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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Dec. 10, 2010

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Getting bored with those applications on your device? Looking for something new, but don't have hours to devote searching the market? Fear not, we bring you our weekly dose of our favorite selections that we use daily, and hopefully you can find some of the same value in the that we do!

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3 years ago

Tegra 2 packing LG Star gives other phones an 'inferiority complex'

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The LG Star is a device we have seen pop up a few times in recent weeks, but Engadget has gotten their hands on a prototype unit and put up a preview. Here are a couple highlights:

  • The style of the phone reminded them of the Droid Incredible
  • The 4-inch 800x480 panel is "gorgeous" 
  • Running Froyo but expected to launch with Ginerbread
  • Tegra 2 processor. And speaking of CPU power...
  • Benchmarks are fast. As in crazy fast. As in a Quadrant score about 2x that of the Nexus 1 and 67 fps on Neocore. And this not on final hardware/software. Wow
  • Youtube HQ and Flash playback went off "without a hitch"

So yes, I want one. LG will be at CES, which we will be covering extensively, so expect a lot more on this device come January. And if this is a hint of things to come from Nvidia's Tegra 2 chips, we are about to see a huge increase in the computing power of mobile devices. Click past the link for more pictures and a pair of videos. [Engadget

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3 years ago

Android Market update shrinks app refund window to 15 minutes

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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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3 years ago

The Google Nexus S shows off the new Maps app

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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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3 years ago

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

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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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3 years ago

Droid 2 Dock Review: Motorola Multimedia Desktop Charger

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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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3 years ago

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

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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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3 years ago

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

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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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3 years ago

Motorola Tablet specs reportedly leaked, couple of versions coming

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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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3 years ago

Gmail 2.3.2 changes [video]

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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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