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4 years ago

Lenovo ThinkPad and IdeaPad official photos released

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Lenovo has released the official press photos of the IdeaPad K1 Android tablet (pictured, left) and the ThinkPad Android tablet on their Picasa account.  No details came with these, but we already knew a little bit and can learn more from the photos.  The IdeaPad K1 is a 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet, sporting the Tegra 2 chip and Lenovo's custom skin.  Today's pictures show front and rear cameras, custom colors, a media dock, and a keyboard docking station.  The ThinkPad looks to be geared more to the business professional with an included stylus and presumably software included to use it in Lenovo's custom UI atop Honeycomb.  The ThinkPad also sports four physical buttons as well as an SD card slot, USB, and HDMI ports on the outside, and a Tegra 2 CPU and 1GB RAM on the inside. 

We have no idea about pricing or a date, but with the official pictures set loose there's no reason for further secrets.  I imagine we'll be hearing more about these in the near future.  In the meantime, head to the source links and have a peek at a slew of pictures.

Source: Picasa; IdeaPad K1, ThinkPad  via: Netbook news

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4 years ago

Google Maps adds more 3D buildings in more cities

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Google's just unwrapped more three-dimensional buildings in a number of cities worldwide, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Stockholm, Singapore, Lisbon, Boulder (Colo.) and 11 cities in South Africa. Those are in addition to New York City, Zurich, Milan and others.

You don't have to do anything -- the updated maps are all on Google's side. To view the 3D buildings, just make sure you're viewing things in map mode (not satellite), then zoom in and use two fingers to change the viewing angle.

And in case you're wondering, the image above is from the site of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Source: Google

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4 years ago

The best free backgammon apps on Android tablets

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One thing a 10-inch tablet is perfect for is playing Backgammon. If you've never played, it's an ancient game -- something like 5,000 years old, by some accounts that involves rolling dice and removing all of your pieces (or checkers) from the board. It's a good mix of strategy and luck, and it really doesn't take long to get the hang of it.

We've taken a look at some of the free backgammon games available in the Android Market, and gave them a go on a Honeycomb tablet. Check 'em out after the break.

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4 years ago

Blue Drone -- Android controlled R/C car looking for backers on Kickstarter

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Blue Drone is a Bluetooth controlled R/C car that can be controlled by any Android device running Android 2.0 and higher.  It's currently in its initial phase at Kickstarter, where the developer is looking for initial interest in order to justify the production costs.  If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, you can opt-in and support a new project, and if the funding goals are met you'll be charged and receive what you've paid for.  If the goal isn't met, you aren't charged and the project is left to seek funding elsewhere, or just fizzle away.

This one is way too cool to let that happen.  For a buy-in of $59, you'll get a scale model R/C car, and the app to control it from your Android phone or tablet via a Bluetooth connection.  The car is controlled via the touchscreen or uses the accelerometer for steering.  You'll get three hours use from a trio of AAA batteries, and the whole set-up has a 30 foot range.  Check the video above, this looks like loads of fun.  Hit the source link for more information.

Source: Kickstarter; Thanks, Steve!

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4 years ago

Verizon getting micro SIM cards for its Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE tablet

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Update: And Samsung's confirmed this one for us. It indeed has a micro SIM card.

Now this is a bit interesting. According to this little tidbit that just hit our inbox, Verizon's upcoming LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will feature a micro SIM card, and not a full size SIM card as found in the HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Droid Charge or LG Revolution. That's not a huge deal, necessarily, though it does mean you're not going to be swapping your SIM card from device to device without an adapter.

It looks like Verizon will begin to introduce the micro SIM card later this month, though it's unknown if the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE will launch at the same time. It's currently available for preorder at $529 for the 16GB version, or $629 for the 32GB version.

Our next question is this: Will future LTE devices use micro SIM cards? Or is the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE a special case? News at 11.

Thank, ninjroid!

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4 years ago

Disney publishes their first Android app -- Winnie the Pooh: What's a bear to do?

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Disney Publishing has released its first Android application, "Winnie the Pooh: What's a Bear to Do?".  It's an interactive children's book, starring one of the most loved characters of our childhood, that's sure to be a hit with any pint-sized Android lovers you have scurrying underfoot around the house.  It's more than just an eBook, though.  Features of the app include:

  • Read in any of 5 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, or Japanese!
  • Professional narration, sound effects, and Winnie the Pooh background music
  • Readers can record their voice or their child’s reading the story
  • Three reading modes to suit any reader’s mood: Read to Me, Use My Recording, and Auto Turn pages
  • Four interactive jigsaw puzzles
  • Tap ‘n’ Play surprises throughout the story – several new animated sequences added for Android
  • Pooh’s Cupboard matching game ties in to the story and reinforces color recognition
  • Visual Index allows readers to jump to their favorite page or puzzle

Disney's published a video (after the break) and I have to say, this looks very nicely done.  It's a name your child is sure to know and love, and time spent with a book (even of the application variety) certainly beats time spent in front of the television.  You can grab it from the Android Market (devices running 2.0 and higher) for $2.99.  The link as well as that video, is after the break.

