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4 years ago

Froyo on the Nexus One already? Yeah, we did it already

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FroYo on the Nexus One

Yes that is a real picture, even though it's blurry as all get out. (Never claimed to be a photographer :P) No, I didn't get a magic OTA from Phil while he was at Google I/O, it's a 2.2 SDK emulator virtual machine ported over to run on the Nexus One.  I'm not the only one doing such outlandish things either. It's mostly for the novelty, and now I can say I have FroYo on my Nexus.  It crashes (a lot), not much works, and it's a real PITA to do, but for those who feel the need, links, instructions and a couple more pics are after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with Laminar Research's X-Plane Android flight sim [#io2010]

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X-Plane Android app

I'm pretty sure I could probably fly myself home after spending a few minutes with Laminar Research's X-Plane Android flight simulator (this is no mere "app"), which we toyed around with at Google IO. You have seven airplanes -- Piper Malibu, Beach King-Air, Eclipse Jet-500, Piaggio Avanti, Cirrus Vision, Cessna 172 and Columbia 400 -- from which you can choose, and it features custom terrain (no Google Earth here) and even shows where lift is affecting the aircraft. It's not available yet in the Android Market because they're waiting for a few technical issues (with the Market, not their app) to be resolved. But hopefully we'll see this soon. Check it out after the break. Anybody want to navigate for me?

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Chevy Volt OnStar Android app [#io2010]

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Chevy Volt

Hot on the heels of the news this week that the Chevy Volt is getting Google Maps support comes our hands-on with the upgraded Android app. You'll remember much of this from our hands-on at CES in January. But new this time around is the ability to locate the Volt anywhere from your phone, feed directions to the car's on-board navigation system from your phone, and otherwise make it the coolest electric-gas (the gasoline engine is only used to power the generator) vehicle we'll likely see this year. Check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Seesmic shares new Android beta with Google I/O attendees, with support for Google Buzz [#io2010]

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Seesmic Android beta

Seesmic has been busy lately it seems.  Not only did they reveal a preview of their new desktop client but they also have a new beta build of their popular Android Twitter client for Google I/O attendees.  Since we have a man on the floor at Google I/O, we get a sneak preview of it too.  As you can see from the screen shot, support for Google Buzz is in the works.  No word on when it's expected to be released, but you can bet as soon as we know, we're going to share the good news.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Android Kindle app [#io2010]

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Amazon Kindle app for Android

The Android Amazon Kindle app: Coming this summer. The Android Amazon Kindle hands-on video: Coming right now, after the break. It's not a bad little app. Download and read ebooks right on your phone, change the font size and background color, and all the usual bells and whistles you'd expect. Check it out.

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for May 19, 2010

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Android Central Editors' app picks

No, you're not going crazy, we just did this on Sunday, but out of dedication, and to get back on the routine, here it is again folks. Without further ado, we bring you some more selections.

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4 years ago

Firefox for Android pre-alpha updated, gets nightly builds

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Mozilla-Fennec-on-Android

Blogger and Tech Lead of Mozilla's mobile devices team Stuart Parmenter has slipped out a new pre-alpha build for Android 2.x users.  He still warns that it's likely to be very buggy and isn't even close to ready for prime time, but for us curious types he has posted it on his blog here to download and play with.

It's considerably better running and a bit smaller (the download is 9.6 MB, and the install is now 25MB versus 30MB in size) than the last build.  I put it through the paces a little bit and found it to be quite a treat, especially knowing that it's still an early development version.  And interestingly enough, it outscores the native Android browser on the Acid3 test.  If you're feeling adventurous head over to Stuart's blog and give Fennec a spin.  [pavlov.net

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4 years ago

Android Launcher Pro beta makes an OK home screen even better

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Android 2.0+ Let’s face it people, the stock Android launcher is straight up boring. You can’t configure it, and on most phones, you can’t have more than 3 home screens. Luckily, LauncherPro [Market link] has arrived, and although it’s very similar to Helix, it’s got some strengths of its own. The first thing I noticed was the speed – this thing is blazing fast. Everything from sliding through the screens to pulling up the app drawer is much faster than stock. Let's check it out after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Market web page revamped, is only slightly more useful now

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Android Market web page

The good news: The Android Market web page has gotten a bit of a freshening up ahead of Google IO this week. The bad news: It's not that much more useful. Sure, you can browse more apps (and do so in a much more intuitive way). But what we really want to see is some actual connectivity between the site and our phones -- much (or exactly) like App Brain. We need to be able to purchase, mark for install and rate apps from a web portal. Not just from our phones, and (definitely) not from a stand-alone program on a computer.

