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3 years ago

Nexus S camera software sports macro mode

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As we slowly tear into everything new about the Nexus S and Gingerbread, we're sure to come across a slew of little things that add to Android. Macro mode with a decent camera is one of them. Sure, it's not a professional DSLR by any means, but these kind of small improvements add up -- eventually we might be able to replace that point and shoot camera with our phone.

While I'm not likely to win any awards for my awesome photography skills, being able to whip out my phone and do this sure is nice.  And the fact that it's baked into stock Android, and not dependent on a manufacturer's or carrier's value-added skin is icing on the cake.

So all you guys who picked up a Nexus S today (I know you're out there), take a break from hacking it and show off some pictures in the Nexus S forums.  We like looking at your pics as much as we like taking our own. 

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3 years ago

LG 'B' shows up wearing 4-inch IPS display

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Speaking of next-generation LG hardware, some pics and specs came out today of what's supposedly codenamed the LG B. Not a whole lot is said about it other than it's got a 4-inch screen -- and once of those newfangled IPS LCD screen like on the iPhone 4, at that. It's supposed to be bright as the sun (or something like that), outputting at 700 nits.

We'll toss a couple more specs that we happened to hear today: The name LG "Speed" was mentioned, as was a 1GHz processor and it weight 105 grams. Not a whole lot else to say, other than if we're talking about the same device, it's being shopped around some, in Europe, at least.

Anyhoo, LG definitely has more tricks up its sleeve. The best we can all do at this point is hope it comes to a carrier near us. [Phandroid, Android Central Fourms]

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3 years ago

LinkedIn for Android hits open beta

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LinkedIn has always served as a means of connecting business professionals to each other and finally, they have put out an Android version of their mobile application. Although only in beta for the time being, it is an open beta in which any LinkedIn user can get themselves into. The process is simple, just login to your LinkedIn account and apply for the LinkedIn for Android group. However, it does have a few caveats:

  • Your phone must be running Android 2.1 or higher to install the application
  • Your phone must support installing applications from sources other than the marketplace. [Ed. note: You AT&T folks can head to the Sideload Wonder Machine for help with that]

The UI is nice and simple and the app itself while basic still, provides you with most functions. You can view updates, check your connections and invitations and search through users. If you sign up, be sure to offer some feedback so the app can be improved upon. Thanks Obi! [WebProNews]

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3 years ago

Nexus S, more Nexus S and some LG Optimus 2X thoughts [from the forums]

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The day has arrived! The day where we get to open unwrap presents and.. Wait? What? My apologies, kinda feels like Christmas morning around the forums for some folks. It's Nexus S day and already we've been all over the place today with emotions. Even some slight disappointment  for some. Hit the forums with us as we walk through some of todays events.

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

Concrete Software announces the release of Aces Jewel Hunt for Android

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I've always been a fan of classic jewel swapping games. Yes, before Angry Birds I was addicted to Bejeweled and every other "bejeweled like" game. Over time though, you want more out of the simple jewel swapping games and want something added to them. This is where Concrete Software comes in. They've just announced that their popular Aces Jewel Hunt series is now available for Android devices in both paid and free versions. 

Rather than just giving you the basics, Aces Jewel Hunt brings some cool extras like optional in-game tutorials, multiple difficulty levels, and three different game types - classic, timed, and quick challenge. As well, adds online leaderboards and advanced stats tracking. If you enjoy games like this, be sure to check them out. Download link can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus S torn down: Touchscreen is flat, no hidden SD card

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Want to know what's inside a Nexus S?  It's not peanut butter or creamy nougat, but it's almost as good.  The folks over at iFixit put their screwdrivers on turbo mode and have the Nexus S in a few dozen pieces, here's some of what they found: 

  • Only the front glass panel is curved, the rest of the touchscreen components are flat as usual.
  • It's using the same low-power Broadcomm BCM4329GKUBG WiFi chip as the third generation iPod Touch.
  • The internal storage is a SanDisk SDIN4C2 16GB MLC NAND flash chip, so there's none of that soldered in SDcard monkey business we've seen with other recent devices.
  • The front facing camera (640x480) and the rear 5MP camera share the same connector and are essentially one unit.

There's more, and if you find this sort of thing fascinating (I feel you, I do, too) hit the source link and follow through the steps.  Screwdriver not included. [iFixit]

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3 years ago

Vlingo introduces ActionBar and integrates with KAYAK, Fandango and Open Table

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We're no strangers to the many uses of Vlingo around here and we love it when they email us lettings us know about all the new stuff they been working on. As described from within their press release, they've introduced a new feature with their latest release called Actionbar:

Vlingo will introduce a new feature called the “ActionBar,” that enables Android users to type or speak commands to do all of the things they would normally do with Vlingo.  Vlingo brings the same adaptation and predictive intelligence used for voice recognition to typed commands with the ActionBar, allowing users to initiate actions when it’s not as convenient speak to their phones – like on a noisy bus or quiet conference room.   In this release, Vlingo also has integrated with several consumer companies that will allow them to find available hotels, buy movie tickets and make dinner reservations - quickly, easily and safely.

Those companies referred to are KAYAK, Fandango and Open Table to be precise. The latest Vlingo Assistant is now available in the Android Market for devices 2.0 and above. Download and a video of the new offers is after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus S rooted (to nobody's surprise)

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It's of little surprise that the Nexus S has been rooted and already has Clockworkmod recovery installed, which is what you see above. Just as we predicted, custom ROMs are right around the corner, folks. If you need help getting started, we've got bootloader and fastboot info in our Nexus S forums. [@Clockworkmod, Nexus S Forums]

Update: Rooting instructions can be found here.

Update #2: If you're having an issue with those instructions (many are) have a look here for the old fashioned way to get rooted

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3 years ago

comiXology announces beta release of Android app -- Get comics on the go!

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For some of us, the days of actually heading on down to the comic store and grabbing the latest edition of Spider-Man are long over. But, that doesn't really mean you have to stop reading comics by any means. Luckily for those of you out there who still enjoy reading comics, they've kept pace with the technology of today. A new app to the Android Market makes it easier then ever to get your comics on the go and read them whenever you do so wish.

Comics by comiXology has been available for quite some time on other platforms but, this is the first time its been made available on Android. The online store offers a wide variety of comic vendors to purchase from including Archie Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, DC.  So yes, Spiderman, Transformers, Star Wars and more are all covered. Also, any comics you purchase through the app are available for online reading as well. Be sure to check the app out if you're a comic fan. Download link can be found after the break. [comiXology]

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3 years ago

How to unlock the Nexus S bootloader

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Excellent news, folks. The bootloader on the Samsung Nexus S (watch our hands-on video) can be unlocked just as the Nexus One's was. Gandalf44 in the Android Central Forums reminds us of the instructions:

  1. Shutdown the phone
  2. Hold down volume up + power
  3. Now you are in the standard recovery mode
  4. Assuming you have 2.3 SDK installed with fastboot (Google around for that info..), now on terminal/windows or Windows cmd depending on OS type "fastboot devices" to check your device can be seem via USB
  5. Assuming you device is seen via fastboot devices, now type "fastboot oem unlock"
  6. Accept ... and new bootloader is unlocked...

Why would you want to unlock the bootloader? You need access to install a custom recovery. And you need a custom recovery to install custom ROMs. And you need custom ROMs because, well, you just do. Trust us. So this is very good news indeed. If we don't see custom ROMs by the end of the day, somebody's slacking. :p More in the Nexus S forums!

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