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4 years ago

Verizon breaks down who's getting LTE where this week

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Verizon's trickling out press releases all day, so we're updating as we get them.

Verizon this morning dropped a few more details on the markets that are scheduled to see the LTE switch flipped on Thursday. (We say "scheduled," because it definitely looks like some of you are seeing those sweet, sweet 4G speeds.) Following are the communities that will see new coverage:

Raleigh-Durham, N.C.: Apex, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Clayton, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Gorman, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Smithfield, Wake Forest, and Wendell.

Charleston, S.C.: Charleston, Folly Beach, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Hickory Hill Plantation, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, Ladson, Lincolnville, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Riverland Terrace, Seabrook Island, Sullivan's Island, Summerville, and Wildwood.

Knoxville, Tenn.: Athens, Etowah, Greenway, Jefferson City, Knoxville, Lenoir City, Louden, Marbledale, Maryville, Morristown, Niota, Oak Ridge, Oakland, Pigeon Forge, Pleasant View, Powell, Rockford, Sevierville, Sweetwater, Talbot, and White Pine. 

Augusta, Ga.: Augusta, North Augusta and Aiken. Coverage includes the I-20 corridor, Aiken Mall, Augusta Mall, Augusta National Golf Club, Fort Gordon, Augusta Regional Airport, Medical College of Georgia and the E-Z-Go manufacturing plant.

Maui, Hawaii: Kaanapali, Kahului, Kihei, Lahaina, Napili, Wailea, Wailuku.

The Big Island, Hawaii: Hilo, Keaau, Mountain View, Pahoa

Oahu, Hawaii: Aiea, Ewa Beach, Haleiwa, Hawaii Kai, Honolulu, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kapolei, Mililani, Pearl City, Waialua, Waikiki, Waipahu, Waipio

Toledo, Ohio: Toledo, within the Interstate 75/475 beltway north to the Michian state line; Bowling Green; Oregon; Waterville

Verizon did manage to slip a bunch of cities into one press release. Here's the list of markets going live this week.

Decatur and Huntsville, Ala.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lakeland and Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.; Augusta, Ga.; Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului-Wailuku and Lahaina, Hawaii; Carbondale, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Baton Rouge and Hammond, La.; Springfield, Mass.; Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.; Charleston, S.C.; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn.; Olympia and Tacoma, Wash; and Charleston, W.Va.  The company is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Phoenix, Ariz.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Northern New Jersey;  Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio, Texas; and Seattle, Wash.

To take advantage of Verizon's 4G speeds, you'll need either an HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Droid Charge or LG Revolution Android smartphone.

More: Verizon

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4 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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4 years ago

Larry Page on the Android 'patent situation'

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Google was asked about the "patent situation" during Thursday's second-quarter earnings call. The "situation," of course, is that Google recently lost a bid for a major bunch of patents -- and lost to a consortium including many of its main competitors in the mobile space. Meanwhile, developers are having to fight (or pay off) patent trolls, and we're seeing more licensing deals being made between Android OEMs and Google competitors.

Here's what Page had to say:

"Android's really on a tear. I mentioned there are over 550,000 new Android activations. There's over 400 such devices. Thirty-nine OEMs. Two-hundred-and-thirty-one carriers in 123 countries, and over 78 Open Handset Allience partners, and that velocity's only increasing.

"Now, of course, despite the efforts of some of our competitors, there hasn't been any slowdown in any of those things. And, you know, partners and developers are continuing to expand the Android ecosystem.

"And I should say, of course, we're really committed to Android and continue to support that platform and ecosystem, and do it in a cost-effective manner."

See also: Editorial: How long can Google and Android afford to remain silent on patents?

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4 years ago

Google+ app updated in Android Market, brings UI changes, new features, and bug fixes

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The Google+ app has just received a pretty major update that brings bug fixes, some UI changes, and new features to Googles new social media venture.  From the changelog in the Android Market:

  • Customize the main stream view to show streams from individual circles
  • Fixed some issues encountered by users with the Swype keyboard
  • Set permissions for who can start a huddle with you (Anyone, Your Circles, Extended Circles)
  • If someone you've never huddled with before invites you to a group huddle, you can now dismiss the invitation
  • New UI allows adding multiple people or entire circles to a huddle
  • Set photo as wallpaper
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes throughout the app

This addresses the biggest gripes I've been hearing about the mobile app -- a way to add entire circles to a huddle, and a way to customize which circles are visible in your main stream.  I'm sure the Google+ team is still hard at work and things will only get better.  If you don't have your Google+ invitation yet, be sure to hit the forums and sing out -- invites seem to be wide open.  Download links for the Market are after the break.

If you don't have an Android phone, you don't have a Google+ app. 

