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4 years ago

HP's webOS joins Android in the land of open-source operating systems

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Android just got a new friend in the open-source playground. HP today announced that the beloved-but-floundering mobile operating system will released to the open-source community.

"HP plans to continue to be active in the development and suppport of webOS," the company said. Like the core Android OS, webOS will be made available under an open-source license.

Exactly what that means in regards to webOS as a competitor to Android? We'll just have to see. Certainly it's great news for anyone who likes to tinker -- and you know how Android folks like to tinker. Will it overtake Android as the current embedded OS of choice? We will see some sort of mutant Android-webOS hybrid emerge from these murkey depths? (And how cool would that be?) We'll just have to see.

There's loads more, including the official announcement, at the link below.

More at PreCentral.net

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4 years ago

Not so much ...

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This the only Verizon Galaxy Nexus post we intend on doing today, unless actual news breaks. But it was just too good to pass up. This store in Memphis, Tenn., apparently didn't get the message. Either that or it has a cruel sense of humor. Either way, it'll be here when it's here.

Source: Galaxy Nexus forums

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4 years ago

Google improves movie search on the go

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Google has improved searching for movies and theaters through your mobile browser by implementing a new interractive "ribbon" at the top of search results. Now, by searching "movies" or a specific theater in your Android's broswer (it works on iOS, too), you'll see the film poster, a quick summary, ratings, and showtimes. Clicking the movie title will give you a detailed summary, cast information, and showtimes at all nearby theaters. While it may not be as good as a dedicated app, it's surely improved from the scrolling that a movie search used to entail. Check out your browser now to give the new method a spin.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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4 years ago

Celebrate the Universe with a limited-time free beta of SkySafari

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This one's for the giddy-little astronomer in all of us. Like a bunch of schoolkids, on Dec. 10 before the break of dawn, many of us will jauntily find our ways out and gazing at the open skies to watch the final total Lunar Eclipse to be seen for the next two years. But just in case 2:30 AM (EST) is too early for you to be waking up, a new app from Southern Stars is sure to be of some use to you. SkySafari, which is something like Google Earth but for the Universe (and with cool stuff like time-lapse tools and detailed info about various celestial beings), is coming to Android officially by the end of the month; but the developers wanted to celebrate the unusual event with a free beta release to interested users, and you're on that list.

The app, which has already found itself fairly popular in the iOS ecosystem, allows you to not only see what the night sky looks like at the current date/time, but will also show you the transitions of that sky through any time period. If you won't be awake to see the Eclipse for yourself, use SkySafari to select the date and time of the Eclipse (December 10th at 2:30 AM EST) and watch the moon virtually as its shape is transformed through the night. It will be a sight worth seeing that you won't want to miss, and now you don't even really have to.

Read the company Press Release after the break announcing how to get access to the beta app and see for yourself what all the hubbub in space is all about. 

Download the beta here

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4 years ago

Android Market problems? You're not alone

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Experiencing issues with the Android Market this morning? You are not alone as it seems a wide variety of users are experiencing the same. It either works, or it doesn't users are reporting, doesn't seem to be in the middle for anyone, either they have luck or they can't purchase. Hopefully it's just something minor that Google can get up and running quickly, but keep your eye on the source link and here for more updates!

Source: Google Groups

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4 years ago

Sense 3.0 updates rolling out for HTC Desire HD, Incredible S

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And the Wildfire S gets a new lockscreen

Looks like HTC is going on something of an updating spree. According to reports from multiple HTC users, the Desire HD and Incredible S have both received updates to Android 2.3.5 and HTC Sense 3.0, bringing their software in line with more recent phones like the Sensation and EVO 3D. In addition, the Wildfire S has apparently received an update of its own, and while it's still on Sense 2.1, its Android version has been bumped up to 2.3.5, and it's now sporting the fancy Sense 3.0 lockscreen that we've enjoyed on high-end HTC devices for some time.

To grab the updates on your device, head to Settings > About Phone > Software Updates and tap the button (note that if you're on a carrier-branded device, you may have to wait a little longer before it's rolled out to you). If you've already upgraded, let us know how you're getting on over in the comments.

Source: XDA (1, 2, 3); thanks, Dingbums!

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4 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 81: Google Currents, 10-cent apps and a Galaxy Nexus Q&A

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Audio-only stream below

Google Currents is finally live, 10 days of 10-cent apps celebrate 10 billion downloads, and we throw a massive Samsung Galaxy Nexus Q&A. Listen in!

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4 years ago

Zynga Poker becomes latest addition to the Google TV library

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Zynga become the latest developer to throw their hat into the Google TV ring, as Zynga Poker is now available for the platform. 

The social poker game is now playable across multiple Google platforms, via Google+, their Android app and now their Google TV application.

