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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Slayer

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If you're a fan of Slayer and have an Android phone, you're in luck. Sony Music has released the Slayer app for Android, and it's really good. And loud. And evil. You'll find everything you ever wanted to know about Slayer at your fingertips, including show information (with a quick link to buy tickets), the full discography, news, weblinks, and a fanwall for commenting and leaving photos. On the multimedia side, you have a well rounded list of tracks that play right from the app, as well as plenty of concert footage in the form of mobile optimized video. 

Besides being a feast for the senses, the Slayer app has some social media functions as well.  Not all death metal fans are anti-social, so the app gives quick ways to share via SMS or Twitter, and is integrated with Foursquare for concert venue check-ins.

Even if you're not a fan of Slayer -- and you really, really should be -- you have to appreciate the polish and thought that went into this one.  It's done very well and would be a very nice format for other apps of this nature to follow.  If you are a fan, the download link and a bunch of screenshots are after the break. 

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2 years ago

Motorola Xoom update coming soon for Verizon users

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Although the rumblings of a forth coming update for the Motorola Xoom have been out there for a few days now, it's never actually been announced by Verizon in any sort of manner. Unless of course, you consider posting up the .pdf with the change log a quite unveiling. While we still don't have a date for when it's to be release -- it's coming at some point so we'll just have to wait it out. In the meantime, the changes are listed below:

Web Browsing and Data Access

  • Access and stay connected to Wi-Fi networks with added Proxy support.
  • SSL data transfer with websites is now supported.
  • WPA Pre-Shared Key pass-phrases are now supported when using the device as a Mobile Hotspot.
  • Supports Google Widevine DRM and HDCP.

Email and Messaging

  • POP3 HTML emails will display in their entirety.

Call Features

  • Bluetooth® is now supported in Google TalkTM.

Additional Device Features

  • Encrypted passwords can be entered during power up.
  • Calendar events will remain up to date after an installed software update.
  • Application storage errors will not appear unless the device has reached maximum storage capacity.
  • Safely dock the MOTOROLA XOOM into the docking adapter without interruption. + Ability to add and use a Bluetooth mouse. + A shortcut key for the Bluetooth keyboard has been added. + View and import pictures from digital cameras with Picture Transfer Protocol.
  • When using the device in accessibility mode, menus will no longer prompt with sounds.

Rather large update that fixes quite a few issues really. Hopefully we'll see a roll out soon since it's been quite a while since Xoom owners have felt the update love.

Source: Verizon; via Android Central Forums. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

TuneIn Radio goes pro, adds recording feature to its Android version

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We've taken TuneIn Radio for a spin in the past and walked away quite pleased with its free offering. Now it's decided to step up its Android game by making available TuneIn Radio Pro --  a new, updated and paid version of TuneIn Radio. So what's new? They've gone ahead and added the ability to record the streaming audio content to your device -- something that was previously only available on other platforms.

Now when Lady Gaga visits your favorite talk radio station to talk about her crazy outfits and ramble some nonsense about bacon, you can record the interview along with the live performance right on your device for playback at a later time.

TuneIn Radio Pro is available now in the Amazon Appstore for only 99 cents and later this week will make the transition over to the Android Market. Certainly worth checking out if you have a need for such a service, if not then you can continue to the use the free version as it remains unchanged.

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2 years ago

Developer interest in Android and iOS neck-and-neck as both see slight declines

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IDC and Appcelerator have released the findings of their survey of nearly 2,800 developers concerning interest in working on various mobile platforms. Unsurprisingly, Android and Apple's iOS were well ahead of all others. Android phones had 85 percent and Android tablets saw 71 percent of developers being "very interested" in developing for each platform. iOS was still king by a slight margin with 91 percent for the iPhone and 86 percent for the iPad. Windows Phone 7 grabbed the number five spot at just 29 percent, barely beating out BlackBerry at 27 percent.

While both Android and iOS saw slight dips in developer interest in the latest survey, Android took a slightly larger hit. Still, only six percentage points separate Android phones from the iPhone. Tablets are a different story as developers seem uncertain which tablet to focus on. The current front-runners are the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom, but no single Android tablet has really broken through in the minds of mainstream consumers. In addition, Android tablet sales have yet to take off like Android phones did back in 2010.

The biggest issue in the minds of developers interested in Android development is fragmentation of the platform. Having multiple versions of the OS on devices along with all of the different hardware and custom software running on devices simply makes it harder to develop (bug-free) applications for the platform as opposed to the one-size-fits-all approach of Apple.

