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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Yelp

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Chances are, most of you have heard of (and probably used) Yelp. Whether it's been their initial online presence, their myriad phone apps, or just a friend raving about it, Yelp is the top dog in finding delicious eateries on-the-go.

Opening up the Android app, you'll notice six large, friendly looking icons to choose from. Nearby, Check-Ins, About Me, Bookmarks, Monocle, and Deals. A few of those are pretty self-explanatory, and one of them you just need to see to believe.

Nearby is going to use your cell phone's location (rough or precise, up to you) to show you a list of everything around you. It doesn't discriminate by style or genre, so if you're just curious to see what's delish, this is definitely the way to go. Check-Ins is Yelp's version of Foursqaure/Gowalla/Places/Latitude. You can check-in to bars, restaurants and what-have-you, but I'm not sure why. Yes, you can become mayor or king or top dog or iron chef (not really, on the last one), but maybe there's coupons involved.

Speaking of coupons, Deals is just that. If you want to know where you can save a buck, get something for free, or see what other promotions are going on, click on Deals and know you'll be saving some greenbacks.

About Me and Bookmarks both require that you have a Yelp account, and if you do, they'll prompt you to log in. This allows you to check-in and leave reviews (and ensures you get credit to your Yelp account, for what it's worth) and also lets you view your list of Bookmarks if you've got a hankering for one of your favorite places that you've conveniently forgotten the address of.

The thing that really does it for me (although it's usefulness is debatable) is Monocle. Monocle pulls you into an augmented reality environment, where, as you move your camera around, restaurants and such pop up on your screen, along with their rating, distance, and cost. I couldn't get a good screenshot without some wicked tearing, so just check it out for yourself.

There's also the standard search bar at the top of the page, and you choose to search a name or style either based on current location, but also anything else, like a city or a zip code. It's the simplest way, but it's how things got started and it still works.

So, if you like both 1.) food and 2.) saving money, Yelp should definitely be installed on your device. It's free, it's quick, and it's easy, plus, it's proven.

More screenshots and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Swype featured in Museum of Modern Art exhibit

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We're big fans of Swype here at Android Central, and judging by its latest exhibit, so is the Museum of Modern Art. It's included the trace-based Android keyboard in a new interactive exhibit called "Talk to Me", which reflects on recent innovations in communications technology.

Congrats to the Swype team. Be sure to hit the source link to check out the online display for Swype.

Source: Swype at MoMA

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3 years ago

Chrome out your HTC Sensation, let it shine bright

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Not a huge fan of the subdued look of the HTC Sensation? Wish that it stood out a bit more, and was more eye catching? So did the folks at Whitesites Blog, and so they took sand paper and metal polish to the device to give it an all-new chromed-out look, as you'll see above. You'll also find full instructions on their site if you'd like to trick out your Sensation in the same way. It involves a little time and elbow grease, but the results are worth it, if you're a fan of shiny things.

Let us know in the comments if you're planning on chroming out your Sensation, or if you've tried your hand at any cosmetic modding in the past.

Source: Whitesites Blog; via: Engadget Mobile

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3 years ago

Roger McNamee: 'Google's already done' in mobile search

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One of the best things about being the big brother to PreCentral.net is that we get to read headlines like "Roger McNamee is our Hero" and "McNamee and Rubinstein ham it up" and "Funny McNamee video." ... See where we're going with this?

McNamee is co-founder of Elevation Partners, the investor group (that includes Bono!) that basically saved Palm from certain death before it was later purchased by HP. And to put it bluntly, the man's not afraid to speak his mind. His recent message at the Paley Center for Media? Google's been too successful, which has "polluted its product" -- and which Android has failed to fix. According to McNamee, only 1 percent of Google's search queries come from smartphones, with the rest coming from traditional computers. Half of all internet-connected devices are smartphones, he says, yet just a tiny fraction of Google's search queries come from its smartphones -- Android.

Meanwhile, there's Apple, which totally killed it with its app model. And we can't argue that, indeed, Apple's totally killed it with its app model. And things are getting even more interesting with HTML5 entering the fray.

It's an interesting talk, and you check out the whole thing after the break, or at the source link below.

Source: FORA.tv; via CNN Money  
Thanks, @sumyunguy!

