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4 years ago

PayPal Bump is Android-bound

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paypal logo

What’s that I hear? PayPal bump coming to Android, and no longer only found on the iPhone? Yes, it is indeed true, as PayPal has announced they will be bringing this great feature to multiple platforms, instead of just keeping on the iPhone. For those of you that may not know what this feature is, this will allow you to simply bump phones (just don’t go slamming them into each other) to transfer funds from one account to another. This feature is rather handy for quickly settling debts right on the spot, but won’t be much help for those doing long-distance deals. During an interview at CTIA, CNET was informed that the application for the Android and BlackBerry should be rolling out in the next two or three months. [CNET via Gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Rhapsody Android app at CTIA

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 Rhapsody for Android

The folks from Rhapsody walk us through their Android application, currently in beta. It will be moving to a public beta starting April 4. Check out our hands-on after the break.

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4 years ago

Interview with Swype keyboard for Android smartphones at CTIA

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Sure, you might have used the Swype keyboard for Android or Windows Mobile smartphones. But have you really used Swype? We sat down with Mike and Aaron for a few minutes and had them put the popular -- and innovative -- keyboard through its paces, including how it could be used on your television. Check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Root Wireless releases network monitoring app

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Root Wireless

Sure, you think your network's good. But just how good is it? Root Wireless is looking to answer that and crowdsource the nation's cellular network, at that. Today it released a free beta application that utilizes smartphones as network monitoring devices. (Check out CrackBerry.com's interview with them at CES in January.)

Supported Android devices are the Google Nexus One, Motorola Cliq, HTC Droid Eris and T-Mobile G1.

Here's how it works: You load up Root Wireless' app on your phone, and use it to monitor the network. Then you sign in at MyTrueCoverage.com, and your network strength is plotted on Google Maps. A handy tool if you're looking to determine just how good (or bad) a cell carrier is where you live, work and play. Full presser after the break.

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4 years ago

Use Picasa? It's another reason to be on Android

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No Picasa for iPad

Take a lot of photos? Do you use Picasa to sort and store them? If so, here’s another reason to look towards Mountain View when buying a tablet. Our SPE sister site The iPhone Blog reports the latest from Apple CEO (and part time CSR) Steve Jobs.

…Are there any plans to support Picasa’s faces and albums in iTunes, so I can take full advantage of the [iPad] Photos application, since Photoshop Album is long discontinued. If not, please can you look into supporting the Picasa library format?

And the response from Steve Jobs:

No, but iPhoto on the Mac has much better Faces and Places features.

Sent from my iPhone

Granted, it’s his baby and he can decide who and what to support, but the list of iDont’s seems to get bigger each time we hear from Mr. Jobs about this thing. If you’re not using a Mac with Faces and Places, don’t fret. Android has you covered.

Sent from my old Tablet PC tethered to my Android [via TiPb]

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4 years ago

App Overload - Take control of the Android Market with AppBrain

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Inside Android

Thirty thousand. That’s a big number being thrown around. Thirty thousand of anything is a lot. Last June, an asteroid hit a young boy on his way to school in Essen, Germany. It was going 30,000 mph (he survived). Archeologists estimate that man has been creating art of some sort or another for 30,000 years.  And the Android Market just hit 30,000 apps. Or did it? This week let’s take a look at the apps in the Market and a great new way to make sense of them all with some help from our friends at Swiss Code Monkeys.  Follow along after the break.

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4 years ago

Your favorite Android music applications [AC Asks]

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Whether it's streaming Internet radio or keeping as much of your music collection as you can on a microSD card, you gotta admit there are some great ways to keep the tunes flowing on your Android phone.

Yeah, we probably could have split these into two categories - streaming and non. But no matter, you guys had some great picks. After the break, we take a look at your favorite options.

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4 years ago

Google releases Buzz widget

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Google Buzz widgetGoogle Buzz

Android 1.6+ If you're into Google Buzz but have wanted to be able to post text and photos from your Android home screen, you're now in luck. Google's made a Buzz widget available in the Android Market that does exactly that. It's English-only for now, but it makes Google's new social networking feature that much easier to use. Get in now in the Android Market. [Google]

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4 years ago

Fring updates with new look, features

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FringFring

Fring (Market link), the popular all-encompassing VOIP/chat/Skype/all-things-communications app, just updated its Android application, bringing a new look and new features.

