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2 years ago

Taptu update brings Honeycomb optimization

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RSS reader Taptu has been updated to version 1.4, bringing with it optimization for Honeycomb tablets. The app uses Fragment API which allows Taptu to run on optimally on both Android smartphones and tablets. The app allows you to import 100 RSS feeds from your Google reader account, up from the 30 allowed in previous versions. The new version retains Taptu's “StreamStore” feature, allowing users to browse for new streams directly from the app. Other improvements in version 1.4 include:

  • Themes: You can change the color theme from dark text on a white background to white text on a background for better reading day or night.
  • Full screen reading: You can read articles in full-screen mode instead of a tabbed look.
  • Instapaper support: If you don't have time to read an article right now, you can send it to your Instapaper account to read it later.

Taptu says that its tablet optimization allows for a full screen immersive experience with smoother transitions and faster scrolling, made possible by your device's hardware acceleration. Hit the link after the break to download now.

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2 years ago

Sprint's Relay ID Pack aids those with hearing difficulties

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Sprint has announced its new Relay ID Pack, which is a new set of widgets and applications that will better enable the device for use for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Included in the Relay ID Pack are:

  • Sprint Mobile Video Relay Services – video relay services for sign language users
  • Calendar Notifier – provides visual alerts and repeating reminders of calendar events
  • Handcent SMS – visual alerts and notifications of texts
  • VideoPlayer – captions on videos downloaded to a secure digital (SD) card
  • Gmail Notifier – visual and vibrating alerts and reminders for your gmail email
  • TuneWiki – to read and learn the lyrics to songs
  • Captionfish.com – captioned movies playing in a customer’s area
  • AIM Instant Messenger – access telephone relay services through AIM Buddy "SprintIP"
  • Google Voice – transcribe audio messages left on voice mail into text

This news is quite huge for anyone who experiences difficulty with hearing, yet want to be able to use an Android powered device to the same extent anyone else would. This pack is currently available on devices such as LG Optimus S, Sanyo Zio, Samsung Transform, Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab.  For more information be sure to hit the source link.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Walmart knows not to sell the Droid Charge

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Attention, workers of Walmart: Your employer would like to remind you that the Droid Charge is not yet available, while you likely have them sitting in your store, you're not supposed to sell them until Verizon says it's OK.  In fact, your employer regards this as EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. See? They used all caps. No, we don't know when it's going to happen. So in the meantime, read this Droid Charge review.

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2 years ago

Is the HTC Kingdom Sprint's newer, smaller black slab?

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The Internet's all abuzz over a render and a leaked ROM for the HTC Kingdom, but what is it?  A peek through the leaked files tell us it has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM7630 CPU, 768 MB of RAM, a four-inch qHD display, and both front and rear cameras.  Put all this on top of Gingerbread, and the rumor-mill takes care of the rest.  That's how the Internet works (trust us, we know).

But what does that really tell us, besides now knowing that it's not the Evo 3D?  Rumor No. 1 says it's a world phone.  Maybe, maybe not.  Yes the MSM7630 has "world phone support."  It's also the same CPU that we find in the Evo Shift 4G, which is a CDMA-only device.  Rumor No. 2 says it will feature FM receive and transmit.  Again, the Bluetooth chipset supports this, but that doesn't mean it will happen -- think Nexus One and its hidden, unused FM radio.

And finally, just because we see a render and a leaked RUU doesn't mean we'll ever see the phone.  I'd love for it to appear (especially as a dual mode CDMA/GSM device), but a good portion of these leaks just never pan out, even if they make it as far as a usable prototype (hello there Verizon Merge!).  Manufacturers build and pitch a lot of different models to the carriers, who cherry pick the ones they think will sell.

I think this one would make for a nice choice when on the shelf next to a bigger, and surely more power-hungry Evo 3D, and hope to see it with all the features we're hoping for.  I think a lot of you folks want the same.  But for now, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed.

Source: PocketNow

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2 years ago

Google Earth updated, optimized for Honeycomb tablets

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Google Earth version 2.0 is now available in the Android Market, bringing with it optimization for Honeycomb-powered tablets. Google says that the app now takes full advantage of tablets’ large screens and advanced processing power, with a few new features in tow, including a new action bar with access to search, my location, layers, and reset-to-north.

Utilizing the large screen real estate, users can now explore fully-textured 3D buildings while browsing user photos on the side, just one of the experiences that was formerly limited to the desktop version only. If you're toting a tablet and want to take it for a spin around the world, hit the link after the break to download the update.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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2 years ago

LG Optimus Black initial review

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None more black. In a nutshell, that's how to describe the LG Optimus Black, one of the new crop of Android smartphones it unveiled earlier this year. Remember that black obelisk in Stanley Kubrick's "2001"? There you go. This is one sleek phone. But for all this "black" talk, it's also one of the brightest and most colorful phones around.

