4 years ago

Google goes social with Google+


Android app gives full access, but it's currently in private beta

Google's just taken the wraps off Google+ -- its answer to Facebook, more or less. More, actually, we believe, though for all the details and video's Google's just dropped, we don't get much in the way of actual hands-on usage.

In an oversimplified nutshell, Google+ is a series of groups, called Circles; trending topics, called Sparks; group chat (including video), dubbed Hangouts; and mobile, which includes location-based services, instant upload of photos, and Huddle (more group chat).

So Google's gone social, and not a moment too soon, though it's currently in a closed beta.

As far as the Android app is concerned: You've got a "Stream" feature, which basically is like Facebook's wall. Photos is well, photos. Huddle is group messaging. Will it finally be group messaging done right?

So that's that. Check out Google's full explanation of Google+ at the source link below, and check out video of the mobile app after the break. Other than that, not a whole lot else to do until more of us get invited.

Source: Google Blog; More: Google+

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4 years ago

Android 101: How to set default keyboard


One of my favorite things about Android is that there are tons of options for keyboards, lots of different styles, skins and colors that can be selected, and changing them on the go is extremely easy.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets an online simulator


As much as I'm sure we'd all like it if Samsung could send everyone a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 a demo unit, it's just simply never going to happen. That said, it's still nice to know that Samsung is thinking about those users and as such have now offered up an online simulator for folks to play around with and explore all the features the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 brings to the table. We still prefer going hands-on but we'll take what we can get.

Source: Samsung; via: Samsung Tweets

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4 years ago

HTC ChaCha coming soon to Telus as the HTC Status


Although we're still waiting for it to make its debut on a U.S. carrier -- Telus in Canada today has taken the wraps off of their version of the HTC ChaCha or as it shall be known in Canada, the HTC Status. Telus hasn't given a launch date or pricing as of yet but when it does arrive, it will be available in black as well as purple. Plus, you know -- you get Android 2.3 and that cute little dedicated Facebook button that helped give the device its name.

Source: Telus

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4 years ago

Motorola portrait QWERTY phone smiles on Sprint


Well, well, what have we here? In typical blurry fashion, an Android phone from Motorola has appeared, bearing Sprint branding. It's said to be some sort of variant of the Droid Pro/XPRT. Size-wise, it looks about right, through the keyboard's been changed to a "Smile" format, angling up at the edges instead of hitting straight across.

There's no word on this, but how fun  might it be if that were a sliding screen, covering the keyboard when not in use, aka the Palm Pre (which grows increasingly not in use as each day goes by). Other features are sparse, save for Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and a Wimax radio, which makes us hope for a sizable battery in that small form factor.

Source: PopHerald; via BGR

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: X Construction



X Construction is a titular, physics-based game focused around building a safe enough bridge for a train to pass over it without plunging to its doom. It's entertaining, challenging, and definitely tongue-in-cheek, which makes it definitely worth your time.

The object is straightforward: build construct a bridge stable enough to ferry your train across the chasm beneath it without your passengers falling to their demise. You'd think that's unnecessarily simple until you remember there's physics in the game, so if your bridge isn't structurally sound, it'll creak, lean, turn red, and break.

You're limited by how many girders you have, which requires a bit of forward-thinking on your part, but you're always appropriated a couple of pieces more than you need, so if you find yourself running out, you're doing it wrong. Fortunately, the little wrench button lets you erase ill-placed girders and return them to your count, so you've got as many tries as you need.

Constructing bridges is easy enough. Make sure you've got the girder icon selected, tap a point to place your girder, and drag to either make it longer or change it's angle. You'll want to keep them touching one another (indicated by a green circle where two points touch) as well as make sure you've got endpoints anchored to the white dots that speckle the levels. With that in mind, you now know how to play.

The folks who made this game obviously have a bit of a dark side, you'll notice, as whenever your train doesn't make it from Point A to Point B, the passengers all scream as they plummet to their doom, with not-so-realistic metallic, crunching noises accompanying them. It's kind of funny the first time, but totally caught me off guard. To add insult to injury, you get a nice big "Fail" message when you've done just that, to really drive the point home.

Completing a level isn't nearly as dramatic, but you do get points for how many pieces of girder you didn't use as well as how much stress your bridge was under over the course of the train ride. Plus, you unlock the next level, so that's always good.

A scant $1.43 nets you the full version, which is ad-free, has a "free build" mode, and is guaranteed "more levels and materials in future updates," says CrossConstruct. Perhaps a better motivation is the fact that save states between the free version and the paid version aren't compatible, so once you rock through the free one, you'll have to start all over again once you pony up the dough.

At any rate, this game is very fun, especially if you're into mind-benders and physics-based games. It's pretty cheap, so there's no real reason to not go for it, in my opinion. Twenty-one levels await your completion, so hop to it. The train's a-waiting.

