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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct 29, 2011

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With Halloween coming up so quickly we decided to treat you to a little bit of fun with a Halloween themed round up for this week! So, let's hit the break and take a look at some of our favorite Halloween flavored apps!

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3 years ago

Editorial: Fun with ‘fragmentation’ charts (or, why you shouldn’t be distracted by shiny objects)

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Let’s not mince words here: This “Android and iPhone Update History” chart is not a good chart. Oh, it’s a pretty chart, to be sure artfully illustrated and researched. But this chart -- done up by Michael Degusta at The Understatement and reposted by anyone unable to think clearly, apparently -- is not a good chart. Or at the very least, it fails to recognize a fundamental difference between Android and iOS and the iPhone.

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3 years ago

HTC rolling out update to Android 2.3.5, Sense 3.0 for Desire S in UK

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According to reports from multiple sources, the HTC Desire S is currently receiving an update to Android 2.3.5, which also bumps the mid-range handset from HTC Sense 2.1 right up to Sense 3.0. The new version of Sense, which first shipped on the Sensation earlier in the year, features a redesigned 3D launcher and lock screen setup, amongst other enhancements.

Apparently unbranded Desire S owners in the UK, as well as owners of Vodafone T-Mobile, O2 and Orange have begun to see the update roll out to their handsets over the past few days. To see if you're in line for the update yet, head to Menu -> Settings -> About phone -> Software update. If you're not seeing anything just yet, then hold tight, it'll probably be sent out sooner rather than later.

Source: XDA; via: Eurodroid

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3 years ago

Pure entering the UK music streaming market, Android app in tow

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The reign of Spotify as music subscription of choice in the UK market may be about to face its toughest challenge yet, as premium radio manufacturer Pure is ready to launch it's own service. Like Spotify, they're also bringing an Android application to market with them for all your music on the go needs. 

"The Lounge" service will work, like its competitors, on any web connected PC, Mac, their own range of Internet Radio's, and of course your Android devices. Costing just £5 per month though, it's half the price of a premium Spotify subscription. 7Digital have developed the backend to the service, whose biggest drawback prior to launch seems to be lack of offline caching. With UK mobile contracts being quite strict on data usage, streaming over 3G on the go may not last very long. 

As well as being able to search their massive catalogue of music, you will also be able to listen to your favourite web radio stations and podcasts on the go too, with this feature also supported in the Android application. 

Check out the Pure promo video after the jump. The service is expected to launch in December, with the Android application "coming soon."

Source: Pure Music via Gizmodo UK

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3 years ago

Barnes & Noble readying themselves for new Nook Color?

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The Nook Color is somewhat of an Android phenomenon, and according to the folks over at The Digital Reader the sequel is potentially just around the corner. 

Sources close to them from Barnes & Noble have previously leaked information regarding a successor to the popular e-Reader. Now though they go one better and claim that there will be a "major announcement from the company" on November 7.

One of the sources goes on to detail changes that are to be made in-store, with a "Nook boutique" to be created complete with LED TV's, and touch screen POS systems. 

There are no spec's mentioned, or for that matter, no Android mention but with the development that Barnes & Noble have put into the platform there's no reason to believe they wouldn't return again with an Android offering. We'll just have to wait it out on this one, but with the Kindle Fire due it isn't such a crazy thought that Barnes & Noble would try and beat them to market with a new Nook. 

Source: The Digital Reader

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3 years ago

Gingeritis 3D, GoogleTV getting love [From the Forums]

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We've blasted through another week of Android news, brought you the worlds greatest Android podcast and gave you all some Galaxy Nexus visuals to hopefully hold you over but the weekend is here we're glad to see it arrive. That doesn't mean the news will stop mind you but things may slow down just a tad bit as our hands will be full of halloween treats. Be sure to get caught up on the blogs and in the Android Central forums if you missed out on anything this week.

