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5 years ago

Google deprecating its BlackBerry Gmail app


Want a real Gmail app? A man's Gmail app? Not like you were ever really going to find one on a BlackBerry, but what those poor clunkers did have is going the way of the dinosaur, as Google's decided to deprecate its BB app. Starting Nov. 22, support ends, and our CrackBerry cousins will be relegated to the mobile browser. Not that that's the worst thing the world, we suppose (hey, it was pretty much good enough for an official "native" iOS app). But it still means that Android has the best Gmail app around. Try not to act surprised.

Source: Google

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5 years ago

WiFi love, Bluetooth 4 [From the Forums]


While not as crazy as yesterday, today had a lot of news in its own right. If you missed anything from today, make sure you check back a page to get caught up. Otherwise, jump on into the Android Central forums and chat it up.

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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5 years ago

Gingerbread for the Sprint Epic 4G begins rolling out tomorrow (Nov. 9)


We just heard from a Sprint ninja that Gingerbread for the Samsung Epic 4G should begin a slow rollout tomorrow (Nov 9).  The initial plan is to get it out to three percent of the users the first day, which should avoid any huge fiasco like we saw with the Froyo update.  The update will continue to slowly roll out over the following eight days, until it gets to 100 percent of the users. 

As we already saw the EI22 kernel source released, it makes sense that its the version we'll be seeing.  Besides all the perks that come with Android 2.3, the change log includes:

  • Airrave notification fixes
  • SMS area code fix
  • PRL and Profile update fix
  • EAS HTML Tagging fix
  • Bluetooth headset quality fix
  • Lock screen date fix

Hit the break for more details, and hit the forums link to discuss.  It's been a long time coming!

Samsung Epic 4G forums

Thanks, friendly Sprint ninja!

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5 years ago

And the winner of the Droid RAZR is ...


... after the break.

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5 years ago

Atari's Greatest Hits now on your Android device!


Youtube link for mobile viewing

Ahh, Atari. Long before PlayStation, XBOX and Wii there was Atari. While many of the Atari franchise games have been re-released over the years, they've not quite may their way to Android. That all changed a few days ago with the release of Atari's Greatest Hits in the Android Market.

As a starter, you get Missile Command for free when you download the app and other classics such as Asteroids, Centipede, Gravatar and many others are supported through the in-app purchasing options as game packs. Each game pack will cost you $.99 or if you're looking to go all in, you can purchase all 100 games for $10. The full list is available in the Android Market.

Personally, I went with the $10 for 100 -- It's cheaper that way and you'll never have to worry about buying a game pack for $.99 and only getting one game you like but to each their own. If you dig old school gaming as much as I do, go ahead and jump past the break for the download. Be warned though, you may have to excuse yourself from any plans you made previously.

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5 years ago

Firefox 8 for Android live in the Market now


Firefox fans listen out, the latest version of Mozillas popular mobile browser, version 8.0, is now live in the Android Market. 

The update promises improved performance, along with the ability to add bookmarked sites to the home screen, and their master password function. This basically allows you to encrypt all your saved passwords with one master password for increased security.

Check the download links after the break.

More: Mozilla


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5 years ago

Republic Wireless -- a great idea that's not quite there yet


Republic Wireless has been making waves the past couple of days with their new spin on the way a carrier works.  The plan is pure genius:

  • Buy an LG Optimus One and the first month's service for $199
  • Enter all the Wifi AP information for where you live, work, and play
  • Get unlimited voice, texts, and data for $19 a month

What's not to love, right?  On paper it seems the perfect solution, and people like myself who whine talk all the time about carrier "reform" here in the states should be in heaven.  And it's Android, so that's double the kickass factor.  But chances are, if you're a member of Android Central, it's not going to work for you.

