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3 years ago

Laggy Captivates, Hero Of Sparta issues and apps on the Nook Color [from the forums]

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Android Forums at Android Central

Can ya feel that? That's the excitement of CES in the air. The time when Phil starts packing up what might as well be his whole damn office and heads to fly out to Las Vegas. Yes, it's time for CES. As we mentioned previously, we've got a ton of members headed there so be sure to follow along with us here and in the forums for more in depth discussions about all the happenings. Until then, check out what's new.

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3 years ago

New Nielsen Company charts show Android attracts most recent customers

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Nielsen

New demographics coming from The Nielsen Company today show some pretty interesting statistics. While the topic of market share still shows Apple leading the pack with 28.6 percent, Android is not that far away with 25.8 percent. RIM though is kind of in the middle with its share being 26.1 percent staying in between Apple and Android, given margin of error of course.

While market share is always an interesting thing to view, the charts also look at overall growth for the past six months. That is where Android comes into play hugely. According to the numbers, Android has accounted for 40 percent of new acquirers purchases. Meaning the majority a lot of new device owners, looked towards Android before anything else. That 40 percent was enough to put Android at the top of the leading OS list. [Nielsen]

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3 years ago

Yes, we're going to CES -- and we're bringing all of you with us!

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Android Central at CES

A couple of questions you all have been asking us lately: Is Android Central going to CES, and can you come with us? And the answer to both is YES!

OK, so we're not buying your plane ticket or anything. Or paying for your hotel room. Or picking up your CES pass. Or giving you any gambling money. And you can forget about limo rides. But we're doing the next best thing letting you watch from the comfort of your own home as we bring you the best Android coverage this side of ... well ... everything. And we're not doing it alone. The entire Smartphone Experts team is along for the ride.

So how can you follow along? Check back in with the site, of course. But for the raw feed, be sure to follow us all on Twitter. You never know what's going to happen.

And be sure to check out our sister sites for their coverage, too. We'll see you in Las Vegas!

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3 years ago

Opera gives preview of its tablet browser

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Opera for Android tablets

Opera's set to unveil its Android tablet-tweaked browser this week at CES, and they just unveiled a quick preview. Yep, looks like a slightly scaled up version to us, too. Check out the video after the break. [Opera]

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3 years ago

Winn-Dixie enters Android Market

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Shopping apps are on the rise as smartphone popularity increases, and Winn-Dixie is one of the latest retailers to add their app to the pile.  Right from their Android device, Winn-Dixie shoppers can now view weekly fliers, sales specific to their local store, and create shopping lists they can share with other users, and even sync with their computer.

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3 years ago

Google TV dev tools coming this year, Vizio announced as new partner

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Since the announcement of Google TV, we've been promised Android apps, and devs have been promised the tools to build them. In a recent post over at The Official Google TV Blog, it was announced that those tools will be coming sometime in 2011 and that they are working on getting the Android Market onto Google TV devices as well. Considering the year just started, "2011" is about as vague as they could possibly get while still putting up a number.

In addition, the Google TV team announced that Vizio had signed up and would be bringing "a new line" of Google TV-enabled TVs and Blu-ray players -- which of course were just officially announced this morning. With CES just days away, we might get a sneak peek in short order. Or, we might not. [Official Google TV Blog]

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Browsix

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Browsix Setup

Quick show of hands:  How many of you use some sort of photo hosting service to get your pictures off your Android device, rather than grabbing your USB cable and transferring them manually?  Or do you always have a USB cable/charging cradle on your desk, but you're too lazy to enable USB storage mode?  Would you rather just browse the contents of your SD card (and root folder if rooted) via your computer's browser?

There are plenty of apps on the market that allow you to browse the files on your Android device via Wi-Fi, but I've never used one that does it as well as Browsix.  More info and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Quick look at the LG Optimus U

LG Optimus U

The LG Optimus U is the latest in the Optimus line to show up, this time making the rounds on US Cellular.  I've make no secret that I'm a big fan of what LG has done here -- they have brought quality Android phones to market, with current (Froyo, build FRF91) software, and all at great pricing.  The specs match the rest of the Optimus line, and while not the top of the line we see in some other phones, they are enough for an enjoyable experience: 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7627 CPU, 512 RAM, 170 MB application storage, 3.1 inch capacitive HVGA screen, 3.2 MP camera, and the usual range of radios and sensors that make Android work.

We've looked in-depth at LG's Optimus line before, and things haven't changed.  The Optimus U sticks to the basics, and does what it does well.  With the Optimus U comes a sleek tapered profile, and a dedicated voice search/voice action button.  After using it for a while, I've had a revelation -- all phones need this.  Call quality was just fine, not outstanding, but not terrible, and battery life was excellent for an Android phone.  If you're not looking to play the latest 3D games, and are more interested in a very pocketable, quality built phone, this one is for you.  Often, having everything work properly makes up for the fact that the specs aren't high end, and the Optimus U is proof.

