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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix Gingerbread update now available in Korea

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The Korean version of the Motorola Atrix has a tasty western treat available, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is now live and available for installation.  The update looks just about the same as we saw here recently in the states, including the newer version of Blur that allows customization of the launcher bar and app folders.  The under-the-hood changes should be the same, too -- look for a nice performance boost if you're installing this one.  The update is available at Motorola customer care centers, and via Motorola's website.  If you're signed up with Blur, you can also get the download OTA style.  For the full details and instructions, visit the source links.

Source: Motorola.  More: Motorola (Korean)

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2 years ago

Help with firmware updates, Tab as a laptop replacement? [From the Forums]

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Although today was far less exciting then yesterday, some good stuff still happened. We can't have crazy corporate buyout news everyday anyway. If ya missed out on any of the news today, make sure you take a step back and have a look. Make sure you hit up the Android Central forums as well.

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

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2 years ago

U.S. Cellular adds Samsung Gem, HTC Merge to its prepaid lineup

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The HTC Merge and the Samsung Gem are now available on U.S. Cellular's month-to-month plans, joining the LG Apex and Optimus U in the carrier's prepaid lineup. The Merge, which will cost $299.99, is global-ready with a 3.8 inch touch screen, a slide out QWERTY keyboard, and Android 2.2. The Gem has a 3.2 inch WQVGA display, an 800 MHz processor, and is also Froyo flavored, with a price tag of $139.99. U.S. Cellular prepaid plans start at $40 for 450 minutes and 200 MB of data, and continue up to $70 for unlimited calling and 2 GB worth of data, and all activation fees on plans over $50/month are currently being waived. Hit the break for the full presser.

Source: U.S. Cellular

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2 years ago

Asus launches Eee Pad Slider page, still no release date

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The Asus Transformer is one of the coolest Honeycomb tablets on the market. It's as yet unreleased sibling, the Slider, seems to be getting ever closer to release, as Asus have launched its official page for the tablet.

The spec list isn't showing up any surprises, and curiously is shipping with "Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS (3.2 upgradable)." The 3.2 update for the Transformer is already live, so hopefully this means that the Slider is complete and ready to start shipping soon. Battery life is said to be 8 hours, and you get most of the ports available on the Transformer, but no full SD card slot.

Included software goodies will be familiar to any Transformer owners, with Polaris Office 3.0, Zinio Magazines and Asus' own cloud and media applications. 

All we need now is the release date, won't you help us out Asus? 

Source: Asus

 

 

 

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2 years ago

Google Maps updated with bubble buttons, Transit Navigation improvements

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Google has updated the Google Maps app for Android to version 5.9.0, bringing continued improvements to Transit Navigation, along with a new Labs feature. Here's a rundown of what you'll find in the latest version --

  • Voice and ring tone notifications for Transit Navigation (Beta)
  • Tablet support for Transit Navigation (Beta)
  • 'Bubble Buttons' Lab to add call and navigate buttons to results on the map (see above)

The Transit Navigation changes should be welcomed by anyone that's ever missed their stop on the train or bus, and we always like a new Labs feature to play with. Head to the Android Market to grab the latest update, or use the QR code after the jump.

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2 years ago

MIT launches new Mobile Learning Center, extending App Inventor its first activity

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With initial funding from Google, MIT has opened their Center for Mobile Learning, dedicated "to transforming education and learning through innovation in mobile computing."  The function of the new center will be to focus on new mobile technology and applications that allow people to study and learn from anywhere.  Scheduled research projects include things like location aware learning apps, mobile data collection, augmented reality, and other educational uses of mobile technologies.  It looks like an excellent use of funding, and MIT has always been a cornerstone of open-source development and innovation. 

What's really cool is that one of the center's first activities will be how they can extend and integrate App Inventor for Android to MIT's research in educational technology.  Google may have ended App Inventor, but they are in the process of open-sourcing the entire project and things like this are the reason why.  Dr. Hal Abelson, one of the three co-directors of the new center, is one of the gentlemen credited with prompting the development of App Inventor while he was on sabbatical and working at Google in 2008.  It's great to see that his ideas and innovation will continue, and that the project hasn't died.

Source: MIT

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2 years ago

Saygus Vphone receives Verizon certification

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Remember the Vphone? Revealed way back in 2009, Saygus promised that the Vphone would be the first consumer phone to pass Verizon's Open Device Initiative (ODI) certification, promising revolutionary features such as video calling over 3G, Remote backup and restore for data, and up to a three year warranty.  The phone won several design awards at CES, and the company promised that the device would be out sometime during 2010.  Then, it disappeared.  That is, until today.

