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3 years ago

B&N doubles number of apps in Nook app market

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Barnes and Noble, in a press release issued today, announced it has doubled the number of apps available to users in the Nook app catalog.  Popular cross-platforms applications like Evernote, Seesmic and Fandango are part of the new editions, and have been well received by Nook Color users.  In addition to the new applications, 15 of the first ever interactive Disney titles and over 50 of the popular "I Can Read" series titles have been added to the tablet/eReader's store, as well as full color versions of New York magazine and Motor Trend.

They also clue us in on an interesting bit of their market data.  The top five paid applications downloaded from the Nook app store are: Angry Birds, Astraware Mahjong, Quickoffice Pro, Drawing Pad and Aces Jewel Hunt.  The top free apps are: Fliq Calendar, Fliq Notes, Pulse News, NOOK Word of the Day and Fliq Tasks.  Approximately half of NOOK Apps are $2.99 or less and the vast majority are priced at $5.99 or less.

Of course, more than a few of you reading this have done a little wizardry and have the Android Market on your Nook Color, but seeing the growth of the native applications and the B&N market is great news.  It doesn't look like the Nook is losing steam any time soon.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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3 years ago

Android 2.3 Gingerbread now available for the Telus HTC Desire HD

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A pleasant surprise has just popped up on my Telus HTC Desire HD -- Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The update itself comes in at 99.68MB and while it's not going to bring Sense 3.0 to the Desire HD it's still nice to see HTC keep their word and roll it out to customers. If you're rooted, or running a custom ROM you may need to return back to stock in order to get it up running but after that it's as simple as just checking for system updates under your settings menu. If you're looking for the manual download link, look below.

Download: Gingerbread for Telus Desire HD;
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Archos announces Android-based Home Smart Phone, Home Connect

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Internet radio/video device, DECT phone hit in September

In addition to its new Android tablets, Archos today announced two new Android devices for home use -- the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone, and the Archos 35 Home Connect web radio.

The Archos 35 Home Connect basically is an Android device for streaming music wirelessly anywhere. It sports an alarm clock, weather, traffic and news, Android applications, video calling and has access to more than 50,000 streaming radio stations.

The Archos 35 Smart Phone Phone combines a DECT phone and smartphone. Using any ADSL box or phone line and using standard DECT (think VOIP) protocols, it brings the power of an Android smartphone into your phone -- including full Web support.

The Archos 35 Home Connect is expected to be available in September for $149; the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone is expected in September as well for $149.

More: Press release

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3 years ago

Archos announces pair of G9 Android Honeycomb tablets

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8-inch costs just $279; 10.1-incher is $349 

 

Archos today announced a pair of new (and relatively affordable) Honeycomb tablets -- the Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9. Both feature Android 3.1, a dual-core OMAP 4 processor running at 1.5GHz, and a 250GB Seagate hard drive.

The Archos 80 G9 -- which runs just $279 -- is an 8-inch device with a 1024x768 resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio. The Archos 101 G9 -- $retailing at just $349 -- sports a 10.1-inch screen and a 1280x800 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio.

In addition, both tablets can take advantage of Archos' new 3G stick -- a USB stick that, for an extra $49 turns the Wifi tablets into pay-as-you-go 3G devices.

The Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9 will be available at the end of September and will be featured at the IFA conference earlier in the month in Berlin.

More: Press release

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3 years ago

Don't want that bloatware on your EVO 3D? Simply uninstall them, no root required

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Shocking, we know, but it appears as though Sprint and/or HTC have gone a step above with the EVO 3D and made it really easy to remove extra -- without requiring the device to be rooted.

Folks are reporting in our forums that all you have to do is go to your application list, (settings then applications) and then simply uninstall it as you would any other application that you downloaded or installed. The only application you're not able to delete is Sprint ID. But, hey, compared to being stuck with all the rest, that isn't so bad. So, what are you waiting for, get to removing, and let us know how it goes in the forums!

Source: Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Exchange Rates

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Summer means travel, and for some you, that means crossing borders (or oceans!) to new and exotic lands. One of the things you're going to want to have in order before you leave (besides hoping you don't get picked for the special search at the airport) is how your native currency stacks up against wherever you're going. That's where Exchange Rates comes in.

Exchange Rates, at its core, is a simple currency conversion calculator. You choose what your native or main currency is, and by tapping on it, can choose what amount you want to see exchange rates for. By default, it's set to USD and $100, but changing either of those isn't an issue.

