4 years ago

Android Central goes back to school


The top Android apps and devices for students

It's that time of year again, and whether you're packing to go back to school or packing someone else to send them off for some higher learning (and getting yourself a little peace and quiet in the bargain), you'll find Android is there ready to lend a helping hand.  Every student needs a way to connect with friends and family back home as well as tools to help them study, and Android has shaped up quite nicely and can provide both.  And you can even have a little fun with it while you're at it.  We've put together a nice little collection of apps, and the hardware we recommend to run them -- hit the break and have a look!

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4 years ago

Android App Review: Pocket Casts



I’m a big podcast listener. On a given week, I’ll probably listen to at least several hours of podcasts during commutes and downtime. Due to this, I require a high quality podcast app for Android that makes managing and listening to the content that I enjoy simple and easy. I’ve been a fan of Doggcatcher for a long time. While it is more costly than the average app ($6.99), the amount of use I get from it makes the purchase more than worth it for me. While I love the app, I’m always searching for alternatives that provide different experiences. Pocket Casts is the best alternative I have found thus far and for half the price ($2.99), it’s a really good deal. It doesn’t have all of the functionality that Doggcatcher offers but it does just what you need it to do and the UI is better in my opinion.

Once you open Pocket Casts, you’ll see the the homescreen with five tabs along the bottom. The options are, from the left:

  • Library: Displays all of the podcasts you have chosen to subscribe to.
  • Now Playing: Shows you the artwork for the podcast that you are currently listening to
  • Refresh: Will refresh your podcasts and display an aggregated list of all your subscriptions and the most recent episodes
  • Search: Allows you to search or browse for podcasts that you enjoy. Options include ‘search by podcast name’ browse ‘popular podcasts’, ‘podcast networks’, ‘categories’ and ‘import’ if you know the url.
  • Settings: The final button is where you can find the settings if you want to tweak the app to our liking. Options include the ability to set the amount of time the player skips ahead or backwards, whether to store the podcasts on the SD card or phone, and whether to auto-delete after you’re finished listening, among many others.

There is one more option up in the right hand corner when you’re in the Now Playing tab. The Playlist option allows you to create customized playlists if you know that you'll be listening to a variety of podcasts at one time.

Pocket Casts is a good podcast app with a very good UI. If you’re looking for an app that will manage your podcasts but don’t want to fork over $6.99, check out Shifty Jelly's app. Pocket Casts is available from the Android Market for $2.99. Links and more pictures after the break.

And don't forget to check out the Greatest Android Podcast in the World!

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations 5: A wedding and a funeral


Mobile Nations 5: A wedding and a funeral Phil, Kevin, Derek, Dan, Georgia, and Rene talk HP dumping webOS hardware, Google picking up Motorola Mobility, RIM's new BlackBerrys reviewed, and what it means for Microsoft and Apple. This is MobileNations!

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4 years ago

Gameloft seems to think an HTC EVO Design 4G is on the way


ZOMG, Gameloft says the HTC EVO Design 4G is official! Well, it's at least gone as far as to put it in a drop-down menu of phones that it can support, which either means it's really real (really!), or Gameloft reads ye olde blogs, saw the EVO Design 4G and slapped it in the list. Pick your poison, we suppose. We're actually going to go with the former here. But until it's officially official, things remain officially unofficial, ya know?

Source: Gameloft; via @shapiro12345678 (yeah, really)

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4 years ago

Minimum-advertised pricing puts Droid Bionic at $299 starting Sept. 8


OK, so my hopes that the Motorola Droid Bionic would go for $250 or so appear to be dashed. Boy can dream, eh? Here we have the minimum-advertised pricing for the Droid Bionic, marked at $299 (with contract and rebate, natch) starting Sept. 8.

The deal is that's the minimum price at which the DB can be advertised. You'll find it cheaper, but it'll be one of those "Our prices are so good, we can't even tell you" deals.

Thanks, anon!

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4 years ago

Android 2.3.4 update for T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G now rolling out


Following last week's European release, T-Mobile USA has announced that Android 2.3.4 has begun rolling out to its Sensation 4G. The update brings a wide variety of performance improvements, alongside the new version of Android, which adds video chat capabilities to Google Talk. Here's what Sensation 4G owners can look forward to in the new version 1.45.531.1, which will roll out to handsets between now and the end of September --

    New Features
  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life
  • Improvements to Trace dictionary
  • Improvements to screen responsiveness
  • Improvements to video playback
  • Improvements  regarding device reboot / power off
  • Improvements to icon  pixilation
  • Improvements to Wi-Fi connection
  • Improvements to screen/photo resolution

When the new firmware is available for your phone, you'll be able to grab it by heading to Settings -> About phone -> Software updates and tapping "Check now".

Source: T-Mobile; via: TmoNews

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4 years ago

Breaksclusive: Mobile Nations takes over the Android Central Podcast at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST


We interrupt tonight's regularly scheduled Greatest Android Podcast in the world for an emergency broadcast of the Mobile Nations. Figure between the Google purchasing Motorola Mobility and HP all but putting webOS out to pasture, we might as well do the doomast while the fire's hot.

If you've yet to join us for a Mobile Nations podcast, that's the one where we bring the top minds of your favorite websites together for a no-holds barred conversation. Or, we grab yours truly, CrackBerry Kevin, Derek from PreCentral, Rene from TiPb and Dan from WPCentral and hash things out for an hours or so.

It's all going to kick off at 9 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Pacific. Join us here, or at MobileNations.com.

