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2 years ago

Droid 3 quietly assumes its place at Droid Does website

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There's still be little more fanfare than the odd Twitter reply and Facebook post, but the Motorola Droid 3 is now live on Verizon's Droid Does website. Fire it up and you'll be taken through the litany of new specs, including five-row keyboard, dual-core processor and 4-inch qHD display.

You've still got a week to go before you can buy the Droid 3 in stores, but it's available now through telesales, and other indirect methods.

Source: Droid Does

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2 years ago

Google+ invites return, but with a caveat

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Update: And ... they've disappeared again.

And there you have it, folks. No longer are the cool kids quite as cool as they were a week ago. Google+ invites are back, and you can have a friend invite you. And be sure to snag the Android app.

As Google's Dave Besbris recently posted:

Hey Google+ folks!

As I bet you've noticed, we are facing pretty incredible demand for Google+ invites.

As Engineering Director of Google+, I wanted to take a moment to explain why we're growing the system slowly. First, we want to make sure our infrastructure scales so the service remains fast and reliable. Second, we want to ensure that bugs are fixed while there are still a relatively few people in the field trial.

Things are going well with the systems right now so we feel comfortable enough to open up invites for a brief period. Our goal is to double the user base in the field trial. (Sorry, we're not giving details about how many folks are in the field trial yet).

So, in a few minutes, we'll open up invites again.

We continue to throttle invites, so please don't mass invite folks as it won't work. If you invite a handful of your most important friends and family you're much more likely to get these folks into our system.

Thanks again for providing so much wonderful feedback!

Note that Dave says they're throttling invites. So if you can't get in immediately, check back. And in the meantime, be sure to check out our complete walkthrough of Google+ for Android. Download links are after the break.

Source: Dave Besbris
More: plus.google.com; via @GooglePlusTweet

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2 years ago

Droid 3 available now via Verizon telesales

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From rumor to being quietly released, all without an official announcement, the Motorola Droid 3 is now being served up to customers through Verizon's telesales department. As we were notified earlier:

Calling *611 will get you the option to buy the Droid 3 tonight! If the rep
has any problem finding it here are the part numbers..

Droid 3 MOTXT862 $199.99
Car Mount $29.99 MOTDRD3MNT
Extended Bat $49.99
Dock $59.99 MOTDRD3DTC

The verdict is still out on how well exactly the Droid 3 will sell but if you were a fan of the OG Droid you could consider this a nice upgrade to a device that you already love. Dual-core TI OMAP 4430 1Ghz processor with an 8MP camera with flash on the back and front facing camera for video chat, qHD display (540x960) and 1080p video capture capability so you can fill up the included 16GB of internal storage and finally, Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-loaded.

More: Droid 3 Forums; Thanks, Jim!

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2 years ago

Motorola drops WiFi only Xoom pricing to $499

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Been holding out, waiting for the inevitable price drop to come to the WiFi only Motorola Xoom? If so, your wait is now over. As announced on the Motorola Twitter account the price of the WiFi only Motorola Xoom has now been dropped to only $499 and for those keeping track that's a full $100 off the original launch price. Making room for the Motorola Xoom 4G?

Source: Motorola; Thanks, to all who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Nexus S 4G GRJ90 update might be coming July 11

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According to this document the folks over at SprintFeed got their hands on (Sure looks like the ol' Sprint Playbook), Nexus S 4G users should expect an update to start rolling out July 11.  The update includes a couple fixes from Google, namely enabling a secure setting for NFC and TTY support (ASAP!), but the stuff most are looking for seems to be baked in as well -- fixes to Wifi and 4G data signal strength and changes to the PRL download mechanism and configuration.

The OTA should roll out over a four-day period starting July 11, and all devices should have received the OTA by July 14.  Of course the manual download location will probably get leaked soon after the roll out begins, and if so we'll let you know. 

Source: SprintFeed

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2 years ago

Amazon throws in unlimited music storage if you buy a $20 Cloud Drive plan

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Remember when we all wondered why, exactly, I shelled out $100 for 100GB of storage space for Amazon's Cloud Music Player? I'm really regretting that decision now, as Amazon just announced that if you pony up a mere $20 for a $20GB Amazon Cloud Drive plan, you'll be bumped up to unlimited Cloud Player storage. As in, no limit at all. Upload all you want.

Hey, that's great. Glad to see Amazon throwing a bone to new customers. And for us early adopters who wanted a little more space, well, we're just out of luck.

