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3 years ago

Jelly Bean voice actions, Unlocked bootloader warranty concerns [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

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3 years ago

Woz on the Apple v Samsung patent fights: 'I hate it'

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Bloomberg has posted a short interview with Apple co-founder and everyone's favorite geek Steve Wozniak, and part of it spoke about the ongoing legal battles between Apple and Samsung. Woz, who is a tech fan in general and has went on record praising Android, doesn't seem to like the direction his old employer is heading.

“I hate it,” Wozniak said when asked about the patent fights between Apple and Samsung. “I don’t think the decision of California will hold. And I don’t agree with it -- very small things I don’t really call that innovative.

“I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybody’s technologies.”

He also spoke about the updated camera in the new iPhone 5, which he hopes has improved because his friends tell him that his Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III) and Motorola RAZR takes better pictures than his iPhone 4 does. We have to wonder why he is using an old iPhone, but agree that the Galaxy S3 can take some awful nice pictures.

Maybe Woz is a bit idealistic, but it helps us remember that not everyone wants thermonuclear patent war.

Source: Bloomberg

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3 years ago

US Cellular launches Wi-Fi Now app

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U.S. Cellular is taking steps to help its customers find public Wi-Fi hotspots when they're out of the house by launching their own Wi-Fi Now app. The app, which is available for download from the Google Play Store (and soon Amazon App Store) for current customers, runs on the device and will automatically connect to known good Wi-Fi access points. The app can also be configured to automatically connect to Wi-Fi at home after manually entering the connection information. U.S. Cellular also states that it will be loading the Wi-Fi Now app on all Android devices it sells from this point forward. If you're willing, using an app like this can really help cut down your monthly data usage.

Compared to having a persistent Wi-Fi button in your notification bar bugging you all day like some recent Verizon and AT&T devices, we think that U.S. Cellular has a better approach here. Giving the user the choice on whether or not to automatically connect is a good thing.

Take a look at the full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 10 nightly builds for the Motorola Xoom WiFi and LTE now ready

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Although the Motorola Xoom WiFi hasn't been suffering from any lack of love, the LTE versions haven't exactly felt the same. Sure, you can go ahead and flash a build of Jelly Bean to the device if you're rooted but for the more adventurous out there you now have another option to try out.

CyanogenMod 10 nightly builds for the Motorola Xoom WiFi and LTE are ready for your flashing pleasure. These are official builds from the CyanogenMod team but it's important to note, you'll be on the bleeding edge if you flash any of them. Some things will work, some things -- not so much.

If you don't really care about all of that, you can hit the CyanogenMod site using the links below and get started with CyanogenMod 10. Make sure you drop by the Android Central forums and let us know how things are working out for ya!

Source: CyanogenMod, Downloads: WiFi, LTE

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3 years ago

FUD fighting: Every smart device has unpatched vulnerabilities

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OMG! Have you heard? Half of all Android devices have unpatched vulnerabilities, and are out there, sharing the same air as we are! The horror!

That's the feeling you'll get if you poke around the Internet today and read a blog or two, where folks are talking about a study from Duo Security, a company that sells authentication software to be used on smartphones. They even have a nifty little app you can install to check your Android device to see if it's vulnerable. The app isn't in Google Play, but it's linked at the bottom of the post if you want to check it out yourself.

Sounds scary, right? That's 50 percent of Android phones, all over the world, all unpatched and ripe for some sort of online hacking has got to be bad. It's the end for Google and Android, and we're all screwed.

Just. Stop.

Here's what's going on. The app you can download runs and scans your device to see if any of eight popular root exploit holes are still open. These are things that were patched in more recent versions of Android or newer versions of the Linux kernel. If your phone or tablet is unpatched, you'll get a warning about it. It's all above-the-board, and these exploits probably are unpatched in 50 percent of Android phones.

But what about the other thousands of exploits, or the ones that haven't been made public yet? You can't just use the eight easy ones and call it a day. My Galaxy Nexus is safe, according to this app, but it's sitting there with an unlocked bootloader, rooted, and ready for bad things to happen. You're not getting the full story from this app -- or from the blogs out there talking about it.

But we can help.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE coming to Sprint on Sept. 16

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Although we've seen the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE pop up several times now in training material and various other leaks, Sprint and Samsung have now officially announced the device. Arriving on Sunday, September 16 the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE will lighten your bank account by only $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

For that money, you'll be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.2 GHz dual-cCore Qualcomm processor, 4-inch touchscreen display as well as a 5MP shooter on the back and a 1.3MP shooter up front. Other features include NFC along with Google Wallet compatibility and the usual TouchWiz components such as All Share and S-Beam. You can jump below for the full press release.

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3 years ago

EarPods for ear holes on Android

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How does Android work with Apple's new EarPods? We take the $29 pair for a spin

 

Apple now has EarPods. For your ear holes. And you know what? They're not half bad, especially considering they're only $29. Actually, they're pretty darn good.

But what about using them on Android devices? Will they curl up their cute little white cables and slink away, their cries of "Noooooooooooooooo!!!" echoing in the distance? Of course not. That'd be, well, crazy.

So how do they sound? And how well do they work? Keep on keepin' on for a few more thoughts.

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3 years ago

Motorola announces Android-powered desktop system with 18.5-inch touchscreen

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Motorola has just launched a really interesting Android-powered pseudo-computer in China that hosts all sorts of home entertainment content. The HMC3260 has an 18.5-inch LED touchscreen that can play TV shows, movies, play games, browse the web, and otherwise run Android apps. Motorola partnered up with a cloud service provider called WASU to load this thing up with content. Here are the specs. 

