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4 years ago

Skyfire 4.0 upgrade coming soon, promises better browsing experience

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Skyfire

Skyfire has updated their blog letting everyone know they are hard at work on Skyfire version 4.0 that is apparently going to be made available in the "coming weeks". When Skyfire updated to version 3.0 it brought a lot of changes such as social networking and overall, a better browsing experience.

With version 4.0 they are once again going to be introducing new features but also a new pricing model. While we're not sure what that means for end users in terms of costs but Skyfire was quick to note that all current features will remain free. Check out our previous hands- on to get a look at Skyfire 3.0 and we'll be sure to let you know when v4.0 drops. [Skyfire]

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4 years ago

Swype Android keyboard updated with a number of improvements

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Swype for Android

The uber-popular Swype keyboard just got a pretty major update, and we think you're going to like this one. No talking, just bullet points:

  • The hidden word tip window is "all but completely removed." Huzzah! You'll see it one time (and one time only, Swype says) after a new installation. So it won't be bugging you any time you uncover a new word.
  • Contact names that are automatically added to the user dictionary will now stay deleted instead of being re-added accidentally
  • Prediction accuracy won't degrade over time
  • Support for QVGA, WQVGA, WSVGA and qHD touchscreens.
  • Dictionaries for Dutch, UK English and Russian

We'd say that's a pretty big update. If you're already in on the beta program, just go to http://beta.swype.com/android/get to update. There are a couple more details you might want to check out -- including for those of you who like to change ROMs frequently. Hit up the source link. [Swype]

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4 years ago

Lloyd sneaks into the iPad 2 launch -- before it's even available for purchase

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Lloyd on the iPad 2

We kinda feel sorry for all those poor saps waiting in line for an iPad 2, when all you have to be to get in early is cute, green and Android! Thanks, J!

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4 years ago

Ho, hum, another rumored launch date (March 17) for the HTC ThunderBolt

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HTC ThunderBolt March 21

It's been a little while since we've bothered with rumored launch dates for the HTC ThunderBolt because at this point, we're not sure anybody knows just yet when the darn thing's going to drop. But the above e-mail just reached us, and there's the ol' T'Bolt, clearly listed at March 17. Of course, it's also noted that "Launch Dates Are subject to change" -- which, of course, they are.

March 17 isn't the only date that's being thrown around, of course, but it's one of the few that we've seen put to paper recently. Will it pan out? We'll know next Thursday. Thanks, anon!

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 53

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Audio-only stream below

This week: More on Honeycomb and the Motorola Xoom, the recent spate of malware, AT&T's fake 4G, and where the heck is the HTC ThunderBolt. Listen in!

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4 years ago

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 available for Android starting March 18

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Flash on Motorola Xoom

Adobe this morning released more details regarding the upcoming release of Flash Player 10.2. First and foremost, it'll be available in the Android Market on March 18. A number of smartphones running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) meet the hardware requirements. (See Adobe's official list here.) Android tablets running Honeycomb will technically be running Flash Player 10.2 as a beta.

The big points you need to know:

  • Deeper integration with the Android browser rendering engine
  • Enhanced performance for the latest smartphones and tablets
  • Automatic soft keyboard support

If you've got a Motorola Xoom (currently the only Honeycomb tablet available), you'll need the update to Android 3.0.1 that's currently pushing out. Hit up the source links for complete info. [Adobe, Motorola]

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4 years ago

Scoreloop announces 'Go Android' for developers looking to port iOS games to Android

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There are a lot of developers out there who are interested in bringing their iOS games to the Android platform. But a lot of them have some reservations about jumping on board with the platform. Well, fret not dear devs, Scoreloop has announced "Go Android," a partnership program designed to help bring iOS ports to Android.

“We launched the ‘Go Android’ Program earlier this year to help developers who don’t have the time to deal with the development, legal, admin and market experience necessary to launch on a new platform,” said Marc Gumpinger, CEO of Scoreloop. 

So, if you're a developer, and you've been holding back on bringing your iOS game to Android, now's the time. Scoreloop is also providing an SDK to help promote cross-platform-multiplayer-gaming. OpenFeint and The9 also announced a similar deal a fews days ago. Our only concern is that we don't just want ports, we would like to see more original and exclusive content. Press release after the break.

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4 years ago

How to unroot and re-lock the Motorola Xoom

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Motorola releases Xoom's official system images

Motorola Xoom relock

When Motorola announced that the Xoom Honeycomb tablet was getting an update to prepare it for Flash Player 10.2, it also announced that unlocked and rooted Xooms would have to be rolled back to stock and relocked for the update to take. (So much for open and unlocked, eh?) There's been a leaked .sbf file floating around, which you can flash via RSD Lite before relocking the device.

