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3 years ago

Telenav 6.2 update now available free for T-Mobile subscribers

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If you're using a Samsung Vibrant, LG Optimus T, Motorola Defy, Motorola Cliq XT, or a T-Mobile Comet, you can finally grab the version 6.2 update of Telenav from the Android Market.  We had a look at the new Telenav when it first rolled out a while back, and some of the new features are really nice.  One of the best features is the multiroute suggestions, which can give you up to three ways to get from point A to point B.  Other improvements include a new quick search bar and improved voice recognition.

While officially the Telenav update is only supposed to be available for the above listed devices, I'm seeing it in the Market for my Nexus One and Nexus S as well -- so if you're using a T-Mobile phone that's not on the list, give it a look anyway.  It's a great app that many users (myself included) swear by, and a nice perk from your carrier.  The download link is after the break.

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3 years ago

New Android devices headed to Sprint, according to Q3 roadmap rumor

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When referring to carrier roadmaps, you always have to kind of take them with a grain of salt as they can and often do change on the fly. That said, Sprint's Q3 lineup has just been broken down a little in rumor form, and it does have some Android devices on it that may be of interest.

The first item on the list is said to be the Samsung Epic 2, which will bring a 4-inch display, 1.2GHz single-core Hummingbird processor and a 8MP camera, all wrapped up in a nice QWERTY keyboard form factor. Next up, a full-touch 4G device from Samsung -- details here are lacking but given that the Samsung Within aka Samsung Galaxy S II fits this description nicely it'd come as now surprise if that's exactly what it was when it gets an official announcement.

If this roadmap turns to reality, that means two new Android devices on Sprint between July and September. Seems rather low to us but Sprint did just roll out the HTC EVO 3D as well and who knows what else could be added in the meantime -- or maybe they'll just ride out the EVO 3D through the summer.

Source: This is my next

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Live ATC

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

OK, all you pilots, wannabe pilots, airplane buffs, frequent flyers, ATCs, FAs, FOs, PAX and others. If you've  ever wondered what goes on between the tower and all those planes on the ground and in the air, there's an app for that. It's actually a continuation of the LiveATC.net website, packaged up nice and neat for your smartphone.

You'll have quick access to dozens of air traffic control frequencies, you can check the radar at the various fields, and see technical schematics of the runways. It's kinda cool, but we're not so sure it's $2.99 worth of cool.

If you wanna give it a go, download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Sites now have automatic mobile rendering

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We spend a lot of our time on the web around these parts, and when using phone sized devices it makes sense to use the mobile versions of sites that have been optimized.  Google just improved things for folks who use their Google Sites service, allowing owners to set things up so that the site is automatically adjusted for mobile viewers using iOS 3 and above or Android 2.2 and above. 

If you have a site of your own, all you'll need to do is open the General settings, and under More actions > Manage site, click on Automatically adjust site for mobile phones.  After you're done, preview the page right from your computer in the mobile site view using More actions > Preview as viewer (Mobile).  Users only need to sit back and enjoy.  According to Google, The most noticeable automatic adjustments are:

  • Aligning the header layout and top bar
  • Fitting the width of the site to match the device’s width
  • Smart handling of sidebars, horizontal navigation, and dropdown links

In addition, site owners have a bit more control over links that appear in their page footer to save some vertical space, and your Sites dashboard has been revamped with a much improved mobile view.  Nice work Google!

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 61

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Audio-only stream below

We bring you the first hard proof of Verizon's upcoming changes to its data plans. Plus, more on the Sprint EVO 3D, and a look at Archos' line of sub-$400 Honeycomb tablets.

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3 years ago

Motorola Triumph now available for pre-order on Best Buy for $299

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If you have been anxiously awaiting the Motorola Triumph since it was announced, you are now able to place your pre-order for the device. The Best Buy website has the device listed for $299, and while there is no exact date of when it will be in your hands, the site does seem to lead towards it being delivered at the end of July. Don't delay, be sure to place your pre-order for this device, and then be sure to go back and check out our hands on, and hop in the forums and share your excitement!

