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2 years ago

Gmail app update brings ICS features to Honeycomb

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Google has updated the official Gmail app for Android today, with assorted changes for Android phones and tablets running Froyo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb. The most significant changes are for Android 3.2 tablets -- Honeycomb now gets access to a few handy features which until now have been reserved for ICS. These include swiping between messages, and a shortcut in the top left corner for selecting recent labels. Honeycombers also the ability to customize the way Gmail notifies you about mail with different labels.

Google hasn't forgotten that the majority of Android phones are still on Gingerbread or Froyo, however, and for them, this update will deliver performance improvements and a new labels API for  third-party app developers.

Hit that Google Play Store link and head to "My Apps" to grab your update.

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2 years ago

SwiftKey 3 beta starts to make the spacebar obsolete

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SwiftKey -- the Android Central 2011 keyboard of the year -- has declared war on the spacebar. Never mind that its April Fool's joke actually was to introduce the world's longest spacebar. The latest update to SwiftKey -- dubbed SwiftKey 3 -- introduces, among other features, Smart Space.  

Traditionally, Android keyboards use the spacebar as a means to select a suggested word. Or, perhaps, to put a space in a sentence. Or to insert a period at the end of a sentence. Smart Space takes advantage of SwiftKey's Fluency prediction engine and goes a step further than any other keyboard we've used. You no longer have to put spaces between words when typing. (It does still do the traditional space and punctuation thing, though.) 

OK, so that's nottosayyouwantotypelikethisforanextendedperiodoftime. But for small groups of words, SwiftKey 3 can take something like "jerryistheneckbeardking" and turn it into "Jerry is the neckbeard king," all without you having to do anything but type the letters. We've been using SwiftKey 3 for several weeks now, and the results really are remarkable. 

Other additions in SwiftKey 3 are two new themes. There's "Cobalt," which matches SwiftKey's redesign, and "Holo," which was voted on by its VIP community. And we're only half-joking about getting rid of the spacebar. It's actually been made a little bigger in this release. Punctuation has been moved around, too, with the comma, period, question mark and exclamation point all sharing a key. (Some of us aren't too thrilled with that move.) Seven more languages have been added -- Korean, Estonia, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Serbian -- for a total of 42.

You've really got to try this one out to believe it. One slight catch here -- SwiftKey 3's still in beta, and you can only get it through their VIP community. So hit the link below and give it a shot. It's available for tablets and smartphones. Demo video's after the break.

Download: SwiftKey VIP community

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2 years ago

Win some #TeamAndroid swag from Android Central

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We want to help you show your support for #TeamAndroid, and what better way than by handing out some hot swag? Trick question -- there is no better way. If you want to win some, follow these simple instructions.

We'll sort through them and pick 10 lucky winners, who can get any #TeamAndroid item they want from Android Central's Cafe Press store. Want a T-shirt? Gotcha covered. A laptop skin? Yeah, we got 'em. A shot glass? Awww yeah.

Get a prize for showing support (and feeding the fire a little, we admit) for the winning team. That's how #TeamAndroid rolls.

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2 years ago

Leaked HTC EVO One photos confirm kickstand and chassis design

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Remember how we told you the HTC EVO One would have a kickstand, a black and red chassis design and HTC One XL-like internals? Well look what's just shown up -- pictures of the HTC EVO One, sporting a kickstand and a black and red chassic. And if the reports from Droid-Life​ are accurate, the same internals we told you about, too. It's also worth noting that the device in these pictures looks an awful lot like that leaked press photo that was doing the rounds yesterday.

The images, which leaked out hours before HTC and Sprint are due to launch the thing at an event in New York City. We'll be there, of course, bringing you full coverage of the latest addition to both the HTC One and EVO families.

In addition to a chunky design reminiscent of previous EVOs, we're expecting the HTC EVO One to include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, 1GB of RAM, Beats Audio and LTE connectivity. Join us later today for live coverage, as Sprint and HTC prepare to take the wraps off the EVO One.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

UK networks prepare to launch HTC One series

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O2 + ​Three taking first orders today; Vodafone giving free Beats earphones to first customers

The HTC One X and One S are about to launch in the UK (check out our review and preview, by the way), and as such, all the major carriers are getting in on the action. Here's a breakdown of how each of the major British networks are handling the launch of the most anticipated Android phone of the year so far.

Before we begin, remember that the HTC One X and One S should be available everywhere from April 5. so if you step into a brick-and-mortar store belonging to any of the big five tomorrow, you'll be able to pick up either a One X or One S.

  • Three: Taking first One X and One S orders online today for delivery tomorrow, the official launch day. The One X is free on-contract from £35 per month, while the One S will set you back at least £32 per month -- both plans include unlimited data. If you'd prefer a lower monthly bill, you can pick up the One X from £27 per month, or the One S from £24 per month, both with a £99 upfront payment. All of Three's contracts are 24-month deals.
     
  • O2: O2.co.uk now lists the HTC One X (in grey) as available "online only", with delivery promised tomorrow. O2 offers a number of 18 and 24-month deals, though all but the most expensive include some form of up-front fee. O2's "On & On" deals represent the best value on its network. These give you a One X for free, unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of data for £36 per month, with the option of bumping the data allowance up to 2GB for £41 per month. O2 also offers the One X on Pay-As-You-Go, for £479.99.
     
  • ​Vodafone:​ Vodafone's still taking pre-orders for the One X (white and grey) and One S (silver). The X will is available for free on 24-month plans from £41 per month, while the S is priced slightly lower at £36 per month. The first 10,000 customers to order each handset will walk away with a pair of urBeats headphones -- the same kind that shipped with the Sensation XL last year -- and 10 free tracks per month from Vodafone Music.
     
