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2 years ago

LogMeIn Ignition comes pre-installed on Toshiba Thrive, offers a free trial

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The widely popular app LogMeIn Ignition, which allows users to access their computers from their mobile devices, is coming pre-installed on Toshiba Thrive tablets.

The service, which costs $29.99 normally, gives users a 45-day free trial, after which they can purchase for a discounted price of $24.99.

Do you have a Toshiba Thrive? If so, are you excited about the free trial and discount? Discuss it and more in our Toshiba Thrive Forum.

If you don't have a Thrive and are interested in the remote app, please find links to it after the break as well as the press release.

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2 years ago

Nexus S 4G update (obviously) delayed; Samsung Transform EF09 update pulled

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Not exactly the news a lot of you were hoping for. But when July 11 came and went and the unofficially official GRJ90 update (bugfixes, mostly) to the Sprint Nexus S 4G didn't happen, a lot of people were left wondering. Looks like it's definitely missed its scheduled update release, if the above screen shot is any indication.

Then there's the Samsung Transform (see our review), which has had its EF09 update show for a few people over the last week or so. But that update's been pulled, as the "update was failing." And nobody like that to happen.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

These Nexus rumors sound fishy - should you take the bait?

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Seems like you can't turn around these days without bumping into some rumor about a new Nexus phone.  Crazy rumors sometimes turn out to be true, but more often than not they are just idle wishing that got out of hand (or successful troll being successful).  I'm convinced the latest two are the same -- just a bunch of nonsense.  Here's why.

Let's start with the rumored Google+ Nexus.  Supposedly, a super secret Google ninja has a friend who is the caretaker of an unofficial Google+ Facebook fan page.  Of course Google ninjas and unofficial Google+ pages belong on Facebook -- how else will they get a golden egg or the mystery black pig?  But I digress.  Anyway, this fellow has inside information that the next Nexus will be made by HTC, be called the Nexus 3, and have a dedicated Google+ button.  Yeah.  Who needs gimmicks like NFC or Wifi Direct when you can have a Google+ button, right?  Where to start here -- if you simply look at the Facebook profile for Google+, it tells you it's not the official page (right after they claim their address and homepage are Google's), but it's clearly designed to make you think it is.  If that's not enough fail to fill you up, come up with a good reason why Google would want a Google+ button on the next de facto developer phone?  Or why anyone would for that matter.  My verdict -- it's just someone who want's a gazillion likes on Facebook.

Then there's this Samsung Romania Twitter feed supposedly outing the Samsung Nexus 3 with an AMOLED Super HD screen.  If you missed it,  it claimed that "Yes, next Nexus will be Samsung AMOLED Super HD" and and will be running Android 4.0.  It even gave a link for proof .  The link leads to some silly page with a BGR photoshopped pic (who never claimed the pic was real) rehashing all this Nexus Prime nonsense.  I hate to break it to you, but I'm pretty sure 720p Super AMOLED plus ain't happening anytime soon on a 4-inch screen.  Or a 5-inch screen.  Probably not even on an 10-inch screen.  Believe me, I want this as much as anyone does, but I don't believe a bit of it. 

Is somebody working on the next Nexus phone?  Sure they are, it could very well be HTC or Samsung, too.  Will it have better specs than the last Nexus phone?  Of course it will.  Will it have a 720p Super AMOLED plus screen and/or a Google+ button?  I don't think so.  (But we're hearing our own rumblings that the 720p part will hold up.) Hit the links, and let us know what you think.

More: Facebook; @SamsungMobileRo; Phandroid; Go4it.ro; BGR

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2 years ago

HTC Merge released on another carrier not named Verizon

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Yeah, yeah. It's the HTC Merge. You've seen it before. But this is the phone that just keeps growing, folks. It found new life on regional carriers such as Alltel, Cellular South and US Cellular after Verizon cast it aside, and now it's got a new home -- Cellcom of Wisconsin. It appears to be the same version that we recently (and less unofficially this timereviewed -- as in no Bing on board.

