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3 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Spring Zen HD

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Down here in Texas, the heat is so sweltering and the air so dry, everything is reduced to an unfortunate shade of brown. Fortunately, I can still see some green grass and lively nature in the Spring Zen HD live wallpaper.

Spring Zen HD is pretty simple at first glance, giving you a nest with eggs in it, falling leaves, a bench, and the occasional butterfly. Occasionally the whole scene pans around a bit, giving you a better look at the bench, leaves, and nest.

It runs incredibly smoothly and the graphics are fairly top-notch. Everything has a soft glow to it, and the colors are vibrant. The paid version also boasts a considerable settings menu.

The settings menu gives you two preconfigured themes: Sakura and Maple. Sakura is the pink-flowered one, Maple is a maple leafed one.

From there you can choose to randomize the entire scene every time you turn on your screen, or you can specify very criteria, like what tree type, bench type, or egg color. You can also toggle things such as a butterfly, falling flora, sun beams, and the river.

Overall, Spring Zen HD is a pretty, aesthetically pleasing live wallpaper that performs well. It only sets you back a dollar, and for those who don't want to pay, there's also a free version, but it lacks the settings menu entirely.

More screenshots and download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

HTCDev site outs more pics of Sense and Honeycomb

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Now that HTCDev.com is up and running, it's time to see what sort of secrets it holds. And Android Central reader Kevin's found this tasty little tidbit in the OpenSense documentation -- more of the Sense customizations of Honeycomb.

Note that the picture above (and we've got more after the break) mostly matches up with what we saw from the purported HTC Puccini tablet screenshots leak, though the multitasking button in the bottom left was swapped out for a traditional menu button. No telling yet if one (or both) is correct, an early dev version, or what.

Otherwise, fonts is fonts, skins is skins, and it's probably pretty safe to say we'll see HTC Scribe on a Honeycomb tablet.

Source: HTCDev.com; Thanks, Kevin!

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic battery life said to be better in latest tester leak

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And here's yet another pic of the upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic (suffice it to say it's deep in the throes of testing among average Joes at this point). So you see some speed test action going on here, and that's some fine LTE data speed. But what's got us interested is YodaDroid's follow-up, where he declares "battery life improved once again," and that he's seeing more than 15 hours of use, with push e-mail and widgets running full-bore.

Let's certainly hope so. Battery life has been the Achilles' heel of LTE devices. And if Verizon puts out one that can last past lunchtime, it'll make all this hype (and that Pentile screen) worth it.

Source: Android Forums; via Phandroid

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3 years ago

Sprint's Epic 4G Touch, EVO Design 4G, Motorola Admiral tipped off

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Looks like Sprint's got quite the mouthful coming to its stable in the coming months, according to a leak received by Engadget. The U.S. carrier's version (previously codenamed "Within") of the Samsung Galaxy S II will go by Epic 4G Touch, or Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, if you're man enough for it.

Then there's the HTC EVO Design 4G, which Engadget opines is what's been codenamed the "Kingdom," which we've already seen in leaked shots some months ago with a qHD display.

And, finally, there's the Motorola Admiral, which is ... well, it's the Motorola Admiral. No 4G in the name, so it's a safe bet it's lacking any sort of Wimax data.

As for when any of these will hit? No telling. The fall CTIA show is two months away, but here's to hoping we get something before then.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

YouTube app updated, now allows more control over your uploaded videos

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The official YouTube app has been updated to v. 2.2.14, which brings a host of improvements. Prior to this update, users were limited with what they could do with their uploaded videos. Now, they are able to customize them much more, such as editing the title and tweaking privacy settings. Also welcomed is the ability to edit and delete playlists with your mobile device, which was frustrating before.

Here is the full changelog:

  • Edit the title, description and privacy of your uploaded videos
  • New uploading UI integrated into the app
  • Create/Edit/Delete playlists on the go
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

If you haven't received the update yet, hit the Market link after the break.

Thanks Tyler!

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3 years ago

Google exec: 'We have options to protect the values of Android'

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Google's director of Android global partnerships, John Lagerling, addressed the issue of patent lawsuits against Google's partners while speaking at a Pacific Crest investor conference.  At a time when everyone under the sun is suing everyone else, I assume Mr. Lagerling felt the need to explain to investors that Google does have a strategy to assist and protect Android from legal issues, though he didn't give much detail.  His take on the subject:

Without going into too much detail, I do think that we have very strong paths that we can take to protect the values of Android that we have built through the open-source Apache 2 license with our partners. Obviously, Google doesn’t build — we don’t build phones and devices, but we had a vested interest in protecting the values of the Android ecosystem.

So when our partners are being attacked by aggressors, which we see as materially unfounded, it’s something that we join up together with our partners to resolve. And we have, I think, several options that we can take that will help protect the values of Android.

So again, we want to protect innovation. Patents were supposed to be there to enable innovation and monetization of innovation. When it’s being used in a prospective which is more to, as we see it, stifle innovation, it’s not something that is good for consumers.

Android is the only operating system, modern smart-phone operating system, that exists on devices that cost $200 or less. That is what is enabling the next billion of users of the Internet on mobile in the world. There might be players that are not so excited to see the margins and the prices go down like that and the variety that Android enables, but I think we are very convinced that we will be able to continue and create and protect the value of Android.

This echoes what Eric Schmidt and Larry Page have said, while saying just as little.  It stands to reason that Google has a strategy to protect the interests of their partners, and we can only assume that we'll see it when the time is right.  Or on Twitter.

Source: ZDNet

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3 years ago

Photon fumble, Inspired Gingerbread [From the Forums]

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Right then, another Monday is now passing and we've got quite a few things lined up for the rest of the week for you all. Make sure you stick with us to keep up to date on all things Android be it here, on the blogs -- or 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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3 years ago

Honeycomb 3.1 update for LG G-Slate to start pushing Aug 8 or 9 says LG

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If you're patiently waiting for an update for your LG G-Slate, we've got good news.  According to a moderator at the official LG community forums, the Honeycomb 3.1 update for the G-Slate should start pushing out as early as Aug 8.  Carrier versions should follow soon thereafter, with Docomo in Japan already having scheduled their update to start Aug 10.  Of course things can change, and we're only sure once it actually happens.  We have no word when T-mobile is to begin sending out any update for their version, but have reached out to them asking for any information they can share.  We'll let you know what, if anything, they have to say.

Source: LG ForumsThanks, Caleb!

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic caught looking a little less blurry in latest leaked pics

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We've seen the Droid Bionic leaked out in a handful of blurry pics, topless shots, and even the FCC gave us a little teaser. But today we see a couple that give a good look at the phone without the eyestrain.  If you look past Katy Perry, and the task killer this tester is running, you'll see the 4.3-inch qHD display at work, as well as some LTE action going on in the status bar.  GottaBeMobile also has a nice pic showing off the back of the phone, as well as a few standard blurry shots of the profile -- you'll wanna visit the source link to check those out.

Pictures are nice, and we all love seeing them, but what everyone really wants is a date -- even a blurry one.

Source: GottaBeMobile

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3 years ago

Poll: Do you let your kids play with your phone or tablet?

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Oops. Somebody's inadvertently gone and started a rational discussion on Google+, about whether kids should be allowed to play with our expensive toys. There's no right or wrong answer (until the inevitable happens, we suppose) -- to each his (or her) own.

So, let's hear it. We know you love your Android smartphone or tablet. Do you love your kids enough to let them play with several hundred dollars worth of hardware?

Do you let your kids play with your Android phone or tablet?

More: Our favorite kids apps for Android

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