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3 years ago

20th Century Fox going to allow digital downloads to Android devices

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In a surprising move, 20th Century Fox announces that it will allow digital downloads of its  movies to Android devices.

Starting in October, customers who purchase a Blu-ray disc of a movie by 20th Century Fox will be able to download the content to their computer, which can then be loaded onto the device. The first film that will offer this option is going to be "X-Men: First Class" (which can already be pre-ordered).

Here is a quote from Vincent Marcais, who is Senior Vice President of Marketing for the film studio:

“Given its strong growth as a mobile operating system, the support for Android is an important move for us because it further enhances Blu-ray discs as the best way to get your movies to all your screens.”

This is great news for Android users as it offers just one more way to get high quality content on the phone or tablet. With Netflix expanding, Google Video rentals soon to debut and movie studios such as 20th Century Fox allowing digital downloads, the content catelog continues to improve.

Source: Financial Times

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix Gingerbread update rolling out now for AT&T users

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It was only a few days ago we got word that AT&T had started the Gingerbread soak for the Motorola Atrix, now -- the update, v4.5.9.1 is rolling out to users who are running stock builds on their devices. If you're rooted or have unlocked your bootloader to load the previously beta version, you will need to flash back. The full announcement info is past the break for you all, and don't hesitate to let us know how the update is working for you in the comments or in the Android Central forums. If manual updates are more your thing, the updates are available on the Motorola site.

Image Credit: XDA; Thanks for sending this in Aaron!

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3 years ago

Vipre Mobile security app for Android now in public beta testing

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From the folks who brought you Vipre Antivirus for Windows, Vipre Mobile for Android is now available for a public beta testing.  Along with the standard functions you would expect from a security application, Vipre offers a bit of parental controls and some unique methods to block messages containing phrases or words deemed undesirable.  Here's how they describe the features in a weekly newsletter sent out to current users of their PC software:

Antivirus: VIPRE Mobile's powerful Antivirus protects your data and privacy
from malicious software that can affect your Android device's normal
operation - or worse, steal or destroy personal information.

Antispam: Spam is not only annoying, it may contain malicious links. Antispam
stops texting spam from hitting your phone, blocking by content or by
specific phone numbers.

AppControl: You may want to show off your phone or maybe a friend needs to
make a call. But there are some applications that you just don't want anyone
else to run like personal email, or online financial programs. With
AppControl, you can control what applications can be run on your Android
device with or without permission.

Remote Locate: Ever want to know where your children are. With VIPRE Mobile
you can track their Android phone or device on a map from the VIPRE Mobile
website. You can even follow its location, showing you where it's been over a
period of time.

Remote Wipe: If your device is ever lost or stolen, you can easily remotely
wipe its contents so that no one will be able to see your personal
information.

Remote Alarm: How many times have you asked "Where did I leave my phone?"
Just got to the VIPRE Mobile website and set the remote alarm and your device
will emit a very hearable and loud tone.

Backup: Maintain and protect your vital contacts, pictures, videos and other
personal items safe on our secure online servers. If your device is ever lost
(or you buy a new one and want to transfer your data), just click one button
to bring it all back. You can also backup your data to an SD card.

Monitoring: Parents can keep an eye on all your child's phone activities
including IM chats, websites visited, and call logs.

Anti-sexting: Block inappropriate texts of a sexual nature from being sent or
received. The online world is not always the safest place, keep your children
safe.

Anti-bullying: Cyberbullying has become epidemic and can cause potentially
painful emotional harassment to children. Our cyberbullying feature looks for
abusive bullying language in texts and blocks it.

Parental Controls: From the website you can easily enable or disable web
browsing, email, texting, phone calls or texting while driving, or simply set
time restrictions when it's appropriate to use these features.

I'm sure many parents out there will be interested in a bit more control over what their kids are doing with an Android smartphone, and it looks like Vipre is trying to fill that need.  As mentioned, the application is currently in an open beta, so like all other things beta there may be bugs.  If you're feeling brave and want to check it out, hit the source link for more details and a download (Android 2.2 or higher). 

Source: Vipre MobileThanks, Jimbo5000!

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3 years ago

HTC Ruby: Android or WP7 device?

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Here is your questionable device for the day. Say hello to the HTC Ruby -- a device that interestingly enough, we can only see the backside reflection of in what is positively an HTC Flyer. The real kicker? According to Flickr the images were actually snapped using an HTC Ruby. Our friends over at WPCentral are in just as much debate about this as we are, except they're hoping it is a Windows Phone 7 device rather then Android. What do you all think -- Android or Windows Phone 7?

