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2 years ago

Motorola Xoom Wifi gets another update to build HTK75D

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Word on the street, in our inbox and on our Motorola Xoom Wifi edition is that an update to Android 3.2.1 is rolling in. The "new" Android Market's also along for the ride in build HTK75D, which would be a bigger deal if it wouldn't have updated itself later anyway. But might as well have it tucked into a nice update.

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Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Android kids app: The Ogglies - A Dragon Party

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Chances are your kid likes dragons and will also jump at the chance to say "firebottom." Why not combine the two with the children's book "The Ogglies - A Dragon Party for Firebottom." It's the latest in a nice little run of interactive children's books now available on Android. "Firebottom" also has puzzles and music thrown in, so you're not just reading the book.

It's on sale through Oct. 6 for around $2. We've got links and video after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Holiday checks in at the FCC

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If the HTC Holiday is high up there on your LTE capable device want list, you shouldn't have that much longer to wait. The FCC has done their due dilligence and gave the device blessing to proceed with 1700/2100/700 LTE bands intact. If you're looking for any carrier details in the FCC filing, you won't find them but this one has been pegged for AT&T since it started popping up.

Source: FCC; via Engadget

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2 years ago

Hipmunk flight search app now available for Android

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Searching for flights is a pain. Searching for flights with a chipmunk -- excuse us, Hipmunk -- is far less a pain. Yep, Hipmunk is now available for Android. With just a few taps, you can search and select flights, purchase on your phone's browser or (and this is our favorite part) start on the phone and finish on the computer.

Scheduling travel just got a lot easier on Android. Hipmunk's free, and we've got Market links after the break.

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2 years ago

AC's 500,000-member giveaway - Day 4!

We're not done yet, folks! Today, to celebrate reaching 500,000 members in the Greatest Android Community in the Universe, we're giving away not one, not two, not three -- let's do five Android Central T-shirts (which we can ship internationally, by the way).

And we've still got one day to go. Coming Friday -- we're giving away an IOU for the next Nexus phone (which we'll likely see unveiled at CTIA in San Diego). Huzzah!

Enter to win one of five Android Central T-shirts

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2 years ago

Android 101: Search for more than just apps

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2 years ago

Are you sending in your Xoom for a 4G overhaul?

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And that's the question of the day, folks. Now that you can finally send in your original 3G Motorola Xoom for a 4G LTE upgrade -- are you going to bother to do so? Do you (and can you) give it up for six days for some fairly major surgey?

Let's hear it, folks. And for more instructions, hit up the Xoom upgrade instructions here.

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Are you sending your 3G Xoom in for a 4G upgrade?

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2 years ago

Xperia Pro showing up Oct. 6?

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British online retailer Clove has put the forthcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro up for pre-order, claiming an October 6th release date for the device.

If this is the phone for you, then in the UK at least it'll set you back £322 ($524) off contract. Bearing passing resemblance to the Xperia Play, the Pro has a full slide out QWERTY keyboard in place of the game controls, and we know how much some of you love your QWERTY's.

As with all recent devices out of the Xperia stable, the Pro is packing similar specs to its siblings. It comes with Gingerbread on board, a 3.7" display complete with the mobile Bravia technology, the 8.1 megapixel Exmor R camera from the Arc S, HD video recording and HDMI out. 

via Social Barrel
More: Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro - Hands on at MWC 11

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson committed to supporting independent Android developers

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Yesterday we saw the confirmation that, thanks to assistance from Sony Ericsson, almost all of its Xperia range will be receiving full support from custom ROM CyangenMod in the future. Now SE itself has publicly come out in support of independent developers in a post on its Developer World blog.

The post by Karl-Johan Dahlström (he's the guy holding the CM7'd Xperia Arc in the image above) acknowledges that custom ROMs are "a part of the Android ecosystem", and says SE "fully believes in the openness of Android". It also confirms that SE provided "around 20" devices to FreeXperia team members, along with technical assistance, in order to help bring custom ROMs to the Xperia line.

It wasn't long ago that manufacturers seemed to be irreversibly marching towards locked bootloaders and further restrictions on the way customers use their devices, so it's great to see this kind of support for ROM-makers. And although other manufacturers provide similar assistance to devs behind the scenes, it's fantastic that Sony Ericsson's publicly stating its support for some of the brightest and most dedicated people in the Android community.

Source: SE Developer World

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2 years ago

HTC announces the cost-effective Explorer for India and Europe, coming in Q4

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HTC announced their newest smartphone this morning called the Explorer, which represents an affordable device headed to India and Europe. We tend to get excited about the top tier phones but the lower-cost devices such as the HTC Explorer are equally just as game changing as they will allow more people with varying incomes to buy a smartphone.

Here are the specs for the HTC Explorer:

  • 3.2-inch touchscreen with 320 x 480 resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 512 MB internal storage
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 3 MP camera
  • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 1230 mAh battery

The phone will be coming to the India and EMEA markets in Q4 and will be available in three colors: Metallic Black, Active Black and Metallic Navy. No word yet on how much it will cost, but given how HTC is marketing it, the price will be very low relative to other smartphones. In the UK, Vodafone has already announced that it'll be carrying the device.

To discuss the "affordable" HTC Explorer in more depth, check out our Android News Forum.

Source: HTC

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