3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G to get ICS update this Wednesday


T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G owners will have been watching with envy as their phone's international cousin was updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich a couple of months ago. But now it seems the wait may finally be at an end, with T-Mobile announcing in its official support documentation that the Sensation's ICS update will be arriving this Wednesday, May 16.

The update promises the same mix of Android 4.0.3 and HTC Sense 3.6 that we've seen on a number of updated HTC devices over the past few months, with highlights including a re-vamped launcher, face unlock, data usage controls and home screen folders. Sure, it's not quite as pretty as the new-fangled Sense 4 that's bundled on HTC One phones, but it's a significant step up from earlier Sensation ROMs.

This Wednesday, Sensation 4G owners will want to head to Settings -> About phone -> Software updates to grab the update to the latest version of Android.

And hopefully Amaze 4G owners won't have too long to wait either, with the latest info out of T-Mobile indicating an ICS release "in the coming weeks."

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

LG Spectrum gets update to Android 2.3.6


Looks like LG and Verizon Wireless have released a new software update for the LG Spectrum. Today's update -- version VS920V6 -- brings the Spectrum up to Android 2.3.6 (that's right, still no ICS just yet), and also adds in a few new fixes to the web browser, email and widgets on the phone.

The update is detailed on Verizon's support site and said to be "coming soon." However, posts on the Android Central forums indicate that some Spectrum owners are already receiving it through the carrier's PC-based Software Update Assistant program, a likely precursor to an over-the-air roll-out.

So if you're eager to get your LG Spectrum running a slightly newer version of Android, with all the fixes and tweaks that brings, then you'd best fire up that Update Assistant program.

More: VZW Support; Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Three UK HTC One S v1.78 firmware update now rolling out


In what has to be record time for a branded firmware update, British network Three has started pushing out its branded version of the 1.78 firmware for the HTC One S. This is the latest software update which began rolling out on unbranded One S phones last week. As we mentioned at the time, this update seems to remove some instances of the pesky virtual menu button in certain Google apps, in addition to fixing the ongoing Wifi wonkiness that's been affecting some HTC One phones.

The update weighs in at around 58MB, and includes a brand new kernel and radio too, if you're interested in that stuff. If you're rocking a One S on Three UK, head to Settings -> About phone -> Software updates to pick up the latest update. 

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' App Picks for May 12, 2012


Looking for some new applications to install on your Android device? Each week we share some of our favorites with you, and we look forward to you sharing your favorites with us in the comments. Let's hit the break and check out some of this weeks favorites.

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3 years ago

Turntable.fm now available for Android



A couple weeks back we heard the founder of turntable.fm tell us the Android app was "coming soon", and it looks like today is the day. If you haven't played with turntable on the Internet yet, the premise is pretty simple and pretty cool. You're the virtual DJ, where you can choose your own music or from the thousands of tracks available on-site and play the music for your listeners. The listeners can in turn vote you up or down, making you the star or booing you right off the stage.

It's a neat concept, and it's always fun listening to music with friends. We're going to give it the complete run-through shortly, but we wanted to let you guys and gals know that it's available ASAP so you can check it out. You'll need a device running Android 2.2 or higher, and an ear for great music. You'll also need to be in the U.S., as the service hasn't rolled out internationally yet. The link is after the break.

Once you get it installed, we've started up the AndroidCentral room -- come join us!

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3 years ago

UK based TVCatchup for Android released in beta


TVCatchup has been a growing favourite in the UK in the past few years. Initially made popular by offering a web app for the iPhone, natural progression would dictate that the service would also be made compatible with Android devices. The problem -- the web app doesn't always work that well. And, native apps are always better to have. Now, that's what we've got, albeit currently in beta form. 

It's a very simple app, but it doesn't need to be complicated. After all, it's for watching TV. All the channels available on the web are present, and as I write this, I'm watching some of The Big Bang Theory using it. The verdict, it's good. The stream quality is excellent, and it's so easy to use it's unreal. 

The downside for anyone outside of the UK is that it's not available for you guys. When you open up the app, it checks your service provider and verifies whether or not you're able to make use of it. (Of course, you'll also need a TV License and all that to watch stuff as it's broadcast.)

