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3 years ago

Thunderbolt root and unroot, Samsung 2GHz rumors [from the forums]

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You guys all set for another fun filled week of Android news? It's off to a great start -- I mean, the Apple legal department is already angry and off filing law suits that has to mean it's going to be a good week. Make sure you jump into the forums and let us know what's happening. Some threads below will help you all get started:

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3 years ago

Facebook app updated, brings friend tagging to mobile

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Facebook's Android app just got a little bit better as the social giant has pushed an update that adds in the ability to tag your friends in posts from within the app. Previously, you would have to load up the full website to get that functionality. As a reminder, to tag a friend you start by typing the "@" symbol and immediately start typing out the person's name. A box showing the most likely results pops up below the text entry field and you can close in on the person you want by typing more of their name. 

Other features of version 1.5.3 include a "Find Friends" feature and the ability to add your phone number to your profile plus a smattering of bug fixes. Open the Android Market and go to "My Apps" to get the update or check out the download links past the break. Thanks to ZSearcy for the tip!

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3 years ago

WordPress for Android updated to v1.4

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Give that WordPress powers some of the top blogs out there I'm pretty positive a few of you are also using it as your personal blogging platform as well. If you are -- then you should be pleased to know WordPress for Android just got a healthy update that corrects quite a few bugs and adds some new functionality. Now sitting at version 1.4 the following changes have been made within mobile app:

Post Scheduling - You can now easily set the publish date and time in the app when creating a post or page. The date can be set to the future which will set the post status to ‘Scheduled’ and publish on your blog when the time arrives. You can also edit existing posts and tweak the published date and time if desired.

Post Password - At the bottom of the post editor we’ve added a Post Password field to help protect your content. Simply enter a password here and the post will require that the password be entered for viewing on the blog when published. You can also add or remove a password from published posts as well.

HTTP Authentication Support - Is your self-hosted blog protected with an HTTP Authentication username and password? We’ve added support for entering the Authentication credentials in the blog settings so that you can manage your blog through the app. To access the Authentication settings, add a self-hosted blog to the app and select ‘Optional Settings’ in the setup area.

In addition to the new features, you'll find some crash bugs addressed and also when users comment, unapproved comments will now have a yellow tint to them -- making it more obvious from those of approved comments. And of course, as always -- WordPress remains Open source so if you find any other bugs or are looking to help out you can hit the developer blogs for more info. You'll find the download past the break -- or just fire up the Android Market if you have it already installed [WordPress]

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3 years ago

Samsung sued by Apple -- Galaxy S, Nexus S, Galaxy Tab at the crux [Update: more from Apple]

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Looks like our friends in Cupertino have taken an issue with some of Samsung's products, namely the Galaxy S-line, Nexus S, Epic 4G, and Galaxy Tab, and they're looking to take them to court over it.

Says Apple:

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products."

There haven't been any public comments from either company as of yet, but we can only imagine this one will continue to heat up as both continue to defend their stance.

Does Apple have a case on their hands? Should Samsung settle out of court if they're given the chance? Or is Samsung in the right and Apple's just trying to quash some of their Android competition? Give us your take either in the comments or the forums. [WSJ]

Update - More from Apple: 

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” an Apple representative told Mobilized. “This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.” [Mobilized]
 

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3 years ago

HTC Desire S review

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The HTC Desire S is the successor to one of HTC’s most popular European phones. The original Desire featured top specs for the time, along with a prettier, more accessible Android thanks to the HTC Sense UI. Launching just as Android’s market share was starting to explode, the phone saw massive sales throughout 2010, and gave many in Europe and Asia their first introduction to the platform.

With the Desire S, the Taiwanese manufacturer is returning to the 3.7-inch form factor with a refined and redesigned handset that offers a host of subtle improvements in several areas.

But is it a worthy successor to the HTC Desire? And can it compete with the glut of high-quality Android phones now available from other manufacturers? Read on to find out.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: ROM Manager 4.0

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ROM Manager has always been an indispensable tool for those of us with an unhealthy obsession with constantly juggling various ROMs between our phones. Now, the latest version of the app for rooted phones adds some interesting new functionality alongside a welcome visual refresh. Read on to find out what's new.

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3 years ago

Initial ASUS EeePad Transformer stock sells out

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Initial stocks of ASUS's new EeePad Transformer hybrid device have sold out, according to multiple sources. The Honeycomb-powered tablet/notebook briefly went on sale in the UK earlier this month at an insanely-reasonable price of £380 (~$610) for the tablet alone, and £430 (~$690) for the tablet and laptop dock.

A post on the manufacturer's Facebook page confirms the "first 2-3 batches" sold out much faster than they had planned. ASUS advises customers to watch their local ASUS Facebook page for updates on future availability. [ASUS Eee on Facebook, CNET]

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3 years ago

Acer Iconia Tablet goes up for pre-order in Canada courtesy of Future Shop

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Although Best Buy in the U.S. has tossed up their pre-order page long ago, Canadians are now able to get in on the Acer Iconia Tablet action as well. Future Shop Canada has posted up their pre-order  page for the Honeycomb powered 10.1-inch tablet. While the price is slightly higher-- it's not by much, as it sits at $499 with an expected ship date of May 13. You can check out our previous hands-on from Mobile World Congress or just head on over to the source link to place your order. [Future Shop]

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3 years ago

US Cellular Motorola Xoom coming in the second quarter

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That the Motorola Xoom is coming to US Cellular isn't that much of a surprise -- the proliferation of the first (and so far only) available Android Honeycomb tablet beyond Verizon was just a matter of time. Sprint appears poised to get it, too, and Cellular South's got a Wifi-only version.

So the question is will US Cellular be moving a Wifi-only version, or something will the regional carrier's data? We should find out sometime in the next couple months or so if this screen's any indication. Thanks, anon!

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3 years ago

CoveritLive app now available in the Android Market

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If you've ever tuned into any of our live blogging events here then you'll no doubt know that we use CoveritLive to make the magic happen for them and while the tools given to us by CoveritLive work quite well, it's certainly not a one man operation running a live blog.

That said, the new CoveritLive is now available in the Android Market and for anyone who needs to be bouncing from one press event to the other, this app packs a lot of features to help control any live blogs you may be running in those times. With it you can:

  • Create, launch and run live events
  • Publish live commentary
  • Approve and moderate Reader comments
  • Publish Photos, Audio and Video in real-time
  • Share event link and embed code
  • Place events into Standby Mode
  • End live events
  • View live event listings

As it is, the app isn't without some flaws -- as Phil found out and was deeply saddened by, it doesn't work in landscape mode which limits its use on tablets where it would be most beneficial with a keyboard.

The other isn't really a flaw within the app, rather concept of it -- it of course uses data that relies on a wireless signal, something that is often scarce at press events so don't go firing all your other bloggers thinking you can manage the task on your own now. Have a blog and need to control some live event? Jump on past the break for the download link -- it's free and won't cost you anything but time. [@PaulOBrien]

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