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3 years ago

Best Buy offering Nexus S free for a day, new contract required

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Have you been on the fence about the Nexus S?  Maybe this will get you to take the plunge.  Best Buy will be offering any version of the Nexus S (for T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint) for free.  The catch?  You have to sign a two year agreement (new line or upgrade) with the respective carrier.  The offer is good specifically from tonight at 11:00pm CST and August 3rd at 11:59pm CT.  Plenty of time to make your decision, right?

Source: Best Buy

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3 years ago

Google+ app updated, brings ability to hide 1-1 Huddles

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Google has updated its Google+ app, bringing a host of improvements. Two of the biggest gripes I have heard about the app are that there is no way to leave a 1-1 Huddle and that notifications are slow or spotty. With this latest update, Google has  answered both of those concerns, giving users the ability to hide 1:1 Huddles and has improved the reliability of notifications. To hide a 1:1 Huddle, go into your conversation hit Menu and then Hide. It's great to see them iterating so quickly and listening to user feedback. Here is the full changelog:

  • Improved notifications reliability
  • "_add to circle" notifications shown in bulk
  • Share stream posts to individual people
  • Clicking a +mention takes you to the person’s profile
  • +mentions now autofill from your Circles
  • Stream no longer resets to top when screen is rotated
  • Nearby accuracy
  • Start a 1:1 huddle from a person’s profile or a group huddle from a circle profile
  • Hide 1:1 huddles
  • Clickable links in huddles
  • Improved autocomplete when adding a person to a huddle

To get the latest update, hit up the app links after the break.

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3 years ago

Latest Android version numbers are out; Froyo still rules the roost

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Google has released the numbers for the different platform versions accessing the Android Market ending Aug. 1, and there are no big surprises. Froyo still leads the pack with over 55 percent of devices running it, down about 10 percentage points because we're seeing a jump in devices running Android 2.3.3 or 2.3.4. The full breakdown is in the chart above, but if we take a quick comparison to the last time we looked at numbers, we see Android 1.5 shrinking by 0.4 percentage points, Android 1.6 dropping a half-percentage point, Eclair dropping a whopping 6 percentage points, and Honeycomb being split up into three versions for 1.3 percent total, up a full percentage point.

In simpler terms, like the ones used for other mobile operating systems, only 3.3 percent of all Android phones are not running version 2.x of the OS.  In more realistic terms, well outside of any reality distortion machinery, 18.3 percent of Android phones can't run applications designed for all devices.  It's a number that's slowly improving, and we hope to see the trend continue.

Source: Android Developer

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic specs sneak out courtesy of MotoDev Site

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Yes, the Droid Bionic won't be arriving until September. Yes, a lot of folks who were waiting for it have long since moved on. But that doesn't mean the information surrounding it is going to stop. Even if the device is no longer on your most wanted list -- it's still on the radar and now specs (final or not) have popped up on the Motorola dev site:

  • 1GHz OMAP4430 dual-core
  • 8 megapixels (3266 x 2450 w/ 1080p video)
  • VGA Fixed Focus front facing camera
  • Android 2.3.4
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4.3-inch qHD display
  • HDMI 1.4
  • Webtop Access
  • 4G LTE

There's absolutely nothing there that surprises anyone, right? No mention of battery life or standby time exists on the documentation yet but Motorola still has some time to go ahead and update that information.

Source: Moto Dev Site; via: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Locked out, Giving up on the Bionic [From the Forums]

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Just like the Apple and Samsung wars -- the week continues. If you have already checked out the latest news and rumors in the blogs then head on over to the Android Central forums and see what's new in there.

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

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 coming to Australia "in the near future" says Samsung

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When we last read about the fate of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, things looked pretty bleak.  Apple had succeeded in it's plan to innovate in the courtroom instead of the engineering department, and Samsung was blocked from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the land down under by Aussie courts.  Today we read about an interesting twist on this whole mess, one that's good news for Android fans.  Samsung Electronics Australia has said in a statement that this particular legal action relates to a variant of the Tab 10.1 that they weren't planning on selling in Australia.  They went further, saying that the Tab 10.1 will be released in Australia "in the near future".