  • High up on everybody's wish list was an honest-to-goodness dialer, and it's there now.
  • The buddy list has been updated and now shows your friends' pictures and mood line (from either Skype or Fring).
  • You can now personalize your profile with a picture, and edit your mood, e-mail address and phone number.
  • There also are a number of voice improvements, links now work and the chat screen, plus other bugfixes.

Fring is free. Update your current version now, or you can download from the Android Market. [Fring]

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4 years ago

Zillow announces Android application

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Zillow

Realtors, take note: Zillow, the popular Web site that allows estimates your home value -- and more important, your neighbors' home values -- has just announced its first Android application. With it you get:

  •  Estimate home values, home details and historical data on 95 million U.S. homes – nearly all homes in the country.
  • Curbside images of homes using Google Street View.
  • Multiple photos, home details, and contact information on homes for sale, for rent or listed as Make Me Move, allowing home shoppers to peek inside home listings and call or email agents, owners and landlords right from the app.
  • Shoppers can filter their home searches by sale price, rental price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms and listing type (for sale, for rent, Make Me Move, and recently sold).
  • Users can search for homes and neighborhoods utilizing voice search – just say an address, neighborhood or city and the Zillow Android App will take you there.

Very cool stuff if you're looking for a home, or are a Realtor. Check out video of Zillow for Android in action after the break, and grab it now in the Android Market. [Zillow]

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4 years ago

Google Maps updated to Version 4.1, brings account switching, live wallpaper

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Google MapsGoogle Maps Live Wallpaper

Android 1.6+ Google Maps went and updated itself to Version 4.1 tonight, bringing with it an updated search page, support for multiple accounts, a Latitude widget and -- this is very cool -- the ability to make Google Maps your live wallpaper. Let's break it down, erm, after the break.

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4 years ago

HTC Tattoo not getting Eclair after all

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It appears the rumors that the HTC Tattoo will receive an official update to Eclair weren't true.  James over at Tracy and Matt has received an official response from HTC that pretty much shoots down the rumor with just one line:

"Currently there are no plans to update the HTC Tattoo with éclair."

HTC has been known to change its mind, and Tattoo owners can only hope that it happens again.  The Tattoo for sure isn't a powerhouse, but it's a nice little phone that fills a niche in Android's lineup.  Since the Tattoo was released just last November, it's pretty disheartening to find out that it's already reached the end of it's software update path.   Any readers using one of these small sexy phones?  Sound off in the comments! [Tracy and Matt's blog]

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4 years ago

ZumoDrive now available on Android

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ZumoDriveZumoDrive

Android 1.6+ ZumoDrive, a cloud media storage/streaming/sync solution, is now available for Android. Here's the skinny: Install an app on your computer, and media (music, photos and the like) become accessible through the ZumoDrive app on your phone. You get 1 gigabyte of storage for starters (take a tour and get it upped to 2GB), and tiered pricing is available, from 10GB for $2.99 a month to a whopping 500GB for $79.99 a month. [ZumoDriveMarket link]

 

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Opera Mini 5 beta browser for Android

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Opera Mini Beta 5

Opera Mini 5 beta hit the Android Market this morning, and we've been putting it through its paces. It's important to remember that this is Opera Mini, not the Opera Mobile we saw at Mobile World Congress, and the two behave differently.

Opera Mini features data compression on the server side, which means it's fast. Very fast. It will load almost anything faster than a standard mobile browser, so there's almost no point in comparing the two (we don't bother in this hands-on). Also remember that this is beta software, so bugs are likely. And, no, there's no Flash support, and no multitouch. But everything ran pretty smoothly in our brief testing. Check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Opera Mini 5 Beta Available for Android

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Most of us are waiting for Opera Mobile for Android to somehow make it on Android phones but the next best thing has landed on the newswire: Opera Mini 5 Beta is now available for Android. And little brother browser ain't so shabby. Opera Mini 5 Beta comes with tabbed browsing, speed dial bookmarks, download manager, password manager, and other features. Opera Mini is typically a speedy browser and this iteration is no exception.

It's supposed to work with all Android devices so everyone gets to play! Try it out yourself by searching Opera Mini 5 in Android Market or by heading to m.opera.com/next

[opera]

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