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2 years ago

Androidland - The world's first Android store in Melbourne

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If you've ever looked at some of our past coverage of trade shows, you no doubt noticed that when Google is in attendance -- they like to do things big. They bring lots of phones to put on display, have plenty of Android gear around and its always a very hands-on experience,

Telstra in Australia has now taken some of that tradeshow feeling and turned into a retail experience with the launch of the worlds first Android store in Melbourne. After having worked with Google and various other partners such as HTC, Motorola, Sony Ericsson & Samsung to create Androidland, Telstra is planning to keep the 154 square metre store open for the next 6 months and beyond, depending on customer benefit.

Customers are welcome to come play Angry Birds on a big screen TV and more importantly go hands-on with the devices they could potentially be purchasing and get in-store help Telstra representatives. What do you guys think? Pretty Awesome right?

Source: AusDroid

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2 years ago

Carrier IQ, in a new press release, reminds us it works for the carriers

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Carrier IQ has issued a new press release defending its business and reminding us all that it works not unilaterally, but for the operator -- the carrier. The nut:

Carrier IQ acts as an agent for the Operators. Each implementation is different and the diagnostic information actually gathered is determined by our customers – the mobile Operators. Carrier IQ does not gather any other data from devices.

We've got a massive discussion coming up on the podcast, folks.

Check out the whole press relase for yourself after the break.

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2 years ago

Android version numbers as of Dec. 1 are out, Gingerbread sees a big boost

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It's the beginning of the month, so that means that the new numbers for just how many phones are running each version of Android have come out.  Following the past trends, Gingerbread has seen even more growth, running over 50 percent of all Android devices that visit the Android Market.  The legacy versions keep dropping as well, with Cupcake and Donut (Android 1.5 and 1.6 respectively) dropping to 2.1 percent of the total.  We still don't see a very big uptick in Honeycomb, which has historically been a slower grower.  With Ice Cream Sandwich now among us, this chart will be interesting to watch as we see which carriers and OEM's send out those timely updates.

Source: Android Developers

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2 years ago

LG Nitro HD hands on (updated with video)

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We're here in New York City tonight where LG just took the wraps off of its next major device, the Nitro HD. This one's heading to AT&T, where it'll surf the carrier's latest and greatest 4G LTE network. Hit the break for my first impressions.

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2 years ago

Rants about battery, Cracked Screen [From the Forums]

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With live events and a podcast coming up, we'll keep this short. If you happened to miss out on anything today, make sure you hop on back a page or two here on the blogs or if you're look for more Android discussion, join us in the Android Central forums:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

LG and AT&T showing off the Nitro HD tonight, we're here live!

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Guess that cat's out of the bag. We're at LG's event in New York City where "all will be revealed." And we're either about to get a hands-on with some sexy stilettos, or the AT&T Nitro HD. Either way, we win. Stay tuned tonight for more.

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2 years ago

UK networks insist they don't use Carrier IQ software

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There's been plenty of coverage surrounding Carrier IQ in recent days, so it was only a matter of time before we'd be hearing whisperings over on this side of the Atlantic. However, some of the UK networks have come out and insisted that they absolutely do not employ the Carrier IQ software. 

Speaking to The Guardian, Vodafone, Orange and O2 all say they do not install the software on any of their devices in the UK, and to their knowledge it isn't shipped on any of the phones that they sell. 

Vodafone Portugal however are allegedly going to start using the software, according to Carrier IQ themselves. But in the UK at least, there's no apparent reason to be concerned. 

Source: The Guardian

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2 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons gets back in the Christmas spirit, but will new permissions bring out the Grinches?

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It's that time of year again -- Eggnog, Christmas Carols, presents under the tree, and the second year of your Angry Birds Seasons Advent Calendar.

Dubbed "Wreck The Halls" the update is live in the Market right now bringing another 25 Christmas flavoured levels. Apparently on the last day, we get to meet the "Big Pig" himself. We won't bore you with any gameplay information, after all, this is Angry Birds right?

All that said: The new version's added some new permissions. And judging by the comments in the Android Market, a good many of you aren't keen on that. Chances are it's just a slip and that Angry Birds isn't spying on your phone calls, folks.

Download links after the break.

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2 years ago

GSM Galaxy Nexus factory images now available

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Googler and AOSP gatekeeper Jean-Baptiste Queru announced that the factory restore images for the GSM flavored Samsung Galaxy Nexus are now available for download on the Android Building Google group this afternoon.  This means that no matter how bad you screw up the system software on your new Nexus phone, you now have a path to go back to where you started, namely Android 4.0.1 (ITL41D) as well as the original baseband and bootloader.  To use these images, you'll need to have fastboot up and running and have a bit of know-how about how exactly to use it, so be sure to spend a bit of time reading if you're not familiar with the process.  You can find the image, with a handy flash-all script to simplify the process included, at the link below. 

Source: Android Building Google group

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2 years ago

The complete Apple user's guide to Android [from the forums]

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Around here we don't judge people for their choice of smartphone OS.  We might point and snicker, but it's all in fun.  Having said that, there are more than a few people making the leap from an iPhone to an Android phone.  There's a world of difference, and sometimes it can be difficult to figure out the "Android way" of doing things -- especially if you're used to iOS and their different, "Apple way" of doing things.  AC forums adviser, and all around guru of guides milominderbinder has you covered once again.  He's taken the time and broken everything down to the basics, with an eye for folks switching to Android from iOS.  It's a beautiful read, even if you're not an ex-iUser -- you'll probably learn something.  Be sure to hit the forums and check it out, and give milo a big thanks for his hard work!

Apple user's guide to Android

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