You can also add other country's currencies to your hotlist by choosing "Add Currency" from the app's menu. Doing so brings up a list of, what I assume, is every country in the world (and their respective currency). Simply tap on the country you want and it gets added to the bottom of your list.

If the order on your list isn't to your liking, long-pressing brings up another menu that has the options to move the item higher or lower on your list. This menu is also where you're given the option to choose something else as your base currency, enter an amount on the selected rate, or view a chart of how it compares to your base currency.

If you're a fact nut, the same long-press menu also can direct you to a Wikipedia article all about the currency you're looking at.

Exchange Rates is a really stellar app, regardless if you're a frequent international traveler or only cross borders infrequently. It's free to download, but despite that, it isn't cluttered up with ads. There is a donate version available on the Market, if you want to support the developer, but fortunately you're not obligated to just to unleash the full power of this app.

Download links and screenshots are after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC ChaCha rumored to hit AT&T as the 'Status'

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According to unnamed sources, the HTC ChaCha may land on AT&T as the "Status." You know, like your Facebook status, seeing as how this is a "Facebook phone." Here's how we see that playing out:

Operator: "Thank you for calling AT&T. How may I help you?"

Customer: "Hi. I wanted to check on the status of my HTC Status order." 

Operator: "Sure. I'll be happy to help you. Which HTC phone are you asking about?"

Customer: "The Status. The HTC Status."

Operator: "Sir, I'll need to know which HTC phone you want to know the status on. There are a lot of them."

Customer: "The phone's called the 'Status.' "

Operator: "Oh, you want to know the phone's call status? That's easy. Open the dialer and ..."

Yep. That's definitely better than ChaCha.

Source: BGR

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3 years ago

Gameloft games added to Android Market, despite Amazon Appstore claims

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It looks like Gameloft has been adding some games in the Android Market recently. The company is known for having some great mobile games, but restricitng their purchases through their own online store. But in a recent interview with Reuters, Gameloft's Chief Executive Michel Guillemot said that the company is looking to bring their games to the Amazon Appstore.

"The Amazon ecosystem is controlled where we don't find too many pirated version of our games or malware games, so for the consumers, it will be a safer place to come and get applications."

Since that interview, the company has released two new games in the Android Market: Order & Chaos Online and N.O.V.A. 2 HD. As for the Amazon Appstore, there is only one game present. This isn't the first time Gameloft has played around with their distribution model either. Gameloft makes some pretty good games for Android, and we love playing them, but we're just wondering when they're going to make them all available in one place. Where do you guys want to buy your Android games? Android Market, Amazon Appstore, or developer website? Let us know in the comments!

Download: Nova 2, Order & Chaos; Thanks for the tip, mrspock2002!

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3 years ago

Hulu Plus arrives in the Android Market, only available for select phones initially

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It's been quite a while since Hulu initially announced they'd be bringing Hulu Plus to Android. That wait is now finally over -- for some users that is. In order to make use of Hulu for Android you have to have one of the only six devices that are currently compatible. As noted on the Hulu blog:

With the first phase of the Android rollout, Hulu Plus is available on six phones, including the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix. We expect to add to the number of Android smartphones and will be making additional device announcements throughout the year.

Limited support starting off with further devices being added later on. Sounds familiar right? Netflix chose this route and truth be told -- that didn't really work so well considering it's up and running on various devices in unauthorized form. If you're looking to get in on Hulu now and have a supported device you can jump on past the break for download. You'll get a free one-week trial and after that it'll be $7.99.

Source: Hulu

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G bootloader reportedly will be unlocked with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update

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Being a Motorola Arix 4G owner just got a whole lot more exciting. According to the latest news, when the Motorola Atrix gets updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread net month that update will also be bringing along for the ride an unlocked bootloader. Early builds of Android 2.3 allowed for bootloader unlocking through the "fastboot oem unlock" command. And it's apparently also been confirmed that Chinese versions of Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Atrix allow unlocking of the bootloader. 

We're hoping this unlocking will happen for all Atrix owners and not be limited to certain carriers -- given the out cry from users already letting Motorola know how they feel, we can't see that happening but you never know. Either way, developers may soon be creating some real custom ROM's and kernels for the Motorola Atrix and that's something we can all appreciate.

Source: BriefMobile

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