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2 years ago

News360 now available for Honeycomb tablets

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News360, the popular cross-platform news aggregator, is now available for Android tablets running Honeycomb.  News360 takes a bit of a different approach, combining 1,500 global sources (yes, Android Central is in there, so no worries) and a beautiful visual style.  If you're not familiar, the "360" view is a special treat, with article images floating in a spherical feeling cloud, hence the 360.  The application makes great use of the new API's with the action bar and fragments, both in the search view as well as the article view.  The developers have taken the time to really make a great example of a quality Android app, and we appreciate (and enjoy) that. 

Besides the normal use of searching for tags, users can customize their own "feeds," and the developers say that future versions will analyze a your Facebook, Twitter, TripIt, and Evernote accounts to offer automatic personalization.  That sounds like quite the feat, and I for one am very interested to see the result.  In its current state, the application connects with your social accounts (Facebook, Twitter, ReadItLater, Instapaper, and TripIt) to share articles, and can filter results based on your location.  Things are well on the way to a personal news channel.

And the best part of it all -- News360 is free.  This makes it available for everyone with a Honeycomb tablet, and makes for a very easy way to download and evaluate the app for yourself.  We've got the full press release, a series of pictures, and the download link after the break.

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2 years ago

LG Revolution promo materials hitting stores

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While we're still waiting on official word for exactly when the LG Revolution will launch on Verizon -- it's one of the phones announced way back at CES almost five months ago (see our first-look) -- word on the street is that we could see it this Thursday, May 26. We just got sent this picture of in-store promo materials and a dummy unit, so it certainly looks like things are getting close, eh?

To refresh: The Revolution is LG's 4.3-inch Android 2.2 device with a 1GHz Qualcomm processor and 5MP camera. It's an LTE-capable device and can act as a Wifi hotspot for up to eight devices.

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2 years ago

Barnes & Noble brings an all-new Nook -- 6-inches of Android 2.1 on an E-Ink Pearl display

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Believe it or not, folks, you're looking at the latest Android tablet/e-reader/thingy from Barnes & Noble. It's the all-new Nook -- six inches of E Ink Pearl on a Wifi-only device. It weighs just 7.5 ounces and is 35 percent lighter and 15 percent thinner than the first-gen Nook.

It sports 2GB of storage for 1,000 digital books, and also has a microSD card slot for even more storage.

But, what gets us excited, really, is that it's running Android 2.1 -- so you know we're going to have some fun hacking this thing.

The new Nook is currently available for preorder for $139 and starts shipping on June 10. Full presser's after the break.

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid X2 system dump and assorted goodies [from the forums]

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A new phone means two things -- we get 'em in our mitts and show you everything there is to know about them, and the system gets dumped into the forums.  The Motorola Droid X2 is no exception.  New Blur for 2.2?  It's in there.  New wallpapers?  Yep, we got those, too.  New ringtones?  You betcha.  Of course the core system files probably aren't of any use to most of us, but you know those ROM devs -- they do all sorts of magic with them.  Hopefully there's something there they can find useful for those keeping their OG Droid X for a while longer.  Hit the forums and grab what ya need!

Source: Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Android Quick App: File Manager HD

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File Manager is one of the first Honeycomb-optimized file managers for Android.  It's one of those utilities you have to have on your Android 3.0 tablet, no questions asked.  With Android, you're not forced to use a separate program on your computer to add or move files around, so a file browser of some sort is awful handy.  You can use it to keep track of and sort all your pictures, videos, documents, and anything else you can think of that you're keeping around in your tablet's storage space. 

With File Manager HD, you really don't need to ever hook up the cable to your computer.  It has a built-in LAN browser, so any shared files or folders from your computer (Windows, Mac and Linux) are available right from the comfort of your easy chair.  It's full of other great features, too:

  • High definition (1280x800) support
  • 3 sets of commercial icons for 60+ different file types, toolbar and menu items
  • Cut, copy, paste and cancel progress dialogs
  • List and grid view for file browsing
  • Compress and decompress support
  • Search and share files
  • Multiple selection and sorting support
  • Thumbnail for photo, pictures and apk files
  • Built-in text editor and swf player

The developers have fully tested File Manager HD on the Motorola Xoom, and I've been using it on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for over a week with zero issues.  The best part?  It's absolutely free.

