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2 years ago

Android App Review: Musicnotes Sheet Music Viewer

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It was way back in January when we first reported Musicnotes would be bringing their sheet music viewer over to Android and I'm happy to say that it has finally arrived. Meeting at the intersection of music and tech, the Musicnotes Sheet Music Viewer doesn't promise much, but for what it advertises, it does really well.

When you first boot up the app, you're given the option to sign in with your Musicnotes account. If you don't have one, you can register from this screen, but if you do, sign in. The app will automatically start syncing music you've purchased onto your device for your viewing pleasure. In the event you don't have anything (like me), you'll probably be given something for free, like Toccata and Fugue by J.S. Bach.

Once you've logged in, you'll notice there's five buttons at the bottom of the screen: My Sheet Music, Sync, Shop, Settings, and About. My Sheet Music is just what it sounds like; music you've already purchased and synced to your device.

The sync button allows you to decide what music you own to your device. This is done through flipping switches to on and off positions. Flip the switch to on and your music will be synced. And yes, the buttons and switches look like iPhone images.

The shop button is pretty cool, as it opens up the Musicnotes website in a browser within the app so you can browse and buy without ever having to get on a computer. From what searching I did, the website is both fast and functional, letting you search by instrument, song name, or keyword and letting you purchase as soon as you've found what you're after.

The settings menu houses information like what account is signed into the app as well as when your music should sync (or resync). The most important settings are at the very bottom, called Paper Type and Page Change. Paper type is purely aesthetic, letting you choose between white, old, crumpled, rough, and recycled "paper" to view your music on. (Why you would ever want to read music off of crumpled paper is beyond me, but, I digress.)

The page change is the best option, letting you pick between swiping or tapping the screen to advance a page. Personally, the tapping makes more sense because it takes less time, but if you want to truly simulate turning a page, knock yourself out.

It'd be really killer if Musicnotes could eventually integrate a player into the app so you can play along with a MIDI recording of your music in real-time, and better yet would be if the music could listen to you play and turn the page accordingly, but none of those features were promised, so I'm not too torn up about it. Like someone said earlier today, pipe dreams are dreams, too.

The Musicnotes Sheet Music Viewer is free in the Android Market and requires you have Adobe AIR installed on your device to run. It's optimized for tablets but works one phones, too.

More screenshots and download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Transform Ultra available now on Boost Mobile

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The Samsung Transform Ultra, the QWERTY slider we first met last month, is available now on Boost Mobile for $229.99. In case you've forgotten, the Transform Ultra has got some respectable guts under its hood:

  • Android 2.3
  • 1GHz processor
  • 3.5 inch HVGA Touchscreen 
  • Full QWERTY Keypad
  • 3MP rear camera with video
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi®, GPS and Wireless Web enabled
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Easy access to Gmail™ and Google Talk™
  • Bluetooth® capable
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Supports microSD® cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

You'll have to choose between Boost's $55/month unlimited Android plan and its $2/day unlimited daily plan for your Transform Ultra, but that doesn't seem too shabby for a contract-free Gingerbread device. Is anyone planning on hitting the source link to grab one today?

Source: Boost Mobile

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2 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 73

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Audio-only stream below

Phil, Jerry Cory and Alex go live (and big) in London, wrap up the Great HTC Scandal of October 2011, and try to wade through the mess that is the pre-CTIA Nexus rumors. Listen in!

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2 years ago

Sprint to roll out LTE in mid-2012

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We're knee deep into Sprint's "Strategy/Network" update. The big (yet unsurprising) news is that, yes, it's moving to LTE. It'll be run on Sprint's 1900 MHz spectrum, with other spectrum to follow, including LightSquared's 1600MHz spectrum.

The first markets and devices are expected to be available in mid-2012.

Wimax devices, like the HTC EVO 4G, EVO 3D, Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, and others, will continue to be sold through 2012.

Sprint's Direct Connect service, which is replacing iDEN, launched last week. It's got broader coverage, and migrations are expected to be complete by mid-2013.

Developing ...

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2 years ago

Nexus Galaxy boot animation visualized on a Droid Bionic?

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

First Nexus Galaxy/Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime video, then screen shots and now, courtesy of P3Droid, is what is said to be the boot animation. It's running here on a Droid Bionic, so don't freak out if the phone looks familiar.

Source: Twitter

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2 years ago

T-Mobile's Galaxy S II gets benchmarked

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If you're one of the people who was worried about how the T-Mobile Galaxy S II would perform compared to the others, you can stop right about now.  T-Mobile had to go with a Qualcomm chip instead of the Exynos in order to use the HSPA+42 network, and most just assumed that it wouldn't match up.  As you can see, number-wise it sure does.

I'm not much for benchmarks, but if you hit the break and watch the video you'll notice everything is nice and smooth, just like we would want it to be.  I'll bet in real world use, you would never be able to tell the difference -- and that's the way it should be.  Nice job, Samsung!

Source: TMoNews

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2 years ago

More Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich screenshots emerge

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Just in case the image of the device known as Nexus Prime aka Galaxy Nexus and leaked video weren't enough Ice Cream Sandwich goodness for you, we now have what looks to be a bunch of screenshots from the upcoming Android 4.0 as well. You're going to want to see these so make sure you jump past the break.

Source: Mobilissimo.ro; Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Galaxy Nexus finally comes out of hiding

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Well, what do we have here? This very well may be the first full on image and video of the device known as the Nexus Prime aka Galaxy Nexus. To go along with the spectacular image above, there was a video as well but it appears to of have been quickly taken down. However,  when it comes to specs -- we'll wait for everything to be fully revealed, since we've read enough rumors already. Instead, let's just enjoy the image above while we see if we can dig up the video from elsewhere.

*UPDATE* Video past the break.. Enjoy!

Source: Gadget.ro, Mobilissimo.ro Thanks, everyone!

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2 years ago

Nuance said to have purchased Swype for $100 million

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What do you get when you combine the best in voice command with one of the best touchscreen keyboards? We might be about to find out, as Uncrunched reports that Nuance -- that's the company and technology behind the excelent "Dragon" line of programs -- as well as the iPhone 4S' "Siri" new voice system -- has purchased Swype, the excellent on-screen keyboard that lets you swipe from letter to letter, or type normally. Nuance has the popular T9 keyboard, but Swype would certainly be a coup.

Nothing official has been announced yet, but the deal is said to be worth in the neighborhood of $100 million. Stay tuned. This could get interesting.

Source: Uncrunched

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2 years ago

Motorola Xoom Family Edition packs Zoodles kid-friendly software

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Motorola might just be on to something here with the yet to be announced Motorola Xoom Family Edition. Aside from the notably different retail packaging, this Motorola Xoom found in a big box eleectronics shop has some slight modifications when it comes to software.

While it still has Honeycomb loaded onto it, it's also noted to have the Zoodles application loaded onto it. Zoodles offers a "kid mode" option that is reccomended for kids 8 and under but also offers access to games, videos all in a same environment seperate from other functions of your device. No telling when Motorola will announce this new version to the masses but it can't be that far off.

Question is, will it be priced more affordably for families as well? We hope so but if not -- you can always download the Zoodles application from the Android Market right now. It's available for free and you'll find the video for it past the break so that you get a better idea of what, exactly it does.

Source: Engadget

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