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4 years ago

MapQuest for Android brings free turn-by-turn navigation

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Although most of us love our Google Maps Navigation, it never hurts to have a second option. MapQuest has unveiled their Android app, which brings free turn-by-turn navigation with voice guidance for both walking and driving, voice search, and live traffic updates. It also brings along OpenStreetMap, which allows users to make changes and updates to the map on the fly virtually anywhere. It's available for all phones running at least Android 1.6, so head on over to the Android Market to get your download on. Direct download link after the break. [MapQuest]

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4 years ago

'The Daily' making it way to Android tablets in Q2

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After a highly promoted launch on the iPad earlier this month, News Corp's The Daily digital newpaper is heading to Android tablets in the second quarter of this year according to All Things Digital. During the announcement event (read our sister site TiPB's coverage) it was noted in Q&A that the paper would make the jump to other platforms, but that "this year, next year belong to Apple." 

Even so, it is encouraging to see such a prominent app making its way to Android tablets so soon after its initial launch. Head on over into the Android Central Forums and let us know if you intend to check it out. [All Things Digital]

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4 years ago

Dell now rolling out Froyo to AT&T and Rogers Streak devices

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It's time for all you carrier-locked Dell Streak owners to celebrate -- you're getting Froyo. As was announced on the Dell community blogs today, you all should start seeing Froyo on your next reboot if you are using either Rogers or AT&T. Once alerted, you can simply follow the on-screen instructions and you will be well on your way to some Froyo goodness. Rather interesting what Dell chose as highlights of the update:

  • Flash support: Sure, down the road, HTML 5 will play a heavier role in mobile browsing, but the fact is that many sites on the web still use Flash.
  •  Twitter: Simply put, the recently-updated version 2.0 of the native Twitter client rocks.
  • Skype: Video calling may not be an option yet, but if you use the app on your desktop or notebook it's a no-brainer to use it on Android. Plus, it's a useful option for cost-effective global calls. 
  • All kinds of browser options: Dolphin HD is great if you like to browse with several tabs open. Skyfire 3.2 is a great option if you like to share a lot of content. Mozilla's Firefox for Android which is in beta now also look to be a promising option. Most of these higher-end browser options require Android 2.0 or later.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and give your device a reboot to see if it's ready for you. You can check out the source link for further details and instructions of you need to. [Dell] Thanks, Brodie!

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4 years ago

Wait -- Apple has a Thunderbolt, too?

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Apple Thunderbolt

Now this is getting downright confusing. We're expecting the Verizon ThundertBolt Android smartphone to launch any day now, and here comes Apple with Thunderbolt, too? Say what?

Word on the street is that "Thunderbolt" is what Apple's calling the new LightPeak -- as in fast, fast, FAST 10Gbps -- port on an upcoming MacBook Pro refresh. It's a port on a laptop -- not a smartphone.

But if Apple starts throwing around the world "Thunderbolt" on Thursday -- the same day we might finally see the Verizon smartphone be released -- well, it's bound to be repeated by just about anyone who's at Steve Jobs' beck and call. So things could get a little interesting. [Fscklog via MacRumors, TiPb]

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4 years ago

MenuPages now available for Android

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Not really feeling up to cooking tonight? Try out MenuPages. MenuPages can help you find worthwhile restaurants in your area. Covering eight cities (New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, South Florida, and Washington, D.C.) MenuPages allows for in-depth searches to help you break down your options in dining. Be it by popularity, distance, rating or price MenuPages covers all the information you need and now it's available in the Android Market. Head on past the break for their press release and download link.

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4 years ago

NYC to put QR codes on building permits

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Although QR codes have been used for a few years in other countries, in the U.S. we're still learning how to put them to work for us. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking them to the streets and buildings of his city. Soon, QR codes will be on all Department of Buildings permits.

New Yorkers expect to be able to gather information instantly, and the use of QR codes will allow them to get all information about construction work while standing on the sidewalk,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The QR codes will provide more efficient access to government data, help the public know what’s being built in their neighborhoods, and it will allow people to make more informed decisions about things from renting an apartment to making a complaint. This is another example of how we are using the latest advances in technology to increase accountability and provide more information to the public.

After scanning the codes Mayor Bloomberg is putting in place, New Yorkers will have access to the building permit history of whomever is attached to the permit. Pretty cool to see such a use case for QR codes being put to work. [Mike Bloomberg]

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4 years ago

Froyo for the Samsung Captivate officially pushing Feb. 24, says AT&T!

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Froyo for Captivate

Here it comes, Samsung Captivate fans! Android 2.2 Froyo officially is headed your way on Feb. 24. On its Facebook page today, AT&T says it's coming "tomorrow." Here's the full skinny:

Great news for Samsung Captivate owners! The Android 2.2 upgrade is coming tomorrow! We’ll post a link here to the Samsung site with instructions to install the upgrade tomorrow.

The official update comes on the heals of that leaked KB1 update, which we showed you mere hours ago. And chances are it'll be the same as what gets pushed out. Stay tuned this week for complete install instructions.

