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2 years ago

Google+ is home to 40 million users and 3.4 billion image uploads

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40 million users, and 3.4 billion photo uploads through Google+. Take a moment, let that settle into your system. Those are some pretty large numbers considering that Google+ was in closed beta for a while, and only went public a few weeks ago. While many seemed to question Google+, and wonder if it would take off and / or be able to stick around for the long haul, the numbers look pretty solid, and we hope to see more growth as Google continues to support it and make enhancements.

Oh, and you are following us all, right?

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2 years ago

Google's revenue up 33 percent for Q3 2011

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Google just announced its earnings report for Q3 2011. Get ready to hear the word "billions" a lot. Like, $9.72 billion in revenue for the quarter, up 33 percent from the same period last year. Net income (GAAP) was $2.73 billion, up from $2.17 billion for Q3 2011. The company has $46.2 billion in cash on hand.

So, yeah. Lots of money in the search business still. No Android news in the release (not that we expected any), so stay tuned for the earnings call and Q&A.

Source: Google

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2 years ago

Samsung and Google reschedule the Ice Cream Sandwich media event to Oct. 19 in Hong Kong

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The Google and Samsung event that was planned for CTIA on Oct. 11 -- the one everyone is sure would have been the Ice Cream Sandwich announcement -- has been rescheduled to Oct. 19 at 9:30 AM in Hong Kong.  With today's email, there is no doubt that this one is all about Ice Cream Sandwich.  While conspiracy theories and rumors abound, the official word was that the event was postponed out of respect for Steve jobs, who passed last week.

We're still looking forward to any announcements, and you can bet many an Android fan (including yours truly) will be glued to the live stream next Wednesday. 

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2 years ago

Droid 2 Globlal update is back, fixes Exchange encryption

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Back in September, the Droid 2 Global was busy getting its Gingerbread on when it was disccovered there was some issues with the actual update where in the Exchange encryption was broken. Now, a new update has been reeased to the masses and will be showing up as build 4.5.608.

The key enhancements as listed by Verizon:

  • Download Manager App: New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.
  • App and Power Management Details: Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications and the storage and memory being used by each.
  • Multi-Touch Key-Chording: New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos, instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
  • Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality: New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.
  • New User Interface and Color Scheme: New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
  • Dock Icons: Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within acustomizable dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.
  • App Groups: New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.
  • Security: Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings.

Updated Calendar Options:

  • Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
  • Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder without dismissing other meeting reminders.
  • Easy conference dialing – simply dial and automatically enter a conference code directly from your Calendar.

The change log remains pretty much the same as before, just this time around everything will work as noted. Just go to Menu>Settings>About phone>System updates to get it loaded up.

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2 years ago

Samsung Stratosphere available today from Verizon Wireless

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We have heard about the Samsung Stratosphere for a while now, and we have anxiously been awaiting it's official release on Verizon Wireless, and the day has come. If our hands-on got you excited, and you are in need of a new device will you be looking into this one? This 4G LTE 1GHz powered, 4-inch sliding QWERTY is priced at $199 on a two year agreement, and for those looking to avoid contracts this will set you back $409. Picking one of these up? Be sure to share your thoughts on it in our forums!

Source: Verizon Wireless

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2 years ago

Android Wallpaper Review: Rays of Light

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

I'm always on the lookout for a good looking live wallpaper. I know some people are vehemently against them, saying they slow down their phone or kill their battery, but Rays of Light doesn't fit that bill.

Rays of Light gives your phone this kind of Hollywood-esque, night at the club, gettin' down with my homies feel. Rays of light of different colors pulse and intersect one another, creating some beautiful color combinations as well as keeping things fresh looking whenever you're checking out your screens.

The colors are what they are with Rays of Light. There's nothing on the settings menu that lets you pick certain colors. As a matter of fact, the settings menu is pretty bare. There's two choices: Set battery saving tips and moving animation.

The battery saving tips gives you four options to save your battery, all of which alter the speed of the light rays. The moving animation lets you stop the animation when you're swiping between screens.

Other than that, there's not much to say about Rays of Light. It performs well, looks good, and best of all, it's free. The developer is a top developer, too, so you know this wallpaper is quality.

We've got a couple of screenshots and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Update for the Motorola Photon 4G rolling out, brings video to Google Talk

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Regardless of how big or small the update, it is just our nature as Android geeks to love any OTA that we are presented with (so long as it doesn't break our beloved root, right?). Well, it seems as though Motorola Photon 4G owners are starting to receive an OTA update that brings quite a few bug fixes and new features to the device, and so far in the forums there seems to be some positive feedback about it. This update brings:

So, if you are a Photon 4G owner you will want to hop into your system settings, scroll down to about phone, and check for updates and get to downloading. Be sure to share your thoughts of the update with us.