The Google TV version features custom optimisations for the TV with custom graphics, and a control system to take full advantage of the Google TV remote. Download links after the break.

via Google TV Blog

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4 years ago

The Verizon HTC Merge? It's a Christmas miracle!

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Tired of waiting on the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus? Could we, perhaps, interest you in another sought-after Verizon smartphone that was all rendered extinct without ever really being launched?

What you see here, according to AllTechEverything, is an ad from a newspaper (ask your parents) in Greensboro, N.C. And at the bottom of that pyramid there is a $49 buy-one-get-two-free offer for none other than the Verizon HTC Merge.

Why's that a big deal? The Verzon HTC Merge, as you'll recall, is that mythical phone we got an exclusive look at way back in late August 2010. Rumored launch dates came and went, and the Merge was never really officially released on Verizon, put out to pasture as some sort of online/third-party only deal. Sad, really. It was a great phone.

Anyhoo, if you're in or around Greensboro and are jonesing for the greatest phone that never was, maybe swing by and see what you can see.

Source:  AllTechEverything; thanks, Daniel!

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4 years ago

Day 4 of Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration

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Welcome to Day 4 of Google's 10-day, 10-cent, 10 billion app download celebration in which 10 apps will be sold for a dime. Here are the apps we're seeing on sale so far:

That's 10! Good eyes, everyone!

Also: Day 1 appsDay 2 appsDay 3 apps

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4 years ago

Verizon XYBOARD tablets available now online, in stores Monday

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Oddly named Xoom 2 sells for $429 to $729

Update: Verizon now says you can get the Xyboard in stores starting Dec. 12.

Not sure if you can get them in stores yet (all signs point to no), but the new Droid XYBOARD tablets -- those are Verizon's horribly named 10-inch Motorola Xoom 2 and 8.2-inch Xoom 2 Media Edition -- are available now on Big Red's website. The 8.2-inch version starts at $429 for 16GB of storage or $529 for 32GB. The 10.1-incher's going for $529 for 16GB, $629 for 32Gb or a whopping $729 for 64GB.

Remember that they're launching with Android 3.2 but will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Buy now: Verizon Wireless

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4 years ago

Samsung wins Galaxy Tab fight in Australia

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In the great battle of Apple v. Samsung, Apple has now lost the battle in Australia. The High Court of Australia has ruled that Apples case lacks merit, meaning Samsung is now in the clear to sell the tablet as it sees fit. Samsung has confirmed the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will go on sale in time for the holidays in Australia now that things have been straightened out legally.

Apple did fight the ruling, stating the Federal Court of Australia failed to adequately take into account the scope of the previous judgement but despite that disagreement, the High Court justices ruled that the application for special leave be denied and that Apple pay Samsung's legal costs. Again, not the last we'll hear of things but no matter -- Samsung is going ahead.

Source: ZDNet

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4 years ago

Team Hydro Bootmanager coming soon, puts an end to bootloops forever [hacking]

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Ever do something you shouldn't have whilst hacking away at your phone, and end up stuck in a bootloop?  Of course you have, because we all have.  That will soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the Team Hydro Bootmanager.  Usually getting to your Android device's bootloader menu or recovery menu involves mashing and holding buttons, pulling batteries, or in the case of some phone (looking at you LG Optimus Black) a bit of luck because there are no button combinations that work.  This jewel resides in the boot image on your phone, pauses the boot-up, and lets you choose how you want to proceed.  According to lead developer Drew Walton, it works great, it's stable, will run on just about any phone, and will be ready for public consumption very soon.

*Spoiler alert* Drew is also pretty sure he will be able to expand this, using custom recovery builds (like ClockWorkMod recovery) and create a bootmanager with more options.  This would of course be more device specific and less portable, but offer a new way to manage your device.  You normal, well adjusted users out there may not be as excited as we hacker types are, but all you crack flashers know just how cool this one will be.  I can't wait!

More: Android Central forums

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4 years ago

GB vs. ICS, Wallpaper scrolling [From the Forums]

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With some new software to play with and updates rolling out, it's been a busy week thus far here on Android Central. If you missed out on anything from today, make sure you get caught up on all the happenings. If you're seeking some Android help or just want to chat -- hit up the forums for more.

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

Update for the Droid Bionic imminent, rolling out "soon"

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The Motorola Droid Bionic is set to receive a fairly substantial update, said to fix connectivity issues and a number of various bugs. Software version 5.5.893, which totals 54.5 MB, improves data stability, increases the Mobile Hotspot capacity to eight devices, and fixes media playback via Bluetooth, just to name a few tweaks. The full list of improvements is available at the source link (there’s more than the image above leads you to believe), as are detailed instructions for both the manual and OTA update process. As always, we suggest you sit tight if you’re not seeing it just yet, as this sort of thing is often slow to roll out.

Source: Verizon Wireless; via Android Central Forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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