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2 years ago

Google I/O developer session recap

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By now we're all back home from Google I/O and get back to work.  For Android software developers, that means back to writing and building great Android apps, armed with everything they learned from a couple days at Moscone West, listening to the geniuses behind Android.  And they have a full plate -- Google clearly is all about the apps now.  Once you get past the exciting news from the keynotes and go past the new version announcements and assorted glamour and glitz, you see that from Chrome, to Google TV, to Android the focus is shifting to better application development.

Join us after the break to see just what Google has lined up to push Android application development to the next level.

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2 years ago

Netflix on a rooted Nook Color [how-to]

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Have a rooted and hacked Nook Color? Want to run the new Netflix app? It's as simple as changing the build.prop file, of course, to make the app think your $250 e-reader actually is one of the few phones currently supported by Netflix. Been there, hacked that, got the T-shirt.

Youtuber huskermania has worked up an excellent video showing you how it's done. In less than five minutes, you, too, can be streaming Netflix on the Nook Color to your heart's content. Check it out.

More coverage: Nook Color forums. Thanks, Alex!

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2 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt wireless charging back cover at FCC

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In documents made available today from the FCC, it's been revealed that HTC has submitted a request to modify the back cover of the Thunderbolt to allow for wireless charging.  Bringing the convenience of this from an OEM could prove to be a great step in the right direction for HTC.  We already know LG plans on implementing this and with the Palm Pre approaching it's 2nd birthday, inductive charging is not something new or revolutionary but it's a budding technology in the smartphone arena that a lot of us would like to see take off.  Let's hope HTC finalizes this soon and gets it to the rest of its line of devices as well!

Source: FCC, thanks Emeterio!

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2 years ago

Google unveils 'News near you' -- location tracking still optional

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Google is introducing a new, browser-based feature for everyone who reads news using a mobile device. The service is called "News near you" and it's accessible if you direct your mobile browser to Google's news page.

Google says it analyzes every word in every story to determine both the story's location and source, and then files it appropriately and serves it back to you depending on where you are. If you don't want to share your location, there's an opt-in message the first time you land on Google News.

Anyone think they'll be taking advantage of this? I get most of my local news from the evening news, but does anyone see this replacing that for them? Sound off and let us know how accurate the city placement is once you've opted-in.

Source: The Google Mobile Blog

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: Micronytes

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As long as I'm on a kick with games that make me think of movies, I've got to mention Micronytes. This is an absolutely incredible platformer that just reeks of Fantastic Voyage.

Instead of a blood clot in the brain, there are these (assumedly evil) green, anthropomorphized green blobs munching on all the tasty red stuff inside of an unnamed victim. How to defeat them? Send in some rotund, faceless gents in all white suits to eradicate the problem.

Join me after the break to see just how detailed this adventure becomes.

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2 years ago

It's official: Droid Charge goes on sale May 14

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Read our Droid Charge review!

Update: Verizon just e-mailed us and has officially confirmed the Droid Charge goes on sale at midnight Eastern tonight. Huzzah!

Word around the campfire is that The Samsung Droid Charge is finally going to go on sale tomorrow, May 14, and we've now got the internal notes to back that up. It's been a long road for the 4.3-inch LTE device. It was announced four months ago at CES. But its April 28 launch date was postponed in the wake of Verizon's LTE data outage. Can't say we blame anyone for that.

So, who's picking one up tomorrow?

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Seesmic for Honeycomb gets a preview at Google IO

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Did our exclusive first look at the Seesmic Honeycomb Twitter client leave you hungry for more? No worries, folks. Our pal Stephanie (aka The LG Girl) snagged a look this week on the T-Mobile G-Slate during Google IO. And while the UI remains quite simple, it's all the special sauce Seesmic includes in its apps that has us refreshing the Android Market every couple of hours. Take a gander.

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2 years ago

Teaser video shows off OGT Eros -- 'world's thinnest tablet' tablet

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Although we've caught a glimpse of the upcoming OGT Tablet -- now named Eros -- the mystery and specs surrounding this device were certainly enough to make us want another look at it. No, we don't have a full and complete hands-on with it for you all as of yet but -- OGT has posted up their teaser video just to double check our interest.

If you missed it the first time around, "the world's thinnest Android tablet" packs a 1GHz processor, microSD card slot along with front and rear facing cameras and a 188 ppi (pixels per inch) display. Needless to say -- we're still interested OGT but we'll need one soon to stay that way, the market is growing.

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2 years ago

Nexus S 4G hands-on

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The Nexus S -- Samsung's slick, sultry beauty in a little black dress shell -- made fanboys and developers alike swoon over its svelte, new imagining of the Nexus line. All was well with the world.

Then Sammy did the unthinkable. They added a 4G radio and brought it to Sprint.

The Nexus S 4G has been out for a few days now, and it's time to put her through her paces.

Pictures and video are after the break.

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2 years ago

New HTC Sensation video offers hardware and software tour

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HTC is ramping up the hype around its upcoming dual-core flagship phone, the Sensation, with a new promotional video showing off the device's hardware and software. In particular, there's a great deal of info about shiny new Sense 3.0 features like active lockscreens, improved weather animations and HTC Watch, the manufacturer's new movie and TV streaming service. Check out the video for yourself after the jump.

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