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4 years ago

Spotify now live in the United States

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Take just about every feature from every streaming music service available, and you you get Spotify. But until today, those of us in the United States were left on the sidelines. No more. Spotify's now live. Create playlists, share music, search from millions of songs, play offline. And, most important, play on your Android phone.

Free invites are going out fast and furious this morning, and there are deals that can get you bumped up to the premium levels pretty quickly. Or if you don't mind paying monthly, $4.99 a month gets you the basic service, sans advertising. For $9.99 a month "premium" (and this is the one most of you will be shooting for), you gain full Spotify access on your Android smartphone, offline mode, and better streaming quality.

We're right in the middle of deep-diving this thing, but so far, Spotify's living up to its expectations.

More: Spotify

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4 years ago

Swiftkey X comes out of beta for Android smartphones and tablets

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Swiftkey X -- the latest generation in what has proven to be an excellent predictive-type keyboard for Android -- exits public beta status this morning and enters the Android Market as a full-fledged paid app.

Available for 48 hours at $1.99 (it'll increase to $3.99 thereafter), Swiftkey X is the phone version of TouchType's venerable keyboard app. It combines the two major facets of an on-screen keyboard -- predictive typing and the skinning of the keys themselves -- for what has quickly become (yet again) one of our favorite third-party Android keyboards.

Also available today is Swiftkey Tablet X, designed for Honeycomb tablets and their larger screens. It's available for 48 hours for $1.99 as well, and increases to $4.99 thereafter. With Swiftkey Tablet X, you have the option to type in a typical keyboard design, or you can switch to the thumb layout (seen above).

If you've previously purchased Swiftkey, you'll be upgraded to the full version of Swiftkey X for free.

We've been using Swiftkey X in its various beta builds for the past several months. The key to its success lies in its Fluency 2.0 engine, which learns the way you type and adapts to better predict your next word. You also have the option (it's opt-in) to connect Swiftkey X to your Facebook, Gmail and Twitter accounts, where it can better learn your typing habits. Are you particular in your hunting and pecking? Or do you just kind of go for it, and rely on autocorrect to get your message across? Swiftkey X can work with both.

Other features: Swiftkey X now supports 22 languages and can interpret as many as three simultaneous for you tri-lingual typers out there. Look and feel are also greatly improved, and the long-press timing is as good as we've seen. And Swiftkey X now has three themes from which to choose -- dark, light and neon.

Check out videos of Swiftkey in action after the break.

Download: Swiftkey X (phones); Swiftkey Tablet X

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4 years ago

Motorola Electrify (aka Photon), LG Optimus Black top US Cellular's Q3 roadmap

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Way, way back in early June, US Cellular teased seven Android phones and tablets to be released by the end of the year. The breakdown went thusly:

  • Three HTC devices -- two smartphones and a tablet (which we presumed would be the Flyer
  • A 4.3-inch Motorola device with a dual-core 1GHz processor and world phone radio
  • An LG device with a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch touchscreen and "ultra-bright LCD display that is easy to view in sunlight." We figured that to be the LG Optimus Black
  • Plus, entry-level phones from Samsung and Huawei.

We've since seen the HTC Desire II and Wildfire S show up in USCC's inventory. So put a check to them.

As for the other devices? We've got US Cellular's entire third-quarter roster after the break, if you're into that sort of thing.

Thanks, Anon!

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4 years ago

Toshiba Thrive initial review

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It's been some six months since we first saw the Toshiba Thrive at CES. At the time, it didn't have a name, and it wasn't even a Honeycomb tablet -- more of a hardware prototype running Froyo.

That all ends today. Let's start with the obvious: It's not the most svelte Android tablet out there. No, that crown still belongs to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Thrive's actually thicker than the Motorola Xoom while weighing about as much. But the Thrive more than makes up being a bit portly with its hardware features. Let's explore them after the break.

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4 years ago

Adobe announces 'AIR App Challenge' and Flash Player support for Sony Tablets

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With the new Sony S1 and S2 tablets set to hit the market soon, Sony has now teamed up with Adobe for a couple of things. The first, being the announcement that all Sony tablets will indeed support Adobe Flash when they arrive at retailers. The second, being a new contest for Adobe AIR developers.

The ‘Adobe AIR App Challenge Sponsored by Sony’ contest offers developers a chance to win $200,000 in total cash prizes and the promotion of the application on ”Sony Tablet” devices. Adobe and Sony are challenging developers and content publishers to build breakthrough mobile apps optimized for the S1 and S2 tablets. The contest will give selected developers pre-release access to “Sony Tablet” prototypes and the latest version of Adobe tools. Contest categories include Entertainment, Lifestyle and Community, Games, Business and Productivity, and Innovation. A panel of Adobe, Sony and third party judges will evaluate application submissions based on quality and performance, innovation and creativity, as well as overall user experience. The contest is open to submissions from the U.S., Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K.

The contest opens up to everyone today, if you're interested in learning more you'll find the full press release below or you can click on the source link to be taken to the AIR app challenge website directly.

Source: Adobe

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