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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Ace picture arises, much still unknown about it

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Ace

The Samsung S5830, or the Ace, has been spotted in a product shot. The Ace is an offshoot of the Galaxy S series and even has a very similar look. All we know about the device is that it will ship with Android 2.2. No leaks about screen size, cameras or processors, but we'll of course be on the lookout. Enjoy the leaked pic in the meantime. [Eurodroid]

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3 years ago

Google seeking a Tech Account Manager with NFC experience

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NFC settings on the Nexus S

Google has posted a job opening for a Technical Account Manager, and part of the qualifications call for experience with NFC/RFID technology.  The job description states the person hired will be responsible for the success of Google's "largest partnerships in the Mobile Commerce space."  We've already heard about plans for global domination a partnership with PayPal that would use NFC for payment options in the second half of 2011, and PayPal would certainly qualify as a large partner in Google's mobile commerce space if and when it happens.

Currently the only mainstream smartphone in the US with NFC capability is the Nexus S (see our hands on with NFC here), but we've heard rumors that soon Apple and RIM will join the party, making NFC a popular option once it's in more hands.  As Phil pointed out last week, none of the phones announced at CES 2011 have NFC built in, so we have wait for Mobile World Congress and CTIA to see what manufacturers have planned to keep up with the fast pace of smartphone tech. [Google via Androidos.in]

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 7 Gingerbread nightlies pushing now!

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CyanogenMod 7 - Gingerbread

For those of you waiting to get your hands on CyanogenMod 7 (aka Gingerbread), nightly builds have finally (we say that with a smile) started up for the phones supported by the community project. Builds are ... erm ... building as we speak, and we've already got it up and running on our Nexus One.

As is case with these nightly builds, bugs are inevitable. So no complaining about that to the folks in charge, eh? Get your download on in Rom Manager or at the Cyanogen forums, and you'll need to flash new gapps (99 percent of us will want the Universal DPI: Tiny version) with this nightly. Enjoy! [Cyanogen, gapps]

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3 years ago

'B---- I got an Android' [Very NSFW]

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B---- I got an Android

Uh oh. A blurry stack of Andrew Jacksons and a Samsung Captivate. You know what that means. BAD ANDROID RAP VIDEO TIME!

Let's be clear: This is is highly not safe for work/home/play/children/iPhone lovers/small pets/elderly/lactose intolerant/lefties/music lovers/videophiles. There's some rather course language, so no complaining that we didn't warn you. But the Galaxy S roll call is classic. Check it after the break. [via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod 6 port for the Motorola Milestone now stable

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Motorola Milestone

After an amazing amount of hard work, hard working hackers have built a stable Froyo custom ROM for the Motorola Milestone.  It's a port of CyanogenMod 6, and thanks to the new kernel ripped out of a ROM leaked from Brazilian carrier Vivo, there are no issues with wake time or signal.  I salute everyone involved in this work, and while not a Milestone user myself, I tip my hat and my glass to you all.  For any Milestone users looking for more information, see the source link, and enjoy.

I'm sure many are asking, "Why is this such big news, and why did it take so long?"  The Milestone was Motorola's first foray into the horrible and unfriendly practice of encrypting the bootloader, making third party ROMs dependent on software from Motorola.  The fact that a small group of users was able to circumvent the protection scheme tells us that it was a pretty damn silly idea to begin with.  If the front door is locked, people will find a way to use the window.  Developers who stuck with the Milestone through all this nonsense deserve our admiration and respect. [DoShaska.net] Thanks, Bassem!

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3 years ago

Droid X is up to some monkey business in this Robitussin commercial [video]

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Our primate brothers and sisters aren't so different from us after all. Like us, they even use Android phones. I'm serious! In this Robitussion commercial, we see our hairy friend pull out a Motorola Droid X to find what type of Robitussion to take for his cold. And just like him, you too can use the Robitussuin Relief Finder. It is available here in mobile form. See the full commercial in its entirety after the break. [mossyoak - Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

DL09 update for the Samsung Fascinate brings a mounting headache for many

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V-Cast manager

Last week Verizon pushed the Froyo DL09 update to innocent Samsung Fascinates all across the U.S. The good news is DL09 fixed a major bug related to standalone GPS lock times.

The bad news is DL09 also introduced a major headache for users who want to mount the Fascinate's SD card as a mass storage device.

This feature is standard on all Android phones and is used to transfer files back and forth between a computer and SD card. Media sync programs, such as iSyncr and Handbrake, also require SD card mounting in order to synchronize files. For Mac users, SD card mounting no longer works with the DL09 update, nor is there a workaround.

PC users are expected to download and install the 113MB V CAST Media Manager application, install specific drivers via a program called ToolLauncher-Bootstap.exe, and follow several other dizzying steps before the SD card mounting feature will work again. These important details weren't listed on Verizon's support site as part of the update, nor do they provide instructions on how to get all of this working. We basically had to stumble and guess our way through it before we finally figured it out.