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3 years ago

Minor update for Droid Incredible 2 rolling out now

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HTC Droid Incredible 2 users have begun receiving a minor OTA update from Verizon. As you can see from the graphic above, the update will provide for:

Improved server connection for email and contacts

Not a huge update, but one that will make your phone run smoother. If you have a Droid Incredible 2, go to:

Menu -> Settings -> Software update -> Check new

Source: Verizon Wireless

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3 years ago

Trapster 3.0 released - Introduces New UI, widget and speed limit display

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It's been a while since we last a Trapster update but clearly they were hard at work while we waited. Today, they've gone ahead and released v3.0 to the masses and if you're a current Trapster user you should be pleased with the changes:

  • Speedomoter and Speed Limit Display - Trapster now displays your actual speed with the speed limit of the road you are currently traveling on. If you go 1 to 4 MPH over the speed limit, the “Your Speed” box will change to yellow. If you are driving 5+ MPH over the speed limit the “Your Speed” box changes to red, visually alerting you to slow down!
  • Trapster Widget - Now you can have Trapster on your home screen! This gives you the ability to quickly view and vote on traps, and also launch the Trapster application directly from the widget.
  • Terrain Maps - In addition to standard map and satellite view, you now have the ability to use Terrain maps, this will display elevation levels in much more detail.

You'll also find that Trapster has a new UI with a much cleaner look over previous versions, making it easier on the eyes and even easier to read when in use. The v3.0 update is available now, you'll find the download past the break.

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3 years ago

ASUS Eee Pad Slider hits the FCC

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The ASUS Eee Pad Slider has passed through the FCC certification process, getting the all clear for its Bluetooth and Wifi radios.  With no mention of any cellular data in the FCC reports, the slider sounds much like the popular ASUS Transformer (check out our review), a great no-contract, no carrier, no fuss stand alone Wifi Honeycomb tablet.  Also like the Transformer, the slider sports a 10.1 inch screen, Tegra 2 dual-core processor, front and rear cameras, and connectivity via a number of i/o ports -- micro SD, mini USB, and mini HDMI.  Add in a sliding full size qwerty keyboard and you have something very different than the rest of the Honeycomb tablet pack.  We love different, and manufacturers that try to do it, providing it's done well.  We're ready to give the slider a try, just like many of you guys are.

We're waiting for pricing and availability, which we expect an announcement for soon.  Originally expected in the UK this August, the slider has been pushed back to "this Autumn".  When we know more, we'll be sure to tell.

Source: FCC; via WirelessGoodness

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3 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 making its UK debut a day early in London

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If you can't wait until the August 4 nationwide street date for your British Galaxy Tab 10.1, then you might want to head down to the Tottenham Court Road branch of PC World, where it can be yours from 5pm the previous day. In exchange for your £399, you'll get what's arguably the hottest Android tablet currently available, powered by Android 3.1 and a 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip.

If you'd rather not cough up the full retail price, it'll also be available at a subsidized price from Vodafone UK. However there's still no word from from the carrier on when this launch is due to take place -- its website still lists it as "coming soon".

Let us know in the comments if you're planning on picking up a Tab 10.1 on launch day, and if you're undecided, then head on over to our review of the limited edition Google IO version.

Source: TechRadar

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3 years ago

HTC Ruby looks to be heading to T-Mobile

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Remember the HTC Ruby that popped up? Well, we still don't really have any details on whether or not it's an Android device or not but it sure looks that way, especially when looking at the camera UI in the photo. Look to the right and you'll see what is clearly a T-Mobile logo as well. Alas, specs and pretty much everything else remain a mystery at this point so hopefully some more details will pop up soon.

Source: Flickr; via PocketNow

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3 years ago

AT&T bringing Gingerbread to every postpaid Android phone released in 2011

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With AT&T having increasingly been loading up on Android devices, they've now taken the issue of software updates head on and have now reassured customers that all of their 2011 postpaid line-up of Android devices will indeed be upgraded to Gingerbread.

As we saw most recently, the Motorola Atrix 4G received it's update in a somewhat timely manner and more devices such as the HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G and Samsung Captivate will also get their updates when ready. The LG Phoenix and Pantech Crossover are in the mix, too.

Now, while we applaud AT&T for having so many devices that will eventually run Gingerbread, this announcement is pretty much a tooting of their own horn here. Most of the devices on their list were assumed to be getting Gingerbread at some point anyhow. Full press release can be found after the break.

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