2 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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2 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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2 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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2 years ago

Villo.net coming to Android; brings easy-to-implement cloud services for developers


Back where I come from, the world of webOS and the PreCentral Nation, Villo.net 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, Villo.net 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 Villo.net 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 Villo.net 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 Villo.net 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: Villo.net; Via: Twitter (@Villo)

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2 years ago

PSA: New video feeds for the Android Central Podcast


Just a quick heads up that the Greatest Android Podcast in the World is getting even more great, with the addition of video RSS feeds. Now you can watch us as well as listen, thanks to the magic of moving pictures.

Hit up all the feeds below, and be sure to check out our most recent episode.

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2 years ago

It's OK, Verizon, we've all had that problem


What? Who hasn't had their Twitter account hijacked? What other problem were you thinking about?

FWIW: Verizon seems to be master of its own Twitter domain again, saying "Attention everyone: yes our account was compromised. Please disregard those inappropriate tweets, we are in the process of fixing now."

Carry on, folks. Thanks, Shaun!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus for T-Mobile available Nov.16


While Samsung went ahead and announced it previously, T-Mobile has now comfirmed the release date and pricing for their 4G enabled 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Running on Android 3.2 Honeycomb, it's got a 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3MP rear camera and 2MP front camera and Samsung's TouchWiz UI on the 1024x600 display.

Beginning Nov. 16, T-Mobile will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus for a $249.99 down payment at T-Mobile retail stores with a new two-year contract and a $50 MIR but that's only a down payment as you'll need a T-Mobile Value Mobile Broadband plan as well pay 20 interest free monthly payments of $10 on approved credit. That takes the grand total of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus to $449.

If you're interested in grabbing one as soon as they're available, hit the source link and sign up for email updates. You can also jump past the break for the full press-release from T-Mobile.

Source: T-Mobile

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR Car Dock


Read our full Droid Razr Review!

Looking for Droid RAZR accessories? Let's start with the excellent car dock. It's sort of your standard kit, with a ball-and-socket mounting assemble that can attach to your windshield, or your dash (with the help of a plasting mounting disc). There's a locking nut to make sure the whole unit stays put while still allowing articulation for that perfect viewing angle. And then it's time to get down to business.

Because the microUSB charging port is on top of the device, you'll slide the phone into the dock sideways, then snap in the bottom edge which is now on the right. It can take a little bit of practice at first because you also have to get the HSMI port to fit just right. (That's all where you see that big hump on the left.)

Once you're plugged in, Motorola's excellent car app takes over. You're greated with options for Navigation, Calling, Voice Search, Music and Main, and each button takes you to car versions of the respective apps, with large, easy-to-press buttons.

We're quite impressed with what Motorola's done here. It's a thoughtless process, which in turn shows the thoughtfulness of those who designed it. Because if you are going to use your phone at all in a vehicle, you need to think about it as little as possible and concentrate on driving.

We've got more pics and examples of the car apps after the break.

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2 years ago

HTC Thunderbolt gets a MIUI port; data connectivity still in the works


The HTC Thunderbolt has been quite a doozy for developers, we saw it take quite a while for the CyanogenMod team to get working data and unfortunately it seems all developers are facing the same issues. Getting the 3G / 4G LTE to work on custom ROM's has not been an easy task, but that hasn't stopped anyone from trying.

XDA forums member DroidVicious has been hard at work ironing out the kinks of his MIUI port for the HTC Thunderbolt, and the only thing non-functional at this point is the data, and SMS which he believes will resolve itself once the data is fixed. Sure, this does mean it is not yet ready for everyday use, but it is a step closer to more choices for Thunderbolt owners. If you are feeling brave, or have a few hours to spare that you don't need data connectivity, give it a shot!

Source: XDA; Thanks, Michael!

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2 years ago

Rezound vs. RAZR, Dialer data [From the Forums]


Wicked busy day for a Monday eh? New Nook Tablet, HTC and Sprint confirming some Ice Cream Sandwich love and Google+ Pages now popping up everywhere. If you missed out on any news from today be sure to jump on back a few pages and get ccaught up. Plus, you can head on into the Android Central forums for more Android discussion.

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

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