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5 years ago

LinkedIn for Android now out of beta and available in the Android Market


LinkedIn for Android now out of beta and available in the Android Market

After having earned user approval after a long open beta testing period, LinkedIn for Android has finally hit the Android Market and is now ready for mass consumption. If you are looking to download the app you will need a device running Android 2.1 or higher. You'll find the current release sitting at v1.0.0.

Having done some of the beta testing myself I can say overall, the application is built rather well. No doubt it'll see some updates as it gets into the hands of more users but for now, it's certainly worth a look if you're looking to maintain your account on the go If you've got a LinkedIn account and haven't grabbed it, jump on past the break for the download link.

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5 years ago

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab getting an update to help battery life, e-mail


Verizon Galaxy Tab update

Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab (conveniently called the Samsung Galaxy Tab) is in the midst of getting a software update, it seems. The 34.6MB  update to software version EC02 does the following:

  • Enhanced browser performance and speed.
  • Searching for Wifi hotspots doesn't hurt battery life.
  • Improvements to e-mail, including proper linking, time in the status bar shows when the email was received, download Word docs, send multiple name cards, open 5MB video attachments, fonts better sized.

Look for it to push out, oh, any time now.

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5 years ago

Barnes & Noble opens up development for Nook-specific applications


Nook Color Developers

An e-mail just dropped from Barnes & Noble, bringing details of its upcoming wave of new applications. First off, devs are now able to register and start submitting apps at The usual revenue split is present -- 70 percent to the developer, 30 percent to BN. There will be free and paid apps, and -- wait for it -- free trials. Apps will need approval from BN before being released to the public.

In addition, developers will have:

  • Access to “Developer Mode” services, which will enable adb (Android Debugging Bridge) access on NOOK Color to facilitate application development and debugging
  • Public and private interaction with other developers and NOOK App Developer technical experts
  • Early access to development tools, APIs, resources and services
  • An app review/acceptance process that will follow the company’s content acceptance policies as with books to ensure the content is appropriate for the Barnes & Noble customer

We're still awaiting that major framework update, but it's coming. Looks like big things are still ahead for the Nook Color. Full text of the e-mail from BN is after the break, and be sure to swing by our Nook Color forums.

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5 years ago

Cellular South getting the HTC Desire 2, along with the Wildfire S


Cellular South phones

OK, all you boys and girls on Cellular South. Got a couple new phones to whet your appetite. And they would be the HTC Desire II (see our hands-on) and the HTC Wildfire S (hands-on). Neither sequel is a huge surprise -- Cell South had both the original Desire (read our review) and the original Wildfire (see review of Alltel version).

Don't know just when we'll see the Desire 2 or the Wildfire S on Ceulluar South, but they're definitely on their way. And for you Windows Phone 7 fans, it looks like the HTC 7 Pro is headed that way, too. Thanks, anon!

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5 years ago

Alltel presents Motorola Milestone X along with Samsung Gem, HTC Merge, LG Axis



Regional carrier Alltel this morning is pimping its freshly filled out Android line. It's got some high-end but aging entries, as well as a couple low-enders. Let's break it down:

  • Motorola Milestone X: That's the Droid X to those of you on Verizon. Same 4.3-inch touchscreen and 1GHz processor.
  • LG Axis: Android 2.1 on a 3.2-inch touchscreen. Has been available for a couple months now.
  • HTC Merge: The near-mythical horizontal slider. It's available for pre-order now, and you can find it in some stores.
  • Samsung Gem: Another 3.2 mid-ranger.

If you ask us to get excited about any of those phones, we'd have to answer the Milestone X and Merge, of course. But it's good to see low-end options, too. Full presser's available at the source link. [Businesswire]

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5 years ago

Gingerbread for European Galaxy S coming 'mid-April', says Samsung Finland



In the latest chapter in the ongoing Galaxy S Gingerbread saga, Samsung Finland has updated its official blog with the news that Finnish Galaxy S owners (and other Europeans too, presumably) will get the update in "mid-April". Samsung adds that the Gingerbread update currently in the final stages of testing.

This more or less jives with what we've heard from British carrier Three, which expects to push Gingerbread to its Galaxy S customers in the "next couple of weeks". If you can't wait the extra seven days (or longer, depending on your carrier) and you're feeling brave, you could always check out the leaked Galaxy S Gingerbread build which we reported a couple of weeks ago.

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5 years ago

The Masters Golf Tournament - Get the app today!


