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2 years ago

Android Open Mini Maker Faire wants modders and hackers for the Android Open conference

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O'Reilly's Android Open conference, being held Oct. 9-11 in San Francisco, is looking for modders, hackers, and DIY-ers to participate in the Mini Maker Faire on the final day of the event.  They are looking for any project that involves Android hardware or an embedded board running Android, but are specifically looking for projects that feature:

  • Kinect/Computer Vision
  • Arduino/Lilypad/ADK
  • Processing for Android
  • Beagle Board/Panda Board
  • NFC/RFID
  • Gadgeteer
  • Wearables
  • Makerbot/Reprap created accessories
  • ROBOTS!!!!

You'll need to register by Aug. 22, and space is limited.  Hit the source links for info, grab your soldering irons, and be sure to let us know if you're going!

Source: Android Open; via Make Magazine
Tip o' the hat to @lizasperling

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2 years ago

Amazon App Store updated to v1.15 - Improves stability, app compatibility checks and more

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A new Amazon App Store update is now rolling out to users. Once updated you'll be sitting pretty at v1.15 that brings with it some nice improvements and things that should satisfy both users and developers who place their apps in there. The change log:

  • Feature: Improved the initiation of search
  • Feature: Improved app compatibility check
  • Feature: Improved customer feedback
  • Fixed: Customer reviews bug
  • Fixed: Periodic install failure on Android 1.6
  • Fixed: Rotation issues on purchase
  • Fixed: Force-close on repeat taps on refine button
  • Fixed: Search box bug
  • Stability *improvements*

Amazon took some heat over their feedback process and app compatibility checking recently, so the changes in the list are welcome. If you're not seeing the update as of yet, open the app up and check for updates manually -- it should show up for you after that.

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2 years ago

Gmail update brings custom notifications, better sync for battery life, picture options, new actions

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Better syncing, better notification options lead the way

Gmail's just gotten itself a beautiful little update, and the changes are some we've been wanting for some time. In handy bullet form, the changes are:

  • You can choose which mail to sync to help save on battery life. Have a bunch of labels? You can choose which ones to keep synced, and which ones you want to update automatically.
  • For the labels you're keeping synced, you can set custom notifications. That includes whether to receive notifications, which ringtone you want to use for which label, whether to vibrate when a label gets an e-mail, and if you want it to only notify you on the first new e-mail.
  • Know how if there's an image embedded in an e-mail, you must tell it to display the image -- on each and every single e-mail? That "feature" has blessedly been changed so that you can tell it to always display images from a particular sender -- just like in desktop gmail.
  • There's "new options for message options." When you go to the settings area of gmail -- and notice it's been split into "general preferences" along with individual account preferences -- you'll see "Message actions." You can choose to always show them, or show only in portrait, or only in landscape. Nice.
  • Plus, "performance enhancements."

There you have it. Pretty big improvements, if you ask us. Update your app now and give it a whirl, or check out a few more screen shots after the break.

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2 years ago

Toshiba to issue update to address Thrive's sleep issue

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Toshiba's PR firm just hit us up to say that they've tackled the oversleeping problem the Thrive tablet has been experiencing, and a fix is on the way. To wit:

Toshiba recently became aware that a limited number of Thrive Tablet users were experiencing Resume issues when in Sleep mode. We have heard from a Toshiba source that a software update to resolve this issue will be available early next week and can be accessed from the Service Station utility app found on the Thrive at that time. This will improve sleep-and-resume performance, as well as enhance the multimedia playback capabilities of the device.'

Not a bad turnaround for a fix -- in and out in just a few weeks. Shame it had to happen in the first place, but these things do happen.

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2 years ago

Forgetful Android Market, Bye Bionic [From the Forums]

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Woohoo it's Thursday, and that means the weekend is right around the corner! I'm sure a lot of you are counting down the days, and who can blame you? It has been an busy week for us, with lots of blog posts but have you checked out the forums yet today? If not, now's as good a time as any, so get to it!

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Motorola Mobility CEO says Droid Bionic coming in September

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Update: Here's the audio of what Sanjay Jha had to say about the Bionic. You can listen to the whole call here.

"... and it will be in stores in September."

Motorola Mobility CEO Sanja Jha just announced during the company's earnings call that the Droid Bionic will be released on Verizon in September. Starting with a quick recap of the specs -- really nothing we didn't already know with dual-score, 4G date, etc., etc. -- Jha dropped the bomb that the phone that was first announced at CES in January will be in stores as soon as a month from now.

That also lines up with Sam's Club (and Costco as well) not expecting the phone until September, news we broke a week ago.

