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4 years ago

Motorola Droid X system dump available; hackers already hard at it

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What happens when a pre-released phone gets into the hands of someone who knows their way around the Android system is a beautiful thing.  Late last night we got a system dump from the brand spanking new Droid X out in the Android Central forums, and things are already springing up.

  • Android Central member mothy can hook you up with all the new static wallpapers HERE
  • The all new drrrroooooiiiidddd sounds can be found HERE
  • The Eclair Tips Widget (tested only on the HTC Evo) can be found HERE
  • You can find the multitouch keyboard HERE at droid-life
  • Kellen reported in that they now have the boot animation ported over to the Droid Incredible, check it out HERE at droid-life
  • And last, but not least, you can get the whole system dump and play until your heart's content right HERE

With over 500 downloads so far of the system dump, we expect big things out of the hacking community, and we can experience a little bit of the Droid X while waiting for it to hit the shelves.  Thanks heartagram616 for the keyboard tip!

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 23 2010

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The amount of developer support that the Android has been getting is rather amazing, and the applications have made great strides since even six months ago. Sometimes it can be a bit rough to find a new application to try out so we try to simplify it for you and bring you some choices that we use daily. Check them out after the jump.

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4 years ago

Google remotely wipes app from a few phones, explains why

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If you didn't know, Google has the ability to remotely delete applications from your phone that may be malicious or otherwise violate the Android and Android Market Terms of Service. And it's a pretty big deal when that happens, and it's a testament to the platform and the developers that it doesn't often happen in this open community.

But Google recently took steps to remotely wipe an app from a small number of phones. And in the interest of full disclosure, they're telling us why:

Recently, we became aware of two free applications built by a security researcher for research purposes. These applications intentionally misrepresented their purpose in order to encourage user downloads, but they were not designed to be used maliciously, and did not have permission to access private data — or system resources beyond permission.INTERNET. As the applications were practically useless, most users uninstalled the applications shortly after downloading them.

After the researcher voluntarily removed these applications from Android Market, we decided to exercise our remote application removal feature on the remaining installed copies to complete the cleanup.

The remote application removal feature is one of many security controls Android possesses to help protect users from malicious applications. In case of an emergency, a dangerous application could be removed from active circulation in a rapid and scalable manner to prevent further exposure to users. While we hope to not have to use it, we know that we have the capability to take swift action on behalf of users’ safety when needed.

Good on Google for not wielding this sword unnecessarily, and good on them for explaining to us why it was done. Hit the source link for the full deets. [Android Developers Blog]

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4 years ago

Froyo (Android 2.2) and Adobe Flash coming to Droid X 'later this summer'

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We're all disappointed at this news, but please -- no beating on the messenger.  At today's big Verizon Droid X shindig we found out the the Motorola Droid X will be sporting Froyo and Adobe Flash, but not at launch. Not the most welcome news, but still not enough to spoil the excitement of a hot new phone on America's biggest carrier.  The folks in the know haven't given any specific dates, but at the event it was announced that the Droid X and the original Motorola Droid would both be getting Froyo at the same time, and with the official source for Froyo dropping today, things seem to be moving right along.  I know I wouldn't let this deter me from getting a Droid X, good things come to those who wait.

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4 years ago

AT&T releases 'Mark The Spot' (aka black hole) app for Android

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Heads up AT&T subscribers with an Android phone -- now it's your turn to help AT&T keep tabs on its network.  Mark The Spot is the popular app originally for the iPhone that fires off some information and data about network errors you might be experiencing when you run it.  This sort of user input is probably pretty helpful, and all conspiracy theories aside should be quite valuable, so if you use AT&T and often find yourself with less than perfect service, grab it and spend a minute improving things instead complaining about things online.  OK, complain all ya want, just be sure to report it directly to AT&T, too.

While it's not the most exciting application in the world, it's refreshing to see Ma Bell didn't forget about it's Android users completely.  The app is free of course, you can grab it here if you're using AT&T: [Market Link | AppBrain]

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4 years ago

Cliq and Backflip owners, Motorola has not forgotten you

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Good news for Cliq, Cliq XT and Backflip users -- Motorola has set up mailing lists for you to stay abreast of the news about your Eclair (Android 2.1) update.  Again, Moto is using the phrase 'when the 2.1 arrives' and not if.  You'll need to be a member of the official Motorola forums (see source link for details), and you can sign up here:

Cliq update news ; Cliq XT update news ; Backflip update news

No dates are given (of course) and I'll stress again that we have no idea when you'll get your update.  Head over and get signed up! [Motorola Owners' Forum] Thanks Jahntassa!

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4 years ago

The Samsung Behold II is getting updated

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Tired of Cupcake on your Behold II? T-Mobile is rolling out an OTA update to Donut (Android version 1.6), which is supposed to be the final version add for the phone. Sure, Android 1.6 may not have been the version you were all hoping for, but it comes with a number of bug fixes, Google Apps (Google Voice Search, Google Maps, etc.) and support for Swype. Do you wish the Behold II had more of a sweet tooth for the heavier desserts? Post a comment if you wish it did or if you’re fine with the more mild sweets.
[via TmoNews]

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4 years ago

Google Voice opens up for all (in the U.S., anyway), no invitation required

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Finally!  The days of lurking in forums, begging on Twitter, and hounding everyone you know just to get a Google Voice invite are officially over.  Google announced that they have decided to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required, so long as you're in the United States.  If you're not familiar with Google Voice, you need to be.  Especially if you're hooked on smartphones in any way, shape or form.  Google says it best:

"We’re proud of the progress we’ve made with Google Voice over the last few years, and we’re still just scratching the surface of what’s possible when you combine your regular phone service with the latest web technology."

