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2 years ago

Android App Review: Spelling Bee

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I've said it before and I'll say it again: I like words. They keep my brain sharp and vocabulary growing. But what good is knowing a bunch of words if you don't know how to spell them? Sure, you could use spell check, but what if you were the spell checker?

That's where Spelling Bee comes into play. You can study and you'll be given a word and a definition, and can even have the app pronounce the word using text-to-speech. Swiping left and right moves you from study card to study card, and the only words you'll be given are the ones you'll eventually be tested on.

The actual spelling bee component is pretty cool and well done. You're only given the definition and a text box to enter the word. There's also the option to have the app say the word to you, which is probably the most powerful and revealing part about the test. Once you're confident, just enter your word in the text field and enter it. You'll be given immediate feedback as to your correctness, and if you misspelled the word, you're also shown the correct spelling.

At the end of the quiz, you're shown your overall percent correct. From there you can quit or go back to the main menu to study some more and drill yourself.

The settings menu allows you to change the length of the quiz (5, 10, or 20) as well as the difficulty of the words. Mine came set to "hard" out of the box, but there's also beginner, easy, and medium difficulty settings. The other two options are to show a timer and to enable vibration.

As a total package, Spelling Bee delivers on what you'd expect in a nice and neat little app. There's not a lot of unnecessary extras, but the core of learning words and spelling them is well done. Spelling Bee is also aesthetically pleasing, with a nice, yellow-colored beehive wallpaper and aesthetic throughout.

Thanks to the variable difficulty levels, Spelling Bee can work for people of all ages, from kids all the way up to well-read adults. If you're looking to improve your vocabulary, Spelling Bee is a scant 99 cents in the Android Market.

We've got lots of pictures and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 71

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Audio-only stream below

We're back from a well-deserved week off to talk the Samsung Galaxy S II Sprint Epic 4G Touch, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider, the HTC Rhyme (you know, for girls), NVIDIA's new tech, plus we answer some of your questions.

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2 years ago

LG Esteem extended battery for MetroPCS

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If you're a MetroPCS fan and are eyeing the LG Esteem that we first showed you yesterday, here's a quick look at the extended battery cover that will be available at launch. No word on the exact capacity of the battery, but that hump is reminiscient of the HTC ThunderBolt's extended battery, and we'd reckon it's probably in the 2500 mAh range (at least).

Thanks, anon!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S Glide coming to Rogers

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When you look at the landscape for Android devices you'll instantly notice choices with QWERTY keyboards are very few and far between. Samsung is hoping to corner in on some those wanting a keyboard device and the Samsung Galaxy S Glide is their latest effort. With a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz processor and an 8MP camera on the back all powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread they have my interest. The Samsung Galaxy S Glide doesn't have any price points slated as of yet but it is expected on Rogers in time for holiday shopping.

Source: Mobilesyrup

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2 years ago

How to customize the Samsung Epic Touch 4G lock screen

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I've never met a person who doesn't like to customize their phone in one way or another but sometimes, software constraints don't always allow for it. Luckily, for those of you who picked up a Samsung Epic Touch 4G you can do some cool customizations without digging deep into the system or rooting your device. As milominderbinder shows us in the forums, customizing the lock screen requires only a few steps that can be done in a matter of minutes with the end result being a unique lock screen just for you.

Learn how  to customize the Epic 4G Touch lock screen

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2 years ago

LG Esteem specs and details leak -- Gingerbread and LTE for MetroPCS

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The LG Esteem is a name that's been kicking around the Internet for a month or so, and today a friendly ninja sent us these screenshots from LG's partner portal, confirming the LTE enabled device for Metro PCS.  We have most of the specifications: 1GHz Snapdragon, 512MB RAM and 8GB on-board storage, a 4.3 inch LCD display, 5MP shooter around back (capable of 720p video recording) and a 1.3MP front facing camera, a 1500mAh battery and it will run on Metro PCS' CDMA/LTE network.  Also on board will be Gingerbread, and what looks to be the latest version of LG's Optimus UI.  No word on the price or the release date, but we're hearing "soon" <insert grain of salt>.  Catch some more screen shots, including the specifications after the break.

Update: Our friend just let us know that the Esteem will $349 with a $100 mail-in rebate.  Our wallets approve!

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Cellular South to become C Spire Wireless on Sep. 26

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Cellular South has announced they will be changing their name, and the way wireless is personalized come Sep. 26 when they officially become C Spire Wireless.  While Mississippi based Cell South isn't one of the big four national carriers, they do have about 1 million subscribers and have plans to roll out a high speed LTE network in the near future, so big changes will not go unnoticed nationwide.

What are the changes exactly?  The press release is scant of full details, but it does tell us that they will be offering a new customer loyalty plan, deeper social network integration, and a customized app recommendation service for subscribers.  As always, we'll reserve any final judgment on just how good these changes are for the consumer until we see them in practice, but it's refreshing to see any wireless provider aware that people have a choice and try to offer services to keep them.  I know we have readers using Cell South, so what say you?  Do you think these changes make your experience better, or worse? 

C Spire personalized wireless

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2 years ago

Sprint outs the Motorola Admiral in Youtube video

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We've yet to have an official announcement regarding the Motorola Admiral on Sprint, but that hasn't stopped the SprintNow Youtube channel from doing it anyway. Dubbed a "productivity powerhouse," you get clear shots of the 3.1-inch touchscreen, four-row QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera, direct connect button and all the other usual smartphone sundries. There's also a mute button and camera button, if you're into that sort of thing. It'll also have 5-device mobile hotspot, and Sprint TV.

Check out the full video, and a handful of screen captures, after the break.

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2 years ago

Google Wallet experience, Windows 8 [From the Forums]

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After taking a well deserved break from the Android Central podcast, we'll be rocking things out tonight for you all so make sure you join us. While you wait, we suggest you hit up the Android Central forums and check out what's happening in there!

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

Reported 3.2 update for Sony Tablet S available, more new features coming soon

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Did you pick up a Sony Tablet S yet? The recently launched tablet came out of the blocks running Honeycomb 3.1, with a promise of an update to 3.2. Reportedly that promise has begun to come true today, with the 3.2 update becoming available for download. 

Among the new features available, is support for Sony's Video Unlimited store. This isn't due for launch until October 10, with the Sony Entertainment Network services all in place before the end of  October. Video rentals available through the store will be offered in both Standard and High Definition.

Also due with the rollout of the Entertainment Network is the Sony Reader Online Store, and the Playstation services. The 3.2 update is necessary to make use of all the Sony Entertainment Network features. 

Is the update showing yet for you guys? Let us know in the comments!

Source: PC Advisor

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