4 years ago

Android Market update shrinks app refund window to 15 minutes


Android MarketAndroid Market

Google tonight announced that the Android Market is getting a significant upgrade over the next couple of weeks. All devices on Android 1.6 and  up -- and that's about 94 percent of all Android devices -- will get the update.

First and foremost, you'll see a carousel of promoted apps on the home and category screens. Widgets and Live wallpapers will get their own categories. The aforementioned app content ratings will go live on devices, and you'll get all of an app's information on a single page, instead of on several tabs.

Also: There will be better filtering for devices -- if your phone can't handle the app, it won't see it, basically.

Now here's the biggy: Currently, you have 24 hours to uninstall a paid app and get your money back. But Google says most apps are refunded within 15 minutes, and so that's what the new window will be. Repeat: You have 15 minutes to try an app and uninstall it for a refund, instead of 24 hours.

So fair warning, folks. You can still purchase an app on a trial basis, it's just that you've got a quarter-hour to check out the goods. Look for the Market update soon. And in the meantime, reader Adam somehow got it on his Droid X as it updated to Android 2.2.1. More pics of the new Market are after the break. [Android Developers Blog]

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4 years ago

The Google Nexus S shows off the new Maps app


 Nexus S with new Maps

We saw Andy Rubin showing off the new Google Maps application on the mystery Motorola Honeycomb tablet on Monday, now we get to see Google showing it off on the upcoming Nexus S.  While it's a render, the 3D buildings and smooth scrolling look great, and it's something we're all looking forward to getting our hands on.  

And let's be honest, the way the video was embedded into a frame of Nexus S goodness, well that's just plain cool.  Be sure to hit the source link and see for yourself, and we have the video itself after the break. [Google]

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4 years ago

HTC A7373 coming to Sprint in early Jan. - now what exactly is it?


Sprint A7373

Looks like the HTC A7373 may be on its way to Sprint in early January. Don't know what the HTC A7373 is? Yeah, us either. A quick Google search pops up the Desire Z, and specifically a Russian version of the horizontal slider. That mean one's destined for Sprint? And might it be blessed with Wimax? News at 11, folks.

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4 years ago

Droid 2 Dock Review: Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger



Picking out accessories for my Motorola Droid 2 is almost as exciting as the device itself or the applications that it will be running. The Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger is an amazing accessory, and a must-have for everyone that owns this device. How many times have you sat down at your desk, looked around for your charger, only to realize the cable has dropped behind the desk or become buried under all your paperwork? Well, fear no longer, let's take a look at this unit, and find out exactly why it is a must have for everyone.

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4 years ago

New contests, Droid Pro ever coming to Sprint? Why no SD card on the Nexus S? [From the forums]


Android Forums at Android Central

WooHoo! Friday is here, finally! That doesn't mean the Android news stops flowing through the weekend though around. If anything it means we have just a little bit more time to spend in the forums. So, this weekend -- go out, get your holidays shopping done and join us. Better yet, just check out our Holiday gift guide and shop from home. Then, you get more time to hang out with us. Sounds reasonable right?

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile promises HSPA+ tablets in 2011, Android's likely there somehow


T-Mobile tablets

T-Mobile just fed us a press release in which it affirms that HSPA+ tablets are coming in 2011. Here's the party line:

“T-Mobile is working closely with the majority of our OEM partners to deliver 4G products by integrating HSPA+ into roadmaps in 2011 as the dominant global standard. Consumers will continue to see HSPA+ fuel future innovation in a variety of mobile consumer electronics from smartphones and tablets to emerging devices. T-Mobile will continue to be at the forefront of wireless innovation, delivering an aggressive 4G product lineup in 2011, including 4G tablets.”

We asked, and TMo's refusing to say whether these tablets will run Android. And so we'll say it for them: There's a better-than-average chance that you'll see T-Mobile with an HSPA+ tablet in 2011. And if we don't, just do what I do. Blame Jerry.

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4 years ago

Motorola Tablet specs reportedly leaked, couple of versions coming


Motorola Tablet

After its impromptu appearance with Google's Andy Rubin last week, a few more specs belonging to the Motorola tablet (or tablets) reportedly are coming to light. According to Goldenstone at mobile01, they are:

  • 7-inch and 10-inch versions
  • 32GB storage
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 dual-core processor
  • Gyroscope
  • 1280x800 resolution
  • 5MP camera on the back, 2MP on the front.
  • microSD
  • HDMI out
  • Versions for UMTS, CDMA and LTE (all bases covered!)