You can find File Manager HD in the Android Market, for devices running Android 3.0 and higher.  We've got a couple pictures and the download link after the break.

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2 years ago

Google IO edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 caught on video demonstrating Super Mario awesomeness!

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If you happen to be the proud owner of a Google I/O edition Galaxy Tab 10.1 you'll be interested to know that it makes interesting use of the stock Bluetooth stack. And as such, you can do some pretty cool things with it.

One of those things is the ability to load up an emulator app and start playing some Super Mario Brothers -- with a wireless controller. Of course, some other tablets are capable of this as well -- more specifically the Motorola Xoom. When paired with the exact same tools it can have the same end result -- but it's not a Google I/O edition Galaxy Tab 10.1.

PS: If you were more interested in where you may obtain the live wallpaper running in the background than you were in running Super Mario Brothers, we got you covered there as well. it's actually from ASUS EeePad Transformer and can be picked up from this thread over at XDA.

Thanks for sending this in, Murray!

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2 years ago

Tweetdeck deal final, Twitter acquires them for $40 Million

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Twitter, Inc. has finalized the deal with TweetDeck, buying the popular client for US $40 million, according to The Next Web.  As reported earlier this month, talks between the two companies had been in progress, and everyone assumed the purchase would happen with no complications.  It did come in $10 million under the rumored cost of $50 million though (that's $40 million for you non-math majors).  Again, congrats to the TweetDeck team.

When we first covered this news, we ran a poll to see how Android users thought this would affect the TweetDeck app, which is a popular client across all platforms.  Surprisingly, we all were fairly moderate and decided the best approach would be to wait and see how, if at all, this would affect the TweetDeck application for Android.  The final tally? 19.3 percent felt it would improve things, 32.4 percent said it would make things worse, and a whopping 48.3 percent decided to hold judgement until any changes come about.  I expect we'll be seeing some changes, and soon.

Sources: The Next Web; CNN Money

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2 years ago

Motorola Droid Pro, Droid 2 and Droid X said to be getting Gingerbread

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Well, two out of three ain't bad, folks. Way back in early December, we asked Android Central Seer (it's on his business card) Jerry Hildenbrand to predict which phones might get the upgrade to Gingerbread. And out of Motorola's stable he picked the Droid 2 (and Droid 2 Global) as well as the Droid X. Easy choices, both.

And while we don't have it recorded for posterity, I distinctly remember someone asking Herr Hildenbrand in disbelief if he really believed the Motorola Droid Pro would be left out -- at least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. The first two are easy to imagine at this point -- there have been leaks. The latter, well, it admittedly might have been a toss-up, so maybe we'll let Jerry off the hook on that one.

That brings us to a post in the Motorola support forums that states the Droid X, Droid 2/Global and the Droid Pro will be getting Gingerbread updates. So it's semi-official. As for when? Sooner rather than later, we imagine. Stay tuned.

Source: Motorola; via Droid Life

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2 years ago

HTC Flyer missing OnLive, Infuse Software [from the forums]

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Another week underway and we're ready to rock -- heck, we even got some new Android Central swag to celebrate with. That's a sure way to kill off the Mondays right? Throughout the weekend, some new threads popped up in the forums -- if you missed them then, be sure to check em out now.

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

Evernote developer competition kicks off with $100,000 in prizes

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With what has now grown to more than 9 million users, the folks behind Evernote have just announced the first Evernote trunk conference and developer competition with $100,000 in prizes. The one-day conference will be held on Aug. 18 in San Francisco and will be used to share innovative applications, integrations, and success stories for Evernote.

Developer, user and product sessions are planned for the event. But, that's not all -- the developer competition is open until July 15 with winners announced on July 22 and the prizes lined up for building an application, service, or device that works with Evernote are looking pretty good:

  • Grand Prize: $50,000
  • 6 Finalists: $5,000 each
  • Wildcard Prize: $10,000
  • Student Prize: $10,000

If you're interested in attending the Evernote trunk conference and participating in the developer competition you can hit the source link below for further details.

Source: Evernote Blog

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