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3 years ago

Google Maps Navigation will now automatically route you around traffic

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If you're not the sort of person who explicitly trusts GPS and mobile navigation, move on. For everyone else, Google's just flipped the switch on a cool little feature for Google Maps Navigation (which we're reminded yet again is still technically a beta product). Now, when you're driving and using a Google Maps Nav route and have traffic up ahead, the app will automatically route you around it. And you don't have to touch a thing. From the Google Mobile Blog:

You don’t have to do anything to be routed around traffic; just start Navigation like you normally would, either from the Navigation app or from within Google Maps. ... Starting today, our routing algorithms will also apply our knowledge of current and historical traffic to select the fastest route from those alternates. That means that Navigation will automatically guide you along the best route given the current traffic conditions.

Hey, whatever keeps us from having to ask for directions is a good thing. Full deets at the source link. [Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

Gowalla 3 brings complete makeover to the social check-in Android app

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Sure, you might have been using Gowalla for some time now to check in an show your friends where you're at and what you're up to. But you haven't really been using Gowalla until now. Gowalla 3 dropped this morning, and it's a completely overhauled experience. The activity feed's been redone. Leaving photos and comments is easier. Highlights are front and center. Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr and Facebook are closer than ever.

But the big change is the new passport view, which shows where you checked in last and can remind you to check in again if it's been a while. It's quite a spectacular change, actually. Check out all the details at Gowalla's blog, and we've got download links after the break. [Gowalla]

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3 years ago

Full version of AirAttack HD is coming March 11, developer says

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You might have noticed AirAttack HD Lite in this week's app picks. And if you haven't played it yet -- especially on a tablet -- you're definitely missing out. But even after its recent upgrade to add a second level, we still really want to see the full version see release.

And it's coming on March 11. Tucked into the game at the end of the second level is the teaser, which we've confirmed with the developer. We'll see the full version of AirAttack HD coming in just a few more days. And we can't wait.

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3 years ago

Win one of five Droid Incredible cases by Pamela Durkin Designs [Contest]

OK, you Droid Incredible peeps. We've got a treat for you. We've got five (count 'em, FIVE!) Pamela Durkin cases from Keru up for grabs, courtesy of the Android Central Store. If you're new to these cases, that's not some cheap paint.

Keru's leather products are highly resistant to household chemicals, perfumes and cosmetics and it's images will not fail or separate from the leather. It looks, feels and acts like leather, because it is! The image won't fade, it won't chip, and won't peel.

So, yeah, we've got five to give away. And all you have to do to enter is leave a post in this thread in the Android Central Forums. No, you can't win all five, and the contest ends when we close the thread. Good luck!

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3 years ago

[Video] The Samsung Galaxy S II meets the LG Optimus 3D

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What you see here is the equivalent of one Big Man on Campus meeting the other behind the bleachers after school, sizing each other up, then walking away. On the top, the Samsung Galaxy S II. On the bottom, the LG Optimus 3D. Dual-core powerhouses in their own rights. Two phones enter, two phones leave, as this isn't a full-on fight or anything. But we're pretty sure it's the first time we've seen them in the same arena. Check it out after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung unveils Samsung Galaxy Pro

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In Singapore today, Samsung unveiled its most recent addition to the Samsung Galaxy line-up of devices. The Samsung Galaxy Pro is a full QWERTY keyboard shot right in the direction of BlackBerry devices everywhere. Samsung however has kept the specs rather modest for this device:

  • Android 2.2
  • 800MHz CPU
  • 2.8-inch touchscreen display
  • 3MP camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • Samsung Social Hub Premium

The device will hit UK carrier Three in the coming months and while no pricing or specific launch date was given, Three did give us all a video walk-through of the device already. Jump on past the break for a better looks at the Motorola Droid Pro competition. [Samsung Hub]

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3 years ago

Android Central Forums member goes hands-on with the HTC ThunderBolt

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Funny thing about golf tournaments -- they don't really like it when your cell phone goes off, or when you're gabbing away while someone's lining up a putt. So it's not unusual to see designated cell phone areas. And Android Central Forums member ibejack96 found himself in such a designated area this weekend, and the area was sponsored by Verizon, which was also showing off phones.

And it was much to Jack's surprise when a rep pulled out -- you guessed it -- an HTC ThunderBolt. And Jack, being the good Android Central reader that he is, took the thing for a spin, snagging video in the process. And Jack, being the really good Android Central reader that he is, pumped the rep for any release info.

"I asked the lady at the stand if she knew when it was expected to be released, and she told me that she didn't know, but that it was supposed to have already been out (the date was pushed back because of problems, namely the battery, which was dying too early. I think it must be because of the battery life the LTE data required.)"

So there you have it. Jack's joined the club of people who have actually held and used a ThunderBolt. (We're having jackets made.) Check out his hands-on after the break.

More on the HTC ThunderBolt in the Android Central Forums

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3 years ago

Nexus S 4G, EVO 3D, and EVO View tablet all coming from Sprint at CTIA?

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While all of us here thought it was just a little odd Sprint blocked off such a mass amount of time to kick off CTIA, the latest rumors suggest they'll have quite a bit to say about at their two-and-a-half hour event and we certainly hope that is true. So what exactly may they have in store for us all?

Well for starters, a Samsung Nexus S 4G is now being rumored after some Wi-Fi Alliance filings (.pdf) caught some attention. And what of the EVO branded devices Sprint advised there would be more of? The EVO 3D is rumored to be making a showing at CTIA as well which by name alone suggests -- 3D version of the EVO but no mention of any other changes. Finally, something no carrier can do without these days -- a tablet announcement. The EVO View is expected to be a similar in style, CDMA version of the HTC Flyer.

Despite how these rumors turn out, we'll be on hand for all the CTIA happenings. In the meantime, let's all just hope that the tablet announcement from Sprint is that of an Android device and not just some further news about their BlackBerry PlayBook launch. [Engadget via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Ubuntu on the Motorola Xoom - For better or worse

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Since the Motorola Xoom can be rooted and unlocked it was only a matter of time before someone tried loading an OS that shouldn't be on there, onto one. As such, the above video shows us that Ubuntu can indeed be loaded up on the Motorola Xoom and while it's certainly not running at optimal speeds the fact it loads at all gives hope to some. If you fancy jamming Ubuntu onto your Motorola Xoom hit up the source link for the full installation instructions. [TRSohmers via Xoom Forums]

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