And now, Verizon, it's your turn. Thanks, Greg!

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4 years ago

Forget an Oscar award, Motorola is giving out golden Xooms

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Every year, Hollywood gathers for The Academy Awards to celebrate movies and the talent that comes with them. Actors and actresses walk across the red carpet with big smiles and designer clothing. But this year will be a little different. Hollywood's talent will be given something else to show off at the Academy Awards. Motorola will be giving out gold Motorola Xooms to the hosts and the nominees in the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director categories. The snazzy Xoom will also come with a custom leather case, too.

As for the rest of us, we can just pick up the regular all-black Xoom this Thursday. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

New Android 3.0 Honeycomb wallpapers

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Honeycomb wallpapers

Want to add a drop of Honeycomb to your phone, desktop or tablet? You can now find nine new wallpapers from the latest Android 3.0 SDK build over on the Android Central forums. The images are all at least 1920x1280 resolution, so there's plenty of pixels to go around. Eight of the images are brand new, while one is a higher-quality version of one of the wallpapers from the earlier SDK preview.

A few have been seen over the past couple of months on Honeycomb tablets like the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, while some haven't been shown in public before. Head on over to the Android Central forums now to get your hands on this latest cache of pretty pictures.

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G gets customary teardown treatment

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With the release of the Motorola Atrix 4G comes the customary teardown from the folks over at iFixit.  While teardowns may not appeal to everyone, they often times reveal some unexpected details about the gadgets we love. Look at some of the finer details found within the Motorola Atrix 4G:

  • The LCD is not glued to the front panel glass. Should you ever need to replace the glass, it not being glued makes this easier.
  • No VOID stickers to be found on the Atrix making it repair-friendly
  • Toshiba 16GB NAND Flash, 1GB DDR2 RAM, NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU
  • Qualcomm MDM6200 supporting HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps

Most of what was outlined could be found in the specs but should you ever need repair guide or just want a deeper look into the components used to build the Atrix this teardown should serve well. Further details an be found over at the source link. [iFixit]

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4 years ago

Samsung Captivate KB1 Froyo build for AT&T leaked [Updated with video]

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 Froyo leak for the Samsung Captivate

While we're still waiting for an official Froyo build to be released for the AT&T Samsung Captivate there is now a few leaked ROM's floating around. If you all remember when UCJI6 leaked back in October 2010, it required some ODIN hackery to get it up and running. A new leak has now popped up -- I897UCKB1 is available for anyone on the adventurous side just remember, experimental builds can cause some chaos so be proceed with caution. File in question can be found at the source link, and you'll need ODIN again to get it going. [XDA] Thanks, Conan!

Update: We've got video of the leaked update after the break.

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4 years ago

Post EB13 bugs on the Epic, Inspire 4G battery life [From the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Who got a Motorola Atrix 4G today or yesterday? It's always awesome getting a new device. The joy of taking that baby out of the box, unwrapping it and powering it up for the first time. If you managed to pick up Motorola Atrix -- or any other device for that matter, let us know in the forums. People are always looking to others for opinions on devices and the forums are a great place to share yours with them.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

Android 2.3.3 OTA now rolling out to Nexus S and Nexus One (finally!)

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 Gingerbread on Nexus One

Good news for long-suffering Nexus One owners - Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread has finally begun rolling out for the original Nexus and its big brother, the Nexus S over-the-air. For the Nexus S, 2.3.3 will introduce new near-field communication (NFC) capabilities. For those still rocking a Nexus One, this will be the first official taste of Gingerbread on the device.

The news was broken via the official Google Nexus Twitter account, which advises users to be patient, and says that the OTA update process will take several weeks. Of course, direct links to the OTA update package should start to emerge long before then for anyone feeling a little impatient.  [GoogleNexus on Twitter] More in the Nexus One Forums!

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4 years ago

Minecraft coming to Android devices

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 Minecraft on Android - Might look a little something like this...

Game developer Mojang recently revealed that Minecraft, its insanely popular sandbox building game, will be coming to mobile devices running Android and iOS. Mojang's Danial Kaplan said that the developer had considered delegating the mobile version of Minecraft to a third-party developer but ultimately decided to keep things in-house.

Despite technically still being in beta, Minecraft was one of the most popular indie games of 2010 selling its millionth copy in early January of this year. Mojang aims to launch Minecraft on Android later this year. [Kotaku]

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4 years ago

Android Honeycomb 3.0 SDK add-on finalized and available

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Android SDK

Google has released the full Honeycomb 3.0 SDK updates, meaning developers can download and begin work with the finalized APIs for Honeycomb.  This comes in preparation for the launch of the Motorola Xoom on Feb. 24 and will let developers check what they've built using the 3.0 SDK preview against the final version before the Honeycomb tablets start to roll out.  If you're an app developer, or just like to keep your SDK current, you can update things through the SDK manager.

It's worth noting that the AOSP source (as well as Motorola's open-source portions) should be released before the Xoom is launched, so be on the lookout for that come Thursday morning if you're a DIY kind of person.  [Android Developers blog]

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