Pictures and download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

LA's J. Paul Getty Museum partners with Google to 'Goggles-enable' its entire permanent collection


Los Angeles area art fans: you’ve now got your own personal curator right in your pocket. The J. Paul Getty Museum has partnered with Google to “Goggles enable” its entire permanent collection of paintings, allowing Goggles users to learn more about the art by simply snapping a photo. Goggles uses the museum’s website to expand on the painting's description by giving you an in-depth look at the history behind some of the coolest paintings in LA.  No word on whether or not Google will engage in similar partnerships in the future, though for the sake of looking a lot smarter than we actually are, we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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4 years ago

A half-million Android devices activated every day, Andy Rubin says


Wow. Let there be no doubt that Android's taking over, folks. Andy Rubin (he's the cat in charge of the whole thing, if you didn't know), tweeted this morning that "There are now over 500,000 Android devices activated every day.) Plus, he said, that rate's growing at 4 percent week over week.

Think about it: That's 3.5 million Android devices activated every week. Twenty thousand an hour. Some 347 devices activated every minute. Nearly six devices activated every second.


Source: @arubin

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4 years ago

Vodafone to carry HTC EVO 3D in the UK



Vodafone is the first UK carrier to announce that it'll be selling the new European version of the HTC EVO 3D. No pricing or release date information is available at the moment, nor is there any hint of the device being exclusive to Vodafone in the UK or elsewhere.

HTC announced yesterday that the EVO 3D, now available on Sprint in the US, would be coming to Europe, with a UK release due sometime in July. Join us after the jump for an early Vodafone promo video showing off the phone's 3D features.

Source: Vodafone UK

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4 years ago

MyTouch 4G Slide officially announced, touting HDR camera


Youtube link for mobile viewing

And here it is, folks. Just a few minutes after a not-so-cagy tease, we've got the myTouch 4G Slide from HTC and T-Mobile, officially announced. Claiming the "most advanced camera of any smartphone," it's got an 8MP shooter with ClearShot HDR (stitching together different exposures into one image, like on the iPhone 4, yo), SweepShot panorama, BurstShot for, well, burst mode and the Genius Button we saw on the original myTouch 4G.

According to T-Mobile's press release, the camera sports zero shutter lag, a backside illuminated sensor, as well as an f/2.2 aperture.

Other features:

  • 3.7-inch touchscreen.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
  • Sense 3.0
  • Swype
  • Four-row QWERTY keyboard.
  • Qik mobile video chat.
  • Genius button with Dragon Dictation from Nuance.
  • Netflix.
  • T-Mobile TV.
  • YouTube
  • T-Mobile KidZone

Not a bad list. It'll be available in July for $199. We've got the full press release after the break.

More: T-Mobile; Thanks, Jesus G, for the tip!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile adds a few more cities to its HSPA+ roster


Tucked deep inside the press release announcing the myTouch 4G Slide, T-Mobile also broke news of seven cities that now have access to its HSPA+ network. They are:

  • Barnstable, Mass.
  • Chico, Calif.
  • Lancaster, Penn.
  • Ogden, Utah
  • Redding, Calif.
  • Vineland, N.J.
  • Winchester, Va.

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

T-Mobile teases ... something ... on Twitter


Gee, whatever could it be? Couldn't have at least done one of those Magic Eye sailboat things?

Source: @TMobile

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4 years ago

Toshiba shows off the Thrive, and gives us all a chance to win one


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Toshiba US is showing off the Toshiba Thrive Honeycomb tablet, and giving us all a chance to win one of our very own. Take a minute and check out the really cool unboxing video, which not only does our job for us but is chock full of CGI and special effects that show off the features of the Thrive.  When you're done, you'll want to hit the official contest page and try to win one of your own. 

The Thrive has all the connectivity you would ever need, with HDMI, USB, and SD card slots, and has a removable battery to extend work and play while on the go.  We're looking forward to seeing them, and I imagine more than a few of you guys are as well.  Check out the links below and maybe you'll get lucky and have a Thrive to call your own.

Via: @AndroidAshleyOfficial Contest Page

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4 years ago

Next Nexus, all 3D's not created equal [From the Forums]


Another Monday is almost past us and like always we've got plenty more coming up for the rest of the week but we'll get to that later. If you haven't stopped by the Android Central forums today, now is as good a time as any to do so. Check out some of the threads below to help get you started:

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4 years ago

Share your HTC EVO 3D pictures [from the forums]


A big draw of the modern smartphone is a quality camera, and the HTC EVO 3D is no exception.  Not only can you take some very nice stills in 2D, like Android Central forums member zmann's flower garden above,  but there's that nifty little thing called 3D to play around with.  We've got a place for you to share your pictures, novice or pro, and in 2D or 3D right in the EVO 3D forums

Now grab your EVO 3D, snap some pics, and share with the class -- we all wanna see them.  And while you're at it, you can pick up all the hints and tricks about sharing your 3D content from the folks in the forums who seem to have it just about figured out.

Android Central EVO 3D forums.  Picture credit zmann

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