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3 years ago

Wired magazine for Android

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We've already seen Android tablet apps for Sports Illustrated and a few other magazines. And another shining example of how print can and should publish in the digital mobile space is Wired magazine.

It's dynamic, it's colorful, it's animated (but not overly so) -- and it's the future of what periodicals can and should look like. We caught up with publisher Conde Nast at the Android Booth at Mobile World Congress. Check it out.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson CTO talks tablets, LTE and Android updates

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Sony Ericsson is in the advanced stages of product development for LTE devices, and expects them to make their way to market "pretty soon", according to CTO Jan Uddenfeldt. In an interview with Fierce Wireless, he also touches on the importance of Android OS updates, the deal with Verizon to carry the Xperia Play, and the manufacturer's tablet plans.

Uddenfeldt says Sony Ericsson has learned from its mistakes concerning the pace of Android updates on its phones, and added that the company simply wasn't aware of the importance of OS updates when shipping devices last year. While this will be of little comfort to Xperia X10 and X8 owners stuck on Eclair or Donut, it is at least shows an acknowledgement of these problems at the highest levels of the company.

On the subject of the Xperia Play, Uddenfeldt discusses the ins and outs of the deal to bring the phone to Verizon, and clarifies that there's no exclusivity deal in place that would prevent the device from being sold by another carrier.

Finally, and most tantalizingly, Uddenfeldt addresses the issue of tablets, identifying them as an important part of the mobile device market. He says that Sony Ericsson is "holding discussions" with Sony about a possible Android tablet, something which might add weight to recent rumors of a cross-company effort to bring a Sony-branded Honeycomb tablet to market later this year. [Fierce Wireless]

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3 years ago

App Genome Project Compares the Android Market and iOS App Store in every way imaginable

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Lookout Mobile Security has whipped up quite the report comparing both the Android Market and Apple's App Store in pretty much every way you can imagine -- and probably some you can't. Their "App Genome Project" (lets call it "AGP" from here on out) compared various metrics between Aug. 2010 and Feb. 2011 to get a six-month spread of data. The most basic comparison between the two is raw numbers of apps, which you can see in graph form above. The Android Market added 50k apps to reach about 90k during the time frame while the App Store added 100k to reach over 350k total apps.

On the dev side, just over four thousand developers were signed up for Android during the time period, while about 24 thousand were registered for iOS. Interestingly, the average number of apps per developer was higher on Android at 6.6 as opposed to 4.8 apps per developer on the iOS side. There is a ton more to go over, so join me past the break. [Lookout]

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3 years ago

Android Central asks -- what was your favorite MWC11 announcement?

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Mobile World Congress is all wrapped up, and while it was a lot of work, it was a lot of fun, too.  And there was a hardware announcement or two in there as well!  We saw tablets, fire-breathing CPUs, Facebook phones (yes, I'm hanging on to that no matter what Zuck says!) and even 3D.  It was a lot to cover, and a lot to digest.  I'll admit, I was a bit intimidated at first, but we've got one hell of a great crew here at Android Central, and we weren't about to let little things like sleep stand in our way.  Hat's off to all my friends and co-workers here, as well as our trio of traveling editors who worked so hard to bring it to all of us.

But when it's all said and done, the most important part of Android Central is you guys.  Without you, there would be no reason to go halfway across the globe and get packed into conference halls filled with mediocre techno-music, just to catch a glimpse of whats coming from manufacturers.  While Phil, Dieter, and Daniel recover, we're going to ask you guys to share your favorite news from Barcelona this year.  So have a look at what all went down at MWC11, then head into the forums to let us and your fellow members know what you think is the best of Mobile World Congress 2011.  

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3 years ago

T-Mobile to get Samsung Galaxy S 2 says official Twitter account [updated -- or not?]

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According to the official T-Mobile USA twitter account, the nation's number four carrier will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S 2 (see our hands on here).  Pricing and a date weren't discussed, other than a note that they would be available at a later date, which isn't surprising.  We already know that T-Mobile will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, so it really comes as no surprise that they would follow up with the latest and greatest from Samsung. 

What say you T-Mobile subscribers -- is this the dual-core beast you're waiting for?  It's billed as the "world's thinnest smartphone", and has the new Super AMOLED plus display, so it offers quite a bit over existing phones on the network.  We're chomping at the bit to get our hands on one, and any news about it's arrival to US shores is good news. [Mobile Central] Thanks for the tip Conan!

Update: And just as soon as everyone gets excited, T-Mobile has this, and this to say from the same Twitter account:

@droidmessenger We just tweeted too fast. Thought he was asking about the Galaxy S 4G. Pobody's Nerfect.

@PhoneDog @androidcentral Sorry for the confusion. We're not announcing anything today. Was just an errant tweet. #longday #timeforcoffee

Time for coffee indeed.