Sascha Segan, over at PC Magazine, broke the news to day that the Saygus Vphone finally received certification through Verizon's Open Network Initiative and would start selling the handset "soon." The phone's specifications include:

  • 3.5" 800x480 screen
  • 'Best in class' slide-out keyboard
  • 806Mhz processor
  • 256MB SDRAM
  • 512MB Flash
  • "Android OS" - Though the version number isn't listed in this release, the last known version it ran was 2.2 aka Froyo.
  • 5MP rear camera with VGA front-facing camera
  • USB host port
  • USB modem capable

In a market dominated by 4"+ black slabs and dual-core processors, the Vphone won't win any awards in the spec race.  It's important to note that this is the first (and currently only) android device to receive Verizon's ODI certification.  What this means is that while the device itself will run on Verizon's network, it won't be officially "supported" by them, meaning it should ship without CityID, Vcast, and the other applications Verizon puts on their other devices. This isn't a Nexus device, but it's the closest thing Verizon users have seen to a stock Android device since the original Droid.

On Monday, we wake up to see that Google is buying Motorola, and on Tuesday we discover that the Vphone will actually see the light of day.  What will we wake up to tomorrow?

Source: PC Mag.  More: Verizon, Saygus

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2 years ago

HTC Ruby may be the HTC Amaze 4G when it launches

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The HTC Ruby that we've seen a leaked a few times may very well debut as the HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile -- maybe even on October 26 according to a leaked T-Mobile flyer.  A tipster let the fellas over at pocketnow know about the retail name, and the fact that HTC has filed for trademark protection for it points to it being spot on.  The Amaze 4G has some killer specs:

  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU
  • 4.3 inch qHD display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear shooter with dedicated hardware keys for both still and video capture

It's one we're looking forward to seeing, as I'm sure more than a few of you guys are too.  Is is October yet?

Source: pocketnow

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2 years ago

LinkedIn revamps their Android app - Faster, Simpler, and Better

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For some business users LinkedIn is a vital resource and in an effort to bring their online experience to the mobile environment, LinkedIn has gone ahead and revamped their mobile application. The new update, aside from getting a visibly better UI also has some great new features baked into it.

  • Updates: View updates from your network and top news from LinkedIn Today
  • Inbox: You can view your invitations and messages in one place
  • You: Access your profile, connections, share updates, and even more in the future
  • Groups & More: Browse and interact with your groups, as well as build your network through our People You May Know feature

While the previous version worked just fine, the new layout here and added features make the whole application overall just all that more functional -- if you're a LinkedIn user, make sure you grab the update.

Source: LinkedIn

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2 years ago

Android App Review: FriendCaster

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With all of the hubbub about how poorly Facebook's app for Android functions, I went on a hunt. A lot of people (both in comments here and on the Market) talked about using FriendCaster as a superior alternative, so I started my search there.

As you can no doubt see, the interface is strikingly similar to the traditional Facebook app. That's not a bad thing, as it keeps everything nice and familiar, which is what I was hoping for. The news feed is just about what you'd expect, and getting from screen to screen to comment or like is as simple as a tap or a long-press.

There's also the requisite "Places" option, (named Checkin here), that allows you to find places via GPS or coarse location, and also tag friends.

One of the features I was most impressed with was the picture viewing. While viewing pictures, the picture will take up your entire screen, by default, and there's a nice, slide-to-move dynamic that is very Android, and very cool. You can keep track of where you are in an album by looking at the string of dots at the top of the screen. The solid dot is where you're at, the empty dots are all of the other pictures.

There's also a strong settings menu, filled with all sorts of notifications options. I learned (by accident) that when someone "Likes" one of your posts, FriendCaster gives you a popup on your homescreen, instead of an icon in the notification bar. It's real-time (something not readily available on the Android version), so that's always a plus.

There's also a setting for tablet-sized screens that comes built into the app, so you don't need to worry about getting yet another app (or waiting for Facebook to come around and do it themselves).

Where FriendCaster falters, I think, is the price. There's a free version in the Market that's ad-supported as well as a Pro version for $4.99. The Pro version is definitely good, but unless you absolutely abhor the stock Facebook app, pushing five dollars seems a little steep to feed your Facebook addiction.

At any rate, more pictures and download links are after the break.

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