Source: Best Buy: Thanks, girldroid!

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3 years ago

HTC issues update to fix lockscreen broken in previous update

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Follow that? HTC's just put out another update (following the initial one that fixed a calendar bug but borked the lockscreen, and a second to fix the HTC Watch app) for the Sprint EVO 3D. This one fixes the Sense 3.0 lockscreen, which lost its phone dialer shortcut (and couldn't get it back) following that initial calendar bugfix. It's a quick and easy update -- just download and restart and you're good to go.

More: EVO 3D forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Motorola enables sideloading on the Bravo via a Market app

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Pardon the pun, but bravo for Motorola and AT&T -- they have released an app on the Android Market that will enable sideloading on your Motorola Bravo.  Sideloading, something many of us think is one of the strengths of the Android platform, allows you to install application on your Android device that do not come from the official Android Market.  It's something that AT&T has blocked from their Android phones for quite a while, only considering the option once the Amazon Appstore gained popularity.  There have always been ways around it, as it only really disabled sideloading directly from the device, but it was one of those small things that put a damper on the whole Android experience on AT&T.  We certainly had a few words to say about it.

Just as important is the method used here.  Rooted users know, enabling the "Unknown Sources" option is a pretty trivial thing to do, you just change an entry in a system database.  Motorola simply released an app that has the permissions to do this automatically -- no root, no fuss.  It doesn't get much more user-friendly than that, and my hat's off to you Motorola. 

Enough of my gushing -- the download link is after the break, grab it, install it, and go shop around for some apps.

Thanks, Rohit!

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 custom ROMs now appearing, first up -- Incredibly Debloated v1.0

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It was only a few days ago that S-OFF was achieved on the Droid Incredible 2. That of course, left the doors open for some custom ROMs to be built for the device and as such we're now starting to see them appear in the Android Central forums. The Incredibly Debloated v1.0 ROM comes to us from xgunther and even comes in two flavors currently -- one with a stock kernel and one with your selection of an overclocked kernel.

As they name would suggest, bloat on these ROMS has been removed and no matter which you decide to roll with you'll be getting a completely bloat-free, zip-aligned, deodexed and completely rooted ROM and that to us sounds just fabulous. Looking for more details? Hit the link below.

More: Incredibly Debloated v1.0 ROM

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3 years ago

Australian carrier says it'll ditch Sense to get Gingerbread on the HTC Desire

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The plot thickens. Last week HTC kicked up a bit of a storm by announcing that the Desire wouldn't be getting an official Android 2.3 Gingerbread update due to memory constraints, saying there wasn't enough space on the phone for Gingerbread and HTC Sense. Then, 24 hours later the manufacturer responded to feedback from Desire owners and changed its mind, committing to delivering Gingerbread alongside a trimmed-down Sense UI.

Now Australian carrier Telstra has indicated it's willing to go even further to get Gingerbread onto its Desire handsets. On its software updates page, the network lists a HTC Desire Gingerbread update as due for release in August, with the following description --

"Due to the increased memory requirements of the ‘Gingerbread’ update, new software that does not include HTC’s Sense UI is being prepared."

So that means it'll be completely stock, vanilla Gingerbread that'll be offered to Telstra-branded Desire owners this August. If accurate, this is a pretty important development. It's also an acknowledgement that a significant minority of customers would be prepared to ditch the manufacturer's custom software to get their hands on the latest version of Android.

Because of the logistics of moving from a Sense ROM to stock Android, we think the update will be an optional one for Telstra customers, perhaps applied by using a RUU as opposed to the usual over-the-air upgrade. It remains to be seen whether other carriers will follow suit and decide to offer power users a way to leave Sense behind in favor of stock Gingerbread. Nevertheless, we'll be following this story with interest in the weeks ahead to see how things progress.

Source: Telstra; via: Engadget

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