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2 years ago

Mobile Nations Monday Brief - July 18, 2011

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2 years ago

Win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 From SmrtGuard!

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Looking to win one of the hottest Android tablets out there? Of course you are -- and the folks from SmrtGuard are looking to give one away to one lucky Android Central reader. So how exactly can you win this Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1?

  • Download SmrtGuard Mobile Security on to your Android Smartphone, it's free.
  • Register and Activate to be automatically enter into the contest.

    Wait, what is SmrtGuard Mobile Security? You might be thinking you don’t need another app that scans your phone or backup your phone. SmrtGuard does a lot more that. Here goes, it Blocks Calls, SMS, Wireless backup/restore, remote ping, remote call forwarding, inform upon download of new app what risky permissions the downloaded app uses (aka SmrtAdvisor), SmrtGuard uninstall notification and lots more.

    Already a user of SmrtGuard, well, you are then automatically entered into the contest.

    Do it now, this is a limited time contest that ends on 07/22/11 midnight! Winner will be announced July 31st right here on AndroidCentral!

That's it.. easy right? We like easy contests. If you're looking for more info about SmrtGuard, you can hit up their website for further details. Good luck to all.

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2 years ago

A few more details on Verizon's Samsung SCH-i405 slider

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We're getting a few more details in on the Verizon Samsung slider we brought you new pictures of yesterday. Good news and bad news, depending on which way you were hoping: This feller -- it's indeed the SCH-i405 -- has a single-core processor running at 1GHz. Not exactly anything to sniff at, but neither is it the dual-core monster found in the Galaxy S II. RAM's at 512MB, with 300MB or so available for running apps.

Other specs of note: The display is 480x800, so none of that newfangled qHD goodness. And it looks like Samsung's crammed an 1800mAh battery into this thing. Other specs we already knew: Android 2.3.4, and that five-row sliding keyboard, and a 4G LTE radio.

So, it's a mid-level slider, which certainly has its own merits. Anybody have a hankering?

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2 years ago

Cyanogenmod reaches the half-million-user milestone

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The CyanogenMod user install base has hit the 500,000 mark, according to the stats released by the CM team.  This is across all devices, and includes unofficial versions in the numbers.  Some interesting totals are 502,364 total installs, 376,066 of which are official while 126,298 are unofficial, or "kangs".  We also get a glimpse into the number of installations per device -- you can see the full list at the source, but here's the top five (with install numbers as of Saturday evening):

They also have a very cool interactive map of installations by country that you'll want to explore as well.  While a half-million of anything is an incredible feat, we have to remember that we're just a drop in the ocean, with more than 550,000 Android devices activated each day.  We're a pretty happy drop, though.  Congrats, CM team!

Source: CMStats

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2 years ago

HTC Status available today on AT&T

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The HTC Status, AT&T's version of the HTC ChaCha, is officially available for purchase today. This device, the first to launch with a dedicated Facebook button is a bit different then many others that we have seen. We have gone hands on with the HTC Status already, and given a full review of the HTC ChaCha, so be sure to take a look at those, and see if this may be your next device. With a full retail price of $399, and an on contract pricing of $49, the device is sure to appeal to many, and if you pick one up be sure to let us know about it in the forums!

Buy online: AT&T Status

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2 years ago

A closer look at Verizon's Samsung slider with Android 2.3.4 and LTE

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It's been a couple weeks now since we got a very slight peek at what appeared to be a Samsung slider on Verizon. Let's get a little closer look, shall we? The pic you see above (and a couple more after the break) just hit our inbox. And, sure enough, the as-yet unannounced device looks a whole lot like Sprint's Samsung Epic 4G.

We'd imagine that if indeed this unnamed piece of Android goodness ends up seeing release on Verizon, it'll be of the Galaxy S II variety. And while it's nearly a dead ringer for the Epic 4G, the keyboard's been tweaked every so slightly. The shift and fn buttons have been moved, and what appears to be an Internet shortcut key has been added, and the emoticon key -- which ridiculously found itself as a dedicated key on the Epic 4G -- has been relegated to secondary status on the space bar.

What else do we know? It looks like it's running Android 2.3.4, which any release at this point of the year should definitely have.

Also note the 4G LTE icon in the status bar. We've all been wondering why the Motorola Droid 3 got such a low-key launch on Verizon. Jerry's suspected that it was because the D3 is 3G only. And if this Samsung slider indeed sees release as a 4G device, it looks like he'll be able to chalk that one in the win column.

