4 years ago

Read It Later Free Released Into Android Market



After Twitter and Gmail, Read it Later is the application I use most on my phone and I'm completely addicted to it.  If you haven't heard of the app before, Read it Later is a app that lets you save an article in an easy to read format so that you can, well, read it later.

The free version includes all the big features: A single reading list synced across all your devices (Computer, iOS, Android), Wireless downloads for offline viewing, and formatting articles in a clean, easy to read, "Text View" and the ability to change the font size and toggle "night mode" for easier reading in the dark. 

Upgrading to Read it Later Pro ($2.99) unlocks additional features such as:

  • View your entire list (No limits on the number of articles that can be viewed or downloaded)
  • Search and Sort your list
  • Currently Reading (View all open/unfinished articles)
  • Rotation Lock
  • Scroll through articles using the volume rocker

 I've used Read it Later Pro since it first came to the market and it's easily one my favorite apps to recommend to people, and that was before they offered a free trial version.  If you enjoy keeping up with the news on the go, give Read it Later a try.  I think you'll like it.

 Via [ReaditLaterList.com]

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4 years ago

Flip case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1


Let's talk Galaxy Tab 10.1 cases. We're still not sure exactly what's going to be available at launch in a couple weeks, but Samsung's Gavin Kim gave us a sneak peek at a flip case he's using (on that very cool metallic gray Galaxy Tab no less).

It's a simple yet elegant case. Made of thin plastic, it snaps to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, completely protecting the Honeycomb tablet. It closes like a folio, snapping into place. And then you can turn the case back around on itself, turning it into a stand for the tablet for easier typing. Not exactly a new concept, but it looks simple enough. We've got a few more pics and video after the break.

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4 years ago

Android Quick App: Magic Cuts


If you're into mind-benders, pay attention. What we've got here is Magic Cuts, a game born not only from the desire to make you furiously scratch your head, but also an academic paper about "dissecting planar shapes into two identical parts."

What results is an enjoyable romp, dragging lines about to slice shapes up into their identical halves. There's a whole plethora of things to halve, and some will definitely challenge you. The result is a seemingly simple game that's both fun and elegant.

Other than that, there's not much to say. It's free in the Market, so get out there and start slicing. QR code and download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Infuse maintenance update rolling out [update]


It's not the Gingerbread update many have been waiting for, but AT&T has started rolling out a small 8MB OTA update for the Samsung Infuse 4G.  We're on the lookout for the official changelog, but the biggest thing we can see is an updated baseband.  After the OTA you'll have:

  • Firmware 2.2.1
  • Baseband I997UCKE3
  • Build number FROYO.UCKE3

There are other small changes to a few system files, which should be expected any time we see an OTA update, no matter how minor it is.  We'll keep digging, and update once we find the full details.

Thanks, Brian!

Update: AT&T let us know that part of the update was to address a small issue involving Email sync with Exchange 2003 servers.  Nice to see business users getting taken care of quickly.

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4 years ago

EVO 4G Gingerbread update available ... now!



Judging from our overflowing inbox, it looks like most of you have noticed that the Android 2.3 update for the HTC EVO 4G on Sprint is now available, just like Sprint said it would be. You're getting system version 4.22.651.2, and it's a whopping 109.21 megabytes. Not surprising, but be forewarned.

So what do you get? Judging from our hands-on with an earlier leaked build, you're not going to really notice too many differences, at least visually. Sense is Sense. But you get all of the new APIs and improvements in Android 2.3, plus we figure HTC's thrown in a bugfix or two.

If you haven't snagged the update yet, go to Menu/Settings/System updates/HTC software Update to pull it down manually. 

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
More: EVO 4G forums

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4 years ago

HTC EVO 3D FCC filings now viewable


Now that we are getting closer and closer to the launch of the HTC EVO 3D, the once-secret FCC documentation has now been revealed. By now, the EVO 3D has long since passed FCC approval but the documentation that led to its approval was covered by a 180-day confidentiality request from HTC. While requests of this nature are rather typical -- this one seems to of have been in place to cover up the schematics of the device in general. Why exactly, we're not sure but they are now available for your viewing pleasure. Hit the source link for the full rundown.

Source: FCC; Thanks, Emeterio!

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4 years ago

The post where we bring the party to you ...


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Couldn't make it to last night's Android Central/Samsung/Netshelter reader meet-up and Galaxy Tab 10.1 event? No worry, we'll bring a little slice of it to you. We can't remember how many phones, Galaxy Tab 7s and Galaxy Tab 10.1 vouchers we gave away -- to say nothing of the Samsung smartphones.

So peep the video above. It's just a small snippet of a great night with a bunch of Android fans and new friends. We'll have to do this again, folks.

