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3 years ago

LauncherPro updated to v0.8.2, brings virtual looping and a recent app popup

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LauncherPro, the popular alternative launcher, has been updated to v.0.8.2, bringing with it some nice changes. The developer, Federico Carnales, said back in September that he was rewriting the entire application to improve performance and add great features.

This update is not the full rewrite, which he hopes to release in January. Nevertheless, this update brings some cool new features, including:

  • Virtual looping: When this is enabled, users can scroll past their last homescreen, only to bounce back to the other side. To enable this feature, go into Preferences->HomeScreen Settings->Virtual Looping
  • Dock popup: This feature is for Pro users only. It allows users to add Recent Apps as a Swipe gesture action popup. If you enable it, you can make a swipe gesture to display your most recently used apps, much like holding the Home button. To enable, hold down an icon in the dock->Swipe gesture action->Show Popup->Recent Apps. Thus far, I have found it displays more apps than long pressing the Home button
  • Clear cache option for Twitter and Facebook widgets; this is also only for Pro users. To access this, go to Preferences->LP Widget Settings->Twitter widget/Facebook widget

Some great improvements on an already fantastic app. If you haven't already tried LauncherPro, find the download links after the break.  [LauncherPro]

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3 years ago

Official Nexus S contest rules posted by Google

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Google is holding a contest to give away a bunch of Nexus S's. You need to follow @googlenexus and solve the puzzles they give you.  Google will release new puzzles around 9am PT and followers are only allowed one entry per day. If you submit multiple entries, your subsequent guesses will be disqualified.

This contest is only open for US, UK and Canadian residents (minus Quebec). Find the official rules in the source link. (And if you're looking to win a Nexus S without all the hassle of rules and Twitter, we're giving one away, too.) [Google]

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3 years ago

U.S. Cellular to launch LG Optimus U

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No surprise here as we've known this was coming since US Cellular added the LG Apex to their smartphone line up. But just in case you've been holding out for the LG Optimus U (their branded LG Optimus One) you'll be pleased to know that Dec 13 is the day. On that day, US Cellular will make their LG Optimus U available in U.S. Cellular stores and at uscellular.com for free after an $80 mail-in rebate. Not a bad deal and of course, it comes in time for the holidays. If you're looking for more details, the full press release is available after the break.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread SDK ROMs everywhere

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Gingerbread ROMs are being ported from the 2.3 SDK device emulator left and right.  As of this writing, we have the Eris, the Hero, the Wildfire (pictured, and video after the break), and the Evo 4G all booting up Gingerbread, and I'm sure we probably will see more, the OG Droid and Droid Incredible can't be far behind. 

It's awesome, just because it's awesome.  Booting up Gingerbread and looking through the UI on a device it a load of fun.  Don't expect too much going in, and be sure to have a good backup to return to, then give it a whirl.  There's a video after the break to give you an idea of what to expect for the most part. [Eris; Hero; Wildfire; Evo] Thanks everyone who sent these in!

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3 years ago

Delta installing gateside charging pods where iPads, Nexus Ones live together

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If you fly, you likely know how tough it can be in certain airports to find anywhere to charge your phone and computer. It's 2010, people. It's a little ridiculous. The good news: Delta just announced that it's installing charging stations at 19 airports, including seven domestic hubs. There will be two stations at each gate, with six 110-volt outlets and two USB ports at each station. Airports to be included: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, JFK, Salt Lake City, Boston, Columbus, Hartford, Indianapolis, LAX, Nashville, Norfolk, Omaha, Pittsburgs, Portland, Seattle and St. Louis.

That's all well and good. But what really made our cold hearts warm up a little was the picture you see above, with the Google Nexus One and the Apple iPad charging together. What a wonderful world. (And we bet the guy on the left was enjoying a nice Flash game. [Delta]

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3 years ago

Previewing Gingerbread with the 2.3 SDK [how-to]

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While we're all waiting around for the Gingerbread OTA or our Nexus One's, we need some way to pass the time.  Bored Android geeks are dangerous Android geeks.  Luckily, today's release of the SDK gives us a way to preview some of Android 2.3's new features and UI elements.  Hit the break to see how to update your SDK and set up a 2.3 virtual device, as well as a bunch of screenshots for those who don't feel like tackling the process.

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3 years ago

LG, VMWare bringing the corporate sandbox to Android

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LG and VMware announced this morning a partnership that brings virtualization to Android smartphones. The non-nerd premise is this: You've got your standard Android smartphone, with your e-mail, your apps, your phone number. And in a virtual space on the same device, you have another set of apps, corporate e-mail, another phone number -- completely sandboxed from your personal stuff, unable to talk to or access its data.

The idea, of course, is security, and it gives VMware a handhold into the mobile enterprise market. Chances are most of us don't have jobs that need that level of sandbox security but it's nice that it's available. Full press release after the break and video that Engadget scrounged up is after the break.

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3 years ago

Fring adds Dynamic Video Quality to their video calling services

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The topic of video calling these days is a rather hot one for many. What was once noted as a thing of the future, video calling this year has sort of been placed at the front of the line when it comes to device manufacturers and application developers. The other element here is the carriers, rather the networks they provide and their ability to provide enough bandwidth to make video calling happen. Fring, well aware of the fact that carrier networks are often times constrained have adapted their video calling applications to make use of Dynamic Video Quality as they refer to it.

DVQ technology (Dynamic Video Quality) automatically, and continuously, adjusts your video call quality to match your internet bandwidth at all times, giving you the best video and audio quality possible for your connectivity.

In short, that all breaks down to this. Whenever you have what may be considered spotty coverage, Fring will adjust your video calls a quality level, which the network can provide dynamically without user interaction. The goal here is to not limit your ability to make video calls but rather to give you the best audio and video the network can provide. Hopefully, a lot more developers will adopt similar technology as well. It really is a basic philosophy of networking. Fring is available now in the Android Market. [Fring]

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3 years ago

Video: Andy Rubin with the Motorola tablet and Honeycomb

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Here's video of Google's Andy Rubin showing off that Tegra 2 Motorola tablet prototype running Android 3.0 Honeycomb and the all-new Google Maps. In a word: WANT! [All Things D] Thanks, Kevin!

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3 years ago

Andy Rubin demos Honeycomb on prototype Motorola tablet, coming in 2011

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We all expected Andy Rubin (the man at Google behind the Android project) to talk Gingerbread at tonight's All Things D's Dive into Mobile conference keynote, but nobody expected to see a prototype Motorola tablet, running Honeycomb.  Not many details were given, but the tablet lacks physical buttons, and was shown running the upcoming Maps application.  When asked about Honeycomb, Rubin stated that a new API was added that allows any application to split its views into multiple panes.  On a tablet, they could be side by side, and on a phone in series one after the other. 

You can bet we're hitting all our sources to find out more, and we'll be sure to let you know as soon as we do.  [All Things D, Engadget]

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