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4 years ago

Return of the crazy dancing Android: Google IO Edition

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First we saw him in Taiwan, then he made his presence known in Malaysia. The world waited with bated breath. When would we see the dancing Android return?

Today we have our answer. It seems Google IO is just too big an event to not bust a move at.

And Lloyd still needs to step up his game.

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4 years ago

First look at Lightbox for Android

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Who needs Instagram? Let the iPhone have it. We're holding out for Lightbox, which is coming soon to an Android phone near you. More than just a camera and effects app, it's a whole photography suite for your phone. It's your photos. It's your friends' photos. It's Facebook. It's Twitter. It's effects.

And it's coming soon at Android phones and tablets. We got a good look at it at Google IO. Give 'er a gander.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with Expedia Hotels for Android

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The power of Expedia meets the power of Android in the new Expedia Hotels app. Search and book hotels, right from your phone. OK, that's overly simplified. Here's what you can expect:

  • An interactive map view shows all hotels in the area, with a variety of sorting options.
  • Hotel ratings are provided by TripAdvisor®; the highest rated hotels are clearly marked.
  • For each hotel, amenities and details have been beautifully summarized, complete with a vivid display of hotel images.
  • Just four taps are required for a traveler to move from research to purchase.
  • Once booked, travelers can tap for directions to the hotel and share their confirmation via email.
  • The Android version of Expedia Hotels also features all-new Android-specific landscape views for flexibility on a wide range of Android devices.
  • The app is being released worldwide, with 20 local currencies supported.

We caught up with Mobiata, developer of Expedia Hotels, at Google IO. Check it out. And download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

Tripit updated, big enhancements including two new widgets

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The popular travel app Tripit has been given a major update. Here are the release notes:

  • Create, edit, or delete trips and plans
  • Two new TripIt for Android widgets - app needs to be installed on phone memory
  • Enhanced sign-in and sign-up including list of emails stored on device
  • Long-press action menus
  • General bug fixes

If you are a big Tripit fan, be sure to head to the Market to get the update and if you haven't used it and are interested, see the links after the break.

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4 years ago

Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball app finally comes to Android

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Right before baseball season started, we gave users a good selection of baseball apps that they could get on their Android device. ESPN had just released an app for fantasy baseball users, but Yahoo! was still missing. Today, however, the app is available for free in the Android Market, so it's time to get excited if you play fantasy baseball on Yahoo!.

With the Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball app, users can now:

  • Get access to real-time scoring updates by team, league
  • Manage your lineup
  • Track matchups
  • Search for free agents and read breaking news

It's been a long time coming, but Yahoo! fantasy baseball users can now manage their teams on-the-go from their Android device. Find the app links after the break. Thanks Ben!

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4 years ago

Google I/O day one keynote video now available

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Android 3.1 Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Google Music Beta, Movie rentals on the Android Market and a new milestone for daily Android activations. There was a whole lot of cool stuff packed into the Google I/O day one keynote, not to mention shiny new Galaxy Tabs for attendees.

Now you can relive the excitement and catch up on any details you might've missed, as Google has just uploaded a full video of the I/O 2011 day one keynote to YouTube. The keynote runs for 54 minutes, and is available for your viewing pleasure after the jump.

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4 years ago

Android 3.1 update now rolling out to Verizon Xoom 3G owners

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We held off a little bit after the announcement came out just to see how exactly how long it would take for Verizon and Google to roll out the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update slated for "today". As it turns, it really wasn't all that long -- many users have now let us know their Motorola Xoom updates have gone live and while some folks are still waiting, we've heard it may be rolling out in batches so you'll just have to sit tight.

In the meantime though, feel free to shout out in the Android Central forums if you got your update. We, and I'm sure plenty of others -- are pretty stoked to hear how the update is working. If you're looking for the direct download link, you can find it here.

