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2 years ago

Android App Review: ChannelCaster

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Social media is all the rage these days. From Facebook rolling out their new layout, Google+ collecting members at a record rate, or Twitter doing whatever it does, seems like you can't click on a link or sign up for Spotify venture onto any part of the without someone's status, checkin, or tweet smacking you in the digital face.

ChannelCaster: Social News looks to further the concept of social in the news space by letting you follow sources you find interesting as well as browse and check out public channels other users have put together.

The whole interface of ChannelCaster feels reminiscient of some of the more eye-candy laden apps, like Pulse. All of your sources (or feeds or whatnot) are listed on your main screen and tapping one takes you to a Timeline-esque list of the most recent happenings from that source. It's a bit difficult to explain (and chaotic sounding), but it's actually quite cool.

You can even link up your Facebook and Twitter accounts to ChannelCaster and check on people's latest updates from within the app. From what I've gathered, it's read-only right now, so don't expect to update from within the app.

Honestly, ChannelCaster is something that just needs to be seen and experienced for you to truly get the effect of it. It's a very cool approach to news, and it's made by OneLouder Apps, the same developers who brought us FriendCaster and TweetCaster, so you know it's good.

Seriously, try it out. It's free, and I think you might just like it. For those who are about to rock, there's more pictures and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Dell Streak 7 Honeycomb update has arrived for some

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While it was rumored to not start until October 7th, it appears as though Honeycomb is now rolling out to some Dell Streak 7 owners. Though looking at the posts, we're not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing quite yet.

Some are reporting that it wipes your device clean, while others say it leaves all apps intact. A wipe would make sense, however, due to the nature of the upgrade. Another issue being pointed out is the lower screen resolution (WVGA 800x480) is a little claustrophobic on Honeycomb. We're still digging around for further information since it's not been conirmed whether this is a limited regional roll-out or not. If you got the update, leave some comments and let us know.

Sources: DellStreaksmart Thanks, Sainthooligan!

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2 years ago

LG Optimus 3D V10K firmware now available with 3D game converter

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LG has begun rolling out a new firmware version for the European Optimus 3D. The new update, which carries the version number V10K, is the first to become available with LG's 3D Game Converter software. This allows just about any regular Android game to be played in glorious stereoscopic 3D, provided it uses OpenGL graphics.

LG's in the process of compiling a list of officially-supported, 3D-convertible titles, however the link provided within the converter app isn't working just yet. We gave Angry Birds Rio a try, though, and the result was pretty good -- the 3D effect was on par with the native S3D games pre-loaded on the Optimus 3D, although there was a slight performance hit compared to 2D mode.

If a game isn't on LG's approved 3D list, you can still tap "menu" and select "customizable games" to try forcing 3D mode, though there's no guarantee this will actually work.

3D aside, our Optimus 3D seems a little snappier on the new V10K update, compared to the previous V10D firmware. Unfortunately this version is still based on Android 2.2.2 Froyo -- we're still waiting on the promised Gingerbread update for the Optimus 3D.

The update hasn't been pushed out over-the-air yet, but Optimus 3D owners whose handsets are part of the "Europe Open" region should be able to update using LG's PC utility. There's no word just yet on when this update will be hitting the Thrill 4G, the AT&T-flavored version of the Optimus 3D.

Source: XDA

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2 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S now available on Vodafone UK

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Vodafone UK has become the first British network to stock Sony Ericsson's shiny new flagship phone, the Xperia Arc S. It's currently available for free, on 24-month contracts of £31 or more per month, and at that price you'll get a monthly allowance of 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. Right now it seems Vodafone only has the Arc S in "midnight black", as opposed to the "pure white" version that's been shown off to the press over the past month or so.

The Xperia Arc is one of our favorite phones of 2011, and the Arc S steps things up a notch with a faster 1.4GHz CPU and additional tricks including the ability to shoot 3D sweep panoramas (though you'll need a 3DTV to properly view these). Other highlights include Android 2.3.4 out of the box, along with the same excellent 8-megapixel Exmor-R camera and Bravia-powered "Reality" display found in the original Arc.

Check out our Xperia Arc S hands-on feature to find out more about the device, or hit the source link to see Voda's Arc S product page.

Source: Vodafone UK

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2 years ago

Prime time, Skype video calls [From the Forums]

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We've finally reached the weekend and for those of you not headed out to Texas for the Big Android BBQ, we've got plenty of content for you to catch up on both here and in the Android Central forums.

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

Google Goggles update - Now works with the built-in camera app

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The last Google Goggles update brought the ability to scan images and search for things within those images on Google -  the problem though, was the fact it only worked within Google Googles application and not the built-in camera app. The latest update rolled out today changes that and adds barcode services as well so that when you scan a barcode, the appropriate action is taken -- such as opening a url or sending a text message. Minor update overall but an update nonetheless. You'll find the download link past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Google releases OnTheFly for Android, hopes to make Phil's travel planning a bit easier

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Whether someone who is always flying around the country, like our very own Phil Nickinson, or just a casual traveler, we all know the pain that is had when searching for and comparing flights. Google hopes to make things easier for us with their latest application OnTheFly. The application allows users to compare flight costs, view an intuitive calendar which compares pricing for 30 days around your trip, and you can also view previous searches so you can keep an eye on pricing. While it does not allow you to book a trip through the application currently, you can price shop, and easily determine which deal is the best. Download links available after the break.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

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2 years ago

HTC Amaze 4G shows off for the camera, shows us how quick the browser is, and some benchmarks

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Looking for your next fix of HTC Amaze 4G information to hold you over until you can place your preorder on Oct. 10? The folks over at TMoNews have obtained a few new videos showing off some of the benchmarks and the browser of the device, along with a whole bunch of new images. While it appears as though the device will have a proprietary charger, the configuration is for the MHL equipped USB port, so a standard micro-USB cable will work just fine. Hit the break for some more images along with the videos.

Source: TMoNews (1) (2)

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2 years ago

500,000-member contest final day: Win an IOU for the next Nexus!

This is it, folks. The whole enchilada. We've been celebrating you all week -- the half-million-plus members of Android Central. And you are truly what make us the best damn Android community on the planet. And it's time to reward you.

We don't yet officially know what the next Nexus device will be called, but we're pretty sure we're going to see it in another week or so at CTIA. So hit the link below to dive into the Android Central Forums and enter to win. And, yes, our international fans can take part in this one, too. We've gotcha covered. We'll leave this one open Friday and Saturday, so you've got two days to get your entry in. We'll announce the winners from our week's worth of contests on Sunday.

Thanks again, and good luck!

Enter to win an IOU for the next Nexus device

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2 years ago

Major security flaw found in AT&T's upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II device [updated]

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We love to think that once we set a pattern lock -- or any sort of lock -- on our beloved Android device that our information is safe, right? Well, the guys at BGR noticed that the information on the upcoming AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S II isn't so safe behind a once trusted pattern lock, and that it can quite simply be bypassed.

All you have to do to get around this is wake the device using the lock key, then let the screen time out, then wake it again with the lock key and you can access all the data. We have seen similar issues with Samsung in the past on the Fascinate, so maybe it is time they take a step back from all the added customizations. We can confirm that it happens on our review unit of the AT&T version, but the Sprint version does not suffer from the same issue.

Note that this indeed is a problem with all of the included locking mechanisms -- pattern, pin and password.

Hit the break check out a quick video of it in action and the official response from Samsung

Source: BGR

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