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2 years ago

Kelvin Taylor, son of NFL great Fred Taylor, gets his own Android app

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If you're an NFL fan, you know the name Fred Taylor, the hard nosed running back who played most of his career for the Jacksonville Jaguars. His son, Kelvin Taylor, is now a high school football player who is looking to follow in his father's footsteps. If you're a fan of the Taylors or just want to track a good young football player's progress, Kelvin now has a free app that is currently exclusive to the Android platform.

The app is divided into four sections:

  • HS Football: provides news and analysis pertaining to the biggest high school football stars and the college recruiting process
  • Twitter: Shows Kevlin Taylor's Twitter stream @ImKelvinTaylor
  • Video Footage: Gives users access to video footage of both Kelvin and his father Fred
  • Photos: Organizes various football photos of Kelvin

What's interesting to note is that Kelvin decided to release the app on Android first, though the iPhone version is 'coming soon'. If you're a huge high school football fan or want progress on Fred Taylor's son, find the link to the app after the break.

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2 years ago

Blue Drone -- Android controlled R/C car looking for backers on Kickstarter

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Blue Drone is a Bluetooth controlled R/C car that can be controlled by any Android device running Android 2.0 and higher.  It's currently in its initial phase at Kickstarter, where the developer is looking for initial interest in order to justify the production costs.  If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, you can opt-in and support a new project, and if the funding goals are met you'll be charged and receive what you've paid for.  If the goal isn't met, you aren't charged and the project is left to seek funding elsewhere, or just fizzle away.

This one is way too cool to let that happen.  For a buy-in of $59, you'll get a scale model R/C car, and the app to control it from your Android phone or tablet via a Bluetooth connection.  The car is controlled via the touchscreen or uses the accelerometer for steering.  You'll get three hours use from a trio of AAA batteries, and the whole set-up has a 30 foot range.  Check the video above, this looks like loads of fun.  Hit the source link for more information.

Source: Kickstarter; Thanks, Steve!

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2 years ago

Announcing the winners of the TeleNav, Sprint, and Android Central EVO 3D giveaway

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The two winners of the TeleNav, Sprint, and Android Central EVO 3D giveaway have been chosen from the over 2,100 entries.  Without further ado, the winners are (envelope please):

  • The_Big_H
  • ThaCounty

We'll pass the e-mail address you used for registering at Android Central on to the right people, who will reach out to you for shipping information.  On behalf of all of us here at Android Central, congratulations and enjoy your new EVO 3D -- and be sure to drop by the forums for all the hints and tips about the EVO 3D you'll ever need.  Look for more contests and giveaways soon, folks.

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2 years ago

Dolphin Browser v6.0 now available, brings new Webzine feature along with it

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Current Dolphin Browser users awoke to a nice surprise this morning -- the release of Dolphin Browser v6.0.  The latest version of Dolphin brings some updated features and improves upon some of the already existing features such as gestures and add-ons. One new feature that sticks out is Webzine:

Dolphin brings out the beauty of the web and with Dolphin Webzine users can experience the web like never before. Web pages are cleanly displayed as a series of thumbnail images and users can scroll through web pages instantly using an intuitive touch interface, tapping on any thumbnail image to open the desired page.

Having now gained more than 8 million users worldwide on mobile devices in less then 15 months, the Dolphin team has a strong grasp of their goals being that they want to bring the best mobile browsing experience to the world.

To help with their vision, they've secured $10 Million in funding led by Sequoia Capital. The folks behind Dolphin, MoboTap -- will use the funding for rapid development of Dolphin helping make it better with each new version released. If you jump on past the break, you'll find their full press release as well as the download link to the new Dolphin browser.

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2 years ago

Device delays, Bionic rumors [From the Forums]

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We're just getting rolling here on this fine Monday after a pretty laid back weekend. As always, we have lots in store for this week so stick with us and don't hesitate to join us in the forums either. Some threads below might be of interest:

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

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2 years ago

Rogers' HTC EVO 3D to come with unlocked bootloader?