The Masters Golf Tournament

With The Masters golf tournament starting today, it's nice to see that an official app has been released for anyone looking to keep up to date on the action. The Masters app has some nice features added to it, and it even works on the Motorola Xoom -- although it's not fully optimized for it.

  • Real time scoring - Interact with the live Leader Board, which features up-to-the-minute scoring and video highlights of the greatest moments on the course
  • Course overview - Detailed course information with imagery, flyover videos, and par and yardage for each of the Masters Tournament’s prestigious 18 holes
  • Live radio - Live streaming radio coverage from Augusta National
  • Comprehensive news coverage - Pairings, tee times, player information, alerts, and all of the latest news and updates from the Masters Tournament.

If you're not able to catch The Masters at home or just want to check out the app while taking it all, the official app is available in the Android Market right now for free. Jump on past the break for the download link and images of it on the Motorola Xoom. [Android Central Forums]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile confirms Sidekick 4G coming to stores on April 20 for $99


T-Mobile Sidekick 4G

Radioshack already outed the date, and now T-Mobile on Twitter has confirmed that April 20 is the day you can pick up the Sidekick 4G (see our hands-on from CTIA) in stores. It'll go for a mere $99 on contract. April 20 also is the same day the T-Mobile G2X drops in stores. Different strokes for different folks. [@TMobile]

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5 years ago

T-Mobile confirms: LG G2X online April 15, in stores April 20 for $199 on contract


T-Mobile G2X

We broke the news yesterday, and today T-Mobile confirms: the LG G2X will be available online starting April 15 for $199 on contract and after $50 rebate or if you prefer, $499 with no contract. You'll be able to pick one up in stores starting April 20. Who's ready for some 4-inch dual-core goodness? [@TMobile]

Update: Off-contract pricing is $499.

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5 years ago

Developer claims Google pulled PSX4Droid, offers free downloads


 Final Fantasy on Android

We reported in late March that popular PlayStation emulator PSX4Droid had been pulled from the Android Market in an almost Apple-like manner, and now the developer has fired back. ZodTTD has decided to host .apk downloads right on his own website and has also made the app free for anyone to download. In addition, it seems Google has placed some holds and restrictions on his developer account, which is making it difficult for him to put more apps on the Market and profit from others he already has.

This entire episode as a whole has not been good for the Android ecosystem as being free of Apple's arbitrary restrictions on applications in its own AppStore has been one of the incentives to develop apps like emulators for Android. There are legal uses for emulators and the ROMs they run so it makes the issue even more confusing. In the meantime, ZodTTD, might we suggest the Amazon AppStore? [ZodTTD via Engadget]

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5 years ago

New Verizon Incredible 2 pics show it booted up, ready to rock Froyo


Verizon HTC Incredible 2

Well, well, what have we here? An all-new, hot-off-the-press, get-it-while-it's-hot look at the upcoming (and still not actually announced) Incredible 2 on Verizon. From what we can tell, the body's exactly the same as we saw on the HTC Incredible S at Mobile World Congress (see our hands-on here). Same rounded corners, same plateaued battery cover (which we still really like). But this one's all done up in Verizon duds, and that makes us all tingly inside.

Flip it over, and we see the same 8-megapixel camera with dual flash, and the ever-comforting "with Google" logo.

We also get another look at the HTC keyboard (which remains one of our favorites), confirmation that indeed we're dealing with ADR6350, for those of you who keep up on your HTC code numbers, and this one's running Android 2.2.1 at the moment. Whether it'll launch with that, well, we'll see (and keep our fingers crossed for something a tad newer).

And speaking of release dates. Nothing official, of course, but that leaked Verizon roadmap we saw a week or so ago mentions April 28. That said, we've heard that roadmap might already be out of date, and we might be treated to a phone or two a little sooner rather than later. Will the Incredible 2 fall into that category? And is that actually its name? We'll just have to see.

We've got a nice little handful of Incredible 2 pics after the break, if you're into that sort of thing.

More in the Incredible 2 forums!

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5 years ago

Droid X2 pictures appear again, looking a lot like its older brother


Motorola Droid X2

Look what we have here -- why, that's the as-yet-still-unannounced Motorola Droid X2.  We don't have a whole lot of new information to go with, but it matches up with previous leaks (here and here), and we see it's running Froyo -- Android 2.2.2, to be exact -- though that may very well change before this one gets on the shelf.  It carries the same Droid X styling as last year's model, complete with the physical buttons and humped back, and we see HDMI out beside the microUSB port.  Around back we see an 8MP shooter with a dual flash setup, and the words "HD Video".  Still no sign of LTE on it, but we wouldn't rule it out completely just yet.  This all matches up with what we heard before regarding the Droid X2's specs.

