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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Browsix

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Browsix Setup

Quick show of hands:  How many of you use some sort of photo hosting service to get your pictures off your Android device, rather than grabbing your USB cable and transferring them manually?  Or do you always have a USB cable/charging cradle on your desk, but you're too lazy to enable USB storage mode?  Would you rather just browse the contents of your SD card (and root folder if rooted) via your computer's browser?

There are plenty of apps on the market that allow you to browse the files on your Android device via Wi-Fi, but I've never used one that does it as well as Browsix.  More info and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Quick look at the LG Optimus U

LG Optimus U

The LG Optimus U is the latest in the Optimus line to show up, this time making the rounds on US Cellular.  I've make no secret that I'm a big fan of what LG has done here -- they have brought quality Android phones to market, with current (Froyo, build FRF91) software, and all at great pricing.  The specs match the rest of the Optimus line, and while not the top of the line we see in some other phones, they are enough for an enjoyable experience: 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7627 CPU, 512 RAM, 170 MB application storage, 3.1 inch capacitive HVGA screen, 3.2 MP camera, and the usual range of radios and sensors that make Android work.

We've looked in-depth at LG's Optimus line before, and things haven't changed.  The Optimus U sticks to the basics, and does what it does well.  With the Optimus U comes a sleek tapered profile, and a dedicated voice search/voice action button.  After using it for a while, I've had a revelation -- all phones need this.  Call quality was just fine, not outstanding, but not terrible, and battery life was excellent for an Android phone.  If you're not looking to play the latest 3D games, and are more interested in a very pocketable, quality built phone, this one is for you.  Often, having everything work properly makes up for the fact that the specs aren't high end, and the Optimus U is proof.

Hit the break for a video overview and some pictures of the hardware itself.

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3 years ago

OpenFeint announces huge growth over Christmas weekend

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 OpenFeint

OpenFeint has announced that more than 5 million OpenFeint-enabled games were downloaded between iOS and Android over the four-day Christmas weekend. The service, a unified social gaming network, is added on top of games by developers looking to tap into the benefits of social gaming without having to launch and support their own platform. Of particular interest to us is the fact that Android OpenFeint game sales saw a very respectable 73 percent increase over previous average daily sales. Overall, the service grew 83 percent this year as Android support was launched and iOS saw continued growth. Check out the full press release past the break.

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3 years ago

Vizio details its Android offerings: 4-inch phone, 8- inch tablet, Google TV

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Vizio Via Plus

As promised, Vizio today offered some details into the Android line of products it'll be showing this week at CES. Here's what we have to look forward to:

  • The whole shebang is called the Vizio VIA Plus Ecosystem.
  • The VIA Phone is a 4-inch Android smartphone with 1GHz processor, 802.11 n Wifi, GPS, HDMI output, 5MP rear camera and front-facing secondary camera.
  • The VIA Tablet is an 8-inch tablet with 1GHz processor, 802.11n Wifi, GPS, HDMI output, three speakers for stereo audio, plus a front-facing camera.
  • VIA Plus televisions and Blu-ray players have Google TV built in. The phone and tablet will, of course, serve as remote controls.

We'll definitely get a gander and these guys this week and get some more deets -- like what version of Android, how's the custom UI look, and all that jazz. Stay tuned, folks. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus S gets a custom kernel treatment and now trots along at 1.2GHz

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Nexus S -- Nenamark score  Nexus S -- Quadrant

Take the Nexus S, add a little whiskey (Team Whiskey that is) to the kernel, and you get a step closer to warp speed on your phone.  On the left is the outcome of a Nenamark benchmark run, and to the right is our old friend Quadrant, minus the graphics scores to quell any cries of tomfoolery.  All because Team Whiskey cranked out the first 1.2GHz overclocked kernel for the Nexus S, and even the beta tests are blazing fast.  Bluetooth hasn't been worked out yet, but everything else runs awfully darn well, and it's as easy as flashing from Clockwork recovery or Rom Manager.

Real world usage?  It's fast.  If things like this are part of the reason you bought the Nexus S, hit the source link and give it a try.  [XDA-Developers]

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3 years ago

Vizio to introduce Android phone, tablet ahead of CES

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Vizio Android tablet

Vizio, the company known for its TVs and Blu-Ray players, is set to unveil its first phone as well as a tablet, both to be based on Android.

The phone is said to be called the Via Phone and will sport a 4-inch touchscreen, 5MP rear camera and a front-facing camera. The tablet reportedly will be 8 inches, will also have a front-facing camera, and have three speakers for sound.

