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2 years ago

Ultimate Stopwatch & Timer hits v5.0, brings complete rewrite and new designs along

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We love to see Android applications get updated, and we love even more when they are completely re-written and redesigned. Ultimate Stopwatch & Timer has just received a huge update that brought a ton of new greatness to it like

  • New clean design
  • Action Bar on all versions (using ActionBarCompat)
  • Touch feedback on all elements
  • Light face for stopwatch, Dark face for countdown
  • Lap Times separated out
  • Built for Android 4.0 with support for versions 2.0+
  • Portrait / Landscape layouts for all sceen sizes including QVGA and Tablets

Beyond these additions they have also implimented a bunch of bug fixes for various issues that were reported from the users. Update should be hitting the market, so be sure to hit the break for download links.

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2 years ago

Motorola warns of 'modest profitability' in Q4 due to competition, lawsuits

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Motorola Mobility just sent out some updated guidance on its fourth-quarter 2010 earnings, and it's not sounding great. The company's estimating $3.4 billion in sales with "modest profitability." Some 10.5 million mobile devices were sold, with 5.3 million of them being smartphones. That's still more smartphones than the 4.8 million in shipped in the third quarter.

The ominous part of Moto's update? That the Q4 results were "impacted by the increased competitive environment in the Mobile Device business and higher legal costs associated with ongoing Intellectual Property (IP) litigations." In other words, lawsuits and competition, folks. Lawsuits and competition.

Motorola also gave a non-update on its being acquired by Google, saying that "the Company continues to work closely with Google to complete the proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility as expeditiously as possible," and that they're still expecting to close in early 2012.

Motorola will announce its Q3 earnings on Jan. 26, 2012.

Source: Motorola

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2 years ago

HTC expands bootloader unlocking to the Wildfire, Wildfire S, Salsa, Merge and original Desire

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HTC has slowly been rolling out their bootloader unlock tool, we have seen a few devices receive the ability to use it, and now they have updated for support of more devices. HTC tweeted that the HTC Wildfire, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Status, HTC Merge, HTC Salsa and the original HTC Desire. If you own one of these devices and want to take advantage of this, head over to the source link to get it done!

Source: HTCdev; via @HTCdev

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2 years ago

Viewsonic heading to CES looking to enter the U.S. smartphone market

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Count Viewsonic in for CES, this year bringing what they aim to be their first smartphone to enter the U.S. market, the Viewphone 3. 

According to product manager Mike Holstein, Viewsonic is doing well enough in their tablet ventures to warrant a move into smartphone sales in the states. They're not going bleeding edge here though, instead aiming squarely at the 'value market.' 

Specs on the Viewphone 3 read as a 3.5 inch display, 5MP camera, 800MHz Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. It arrives running Gingerbread, and has no 4G capabilities. 

The unsubsidized price reaffirms the value aspect of the phone, coming in at just $250 for use on AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Despite releasing in the US, it is the emerging markets where Viewsonic aims to make it with the Viewphone 3. It comes with a particularly popular feature in some of said markets, dual sim support.  

Holstein has also come out and said that Viewsonic will be continuing in phones, with some higher end devices being announced towards the middle of the year. More importantly those will be coming with Ice Cream Sandwich

Source: Forbes

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2 years ago

Android Central @ CES 2012

We're headed back once again in beautiful Las Vegas for the 2012 International CES. (That's Consumer Electronics Show for you noobs.) It's an insane amount of all things tech, from phones, to TVs to cars to tablets to -- well, just about anything you can think of, and a number of things that defy logic.

Some CES basics:

  • CES doesn't officially start until Tuesday, Jan. 10. That's when the show floors open.
  • But Monday, Jan. 9, is Media Day. Press conference after press conference. It's a little insane, actually.
  • And stuff's actually going down on Sunday, too. Le sigh.
  • Unlike years past, the Adult Entertainment Expo isn't taking place at the same time, adjacent to some of the same venues. There shall be no (or at least not quite as much) accidental mixing of nerds and nipples. (We can't be held responsible for what happens in Vegas after hours, though.)
  • We're going to have more liveblogs than you'll be able to follow. It'll be epic.

The latest Android CES news

How best to keep up with the Android news? Start right here, on this page. All of our CES stories will land here, and we'll update this top section with the most important stuff. So bookmark it. Also be sure you're one of the more than 121,000 people locked in on the @AndroidCentral Twitter feed, and don't forget about our 24,000-strong Google+ page as well.

If you're looking for some behind the scenes coverage, follow Phil (Twitter, Google+); Anndrew (Twitter, Google+) and Jared (Tiwtter, Google+) from ground level. It could get messy.

And look for this little Lloyd logo in all of our CES 2012 stories. It's an easy way to find the breaking CES news. And click on it to get back to this page.

We've got more than a month's worth of work to cram into a few short days, and the news starts long before the show even gets under way. So we'll compile every damn CES 2012 story here for easy reading.

Strap it on, folks.

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2 years ago

Redbox launches Kindle Fire app

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With the Amazon Kindle Fire making its way to plenty of consumers hands, a lot of companies are working on making their apps compatible with the Kindle Fire. Once such company that has completed the process is Redbox.

If you've not already grabbed the Kindle Fire optimized version, you can do so now from the Amazon app store -- Redbox for the Kindle Fire is optimized for the devices larger screen size and tablet gestures allowing you to view trailers, reserve movies & games with ease.

Source: Amazon App Store

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2 years ago

First look at the white Sprint Epic 4G Touch in the wild

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It's a little grainy, and it's wrapped in plastic, but here's your first look at the white version of the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch. Remember that it's the same as the original version we reviewed months ago, and it'll be available for $199 on Sunday.

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Microsoft preparing to bring Xbox Live to Android?

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At this moment in time it's only our cousins over at WPCentral who get to enjoy the best Xbox Live mobile experience from Microsoft. But according to a recent job listing, that could be changing in the future. 

The job posting itself requires 2 years of mobile application development, and more specifically experience of Windows Phone, iOS and Android being a big plus. 

Is it that surprising really that Microsoft would want to get Xbox onto Android? Not hardly. Market share alone would sight that as a positive step, but it would be a bit of a kick to the Windows Phone platform. Either way until we see something on our Android devices we'll have to treat it with a pinch of salt, but there's a lot of people who'd be excited to see this. 

Source: Microsoft; via Liveside

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2 years ago

Dell Streak 7 getting a bugfix update

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The Dell Streak is one of those early Android tablets that quickly fell by the wayside, but that doesn't mean there isn't a fair number of you still rocking it. The Streak 7 got its Honeycomb update back in October, but bugs have persisted. Today, some of them are being squashed. Android Central reader sainthooligan gives word that a new update is coming down the pike, and it's supposed to take care of a nagging issue of the sound cutting out when connected to the docking station. Sainthooligan says it looks like it's a full package update, so be sure to back up your device before flashing. 

We've go the download and instructions after the break.

Thanks, sainthooligan!

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2 years ago

First look at ASTRO File Manager's cloud backup service

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The massively popular ASTRO File Manager received an update about a month back that brought with it the opportunity to register for a free cloud backup account. Registration emails are now being sent out for the private beta of the service, so of course it's only right that we take a quick look at whats on offer.

The e-mail you will be receiving contains within it all the necessary account login information, along with a QR code to the new version of the application that has the backup service integrated within. Once you're over the login stage, the first thing that strikes you is that, well nothing looks any different. Which is good, because there's nothing wrong with ASTRO as it is. 

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