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5 years ago

Netflix arrives for the Droid X, Removing Bing [From the forums]


The news keeps rolling out today -- and we'll keep on posting it up for you all but if you're looking to discuss things a little bit further then what the blog comments allow for, you'll want to jump on into the Android Central forums. Feel free to fire up some new threads and get things rolling or choose from some of the highlighted ones below:

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5 years ago

Google gives developers another small tool -- 'Available in Android Market' logo


It's nice to see Google focusing on supporting developers as best they can.  We noticed a shift towards this at Google I/O, and they have released major updates to make app development easier, and better.  Now they released a small tool that helps every bit as much in a different way.

On the Android Branding pages, developers can now download a graphic to promote their Android Market applications.  Full usage terms are available as well, to keep you within the rules.  There's several different versions to choose from, including an .eps file for use in vector graphics applications.  To grab one, and read the terms of use, hit the source link.

Source: via @AndroidDev

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5 years ago

Rumored 'Nexus 4G' specs are juicy -- but will they hold up?


Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz processor. 720p "monster-sized" display. 1GB of RAM. 1080p playback. A 5MP rear camera with souped up sensor. LTE data. Possibly with some sort of low power-consumption 28nm Snapdragon chip, or a TI OMAP 4460. In a thin, light body.

Sure sounds like a specs party, doesn't it? That's the rumored "Nexus 4G" -- not to be confused with the Nexus S 4G, which actually exists on Sprint -- as reportedly described by an unnamed source to BGR.

We've seen a lot of straw-grasping lately in regards to the next "Pure Google" phone. There's the now-debunked fake Nexus 3, and the rehashing of an old LG promo graphic that was so wrong we didn't even bother with it. And now we have the "Nexus 4G."

Google's certainly going to make another Nexus device, no doubt about it, if only to serve as a developer phone. And they've been making some damn good ones, starting with the Nexus One in January 2010, and following that in November with the Samsung Nexus S.

As for the rumored specs of the "Nexus 4G?" It doesn't take much imagination to dig up that a new phone will be faster than an old phone. That's pretty much a given, right? Either a TI OMAP or new Snapdragon processor, and not the NVIDIA quad-core Kal-El, which we've actually only seen in tablets so far anyway. As for the huge, high-def screen? Sure. Why not. Let's just hope whomever the manufacturer is (BGR's source says LG or HTC are in the running), let's just hope they can make enough of them.

But it's the possibility of it being an LTE device that gets a little more interesting. On the one hand, it makes no sense. The Nexus One was released as an unlocked GSM device. (OK, it first was released as a T-Mobile 3G-compatible phone; an AT&T 3G version came a couple months later.) Same goes for the Nexus S, which first saw life as a T-Mobile 3G-compatible device. The Nexus S 4G on Sprint came later. (You can import an AT&T 3G-compatible version, but one has not been officially released in the United States.) So a developer phone with LTE? Right now, only Verizon has an LTE network in the United States, and the rest of the world is just getting started with it. We know how much you Verizon fans would love a Nexus phone. (Remember how the Nexus One was supposed to come to Verizon?)Might one finally be on the way?

"But, Phil!" you say. "AT&T will have an LTE network! They say so in 2011!" Yes, they do. They say they'll have five cities (Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio) up this summer, with 10 or more markets by the end of the year. That'll cover 70 million people, AT&T says. Might we see AT&T and Google team up for the launch? That could get interesting.

Point is, this is all unconfirmed and unofficial -- and while we're practically drooling over some of the specs, we're still a ways away from seeing anything. The fact that the unnamed source gives a veritable multiple choice of specs should tell you something about how unofficial all this remains.

That mean we wouldn't wanna see any of this happen? Hell, no. We, and our credit cards, welcome it.

Source: BGR

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5 years ago

Samsung Dart now available for free on contract from T-Mobile


The Samsung Dart is available today from T-Mobile, providing an affordable alternative to the other device released today, the HTC Sensation 4G.

The Dart features:

  • 3.14-inch touchscreen
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 3.8 ounces in weight
  • Swype pre-installed

The Dart can be had for free with a new 2-year contract or $199.99 full retail price.

