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3 years ago

Ustream gains Honeycomb support, lets you broadcast and view live video

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Been looking to make use of that front-facing camera on your tablet by sharing your daily adventures with the World? If so, Ustream has now given you a Honeycomb optimized way of completing that mission. Ustream for Honeycomb has been released to the Android Market and is looking pretty spiffy. Users can not only now broadcast from their tablets but also tune into live shows from anywhere a connection is available. In other words, you now have a perfect way to tune into the Android Central podcast on Thursday nights.

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3 years ago

Samsung counts down to their Galaxy S II balloon project

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Last week we saw NASA send a Nexus S into space on the final shuttle flight, but Samsung plans to one up that as they launch a Galaxy S II into the sky, unmanned. That's right, Samsung has created a Balloon Project in which they will launch a Galaxy S II into the atmosphere without any humans, and have it record the whole entire epic journey. The project is set to launch in three days, and for all updates be sure to follow along with Samsung as they prepare for and launch this thing!

Source: Samsung Japan Facebook

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3 years ago

Android 3.2 GPL source code published, update should follow soon [Update: It's pushing out now for Wifi Xooms]

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The rumors that the next version of Honeycomb being right around the corner look to be true, as today Android Open-Source Project engineer Jean-Baptiste Queru has pushed the GPL portions of the 3.2 source code to the AOSP tree.  Don't think this means that Honeycomb has been open-sourced -- this is just the bits used for the 3.2 update that are using the GPL license, which requires the source code to be available when the software is shipped.

For you developers out there, JBQ also gives build instructions (they haven't changed since last time) and warns that the binaries aren't likely to run on actual hardware, again like the 3.1 code.  While I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting the core of Honeycomb to be open-sourced, at least we know that the 3.2 update is on track and we should be seeing it soon.

Update: As pointed out in the comments below, the 3.2 update is rolling out now for Wifi users.  It's build number HTJ85B, has the application zooming feature we first saw yesterday, and the long-awaited SD card support.

Source: Android Building Google group; via +Jean-Baptiste Queru

 

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3 years ago

Nexus S in White now available from Telus

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It has been a while since we spoke of the White Nexus S and we were wondering where, exactly it would turn up next for quite a while. As it turns out, the great white Nexus S has now landed in the Great White North on Telus. Want one? $500 no contract and it is all yours, unless you're down for signing a new three-year in which case -- you can pick it up for only $49.99.

Source: Telus

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3 years ago

LogMeIn Ignition comes pre-installed on Toshiba Thrive, offers a free trial

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The widely popular app LogMeIn Ignition, which allows users to access their computers from their mobile devices, is coming pre-installed on Toshiba Thrive tablets.

The service, which costs $29.99 normally, gives users a 45-day free trial, after which they can purchase for a discounted price of $24.99.

Do you have a Toshiba Thrive? If so, are you excited about the free trial and discount? Discuss it and more in our Toshiba Thrive Forum.

If you don't have a Thrive and are interested in the remote app, please find links to it after the break as well as the press release.

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3 years ago

Nexus S 4G update (obviously) delayed; Samsung Transform EF09 update pulled

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Not exactly the news a lot of you were hoping for. But when July 11 came and went and the unofficially official GRJ90 update (bugfixes, mostly) to the Sprint Nexus S 4G didn't happen, a lot of people were left wondering. Looks like it's definitely missed its scheduled update release, if the above screen shot is any indication.

Then there's the Samsung Transform (see our review), which has had its EF09 update show for a few people over the last week or so. But that update's been pulled, as the "update was failing." And nobody like that to happen.

Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

These Nexus rumors sound fishy - should you take the bait?

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Seems like you can't turn around these days without bumping into some rumor about a new Nexus phone.  Crazy rumors sometimes turn out to be true, but more often than not they are just idle wishing that got out of hand (or successful troll being successful).  I'm convinced the latest two are the same -- just a bunch of nonsense.  Here's why.

Let's start with the rumored Google+ Nexus.  Supposedly, a super secret Google ninja has a friend who is the caretaker of an unofficial Google+ Facebook fan page.  Of course Google ninjas and unofficial Google+ pages belong on Facebook -- how else will they get a golden egg or the mystery black pig?  But I digress.  Anyway, this fellow has inside information that the next Nexus will be made by HTC, be called the Nexus 3, and have a dedicated Google+ button.  Yeah.  Who needs gimmicks like NFC or Wifi Direct when you can have a Google+ button, right?  Where to start here -- if you simply look at the Facebook profile for Google+, it tells you it's not the official page (right after they claim their address and homepage are Google's), but it's clearly designed to make you think it is.  If that's not enough fail to fill you up, come up with a good reason why Google would want a Google+ button on the next de facto developer phone?  Or why anyone would for that matter.  My verdict -- it's just someone who want's a gazillion likes on Facebook.

