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4 years ago

Google Currents receives update, includes increased speed support and is now available worldwide

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Google Currents (subscribe to AC on Google Currents!) has received a sizeable update that increases the speed of the app as well offers the app worldwide, which also widens the language support.

Here is the full change-log:

  • Sync speed - Dramatic (7X) performance boost
  • Instant online sync - No need to press "sync". Just open an edition for latest content
  • Offline reading - Choose favorite editions for offline images
  • International - Currents now available worldwide (in 44 languages)
  • Translate - Translate complete editions to your preferred language. (38 languages)
  • Trending - Local trending stories provided for US, FR, UK, DE, IT, ES, JP, AU

The increased speed will be welcomed. I love the look of Google Currents, but often find it to be slower than bringing up the actual website. With the 7x boost in speed as well as instant online sync, I think the experience will be much more fluid.

The app is free from the Google Play Store. Please find a link after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola XOOM 32GB tablet on sale at 1SaleADay for only $329

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If you have been looking to get your hands on an Android tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich, but aren't fond of the price tags you'd been seeing, 1SaleADay has a good one in store for you. For today only you can grab a 32GB Wifi Motorola XOOM for only $329, saving yourself $170. At the price point you get 32GB of storage, a 10.1 inch display, ICS, and plenty of other goodies, so it's definitely worth a look.

Hit the link below and grab one for yourself. The offer closes at midnight EST.

Source: 1SaleADay

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4 years ago

T-Mobile holding HTC One S press event next Wednesday

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It looks like T-Mobile customers might not have too long to wait before they can get their hands on the HTC One S. Tmo is inviting members of the press to attend a launch party for the phone on the evening of next Wednesday, April 18. Recent rumors have pointed to a possible launch a week later, on April 25, so the timing of this event may give some weight to those claims. There'll also be a live performance by indie-pop band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

The One S is the middle sibling in the HTC One range, with a 4.3-inch screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4.0. For a sneak peek of what to expect, go ahead and check out our full review of the European HTC One S. And you can be sure we'll be at the Tmo event next Wednesday to bring you full coverage of the US version of the phone.

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4 years ago

HTC Rhyme OTA coming soon with call volume adjustments and more

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If you are the proud owner of the HTC Rhyme, but have had a few gripes with the device's software, you will be happy to know Verizon will soon be pushing an update. Unfortunately this update will not be the one that brings Ice Cream Sandwich to the device, but HTC and Verizon have managed to squeeze quite a few changes in this one. Some of the changes in this latest update include --

Device Features

  • “ Ringtones” has been replaced with “Edit Home” when the Menu key is pressed
  • on the home screen.
  • Updated signal strength meter to 5 bar Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI).
  • Mobile networks no longer disabled when using Power Saver.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.

Device Dock Features

  • Default applications in Dock Mode have been changed to “Phone” and “Calendar”.
  • In-call volume control has been added to Dock Mode.
  • “All Apps” option has been added to Dock Mode.
  • Resolved issue of dock volume changing to 20%.

Applications & Widgets

  • Device displays available music on the device and provides an option to purchase ringtones from the MOD application when a user is attempting to set a new ringtone through a pre-populated list.
  • Mail shortcut now shows unread mail count

Verizon is set to push this update out "soon" so that means keep checking manually for the update, and be sure to let us know how the update goes for you! Full details about the new firmware, and update procedure are available at the source link below.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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4 years ago

Vodafone UK announces the Huawei Ascend G 300

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Vodafone UK has today announced a new budget Android phone aimed at aimed at Pay As You Go customers. The Huawei Ascend G 300. The Ascend G 300 is exclusive to Vodafone UK, and costs £100 when purchased with a £10 PAYG top-up. It's also free on all of Vodafone's 24-month service plans, which start at £15.50 per month for 100 minutes, 500 texts and 250MB.

And there's a reasonable amount of smartphone on offer for your money -- there's a 1GHz CPU inside, a 4-inch screen, 512MB of RAM and 2.5GB of internal storage. The phone ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Huawei's custom UI, with an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich promised over the summer.

We've got Vodafone's presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Springpad update offers a new way to collaborate, share notebooks and discover ideas

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It's been quite some time since we last heard from the folks at Springpad, though they do have a good reason for it. They've been working on Springpad v3.0 behind the scenes and now they're ready to show it off to the world. Springpad for the uninitiated, allows you to save notes, look up products, places, movies and more all while keeping things nice and organized for you  in the cloud with the ability to share it all with others. Version 3.0 of Springpad is taking things to the next level with some new feature additions:

  • Follow individual notebooks: by content and interest from friends and trusted sources
  • Flexible sharing options: make notebooks private or public; and co-curate or collaborate with others.
  • Enhanced filtering and organization: ability to tag, sort, and change views; find new notebooks via category and tag pages.
  • Automatic enhancements and alerts: useful information like show times, price comparison and reservation links; alerts provide updates, price drops and offers for saved items
  • Easy save options: new quick add bar; bookmarklet and browser extensions make searching and saving effortless.
  • Universal access: web, retina optimized iOS and Android phones and tablets; offline support is available on all devices for all personal notebooks.
  • Personalized notebooks: choose themes and accents

The app itself has been completely redesigned and in addition to all those noted changes, also includes a new explore feature that allows you to view content from other Springpad users who have found and shared interesting things from around the web. Check out the video above to get a better look and if you're looking for more info or the download link, you'll find it all past the break.