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Black appears in new video


We've already had our way with the LG Optimus Black in our hands-on review of the device but LG hasn't slowed down in the marketing of it in the slightest. A new video has now popped up on the LG YouTube page that pegs the LG Optimus Black up against some cleverly named competition in the "smartphone championship race" -- have a look, LG certainly won the cool factor with this one.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets a touch of gray


So you desperately want a Galaxy Tab 10.1, but maybe white's not your thing. How about a nice metallic gray? Samsung can do that, too. And for our money, this one's where it's at. It's got a nice texture to it. And while it's a little colder in the hand, it feels a little less like a toy, and a little more professional. More distinguished, if you will.

And the best part: It's supposed to be available at the nationwide launch on June 17. Want more? Pics are after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 retail edition


We're in New York City ahead of the reader meet-up with our pals at Samsung and just snagged ourselves a look at the retail version of the Wifi-only Galaxy Tab 10.1, which will hit the Union Square Best Buy in New York City on June 8, and nationwide June 17.

For all intents and purposes, what you see here is exactly what was handed out to developers at Google IO (see our full review of the special edition Galaxy Tab 10.1). Same Tegra 2 system on a chip, same hardware (thin and light!), and same Honeycomb. OK, not the same Honeycomb. This guy's running Android 3.1, and it'll have it at launch time.

One thing it won't have, however, is Samsung's Touchwiz user experience, but that'll be coming in an over-the-air update later. (No, we don't know when.)

And because so many of you have asked, we'll put this in a sentence all its own: There's no microSD card. But you do have a couple of versions you can purchase. The 16GB Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run you $499, and the 32GB version costs $599.

So there you have it, folks. For those of you not able to come to the event in New York, we bring the event to you.

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4 years ago

Android powered i'mWatch knows what time it is


Whoa!  This is something so cool, you knew it had to come eventually -- an Android powered watch that connects to your smartphone (Android, iPhone 4, future BlackBerry devices) via bluetooth.  We've seen similar products, but they were more mundane things, and simply a data pipe back to your phone.  The i'mWatch runs its own custom version of Android, and comes bundled with a set of apps that you can run right on the 1.54" TFT display.  Not only can you make and receive calls and texts, but you have access to Email, weather info, stock prices and market data, Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter -- the list goes on. 

All this is running on a Freescale ARM9 IMX233 CPU, with 64 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage.  In other words, it should do everything listed really, really well.  Combine that with a 600mAh battery for 2 hours talk time or 48 hours standby time, and you have one of the coolest accessories you're likely to run across.  It's not cheap -- it checks in at €249 (about $360 US), and that price is only good until June 30, but the good things in life never are.  Check out the source link for more details and ordering info.

Source: i'mWatchThanks, Baconater!

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4 years ago

Android continues to grow, Sense 3.0 [From the forums]


If you're not making your way out to NYC tonight for our first, official Android Central meetup tonight then we've got plenty of Android goodness posted up on the blogs and in the forums to keep you all occupied. Check out some of the forums threads from today:

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

10.1 inch Toshiba Thrive coming in July, and priced right


Since we first had some time with the Toshiba Thrive (then only known as an unnamed Toshiba tablet) at CES last January, we've been waiting to hear when it would show up for anyone to actually purchase one.  According to Engadget, that will be this July, with pre-orders starting at Best Buy on June 13.  The pricing is also done right -- $429 for the 8GB model, $479 for the 16GB, and the 32GB checks in at $579.

The Thrive is also looking good in the features department -- with full size HDMI and USB ports and a full size SD card slot built into the unit itself, connectivity won't be an issue, and that matters because it ships with Honeycomb 3.1 and all the USB gadgetry support you could ever ask for. Toss in Toshiba's Resolution + software and a removable battery, and you have the makings of a real winner at a great price.  Hit the break to see the hands-on video from CES.

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

Bank of America revamps its mobile banking app with latest update


Bank of America has updated its Android mobile banking app to version 3.1.120 with a completely revamped appearance and user interface. Anyone who thought the previous versions were a little heavy on the “blah” should be pleasantly surprised to find a more user-friendly experience with a clean, polished finish that's sure to please even the pickiest mobile bankers. All of the main functions remain, including support for multiple accounts, a bank and ATM locator, account transfers, and mobile bill pay, though these functions are now found in tabs on top of your account's home screen. The update also makes the app available for the first time to Bank of America customers in Washington and Idaho, who are now invited out of the mobile banking dark ages. Hit the break to grab the free update from the Android Market.

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4 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 case review: Mobi Products Crystal Case


The Mobi Products Crystal Case for the HTC Droid Incredible 2 is a solid choice for any Incredible 2 or S owner who is looking to protect their phone yet keep the lightness that the device boasts.

I also know many people who like the look of their phones and are hesitant to put a case on it because they want to see the HTC emblem or the Google logo on the back. The crystal case is transparent so you’ll never run into this issue; it’ll protect the phone yet allow you to see it in its entirety.

It has slots for the cameras, ports, speaker and screen so you won’t have to worry about missing any features while your phone is in the case.

It is a simple snap-on case that has been very durable in the time I’ve been able to test it. It hasn't come apart or even come close to breaking off from the device.

The Mobi Products Crystal Case, is available for $12.95 from the Android Central Store. More pictures after the break.

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