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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 35

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Audio-only stream below

We take on task killers, Steve Jobs' latest rant against Android and the Verizon Galaxy Tab's pricing. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Droid X case review: Smartphone Experts Skin Case

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If you're looking for a basic case for your Motorola Droid X, check out the Smartphone Experts Skin Case. It has a slim and sleek design that gives your Droid X a simple layer of protection without taking away from the design of the phone, or adding any bulk.

The case is made out of a durable and flexible rubber-like material with a special anti-dust coating. It provides a bit a grip, but not so much that it feels sticky. The phone slips inside, covering the entire rear, top, bottom and sides. Your Droid X's screen is uncovered, but the slight extra thickness of the case helps keep free of scratches when placed face-down.

There are cutouts for all of the Droid X's buttons and ports -- including the all-important noise-canceling microphone on top of the phone. And it looks good, too, with a diamond-argyle pattern, which makes the case -- and your phone -- stand out from all the rest.

The Smartphone Experts Skin Case for the Motorola Droid X is available for $9.95 from the Android Central Store. More picture of it in action are after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Deer Hunter 3D

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It's fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, and for a good many of us that means days in the woods looking over a rifle or down an arrow shaft at our local big game.  Deer Hunter 3D, a new game on the Android Market from Glu Mobile brings the thrill of the hunt in a more compact form for those times when life, or even work, interferes with time in the stand.

Simply put, it's fun.  You have a choice of venues and weapons, and as you get better and advance in the game, harder levels are bigger animals are unlocked, making it even more fun.  Successful hunts give points that can be used to improve your skills -- which you'll need in the hardest levels where only perfect shots and the largest trophies will allow you to advance.  As we've come to expect from Glu Mobile, the game is smooth, the 3D objects are nicely rendered, and the replay value is high.  You can find Deer Hunter 3D in the Android Market, with both a free trial version (Android 2.1 or higher) and a full version for $4.99 USD.  Check out a video of the game in action, as well as the trial version download link, after the break.

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3 years ago

WSJ Asks: 'Who makes the best mobile operating system?'

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The ever-popular question of “who makes the best mobile operating system” has gained more attention as the big players of the industry battle it out on Twitter and the likes, and has slipped back into the spotlight for discussion. With the renewed popularity of the subject, it has gained the title, "question of the day" on the Wall Street Journal, and they’ve posed the question, “Who makes the best mobile operating system?” for the masses to answer.

Although the definition of “best” changes from person to person it can be assumed that in this case it’s used to ask for the all-around best and not just based on ones individual needs. Be sure to stop by the WSJ and let your voice be heard in their poll. Also, we’re curious as to know what your definition of “best” is so let us know! [via WSJ]

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3 years ago

Will Gingerbread be Android 2.3?

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We've been talking about the next version of Android -- (still) unofficially dubbed Gingerbread -- as far back as a year ago -- months before Froyo was ever announced. But what we haven't really known was what version number it will be. Android 3.0 has been thrown around, as has Android 2.5.

Another version that's been mentioned -- and now has a little more weight to it -- is Android 2.3. The snippet above is from Google's "issues" repository -- basically a place for anyone to report a bug or request a feature. Issue 8804 refers to problems connecting to corporate Wifi after the Froyo update (specifically, "wpa_supplicant 0.6.10 (froyo) unable to auth in a wpa2/enterpise wifi"). A googler on Sept. 30 responded that a patch will be available in the next "major release" -- Android 2.3.

So there you go. Definitive proof? Not yet. But definitely a pretty strong sign. [Google] Thanks, Jesta!

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3 years ago

Broadcast networks block Google TV, Google seeking solution

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Well, that didn't take long. Just as the Logitech Revue is delivered and the Sony TVs and Blu-Ray player were announced, some of the main broadcast networks decided to block their content from the service. ABC, CBS and NBC have all blocked access to content on their web pages from the Google TV devices. 

This is just another sign that the networks mentioned have not caught up with the rest of us technologically. They are still living in a time when consumers were required to go to the TV Guide to see what's on; a time when we only had one platform to watch their shows on. That time is over and these networks need to realize that.

All that said, it is being reported that Google is "actively" in negotiations to unblock the content. In the end, it'll come down to what it always comes down to: Money. Of which Google has a lot. I just hope the networks are willing to listen and realize the potential benefits that this platform has to offer them. [Reuters, 2] [photo via @dannysullivan]

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3 years ago

Getting Started with Android guide [From the forums]

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Android Central Forums user milomindbender has posted one of the most complete and detailed guides I have ever seen for introduction new Android users to the features and functions of their phone. The guide features everything from a basic overview of the OS to a list of the most popular and useful apps in a number of categories, all with great pictures and diagrams to illustrate the topics being covered.

Any readers that are new to Android or thinking about switching to it should head on over right now, and probably bookmark the thread as well. Even if you are a longtime user of Android, head on past the link to appreciate the quality and effort that went into this guide -- who knows, you might actually learn something new, too! [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for October 21, 2010

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For many of us the hunt for a new application is on that is done nearly every day, and some times there is gold to be found, and others we come up empty. For those that have hit a dry spell, or those just simply looking for a new application to try without having to search for hours, check out what we use on a daily basis on our devices!

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3 years ago

What the hell is this running on an HTC Touch Dual?

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Whilst wandering through some comments on Gizmodo, we came a link to purported Gingerbread video from Mother Russia.  I don't speak Russian, and I don't read Cyrillic, so we found someone who does. His rough translation is after the break.

I do know that hackers have had Android running on the HTC Touch Dual for quite a while -- videos go back far longer than a year ago -- but this is the first time we've heard (or even thought) the word Gingerbread associated with one, or any phone other than the Nexus One for that matter.

Is it Gingerbread?  Hell, I don't know.  I doubt it.  And the translation makes that all the more clear when the phone in question is referred to as the Nexus 2. But it's certainly not running stock Froyo; you can see when he swipes the launcher bar to enter "helicopter" view.  But it runs so well on such old hardware I figure it's worth sharing.  Have a look at the video after the break, and let the rumor mill begin. [Gizmodo] Thanks, Anton!

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3 years ago

Charleston, WVa., will be one of the first areas to get LTE

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Some of us think it's "almost heaven," and thanks to Verizon it just got a little more heavenly with the announcement that Charleston, WVa., will be among the first metro areas to launch LTE.  (It's interesting that it wasn't a part of Verizon's LTE announcement at CTIA.) In addition, nine other West Virginia cities will also be part of Verizon's LTE network.  If one of those cities happens to be Martinsburg, listen for big 'ol YEE-HAW from someone who never thought he would see 4G in any shape or form in his neck of the woods.  Look for a full announcement Oct 27. from Verizon and West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin.

And I'm not even going to go into the politics, why's, or how's, except to say that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) happens to be the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology.  [Verizon, list of launch cities] Thanks to everyone who sent this one in!

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