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4 years ago

Google Authenticator updates with 'UI improvements', looks the same to us

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There's only so much you can do to improve the appearance of an app that's essentially a black screen with a six-digit number on it. But that's exactly what Google's done with the latest version of its Google Authenticator app, which has just been pushed out on the Android Market. The official changelog for version 0.87 notes "UI improvements" as the only new feature in this version. We'll have to take Google's word for it -- to us, it's still just a blank screen with a number on it.

In any case, Google Authenticator is an important app for those using two-step authentication for their Google account, so it's always best to keep things up to date. We've got the Android Market link for you after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola teases Mar. 7 MOTOACTV update

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Motorola is preparing to roll out a new software update for the MOTOACTV, it's Android-based fitness tracker. The new firmware, which Moto says will land "around the world" from Mar. 7, will enable owners to track new types of activity including yoga, Pilates, dancing and martial arts.

The manufacturer's also promising the ability to activate the MOTOACTV with a flick of the wrist, and set up Wifi connectivity directly on the device. The most interesting new feature, however, is the competitions feature in the MOTOACTV Training Portal, which will allow you to (virtually) square off against MOTOACTV-owning friends at various activities.

Motorola says it'll unveil more features of this new software update as the release date approaches.

Source: Motorola

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4 years ago

Huawei Ascend P1 S reportedly coming to China in late March

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It looks like Chinese consumers might not have long to wait before they can pick up Huawei's new Ascend P1 S. Huawei SVP Yu Chengdong has been dropping a few hints on social networks about when the super-thin smartphone will be arriving, Chinese site Tech.Sina reports. According to one of these messages, he says that Chinese buyers will be able to get hold of the P1 S in end-of-March sales, suggesting a launch is just weeks away.

Given the timing of previous Huawei launches, we'd expect to see the Ascend P1 S launching in Europe and the US in the months following its Chinese debut. This would fit with what we heard at the phones CES unveiling, where we saw it alongside its big brother, the P1.

The P1 S is expected to be one of the first non-Nexus phones to launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a relatively untouched version of ICS at that. As we saw in Las Vegas last month, it packs some pretty impressive hardware inside its thin chassis, including a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, a 4.3-inch qHD SuperAMOLED display and an 8MP camera. For more on the device, check out our hands-on report.

Source: Tech.Sina; via: AndroidCommunity

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4 years ago

Google may be working on Android-powered augmented reality glasses

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Rumor has it Google Goggles may become more than just an image recognition app for your smartphone. An anonymous source claims to have seen a pair of glasses being prototyped at Google that will run Android and connect to the cloud either through local Wi-Fi or when tethered to the internet over Bluetooth to your smartphone. Outward-facing cameras would capture the world, and overlay the image with contextual location data, like most augmented reality apps. That final image would then be displayed on a tiny screen over one of the two eyes. Apparently you'll be able to navigate the user interface with head tilting, which will no doubt get you some weird looks in public.

The glasses will supposedly have a decent amount of horsepower, currently running with hardware roughly one generation behind the current smartphones. Of course, whatever the source may have seen was just some crazy skunkworks concept that never sees the light of day; for now, Google is supposedly unsure if it will fly, and will at best be launching a Chromebook-style private beta program to test the waters. 

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4 years ago

Google Chrome Beta now available for Android 4.0 devices

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It's been rumored for some time, but now it's finally here -- Google Chrome has landed on Android. Android 4.0 phone and tablet owners in selected countries can now grab a beta version of Chrome from the Android Market.

Chrome for Android expands on the stock ICS browser with faster performance and speed-boosting features like the ability to pre-load web pages, and a brand new tabbing interface. Tabs are now handled through a card-like interface, allowing you to flip between open pages, seeing more of the sites you've got open. Familiar features from the ICS browser, including incognito mode, and bookmark sync, have made it across to Chrome for Android too.

There's also a big focus on maintaining a consistent browsing experience across multiple devices, so you can send pages between desktop Chrome and mobile Chrome right from the menu button. We'll be diving further into Chrome for Android in a our hands-on feature. In the meantime, we've got screenshots, an official Google video and the Market link after the break. Note that you'll need an Ice Cream Sandwich phone or tablet, and live in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Argentina or Brazil to use it.

