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2 years ago

Slacker Radio inks new deal with ESPN, will stream live sporting events

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Slacker Radio announced this morning that they have signed a deal with ESPN that will allow them to stream live sporting events in addition to the ESPN Radio shows already offered.

Back in September, Slacker launched personalized ESPN Radio stations based on your favorite sports and teams. Now, you'll be able to catch the big games right from Slacker with this new deal.

The first game to be featured on Slacker will be the BCS Championship tonight, but it will only be available via the web on Slacker.com. An update that will bring the experience to Android devices will be released soon.

The ESPN Radio station is free, but you can upgrade to Slacker Radio Plus ($3.99/month) or Slacker Premium Radio ($9.99/month) for the 'full' ESPN experience.

Slacker Radio will be prevalent at CES, so be sure to check them out if you're in Las Vegas.

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2 years ago

Unlock your T-Mobile US Wildfire S bootloader with HTCdev method [hacking]

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If you're rocking a T-Mobile US HTC Wildfire S, you were probably disappointed when you found out that HTC didn't include supported firmware to unlock the bootloader on this particular model with their recent round of updates -- I know I was.  Turns out it was a pretty easy fix, and with a bit of trickery you can use the official tool to unlock the bootloader, then have a bit of fun hacking the extremely pocketable Wildfire S.  After the procedure, you're pretty much off the standard update path so be sure this is what you want -- there's no turning back.  That being said, everything seems to be working just like it was before I unlocked it, including Wifi calling and 3G.  If you love your lil' Wildfire S but can't stand the limited application space, have a look at the link.

Source: Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Cricket's Muve Music surpasses 500,000 customers in first year

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When Cricket launched their Muve Music service that offers unlimited music and nationwide talk, text and web, I'm sure they expected to see a certain amount of growth though -- I'm not so sure they expected to see over 500,000 customers sign up for the service in the first year.

We checked out Muve Music a while back on the Samsung Vitality and were pleasantly surprised with the overall experience so, it's not all that surprising that others would feel the same way.

"We’re very pleased with Muve Music’s first year results” said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer of Cricket Communications. “Muve Music has become a leading digital music service in a very short time and Cricket is seeing subscriber growth, ARPU increase and a positive churn trend on the back of this unique new product idea."

Putting some numbers behind the information, Muve Music customers consume approximately 40 hours of music and download roughly 300 songs over Cricket’s 3G network. That equates to 500 million songs downloaded and more than 1.5 billion tracks listened to and according to the press release, places Muve Music as the No. 2 digital music subscription service in the US.

If you're looking to get in on the action, plans start at $55 a month and include unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones, as well as nationwide calling, unlimited messaging and 3G mobile data. You can check out the full press release past the break.

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2 years ago

Contest Winners: Droid Bionic bag o' goodies, Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard

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If you're a registered member here at Android Central then you know our forums always have a contest happening. And if you're not registered, well -- now is as good a time as any. This week's winners are as posted after the break, and if you were chosen watch your email as we'll be following up shortly. Stay tuned for more upcoming contests folks. Congrats to this week's winners!

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid XYBOARD review

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It's been a long year for Android tablets. Motorola was first to the Honeycomb party with the Motorola Xoom. And while it was the quasi-official developer tablet (and really no slouch of a device), the Xoom was quickly overshadowed by lighter, slimmer tablets. And so the Xoom languished. But at least it languished in good company as it and every other Honeycomb tablet has remained that -- a Honeycomb tablet. Little progress has been made, from a consumer standpoint, in getting 2011's tablets off of that interim version of Android.

And that brings us to the Motorola Droid XYBOARD. Actually, a pair of XYBOARDs. Motorola's got a 10.1-inch version as well as an 8.2-incher. They've been redesigned -- slimmer, sleeker, and with a few oddball design cues. But they're still running Honeycomb. And they're still pricey.

Will they be enough to turn the tide for Motorola's Android tablet stable? Read on for our complete Motorola Droid XYBOARD review.


A worthy upgrade from the Motorola Xoom. Nice to see an 8-inch version alongside the full 10-incher. Faster and more svelte than the Xoom. Nice industrial design.


Ugh. The XYBOARD name (never mind that we're playing along with the capitalization game) is awful. And the tablet's still pricey and launched with Honeycomb.



The XYBOARD isn't a bad tablet -- far from it. But what does it bring to the tablet in 2012 that other tablets haven't already done in 2011?

Inside this review

More info

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2 years ago

Netflix finally goes live in the UK, download the Android app now

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What you see here folks is something that a lot of us in the UK have been waiting a long time for. Netflix is now finally live in the UK, and that of course means the Android offering is too.

Reports have been drifting across the interwebs over the last couple of days about PS3's in the UK mysteriously receiving a Netflix application but that signup wasn't yet possible. But now, you can head on over to Netflix.com right now and sign up for a one month free trial to the service which will cost just £5.99 a month thereafter to stream as much content as you like.

