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3 years ago

Sprint lights up high-speed 4G Wimax in San Francisco

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For all you folks living in the Bay Area, take heed: Sprint has officially flipped the switch on its 4G Wimax data in San Francisco. That means if you have an HTC Evo 4G, Samsung Epic 4G or one of them newfangled Overdrive devices, it's time to turn on your 4G radio and get to high-speed downloadin'. And we're not just talking downtown -- you've also got signal in San Jose, Palo Alto and Oakland. So fire up that smartphone, look your frustrated iPhone friends in the eye and show 'em how it's done. Full presser's after the break. [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Updated Music app leaked -- shows off awesome UI overhaul

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One aspect of Android that has remained nearly untouched since 1.0 is its music player.  Some would say Android's UI as a whole could use some polishing, but when it comes to the stock music player, I couldn't agree more.

You may recall Google's introduction of new features added to the Music app during this year's Google IO.  Although none of those features are present in this leaked 3.0 version, one enhancement is quite obvious -- a very welcomed UI change.  It's clean, colorful, and just looks great on the screen.

The leaked APK is a bit buggy, but it does work (kinda).  The playback is a bit choppy at times, and force closes weren't absent.  But it offers a pleasing look at the new UI enhancements.  If this is where Android's UI is going in future versions -- I dig it.

If you want to get your hands on the leaked Music 3.0 app, head over to the source link and give it a spin.  Not up for it? Check out the video after the break [XDA Developers via Engadget]

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3 years ago

VLC Media player set to arrive on Android early 2011

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The multitude of VLC compatible apps already in the Android Market is pretty amazing. The fact those apps exist at the level in which they do already shows there is demand for VLC to be on Android. Yes it's true, some most are just remote apps but that shows people use VLC enough to even care. Now, the news comes that VLC will be releasing an Android App come early 2011.

According to sources, the developers have been hard at work on VLC for Android for months now but have been thus far defeated by its Java system limitations. The improvements made within Gingerbread and the Android NDK now allows development to chug on with no issues but, what does that mean for device not currently running gingerbread?  The only thing I can really say is, while the idea of VLC on Android seems great, the iOS launch was plagued with bugs and well, never really gave that "It's VLC it'll play a pop tart if I tell it to" feel. While it is working better now, I'd be just as happy waiting longer for the Android version so that it can be fully baked. [GigaOM]

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3 years ago

Secret Sony Ericsson device photographed by another secret SE device

Leaked images of unannounced devices aren't uncommon, but they always seem to make waves in the blogosphere.  But the waves are a little higher when an unannounced device is caught on camera by another secret device.  Speculation suggests the handset we're seeing here is the Sony Ericsson Hallon -- a yet-to-be announced device toting Gingerbread and front-and-rear cameras.

The device responsible for capturing these images is believed to be the Sony Ericsson Anzu -- which is rumored to be the successor to the Xperia X10.  Formerly referred to as the X12, the Sony Ericsson Anzu is said to have a 12-megapixel camera.  However, the resolution of the images that appeared on Picasa were 8-megapixels.  So either these shots weren't shot at maximum resolution, or Sony Ericsson went with a lower-spec camera.  And for all we know, these images could have been captured with a completely different device altogether.

Check out another image of the SE Hallon after the break.  [Blog of Mobile!! via TechRadar]

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3 years ago

Angry Frogs seems just a wee bit familiar

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Let's see how long this one stays in the Market, beta or not. Thanks, Shiwy!

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3 years ago

SoundHound now offering free, unlimited music recognition

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SoundHound, one of a few music identification services out there has announced it will now be providing free, unlimited music IDs from here on out. The application is still supported by ads so if you're looking to get rid of those, they do still offer an upgrade without them as well as a few other features. But if you don't mind the ads all that much you are more then welcome to continue using the free version in it's newly founded unlimited fashion. So next time you're stuck on needing to know that tune, you know where to turn. Hit the break for the download link. [via UberGizmo]

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3 years ago

Thunderbolt talk, Slow device charging, contests and more [from the forums]

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Yes, we're all still recovering from the Holiday cheer we had and it's not all over quite yet. We still have to make it into the new year but getting there and what comes after will be a blast. If you're still celebrating your new Android goodies ya got for the Holidays join us in the forums, why don't ya?

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

HTC Thunderbolt 4G gets another sign-up page ahead of CES announcement

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Ah ha! Eagle-eyed commenter rabaker07 deduced that the URL from the HTC Thunderbolt 4G (that's the name we're using today, anyway) advertisement we showed you yesterday was a little off. (Hey, not our fault.) Plug in a quick "us" into the URL, and you get an e-mail signup page that has the caped phone and the "first to 4G, again" slogan. Just a week and a half to go, folks, and we'll get the lowdown. [HTC]

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3 years ago

Logitech says 'all is well' with Revue (which happens to be out of stock)

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Logitech's Ashish Arora, VP and general manager of the big L's Digital Home Group, this afternoon addressed the rumors that Google had asked for Google TV devices to not be shipped while they work on an software update to address a number of feature deficiencies. Says Arora:

Those familiar with our product know that we don’t need to modify the Logitech Revue box to deliver software enhancements. Each of our customers will receive periodic over-the-air updates whenever Google and Logitech release changes to the Google TV platform. Logitech Revue boxes purchased at launch in October, as a holiday gift in December or to follow basketball in the spring, will all be the same and will all benefit from the same software updates.

Logitech and Google continue to have a collaborative, effective working relationship as we listen to consumer feedback and work together on enhancements to the Google TV platform. We at Logitech are enthusiastic about Google TV and our role in bringing this new platform to U.S. consumers.

All true. The Revue set-top box is updated just like any other Android device. (In fact, the update looks exactly like any other Android device.) But we couldn't help but notice that there's really nothing in there (or the two other paragraphs we didn't quote) that addresses whether Google asked (or told) Logitech to not ship Revues while the software situation's sorted out. We agree that to do so might be a tad over the top. While the entire Google TV experience still has a lot of room to grow (read into that what you will), there's still plenty of functionality that can be had out of the box.

So the question remains: Did Google pressure Logitech and others to halt shipping in favor of an update? Possible. And the Revue currently is out of stock. We're not sure how long it's been unavailable. Could be that it's simply sold out, could be otherwise.

Arora closes with "After a brief holiday break, Logitech’s Revue team will be heading to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, where we look forward to demonstrating how Google TV is transforming the TV-watching experience." We'll be there, too, and we'll see if there's anything new going on. [Logitech]

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3 years ago

Samsung Vibrant and Fascinate Froyo available in Canada - for real

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Post sounds familiar right? Well, this time it's for real and we're guessing the files won't get pulled down a second time around. Samsung has decided to give folks in Canada some finalized Froyo love on their Samsung Vibrants and Fascinates. If you've not already upgraded your device now would be a good time to do so. However, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the fact that we've heard of Samsung customer support representatives still suggesting against the update.

Maybe they never got the memo about it being ok? Has anyone else called Samsung only to be advised not to do the update? Let us know in the comments if you've been advised against updating. With that disclosure out of the way if you're willing to try it out, you can find the files available on the Samsung website. In the meantime, we're gonna give Samsung a call and see what we get advised to do. [Samsung via Engadget]

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