Hit the break for a video overview and some pictures of the hardware itself.

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3 years ago

OpenFeint announces huge growth over Christmas weekend

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 OpenFeint

OpenFeint has announced that more than 5 million OpenFeint-enabled games were downloaded between iOS and Android over the four-day Christmas weekend. The service, a unified social gaming network, is added on top of games by developers looking to tap into the benefits of social gaming without having to launch and support their own platform. Of particular interest to us is the fact that Android OpenFeint game sales saw a very respectable 73 percent increase over previous average daily sales. Overall, the service grew 83 percent this year as Android support was launched and iOS saw continued growth. Check out the full press release past the break.

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3 years ago

Vizio details its Android offerings: 4-inch phone, 8- inch tablet, Google TV

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Vizio Via Plus

As promised, Vizio today offered some details into the Android line of products it'll be showing this week at CES. Here's what we have to look forward to:

  • The whole shebang is called the Vizio VIA Plus Ecosystem.
  • The VIA Phone is a 4-inch Android smartphone with 1GHz processor, 802.11 n Wifi, GPS, HDMI output, 5MP rear camera and front-facing secondary camera.
  • The VIA Tablet is an 8-inch tablet with 1GHz processor, 802.11n Wifi, GPS, HDMI output, three speakers for stereo audio, plus a front-facing camera.
  • VIA Plus televisions and Blu-ray players have Google TV built in. The phone and tablet will, of course, serve as remote controls.

We'll definitely get a gander and these guys this week and get some more deets -- like what version of Android, how's the custom UI look, and all that jazz. Stay tuned, folks. Full presser's after the break.

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3 years ago

Nexus S gets a custom kernel treatment and now trots along at 1.2GHz

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Nexus S -- Nenamark score  Nexus S -- Quadrant

Take the Nexus S, add a little whiskey (Team Whiskey that is) to the kernel, and you get a step closer to warp speed on your phone.  On the left is the outcome of a Nenamark benchmark run, and to the right is our old friend Quadrant, minus the graphics scores to quell any cries of tomfoolery.  All because Team Whiskey cranked out the first 1.2GHz overclocked kernel for the Nexus S, and even the beta tests are blazing fast.  Bluetooth hasn't been worked out yet, but everything else runs awfully darn well, and it's as easy as flashing from Clockwork recovery or Rom Manager.

Real world usage?  It's fast.  If things like this are part of the reason you bought the Nexus S, hit the source link and give it a try.  [XDA-Developers]

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3 years ago

Vizio to introduce Android phone, tablet ahead of CES

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Vizio Android tablet

Vizio, the company known for its TVs and Blu-Ray players, is set to unveil its first phone as well as a tablet, both to be based on Android.

The phone is said to be called the Via Phone and will sport a 4-inch touchscreen, 5MP rear camera and a front-facing camera. The tablet reportedly will be 8 inches, will also have a front-facing camera, and have three speakers for sound.

That's probably the tablet Vizio teased ever so briefly at the start of the Rose Bowl on Saturday -- check out the video after the break. [via Engadget] It's claimed that Vizio will discuss these products on Monday, ahead of CES, but will also have product announcements during the official show. It will be a crazy week with phones and tablets galore. Stay tuned! [via WSJ

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3 years ago

More official renders, specs on the new HTC Evo Shift 4G

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HTC Evo Shift 4G

We're likely just a few days away from the unveiling of the HTC Evo Shift 4G, and we're getting about the best look at it yet, courtesy of our pals at CellPhone Signal. And along with more renders (you can catch them at the source link), ol' T-Marco reportedly has the full specs. We'll skip what's in the box and bring you the highlights:

  • 3.7-inch touchscreen
  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • Wimax-capable
  • 8GB microSD card included
  • Dimensions: 4.63x2.3x0.47 inches
  • Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • 8MP camera with dual flashes
  • FM radio

Needless to say, we know of a few people who are excited about a full QWERTY slider on Sprint by a manufacturer that doesn't rhyme with "Ramrung." And it's nearly here, folks. It's nearly here. [CellPhone Signal] More in the Evo Shift 4G Forums!

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3 years ago

More about the Android SMS bug

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SMS bug

Since we ran the story about the SMS bug in Android, we've been hearing back from a lot of you with more hints, tips, and information.  First, I do want to thank each and every one who contacted us, and again remind you to be sure to add any helpful information to the Google code page about the issue.  Since this one seems to affect some more than others, it's very important that we all share what we know to be true with the masterminds in Mountain View.  Hit the break, where we share everything we've learned and heard so far, and keep the reports coming guys. 

Update: Commentor a1Will I Am brings up an excellent point -- a poll would be awful interesting.  We have one set up in the forums right here, everyone should vote so we know what kind of numbers we're dealing with here.

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