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3 years ago

Snaptic Developer conference open for registration

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Calling all developers: The Snaptic Developer Conference is looking for a few good coders for a May 27 event in San Francisco. The agenda includes:

  • Interactive sessions with amazing speakers
  • Android: Intents, tools, stats, users, tips and happiness
  • Hands-on help from the Snaptic Team and other experts
  • Meet innovators in tech and cool developers like you!

Register now and get more info at Snaptic.com.

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3 years ago

LiSeng Vbook Emerges as ... another Android E-Reader

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We all know that E-Readers have grown in popularity over the past couple of months, and we have seen a wide variety of them, most of them rather non pocket friendly, much like that iPad thing. The LiSeng Vbook offers you two 5-inch screens, one E-ink and one 800x600 touchscreen that will be running Android 1.6. While still on the small side in form factor, the device will offer 128MB of RAM, 2GB of flash storage, and even offer Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, pricing and a timeframe of release of this unit still remain unknown, but hopefully now that we have seen this much, we will continue to see more about this unit. [Engadget via Engadget Chinese]

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3 years ago

Quick poll: Sense or no Sense?

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So I'm going through all of your questions about the Verizon Droid Incredible, and a good number of you are asking about being able to disable Sense on the phone. Quick show of hands: Who prefers what? (And have you even used the new Sense yet?)

Do you prefer the new Sense UI or stock Android?online surveys

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3 years ago

Sirius XM working on an Android app

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Oh, happy day. Almost. Sirius XM is working on an Android application for its satellite radio service. And while I enjoy Internet radio as much as the next guy, I needs me some satellite radio, too. Sirius XM has a signup page to alert you when the app's ready. Yep, they've got my e-mail now. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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3 years ago

Android-powered Barnes & Noble Nook gets browser, games, 'Read in Store'

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Barnes & Noble's Nook Android-powered e-reader just got itself another update. Here's what's new in version 1.3:

  • Read in Store: Just like it sounds, it gives you access to entire books while you're at a Barnes & Noble store.
  • Sudoku and chess.
  • The Daily: Kind of a daily BN news hub, letting you know about new content.
  • Browser: Still in beta, but it gives you basic web access (sans Flash and Java).
  • Better WiFi hotspot access.

A decent update, indeed. Check out more at Barnes & Noble, as well as manual download instructions. [Barnes & Noble]

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3 years ago

WiFi 802.11n kinda sorta working on the Nexus One

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mentioned on Twitter yesterday that uber-cookers extraordinaire Cyanogen and Kmobs had gotten the 802.11n version of WiFi (think the fastest you can get right now) up and running on the Google Nexus One -- notable because 802.11n initially was listed as a spec on the N1 but was later redacted. Above you see Kmobs' blurry video proof, and we've done some testing on our own and can confirm. Let's hope we see this in a new CyanogenMod build soonest (and hope that our battery life doesn't take a huge hit because of it).

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3 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 9

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Audio-only stream below

We're back to our regularly scheduled podcast (already in progress), just in time for some major Dell leakage and a whole bunch of your e-mails. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Quick App - Sobees twitter client

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Twitter, like Android, is exploding.  The latest entry into the Android twitterverse is from sobees.  Many of you might already be familiar with Sobees desktop and web apps, but their application for Android is all new. 

Follow after the break for a video and my impressions of the new Sobees twitter application.

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3 years ago

HTC-Palm deal off the table, and is HTC still planning to build own OS?

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Bloomberg reports that HTC is looking into developing their own mobile operating system. According to HTC CFO, Cheng Hui-ming:

“We continue to assess, but that requires a few conditions to justify"

An HTC device that combines their typically excellent hardware with HTC developed software seems like the logical endgame for HTC. Heck, they've already put their own Sense UI on top of many Android phones and have even tinkered Sense to fit Windows Mobile. On those devices, the HTC Sense experience shines as much as the original operating system. Building a true smartphone operating system (we're not counting that dumbphone) could be taken as another step in a direction they were already heading.

However, given HTC's strong relationship with both Google and Microsoft and the increasingly competitive smartphone market, this is far from a sure thing. HTC has proven itself successful with its current business model and the company has become the talk of the town. Unless they're really unhappy with the state of Android and Windows Mobile, we just can't see it happening. Or they can just buy Palm. Or not, apparently, as Reuters says today that the deal is off.

And though it's an exciting proposition if HTC does decide to go head-on in software, we don't want them to ever leave Android. Don't do it HTC.

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3 years ago

Archos 7 Home Tablet available for pre-order in the U.S., semi-cheap

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As reported before, the Android-powered Archos 7 Home Tablet isn't the most powerful device in its category, however, it's shaping up as a great value for what it can offer.  I suppose Dell, HTC and Google are talking about the devices you want but Archos isn't like them, oh no, they are allowing you to pre-order this tablet for the budget friendly price of $199.99 over at Amazon.  I wouldn't get upset over the reported spec of 13-plus-pounds, the last time I checked this guy was sitting pretty at under a pound.  If you're itching for some 720p HD playback in a sweet Android package, this guy is a fair steal. [Amazon via Pocketables.net]

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