov. 16?!?

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Bell customers waiting for the Galaxy Tab may not have to wait much longer. According to the information posted on The Source website it's expected to ship on Nov. 16 and the pricing has been set at $649.95. If the pricing here is accurate, that puts Bell just a little bit lower than the Rogers outright pricing which has been suggested to be $674.99 but as always, prices are subject to change so don't be surprised if it happens. [MobileSyrup via The Source]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Hands-On [Video]

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 T-Mobile MyTouch 4G

The HTC T-Mobile MyTouch 4G is available today and we hurried on out to pick one up. Our first impressions? The hardware is great - it has a very solid feel, that's 5.6 ounces of solid, and we're big fans of the metal battery door. The plastics, buttons, and 3.8" glass front are all top-notch, though we think the earpiece speaker-grille is perhaps just a little overdesigned. Dieter (that's me!) is also especially happy to not only see a subtle classic Android Chin on the bottom, but also to see that HTC and T-Mobile kept a small, square optical trackpad for easier text-selection.

The 1GHz snapdragon processor drives the very beautiful WVGA touchscreen with no problems, though rendering time on loading web pages didn't quite feel as blazing fast as we expected - though whether we can pin that on the processor or a little bombast in T-Mobile's 4G claims will require a bit more testing.

The skin on top of Android 2.2 is the standard T-Mobile iteration of HTC's sense UI, complete with MyFaves and that Genius button replacing the standard Search button. It launches the Dragon Mobile / Nuance voice search / dictation app for both finding stuff and starting messages. It will take a bit more time before we can tell you how we feel about it, though, because right now the idea of using an Android device without a dedicated search button is causing more cognitive dissonance than we expected.

We'll have a full review soon, but in the meantime check a quick video featuring some details on how T-Mobile has customized the setup process. There are some photos too, because that's how we do.

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4 years ago

Facebook for Android update in the Market now, get your Places on!

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The update to the Android Facebook app that CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailed this morning is now live in the Android Market. New features include:

  • Groups - Share posts with small groups of friends.
  • Places - Share where you are with your friends, see where friends are, and discover places nearby.
  • Improved notifications - view comments and updates within the app.

Update in the Android Market, or hit up the download links after the break.

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