Goldenstone also mentions that it looks like the hardware's pretty set and is lightweight, but that Honeycomb still needs some fine tuning. Needless to say, folks, we can't get our hands on this one soon enough. [Mobile01 via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Gmail 2.3.2 changes [video]


Gmail 2.3.2

The changes that came along with the latest update to the Gmail app are pretty substantial.  Google seems to have listened to the users, and gave us the two things we've been whining asking about the most -- decent priority inbox support, and sending from another address.  And they managed to pull it off without slowing down the app, which is pretty damn important if you ask me. 

The one drawback?  This is only available for Android 2.2 or higher.  We're seeing a lot of that, and we're bound to see more as Google updates its core applications to their 2.3 versions.  That's called progress, folks.  You can't stop it.  Hit the jump, and see it in action. 

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4 years ago

Philips set to release the T910 in the Asian market


Philips 910

Philips is set to release another Android device, the T910, in the Asian market. The phone will run OPhone, which is an operating system in China based on Android. 

The T910 will sport:

  • 3.5-inch touchscreen
  • 5 MP camera with Auto-focus
  • Battery: 1530 mAh Lithium-Ion
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi
  • 180 MB internal memory
  • microSD (up to 32 GB)
  • 900/1800/1900 MHz TD-SCDMA (3G)

If you're in China and are a fan of Philips, you'll soon be able to purchase the T910. No date has been given, but expect to see it soon. [Mobiset ru]

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4 years ago

Fringe's Peter Bishop caught using Evo 4G with Qik for videocalling


 Evo 4G and Qik

It is pretty obvious by now that the creators of Fox's Fringe have a promo deal with Sprint because the Evo 4G just keeps popping up on the sci-fi show. The most recent episode featured Peter Bishop getting intel from team analyst Astrid Farnsworth using the Evo's video calling by Qik. Luckily for Peter, his choice of the Evo and Sprint let him take the video call without needing to hunt for an open WiFi network in suburbia. Head on over to the Android Central Forums to discuss all the Fringe Android sightings and check out the video past the break. Thanks to Dogan for the tip and video upload! 

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4 years ago

Froyo now available to Vibrant users on Bell, Virgin Mobile and SaskTel


Vibrant upgrade to Froyo

Great news for Samsung Vibrant users on Bell, Virgin Mobile and SaskTel, as the Froyo OTA is now available to download.

In order to complete the upgrade fully, follow the instructions on Samsung's site. Sorry to those on T-Mobile, but hopefully your update is available soon.

Samsung also said on their site that the Froyo update is currently being tested for the Captivate and Fascinate and a release for late December is being aimed for.

If you are a Bell, Virgin Mobile or SaskTel customer using a Vibrant, upgrade now and enjoy the improvements. [Samsung via Twitter]

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Episode 42


Audio-only stream below

Gingerbread and the Nexus S have arrived! So have Google Books, the Droid X gets an update that nearly drives Phil over the edge, and we get a glimpse of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Listen in!

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4 years ago

The Droid that exploded in man's ear? Not so much


Droid 2

By now we all have heard about the Motorola Droid 2 that "exploded" while a man was talking and injured his ear.

New details from a Motorola employee suggest that the phone didn't really explode at all, but was dropped. Once it was cracked, the man held it to his ear, where it cut him due to the shattered glass.

If this is true, that's quite a publicity stunt from the guy claiming his phone simply exploded. The Droid 2 and Android in general was receiving a bad rap for this and it may turn out to be completely unfounded. [via Gearlog]

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4 years ago

OG Droid Android 2.2.1 update is pushing out now


Motorola Droid update

Oh, by the way, the original Motorola Droid is getting that Android 2.2.1 update right ... about ... now. The upgrade to FRG83D brings you:

  • An updated Twitter app with new authentication support
  • Updated Amazon widget
  • New News & Weather widget
  • Fixes to Exchange Activesync (server-side timeouts of 34 minutes or more are handled better; e-mails will still sync after a policy refresh; support for Exchange 2010)
  • New gmail interface

So it's got that going for it, which is nice. More on the update in the Android Central Forums

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4 years ago

Nexus S now available for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse


Samsung Nexus S

Samsung's Nexus S is now available for pre-order for UK customers from The Carphone Warehouse. The device was officially announced on Monday alongside the new version of Android: Gingerbread. 

The Carphone Warehouse says that those who pre-order the phone will be able to receive it by the end of December. 

Customers have quite a few options should they decide to order the phone. To buy it outright without a contract will cost £549.95 with a variety of month-to-month deals available. 

If you don't wish to pay all the money upfront, you can receive the Nexus S for free with a contract. 

Good news for UK customers who are planning to buy the Nexus S; you can now pre-order it through Carphone Warehouse. [Carphone Warehouse via Pocket-Lint]

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