Or, if doing things the official way is more your speed, Motorola has now released the system images for the Xoom's original build, HRI39, so you can flash them yourself and relock your Xoom in preparation for the update. Instructions are after the break. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons update brings a touch o' the Irish

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Angry Birds seasons

Everyone's favorite FPS (fowl precision shooter) Angry Birds Seasons just got the update for St. Patrick's Day.  Rovio brings us some new golden eggs, and 15 new levels packed with shamrocks and pots of gold.  It's in the Market with an update available if you're already running it, and if not we have the download link after the break.  Thanks everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Motorola XOOM update rolling out in phases starting tonight, prepares us for Adobe Flash

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Making good on their word, Motorola has just let everyone know that the first Motorola XOOM update is going to start rolling out tonight in phases. While Adobe Flash was missing at launch, Motorola did say it was coming later. No, you're not getting Flash tonight but this update will help that process along when it comes time. If you're rooted and what not, you'll likely want to hold off just a little bit so that the file can be looked at but, if that's not a concern for then by all means-- have at it should you see the update pop up tonight for you. [@Motorola]

*Update* Official word comes to us via the Motorola forums: "If you have unlocked/rooted your Motorola XOOM, you must restore it to the standard software load and relock your device to receive the notification."

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4 years ago

PlayStation Suite coming to Tegra-powered Android devices

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 Tegra Zone

NVIDIA and Sony have announced that the latter will be bringing its PlayStation Suite software to Tegra-powered Android phones and tablets later this year. PlayStation Suite was announced at Sony's PlayStation Meeting 2011 earlier this year, and will bring classic PlayStation titles to Android devices along with new games created especially for the platform.

Sony also revealed that certain PlayStation 2 titles will also be making their way to the PlayStation Suite, in addition to PS1 titles, as announced back in January.

The arrival of PlayStation Suite on Tegra devices should clear the way for Sony's rumored S1 tablet, which is said to be due in late 2011 with a Tegra 2 chip and PlayStation support.

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4 years ago

Grab a Nexus S at Best Buy for a Benjamin

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Nexus S on sale at Best Buy

If you've been wanting to get your hands on the latest Android developer's phone, Best Buy now has the Nexus S on sale for a mere $99 bucks with a T-Mobile two-year agreement.  That's half price, and is a great way to get your stock Gingerbread experience on, and more than a few of us think the Nexus S makes for a hell of a phone, too.

The offer ends March 23, so you've got two weeks to dig some money out of the couch and your ashtray and grab ya one.  [Best Buy via Android Central forums] Thanks, Baconator, for the heads up!

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4 years ago

Rooting the Inspire 4G; Xoom WiFi, Nook Color or Galaxy Tab WiFi? [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

With a whole slew of fresh rumored HTC Thunderbolt release dates floating around, we really can't help but wonder how many people, exactly there is out there holding off other device purchases just to get their hands on the Thunderbolt. The hype around the device is certainly large and we're ever so close to seeing it be released but -- have you held out or did you move onto something else? Let us know in the forums how you feel about it all.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today. Oh right! Speaking of the HTC Thunderbolt, we're giving one away here.

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4 years ago

USB host mode enabled on the Motorola XOOM

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Sure, the Motorola XOOM has a microSD card slot. But since it's not currently enabled for end user use one has to make due with the 32GB of on board storage that Motorola has included. Although if you're looking to expand upon that 32GB or want to use a USB keyboard, a method of enabling USB host capabilities on the Motorola XOOM is available to anyone who is either wanting to -- or already has rooted their device. You'll need to follow the instructions carefully and need an OTG cable in order for it to work but that's all minor pieces of the puzzle at this point. The hard work has already been laid out for you. So how is it done? Jump on past the break to find out for yourself. [SlateDroid] Thanks, djunio for sending this in!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile lights up 5 more cities with HSPA+

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T-Mobile

T-Mobile just flipped the HSPA+ switch on four more cities. If you live in Des Moines, Iowa; Gainesville, Fla.; Panama City, Fla.; Monterey, Calif.; or Savannah, Ga., you have reason to celebrate, especially if you have one of T-Mo's newfangled 4G devices like the HTC myTouch 4G, Samsung Galaxy S 4G, T-Mobile G2 or the upcoming Dell Streak 7 or G-Slate. For everybody else, well, poke along at 3G speeds, if you've got 'em. [T-Mobile, full list of 4G cities]

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