Republic Wireless uses Wifi for all their services.  If we're to believe that Wifi is everywhere (like carriers who cap their data try to tell us), then it's a perfect situation.  Cheap, unlimited, and Android.  Unfortunately, Wifi isn't everywhere -- no matter what dudes in suits try to say.  So we have to look to the fine print, which reads a bit differently.  While not on Wifi, you're limited to 550 minutes, 150 SMS messages, and 300MB data monthly while on Republic Wireless' 3G network.  Go over those numbers, and you've violated Republic's fair use policy.  When that happens you hear from Republic (in their own words):

First, you’ll be reminded of the guidelines and to what extent you’ve crossed the fair use threshold. We’ll provide you with tips for reducing your cellular footprint and plenty of opportunity to get back on track. When we contact you about your usage, we’ll let you know how much time you have to correct your problem.

OK, so nobody is going to come to your house and break your legs or cut off your wife's pinky finger.  But I'm sure the next step involves you and Republic parting company.  I know I could burn through that SMS and data limit in a busy day out of the office, and I'm sure a lot of you guys can as well. 

It sounds like I'm bashing Republic, but I'm not.  I applaud what they're trying to do here, and I'm all warm and fuzzy inside with feelings that make me want to buy everyone involved a beer or two.  Changing the status quo needs baby steps, and Republic is on the right track.  I just wanted to make sure everyone takes the time to read the fine print and make sure the service is going to work for them.  As for myself, I'll have to wait for version 2.0.

More: Republic Wireless

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5 years ago

Android Kids App: Radio Disney


If you've got kids who love Disney music -- or, heck, if you do, too -- check out the Radio Disney app. It's a simple (and free) streaming service full of songs and and interviews via radio stations nationwide. You can mark stations as favorites, see what's been recently played, and send shout-outs through the app. It'll run in the background as well, so you can go about doing non-Disney things while you listen.

We've got download links after the break.

Thanks, Kyle, for the suggestion! See more Android kids apps here

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5 years ago

Burn the Rope Worlds lands in the Android Market


The folks from Big Blue Bubble have now taken the wraps off their latest in the Burn The Rope series for Android. Burn The Rope Worlds is now available for download in the Android Market and with it, you'll get four new Worlds to explore including Jungle, Mechanical, Fantasy and Space. Those four new Worlds are in addition to the 100 new levels and new Endless Burn mini-game that has been added.

Endless Burn itself, has features 3 different levels of difficulty and can be played using different types flames. Burn The Rope Worlds is free and you'll find their press-release and download link past the break.

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5 years ago

Griffin and Dijit announce Android-compatible Beacon universal remote control system


You're sitting on the couch watching TV. You likely have two or three remotes around and can never find the right one when you need it -- if you can find it all, for that matter. But what about your phone? You know where that is at all times right?  Griffin and Dijit are counting on that awareness of knowing where your phone is at all times to make your TV viewing experience a whole lot better as they've announced Beacon for Android.

Beacon works by converting Bluetooth signals from smartphones and tablets into infrared signals required to control consumer electronics devices. Beacon gives users complete control over TVs, DVRs, stereos and other home entertainment devices, but with the flexibility of a touchscreen interface.

The wireless system runs on 4AA batteries and once paired up via Bluetooth with your device, you'll be able to control all those electronics via your smartphone or tablet. Couple that with the Dijit application that offers access to tv episode details, upcoming schedules, and cast & crew info and you've got a pretty rocking home entertainment setup. The Beacon system is shipping now for $70 and the Dijit app is available in the Android Market -- if you're look for more information you can check out the source link or view the press-release past the break.

Source: Beacon

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5 years ago

Crack the code and win a free Droid RAZR from Verizon and Android Central!


Here we go again, folks. We not only have one Motorola Droid RAZR in the house -- you've no doubt read our full review by now -- we've got another one, too! But the second RAZR is locked up tight in the safe you see here, and we don't have the combination! That part's up to you.

Hit the break for instructions on how to help us unlock the safe and award a brand-new Droid RAZR to one of you!

