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3 years ago

AC on the Road: A couple days with GM, Chevy MyLink and a wealth of Android potential

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Image courtesy of General Motors and Wieck Media Services

General Motors wants you to use your phone in the car. No, really. And it's got a way for you to do so more easily. With the addition of MyLink system, using your Android smartphone in a vehicle has never been better -- and that means safer, as well.

A little background: We spent a couple quality days several weeks ago at GM's proving grounds in Milford, Mich. (Full disclosure: We were there on GM's dime.) On the agenda: A look at the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and, more important, its new Chevy MyLink "infotainment" system, which integrates damn near perfectly with Android. Plus, more from OnStar, and some eye candy in GM's wind tunnel and a quick spin around a test track, plus a test drive of a Chevy Volt.

But it was the 2013 Malibu and MyLink -- and the apps -- that were the stars of the show. Yes, the apps. Apps in the car, and apps on your phone. We explain after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Market gets another update, brings PIN locking, +1ing

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Another update to the Android Market is pushing out to your smartphone, and we're liking what we're seeing. There are a couple of new features you need to know about. The first is that you can now +1 apps from within the market on your phone. That's a good thing, and you should practice on this one. The other is that you can now set a PIN lock on market purchases. That means you'll have to enter a code any time you want to buy an app -- but it'll also keep someone else for charging things for you, too.

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3 years ago

Swype release new keyboard beta; version 3.25 brings new gestures, dictionary, more

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The uber-popular Swype keyboard just got a new beta version dropped on us, and it's a doozy. Version 3.25 brings new gestures -- like go from the Swype button to x to copy text -- plus shortcuts to Google Maps, Twitter and a personal dictionary.

Check out the demo video after the break, and hit the source link (if Swype's servers are up) for the download.

Source: beta.swype.com

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3 years ago

AT&T Samsung Impulse might be 4G ... but which kind of 4G?

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Now here's a conundrum. This Samsung Droid Charge lookalike apparently will be known as the Samsung Impulse 4G on AT&T. And BGR's opining that it could be AT&T's first LTE smartphone. And that could be. AT&T's first LTE modems just went on sale this week, and smartphones are next -- but we don't yet have a date.

AT&T's going to find itself in a pickle with this naming convention, though. You've got the likes of the Samsung Infuse 4G and Motorola Atrix 4G and HTC Inspire 4G -- all of which use that special little brand of "4G" that requires mentioning "HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul" whenever it's uttered. So what are we going to call AT&T's 4G phones when LTE devices finally do hit? How about 4G+? Or we could revert some to 4G-, we suppose. It makes the brain hurt.

Source: BGR

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3 years ago

What operating system will your next phone use?

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You might have heard of this thing called the iPhone 5 that's "coming soon.".  It's going to crush Android, just like the iPhone 4 was supposed to, or the iPhone on Verizon.  At least that's what the fruit flavored portions of the Internet keep telling me.  They even have a study to back it up -- earlier this month industry analyst Gene Munster surveyed a whopping 216 people in Minneapolis and found that 42 percent of Android users were planning to buy an iPhone. 

Now, Mr. Munster doesn't say where he polled all these people, it could have been at an Apple store or a Hot Topic right next to the Starbucks at the mall (same difference?).  Rather than guess at what these results mean we decided to run a poll of our own, at a place where we know there are lots and lots of Android users -- right here at Android Central.  The question is simple -- what OS will be on the next phone you buy.  Not a tablet.  Not an mp3 player.  Not a set top box.  Just your phone.  I'm betting our results will be a bit different than Mr. Munster's. 

Original survey and analysis: Business Insider

 

Which OS will be on the next phone you buy?

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3 years ago

ThinkPad on sale now through Lenovo, ships on Aug. 29

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The Lenovo ThinkPad, the 10.1 inch Honeycomb tablet we first met back in July, is now on sale through Lenovo.com, with an estimated ship date of Aug. 29. If you'll recall, the ThinkPad features a 1 GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB RAM, front and rear cameras, HDMI-out, a 3-in-1 SD card reader, and Gorilla Glass, along with the business-friendly security enhancements that Lenovo has come to be known for. The ThinkPad starts at $499 for the 16 GB, WiFi-only model, while the 32 GB and 64 GB models, both with WiFi and 3G support, clock in at $569 and $669 respectively. Hit the source link for the ThinkPad's official product page.

Source: Lenovo

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3 years ago

Microsoft tries to keep Motorola from importing phones it's no longer selling anyway

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Look at the list of Motorola smartphones that Microsoft has dragged out before the International Trade Commission in hopes of blocking future imports, and you can't help but chuckle. Oh, there are a couple of high-enders there -- the Droid X and Droid 2 -- but everything else is an also-ran -- the Charm, Cliq XT, Backflip and Devour. And considering most of them either have gone the way of the dinosaurs or have been replaced by sequels, well, let's just say they won't be missed.

At issue are patents covering functions "essential to the smartphone user experience." We'd argue that there was little on the likes of the Devour or Backflip that was ever essential to any experience (at least not a good one), but that's not quite the point, is it. Chances are Microsoft's looking to set a little precedent with this one.

Set your calendars for Nov. 4, folks, when we'll get some initial findings from the administrative law judge. And start prepping for March 5, 2012, when the investigation is set to conclude. We're on the edge of our seats.

Source: Bloomberg

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3 years ago

Android Game Review: Pocket God

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Pocket God, I'm not sure where to place you. You're definitely a well-made game, but your lack of purpose makes me feel powerless to accomplish anything. That's a sad irony, because Pocket God is all about making you feel powerful.

If there are any questions about what Pocket God is about, look no farther than the name. You're the big man on campus, with near unlimited powers and a whole civilization of pygmies to save (or destroy). Really, it's all up to you

There's various locales you can jump around using the map, each with its own special perks. Underwater, for example, you can create whirlpools to torture your pygmies or skewer them with a harpoon. In the graveyard, you can turn them into ghosts, zombies, or have them get eaten by a spider. There's a lot of little goodies slipped into Pocket God that you'll totally miss if you don't just try and touch everything.

The game settings are fairly thorough and unique to each location on the map. Most of the things you'll be looking to do (ghosts, zombies, etc.) are revealed to you through these settings because you can turn them on or off. For things like items, tapping the item "on" will drop one on the play area. These can range from baby T-Rex eggs to spears (to defend against said T-Rex).

The one issue I had with the actual game (besides wondering what I was supposed to do with it) was the consistent force closing. Maybe I just wanted to add some pygmies too quickly, but when I went to town on the + button, I force closed out. It didn't necessarily need to be spam-fast, either. Sometimes I'd take my time, sometimes I'd rush it, but despite the speed, I'd force out. Only niggle I had, but still irritating.

Pocket God still escapes me as far as Android games go. For what you can do, it's fun. I'm not a "microgamer" and I don't really geek out on hidden/endless minigames, so besides being able to zap pygmies with a lightning bolt, Pocket God didn't really do it for me. However, for those of you ready to try your own hand at being a supreme being, it's only 99 cents in the Market.

Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung releases new U.S. Galaxy S II teaser

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It's big, it's thin, and it's coming to the United States (finally). It is, of course, the Samsung Galaxy S II. We've got less than a week before the big event in New York (we'll be there, of course), where we should find out all the little tweaks the U.S. carriers have done this time.

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3 years ago

HTC domination, Why Vanilla Android? [From the Forums]

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Kicking off another week here at Android Central -- we're shaking off a bad case of the Mondays but rest assured, we have lots planned for the rest of the week. Join us here -- on the blogs or in the Android Central forums for more Android goodness headed your way this week!

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