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2 years ago

Official BBC News Android app now available

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Following on from the BBC iPlayer app launched on Android a few months ago, the Beeb has today released an official BBC News application for users of Android 1.6 and above in the UK. The app displays BBC News stories from various categories in a tiled arrangement similar to the iPlayer app, and allows users to scroll left and right through each category to see more stories, just like popular news reader Pulse. There's also the option to add and remove categories depending on your interests, and watch live broadcasts from the BBC News Channel.

Join us after the break for the Market link and QR code. The BBC News app is available for free, but right now is restricted to UK users only.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to ship with Android 3.1

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (see our review of the special IO edition) is set to debut June 8, apparently it will be shipping with Android 3.1, the latest version of Honeycomb.

Android 3.1 was announced at Google IO and brings a number of improvements, including:

  • Resizeable widgets
  • Open accessory API
  • USB host API
  • Media Transfer Protocol and Real-time Transport Protocol improvements

The new Samsung 10.1-inch tablet with Android 3.1 will be available June 8th for $499 (16GB) and $599 (32GB).

Source: netbooknews

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2 years ago

LG Revolution officially coming May 26 for $249

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And right on cue, Verizon has announced that the LG Revolution -- a phone we've been eying since it was unveiled at CES in early January -- will finally go on sale this week. For $249 and a two-year Verizon contract, you, too, can have this 4.3-inch Android 2.2 device starting May 26. If you can get over the Froyoness (we're sure it'll get a Gingerbread update), remember that it's 1GHz device -- hardly anything to sneeze at. Add in the 5MP rear camera and LTE data, and you've got yourself one sexy little phone.

Need more? Check out our first look back at CES. Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Official Droid X Gingerbread changelog posted by Verizon

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It was only a couple of days ago we were reliving the discussions of which devices would be getting Gingerbread eventually -- with the clear choices having been the Motorola Droid 2 and the Motorola Droid X. The Gingerbread leaks have arrived for both those devices and with the semi-official confirmations out of the way, it's no surprise really that Verizon has now posted up the changelog for what is the eventual release of Gingerbread for the Motorola Droid X.

Sadly, the one thing the Verizon changelog lacks is an official release date, so we're still stuck waiting on that but it's nice to know that it'll be soon rather than later at this point, which is bound to make a lot of Droid X owners out there happy.

Let this also stand as a friendly reminder for those of you whom may be rooted -- you'll want to go ahead and decline that update notification when it pops up until some folks get to have a look at it and ensure root can be maintained. Hit the source link below for the full .pdf changelog or you can jump on past the break for the second half of the above image.

Source: Verizon; via: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

HTC: 'We're reviewing our bootloader policy'

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To everybody up in arms over HTC's locked bootloaders (most recently the completely unsurprising news that the EVO 3D is locked), we hear you. And know what? HTC hears you. And while there's not yet any sign that we'll soon see carrier phones as open as developer phones, HTC -- for the first time we can recall -- has publicly said it may be considering a change.

For you laymen out there, having open access to the bootloaders and NAND memory are the lifeblood of custom ROMs. And while the vast majority of Android users are running virgin devices -- remember that more than 400,000 devices are being activated every day -- the modding community is a vocal one.

Said HTC on Facebook:

Thanks so much for providing feedback, we hear your concerns. Your satisfaction is a top priority for us and we're working hard to ensure you have great experiences with our phones. We're reviewing the issue and our policy around bootloaders and will provide more information soon. Thank you for your interest, support and willingness to share your feedback.

HTC followed up on Twitter as well:

Thanks for the feedback, we're listening! We're reviewing our bootloader policy.

This won't happen overnight, folks, and there's no telling if HTC actually will open things up and allow users to undo its customizations at will. (Hey, a lot of work goes into the Sense UI and making a smartphone.) But from where we stand, choice and openness are more often a good thing than not, and we welcome the discussion.

Sources: Facebook, Twitter. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
More: Android Police

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2 years ago

Signed bootloaders, apps on the Infuse [from the forums]

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We've been plowing through the news here at Android Central thus far this week and it's only Tuesday. We've got plenty more in store for you all for the rest of the week as well but in case you're looking for more info -- make sure you hit the Android Central forums and check out some of the threads below.

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2 years ago

Xperia Play to see Minecraft before any other Android devices

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Big news for both the Xperia Play and its game lineup today, as Mojang studios unveiled that its  mobile version of Minecraft for Android devices will be heading exclusively to the Xperia Play. There's no timetable for how long Minecraft will only be on the Xperia Play, but the fact it landed such a hit is definitely a boon for a phone that's been criticized as nothing more than a way to play old PSX games on-the-go.

The game will also be customized for the Xperia Play's controller, which leaves open how the game will be controlled when it does come to purely touchscreen devices. Mobile Minecrafters can also expect frequent updates, just like the desktop counterpart.

Does this excite anyone else as much as it does me? I was definitely searching for any Playstation games worth making the Xperia Play the phone for me, but Minecraft is something I can definitely sink my teeth into.

Anyone else? Fellow Minecrafters out there? We all know Minecraft is coming to Android, but does getting to play it first sweeten the Xperia Play in anyone's eyes? Let us know.

Source: Joystiq

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: GRave Defense HD

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Maybe I should be productive in some way on my Android tablet.  I could take notes about upcoming phones, or use the browser to pay the bills, but I don't.  Games are way too fun on these things for all that jive.  And since I'm a sucker for all things undead, GRave Defense HD is right up my alley!  It's a tower defense game, but a damn good one.  The graphics are amazing, and instead of fighting off endless strings of enemy vehicles or balloons, you must protect yourself from the hordes of zombies and assorted nasties using weapons ranging from machine guns, to lasers.

There's also a storyline if you're in to a more immersive experience -- you work your way through the ranks of the "Brotherhood of Steel" and you can follow and share your progress through Scoreloop.  Killing zombies is fun, and apparently is social, too.

The most stunning part are the visuals.  The levels are diverse, with things like a rainforest scene, the Bermuda triangle, even outer space -- you're not stuck in the same graveyard for the 20 levels of gameplay.  Of course, all this comes at a cost.  You will need a fairly high-end device to display this content.  The developers recommend a device with over 384 MB of free RAM, and a minimum display of 800x480.  Most phones sold this year will be just fine, but some of the more mid-range offerings just won't handle this one.  All things said, GRave Defense HD rocks on any Honeycomb tablet

You can find GRave Defense HD, currently on sale for €0.70 (about $1.00), in the Android Market.  It's for phones and tablets running Android 2.1 and higher.  We've got more pics, a video, and the download link after the break.

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2 years ago

Android 201: What is adb?

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You hear the phrase "adb" thrown around a lot in Android forums and blogs.  We're guilty of it, too.  But what exactly is adb, and why do you need (or not need) to use it? 

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2 years ago

Google mobile payment service rumored to debut May 26

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If the muttering we're hearing through the Bloomberg grapevine is true, Google is planning to finally unveil their NFC mobile payment service on May 26. Google's system is going to be available on phones from Sprint, like the already-launched Nexus S 4G. (Not so coincidentally, the Nexus S is still the only Android phone in the U.S. with NFC.)

The NFC service will let consumers both pay and use mobile coupons with a swipe of their phone. However, Google and Sprint's offering will eventually see competition from ISIS, a joint effort between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

Google does have a press event scheduled for May 26, but as of now, no one's talking. Guess we'll all have to keep our ears tuned to the latest and greatest coming out of New York that day.

Source: Bloomberg

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