That's probably the tablet Vizio teased ever so briefly at the start of the Rose Bowl on Saturday -- check out the video after the break. [via Engadget] It's claimed that Vizio will discuss these products on Monday, ahead of CES, but will also have product announcements during the official show. It will be a crazy week with phones and tablets galore. Stay tuned! [via WSJ

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3 years ago

More official renders, specs on the new HTC Evo Shift 4G

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HTC Evo Shift 4G

We're likely just a few days away from the unveiling of the HTC Evo Shift 4G, and we're getting about the best look at it yet, courtesy of our pals at CellPhone Signal. And along with more renders (you can catch them at the source link), ol' T-Marco reportedly has the full specs. We'll skip what's in the box and bring you the highlights:

  • 3.7-inch touchscreen
  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • Wimax-capable
  • 8GB microSD card included
  • Dimensions: 4.63x2.3x0.47 inches
  • Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • 8MP camera with dual flashes
  • FM radio

Needless to say, we know of a few people who are excited about a full QWERTY slider on Sprint by a manufacturer that doesn't rhyme with "Ramrung." And it's nearly here, folks. It's nearly here. [CellPhone Signal] More in the Evo Shift 4G Forums!

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3 years ago

More about the Android SMS bug

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SMS bug

Since we ran the story about the SMS bug in Android, we've been hearing back from a lot of you with more hints, tips, and information.  First, I do want to thank each and every one who contacted us, and again remind you to be sure to add any helpful information to the Google code page about the issue.  Since this one seems to affect some more than others, it's very important that we all share what we know to be true with the masterminds in Mountain View.  Hit the break, where we share everything we've learned and heard so far, and keep the reports coming guys. 

Update: Commentor a1Will I Am brings up an excellent point -- a poll would be awful interesting.  We have one set up in the forums right here, everyone should vote so we know what kind of numbers we're dealing with here.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks - lazy holiday edition

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weekly-apps

Better late than never, it's our "Hey, it's the holidays, cut us some slack" edition of our weekly apps roundup. Many of you may be getting your first Android device, and we are sure you are extremely happy about it. The Android market is loaded with many great applications, but let us take you through some of our favorites of this week, and be sure to check out all of our other suggestions here.

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3 years ago

Verizon drops Samsung Galaxy Tab pricing to $499, offers previous buyers $100 refunds

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Get a shiny new Samsung Galaxy Tab in the last 14 days from Verizon? If so, you'll wanna reach out to the store where you purchased the device from and see about getting $100 back in your pocket. Verizon it seems is now under the impression the Samsung Galaxy Tab was priced a little on the high side and have now dropped it to $499.99. Something Best Buy already knew anyways.  But that's not all. You'll also get yourself set up with $60 worth of Blockbuster or Media Hub rentals to go along with it. Anyone stepping up to get one at $499.99 that wasn't will to at $599.99? [Droid Life]

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3 years ago

Samsung Nexus S review

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Google's latest developer phone brings Android 2.3 Gingerbread and new hardware, but is it the right choice for the average consumer?

Nexus S review shot

One of the biggest gripes many of us have about Android is the way manufacturers and carriers change the software.  Whether it's an OEM skin in place of the stock launcher and desktop, or value added extras like Sprint TV or V-cast, or even the removal of core Google services like search and maps -- the first thing many new phone owners want to do it remove the "bloatware."  Enter the "Pure Google" phones.  The name Nexus gets us plenty excited because we know we're in for a pure Google experience, and the Samsung Nexus S is no different.

But is it a good choice for the average Joe?  Join us after the break, and follow along as we have a look at the latest additive-free Android phone.

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3 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung SCH-i520 LTE phone show up in Verizon's system

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HTC Thunderbolt in Verizon systemSamsung SCH-I520 LTE device

Verizon's New Year's resolution? Android LTE phones. And lookie at what just popped into its system -- SKUs for the HTC Thunderbolt (aka ADR6400) and that Samsung SCH-i520 LTE device, and dummy units to go along with them. The former basically is the Desire HD with a cool kickstand and speaker underneath, with Verizon's new 4G data. The Sammy device? We'll just have to see what gets unearthed at CES next week, won't we? Thanks, lk!

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3 years ago

Amazon puts unannounced, unofficial Evo Shift 4G up for preorder for $199.99

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HTC Evo Shift 4G Amazon preorder

It's not that we don't expect the HTC Evo Shift 4G to be announced in the coming days (Hint: Jan. 4 and Jan. 9 are sounding like good days) -- it's almost certainly on its way. But for any retailer to offer preorders on an unannounced and unofficial phone is just a bit much for our taste.

This certainly isn't the first or last time we've seen this -- the latest example is Amazon, which has the Evo Shift 4G available for preorder for $199.99. Never mind that some of the details are wrong ("released in June, 2010"?), and it's possible some of the other specs could be gleaned from the manufacturers of the various cases that already have been making the rounds.

But before handing over your hard-earned cash for a phone, said device should at least be announced by the manufacturer or carrier.  How would you feel if you'd preordered an HTC Merge? [Amazon via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Happy New Year, everybody!

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Welcome to 2011, everybody! Thanks for making us the biggest and best Android blog of 2010 -- and things are only going to get better in the new year, starting with some major Android news coming out of CES next week. We'll be there, of course, and it's just a start of things to come. Salud, everyone, and welcome to 2011! -- Phil and the gang

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