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4 years ago

LG, VMWare bringing the corporate sandbox to Android

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LG VMWare 

LG and VMware announced this morning a partnership that brings virtualization to Android smartphones. The non-nerd premise is this: You've got your standard Android smartphone, with your e-mail, your apps, your phone number. And in a virtual space on the same device, you have another set of apps, corporate e-mail, another phone number -- completely sandboxed from your personal stuff, unable to talk to or access its data.

The idea, of course, is security, and it gives VMware a handhold into the mobile enterprise market. Chances are most of us don't have jobs that need that level of sandbox security but it's nice that it's available. Full press release after the break and video that Engadget scrounged up is after the break.

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4 years ago

Fring adds Dynamic Video Quality to their video calling services

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The topic of video calling these days is a rather hot one for many. What was once noted as a thing of the future, video calling this year has sort of been placed at the front of the line when it comes to device manufacturers and application developers. The other element here is the carriers, rather the networks they provide and their ability to provide enough bandwidth to make video calling happen. Fring, well aware of the fact that carrier networks are often times constrained have adapted their video calling applications to make use of Dynamic Video Quality as they refer to it.

DVQ technology (Dynamic Video Quality) automatically, and continuously, adjusts your video call quality to match your internet bandwidth at all times, giving you the best video and audio quality possible for your connectivity.

In short, that all breaks down to this. Whenever you have what may be considered spotty coverage, Fring will adjust your video calls a quality level, which the network can provide dynamically without user interaction. The goal here is to not limit your ability to make video calls but rather to give you the best audio and video the network can provide. Hopefully, a lot more developers will adopt similar technology as well. It really is a basic philosophy of networking. Fring is available now in the Android Market. [Fring]

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4 years ago

Seesmic for Android gets updated UI

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Seesmic for AndroidSeesmic for Android

Seesmic for Android -- the Twitter client of choice for a certain Android Central editor -- just got an update to Version 1.5. And if you haven't tried Seesmic yet, it's time to rectify that. With the update you now have:

  • A new UI: Refresh, compose and search buttons are front and center, no longer hidden under menu button.
  • Post to Salesforce Chatter.
  • Autocomplete usernames when you type @xxxxx.
  • Improved attachment uploader.
  • Ability to change avatar from the app.
  • Now available in eight languages.

And that's in addition to the usual excellent support for Facebook Google Buzz and multiple Twitter accounts. Seesmic's free, and download locations and video of it in action are after the break. [Seesmic blog]

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 6.1 hits stable release

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CyangenmodFor all you folks running the CyaongenMod brand of custom ROM -- and if you're not, you really should give them a shot -- know that CM6.1 has just be released. Released as in stable Android 2.2.1, ready to go, flash at your convenience.

And the list of supported phones is large -- and growing: Nexus One, Droid, Dream/Sapphire, Hero, Desire, Incredible, Espresso (myTouch 3G Slide), Supersonic (Evo 4G), Legend, Vision (G2/DesireZ), Geeksphones ONE, Z71, Wildfire, NVidia Harmony, Ace (Desire HD) and Glacier (myTouch 4G).

For those of you new to the game, CM ROMs are more than custom ROMs, actually. They're built off the publicly available Android code -- that's the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) -- and include a ton of cool tweaks from developers throughout the community. You'll want to check out the CM6.1 changelog for all the goodies, and get to downloading. [CyanogenMod, CM6.1 changelog]

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4 years ago

New Dolphin Mini browser aims to bring faster browsing to Android

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Dolphin Browser Mini

The team over at Dolphin Browser is working on a new browser which they hope will bring faster browsing to your Android device.  Currently in a "preview" stage, the team just released the second public build of the browser on their blog.

Some new features include:

  • Completely redesigned user interface
  • Faster page loads
  • Infinite tabbed browsing
  • New menu layout 

 Hit the read more link to grab the download link.  The application isn't in the market yet, so if you're on AT&T, you'll need our Sideload Wonder Machine.  If you decide to take the new browser for a spin, be sure to give the team feedback in our developer forums. Via [Twitter] [Dolphin Browser Blog]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Dec. 4, 2010

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app-picks

Even with the recent updates to the Android Market, finding a great application can still be quite a hunt due to the shear size of the market. Here at Android Central we spend a lot of our time on our devices, so we sort through what we can on the market, and we bring you weekly some of our favorite picks from the last week. Let's take a look at what made it into this weeks choices.

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4 years ago

Comcast Mobile Android app now aims for Dec. 7, Xfinity still delayed

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Comcast Xfinity App

For all you Comcast subscribers out there waiting on the Comcast Mobile and Xfinity apps for Android, listen up. (Erm, or just keep reading).We're still waiting on the Xfinity Mobile App (aka Comcast Mobile App 3.0), and the Comcast Mobile App Android 2.0 release (there's a mouthful) is now slated for Dec. 7 release -- yes, another delay.

In the meantime, we've basically got the user manuals, plus feature lists, buglists and troubleshooters. Everything you could want, except for the actual app, that is. You can check it all out after the break. E-mail retrieval, DVR settings, voicemail, TV listings, the works.

And in the meantime, we'll all just have to sit back and wait and hope that there won't be any more delays.

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4 years ago

Swype beta updated, streamlined

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Swype for Android

If you're rocking the "beta" version of Swype (we put beta in quotes because if it didn't come preloaded on your phone, it's the only version you're legally supposed to be using -- nudge nudge, wink know, know what I mean?), note that it just got and update, and it's one you need to pay attention to. Here's the full changelog:

INSTALLER v.1.1.14896

  • Revised installer workflow. Users can now enable Swype and select it as the default input method from within the Swype installer.

