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3 years ago

Bionic, SGSII, Prime,Vigor and more [From the Forums]

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We're gearing up for the Android Central podcast -- be there or be square. While you're waiting, make sure you hit up the blog posts from today that you may have missed out on or jump on into the Android Central forums and fire up some discussion.

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

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic pictures leaked, a blurrycam look at the new design

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A couple blurry Motorola Droid Bionic pictures have leaked out, and while they don't really tell us anything new, they do give an almost first-hand look at the device and it's new design.  Compared to the Droid Charge, it's a bit bigger, a bit squarer, and a bit more humped. 

As the September release rolls closer, we expect to see more pictures leaked out.  It's been a long crazy ride, but it's almost over folks.  Hit the jump to see the backside.

Source: Droid Life

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Tab Explorer

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You're floating on Cloud 9 at your new Xoom Tab 10.1 Thrive tablet purchase, but after a bit of messing around, you realize you need a file manager. How else can you make sure your Now That's What I Call Music (Vol. 1-9) collection makes it into the right place? Enter Tab Explorer.

Tab Explorer is pretty bare bones, but that's not to say it's bad. You don't need bells and whistles up the wazoo on your file manager, and for what it advertises, Tab Explorer delivers. You get a four-pane setup, and the deeper you go into a folder, for example, the more panels appear.

It's rather intuitive, pretty much like using ASTRO File Manager or Root Explorer on your phone, except you're afforded the luxury of seeing the location you just came from instead of a new folder taking up your entire screen.

There's also sorting options in the top-right corner of the screen, allowing you to sort by size, type, or name. You get a notification on-screen whenever you've chosen one, and if you want to use that same option, but reverse the order, pressing it again (or double-tapping it the first time) will get that result.

Tab Explorer also does picture and app sorting for you as well, and you can access either of those menus at the top of the screen. App sorting didn't do much for me, but it might be because I still don't have too many apps on my tablet. The picture viewing is cool because it lets you delete pictures straight off your device and also lets you rotate them without going into the gallery or a photo editor.

Tab Explorer comes in at $1.99, and while it's not as cheap (or free!) as some of it's competition, it's definitely a strong contender in the tablet file manager space. The developers also have a lite version on the Market that gives you full functionality for seven days, just so you can sample the delights before you invest.

As always, more pictures and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

AT&T and NGMOCO bringing social gaming platform MOBAGE to AT&T Android users

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Social gaming is on the rise and knowing that, AT&T and NGMOCO have just announced a new agreement to bring social gaming to all AT&T Android users through the Mobage platform. The agreement of course will bring Mobage enabled games to AT&T customers and allow for plenty of growth

“Games are consistently among the most popular entertainment apps for smartphones,” said Ted Woodbery, vice president, Wireless Data, Voice and Ancillary Services, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We are pleased to be the first U.S. wireless carrier to work with ngmoco and look forward to giving our Android customers access to the rich Mobage gaming catalog later this year.”

Mobage will serve as a hub for AT&T Android users to discover and play games, and connect to users across the globe. Mobage is still running under beta terms within North America but this new agreement will further help expand their position in social gaming. You can find the full press release after the break.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Google to Microsoft: 'We didn't fall for it' [updated with Microsoft's retort]

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Let's just break it down thusly:

Google SVP and chief legal officer David Drummond pens a blog post explaining the company's position in the current patent situation.

Microsoft's lawyer responds ... on Twitter ... saying Google could have teamed up with it in the patent auction, and basically that Google needs to quit whining. (See our editorial: "Keep it in the courtroom, folks")

And now Drummond has updated the previous Google Blog post with the following:

It's not surprising that Microsoft would want to divert attention by pushing a false "gotcha!" while failing to address the substance of the issues we raised. If you think about it, it's obvious why we turned down Microsoft’s offer. Microsoft's objective has been to keep from Google and Android device-makers any patents that might be used to defend against their attacks. A joint acquisition of the Novell patents that gave all parties a license would have eliminated any protection these patents could offer to Android against attacks from Microsoft and its bidding partners. Making sure that we would be unable to assert these patents to defend Android — and having us pay for the privilege — must have seemed like an ingenious strategy to them. We didn't fall for it.

