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3 years ago

Gingerbread for original Verizon Galaxy Tab rolling out

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We just told you guys the other day that Verizon was ready to push out Gingerbread to the OG 7-inch Galaxy Tab, and it looks like they have flipped the switch -- OTA's are now rolling out.  With all the new and shiny Android tablets getting built, it's nice to see the 7-incher wasn't forgotten by Big Red.  A refresher:

The update is to Android 2.3.5 and will bring:

  • Improved security for the PIN method. When using the PIN, the device will no longer request a symbol as a numeric entry
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • A 'View Data Plan' icon so that users can adjust their plans accordingly
  • Verizon Data Service feature will allow users to see how much data they have used so that they won't go over
  • A new download manager app
  • The ability to use the front-facing camera as a camcorder
  • Widgets will resize to reflect landscape and portrait mode more accurately
  • Support for Verizon Pay As You Go prepaid plans
  • Google security patches

If you've resisted the urge to root your Tab, be ready for the OTA notification any time now.  Be sure to sing out in the forums once you get it and let everyone know how it's working for ya!

More: Verizon

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3 years ago

LG, on Facebook, says Optimus 2X getting Ice Cream Sandwich, other phones to be decided later

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Because PR messages too often are, well, borked on Facebook, we instead point you to the most recent statement from LG on, erm, Facebook, regarding Ice Cream Sandwich updates and the fact that the Optimus 2X will indeed be updated to Android 4.0. It reads thusly:

LG firmly denies the rumors that claim LG will not be providing the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS update for the LG Optimus 2X. These rumors are NOT true. LG is currently in the process of planning the ICS OS update for the LG Optimus 2X as well as other LG high-end smartphones. Detailed information on the ICS OS update schedule for specific models will be announced, once the ICS OS is publicly released by Google. Please stay tuned for more updates from LG.

Thank you very much.

To repeat: We're still just two weeks out of the ICS announcement, and the ICS code has not yet been made available (publicly, anyway). Let's all exercise a little caution when we see someone supposedly saying a phone will or won't be getting an update. Unless you're reading LG, of course.

Source: LG Mobile on Facebook

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3 years ago

Angry Birds hits 500,000,000 downloads

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What does it take for a game to hit a half-billion downloads? Here's how Angry Birds breaks it down.

  • No. 1 in 79 Countries
  • 266 billion levels plalyed
  • 400 billion birds shot
  • 44 billion stars collected
  • The equivalent of  200,000 years played
  • 300 million minutes played daily

Say what you will about the longevity of Angry Birds -- that's a bunch of downloads.

Download: Angry Birds for Android

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3 years ago

Logitech unveils the Mini Boombox: Rocking and talking via Bluetooth for $99

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Logitech has announced a new little Bluetooth speaker that in addition to handling music and media playback also serves as a speakerphone for honest-to-goodness phone calls. Logitech's specs only mention the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch as being supported, but we're willing to bet our lowly Android smartphones will work as well.

The Mini Boombox has an internal battery (recharable via miniUSB) that claims to have up to 10 hours' playback time. It's got backlit controls via a touch panel on top of the speaker, an on-off switch, line in, and the whole thing is small enough to be palmed one-handed.

It's available for preorder for $99 and is expected to ship sometime this month.

Source: Logitech

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic maintenance update coming ... eventually

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Pop quiz: Which one of the following is true about the upcoming maintenance update for the Motorola Droid Bionic:

  1. It'll likely be out by the end of the year.
  2. It'll likely be out by Christmas.
  3. It's coming in the next 30 to 60 days.
  4. Nobody really knows when it's coming.

You're right. It's a trick question. Moto Matt, everybody's favorite Motorola support forums manager, this afternoon dropped the following regarding the Bionic:

I know everyone is eager for updated software. We have been working diligently on a software update for DROID BIONIC and have a version in the testing stage; we expect to deliver it to users in 30 to 60 days. The update is targeting issues identified through owner feedback and we’re confident it will improve device performance.

Presumably we'll see one of those "soak tests" when things are really ready to roll. Stay tuned.

Source: Motorola support forums; via Droid Bionic Forums

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3 years ago

New Android Market pushing out with a few new settings

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Here's the latest version of the Android Market. Looks mostly like the Android Market you have now, but it's not. It's better. It's newer. And therefore better. And a fun fact about the Android Market: Once one person gets it, it can be pulled from the phone and shared. And that's what we've got here.

So what's better and newer in Build 3.3.11, you ask? So far as we can tell, it's mainly in the settings. You now have the option to tell all of your apps to automatically update, instead of checking a box on each on individually. (Bugdroid be praised for that one.) You can also tell the Market app to only update applications when you're connected to Wifi. Again, a good one.

And you can have it automatically add shortcuts to your homescreen, if you're into that. There are a few UI tweaks, too. Nothing major.

There's also some legalese regarding open-source licenses, which makes Jerry happy.

You can download it now, or just hang out and it'll push to you (assuming this isn't just a test build) when the time is right. Do note that apparently it's not playing nicely with Honeycomb tablets, and we're not exactly seeing our inbox clogged with people saying they've gotten this build (which is what usually happens). So if you sit this one out, we won't blame you one bit.

Source: Android Police

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3 years ago

Up early Wednesday? Catch Phil on the Ausdroid Podcast

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Somebody get a pot of coffee going and find a box of krullers -- I'm going down under on Wednesday morning. The folks at Ausdroid have graciously asked yours truly to join them for their biweekly podcast. So I said yes.

And then I realized what time it is in Australia. Whoops.

No matter. If you're just getting up on the East Coast (that'd be 6 a.m.) or just going to bed on the West Coast (that'd be 3 a.m.) or are in one of those parts of the world that actually has sun at the ungodly hour for the rest of us, swing on by Ausdroid and have a listen. And take notes -- I'll likely have no recollection of anything I say.

