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4 years ago

Live Prints live wallpaper makes tracks with your Android phone

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Live Prints live wallpaper from Android Central fan Leonardo 

Avid reader and AndroidCentral fan Leonardo has made one of the coolest live wallpapers I've seen so far. Live Prints gives you the choice between a coyote wandering aimlessly, bloody handprints staining your home screens, footsteps searching on a map, or any combination thereof. My favorite is the Magic Map setting, and you can see it in my screen grab above. The prints do things like follow your finger taps or any icons that you move. You can adjust the standard things such as the speed of the prints and how long they persist on the screen. At €0.79 (about $1.02 U.S.), it's a great unique live wallpaper for your favorite Android phone. Check the video after the break.

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4 years ago

Google Nexus One no longer for sale

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Google Nexus One

Poof. It's gone. Shortly after Google tells the L.A. Times that the Nexus One will be sold out by the end of the month, the phone no longer is for sale at Google.com/phone. Fare thee well, N1. You shall be missed. Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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4 years ago

Home screen tweaks on the Galaxy S

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Galaxy S home screens

The Galaxy S class of Android smartphones -- the T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate, Sprint Epic 4G and Verizon Fascinate -- bring an all-new Touchwiz user interface. And it has one feature we know a lot of you have been clamoring for -- the ability to rearrange entire home screens. We break it down, erm, after the break.

Update: Ah ha! So you can change out the icons down in the bottom bar thingy. Video of how to do it has been added after the break. (Thanks, commenters!)

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4 years ago

Verizon may be following AT&T, switching to tiered data plans

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Verizon has been hinting for some time that unlimited data is unsustainable, and it looks like it may be ready to make good on that statement. AT&T went from all-you-can eat data pricing to a tiered system with the launch of the iPhone 4 last month, and Verizon looks to be ready to do the same. There is no word on what the pricing would be, but one might guess we will see more information on this story before the Droid 2 lands. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

T-Mobile announces HSPA+ expansion

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 even better with HSPA+ 

With all the talk lately of Verizon's LTE and Sprint's WiMax, T-Mobile wants to remind everyone that it's aggressively pushing HSPA+ and its up-to-21MBps speeds (theoretical, of course) to compete with Verizon and Sprints's offerings. It now says 85 million people are already blanketed in 50 areas, with 185 million in 100 areas to be covered before 2010 is out. The newest cities include:

Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco, Texas; Baltimore, Md.; Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La.; Birmingham, Ala.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville, Fla.; Greenville, S.C.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Portland, Ore.; and Wichita, Kan.

The just-released Samsung Vibrant was specifically named as one of "more than a dozen smartphones" to "benefit from enhanced speeds" when in HSPA+ coverage. In addition, TMO promises more information on their first fully HSPA+ capable phone "later this summer". T-Mobile also mentioned the launch of a new "webConnect Rocket 2.0" USB Laptop Stick with HSPA+ and a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook with webConnect.

Check out the full press release (minus the boring legal stuff) after the break.

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4 years ago

LoKast comes to Android, brings 'check-it-out' to check-ins

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LoKast on the Droid X

LoKast has brought its proximity-based application to Android. Rejoice! Available for the iOther platform since March, LoKast allows you to find, connect and share with other LoKast users in your local (300-foot) area via 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth.  Not only fans and users are getting in on the fun, but some familiar names in the music industry are behind the project.  Shameless plug for Echo and the Bunnymen goes here.  ♫♪ Lips like sugar....♪♫

Maybe the best part about LoKast coming to Android is that little thing we like to call "cross platform."  You can freely connect with users on their iPhones as well as Android phones, and that kind of forward thinking can only help Android and the Market as a whole.  Hit the break for the press release, a couple videos, and download links.

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4 years ago

Fanfeedr now available to feed your sports fever

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Fanfeedr

Sports fans will be pleased to know that Fanfeedr is finally available in the Android Market. It differentiates itself from the other sports applications by creating an individualized social experience based on interest and localization.

In order to use the app effectively, you need to provide your Facebook login information. It then allows you to personalize your app experience by selecting favorite teams and players. Once you have it tailored to your interests, it allows you to receive push notifications for real-time scores, follow games live, view tweets from fans and players and track what your Facebook friends are watching and saying as well. 

The application is very personal and that's the way Fanfeedr wants it. [Market Link | App Brain]

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4 years ago

Review: Smartphone Experts microUSB car charger with USB port

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microUSB car charger 

The Smartphone Experts microUSB car charger with USB port ($14.95) is a great solution for making sure your Android phone stays charged up on the go. One of the things that makes this car charger especially great is that it is multifunctional -- with a USB adapter that will accommodate other devices (like an iPod/iPod Touch).

Let's take a look at it after the break.

