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2 years ago

Reminder: Vote in the 2011 Android Central Awards

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Just a quick reminder that you've got about a day left to cast your vote in the 2011 Android Central Awards. We want your vote in the following categories:

  • Smartphone of the year
  • Tablet/e-reader of the year
  • Most disappointing smartphone of the year
  • Most disappointing tablet/e-reader of the year
  • And a handful of app categories

Thousands of you have voted already, and we'll share your results -- as well as our own picks -- before the new year. 

Vote in the 2011 Android Central Awards

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2 years ago

New at ShopAndroid.com: Body Glove Icon Slide-On Case for Verizon Galaxy Nexus, we're giving two away free!

 

Just a quick heads up that the Body Glove Icon Slide-On Case is now available at ShopAndroid.com for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. It's a two-piece hard shell case that slides onto the phone, has access to all the ports and buttons and comes in either silver/black or purple/back.

And to celebrate, we're going to give a couple of these suckers away, because you're worth it. Just leave a comment on this post, and we'll pick a couple of winners at the end of the day. Good luck!

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2 years ago

GoHow Airport a decent free option for air travelers

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If you're hopping on a plane today for the holidays, there's a new free travel app that's worth giving a look. GoHow Airport is a simple app that gives you information on a score of airports. You get an overview, list of shops, and info on food and drinks, services, parking and ground transportation. There's also a basic internal layout of the airport, and city weather info. The interesting thing here is that the airports themselves partner with Gohow to ensure the latest up-to-date information.

Also, GoHow Airport serves as a flight and trip itinerary manager. It's got listings for dozens and dozens of airports, and the flight listings are simple but work as advertised.

We're not going to call GoHow Airport our favorite travel app. But it's got a wealth of airport information that others don't. And, best of all, it's free. We've got screenshots and download links after the break.

More: Press release; Ionos

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR bugfix update rolling out now

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A fairly big update for the Motorola Droid RAZR has begun to roll out. Here's what's new in Software Version 6.11.748.XT912:

  • SIM error notification has been fixed
  • Improved camera features and quality
  • Improved stability of menu access, browser, phone dialer, video playback and music player to prevent force-close errors and lockups
  • Updated group message notification in e-mail
  • Improvement in 3G/4G data connectivity
  • Maintain network connection upon completion of a voice call
  • Background color has been adjusted to improve readability in Lapdock connection UI menu items.

You can get the update by going to Settings>About Phones>System Updates

Source: Verizon (pdf); Motorola
More: Droid RAZR forums

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2 years ago

C Spire gets the Motorola Milestone X2

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C Spire Wireless, the former Ceullar South that you're seeing in a smattering of TV commericials now, just announced availabilty of the Motorola Milestone X2. That's the same as the Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon that we reviewed back in the summer. Same 4.3-inch display, same 1GHz dual-core processor, same 8MP camera, no Droid branding. It's running Android 2.3 and has Swype on baord. C Spire's offering it up for $99 (after $50 rebate) on two-year contract.

Source: Press release; more: C Spire

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2 years ago

Honeycomb OTA for the HTC EVO View 4G rolling out, rooted users beware

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The Android 3.2.1 update for the HTC EVO View 4G is in the midst of a rollout, bringing Honeycomb and a new "virtual and holographic user interface" to the 7-inch HTC tablet.  The official change log reads:

  • Physical Hard keys replaced with on screen Soft keys
  • New Google search, available on every page
  • System Bar: Quick access to notifications, status, and soft navigation buttons available at the bottom of the screen
  • Notifications menu moved to the bottom right corner of the screen, on the System Bar.
  • The Action Bar—which can be accessed by touching the Plus Sign icon at the top right of the screen—is the key to contextual, changing menus that are controlled by each application.
  • Enhanced security including Sprint Data Link and 3LM
  • Google video chat
  • Fixed a bug that kept Bluetooth from working in airplane mode

The update is rolling out itself, but if you'd like to force a check, On the Home screen, tap Menu and then tap Settings; scroll up and tap System updates; tap HTC software update.  On the Software updates screen, tap Check now and your View will check for updates.

We know a lot of you have been waiting for this update, and the manual update location is available in more than a few places (heck, just grab it right here), but if you've rooted your View 4G don't even think about it.  Waiting for a bootlooping View 4G's battery to die is no fun -- trust me, we know this first hand.  This update is not only as of yet unrootable, but it also changes things so that Revolutionary ceases to work by replacing the hboot files.  Developers will get it sorted soon enough. 

Thanks everyone who sent this in, and SprintGirl for bootlooping her EVO View!

