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3 years ago

Microsoft releases API and tools to connect Messenger, SkyDrive, and Hotmail data to mobile apps

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Microsoft has released a set of tools and samples that now makes it a good bit easier to get users Windows Live data from Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger for smartphone applications, including Android apps.  Developers will only need to enter the application name and language used, and then they will receive a client ID and secret token.  These are then used in your application to allow the user to sign in via the web, with no back-end needed for this from the developers.  Microsoft provides a working sample to view a user's SkyDrive photos, with more examples to follow.

Microsoft, as much as anyone, understands the open platform model.  It's been good to them over the years, and it's nice to see simple and effective methods to access user account data across mobile platforms. I hope some developers out there with the "next great idea" for a Windows Live app takes advantage of them.  Drop us a line if that sounds like you!

Source: Windows Live team blog

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic ... 'Coming soon'

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At this point it's just a matter of time before the Motorola Droid Bionic turns up for sale and available to all -- however, Verizon still appears to be swaying on the side of caution and maintaining as much secrecy as humanly possible. What you see above is a new Verizon display unit that is clearly missing a unit. That space, looks like a like it could house a device with a 4.3-inch display much like the Droid Bionic has doesn't it? In any event, we're still stuck in "wait and see mode" here.

Source Droid Forums; via: Android Central Forums; Thanks, Anthony!

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3 years ago

Three customers getting unbranded HTC Desire Gingerbread update

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Good news for HTC Desire owners on British network Three -- the carrier has confirmed today that it'll be pushing out the official Gingerbread update for the popular handset as soon as it's made available by HTC. No waiting around for network testing or the addition of carrier-mandated bloatware, instead Three-branded Desires will get the update at the same time as unbranded phones. In a post on its official Twitter account, a Three rep said --

Three customers will get this update as soon as HTC release it, there is not a Three version

The Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire is currently in the final stages of testing at HTC, and is expected by the end of the month.

Source: @ThreeUK

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3 years ago

Poll: Would you buy a Nexus S this far into the year?

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Asked this on Twitter earlier today, and let's put it to you folks: We're more than halfway through the year, and chances are we'll see a new Nexus device -- whatever it may be -- by the end of the year, if Google keeps up with previous schedules. (Though we have no assurances that it will.)

So the question is this: With the possibility of a new Nexus device in the next five or six months, are you willing to shell out for a Samsung Nexus S? It's a mere $99 on contract, but $529 outright.

Is now a good time to buy a Nexus S?

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3 years ago

Gingerbread leaked for the T-Mobile G2; same build as the version mistakenly released last month

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Remember the snafu last month where T-Mobile was shipping out warranty-replacement G2s running Gingerbread? Well, some crafty tinkerers have extracted the build and made it available for all to download. This 2.3 update is the same exact version as the one T-Mobile mistakenly shipped out, so though it isn't "official," rest assured that it is the build that big T is working with. No, you don't need root, but yes, there are some bugs that still need squashing, so as always, download at your own risk. Hit the source link to grab the update from T-Mobile's support community.

Source: T-Mobile Support Community

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3 years ago

Try on jeans, get a 'free' phone

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We're going to suspend disbelief here for a moment and imagine that some of you have girlfriends, and that these girlfriends on occasion shop at a store called Wet Seal, which apparently sells "cute teen clothing." (Note to self: Don't ever let your daughters grow up.)

Anyhoo, they might soon be asking about a promotion in which they can get a free Android smartphone for trying on a pair of jeans (and they'll likely be wondering where you're hiding the camera).

Here's the deal: Yeah, they (or you) can get a "free" phone in exchange for trying on jeans. It's free insofar as you still have to sign up for a two-year voice/data plan. So if that's a good deal for you, then go for it. But remember, free ain't quite "free."

Sources: Wet Seal, press release

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3 years ago

T-Mobile getting the Wildfire S on Aug. 3 for $80 on contract

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The HTC Wildfire S is coming to T-Mobile this fall. The Wildfire S -- read our review of the European version -- sports a 3.2-inch touchscreen and is running Android 2.3. It's got a 5MP camera on the back.

It'll be available starting Aug. 3 for $79.99 (after $50 mail-in rebate) with a two-year contract. It'll be available in white at T-Mobile stores, and also in black at Walmart and Sam's Club.

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3 years ago

Google reportedly in talks to purchase alternate patent suite from InterDigital

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As the patent world turns ... The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, this morning reports that Google is in talks with InterDigital Inc. about acquiring the "technology developer and licenser" in the wake of its failed bidding for that Nortel patent suite.

The WSJ story says IngerDigital owns around 8,800 patents regarding transmitting wireless data, noise-cancellation and other technology for cellular phones and networks.

