Here we go again, folks. We not only have one Motorola Droid RAZR in the house -- you've no doubt read our full review by now -- we've got another one, too! But the second RAZR is locked up tight in the safe you see here, and we don't have the combination! That part's up to you.
Hit the break for instructions on how to help us unlock the safe and award a brand-new Droid RAZR to one of you!
If you're still maintaining multiple IM clients on your device, then you'll know how frustrating it can be at times having to keep them all in check. Luckily, there are some apps out there that combine all those platforms and one such app is IM+.
Coming in either a limited free version as well as a paid version, IM+ makes it easy to stay connected. IM+ and IM+ Pro have been updated most recently to address some bugs found in previous build but with the update -- also came quite a few additions as well:
Fully optimized for Android OS tablet computers
Support of native Android OS "Share" feature
IM+ widget allows to change status right from your Android home screen
Upload your avatar right from IM+
Group chats for AOL/AIM/iChat and ICQ
Option to select a different notification for active chat
All chats are saved under Chats tab when IM+ is restarted/reconnected
Battery usage optimization
For a limited time, SHAPE Services has placed the app on sale in the Android Market. Normall $10, you can now pick up IM+ Pro for only $5 or if you're wishing to give it a go first, you can grab the free version and then decide. The free version download link can be found past the break for you all.
Rogers has just put the official stamp on one of their Holiday promotions and I have to say, it's a pretty sweet deal if you're looking to be picking up a new device in the near future. Starting today, with qualifying purchases Rogers will be giving you a free or discounted Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. So what is a qualifying purchase? Glad you asked:
Get a Tablet when you activate 2 new lines on a voice and data Family Plan on a 3 year term.
Get a Tablet for $149.99 when you add 1 new line on a voice and data Family Plan on a 3 year term.
Get a Tablet when you subscribe to TV + Internet on a 2 year term (minimum Digital Basic TV + Lite Internet).
Yes, we can gripe about the 3-year contracts but when you add in a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to something you're already going to be signing up for, it makes those 3-year contracts not so bad.
You've got a few more days before you can get your hands-on the Motorola Droid RAZR. (And because you've already read our full review, you know it'll be worth the wait.) In the meantime, you can take the RAZR's wallpapers and ringtones for a spin. We've got it all packaged up nice in neat for you in the link below. Enjoy!
While there is no set date for a release just yet, when Villo does finally land developers will be able to bring push-chat, gifts, leader-boards, user-profiles and quite a bit more to their existing applications with just a few hooks into Villo API's. This takes away the hassle developers have with building and maintaining their own cloud networks, and will soon pave the way for a completely streamlined cloud ecosystem across all platforms and all types of apps.
From a user's perspective, apps that hook into Villo.net couldn't be simpler to use. Just as if you use your Google account to log into multiple services, app users will log into their Villo.net account one time and have access to their profile, friends, chat rooms, gifts and leader-boards on any Villo-powered apps that they've installed. If developers choose to do so, they can even sync the data across multiple apps and devices so that users never lose what they were doing last (similar to how the Amazon Kindle app saves where you were reading last across devices).
Villo has already seen some nice success with webOS developers, having been used in games, sports apps and location-based apps (to name a few). When it does finally hit the Android Market, you can expect to see plenty of developers get involved. And to be completely honest, it's exciting to see a great team of developers come over to the land of the living and give Android some attention. Head to the Villo.net website to find out more details and sign-up for developer access now; we'll let you know when it finally arrives in the Market, "soon".
Just a quick heads up that the Greatest Android Podcast in the World is getting even more great, with the addition of video RSS feeds. Now you can watch us as well as listen, thanks to the magic of moving pictures.
What? Who hasn't had their Twitter account hijacked? What other problem were you thinking about?
FWIW: Verizon seems to be master of its own Twitter domain again, saying "Attention everyone: yes our account was compromised. Please disregard those inappropriate tweets, we are in the process of fixing now."
Beginning Nov. 16, T-Mobile will be offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus for a $249.99 down payment at T-Mobile retail stores with a new two-year contract and a $50 MIR but that's only a down payment as you'll need a T-Mobile Value Mobile Broadband plan as well pay 20 interest free monthly payments of $10 on approved credit. That takes the grand total of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus to $449.
If you're interested in grabbing one as soon as they're available, hit the source link and sign up for email updates. You can also jump past the break for the full press-release from T-Mobile.