Samsung hasn't provided any additional details, and we're left wondering exactly what this means.  Could Samsung be planning on selling the 10.1v in Australia, or are there other variations that would place a Tab destined for Australia outside this legal finding?  We're not sure, and Samsung isn't saying.  We are sure, however, that no matter what Samsung does or which product gets released, Apple will funnel countless dollars towards getting it blocked.  It should be interesting, to say the least.

Source: Wall Street journal

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3 years ago

Motorola Photon 4G gets rooted via webtop [update: how-to video]

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If you're the proud owner of a shiny new Motorola Photon 4G and itching for some root action, you're in luck -- provided you have the HD dock, some USB computer peripherals, and access to a monitor or TV with an HDMI input.  An exploit that can be delivered and run via the Webtop application has been discovered by Android hacker edgan, and it should get you rooted and ready to go as long as you have the required hardware.  The exploit and the method seem simple enough, you're just uploading a few files over an SSH connection, but the setup is where things get a little hairy.  Luckily, edgan has a really complete set of step-by-step instructions and links to all the needed resource files.  Hit the source link, have a read, and give it a whirl.

Update: Wanna see how it's done? We've got video after the break.

Source: XDA-DevelopersThanks everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 is thinner, lighter, faster in new UK TV ads

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's UK launch is nearly upon us, with Londoners getting the first chance to buy Sammy's latest tablet tomorrow afternoon local time (we'll be there!). Samsung is wasting no time in drumming up a little hype around the Tab 10.1, with three new British TV ads for the device showcasing its thinness, lightness and speed compared to an unnamed, fruit-themed competitor.

These ads similar to what we've seen from Samsung in other territories, but they at least show the manufacturer's committed to directly pursuing the iPad's market share on an international scale. Check the new ads for yourself after the jump.

Source: Mashable

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3 years ago

That big, scary call recording malware isn't in the Android Market

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ZOMG THERE'S MALWARE THAT CAN RECORD MY PHONE CALLS AND LOOSEN MY TEETH WHILE I SLEEP AT NIGHT!

Here we go again, folks. Look -- malware, by definition, is bad and absolutely should be taken seriously. So when Total Defense (née CA Community -- it's a rebranding thing) points out that it's possible for some rogue code to record your phone calls and even send them off to some far-away land (China, of course), well, it's something that we all need to pay attention to.

But things also need a little perspective. Total Defense tells us that it's received just four cases of this malware, from 13 unique sources, for 14 total incidents, and TD can't tell us with any specificity just how prevalent this piece of malware is. There are more than 550,000 Android devices being activated every day. Perspective, ya know.

Now, as far as your likelihood of being affected by this piece of malware, Total Defense tells us: "there are very high chances as anybody can customize this to lure their victims to fall into the trap." Scary, ain't it? Only, here's the thing, and it's an important one for most of you: Not a single instance of this malware was reported from coming from an app in the Android Market. That's not to say malicious apps haven't made it into the Market before -- it's happened, and it'll happen again, and we suspect Google will act as swiftly as it has in the past.

But unless you're wandering around app "stores" you probably shouldn't be wondering around in the first place, we wouldn't worry too much.

More: Total Defense

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3 years ago

NVIDIA: Kal-El quad-core tablets coming this fall, phones in early 2012

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It's been about six months since we got our first look at NVIDIA's quad-core test platform -- codenamed "Kal-El" -- and it pretty much floored us. The initial window for seeing any sort of Kal-El device at the time was said to be August. But initial time frames are just that -- initial.

NVIDIA now tells us the following:

“Project Kal-El-powered tablets are coming this Fall, and phones around the CES 2012 timeframe.”

You read that right. We'll see quad-core phones about a year after first seeing dual-core phones and tablets. Now that doesn't mean you'll be buying a quad-core phone come CES (which is scheduled for Jan. 10-13), but figure if they're announced then, we could see them in the spring or early summer.

One other thing of note: While people have been throwing around the Tegra 3 name for the next-gen platform (NVIDIA's dual-core platform is Tegra 2), Kal-El is still just a code name, and Tegra 3's not official. Just sayin'.

Regardless, as powerful as 2011 has been, 2012's going to be even more so. Hit the break for our hands-on with Kal-El from Mobile World Congress.

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