  • T-Mobile: Matches Voda's prices of £41 per month for the One X and £36 per month for the One S. T-Mo UK, though, offers unlimited data as part of the "full monty" plan. The network says it'll launch both devices online and in stores tomorrow.
     
  • ​Orange: Says both devices are "coming soon."

If you're planning on picking up a HTC One X or One S on launch day, hit the comments let us know whether you're going down the carrier-subsidized route, or if you're stumping up the cash to buy one outright.

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2 years ago

Late-night poll: How do you use a stylus?

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Call it a stylus, call it an S-Pen, call it what you will -- styli are making a comeback. They used to be standard issue with a smartphone, until a fellow in a black turtleneck who had a huge influence on technology said we didn't like them anymore. But that was then, this is now. Styli are coming back because they're useful in a lot of cases. Whether it's annotating notes, just cruising through the UI, or playing Draw Something, you'll see more and more people using one with their smartphone.

So what about you guys? We figure you all have your finger on the pulse of all things Android, so we want to know what, when, and how you use a stylus. Hit the poll up, let us know!

How do you use a stylus with your Android?

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2 years ago

Instagram app has smartphone users divided, show your support for #TeamAndroid

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So it seems that iOS users on Twitter are in a bit of an uproar, and this time it's because Instagram has made it's way to Android. Yes, it's as silly as it sounds, and no, we're not making this up. There's a clear divide, with iOS users showing support for #TeamiPhone, and Android users pledging allegiance to #TeamAndroid. It's a bit comical seeing how upset some users are, all over an app that makes bad pictures and shares them with your friends. We're not knocking the app, as it pretty much works as intended (some folks want to share bad pictures -- go figure), it's just the way the Internetz-at-large is acting that's a bit silly.

We're not going to fight -- we know #TeamAndroid is the shiz. We know that you know #TeamAndroid is the shiz. But if you want to join in the fun and debate a little, here's a picture that should get folks riled up show your support. Use it well, use it often. #TeamAndroid FTW!

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2 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich for the AT&T Galaxy Note leaked

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The folks over at RootzWiki got their hands on a leaked build of Ice Cream Sandwich for the AT&T Galaxy Note (I717). First reports are pretty good, with the few bugs easy to work around. RootzWiki notes the list of features as:

  • Face Unlock is fully functional
  • LTE connections are solid and up to speed
  • Phone calls work great both ways
  • Audio quality is up to par
  • Stereo Bluetooth is fully functional
  • MMS is fully functional
  • GPS is fully functional
  • Google Talk and Video Chat work
  • Google Voice is fully functional
  • Task Manager is smooth and transitions are quick
  • Downloaded Flash video and in-browser video works flawlessly
  • Chrome autosync is fully functional
  • AT&T Hotspot functionality works, external devices connect fine

It's the same sort of leak we saw recently for the Skyrocket, which means it's a Windows only affair until someone get's a flashable version out of it. It also hits your flash counter, so be aware of warranty issues if you give it a try. 

With the unexpected popularity of the Galaxy Note, we're pretty certain a version for folks who would rather flash things from recovery. We have no idea when the official version will be ready for release, so if you are itching for ICS this may be your only chance for a while. Grab it, and follow the directions closely, from the source link.

Source: RootzWiki

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2 years ago

More factory images for the Nexus S released

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A few days ago we saw the very first factory images for the Nexus S posted by Google. Previously you had to use a community-supplied image to go all the way back to 2.3.4 and then manually flash the updates. It was a pain, and we're glad that Google and the hardware vendors got it all worked out. Earlier today, three more factory images for the Crespo were released, including 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich for the i9020a. Unfortunately, users of some Nexus S models still aren't seeing any ICS love.

The sojuk -- the Korean m200 model -- has a 2.3.6 image available for download, and the Sprint version -- model d720 or sojus -- has the 2.3.7 image available as a "reference only" download. We're not sure what's happening with versions other than the i9020t "world version", but at least the model that works with AT&T is up-to-date. 

I still love the Nexus S. I destroyed mine (water damage sucks) and am looking to replace it. Yes, I can use just about any Android phone available and really want my Nexus S back. But it's soon out of warranty, and if you're the type that has to have the latest just root the thing and do it. We've got all the help you would need in the forums, and now with factory restore images you could just roll back and relock it if things go awry. 

Source: Google. More: Android Central forums

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2 years ago

WPCentral's Nokia Lumia 900 review - call it the HTC One X lite?

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ZOMG it's the Nokia Lumia 900 review! A Windows Phone! What's it doing here on Android Central?

Our more dedicated readers will remember that I got my grubby paws on the Lumia 900 back in January at CES and compared it to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which once was the best Android phone around. And, actually, it reminds me a lot of what we've now got in the HTC One X. It's got a big plastic (OK, polycarbonate) body, same as the One X. It's two steps backward in resolution, at 480x800, and it's gone for AMOLED whereas the One X has an excellent Super LCD 2 at 720x1280.  And we're going to have to have ourselves a regular photography showdown, as Nokia long has set the bar for optics in mobile phones.

How does WPCentral Editor Daniel Rubino put it?

“With one of the best displays for a Windows Phone around, a $99 price point and Nokia’s svelte and sexy design, the AT&T Lumia 900 is one of the best values for a smartphone today. For those people upgrading from a first generation Windows Phone to those folks just coming on board the Nokia Lumia 900 is sure to impress.”

It'll be especially interesting to watch the Lumia 900 because of that $99 price point. AT&T's yet to put a price on its HTC One X, but we're expecting it to be well above $100. If you're at all curious about Android's competition on AT&T, this is a must-read review.

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