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3 years ago

PSA: Use the factory-supplied charger and cable when applying the OTA to your Lenovo Thinkpad

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An OTA for the Lenovo ThinkPad (see our hands-on) went out for a while today, included was a firmware update for the battery.  Lenovo says they have halted the update, but just in case  -- use the OEM power supply and cable while applying.  According to the official Lenovo support forums:

Battery firmware update was included in the OTA released today. The battery firmware update is applied after your Tablet restarts.

If your tablet gets in the power off state as posted by some of the forum users, do this to recover it.

Use a pin and hold the "reset button" (between the SD card and SIM card slots) for about 20 seconds.

After debugging we have found out that the issue happens only if you are NOT using the original USB cable that was included with the charger that was provided with the Tablet.

You can recover your system as mentioned above and then complete the battery firmware update using the original USB cable and power adapter supplied with your tablet.

We have stopped the OTA update and are working on messaging this information in the update.

So if by chance you've left your ThinkPad sitting all day, and see an OTA notice when waking it up, you've been warned.

More: Lenovo. Thanks, Adam!

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3 years ago

Vivid dreams, Watch this [From the Forums]

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Hopefully everyone had a good Halloween and hauled in a lot of candy -- uhh, just don't eat too much. We're rocking through this week here on Android Central like a bunch of kids on a sugar high so if you missed anything be sure to check out anything you missed and don't forget to 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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3 years ago

Android Kids App: Scott's Submarine

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Here's a fun little Android kids app that takes things under the sea. Scott's Submarine is an interactive book that tells the story of two children, Scott and Aiko, and Scott's cat, Jazz, and their underwater adventures.

Each page has animation on it, but no so much that it's distracting. Every few pages you search for items, which gets a little more difficult as you work your way thorugh the story. And there are two levels of reading -- 2- to 3-year-olds, and 4 and up. The former uses smaller words for younger children, and the latter uses a more advanced vocabulary and longer sentences. The reader's accent could be a small issue for some children, however.

The 37-page story also got four languages -- English, French, Spanish and Japanese -- and costs $2.99. We've got download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Google eBookstore goes live in Canada

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In a rather quite, unceremonious manner -- Google's eBookstore has gone live in Canada. Canadians looking to purchase digital copies of their favorite books for their Android smartphones or tablets using Google Books, desktop computers and e-readers can do so now with ease.

With Canadian resellers already being added and quite a few Canadian publishers bringing their content the mix such as Penguin Canada, Random House, and HarperCollins and more Google is looking to make as many books accessible as possible. Some on device shots of the store can be found past the break.

Source: The Digital Reader

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3 years ago

Splashtop Pro released for businesses

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Now that Splashtop has its consumer Android remote desktop offerings on the market, they've now placed their efforts on the next logical customer -- businesses. Aiming for the enterprise market and looking for the love of IT Admins everywhere Splashtop Pro is now available and will help bring your desktop PC to your Android tablet or smartphone.

Splashtop Pro is the fastest way to enable mobile workforce. In 30 minutes, a company’s workforce is up and running with mobile tablets with full access to their apps and files on their computers,” said Mark Lee, CEO and co-founder of Splashtop. “We are excited to bring the ease of consumer apps to the corporate IT world, while supporting IT to centrally control and manage secure connectivity among devices.”

The services are available to IT Admins who can sign up for a Splashtop Pro account that supports 5-25 users on a 30-day free trial basis. After the trial though, it's $15 per person / per month for access or $149.99 per person / per year. For the full details you can hit the source link below.

Source: Splashtop

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3 years ago

Blue Angels app for Android

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Just in time for the final shows of the season, the Blue Angels -- the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstraion Squadron -- finally has its own official Android application.

First things first -- the Blue Angels app is $1.99, with proceeds going to the National Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. With that out of the way, the apps's a nice little portal into the Blue Angels, with show information (including maps), "news" (which is really just a Twitter feed) and then the meat of the matter. You get a roster and bios of the entire team (not just the pilots), info on the aircraft (including Fat Albert), and a list of all the manuevers the Blues (and, again, Fat Albert) do during a show. The maneuvers are the really slick part, with graphic showing the basic move. Video's just a touch away, however, and then you get a three-camera look at what it's like inside and outside the F/A-18. Very cool.

Our only real niggle here is that the app's a bit on the slow side, and be sure to not hit your phone's back button. But otherwise, it's a cool look into the Blues and the people who make them happen, and a nice way to support the Museum Foundation.

We've got screen shots, hands-on video and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 2 rooted with manual, one click methods

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If you got your hands on a shiny new Atrix 2 last week and you're feeling a bit adventureous, XDA forum member Jimmy273 has compiled a pretty straightforward manual root method to achieve coveted superuser access. Jimmy273 makes it very clear that he cannot take full credit, as he simply translated the root method for the Bionic originally created by p3droid over at the MyDroidWorld forums. Full instructions and all the necessary files are available at the source link, as is the file for the one-click method, which is said to work just fine. 

Source: XDA Forums

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3 years ago

UK Android faithful reportedly receiving Sky Go in the coming months

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Sky Go is a big deal in the UK mobile world. Allowing its customers to watch their favourite TV content on demand through their computers and mobile devices including premium content, it's really a top grade service. At the moment, the mobile offering is exclusive to iOS. This though apparently may be about to change.

A spokesperson for the satellite TV company has told Techradar UK; "Sky Go on Android, it will be launching in the coming months." 

Sky Go currently has 1.6million users across the UK, which is impressive considering its relatively limited device coverage. Combined with the 2012 launch of Netflix on these shores, UK Android fans are finally approaching the sort of choice our American friends have on offer. 

Source: Techradar UK

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