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2 years ago

CTIA Day 1 keynote Liveblog!

We're up, ready and raring to go at CTIA Enterprise & Applications here in San Diego. First up is the Day 1 keynote, with the CEOs of Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. Just as when they got together for us in March, this should prove to be a barn burner.

Join us after the break for the liveblog. Things get going at 9:30 a.m. Pacific, 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile brings its Bobsled service to Android

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T-Mobile announced today that its Bobsled VoIP service is now available on Android smartphones and tablets. Bobsled, developed by Vivox and previously available for desktop broswers only, allows you to call your Facebook contacts for free from your device. Instead of dialing a number, simply select your Facebook friend and Bobsled will call or send a voice message for you. T-Mobile has also updated the browser version with free calling to any mobile or landline device within the U.S. and Canada. Despite its name, Bobsled is available on all carriers, and can be downloaded from the Android Market after the break.

Source: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Slingbox releases Slingplayer for Tablets optimized for Honeycomb

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Slingbox, the popular set-top box that allows you to watch your TV in a variety of places, today released Slingplayer for Tablets optimized for Honeycomb. There has been a Slingplayer for phones for quite some time, but it wasn't specially designed for a large-screen experience.

If you have a Slingbox SOLO or PRO-HD, you can now get all of your channels directly on your Android tablet. The cost of the app is $29.99 from the Android Market. With the app, you can change channels, control your DVR and enjoy your favorite shows on-the-go as long as you have an Internet connection.

To get the new Slingplayer for Tablets app, follow the links after the break.

Are you a big Slingbox user? We'd love to hear your thoughts on Slingplayer for Tablets. You can share in our Android App Forum.

Source: Marketwire

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2 years ago

BOLT browser now out of private beta, available on Android Market

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BOLT browser, which up until now has been in a private beta, is now available to all for free in the Android Market. Version 3.0 brings many improvements to the highly touted speedy browser, just as its name suggests.

The Webkit-based browser claims that website loading times can be 25% - 50% faster than its competitors, which is significant.

New features coming in the 3.0 update include a new social tab on the homescreen that allows you to share more easily to Facebook, Flash and HTML5 video playback with compression, web apps for websites like Wikipedia and Twitter and a simplified UI.

Other features of BOLT browser are:

  • Tabbed browsing, URL auto-complete, a download manager and web history
  • Ability to save webpages for offline use
  • Support for Facebooks apps such as Mafia Wars
  • Text copy/paste
  • Full support for mobile security standards

To download BOLT 3.0 for free, please follow the links after the break. To discuss the browser further, sing out in our Android App Forum.

Source: BOLT

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2 years ago

Cricket announces the Samsung Transfix

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Cricket Communications this morning announced a new phone to its lineup -- the Samsung Transfix.

The QWERTY slider sports a 3.2-inch display and runs Android 2.3 with an 800 MHz processor. It's got a 3.2MP rear camera and is available now for $179. Full press release is after the break.

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2 years ago

Marvel Comics Android app available now

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Here she be, folks -- the official Marvel Comics Android app! You can now get all of your favorite superheroes and villans -- more than 1,400 issues in all, in the safety and comfort of your Android smartphone or tablet.

Your downloads are backed up on Marvel's website, so switching devices won't make you lose what you've purchased. There are free previews available as well. We've got your download links after the break.

Source: Marvel; Thanks, Deathtron5000!

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2 years ago

Rocket Launcher receives a huge face-lift; is it enough to make it a default on your device?

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We took a look at a new launcher to the Market, Rocket Launcher, and while it was quite a unique launcher there was definitely a long way to come. The developers took to our feedback, they read the comments, and they jumped right into making big improvements on the launcher. They are back in action now with correct time and date, ability to add widgets, a new home screen look, and much more. So, whether you were a fan of it originally or not, this is definitely something you will want to check out and see how it works for you. Download links after the break.

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2 years ago

TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 launches on Android devices from Sprint

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TeleNav has been working hard on their latest update and they are now soon ready to release TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1. First up, will be availability to Sprint customers, who can start taking advantage of the newly implemented features such as:

  • New Home Screen - TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 uses a new, unique home screen, called “My Dashboard ™,” for quick and easy access to what on-the-go people need every day. The redesigned interface includes a map of the user’s current location with real-time traffic overlay and customizable “Home” and “Work” buttons to show current drive times based on live traffic.
  • Improved Map Options - TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 also includes smoother and faster map rendering, enhancing features such as live traffic, red light cameras and satellite view map layers. The application includes Multi Routes™, which recommends up to three routes to the destination with distance and estimated drive times based on traffic conditions.
  • New Widgets - Customizable Android widgets have been added for quick access to the information that on-the-go people need and use every day. Three TeleNav widgets are available for download on the Android home screen, including a map of the user’s current location, a one-box search field, and navigation with Home and Work commute times.

TeleNav GPS Navigator 7.1 will be available later this month at no additional charge with Sprint’s Everything Data and Simply Everything plans, with optional premium features such as lane assist, speed trap, red light camera, speed limit notification and commute reports available for an additional $4.99 per month. Full press release is beyond the break.

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2 years ago

AT&T announces the AT&T Avail from ZTE

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Covering all bases, the AT&T Avail from ZTE will be filling out the Android portion of AT&T's GoPhone Pre-paid services. This device features a 3.5-inch touch screen, 5- megapixel camera and runs on Android 2.3 OS. Other specs include:

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Internal memory: 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM, 2 GB microSD™ card
  • Seven customizable homescreens
  • Wi-Fi capable

Kudos to AT&T for bringing an Android 2.3 device to their pre-paid offerings. If you're looking for more info, the full press release is past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

AT&T announces the Pantech Pocket

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Next up in the deluge of Android devices announced by AT&T tonight is the Pantech Pocket -- a unique looking device that AT&T says is focused on messaging and social entertainment.  It's wide 4-inch SVGA (that's 800x600 for those following at home) should make for a nice experience using a touchscreen keyboard, and the mini-tablet form factor should allow for nice browsing and video playback.  Check the specs:

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Internal Memory:  ~600MB plus 2GB microSD™ included.
  • User Memory: 2.5 GB included (Includes a 2 GB microSD Card)
  • Support for up to 32GB microSD
  • Android  2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Full touch 4" SVGA display
  • Screen size & resolution: 4" (600x800) 16M TFT
  • 5 MP camera with flash and HD video recording
  • 114.7mm x 78mm x 11.3mm
  • Weight is 4.66 oz
  • Bluetooth: v. 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi and access to AT&T hotspots

While this may not appeal to everyone, it's nice to see AT&T branching out and trying new things.  Again, the press release is after the break.

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