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3 years ago

General help, BlackBerry switch, and Which device is better? [From the forums]

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Our "General Help and How To" and device forums have been a great resource for new Android users and it's always good to highlight some stuff from them. If you're a person who likes to help out, have a look at some of the threads below. Maybe you can help?

General Help and How To Forums:

Motorola Droid 2 Forums:

Motorola Droid Pro Forums:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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3 years ago

How would you fix Google Listen?

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As we get closer and closer to the unveiling of Android 2.3 Gingebread, let's look back at one Google app that seems to have fallen by the wayside. Google Listen is the podcatcher of choice for a lot of us, whether it's for its Google Reader integration, its ease of use -- and that it's free. But it's not without its shortcomings, that's for sure.

We'll start: You can't have the best podcatcher app if you don't have the Greatest Android Podcast in the World indexed in your listings. That's right, the Android Central Podcast still isn't listed when you search for it in Google. (Here's how to add it manually.)

Let's hope that Google's secretly been working on something better (maybe as part as some grand music strategy, perhaps?). But how would you change Google Listen?

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3 years ago

Evo 4G accessory review: Mobi Products charging cradle with spare charger

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If you're currently thinking about buying an external wall charger for your spare Evo battery, an extra USB charging/sync cable, or some sort of charging/media dock for your Evo 4G, then the Mobi Products Charging Cradle with Spare Battery Charger might be a better investment, simply because you get all three of these in one unit.

If you're anything like me, the last surface you want to rest your shiny new smartphone on is a hard, unforgiving desktop; peppered with scratch-happy microscopic dirt and debris that are going to do nothing but reak havoc on your device's nice clean finish. I avoid setting my Evo down on tables and countertops at all cost. If I've got to, I make sure to give it a good once over with my hand, and then set it down very gently. Although the Evo comes with a built-in kickstand, it's not quite sturdy enough for my liking, but that's not to say I don't use it, because I do, and rather frequently. But for my money, nothing beats a nice sturdy charging cradle, complete with USB sync capabilities, and a spare battery charging slot.

Check out some more pictures and get my thoughts on this unit after the break.

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3 years ago

New Winamp for Android build includes SHOUTcast integration

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It was only a few weeks ago when Nullsoft's Winamp exploded onto the Android market. And despite being in beta, we were quite surprised by how usable and polished it was.  Its WiFi syncing alone is reason enough to have it installed on your Android phone, even if you use a different music player.

Fans of streaming radio will appreciate one of Winamp for Android's latest additions, as Nullsoft has focused on implementing support for SHOUTcast -- their proprietary internet radio software.  Functionality may be limited, but this test build allows you to browse top stations, genres, and search terms.  Users can stations to their favorites, and even browse recently listened-to stations.

"Yeah, but Jesse, I already use Slacker/Pandora for my internet radio.  Why should I care about this?"

Well, I'll tell you why, dear pessimistic Android Central reader.  As I type this, there are 44,287 free SHOUTcast radio stations, and Winamp can tune in to any of those, from anywhere in the world (so long as you're connected to the internet of course).

No ETA has been given as to when we'll see this update live in the market.  [Download Squad]

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3 years ago

Pinch to zoom still in the works for Sony Ericsson X10 family (really?)

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Prior to the release of the Xperia X10, Sony Ericsson made it clear to potential buyers that their premiere Android phone would not receive any multitouch love.  However, in a recent post on their product blog, Sony Ericsson appears to be going back on their word. And that's a good thing. According to this post, some of their hardworking engineers were able to dig a little deeper into the driver and firmware for the touch digitizer, and enhanced (or enabled) its multi touch tracking.

They also mention that the X10's digitizer is not perfect when it comes to multitouch, so multitouch functionality will be very limited.  How limited, you ask?  Right now they plan on enabling pinch to zoom for just the browser and Google Maps.  It might not sound like much, but when I stop and think about it, most of my pinching and zooming is done within those two apps.  SE also noted that third party applications will also support multitouch/pinch to zoom on the X10, but the experience may be a bit buggy.

SE hasn't given an exact date as to when you can start using two fingers on your X10, but they're aiming to have this pushed out via OTA in Q1 of next year.  [Sony Ericsson]

Join in on the Xperia X10 discussion in our X10 forum 

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3 years ago

Finally: Edit Google Docs in your browser

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It's taken half of forever, but we finally can edit Google Docs -- word files, that is -- in our Android browsers. (Spreadsheets have been editable for a while now.) Google just flipped the switch as says it should be active for those of us on Froyo over the coming days.

All you'll have to do is go to docs.google.com from your browser and choose the document you want to edit. Then hit the "edit" button to change over to the mobile editor. Finally. (And let's see how it handles multiple accounts.) There's video of it in action after the break. [Google Docs]

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3 years ago

Will the world phone Droid Pro work on AT&T or T-Mobile in the United States?

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The Motorola Droid Pro is a "global" device or "world phone," meaning it has a SIM card slot and can work on GSM networks. But will the Motorola Droid Pro work on AT&T or T-Mobile in the United States? That's one of the burning questions as we get our first look at the new Android smartphone on Verizon. According to Motorola's specs, the Droid Pro supports the 850MHz and 1900MHz GSM frequencies, which is what AT&T uses for much of its network.

We've got an e-mail in to Verizon to see what the official policy is regarding unlocking the device to work on U.S. GSM networks. But in the meantime, join us after the break as we see whether you can you the Droid Pro on a GSM network in the United States. And if you have any insight into opening up this bad boy, let us know in this forum thread.

More info and video of the progress is after the break.

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3 years ago

Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S officially announced

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While it may not be at the top of most peoples shopping list given the €700 price tag it will carry, it's certainly going to be made available to those who can afford it. The Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S was officially announced this week. The spec sheet for the device looks -- well, it looks like any other GSM variation of the Galaxy S except you get a fancy Giorgio Armani GUI to go along with it. The Giorgio Armani Samsung Galaxy S will be available starting in December with Italy then Netherlands, UK and Russia. Full press release from Samsung is available after the break.

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3 years ago

LG Apex available from US Cellular on Friday

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The LG Apex will be available Friday from US Cellular. The Apex will sport a 3.2-inch screen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 3MP camera with auto-focus and Android 2.1 (Eclair).

It will be the fourth Android device on US Cellular, joining the HTC Desire, Samsung Mesmerize and Samsung Acclaim. The Apex will represent a solid, affordable option for consumers not wanting to spring for the high-end phones.

The Apex will cost $79.99 after an $80 mail-in rebate and with a 2-year service contract. Full press release after the break. Discuss this phone in our LG Apex forums

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3 years ago

Dell Streak with white back available from and exclusive to Best Buy

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The Dell Streak now comes in white, at least on the back. An exclusive version of the device sporting the black and white look will only be available from Best Buy for $300. In-store pickup is the only way to get one of these at the moment, though we're hoping online purchasing will soon open up.

The white back looks sharp, and more consumer choice is always better. (Oh, and where's that white iPhone? Zing!) Now the Dell Streak can be had in black, red and white. For more pictures hit the source link. [Streak Smart]

For more head to our Dell Streak Forum

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