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3 years ago

Adobe Reader updated

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Adobe Reader -- Adobe's official pdf reader -- got itself a little update recently. Here's what's new: 

  • Tablet support
  • Open PDF Portfolios & Password protected PDF files
  • Text search
  • View mode – Fit Screen & Continuous scroll
  • Go to page
  • Improved navigation Performance
  • Support for English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese , Swedish, Russian, Czech, Polish & Turkish

You can update yours now in the Android Market, or we have download links after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Android device traffic -- Moto Droid No.1 , 4G-enabled phones at 16%

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Chitika Research has compiled some statistics that break down Android specific device traffic, and the Motorola Droid still comes out on top with 19 percent of the total.  The breakdown really isn't surprising, Verizon and Sprint hold the top two spots with the Sprint Evo 4G coming in right behind the Droid at 12 percent.  The Samsung Vibrant comes in at number five, with a five percent share as the first GSM device on the list.

We don't have a fancy pie chart to show it, but according to Chikita, 4G Android phones (The Evo 4G, The Epic 4G, the T-Mobile G2, and the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G) claim 16 percent of all Android traffic in their study.  Something tells me that number will be a bit different come Q2 2011, when Verizon gets into the mix. [Chitika Research]

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3 years ago

Win 1 of 50 unlock codes for your GSM HTC device courtesy of CellUnlock!

In celebration of our new unlocking help forums opening up today, we have a contest for anyone out there who has an HTC GSM device and would like to no longer have it locked to any specific carrier. Courtesy of folks over at CellUnlock.net we'll be giving away 50 codes in total. Let's make entry a little interesting though, leave a comment in the contest forums letting us know what about Android it is that you love and you'll be entered to win. Good luck to all! And of course, thanks to CellUnlock for the codes!

Click here to enter for your chance to win 1 of 50 unlock codes

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3 years ago

Verizon axes $10 add-a-line cost for new smartphones on family plans

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Verizon has just announced a new promotion that will provide a bit of extra incentive for users in family plans to upgrade to a smartphone this Christmas season. The offer gets rid of the $9.99 per month charge for adding lines as long as those lines are smartphones and paying the $29.99 per month charge for unlimited data. The rebate actually lasts the entire length of your contract, so assuming you stick with it for the full two years, each added smartphone line would save $240 ($10 per month for 24 months) over the life of the contract.

Verizon will start the discount pricing Nov. 19, and it will run until Jan. 7, 2011. Verizon is aiming specifically to get owners of family plans an incentive to upgrade their spouse or children to smartphones, which I am sure many will do. Family plans currently start at $69.99 and you can add up to five additional lines to the base plan. Click past the break to see some more slides we have ninja'd from Big Red that will tell you all you need to know about eligibility and pricing. [Verizon Wireless]

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3 years ago

Steve Wozniak talks Android's future (hint: he thinks it's got one)

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The Wonderful Wizard of Woz, or simply, Steve Wozniak -- is at it again. This time only, he's talking Android and iOS. The co-founder of Apple was recently interviewed by De Telegraaf, a newspaper in the Netherlands, on what he thoughts were on the Android platform and some deets on a unreleased Apple manufactured smartphone back in 2004.

The computer genius drew some comparisons between the early Windows platform and today's Android, claiming that quality and user satisfaction could be better, but ultimately it will become the dominant smartphone in the market, much like how Windows has taken over today. 

Wozniak also disclosed some info about a smartphone they were developing back in 2004 with a Japanese electronics company. The smartphone was never released publicly because Apple felt that the device was not quite all there, and they wanted a device that would be "breakthrough." Anyone remember the Apple Pippin? Anyone? [De Telegraaf via Engadget, TiPB]

Update: Well, it didn't take long for Steve to point out his was misquoted on a few things here. Woz has since clarified some of the misquotes that have been reported, by stating that he'd never say that Android was better than iOS, and that "Almost every app I have is better on the iPhone." It appears, something here was lost in translation. Best to listen to the audio so that you get the full effect of what Woz was stating. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Google Sky Map gets updated with time travel, multitouch

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This one's for all you astronomers out there. Google has just updated Google Sky Map to version 1.6. You were keeping count, right? The update brings two new features to the app:

  • Time Travel: Travel through time to view the sky as it looked in the past or as it will look in the future. You can also speed up time to watch events
    like eclipses and conjunctions
  • MultiTouch: Easily zoom in & out or rotate display using just two fingers
    on devices that support multi-touch input

Very, very cool. Download links are after the break. [Google] Thanks, El Jefe!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus One review

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Redefining entry-level Android phones, one carrier at a time

Let's not mince words: The LG Optimus One is not a top-end phone, nor was it designed to be.  If you're expecting some sort of dual-core wünderphone, look elsewhere.

But -- if you're looking for a very pocketable, well built, speedy communications device you've found the right place.  Hit the break and check out how LG is changing the way we think of low end Android phones.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Black Friday by dealnews.com

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If the Christmas music on the radio station didn't tip you off, the busiest shopping season is just around the corner.  In nine days parents across the country will be lining up outside of their favorite big box retailers, hoping to get their big ticket gifts out of the way at amazing prices.

Sure, you can root through print ads, cutting out items you want and taping them to your master shopping list, but wouldn't it be easier if you could view deals and compile your list directly on your Android cellphone?

BusinessWire posted an article about a new Black Friday app for Android and iOS devices by the popular deal website dealnews.com.  It promises to simplify your Black Friday shopping by letting you browse Black Friday deals from your handset and add them to a master list for when you head out before the crack of dawn on the 26th.

 Hit the read more link to find out more about this holiday app, and for links to download it to your shopping companion. [Via BusinessWire, dealnews.com]

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro officially on sale today

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The Motorola Droid Pro -- with its 3.1-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY front-facing keyboard -- is officially available today from Verizon Wireless for $179 after two-year contract and $100 rebate. We're knee-deep into testing this guy out, but in the interim you can check out our initial hands-on, benchmark test, full specs and gallery. [Verizon]

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3 years ago

Google Navigation comes to Australia

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This is a nice update for our readers down in Australia.  As of today, you can use Google Maps to give you free turn by turn navigation on your Android device providing it's running Android 1.6 or higher.  Australia is the latest in a string of countries to get the popular navigation service, and all functions, including traffic conditions for select cities, seem to be online.  If you live in Australia, be sure to try out the new Google maps and let us know how it's working for you below or in our forums. Via [Sydney Morning Herald] Thanks Tristan!

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