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3 years ago

Google Translate turns a year old, gets new 'Conversation Mode'

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Google Translate for Android

One of the coolest little projects Google's been working on over the past year has been its translation features. And the Google Translate app just turned 1 and got a pretty major update with a bunch of UI improvements -- and one very cool experimental feature.

Conversation Mode is "optimized to allow you to communicate fluidly with a nearby person in another language." Basically you and whomever you're speaking to talk into the phone, and it translates both sides of the conversation in near-real time. It's only for Spanish and English right now, and is still in its infancy. But this is very, very cool, and is likely to save our butts in a month in Spain. Check out the dearly demo from the IFA conference after the break. [Google]

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3 years ago

SPB Migration Tool looks to ease the pain of switching mobile platforms

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Getting a new device is an awesome and fun experience for people. That said, something that's not fun when switching from different platforms is the hassle of transferring your data from your old device to your new one. Contacts and numbers are easy if you're using a GSM device but what about your text messages, call logs or browser bookmarks? SPB has released a new tool, which looks to help ease that pain for you. The SPB Migration Tool is now available for Symbian S60 3rd edition and up as well as Windows Mobile 5 and later Professional edition users looking to migrate to a Android 2.1 and higher devices.

SPB Migration Tool offers two ways to transfer your data from your old device to your new one. The first being a simple MicroSD swap exchange where your contacts, text messages, call logs and more are all saved and then become transferable. In the case where a MicroSD cannot be used, online transfer is done safely and securely through an online portal. The SPB Migration Tool is available now for $9.95 in the Android Market. Press release is available after the break and more details can be found on the SPB website. [SPB]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile UK backs down on data allowance cut

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 T-Mobile

Yesterday we reported on T-Mobile UK's reduction of its customers mobile data limits to just 500MB per month, resulting in a chain of angry comments and retweets. Now it appears that the network has backed down slightly, relaxing the rules for its current subscribers.

Lysa Hardy, VP of T-Mobile UK, explains that the carrier has "reviewed" its policy and decided that existing customers will be exempt from the new 500MB limit for the life of their contracts. New sign-ups, however, will still be subject to the new limit.

“On Monday 10 January 2011 we announced that, in line with the rest of the industry, T-Mobile would be reducing its Fair Use Policy for data usage to 500MB a month for all mobile phone customers. Following a further review of our policy, these changes will now be introduced from 1 February, to new and upgrading customers only - not existing customers.

There will be no change to the data packages for existing customers for the duration of their contract and we apologise for any confusion caused. The revision to the Fair Use Policy is designed to ensure an improved quality of service for all mobile internet users."

This is great news for Android users on T-Mobile UK, who will have their fair-use limit set at 3GB until the end of their contracts. When renewal time rolls around, they'll have the option of switching carriers if they want to use more than 500MB per month. [T-Mobile UK]

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3 years ago

Sprint drops on-contract price of Galaxy Tab to $299

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 sprint Galaxy Tab

Sprint has just dropped the price of the Galaxy Tab to $299 -- but only if you sign up for a 2-year contract. Plans will run you $30 per month for 2GB of data or $60 for 5GB. It is the cheapest way to get your hands on a Tab right now, but keep in mind that the WiFi-only version is coming this quarter. Check it out past the link. [Sprint]

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix 4G full ad video now posted online

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Motorola had previously given a sneak peak at their upcoming ad campaign for the Motorola Atrix 4G at CES but now, they've gone ahead and posted the full commercial to their YouTube account. While it's still just an ad, it's a pretty darn cool one. Although, it might come off as a little confusing to those who may not "get" the commercial but maybe that's what Motorola is hoping for. Play on peoples curiosity and make them want to learn more. You can check out our full hands on video or hit the break for the new ad. [ShareMoto]

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3 years ago

What's Sprint conjuring up Feb. 7?

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Sprint NYC Event

What's this? An invitation-only event with Sprint CEO Dan Hesse in New York City on Feb. 7? And illusionist David Blaine's going to be there, too? Count us in. Heck, we don't even care if there's any Android fare to be found (though it'd be a nice plus). OK, OK. We care about Android fare. And so we'll pack our bags for NYC and report back. Cause that's what we do.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: *Spark from Hiplogic

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Spark launcher

If you're getting tired of the standard Android look and feel and are looking for a new vertical sliding homescreen, Spark just might be it.  It's a home replacement from HipLogic, and it brings a series of panels that include weather (Android users go crazy for their weather!), news, deals, and social feeds from Facebook and Twitter.  We had a look when it was in the early beta stage, and HipLogic has made a lot of improvement in the speed and useability areas.  Hit the break for a download link and a walkthrough of Spark.