Then there's this Samsung Romania Twitter feed supposedly outing the Samsung Nexus 3 with an AMOLED Super HD screen.  If you missed it,  it claimed that "Yes, next Nexus will be Samsung AMOLED Super HD" and and will be running Android 4.0.  It even gave a link for proof .  The link leads to some silly page with a BGR photoshopped pic (who never claimed the pic was real) rehashing all this Nexus Prime nonsense.  I hate to break it to you, but I'm pretty sure 720p Super AMOLED plus ain't happening anytime soon on a 4-inch screen.  Or a 5-inch screen.  Probably not even on an 10-inch screen.  Believe me, I want this as much as anyone does, but I don't believe a bit of it. 

Is somebody working on the next Nexus phone?  Sure they are, it could very well be HTC or Samsung, too.  Will it have better specs than the last Nexus phone?  Of course it will.  Will it have a 720p Super AMOLED plus screen and/or a Google+ button?  I don't think so.  (But we're hearing our own rumblings that the 720p part will hold up.) Hit the links, and let us know what you think.

More: Facebook; @SamsungMobileRo; Phandroid; Go4it.ro; BGR

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3 years ago

HTC Merge released on another carrier not named Verizon

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Yeah, yeah. It's the HTC Merge. You've seen it before. But this is the phone that just keeps growing, folks. It found new life on regional carriers such as Alltel, Cellular South and US Cellular after Verizon cast it aside, and now it's got a new home -- Cellcom of Wisconsin. It appears to be the same version that we recently (and less unofficially this timereviewed -- as in no Bing on board.

Cellcom's HTC Merge is going for $150 with a two-year contract, or $379 outright, which isn't too shabby, either.

Source: Cellcom; Thanks, gmonkey88!

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3 years ago

Harman hops on the Android Open Accessory Protocol train

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Harman International Industries -- the company behind such audio giants as Harman Kardon and JBL -- has announced it is supported the Android Open Accessory Protocol. That's the feature announced back at Google IO in May that will let you connect your Android 3.1 tablet and Android 2.3.4 smartphone to, well, anything.

The obvious play here is for car audio, and Harman specifically mentions its Aha Radio service. But also look for navigation and steering wheel control, as well as being able to share music and movies to passengers' seats as well.

No word on when we'll see AOAP-enabled dash units, but it's gonna be pretty sweet when we do. Check out the full press release after the break.

Source: Harman

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Starfield 3D Live Wallpaper

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This one's pretty simple, folks. If you like stars, space, spaceships, or Star Trek and/or Star Wars, I've got the live wallpaper for you. It goes by the name of Starfield 3D Live Wallpaper, and it's about as straightforward as they come.

Starfield 3D Live Wallpaper has a settings of menu of only give choices: Stars, Speed, Background, Battery, and Reverse. Stars and Speed are fairly obvious: adjust the slider to determine how many stars are on the screen at once and how fast you're blazing by in your ship (X-Wing? Starship Enterprise?).

Background is a simple check box, and enabling it adds a static image of about six galaxies that are far, far away. It kind of detracts from the overall slickness of a solid black background, but if realism is your thing, the option is there.

Battery is quite possibly my favorite choice, as it makes your default flying speed tied to your battery level. Have a charged battery, zoom right along. Have an almost dead battery, though, and expect to drag along in deep space, just waiting for a Klingon Star Destroyer ambush. Reverse is just that: the stars all go the opposite way, as thought your boosters were pushing you in reverse.

There's also the excellent double-tap reaction of going into warp speed, and I dig it. It reminds me of the Millennium Falcon scene in Star Wars when they're on the run. Nerdy, sure, but at least it's there!

Scrolling is smooth, with no performance problems on my end. Perhaps it's the newness of the EVO 3D, but with the popularity this wallpaper has already seen, I'm almost positive it runs on everything pretty well.

At the whopping price of free, there's nothing in your way to keep you from downloading this stellar wallpaper. Well, maybe trying to get a girlfriend, but if you're reading about Android, that ship has probably sailed. May the Force be with you/live long and prosper, friends.

Download links are after the break.

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