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3 years ago

Apps getting option to zoom in to fill larger Honeycomb tablet screens

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Here's an interesting addition coming to a future version of Android. Apps that don't properly scale up to Honeycomb tablets' greater resolution and larger screen sizes will be able to be zoomed in on to properly fill the screen. This is different than stretching the app to fill the screen, which is what happens now if the app doesn't properly target Android 3.x.

Instead, if you tell the app to "Zoom to fill screen," the app will be emulated at approximately HVGA resolution (that's 320x480) and then scaled up. The down side is that things will look pretty pixelated, but usability shouldn't be affected.

You won't see this on every app you run on Honeycomb -- many apps were designed to scale up on their own just fine, thank you very much, and so developers can remove the stretch/zoom option if they so choose.

And since we know you'll ask, Google's not yet saying what the next version of Honeycomb will be, though we've seen evidence that it could be Android 3.2.

Source: Google

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3 years ago

HTC Status available on AT&T starting July 17, presales today

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AT&T's just dropped word that the HTC Status (its version of the HTC ChaCha) will be available in stores starting July 17 for a mere $49.99 on contract. That price is just about right, we gather, as it's obviously fighting for the Facebook crowd. (Maybe the dedicated Facebook button gave that away?) Presales begin today, and Best Buy will have an exclusive mauve version available.

Other specs of note:

  • Platform: Android 2.3 + HTC Sense
  • Display: 2.6-inch touch screen with 480 x 320 resolution
  • Network: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
  • Processor: MSM7227, 800 MHz
  • Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 1250 mAh
  • Camera resolution: 5 MP main camera with autofocus, VGA  front-facing camera

So, another week or so to go before you can snag the Status. In the meantime, be sure to check out our review of the European HTC ChaCha.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Seesmic for Android hits 1 million downloads

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If you’re a Seesmic for Android user, you can now officially say you’re one of a million. The popular Twitter client has reached 1,000,000 downloads, a major milestone for any app, but especially so for one with such competition. The developers released the brief thank-you video above to acknowledge all those who made it possible. Hit the source link for Seesmic’s announcement, which features a nice shout-out to our very own Mr. Phil Nickinson.

Source: Seesmic
More: Your favorite Android Twitter clients

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3 years ago

Students in RIM's hometown declare war against Android

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Our RIM-o-riffic pals from CrackBerry are up in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, this week to attend Research in Motion's annual shareholder's conference and assure themselves that things can, in fact, get better. Hope they're having fun with that.

Meanwhile, a sect of students from the University of Waterloo (go Warriors!) and Wilfrid Laurier University (go Golden Hawks!) apparently have declared war on Android, via FightAndroid.org. The idea is to take down Android from the inside.

It's WAR! RIM and Waterloo are under attack by Android. You can counterattack. Help build an ad directory that will destroy the Google ad model, which funds Android.

Let us know how that works out.

They're also holding rallies today and Tuesday "to galvanize Waterloo as a community to fight Android." No word yet if CrackBerry Kevin will be there, pitchfork in hand. (Or if he'll be the only one.)

The Dow Jones Industrials index was down 144 points in early trading Monday. Google was down 0.43 percent at 529.72 a share. RIM was down 2.24 percent at 28.33 a share. We'll check back next year and see how the campaign's going.

More: FightAndroid.org

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II goes through the ritual teardown process

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If it can be built, then it must be torn down to see how things work. Samsung started fresh with the Samsung Galaxy S II phone and many folks have been wondering what, exactly makes the device tick. Luckily for us, iFixit has done all the dirty work that we're too weak to do and as such, have taken the device apart -- right down to it's freshly pressed Samsung Exynos 4210 dual-core application processor. Although it's not a full repair guide as of yet, if you're looking to get a closer look at how the Samsung Galaxy S II is put together -- hit the source link below.

Source: iFixit

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3 years ago

Philadelphia newspapers will soon offer discounted tablets with digital subscriptions

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These days, the newspaper industry is having a tough time figuring out just how to battle technology and the resources it offers individuals for getting their news. Some smaller newspapers have simply shut down shop while others have fought back by embracing it.

The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, which are both owned by the Philadelphia Media Network, are embracing it. While the finer details have yet to be worked out, like pricing and what tablet -- both will soon be offering up discounted Android tablets loaded with digital subscriptions to the content. If you can't beat em, might as well join them.

Source: Liliputing; Thanks, Brad!

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to add and remove widgets

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo mini-review

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Sony Ericsson’s 2011 line has so far been dominated by devices with one or more standout features. The Xperia Arc was unbelievably slim and light, with an exceptional camera, while the Xperia Play made its debut as the first PlayStation-certified phone. The Xperia Neo, however, sees the manufacturer taking the hardware of the Arc and downscaling it into a more modest and affordable device. The result of its efforts is a solid mainstream smartphone that incorporates most of the Arc’s features, and even surpasses it in some ways.

Read on to find out how the Xperia Neo compares to the mid-range Android competition, as well as shinier, more expensive offerings from the same manufacturer.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: DocumentsToGo Full

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DocumentsToGo is the stalwart champion of on-the-go file editing. It's been around for a number of years and on a number of handsets and operating systems, be it RIM's BlackBerry or Palm's Palm OS, and as of the inception of our operating system, Android.

DocumentsToGo has a very clean, metallic interface that's easy on the eyes. From the main menu, everything is clearly laid out in front of you. Want to view your starred files? Not a problem. Prefer to be synced with Google Docs? DocumentsToGo supports it.

The plus sign on the bottom left is your one-stop shop for creating a new file. A simple tap on the plus sign brings up a new menu with the options to create a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file. The gear on the bottom right brings up the settings menu, which is also accessible by hitting the menu button on your phone.

Editing a file is a breeze, requiring you only to select it and wait for it to load. I really appreciate how the file editors look in DocumentsToGo, as well. There's a definitely Windows 95 look going on, but it isn't bad at all. It's familiar, which is great. It's also great that when you open a file, it defaults to being zoomed out, so you're able to find what you want to edit it, then zoom in on it, instead of having to zoom out, find, and then zoom in again.

Starred files are a pretty cool, defining characteristic of DocumentsToGo as well, especially if you have a quagmire of files to sort through. If that is you, I'd recommend a laptop or a netbook (or maybe even a tablet!), but know that there's something to help you be better organized than having to sort through long lists of files or go into deeply structured folders on your microSD. This is definitely one of those features I wouldn't mind being ported to the other office products out there.

As mentioned previously, DocumentsToGo supports syncing up with Google Docs, but unfortunately, nothing else. There's no Dropbox integration, no SugarSync, no Box or MobileMe. What Dataviz does give you instead, though, is an actual desktop sync. While it's not as cool as giving you more cloud options (and actually kind of limiting, forcing you to sync with machines the client has been installed on), it's better than nothing. To enable it, you download a Dataviz.exe onto your desktop and set up syncing from there. If Dataviz set up their own cloud syncing between multiple devices, it wouldn't be so bad, but I think to really propel this app to new heights, they should at least add in Dropbox.

At $14.99, Dataviz is asking a bit of a premium for their app. But with its arguably better interface and a more experienced history with mobile editing, this might be the app for you. I do also think if you're going to charge more for a product, you should at least have the same cloud syncing options, but that's just me. As a whole, though, DocumentsToGo offers most (if not all) of the options some will need on the go.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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