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4 years ago

Android Quick-App: Launcher7

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Launcher7 for Android

Apparently some crazy fool went and shared this picture on Twitter and, no, we haven't jumped ship to Windows Phone 7. But that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun with it.

What you see here is the Launcher7 homescreen/launcher replacement app. And it's pretty darn good. You basically have two panes. On the left are the hallmark tiles that serve as application icons. By default you have phone, messaging, internet, gmail, music, Market, contacts and HD Video (gallery).

Flip over to the right-hand pane, and you get a list of all your installed apps.

There are a few basic settings, including tile color, and whether you want them to "fly" in or fade in. Font support apparently is in the works, too.

It's a cool little launcher replacement, and it's no secret that we're impressed by what Microsoft's done with the Metro UI in WP7, and the free Launcher7 is an interesting recreation. Now if only it could get me some Zune Pass on Android. ... We've got a video demo and download links after the break. Check 'em out.

ps: Note that you have to have an HDPI (high-res, basically) screen for this app.

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4 years ago

Bell employees start Motorola Atrix training, launch just around the corner

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While Motorola and AT&T have already rolled out the Atrix 4G to consumers in the U.S. those of us in Canada are still waiting for Bell Mobility to announce some pricing and release dates. While it seems we may still be a little ways off from getting that information, we do now know that Bell employees have started their training for the Motorola Atrix and its accessories. Typically when the training starts, launch is only a week to two weeks after but then there is the question of price. [MobileSyrup]

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4 years ago

The unofficial list of Honeycomb optimized applications [from the forums]

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honeycomb

After unboxing your Motorola Xoom last week, and playing around with all the Honeycomb goodness that it brought to your life, the time to find some fun apps has come, and we want to help you out. While we know the list is unofficial, forums member hypocaffeinemia has took the time to put together an excellent list of applications that excel in performance on the Honeycomb OS. So, if you own a Xoom, and are looking for some applications to use to get the most of it, be sure to check out the list of applications here. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

Google pulls Market apps with root exploit -- one patched in AOSP, but you probably didn't get it

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Android Market

Someone contacted Android Police with a list of applications that contain malicious code to root your device, and this has resulted in Google using the kill-switch and  pulling 21 applications from the Market (and users phones).  Here's the list of affected applications according to Android Police:

  • Falling Down
  • Super Guitar Solo
  • Super History Eraser
  • Photo Editor
  • Super Ringtone Maker
  • Super Sex Positions
  • Hot Sexy Videos
  • Chess
  • 下坠滚球_Falldown
  • Hilton Sex Sound
  • Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls
  • Falling Ball Dodge
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Dice Roller
  • 躲避弹球
  • Advanced Currency Converter
  • App Uninstaller
  • 几何战机_PewPew
  • Funny Paint
  • Spider Man
  • 蜘蛛侠

All the apps were published by Myournet to the Android Market.  The apps use the rageagainstthecage exploit to root your phone (or tablet), which opens the door for the app to do anything with your data -- like send it to a remote server.  Of course with root it can do much worse as well. 

If you installed any of these applications, they should have been pulled off your phone, but that's not enough.  You need to do a full system wipe and reset your phone completely, the data wipe and reset from settings may not be enough.  This means ODIN, RUU's, .sbf files or a trip to your carrier store if this is beyond your capabilities.  The call to our forum moderators and advisers is out, and we're going to try and help as much as we can.

Perhaps the worst part of the whole situation is that this exploit has been patched by Google.  Starting with 2.2.2, AOSP has been fixed to halt this exploit, and with Gingerbread it no longer works at all.  This puts the need for quick carrier updates in an entirely new perspective, as potentially 50,000 users are affected because they are still running old versions of the OS.  I'm all for an open Market, but something has to be done, and it will have to start at the top in Mountain View. [Android Police]

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4 years ago

Android 2.3.3 reception concerns, Motorola Atrix issues [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Now that the Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Xoom and HTC Inspire 4G have all been released we still have one more device to go that has been on many peoples want list. Yes, the HTC Thunderbolt.  From cases to in-store dummy units we've seen almost all there is to see about the device except it's not yet been let loose for Verizon customers to purchase. Although, it is still coming. If you've picked up any of the new devices and feel like bragging or just wanna chat, jump on into the forums and let us know what's on your mind.

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

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4 years ago

GDC attendees given Xooms, CR-48 laptops and Nexus S phones

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Motorola Xoom and Samsung Nexus S 

Google is once again showering developers with cool swag at this year's Game Developers Conference. Just as some of last year's attendees found themselves with a free Nexus One or Motorola Droid, this year Google has been dishing out shiny new laptops, phones and tablets in an effort to get more studios on-board with Android game development.

According to reports on Engadget, devs at Google's web developer day yesterday found themselves with a free Chrome OS-powered CR-48 laptop. Today, lucky Android technical session attendees were gifted with a free Nexus S or Motorola Xoom.

While I don't think there's anyone reading this who would turn down a free Xoom or Nexus S, it's important to remember that free gadgets are a pretty small part of the GDC experience for attendees, who pay hundreds of dollars for passes. They're meant to be an added bonus for developers rather than a reason for attending, so you might want to think twice before making any plans for next year. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

No Bing on the Verizon Samsung Gem

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Samsung Gem

By the way ... if the threat of Verizon putting Bing on the Samsung Gem was keeping you from considering the mid-range device, fear not. Bing's been banished, and Google services reign supreme.

Next question is when is Verizon actually going to announce the Gem? Thanks, anon!

