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2 years ago

Garmin releases first fitness app -- Garmin Fit

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Garmin has long been a name synonymous with GPS systems, and now they have released their first fitness application for Android and iOS.  Says Dan Bartel, Garmin's VP of worldwide sales:

Garmin Fit is the ideal solution for users who are new to the fitness tracking landscape and for those looking to stay totally connected.  To be able to utilize Garmin’s powerful fitness accessories with the same device that plays music, makes calls and uploads workouts automatically to share and analyze, makes Garmin Fit a must have app.

Yes, Garmin's app is cloud-capable.  Users will be able to upload workout activity to their account at Garmin Connect with useful annotations, and via the web can easily track and share that data.  The last 30 days of this data will be displayed on the Android app, as well as charts and reports.  Add in the ability to track metrics such as speed, pace, distance, time, calories, and you have one serious fitness application.  The Garmin Fit app sells for $0.99 in the Market, you can find download links and the press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Verizon poised to re-release HTC ThunderBolt's Gingerbread update

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It's been a few weeks since Verizon first released the Gingerbread update for the HTC ThunderBolt, only to pull it without official explanation. (Hint: Things were borked.) Looks like the updates set to roll out again, though, with an updated support PDF now live. There's no mention of "things been fixed," so let's just hope that things been fixed. Check out the image above or the link below for the full changelog.

Source: Verizon (pdf); via ThunderBolt forums

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2 years ago

Android developers demand (and get) their nyan-ish droid cat

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Googlers work hard.  A quick look at the sheer number and scope of the products big G offers is testament to that.  But they also like to have fun.  When an Android developer requested that the bugdroid icon in the ADT plugin be changed to a cat because "It would entertain me while developing and debugging," the devs working on the Android project listened.  Behold -- the droidnyanlogcat-thingy!

This is why we love Google, and I can feel the productivity rising.  Bravo, gentlemen. Bravo.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Motorola, on Twitter, says RAZR, Bionic and Xoom will get Ice Cream Sandwich within 6 weeks of code drop (Update: Or not)

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Update 2: And we've gotten further clarification directly from Moto, which now says it "will provide more precise guidance on timing within 6 weeks post public push of ICS by Google."

Update: And proving our point that Twitter isn't exactly the best way to go about something like this, Motorola has deleted any Tweet that references doing anything with a 6-week window.  Carry on.

Original: Let's explain (again) what's about to happen here: Motorola, on Twitter, responded to someone with the following:

We'll be releasing devices for ICS 6 weeks after Google releases the final version of it.

The Twitter account later clarified, saying the Droid RAZR, Bionic and Xoom "Will get ICS within 6 weeks of Google's public push," and they'll confirm other devices later on. We'll believe it when we see it. Dunno how many times we've had to say this, folks, but there's a reason carriers and manufacturers don't give precise windows for updates -- and even vague time lines are often missed. (Never mind the fact that "official" information on Twitter and Facebook isn't always as official as you might think.) It was the same way with Froyo updates. It was the same with (and still is, unfortunately) with Gingerbread updates.

The point is this: We have no doubt that Motorola, HTC, LG, Samsung and every other manufacturer is hard at work at figuring out which devices can -- and should -- be upgraded. But if you start a six-week countdown from the instant the Ice Cream Sandwich code drops in AOSP, you're setting yourself up for a big bag of hurt, should things take a little longer than planned. That's not to say we're not hoping for speedy updates across the board. It's just that history has taught us different.

Source: @Motorola; thanks to everyone who sent this in

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2 years ago

Sprint's Samsung Transform Ultra lands Nov. 13 for $70

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By the way: The Samsung Tranform Ultra that's coming to Sprint (and that was announced this morning with no word of pricing or availability). ... It'll be priced at $70 after two-year contract and $50 rebate, and it'll be available Nov. 13.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Care about bootloaders and Ice Cream Sandwich updates on Motorola devices? Read this

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Heh. Hot on the heels of Motorola's 6-week Ice Cream Sandwich prediction on Twitter, the manufacturer has dropped a couple of websites to watch if you care about updates or unlocked bootloaders. They are:

Those pages, and Android Central, natch, are all you need, right?

Source: Motorola blog

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2 years ago

HTC partnership with Dropbox brings 5GB of free cloud storage to Android devices

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HTC has announced on its official Facebook page that thanks to its recent partnership with cloud storage provider Dropbox, the Dropbox app will come preinstalled on all HTC Android phones. HTC phone owners will also benefit from 5GB of free cloud storage, versus the standard 2GB normally given to free account holders.

Dropbox has previously partnered with Sony Ericsson to bring pre-loaded Dropbox apps to Xperia owners, however unlike the HTC deal, no additional storage is offered on SE devices.

So far it's unclear which HTC legacy devices, if any, will be able to take advantage of the 5GB storage deal. We've reached out to HTC for comment, and we'll update you when they get back to us.

Source: HTC on Facebook

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2 years ago

Droid 2 Global and Droid Pro Android 2.3 updates pushing now

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Verizon is officially pushing the Android 2.3 updates out to the Droid Pro and the Droid 2 Global over-the-air today.  Besides the features you would expect from Gingerbread, the Droid 2 Global update includes the following fixes and enhancements:

  • Improvements in stability prevent lockups, resets and force
  • close errors.
  • Bluetooth devices will now select the correct audio recording level for optimal voice capture and alert you when your audio level is too low.
  • Improved battery life while using Bluetooth.
  • Access My Verizon without any force close errors.
  • Reset Backup Assistant under Manage Applications menu.
  • Enhanced connectivity when roaming in GSM/UMTS networks
  • (Europe and India).
  • Improved battery life during Wifi use.
  • Exchange ActiveSync encryption fails after OTA update.
  • Google Books added
  • Accuweather added
  • Amazon MP3 Store added
  • Blockbuster added
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2 added

Not to be left out in the cold, the Droid Pro also see some much needed fixes and enhancements:

  • Improved contact syncing from multiple email accounts.
  • Improved battery life while using Wifi and/or Bluetooth.
  • Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages.
  • Forward SMS message conversations correctly.
  • Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately.
  • Clock widget updates time correctly.
  • GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets.
  • V CAST Media Manager now comes preloaded.

For more information about the updates, and download and installation instructions, visit the Droid Pro update page and the Droid 2 Global update page.

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2 years ago

Editorial: Adult Android apps aren't really for adults, and boobs will get you hacked [NSFW]

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Recently, I was given the (what I thought would be) amazing task of doing an Android adult app roundup.  I prepared myself with a pre-paid debit card, a clear mind, a 12-pack of Milwaukee's finest and a dark room -- and went on a download spree.  What was supposed to be informative and fun turned out to be a $10 pain in the ass and time spent on the phone with T-Mobile trying to get things undone.

Repeat: Steve Jobs might have joked (or maybe he was serious) that the Android Phone is for Porn, but as we found out, that doesn't mean it's good porn.

This one's about as NSFW as can be, so be warned before you click through.

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2 years ago

Microsoft signs Android licensing deal with Compal

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Microsoft on Sunday -- you know, day press releases are typically sent out -- announced it had reached a patent licensing agreement with Compal over its tablets, phones, e-readers and any other devices using Android or Chrome. Microsoft will receive royalties, though neither company said how much cash is changing hands.

It's just the latest in licensing deals for Microsoft, including Quanta, Samsung, Acer and Viewsonic and HTC, among others.

Source: Microsoft

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