3 years ago

Google Maps updates to v5.5.0


A new Google Maps update is now available. This version -- v5.5.0 has only three changes listed in the changelog but it brings some stuff that users have been asking for all while addressing some privacy concerns within Latitude. The full changelog is as follows:

  • Check in and out directly from Place Pages
  • Change Latitude work and home addresses
  • Redesigned transit station pages

If any of those items pique your interest, you can jump on past the break for the Android Market download link or just simply fire up the Android Market on your device and install from there.

Source: Google Lat-Long Blog; Thanks, isaiah32!

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3 years ago

HTC Panache 4G unboxed -- the Glacier comes to Canada


Heads-up to our readers who are Mobilicity subscribers -- you no longer have to pay full price and have a MyTouch 4G shipped from the states to get your hands on an HTC Glacier.  Mobilicity has scored an exclusive for the HTC Panache, complete with Gingerbread on board.  The specs haven't changed, though -- you still have the second generation 1GHz Snapdragon, 768 MB of RAM, 3.8 inch display, and 21 mbs 4G speeds.

Mobilicity is selling the Panache for $499.99 off contract, and it is available for use on the $25 monthly unlimited plan (CAD).  It's still a hell of a phone even when compared to today's dual core beasts, and we're glad to see it's made it's way up North.  The unboxing, and Mobilicity's press release is after the break.

Source: Mobilicity; YoutubeThanks, Eric!

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3 years ago

BlueStacks brings Android apps to your Windows PC


BlueStacks has announced today that it will be expanding its small stealth development of a program that allows users with an x86 PC to run Android applications.  Rosen Sharma, BlueStacks CEO, explains it a little further: 

Our vision is for an entirely new type of experience that supports the consumer interest in Android and also allows them to access some of the most valuable enterprise applications, enabling them to use their device of choice for work and play

Arriving as soon as Q3 of this year, BlueStacks will work with any x86 desktop, notebook, or tablet running Microsoft Windows.  The last bit there is interesting, as on their website BlueStacks claims the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 pro (a Windows 7/Android device coming soon) will be powered by their technology.  BlueStacks business model is much like Swype's -- they aim to be bundled by OEM into new products rather than sell their software stand-alone.

Android emulation on Windows is nothing new.  We're even seeing it from RIM on the Playbook.  If BlueStacks can pull it off as seamless and lag-free as they claim, that will be the real trick.  We've signed up to get on their initial list of testers, and until then the jury is still out.  In the meantime, their full press release is after the break.

More information: BlueStacks.com

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mini mini review


We spend a lot of time here on Android Central obsessing over the latest high-end, high-spec, high-price handsets -- devices aimed at nerds like us who crave shiny new toys every few months. But in the real world, not everyone likes to blow hundreds of their local currency on a cell phone, even if they’re looking to dip their toe into the enticing world of smartphones. This means that competition among budget devices can be just as fierce as it is between the latest dual-core superphones.

The Galaxy Mini is Samsung’s contender in the budget arena -- it’s a low-cost device for folks making the switch from a feature phone, and as such, you can pick one up without breaking the bank. We tested the Three UK-branded version of the Galaxy Mini, which is available for £99 on Three’s Pay As You Go service with “all you can eat” data, or for free on-contract.

Join us after the jump to find out how the phone measures up.

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3 years ago

Audiogalaxy 2.0 hits the Android Market with new features in tow



With music streaming apps becoming more and more popular, developers are finding stiff competition from some really solid services. (Google Music, anyone?) Audiogalaxy, one of the better streamers on the Market today, has released its Version 2.0 update, upping the ante in both simplicity and usability.

Audiogalaxy is known for its easy-to-use interface: simply set up an account on your computer, and the app will do most of the work for you. Once set up, you can stream your music collection over your 4G, 3G, EDGE, or Wifi connection. Version 2.0 brings some welcome new features including the ability to add songs to existing playlists straight from your phone and to promote/delete upcoming songs in Genie mode. Social networking has been added, too, with the ability to see what your friends are listening to at any given moment.  Version 2.0 is currently available on Android only and can be downloaded from the Market after the break.

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3 years ago

Sprint and Motorola cooking up something over lunch on June 9


We like Sprint. We like Motorola. And, most important, we like lunch. So when Sprint and Moto announce an invite-only luncheon in New York City, you bet your bottom dollar we'll be there with bells on -- and forks in hand.

What's that? They'll be showing off some new devices? Hey, that's great, too!

More: Android Central's upcoming events

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3 years ago

AT&T announces first LTE cities, still no LTE phones


AT&T has finally taken the first steps toward building out their LTE network, starting with five large, metropolitan cities, starting this summer. AT&T's LTE rollout will be in:

  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Chicago
  • Atlanta
  • San Antonio

AT&T also says it plans on adding 10 or more markets in the second half of 2011, covering 70 million people by year's end. In regards to not having any LTE devices, AT&T says:

We also have plans to add 20 4G devices to our robust device portfolio this year, with some of those being LTE capable.

Are there any AT&T users in these markets looking forward to some blazing fast LTE? Shout out your thoughts, we're always listening.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Verizon confirms Droid X getting Gingerbread on Friday


Verizon just dropped us a line to confirm that the Motorola Droid X indeed is getting its official Gingerbread update (see our hands-on) this week. The push will begin on Friday. You might not get it in the initial wave, but we should have the manual download location quickly enough.

More: Droid X Android 2.3.3 changelog

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3 years ago

Official BBC News Android app now available



Following on from the BBC iPlayer app launched on Android a few months ago, the Beeb has today released an official BBC News application for users of Android 1.6 and above in the UK. The app displays BBC News stories from various categories in a tiled arrangement similar to the iPlayer app, and allows users to scroll left and right through each category to see more stories, just like popular news reader Pulse. There's also the option to add and remove categories depending on your interests, and watch live broadcasts from the BBC News Channel.

Join us after the break for the Market link and QR code. The BBC News app is available for free, but right now is restricted to UK users only.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to ship with Android 3.1


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (see our review of the special IO edition) is set to debut June 8, apparently it will be shipping with Android 3.1, the latest version of Honeycomb.

Android 3.1 was announced at Google IO and brings a number of improvements, including:

  • Resizeable widgets
  • Open accessory API
  • USB host API
  • Media Transfer Protocol and Real-time Transport Protocol improvements

The new Samsung 10.1-inch tablet with Android 3.1 will be available June 8th for $499 (16GB) and $599 (32GB).

Source: netbooknews

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