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3 years ago

Bolt browser enters second beta round -- we've got your download codes!

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The venerable Bolt browser has reached its second beta. And just as before, they want your help in testing. A few noticeable changes this time around are adaptive video streaming, UI fixes for a smoother experience, and a social tab that currently points to Facebook.

Want to get in on the beta? We've got you covered.

  1. Just head to the Bolt beta signup.
  2. Enter your name, e-mail address and use the code andcentral. (Note it's not androidcentral. Just andcentral.)
  3. Check your e-mail, which will contain the apk link.

There you go. Happy beta testing!

More at boltbrowser.com/android

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3 years ago

Rumors suggest HTC's Runnymede and Bliss may launch as 'Bass' and 'Rhyme'

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We may be about to see two new Android devices from HTC, if there's anything to the latest batch of online rumors. First off, the HTC Runnymede -- reportedly a 4.7-inch device with Beats Audio support and a 1.5 GHz CPU -- is to ship as the HTC Bass, according to a listing on the website of British retailer Handtec.

There's no way of verifying this, but it suddenly makes a bit more sense when considered alongside today's second rumor. German HTC fan-site HTCInside is reporting that the heavily-leaked HTC Bliss will be sold under the name 'HTC Rhyme'. Leaked press shots obtained by the site seem to confirm that it'll ship with the minimalistic version of HTC Sense that we first saw in an earlier leak a few weeks ago.

A closer look at these leaked images might suggest that we'll see more of both devices sooner rather than later. The clock widget in the 'Rhyme' shot shows the date Sept. 20, while the 'Bass' shows Oct. 4. Maybe we're reading a bit too much into that, though.

Still very much rumor territory for now, folks. We'll keep you apprised if anything more substantial crops up.

Source: Handtec, HTCInside; via: TIMN

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3 years ago

Google launches new developer site, kicks it off with the Google+ API

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Google has launched a new developer portal where it can share news about events and updates, as well as offer examples and use cases for developers of all their products -- including Android.  To get things started, Google just released the Google+ API and has shared a couple methods to retrieve public data from Google+.  Initially, the API will only collect public data, which should alleviate any privacy concerns and give the folks in Mountain View some time to get a secure method worked out for data that isn't shared with the world.

You might be asking what all this API mumbo jumbo means for you and I.  Think of it as  code that developers can use in their programs, across various platforms like Windows, Mac OS, Android, even ChromeOS.  They can plug this code into their programs and collect data and display it however they like.  This means the third-party applications, like Twitter clients, will be able to hook into Google+ like they currently can with Twitter or Facebook.  As we've seen so far with Google+ itself, this will take some time to get a viable solution worked out; one that addresses users privacy, yet makes things easy for web and mobile developers to use.  We're looking forward to see how this all develops, and of course to see what enterprising developers can come up with.  For more information, visit the links below.

Google Developers; Google+ API. Via +Reto Meier

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3 years ago

Using PlayOn and PlayLater to take your recorded content on the go

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A daily struggle that many of us face is finding the time to keep up with our favorite shows, not everyone has the time to sit down and catch up, and want to take it on the go with them. We caught up with the creators of PlayOn and PlayLater and they showed us how you can achieve just this, and how they hope to improve on it in the near future. Unfortunately the work around shown above will run you two separate $4.99 subscriptions, but once they launch their PlayLater application for Android you can knock off one of those, running you only $4.99 to be able to take your recordings on the go. Check out the video above for a preview, and be sure to stay tuned for future updates. Download links available after the break.

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3 years ago

TELUS lists the 4G Samsung Galaxy S II X as coming soon

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And here we thought Sprint's naming of its Galaxy S II (Epic 4G Touch) was bad, TELUS has now put up its "coming soon" page for the device formerly known as the Samsung Hercules. Get this -- the 4G Samsung Galaxy S II X-- will be its go-to-market name for their variation of the Samsung Galaxy S II and it will bring along with it a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, although TELUS hasn't mention which processor it's using. No pricing details have been made available as of yet but, we're that those will either leak or be along shortly.