Is this redesign a precursor for things to come? We'll find out this week, we guess. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for May 15, 2010

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Best Android Apps

With more than 50,000 applications in the Android Market, it can be tricky finding something that stands out. But we've got your back. After the break are just a few of the apps that we here at Android Central use on a daily basis. Bon appetite!

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4 years ago

Moment Android 2.1 DE03 Release Notes

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Sprint Samsung Moment Android 2.1 update

Above, you’ll see the official release notes from Sprint about the Android 2.1 update for the Samsung Moment. The update's supposed to be official tomorrow (though it briefly leaked out this afternoon). The document shows all the updates and improvements that Android 2.1 will be providing the Moment which are definitely welcomed with a smile – especially those pesky Bluetooth problems. As with most big updates, this will wipe all the data off your device, so make sure you back up as much as you can onto your SD card before making the leap. One other shot from the notes is after the break. Thanks, O!

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4 years ago

Android 2.1 for the Samsung Moment leaks out a day early (updated)

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2.1 de03 samsung moment

Well, folks, it’s official. Sort of. Android 2.1 for the Samsung Moment has been released as DE03.  This new release was not supposed to roll out until tomorrow (the 14th), however, it seems someone down at Sprint goofed and posted it early.  A couple of the bugs that were in the Moment 2.1 leaks have been squashed, and it seems to be running great so far.  The DE03 .tar file is hidden in the new Sprint update utility, so if you have a prior version of SW Update, you will need to uninstall that before installing this one to avoid any driver confusion.  

Since an official announcement hasn't been made, it's hard to say exactly what has been changed, but here's what I've gathered so far:

  • No Live Wallpapers
  • GPS strength seems improved
  • Signal strength seems improved
  • Voice search bug is fixed

Go here to download the file, and also be sure to take a look at the installation instructions.

More to come as we get it!

Update: Whoopsie, the links (Sprint's and the Rapidshare mirror) have been pulled. We've been told the update will "officially" be out tomorrow -- just because it was briefly on Sprint's server and available doesn't mean Sprint has "released" it -- and we're told the following are included in the update:

  • Keypad backlight optimization
  • Bulk Bluetooth contact push
  • Various Bluetooth fixes
  • Increased speed and performance
  • Swipe to Unlock/Mute/Speakerphone
  • New camera features
  • Pandora enhancements

Look for the update here.

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4 years ago

Dolphin Browser HD forced to take out YouTube downloading feature

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If you’ve tried the new Dolphin HD browser, you'd know that one of its best features was the ability to download YouTube videos directly to your SD card. Unfortunately, this rubbed YouTube the wrong way, and YouTube -- owned by Google, as you well know -- deemed it a violation of its of service. It’s a shame, we know, but there are still plenty of bells and whistles being offered to make this a formidable piece of software.  Thanks, joe23521!

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4 years ago

Quake III running on Motorola Milestone -- with a Zeemote JS1 controlling it all

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Quake III on Android with Zeemote JS1

By now we've all seen some of the great 3D PC games ported over to the smaller screen, but we haven't seen this trick.  Youtube user Moblisher has the classic first person shooter Quake III running on a Motorola Milestone, and has a Zeemote JS1 controller running the controls.  Zeemotes are fairly popular with Nokia users, as well as gamers on that other iPlatform, so it's great to see they are offering an Android version.  It's even better that it seems to be working as well as it does.  Hit the break for one very cool video.  Thanks Andrew for sending this in!

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4 years ago

Archaic Windows 3.1 Installed on Android

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If for whatever reason you get the craving for some good old retro Windows action on your Android phone then look no further. aDOSBox is a handy little application that will enable you to run or install anything that requires the archaic DOS platform. One of our own forum members, drraccoon, was tinkering around with Doom and Heretic on his Droid when the idea of getting WIN 3.1 to run popped into his head. After a couple lines of commands (and pots of coffee), voila it worked! Even though doing this is virtually useless, you can bet it will impress even the geekiest Android fan boy. For detailed steps on getting 3.1 up and running, check out drraccoon’s blog.

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