  • The installer now includes a repair feature. If a previous installation failed, or if the existing Swype BETA installation is broken (missing/corrupt license, etc), the installer will attempt to resume the installation process and repair any broken elements.

  • Clarified error messages to give a more accurate description of the specific problem encountered.

  • Added links to the tutorial and tips-and-tricks videos to the end of the installation.

SWYPE BETA v2.15.56.14870

  • Added support for new installer features, such as version checking and installation repair.

  • Merged the most recent changes from trunk (mostly device-specific bugfixes)

Of particular interest to us is the second bullet point. If a previous installation failed (and guess who had that problem) ... That's right, it crashed and burned for me but is up and running now. Oh, happy day.

Again, this is for everybody running the official beta. If your phone came pre-loaded with Swype -- and that's damn near every phone released in the last six months or so -- satay away. For everybody else, head to http://beta.swype.com/android/get and get your download on. [Swype]

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4 years ago

Raging Thunder -- virtual reality style on the Viewsonic gTab [video]

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Real life controller

Games like Raging Thunder are pretty fun to play on the 10-inch Viewsonic gTablet. But when you add in some ingenuity and an accessory from your own driveway, it becomes epic.  YouTube user CodingHut has just made every young mans fantasy of driving their own car like a lunatic a step closer to reality.  And we all thank him for it.  Check out one bad ass video after the break. [CodingHut's YouTube channel] Thanks, JerseyIroc!

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4 years ago

Angry Birds for Android expected to generate $1 million per month [video]

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Angry Birds

Yes, everyone loves Angry Birds.  But did you know that Android users love Angry Birds about $1 million a month?  That's what Peter Vesterbacka, the Mighty Eagle (seriously, that's his title) of Rovio told Tech Crunch that the 5 million currently downloaded copies of the Android version will generate in ad revenue.  Talk about a success story!

Speaking of success stories, check out the video from Google Mobile Ads (after the break) where Mr. Vesterbacka talks about all the ways he is making a mountain of money from the Angry Birds franchise, and gives some interesting numbers about the Android version.  [Tech Crunch, GoogleMobileAds]

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4 years ago

New version of Android Market brings a new tab to apps

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Changes to the Market app  New market tab

Looks like a new version of the Android Market is being silently pushed out to devices running Froyo, complete with a new tab to find related applications.  Yours may say "Similar" as it does on the Droid X in the shot to the left, or it may say "Related" as it does on the Evo 4G to the right.  For all intents and purposes, it appears to be the same thing with a different label.

While we can't see behind the curtain, it's pretty certain that there's more on the way, either with Gingerbread or as an addition to existing versions of Android. (And, yes, this looks like what we saw in that Gingerbread video earlier today.)

Anyone else out there seeing Market changes?  Sing out in the forums! Thanks, Andy, Javier, and Josh for the tips!

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4 years ago

Write an awesome Firefox mobile add-on, win a trip to Barcelona

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Firefox Mobile Add-ons Cup

This one's for you coders out there: Mozilla's looking for some good add-ons to be built or ported to the mobile version of Firefox (aka Fennec). There are six categories (Sports/games, commerce/shopping, geolocation, productivity, sharing/social, novelty/innovation), and prizes will be awarded in each category. The winners will get $1,000 cash, an Android (or Maemo) phone, a spot on the Firefox for Mobile Start Page, be listed as a featured add-on, and a blog post about your add-on.

And one grand-prize winner will get a free trip to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress in February and a full pass to the event. (And if you're really, really lucky, you'll run into us there.)

So get to coding folks! Full info at the source link. [Mozilla]

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4 years ago

Smart Keyboard Pro updated to 3.11.0 -- adds really long spacebar

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 Smart Keyboard Pro updated to 3.11.0

When the Android naysayers come out of the woodwork, they never fail to mention Android's stock keyboard as one of its weaknesses.  Personally, I don't think the stock keyboard is all that bad, especially on a device that has over four inches of screen real estate.  However, that doesn't mean I actually use it, as my heart (and $2.73) belongs to Dexilog's Smart Keyboard Pro.

Smart Keyboard Pro needs no introduction.  Based on its average 4.62 (out of 5) rating more than 6,000 ratings, it's evident that Smart Keyboard Pro has its share of satisfied buyers.  The developer pays attention to user feedback, and issues bug fixes very quickly.  Tweaks and enhancements are added quite frequently as well.

If you're always looking to try out a new keyboard, and haven't gotten your thumbs on Smart Keyboard Pro, I definitely recommend it.  Join me after the break as I dig a little deeper into the increased spacebar length.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Aces Traffic Pack

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acestraffic

If you are like me, and are easily amused, Aces Traffic Pack is a game that is bound to keep you busy for hours on end. After spending just two minutes with this game I instantly knew I was going to be hooked, and was very thankful that the game came with over 400 different puzzles to play through. The graphics instantly caught my attention, the vibrant colors used on the game brought it to the next level and set it apart from many other puzzle-style games.

More after the break.

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4 years ago

$5 app promises to put LTE on your Android smartphone today! (Not really)

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LTE Android app

We kind of didn't even want to draw any attention to this app, this $4.99 waste of time, but figured in the interest of public service ... So there's "4G LTE Upgrade" app that popped up in the Android Market today, just after Verizon announced its 4G data (and not smartphone data) will be flipped on come Sunday. The app promises you can get 4G early, which of course, you can't.  It also says to wait a day or two if it doesn't work at first. And you'll keep waiting.

So go ahead and drop $5 on it if you really, really, really want a 4G icon in your notification bar. Or, do what I did and buy it, refund it and mark the SOB as malicious. Download links are NOT after the break.

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