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3 years ago

Comcast Xfinity app for Android is now available

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Comcast communications has finally brought their Xfinity application to the Android Market.  We were told to expect a Comcast Mobile application today, followed by the Xfinity application early 2011, but as a Comcast user, I'm not complaining about their naming convention.  The app seems pretty functional at first use, with it's own Comcast mail client, Voicemail inbox, TV listings, a DVR Manager (which takes up to 24 hours to set up), and full OnDemand listings.  Hopefully, the Jan 2011 version has the ability to view OnDemand items, but seeing the listings beats nothing.

If you're a Comcast subscriber, grab it from the Market and check it out, there's a download link and a set of pictures after the break.

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3 years ago

Foursquare update adds trophy case for badges, displays tips and checkins better

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Looking for a better way to show off your sweet badges from Foursquare? If so, make sure you grab the latest update from the Android Market. The latest update adds a new trophy case for badges as noted in the above change log picture. In addition to the badges display update, popular tips are now more prominently displayed when checking in so that you're sure not to miss them and source attribution now shows on your friends checkin page. Not a massive update by any means but one that should better the user experience. [Foursquare]

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3 years ago

LG, VMWare bringing the corporate sandbox to Android

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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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3 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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3 years ago

Seesmic for Android gets updated UI

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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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3 years ago

New Dolphin Mini browser aims to bring faster browsing to Android

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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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3 years ago

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

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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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3 years ago

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

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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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3 years ago

Swype beta updated, streamlined

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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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3 years ago

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

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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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