  • Freescale i.MX53 ARM Cortex A8 1GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB DDR RAM, 4 GB NAND flash memory.
  • 18.5-inch LED display (1366x768 @ 60Hz, 16:9 widescreen)
  • Android 2.3.4 operating system, customized Android Launcher with rich desktop experience
  • TV and video client and integration
  • Broadband internet access through EuroDOCSIS and LAN (PPPoE / DHCP +, etc.)

While Android is certainly no stranger to dipping its toes in the desktop computer world, it's not often we see big-name manufacturers create an all-out desktop device complete with a mouse and keyboard. It's still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so don't expect a whole lot from the Motorola HMC3260, but the concept sure is interesting. 

There's no information on pricing or availability, but you can find more info at the source link below. Could you imagine an Android-powered device that would replace a traditional desktop computer? I'm looking at you, Transformer Prime owners. 

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

LG and Qualcomm holding U.S. event on Sept. 19, Optimus G unveiling likely

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After a few weeks of teasing the Optimus G, it seems LG's ready to unleash its latest quad-core monster phone. The company's sending out invites press to "live without boundaries" at a joint Qualcomm-LG event to be held in New York City next Wednesday, Sept. 19. LG and Qualcomm's joint shindig will take place within hours of HTC's big announcement in the same city, where we're expecting new Android and Windows Phone devices (we'll be at that event, too.)

Though a combination of leaks and official teaser videos, we've learned that LG will deliver a phone with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, a 768x1280 True HD IPS display, a 13MP camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich -- quite a tantalizing device. We'll be live in New York next Wednesday to bring you full coverage of the Optimus G's U.S. debut.

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3 years ago

Google Wallet usage has doubled in usage since opening up to all credit cards

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The last big update to Google Wallet allowed users to add whatever credit card they wanted to the NFC payment app for Android. Google proudly proclaimed today that usage of the app has more than doubled since then. Though users can add any card, Google has been gently prodding credit card companies to optimize their own section for the Google Wallet app, like Discover had recently done

As a Canadian, my biggest interest in Google Wallet's increased adoption is geographic spread. Sure, the U.S. is the biggest market for this sort of thing and will be for the foreseeable future, but it's a big world out there, and Google has enough of a head start on mobile payments that they can get a foothold in new markets well before other smartphone platforms. 

Quick show of hands, how many of y'all are using Google Wallet now that you can drop in any credit card? Is your phone going to be replacing your real wallet any time soon, or do there still need to be more NFC terminals out there for that to be practical? 

Source: Google Commerce Blog

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3 years ago

HTC One X+ shows up at FCC with AT&T LTE

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We had heard rumblings of a new version of the HTC One X last week, and things are a little closer to reality as the FCC has passed certification for what appears to be the One X+. The documents show full support for AT&T's LTE network, so that at least gives us a direction to look in. 

Here are the rumored specs we've heard so far. 

  • Size: 134.36 x 69.9 x 9.3mm
  • Weight: 129g
  • NVIDIA AP37 1.6GHZ quad core, 1.7GHZ single core
  • ROM: 32GB
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Battery: 1800 mAh
  • Android 4.1 Sense 4.5

While the HTC One X+ is shaping up to be a modest update, LTE is always a nice addition. Anyone One X owners considering an upgrade, or is it not worth it just for LTE? Is that fancy NVIDIA chip tempting anybody?

Source: FCC

Via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Tripit adds push notifications for travel alerts

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Tripit -- which continues to rank as one of our top must-have Android apps for anyone who travels -- received an update of note this morning. For Android phones, it'll now push notifications when you have travel alerts (if you have Tripit Pro). That's a big deal. Also, it's now easier to add or edit trips directly on your phone. And for tablets, there are new share/add/edit buttons on the Action Bar, along with some bug fixes.

And if you're still fumbling through e-mails at the airport, looking for your itinerary, stop. Download this now.

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3 years ago

If you've seen one, you've seen the next one

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3 years ago

SouthernLINC to get the Motorola XT626 in November

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For you folks down here in my neck of the woods on SouthernLINC (represent!), you've got a new Android smartphone coming your way in November. According to this screen shot, you'll have the Motorola XT626 to look forward to in a couple months. It looks like SouthernLINC will be positioning it as a cousin to the Titanium, though it'll obviously be missing the QWERTY keyboard. It'll launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and otherwise looks to be the same as the XT626 "Double V" that's been out for a while now, with IDEN capability, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor and 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, an 8MP front-facing camera with a 1.3MP rear shooter, FM radio, microSD card and other bells and whistles.

What we don't yet have is pricing or an actual launch date, so stay tuned.

More: Motorola; Thanks, anon.

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix HD update brings camera, battery and Wifi tweaks

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The first over-the-air update for Motorola and AT&T's Atrix HD is now rolling out, bringing the high definition handset up to software version 77.12.22. There's nothing too exciting contained in this initial OTA, and the software is still based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, there's a decent selection of fixes to make this a worthwhile upgrade for Atrix HD owners -- Wifi and battery performance has been enhanced, as have the camera's low-light capabilities. In addition, there are some new AT&T apps, and security enhancements from "the latest Google security patches."

You can find the full changelog at the source link below. If you're rocking an Atrix HD, head to Settings > About phone > Software updates to see if your device is ready to pick up today's OTA. Once you're done, be sure to drop by the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: Motorola

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