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4 years ago

Evernote acquires Skitch, releases Skitch app for Android


The Evernote Trunk Conference is happening today and during that event, Evernote CEO Phil Libin announced Evernote had acquired the Mac drawing and screen capture app, Skitch. With the announcement, also came the news that Skitch will now be offered for free for Mac users. But that wasn't all -- Skitch has now unveiled their Android app which is available in the Android Market for free. As described on the Evernote blog:

Calling Skitch for Android addictively fun is an understatement. It’s the perfect way to quickly add your mark to any image. Take a snapshot of something awesome, draw an arrow and add a caption, then post the image on Facebook. When you’re at a conference, snap a picture of the people you meet, annotate it with their names and save it into Evernote. 

If you're looking for something new to try on your images, give Skitch a look. -- we'll get a better look at it later on but for now, check it out on your own. Download link is past the break for you all.

Source: Evernote Blog

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4 years ago

EVO 3D's bootloader unlock tool now available from HTCDev


Oh, by the way ... With the push of the latest update to the HTC EVO 3D, aspiring developers and hackers can now unlock the bootloader using HTC's web tool. (And that comes just three days after the European Sensation.) Remember that this does officially void your warranty, so you're taking things into your own hands. But you already knew that, right?

Hit the source link below to get started.

Source: HTCDev

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4 years ago

Motorola Flipside receives Android 2.2 update


Still rocking a Motorola Flipside? If so, you'll be pleased to know that you can now officially update your device to Android 2.2 Froyo. Sure, it's not Gingerbread, but, hey -- it's nice to see the Flipside even get Froyo at this point. You can find the download and details over at the Motorola source link below. The update will consumer approx. 40MB of space on the device and when updated you'll be sitting at Version.1.23.20.MB508.ATT.en.US.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Drew!

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4 years ago

GetGlue for Android receives a facelift, new interface with the same great features



GetGlue is a great social networking application for those of us who enjoy sitting at home watching movies, TV shows, and listening to various musical artists. The Android version of the application has been a bit behind in the looks category in comparison to the iOS version, but luckily they have not forgotten about us, just put it out a little bit later. Today GetGlue has released an updated that brings a great new interface to the same great application. Hit the break for some more photos and download links.

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4 years ago

And then there were three [the competition] -- HP to shut down webOS device operations


In a shocking development, HP has announced that they plan to discountinue operations for webOS devices, to include the TouchPad and webOS phones.  This leaves Apple, RIM, and Microsoft as the smartphone alternatives to Android, and that makes us sad.  Nobody has the full details just yet, but whispers of licensing out the software or open-sourcing the entire project are already making the rounds, and we certainly hope that webOS isn't just left to die a horrible death on HP printers. 

What does this mean for Android is what we have to ask ourselves, and the jury is still out.  With news of Google buying Motorola, and if HP does license out webOS to OEMs, things could get really interesting.  We'll just have to what and see what develops.

Source: Pre Central

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4 years ago

HTC Puccini tablet coming to AT&T as 'HTC Jetstream'?


The latest in a long line of HTC Puccini leaks has made its way out onto the web, suggesting that HTC's Honeycomb-powered 10-incher could launch on AT&T as the "Jetstream". The latest shots seem to show a more recent build of HTC's tablet software, which is now looking a lot more Sensey than in previously-leaked images. Eagle-eyed readers will also notice AT&T's 4G logo down in the notification area.

Rumored specifications for the Puccini, or Jetstream as we may eventually come to know it, include a 1.2-1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a standard 1280x800 display. Plausible specs, but still nowhere near officially confirmed.

We hope we won't have to wait too long to get our hands on HTC's first Honeycomb tablet -- our fingers are firmly crossed for an announcement at the manufacturer's upcoming European shindig in a couple of weeks...

Source: Pocketnow

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4 years ago

Super AMOLED HD news spawns new round of October Nexus Prime rumors


With the news that Samsung may be able to actually produce the fabled Super AMOLED HD screen, the Nexus Prime rumors are once again out in full force.  The details are the same as the last round -- 4.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display at 1280x720 resolution, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, Ice Cream Sandwich on board, and coming in October.


We've been hearing the same rumors since July, and honestly, there's nothing there that is outlandish enough to dismiss them out of hand.  The Nexus Prime sounds like a beefed up Samsung Galaxy S II, with delicious vanilla Android running on a screen that some of us (yours truly) are simply salivating over (especially now that it's more plausible).  Some of you guys aren't very keen on the fact that Samsung is once again making the Nexus device, but we all have to remember that the purpose of these developer models is to provide a showcase and hardware for new features introduced in the latest Android version, so software devs can write apps that use them.  A new resolution and rumored buttonless design is one of these features, and who better to provide the equipment than the company who can make the screens.  Nobody can be sure of the details of the next Nexus device until Vic G and friends are on stage showing it to us all, but the Nexus Prime sounds more than reasonable.  Or maybe I'm setting myself up for a fall -- we'll see in October.

Source: etNews (Korean); via OLED-display

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4 years ago

Cellular South gets ready for LTE network, expands voice and data capacity


Cellular South has just announced they will be spending 90 million dollars in network expansion to ready themselves for their LTE network.  This involves new towers, thousands of miles of new fiber, a significant boost in network capacity, and the obligatory enhanced backhaul.  We all know the big four providers here in the states, but few realize that Cellular South is the nation's largest privately held wireless provider in the US, and actually has a higher rate of smartphone adoption than any other carrier.  This is "driving an explosive demand for mobile data services" says Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer for Cellular South.

Most of the new expansion will be in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama where 258 new cell sites are planned, to serve 42 different counties.  There will also be capacity boosts at major colleges this fall, including up to 150 percent capacity increases on the Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and University of Southern Mississippi campuses and expanded coverage at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, the home of Jackson State University football.  While we have no timetable for any LTE rollout, it appears the Cellular South is getting itself ready for it's appearance.  You can read the full press release after the break.

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