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4 years ago

Google+ gets major redesign with simpler UI and more customization

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Google announced this morning that Google+ is set to receive a massive redesign over the next few days that will make it easier to use and much more intuitive. The company has been innovating quickly with its social network, and this is just another example of their commitment to the platform.

For starters, the main page has seen a complete overhaul. Rather than your tabs bring up top as well as along the side, you'll get icons along the left panel. These are also customizable, so if you don't want the Games icon, you can simply move it. There are also quick actions that you can access for each icon by hovering over them.

Posting photos and videos is getting an upgrade as well. Larger content will appear in your Stream now whether you're sharing it yourself or viewing pictures from your friends. Google is adding a feature that they're calling 'cards', which are streams of conversations that you can join. There will also be an activity drawer to highlight important content.

Hangouts are changing too. For one, there is a dedicated icon just for Hangouts that you can stow away on your left panel. This section will display an up-to-date invitation list from everyone in your Circles, access to every public Hangouts occurring at that moment, and a rotating billboard of popular Hangouts.

These changes should take effect over the next few days, so if you don't see them right away, don't worry, they'll arrive soon. Please find a couple screenshots after the break.

Source: Official Google Blog

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4 years ago

Verizon implementing $30 upgrade fee starting April 22

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Verizon might have nixed plans for a $2 bill-payment fee late last year, but that doesn't mean it's the end of all fees for all time. Starting April 22, Big Red will charge you $30 for the privilege of upgrading your device on contract.

Says Verizon:

This fee will help us continue to provide customers with the level of service and support they have come to expect which includes Wireless Workshops, online educational tools, and consultations with experts who provide advice and guidance on devices that are more sophisticated than ever.

Verizon does note that if you take advantage of its "green friendly trade-in program," (at www.verizonwireless.com/tradein) it's possible to mitigate or completely offset the fee. And upgrade fees aren't really anything new, either. AT&T in February doubled its upgrade fee from $18 to $36.

More: Verizon

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4 years ago

New at ShopAndroid.com: The Jabra Freeway Bluetooth speaker

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Just a quick heads up that the Jabra Freeway Bluetooth car speakerphone we reviewed last month is now available at ShopAndroid.com. To recap, it's a great way to stay hands-free in the care, with large, easy to press buttons, an excellent speaker with a surprising amount of depth and sultry voices (no, really). The FM transmitter works as it should, so you can stream calls into your car speakers. And as an added bonus, it charges via microUSB, and not the less-frequently used miniUSB.

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4 years ago

HTC One X battery life - impressive performance after three weeks of use

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On the left is April 10, on the right is April 8 (April 3 is below)

Fun story about the HTC One X battery life. I've seen it be one of the worst performers (thanks to a since-squashed server-side bug), and I've seen it be one of the best. In addition to reviewing phones, we often end up as guinea pigs, using hardware that's barely had time to let the glue dry, or software that's not quite final. In the case of the HTC One X, it's been both. The hardware is solid. I've got no concerns about that, save for maybe scratching the camera lens. 

The software we're running on our review unit actually is a tick above that of the retail units. I'm not sure if that's causing some disparity. But more than that, my usage case is going to be different than yours. My network is different than yours. I am not a normal user. 

That said, I've been pretty impressed with what I'm seeing after three weeks of use. 

When I'm at home, working, I'm on Wifi. And that's for a good chunk of the day. Not every day, though. So when I'm running around town, chasing after the kids or doing errands, I've been on AT&T. I'm pretty heavy on Twitter (and I'm back on Seesmic, since it finally updated for the HTC One X), Facebook and Google+ throughout the day. Browsing, too. And because the One X has that excellent camera, I've been taking more than my fair share of pictures (which I've got auto uploading to Google+ when I'm on Wifi). 

So there's your macro view of how I roll. And I'm getting well over 12 hours of use between charges. Hell, I'm getting well over 15 hours on a single charge. It's a little ridiculous when I stop to think about it, and it makes me want to pick up the phone and use it some more.

We're going to have to see how this changes once we get the AT&T version of the One X here in the states. For one thing, it'll be using the dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor instead of NVIDIA's Tegra 3. For another, it'll have LTE data in some locales, and presumably it'll have some fine-tuning for AT&T that this European GSM version won't (though they do share the same radio frequencies, so maybe that'll just be in our heads).