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3 years ago

LogMeIn update brings optimization for tablets

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LogMeIn is easily one of our favorite VNC applications available for Android. With the explosion of Android tablets we're seeing, it only makes sense for app developers to begin integrating unique tablet functionality and support into their applications. LogMeIn announced that it has released an update that brings optimization for Android tablets, and brings a few new features along with it. LogMeIn now supports Wake-on-LAN, remote sound, and my favorite; multi-monitor support. It's good to see the developer really stepping up to the plate to take advantage of the capabilities of Android tablets. The update is available immediately in the Android Market for free to existing users, and for $29.99 to new users. Check out the full presser and download links after the break. [LogMeIn]

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3 years ago

The latest Android NDK promises awesomeness

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Android NDK

Google has updated the Android NDK (Native Development Kit) to Revision 5, and Googler Chris Pruett takes some time to explain the awesomeness that comes with.  The NDK allows developers to use native code to build applications, and then interacts with the Android Gingerbread SDK (Software Development Kit) to create an application that will run in Android.  Chris has a great chart that shows how the amount of awesome contained in the NDK directly relates to the amount of awesome in the apps you can build with it, but I think we can put it in a bit clearer terms.  And it still will be awesome.  Follow the break and have a look. [Android Developers blog]

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3 years ago

Clockwork recovery now available for the Nook Color in Rom Manager

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The Nook Color makes for a great (and cheap) Android tablet when rooted. And now to go along with that is a fancy Clockwork recovery. If you're looking to expand the use of your Nook Color then you'll find the download inside ROM Manager. If you've not rooted your device yet you can check out the forums for a how-to and initial impressions. ROM Manager download link is after the break for those of you already rooted. [Twitter]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S2 set to arrive at Mobile World Congress?

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Yeah, you'll need to take this one with a big grain of salt as some of these rumors have been floating around for a whole now but with that said and out of the way. New information is suggesting that come Mobile World Congress next month, Samsung will be all set to release the Samsung Galaxy S2 line of devices. If we follow the rumor mill, what we should be looking at come announcement is a dual core, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with built in NFC rocking Android 2.3. We'll hold out for more details before we set this one in stone personally. Oh ya, the image. We're pretty darn confident in saying the device will look nothing like what's shown above. I'll eat my Jerry's hat if I'm wrong. [ETNews via MobileCrunch]

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3 years ago

T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant 4G leaked, does over 21 Mbps on HSPA+

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 Samsung Vibrant 4G

T-Mobile and Samsung have teamed up to bring a refreshed and updated model of the Samsung Vibrant to the carrier with a host of new features. The biggest is that the device will be capable of rocking over 21 megabits per second when in HSPA+ coverage. Previous HSPA+ phones, namely the G2 and the myTouch 4G, have only been able to go up to speeds around 14.4 Mbps. T-Mobile spent a lot of time at their CES press conference talking about how fast and robust their HSPA+ network is, even when compared to Verizon's LTE and Sprint's WiMax networks, so it is not surprising to see them bring a device that can take full advantage of their network. 

The screens that TmoNews got their hands on also point to the device launching with Froyo, which should give hope to frustrated Vibrant owners that are still on Android 2.1 Eclair that Froyo will be pushed out soon. In addition, the device will come with a front-facing camera and Qik's video chat app pre-installed along with T-Mobile TV, DoubleTwist's AirSync, and a copy of the movie Inception. All around, the Vibrant 4G looks like a quality device for T-Mobile customers looking to get the fastest speeds possible while on the go. Click past the link for a number of additional captures.  [TmoNews

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3 years ago

New Android Market client finally pushing to the Nexus S

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new Market on Nexus S

The new Android Market client is finally being pushed to the Samsung Nexus S.  Nobody is really sure what took so long for Google's newest phone to get with the program; guesses range from Gingerbread compatibility with the current client, to an all-new client for Gingerbread phones only. Whatever the case may be, the wait is over for those purists who haven't cheated and dropped the new client on their phone already.

You don't have to do anything -- the Android Market pushes a silent update (we're not sure how we feel about that) and soon when you go to use the Market, it will take a little longer than usual to connect and you'll have it.  Love it or hate it, it's different and more in line with the shiny new direction Android is headingThanks, Andrew!

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3 years ago

Adobe Flash 10.1 update in the Android Market -- Tegra 2 devices look elsewhere

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Adobe Flash update

In the spirit of true fragmentation, Adobe has released an update to Flash 10.1.  This update brings Flash to version 10.1.106.15, and along with whatever bug fixes and optimizations Adobe has made to the application, they've introduced a new twist -- users with devices that have a Tegra 2 chipset are advised to not update to the latest version, but to wait for a special version that will be available "soon."

While this doesn't mean much now, other than for you lucky folks with a Dell Streak 7 or one of the various tablets with the Tegra 2, this kind of thing is the real definition of fragmentation -- certain software that will only run on certain devices.  Here's hoping that Adobe can get things sorted and create one version that works for both Tegra 2 and non-Tegra devices, or that Google can straighten out the market so only applicable updates show to the end-user. 

In the meantime, if you're not sure if your new Android has a Tegra 2 chip, check out our device guide or step into the forumsThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

HTC EVO Shift 4G review

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The power of HTC and 4G speed of Sprint,
with a killer keyboard thrown in for good measure

HTC EVO Shift 4G

We couldn't have asked for a better way to review Sprint's new EVO Shift 4G than by battle testing it at CES in Las Vegas. Four days of use among more than 100,000 nerds, in press conference after press conference, with smartphone news breaking every minute (or so it seemed).

The Shift, as it's lovingly referred to by Sprint, is Sprint's third 4G-enabled Android smartphone, and the second with a slide-out keyboard. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo but doesn't have all of the whiz-bang specs as some of the other phones we saw announced during CES. And as the second phone in the EVO line (see the original EVO 4G), it has a lot to live up to. So is it worthy of the EVO name? And did it survive the nerd crunch in Las Vegas? Find out, after the break.

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