But, fellow Brits, you can download it here and try it out for yourselves. 

via Coolsmartphone

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3 years ago

Vote in the first annual TegraZone Player's Choice Awards and get a chance to win an ASUS TF300 prize pack!


NVIDIA is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the TegraZone in a big way. They're kicking off the first annual Player's Choice Awards, where you and I, the folks who play the killer Tegra games, get to vote for our favorites. Each of us get to vote for three different categories -- best graphics, best gameplay, and best overall fun -- and of course there's prizes to be won for both the players (hey, that's us!) and the developers themselves. 

It's going to work like this. You'll hit the TegraZone (We have links and a handy QR code at the end of this post), answer a few questions, and maybe win a slick ASUS Transformer Pad TF300. It's a hell of a machine, filled with Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 quad-core goodness, and you'll lose yourself playing the amazing games TegraZone developers have come up with on it. Trust me. ASUS puts it very well:

Running latest Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the ASUS Transformer Pad is a value packed tablet that with multi-color style, and productivity with expandability when connected to the mobile dock. With a 1.2MP front and 8MP rear auto-focus camera with large F/2.2 aperture and exclusive office software, staying connected and productive has never been easier.

We have to agree. The Transformer Pad flat out rocks.

The contest runs for three weeks, and NVIDIA is hosting a special event at E3 to announce the winning apps on June 6. 

Did we mention there would be prizes? ASUS has partnered to give away Transformer Pad TF300's, complete with keyboard docks, Logitech wireless game controllers, and Jambox speakers. Boom. NVIDIA will be giving seven of the packages away to lucky voters, and ASUS has hooked us up with three of the prize packs to give away right here at AC as well. We'll be handing out one each week during the Player's Choice Award voting. 

So how can you win one? That's the easy part. Jump to the TegraZone (you can use the QR code to the left for a quick link) and fill out the voting questionnaire, then come back and hit up the Android contest forums to let us know you're interested. We'll have a new contest thread each week, and we'll pick a winner at random. The hardest part is figuring out just which game to vote for in each category. You don't want to miss out on this one folks!

Vote in the Player's Choice Awards at the TegraZone!

Enter to win in the Android contest forums!


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3 years ago

Android Central Forums app updated, now with added good looks!


Listen up everybody -- the Android Central Forums app just got a little bit more awesome. An update has just been pushed out into the Google Play Store that makes full use of the Tapatalk 2 back-end. 

If you're not familiar with Tapatalk 2, it's essentially the same setup we all know and love. The most noticeable difference -- an awesome looking new UI. The Android Central Forums just got a little bit sexier! 

Of course, we know that you guys are already rocking this -- you are, right? -- So head into the Play Store and hit the update. But, just in case it slipped you by the first time, we've got some handy download links for you after the break. Come on in and chat with us! 

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3 years ago

International Samsung Galaxy Note gets Ice Cream Sandwich


If you've got an the international HSPA+ version of the Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000), then your months of waiting for Android 4.0 are finally over. The "Premium Suite" for the device, which includes ICS along with a range of other  enhancements, is now pushing out to unlocked German Notes. The update to version XXLPY weighs in at over 300MB, and is currently available through Kies, as well as over-the-air via an automatic update.

As we discovered during our brief hands-on session with the North American ICS update, the Note remains fully TouchWiz'd, even on the latest version of Android. So if you're familiar with the look and feel of the Note's Gingerbread-based firmware, then you'll probably notice only a few minor visual changes. Of course, ICS brings improved performance all-round, which should help Note owners get more out of the device's beefy hardware. And the addition of the Roboto font gives the Note an added touch of class.

As for actual software enhancements, the "Premium Suite" bundles a new S Memo app with support for even richer content, including voice recordings. There's also an enhanced handwriting-to-text feature, and improved sharing capabilities for S Memo content.

If you're rocking an unlocked Note, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to grab the latest OTA, or plug your phone into Kies to see if it's waiting for you. Remember that only German models are getting the ICS update for the time being, though if you know your way around ODIN, you can directly flash the German ROM regardless. (If you don't know what that means, it's probably best to just wait for your country/carrier's OTA.)

If you're already updated, be sure to drop by the comments and let us know what you think.