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

HTC releases Gingerbread kernel source for EVO Shift 4G, Thunderbolt, and Droid Incredible

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HTC has made the Gingerbread kernel source for the EVO Shift 4G, HTC Thunderbolt, and Droid Incredible available for download on their developer center website.  As always, unless you're a kernel developer or ROM chef, this won't do too much for you -- other than build anticipation for the awesome new flashables that will be coming soon for these three. 

Devs, have at it.  And don't be afraid to holler at us when you get something good cooked up!

Source: HTC Developer Center

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3 years ago

GameStop testing the waters of being an Android tablet retailer

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Not to long ago a rumor popped up that video game retailer, GameStop -- would be developing their own Android tablet to sell in their retail locations. Seems a portion of the rumors were true at this point as GameStop has now reportedly teamed up with Asus, Acer, and Samsung to offer up 'specialized' Android tablets pre-loaded with seven quality Android games and support for the GamesStops own tablet controller.

Right now, its been suggested to be a pilot program so not all Gamestop locations will these tablets available but who knows? If all goes well with the pilot Gamestop could widen the availability in an effort to attract more customers. Would you really buy a tablet from GameStop though? Not sure they'd be first on my places to shop when scoping out a new tablet.

Source: WSJ via: TechCruch

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3 years ago

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3 years ago

Samsung Italy apparently confirms what we already guessed -- new Tabs, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy note to get Ice Cream Sandwich

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According to the Italian blog Android.HD, Samsung has confirmed that they will be providing the Ice Cream Sandwich update to their latest top-tier devices. Phones and tablets set to get a bit of the latest tasty treat are:

This is a pretty obvious list, and we came up with something very similar ourselves.  Samsung is playing it safe by not announcing an ICS update for devices like the Galaxy W, or the original Galaxy S line, which we never really expected to see the Android 4.0 update anyway.  While there's no official timeline, expect the updates to start rolling out early next year -- then again in 2013 for the US carrier versions.  Yeah, I went there.

Source: Android.HD

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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser responds to allegations of data mining

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Several days ago we (and likely many others) were contacted about a potentially serious security issue with Dolphin Browser.  Apparently, quite a bit of information about your browsing session, including URL data for secure websites and search strings, was being forwarded to a remote server -- http://en.mywebzines.com.  We tore things apart and verified it, sure enough, it was happening and we were concerned.  Today the folks at Dolphin Browser have responded:

With roughly 300 Webzines supported at the moment, it was necessary for the client to check the current user URL against a database housing these 300 Webzine columns...None of these URLs have ever been stored by Dolphin, instead being used to cross-index if a Webzine for the current site exists. If it does, the current site is immediately converted to Webzine format; if not, it remains the standard mobile site. Again, none of this process is stored on the backend of our servers and we are deeply sorry that this was not made clear to our users from the beginning.

While the security nerd inside of us still cringes a bit at this, it's a perfectly reasonable explanation.  It's also the best way to handle the situation -- Webzine is pretty cool, and we don't want to have to maintain that database of 300 supported sites on our devices.  This should have been presented to the user before using the Webzine feature, but Dolphin Browser isn't evil.  We're glad they took the time to explain the whole mess, and now we can go back to using it.  Read the concerns, and Dolphin's entire response at the source links.

More: XDA-DevelopersDolphin Browser blog

Thanks, CB!

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3 years ago

HTC EVO Design 4G hands-on

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I've got to hand it to HTC. They continue to make beautiful-looking devices, one after another, with nary an end in sight. The latest in their lineup is the EVO Design 4G, a solid, mid-range phone that carries Sprint's EVO branding.

At first glance it looks like, well, an EVO. Not quite big enough to be the original EVO 4G and not as bulky as the current EVO 3D, the Design 4G is the thinner, lighter sibling in the EVO line. And that's ok.

The aluminum unibody design is one of the best features about this phone, not just aesthetically, but because it keeps everything feeling solid while still unbelievably light. If HTC could pull it off, I'd hope to see more phones (and more powerful phones) come out with this design more often.

