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5 years ago

DroidDoodle - CES hangover


We survived, but just barely.

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5 years ago

SiriusXM now available on Canadian Sonos systems



Sonos, the Android-friendly speaker system, has been able to stream SiriusXM Radio since 2007, but only in limited geographies. Today, Sirius announced that Canadian subscribers can now remotely stream their favourite stations out to the Wi-Fi-enabled sound system. 

You can check out our full review of the Sonos over here, if you were thinking of picking one up. I've spent a bit of time with it myself, and I was definitely impressed, and it works great from your phone. It's really ideal for bigger homes where you want to have consistent music across multiple rooms, since the whole family of products talks to one another wirelessly. Of course, that gets a little pricy for the speakers alone, and then if you want something like Sirius, then you're also paying subscription fees on top of that, but hey - if you love your music, this is one smart way to get it into your home without the hassle of wires. 

Us poor saps in Canada are usually subject to limited content licenses, so it's no surprise to see a delay here, but when it comes to music, there's really not much we don't have access to anymore. So what's the hold-up, Pandora? Slacker and Rdio are doing business up here just fine. 

Head over to Sonos to snag your system, Sirius to start subscribing, and if you're already a part of the sister service, XM Radio, you should be able to plug in to Sonos later on this year. 

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5 years ago

Official Wikipedia Android app finally lands in the Market


It's been a long time coming, but Wikipedia has finally released an official Android app, sneaking it into the market a few days ago. It's kind of ironic timing given that Wikipedia is blacked out today in protest of SOPA and PIPA, but everything seems to be working on the mobile version.

Features of the app include:

  • Save for later for offline use
  • Search articles nearby
  • Share articles
  • Multiple language support
  • Full screen search

It's great to finally see an official Android app from Wikipedia. Alternatives that we've used have been decent, but it's nice to have one straight from the Wikipedia developers. The free app is available in the Android Market. We've got links to it after the break.

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5 years ago

Every Android smartphone free on C Spire when you add a line


C Spire wireless (formerly Cellular South) is running a promotion where you can add a line and pick any of their Android phones for free to put on it.  They have 11 different models of Android phones to choose from, including the Motorola Milestone X2, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and even our old friend the HTC Merge.  This offer runs for a limited time, and you'll have to do it online or via C Spire's telesales department.  Sounds like a nice way to get your hands on a great phone, without hitting your wallet too hard.  Hit the link for more information, and the press release is after the break.

More: C Spire

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note coming to Canada


Although there was no mention of it at CES 2012 from Samsung reps, the Samsung Galaxy Note will be making its way to Canadian soil. TELUS already has the device listed as "coming soon" on its website, but an exact date for the LTE equipped device has not been given.

Samsung though been doing a great job recently of letting folks know about device release, even before the carriers do and they now have an information sign-up page on their website if you're looking sign up for that.

We wouldn't take it as solid fact but the date listed on the Galaxy Note itself shows Feb. 23, which could possibly be the release date for TELUS and hopefully, once TELUS releases the device other carriers such as Rogers and Bell will roll out their own versions as well.

Source: Samsung / TELUS; Via: Mobile Syrup

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5 years ago

Google+ app getting an update, includes What's Hot section


The Google+ Android app is about to get an update which, among other things, now includes the What's Hot section. What's Hot is a useful portion of the web version in that you can see some of the most popular posts and stories floating around Google+. Now with it translated to mobile, you can access the content on-the-go right from your Android device.

In addition to What's Hot, you can now see who has +1'd your posts.

The update will be rolling out gradually so if you don't see it yet, sit tight. If you don't have the app yet, we've got links after the break.

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5 years ago

White Motorola RAZR now up for pre-order in the UK



Our friends across the pond will be happy to know that the white Motorola RAZR can now be pre-ordered through online retailer Clove Technology in the UK, and is set to ship sometime in mid to late February. The unlocked device will set you back  £430.80 after taxes (that's a cool $662.18), and will ship with a free set of Motorola MOTOROKR EQ3 Wired Compact Folding Speakers, a £20 value. Those who are willing to part with such a hefty penny only to wait at least a month can do so at the source link below.

Source: Clove Technology

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5 years ago, YouMail unite to preload app on select Android devices


YouMail announced this morning a new partnership with online retailer, which will preload the visual voicemail app on select Android and Blackberry devices sold through its site. In addition, will power the YouMail Online Store, which will be accessible through YouMail and will be custom tailored to your current carrier and plan. The announcement comes on the heels of a well-publicized tiff between YouMail and T-Mobile, which resulted in the app being yanked from Android Market early last month. Hit the break for YouMail's official announcement.

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5 years ago

The complete Motorola Xoom Wifi Ice Cream Sandwich changelog


As we first told you late last night, the Wifi-only version of the Motorola Xoom is in the midst of getting its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Motorola's just released the full changelog, which reads as follows:

  • Updated Browser with faster rendering, zoom and pan: Users can also now save pages for offline reading and request desktop versions of websites.
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs: You can now dismiss individual notifications, apps from the Recent Apps list, and browser tabs with a simple swipe of a finger.
  • Redesigned app launcher: In All Apps launcher, you can now simply drag an app to get information about it, immediately uninstall it, or disable a pre-installed app.
  • New System Font for Improved Readability: An entirely new typeface (called Roboto) optimized for high resolution screens improves readability and brings a polished feel to the user interface.
  • Updated “People” Application: Replaces contacts and integrates seamlessly with Google+ and other social networks.
  • Improved text input and spell-checking: The keyboard now features improved accuracy to make text input faster. It also now includes an in-line spell checker to make corrections easier.
  • Type with your voice: Now you can simply touch the microphone on the keyboard and start talking to write emails, SMS, or any other text—more than 20 languages supported. Text appears in real time, so there’s no waiting for server processing.
  • Richer and versatile imaging capabilities: For capturing larger scenes, the camera introduces a single motion panorama mode.  Also, you can now take still shots while shooting video just by tapping the screen as video continues to record. You can also launch camera directly from the Lockscreen. When you shoot videos, you can now choose from a number of silly faces and other fun effects which recognize individual facial features so you can give your friends big eyes, squeeze heads, make noses bigger, or change the scenery with background replacement.
  • Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor: To help pictures look their best, the Gallery now offers a powerful photo editor so you can crop and rotate pictures, set levels, remove red eyes, add effects, and much more.Richer, resizable widgets   You can expand widgets to show more content, or shrink them to save space.