Still unknown: A precise launch date, pricing and whether the revamped Droid Bionic will live up to all the hype that's been drummed up the past six months.

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2 years ago

Motorola Mobility announces second-quarter financials, Android leads the way again

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Motorola Mobility is in the process right now of announcing their second-quarter financials and things looking quite alright for them, even more so when you look at their Android based numbers. Overall, Android once again led the way for Motorola in terms of sales and profit:

Mobile Devices net revenues in the second quarter were $2.4 billion, up 41 percent compared with the year-ago quarter. The GAAP operating loss was $85 million compared to operating earnings of $87 million in the year-ago quarter. The non-GAAP operating loss was $31 million compared to an operating loss of $109 million in the year-ago quarter. The Company shipped a total of 11.0 million mobile devices, including 4.4 million smartphones and 440,000 Motorola XOOM™ tablets. In the second quarter of 2010, the company shipped 8.3 million mobile devices, including 2.7 million smartphones.

We're still poking through the numbers and Phil is tuned into the live call and Q&A but Motorola has issued most of the news in their press release -- you can find that past the break.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

Boost Mobile needs help naming its next Android phone

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Are you a fan of Boost Mobile? Want to help them name their next Android phone? Survey links are being e-mailed out doing just that. Five choices are listed:

  • Director
  • Lux
  • Warp
  • Rhyme
  • Forge

For our money, we'd probably go Director or Forge. How bout you guys?

Thanks, girldroid!

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Roboto

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

I think most of you would agree gaming on Android has improved, but there's not quite as many heavy-hitters as we'd like. That's why I'm so excited to introduce you to a new game in the Market -- Roboto.

Simply put, Roboto is out-of-this-world awesome. You play a hoverboarding robot on a quest to find his lady love after she takes a spontaneous trip into the wild blue yonder right in front of your eyes. Is the story original? Not so much, but it doesn't matter. The gameplay is where it's at, and in this regard, Roboto delivers.

You're looking at a typical side-scroller, standard fare to any of us who grew up in the '90s. Where things get interesting is when you look at all the futuristic, robo-inspired tricks and abilities in the gameplay. For starters, you've got an energy gun. I'm not quite sure what to call it, but it shoots out little blue orbs, and when enough of them pew-pew your enemies, they explode.

There's also environmental things, like the reverse gravity portals, for lack of a better term. Whenever you pass one of these physics-defying purple spots, your whole world gets turned upside down. Roboto flips over and starts riding on the ceiling, and it's wild. There's usually a purpose for one being in your way, so take that into account and just go with the flow, and you'll be a happy camper hoverboarding robot.

There's also some cool wall climbing you can do, but only if you jump right next to a wall. It's a fun, not-often-seen ability, and it's a lifesaver (literally) if you find yourself overestimating your jump distance and near-plummeting to your demise. There's also a hover function for your hoverboard. Did I mention that?

On every level there are three big gears that are just asking to be collected. Successfully collect all three and you're on your way to some big point bonuses when you finish a level. Other factors that influence your score are things like enemies destroyed, energy left in your bar, time, and other gears picked up. It's a fun incentive to add some replayability to levels, especially for the completionists out there.

The touch controls are responsive and tight, just as they should (but often aren't) be on any game. In my time playing Roboto, I didn't experience any lag or stuttering between the joystick and my movement on-screen, and the jump and shoot buttons just work. It sounds like something small, but if you've played as many games with poor touch recognition as I have, you'll instantly recognize that this is something great.

The graphics are buttery smooth, eye-catching, and overall gorgeous, to boot. There's an incredible layer of polish from top to bottom here, and having graphics this impressive on an Android phone is something I definitely hope to see more of.

I can easily say that Roboto is one of the finest games I've played on Android to date. From the graphics to the gameplay, the lack of load times and the responsive controls, I'd recommend this to anyone. Fenix Fire has obviously developed an incredible product worthy of your time, and if you're interested in getting your game on, Roboto is where I'd do it. Roboto runs $2.99 right now, but after August 8th is jumping up to $4.99, so for a premium price and a great game, it's definitely something I'd jump on sooner rather than later.

Tons of pictures, plus the download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II U.S. sign up page now live, for what it's worth

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Yes, after many reports of the sign-up page coming for the Samsung Galaxy S II -- the sign up page for the Samsung Galaxy S II is finally here. Not that it really helps push the device along or anything like that. In fact, it just means you'll be handing over your e-mail to Samsung so that they can e-mail at some point close to when the device is available in the U.S. But as history dictates, those emails come long after we've announced the availability here on the Android Central blogs. So you can sign up or, you know, just stick close to us.

Source: Samsung

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