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3 years ago

Nook for Android app receives an update

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If you are an avid user of the Barnes and Noble Nook for Android application, you will be pleased to know that they have released a rather nice update. In version 2.5 they have listened to their users, and brought some of the most popular features to the application, sadly not all of them will be available to users of 10-inch tablets yet.

For anyone using an Android powered smartphone, or seven inch tablet, the update includes a download progress meter, a wish list feature, as well as a new library grid view, for easy viewing access. For those of you who picked up the Xoom this week, your update is destined to arrive some time this spring, so they have not forgotten about you.

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3 years ago

Would the HTC Merge sway your decision of getting a Thunderbolt?

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Earlier today we saw the HTC Merge rise from the dark, officially this time, and we wonder, might this affect your decision on the HTC Thunderbolt? Of course, we are still unsure if the HTC Merge is even Verizon-bound at this point, or an exact launch date, but, heck, we don't know when the HTC Thunderbolt is coming either. So, will you be waiting for the Merge, sticking with your thought of purchasing the Thunderbolt, or is it to early yet to tell? Let us know your thoughts on the topic, and be sure to vote for your choice in the poll here!

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3 years ago

Froyo for the AT&T HTC Aria now available

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The HTC Aria from AT&T has finally received its dose of Froyo. After having to sit through the torture of seeing everyone else but them get Froyo, AT&T users can now grab the download right off of the HTC website and get updated to Android 2.2. One thing to note however is that if you are currently using a rooted HTC Aria, this update has the potential to break that forever. Hit the HTC source link for the download. [HTC] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Plan B from Lookout Labs will find your phone after you've already lost it

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A new twist on the "find my phone" genera of apps comes out today from Lookout Labs called Plan B.  If the name didn't give it away, it's an application that tracks your phone that is installed remotely via the Android Market website after you've lost it.  Using it is simple:

  • Realize that your phone isn't where it should be, and a quick look under the car seats or in the couch cushions doesn't find it
  • On your computer, head to the Android Market website
  • Install Plan B
  • Check your email

Once installed, Plan B will start sending text messages via email to the address of your Google account, with handy Google Maps links to your phone's location.  This works even if GPS isn't enabled.  Then it's a matter of seeing where it is, and deciding how to retrieve it.  Pretty slick if you ask me, and it seemed to work perfectly on my Nexus S.  To give it a test or keep the link handy, follow the break for the download. 

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3 years ago

Google confirms Nexus S Android 2.3.3 update changed screen color temps

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Every now and then updates come with interesting little surprises. Sometimes good, sometimes not. And in the case of the Android 2.3.3 update to the Nexus S, it appears to be the latter.

Users in the Android Central Forums and Google Mobile Forum are noticing that their Nexus S screens appearing to be discolored. Colors seemed to be washed out or even yellowed at some screens. Even after playing with some brightness settings, Nexus S owners are still experiencing the same visual issues. And we've seen it on our own Nexi, too. Have you guys been noticing the same color issues? If so, let us know in the comments or forums. [Android Central Forums and Google Mobile Forum]

Update: Kinda blurry video of said yellow tint is after the break.

Update 2: Ry Guy's answered on the Google forums, and the change indeed was intentional. Here 'tis:

With your new OTA complete, you may notice a slight difference in the way colors are displayed on your Nexus S. For Nexus S, we have adjusted the color temperature settings to more accurately reflect darker colors at all brightness levels. The Gingerbread UI being darker, we found that the colors were not as accurate when the device was being used at lower brightness levels. For example, some users reported that the initial color temperature was too high leading to some darker greys having a reddish tone; with the new color temperature this is no longer the case.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom torn down, shows all for the world to see

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The people over at iFixit must really be on a roll because we have already seen both the Motorola Atrix 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S 4G get torn apart this week. Now it is the Motorola Xoom's turn, and they spared no time removing every screw and clip to be found on the tablet. Here is a rundown of the major components they found:

  • Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core CPU alongside a low-power GeForce GPU
  • Toshiba NAND Flash memory
  • Samsung DRAM
  • Broadcom 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and FM tuner chip

In their testing, iFixit got 10 hours of WiFi use out of the Xoom's 3250 mAh battery, putting it on par with the iPad. They also noted that the only tools one would need to take apart the Xoom for repairs would be a spudger alongside T5 and T7 Torx screwdrivers.  Overall, the Xoom got an 8/10 score for ease of repair, which we are sure is in no small part thanks to the free LTE radio upgrade. Full (warranty-voiding) disassembly instructions past the link. [iFixit]

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 51

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Audio-only stream below

The gang's back together after a crazy month of travel, announcements and shows, and we've got new Android phones and tablets to show for it. Listen in!

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3 years ago

The HTC Merge lives! Officially coming to 'multiple' carriers this spring

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And you thought it would never happen. It's been about six months since our exclusive hands-on with the HTC Merge, and we'd hardly seen or heard a peep from it since. But it's official, folks -- the HTC Merge lives, and it's coming to "multiple North American operators" this spring.

And it looks like the HTC Merge will be the same device we've already seen. Same 3.8-inch touchscreen, same 5MP camera with 720p recording, same World Phone capability (SIM-card slot), same Android 2.2 -- and the same awesome sliding keyboard. The biggest question now is when, and where.

For our complete exclusive preview of the HTC Merge, please see the following stories:

Full presser's after the break, and be sure to check out our HTC Merge Forums.

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom root method [Guide]

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Well, that was certainly fast. Although, having an unlocked bootloader I'm sure helped this process just a tad bit. With the news coming to use courtesy of Koush, the Motorola XOOM now has a root method available for it. Although ROM Manager updates will come at a later time, you can use the guide listed below to get a head start on things:

  • Download the XOOM root zip.
  • Unzip the package.
  • Copy the files into your sdk folder.
  • adb reboot bootloader (skip the next 3 steps if you have already unlocked via fastboot)
  • fastboot oem unlock
  • wait for reboot
  • adb reboot bootloader
  • fastboot flash boot rootboot.img
  • fastboot reboot
  • wait for reboot
  • adb remount
  • adb shell push su /system/bin
  • adb shell ln –s /system/bin/su /system/xbin/su
  • adb shell chmod 4755 /system/bin/su
  • adb push Superuser.apk /system/app

Due to the SD Card slot being locked out at this time, a custom recovery cannot be used but one does exist for whenever it gets enabled for use. Be it by Google, Motorola or the developer community. Until then, just enjoy your freshly rooted Motorola XOOM and if you should so need some help; hit us up in the Android Central forums. [Koush] Thanks, to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

How much faster is the latest Firefox beta?

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One of the chief complaints about Firefox for Android has been its speed and size. But with every new release, it's gotten faster. And with every new release, it's gotten smaller. And Mozilla's Mark Finkle gives us a good look at just how much faster it's become with a series of benchmarks.

In the chart above, you see JavaScript benchmarks. And things are definitely getting faster. And after the break is a chart of page load times. Again, faster. Check out Finkle's blog post at the source link for more benchmarks and him explaining it all. [Mark Finkle's Weblog]

Update: Fixed source link

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