Quite the update indeed. So how's the update going for everybody so far?

Source: Motorola; More in the Xoom forums

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5 years ago

Verizon to light up five new LTE markets on Jan. 19


It's that time of month again: Verizon says it will flip the LTE switch in five new markets tomorrow, while expanding coverage in three existing areas. New to the LTE game are:

  • Glens Falls, N.Y.
  • Utica, N.Y.
  • Lawton, Okla.
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • McAllen, Texas

Those markets soon to see stronger and more widespread LTE signals include:

  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Houston, Texas
  • Spokane, Wash.

For those keeping count, this brings the total number of markets covered by Verizon's LTE service up to 195. (Plus, Peoria's still somewhat live.) Hit the source link for Verizon's full presser, which includes a handy list of all live markets.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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5 years ago

What exactly is Hacking?


Hacking.  It means a lot of different things to different people, and to the public at large it conjures up imagery of evil people in exotic places.  When we talk about hacking here at Android Central, we usually mean it in its original sense — tearing into software (or hardware) and changing things until they fit our liking. That's the good kind, and what we're going to talk about now.

Android hacking covers a lot of bases, from small but interesting things like changing statusbar icons and colors, to giant projects like custom-built AOSP ROMs, to super-geeky things like enabling the hidden FM Radio. Most of the time installing and using any of these hacks will require your phone be rooted, and may even require a custom recovery designed to flash files that haven't been signed by the phone's manufacturer. It can be complicated, and it pretty much voids any warranty that may be left on the device you're hacking away at.  

All these hacks you read and hear about are also usually pretty device-specific.  You'll not want to try things designed for the Nexus 6 on your Galaxy S6 for example, or even the Nexus 6P.  This is where a little research and a lot of reading becomes necessary so you have a handle on what you're doing before you do it.  Armed with a little knowledge you sure can have a blast hacking away at your Android phone or tablet.

But we'd be remiss in not mentioning the bad hacking. You know what it is. You should know when to avoid it.There are gray areas, to be sure, and we're not going to get overly preachy here. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Remember that real people work real hard on apps and hardware. Just sayin'.

Either way, you don't want to go it alone. We'll tell you about the hacks and modifications here at Android Central, and the forums are full of people just like you and me who love our Android phones, and want to explore more about them. Use them, and we can all hack together.

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5 years ago

Fight SOPA with the Boycott SOPA app


As you probably are aware, today is "Blackout SOPA" day, where a number of sites are showing the world what the Internet could potentially look if SOPA and PIPA pass.They're definitely dangerous bills, and if you would like to join the cause with the help of your Android device, check out the Boycott SOPA app.

The app allows you to scan barcodes of items, which it will then tell you whether or not that product or company is in support or related to the bills in question. A simple, yet effective means of showing your distate for the legislation. The app is pulling data about companies and the bills from the developers' website and will be updated frequently.

The app is free and available from the Android Market. Find the links after the break to get it on your phone.

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5 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich Google Apps tip: long press any icon for its name


Here's a little tip you may not have known about -- while working inside Google's applications in Ice Cream Sandwich, you can long press any icon and its name will appear.  This can be handy for figuring out what all those fancy new icons mean, and is a heck of a lot better than Jerry's method of "just press it and see what happens".  For now, this seems limited to Google's apps, but it certainly seems like something that can be done for any application.  Let's see more of this sort of thing, Google! When things are easy to learn, we all love them just a little more.

Source: +Android

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5 years ago

Prada Phone by LG 3.0 coming to T-Mobile UK in February


Good news for any fashionistas looking for an upgrade on T-Mobile UK. The British network has today confirmed that it'll be getting LG and Prada's latest smartphone in February, in a new entry on its "coming soon" page.

The LG Prada 3.0 (full name 'Prada Phone by LG 3.0') combines a sleek physical design with some high-end specs, along with a unique monochrome UI which we think may have something of a "love it or hate it" quality. Find out more at the link below, or continue past the jump for our video hands-on with the LG Prada 3.0.

More: T-Mobile UK

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5 years ago

Motorola MOTOLUXE and DEFY Mini priced and dated


UK online retailer Clove Technology has just revealed when it expects to ship two new mid-range Motorola phones, along with information on exactly how much each device will set you back.

The Motorola MOTOLUXE, which we saw last week at CES, is due in "late February/early March", for £258 (~$400) including VAT. For your money, you'll get Android 2.3.7 on Motorola's "Moto Switch 2.0" UI, running an 800MHz processor on a 4.0-inch display. The DEFY Mini, which is a more pocketable version of Moto's popular rugged device, is due around the same time as the MOTOLUXE, and can be yours for £175 (~$270).

Hit the source link for pre-order information for both devices, or check out our hands-on with the MOTOLUXE from CES for more on that device.

Source: Clove Technology Blog

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