Source: WSJ; More: Google and patents

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3 years ago

Lucky Android Central reader gets his Motorola Photon a little early

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What's 4.3 inches of Tegra 2 power, chock full of on-board storage, and sitting in Android Central reader Shawheim's pocket?  Why the Motorola Photon, of course.  It looks like he was lucky enough to come across someone selling a unit on the web, and like any self-respecting Android geek he jumped.  He was kind enough to post a handful of pictures and some initial thoughts in the forums, and while I don;t want to spoil anything, he says "its a BEAST!"

It's coming for the rest of us on July 31, but in the meantime we can all hang out in the Motorola Photon 4G forums and patiently wait.  Be sure to visit and check out all his pics!

Source: Android Central forumsThanks, Shawheim!

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3 years ago

Sneak peek at the Droid Does Motorola Droid Bionic page points to a $299 price tag

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Update: Not that anybody out there screaming this is a fake asked us, but this might shed a little light on things. Haters gonna hate.

Original: Well, well. What have we here? We've been handed what our tipster says is an early version of the Droid Does page for the Motorola Bionic. We're told it's set to go live the first week of August. Specs aren't any different than we've seen, but it's the price that's really standing out -- $299 on contract. That's gonna hurt. But we've been there before, haven't we.

Specs are said to be what we've already been told -- 4.3-inch pentile touchscreen at qHD resolution, TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor at 1GHz, 1GHz DDR2 RAM clocked at 1066 MHz, that whole Motorola Webtop thing, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera. We also get its height and weight statistics -- 2.66 inches wide, 4.95 inches tall and 0.52 inches thick, weighing 5.56 ounces. (Let's hope they fix that whole length-width-height thing before launch.)

So, that's what we've got. Last-minute changes to this sort of thing aren't unheard of, but we're certainly getting closer to launch, it seems, and remember that leaked screen from Sam's Club pointing to Aug. 4. Stay tuned, folks.

More: Droid Bionic forums; Thanks anon!

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3 years ago

Rogers Samsung Infuse 4G gets priced at $150 by Future Shop

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Rogers has been on a roll as of late when it comes to updating their Android line-up of devices. Last night in Toronto they held the launch party for the Samsung Infuse 4G and today, Future Shop has outed the pricing of the soon-to-be released device. $149 is what you'll be looking at should you decide to agree to a new 3-year contract but if contracts aren't really your thing, then you'll be looking to hand over $550.  That said; keep in mind the Samsung Galaxy S II is starting to arrive at Bell and Virgin Mobile retail shops all across Canada and only costs $50 more off contract.

Source: Future Shop; via: Mobile Syrup

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3 years ago

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide now available online

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If you want to get your hands on T-Mobile's MyTouch 4G Slide, and don't want to wait for it to show up in stores on July 27, you can now place your order at T-Mobile website.  The MyTouch 4G Slide (check out the initial review) is HTC's latest tech, thrown into a package with a horizontal sliding qwerty, and one heck of a camera.  It will cost you $200 after contract and a pesky mail-in rebate, or $500 if you want to buy it outright.  My first impressions tell me that it's a great update from the original MyTouch slider, or even the MyTouch 4G.  We've got an ongoing Q&A thread in the forums, and I'll have a full detailed review shortly.  If you're ready to buy, hit the source link and have at it!

Source: T-MobileThanks, Henri!

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3 years ago

Get your Samsung Galaxy S II now from Virgin Mobile Canada

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OK, it might not be right now but you can at least take comfort in knowing your order is placed for one of the most anticipated Android devices out there these days.  If you head on over to the Virgin Mobile website, you'll find the Samsung Galaxy S II available for $170 or $599 outright. We've reached out to some retail locations as well to inquire -- many of which stated they have stock available for pick up.  In the meantime, you can check out our Samsung Galaxy S II review.

Source: Virgin Mobile Canada

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3 years ago

Harry Potter books coming to Android in October via Pottermore and Google Books

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Calling all Muggles -- JK Rowling's Harry Potter series will finally be hitting e-readers this fall, and it'll be available on Android. There's a bit of a catch, as you'll actually be buying the books from the new Pottermore site in October. When you purchase, you'll have the option to save the book to your Google Books library. And from there, you can read on any Android smartphone or tablet (or any non-Android or iOS device that has a browser).

Google also announced that Google Checkout is the preferred third-party checkout for Pottermore. So if you've got an Android phone and have ever purchased an app from the Android Market, you're already set. More details are set to unfold leading up to the launch this fall.

Source: Google Books Blog

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3 years ago

PopCap games to be pre-loaded on Xperia Pro, Xperia Mini Pro

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Game developer PopCap has announced that it's reached an agreement with Sony Ericsson to pre-load its "Games by PopCap" portal on the upcoming Xperia Pro and Xperia Mini Pro. The deal will see these phones shipping with trial versions of Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies, along with the full version Chuzzle. It'll also be the first chance for Android owners in Europe to get their hands on PopCap's games, as right now these only been available on the Amazon AppStore, which currently turns Europeans away at the door.

The Xperia Pro and Mini Pro are due to land sometime in the third quarter, although there's no firm release date for either device just yet. Join us after the jump for the full presser.

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