That doesn't change the fact that when the One X battery is drained, you'll be needing a charger. No swapping batteries. So keep that in mind. But once we get it on AT&T, it'll be an interesting experiment, to be sure.

For more impressions, hit up the official HTC One X battery life thread.

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4 years ago

To the 5 Boroughs (and St. Louis) - AT&T expands LTE coverage

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That's right, Staten Island. No longer can Manhattan and Queens and Brooklyn and the Bronx lord over you for not having AT&T's 4G LTE data, as the switch has been flipped and you're now a member of the, uh, "Hey, we have AT&T LTE Club." In addition, St. Louis also has gone live. The new LTE locales come just a couple days after Indiana and Texas saw a few towns turned on, and it's all part of a 12-market expansion currently under way.

So who's next? Baton Rouge and New Orleans are still on the list, and we've got a feeling they'll be live by the time CTIA hits the bayou country on May 8.

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4 years ago

Late-night poll: How long do you need your battery to last?

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We all want a battery that lasts days between charges while we use the heck out of it, but common sense tells us that's just never going to happen. Battery tech is slowing getting better, while screens get bigger and brighter, and networks get faster and use more juice. Other internals like chipsets and processors help in the battery life department, but it's pretty much a given that if you use your Android hard, you'll need to charge it at least once a day. In a pinch, some phones may go two days, but for the most part this is true for all smartphones. B = SF2 (my new theory, where battery = screen size times fun factor squared. I call it Jerrytivity. Don't sue me Apple.)

A couple of famous Englishmen once said you can't always get what you want. But you do get what you need. Hopefully, that last part is true for you. It is most of the time for me, and I need about 12 hours out of my Android phone. If I can't get that, I just can't use that particular phone. Usually, it isn't a problem.

What about you guys and gals? How much life do you need from a phone for it to be usable? Vote in the poll, and let it fly in the comments!

 

Battery life: How long is long enough?

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4 years ago

Potential fix for Transformer Prime GPS needs no dongles

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There's a new GPS fix out there for Android devices (including a special build for the Transformer Prime) that promises to fix the issues many have been seeing with the location services from ASUS' latest 10-inch tablet. We know that ASUS is set to give out GPS dongles to users affected by the bad hardware, but we had to take a look at this potential quick-fix and see how it works for us. Note that you will have to be rooted at a minimum to try this, and the developer states that it doesn't work with all custom ROMs. We used a stock, rooted ROM for our test.

Buyer beware: Before we go any further, you'll need to know that the developer, crypted from XDA, is using his own NTP server. An NTP (Network Time Protocol) server is used to keep computer clocks synchronized on networks that aren't always the same speed -- like a mobile or Wifi network.  He explains that this allows for "better stability and speed by providing top-rated NTP servers", but doesn't explain how he guarantees this, nor why he feels his server is better. He also makes it clear that nobody should criticize or question him for doing so in his thread. Normally, that's where I would just close the tab and move on, but I figured I'd finish what I started here. I'll leave it to each of you to decide how much you trust this, but I felt the need to let you know ahead of time.

So I backed up a few files, and copied over the files for this fix. You can push them via adb, flash them via custom recovery, or do like I did and copy them in place and manually set the permissions. Sure enough, I got my first ever indoor GPS lock after about 45 seconds. Seeing this made me have to take it for a spin, so I grabbed the wife and took a little drive. Navigation was hit-or-miss (the device still won't stay locked while moving about), but I'm sure it found more satellites and locked faster outdoors than it did before. This fix certainly makes it locate those metal birds faster, but it isn't going to fix the whole issue for everyone. I'm very curious how these changes will work in tandem with any GPS dongle ASUS supplies, and if both will make the Prime a real GPS alternative for the car. I'm hopeful, and will test it again once the dongle's start shipping and I get mine. In the meantime, decide how you feel about the server situation, then give it a try if you're OK with it. It can't work any worse than it does now, right?

Source: XDA-Developers

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4 years ago

Instagram updated, now works on the HTC One X, among other fixes

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Android's Instagram app just got an update. Included in the fixes -- among blanket better support for Tegra 3 devices -- is specific support the the HTC One X. So there's that. Here's the full changelog in Version 1.0.4:

  • Bug fixes for tablet users
  • Location for photo geotag is updated more often
  • Fixed Instagram photos not appearing in gallery
  • Better support for Nvidia Tegra 3 handsets/tablets
  • Increased device support for Instagram built-in camera and filters, including the HTC One X

So, there's that. Go tell your iOS friends.

Thanks, @madeincanon!

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4 years ago

Moving info from device, AOKP ROM's [From the Forums]

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With Tuesday comes to end of the long weekend for some and that means trying to get back into the swing of things after having consumed copious amounts of chocolate. If you're looking to get caught up on all the latest, check out what's new on the blogs and in the Android Central forums:

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