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3 years ago

Google+ app gets updated, it's beautiful - and iOS only for now


Google is showing off the new sexy with the Google+ app update, but unfortunately only iOS users get to see it for now. Things like full bleed pictures, crisper sharp fonts, larger profile pics and a revamped home screen are on board, and from the looks of the screen shots it's absolutely freaking gorgeous. But again, it's only for iOS right now. 

Before we start writing those on-line petitions, Vic Gundrota, Google senior VP, has already said the Android version is coming soon, with "a few extra surprises". That does little to soften the blow, though. To be fair, the iOS version really sucked and was in dire need of an update. Google loves to make money from folks with an iPhone (and they make mountains of it from them) so it's good business to offer something for the iFolks. I'll patiently wait for the Android version, and wonder what the extra surprises might be. Speculate away in the comments.

Source: Google; via +Vic Gundotra

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3 years ago

Future of CyanogenMod 7 detailed, new device support on the way


While much of the custom ROM community is focused on getting the latest and greatest Ice Cream Sandwich-based goodies onto their devices, the CyanogenMod team continues work on the Gingerbread-based CM7. The current iteration, CyanogenMod 7.2, is being developed alongside the upcoming CyanogenMod 9, and a final release is coming "soon" according to the latest status update.

There's also good news for owners of devices that won't make it up to CM9 -- development on version 7 will continue beyond 7.2, so hopefully no-one should be left in the lurch. Finally, the CM team announced that five new devices have been added to the nightly list for CM7.2 -- the HTC Status (aka ChaCha), HTC Wildfire S, LG Optimus ChicMotorola Photon and Samsung Galaxy 5.

There're more details to be found in the full CM status update, over at the source link.

Source: CyanogenMod

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3 years ago

Google Maps updated with indoor directions, Google offers, business photos


There's an update to Google Maps available today that brings the app to version 6.7 and adds a couple new features. Google offers has been integrated, letting users see nearby deals and sales based on location, indoor directions provides walking directions (US and Japan only) for places big enough to need such a thing, and business photos offer a 360-degree panoramic view of the inside of participating businesses. 

There's a short video after the break showing off the new tools, and the download link is there to make for easy updating. 

Source: Google

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3 years ago

Gameloft unleashes first teaser video of Men In Black 3 for Android


Fresh from teasers for N.O.V.A. 3 and Asphalt 7 -- during the Samsung Galaxy S III keynote -- Gameloft have pushed out a teaser for their next big name title. Men In Black 3 will be coming to Android. The video doesn't mention any release date for the title, beyond coming soon. But, further digging around Gameloft's website reveals plans to release the game on May 25 to coincide with the movie release. In the meantime, hit the break and check out the teaser. 

More: Gameloft 

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3 years ago

Latest Instagram update brings the lost tilt shift function to Android


Remember when Instagram for Android was first released and we mentioned there was just some subtle features missing from the Android version versus the iOS version? No? Well, we did and now, Instagram has closed the gap on some of those functions. The latest release now available in the Google Play Store adds tilt shift and addresses some issues with the Samsung Galaxy Ace aka GT-S5830C. So there you have it, go ahead and grab the link below and revel in all the tilt shift glory.

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3 years ago

Ambiance brings their collection of soothing sounds to Android


For some folks sounds have a huge impact on many aspects of their life. Listening to rain while they sleep, thunderstorms while they work, crackling fire while reading a book. It adds a level of comfort to have the environment around them enhanced by sound. Ambiance has been a leader of the environment enhancement space on other platforms and now they've released their app for Android powered devices. As you'd expect, the full set of features has made the transition as well:

  • Choose from thousands of sounds... competitors only give you a handful to choose from.
  • Download only the sounds you want to save space on your device.
  • Wake up gently to any sound fading in.
  • Fill your screen with HD images that fit each sound perfectly.
  • Create custom sound mixes to further customize your Ambiance.
  • Save favorites and make custom playlists.

Ambiance has over 2500 sounds in their catalog and constantly adding more to the mix daily. Personally, I love the sound of rain and thunderstorms while I sleep and having the ability to create a mix of that is worth the buy in cost of $2.99 for the app. Sadly though, Ambiance has not made a free demo version available via either the Google Play Store or the Amazon App Store so you're on your own determining if the app is worth that much. Either way, the download link is below for you all.

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