Looking for Droid RAZR accessories? Let's start with the excellent car dock. It's sort of your standard kit, with a ball-and-socket mounting assemble that can attach to your windshield, or your dash (with the help of a plasting mounting disc). There's a locking nut to make sure the whole unit stays put while still allowing articulation for that perfect viewing angle. And then it's time to get down to business.
Because the microUSB charging port is on top of the device, you'll slide the phone into the dock sideways, then snap in the bottom edge which is now on the right. It can take a little bit of practice at first because you also have to get the HSMI port to fit just right. (That's all where you see that big hump on the left.)
Once you're plugged in, Motorola's excellent car app takes over. You're greated with options for Navigation, Calling, Voice Search, Music and Main, and each button takes you to car versions of the respective apps, with large, easy-to-press buttons.
We're quite impressed with what Motorola's done here. It's a thoughtless process, which in turn shows the thoughtfulness of those who designed it. Because if you are going to use your phone at all in a vehicle, you need to think about it as little as possible and concentrate on driving.
We've got more pics and examples of the car apps after the break.
The HTC Thunderbolt has been quite a doozy for developers, we saw it take quite a while for the CyanogenMod team to get working data and unfortunately it seems all developers are facing the same issues. Getting the 3G / 4G LTE to work on custom ROM's has not been an easy task, but that hasn't stopped anyone from trying.
XDA forums member DroidVicious has been hard at work ironing out the kinks of his MIUI port for the HTC Thunderbolt, and the only thing non-functional at this point is the data, and SMS which he believes will resolve itself once the data is fixed. Sure, this does mean it is not yet ready for everyday use, but it is a step closer to more choices for Thunderbolt owners. If you are feeling brave, or have a few hours to spare that you don't need data connectivity, give it a shot!
Wicked busy day for a Monday eh? New Nook Tablet, HTC and Sprint confirming some Ice Cream Sandwich love and Google+ Pages now popping up everywhere. If you missed out on any news from today be sure to jump on back a few pages and get ccaught up. Plus, you can head on into the Android Central forums for more Android discussion.
Here's a quick look at the HD Dock for the Motorola Droid RAZR. It's a simple enough accessory -- you plug in the phone and dock mode launches. It's got a trio of modes -- music, office and bedside (though we'd argue you could easily combine music and bedside if you play your cards right).
Just like with the car dock, the HD dock presents big, bold graphics that are intuitive and easy to hit when you're fumbling around in the middle of the night, or after a 3 p.m. highball in the boardroom.
It's also got a bevy a USB ports in the back along with HDMI out should you want to take advantage of the Webtop capability and run a full version of Firefox from the phone instead of using a real laptop or desktop computer at your desk. There's also a 3.5 mm jack for audio out.
Our only real niggle here is that unsightly bulge that sticks out, but that's what you get when the ports are on the top of the phone. If you can overlook that, you've got yourself a fine-looking dock here. We've got more pics after the break.
With Google+ Pages now available we've gone ahead and set up our very own Android Central page for you all. Actually, Lloyd did it for us so make you drop by our page and give us a follow and don't be shy to hit that +1 button as you're checking things out!
U.S Cellular has been busy getting ready to release the latest device to their ever expanding Android line-up. Announcing today, the Samsung Repp - an Android 2.3 powered smartphone with a a 3.2-inch HVGA LCD touchcreen, 3 megapixel camera, an 800 MHz processor and 2GB of expandable up-to 32GB storage. If you're looking to move into a starter Android the Samsung Repp is meant for you.
In addition to the announcement of the Samsung Repp, U.S Cellular also announced a new phone and tablet trade-in program for customers. You can trade-in your old device, even if it's from a different carrier for a check up to $150. Until November 20th, activation fees for select devices are also waived. Check the U.S Cellular website for more deatils.
For those of you who ever doubted just how fast the smartphone industry moves, here's a glimpse at the "next best thing": The HTC Edge appears to be one of the first quad-core smartphones heading to the U.S. The ladies and gentlemen over at pocketnow got their hands on the first render of the device, which shows a 4.7-inch megadisplay with 720p resolution atop four (yes four) 1.5 GHz cores of Tegra 3 goodness and 1GB RAM. You've also got an 8MP camera with HTC's new 28-millimeter, f/2.2 lens technology. Now there are still a lot of holes: Carrier? Release date? LTE? And the four capacitve buttons pictured above hint at Gingerbread, but will that eventually be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich? Sit tight, this one's still a way's away, but it's always good to watch the horizon.
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