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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic user manual previewed in FCC docs, confirms 4.3-inch qHD display, mentions GSM World Phone capability?

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If you're the sort who actually reads user manuals (and we know there are a few of you out there), a draft version of the Motorola Droid Bionic user guide has been publicly revealed by the FCC. Flipping through it, we don't see too much we didn't expect -- note the microHDMI port along with confirmation of a 4.3-inch qHD display.

Curious, though, is the inclusion of a section on the World Phone GSM capabilities. Last time we checked, the Droid Bionic was to be an LTE data smartphone. And while both use SIM cards, we've yet to see a dual LTE/GSM device. And that would be different from the specs Motorola briefly outed and later pulled, and from the FCC's own testing here. And it definitely looks like other pages in this draft guide are borrowed from other devices.

So is it really a CDMA/LTE/GSM smartphone with a dual-core processor and qHD display? We're skeptical at this point. But, damn, that'd be one sweet -- and power-hungry -- device.

Source: FCC; via Droid Bionic Forums

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3 years ago

Newly public FCC docs break down the new Droid Bionic, inside and out

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Not that we haven't seen the long-overdue revamped Motorola Droid Bionic about 16 different ways now, but a handful of documents at the FCC unsealed today give us yet another look at the upcoming Verizon smartphone.

In addition to more exterior shots, we get a look at the internals of the phone we've come to know by its Targa codename. And, surprise, surprise, it looks like a smartphone on the inside.

And if you're really looking for the nerdy details, the FCC's also unsealed its testing photos for the Droid Bionic. Interesting stuff, actually. Now if only we had an official release date.

Source: FCC; via Droid Bionic Forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Want push notifications on Facebook for Android? Grab a BlackBerry

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Before you all jump on the title of the post, walk with me for a second here. As we all know, Facebook on Android has some issues with being able to get notifications out to devices. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Either way, to say it's not overly reliable is an understatement.

With that out of the way, a post recently went up in the Android Central forums detailing some strange happenings witnessed by forums member ccw1134, detailing how his daughter (a former BlackBerry user) always receives Facebook notifications on her Motorola XPRT without any issues.

My daughter went from a BB Curve to the Motorola XPRT and her FB push notifications worked! She always would always say "Dad you're phone's not so Incredible now, is it?" So when I got my EVO 3D and it didn't work I really became obsessed. After comparing settings on both phones and Facebook settings I found the one anomaly. The list of authorized apps within Facebook (Account dropdown>Account Settings>Applications on the right side of the page) on the computer showed "Facebook for BlackBerry Smartphones" on hers but not mine. It's so simple yet outside of the box. The key is BlackBerry permissions! I am willing to bet that everyone who has working notifications on Android came from a BlackBerry.

We decided to test this out and sure enough, it appears to work a whole heck of a lot better for getting notifications on Android. In fact, during our testing and as shown in the video my Desire HD actually started getting notifications faster then my BlackBerry. Strange indeed -- this was tested multiple times as well, always ending with the same result. Mileage may vary for you of course but if you're interested in giving it a shot -- hit the forum link below for the full instructions on how to set it up.  

Get Facebook notifications  working on Android

Big shout out to ccw1134 for sharing this info with us all!

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3 years ago

Watch UFC events live on your Android phone with UFC TV

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Settling in for UFC 133 tonight? If so, you'll want to grab the UFC TV app from the Android Market. The app itself allows for viewing live UFC events and if you have a device capable of HDMI out you can broadcast them direct your TV plus, you get to view all the press conferences and weigh-ins live for free. Live events and past events do cost you some money but the app itself is free. Pretty decent app for UFC fans out there. Download link can be found past the break.

Thanks, Mike for sending this in!

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for August 6, 2011

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Apps. They make the world go round. OK, well maybe not quite, but they are an enjoyable part of the Android platform and finding new ones can be a bit difficult at times. With so many apps in the market it can be hard to find the right one for you, so let's hit the break and take a look at some of our favorites.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Fieldrunners HD

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Tower defense games, a genre as old and time-tested as... well, at least that one mod I found for Warcraft III back in the day. At any rate, tower defense games seem a dime-a-dozen these days, especially on Android, but a strapping young whippersnapper looks to be the king of the heap.

For those of you who've played Robo Defense, you know it's the grandaddy of tower defense games on Android. Take Robo Defense's core gameplay mechanics (or any tower defense game's gameplay mechanics) and slap the shiniest, smoothest, most excellent graphics on them you can, and you've got Fieldrunners HD.

From a mechanical standpoint, Fieldrunners HD plays just like any other tower defense game. Set up towers (of which there are many), pew pew the bad guys, and earn monies for it. With your newly acquired cash, buy more towers, pew pew the bad guys... You see where I'm going with this. It isn't a bad thing Fieldrunners HD doesn't change the game, because the formula works. It's still fun.