Thanks, for the image @VMDoug

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4 years ago

Android - Robots - Android robots

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Can't throw a rock in this place without hitting something controlled by the new Android ADK. And we can't decide whether this one's cute, or just creepy. Maybe it's because it's not wearing pants.

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4 years ago

First look at Flight Track for Honeycomb

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We've long expressed our love of FlightTrack, helping keep track of all our flights for the events we head to month after month. And it's nearly ready for Honeycomb tablets. We caught up with developer Mobiata at Google IO and gave it a whirl.

It's pretty simple, really. They've ramped up the user interface and optimized it for larger screens, incorporating the traditional phone view. Tap on a flight, and you'll see its info, as well as its rough flight path. Pretty slick, and something we can't wait to get our hands on.

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4 years ago

Android Honeycomb 3.1 SDK add-on now available

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With the announcement today of Android 3.1 rolling out to Verizon Xoom owners today, Google has gone ahead and updated the Android SDK to reflect the changes as well. If you're working on some Android applications and want to make sure you're totally up to date with all the available offerings, fire up your SDK and grab the Android 3.1 add-on.

There is quite few API changes in this latest release, most of which revolve around USB connectivity and USB host options as well as the freshly announced Android Open Accessory system. The full change log is available via the Android Developers website. Be sure to check it out for a full, complete breakdown.

Source: Android Developers

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4 years ago

The new Android ADK sure can play a sweet tune

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Pop quiz: What's black and white, has 88 keys and makes beautiful music with Android? That'd be a piano -- and the new Android ADK. That's short for Accessory Development Kit, and it's the toolbox for the new set of open-source protocols that will let Android do new exciting things with just about any accessory imaginable.

And why not kick things off with some music? This setup from Miselu takes a piano and a MIDI controller and hooks it all up to a Motorola Xoom. You can manually play the piano via the Xoom, or just set the sucker on go and sit back and enjoy the party.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the second-gen Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Mini Pro

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In a time when phones seem to only be getting bigger, it's fun to see something like Sony Ericsson's Xperia Mini and Mini Pro. When we first saw these phones a year or so at Mobile World Congress, they were pretty much a novelty, tiny little things. But they grew in popularity, and just last week SE announced a refresh.

The new Mini and Mini Pro now sport 3-inch touchscreens at 320x480 resolutions, up from the 2.5-inch, 320x240 screens of old. The Mini Pro's gotten a keyboard refresh, too, and we're just fine with that.

Check out our full hands on with video and a slew of pics after the break.

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4 years ago

Software update now available for Motorola Milestone 2

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Despite all of the hubbub happening in San Francisco today at Google I/O, we mustn't forget out friends across the pond. Looks like Motorola is releasing an update for its Milestone 2, bumping the European device up to software version 2.4.24.

The update, according to Motorola, will bring better phone and call stability, updated Google Mobile Services, improved phone performance, and enhanced security.

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4 years ago

About those new Adobe Reader permissions ...

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We've gotten a few e-mails from you folks out there worried about why the new Adobe Reader update needs permission to read your gmail. Sounds scary, eh? Not really. Just as we expected, it's so the app can open up PDFs from within gmail. Adobe's gone back and added it into the app description, which now reads:

Permissions to read Gmail and default email client - Enables users to open Gmail and default Email client PDF attachments using Adobe Reader only when users select the application to view PDF files. This permission is required because of a known limitation with the Android platform.

So the sky is not falling, folks. Oh, and the real reason we care about this update? It now works with Honeycomb. You can update at your leisure.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Google IO special-edition Galaxy Tab 10.1

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A wise old editor once said "Google IO isn't just about the swag." And it's not just about the swag. But it's sometime about the swag. And right now it's about the swag.

Everybody at Google IO (including use lowly press members) got themselves a Google IO special-edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 today. We've used the thing a good half-dozen times now, and it's getting better every time we pick it up.

Light, sleek and fast, if you gave us just three words. And with the addition of the special Android imagery, this one's pretty sweet.

Enough talking. Pics after the break.

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