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3 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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3 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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3 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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3 years ago

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer in the midst of an update, still says Android 3.1

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We know, we know. Now that the Motorola Xoom's getting Android 3.2, everybody else wants in as well. Can't blame ya. And while the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer (read our full review) appears to be in the throes of yet another OTA update, it's still showing Android 3.1 in ye olde about page.

Before anybody gets all out of whack, ASUS has said this week that Android 3.2 is in testing for the Transformer, so it'll likely be coming sooner rather than later.

Source: Transformer Forums

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3 years ago

Is this the Samsung Galaxy S 2 (the Within) for Sprint?

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There's not a whole lot to go on, but it looks like the fellas over at This is my next got their hands on a couple pictures of the Galaxy S 2 (the Samsung Within) destined for Sprint.  From the above image you can clearly see the Samsung and Sprint logo, paired up with an 8MP camera, and another picture (after the break) shows a small portion of what could be an "about phone" screen showing Sprint as the network operator. 

We expect Samsung to release the Galaxy S 2 on every major US carrier eventually, but this is the first sign of one being in production that we've seen.  When you add the Within to the line-up that includes the EVO 3D and the Motorola Photon, it's apparent -- Sprint has some killer Android phones.

Source: This is my next

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3 years ago

Android 3.2 SDK now available for download

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Developers -- time to fire up your Android SDK installation and grab the new Android 3.2 SDK. The Android development has let everyone know the update is now available to all.

Here are some of the highlights of Android 3.2:

  • Optimizations for a wider range of tablets. A variety of refinements across the system ensure a great user experience on a wider range of tablet devices.
  • Compatibility zoom for fixed-sized apps. A new compatibility display mode gives users a new way to view these apps on larger devices. The mode provides a pixel-scaled alternative to the standard UI stretching, for apps that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes.
  • Media sync from SD card. On devices that support a removable SD card, users can now load media files directly from the SD card to apps that use them.
  • Extended screen support API. For developers who want more precise control over their UI across the range of Android-powered devices, the platform’s screen support API is extended with new resource qualifiers and manifest attributes, to also allow targeting screens by their dimensions.

That's just a small portion of what has been updated, you can find the full release notes over at the Android Developers website found in the source link below.

Source: Android Developers

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3 years ago

SMS from the year 1969, Android 3.2 help [From the Forums]

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Yayy! The weekend is well on it's way -- we made it through another week of Android news and pushed out plenty of blog posts for you all. Make sure you get caught up on whatever you may have missed here on the blogs and in the forums.

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

Judge rules that HTC infringed on 2 of 10 Apple patents

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The International Trade Commission has ruled that HTC is infringing on two of the ten patents involved in the original Apple v HTC suitGrace Lei, general counsel for HTC has already stated they plan to appeal the decision:

HTC will vigorously fight these two remaining patents through an appeal before the ITC Commissioners who make the final decision. This is only one step of many in these legal proceedings.

If said appeal is not successful, HTC will have to try to find a way to settle with Apple, or face the prospect of an importation ban of the offending products.  HTC was the first company that builds Android phones to be sued by Apple, but as we all know, not the only -- or likely the last.  Apple has another suit filed against HTC, as well as Motorola and Samsung.  We don't have the details of the two patents HTC allegedly is infringing on, so we can't comment any further than say the US patent system is completely broken.  No word from Apple, or Google as of yet.  We'll say more when we know more.

Source: CNET. Thanks, Andrew!


 

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II coming to Bell July 21

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No surprises here since the information has been available for a few days now but it's always nice to see rumors turn to reality. Bell has now officially set the launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S II in Canada to July 21. Pricing for the device is still up for debate but it's looking as though $599 will be the no contract price while those agreeing to a new three-year will pick one up for $169.

Source: Bell Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to manage what syncs to your device

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By now your Google account is probably linked to just about every Google product available, and having them all sync to your device can be quite a strain on your battery.

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