So what do you get with the Optimus Black? Start with a 4-inch touchscreen at the usual 480x800 resolution. But this isn't any regular display. This is LG's new "Nova" display, which boasts 700 "Nits" of luminosity. LG says that "is the critical figure required to achieve perfect outdoor visibility, allowing users to see the screen clearly under strong sunlight." And this Florida blogger certainly agrees.

Beyond that? The Optimus Black also has a cool little G-Key which in conjunction with the accelerometer can do so pretty cool things like let you cruise through the UI without tapping. Or you can shake to launch the camera from the lock screen. That's just scratching the surface.

The Optimus Black has LG's custom UI, which may look a bit familiar if you've ever used an Android phone by a company that rhymes with Ramrung. But LG's got a bunch of great little tweaks that we've been enjoying ever since the Optimus Z (read our full review). And it's gotten better since.

But enough talk. Check out pics and video of the Optimus Black after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Flyer's Digital Pen gets priced at $79.99 at Best Buy

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When the WiFi-only HTC Flyer went available for pre-sale from Best Buy, we knew that the 7-inch tablet would cost $499. There was no word, however, on the price of the stylus, which is one of the features that differentiates this tablet from all the rest. New information from one of our readers who was perusing the Best Buy website found the price of the pen as well as a leather pouch for transporting it. The stylus, called the HTC Digital Pen at Best Buy, will retail for $79.99 and the leather pouch will go for $34.99. The pouch has been specifically designed for the Flyer and has a spot for the Digital Pen. If you're interested in both of these accessories, you can buy them in a bundle for $109, which will save about $5. Now we know the price for the tablet and the Digital Pen, is an HTC Flyer in your future?

Source: Best Buy; Thanks, Chris!

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson launches next-generation Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro

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Sony Ericsson just announced its next generation of Xperia Mini and Mini Pro Android Smartphones. Following up on the devices announced last year at Mobile World Congress (Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro), the phones each sport 3-inch touchscreens (at 320x480 resolution) and are running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

Put it this way: With 5MP cameras and Sony's Bravia display engine tucked in there for good measure, you've got the world's smallest 720p video shooters. The Xperia Mini weighs just 94 grams, and the Mini Pro follows suit at 136 grams.

Need more? Full pressers and specs are after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Replenish video hands-on

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Read our Samsung Replenish initial review


Youtube link for mobile viewing

It's been a couple weeks now since our Samsung Replenish initial review, forged from a barstool in Midtown Manhattan, so it's time to take another look at Sprint's new eco-friendly phone. (It's made of 80 percent recycled material!)

And our initial impressions pretty much remain the same. You've got a mid-level Android smartphone (it's running Android 2.2.2 with a 600MHz Samsung processor) with a small 2.8-inch touchscreen and an pretty good physical keyboard.

So you'll be banging out messages left and right on the Replenish. That's a given, right? But let's talk turkey. Or, rather, Angry Birds. As you'll see in the video, Angry Birds runs just fine, but it suffers like most other apps on a phone like this -- the 320x240 resolution just doesn't get it done anymore. That's a trade-off you're just going to have to make, apparently, if you want a portrait keyboard (ie BlackBerry-esque) on an Android smartphone. And it's a shame, really, cause it's a form factor we really do want to get behind, and it could go a long way toward eating into RIM's dwindling-but-still-prevalent market share.

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2 years ago

Motorola Titanium joins Sprint with iDEN Nextel Direct Connect capability

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If you're looking for an Android phone with a front-QWERTY keyboard and the familiar "chirp-chirp" of Nextel Direct Connect, you've just found it in the Motorola Titanium. It's got a 3.1-inch touchscreen, Android 2.1 and is military-spec'd for dust, shock, vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, high temperature and low temperature. In other words, it'll survive a week at a smartphone trade show.

Other features for the Titanium, which is the follow-up to the Motorola i1, include:

  • Support for Nextel Direct Connect Services, including Direct Connect, Group Connect®, International Direct Connect®, DirectSendSM, Group Messaging and NextMail®
  • Android Market for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download
  • Google mobile services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™ and YouTube
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync) and personal (POP3 & IMAP) email
  • 5-megapixel camera with camcorder, 4x zoom and flash
  • Wi-Fi b/g
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • GPS navigation
  • microSD slot, with a 2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB
  • 1820 mAh Lithium-ion battery

No word yet on pricing or availability.

Source: Sprint

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