Ultimately, the U.S. Department of Justice intervened, forcing Microsoft to sell the patents it bought and demanding that the winning group (Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, EMC) give a license to the open-source community, changes the DoJ said were “necessary to protect competition and innovation in the open source software community.” This only reaffirms our point: Our competitors are waging a patent war on Android and working together to keep us from getting patents that would help balance the scales.

Oh, snap. Hardball. Shots fired and returned. Pick your catchphrase. This isn't going away any time soon, folks.

Source: Google Blog

Update: And -- surprise, surprise -- Microsoft's lead of corporate communications is back on the Twitter, saying:

Hello again David Drummond. This is going to take a few tweets, so here we go. Let’s look at what Google does not dispute in their reply.

We offered Google the opportunity to bid with us to buy the Novell patents; they said no.

Why? BECAUSE they wanted to buy something that they could use to assert against someone else.

SO partnering with others & reducing patent liability across industry is not something they wanted to help do

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3 years ago

Motorola announces the 3.5-inch XT531 Android smartphone

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Motorola Mobility today announced the "budget-friendly" XT531 Android smartphone. The 3.5-inch phone will be available in China, which is a wee bit unfortunate because it's also pretty sexy looking for a mid-level phone.

Full specs? Here 'tis:

  • Runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Dual-band HSDPA/Quad-band EDGE
  • 3.5” HVGA display with capacitive multi-touch
  • 5MP camera with auto-focus and built in flash
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video call, chat and sharing
  • Moto Switch UI allows users to shift to different modes
  • 800MHz chipset
  • 512MB onboard memory
  • MicroSD card slot expandable up to 32GB
  • Access to Google Apps (Mapping, Voice Turn-by-Turn Directions, 360 Mapping, Google Talk™, Browsing)
  • FM Radio with RDS support
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • E-compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer
  • GPS/aGPS
  • LED notifications
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • 1540mAh battery, up to 8 hours of talk time and 28 days in standby in 3G mode

The XT531 will be available this month in China, and in Hong Kong, Taiwan and select nations in Europe and Latin America this fall.

Source: Motorola Mobility

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3 years ago

OpenFeint adds 230 games in past two months, holds 24 of top 100 spots in Android Market

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The folks at OpenFeint have sent out a press release that toots their own horn a bit, with very good reason.  The social gaming network is the largest of the bunch with 107 million users, and in just two months they have released 230 games -- 24 of which are in the top 100 list in the Android Market.  That's no small feat, especially when others are lagging behind and hiding behind cries of fragmentation instead of releasing new titles.  You can check out the list of the 24 best in the press release after the break.

In addition, the first portions of their next generation social gaming network with new player profiles, status updates, and player walls has started rolling out, and are now live on all 700 games for Android.  Sorry Apple fans, you'll have to wait until fall to see these features.  With Android massive global growth, it only makes sense to see developers and publishers focusing on the platform, and I predict this is a trend that will continue.  If you're a developer and are interested in using OpenFeint in your game, head to OpenFeint.com/Developers for more info, and be sure to drop us a line so we can check it out.  Read the full presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Android 101: How to uninstall an application

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3 years ago

Paranormal Agency now available for Android

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After having launched some of their previous titles in the Android Market such as Supermarket Mania, Mahjong Artifacts, the folks from G5 entertainment have now gone ahead and launched one of their most popular titles there. Paranormal Agency has now landed and is available to all who like to dive into hidden object games. Paranormal Agency is available as a free download and supports In-App Purchase to unlock the full version. You can check out the full press release past the break or just skip on right to the download.

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3 years ago

Rogers HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D now available at Best Buy

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With Rogers not yet letting the devices out the door and still only taking pre-orders, Best Buy in Canada should be raking in some of those sales for anyone interested in picking up either a HTC EVO 3D or LG Optimus 3D for Rogers. Best Buy now has both devices in store with pricing even cheaper then Rogers. The HTC EVO 3D retails for $99 with a new three-year contract while the LG Optimus 3D retails for $49 under the same terms. (That's $50 cheaper then Rogers for either.) Anyone going to be grabbing either of these?

Source: Best Buy

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