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4 years ago

Instagram for Android finally (and still) in development

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iPhone photo sharing application Instragram has become a massive success, and the source of envy for many of the Android faithful. For the first time though, their Chief Executive Kevin Systrom no less, has confirmed what many of us have been waiting for. Instagram for Android is currently in development. 

At the LeWeb conference in Paris, Systrom said, "we have two people working on Android now," Sadly though he didn't offer any timeframe as to when the work may be complete. 

Source: CNET

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4 years ago

OnLive gaming launched for Android, free game included

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Popular cloud gaming service OnLive today launched its Android offering for smartphones and tablets, bringing a free game along with it in the form of Lego Batman. For anyone not familiar, this is no mobile offering -- the cloud service offers up full console games to play in the cloud. Currently the Android app is available in the UK and US.

There are around 25 games at present that can be played using a touchscreen, with another 200 that can be played using the OnLive wireless controller, which goes on sale Dec. 9 for around £40/$50. With a tablet and a controller, you effectively get a mobile games console. The service offers cross platform compatability, meaning your progress will be available on all your devices, and it also gives you the chance to engage in multiplayer activity against your iOS and desktop playing friends. 

There is an official device compatibility list, but it's important to note that it'll most likely work without a hitch on other devices. For example, the Galaxy Nexus is absent, but it works just fine, as does the Nexus S. 

The OnLive app requires at least Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has been tested on the following devices:

Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, HTC Evo View, HTC Flyer, HTC Jetstream, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Sony Ericsson Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive, HTC EVO, HTC Nexus One, HTC Rezound 4G, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL, Motorola Droid 2, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola DROID BIONIC 4G, Motorola DROID RAZR 4G, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II 4G.

The Universal OnLive Wireless Controller has been tested with the Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Toshiba Thrive.

We'll have a full review coming up soon, but in the meantime check out the video and a whole host of screenshots and download links after the break. 

Source: OnLive; via: Clove

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4 years ago

Twitter for Android updated, brings new design along with it

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Twitter for Android just received an update in the market that brings a new UI design along with it in addition to some new features. In addition to the UI changes, the update brings some other additional features as well, such as:

  • The latest version of Twitter offers a faster, simpler way to stay close to everything you care about on your Android.
  • Home is where you start: a personal collection of Tweets from the sources you care about. The Tweet details show rich information such as replies, retweets and embedded images.
  • Connect is the place to see who followed or mentioned you, retweeted or favorited one of your Tweets.
  • Discover is where you can tap into the stories and trends people are talking about in your world.

Be sure to jump past the break for download links to grab the update!

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4 years ago

HTC Sensation 4G 'performance and stability' update rolling out

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T-Mobile is pushing out a new software update for its HTC Sensation 4G, bringing the device up to version 1.50.531.31. The new version, which is still based on Android 2.3.4 and Sense 3.0, brings a host of welcome improvements and fixes to Sensation 4G owners. T-Mo's describing it as a "performance and stability" update --

New Features:

  • Software stability
  • Improved battery life

Improvements:

  • Improvements to Trace dictionary
  • Screen  unresponsiveness resolved
  • Device taking screen shots resolved
  • Lock screen shifted up resolved
  • Icon pixilation resolved
  • Improved Wi-Fi connection
  • Green lines on photo resolved

The new software will start rolling out between now and Jan. 15 -- to grab it, head to Menu > Settings > About Phone > HTC software updates and tap "Check".

Source: T-Mobile, Thanks, mdemars!

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4 years ago

Pope lights up 'world's biggest Christmas tree' with Sony Tablet S

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Sony's Tablet S has yet to see widepsread success, but it seems one early adopter is none other than Pope Benedict XVI, who today used the device to wirelessly turn on festive lighting in Gubbio, Italy. From his home in Vatican City, the Pope used the tablet's Wifi connection to send the signal over the Internet and illuminate the 2,460-foot-tall display, which is described as the "world's biggest Christmas tree".

Curiously, MSNBC reports that the Vatican originally intended to use an iPad instead of the Android-powered Sony device. Whatever was behind the chance in plans, it seems the Tablet S was more than up to the task.

Source: MSNBC; via: The Verge

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4 years ago

View Google Image results in a new carousel

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Ever search for images on your Android tablet only to be annoyed that you have to click on the image to see it full screen, then click back to view the results to check out the next image? No longer do you have to do this, as now you can swipe between the full resolution images in a carousel fashion. After clicking on an image to see if full screen you simply swipe left or right to see the next or previous image. Want to learn more about the image? Simply click on the lower left corner and you will be taken to the site with the information. Another subtle yet helpful revamp from Google!

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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4 years ago

A Look at BitDefender Mobile Security

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There's a new player in the Android security software game, and it's one many of us are already familiar with -- BitDefender.  They have released a mobile security suite that's full of functions like malware scanning, application auditing for privacy compromising features, and even some remote administration should you happen to lose your phone somehow.  With a pre-paid SIM card in hand, a new Google account, BitDefender installed and a laundry list of sites full of content I shouldn't be visiting from my phone to test this one out, I gave this one a good once-over and feel pretty good about recommending it .  Hit the break to see the features, a download link, and a slew of pictures.

