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3 years ago

Why 'open source' isn't always 'open'

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Our pal Robert Werlinger from sister site PreCentral.net has been at the O'Reilly Open Source Conference this week in Portland, Ore., and sat in on the "Your Smartphone May Not Be as Open as You Think" session. And, obviously, that's been a topic of discussion in these parts, what with the whole Droid X eFuse conspiracy, and the usual general Android hacking.

And we get an interesting look at why things often are the way they are. Why despite Android's open nature, some code needs to remain secret. Why when you strip out the proprietary code, you're left without a lot of what you'd consider to be basic functionality. Anyhoo, it's a great read, so head on over and check it out. [PreCentral]

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3 years ago

Samsung UK: Frustrated with iPhone 4? We'll give you a free Galaxy S

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In recent weeks, you may have heard of something called "Antennagate" flying around the web. In short, there is an issue with the iPhone 4's antenna, causing some to suddenly lose bars and drop calls. Many users who have had this issue have (naturally) been venting on Twitter, and Samsung has been listening. 

Samsung has had a flash of PR brilliance and has been giving away free, unlocked, and off-contract Galaxy S phones to angry (soon to be former) iPhone 4 users in the U.K. At least one user has reported that he has actually received the phone, and Samsung has been asking many other users for contact and shipping info. Check out their official Twitter account (@samsungukmobile) for yourself if you want to see the magic in action. [via Pocket-Lint]

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3 years ago

Know your buttons

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Every Android phone has a standard set of buttons at the bottom. They may be physical -- with parts that move -- or they may be capacitive, reacting to your touch. The order may change, but the functions are the same. You'll find:

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3 years ago

OnStar Android application expanded to include most GM 2011 vehicles

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General Motors has expanded the functionality of its OnStar application for Android, and it will now work for most 2011 GM cars and trucks.  Using the OnStar app, drivers will be able to remotely unlock, start the car and sound the horn.  Also, and a little more practical, is the ability to check diagnostics and see things like how full your gas tank is, tire pressure, and see when the vehicle was last used.  All of this can be done over any internet connection.

We went hands-on with the OnStar app when it first showed up at CES, and got an even closer look at how it works with the Chevy Volt at Google I/O.  Looks like a well-thought out app, that could be really useful if you drive a late-model GM car.  Would love to hear some feedback from anyone using it! [Electronista]

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3 years ago

New AT&T Captivate commercial done by Samsung

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Thanks to Samsung's official Twitter account, we were alerted to a new commercial for the AT&T Captivate. It's nice to see the manufacturer promoting its products even if the carriers won't. We've already seen some generic Galaxy S commercials and this appears to be the first for a carrier-specific version. Hopefully they give the T-Mobile Vibrant some love as well, seeing as how it has gotten next to no marketing push upon its release.

Enjoy the video after the break!

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3 years ago

Venerable G1 spotted on 'Lie to Me'

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And once again, art imitates life. Recently we saw some Android appearances on Entourage not just once, but twice, and we figured it wasn't long before we saw devices popping up in other places. One of our many great readers caught an appearance of a G1 recently on "Lie to Me." Have you spotted any Android devices on any shows you are watching? If so, drop us a line and let us know which show! Thanks Mister X

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3 years ago

Gamers rejoice: 'Android Gaming Challenge' announced

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It may finally be time to put all that time you spend gaming on your Android phone of choice to use. The guys over at DroidGamers are organizing the first Android Gaming Challenge (AGC), which also might be the first official mobile gaming tournament ever. 

The tournament kicks off on July 30, when they will announce the game that players will compete in. After that, gamers have 5 days to post their highest score and the top 40 players will be selected. These top 40 will then get set up in a ladder and elimination games begin, with one round happening every day (players have 24 hours to beat their opponent). It seems like there will be a new game for each round, which should keep things interesting. There will be prizes galore, ranging from free copies of games all the way up to the grand prize, which contains a free Android phone of the champion's choice. Excited yet?

The tournament looks to be a huge opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing games on the Android platform, and will hopefully drive awareness and sales for the many dedicated developers that have helped make Android a success. Hit up the source link for all the details. [DroidGamers]

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3 years ago

Google Voice updates for faster dialing with 'direct access numbers'

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Google just unleashed an update to Google Voice, introducing "direct access numbers" in hopes of speeding the process of placing calls. Here's how it's explained on the Google Voice Blog:

Until today, the Google Voice app had to make a request to the Google Voice server every time you wanted to make a call to send us the phone number you wanted to dial. Then the call would be connected via a Google Voice access number. With direct access numbers, we assign a unique phone number to every person you call. This means that we no longer need to use your data network to access the server each time you make a call, so calls will be placed much faster.

Ah, so. All you have to do is update your Google Voice app on your phone, and you should be good to go. (And Google Voice remains a U.S.-only venture for now, sorry, folks.) [Google Voice Blog] Thanks, Nighthawk700!

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3 years ago

Canada's Rogers to offer Samsung Galaxy S come September

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Our friends up north will be getting more Android lovin' starting in September, when Rogers is expected to launch Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone. While no specific version was announced, Android Headlines thinks the (currently AT&T exclusive) Captivate could be what Rogers is after (check out our hands-on and benchmarks). Their leak did not disclose any pricing information. 

This is great news for Canadian Android users, as it follows on the heels of Bell Canada picking up the Vibrant. Any Canucks out there planning on picking this bad boy up come September? [AndroidHeadlines]

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3 years ago

Groupon now has a free Android app

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Groupon has released an Android app and is now available to download in the Android Market. The deal of the day site said that after its latest iPhone update, it had a "ton" of requests for an Android app. 

With this app, users will be able to buy deals, access deals already purchased, and locate all deals nearby. Groupon said they are working on adding more features in the future, such as browsing discussion forums and a widget.

If you are a fan of Groupon or great daily deals, download the app now.  [Groublogpon]

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