Still, it is clear Google needs to find a way to solve this issue if it wants Android to be the number one choice for developers in the long run. As for Microsoft, RIM, and HP, well, they have a lot of work to do if they want to become the clear number 3 choice behind iOS and Android. Check out another graph showing interest in each mobile platform after the break.

Source: Appcelerator

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Google Docs native app

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Now that we've got a proper native Google Docs Android app, it's time to take it for a spin. Here's the thing: It's a native app, all right. But if you're looking for an experience that's far and away better than editing Google Docs on the mobile site, you're going to come away disappointed. It definitely borrows from the mobile side of things.

But that's not to say it's horrible. On the contrary. It's relatively fast (your data connection will affect that, obviously), and the app's pretty intuitive to navigate. And, more important, it lets you search through all of your docs, making for easy reading and editing.

The optical character recognition -- where your phone takes a picture of a piece of paper and turns the text into a Google doc -- works surprisingly well. Our first test was flawless. Our second test -- the one you see in the video above -- didn't go quite as well. Your mileage may vary.

Peep our hands-on video above, and hit up the download link after the break if you're ready to give it a try.

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2 years ago

T-Mobile's Speed Challenge bets you $1,000 that your iPhone is slow

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T-Mobile is so confident in its HSPA+ network that it is willing to bet anyone in the Seattle area $1,000 that its Samsung Galaxy S 4G is faster than an iPhone (Verizon and AT&T, both). Bring your iPhone (any generation will do) into a participating Seattle-area T-Mobile store this weekend and play a good ol’ fashioned game of “best out of three,” in which you can pit your iPhone against the Galaxy S 4G. Using a “third party” speedtest app, T-Mobile will test its network against yours, and it is confident that it will reign supreme. If you happen to pull off an upset and beat T-Mobile at its game, the carrier will give you a cool $1K. If not, T-Mobile will give you $300 to trade in that slow iPhone for that blazing new Galaxy S 4G.

Participating locations are listed in the shot above. Check out the official press release detailing T-Mobile’s Speed Challenge at the source link, and if you’re in or around Seattle this weekend and still holding on to your iPhone, stop in and try your odds.

Source: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Viewdle SocialCamera now available, uses facial recognition to automatically tag photos

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The Viewdle SocialCamera, that nifty little facial recognition app we first saw back at CTIA, is now available for download. The concept is really cool and from what we saw back in March, it works like a charm. Simply take a photo with your camera and Viewdle will recognize the faces in the picture and automatically tag them for Facebook, Flickr, MMS, or e-mail.

Viewdle does need to learn the faces you frequently snap, but once you’ve told it who’s who, it delivers on its promise. Check out the demo above and grab the newly released beta version for free directly from Viewdle or in the Android Market. Download links are after the break.

Source: Viewdle

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Prevail available starting April 29, according to Boost site

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If you've had a hankering for the new Samsung Galaxy Prevail on Boost Mobile but have been dying to know when you can get it (last we'd heard was "sometime in May") , Boost's website now says it'll be available starting April 29. That's this Friday, folks. The Galaxy Prevail is a mid-level phone, with specs as follows:

  • Android 2.2
  • 3.2-inch touchscreen
  • 2MP camera with video
  • GPS enabled
  • Bluetooth® capable
  • Wireless Web enabled
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Telenav navigation, free and unlimited
  • Supports microSD™ cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

So just a couple days more, apparently. While you wait, be sure to check out our hands-on and initial review of the Galaxy Prevail.

Source: Boost Mobile. Thanks, shmutt1980!

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2 years ago

Official Google Docs Android app is here!

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It's finally here, folks. Google has released an official Google Docs Android application. Official and proper access to all of your Google Docs, in any of your Google accounts. Filter, search, star, rename, edit, read, upload new content from your phone, open docs directly in gmail -- it's all there.

But, wait, there's more. You can take a photo of a physical document with your phone's camera, and it scans it into a proper Google Doc. This. Is. Awesome. Download links are after the break, and hit the source for more info.

Source: Google Mobile Blog. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 retail box

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Read our Droid Incredible 2 initial review

We got a plain white box with our Droid Incredible 2 review unit, but here's a good look at what you'll get when you get yours starting tomorrow. It's your basic Verizon retail box, that's for sure. And yours won't come with the Android Central watermark, though it'd be pretty cool if it did.

Thanks, ac666!

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