Source: Flickr; Via: WPCentral

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3 years ago

Android portrait sliders, Freezing apps [From the Forums]

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We've managed to survive another week here at Android Central and even banged out a podcast for you all to listen to if you haven't done so as of yet. Make sure you click on back a few pages to get caught on up on all the news, and don't forget to make your way into 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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3 years ago

Verizon offering free 30-day trial of the new VZ Navigator

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Verizon has updated their VZ Navigator application, and along with the new name of Verizon Navigator VX, comes a free 30 day trial for new users, and some cool new features, the highlights of which we've outlined below:

  • Smart Routes with Real-Time Traffic – Updated every 60 seconds, telling you when traffic is ahead and mapping out detours to get you around it
  • Voice Turn-by-Turn Directions – Even with other apps open, you will continue hearing where to turn to keep you on track
  • “Real” signs and road views – Accurate highway signs guide you into the correct lanes and prevent last minute lane changes
  • Location Sharing – Use Place Messaging or Facebook to share your real-time location or the place of an upcoming meeting
  • Virtual city driving with 3D buildings and graphics
  • Satellite view that moves with your location
  • Local search with Bing
  • Real-time weather, gas prices, movie times and other local information
  • Ability to add addresses to "favorites" for easy bookmarks of the places you frequent

The 30 day free trial is open for new VZ navigator subscribers only, and available on the HTC Droid Incredible, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Fascinate, Samsung Droid Charge, HTC Droid Incredible 2, and the HTC Thunderbolt.  To give it a try, fire up your phone and head over to http://nav.vzw.com/vznav to download the app.  Choose the 30 day trial option, and you're set.

Some of these new features look really nice.  I'm especially loving the overhead freeway signs, which could save many a headache while tooling around an unfamiliar city.  To see a short video overview, be sure to visit the source link.

Source: Verizon

 

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3 years ago

A video walkthrough of the unholy marriage of BlackBerry and Android

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

BlackBerry fans everywhere were astonished Thursday when an early version of the Android Player for the PlayBook leaked out and their little tablets suddenly became usable. Usable as in once you've got Android running on the PlayBook, you suddenly have an e-mail app. Craziness!

Pretty cool stuff, especially since it's running Android 2.3.3, and there's a good chance your phone doesn't even that yet. Glad we could help you out there, RIM.

Source: CrackBerry

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations Podcast Episode 3

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Phil, Kevin, Derek, Dan, and Rene talk Netflix on Android, media on Mobile, the RIM-pire striking back, news execs at webOS, Nokia Windows Phones, 20 million iPhones, and hitting the budget buyer sweet spot. Bringing together the heads of state of Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Mobile for full on round-table action. This is Mobile Nations!

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3 years ago

LG's smartphone offerings for the rest of 2011 leaked and rendered

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LG has jumped into Android in a big way, releasing phones this year that cover everything from the entry level in the popular Optimus One line, to the future generation hardware configuration of the Optimus 3D.  Now the folks at PocketNow have gotten their hands on the rest of LG's 2011 roadmap, and as expected Android rules the roost.  Besides the LG Fantasy, a Windows Phone 7 offering that George over at WP Central has a look at here, some follow-ups to existing phones have emerged, as well as a couple things that sound pretty darn nice.

The LG Prada K2, scheduled for a holiday 2011 release, packs a dual-core punch in a 4.3-inch NOVA LCD display, checks in at 8.8 mm thick, and runs Android 2.3.  It also features front and rear cameras (1.3MP and 8MP respectively) and 21 Mbps HSPA+ data speeds.  With its case design inspired by Prada, this should turn more than a few heads when it shows up -- fingers crossed for a U.S. release.

The LG Univa appears to be the Optimus One replacement.  It checks in squarely in the entry-level range with an 800 MHz single-core CPU, 3.5-inch HVGA display, DLNA support and runs Gingerbread.  At 11.9 mm thick, the Univa looks like it might bring a nice bit of style to the entry-level.  Look for it in Q4.

The LG Victor is another entry-level handset, with a little more punch.  Its 1GHz CPU and 3.8-inch OLED display pair up with Gingerbread, Wifi direct, and front and rear cameras (VGA and 5MP).  This one is supposedly coming this quarter, so look for info soon.

The LG Gelato is one we've seen a couple times before, but it appears there will be an NFC version as well, as the LG Gelato NFC is scheduled for a Q4 release.  The specs hold true to the Sprint version with an 800MHz CPU and 3.2 inch display, but the addition of NFC should make a few happy.

The LG E2 looks like LG's entry in the huge low end market, and should make for a great first smartphone or a pre-pay device.  Details are sparse, save for a "sub-gigahertz" processor and and a basic camera.  Pair this one with the right price, and you have a recipe for success -- especially in developing countries across the globe.

Finally, we have the LG K.  We don't even have a render for this one, and very few details.  Supposedly to have a 4.5 inch display and a true 720p screen, PocketNow thinks this will be the LG P930.  We think it will be awesome.

There are no pictures for any of these devices yet, but you can see some unofficial type renders from the folks at PocketNow, so be sure to hit the source link to see a series of cgi black slabs.  We'll be on the lookout for more information about these.

Source: PocketNow

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3 years ago

GetGlue announces beta sign-ups for a new app

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I'm a big fan of GetGlue. It's the social media sharing site for couch potatoes! With apps for all kinds of devices, it's quickly become very popular, and is as easy to use as foursquare. Today GetGlue tweeted that they are working on a brand new app for Android, and that if you want in now, you've got to sign up for the beta. You can find the sign up page at the link below, or download the current version from the Android Market.

Sign up for the GetGlue beta; Source: GetGlue on Twitter

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