The 4-inch screen is bright and clean, and doesn't leave much to be desired. Because the screen is more convervatively sized, the phone itself feels great in the hand and doesn't require any of the awkward thumb/palm shifts larger phones do.

The 1.2GHz processor gets the job done, but there's still mad lag when the phone's first turning on. That's no surprise, and I'm glad to see "less powerful" phones that still run really well. (Remember when a 1.2GHz processor was the deal?)

There's not much more I can say right now, so I'll just leave you guys (and gals) with a whole bevy of shots and a hands-on video after the break.

More in the EVO Design 4G Forums

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3 years ago

LG Revolution receives its official Gingerbread update

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Here's some good news for all of you who have been wondering if the LG Revolution would ever receive its Gingerbread update: Verizon has made it official and is pushing it out as we speak. In addition to Android 2.3, the update (software version VS910ZV7) also brings with it a host of improvements, all listed above. A welcome update indeed. Sit tight if you're still waiting, and hit the source link for detailed instructions on how to initiate and accept the OTA push. 

Source: Verizon WirelessThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Halloween Costume Contest: E-mail us a photo of you in costume with phone or tablet in hand and you could win!

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Mobile Nations No Tricks, Just Treats
Halloween Costume Contest!


Submit your costume + phone/tablet photos to halloween@mobilenations.com

With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, we know a lot of you will be out this weekend in costume getting your party on. So to celebrate Halloween and the official launch of our new Mobile Nations network branding, we thought we'd have some fun with a cross-site mobile device + costume contest.

What You Need to Do

When you're out at Halloween parties this weekend or out trick-or-treating on Monday, get a photo snapped of you in costume holding your smartphone and/or tablet visibly out in hand. Be scary, funny or do a crazy pose. Whatever you want is cool. Have fun with it. For brownie points, load up Android Central in the web browser or throw an Android Central wallpaper on. Group photos with friends and co-workers are welcome too. And hey, if you have a mix of phones in the group photo and want to go for extra-awesomeness, you can load up the appropriate Mobile Nations website onto each different type of phone: TiPb.com on iPhones/iPads; AndroidCentral.com on Android devices; PreCentral.net on webOS devices; WPCentral.com on Windows Phone.

Submit Your Photo

With your photo taken, all you need to do is email it in to halloween@mobilenations.com by midnight PST this Monday, October 31st. It would be super helpful if you renamed your photos with your username and maybe the site you're entering from. Also, if you would like to include a caption or any other information about your picture, it would be appreciated.

How and What You'll Win

On the morning of November 1st we'll go through all the photos and pick out a bunch of winners in a variety of categories - scariest costume, funniest costume, sexiest costume, best group photo and more! We'll put all the winners and other photos received into a video collage and post it up on the blogs Tuesday afternoon.

As for the prizes? Well... it's Halloween - which means you might get a treat, or this could all be just a nasty trick. But you know us... we like treats. We're going to keep the treates a surprise though, so take your photo this Halloween, email it in, and stay tuned.

From all of us at Mobile Nations, have a safe and happy Halloween!!

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3 years ago

University of Phoenix Android app now available

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Going to class online is gaining in popularity, and many people rely on online schools like the University of Phoenix for their education. The University of Phoenix realizes many of us use smartphones daily, and they wanted to make things easier for their students, so they have developed an application that is now available on Android. Setting time aside to attend your class is one thing, but trying to keep up with class discussions, grade postsings and all the other jazz that goes with it is where it gets tricky, but this is where the app comes into play with features like:

  • Participate in online classroom discussion forums
  • Draft and post to discussion threads, and reply to your classmates’ posts
  • View, edit and save drafts of your discussion posts
  • View message flags, discussion questions and class announcements
  • Receive real-time alerts when grades are posted
  • Receive real-time alerts when your instructor posts new threads or responds to your messages

If you are currently attending University of Phoenix, or know someone who is, hit the break for download links to get this free application on your Android device today!

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