Source: TELUS Thanks, Shaner!

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3 years ago

Archos G9 Honeycomb tablets coming Sept. 20, from $299

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Following up on their introduction of the G9 range of Honeycomb tablets back in June (see our hands-on) , Archos has announced that the devices will be available starting September 20. The big news is that the starting price point for these comes in at just $299, the first manufacturer to go under $300. 

For that you get the 8-inch Archos 80 8GB packing an OMAP 4 ARM Cortex A9 dual core processor at 1GHz, Android 3.2, and unlike previous Archos devices these come fully loaded with the official Android Market. 

Pushing on a bit further, the Archos G9 "Turbo" devices will begin to appear later on in the month. These push the OMAP 4 up to a pretty hefty 1.5GHz and will be appearing for sale from September 30. These include the 16GB and 250GB variants of the 80, and the 16GB and 250GB big brothers to the 80, the 10 inch Archos 101. All but the 250GB 101 come in at under $400, which is pretty competitive pricing. 

Check out our hands on with the devices back at the launch event after the jump.

Source: Businesswire

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3 years ago

HTC Sensation XE coming to O2 UK later this year

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O2 UK has let it be known that HTC's soon to be released Sensation XE, with Beats Audio support, will be launching on its network before the year's end. Writing on the carrier's official Twitter feed, an O2 rep said: "Liking the look & listen of the HTC Sensation XE - it's coming to O2 later this year!"

The Sensation XE is a re-vamped version of HTC's current flagship, with a faster 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and a larger battery, alongside the aforementioned Beats support. Yesterday Phones4U revealed that it'll have a short period of exclusivity on the Sensation XE in the UK, starting on October 1. O2, however, isn't offering any release dates or pricing details for the device just yet.

Source: @O2

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3 years ago

Verizon's Galaxy Tab 10.1 getting a minor update

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Verizon's LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is getting a nice little update. Here's what's new:

  • Enhanced data connectivity
  • Notified if roaming
  • Reply/reply all fixed in Exchange.
  • Fixed Exchange syncing
  • Fixed characters in Exchange mail
  • Updating Exchange password also updates security settings
  • Not detectable on Mac OS.
  • SIM ID now in About screen
  • IMEI added to About screen.

Head into the software update section to pull it down.

Source: Verizon (pdf); Thanks, G!

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3 years ago

AT&T launching its LTE network Sunday in 5 cities

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AT&T is throwing the switch on its LTE network this Sunday, according to CFO John Stephens. Only five cities -- Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio -- will be live at launch, but the carrier expects to triple that by the end of the year. (You can ignore the 70 million number that gets thrown around with that expansion -- that's total population for the markets, not actually how many people will be using AT&T's LTE.)

We still don't have any LTE-capable Android smartphones (AT&T says we should by the end of the year, and the HTC Holiday may be among them), but the overpriced HTC Jetstream Honeycomb tablet can.

Source: Fierce Wireless

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3 years ago

PlayStation Suite SDK to be offered from November, new games from spring 2012

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Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that it'll be releasing a software development kit for its PlayStation Suite starting this November, with the newly-created games becoming available from spring 2012. Using Microsoft's C# programming language, the PS Suite SDK will allow developers to create games for PlayStation-certified Android devices, as well as the upcoming PlayStation Vita console.

Sony adds that its looking to "further accelerate the expansion of PS certified devices" in the future. Right now the PlayStation Suite is only available on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, however Sony's new Tablet S and Tablet P are to launch with the service in the weeks ahead.

The full press release from Sony can be found after the jump.