Cellcom's HTC Merge is going for $150 with a two-year contract, or $379 outright, which isn't too shabby, either.

Source: Cellcom; Thanks, gmonkey88!

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2 years ago

Harman hops on the Android Open Accessory Protocol train

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Harman International Industries -- the company behind such audio giants as Harman Kardon and JBL -- has announced it is supported the Android Open Accessory Protocol. That's the feature announced back at Google IO in May that will let you connect your Android 3.1 tablet and Android 2.3.4 smartphone to, well, anything.

The obvious play here is for car audio, and Harman specifically mentions its Aha Radio service. But also look for navigation and steering wheel control, as well as being able to share music and movies to passengers' seats as well.

No word on when we'll see AOAP-enabled dash units, but it's gonna be pretty sweet when we do. Check out the full press release after the break.

Source: Harman

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Starfield 3D Live Wallpaper

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This one's pretty simple, folks. If you like stars, space, spaceships, or Star Trek and/or Star Wars, I've got the live wallpaper for you. It goes by the name of Starfield 3D Live Wallpaper, and it's about as straightforward as they come.

Starfield 3D Live Wallpaper has a settings of menu of only give choices: Stars, Speed, Background, Battery, and Reverse. Stars and Speed are fairly obvious: adjust the slider to determine how many stars are on the screen at once and how fast you're blazing by in your ship (X-Wing? Starship Enterprise?).

Background is a simple check box, and enabling it adds a static image of about six galaxies that are far, far away. It kind of detracts from the overall slickness of a solid black background, but if realism is your thing, the option is there.

Battery is quite possibly my favorite choice, as it makes your default flying speed tied to your battery level. Have a charged battery, zoom right along. Have an almost dead battery, though, and expect to drag along in deep space, just waiting for a Klingon Star Destroyer ambush. Reverse is just that: the stars all go the opposite way, as thought your boosters were pushing you in reverse.

There's also the excellent double-tap reaction of going into warp speed, and I dig it. It reminds me of the Millennium Falcon scene in Star Wars when they're on the run. Nerdy, sure, but at least it's there!

Scrolling is smooth, with no performance problems on my end. Perhaps it's the newness of the EVO 3D, but with the popularity this wallpaper has already seen, I'm almost positive it runs on everything pretty well.

At the whopping price of free, there's nothing in your way to keep you from downloading this stellar wallpaper. Well, maybe trying to get a girlfriend, but if you're reading about Android, that ship has probably sailed. May the Force be with you/live long and prosper, friends.

Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Android 2.3 Gingerbread rolling out to Verizon Droid Incredible 2 owners

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Now is the time to start checking for updates if you're sitting there with Droid Incredible 2 in your hands. The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is now rolling out to some -- the update dubbed 2.18.605.4 weighs in at 116.306MB and of course brings plenty of performance enhancements with it.

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

Plus, you get support for that fancy wireless charging battery cover Verizon has made available. We're looking to grab you all a manual download link but in the meantime -- go ahead, check for updates. You may just be among the lucky who are having it arrive on their devices right now.

Discuss more in the Droid Incredible 2 Forums

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2 years ago

Firefox beta 6 available now in the Android Market

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Firefox beta 6 is now available in the Android Market, marking Mozilla's latest release for Android. Beta 6 comes jam-packed with a slew of improvements, including faster start-up times, less memory usage, and tablet optimization, among many others. Like with any other beta release, you'll see some shiny new features, but you'll likely run into a few hiccups along the way too, so download with that in mind. You can grab beta 6 from the market after the break, or hit the source link for the complete changelog and release notes.

Source: Mozilla

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2 years ago

Android 101: How to change the wallpaper

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2 years ago

On to the Nexus, Gummy charged [From the Forums]

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Today was a good start for the week -- not too busy, not too slow. We'll be picking up the pace for the rest of the week though so make sure you get over the Monday blahs and join us. Don't forget to hit up the Android Central forums either, some threads below will help get you started:

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