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4 years ago

Google Body briefly appears in Android Market, now pulled

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Google Body

Good news, bad news and a good news again: Google Body briefly made an appearance in the Android Market on the Motorola Xoom today. Bad news is that it's been pulled (though the market listing still lives here). Good news is that while you wait for it to show again, you can check out our hands-on video after the break. We'll be back when the app is. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Another trojan found in pirated Android apps

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pirate arrr

Symantec has uncovered yet another trojan horse in a pirated Android app. This time around it's the "Android.Pjapps" trojan, and you can find it in modified versions of the Steamy Window app that have been cracked and placed on Android warez sites.  The official version of Steamy Window that's on the Android Market is not infected.  And it's a fun little time waster that you should probably have a look at

What's happening from the trojan in the pirated app is a bit scary.  Without your knowledge, it signs you up for premium text message services, sends off texts to them without your knowledge, and blocks incoming texts from the service so that you have no idea what is going on -- until your monthly bill from your service provider arrives.  It's sneaky, and someone needs a good old-fashioned ass kicking for doing it.  As we saw with other instances of malware hidden inside legitimate applications, this one originates in China, and is written by people probably a lot smarter than most of us.  You're not going to be able to outwit them.  Be smart -- only download apps from trustworthy sources, and read the permissions an app asks for when installing it.  Or you can go a step further and install an anti-virus application.

Now that the news portion is done, I want to say that anyone stealing Android applications will eventually get what they deserve.  These unofficial, unsanctioned, pirate websites hawking paid apps for free don't care about you.  They just want the traffic to view their ads, or your "$10 per year for all apps for FREE ZOMG."  If you visit them, and get a little more than you bargained for in the application you have stolen, make sure you only blame yourself.  There are legitimate sources to download applications if you're unable to access the Android Market, and they help developers get paid what they are owed.  Use them.

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4 years ago

Baviux - A fun little game available for free in the Android Market

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I'm a huge fan of games that I can hop into and hop right out of if my attention is needed elsewhere. A new game in the Android Market fits that criteria rather nicely for me. No, it doesn't have any insane graphics. No, you don't need a Tegra 2 equipped device to run it. But it's fun damnit -- and that's what games should be.

The Baviux are small the blue creatures that were removed from their planet and taken as slaves. You must help them escape by getting them to their spaceships. In other words, you control bursts of air that push them up where they need to go. You have to get them, and not the other bad dudes into the ships so that they may fly away to safety.

Baviux has 3 Worlds, and 30 levels that you can play in for free. The developer also notes that more are on the way, so we can expect some updates to the game eventually. With multi-touch and accelerometer use built in as well as support for older devices Baviux is worth taking a look at for some random fun or a throw back to the water games you used to play as a kid. Video of Baviux in action as well as the download link can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

The Android Dictionary

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Android DictionaryThere are a lot of terms and Android abbreviations out there -- so many that we don't blame if you you're sometimes left wondering what it is we're talking about.

From ADB to OTA, from SDK to .apk, from JIT to GSM to CDMA ... well, you see where we're going with this.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Atrix 4G and laptop dock

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Motorola Atrix 4G

 

The Atrix 4G is the hot new dual-core smartphone from Motorola and AT&T, you know, that one with the cool docks.  Both the phone itself and the technology behind the Webtop docking stations are something we're all interested in, and we're going to give it a thorough look over and try to tell you as much as we can about the Atrix 4G "ecosystem" (see what I did there) after we have used it for a week or so. 

We're expecting big things from the Atrix.  It has the hardware to put it at the top of the Android heap (for now) with it's dual-core Tegra 2 chipset and 1 GB of RAM.  But first impressions are telling, always good to share, and after the break.

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4 years ago

A bit more Honeycomb at Building 44

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Yesterday we saw the Honeycomb statue arrive at Building 44 in Mountain View. Now Google's posted this video that has everyone buzzing. Yeah. We went there. [Google Mobile Blog]

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4 years ago

Rogers drops price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab to $299.99

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As more and more tablets get closer to launch we can only expect prices of the Samsung Galaxy Tab to continue dropping from here on out. Rogers is the latest carrier to go ahead and slash the price, reducing their version to only $299.99 on a new 3-year contract. Although it looks as though the deal only runs until March 31, that really shouldn't be a problem for most users especially if you've been holding out for the drop. Just keep in mind, the Motorola XOOM has yet to appear in Canada and Samsung does have more tablets already officially lined up and soon ready to roll out. Given the 3-year contract requirement, you just might want to hold out. [MobileSyrup]

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4 years ago

Saab turns to Android for their IQon car infotainment system

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The concept of running Android in automobiles is far from being a new one, for better or worse. Saab however outlined today in a press release how they're hoping to change the landscape with their Android powered IQon infotainment system. So how exactly is Saab going to change it up? As noted in the press release:

An 8-inch touchscreen provides access to services, including audio and entertainment streaming, online navigation and on-board music storage. Saab’s ‘open innovation’ strategy offers the global developer community access to the full bandwidth of car communications – infotainment, telematics, systems monitoring and diagnostics. In this way, it opens up new dimensions in customer choice for the personalization of in-car services. Even applications specific to particular countries can be included.

Saab is going to be using open API's and is taking the lead by letting Android developers in the community create applications that interface with well over 500 signals from different sensors in the vehicle. Be it vehicle speed, location and direction of travel, driver workload, yaw rate, steering wheel angle, engine speed and torque, inside and outside temperature and more. While it's not available yet, the IQon system is being put to the grind on a test fleet of Saab vehicles and will be demoed using the Saab PhoeniX concept car at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Full press release and video can be found after the break for you all. [PRNewswire]

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