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4 years ago

Beautiful Widgets becomes first paid app to hit 1 million downloads

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We love Beautiful Widgets. Not only do they provide essential shortcuts on our homescreens, but they look good doing so. It's because of this that we're happy that LevelUp Studio announced that the app is the first paid to reach 1 million downloads. To celebrate, they put together an infographic (see it after the break) detailing some of their stats. They have had 121 updates in the Android Market, they have a total number of 1109 skins for their products while there are 1.3 million downloads of those skins every month. 

A few days ago, Google announced 10 billion downloads in the Android Market, which they are celebrating by discounting select apps to 10 cents. Beautiful Widgets was featured on Day 2, so hopefully many of you who haven't tried the app were able to grab it for cheap. 

For those of you who still don't have the app, you can find links after the break. 

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus now available in Canada

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We received word back in November that some Canadian carriers would begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on December 8th and that proved to be correct. The Galaxy Nexus is now available for purchase in Canada. It can be bought from either Virgin Mobile or Bell for $159 on a 3-year contract.

Rogers also announced back in November that they would take reservations, but the phone doesn't appear to be available from them just yet. We'll keep you up-to-date with everything we hear. 

Nevertheless, this is great news for those of you in Canada, who can now show off your new toy while those of us in the United States are still pining for a release date from certain carriers. 

If you've purchased a brand new Nexus or are thinking of doing so, hit up our Galaxy Nexus Forum for everything you need. 

Source: Bell;  Virgin Mobile Canada

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4 years ago

Android 101: Using multiple Android devices

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'Tis the season for getting cool electronic gifts, and there's a good chance that some of us will be getting another Android device for a holiday present.  While for many it will be a new smartphone to replace their existing Android phone, for others it might just be a new Android tablet or Google TV, and will be used in addition to your beloved Android phone.  Some of us are old pros at handling multiple devices, but for the first timer it can be a bit confusing, not knowing how things like Google applications and other apps with an account will work while on more than one device.  That's where we come in.  There's two ways to handle it all, and we're going to cover them both after the break.

Big thanks to Android Central member whitenack for the idea!

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4 years ago

Day 3 of Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration

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We're onto the third day of Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration in which 10 apps will be sold for a dime. No official word yet on exactly what's on sale today, but here's what we've found thus far:

And, two one other ... Sing out if you spot 'em! We got 'em all! Great work, everybody!

Also: Day 1 apps; Day 2 apps

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4 years ago

Google shows off Ice Cream Sandwich features -- including on tablets -- at LeWeb

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt took an hour this week at LeWeb 11 in Paris. And leading off his keynote was none other than Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There's not a lot there we haven't seen already -- though Hugo Berra did show off Ice Cream Sandwich on a Motorola Xoom -- but it's another great preview of what Europe's experiencing now on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and what those of us in the States will get to experience ... eventually.

Android is just a small sliver of the talk, and you should really watch the entire thing. Other highlights:

  • On Google TV: "We took Chrome and Android and combined them, and stuffed it inside a television."
  • On Motorola: "We will run them separately to make sure the Android ecosystem doesn't get changed. We like the way Android works now."
  • On parity between iOS and Android apps: "With the ICS release, our core objective as a company is to get all of the hardware vendors onto that platform. .. Six months from now ... applications vendors ... will want to developer for that platform (Android), perhaps even first."
  • On driverless cars: "In our lifetimes, it's a fair statement to say that the majority of cars will be driverless or driverless-assisted."

It's another fascinating talk by Schmidt. Check it out.

More: LeWeb.net

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4 years ago

Facebook refresh live in the Market

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We know some of you have been on pins and needles about the new Facebook update, and we can safely say it's officially live in the Market.

The update kicks the design up a few notches, but the basic works remain the same. It's certainly faster, and while the phone version has come a long way, but the tablet version is still atrocious. Everything is unbelieveably stretched out and looks pretty bad. (See above.)

You get some nice new features, like pull to refresh, but otherwise it's the same Facebook app you've come to know and love.

If you're a big fan of the Facebook app (or are just curious what the new design looks like), we've got a massive boatload of pictures and a download link after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile confirms Galaxy S II arriving in white Dec. 14

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The last we heard about the white Samsung Galaxy S II on T-Mobile was when they confirmed it would indeed be arriving in time for the holidays. At the time, they weren't exactly willing to elaborate on it any further but T-Mobile has now set a date officially. December 14th is when you can get you Samsung Galaxy S II in white on T-Mobile for as low as $230 with a new 2-year agreement -- just in time for the holidays.

Source: @TMobile; More info: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

Editorial: Is the Verizon Galaxy Nexus really a Nexus? You betcha

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Google Wallet isn't there, MyVerizon and contact backup assistant (as well as some network code to assist GPS) is there, and everyone is freaking out.  Verizon has killed the Nexus.  The Verizon Galaxy Nexus isn't really a Nexus.  Verizon kills kittens!  Let us take a minute and try to put all this in perspective.  Take a deep breath and follow along, and we'll figure it all out.

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