There seems to be a pretty decent selection of content at launch, and this is sure to only increase as time goes by. But for now, you get it free for a month so hit the download links after the break to see what all the fuss is about. It seems to be compatible with a wide range of Android 2.2 and up devices as well.

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2 years ago

Lenovo announces IdeaPad S2 10 tablet and S2 smartphone

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Lenovo, the world's number two computer manufacturer, has announced a duo of new Android products -- the IdeaPad S2 10 tablet and the S2 smartphone.  Checking in at less than 1.5 pounds, the IdeaPad S2 10 tablet has the following specs:

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 dual-core Processor
  • Lenovo's Mondrian custom version of Android 4.0
  • 10.1-inch 1280x800 IPS Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB Internal Storage
  • Wifi and 3G Connectivity
  • micro USB, micro SD, Micro HDMI ports
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front facing camera
  • Integrated keyboard dock also available

The Lenovo S2 smartphone claims to be running a secure version of the Linux kernel (such things do exist) that protects personal data.  We'll have to wait to see that in action, but in the meantime here's the specs:

  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor
  • Lenovo Magic 3.0 UI (Android 2.3)
  • 3.8-inch 800x480 TFT display
  • 8MP camera and .3MP VGA front facing camera
  • 512MB RAM for devices with 8GB internal storage
  • 1GB RAM for devices with 16GB internal storage
  • Micro USB port
  • HDMI and MHL Connectivity
  • 1500mAh battery

Initially these will be available in China, but they are both expected to make their way to the rest of the world.  CES hasn't even officially started folks.  Get ready!

Source: Lenovo Newsroom

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2 years ago

Acer announces 1080p display quad-core Iconia tablet

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To kick off CES with style, Acer has announced that they will be bringing the next generation Iconia Tab with some impressive specs.  Bundled amidst the news of ultrabooks, Acer said that the next Iconia Tab will feature a 10.1-inch 1920x1080 (that's 1080p) display and feature a quad-core ARM processor.  The exact type of processor wasn't announced, but the NVIDIA Tegra 3 is a serious contender, as are the quad-core Qualcomm chips we're expecting to hear about this week at CES.  No mention of OS version, but we certainly expect it to be Ice Cream Sandwich.

1080p quad-core Android tablets?  Now we're talking.  Stay tuned for even more CES coverage, it's going to be a good week.

 

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2 years ago

Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite now available on the Android Market

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You see stories everywhere saying how insecure and malware ridden Android is, most of which are just sensationalism and FUD.  The fact is that Android is very much like Windows, where developers (and unsavory types) can write software that you install without it being poured over and approved.  This means some of it will be malware -- them's the breaks and there's not much that can be done about it.  Paranoid users will just not install any third party applications, savvy users will research every piece of code they install, and normal users can use a mobile security app like Kaspersky Lab's latest offering, Mobile Security Lite.

It has the malware scanning you hear so much about, but it also has some other -- possibly more important -- features baked in.  SMS and call filtering are a must have for some (including yours truly) and anti-theft tools are almost a must have when we keep so much personal information on our Android phones.  Kaspersky Mobile Security Lite offers both in addition to malware scanning, which makes it worth a second look.  Many of us use apps that block random callers and texts, and having a solution baked in to an all-in-one security app is a great idea.  Add in the ability to track your phone via GPS, and remote lock and wipe it when you find out it's not in your pocket or purse where it belongs, then make it free -- that's a recipe for success.

We're going to have a closer look at this one, and if you're looking for a mobile security solution you should as well.  Find the download link and press release after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 'Value Pack' saga continues - new leak shows face unlock and more

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A new leaked firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S (i9000) has the mark of the fabled "Value Pack" written all over it.  For those not following along at home and wondering what the hell we're talking about, it all started when Samsung's Korean language blog Samsung Tomorrow said that the Galaxy S would not be getting Ice Cream Sandwich.  Then we heard that Samsung was reconsidering their decision, and looking into updating the Galaxy S with ICS.  Fast forward a few days, and we hear that Samsung has decided to offer a "Value Pack" consisting of some features from ICS backported to Gingerbread for the Galaxy S.  Then (you knew this was coming) Samsung told the folks at The Next Web that there was no such thing in the works for the Galaxy S.

Then the "Value Pack" ROM leaked out, and here we are. 

It's Android 2.3.6, firmware XXJVU, built December 29, 2011.  Feature-wise, it has some new goodies:

  • Galaxy Note Lockscreen
  • Galaxy S2 Photo Editor
  • Better camera that can snap stills while shooting video
  • Fast auto-rotation
  • Face unlock

If you're on the hacker update path, hit the links below and get your "not a value pack" ROM.  If you're not the hacker type (and we wouldn't blame you) there's no telling exactly what -- if any -- update you'll be seeing.

Source: SamMobile; More: XDA-Developers

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