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5 years ago

IM+ v5.0 - Now optimized for Android tablets


If you're still maintaining multiple IM clients on your device, then you'll know how frustrating it can be at times having to keep them all in check. Luckily, there are some apps out there that combine all those platforms and one such app is IM+.

Coming in either a limited free version as well as a paid version, IM+ makes it easy to stay connected. IM+ and IM+ Pro have been updated most recently to address some bugs found in previous build but with the update -- also came quite a few additions as well:

  • Fully optimized for Android OS tablet computers
  • Support of native Android OS "Share" feature
  • IM+ widget allows to change status right from your Android home screen
  • Typing notifications
  • Upload your avatar right from IM+
  • Group chats for AOL/AIM/iChat and ICQ
  • Option to select a different notification for active chat
  • All chats are saved under Chats tab when IM+ is restarted/reconnected
  • Battery usage optimization

For a limited time, SHAPE Services has placed the app on sale in the Android Market. Normall $10, you can now pick up IM+ Pro for only $5 or if you're wishing to give it a go first, you can grab the free version and then decide. The free version download link can be found past the break for you all.

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5 years ago

Rogers wants you to have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the holidays


Rogers has just put the official stamp on one of their Holiday promotions and I have to say, it's a pretty sweet deal if you're looking to be picking up a new device in the near future. Starting today, with qualifying purchases Rogers will be giving you a free or discounted Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. So what is a qualifying purchase? Glad you asked:

  • Get a Tablet when you activate 2 new lines on a voice and data Family Plan on a 3 year term.
  • Get a Tablet for $149.99 when you add 1 new line on a voice and data Family Plan on a 3 year term.
  • Get a Tablet when you subscribe to TV + Internet on a 2 year term (minimum Digital Basic TV + Lite Internet).

Yes, we can gripe about the 3-year contracts but when you add in a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to something you're already going to be signing up for, it makes those 3-year contracts not so bad.

Source: Rogers Redboard

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5 years ago

Test drive the Droid RAZR wallpapers and ringtones


You've got a few more days before you can get your hands-on the Motorola Droid RAZR. (And because you've already read our full review, you know it'll be worth the wait.) In the meantime, you can take the RAZR's wallpapers and ringtones for a spin. We've got it all packaged up nice in neat for you in the link below. Enjoy!

Download: Droid RAZR forums

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5 years ago coming to Android; brings easy-to-implement cloud services for developers


Back where I come from, the world of webOS and the PreCentral Nation, has been a service used by more than a few great developers to bring easy-to-implement cloud services to their applications. According to a tweet sent out by the service provider, and our own conversations with the developer team, will soon no longer be exclusive to webOS - Android developers are going to get a bit of the sweet action as well.

While there is no set date for a release just yet, when Villo does finally land developers will be able to bring push-chat, gifts, leader-boards, user-profiles and quite a bit more to their existing applications with just a few hooks into Villo API's. This takes away the hassle developers have with building and maintaining their own cloud networks, and will soon pave the way for a completely streamlined cloud ecosystem across all platforms and all types of apps.

From a user's perspective, apps that hook into couldn't be simpler to use. Just as if you use your Google account to log into multiple services, app users will log into their account one time and have access to their profile, friends, chat rooms, gifts and leader-boards on any Villo-powered apps that they've installed. If developers choose to do so, they can even sync the data across multiple apps and devices so that users never lose what they were doing last (similar to how the Amazon Kindle app saves where you were reading last across devices).

Villo has already seen some nice success with webOS developers, having been used in games, sports apps and location-based apps (to name a few). When it does finally hit the Android Market, you can expect to see plenty of developers get involved. And to be completely honest, it's exciting to see a great team of developers come over to the land of the living and give Android some attention. Head to the website to find out more details and sign-up for developer access now; we'll let you know when it finally arrives in the Market, "soon".

Source:; Via: Twitter (@Villo)

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