The average consumer would probably give up in frustration (I know I almost did). Even more bizarre is the fact that the Fascinate shows up as Galaxy S tablet in the V CAST Media Manager application.

PC users can get step-by-step instructions in post #60 of this thread.

Mac users (that's me!) keep an eye on this thread.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Jan. 15 2011

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 weekly apps

It's been a couple weeks since we have let you know the fun applications we have running on our devices, and we apologize for the delay, but the suspense was fun, no? Well, fear not, we are back on our weekly track of bringing your our favorites, so let's take a look at some of the great applications we got running this week!

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3 years ago

Updated Android Market (2.2.11) appears in the Android Central Forums

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Android Market

If you're looking for the latest version of the Android Market, look no further than the Android Central Forums. Member Upstreammiami has blessed us with Version 2.2.11 in .apk and .zip form. He says it's a security fix, and apparently some people have seen it pushed out already. But if you're not in the waiting mood (that'd be us), you can get your download on at the source link. Huzzah! [Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Gametanium bringing games-on-demand to Android

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Gametanium

In an interesting development for Android gamers, games distributor Exent has announced that it'll be bringing its Gametanium games-on-demand service to the Android. Gametanium will allow Android device owners to access over 100 native, but as yet unnamed games for a flat monthly fee. A free seven-day trial period will also be offered for the service.

Exent has big plans for its Gametanium service. In addition to phones, the company is aiming to bring cross-platform on-demand gaming to a number of devices, including tablets and TV's.

"Exent's GameTanium™ OnDemand will be enhanced and become the first-of-its-kind integrated gaming service that enables users to start a game on one device and continue it on another, delivering seamless play across multiple platforms. Gamers will be able to effortlessly switch between their phone, PC, tablet and TV while their games, scores and levels are instantly saved, transferred and carried to the next device. The gamer's community features including user profiles, customized avatars and prize points will also cross over to the other screens."

Android game developers interested in getting a piece of the games-on-demand action can do so by visiting Exent's site. Gametanium is due to launch on Android in February. [PRNewswire]

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3 years ago

SwiftKey keyboard on sale, VIP group closing

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Swiftkey

TouchType sent out an email Friday (Jan. 14) reminding everyone that their SwiftKey VIP program sign up was ending Jan. 18, and to announce that they're offering SwiftKey keyboard at a sale price on the Android Market.  We already heard that they were closing the program to any new members (last chance to sign up), and they say this is just ahead of "releasing some great new stuff in there," so it sounds worthwhile to get enrolled while you still can.

They've also put SwiftKey keyboard on sale for just $1.99, and this one too isn't going to last forever.  The sale is only going to run for a few weeks, so if you've been on the fence consider this the heads-up that you can save a couple bucks off the regular price of $3.99.  We've dropped a link to the app after the break, and you can also visit SwiftKey keyboard's developer forum right here at Android Central.

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3 years ago

Accessory review: Aaxa P1 Jr. Pico Projector [video]

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 Aaxa P1 Jr. Pico Projector

The Aaxa P1 Jr. Pico Projector is a small, portable projector designed to work with cameras and camcorders. However, having the right cables and adapters will allow the savvy Android phone user to display content directly from their phone onto the projector. I used my Droid Incredible A/V cable to demo the device and was left with a very positive opinion. The P1 Jr. is easy to set up and use and would get a lot of use from someone who likes to show off pictures and videos to others. 

The P1 Jr. has an A/V plug along with a composite video adapter, a micro USB plug with a full USB adapter, and a slot for an SD card for getting content from your device onto the wall. It has an internal batter which will last about 3 hours when fully charged and has a built-in speaker for audio. Aaxa ships a small tripod with each projector, so you don't need to worry about having your own. Because the projector is not specifically designed to work with Android devices it is not listed in the Android Central Store. However, you can find it from several online retailers for around $110, including Amazon. Jump past the break for a video walkthrough.

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3 years ago

Motorola i886 runs some form of Android -- without a touchscreen?

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Let's first off start by saying we have no idea what, exactly the recently announced Motorola i886 is running other then to say it's some form Android. With that out of the way, what you're looking at is apparently some sort of frankendroid built by Motorola and destined for Sprints iDen network.  It has very few "normal" Android apps built into it and as noted by Phone Scoop's in-store hands-on, it appears to be running a J2ME virtual machine that allows for installation of apps through a GetJar application. The thought for this is that it is designed to be the first non-touch based Android device since it has none of the normal touch based apps loaded onto it but thus far Motorola and Sprint are staying hush on the matter. Video can be found after the break, if you dare. [PhoneScoop]

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