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3 years ago

TI achieves first Netflix HD certification, new streaming capabilities coming to Android devices

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As we know from recent events, companies are warming up more and more each day when it comes allowing media content to be played back on mobile devices. We've seen Netflix and Hulu launch on a few devices, Crackle return to the Android Market and BitBop offer up streaming TV shows but one longstanding concern for media content owners has been security of their content on devices and the quality of playback. Texas Instruments however, has been hard at work on their OMAP 4 platform and as such have just been certified by Netflix for their use of the high-performance, low-power, secure platform.

"This Netflix certification represents another milestone in our successful work with the TI team," said Olivier Leger, VP and General Manager, Trusted Logic. "We are thrilled to bring the most advanced features – including premium content distribution and streaming – to various consumer products in a safe, secure manner. Netflix users and stakeholders will benefit from our proven technology, now optimized for TI's M-Shield, and the best possible experiences on their mobile devices."

So what does all this mean for end users? Well, you're going to start seeing full HD 1080p, 30fps playback available on any Android device making use of the OMAP 4 platform and it will do so without killing your battery. Plus, it has the support of Netflix for being a safe, secure environment that supports DRM content without impeding end users.

Source: PR Newswire

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Juice Defender Ultimate

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We've all been there: You played Angry Birds for too long or manually refreshed your Gmail inbox incessantly. Before you knew it, your battery was in the red. Unfortunately, this app won't help that, but for everyone else who uses their phone in moderate-to-heavy amounts without needing to always be on it, I'd suggest Juice Defender Ultimate.

Juice Defender Ultimate is actually a paid upgrade to Latedroid's free add-on, Juice Defender - battery saver. If you want the highest degree of control over your battery, though, you'll want to upgrade to the Ultimate (over 9000?) version.

Upgrading to Juice Defender Ultimate nets you a whole slew of new options, namely in the "customize" and "advanced" menus. It also comes with three fairly comprehensive presets, if you don't want to fiddle with all sorts of choices but still want your battery life to last all day.

I myself used mostly the balanced customizable profiles, and saw great dividends from both. The best part about any of the presets is that they're click-and-go. Regardless if you want balanced or aggressive, take your pick and the app handles the rest.

If you feel like getting a little bit wild, customizing your own plan is relatively simple as well. You gain another menu to poke around on, as well as some neat options for controlling various data networks. You can either grant or deny Juice Defender Ultimate permission to auto-disable 3G and Wifi, as well as enable a feature called "Location," where Juice Defender Ultimate learns where the networks are that you connect to, and enables Wifi whenever you're in range.

Perhaps my favorite feature, though, is the scheduling feature. With this choice, you can let the app periodically enable data connectivity so everything still has an opportunity so sync. The intervals range from five minutes to two hours, and even using the five minute one (which I used exclusively), I saw my battery life increase exponentially.

To anyone whose battery life leaves a bit to be desired, I'd recommend Juice Defender Ultimate wholeheartedly. It's a one-time fee of $7.13, but it definitely works. And hey, think about how much you're saving compared to an extended battery!

Pictures of my average battery use, more app screenshots, and download links are all after the break.

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3 years ago

CrackBerry's 10 Reasons why Google will buy Research In Motion

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Should Google purchase RIM and BlackBerry? That's the question our pals at CrackBerry are asking, offering just shy of a dozen reasons why acquiring the struggling Research in Motion might be appealing.

For our money, RIM's excellent Enterprise support and patent portfolio might be reason enough. Tossing in RIM's new QNX-based operating system would be icing the cake.

As for whether any of this would ever -- ever! -- happen is another story, though.

More: 10 Reasons why Google will buy Research in Motion

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3 years ago

LG Revolution Accessories Roundup

The best accessories for your LG Revolution

 

Verizon's LG Revolution packs a punch with its LTE capabilities as well as its stunning 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen for displaying media in a rich and crisp format.  However what we often overlook in terms of protection and stability for our device is the most crucial and can inevitably mean life or death for your LG Revolution.

The good news is that we've established a brief roundup of all of the most popular accessories for the LG Revolution based off of reviews from our customers here at Android Central as well as our loyal readers and expert team of Android enthusiasts.

Interested to see what all is in store for your LG Revolution smartphone? Check past the break for more of the good stuff.

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3 years ago

Gingerbread finally arrives on Vodafone-branded Nexus Ones

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If you're still rocking an unrooted, Vodafone-branded Nexus One, then you'll be pleased to hear that today sees the release of the official, Voda-approved Gingerbread update for these phones. The carrier has announced that Android 2.3.4 has begun rolling out over-the-air to its Nexus Ones, bringing these handsets up to date with unbranded Nexii.

Of the many new features in Gingerbread, Vodafone has highlighted the re-vamped UI and keyboard, SIP calling and improved power management in its release notes. It's an over-the-air (OTA) update, so simply check for updates in Settings -> About phone to grab the new software.

Source: Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab's Gingerbread update rolls out today

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For all you folks whose Sprint-branded Samsung Galaxy Tabs have been languishing with Froyo for the better part of a year now (since it launched, anyway), your Gingerbread update is coming this week. Sprint's given official word of the update (unofficial word came last week), which begins pushing today. It'll be released in stages, with 100 percent of devices to be updated by the weekend.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

Toshiba Thrive popping up in Best Buys early; AC forums member snags one

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Word on the street is that the Toshiba Thrive tablet has made its way into a few Best Buy stores over the weekend, ahead of its July 13 shipping date. And, sure enough, Android Central Forums member amana9 has managed to snag one, posting up a few pics as proof.

The Thrive, as you'll recall, is Toshiba's 10.1-inch, dual-core Tegra 2 Honeycomb tablet, available in 8-, 16- or 32-gigabyte models. But the really sexy thing is that it sports a full-size USB port and full-size SD card reader. Of course, that makes for a slightly larger form factor. But judging from our hands-on with the Thrive way back in January (before it was even running Honeycomb), it's definitely worth checking out. Hit up the source link below for more impressions and pics.

Source: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation 4G now available from Bell

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Today is the day if you've been holding out for the HTC Sensation to arrive on Bell. The device is now available through their website and local retailers on a 3-year contract for $149 with the no-contract pricing reaching $549. We've reviewed the HTC Sensation a few times now and needless to say it's an easy recommendation for anyone who's shopping a new a device -- even more so when HTC gets around to unlocking the boot loader. However, we can't forget the fact the Samsung Galaxy S II is also around the corner for Bell but if you're set on the Sensation you'll find the link below.

Source: Bell

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3 years ago

Sprint Photon 4G: Now 'coming soon'

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When the Photon 4G was announced, Sprint said its first 4G Android device from Motorola would be coming "this summer." Looks like that's been bumped up to "coming soon." That doesn't exactly shed any light on when you'll actually be able to buy one. But any movement's better than no movement at all, right?

More: Photon 4G forums; Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

The Week in Android News

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With Canada Day behind us, and the Fourth of July winding down, us we hope that everyone has enjoyed their week (plus a day). While many of you were busy cramming five days worth of work into four to enjoy a long weekend, we were hard at work delivering you tons of Android news. Odds are you missed something along the way, so take a look below at some of our news from this past week.

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