Source: SCEI

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3 years ago

Pre-orders begin at Best Buy for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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If the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was not for you, and you have been holding out for the 8.9-inch version you will be happy to know that Best Buy has begun the pre-order process for the device. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, which we have gone hands on with, packs a dual-core 1GHz processor, a 1200x800 WXGA display and tons of other goodies under the hood. The 16GB version is showing a price tag of $469, while the 32GB sits at $569, and Best Buy is stating that they will be shipping between Sept. 25 and Sept. 30. Will you be picking one of these up? Let us know in the forums!

Source: Best Buy;
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Verizon and FuzeBox announce Fuze Meeting for the Business Solutions Alliance program

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Verizon has just announced that they have partnered with FuzeBox, and will be featuring Fuze Meeting as part of the BSA (Business Solutions Alliance) program.  If you're unfamiliar with Fuze Meeting, it's an online collaboration tool that provides virtual meetings via computers, tablets, and smartphones.  As Michael Toto, director, Enterprise and Government Partnerships at Verizon Wireless says:

As tablets and mobile devices continue to advance their capabilities and get adopted as de facto tools in the business environment, video collaboration is becoming mainstream for diagnostics, analysis, transactions and many other drivers that companies rely on. FuzeBox is delivering a perfect meeting place for the two technologies, offering high-quality, user-friendly solutions to a wide range of industries and customers, and the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network ties them all together.

And he's right.  With new high-speed cellular data networks come great ways to be even more productive on connected devices.  With rising fuel and travel costs, many businesses have turned to online meetings instead of flying folks cross-country to work together.  Here at Android Central, we conduct most of our internal business this way, and it's high time that mobile gets in on the action.

Be aware though, this isn't a tool for the average consumer.  A quick look at the Fuze Meeting pricing page shows that this tech doesn't come cheaply.  But it's still far more cost effective than the alternative, and should be a heavy hitter for Verizon's BSA.  We have the full press release after the break, and you can learn more at the link below.

Fuze Meeting

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3 years ago

Boost Mobile gets the Samsung Transform Ultra, adds $5 a month to its Android plans

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Boost Mobile's getting an update of an old Sprint favorite when the Samsung Transform Ultra lands on Oct. 7 on Boost's website. It'll run $229, plus tax.

Specs include:

  • Android 2.3
  • 1GHz processor
  • Touchscreen (nobody's saying how big)
  • Full QWERTY Keypad
  • 3MP rear camera with video
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi®, GPS and Wireless Web enabled
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Easy access to Gmail™ and Google Talk™
  • Bluetooth® capable
  • Speakerphone with voice-activated dialing
  • Supports microSD® cards up to 32GB (2GB card included)
  • Voice mail, caller ID, call waiting and three-way calling

Boost is also tweaking its data plans. Starting Oct. 6, it will add an additional $5 monthly charge for unlimited data and messaging services offered on Android-powered devices. Current Monthly Unlimited customers get to keep their plans until they upgrade their phone.

Check out the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Xperia Active gets UK price and potential release date

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We were really impressed with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active when we had a first hands on with the device last week. All that was missing was a launch date less vague than "later this month." Now it seems that at least one British retailer has the device up for pre-sale. 

Play.com are listing the Active at £239.99 ($390) SIM free and unlocked with a release date of September 30. 

Remember too that for the money you get similar specs to the Xperia Arc, 2.3.4 out of the box, and a phone that you can drop in your beer on a Friday night at the bar and still use to call for a taxi home. 

If you've not already seen it, check out our hands on with the Xperia Active from the launch party in London. 

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3 years ago

Google picks up another 1,023 patents from IBM

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The patent arms race continues as Google purchased 1,023 patents from IBM in August. The patents run the gamut from hardware to software. As SEO by the Sea points out, some relate to Java, others to networking, and others to search. It's tough to tell whether we're looking at an offensive or defensive purchase here (and that all depends on whom might have already licensed those patents, or if they'll need to in the future). And, so, the game goes on.

Source: USPTO; via SEO by the Sea, Bloomberg

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