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2 years ago

Google Maps updated, lets you see places you've rated 4 and 5 star and attach photos to your reviews

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Big G has updated Google Maps to version 5.10.0, and with the update comes two features that users might just love -- the ability to see places you've rated 4 or 5 stars right on your map view, and the ability to attach a photo to a place review.

Some of us just use maps for the awesome turn-by-turn navigation, or to find that little seafood place your brother-in-law told you about with the great clam chowder, but places and check-ins are another great feature we rarely mention.  With today's update, they get pushed a little closer to the front of the action, with places you like showing up right on your map so you don't forget about them.  Could be awful handy for the business traveler, deadhead, or anyone who often finds themselves jaunting across the country in a different bed each night.  And to help others know about those great places you visit, you can attach a photo to your review.

OK, so it's not the biggest update in the world, but it does offer a nice bump for the folks who use the places features, and is a good way to get more of us to use them.  It will be interesting just how Google works places and reviews from Maps into things now that they've bought out Zagat.  Grab the update from the Android Market, or we've got a handy link after the break.

Thanks, Jason! 

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G arrives on Rogers and TELUS in Canada

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Both Rogers and TELUS have brought the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Canada, with the device now being available across retail locations today. Much like the US launch -- the WiFi only equipped Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been available for a while but the carrier released versions are touting that HSPA+ goodness some users simply must have in their Android tablets.

When it comes to purchasing options you have a few choices -- Rogers will gladly sell you the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on a three-year contract for $350 or $680 with no commitment. TELUS though isn't looking to tie you into a contract. Instead, they'll just offer you the tablet for $650 and hope that you opt to go with a tablet data plan of theirs. Need some more info about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 before deciding? Check out full review here.

Source: Rogers, TELUS

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2 years ago

Win two nights at the Staybridge Suites hotel for the Big Android BBQ in Austin, Texas

If you're planning on heading to Austin for the Big Android BBQ this year (we'll be there!) this one's for you -- we're giving away two nights at the Staybridge Suites hotel for a comfy place to crash after spending the day with a bunch of Android fans.  Check the details:

  • You're entering to win one room for two nights
  • The nights can be Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday Oct.1, or Saturday Oct.1 and Sunday Oct. 2
  • You're responsible for your own tickets to the event, and transportation
  • Having fun is mandatory

You'll want to be sure to check out all the details about the BBQ, and you can do that right here.  It looks to be a load of fun with a bunch of like-minded people, with good food and plenty of Android talk and tips.  You don't want to miss it.  To enter, hit the forums and drop a line in the contest thread. We'll see ya there!

Enter to win in the Android Central contest forums

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2 years ago

Microsoft announces licensing deals with Acer, Viewsonic over Android devices

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Microsoft this morning announced it has reached licensing agreements with Acer and Viewsonic over the companies' Android devices. Terms of either agreement were not announced, but Viewsonic will pay royalties to Microsoft. No royalties were mentioned in Acer's deal, which could point to some sort of reciprocal licensing.

Microsoft VP of IP and general counsel Horacio Gutierrez issued the following statement in both press releases:

“We are pleased that [Acer/Viewsonic] is taking advantage of our industrywide licensing program established to help companies address Android’s IP issues,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “This agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercially reasonable arrangements that address intellectual property.”

This is just the latest in licensing for Microsoft, which already has reached a deal with HTC, while suing Barnes & Noble and others. Meanwhile, we haven't heard much from Microsoft and Google lately in their patent-lawsuit back-and-forth. Perhaps we're due?

Source: Microsoft (Acer, Viewsonic)

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2 years ago

RIM sponsoring 50 meetups nationwide to woo Android devs to BlackBerry Playbook

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What's all this, then? Research in Motion -- aka BlackBerry-maker RIM -- is sponsoring 50 meetups nationwide to help woo Android developers in to making their apps available on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The PlayBook, as you'll recall, has some sort of witchery that allows Android apps to run sandboxed within the QNX OS.

Going to developers directly is a must for RIM in this case. While everybody crows that the PlayBook runs Android apps, it's not as if it has access to the Android Market and its hundreds of thousands of applications. So each dev will have to be won independently.

Will this work in any real numbers? We'll just have to see.

Source: Meetup; via BerryReview, CrackBerry

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2 years ago

Sony UK hosting live tablet Q&A on Facebook today

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With the worldwide launch date of its Honeycomb-powered Tablet S and Tablet P fast approaching, Sony UK is giving potential customers the chance to ask a few questions in a live Q&A session with Marketing Manager and "tablet expert" Omar Gurnah. The action starts at 7.30PM BST (2.30PM EDT) over on Sony UK's Facebook page, which you'll find down in the source link.

The wedge-shaped Tablet S will make its debut in the UK and US on September 16, priced £399 or $499 depending on your locale. The dual-screened Tablet P is due to follow sometime in November.

Source: Sony UK on Facebook

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2 years ago

HP TouchPad can now run Android 2.3.5 -- with working touchscreen drivers

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The process of breathing new life into the now somewhat defunct HP TouchPad continues. The folks from Team TouchDroid now have up and kind of running, Android 2.3.5 on the device much to the dismay of webOS users everywhere. While it's still not something you're likely to use on a daily basis, the fact the touchscreen drivers even working is a quite a feat alone -- whether or not you're into the whole running Android on a TouchPad scene or not, you really can't deny the coolness factor here.

Source: Team TouchDroid; Thanks, Seven2k!

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2 years ago

Europe getting another Honeycomb tablet, this time from Germany

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The IFA show in Berlin has brought a wealth of devices this week, and Germanys own PC maker Medion decided they'd like to get in on the act by launching their own Android tablet. They've been quiet secretive about the device with photos apparently banned at their booth at the show. 

The specs we do know of the Lifetab P9514 are starting to sound pretty familiar. 1GHZ Tegra 2, 1280x800 screen resolution, Honeycomb 3.2 and 32GB on board storage. It also supports quad band 3G as well as wifi, and shows up with the by now pretty stansard microSD, microUSB and HDMI ports. 

The Lifetab is expected to ship in Europe during Q4 2011, and pricing is rumoured to be €399 ($564) with no word on it's availability elsewhere in the world. Room for one more at the Honeycomb table?

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

Sony Tablet S slated for Sept. 16 US launch, priced at $499.99

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We've previously reported on launch schedules for Sony's Tablet S in Canada and the United Kingdom, but it now seems like the final piece in the puzzle is in place. The device has gone up for pre-order in the US with shipping dates "on or about" September 16, and prices starting at $499 for the 16GB version.

The date ties in with what we've already heard for Canadian and British customers and seems to indicate that Sony is going for a global launch on this one. Elsewhere, Amazon.com is also showing a shipping date of September 16.

Still no word on North American dates for the dual-screen Tablet P though, so if that's more your thing, the wait may be to be a bit longer.

Source: Sony 

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2 years ago

Acer Iconia a500 review

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What would you give up to pack more features into an Android tablet? Would you be willing to sacrifice thinness? Accept a little more weight, or a design that's not quite as svelte as another tablet?

That's the ring in which the Acer Iconia Tab A500 has found itself. On the one hand, it's done much to differentiate itself from other Android Honeycomb tablets, which thus far all have the same internals, by packing on the ports and offering an interesting user interface. But these added features mean tradeoffs. But while the Acer Iconia Tab A500 (henceforth the Iconia Tab) might not be the smallest or lightest Android tablet around, that doesn't mean it should be overlooked.

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