Source: Amazon

Update: Were you like your intrepid editor and paid more for extra storage? Amazon's refunding the difference! Here's the e-mail I just got.

Because your current plan now includes unlimited space for music, we're refunding the difference between the cost of your original Cloud Drive plan of 100 GB and the cost of a current 20 GB plan ($20), which is the least-expensive Cloud Drive plan that includes unlimited space for music. A refund of $80 will be issued to the card originally used for your Amazon Cloud Drive storage plan. Refunds are typically completed within 10 business days and will appear as a credit on your credit card statement.

Good on ya, Amazon! (And a tip of the hat to @dcornejo)

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: FuelLog

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In case you can't tell, I really, really like saving money on gas. I've talked about GasBuddy on more than one occasion, and the almost natural complement to that would be FuelLog. FuelLog is a thorough, straightforward app that tracks your average gas mileage as well as cost over time.

At it's core, FuelLog is all about tracking your fill-ups and giving you feedback on your miles-per-gallon, as well as keeping you informed about your cost during each fill-up and how many days have transpired between fill-ups. It's graphically plain, but it doesn't need to be popping, just functional. And functional it is.

You get yourself started by "Add Fill-up" button. From there, you're taken to a screen with all the essential information: odometer reading, how much fuel you bought, and the cost-per-gallon. From there, FuelLog does all the appropriate math and you get your first reading. There's also an option to add a note, say, that you just towed a trailer cross-country, so that's why your gas mileage is probably in the dumps.

The more fill-ups you add, the better FuelLog gets. With more information, FuelLog can tell you your best gas mileage, your worst, and your average. This is denoted by the green, red, and yellow mileages on the list screen, but really stands out when you move to the Stats tab.

The Costs tab is for any incidentals (like repairs) that you might have to pay for your vehicle. It's got a pretty expansive list of options, ranging from a one-time cost to monthly and even quarterly. There's still the standard fields for odometer and costs, but you can also title the expense (like "Ran into a tree") and add a note.

The Stats tab is one of the more impressive features of FuelLog, giving you two choices: Graphs or Values. Values is a series of tables, showing you things like fuel consumption, accumulated costs, total fill-ups and fuel amounts bought, total costs, and a long table of averages. It's fairly comprehensive, and if there's anything you needed to know about your spending or driving habits, it's here.

When you flip over to the graphs, you're presented with a single line graph, but you can change what you're viewing. This is one of the features that illustrates how powerful FuelLog can be as it continues to accumulate more data about you. Don't think you're limited to just one graph, either. While you can only view a single graph at a time, there's plenty to pick from, like fuel consumption, trips, total odometer, and fuel price. For the visual learners among us, this is pretty key.

The last tab is a calculator to help you estimate how many gallons you'll burn if you drive a certain number of miles or the opposite, how many miles you're likely to be able to drive based on a certain number of gallons in your tank.

Overall, I think FuelLog is essential for any cost-minded people, especially if you care about improving your driving habits. Fortunately, FuelLog is free, but not without its limitations. The free version only remembers a max of 10 points on your graphs, so if you want to track things long-term, I'd suggest ponying up the ~$2.72 for the license key. The full version also gets rid of ads as well as letting you import or export a file into FuelLog, so you can keep a spreadsheet on your computer without much hassle.

Download links and more pictures are after the break.

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2 years ago

Questions from a new user, Bionic looks great [From the Forums]

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Not sure about you all but the week seems to be flying by around here. Next thing you know it'll be the weekend again. Whether the days are flying by or you're having a slow week, the Android Central forums are always open to help pass the time. Check out some of the threads below or start your own today!

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

Android SDK tools and ADT plugin updated

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The Android SDK tools and ADT plugin for Eclipse have both been updated to version 12.  It looks like the big change in the SDK tools allow developers to use system images compiled for ARM v7 and x86 CPUs in the AVD manager and emulator, making consumer sales of Android on Intel hardware one step closer to reality.

The ADT plugin for Eclipse brings a bit more to the table.  In addition to supporting the new SDK tools revision, the ADT plugin now allows developers to have better control over APK file packaging, offers better previews and error messages, resize support and RelativeLayout drop support in the visual layout editor.

In short -- this means better tools for developers, making better apps for you and I.  Grab the new packages through the SDK manager and Eclipse.  For full instructions see the Android Developer website.

via: @retomeier; @droidxav

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2 years ago

Android Accessory Review - Seidio Active Case for the EVO 3D [from the forums]

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