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3 years ago

PlayOn no longer in beta, now ready to deliver content to your Android device

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Just yesterday Plex announced their Android app to world and today, PlayOn has announced their Android app is no longer in beta and can now be downloaded from the Android Market for use with your already existing PlayOn account. For those of you not familiar with PlayOn, the service allows you to connect to various media content sites such as Hulu, Netflix, CNN, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Nickelodeon, ESPN3, NFL Rewind, MLB, MTV and more through your PC and have it all displayed on your TV.  Now, they've added Android smartphones to the list of connectible devices.

PlayOn Premium customers with Android 2.2+ need just to download the PlayOn Mobile app from the Android Marketplace and initially pair the device over the local Wi-Fi network with the PlayOn media server. The device may then be used to stream online video and personal media content over 3G or Wi-Fi anywhere in the world where you can get a signal.

If you already have a PlayOn account then you can access the app and services for free. However, new customers will have to check out the 14-day trial period, use services during that time and then decide if they wish to keep it. If you do, PlayOn will then cost $39.99 for the first year and $19.99 for each year thereafter. [PlayOn via VerticalWire]

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3 years ago

Mobile World Congress 2011 - Wrapping things up from Barcelona

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With Mobile World Congress all wrapped up for us and Phil back on his way home we figured we ought to go back and highlight some of the device and news announcements made during that time. You can check out our day one roundup for the first section and anything after that can be found below:

You look back and catch up on all the Mobile World Congress posts you may have missed here. And remember, our events page highlights where we are going next. CTIA here we come.

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3 years ago

Froyo for the Epic 4G and Sanyo Zio to come Feb 21, says internal Sprint doc

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We just received a tip with information from Sprint's internal system about the Froyo update for the Epic 4g, and get this, the Sanyo Zio.  We can't verify ourselves (hence the rumor tag), in part because Sprint would never let any of us within 100 meters of their computers.  I think that's a law somewhere.  But we can listen to our readers who are allowed to be close to them, and we're hearing this:

Software Updates: Samsung Epic (EB13, Froyo) & Sanyo Zio (2.200SP, Froyo)
Effective 2/21/11, software updates will be available for both devices
Over-the-Air (OTA). Both updates will be pushed over a period of days, so
customers will receive them based on their status on the Google servers.
Details:

Samsung Epic
Update will be pushed over a 4-day period
After the update completes, verify the new software version (Menu > Settings
> About Phone)
Baseband Version = S: D700.0.5S.EB13
Build Number = FROYO.EB13

Enhancements/fixes: upgrade to Froyo 2.2, improved bluetooth device support,
bluetooth voice dialing, Flash Player 10.1, GPS enhancements, improved OS
performance, ability to install applications to external storage


Sanyo Zio
Updates will be pushed over a 5-day period
Customers are required to download (accept) three portions of the update to
receive Froyo 2.2
Customers should use WiFi if possible to complete the update
After the updates complete, verify the new software version (Menu > Settings
> About Phone)
Baseband Version = S.M910.04.5.DF05
Build Number = Samsung ÉCLAIR.DF05
Enhancements/fixes: upgrade to Froyo 2.2, addition of Swype, Sprint Zone
2.5.5, Sprint ID activation improvements, better battery life

This lines up perfectly with what we've already heard here, as well as what was seen just a few days ago.  We're not making any promises, but if you're looking for Froyo on your Epic 4G or Zio, things look pretty promising.  Thanks anon!

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G confirmed coming to AT&T February 22

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We posted the rumor last night that the Motorola Atrix 4G was coming on February 22. This morning, we awoke to tons of emails from AT&T customers confirming it as AT&T had emailed them the details. The confirmation even popped up in our forums as well but nothing beats a straight up and direct confirmation from Motorola themselves. Yes, the Motorola Atrix 4G will hit AT&T stores on February 22. [Twitter]

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3 years ago

Fun at the Google Android Booth at Mobile World Congress 2011

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There's really only one way to describe Google's Android booth -- and even "booth" doesn't do it justice, it's more like half a hall at Fira de Barcelona.

It's epic.

First off, to borrow the infamous line from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer -- developers, developers, developers. Google had a couple dozen or so developers on hand to show off their apps -- a good many on the Motorola Xoom with Honeycomb. Some we saw at the Honeycomb event a couple weeks ago, others were new.

Dominating the joint was a giant Android robot, with a slide -- yeah, a slide -- snaking around it. More on that in a minute.

There were a couple of spots for passers-by to be Androidified -- that app that came out this week that turns your picture into an Android-type avatar.

And the smoothie bar -- yeah, there is a smoothie bar -- ¡Muy bien! You could get Cupcake, Donut, Froyo or Honeycomb flavors.

No, not done yet. Remember the showcase of Android phones back at Google IO in May 2010? It's now a train that stretches probably a good 50 feet or so, with just about any Android device you can think of on board. Stuff we've never seen, even.

Talk is cheap, though. Check out the photo gallery -- and more on that slide -- after the break.

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