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3 years ago

Verizon offers travel app tips

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This week, Verizon Wireless put out an announcement that offered up some timely app tips for the summer travel season.

Apps for helping customers make travel plans include:

  • Kayak Flight and Hotel Search for Android (Market link) devices help customers find great deals on hotels, flights, rental properties and cruises
  • ZAGAT TO GO '10 (Market link) gives customers access to the Web's most trusted guide to restaurant reviews and ratings from over 45 Zagat Guides covering dining, nightlife, hotels, and golf courses. It is available in Android Market for $9.99.
  • Skype mobile gives customers the planet in their pockets, allowing them to make unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls to friends and family around the corner or around the world. Currently available on Verizon phones.

Apps for taking the stress out of travel include:

  • FlightStats for Android (Market link) provides flight statuses, departures, arrivals, airport delays, and other flight and airport information It is available for $4.99 in Android Market.
  • VZ Navigator Global provides maps and turn-by-turn directions for international destinations, ensuring that unfamiliar areas and road signs in different languages don't keep customers from arriving at their destinations (pricing and availability may vary by device).

Apps for enjoying time away include:

  • Urbanspoon (Market link) gives customers a localized community of restaurant reviews and ratings (available for FREE in Android Market). Note: Urbanspoon works on Droid and Nexus One phones. If you have another Android phone, you can always find Urban spoon on the web at urbanspoon.com/m
  • Geodelic (Market link) allows customers to effortlessly browse their locations to find java joints, banks, restaurants and other area businesses (available for FREE in Android Market).
  • WeatherBug (Market link) helps keep you up to date on weather conditions wherever you travel and alerts them to severe weather warnings based on their locations (available for FREE in Android Market).

It's nice to see that Verizon is being proactive about promoting apps.

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3 years ago

Latest Froyo build for the Nexus One is the official Android 2.2 update

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The wait for Froyo is over, folks -- well, at least for those of you with the Google Nexus One. The Android 2.2  update that was pushed out in the afternoon -- FRF85B -- indeed is the official release. And just like we said they would, Google announced the update today:

Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones. This update provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot and support for Adobe Flash within the browser. For a complete list of everything we’ve included in Android 2.2, please see the Android 2.2 Platform Highlights.

In order to access the update, you will receive a message on your phone's notification bar. Just download the update, wait for it to install, and you should be all set. This update will be rolled out gradually to phones - and most users will receive the notification by the end of the week . We hope you enjoy these new features.

If you're running a custom ROM, you might not get the update pushed to you, so head to the nearest forums (oh, look, here are some) to find the manual updates. [Google]

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3 years ago

Evo 4G update pulled over problems

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We've heard from a number of you today that the Sprint Evo 4G's update that was pushed out this morning has left your phones pretty inoperable. And while the odd brick happens, this one appears to be a bit more common. And as such, Sprint has pulled the update, telling MobileCrunch:

While the vast majority of consumers successfully downloaded and installed the most recent HTC EVO 4G software update, we have received a handful of reports from customers having some issues with the update. In light of this, HTC and Sprint have decided to temporarily halt distribution of this software release until we can investigate further. We expect to be able to resume software updates shortly.

There's more than one thread in our Evo 4G forums detailing the carnage, but we've got our fingers crossed that this will all be made good soonest. [MobileCrunch]

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3 years ago

iPhone 4 vs. HTC Evo 4G [NSFW-L]

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Warning -- This is full of potty language and may well offend you. And it's funny as hell, and quite probably true.  Using the online tools from xtranormal, Youtube user tinywatchproductions gives us a special treat.  It's all in good fun, and a nice break from the usual bickering and feuding between iPhone users and Android users that we all secretly enjoy.  Hit the break to check out the video.

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3 years ago

Another Nexus One Froyo build -- FRF85B -- is making the rounds

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Well, it's been a couple of days, and that means it's time for another Android 2.2 update to be pushed out to some Nexus Ones. Today's special is FRF85B, and it's a measly little506k download. You can snag it from Google's servers here, if you haven't gotten the update notice yet. We're in the process of installing now, but sing out in the comments if you've gotten yours. [via Android Central Forums] Thanks clickwir!

Update: Yes, folks, the EPE54B to FRF85B file is available, too. Get it here.

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3 years ago

Verizon says the HTC Droid Incredible is far from dead

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Don't believe everything you read.  Verizon has responded to the numerous rumors that the HTC Droid Incredible has reached it's end-of-life, telling Mobile Burn that's simply not the case.

It makes sense -- the phone is hugely popular, and they even adjusted the manufacturing process and parts list to try to keep up with demand.  All rumors aside, isn't offering your customers an alternative when you're out of stock simply a mark of good customer service?  Let's not read too much into things, folks.  So for those of you not interested in the Motorola Droid X and holding out for the Incredible, sit tight -- Big Red hasn't forgotten you.  [Mobile Burn]

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3 years ago

Eurpoean HTC Hero 2.1 update rolling out

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For all of you HTC Hero (European style) owners that have been holding on to your beloved device and hoping for the big 2.1 update, your time has come. Reports appear to be trickling around of an OTA update that brings 2.1 to the device, only downside is for right now it appears to be only on the Sim-free unlocked devices, not those that were subsidized through a carrier. Unfortunately no OTA link has surfaced yet for all those who wish to force the update to their device, but for those who are seeing it, remember to back up so you don't lose any data! [via Tracy and Matt]

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3 years ago

Amazon Kindle Android app out of beta, now available in the Market

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We brought you a preview of the Amazon Kindle app for Android a month ago at Google IO, and now it's available for all in the Android Market. The app is free (you must be running Android 1.6 or higher), and with it you gain access to the hundreds of thousands of titles in Amazon's e-book library.

Purchasing books is fairly easy, though it switches from the Kindle app to the browser, then sends you back again after the transaction is complete. Not a deal-breaker, just inelegant. We can't wait to give this a shot on something like the Dell Streak. In the meantime, we'll make do with something "smaller" like the Droid X and Evo 4G. Thanks to everyone who sent this in. [Market link] [Amazon]

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3 years ago

Finally, you can view Google Docs on Android (and PDFs, PowerPoint and more)

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Can't tell you how long we've been waiting to be able to view Google Docs on Android -- but that day has finally come, all without having to download the file (or even an app, for that matter). It's all done at docs.google.com from your Android browser. (Or iPhone and iPad, too.) And from there you can access all of your Google Docs. No editing yet, but viewing's better than nothing, right? [Google Mobile blog]

Edit: Yeah, so the Google Docs thing isn't that new. But PDF and PowerPoint support is. Better than nothing. We guess.

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid X forums - chat about it here

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From the Forums is a great way for you, our readers, to get in on the hottest topics being discussed and today it is all about the Motorola Droid X. But you must be a registered member and becoming a member is a simple process. So if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now!

See you in the forums!

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