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3 years ago

Android books worth checking out: Droids Made Simple and Android Fully Loaded

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If you're new to Android (or even an old pro) and are looking for some even more collections off how-tos, tips and tricks, we've got a couple books you should check out (in addition to Android Central, natch).

Droids Made Simple (Apress), by Gary Mazo, Martin Trautschold and Marziah Karch, is written for owners of the Droid, Droid 2/Global and Droid X and is full of screenshots and step-by-step instructions. It's available in eBook format for $17.49 or in hardcopy from Amazon for $24.99.

Android Fully Loaded (Wiley), by Rob Huddleston, is an instructional book for the entire Android platform, from camera use to music to e-mail. It's available for $24.99.

Full disclosure: Droids Made Simple and Android Fully Loaded were tech edited by our own Phil Nickinson, who also is Huddleston's long lost cousin. They're all still talking to Phil even after working with him.

See also: My Droid by Craig Johnston.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic Quadrant testing shows some impressive numbers

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What happens when you pile a bunch of people into a room and tell them to play with a just-announced Android device? Some folks will play with it and then quickly move along while others, will be bound and determined to test it out to the max and see what kind of limits can be reached.

The Motorola Droid Bionic shown above got put through its paces when tested via Quadrant installed on it sometime before or after our own hands on with it. While the Quadrant test isn't exactly the be all, end all of testing, the Droid Bionic did give off an impressive score of 2284 without Quadrant even being optimized as of yet to run on the device. You can hit the break and see a video of it running the test yourself. Thanks, lsramair, for sending this in!

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3 years ago

Samsung sells 10 million Galaxy S phones, successor to come at MWC

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According to the Korean-language Samsung website Samsung Tomorrow, Samsung is proudly announcing two things (as of Jan. 10).  They have sold over 10 million Galaxy S phones world wide, and they will be announcing a successor to the Galaxy S line this February at Mobile World Congress. 

The 10 million-sold figure makes Samsung the single most successful Android smartphone manufacturer to date, and they expect next year to be even better with a huge goal of 60 million smartphones.  Problems with translation prevent me from giving the full breakdown by continent, but the 10 million figure is plain as day, and we all expected this based on third-quarter sales and predictions.  Congratulations, Samsung!

A bit more interesting, is the Galaxy S successor, as Samsung is saying it will ship with Gingerbread, and be a dual core device.  This mirrors earlier leaks and rumors about the mystery HSPA+ flagship phone from last November.  We'll be on the ground at the next MWC just as we were at CES 2011, and it's only about a month away -- stay tuned! [Samsung Tomorrow (Korean)] Thanks Andy!

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3 years ago

HTC EVO Shift 4G on sale today

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If you've been waiting for the HTC EVO Shift 4G (see our hands-on), you can now purchase it at Sprint stores and online, as well as at Radio Shack, which actually started selling it a few days ago. Early reports are pretty positive about this phone. And while you're making your decision, be sure to check out our EVO Shift 4G forums! [Sprint, Radio Shack]

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3 years ago

Samsung Behold II running Android 2.2.1 courtesy of a custom ROM

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Looks like some folks out there just aren't ready to say goodbye to the Samsung Behold II. Just a few days ago we reported that Samsung had released the Android 1.6 source code for the device and now, we hear of folks building custom ROMs for the Behold II based off of Android 2.2.1. While it seems most things may still be broken within, the fact that it even boots is rather impressive in its own way. Long live the Samsung Behold II. Thanks Conan! [EBP]

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3 years ago

Gingerbread easter egg discovered

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Back in December when the Gingerbread SDK was released, some folks found an interesting file hidden deep within.  While we still don't claim to understand this level of artistic genius, at least we know why it was there.  Now if we only knew why it was there.  Check out the video and play along if you have the hardware. [XDA-Developers] Thanks James!

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3 years ago

WiFi only Xoom coming in April?

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Ever since the rumor mill first began surrounding Motorola's much anticipated Honeycomb tablet, we've been patiently impatiently waiting for it's release. Alas, this will be making a lot of you Xoom fans who don't want to be tied to a Verizon data plan happy. Motorola's Latin America GM told Argentinian-based Infobae that a WiFi only version of Motorola's Xoom Honeycomb-based tablet exists, and that we should expect it sometime in April. Now, keep in mind that this was confirmed by the Latin American division of Motorola, so we're hoping that this doesn't mean it'll only be available in Argentina in April, but it's good to hear that a WiFi only version is out there and Motorola intends on releasing it. [Infobae via Engaget]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson LiveView Watch Wrist-on

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Oh, the things you see on the show floor on your last day at CES. The Sony Ericsson LiveView watch isn't exactly new and breaking, but it's new to us and, well, it's frankly better than we expected. If you're not familiar, it's a Bluetooth watch that's meant to be a 'remote' to your Android smartphone (works best with Xperia, natch, but there is a compatibility list for other phones). If your phone in your pocket is just too far away, you can look at email, messages, calendar, caller ID, RSS, control your music, and more. It pairs up with an App on your 2.0-or-better Android phone where you can download additional plug-ins (there are 24 of them to date).

Navigation is a straightforward affair - tap the edges of the watch to scroll, hit the selector button on the edge to, erm, select. 

After the break, some more photos and a wrist-on video. (Yes, we bought one and are going to put it through its proper paces next week)

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3 years ago

Let's talk about all those device announcements - New device forums now open [from the forums]

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It's been a hectic week for us here at Android Central. But as we get prepared to wind down the full on CES 2011 coverage, we figured we'd take the time to round up a listing of all the new forums we've put in place as the devices were announced. If you're looking to learn more or just simply chat about any device in particular be sure to check em out.

Stay tuned, we'll be adding more to the mix and If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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