For consumers who either don't want to spend a lot or have to deal with a big screen, this is a perfect option. The small screen should allow the processor to work very well and efficient and it's incredibly light.

T-Mobile's Android lineup keeps growing, which one's your choice?

Source: Samsung via Phonescoop

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5 years ago

Flash Player receives a minor update


Adobe pushed out a new update to its Android Flash Player today. In addition to a host of bugfixes, the new version also features several important security updates.  Nothing major is listed, but security updates and bug fixes are always a good thing.  If you have flash installed on your android, be sure to grab this ASAP.

Source: Adobe Thanks, zacharyzblewski!

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5 years ago

Google Checkout closed from 4 to 5 p.m. (PDT) for maintenance


As I rolled out of bed at the crack of dawn noon, I noticed an e-mail from the Android Market team in my inbox telling me that paid applications and access to merchant accounts will be closed for an hour this afternoon for planned maintenance.  What it boils down to if you're a shopper and not a developer is that you won't be able to purchase any apps between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. PDT today while they upgrade something.  If you are a developer, you also won't be able to log into your Merchant account during this time.

Conspiracy theories aside, everything should be back to normal by 5 p.m.  PDT and you can start buying apps again.  We've got the full text of the e-mail after the break.

Thanks to everyone who sent this one in!

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5 years ago

HTC Kingdom lands at the FCC


We've seen blurry images and even a leaked ROM for the upcoming HTC Kingdom but this time around -- things just got a whole lot more real. Right now, the FCC is checking out a device that's labeled as the PH44100 but as you look through the details you can see that the PH44100 has all the callings of the HTC Kingdom. WiMax, CDMA, 4.3-inch qHD display and bound for Sprint. That's it for now -- but it's a safe bet that we'll be hearing more about this device soon and hopefully, some better images of it before it gets an official announcement.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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5 years ago

Netflix now available for the Droid X


If you've been wondering when you'll see an official version of the Netflix app for your beloved Droid X, today is your lucky day.  You'll need to have updated to Gingerbread, but since it's now all official-like there's no more hanky panky involved to get it up and running.  Just grab it from the Android Market, sign in and start streaming movies on that big screen.  You can find the download link after the break. 

More: Droid X forums, Thanks, Michael!

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5 years ago

Lightbox Photos now available in the Android Market


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Back during Google IO we were able to score the above video demo of Lightbox for Android, and it was pretty awesome. Moving forward to today, the app is now available in the Android Market for all download.

Similar to Color that was released not to long ago, LightBox for Android pulls in photos from all your social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare and synchronizes them with your device. It also allows you to share any images you have taken to those same social networks.

In addition to the synchronization options built-in, you also get a photo editor which allows you to select from different photo filters and adjust your images before sharing. Lightbox is available for both Android phones and tablets -- give it a run through and let us know what you all think in the comments. Download link can be found past the break.

Thanks, Taylor, for the tip!

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5 years ago

Verizon: No specific date for ThunderBolt update


We've said it before, and apparently we need to say it again: Updates happen when they happen. We know you've been sitting at home, hitting the "Check new" button on your HTC ThunderBolt's Software Update menu, waiting for that upgrade that's hopefully going to end the blasted reboots (and fix a few other things, too). We're waiting for it, too. But despite what you might have heard, Verizon in its community forums says that there's no specific date set for the update to be pushed. Specifically, we're told:

I know that you are eager to take advantage of a software update to resolve the reboot issue. At this time we do not have a specific date an update will be available. Please rest assure we will communicate with our customers as soon as an update is available.

It's coming, folks. Might not be today, but it's certainly coming. And Verizon's actually been pretty good of giving us a heads up when updates are on the way.

Source: Verizon Community Forums; via Android Central Forums

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5 years ago

HTC Sensation, Salsa and ChaCha headed to O2 UK this month



O2 UK will be launching the HTC Sensation, ChaCha and Salsa on its network later this month, according to an update to the network's "coming soon" page. The Sensation is currently exclusive to Vodafone in the UK, but that's about to change, with the phone arriving on many other carriers, including O2, this month. Alongside the Sensation, O2 has both of HTC's Facebook phones slated for release in June -- the ChaCha, with its full QWERTY keyboard, and the Salsa, which sticks to a more standard smartphone form factor.