As for when we'll see it? We've heard that that leaked roadmap from a week or so ago isn't completely accurate, and that some phones may drop sooner than we think, which would be just fine by us.

Hit the break for the rest of the pics. You'll be glad you did.  Thanks, Anonymous!

More in the Droid X2 forums

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5 years ago

Andy Rubin: No 'one-size-fits-all solution'


'Quality and consistency continue to be top priorities,'
says Google's VP of Engineering

Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin -- the father of Android -- has taken to the Android Developer blog to shed a little light on what's happening regarding Honeycomb, any changes in Google's open-source policy, and fragmentation. The post is titled "I think I'm having a Gene Amdahl moment," referring to the former IBM exec who coined the phrase "fear, uncertainty and doubt" -- aka FUD.  You'll definitely want to read the entire post, but we'll break it down here:

  • "We don’t believe in a 'one size fits all' solution. ... Quality and consistency continue to be top priorities."
  • "As always, device makers are free to modify Android to customize any range of features for Android devices."
  • "Our approach remains unchanged: there are no lock-downs or restrictions against customizing UIs. There are not, and never have been, any efforts to standardize the platform on any single chipset architecture."
  • "We continue to be an open source platform and will continue releasing source code when it is ready."

Again, those are just bullet points cherry picked by us. Read the entire post. And then take a deep breath and read it again. And while you might not like the answers -- or maybe you don't think really Rubin answered anything at all -- Rubin, and by extension Android and Google, did one thing we called for in last week's Android Central Podcast: cast a little transparency on what's been a bit of a murky period for Android's "open" nature. [Android Developer Blog]

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5 years ago

Radio Shack to sell T-Mobile Optimus T without monthly contract for just $175


T-Mobile Optimus T off-contract

If you're on T-Mobile and are looking for an above-average mid-level phone off contract, check this out: The above screenshot we just received tells us the T-Mobile Optimus T (that's Magenta's version of the LG Optimus One) will soon be available from Radio Shack for $175 -- without having to sign a contract. That's about $65 off the current no-contract "retail" price and is a deal we can get behind.

It doesn't appear to say what kind of data plan you'll need. But, again, you won't be tied down to a monthly contract. So if you want out, you get out. That's the way it should be, folks. Thanks to anon, who submitted via the official Android Central App.

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5 years ago

The competition: webOS 3.0 screenshots (or things that go Bing!)


HP TouchPad. Bing!

Our pal Derek over at PreCentral has shown off some screenshots from the webOS 3.0 emulator today received today from an anonymous source.  It sure looks like great news for webOS fans, and a few things there will make Android fans do a double take. 

We're not about to sit here and say anyone copied anyone else -- there's only so many ways to do things right, and it looks like webOS 3.0 is doing most of them.  There's a nice full screen browser with a minimalistic navigation and control area at the top, and the virtual keyboard looks nicely spaced and doesn't force capitalization on you when you don't want it.  The chat application looks very nice.  It's a multi-pane interface with a big area for your message content, and we assume that your buddy list will populate the left pane.  Google has done the same for the native Talk app in Honeycomb, and it works wonderfully.

The quick settings area brings up an interesting thought -- you can see the influence Matias Duarte had on both webOS 3.0 and Honeycomb.  They aren't exactly the same, but there's plenty of similarity there (check out a comparison after the break).  This isn't a bad thing, because they both look great.  Easy access and functionality combined with sleek looks is something fans of both platforms can appreciate.

The last thing worth noting, and it doesn't come as a surprise considering HP's strong relationship with Microsoft, is that webOS 3.0 is using Bing for their maps application.  Love it or hate it, HPalm will make for a strong partner for Bing maps, and Derek speculates that HP may partner with Bing in the search space as well.  Anyone who has used both Bing Maps and Google Maps knows it's their loss, and I wouldn't rule out a tablet optimized webOS 3.0 version of Maps direct from Google if the market is big enough to justify it.

All in all webOS 3.0 is looking like a nice upgrade for the platform, and even I am curious to see how it runs on HP's new TouchPad. [PreCentral]

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