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 team aims for balance between tweakability and user experience

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Exynos, Snapdragon S2 & S3 support on the way; Nexus One still uncertain


 

Work on CyanogenMod 9 has been underway since Google dropped the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich code back in late November. Today, lead developer Steve "Cyanogen" Kondik has given fans of the popular custom firmware a quick update on development of CM9, in a post on the official CM blog.

Steve says that third-party drivers remain the biggest issue for CM9 on many devices, particularly when it comes to camera support and graphics acceleration. Right now, CM9 can be compiled on current Google Experience devices (Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom), as well as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and HP Touchpad. Steve expects Samsung Exynos devices (that's your Galaxy S II-class phones) to be next in line for support, with Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 and S3 (MSM8660 and 7×30) devices following shortly after. As far as Nexus One and similar devices (HTC EVO 4G, HTC Desire and the like) are concerned, support is still "unclear", though the developer is optimistic.

Steve also reminds us that the team has started with a clean slate in CM9, building on top of Google's latest Android platform, and in doing so, the the team has had a chance to carefully choose which CM7 features to bring forward into CM9. This, he says, should give users a "balance between tweakability and a great out-of-the-box experience."

We're sure we're not the only ones eagerly awaiting the arrival of CM9 on our devices, and we're sure many of you will be jumping on the first nightlies as soon as they're available.

Source: CyanogenMod.com

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4 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G Gingerbread update is on hold

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Remember that Android 2.3.6 update to the AT&T Samsung Infuse 4G that was prematurely announced last week before finally getting going? Yeah. It's on hold, apparently. According to an answer in Samsung's support forums, things didn't go quite as planned.

We currently have put a hold on the update. Samsung and AT&T are aware of the issue with the Infuse 4G Update and are developing a fix.

AT&T has confirmed to Android Central that indeed the update's on hold and that "we are working with Samsung to get this resolved as quickly as possible." For everyone  (including us) still stuck on Froyo, hang in there.

Source: Samsung, AT&T; more: Infuse 4G forums

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4 years ago

How to sync tabs in Chrome desktop and Android

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So we've now got Google Chrome for Android, eh? How's about that. And one of the shining features Google's pimping is the ability to sync your desktop tabs over to your phone or tablet. No muss, no fuss. That's not actually a new feature for mobile browsing -- Mozilla's certainly had it in Firefox and Fennec for quite some time. But today is Chrome's day.

So how do you go about syncing your desktop tabs to your phone? First things first: You need to be signed in to your desktop Chrome browser. Hit the little wrench icon that's about halfway down, and make sure you're logged in with your Google account.

Next you'll need to hit the "Advanced" button, right next to the "Disconnect your Google Account" button. Hit it, and you've got a bunch of options of what to sync. The option you want, which we've conveniently highlighted above, is "Open tabs."

Theoretically, you should now be able to see your open tabs on the Chrome app on your phone or tablet. We say theoretically, because we and others (hat-tip to Mr. James Kendrick) have had to restart one browser or the other to get things to work, and hit the tab sync button a time or two. But once that's out of the way, the sync is quick and painless.

We even went so far as to try and melt the operation with dozens of tabs open at once. Wasn't a problem for the phone -- can't say thet same for the desktop version of Chrome. But sync they did. Quick and easy.

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4 years ago

Google Voice updated with new features, new icon

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Google Voice just got itself a nice little update today, with a slew of improvements coming down the pike. They are:

  • Asynchronous SMS sending (offline queuing) Google says it works synchronously for multiple recepients.
  • New style UI in Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Official user feedback menu on each screen. (Brought forward, out of the dogfood menu)

 

Head into the Android market to get your update on, or we've got download links after the break.

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4 years ago

Announcing the Android Super Challenge on HyperQuiz winners!

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Over the weekend we gave you the chance to win one of two HTC Sensation XL handsets by proving your superior Android knowledge in the addictive HyperQuiz game. Today we're back with the full list of winners. Join us after the break to find out who managed to walk away with a shiny new handset...

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4 years ago

New Droid Bionic OTA rolling out, fixes bugs and stability issues

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Motorola and Verizon Wireless are now pushing out software version 5.9.902 to Droid Bionic handsets, bringing a lengthy list of changes and fixes to the LTE-guzzling slab. The update, which weighs in at 57.6MB, provides Droid Bionic owners with a handful of welcome stability improvements, fixing crashes and lock-ups in a variety of areas. Some highlights from the changelog include fixes for --

  • Black screen lockups
  • Camera multi-shot lockups
  • Idle resets
  • Multimedia dock lockup
  • Data connectivity and stability improvements

So if you've been plagued by crashes and stability issues on your Droid Bionic, you'll definitely want to pick this one up. Head to Settings > About phone > System updates to begin. Check the source link for the full list of changes in this latest OTA.