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4 years ago

Cellular South Hero gets Android 2.1

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Cellular South HeroFor those of you with an HTC Hero on Cellular South, let it be known at Android 2.1 is now ready for you (albeit a little later than we'd expected). It's not an over-the-air update, unfortunately, but we'll take what we can get, won't we?

You'll want to make sure your phone is well-charged before you apply the update (50 percent or higher, please, and Cellular South suggests you install the HTC Sync program beforehand, just in case. CS also is pushing the free trial of My Backup in the Market to back up your contacts, again, just in case. (Can't hurt, but if you're sync'd to Google, you're likely good to go.

You'll also be getting MMS support along with the update, but it's going to cost you $5.99 a month on your bill.

You can get more info on the Cellular South Hero here, and download the Android 2.1 update here. [via Facebook] Thanks, @FirstKlassVT

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4 years ago

Google expects to sell out of remaining stock of Nexus One within 10 days

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Google's Nexus One

Google has told the L.A. Times it expects to sell out of its remaining stock of Nexus One phones by the end of July -- which comes in about 10 days. Google gave no figures about how many N1s it received in the last shipment, and we're in no position to guess.  Maybe the news that it was taking down its online phone store jacked up the sales rate, or more likely Google didn't get very many in, but either way you have about 10 days to get what many (including a few of us here) think is one of the best smartphones ever made.  And now, a moment of silence. [L.A. Times]

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G passes the FCC

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Epic 4G FCC

A new device has passed through the FCC as of July 20, one with CDMA, EVDO, and WiMax radios.  Most of the details (and all the images) are withheld under the standard confidentiality agreement, but we do have a portion of the ID label that shows the model number as SPH-D700 -- the Sprint Epic 4G.  Of course this doesn't mean the release is right around the corner, but it's now legal for Sprint and its partners to sell the hot new slider in the U.S.  The more the merrier I say! [FCC] Thanks Wes and Keith!

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4 years ago

Samsung Beam officially on sale now in Singapore

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 Samsung Beam

The Samsung Galaxy Beam, which boasts a built in projector, was officially released in Singapore this weekend. 

The Beam joins Samsung's Galaxy S line, which has been releasing worldwide over the past few weeks. The T-Mobile Vibrant and AT&T Captivate were the first to arrive in the US. 

The phone lists impressive specs that display Samsung's desire to gain market share in the high-end smartphone market:

  • 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen
  • 720MHz TI OMAP 3440
  • Built-in projector
  • 8 mp camera
  • Android 2.1
  • 16GB internal storage, supports 32GB microSD

We knew the Beam was going to be released overseas first, and now Android fans in Singapore can get their hands on one. No word yet on when we may see it in the U.S. (we're not betting on it). [Samsung Hub]

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4 years ago

Droid X owners using 5 times more data than other phones, Verizon says

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Droid X

See that new Droid X in your hand? (No, in your hand. That's Phil's hand up there.) It's sucking down five times more data than its cousins, Verizon business development executive director Jennifer Byrne said at paidContent Mobile's conference today. 

While on the panel with executives from the BBC, NBA Digital and Zagat, the conversation centered around the increased data usages on mobile devices in the past few years and what they see that leading towards in the future. Makes a good case for that MyVerizon app, eh?

Despite its release only last week, Byrne said that Droid X owners are using five times more data than other Verizon phones. Byrne also addressed Verizon's commitment to Android: 

“While we may have had the first app store, GetItNow, we’ve learned a lot, with the watershed being the iPhone. It’s a drastic change from the walled garden stage to the open approach. It’s been a very big shift.” Verizon has “embraced” it, Byrne said. “We’ve seen a tremendous response - so its validated the decision.”

 We should say so. [paidContent]

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4 years ago

French site says Galaxy S to get Froyo in Sept.

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Samsung Galaxy S

This isn't going to do much for those of you with brand-new Samsung Captivates or Vibrants, but a Samsung France spokesman says the international version of the Galaxy S will be getting Android 2.2 in September. That may bode well for its U.S. counterparts getting it sometime thereafter, though remember we have to take our carriers into consideration when it comes to getting updates. [Les Mobiles via Unwired View]

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4 years ago

Droid 2 launch now rumored for Aug. 12

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Motorola Droid 2

Because we haven't had a Motorola Droid 2 rumor in the past, oh, six or seven minutes, here comes another: Engadget says it has on good authority that the Droid 2 (which reportedly has been sidelined while the Droid X gets its time in the sun) will see a soft-launch on Aug. 13. It'll then get the full force of Verizon's marketing department starting Aug. 23. That not enough craziness? How about a version with a white R2-D2 on its rear end. Regardless, Verizon's certainly built up enough steam between the Droid X and its all-but-official cousin to keep its mindshare high for some months to go. [Engadget]

Update: Hey, look, more proof that it's launching with Android 2.2. We get it. We get it. [via Phandroid]

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