The biggest selling point for this puppy are the graphics. Man, are those graphics gorgeous. I know it sounds like I'm blowing it out of proportion, but I can't get over it! You're looking at an early-days Android user who lived and breathed Robo Defense. When Robo Defense got a graphical overhaul not too long ago, I was pleased. But man, it doesn't touch Fieldrunners HD.

You've got full body motion on the troops you're trying to mow down, sound effects enabled by default, and at least on my device, not a stutter to be seen. You can even throw the whole round into 2x speed and it'll run like greased lightning. Like butter. Pick your cliche, cause it's good.

Other than that, there isn't much more to say. You've got three modes of difficulty, so start off easy to make yourself feel good, then ramp up the difficulty and watch the computer field-run circles around your vain efforts to shoot them down. It builds character, I hear.

Fieldrunners HD runs $2.99 a copy, which is an absolute steal for something this polished. It might be a bit more expensive than some other games in its genre, but they're not offering what Fieldrunners HD is offering.

Download links are after the break.

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3 years ago

Reader goes hands-on with the LG Thrill

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Nobody knows the exact date, but the LG Thrill 4G is coming to an AT&T retailer near you soon (and we've been hands-on with this thing so many kinds of ways already).  Soon enough that units are out there being showed off, as LG is wont to do, and 0mie got his hands on one for a few minutes.  Thankfully, he had a bit of video gear with him, so he was kind enough to pass on a few pictures and a short video of the phone in action.  It's a good look at the software and almost shows off the 3D action. Check 'em out, after the break.

Thanks, 0mie!

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3 years ago

Readers choice awards, Xoom 3.2 update [From the Forums]

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Rock on! Friday is here and after a week of banging out a ton of posts for you all we're ready for the weekend. If you happened to miss out on anything this week, make sure you skip on back a few pages and get caught up. Also, be sure to check out the Android Central and Mobile Nations podcasts. If after all that, you're looking to talk Android some more -- hit up 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 Motorola Xoom software update pushing out now

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Verizon Motorola Xoom owners, now is your moment of glory. Well, insofar as the first Honeycomb tablet that was supposed to have LTE by now but still doesn't can bask in glory.

But we digress.

Software update HTJ85 for your Motorola Xoom is now pushing out and while I'm sure you all are fully aware of the changelog it brings, here is a rundown anyway:

Screen Scaling Compatibility Mode:

  • Ability to switch to double pixel mode for selected applications.
  • When selected, application subwindows and drop down menus are also doubled. In addition, pixel doubling settings are saved for each application.

SD Card Support:

  • New microSD card support allows you to use a file manager to view all the important files, pictures, music, videos and more stored on your SD card, as well as write content to your SD card via connection to a PC or Mac.

Adaptive Streaming Support for Movies:

  • Adjusts the bit rate based on client bandwidth, providing an improved user experience.

Movie Rental Improvements:

  • Stability improvements to the overall experience.
  • When viewing with HDMI connection, the screen will accurately resize.

New EAS policy:

  • “Allow Password Recovery”
  • Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and security

That's it -- now go check for system updates if you've not done so already and by all means, feel free to open up some discussion in the Motorola Xoom forums or drop us some comments on how the update went for you.

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3 years ago

Thumb Keyboard receives significant update to v4.3.2

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Finding the right keyboard for your tablet can be tough. It's like shopping for a smartphone really, different strokes for different folks and not any one app is going to cover everybody. That said; Thumb Keyboard certainly tries to cover all bases and requirements a user may run into and the latest update shows adds some pretty interesting features as you see in the video but here's a run down of them all:

  • Coverflow theme browser with 24 themes (more to come)
  • Option to adjust the width of the split keyboard to the range of your thumbs!
  • Customizable toolbar
  • Option to change the secondary symbols on the letter keys
  • Resizable font
  • Text shortcut buttons (save and re-enter much used phrases)
  • New prediction feature: predict next word based on previous one.
  • Better prediction by the use of new dictionaries
  • 4.3: new theme browser, lots of new themes, customizable sec. symbols
  • 4.3.2: new landscape layout with cursor keys, new themes

Having been using Thumb Keyboard on my Motorola Xoom for the past 24 hours now, I can safely say that it is leaps and bounds better then the built-in keyboard. Having customizable options is pretty awesome, especially being able to adjust the height of the keyboard, as standard settings for me seem too large. Add the themes added by WJD Designs and you've got a whole new look to your tablet. If you're shopping around for a new keyboard layout, give Thumb Keyboard a look. Screen shots and download links can be found beyond the break.

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