O2 isn't revealing any pricing information yet, but other carriers offer free Sensations on contracts of around £35 per month, so we can probably expect something around this level. If you're thinking of picking up an O2-branded Sensation, be sure to check our full review to find out more.

Source: O2 UK

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5 years ago

T-Mobile's mid-range Exhibit 4G and Gravity Smart slated for June 22 release



T-Mobile announced via Twitter today that their upcoming mid-range Android devices—Samsung’s Exhibit 4G (left) and Gravity Smart (right)—will be released on Wednesday, June 22. For those who don’t recall, the Exhibit 4G’s got a 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, front and rear cameras, and an HSPA+ radio, all packed into your choice of a violet or black exterior. The Gravity Smart has a slide-out keyboard, a 3MP rear camera, and Android 2.2 Froyo, and comes in your choice of Berry Red, Sapphire Blue, and Lunar Grey hues. The Exhibit 4G and the Gravity Smart are priced at a cool $80 and $70 respectively, while the Smart’s Lunar Grey variety is pegged at an even cooler $30. Hit the source link for big T’s official tweet.

Source: @TMobile

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5 years ago

Sony Network Entertainment brings Qriocity to Android


Add another cloud-based music service to that list of yours. Sony Network Entertainment announced that they have brought their Qriocity (pronounced as curiosity) music service to Android. The service was launched back in April of 2010. Since then, Sony customers have been able to stream unlimited music to their PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, internet browsers, BRAVIA HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc players and Blu-ray Disc Home Theater systems.

Last month, Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity services were a victim of a large scale security breach. Sony admitted to its users that millions of users account information was stolen. Sony has since apologized for the incident and has offered a Welcome Back program for customers affected by last month's breach.

The app is available in the Android Market for free, but the service is $3.99/month for a Basic subscription plan and $9.99/month for a Premium plan. As for anyone that owns a PlayStation 3, you can get a free 180 day trial of the Basic subscription plan. Market link and video after the break.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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5 years ago

How's the Droid Charge EE4 update treating you?


Read our Droid Charge Review

So you bit the OTA bait and downloaded the EE4 update for your Samsung Droid Charge released late last week. You were promised a slew of bug fixes and overall improvements, but let’s get real: is your Charge better off post-update? Owners are commiserating in the forums, citing issues such as slower LTE speeds, data connection issues, and app incompatibility, just to name a few. Every rose has its thorns, am I right? So what have everyone else’s experiences been like-- happy with the update or having issues of your own? Sound off below on the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.

More: Droid Charge Forums

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5 years ago

Android Accessory Review: Body Glove Snap-On Case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab


If you’re a Samsung Galaxy Tab owner (of the 7-inch variety -- the Tab, of course) who has been looking for a good case that’s doesn’t add a ton of bulk, the Body Glove Snap-On Case may be for you.

I’m often skeptical when it comes to snap-on cases because I’ve had experiences where they haven't been as durable as the alternatives, snapping apart in the first couple days of use. Thus far, however, this case has performed extremely well. It actually took a fair amount of prying to get it off, which is a good sign.

The hard shell feels very solid and comfortable in the hand, particularly when compared to some cases that are all plastic and feel a little "cheap."

I’ve also had experiences where some very nice cases were unusable because they covered up some of the ports or cameras; this case leaves everything open.

Since the case fits right around the Tab, it really doesn’t add that much bulk to it. It adds a bit of thickness that is actually welcomed by me because of the protective layering that it adds.

The only thing I miss from this case is the ability to prop it up when playing games or watching movies. I originally thought it was going to be a deal breaker for me but I have yet to switch back because of how unobtrusive this case is turning out to be.

If you're interested in the Body Glove Snap-On case, you can get one for $29.95 from the Android Central Store. More pictures of the case after the break.

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