Update: Got a few more details. The screen is described as "awesome." (Never mind these blurrycam pics.) Better than the Fascinate, we're told, and our tipster is thinking it could well be a Super AMOLED Plus screen, which packs in more subpixels than a mere Super AMOLED screen. It's also said to run faster than the Fascinate. Internal storage is 2.17GB after hard reset. It's got a 5MP camera on the back, and 1.3MP up front.

Couple more pics after the break.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for July 16, 2011

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One of our favorite parts of Android is the wide variety of applications that are readily available to be installed on your device at any given time. One of the hard parts is finding a good selection of applications to add to your device, but fear not, that is where we come into play. Hit the break with us and let's check out some of our favorites from this past week!

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2 years ago

Hive Player - Android Honeycomb Music Player

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While music players for Android smartphones are aplenty, when it comes to music players optimized for Honeycomb the selection is still rather slim. Enter, Hive Player -- a Honeycomb optimized music player that offers a few things the stock music player lacks.

Features:

  • Scrollable widget with music collection navigation (Albums, Artists, All Songs, Playlists, Genres), shuffle, pause/play next and previous.
  • Widget and Player sync with each other - view an album in the widget, then in the player the same album is loaded. Every navigation and song play is synced to each other - even when only the widget or player is running, load the other and it will sync on startup.
  • Play and navigate music library using just the widget - player doesn't even need to be loaded or running.
  • Navigate back through navigation steps using back button on player or widget - uses the standard Android back button on Honeycomb.
  • Albums, Artists, All Songs, Playlists, Genres are displayed on the left and player controls on the right.
  • Multi-Select playlist additions - build a playlist as it should be done, not one song at a time - add multiple albums, artists, genres, songs and even current playlists to a playlist.
  • Duplicates are filtered out when adding to playlists.
  • Search with playlist additions - search and keep searching as you build the ultimate playlist. Search appears over player.

Hive Player comes in two versions, giving users plenty of choice. The lite version is available for free with some restrictions on the widgets, playlists and display options while the paid version with the full features costs only $2. One thing to note though is that if most of your music is stored with Google Music, those files won't show up within the app. Google is not allowing or releasing details to developers to put Music Beta functionality into their music players.

We'll have a full review up soon but in the meantime, you'll find the download link past the break. Give it a shot, and leave some comments. The developer, Nicholas is looking for some feedback on how to improve the app.

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2 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G about to begin its Gingerbread 'soak'

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Good news, everyone! The Motorola Atrix 4G (read our full review) -- another one of those phones announced at CES this year that in reality "should" have launched and Android 2.3 Gingerbread -- apparently is about to begin field trials of said upgrade.

Motorola's sent out links to a survey and is looking for 1,000 beta testers for the Gingerbread build. Chances are they've already hit that number, and they're probably not all that happy that we know about it. (Hey, we're customers, too.)

Following is the e-mail that was sent out:

You're receiving this email because you've filled out a Motorola Feedback Network survey in the past stating your interest in ATRIX 4G feedback opportunities. As a Motorola Feedback Network member you get advanced notice, like this, of such activities.

We're getting ready to have a pre-release for Gingerbread (Android 2.3.X) on your AT&T ATRIX 4G. Please fill out the following survey to confirm your interest in this soak opportunity. The first 1,000 applicants will be picked on a first come, first serve basis, provided information is correctly filled out. I know there are some questions that are a repeat, sorry, but there is a reason for that. Please fill it out carefully, honestly and accurately as misinformation can cause this exercise to be unsuccessful. You can edit your survey from the same computer until the survey period closes, though it is advisable to fill it out the first time correctly. Duplicates will be excluded with the newer one used.. Secondly, once the survey period closes we'll not be able to update your IMEI. Consider carefully before exchanging your device. .

This survey period tentatively ends at 9am 7/18/11 Central time, provided all spots are filled.

In fairness to other Motorola Feedback Network members, do not forward this communication to other parties (websites, individuals, etc). As part of your MFN survey you agreed to keep all MFN activities and notifications confidential. If we find that you have breached this agreement we may elect to remove you. You can always encourage users to sign up for the Motorola Feedback Network so they can be considered for feedback opportunities in the future.

If accepted, you will receive additional notifications via this email when the soak test activities will begin. Do not email or PM me asking if you are accepted or when it will start as I may elect to remove you from the opportunity.

Thanks again for your interest.

There you have it, Atrix fans. Gingerbread testing is about to get under way in the public arena. Feel free to take your chances and let us know how it's going in the link below.

Source: Atrix 4G Forums

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