You can learn more about Google Voice, as well as get signed up HERE.  Get into everything Android and Google Voice related HERE.  And finally, hit the source link to learn a little of the history and work that went into Google Voice.  Enough talk -- free SMS awaits! [Google Voice Blog] Thanks Duvi!

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4 years ago

SlingPlayer out of beta, available for $30

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SlingPlayer Mobile – the insanely awesome, innovative, and whimsical TV app for Android is finally out of beta testing and is available in the Android Market for $29.99. You're going to need a Slingbox somewhere, of course, but the app should work on just about any Android phone. Supported Slingboxes are the Slingbox SOLO, Slingbox PRO, or Slingbox PRO-HD. Considering you can access any of your home TV channels via your Android phone, that $30 one-time fee they’re asking seems pretty fair. [Market link]

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4 years ago

Android quick app: SoundHound

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There always comes a time when you hear a song, but can’t figure out the name of it, or who it’s by. Luckily, your Android phone’s got you covered. Simply open up SoundHound, press the big orange button and presto: you’re song, who it’s by, where to find it, videos, lyrics, and even a link to the Amazon MP3 file are all available at your fingertips. My personal favorite feature has to be the ‘Sing and Hum’ recognition which means if you can carry the tune, then SoundHound can recognize it – now that’s innovation! Another cool thing we liked was that it automatically saves any search you do within the app allowing for easy referencing if need be. Now, that’s a lot of features, and to put the icing on the cake, the company has just released a free version which gives you five “ID’s” to start with. If you feel like it, you can also earn more credits by Tweeting your songs, which we thought was pretty fair if you didn’t want to pay $4.99 for the premium version. After the break are some screenshots, so be sure not to miss them. Free version: [Market Link | AppBrain] Paid version: [Market Link | AppBrain]

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4 years ago

We've got 20 Vlingo licenses for you [Contest[

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Vlingo for AndroidIt's been a big week, and we're in a giving mood. So let's give away some free software, shall we?

Vlingo's voice-to-text (and vice-versa) service goes a few steps beyond Google's stock service, and it's one that we've been enjoying for some time now. For the uninitiated, Vlingo allows you to dictate just about anything you want, and it will actually read your incoming e-mails and voicemails, too.

So without further ado, let's give away 20 copies of the Vlingo app. All you need to do is comment in this post, and let us know why you deserve the app. We'll close up shop tonight at midnight Eastern time and notify the winners by e-mail. So make sure you're registered, leave a comment, and good luck!

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for June 17th 2010

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You can never really have enough application choices on your device, can you? Sometimes the Marketplace can get overwhelming with all the choices, so we make the job easy and help you with a couple applications that we know and love. Let's take a look at the choices for this week!

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4 years ago

Swype updates keyboard, opens beta for a limited time

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Good news for those of you waiting patiently to get into the Swype keyboard beta program. Not only has the keyboard just gotten an update, they've opened the beta for a limited time. Says Swype:

  • It will be open for a limited time - probably a few days
  • In English, Spanish, and Italian - more languages to come
  • Limited Features - some key features of Swype require OEM integration
  • HVGA and WVGA Resolutions - don't worry we'll detect this automatically
  • Limited End User Support - mostly via our forum

If you recently got a notice that your previous Swype keyboard was expiring, you'll want to log in to get the new version. [Swype]

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4 years ago

Why the doubleTwist Android app looks so good

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It's pretty much agreed upon that the new doubleTwist music app for Android is one of the better looking players on everybody's favorite smartphone. But how did it come to be? Designer Sebastiaan de With explains on his Cocoia blog:

We wanted something that actually advanced the state of the art. I sure as hell wasn’t going to use an entirely new platform for months just to ape another. It was a mixed blessing to have so little limitations on what constituted a ‘native’ user interface.

Android has its guidelines, but most apps (even the Google-sanctioned Twitter app) have a very ‘custom’ appearance. We opted for a look that works well on the various devices and custom ‘shells’ (notably, HTC’s terrible “Sense” interface) and arrived at this muted, native-looking yet polished visual scheme

By no means is the doubleTwist app the only well-designed piece of software on Android, but it's certainly a shining example of what can be done with a minimal set of guidelines, and no sticky concerns about duplication of functions. [Cocoia BlogThanks, Rene!

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4 years ago

Fancy Widget looks a wee bit familiar

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What's that? The HTC Sense clock widget on stock Android? (And Froyo, no less?) Sure looks that way. What you see is called Fancy Widget, and it sure does look like it was all but stripped straight out of HTC's customizations. Load it up and it automatically snags your location and weather information. Tap it to customize clock, weather and refresh settings. It's free (donationware), and you may want to snag it soon, because we have a feeling some letters are already being written. [Market linkApp Brain] Thanks, Brett.

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