More in the EVO View 4G forums

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson LT28at specs suggest 4.55-inch, 720p screen, 13MP camera, AT&T LTE

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We've seen leak after leak of the Sony Ericsson Nozomi (aka Xperia Arc HD) over the past couple of months, but now it seems we may have some early details of the device's American cousin, the as yet nameless LT28at. A Bluetooth SIG listing for the phone, spotted by XperiaBlog, suggests that it'll sport an impressive list of specifications. Apparently the LT28at will ship with a 4.55-inch 720p Sony Reality Display, a stonking 13 MP back-illuminated camera and LTE support, presumably on AT&T.

The Bluetooth listing doesn't mention AT&T by name, but Sony Ericsson has historically added the "at" suffix to its AT&T devices, so we think it's safe to assume this one will be headed to AT&T's LTE network rather than Verizon's. Equally, no CPU is listed, but given the way SE likes to streamline things across its product line, our money would be on the LT28at using a 1.5GHz dual-core chip, like the Nozomi.

However, the most unique thing about this phone is its purported camera setup -- 13MP is just insane for a smartphone camera. Sure, megapixels aren't everything, but SE has a great track record with its Exmor R sensors on devices like the Arc and the Ray. XperiaBlog managed to dig up a few example shots from the LT28at on Picasa (check the source link), and even after compression the pictures are pretty impressive.

Here's hoping we'll get to see more of the LT28at in the flesh at CES in just a few weeks time.

Source: Bluetooth SIG, XperiaBlog

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2 years ago

System update rolling out for the Acer Iconia, brings a market update and improved UI speed

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The Acer Iconia A500 is getting a pretty widespread system update this evening -- actually it's getting two.  Users are reporting that they receive the first (7.014.01), and it's quickly followed by version7.014.02.  Both are small (less than 10MB) files, and neither are Ice Cream Sandwich.  What the updates are bringing is welcome though, namely a change to the latest 3.4.4 version of the Android Market and it's corresponding widget, and improved UI speeds -- including the keyboard.  The full changelog hasn't hit Acer's website as of the time of this writing, so it's possible there may be more goodies inside and we'll find them as we go along. 

As for root, the jury is still out if these updates will remove it and/or make the current methods to root stop working.  If you're on the root train, maybe you should wait for your favorite developer to catch up.

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More: Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Largest newspaper publisher in the U.S. chooses iPhone over Android for newsrooms

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The largest newspaper publisher in the United States has decided on the mobile tech its reporters will carry -- and it's not good for Android. Gannett newspaper division president Bob Dickey, in an internal memo published by the independent Gannett Blog, announced that the company had purchased thousands of iPad 2s and iPhone 4Ss, which will reach newsrooms in January. 

What's that have to do with Android, you ask? When I left the employ (yes, voluntarily) of Gannett a little more than two years ago -- well, let's just say the sites I write for now were better equipped to cover news on the run back then than a honest-to-goodness "real" newsroom. In late 2010 or early 2011 (can't remember which), my former editor decided to get everyone who wanted one a Motorola Droid X. That was done at the local level though, on a pretty small scale. The purchase of thousands of iPads and iPhones on a national scale is a pretty big deal, and pretty disappointing to this newsroom survivor who makes his living off Android now.

On the other hand, just wait an hour or two and Android will have activated enough new devices to make up for Gannett's decision. OK. I feel better now.

Source: Gannett Blog

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2 years ago

Verizon on Galaxy Nexus signal strength: It's not us, it's you

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Update coming that will make signal appear to be better

It's not every day that smartphone users want to be lied to. But in the case of signal strength, we'll apparently make an exception. Verizon has told Computer World that in the case of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, the LTE signal is being received and reported accurately. Too accurately, actually. So accurately, in fact, that if you appear to have a worse signal and more 3G/4G bouncing with the Galaxy Nexus, it's probably because your other LTE phones weren't as accuate as the Galaxy Nexus.

So, as Verizon told Computer World, it will make the Galaxy Nexus report signal strength a little less accurately as to ease our minds and be more in line with its other LTE devices. And so long as the phone at least appears to have a better connection, we're apparently OK with it.

This isn't an unprecedented move -- Apple did pretty much the same thing with the iPhone 4. While we're not disputing that things have appeared to be a bit off -- our own Verizon review unit definitely has appeared to be more wonky than our other 4G devices -- there's probably a little bit of the internet microscope at work here, too. Verizon (and every other carrier) is always working on improving connection, even after a phone is released. It's why we see new radios in updates all the time.

Anybody want to put money on what the next bug of the week is going to be?

Source: ComputerWorld
More: Verizon Galaxy Nexus forums

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