Source: Motorola; via: Android Central Forums

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2 years ago

We have waited, and here it is ... CM7 (Alpha) for the HP Touchpad

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The long-awaited day has come, many of you searched, and hunted and well probably some other bad stuff to get your hands on the HP Touchpad during the fire sale in hopes of it getting an Android port. We have been teased a number of times with various videos of the progress, but now you -- yes you -- can get your grubby little hands on an Alpha release of CM7 for the HP Touchpad. Keep in mind, there will be bugs, probably a bunch of them, and things aren't going to work, but if you don't want to wait any longer, start downloading, reading and installing now!

Source: Rootzwiki

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2 years ago

Verizon introduces Mobile UC enterprise client at CTIA

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Verizon has focused heavily on connecting Enterprise-ready software with your smartphone at this year's CTIA conference, and yesterday it announced its next step. The Mobile Unified Communicaitons Client (Mobile UC), availble on the Droids X, X2, 2 and 2 Global, and the Pro. Verizon says that more manufacturers and models will be compatable soon.

Mobile UC is designed to connect your personal and business numbers and make both simultanesouly available on your personal smartphone. Business calls will direct to your device when it is in business profile, and personal calls will be available when the business profile is turned off. Everything is Enterprise ready, with business calls (inward and outward) routing through your existing IP PBX system. And yes, when placing calls from your business line, caller IDs on the receiving end will display your business number. 

When you're not on the move, Verizon is offering a Mobile UC docking station for your office: plug your smartphone in and calls you place will be routed through your business number and ethernet, without using personal minutes or data. Mobile UC is compatable with most Cisco and Avaya telephone systems, and set up must be done through your IT department. Once configured,  you can download the app through Verizon's VCast. The service will cost $7/month, and the docking station will set you back $125. Hit the source link for Verizon's Mobile UC page.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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2 years ago

Android Central Podcast Ep. 74 - CTIA Enterprise & Apps Edition

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Audio-only stream below

Phil and Anndrew are in beautiful San Diego, Calif., to wrap up the fall edition of CTIA. No, there's not Nexus. At least not that we can talk about.

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2 years ago

Get in the Halloween spirit with some live alerts from Pops

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A few weeks back we took a look at Pops, a rather unique alert application for Android, and they have reached out to let us know they are offering some free Halloween alerts. If you currently are using Pops you will want to grab these free packs, and if you are not a current Pops user be sure to hit the break for download links!

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2 years ago

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II firmware update I777UCKJ1 appears in unofficial form

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The AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II is still fresh coming off the shelves and already their is a new firmware out there for it courtesy of DesginGears. Labled I777UCKJ1, the Android 2.3.5 build does have a few bugs in it but it also corrects some bugs as well. The run down? You got it:

Known Issues:

  • Home button haptic doesn't work

Fixes:

  • Home button lag
  • Lockscreen bug

New Features:

  • Overscoll glow

We'll leave the descision of  loading it up, all to you folks now that you what it breaks and what it fixes. You can hit the source link for more details -- if you do grab it or any other ROM built off of it -- make sure ya show DesignGears some appreciation.

Source: RootzWiki

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2 years ago

Google Wallet bumped up to v1.0-R33v4 - New offers, new transaction screens and more

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Not a whole lot has happened on the Google Wallet front since its initial release but a new update has now appeared in the Android Market and brings a few cool changes and a weird version number with it. v1.0-R33v4 as it is known has the following changes listed:

  • Find new offers directly in Wallet
  • Updated transaction detail screen (for Tap & Pay and in Transaction History)
  • Merchant name and amount now available for Google Prepaid Card purchases
  • Improved button to turn your cards on and off
  • Five minute default PIN timeout for new users
  • An improved tutorial
  • Account Number validation for some gift cards
  • Bug fixes

New offers? We like the sound of that. Have you updated yet? Let us know in th comments or in the Android Central forums if you spot any other changes within the app -- ya never know, Google may have slipped something un-noted in there. Remember, only Nexus S 4G owners need apply, others will have to wait and see what can be done with the update. Download is past the break should you need it.

Thanks, to all who sent this in!

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2 years ago

Screen repair costs, Vigor not cool any more? [From the Forums]

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We're still rocking and rolling as we've now reached the middle of the week. If you missed any news from today make sure you skip a page or two back to get caught up, or jump on into the Android Central forums for more Android discussion.

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

Verizon wants to monitor your web habits, if this bothers you -- opt out

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Priacy policies. A touchy subject for some and if you're a Verizon customer who is concerned with such things you'll want to make sure you're up-to-date on some new privacy policy changes happening.

Verizon has updated some of their terms this week and those updates, now state that Verizon will use your info for "certain business and marketing reports" and for "making mobile ads you see more relevant."  In other words, Verizon will be tracking URLs of websites you visit and also your device's location data while sharing it with outside companies. Doesn't sound all that great does it?

Verizon does however offer you the option to opt out if you visit their privacy policy page and make some changes. The page has two different places where you can check "Don't use my information" for any or all of your Verizon cell numbers.

Having the option to opt out is great! Having been opted in by default -- not so great. If you're not down with Verizon doing this, then make sure you opt out as soon as possible.

Source: Computer World

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