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We'll hold off on celebrating just yet, but if some comments directly from Rogers via their Red Board blog are confirmation enough, then you'll be very pleased to know the Canadian version of the EVO 3D may come with the bootloader already unlocked. If you're a Sprint EVO 3D owner though this info will likely make you just a little bit irritated especially when you take into account you'll be waiting a while for your bootloader to be unlocked. Until we can get a hold of a Rogers EVO 3D and confirm, we'll be sticking to the "wait and see" policy. Oh right, if you're a Rogers customer -- you can now also reserve your EVO 3D using the Rogers website. Same goes for the LG Optimus 3D if that's more your flavor.

Source: Rogers; via: XDA

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2 years ago

Best Android Phones July 2011

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It's that time again. Android Central's Top 10 Android Phones Report ranks the popularity of the best Android Phones over the past 30 days as determined by our proprietary algorithm which compiles data from across the AC community and beyond (Lloyd invented the system and gave it his blessing).

Basically, it goes like this: We look at what phones you're visiting the site with, and searching for. And what phones you're searching for in our store. What phones you're talking about. What phone you have sitting next to you while you sleep. If your phone didn't make the cut this month, it's OK. We still love your phone. And we still love you. You just need to click on more stories try a little harder for next month, is all.

So check out the list below to learn more about what's popular in the Android Universe!

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2 years ago

Verizon getting micro SIM cards for its Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE tablet

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Update: And Samsung's confirmed this one for us. It indeed has a micro SIM card.

Now this is a bit interesting. According to this little tidbit that just hit our inbox, Verizon's upcoming LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will feature a micro SIM card, and not a full size SIM card as found in the HTC ThunderBolt, Samsung Droid Charge or LG Revolution. That's not a huge deal, necessarily, though it does mean you're not going to be swapping your SIM card from device to device without an adapter.

It looks like Verizon will begin to introduce the micro SIM card later this month, though it's unknown if the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE will launch at the same time. It's currently available for preorder at $529 for the 16GB version, or $629 for the 32GB version.

Our next question is this: Will future LTE devices use micro SIM cards? Or is the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE a special case? News at 11.

Thank, ninjroid!

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2 years ago

U.S. Army concludes testing of iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7, which will they decide on

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The U.S. Army is just about finished with a six-week experiment in which it took iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7 devices into the field to see which of the operating systems best suits its needs. Out of the three, two will be selected to be approved devices, and the reason behind narrowing it down was in hopes of keeping the development costs down, they won't need to ensure all three platforms have the same applications, instead just two. Both iOS and Android devices were well received by the folks, and no official word about Windows Phone 7 at this point. Will be interesting to see, will our nation put Android devices in the hands of the folks in the U.S. Army? We must wait and see.

Source: CNN: Via: WPCentral

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2 years ago

Disney publishes their first Android app -- Winnie the Pooh: What's a bear to do?

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Disney Publishing has released its first Android application, "Winnie the Pooh: What's a Bear to Do?".  It's an interactive children's book, starring one of the most loved characters of our childhood, that's sure to be a hit with any pint-sized Android lovers you have scurrying underfoot around the house.  It's more than just an eBook, though.  Features of the app include:

  • Read in any of 5 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, or Japanese!
  • Professional narration, sound effects, and Winnie the Pooh background music
  • Readers can record their voice or their child’s reading the story
  • Three reading modes to suit any reader’s mood: Read to Me, Use My Recording, and Auto Turn pages
  • Four interactive jigsaw puzzles
  • Tap ‘n’ Play surprises throughout the story – several new animated sequences added for Android
  • Pooh’s Cupboard matching game ties in to the story and reinforces color recognition
  • Visual Index allows readers to jump to their favorite page or puzzle

Disney's published a video (after the break) and I have to say, this looks very nicely done.  It's a name your child is sure to know and love, and time spent with a book (even of the application variety) certainly beats time spent in front of the television.  You can grab it from the Android Market (devices running 2.0 and higher) for $2.99.  The link as well as that video, is after the break.

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