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2 years ago

The Sun newspaper hits Android, as long as you're on Gingerbread

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British tabloid newspaper The Sun has decided to head down the digital route, with the arrival of its very own subscription-based Android application. 

The premise is quite promising if you're a regular Sun reader. All the "news", less of the paper. The first month's subscription will set you back just £0.69, which is low enough to tempt those more sceptical readers to give it a whirl. After this, though, the subscription rate will rise to £4.99 per month. And of course you don't need to head down to the local store every morning or tip the paperboy. The most obvious downfall, besides the fact that you're reading The Sun, is the lack of Honeycomb and ICS support. Newspapers would look pretty sweet on a shiny new Transformer Prime don't you think?

For those Android Central readers outside of the UK, The Sun is one of the biggest tabloid newspapers in the country and is owned by one Rupert "find me on Twitter" Murdoch. We're not saying that installing this app will mean that The Sun will be listening in on your voicemails, not at all. But just in case -- good morning, Mr Murdoch, we hope you're well.

Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Are you ready for some football? Get EA Sports' Madden NFL 12 for just a buck in the Android Market

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Get the latest of one of the most popular sports video game franchise ever, Madden NFL '12, for your Android device for just 99 cents from EA Sports.  The game was built for Android 2.1 or higher, and has optimized versions for both Tablets and the Xperia Play with it's built-in control pad.  You can choose to play as any of the 32 NFL teams, and different game-play modes allow for complete micro-management of every bit of action on the field.

It's Madden NFL 12, done right, for a buck.  Grab it using the handy link after the break.

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2 years ago

Android App Review: Nordstrom

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The official Nordstrom app lets you browse the store's collections and purchase clothes right from your Android device. When the app opens, you'll see the main menu which can be filtered by Department or Brand. If you select the Department filter, you'll get a list of different shopping departments: Women, Men, Juniors, Designer Collections, Baby & Kids, Shoes, Handbags & Accessories, Jewelry & Watches, Beauty & Fragrance, At Home & Gifts, Sale and Weddings. Brands will bring up every different brand that is carried by Nordstrom, or too long to spew out here.

There is always a menu that you can access via the action bar or menu button. Options are Your Style, Shop, Wish List, Events and Bag. Your Style allows you to browse various styles handpicked by Nordtrom.  Shop brings you right back to the area of the app where you can shop, Wish List saves everything that you would like to place onto your wish list, Events displays upcoming things to do at your local store and Bag is simply your cart.

You can purchase items directly from the app and either have it shipped to you or schedule an in-store pick-up.

Overall, the official Nordstrom app is very nicely done. Fans of the department store will find it to be a good experience and I'm sure will find that they're shopping more because they can do it anywhere. If you like Nordstrom or just want to check out a good shopping app, please find links to the free app after the break.

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2 years ago

VMWare co-founder Diane Greene named to Google board of directors

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Google has named Dianne Greene to its Board of Directors and Audit committee as of January 12.  Greene co-founded VMware in 1998 and served as CEO and president until 2008. She also serves on the board of Intuit since 2006.  Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, had the following to say about the appointment:

Diane is a special person who combines a sharp business acumen with a brilliant technical mind.  We know she will be a great contributor and we are grateful to have her insight.

Greene's qualifications include Master of Science degrees from UC Berkeley and MIT, as well as a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Vermont.

See the press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia S pre-orders start, available early March

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UK retailer Clove Technology has today started listing the recently-announced Sony Xperia S for pre-order, along with the news that the first stock is expected during the week commencing Mar. 5. The Xperia S, which was unveiled on Monday at CES, comes in at a surprisingly reasonable £467.99 including VAT. Clove's offering the black version only, Phones4U has already snapped up UK-wide exclusive rights to the white model.

To find out more about Sony's new flagship smartphone, check out our initial announcement post and hands-on feature.

Source: Clove Technology

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2 years ago

LG rumored to get first crack at next version of Google TV

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Google TV has seen a bit of a resurgance the past week or so with the announcement of new hardware partners, and now Google is possibly working on a new version of Google TV and bringing the software first to Korean manufacturer LG, according to a pair of anonymous sources speaking to Bloomberg

Neither LG nor Google confirmed the report.

The Bloomberg report linkens this to a possible expansion of the Nexus line, which so far has been limited to smartphones with the Nexus One, Nexus S and the new Galaxy Nexus. There has been talk of a possible "Nexus" tablet, but nothing confirmed, and it could well just be over-eager reporting and translation issues.

That's not to say Google hasn't had what we'd call "Google Experience" devices outside of the Nexus line. The Motorola Xoom is a Google Experience device, serving as a reference platform of sorts for Android's early tablets. And with more partners getting on board with Google TV just as one of the original manufacturers -- Logitech with its Revue set-top box -- is distancing itself, it could make sense to have a single, unadulterated platform on which developers could create and tweak apps for the big screen.

But it's important to note that the story really only says that LG may get the software first. And it stands to reason that any sort of reference platform for Google TV would come in the form of a set-top box, like the Revue, and not a more expensive and less portable television. Keep that in mind before we travel too far down the Nexus rabbit hole here. 

Source: Bloomberg

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2 years ago

Droid 4 manual gives the ins and outs of Motorola's latest

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If you're eyeing the Motorola Droid 4 and want to pore over every inch of the smartphone before it goes on sale eventually, Motorola's made the Droid 4 user manual available for download. Probably the most useful part of the Droid 4 manual will be the bevy of customizations and security tweaks Moto's added. For a look at what you'll be getting hardware-wise, be sure to check out our Droid 4 hands-on from CES.

Download: Droid 4 manual; More: Droid 4 forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

BeyondPod updated to include better support for ICS

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Over the next little while we're slowly going to see Android 4.0 ICS rolled out to a number of devices and for some -- that may cause some havoc when it comes to app compatibility. One of the more popular podcast apps on Android, BeyondPod has now been updated to include not only better support for Ice Cream Sandwich but correct a few other issues within the app as well:

  • Better support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • BeyondPod has a new launcher icon.
  • On devices running Android 2.3 and later, you can now switch between posts in the post view by swiping left or right.
  • Small "face lift" of the player screen.
  • Added a new option that allows videos to be automatically included in the playlist the same way audio episodes are.
  • Added a new setting that allows video playback to continue when the screen is manually turned off.
  • Many bug fixes.

Whether you're an already existing BeyondPod user or just looking for an ICS compatible podcast app, BeyondPod may be just what you're looking for. There is a lite and paid version available, with the lite being free and the paid version around $7. Download can be found past the break for you -- once you're done, make sure you add the best damn Android podcast in the world!

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2 years ago

CM9 for the HP TouchPad gets previewed, still work to be done

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With webOS heading towards being open sourced and it's overall future still unknown, the HP TouchPad is still living it up on the Android side of things as a lot of folks have adopted the device as an Android tablet by running CyanogenMod 7 and now we're getting a preview of the ICS based CyanogenMod 9 running on it. It's still a bit off from being complete and as such few things are still broken but hey the HP TouchPad may see CM9 before many official Android tablets see ICS.

Source: RootzWiki

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