Source: Verizon Wireless (PDF)

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4 years ago

Seesmic Ping brings easy posting to Twitter, Facebook, Salesforce and LinkedIn

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It's been a while since Seesmic, makers of the excellent social networking app of the same name, acquired Ping.fm. Since then they've slowly been working on Seesmic Ping getting it ready for release and now, the time has come for some beta testing in the real world. The multi-platform posting application (think one-way posting to Twitter, Facebook, Salesforce and LinkedIn) is now available in the Android Market and has a great set of features to go along with it:

  • Post via web
  • Post via email
  • Attach links & images (post pictures on Facebook and Twitter as if you were posting them “natively”)
  • Schedule your posts at any time, save drafts and more

Right now, there is support for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Salesforce with more planned at a later time. One thing to note though -- the app once out of beta will be a paid app, but currently it's free for now so if you're looking for a multi-posting platform app, it's worth a look. You can find the download past the break, or you can hit the source link for the full details.

Source: Seesmic

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4 years ago

Free Android Wallpaper of the day - Colorado Sunrise

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Today's Free Android Wallpaper comes from requent contributor dcreed, who shot this sunrise near Sterlin, Color., on a Pentax K20D with a 90mm lens.

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4 years ago

Rogers One Number lets you take video calls and answer texts on PC

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Today Rogers launched a new service called One Number, which lets you initiate video calls, SMS texts, and standard voice calls from a web console. Calls can be shunted to and from the computer with a few quick commands; dialling *11 on your phone pulls the call to your phone, while the browser app has a dedicated button to take the call from your phone to the PC. As a nice little perk, any calls to Canada started on your computer are free, even if you hand it off to your phone later on. One Number also lets you send e-mails easily to saved contacts through the web interface.On the mobile side, there are going to be Android and iOS apps available so you can manage permissions and visibility while you're on the move. 

It's an awful lot like T-Mobile's Bobsled Messaging, but unlike T-Mobile, Rogers is only offering it to their customers. At least it's free - normally, I wouldn't put it past Rogers to charge extra for these kinds of services. Since we don't have Google Voice in Canada, telephony-PC crossover apps like this are a rare sight, so it's good to see at least one of the carriers getting on the wagon.  With any luck, we'll see a few other service provers offer some alternatives. 

Rogers customers can head on over here to sign up for One Number. Video demo after the jump.

Source: Rogers RedBoard

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4 years ago

No, RIM's CEO didn't say BlackBerry apps are more profitable than Android or iOS

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Our comrades CrackBerry Kevin and Android Central's own Richard Devine are in Amsterdam this week for BlackBerry's DevCon Europe, and once again new RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has brought up Android as he walked through the success of BlackBerry App World.

Now, you might have seen headlines already this morning that stated BlackBerry apps are more profitable -- that they make more money -- than Android or iOS apps in general. That's not quite what Heins said. Here's the the actual quote, taken from CrackBerry's video of the keynote. (And confirmed with RIM PR.)

BlackBerry is one of the most profitable platforms to work for. Very clearly, developers are making money on BlackBerry and PlayBook today. There is a study from Evans Data that show that 13 percent of all Blackberry developers made more than $100,000 from App World.

That is more than from any iPhone or Android application. And I think that speaks to the economic power of our platform. ... More than 2 billion applications have been downloaded from BB App World today. Every day, 6 million applications get downloaded from App World. That's a fantastic number.

So what Heins is saying is that BlackBerry has a higher percentage -- 13 percent -- of developers making more than $100,000, a higher percentage than iOS or Android developers. And that's a stat he's given before.

We have no doubt that the Android Market's doing a little better than BlackBerry's App World. In its Q4 2011 earnings call, Google announced that some 11 billion apps had been downloaded from the Android Market -- 1 billion of them coming in December alone. 

But on the other hand, there's ol' CrackBerry Kevin buying $500 clock widgets, so we can't help but wonder how skewed RIM's numbers might be. (We kid, we kid.)

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